The Best Bet
Bob Mackie made his name translating glittery, feathery, skin-baring Vegas-showgirl attire into Hollywood red-carpet wear. Cher was his most famous muse, but not all his designs were of the sheer and shameless variety; in fact, a surprising number of the pieces from Mackie’s own archives that will be auctioned on November 22 at Christie’s are elegantly simple enough to pass muster at this season’s charity galas. This ostrich-and-pheasant-feather mask, however, demands a special occasion all its own (estimated at $1,200 to $1,500; 20 Rockefeller Plaza, nr. Sixth Ave.; 212-636-2000).
The Simplest Way to Slice the Bird
The ten-inch Wüsthof Trident requires no advance sharpening and maintains its edge for a long time, for nice, clean slices all the way through leftovers ($90 at Bridge Kitchenware, 711 Third Ave., at 45th St.; 212-688-4220).
One-Stop Furniture Shopping
Fabric emporium Harry Zarin has a new furniture line; choose the sofa downstairs and the upholstery upstairs from among its 10,000 options (sofa as shown, upholstered in antique velvet, $2,950 at Zarin Fabrics and Home Furnishings, 318 Grand St., nr. Allen St.; 212-925-6112).
Walls With Powers of Attraction
Chalkboard paint has been around for a while, but Yoyamart’s new version also makes walls magnetic ($35 for sixteen ounces, 15 Gansevoort St., at Hudson St.; 212-242-5511).
A Very Glamorous Slipper
With sidewalk-worthy leather soles, meaning they’ll make it to Starbucks and back on lazy mornings ($168 at Ruehl, 370 Bleecker St., at Charles St.; 212-924-8506).
No Bells, Whistles, or GPS
In a world clogged with incomprehensible tech and its acronyms, Michael Young’s basic digital watch is refreshingly single-minded—and easy to operate ($115 at The Future Perfect, 115 N. 6th St., at Berry St., Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 718-599-6278).