Donatella Versace was awfully press-shy at last night's party at Barneys to celebrate the store's launch of Versace menswear. But we slipped in between camera flashes to ask her about her new, face-masking fringe.
Everyone knows that actors don't get to keep the clothes they wear on the set. But when it comes to super-fancy high-fashion shows like Gossip Girl, even thinking about taking racks home is impossible. Unless you're Blair Waldorf, of course.
In front of the Barneys windows on Madison Avenue last night waiting for Donatella Versace to appear behind the glass, we caught this text message conversation over the shoulder of a teenage girl with a pink iPhone.
Donatella Versace is in town, and she undoubtedly brings trunkloads of fabulousness with her. The designer made her first appearance ever on the Today show this morning, which was brief and admittedly a bit awkward since, well, Versace is just way more fabulous than the suits on that show.
Athens Tavern? Does the name ring a bell? It opened less than a year ago to much hype, considered a potential rival to Anthos as the city’s most ambitious Greek restaurant. Chef Yiannis Baxevanis was the only Michelin-starred Greek chef not named Michael Psilakis, and the only one who actually had a restaurant in Greece. A Queens tipster reports that the restaurant has been closed a week, but owner Nikos Gregoriou insists that Athens Tavern is shuttered only temporarily while a new dishwasher is installed. "We will be open in a week," he says. "We just had to change some machinery." But our neighborhood source says neither the staff nor the vendors have been paid recently, and that there is major strife between Gregoriou and his partner. Moreover, Baxevanis appears to have left: He's currently working at a restaurant in Dubai. Gregoriou confirms that Baxevanis is gone (and has been replaced with an unnamed "lady") but was indignant when asked about owing staff and vendors money: "You come in and eat dinner with me next week, and then you can ask me those questions."
We stopped by the Barneys Warehouse Sale this weekend, and while there were certainly a few tumbleweeds rolling about the Kate Moss for Topshop aisle, we did notice an interesting new development: Customers were touching the merchandise. Could a purchase be far off?
Further reductions at Barneys Warehouse start today:This weekend marks the second-to-last weekend of our beloved Warehouse bonanza, and it's time for more bargains. Lingerie and cosmetics are an extra 50% off, women’s collections are an extra 25% to 40% off, and accessories are an extra 25%. And for the men in our lives, grab a suit for 30% off or a sportcoat for an extra 40% off. The Kiki de Montparnasse bra and brief, at left, is marked down from $275 and $195. Do the math, they're hot. 255 W. 17th St., nr. Seventh Ave. (212-450-8400); 2/14 and 2/15 (8–9); 2/16–3/2 (Mon.–Fri. 10–9; Sat. and Sun. 10–7).
Cupid must have aimed his arrow directly at Barneys' publicity-loving rear — and we're shamelessly hot for it, which is why, hot on the heels of our warehouse-sale live blog, we're writing about the damn place again. Racked reports the chain is opening a store in the scary retail megaplex that is the meatpacking district.
This morning, we braved the ungodly cold (and ungodly hour) to be one of the first responders as the doors opened at the mythic Barneys Warehouse Sale. Now we bring you photographer Melissa Hom's stirring images from the battlefield.
7:32 a.m.: Still 28 long and excruciating minutes until they throw open those doors and the shopping hyenas go wild. But we've got Cut operatives staked out on the premises, reporting from the madness as it happens. Early intel: "I got here just after 7 a.m., and there were around 35 people; in the past twenty minutes, maybe another twenty have shown up. Everyone's bitching about how cold it is; lots of people are wearing Uggs." Uggs? Uggs? Today is not for the faint of heart.
It's time for that holiday for lovers who don't retch at the sight of all things pink, a.k.a. Valentine's Day. Unfortunately, Hallmark's big day leaves many singletons feeling less than lustrous. But! We assure you that sticking a fork in your throat is not only tired, it's the wrong choice. That's because Barneys Warehouse Sale is starting! Since they offer Christian Louboutins for $240 (regularly pushing $700) and Diane Von Furstenberg dresses for $129 (regularly $365), shoppers can get pretty aggressive, thus making it the perfect place for you to diffuse some V-Day angst.