The cool French girl is in New York. Her metallic bombers, sequin pants, and leather lace ups are exploding all over 5th ave. Get a tee, if you can. French is cool.
Check out contemporary artist Chris Burdens exhibit at the New Museum.
I wrote about him in ELLE magazine when I disputed that LA had no culture. Apparently, I was right. Burden’s epoch-defining work has made him one of the most important American artists to emerge since 1970. Spanning a forty-year career and moving across mediums, “Extreme Measures” presents a selection of Burden’s work focused on weights and measures, boundaries and constraints, where physical and moral limits are called into question.
Photo Credit: PatrickMcMullan. Dress (Chic layering piece) Kelly dons Rachel Roy at RH Contemporary Art's Opening
Kelly Killoren Bensimon — model, fashionista and author of “The Supermodel Diet: I Can Make You Hot!” — dishes out style advice to amNewYork’s readers.
I like to wear dresses, but have foot problems that require me to wear sneaker-like lace-ups. Any advice on how people with foot issues can finesse dresses?
I love vintage floral dresses with pretty and lacy half socks and low pumps or lace-up flats.Hogan makes great lace-up patent leather loafers. For lace-up boots, Sam Edelmanmakes cute ones, or wear a comfortable pair of Dr. Martens, which are playful and embrace a cool grunge vibe. And remember: Confidence is cooler than your shoe option.
How should we change our skin care routines now that the cold, dry winds of winter have arrived?
The weather is changing and so is our skin. Drink six to eight glasses of water, or even jasmine tea, and load on the moisturizer. I like MAC’s Studio Moisture Cream ($30, at MAC) and La Mer’s ultralight Moisturizing Soft Cream ($155-$285, at department stores). Take care of that face; you only have one.
What are some cool coat and jacket styles for men this season?
Bulky is not better. Uniqlo and Patagonia make great jackets for men that are lightweight but provide warmth. Simple is better for men.
I’m always trudging around the city in the cold weather but don’t want to wear big, bulky, shapeless pieces. What can I wear that’ll keep me warm but looking cool?
I love menswear-style Chesterfeld coats on women: They are so Old Guard-chic and warm. During this transitional season, I suggest a dress under that coat, as nothing makes a woman feel more like a woman than a dress. Lately, I’ve been wearing dresses by Son Jung Wan and Rachel Roy. Swap your pumps for a pair of sexy booties: A bootie is the new pump.
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Photo Credit: Bre Pettis
Bre Pettis makes things.
Since 2009, the CEO of 3-D printing company MakerBot has been making things — a lot of things. But it wasn’t always easy. From his apartment in Brooklyn, he sold his musical instruments and opened a bootleg cafe to make ends meet.
The former public school teacher wanted to create something unique that embraced the idea that if you can dream it, you can print it. His dream of making things and making them happen is now a reality.
With a new merger with Stratasys, MakerBot has hit a milestone. This American pioneer is making things with his Replicator 2 desktop 3-D printers.
Pettis clued us in to how he made money from being a tinkerer.
You were a public school teacher.
I taught general [education], but loved middle school art: painting, drawing and pottery. I wanted the kids to be able to do anything, even sew a button. I love when young people get hold of the machines.
How did MakerBot start?
I’ve always been a tinkerer. I wanted to give people the tools they need to do whatever they want to make their dream come to life. … I moved to New York seven years ago. In New York, you can’t have a workshop in your home, so I started a clubhouse filled with fantastic tools and a 3-D printer.
What is NYC Resistor?
It’s the clubhouse I started with a friend to make anything.
What’s been a favorite thing to make?
I love drawing with my 2-year-old daughter. And I love working and fixing cars.
You have a car fascination?
I had to work on them because they were broken and they needed to be fixed so I could drive them. My goal is to have a MakerBot racing team.
Why do people fear the age of robots?
Because they don’t have … robot friends.
What was the first thing you made with your 3-D printer?
A shot glass to celebrate.
How long did it take?
What’s your favorite bar?
Pacific Standard [in Park Slope].
Your favorite restaurant?
A Rucola [in Boerum Hill].
Any advice for those with an entrepreneurial spirit?
If you have ideas, [you] just have to try them. … Keep making.
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Kelly talks to Aerin Lauder
While Perez Hilton was in New York as Miley Cyrus, I decided to go as Pebbles, and my daughter as a cheerleader, and my other daughter as a purple fairy.
Thank you Bette Midler for adding trees to New York city with your Hulaween event, and Mayor Bloomberg for keeping the streets safe for my girls to trick or treat.
She’s not a Real Housewife (of New York) for nothing. Model, business woman, celebrity TV star and MOM, Kelly Bensimon, talks money.
Let’s get honest: counting pennies and worrying about your financial future isn’t fun. So instead of wasting time worrying, get your work done, ask for help and do your accounting once a month. Spend the rest of the time having fun.
Here are five of my money lifestyle tips for doing it all.
1. Be TRANSPARENT. Tell your friends you are on a budget. If they only want to spend time with you because you have money, then they are not the friends to hang out with. Walking around Soho poking fun at life is FREE.
2. MONEY GOES IN, MONEY GOES OUT. Whatever money you spend is gone, and it’s not coming back. Don’t be a scorned money lover and dream about a time when you had more cash. Be proactive. Make a new life filled with new opportunities. It’s ok to change; it’s not ok to complain about something that has a solution.
3. FOR $100, you can open a SCHWAB account (ask for Keith Leong). This is the most thoughtful gift. Giving financial freedom to someone says, “I love you so much. I want you to be safe and have some money of your own.” Give it to you children or any loved one. Nothing is more loving than ensuring financial security.
4. What you NEED AND WANT are two different things. Make a wish list of what you want and put it on your inspiration board. Getting it will be a challenge and you will cherish it. Think in terms of objects of desire, not stuff. I have a one week rule. If I am thinking and dreaming about a purchase, I give it a week and talk about why I love it. If I make excuses as to why I NEED it, that’s my clue I can live without it. If you really, really want it, then you HAVE to HAVE it. So save up and buy it.
5. You can’t complain if you don’t ask. How many scorned women/men love to rant about a litany of things their exes didn’t give them? Ask for the car to be put in your name, or the house, while you are still living together. During the holidays, ask for gifts that hold value. He should want you to have security as much as you do. I’ve never asked an ex for anything. In fact, I always move on with kindness and love no matter what. I am giving and loving. Live with no regrets.
BONUS #KKBtip: You can’t live fearlessly if you aren’t educated. Get educated online OR go to college. GET educated. The most dangerous people are those without education. They can’t implement possibility because they don’t have the foundation and the formula. Instead of a asking for a holiday sweater, ask for a class. The smarter you are, the more confidence you will have. Education allows you to be fearless and live with possibility. GO FOR IT.
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Photo Credit: A little makeup can go a long way when it comes to creating spooky Halloween looks. (Getty)
For those who want to get spooky this Halloween and aren’t in the mood to mock Miley Cyrus or Robin Thicke, there are tons of great last-minute costumes. My advice is buy something unique that you can wear again.
My go-to is the vintage store Allan & Suzi (237 Centre St., 212-724-7445). You can purchase a great ’70s metal halter and go Studio 54 for Halloween, and then wear it next Saturday night under a blazer.
Rare Salon can make your most gruesome or beautiful Halloween looks. I will be there in the afternoon of the 31st, so if you want to get ready with me, ask for Fatima to do your makeup that will be memorable — or a nightmare.
If you want to create your own makeup look, use one of these two great ideas from M·A·C Cosmetics senior artist Victor Cembellin:
1. To create an array of creepy cuts, scrapes or even vampire bite marks, start by applying M·A·C Pink Swoon Powder Blush, which will give the effect of inflamed skin around a cut. Next, to emulate a fresh splice in the skin, use a combination of M·A·C Russian Red Lipstick and M·A·C Chestnut Lip Pencil. For finishing touches, apply a sheer layer of M·A·C Clear Lipglass on top of your scrapes to replicate the texture of blood. Ouch!
2. Need a last-minute costume in a flash? The pin-up girl can be brought to life with just three items. Use M·A·C Penultimate Liner in Rapid Black to create sexy cat-eye liner. Don’t forget to add your beauty mark, too! Then, apply M·A·C Pink Opal Pigment on top of any pink blush to lend a doll-like quality to the cheeks. Finish off with M·A·C Lipstick in Ruby Woo for the ultimate retro red lip.
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Photo Credit: Hayati Banastey
Kelly Killoren Bensimon gets the 411 on what makes a shirt cool from Hayati Banastey of JACHS.
Just Another Cheap Shirt (JACHS) is the new vintage American style. Mastermind Hayati Banastey deconstructed the typical button-down shirt and made it cool.
How? He rewashed it and sized it to fit the modern American: chic, cool and lean.
Banastey isn’t afraid of the garment industry and its conventions. In 2008, he made the shirt he wanted, the way he wanted, and the rest is history.
With a store in the West Village and his studio in SoHo, JACHS is taking the retail industry by storm.
Q: What’s different about JACHS?
A: The idea of shirts is what’s different about JACHS. We wash the shirt like a denim company and develop certain washes to go with our shirts. It’s something that doesn’t exist in the market. Each shirt is very unique.
Q: Were you in the shirt business before?
A: My family was in the shirt business. I went to FIT. My family came here 30 years ago and I started in the garment business after graduation. My first job was making shirts. I worked for myself. I’ve never worked for anyone.
Q: What was the shirt company called?
Q: Where are you from?
A: Istanbul, Turkey. In 1979, I left from Turkey to study in Paris. I studied marketing in Paris, so I couldn’t really do what I wanted. So I took time off and I went clubbing and shopping. It was the time when Les Bain Douche had just opened up.
Q: What made you want to come to New York?
A: I saw the movie “Fame,” and I wanted that great life where everyone was dancing on cabs and having a great life. Ever since I moved to New York, I’ve been working in the fashion industry. It’s been 30 years.
Q: What did you study at FIT?
A: I was one of the first graduates from the menswear department. My critic at school was Perry Ellis.
Q: What was the first store you opened?
A: I started a store called Work in Progress and was selling premium denim and related apparel. I was looking at shirts and went to a trade show. I took … 50 JACHS shirts [to the show] and booked $500,000. I thought to myself, “God, I’m in business.” I subleased my store to lululemon and went into wholesale.
Q: Is it better to have your own store or to sell to stores?
A: I sell to Nordstrom, Saks and better stores. In retail, it’s best to have your own store to create a brand and your own image.
Q: What about online?
A: Online retail is amazing. It means that you need to have very well-organized social media in order to get the word out there.
Q: Any advice?
A: Never give up on your dreams. … Never follow money. Do something well and the money will chase you. Same with girls!
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