Aloha! Hawaii’s Big Island is the setting for the season’s fashion, jewels and sunglasses, modeled by Sui He and photographed by Alistair Taylor-Young for the May 2013 issue of The Book by Neiman Marcus.
Architect Paolo Soleri, described by The New York Times as “the architect of counterculture,” passed away yesterday at age 93. An apprentice of Frank Lloyd Wright, Soleri is known best for Arcosanti, an experimental eco-minded settlement in Arizona that is still funded by the sale of Soleri’s signature windbells, which are popular souvenirs and home accents across Arizona. Soleri created the huge Bronze Verde Bell that hangs in the atrium of Neiman Marcus Scottsdale for the store’s opening in 1991. And like almost every work in the NM art collection, it reflects the store’s commitment to its regional culture.
Photos by Katherine Thornhill.
Oscar de la Renta has launched Essential Luxuries, a collection of six scents evoking the worldly life of one of fashion’s most gracious bon vivants.
Santo Domingo is a citrusy, spicy tabac fragrance inspired by the Dominican Republic, Mr. de la Renta’s birthplace.
Granada refers to his life in Spain, where he moved in his youth to study painting and became an apprentice to Cristobal Balenciaga. The scent is an homage to the lush gardens of the Alhambra.
Oriental Lace alludes to the opulent textures in his most celebrated runway collections.
Mi Corazon is a white floral bouquet associated with his devotion to family. He created it for his daughter Eliza Bolen.
Sargasso is a watery, green scent channeling the air and vegetation where the Sargasso Sea touches the shores of Punta Cana.
Coralina is named for an opalescent, ginger-colored stone indigenous to the Dominican Republic. He used the stone to unify many of his habitats and signature spaces. Now it stands for the refinement and femininity of the Oscar woman.
Screenshots don’t begin to do it justice, but we at NMdaily were absolutely enthralled by Mimi Tanaka’s Pinterest board. It incorporates two of our favorite things at NM — butterflies and breathtaking black-and-white fashion photography. So Mimi has won our Pinterest contest, The Art of Fashion! Please enjoy Mimi’s board here:
We want to thank everyone who took the time and care to craft beautiful boards interpreting The Art of Fashion. We hope you’ll keep on pinning with us.
Congrats, Mimi Tanaka!
And a few honorable mentions:
Desiree Gruber, co-creator of Project Runway and cofounder of Theodora & Callum wears the line’s travel-inspired textiles on her own journeys, including a recent family vacation in the Dominican Republic.
To Do: This trip was all about family time, which I love. We made s’mores on the beach, hunted for snails on the shore, got into giant jigsaw puzzles, played music with the locals – all relaxed and very fun!
To Stay: Villa Castellamonte Del Mare in Cabrera
To Eat: Delicious local fare – tostones, empanadas, whole roasted chicken, arepas, flan and birthday cake in my brother’s honor.
To See: All the beautiful wildlife. My son Callum and I love to search the beach for shells, crabs, any kind of sea life we can find. We examine their behavior, shells and colors. Lots of printspiration!
To Drink: Fresh fruit smoothies.
To Wear: Classic pieces with bright accessories.
To Pack: A scarf to wear as a dress, skirt or sarong and definitely a Theodora & Callum caftan – so great for lounging with family or walking on the beach. Also, a Michael Kors swimsuit, Rachel Zoe flat snakeskin sandals, sunblock and activity books for Callum.
Theodora & Callum is available at Neiman Marcus in Beverly Hills.
We’re longtime fans of The Man Repeller, Leandra Medine’s irreverent blog celebrating the kind of fashion that women wear for themselves and each other regardless of ostensible sex appeal. Leandra’s candor, wit and personal style form quite a package, and we can’t wait to party with her at SXSW next month. Until then we can channel her through her first apparel collection, a collaboration with Cusp favorite Patterson J. Kincaid. The Man Repeller x PJK…Just Saying – that’s the full name — launched today and there’s nothing repellent about it. Leandra describes it herself in the vid.
Earlier this year Neiman Marcus announced it would launch a dedicated site for Chinese consumers, and it has now come to fruition. Neimanmarcus.com.cn launched this month, making the latest collections of 23 European and American designers—including Alexander McQueen, Jason Wu, Donna Karan, The Row and Valentino—available to fashion aficionados in the Middle Kingdom. The site currently offers women’s and men’s ready-to-wear and accessories.
The site has its own blog, Front Row @ NM, to provide global fashion news, trend direction, and stories about NM heritage.
Neiman Marcus China is also active on the social network Weibo.
An elite team of NM staffers has relocated from Dallas to Shanghai to ensure that the new market is served with the standards of the NM brand.
We’re tickled to see our logo and butterflies going global!
What better way to marry art and fashion than to paint art onto fashion? Charlotte Olympia shoe designer Charlotte Dellal came to NM Bal Harbour during Art Basel Miami Beach, and jumped into the art scene by doing just that, creating limited edition shoes just for the store. The charming London resident documented her Miami trip in these snapshots, captioned in her own words.
VIPs got first crack at the #Holiday24 collection from NM and Target, shopping early at the NYC pop-up shop on Fifth Avenue. The collection goes national on December 1!