H&M Teams Up With Jeff Koons

When Fashion Loves Art- H&M Opens Museum Inspired Store On Fifth Avenue

When Fashion Loves Art- H&M Opens Museum Inspired Store On Fifth Avenue

Swedish retailer H&M continues to wow the New York fashion crowd by opening a museum-inspired flagship store highlighting a remarkable collaboration with American artist Jeff Koons this summer. The 57,000 square foot space located at 589 Fifth Avenue at 48th street scheduled for a July 17th unveiling boasts six floors with a five-story atrium and 26′ x 20′ LED screen. Decorated with green and white marble tiles, herringbone wood work and equipped with concierge service will create a unique H&M experience on Fifth Avenue.

The store opening will coincide with the Whitney Museum of American Art’s “Jeff Koons: A Retrospective” Exhibit on June 27th– October 19th in which H&M sponsors.  The retrospective will be Koon’s first major museum presentation in New York, and will also be the last exhibition before the Museum opens in the Meatpacking District in 2015.  Jeff Koons created a limited edition Balloon Dog leather handbag that will be sold at the opening of 589 Fifth Avenue and select stores across the United States including Los Angeles, Chicago and Dallas and online at Limited quantities will also be sold at the Whitney during the Retrospective.  “The partnership with H&M was really exciting for me and the chance to showcase one of my most popular works to a new generation of people was inspiring. H&M delivers great fashion season after season and it’s nice to see my work at their new store,” noted Jeff Koons.    For the opening, the Yellow Balloon Dog will be blown up to cover the store’s windows with the message “Fashion Loves Art” written across the storefront facade.

Photo: Courtesy of H&M



The Plaza Is The Best Place To Spend The Holidays

Stay At The Plaza For The Best Holiday Experience In NYC








Stay At The Plaza For The Best Holiday Experience In NYC

One of the best times to stay in New York City is during the holidays. Since Thanksgiving is quickly approaching it is time  to make this year memorable by staying at The Plaza .  This extraordinary hotel offers 282 guestrooms including 102 suites with some featuring prized views of Fifth Avenue and Central Park. Guests can get pampered at the Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa, styled at Warren-Tricomi Salon and enjoy boutique shopping at the hotel’s Shops.

All rooms are furnished with iPads to connect guests with hotel services, signature toiletries by Caudalie, a refrigerated private bar and 24 hour in-room dining. The Plaza Hotel is now offering four holiday packages some including VIP tickets to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, a Saks Fifth Avenue gift card valued at $250, and tickets to the Rockefeller Tree lighting.  All packages can be booked through The Plaza in-house reservations by calling (212)-546-5219 or emailing:

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Package #1 Thanksgiving at The Plaza

  • Two tickets to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
  • Thanksgiving Dinner at The Palm Court
  • $200 daily food and beverage credit to the The Palm Court, The Rose Club, The Champagne Bar, The Todd English Food Hall or In-Room Dining

Package #2 The Plaza Annual Tree Lighting Experience

  • Accommodations for two in a guest room or suite
  • Front row seats to The Plaza’s Annual Tree Lighting and Afternoon Tea at The Palm Court on Monday, Dec. 2
  • Access to the Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting on Wednesday, Dec. 4 and VIP seating on the ice, in a private area with up-close views of the tree lighting and musical performances

Package #3 The Plaza Holiday

  • $250 Saks Fifth Avenue Gift Card
  • A private shopping appointment at Saks with a personal shopper and complimentary glass of champagne
  • $200 food and beverage credit to be used at The Palm Court, The Rose Club, The Champagne Bar, or The Todd English Food Hall

Package #4 New Year’s Eve at The Plaza

  • A bottle of champagne and chocolate truffles
  • $250 credit at the Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa
  • Daily breakfast for two through In-Room Dining or at The Palm Court

Lord & Taylor Unveils Holiday Windows

Lord & Taylor Flagship Holiday Window Unveiling

Lord & Taylor revealed their Fifth Avenue holiday windows on Wednesday with a special performance by American girl group, Fifth Harmony, created by Simon Cowell from the second season The X Factor.  Approaching its 100th Anniversary in 2014 this year’s Lord & Taylor Fifth Avenue holiday windows were inspired by vintage New York City-encapsulating the city’s history of tradition and heritage. The windows depict the enthusiasm around the holidays, the festive décor, attending parties, and customers shopping for gifts. Daily, over 250,000 passersby will visit the windows on Fifth Avenue that took over nine months to design. Lord & Taylor will have over 8 million customers visiting their store between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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5th Avenue Welcomes Massimo Dutti



Massimo celebrated the opening of their first U. S. store with a soiree on October 11th and the following day it opened to the public. The retailer shares the same parent as Zara (Inditex of Spain) and took over the space at 689 Fifth Avenue that was previously occupied by Zara. Unlike its sister retailer, Massimo is not trendy “fast fashion” but rather offers European styled tailored clothing in an upscale environment. The store offers three floors with the second floor devoted to men and the lower two to women. Its target demographic is an urban consumer aged 25 to 45 and the retailer launched their U.S. web site the same day. Remarkedly, the retailer has 268 stores in 68 countries so look for more locations to open here in the future.

Guess Who’s Coming to Fifth

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The American lifestyle brand Guess is bringing their trend setting denim to 575 Fifth Avenue at 47th Street in New York City. The 13,000 square foot two-story store is now the 4th location in Manhattan, and the brand’s flagship. Last week the global lifestyle brand celebrated the launch of this new gem on the last day of fashion week. Guests sipped champagne and nibbled on the French favorite,macaroons while admiring the layout.

It seems like only yesterday the three-zipper style denim, also known as the “Marilyn”, with the red triangle logo blew off the shelves at Bloomingdale’s 59th Street. “We’ve come a long way since designing our first pair of jeans” noted Paul Marciano, Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Guess? Inc., “New York is the fashion capital of the United States, with Fifth Avenue at its epicenter.”  The 575 Fifth Avenue space is a mix of Guess heritage and high fashion. There is a denim rug made from over 500 vintage jean patches, and a handcrafted installation of over 7,000 authentic denim buttons on a black background.

The first floor houses a denim anchor wall in translucent red glass,  along with the women’s collection including merchandise exclusive to the US flagship.  Also available on the first floor is a beautiful display of accessories, including shoes which I have to re-visit with my gift card, and a European jewelry collection sold only at the flagship and Guess accessories stores.  The second floor is home to women’s apparel, including a new dress section and a full men’s collection.

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