AmNY – Fall Fashions “Vibrant colors and bold Graphics”

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Photo Credit: Donald Robertson Studio

This fall, it’s time to get cozy with color.

From Tom Ford and Valentino to 1960s art lover Lisa Perry, the fall 2014 runway shows were packed with ’60s inspirations, especially bold color and graphic designs. Bright emeralds, cobalt blue and white will make this fall a vibrant season. Even Via Spiga’s shoe ad pops with bright colors and a graphic shoe design.

If you recall, Perry’s fall 2014 show backdrop also had fun with abstract prints, with Estee Lauder creative Donald Robertson’s black-tape graphics mirrored in the smoking hot Manolo Blahnik gray suede boots on the models.

Hot tips for a fun ’60s look: Comb back your hair and wear a side part. Booties are the new high heel — go bold with fun bright colors or with pretty pastels like baby pink. Channel ’60 supermodel Twiggy with clumpy lashes for a new modern day time look. And line that upper lid with thick Tom Ford liner.

Speaking of Robertson, at his new studio on Great Jones, where he’s partnered with gallerist Eric Firestone to show off and sell his work, he’s drawn the likes of Brian Atwood and even J.Crew, who are shooting their catalogs there and throwing exclusive parties. We hear Sarah Jessica Parker wants some of Robertson’s illustrations and input for her shoe line.

Posted on October 15, 2014 by , under HOME

Red Hot Sexy Fall 2014

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Get RED HOT SEXY for FALL 2014. Im tired of flip flops, let the fall begin with smoking hot RED.
Here are a few of my favorite things you NEED to have ASAP.
1. HELMUT LANG Angora red Skirt $495
2. HELMUT LANG Plush fur coat ( not Red, but RED HOT) $2295
3. REPETTO red patent ballet flats $ 270 available at SAKS FIFTH AVENUE
4. DELFINA DELETTREZ red lips from Opening Ceremony

 

Posted on October 15, 2014 by , under HOME

Chanel – Limited Edition Sneakers

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Leave it to Coco Chanel to create limited edition sneakers for 2014. Since last year, Pharrell Williams sported a custom painted Chanel sweatshirt, and now the brand is taking to the streets. Sneakercon beware and Michael Jordan may need a new design team at Nike. Chanel has limited edition sneakers, they dont play. They are the coach this season. #teamChanel.

Black American Express required.

Posted on August 4, 2014 by , under HOME, KKB Blog

House Beautiful – The 10 Best Real Housewife Homes EVER

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Kelly Bensimon’s apartment is undeniably chic. Using bright bold colors and mixed patterns (the fabric used to re-upholster her purple velvet couch was purchased from Zarin Fabrics, thank you very much), Kelly has created a downtown bohemian oasis. Shiny black and white painted wood floors and big, colorful artwork—including a life size sculpture of a horse—pull it all together.

 

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Posted on August 1, 2014 by , under HOME, KKB Blog

AmNY -Chatting with ‘OITNB’s’ Laura Gomez

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Laura Gómez plays Litchfield Penitentiary inmate Blanca Flores. (Credit: Getty Images / Ilya S. Savenok)

Laura Gómez plays Litchfield Penitentiary inmate Blanca Flores. (Credit: Getty Images / Ilya S. Savenok)

 

By Kelly Killoren Bensimon July 24, 2014

‘Orange Is the New Black” has drawn raves for its diversity and complex female characters, many of which have broken out thanks to their challenging roles.

One such actress is Laura Gómez. The current New Yorker, who was raised in the Dominican Republic, plays the seemingly crazy Litchfield Penitentiary inmate Blanca Flores. But that isn’t the only notable role on her resume.
The actress is a member of the Repertorio Español, where she has participated in critically acclaimed plays, including “Doña Flor Y Sus Dos Maridos” and “La Casa de los Espiritus.”

Gómez has also been the face for brands such as CoverGirl and Suave and has provided her voice for the Spanish audiobooks for “How the García Girls Lost Their Accents” and “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.” She’s also worked in film, writing, directing and producing the short films “Hallelujah” and “To Kill a Roach.”

We sat down with Gómez at Morandi in the West Village, where she clues us into what it’s like to play Flores and what she loves about New York.

Q: Where are you from?
A: I’m from the Dominican Republic.

Q: Why did you come to New York?
A: I came here in 2001 to train as an actor.

Q: Who did you study acting with?
A: I studied the Meisner Technique with Robert Patterson.

Q: What made you connect with that technique?
A: I connected with the moment to moment of not overacting and just responding. I look for that in my own life, just trying to be present.

Q: You play a crazy person on TV. How does that make you feel?
A: It’s been liberating to use my tools in acting. In makeup, they laugh because they have to make you un-pretty. I even get a unibrow. It’s always a challenge as an actor, and I love the character work.

Q: How has “Orange Is the New Black” changed your life?
A: The show has such had a huge impact. Now when I go to auditions and meet casting directors, they know who I am. Viewers are loving the show and its diversity.

Q: You were invited to the Jeff Koons and H&M collaboration launch. What did you think of it?
A: I loved it. I just went to the Jeff Koons exhibit at the Whitney. Before I went, I was sitting in a dentist chair getting a root canal, and decided I was definitely going.

Q: You aren’t just an actor.
A: I have also written and directed two short films — “To Kill a Roach” and “Hallelujah.” I took a course at NYU’s film school. Now my films are getting into festivals and have even won awards.

Q: What’s your personal style?
A: I’m eclectic. I can go in so many directions: funky, sexy and sometimes conservative.

Q: What from your Dominican roots gave you a solid foundation?
A: I am very family-oriented and respectful of my elders. This business can be a bubble. My upbringing grounds me in humility and pride.

Q: Where are your favorite restaurants?
A: I love Gramercy Tavern, Morandi and the Asian restaurant Decibel.

Q: What do you love about New York?
A: I honestly love Central Park. It’s quiet and I love to write there.

 

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Posted on August 1, 2014 by , under HOME, KKB Blog

Baiser Rose

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Posted on August 1, 2014 by , under HOME, KKB Blog

Versace Mansion

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Kelly Bensimon shows of her summer Bikini body in the pool at The Villa By Barton G.  Formerly the Versace Mansion

What was the luxurious home of Gianni Versace in Miami is now the latest celebrity haunt. Located on Ocean Drive across from the beach, the mansion has pampered even Shakira.

Fresh watermelon juice is the refreshing drink you are met with as you venture to your bedroom suite which has a double California king.

The restaurant is open 24/7 and the Onyx bar is for guests only. Any service is available from Yoga to blow outs for your night out. The mosaic pool is beyond decadent.

Its a peek of ultimate European luxury in Miami Beach.

Posted on August 1, 2014 by , under HOME, KKB Blog

July Ended?

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WAIT WHAT???? July is almost over???

While all my friends are in Europe or Mykonos, Ive been staying close to home.Teddy went to sleep away camp for the first time, and Seas been playing tons of tennis. I launched my first candle line BAISER rose and been interviewing amazing new talent like Laura Gomes from #OITNB.For Teddy birthday celebration, we surprised her with tons of pink balloons and a unicorn, of course.
I saw the Yankees win, and I even ate noodle soup there, WHAT??

After taking a few marketing classes, I have become obsessed with start ups._one of my new found favorites is the non toxic beauty line BEAUTYCOUNTER. Get some.
And my nephew is a star water polo player, so Ive been spending a lot of time on the Metro North Train to watch him play.

And I ven was invited to the launch party for Dating Naked, HOLD on! No one was naked there, but they did ask if I wanted to be photographed with topless men. Ahhh :(((
And Jeff Koons opened the new flagship store on 5th Avenue. This is clearly the ultimate fusion of art and fashion, just saying,

Here’s my July go to looks :

1. AG jean shorts and denim and supply work shirt
2. JCrew white button down and scuba skirt
3. Repetto ballet flats
4. White Azzedine Alaia fitted knee length dress
5. Ann Taylor slip dress
6. Alice and Olivia 20s slip dress
7. Lisa Perry hot pink shift dresses.
6. Charliebymz bikinis
7. Make your own fly knit Nikes
8. Beauty Counter beauty products
9. Bike everywhere in my Clos du Bois Bike by C Wonder
10. C Wonder silk pajama pants.

Posted on August 1, 2014 by , under HOME, KKB Blog

AmNY – Sweat these Spring workout Gear Styles

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As the weather gets warmer, New Yorkers can’t wait to get outside and sweat it out. So now the big, daunting question on everyone’s mind is: “What do I wear while I’m working out?”
As fashion-forward New Yorkers, we require sporty, athletic, serious gear. We aren’t hanging from the bars in the gym like they are a jungle gym, after all: We are building up for the jungle out there and for what’s sure to be a smoking-hot summer.

WHAT I’M LOVING:

I’m a big fan of Splits59, which creates authentic workout wear that makes any body looks great. The paint-splattered leggings ($120; at splits59.com) are very cool.
Lululemon is one of the most popular lines and known for ruching and even ruffles, but I love the brand’s Satya tank tees ($58; at lululemon stores). Yes, workout gear can be sweet.
Sweaty Betty (77 Mercer St., 646-386-7003) is the new kid on the block in Soho and sells a variety of great, statement-making styles.
If you like color and are part of the SoulCycle indoor cycling cult, like I am, I suggest wearing all SoulCycle clothing (available at soul-cycle.com and SoulCycle studios). If you can get through a class, you should be able to wear a something with the logo that makes a statement.
If you’re a member of Equinox (or even if you aren’t), check out an outpost of the gym’s shop (equinox.com for locations) for great workout clothes.
This season, I’m obsessed with Nike — and so are my teenage girls, and we know how picky teenagers are. The Nike Free 3.0 Flyknit running shoes are like wearing super-comfortable Missioni-esque sneakers. Get a pair. ($140; at nike.com)

GREAT PLACES TO WORK OUT:

Everyone knows I’m a SoulCycle fanatic. Nothing makes you feel better than getting the bad stuff out by cycling it away with insane music and a room full of incredible women with amazing bodies. I also think the women are there to see Jake Gyllenhall, who regularly goes to classes. (soul-cycle.com for locations)
Barry’s Bootcamp gives you the body men can’t stop thinking about. Sweat required. (barrysbootcamp.com for locations)
ModelFIT is for the supermodel — or the New Yorker who wants to look like one. If you want a lean and toned body like Anne V or Karlie Kloss, get into a class now. (212 Bowery, second floor, 212-219-2044)
SLT NYC is another model must to strength, lengthen and tone. (sltnyc.com for locations)
My yoga go-to is Jivamukti. Dechen Thurman is my instructor — he’s incredible smart, handsome, poetic … and Uma Thurman’s brother. 841 Broadway, second floor, 212-353-0214
Vanderbilt Tennis and Fitness Club has my favorite tennis courts and is located above Grand Central: old guard and chic. (15 Vanderbilt Ave., 212-599-6500)
For those uptown women who have the best bodies and can fit into couture, MaryAnn Browning of Brownings Fitness will help you burn even that pasta dish you can’t deny yourself at Sant Ambroeus. Have some gelato, too. MaryAnn loves a challenge. (980 Madison Ave., 315-292-7547)

 

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Posted on April 20, 2014 by , under KKB Blog

Pretty in Pink

Posted on February 26, 2014 by , under HOME

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