NotebookSeptember 1, 2007 By: American Salon Staff American Salon
Fans of Oriki Cosmeceuticals' skincare line, formulated exclusively for Asian, Mediterranean and olive skin types, will be pleased with the company's latest introduction, Firming Eye Serum. The serum fuses firming peptides with brightening ingredients, vitamin C concentrate and botanical antioxidants to diminish wrinkles, puffiness, and the discoloration and dark circles that are often associated with these skin types. oriki.com —L.A.
Feathers are taking off big time this season. First spotted on the fall catwalks, they were seen peeking out from skirts at Marc Jacobs, adorning the hemlines of evening dresses at Chanel and decorating jackets at Armani Prive. The must-have trend was also the "mane" attraction at Nina Ricci, where feathers were enchantingly woven into strands to embellish hair. —K.D.
The ruffled hair at Nina Ricci looked as light as a feather.
NEW YORK MINUTE
Tom Julian, senior vice president and director of trends for ad agency McCann Erickson, highlights two New York City retail destinations that are generating culinary buzz.
Remember when a café or wine bar in a retail setting was considered an innovation? Today terms like social salons and cultural bars entice, entertain and enlighten shoppers who have appetites for more than just shopping. In Manhattan, it has been well over a decade since designers first toyed with the idea of how to mix food and drink into their retail concepts. When Donna Karan opened DKNY on Madison Avenue, a health food bar was her antidote for shopping fatigue. Giorgio Armani and Nicole Farhi both brought Euro-style dining to their signature shops, too.
Over the last few months, two retail destinations have taken this concept a step further, highlighting hospitality that mixes fashion, art, design and decadence.
Henri Bendel, Manhattan's legendary Fifth Avenue boutique department store and one of the world's most stylish destinations, has created a cosmopolitan candy-themed café, dressed in chic brown, offering a unique twist on sweets. The award-winning Chocolate Bar by Alison Nelson was officially unwrapped in May on the third floor overlooking the store's atrium. The counters, cases housing signature chocolates and dining tables all have distinct graphics, while the space itself combines unique textures, like leather, and bright modern lighting. The menu offers delectable treats from the Chocolate Bar including truffles, baked goods and confections. For those with a penchant for exclusive offerings, sample the green tea that includes rose petals, labeled Ma Rose 1927. For a bit of a fashion show, pay attention to the waitstaff in thematic cap-sleeve mini dresses created by Alice + Olivia. For the true Bendel devotee, order the revamped Bendel salad. chocolatebarnyc.com