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M.T. Carney’s SoHo Loft

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M.T. Carney’s SoHo Loft Source Vogue photographs by Nicholas Calcott

M.T. Carney’s SoHo Loft: M.T. Carney, CEO of Untitled Worldwide LLC and former president of marketing for Walt Disney Studios Worldwide, has always loved SoHo. “The neighborhood has a romantic vibe to me, in spite of the traffic and the tourists. Raoul’s on Prince Street was the first restaurant I ever went to in New York. I was eighteen at the time.” Twenty years after that first meal, she moved into the loft on Spring Street where she now lives with her fiancé, Richard, and her two children, James and Matilda. “It was the first time I’d ever been able to build an apartment without compromise. It was just for me, no husband. It was my apartment, and I was able to do whatever I wanted. That said, the place was a total shell—there were no floors or ceilings, just a couple of raw light bulbs and a toilet in the middle of the room.”

Enter decorator Michael Adams. “Michael’s boyfriend worked for me at my old agency, and I’d met Michael socially a few times before he took on this project. I think it was one of his first bigger jobs. He has now done every house I’ve had in New York and all of my offices,” she says of her longtime collaborator, who had a hand in everything in the loft from the gray and blue color scheme to the way the books are arranged on the shelves.

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Classic Breton Stripes

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Classic Breton Stripes: The striped breton shirt as we know it today came into being shortly following the 27th March, 1858 Act of France which introduced the navy and white striped knitted shirt as the uniform for all French navy seaman in Brittany. The shirt was originally known as marinière or matelot.

The original design featured 21 stripes, one for each of Napoleon’s victories. Inspired by sailors, after a visit to the French coast, Coco Chanel introduced the design to the fashion world through her nautical collection in 1917. The Breton top became a symbol of haute-bourgeois loveliness during the pre-war Riviera years. The introduction of this garment from the traditional working class to female fashion, was a breakaway from the heavily corseted belle epoque fashion of the time.

The introduction of more casual wear to women’s fashion was required at the time due to the increase in popularity of seaside destinations, like Saint Tropez. Coco Chanel designed the piece to be paired the shirt with long flared trousers. As the style adapted during the 1930s, the upper class would pair the top with a cravat, blazer and shorts.

The shirt was then made popular by Marilyn Monroe, Pablo Picasso, Brigitte Bardot, Andy Warhol, Edie Sedgwick, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Audrey Hepburn, James Dean and Jean Seberg. The design is now synonymous with chic Parisian style.

The shirt has been recreated in collections by fashion houses like, Balmain, Gucci, Givenchy and Jean Paul Gaultier, who has become an ambassador of sorts. He requires his press team to wear a version during his runway shows. The designer featured the style heavily in his work, most notably his male perfume bottle, Le Male which launched in 1993, is clad in a breton T-shirt.

The top is now worn by the likes of Kate Moss, Olivia Palermo and Alexa Chung.

Beauty

Match the Soles of Your Louboutins

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Match the Soles of Your Louboutins: Christian Louboutin’s iconic red shoe sole was born after a chance encounter with a transformative stroke of red nail color. Twenty-two years later, the designer is giving back to beauty what the shoe took from the nails many years ago. Louboutin’s creative touch is reflected in every detail of the highly whimsical design. Each bottle of Rouge Louboutin is enclosed in a beautiful black patent leather-like presentation box with a signature red reveal.

The beautifully handcrafted glass bottle is inspired by historic European architecture, namely classical balustrades found in European buildings from the 17th and 18th centuries. The perfectly sculpted cap was designed to stand as tall as the Ballerina Ultima (8 inches), the highest heel Louboutin has ever designed. The weight and taper are inspired by calligraphy and paint brushes, enabling the application to be a truly artistic experience. A custom-designed, patented triangular brush ensures precise application, and shortened bristles pick up just the right amount of formula without air bubbles to ensure flawless coverage.

Shop the Rouge Louboutin Nail Colour at Neiman Marcus, Saks and Nordstrom.

Books in Bloom

Valentino: At the Emperor’s Table

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Valentino: At the Emperor’s Table: From the lavish private parties, to the design process behind his collections, via favorite recipes and a look inside his opulent homes, a new book from Assouline, set for release in November, gives an insight into the busy life of Valentino Garavani.

As one of the most iconic designers in Italian fashion and founder of the legendary Valentino label, created in 1959 with Giancarlo Giammetti, he revolutionized Italian fashion, dressing the country’s high society, as well as designing Jackie Onassis’s bridal gown for her wedding to Aristotle Onassis. Published by Editions Assouline the book tells the story of Valentino Garavani’s colorful life, with a preface courtesy of André Léon Talley, editor-at-large of American Vogue who writes, “When you enter the world of Valentino, you enter a world of luxury, a world of rarity and opulence, but also of warmth.” A world filled with works of art and antiques, with homes in London, New York and Paris including the illustrious Château de Wideville. Explore Valentino’s life of private parties with the glitterati, in previously unseen images from Oberto Gili.

Pre-order the book here.

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What to Wear Sea Change

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What to Wear Sea Change: Transform your vacation wardrobe with modern, nautical-inspired pieces, whatever the destination.

A fresh look

A weekend on the rugged English coastline requires comfortable shoes and a cozy fisherman’s sweater for atmospheric nights spent around the campfire. From left: Bag by Sensi Studio; sunglasses by Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane; sneakers by Common Projects; sweater by Alexander McQueen; bracelet by Scosha; bikini top and briefs by Eda; Lavett & Chin Sea Salt Texturizing Mist.

What to Wear Sea Change-2Riviera glamour

Think easy elegance for a yachting trip on the Cote d’Azur. Pack oversized black shades, a chic one-piece and remember, lipstick is not optional. From left: Bag by Chloé; swimsuit by Eres; top by Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane; sunglasses by Bottega Veneta; sandals by Gucci; Charlotte Tilbury lipstick.

What to Wear Sea Change-3Sunshine chic

A multitasking wrap and beach-to-bar flats are essential for a girls’ beach break. From top: Towel by Hammamas; watch by Larsson & Jennings; sandals by Birkenstock; shorts by 3.1 Phillip Lim; cuff by Chloé; sunglasses by Victoria Beckham; bikini by Lisa Marie Fernandez; Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentrate, Watch.

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