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Jeff Koons for Dom Pérignon

Limited edition bottles and bespoke Champagne cases for your holiday wish list.

November 05, 2014

Venus figurines, found around the world and dating back 35,000 years, are some of the first representations of female beauty. Now, American pop artist Jeff Koons and legendary champagne house Dom Pérignon have teamed up together to reconstruct the clay and ivory sculptures for the modern audience. Inspired specifically by the Venus of Willendorf, a five-inches-tall statue dating back between 24,000 and 22,000 BCE., Koons remakes the archeological find into a modernist carving of steel.

Koons is known for recreating everyday objects like balloon animals and vacuum cleaners. His piece, Balloon Dog, is estimated to auction between $35 and $55 million this November at Christie’s. His collection of balloon animals rendered in stainless steel with a polished mirror finish is part of the inspiration for his collaboration with the legendary Champagne house in their project Balloon Venus for Dom Pérignon.

Originally made for his 2008 antiquity series, Koons rescaled Balloon Venus to create a case for the Dom Pérignon Rosé Champagne Cuvée 2003 and Dom Pérignon Brut Champagne Cuvée 2004. The Balloon Venus is curvilinear not only in shape, but also in the mirrored surface. Light and reflections glide along Venus’s swollen body. The limited edition bottles rest in Venus’s inflated belly.

A custom Jeff Koons for Dom Pérignon sculpture can be ordered for $20,000. The bottles of the limited edition Champagne can purchased separately; Brut Champagne Cuvée Dom Pérignon Jeff Koons Limited Edition (750ml) ($149.99) and Brut Rosé Champagne Cuvée Dom Pérignon Jeff Koons Limited Edition (750ml) ($369.00).  Available at Federal Wine and Spirits, 29 State St., V Cirace & Sons Inc., 173 North St., 617-227-3193, domperignon.com.

Sofya Levina


Dani Wagener’s Fall Beauty Checklist

The Boston makeup artist shares fall beauty product and trend tips.

November 07, 2013



Say 'I do' in Jimmy Choo

Boston brides will be the fairest, most well-heeled of them all this season.

November 05, 2013

jimmy choo wedding shoes

Crystal Jimmy Choos are the icing on the cake for Boston Harbor Hotel brides. 

The Boston Harbor Hotel has teamed with luxury shoe and accessories brand Jimmy Choo to make sure its brides walk down the aisle in style. Brides who book their wedding at the five-star waterfront hotel by December 31, 2013 will receive a complimentary pair of Jimmy Choo heels, ones which have been custom fitted by an expert at the brand's Copley Place boutique. Once the bride has selected her shoe (a glossy silk satin or glittering Swarovski crystal) she can share a peek pre- or post-ceremony using the hashtags #BHHBrides and #IDoInChoo. One note: The wedding date must be between January 1st and March 31st of 2014, or on Fridays and Sundays from April 1st to December 28th of 2014. 

by Kara Kearns


Vertu's Genius New Smartphone

Is this the world's most luxurious cell phone?

October 23, 2013

Vertu's Constellation smartphone
Priced at $5,950, Vertu's Constellation ups the IQ of the smartphone. 

From a 5.1-inch piece of sapphire crystal covering its screen to specially-composed ringtones performed by the London Symphony Orchestra, Vertu's new Constellation ($5,950) is the ultimate in smartphone luxury.

Launching this month, the modern smartphone combines the highest possible quality levels of engineering, craftsmanship, technology, and design. Weighing in at more than 100 carats, its sapphire crystal face is resistant to scratching (from anything other than diamond) and protects the screen throughout the life of the phone.

The casing, meanwhile, is handmade in England from engineered, "grade 5" titanium. Although this material is two and a half times stronger than stainless steel, it's half the weight, so the phone is surprisingly light. Of course, the Constellation is swathed in a single piece of Alpine calf leather, available in your choice of five colors: cappuccino, black, orange, mocha, or raspberry.

Technically, Vertu Constellation is both cutting-edge and user-friendly, with a 13MP rear-facing camera with full HD video, a front-facing Skype compliant 1.3MP camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and 32GB of internal memory. As the world’s foremost luxury mobile phone manufacturer, Vertu smartphones also come with a personalized selection of privileges, including access to members' clubs, shopping experiences, and invitation-only events.  

by simona rabinovitch


High Fashion Sneakers for Fall

Fashion director Samantha Yanks road tests the season's best kicks.

October 23, 2013

In the words of A Tribe Called Quest, "Can I kick it?" Yes, you can. As flats become passé, high fashion sneakers are silently taking over Boston streets. Keep chic and comfortable with these five designer kicks. 

By Samantha Yanks


Alli Webb on Expanding Drybar to Boston

Founder Alli Webb brings luxe blowouts to Back Bay, Chestnut Hill, and beyond.

October 16, 2013

Drybar founder Alli Webb.

Drybar founder Alli Webb opened the brand's first Boston blowout salon last week. 

No cuts. No color. Just blowouts. Drybar’s creed has remained the same since its 2008 launch—for just $40 women can get their hair washed and blown into flawless styles that range from straight and sleek to bouncy and bold. We sat down with the woman behind the blowouts, LA-based Drybar founder Alli Webb, to talk about the first Boston outpost in Back Bay (and in Chestnut Hill come November), plans to go global, and the brand’s product line. 

What was the defining moment that brought Drybar into fruition?
ALLI WEBB: I had a blowout business, Straight-at-Home, where I would go to my clients and I started asking them where they go when I couldn’t come to them and they didn’t have an answer. It hit me like a ton of bricks that women needed a place to get their hair done any day of the week, without getting it cut or colored. 

Has Boston been on your radar for a while?
AW: Yes. We’ve wanted to get to Boston for years because we have a large client base here. We kept getting the request from Boston clients that travel frequently to New York, and now is the right time. I also love this area—there is so much foot traffic. Eventually we would like to open internationally.

You launched your full range of Drybar products six months ago. How did you decide it was time for your own line?
AW: The line was really a product of personal necessity. I had been cherry-picking the best products from various brands for years and suddenly realized the easiest thing would be to have a Drybar line. We now sell in our stores, Sephora, and on QVC.

How has your brand concept changed over the last few years?
AW: It really hasn’t. We don’t do cuts or color. I could push products on clients, but I want to do one thing well: blowouts.

Has your blowout menu remained the same or do you change for trends?
I tell my stylists to pay attention to what’s going on in the world; people often request what they have seen on the red carpets. Our menu is really a jumping off point to get you talking about what you want.

What makes Drybar different than other blowout bars?
AW: Our customer service. I think that there is so much more to this business than meets the eye. People think the threshold to enter is low, but there is so much more involved, like customer service. So much goes into thinking through every detail and making the experience special. Drybar is a family business [Webb works with her brother and husband] and it shows.



Museum of Fine Arts Thinks Pink

An exhibit on the evolution of pink in fashion, society, and breast cancer awareness opens.

September 30, 2013

The color pink was first worn by men and women in the 17th century and has over time bled into the fabric of modern culture. From the emblem of breast cancer awareness to gender association, artists, designers, and activists have symbolized it to represent both femininity and strength. Beginning Oct. 3, the Rosemary Merrill Loring and Caleb Loring Jr. Gallery at the Museum of Fine Arts will host “Think Pink,” an exhibit that studies the color and its many meanings throughout time. The exhibition includes dresses and accessories from the late Evelyn Lauder, who spearheaded research for breast cancer by founding the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. On Oct. 2 at 7 p.m., the façade of the MFA will be illuminated pink in honor of both the show and the beginning of breast cancer awareness month. The exhibit runs through May 26 of next year. 465 Huntington Ave., 617-267-9300

By Sofya Levina


Ball and Buck's All-American Pop-Up

The American clothier celebrates home-grown fashion in the South End.

September 23, 2013

Ball and Buck will open a pop-up in the South End for two days offering only American-made labels.

Brands such as L.L. Bean, Red Wing Shoes, Randolph, Rancourt & Co, Montauk Tackle Co, Freeman, and Four Roses conjure images of Americana past and present. All these labels and more make an appearance at Ball and Buck for a celebration of American-made clothing in a pop-up open market in the South End from Sept. 28-29 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Guests will have the opportunity to meet the hardworking teams responsible for designing the brands while browsing the autumn collections. The second annual American Field pop-up market aims to educate consumers about the quality of U.S. clothing brands. While guests browse the racks, Kickass Cupcakes, Black Magic Coffee, and Roxy’s Grilled Cheese will provide the refreshments and live music will be performed by American Beauties and Kismet. 560 Harrison Ave.

By Kara Kearns


Newbury Street Welcomes Bluemercury

Shop boutique beauty and fragrance and take in a spa treatment under one roof.

September 19, 2013


Bluemercury now has three storefronts in Boston, and one on the way in Lynnfield. 

This Friday's opening of Bluemercury on Newbury Street will bring one-stop beauty shopping and spa pampering to Back Bay. The new location marks the 45th store of the ever-expanding luxury beauty brand founded in 1999 by Harvard Business School grad Marla Malcolm Beck. Bluemercury carries classic makeup lines, including Bobbi Brown, Laura Mercier, Nars, and Trish McEvoy, as well as boutique skincare brands like M-61, SkinCeuticals, ReVive, Dermalogica, Kiehl’s, and Darphin. In line with its philosophy of starting with healthy, clean skin, the Newbury Street location has an in-store spa with a wide variety of luxury treatments, such as the Modern Facial, Hot Rock Massage, and glycolic peels. Later this month, Bluemercury will be opening a second store in the Boston area in Lynnfield. 160 Newbury St., 617-424-0004; 1245 Market St., Lynnfield

By Kara Kearns


Galerie D’Orsay Exhibits Spanish Masters

Unusual pieces by Picasso, Miro, and Dali are on display (and for sale) in the Back Bay.

September 13, 2013

Great 20th century art can be defined by its versatility. Take Picasso, who transitioned from painting to sculpture to light drawing while bringing innovation and artistic renovation to each medium. But he is not the only artist.

On September 18, the Galerie D’Orsay will be celebrating the wide-ranging talents and imagination of some of the greatest artists in an exhibition entitled “Spanish Masters.” The show will highlight the unexpected works of Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, and Joan Miró. Some of the less-known pieces include tapestries by Dali and linocut prints by Picasso.

“These artists served as key elements to bringing art from landscapes to more abstract art during a pivotal time, and this show really encompasses some of the pieces that we now see as very important for the progression of art,” said Sallie Hirshberg, CEO and founder of Galerie D’Orsay.

The show, revealing rare and unexpected works by these world-renowned artists, will be running through the month of October.  33 Newbury St., 617-266-8001

By Sofya Levina

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