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26 Ever notice how the front row at a fashion show can be as eye-catching as the runway? Us too. Check out fall’s bold looks in “Scene Stealers” on page 26.

Letter from the Editor The Fall 2012 runways were rife with dramatic designs, and with Fashion’s Night Out and Boston Fashion Week just around the corner, we couldn’t resist staging a fashion show of our own — with a special STUFF twist. So for our Fall Fashion spread, we had our models play the parts of the crew, tackling hair, makeup, wardrobe, and all the other backstage tasks. Of course, since they were clad in fall’s wild prints and luxe fabrics, this behindthe-scenes team couldn’t help but seize the spotlight. Check out the results in “Scene Stealers” on page 26. (And keep an eye out for model Leila Goldkuhl: she played a supporting role in this spread, but now the Framingham beauty is strutting her stuff on the justpremiered season of America’s Next Top Model. We have high hopes for her — after all, one of our <4> 8.28.12

Fall Fashion models from last year, Olivia Culpo, now boasts the title of Miss USA.) Speaking of women in the spotlight, few locals know its glow better than the subject of our second feature: Marilyn Riseman. You may have seen the octogenarian style icon at swank events around town, sporting her signature kabuki-style maquillage, surrounded by throngs of young things eager for a word. Maybe you wondered, what’s the story there? Scott Kearnan raided her closet to find out. Using pieces from her epic wardrobe, he reveals the many fascinating facets of Boston’s grandest grande dame in “The Elements of Style” on page 36. There are plenty more fab finds outside the feature well. On page 16, Miles Howard offers a sneak peek at an exhibit of haute hats coming to Salem’s Peabody

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Essex Museum. On page 14, Renata Certo-Ware chats with designer Michael Bastian, whose fall collection for Gant — which just set up shop in the Back Bay — draws inspiration from his years in the Boston area. Meanwhile, MC Slim JB digs into some truly old-timey eats at new South End spot Kitchen on page 53, while Luke O’Neil squeezes the last bit of boozy goodness out of summer, rounding up some of the city’s most mouth-watering watermelon drinks on page 56. Fun stuff, indeed. But Fall Fashion is special for another reason. You hold in your hands the final issue of STUFF as we know it. We’d insert a sob here, but we’re actually pretty pumped: we’re joining forces with our buddies at the Boston Phoenix to create a brand-spankin’ new glossy magazine, The Phoenix.

Each week, it’ll combine the cutting-edge style, dining, drinking, nightlife, and pop-culture coverage you know from STUFF with the Boston Phoenix’s award-winning politics and arts reporting — and pack in lots of new surprises, too. Look for it on September 21. Until then, thanks for reading. We’ve loved exploring the best of Boston with you. The STUFF Team


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With the August opening of its gleaming-white duplex boutique, Marimekko (140 Newberry Street, Boston, 617.247.2500) is once again smack in the public eye. But Back Bay browsers may not all realize the Finnish design brand’s deep ties to the Boston area. Back in the 1950s and ’60s, legendary architect Ben Thompson revolutionized New England taste with his Harvard Square store, Design Research, which spawned several additional locations and, in 1959, became the very first US retailer to stock Marimekko’s fabrics, apparel, and home goods. More than 50 years later, the brand’s intelligently simple aesthetic — rich palettes, bold patterns, clean lines — still holds up. The iconic Marimekko design is Maija Isola’s poppy-inspired Unikko print, introduced in 1964 — just before Andy Warhol redefined himself with his hibiscus-inspired Flowers series. Which are art and which are design? After a visit to Marimekko, you may just decide the difference is irrelevant.

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After two years of getting Chestnut Hill tipsy, The Urban Grape is making good on its name: in late September, the wine, beer, and spirits boutique will open a second location in Boston proper, setting up shop at 303 Columbus Avenue in the South End. Husband-and-wife team TJ and Hadley Douglas are maintaining fan favorites like their EnoRound Elite Tasting Machine, which allows imbibers to sample 16 wines, and their newb-friendly Progressive Shelving system, based on the body of the wine rather than varietal or country of origin. But with 2,100 square feet, they now have more elbow room. “We’re giving a lot of real estate to beer,” says Hadley Douglas, who plans on a 400-strong selection with lots of local brews. Size matters on the wine front, too: oenophiles can expect more portion options, from half-bottles up to magnums and three-liter offerings. But the centerpiece is the store’s 14-foot-long butcher-block tasting table, a sign of its continued focus on hosting unique events. (Mark your calendar for October 14, when chefs Seth Morrison of the Gallows and Michael Scelfo of Russell House Tavern will face off in an old-school vs. new-school showdown, serving competing courses while hiphop beats and perfectly paired Old World and New World wines flow.) The prospects seem pretty intoxicating.

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The 1950s gave us the “panty raid,” but nowadays it seems the inverse scenario is a lot more common: many a dude has had his underwear drawer robbed by the boxers-loving lady in his life. Erin Cormier is looking to change that. The Newburyport-based designer set out to create the perfect pair of boxer shorts, keeping the comfort but ditching the baggy, saggy silhouette. The result is Paxton 1345, a luxe loungewear line of fitted, flattering boxers for men and women. The debut Northeast Collection features colorful patterns named for preppy havens, from Nantucket and Newport to Bar Harbor and Montauk. Available at paxton1345.com and local stores like Forty Winks (56 JFK Street, Cambridge, 617.492.9100), the designs ($48–$54) aren’t exactly priced like your average pair of Hanes. But they’re made in the USA from fine Egyptian cotton, and the folding waistbands allow you to wear them short or long. Plus, these undies are stylish enough that we’re (almost) tempted to wear them outside the house.

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Last year, they turned the Pru hot-pink and stopped Newbury Street traffic for the first time in 15 years. How will the folks behind Fashion’s Night Out Boston top that? Handily, from the sound of it. The Hub is once again one of hundreds of cities participating in the four-year-old FNO phenomenon, which has stores staying up late to cultivate a party scene, complete with DJ-spun sounds, bites, drinks, and other surprises. On September 6, this year’s installment will close Newbury to cars once more, this time adding a music stage at every other intersection. But local organizers Michelle McCormack and Richard Villani (pictured) aren’t stopping there. They’re beefing up programming in ’hoods beyond Back Bay, including Downtown Crossing, Faneuil Hall, and the South End. Expect street performances, fashion shows, indie-designer pop-up shops, and the unveiling of a public-art installation on the Greenway, part of the global “Before I Die” project. To learn more about the lineup (including details on wrap parties at the Estate and on a Boston Harbor Cruises boat), visit fnoboston.com. <8> 8.28.12


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“Fashion is architecture: it is a matter of proportions,” quipped Coco Chanel. The two fields do seem to share plenty of common ground: both demand creative vision, careful attention to detail, and a keen sense of form and function. And the disciplines coordinate particularly well in the case of these blueprint cufflinks ($60), available at the ICA Store (100 Northern Avenue, Boston, 617.478.3104). Created by architect turned industrial designer Constantin Boym, these clever cufflinks come adorned with their own product specs. The blueand-white enamel beauties will keep your dress shirts in line — and show that your style isn’t too buttoned up.

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Of course, not all of us are fancy enough to need cufflinks. But we can still dress up our next soiree with these blueprint martini napkins ($6). They’re sure to lend an air of sophistication to the plastic party ware — and maybe even impress that hottie neighbor who’s studying architecture at Harvard. Get yours at Joie de Vivre (1792 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, 617.864.8188), and toast to your excellent taste.

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GETSEEN …at ICA First Fridays’ Brazilian Street Party

Erika Lovero, preschool teacher

This Peruvian beauty clearly knows how to craft a pulledtogether look. We noticed the megawatt pops of color on her dress from across the ICA’s deck — and were delighted to see her mile-high pumps were a perfect match! She scored the Blumarine dress and shoes on sale at Nordstrom, pairing them with golden aviator sunglasses from the Gap. Erika says she keeps it stylish on the job, too. (Maybe those kids will pick up a few fashion pointers along with their ABCs.)

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Melissa Fritz, senior account manager at Critical Mention Melissa’s global style is the lovechild of local and online shopping. She turned heads in a beautiful printed dress from Lit on Newbury Street, and she walked the planks in shoes from Endless.com. She insists those heels are lightweight and super comfortable — just like the delicate gold hoop earrings that are her style staples. Melissa says she’s more open to experimenting with prints in the summertime, but she keeps things balanced with simple accessories, like her small Michael Kors shoulder bag in black leather.

Tommy Vo, junior photographer at Karmaloop Tommy is a master at mixing and matching prints, as he proved with his floral tie from Topman and his striped and star-spangled shirt from Eleven After Eleven. He completed his look with pants from Insight, boots from Marc Jacobs, and some killer accessories: a Vans fedora and a bracelet from a line called Farts & Crafts (yes, really!). Like Os Gêmeos, the evening’s featured artists, Tommy is a twin. He’s also a big admirer of the Brazilian brothers’ murals.

Donica White, assistant men’s buyer at Karmaloop Donica confessed that she was formerly afraid of twins, but she still stepped out for the Os Gêmeos exhibit’s opening party. We’re glad she did: her Doo.Ri dress and Dolce Vita sandals were too gorgeous to miss! A self-declared tomboy who nonetheless hates wearing pants, Donica is always on the lookout for great casual dresses, like this one she found on sale at Macy’s. She loves unfussy fashion, especially if she can get away with just one layer; this look, which she threw on après swim after a day at the beach, fits the bill.

Breakfast of Champions

We don’t know about you, but this is definitely not what we had for breakfast. In fact, the granola bar we scarfed on the bus ride to work would probably quiver with fear (and then crumple up with shame) in the presence of this beast: The Billionaire Benedict. It seems that being a billionaire has more perks than private jets — it means it’s A-OK to poach your eggs in Champagne before noon, thank you very much. The White Elephant hotel’s Brant Point Grill (50 Easton Street, Nantucket, 508.325.1320) plays host to this indulgent grande dame of brunch, and they’re not above letting her show off a little. Perched atop a sturdy crisscross of potato hash — representing society’s underlings, we imagine — it starts with a lightly toasted English muffin, which of course signifies the old-money royal bloodline. You like sausage in the morning? This lady calls for two four-ounce filets mignons. Next, all good days begin with a little bacon, right? In the homes of serfs, they do — make it a lobster claw, garçon. This is all topped off with that softly sweet Champagne-poached egg number we mentioned before, which demands a garnish. Chives? She adjusts her mink coat and scrunches her nose. Better make it sturgeon caviar. Then, because whipped cream is for wimps, comes a dainty dollop of crème fraîche. According to food and beverage director Jonathan Ruppert, the restaurant sells about one a month, with a price tag of $100. We bet you were guessing a whole lot higher, right? Chump change!

— Cassandra Landry

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GETclose ...with Designer Michael Bastian Michael Bastian has been based in NYC since the mid-’80s, but he has a soft spot for New England — his college stomping grounds. After earning his business degree at Babson, he took the first job that covered rent, an assistant-buyer gig at Brooklyn’s Abraham & Strauss. “I had no idea where Brooklyn was, but I knew it was close enough to New York,” Bastian laughs. Next came stints at Sotheby’s, Tiffany & Co., Polo Ralph Lauren, and Bergdorf Goodman, where he served as the men’s fashion director. Then, in 2006, he launched his eponymous line. Last year, the CFDA named him Menswear Designer of the Year, and he’s added womenswear to his résumé with his line for GANT, which opened its first New England store at 324 Newbury Street this month. While GANT’s team prepared to open their doors, we got Bastian to open up too. Word on the street is that Boston helped inspire many of your GANT designs. True? Boston’s always been a favorite city of mine. The Fall 2012 collection in particular was directly inspired by my time at Babson in Wellesley. Going to school in the suburbs and getting into the city every chance I could get made it that much more exciting, more vivid, and it really stuck with me. The beautiful thing about Boston is that it’s always changing, but in a way it never changes. Half the population grew up there, the classic half, and the other half is changing every semester. Yet Boston manages to retain its own personality so clearly. I’ve read that your design process is to create something perfect and then rough it up a bit. What’s the philosophy behind that? I want you to be able to wear the clothes you own, even if it’s the most beautiful, perfectly made cashmere sweater. It’s like knocking the whole thing off a pedestal a little bit. You should be able to wear it every day without having that guilty feeling, like, “These are my dress-up clothes; why am I wearing this to go to the supermarket?” It’s like how old people have plastic-covered couches you can’t sit on. Or women who have this beautiful jewelry they keep in a bank vault. What’s the point? Here’s where my business education comes in: buy less, buy better, and really wear it! It’s the opposite mentality of that whole fast-fashion thing. In my 20s and 30s, I didn’t have a lot of money, but I knew what I wanted. I would save money, and I would wear it until it fell apart. To me, that is pure Yankee, pure Boston. You can see one of those old guys walking around Beacon Hill in the ratty old Shetland sweater and the perfectly washed-out wide-wale corduroys, and you just know that guy has owned that stuff since 1974. And it still works, and it probably looks better now than when he first bought it. Some designers completely separate themselves from their work. Lagerfeld wears black Dior jeans and fingerless gloves; Armani has his black T-shirts. You perfectly <14> 8.28.12

embody both your lines. Do you reflect your designs, or do your designs reflect you? The designs reflect me. When I start a collection, I always think, “What do I want right now?” It’s all very personal, which I don’t think is a bad thing. I’m a normal-enough guy, so if I’m looking for something, there’s probably a bunch of guys who are looking for it too. You’ve been on both sides of the runway, as a designer and as a buyer. Where do you feel at home? I definitely prefer being on the designer side. The weird thing about doing a runway show as a designer is you have an incredibly huge, complicated party, but you’re in the back; you miss it. It’s almost like you missed your own wedding. You don’t even know what happened until you see the video, read the reviews, and see the pictures. I did used to love going to shows,

though. I actually cried at a show. Which show? A Jil Sander show, right after Jil left the brand. It was actually one of my first menswear shows. It was beautiful, with Radiohead music. . . . Maybe I was just exhausted: you’re jetlagged, going to 14 shows a day, hungry, vulnerable. But being moved like that renews my faith. . . . That’s how I know I’m doing the right job, because I still have that capacity to be swept away like that. What fashion faux pas makes you want to run across the street and slap someone in the face? Oh man! Every time I say, “Never do this, never do that,” I’ll walk outside the next day and see someone rocking it! On the right person, anything can work! But let’s say square-toed shoes. They’re really hard on the eyes.

— Renata Certo-Ware


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GETCULTURED Hat Parade

Back in their dapper day, our grandparents and great-grandparents wouldn’t have been caught dead leaving the house hatless. By the late ’60s though, headwear had largely fallen out of favor, eventually getting relegated to bad-hair days and Sox games. But then came a resurgence of sorts. In recent years, we’ve seen enough fedoras around town to outfit a Bogart flick; spots like Salmagundi and Goorin Bros. have reintroduced terms like trilby, cloche, and porkpie to our vocabularies. And last year’s royal wedding had us fascinated with the beautiful and bizarre hats of Britain’s upper crust. London milliner Stephen Jones is a favorite of said set, and he’s collaborated with high-fashion names like Jean Paul Gaultier, Vivienne Westwood, and Marc Jacobs. Now he’s bringing standout toppers to the Peabody Essex Museum (161 Essex Street, Salem, 978.745.9500) for “Hats: An Anthology by Stephen Jones.” Opening on September 8 and running through February 3, 2013, the exhibit features more than 250 hats, representing a huge range of eras and aesthetics. We singled out some choice specimens to pique your inner haberdasher’s interest.

— Miles Howard

Most Indians were less than pleased when the Brits seized control of the subcontinent. But one imperial staple that India gladly adopted and adapted was the European-style crown. Cotton-based, velvet-lined, and embroidered with sequins, seed pearls, glass beads, and tinsel, this 19th-century crown was likely part of a young noblewoman’s wardrobe.

While Jackie Kennedy was donning demure pillbox hats in the States, Spanish designer Cristóbal Balenciaga created this swirly, sculptural take on the shape. Crafted with cream-colored silk in 1962, this spiral hat was designed exclusively for Balenciaga’s then-legendary couture house Eisa.

Simone Mirman was the goto milliner for the British royal family in the 1960s, but we somehow can’t picture Queen Elizabeth wearing this wild design, titled Langoustine Fantasia. Boasting bright hues of coral, yellow, and turquoise, Mirman’s 1965 piece features a padded silk ring strung with shoulder-length tentacles.

Fresh Salsa

During our college years, we thought one semester of Intro to Salsa Dancing would have us destroying club floors come winter break. But to truly master the art requires years of sweat and perseverance. And from September 7 to September 9, we’ll have the chance to behold such dedication when some of the world’s most dizzying dancers gather for the 2012 Boston Salsa Festival. Hosted at Springstep (98 George P. Hassett Drive, Medford, 781.395.0402), the fest will allow attendees a look at scorching performances from local troupes and visiting companies like San Francisco’s SalsaMania. They’ll also get the opportunity to bust some moves of their own at daily workshops and nightly DJ-led dance parties. So stretch those calves, shine up your shoes, and visit bostonsalsafest.com to find the full schedule and passes ($85–$210). <16> 8.28.12

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Scottish designer Jo Gordon put a gorgeously nightmarish spin on the traditional 19th-century mourning bonnet with this 1994 work. It’s titled Kiss of Death, but we doubt anyone could get close enough for so much as a peck: the two-foot-long pheasant feathers attached to the satin base create a tunnel-esque brim that largely obscures the wearer’s face.

Not ready for the fest? No worries: spots around town offer newbie-friendly salsa classes every night of the week.

The Dance Complex (536 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge. 617.547.9363) | Beginning Salsa, Mondays and Thursdays from 8 to 9:30 p.m., $14.

An Tua Nua (835 Beacon Street, Boston, 617.262.2121) | Beginner/Intermediate Salsa and Bachata Class, Wednesdays from 8:30 to 10 p.m., $10.

Havana Club (288 Green Street, Cambridge, 617.312.5550) | Beginner and Intermediate Salsa Lessons, Fridays and Saturdays from 9 to 10 p.m., $12.

Club Caribé (Courtyard Marriott, 777 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, 617.513.9841) | Introduction to Salsa, Thursdays from 9 to 10 p.m., $17 (includes hors d’oeuvres).

Ryles Jazz Club (212 Hampshire Street, Cambridge, 617.876.9330) | Beginner Salsa, Tuesdays from 7 to 9:30 p.m., $13, Thursdays from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., $13, and Sundays from 6 to 8:15 p.m., $10.


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Summer days are drifting away, but the damage to your ’do isn’t as easy to shake. Sun, sea, chlorine, and even air-conditioning can sabotage your locks, so we asked a few local experts for tips on the best services, products, and DIY tricks to help you face fall with your head held high.

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If your blonde hair looks a bit seasick, you probably have chlorine damage. Stylist and colorist Gary Croteau of Mario Russo (9 Newbury Street, Boston, 617.424.6676; 60 Northern Avenue, Boston, 857.350.3139) suggests giving green-tinged locks the Malibu Treatment ($45), a medley of deep-cleansing shampoos that removes chlorine and mineral buildup. To give dull locks some serious TLC, head to Jackie Siegel’s chair at Beaucage (71 Newbury Street, Boston, 617.437.7171) for a fast-acting Kerastase Repairing Treatment ($35–$45) that will have your hair bouncing back in no time. We mean that almost literally — this spray-in treatment penetrates your hair instantly, replacing protein that has been stripped by the elements all summer long, so you’ll see an improvement in breakage and frizz right away. The treatment, or “prescription,” is a customized cocktail of sorts: each unique formula is tailored to the depth of damage. Another quick fix? Ask your colorist to take you a shade darker. “Coloring hair conceals damage, and darker hair appears to shine more,” Siegel points out. A color gloss is a good solution: it’s easier, faster, and less damaging than a single-process dye job. And don’t forget to ditch those split ends. Anne Freeman, a senior skincare advisor at Sephora (800 Boylston Street, Boston, 617.262.4200), emphasizes that a trim effectively eliminates what is likely the most damaged part of your hair, so your coif will appear sleeker and shinier. Finally, remember that salons don’t have a monopoly on hair-repair services. Elena Kucerova of La Residencia Spa (336 Elliot Street, Newton Upper Falls, 617.244.2280) suggests requesting a 15-minute scalp massage ($25) when you visit for a facial or a massage. It will stimulate hair growth, get blood flowing, and jumpstart the production of nutrients essential for healthy hair.

To nurse your hair back to health between salon visits, Freeman suggests a regimen of sulfate-free clarifying shampoo ($13) and conditioner ($16), like the Rosemary Mint line from Carol’s Daughter. She also has a sweet spot for the Living Proof line, which was developed by MIT scientists. Its Restore Targeted Repair Cream ($28) functions like a leave-in conditioner, absorbing into the hair’s cuticle to repair damage without weighing it down. Croteau recommends treating your locks to an at-home moisturizing mask. He’s a fan of Oribe’s Masque for Beautiful Color ($59), which works overtime to restore and maintain color and shine, repair damage, shield hair from harmful UV rays, and infuse major moisture. If you really want to take matters into your own hands, head to the kitchen. Kucerova’s go-to DIY remedy is mayonnaise — and not the low-cal kind, either. It might not be the healthiest sandwich accoutrement, but slathering your hair with a monthly mayo mask works wonders. The lipids, proteins, and cholesterol that could have your doctor cringing are actually great for smoothing your hair, puffing up dry follicles, and cramming in moisture. Of course, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of mayo. To ward off scorched hair next summer, Croteau says, make sure to rinse after each dip, even if it’s just with bottled water. Not letting your hair marinate in sea salt can make a world of difference. Siegel adds that wetting your hair before a swim will reduce absorption of salt and chlorine. And keeping your noggin under wraps while you’re basking in the sun is key, says Freeman. A hat is a better choice than most products with a UV shield, which aren’t required to disclose the actual SPF factor. In short, remember the definition of insanity offered by Albert Einstein (who also happened to possess a famously frizzy head of hair): doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

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GETOUT takes on her role in a film about his life. You can catch the opera’s 8 p.m. East Coast premiere at the Boston Conservatory Theater (31 Hemenway Street, Boston, 617.912.9222). Admission is free, but space is limited — so visit thefaceopera.com for info on securing your seat.

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Front man Zach Condon may have named his indie-folk outfit Beirut, but the band actually draws on the sounds of many far-flung locales (Lebanon not included). Balkan folk rhythms drove Beirut’s 2006 debut, Gulag Orkestar; French chanteurs like Serge Gainsbourg influenced their follow-up, The Flying Club Cup, while a Mexican trip helped inspire their March of the Zapotec EP. The band’s latest album, 2011’s The Rip Tide, doesn’t have a clear geographic allegiance, but that didn’t dampen critics’ responses. Check out choice cuts like “Vagabond” and “Santa Fe” yourself when Beirut plays an 8 p.m. show at the House of Blues (15 Lansdowne Street, Boston, 888.693.2583). Grab tickets ($27.50–$40) at livenation.com.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29 The words “wedding music” don’t conjure pleasant associations for most of us. (We’d prefer that the Village People, the Black Eyed Peas, and Celine Dion were permanently stricken from the guest list, thanks.) But though its name contains the Hindi word for “wedding procession,” Red Baraat is anything but your average functionroom act. The project took root after founder and dhol drummer Sunny Jain’s own wedding, when he tapped friends to form a marching band and perform at the ceremony. Now he’s the leader of a ninepiece act that fuses brass- and percussion-filled bhangra jams with funk, go-go, Latin, and jazz. Catch the Brooklyn-based band when they bring their party-ready sound to the Calderwood Courtyard at the Museum of Fine Arts (465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, 617.267.9300) for a 7:30 p.m. concert. For tickets ($24–$30), visit mfa.org.

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his Achilles heel. (Rick Santorum lost the Republican presidential nomination for many reasons, but we’re pretty sure his sweater vest was one of them.) Thankfully, Hub hombres in need of some sartorial schooling will soon have a shot at redemption, courtesy of Swagger Up My Style! This class from local image-consulting firm It’s a Man’s World will offer expert guidance on dressing for success on the dance floor, at the office, and when picking up groceries in a certain neighborhood hottie’s field of vision. Class commences at 6:30 p.m. in the cushy comforts of Eastern Standard (528 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, 617.532.9100), and your tuition ($20) covers your first drink. Reserve your spot at eventbrite.com.

poet David St. John. Set in Venice Beach, the show uses music, film, and choreography to chart the anguish of Raphael, a writer forced to confront the traumatic loss of his muse and soul mate when an ambitious young actress

Okay, Marie Antoinette probably never uttered the phrase “Let them eat cake.” But that hasn’t stopped her from becoming pop culture’s poster child for the one percent — and no wonder, given her marathon gambling sessions, three-foot-tall coiffures, and legendary appetite for haute couture. Now, more than two centuries after her run-in with the guillotine, you can catch the ill-fated queen in the American Repertory Theater’s world-premiere production of Marie Antoinette. Written by David Adjmi, the playwright behind last year’s OffBroadway hit Elective Affinities, the show takes a comedic peek into Marie’s life. If The Real Housewives of Versailles had existed back then, it might have looked something like this. The show opens tonight at the Loeb Drama Center (64 Brattle Street, Cambridge, 617.547.8300) and runs through September 29. Find tickets ($25–$65) at americanrepertorytheater.org.

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 31 When you’re fantasizing about the dream casting for a big-screen adaptation of your life, it’s easy to forget just how unsettling the viewing experience might actually be. That’s the scenario explored in The Face, a new opera from composer Donald Crockett and

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that Crash Kings set out to create a big rock sound strictly sans guitar. Yet with distinctive hits like “Mountain Man” and “1985,” the LA-based trio has achieved it, using only overdriven bass, hardhitting drums, and a tricked-out Clavinet keyboard customized with a whammy bar. Expect cuts off their 2009 self-titled album and sneak peeks of new material from their forthcoming follow-up when they hit Great Scott (1222 Commonwealth Avenue, Allston, 617.566.9014) for an 8:30 p.m. show. Pick up tickets ($12) at ticketweb.com.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 3 The beach isn’t the only place to see some skin this Labor Day. Monday marks the closing day of the 11th annual Boston Tattoo Convention, a four-day fest that’s bringing ink experts and enthusiasts to the Sheraton Boston Hotel (39 Dalton Street, Boston, 617.236.2000). The stacked lineup includes performances from Black Cat

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Burlesque and Inkllusionist, live music and giveaways by the beergarden stage, seminars, daily contests, and a bevy of vendors and artists ready to trade tat tales, tips, and tricks. Even if you’re new to the world of body art, it should be a fun scene — just don’t expect your illconceived spring-break souvenir to win a “Tattoo of the Day” title. Get passes ($20–$65) at bostontattooconvention.com.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4 What do Monty Python’s John Cleese, late Hitchhiker’s Guide scribe Douglas Adams, House star Hugh Laurie, and Oscar winner Emma Thompson have in common (besides Britishness)? They’re all alums of the Cambridge Footlights. Cambridge University’s famed comedy troupe has been getting belly laughs since 1883, so we’re sure it’ll provide a killer kickoff to the Boston Comedy Arts Festival, a nearly week-long celebration of improv, sketch comedy, and standup. The Footlights will start things off with 7:30 and 9:30

p.m. shows at ImprovBoston (40 Prospect Street, Cambridge, 617.576.1253). Find tickets ($20– $25) and the full fest schedule at bostoncomedyarts.com.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5 For a while, we assumed our nights of bar trivia had gone the way of keg stands and naked quad runs. But we’re happy to admit that hosts James Lindsay and Richard Hawke have proven us wrong with their recently launched Champions of Champions series. Held at 9 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month at the Middle East Corner (480 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, 617.864.3278), this free game night takes trivia to some seriously bizarre territory, incorporating surprise guest appearances and unique physical challenges. (Imagine constructing your answer with Legos, for instance.) And with an influx of new students descending upon Cambridge, we’ve got a feeling the competition will be fiercer than ever.

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At this point in his career, Frank Turner might be accustomed to stadium-style glory: after all, the folk-punk singer-songwriter and former front man of post-hardcore band Million Dead just played to a crowd of 80,000 at the Olympics opening ceremony, which millions more watched on TV. But now the English sensation is crossing the pond to treat Boston to a more intimate concert. Touring in support of his 2011 album, England Keep My Bones, Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls are making their first US tour stop at Royale (279 Tremont Street, Boston, 617.338.7699) for a 7 p.m. show. Get tickets ($20) at ticketmaster.com.

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Usually, a trip to the John Joseph Moakley US Courthouse (1 Courthouse Way, Boston) is preceded by night sweats and frantic phone calls to a cousin’s friend at Harvard Law. But we expect the courthouse to cultivate a far more relaxed vibe when it hosts Around the World


GETOUT in 80 Sips, a titanic tasting of grapes from across the globe. Starting at 8 p.m. (7 p.m. for VIP ticketholders), oenophiles can sample from more than 80 wines while nibbling on iGourmet’s artisanal cheeses and choice charcuterie from Creminelli. Steel your liver and reserve your spot ($75–$125) at eventbrite.com.

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Bob Mould is now old enough to have fathered much of our staff, but when he plugs in his Stratocaster, the Hüsker Dü and Sugar mastermind still towers above most axe-handlers of our generation. And no wonder: he’s been honing his chops for more than three decades, playing a key part in crafting those choppy guitar squalls and searing power riffs many of us still associate with modern punk and alt rock. Now he’s riding solo, but tonight he’ll revisit his early days with Sugar at the Paradise Rock Club (967 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, 617.562.8800) with an 8 p.m. performance of the band’s propulsive 1992 debut album, Copper Blue. For tickets ($20), visit ticketmaster.com.

You might have caught Shea Rose steaming up the pages of our Boston’s Sexiest issue this past spring; evidently, the rest of Boston has taken notice. The Braintree-born, Berklee-educated soul siren has been heating up the local club scene with her irresistible elixir of big R&B beats and brash, balls-to-the-wall lyricism. Busting taboos and hip-hop stereotypes on cuts like “Light Fades” and “I’m the Shit,” Rose packs a merciless wallop. If you haven’t felt the impact yet, get thee to Brighton Music Hall (158 Brighton Avenue, Allston, 617.779.0140), where she’s headlining a 9 p.m. show. Grab tickets ($13) at ticketmaster.com.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 With its globe-hopping restaurant culture, Cambridge has long been a hotbed of worldly flavors. But no culinary fare can compete with the 20th Cambridge Carnival International. This community-organized celebration of Afro-Caribbean music, food, and artwork is the city’s largest festival. And its centerpiece, a sprawling, percussion-filled parade from the Charles River through Central Square, is open to any uninhibited soul with a talent for costume design and a competitive streak: judges will award prizes to those with the most exuberant outfits. The parade runs from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., but the party doesn’t end there; you can snack on bites from multinational vendors and dance the day away to live salsa, reggae, calypso, and more at the Main Street stages between Central and Kendall. Find more information and register for the parade at cambridgecarnival.org.

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tyle Black and White and Red All Over

Newsflash: a bold and fearless red set Fall 2012 runways ablaze. Much like summer’s tangerine takeover, this season’s crimson shades pack a potent punch. Feeling fiery? Don the haute hue from head to toe, add a metallic or neutral accessory, and you’ll be stopping traffic — if not the presses.

— Lauryn Joseph

Theory “Kianna” top, $265, and Rag & Bone “Malin” pants, $290, both at Saks Fifth Avenue; Another Line bow belt, $28 at Nordstrom; Valentino stud sandal, $945 at The Tannery; Rebecca Minkoff “Jealous” bag, $495, and Gerard Yosca necklace, $330, both at Moxie; Biko “Sekani” coral necklace, $195 at Gretta Luxe

WHERE TO SHOP

Gretta Luxe, 94 Central Street, Wellesley, 781.237.7010 Moxie, 51 Charles Street, Boston, 617.557.9991 Nordstrom, 290 Speen Street, Natick, 508.318.2600 Saks Fifth Avenue, 800 Boylston Street, Boston, 617.262.8500 The Tannery, 711 Boylston Street, Boston, 617.267.5500

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Even octogenarian style icon Marilyn Riseman has heard the news: check out the local grande dame’s all-red ensemble on page 37. And for more red-hot looks from our fashion shoot, visit stuffboston.com.

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Production assistant: Justin Reis Photo assistant: Dan Aguirre Wardrobe assistants: Ellen DeLisio and Lisa Mauriello Hair stylist: Heather Cohen of Team Hair assistants: Vanessa Linquata and Cara Stella of The Loft Salon and Nicole Meconiates Makeup artist: Kacie Corbelle of Ennis Inc. Makeup assistants: Rosalie Piazza of Emerge Spa & Salon and Alyssa Vachon Models: Leila Goldkuhl; Katia Lopes, Michelle McHugh, Emma Robinson, and Sarah Robinson of Dynasty Models; Ruth Hanan of John Alves Models; Erica Almeida and Orla Roche of Maggie Inc. Cover On Sarah: “Bailey” jacket, $535, and arrow-print legging, $176, both at Rag & Bone; Marc by Marc Jacobs “Katya” print blouse, $278 at Nordstrom; CUSP by Neiman Marcus ring, $75 at Neiman Marcus PAGE 26 AND 27 On Ruth: Torn by Ronny Kobo “Vivienne Parisian Folklore” top, $254, and Alexis Bittar “Teatro Moderne” earrings, $295, both at Neiman Marcus; “Mustard Seed” dress, $130 at Britt Ryan; silk-lined opera button glove, $380 at Sermoneta Gloves; Rebecca Minkoff “Mac Daddy” bag, $330 at Moxie PAGE 28 AND 29 On Sarah: “Zig Zag” blouse, $285 at Daniela Corte; 7 for All Mankind “The Skinny” stretch jeans in laser gold floral, $215, and AK Anne Klein “Presidio” long lion-head pendant necklace, $48, both at Nordstrom; Alice + Olivia by Stacey Bendet “Glenna” doublepocket long vest, $368 at Neiman Marcus On Michelle: Sea “Lace Combo” sheath, $391 at The Tannery; Elie Tahari “Reed” leopard-print skirt, $328 at Neiman Marcus

WHERE TO SHOP AllSaints, 122 Newbury Street, Boston, 617.517.0894 Britt Ryan, 291 Newbury Street, Boston, 857.284.7196 Daniela Corte, 211 Newbury Street, Boston, 617.608.4778 Gretta Luxe, 94 Central Street, Wellesley, 781.237.7010 Moxie, 51 Charles Street, Boston, 617.557.9991 Neiman Marcus, 5 Copley Place, Boston, 617.536.3660 Nordstrom, 250 Granite Street, Braintree, 781.519.7200 Rag & Bone, 111 Newbury Street, Boston, 617.536.6700 Saks Fifth Avenue, 800 Boylston Street, Boston, 617.262.8500 Sermoneta Gloves, 115 Newbury Street, Boston, 857.284.7788 The Tannery, 711 Boylston Street, Boston, 617.267.5500

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION Our Fall Fashion spread was shot on location at Emerson College, which owns more performance space than any other institution in Boston. Named for cosmetics entrepreneur and alumna (class of ’79) Bobbi Brown and her husband, the Bobbi Brown and Steven Plofker Design Technology and Makeup Suite serves as the dressing room for Emerson Stage student productions, as well as the classroom for all theater makeup classes. The Greene Theater is one of several theater locations for Emerson Stage performances. For information on the 2012–2013 season, visit emerson.edu/emersonstage.

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PAGE 30 AND 31 On Orla: St. John Collection feather-sequin chiffon blouse, $995, and Rachel Zoe domed crystal ring, $195, both at Neiman Marcus; Paige “Verdugo” skinny jeans, $189 at The Tannery; Spring Street Design Group “Nala” bangle in red, $36 at Nordstrom; “Widow” buckle boot, $365 at AllSaints; stylist’s own sunglasses On Ruth: Halston Heritage draped faux wrap skirt, $335, and CUSP by Neiman Marcus earrings, $90, both at Neiman Marcus; Elizabeth and James “Julian” blouse, $295, Marc by Marc Jacobs “Turnlock - Katie” bracelet, $128, Nadri channelset crystal hinged bangle, $55, and Nadri “Pavé Bombe” hinged bangle, $88, all at Nordstrom; diagonal button glove, $220 at Sermoneta Gloves; Ellen Arthur “Mallory” cuff, $190 at Gretta Luxe; Red Valentino glitter heel, $450 at Moxie

PAGE 32, 33, AND TABLE OF CONTENTS On Orla: “Restrain” skirt, $275, and metallic “Colby” leather jacket (just on TOC), $695, both at AllSaints; Willow & Clay beaded sheer tunic, $98, Sondra Roberts beaded bull’s-eye clutch (just on TOC), $198, and Valentino studded slingback (just on TOC), $995, all at Nordstrom; Eddie Borgo two-tone studded plate cuff, $375 at Saks Fifth Avenue On Sarah: “Bailey” jacket, $535, and arrow-print legging, $176, both at Rag & Bone; Marc by Marc Jacobs “Katya” print blouse, $278, and Enzo Angiolini “Sling” open-toe sandal, $129.95, both at Nordstrom; Eddie Borgo “Smile” cuff, $440 at Saks Fifth Avenue; CUSP by Neiman Marcus ring, $75 at Neiman Marcus; Rebecca Minkoff “Beau” clutch, $330 at Moxie On Michelle: Patterson J. Kincaid “Farrow” contrast blouse, $168, and Elie Tahari “Rosalee” dress, $348, both at Neiman Marcus; Valentino studded square purse, $1875 at The Tannery; Alexis Bittar “Miss Havisham” crystal-encrusted sphere ring, $245, Alexis Bittar “Teatro Moderne” earrings, $275, and Valentino black satin pump with bow, $995, all at Nordstrom On Ruth: “Diaghilevi” dress, $395 at AllSaints; full-finger driving gloves, $99 at Sermoneta Gloves; CA&LOU yellow-goldplated and Swarovski earring, $265 at Saks Fifth Avenue; Rebecca Minkoff “Mac Daddy” bag, $330 at Moxie; Virgins, Saints & Angels crystal “Milagro” pendant necklace, $298, and Enzo Angiolini “Brettani” pump, $99.95, both at Nordstrom THIS PAGE On Ruth: Kay Unger New York digital-print dress, $390 at Neiman Marcus; Kimberly Ovitz “Kratos” vest, $515 at The Tannery On Michelle: Truth and Pride abstract-print jacket, $298 at Nordstrom; Michael Kors marled cashmere sweater, $995, and Aidan Mattox V-back beaded dress, $345, both at Neiman Marcus; Tory Burch “Alaina” wedge bootie, $425 at Moxie; Stephen Webster two-tone shark-jaw filigree earrings, $495 at Saks Fifth Avenue On Orla: T by Alexander Wang “Neoprene” pleated dress, $325 at The Tannery; Piazza Sempione embroidered cap-sleeve jacket, $1250 at Neiman Marcus; ASHA “Coco” moonstone and white-topaz earrings, $700 at Saks Fifth Avenue; Red Valentino scalloped pump, $435 at Moxie; AK Anne Klein “Union Square” enamel bangles, $32, and sequin “Brights” small enamel bangles, $28, both at Nordstrom; Balenciaga black leather cuff, $215 at Gretta Luxe On Sarah: Fever blouse, $68, and Rachel Zoe “Anne II” slim brocade pants, $295, both at Nordstrom; Prada multi-lace bootie, $890 at The Tannery


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A work of art. The local icon’s Beacon Hill home is full of paintings by her late husband, William Riseman. An acclaimed architect and artist, he designed the interiors for his wife’s Apogee boutiques, which flourished in the 1960s and ’70s.

The makeup. Boston’s “kabuki socialite” isn’t seen publicly without her trademark maquillage. Created more than 30 years ago, the dramatic look is the work of star makeup artist and friend David Nicholas.

A colorful character. She wears almost exclusively black and white, but red is the one color Riseman will don from head to toe. This jacket and skirt are by Sonia Rykiel, a favorite designer and one of many she’s met over the years.

A powerful network. This fuzzy phone never stops ringing. Riseman enjoyed huge success as an event planner, creating some of the city’s most glamorous galas and fundraising fetes. Today, she remains the most coveted guest in town.

Boston accents. A leather scarf with fishnet tights? Why not? At age 85, Riseman has a fiercer fashion sense than most a fraction of her age.

Feet on the ground. “I don’t do anything for shock value,” says Riseman of her style. “I imagine everything as it will look as a full picture, from head to toe” — here covered by crimson Arche boots.

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She swears like a sailor, flits like a very social butterfly, and boasts a head-turning style befitting the aristocratic lovechild of Marcel Marceau and Louise Brooks. In a city of few high-style or high-society deities, Marilyn Riseman rules from a lofty perch — respected by blue-blooded Brahmins, revered by the young acolytes who line up at parties to snap a photo and kiss the proverbial (or possibly literal) ring. But Riseman is more than Boston’s fashion folk hero, a one-woman brand, or the face that launched a thousand Facebook updates. (“Marilyn, please — a picture?!”) She’s an accomplished woman with fascinating stories to share. So we visited the glamorous grande dame at her Beacon Hill home, rifled through her closet, and fashioned a profile — one wardrobe detail at a time.

Singular style. Riseman’s preferred color palette is black and white, so it may seem surprising that she was drawn to this colorful Jean Paul Gaultier skirt. But the intricate pattern of haunting faces was compelling to a woman who has always used fashion to stand out. “I never wanted to look like everyone else,” says Riseman, recoiling from the very thought. “I always wanted to be different. Fashion gives you — I wouldn’t say power — but the ability to not be like the crowd.” She began honing that ability in girlhood, growing up among the well-dressed and well-heeled. Her father, Harry “Doc” Sagansky, was a major philanthropist, infamous bookie, and bigwig Boston businessman who invested in swanky Hub nightclubs (like the Latin Quarter, where Riseman recalls rubbing elbows with Frank Sinatra). But Riseman’s mother, who passed when the future socialite was still a teen, was the true “instigator” of her lifelong love of fashion. “I had three brothers. I was the only girl, and she loved to take me shopping in all the finest stores,” says Riseman. Her mother’s style advice came in handy during Riseman’s first real foray into the fashion business, when she worked as a buyer for high-end retailers. The job required plenty of European trips; Riseman always traveled light. “My mother taught me to buy one good thing and accessorize it differently. So I would pack one fabulous black dress and pray that nothing happened to it — that no waiter would spill a drink on me,” she says with a laugh. “I’d change it up: wear it one night with a hat and pearls, another night with a scarf.” Business savvy. This shimmering blue jacket was a special gift from friend Daniela Corte, a local fashion designer whose topnotch tailoring earns high praise from Riseman. Today, Corte <38> 8.28.12

runs a successful boutique on fashion-focused Newbury Street — close to where Riseman opened her own edgy retail store, Apogee, in 1966, after getting plenty of buying experience under her belt. (Funny enough, Corte’s address is 211; Apogee was at 112 Newbury.) Apogee was designed with as much style as any garment sold inside: the interiors were the work of Marilyn’s husband, William Riseman, an artist and acclaimed architect who specialized in movie theaters. He also designed the Apogee logo with help from his friend Norman Ives, a masterful mid-century artist. And shoppers were often sent home with posters by Jerry Pinkney, a famed illustrator whose daughter once worked at Apogee. Riseman now considers her stores to be her greatest professional success. But the seemingly unflappable fashion maven admits to being “frightened to death” at first: “I remember telling my husband the night before we opened, ‘Please, sell the store. I don’t want you to lose your money.’ It was overwhelming to me.” But when the doors opened, Riseman’s characteristic confidence returned: “Once I was in it, I knew it would be a success.” And Apogee was, spawning five more locations across the country and marking a high point in Boston’s style scene before closing in 1982.

Boundless hospitality. Pop into a high-profile event, and you’ll probably find Riseman seated somewhere plush, holding one of her many bauble-topped canes — like these favorites from Alan Bilzerian — like a queen clasping her scepter. She’s a coveted guest on the Boston social circuit, guaranteed to be good company and essentially ensure a gala’s shoutout in society columns. But the doyenne also enjoyed a storied career as an event planner,

masterminding soirees of extraordinary elegance. She tapped top culinary talents: Jean-Georges Vongerichten once fed guests at her “Springtime in Europe” event at the Lafayette Swissôtel (now Boston’s Hyatt Regency), where the internationally renowned chef opened his first stateside restaurant in 1985. And her guests would often go home laden with luxuries, like bottles of Jean Patou’s Joy, a famously expensive perfume that Riseman gifted to attendees at an “Evening in Paris” fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, of which she’s a longtime supporter. But Riseman’s most creative (and challenging) event might have been the fundraising scavenger hunt she once organized at Neiman Marcus. Boasting three floors of music, food, and luxury prizes, it was staged in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Gloria — which forced the catering staff to do all its prep work by candlelight. Eek. But as always, a powerful event producer ensured the show would go on.


Fabulous friends. This gray stole — and its razzle-dazzle details — immediately caught our eye. Like many of the furs in Riseman’s vast collection, it’s by Zandra Rhodes, an English fashion designer who looks like Riseman’s inverse: while the Boston fashionista is known for monochromatic ensembles and a jet-black bob, Rhodes’s trademarks are Technicolor outfits and shocking-pink hair. Superficially, they couldn’t be more different — but Riseman says her “fabulous” designer friend has a sensibility much like her own. “We have the same personality; she’s not afraid to be crazy. She’s extreme.” And how’s this for a small-world coincidence: Rhodes was a Paris roommate to designer Paloma Picasso and Be Bilzerian, wife of Boston clothier Alan Bilzerian, Riseman’s dear friend. (His eponymous store supplies a good chunk of her wardrobe.) Rhodes is one of many major designers Riseman has met over the years, from young guns like Zac Posen (“Everyone says he’s hateful, but he couldn’t have been nicer to me!”) to esteemed vets like Yohji Yamamoto, one of her favorites (“I was in awe,” she says of their meeting). Who does she wish she could have met? Alexander McQueen. “He was gone too soon,” says Riseman. “I know everything there is to know about him. He was a genius.”

A helping hand. Riseman has always been interested in helping local talent develop. Take Maya Luz, the designer who gave Riseman this round spiked bag. Now based in New York, Luz first gained wide recognition as a contestant on Project Runway. (Then just 22, the designer famously withdrew from the competition.) But by that time, Riseman had already met and mentored Luz. “She’s a spirited girl — smart, artistic, and professional,” she gushes. They first crossed paths at the Colonnade during one of Riseman’s Symphony Fashion Luncheons, a series she established to showcase emerging young designers. Luz, then a MassArt student, was a model in the show. But Riseman recognized her promising talent as a designer in her own right; they’ve been close ever since. “I like to help nice people. Not assholes,” says Riseman. Of course, whether they listen to her advice is up to them. She recalls one suggestion made to the team behind Boston Fashion Week, which consolidated citywide events into a single tented location last year. “I think that was a wise move. But I think an unwise move is that they don’t have celebrity fashion people coming from New York. That would excite people and reflect well on the designers here. They don’t want to do it.” Why not? Riseman offers a befuddled shrug. Hey, BFW — didn’t anyone tell you to listen to your elders?

Sage style advice. What does Riseman think about John Galliano? “That bastard!” she huffs. Fair enough, but before the designer was canned from Christian Dior for his outrageously antiSemitic tirades, Riseman bought this gorgeous Galliano woolen coat on a whim. “I went into Neiman’s to pay a bill, saw it, and said, ‘I want that!’ ” Even if you’re working on a more modest budget, Riseman suggests spur-of-the-moment shopping is the way to go. “The best way to shop is when you don’t need it,” she says. “When I’m looking for something I need, like a dress for a wedding, it’s torture. But if you see something you instantly fancy, buy it!” That probably means it’s something you really love and will always want to keep.

Permission to impulse shop? We like it. So we asked Marilyn for a few more fashion pointers. Secure your investments. Riseman’s walk-in closet is organized according to her own system: skirts here, jackets there, and so on, with each section further divided by designer. So when she’s creating an ensemble, she can instinctively pull pieces off the rack like flawlessly filed library books. And especially expensive items are each kept in a garment bag, its precious contents labeled with a handwritten note.

Respect for the classics. This vintage cassetteshaped Chanel clutch can elicit ’80s flashbacks. (Though not from everyone: Riseman says some of the handbag’s younger admirers don’t recognize its shape. Gag us with a spoon!) But even in the Age of Lagerfeld, whom Riseman credits for bringing bold innovations to the century-old house, it’s hard to forget Chanel’s namesake’s role in defining the fashions of the Roaring Twenties — an era that has always had a special place in Riseman’s heart. You can tell from her makeup (partly inspired by the period, says artist David Nicholas), her trademark Louise Brooks–style bob haircut, and, of course, her wardrobe. “When I saw Angelina Jolie in Changeling, I wanted to rip the clothes off her!” says Riseman. In fact, she admits that her clothing might sometimes give the impression that she’s stepped “right out of the 1920s.” She adds with a chuckle, “I was born in 1927. The only thing authentic [from that decade] is me!”

Think about the big picture. “A wonderful outfit is complete in every respect: right hair, right shoes, right bag, right proportions,” says Riseman. So even if your closet is full of fabulous pieces, carefully consider how to pull them together, lest the whole be less than the sum of its stylish parts. Don’t fit in. But have the right fit. The most gorgeous garments will look horrid if they don’t fit properly. Find an expert tailor who understands your body type, and make sure every pant, shirt, and jacket fits like a glove. Educate yourself. “Read as many magazines as you can,” says Riseman. The more background and context you possess, the better your ability to form strong opinions and cultivate your own style. “Be able to say, ‘I love this! I hate this! That’s not for me.’ ”

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Newbury Street is steeped in a distinctive history that reflects true American ingenuity. It is located on what used to be part of Boston Harbor; for 25 years, from 1857 to 1882, the area was filled with dirt from nearby hills to build a parcel of land for retail and residences. And the gorgeous original brownstones, many of which still stand, soon became the most covetable addresses in town. Some things never change; Newbury Street still attracts a highly fashionable set with a taste for the best in life. But in 2012, Newbury also reflects a wide diversity of retailers, with new spots opening all the time. From Boston-born businesses to international imports, they clamor for a spot on Boston’s coolest street. Here are a few spots that have opened since the start of the year. Stop in and welcome these newest kids on the block. Crush Boutique If you’re looking for fresh, flirty women’s fashion, you’ll fall in love with Crush. The boutique’s first location, on well-heeled Beacon Hill, quickly became a style maven’s go-to glam spot when it opened

five years ago. On Valentine’s Day 2012, childhood friends Rebecca Penner and Laura Macris opened their second store on Newbury Street — and we’re smitten with the selection of designer bags, shoes, jackets, and more. GANT Between the esteemed universities and Brahmin blue-blood heritage, Boston doesn’t need much help when it comes to pulling off preppy style. But GANT gives just enough European flair to keep its American heritage fashions feeling fresh. That sensibility started with its founder, a Ukrainian immigrant who founded GANT of New Haven — a shirt store not far from that other Ivy League school. Today, Babson College grad and NYCbased fashion designer Michael Bastian brings a trendy touch to his collaboration with the brand. We GANT get enough. Georgetown Cupcake If you’ve seen the TLC reality series DC Cupcakes, you’ve already “met” Sophie LaMontagne and Katherine Kallinis — the sweet sisters behind Georgetown. The show follows the fascinating ins and outs of running their first cupcake shop in the nation’s capital, but if you need a snack for while you’re watching, you can always swing by this new Hub location. The boutique cupcakes come in gourmet flavors that rotate daily, and the time has never been more appropriate to give them at try: the sisters release a new cookbook, Sweet Celebrations, in October. Marimekko Bright, bold and beautiful, the textiles made by the Finland-based designers of Marimekko are for the fashion-forward

— not the faint of heart. Eye-popping patterns and stylish, saturated colors are the trademarks by which you’ll recognize their clothes, home-décor pieces, and fabric art. With the Newbury Street location’s August opening, Bostonians finally have a one-stop shop for outfitting their homes and bodies with cool, contemporary designs. National Jean Company Boston Talk about making a splash. When it opened in April, National Jean Company Boston brought in a special celebrity host: Nicole Richie, the socialite-turned-designer who now mentors young talent on the NBC show Fashion Star. Richie’s accessories line, House of Harlow 1960, is one of many brands stocked by National Jean — which goes way beyond bottoms. Inside you’ll find trendy tops, head-turning handbags, and super stylish shoes that will probably have the paparazzi popping off photos of you. Ready for your close-up?

Robin’s Candy When it comes to seasonal getaways, we love any chance to head to the beautiful Berkshires. The resort-area mountains of western Mass are filled with small town centers, lined with adorable shops that seem lifted from a Norman Rockwell painting. (No wonder, since the man lived much of his life in Stockbridge.) Robin’s Candy started in Great Barrington, but this year brought Boston the type of cool, quirky candy shop that seems straight out of classic Americana — or Willy Wonka’s wildest dreams. Crush Boutique * 264 Newbury Street * 617-424-0010 GANT * 324 Newbury Street * 617-536-1949 Georgetown Cupcake * 83 Newbury Street * 617-927-2250 Marimekko * 140 Newbury Street * 617-247-2500 National Jean Company Boston * 218 Newbury Street * 857-233-4809 Robin’s Candy * 253 Newbury Street * 857-263-7618 continued on p44

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KitchenWares by Blackstones * 215 Newbury Street * 857-366-4237 L.A. Burdick Chocolate * 220 Clarendon Street * 617-303-0113 L’Elite Evening * 121 Newbury Street * 617-424-1010 Madewell * 329 Newbury Street * 617-424-0904 Pratesi * 110 Newbury Street * 617-262-5998 Raven Used Books * 263 Newbury Street * 617-578-9000 Sabatino & Co * 130 Newbury Street * 617-236-7111 Thos. Moser Cabinetmakers * 19 Arlington Street * 617-224-1245

Beauty Shopping Need a little retail therapy? Newbury Street has just what the doctor ordered: dozens and dozens of shops selling the hottest fashions, gorgeous décor pieces, and creative gifts for any occasion. In fact, with September leases about to start, you could probably fill your entire home with finds from Newbury. Here’s where to start. KITCHEN Whether your home chef skills are of Cordon Bleu quality, or you’re just a frustrated foodie looking to raise your game, stock your kitchen with highquality cutlery, cookware, and equipment from KitchenWares by Blackstones. (You might pop by during an on-site cooking demo or tasting.) And once you decide to give your local pizza joint’s takeout team a night off, Italian import Sabatino & Co carries every gourmet ingredient a recipe could possibly require, from premium olive oils to tapenades, preserves, sauces, and more. Boston Olive Oil Company is similarly stocked with gourmet vinegars and oils (including interesting infusion varieties, like a blood-orange olive oil), which you can sample and compare at their Tasting Bar. To select a sweet dessert, book a private session in the Tasting Room at Hotel Chocolat. Your Room guide will explain the history of chocolate production, teach you how to discern flavor notes, and even pair selections with wine (BYOB). Or <44> 8.28.12

pair chocolate with, well, more chocolate; the hot cocoa at L.A. Burdick Chocolate is legendary. LIVING ROOM After a long day at the office, you deserve to unwind with the ultimate in home entertainment — even if you’re just planning to chill some Real Housewives in HD. Bang & Olufsen delivers highend televisions and space-age sound systems that negate the need to hit a Cineplex, and each unit is designed with sexy style that actually enhances home décor. Or kick back with a tantalizing tome from Raven Used Books, which stocks gently read books that, if nothing else, add an air of intelligence to your coffee table. Still using moving boxes as makeshift ottomans? An unfurnished pad can quickly become a palace thanks to the handsome wood furniture of Thos. Moser Cabinetmakers. The Back Bay showroom highlights the impressive bookshelves, lounge seating, tables, and other pieces still handcrafted by a team of 70 in Maine, where the company was founded 40 years ago. And if you’re looking to extend living area comforts to your four-legged friends, head to Audrey’s Pet Supply & Services to sniff out a new bed or toy. (Give them a call, and they’ll also deliver products to your home. No more dragging heavy bags of kitty litter on the T.) Or head to Fish & Bone, where an in-store photo booth can immortalize your big day out with the pooch. BEDROOM Fashion-savvy Newbury Street is lined with clothing stores that can outfit any wardrobe. Some spots never go out of style, like Brooks Brothers — which is

not only the oldest men’s clothier chain in the States, but Newbury Street’s longestrunning retailer. It’s easy to see why: the preppy icon stays current without wavering from traditionally handsome fashion. (University-aged blue bloods might want to check out Jack Wills, which feels like Brooks Brothers’ younger, British sibling.) Top off your dapper look with a chapeau from Goorin Bros. Hat Shop, where you can be sized and fitted for a new fedora, flatcap, or big-brimmed straw piece. And ladies, you won’t be able to shake a hanger without hitting somewhere to find fabulous fashions — whether you’re dressing for a casual affair (Madewell and Intermix are cutesy picks) or the city’s most glamorous gala (the couture fashions at L’Elite Evening). And when night falls, you’ll love curling up in uber-comfortable sheets from Pratesi. The century-old Italian line is the Gucci of the linen world, long bringing bedrooms the look — and feel — of pure luxury. Audrey’s Pet Supply & Services * 296 Newbury Street * 857-991-1236 Bang & Olufsen Boston * 141 Newbury Street * 617-262-4949 Boston Olive Oil Company * 262 Newbury Street * 857-277-0007 Brooks Brothers * 46 Newbury Street * 617-267-2600 Fish & Bone * 217 Newbury Street * 857-753-4176 Goorin Bros. Hat Shop * 130 Newbury Street * 617-247-4287 Hotel Chocolat * 141 Newbury Street * 617-391-0513 Intermix * 186 Newbury Street * 617236-5172 Jack Wills * 179 Newbury Street * 857753-4524

Newbury Street is Boston’s destination for spas, salons, and beauty services. Where to start? A few suggestions on where you can get glam — from head to toe. HAIR In hair, bigger isn’t always better. (Junior prom, anyone?) But when the team at Avanti moved to a larger location on Newbury Street in August, the extra square footage allowed for exciting enhancements, like a separate, ventilated space for fume-heavy perm and relaxing treatments. (Plus, they’ve added such non-hair services as facials and massage.) And of course, you should never trust your tresses to anyone. So meet the superexperienced eponymous owners of Salon Eva Michelle. The dream-team duo of Eva Mustafai and Michelle Lee has 30 combined years in the industry, plus flawless style; they’re risk-takers who still respect a client’s comfort zone. (They also train via an in-house education program, and haircuts are just $25 if you’re willing to be a class model.) Rather remove unwanted hair? Make an appointment with American Laser Centers. The pros there promise permanent results in hair removal (farewell, razor burn!) among a suite of laser skincare services. EYES They say eyes are the windows to the soul. And to give those sashes some luxurious lashes, head to Salon Monet and Spa. The spot boasts a “Brow and Lash Boutique” offering silk and Siberian mink lash extensions — plus expert browshaping services — that will present your peepers in their best light. Or maybe you want some take-home advice on how makeup can maximize a sexy, smoldering stare (or how to contour your cheeks, or continued on p46


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for you to break a sweat with a fierce workout: you can hit the weights at Boston Sports Club, nearby Clarendon Street’s muscle-carving classroom at The Bar Method (which offers dance-inspired takes on interval training), or the womenonly world of Healthworks. Looking for a holistic approach to a healthy lifestyle? Around the corner is Exhale, a mind/body spa that offers beauty services, nutrition counseling, yoga, and core-building fitness classes that address every aspect of looking good and feeling great.

paint your lips, or . . .): in that case, book face time at acclaimed Katrina Hess Makeup Studio. Hess is always in high demand for special events, but also offers two-hour private lessons that provide plenty of A-plus advice. Finally, fill a shopping bag with rejuvenating products from Fresh — goodies like Crème Ancienne Eye Cream, a hydrating and firming eye cream that is handmade by monks in a Czech monastery. Gives new meaning to the phrase “beauty ritual.”

manicures and pedicures in a setting with specially designed sinks and sterilization procedures that set new standards in nail care hygiene. (You can also pick up some of Miniluxe’s colorful polishes.) If you can’t make it to the nail salon — make it come to you. Give a ring to Jennifer’s Nail Salon, a competitively priced spot that takes reservations for office “on-site” visits; treat your staff to manicures and you’re bound to earn Best Boss kudos. (Expense accounts will cover it — right?)

SKIN Immerse yourself in otherworldly comforts at G20 Spa & Salon. From its penthouse roof terrace to a fireside lounge, the multilevel beauty Mecca gives guests a truly memorable experience. And though the services are many, its detoxifying body wraps and hydrating facials are especially perfect for anyone who wants their skin left looking healthy, bright, and restored. For a different approach to radiant skin, swing by Glow. The tanning center boasts a wide range of top-of-the-line equipment and advanced lotions, plus organic solution spray tans that leave skin looking sun-kissed — without ever seeing a real UV ray. And to make sure you maintain a healthy skincare regimen, visit Kiehl’s Since 1851 and pick up powerful products — moisturizers, toners, masques, and anti-aging creams — that combine classic heritage (Kiehl’s was founded as an apothecary 160 years ago) with modern science.

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American Laser Centers * 37 Newbury Street * 617-419-3273 Avanti Salon * 11 Newbury Street * 617-267-4027 Boston Sports Club * 361 Newbury Street * 617-867-0100 Exhale * 28 Arlington Street * 617-532-7000 Fresh * 121 Newbury Street * 617-421-1212 G20 Spa & Salon * 278 Newbury Street * 617-262-2220 Glow Tanning Center * 253 Newbury Street * 617-369-4569 Healthworks * 137 Newbury Street * 617-859-8700 Jennifer’s Nail & Skin Care * 224 Newbury Street * 617-437-0777 Katrina Hess Makeup Studio * 115 Newbury Street * 781-710-6865 Kiehl’s Since 1851 * 112 Newbury Street * 617-247-1777 Miniluxe * 296 Newbury Street * 857-362-7444 Salon Eva Michelle * 118 Newbury Street * 617-262-8118 Salon Monet * 176 Newbury Street * 617-425-0010 The Bar Method * 234 Clarendon Street * 617-236-4455

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As a dining destination, Newbury Street isn’t just known for its sunny patios (though there are plenty) and world-class chefs (though there are many). For globe-trotting gourmands, it’s the world on a street: a spot to find food and drink that reflects countless cuisines. Think of eating on Newbury as heading “Around the World in Eight Blocks” — and consider this a sample travel plan to suit any taste. American When you’re craving comfort food, head to Cafeteria. This isn’t your grade-school lunch hall; the “tray chic” restaurant adds modern flourish to classic plates like meat loaf, spaghetti and meatballs (made with grass-fed beef), and mac-n-cheese (you can add hot dog, like Mom might). By night, it becomes a popular hotspot drawing a cool, international crowd. French At La Voile Boston Brasserie, authenticity is the name of the game. La Voile, French for “sail,” began as a popular restaurant for the boating crowd in Cannes. An American sailor worked with the original location’s owners to bring La Voile to Boston. With it came all the original décor — from its zinc bar to its wooden wine fridge. Its menu is an continued on p48


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equally faithful ode to France, with rich and refined plates complemented by a wine list reflecting each region.

Newbury Street is pretty enough to frame. (Or, at the very least, to put on a “Wish You Were Here!” Boston postcard.) But it is also home to a number of esteemed art galleries that feature rotating exhibitions by local, national, and international names. If you’re an ambitious art collector looking to invest, you’ve found the spot. But even if you’re just a culture vulture hoping to soak in the work while sipping wine (most galleries host artist receptions to launch shows), do a little window shopping by gallery hopping. We found a few upcoming shows that seem particularly hard to resist.

Indian Ready to turn up the heat? Come into Kashmir for some of the restaurant’s spicy Indian dishes, which can be ordered as “mild,” “medium,” or “hot” interpretations. The reasonable price points encourage plenty of return visits — which will be necessary to put a dent in the expansive menu. During the day, its popular buffet lunch is an affordable way to graze through the goods. Italian The Italians are known for big appetites (“Mangia!”), but Piattini puts the focus on small plates. Even the space itself is supremely intimate, with just 14 tables inside and seven on the quaint patio. (Hmmm. What’s Italian for “date night”?) But Piattini packs plenty of flavor into pasta, veal, and risotto dishes, to name a few — and save room for your sweet tooth, because the spot has a delish gelateria. Japanese The name Itadaki is a shortened form of “Itadakimasu,” a traditional expression used to commence a meal. (Think of it as Japan’s answer to “Bon Appétit!”) But we think words fail to describe the offerings here, which range from traditional sushi rolls to more contemporary small plates — and even an Itadaki take on New England clam chowder. Luckily, “Yum” is part of an international language. Mexican The best restaurants truly transport your taste buds. And when you step through the alley-side entrance of Casa Romero, you’ll feel like you’ve found a portal to Puebla tucked in the middle of Boston’s Back Bay. Its menu boasts plenty of authentic seafood, meat, and veggiefriendly dishes that have kept Hub diners traveling here for 40 years. But the gorgeous décor and cozy vibe ensure you’ll feel right at home in this Casa. Spanish “Tapas” is a trendy buzzword. But at its root, it refers specifically to Spanish food — not just any approach to smallplate dining. Tapeo Restaurant & Tapas Bar is a true representation of the cuisine, featuring more than 40 regional tapas and desserts. Dig in, mixing and matching from a menu that includes everything from short ribs and lamb chops to shrimp- and crab-stuffed squid, all exquisitely prepared. Wash them down with a notable selection of Spanish wines and sherry. <48> 8.28.12

Thai We love when we have chance to settle in for a long dinner with good food, good company, and good conversation. But this is Boston — and frankly, we live on the go. So while the tantalizing menu at Thai Basil is already worth a trip (try the sweet, tropical stir-fry noodles or one of the spicy curry dishes), we really love that the entire selection is available for online ordering. With a few quick clicks, you can take care of a personal pickup or an entire office lunch order in seconds. And what tastes better than convenience? NEBWURY’S NEIGHBORS Newbury Street is Boston’s epicenter of excitement. Situated in the heart of the upscale Back Bay, Newbury is surrounded by streets boasting many other fabulous businesses — especially fine-dining spots. Among our favorites is Forum. Its swanky first floor features a wide wall of windows and seasonal patio that underscore Forum’s reputation as a see-and-be-seen spot. Grab a table, mingle around the 45-seat island bar (the house infused vodkas are a must-try), or amble up a glamorous glowing staircase to the second floor’s more intimate martini bar and dining room. Wherever you pull up a seat, you’ll find that

Forum’s menu combines classic culinary technique with inventive, refined flourish. You can eat light by opting for a delicate salad (the watermelon and feta dish is to die for) or a simple, sophisticated starter like tuna tartare served with mango puree and avocado. Or dig into entrées like grilled swordfish, rib eye steak, or a pan-roasted 16-ounce pork chop coupled with chorizo cornbread stuffing and sweet-potato puree. To find other fabulous dining spots just off Newbury, check out the full list of members at newburystreetleague.org. Cafeteria * 279a Newbury Street * 617-536-2233 Casa Romero * 30 Gloucester Street * 617-536-4341 Forum * 755 Boylston Street * 857-991-1831 Itadaki * 269 Newbury Street * 617-267-0840 Kashmir * 279 Newbury Street * 617-536-1695 La Voile Boston Brasserie * 261 Newbury Street * 617-587-4200 Piattini Wine Café * 226 Newbury Street * 617-536-2020 Tapeo Restaurant & Tapas Bar * 266 Newbury Street * 617-267-4799 Thai Basil * 132 Newbury Street * 617-578-0089

Barbara Krakow Gallery Antipodes: New Zealand (runs September 8–October 13) Remember cartoons where Bugs Bunny dug a hole in one spot — and it led straight down to China? He had reached an antipode: the spot directly opposite you, on the other side of the Earth. And for his series Antipodes, New York–based artist Mike Glier began traveling between antipodal locations around the world, painting their landscapes to convey the interconnectedness and interdependence of global points. The Barbara Krakow Gallery will exhibit his work on New Zealand, the antipodal point of Spain: curious, captivating paintings that get you thinking deep thoughts about the land down under. Copley Society of Art Distant Shores (runs September 13– October 4) Summer is almost over, but you’re probably not ready to leave your seaside memories behind quite yet. This juried show contains several dozen pieces that interpret the ocean in all its pristine peacefulness and sometimes-haunting beauty. Oil paintings, watercolors, and photographs capture placid waters, crashing waves, and sailboats skimming the sea’s surface. And sculptured work immortalizes maritime memories in bronze and alabaster. International Poster Gallery Postermania! (through September 3) This summer exhibition features seasonally appropriate posters handpicked by the gallery staff. But remember, when they say “poster,” they mean original vintage pieces, many by renowned artists, not glossy Xeroxes you once hung in a college dorm room. Did you hit a favorite continued on p50


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Motown-leaning sounds of Good Will and Them Apples, and the forwardthinking funk of Cosmodrome. • Tonight, Newbury Street will be closed to cars. Except, that is, for the fleet of 80 luxury vehicles that will line the street thanks to platinum sponsor Herb Chambers. (That includes several from the car-dealership kingpin’s personal collection. Prepare to drool.) Snap a photo of yourself with one of the jawdropping cars, from a rare McLaren F1 to an uber-glam Lamborghini. And cozy up to the models accompanying the autos, draped in beautiful fashions from Nanette Lepore. They’ll be handing out info on special promotions at participating Newbury Street shops — like iFixYouri, a new leading repair service for devices like the iPad and iPhone. After all, you’ll want yours in working order; how else can you tweet your FNO photos?

summer concert this year? Come bask in the glory of the ultimate music fest, Woodstock: an original version of its iconic promotional poster is on display here. Were you hooked by the Olympics throughout August? Check out the cool artwork advertising the 1948 Summer Olympics, which were also held in London. Pucker Gallery Inuit Carvings: A New Story (runs September 8–October 8) Many contemporary cultures grow while grappling with a storied past. The Inuit culture is no exception, and this exhibition focuses on the post-1950s work of community members largely in Nunavut — the Arctic, northernmost territory of Canada. Carvings of whalebone and soapstone nod to Inuit ancestry through depictions of hunters, folklore monsters, and sea creatures. But they are also influenced by the nomadic peoples’ modern concerns, which include struggles with self-identity and various social issues. Society of Arts & Crafts The Tag Project/Executive Order 9066 (runs September 8–November 3) This powerful traveling exhibition addresses the tragic internment of Japanese-American citizens during World War II, as ordered by president Franklin D. Roosevelt. Wendy Maruyama, a San Diego–based artist, integrates sculpture, documentary photographs, and installations of actual objects retrieved from internment camps. Recreations of <50> 8.28.12

120,000 paper ID tags hang overhead, driving home the scope of this sad, scandalous blot on history. Don’t miss the opening reception on September 21 (with a dinner and Taiko drum show) or Maruyama’s artist talk on September 22. Barbara Krakow Gallery * 10 Newbury Street * 617-262-4490 Copley Society of Art * 158 Newbury Street * 617-536-5049 International Poster Gallery * 205 Newbury Street * 617-375-0076 Pucker Gallery * 171 Newbury Street * 617-267-9416 Society of Arts and Crafts * 175 Newbury Street * 617-266-1810

Fashion’s Night Out

Everyone loves a good block party. But when Boston celebrates Fashion’s Night Out, it’s an even bigger bash. For one evening — Thursday, September 6, from 6 to 10 pm — all of Newbury Street will be filled with live music, fashion shows, exciting giveaways, and special celebrity guests. It’s an exciting chance for Bostonians to shop, socialize, and salute the world of style through this local installment of the Vogue-affiliated Fashion’s Night

Out series, which involves fabulous special events in major cities around the globe. And with the entire street closed to vehicular traffic (last year’s FNO was the first time this happened in 15 years!), the festivities have an energy quite unlike any other night on the town. How should you spend your Fashion’s Night Out on Newbury Street? Here’s a checklist of some must-go events, mustsee happenings, and must-visit participants that will help you make September 6 a night out to remember. • At 6 pm, be sure to visit the Center Stage by the intersection of Newbury and Exeter Streets. Mayor Menino will welcome the crowd and kick off the event, which continues to get bigger, better, and more beautiful every year. Scope the VIP names hanging in the Center Stage Lounge, a special space designed by Kimpton Hotels (the brand behind such swanky spots as Nine Zero Hotel and the Onyx Hotel) and featuring delicious food and drink by Forum Restaurant. And revisit Center Stage throughout the night. All evening long it will host fashion shows with glamorous beauties signed to Newbury Street’s Dynasty Models. Plus, there will be plenty of live music performances: expect the seven-piece party band Sweet Tooth and the Sugarbabies, the

• Beach season may be over, but working the latest fall fashions will still require a flattering figure. So make a point to visit the Fashionably Fit Show at the corner of Newbury and Hereford Street. The Show is presented by Vibram, the brand behind those famous FiveFingers toe shoes that earn big praise from barefoot athletes. Throughout the night, workout demos will inspire new approaches to exercise, while models show off chic gear from Lululemon Athletica — proving you don’t need to sacrifice fashion for fitness. (Blood pumping now? Head to the corner of Newbury and Dartmouth for a tented area where Reebok Crossfit Back Bay and City Sports will spotlight their fall collections of wearable wares.) • There’s plenty more on-street entertainment afoot, but don’t forget to drop into the many Newbury Street retailers who are hosting their own Fashion’s Night Out events and providing special sales. You’ll find DJs and hors d’oeuvres inside Diesel and Ted Baker London, flowing Champagne and gorgeous models at lingerie shop La Perla, and glamorous gift-with-purchases doled out by spots like DVF and Juicy Couture, which launches a new fragrance tonight. Preview participant events and map your shopping mission by viewing the full list at newburystreetleague.org. • Fashion’s Night Out officially wraps at 10 pm. But who knows — rub the right elbows, and you might find yourself at the invite-only After Party at Forum. The sleek restaurant and shimmering nightspot is the perfect place to grab a cocktail while chatting up members of the local glitterati. What’s Fashion’s Night Out without a nightcap?


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Mock Turtle Soup at Kitchen Ask a Bostonian to identify a historic restaurant, and she might name the Union Oyster House (established in 1826) or Durgin-Park (1827), hopefully while noting that most such places are forgettable tourist traps. Combining history with worthy food is trickier. Scott Herritt managed this feat with his revival of Restaurant Marliave (1875), where he restored its Victorianera look and crafted a menu dotted with highlights from its century-plus history. His new South End restaurant, Kitchen (560 Tremont Street, Boston, 617.695.1250), doesn’t occupy a famous old building, but its menu draws from Herritt’s vast collection of vintage cookbooks to mine several centuries of European and American cooking. Venerable standbys of New England and Continental cuisine hit the eye first: raw oysters ($16 for six), bacon-wrapped scallops ($14), and a simply roasted, beautifully crisp-skinned half-chicken ($22) nestled atop baby carrots and chunks of summer squash. Julia Child gets a nod with pan-roasted sole ($24), tender fillets liberally drenched in butter. Colonial notes are struck with lamb pie ($22), braised shank, potatoes, and peas in gravy under a pastry crust. Pork and beans ($21) are a hoary Boston cliché made memorable with house-made sausage, glazed ribs, and an offal meatball. Revived haute-cuisine relics include tournedos Rossini ($32), tenderloin medallions crowned with foie gras, black truffles, and a glistening Madeira sauce, and lobster Thermidor ($30), a swank casserole PHOTO BY joel veak

of shelled meat, spinach, and gnocchi in a mustard-spiked cream sauce. An antebellum Hamburg steak ($18) goes old-old-school on the hamburger craze with a well-seasoned, nicely charred patty of quality ground beef bedecked with a mess of excellent skinny fries and a big disk of Roquefort butter. These may be ancient, but they’re familiar. Ever seen mock turtle soup ($12)? This olde English throwback uses inexpensive cuts of beef to mimic the delicacy that was green-turtle soup. The result here is gorgeous, with beef cheek providing a fattiness and deep flavor akin to short ribs, sliced tongue echoing the texture of reptile meat, and carrots and peas lending a homey accent. Add two of Kitchen’s fine house-made rolls, and this satisfying app becomes a meal. Big, well-constructed vintage cocktails include the Vieux Carré ($12): rye, Cognac, sweet vermouth, Benedictine, and bitters. The wine and beer lists are short, modest, and sensible, the narrow dining room similarly sturdy, lined with chunky booths in plain brown leather. Herritt may want to unearth a few lighter gems from the past if he hopes to hook young whippersnappers accustomed to a more modern style. In the meantime, especially as the weather turns cooler, Kitchen seems set to revive at least a passing interest in the cookery of our forebears in all its rich, animal-fat-laden glory.

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Liz Vilardi sweeps in looking very Audrey Hepburn — the long neck, the hair that flickers with shampoo-ad shininess. She’s got Southern good manners, but her look is urban cool. She’s a poised presence in the construction zone: today Vilardi is presiding over the finishing touches on Belly (1 Kendall Square, Cambridge, 617.494.0968), her soonto-open wine bar and charcuterie. It’s tucked in next to the Blue Room, which Vilardi co-owns with her husband, Nick Zappia, and a 10-minute walk from the sleek wine shop Central Bottle, which they co-own with friends Maureen and Dave Rubino. We’re hidden away in one of Belly’s banquettes, working through a platter of coppa, merguez, and lardo. It’s not a bad way to spend a late-summer afternoon. You’ve been at the Blue Room for 12 years. How did a nice girl with a finance degree get sucked into the restaurant business? I began as an investment banker and ended up owning restaurants, maybe by accident, maybe not. I’m a Texas girl who wanted an East Coast college with a great football program. BC was perfect. As a student, I started waiting tables on Newbury Street. That’s the obvious part-time job for a college girl, right? When I had a chance to use my finance degree at an investment bank, I jumped at it. I was doing analysis, but my dream was to be on the trading floor. Now that I was making money, I could indulge my “hobby” and get a culinary degree at night at Cambridge Culinary. I did a series of long stages in the kitchen at Lumière with Michael Leviton and at Tremont 647 with Andy Husbands, still keeping my day job in banking. I realized that what I loved about the trading floor was exactly what I love about the restaurant business: total chaos from the minute you open until the gong goes off. You get addicted to the adrenaline. What’s the Belly concept? If the Blue Room and Central Bottle had a baby, you’d get Belly — artisanal and funky, cutting-edge and intellectually daring. Belly is going to be boisterous, fun, and young. Cozy yet noisy. Twenty-plus wines by the glass, and all sorts of charcuterie — chickenliver mousse, rabbit rillettes, andouillettes, curated cheeses served with confiture, oysters always, and “snacks” like fried green tomatoes, grilled razor clams, and lamb bacon. And if you are really hungry, a ribeye woodgrilled for two. We want people to come for the wine and stay for it all. Where did the idea come from? A lot of credit goes to our chef, Robert Grant, who came to us from the Butcher Shop. With Robert, we got a twofer: a chef who cures his own meat; and our cheesemonger at Central Bottle, [his partner] Stephanie Santos, who will be curating the cheeses for Belly. Each day she’ll feature a menu of cheeses: one salt, one fresh, one funk, one whole, one home-grown, one italiano, one français, and the best of “the blues.” This is our Fall Fashion issue, and you seem pretty stylish yourself. If you had to pick two perfect pieces of clothing, what would they be? A classic navy blazer and a pencil skirt in a bright color. And anything cashmere. You know that black dress in Pretty Woman? I’m from the South. There’s a lot of emphasis on “putting your face on” before you go out. What don’t people know about you? When I was a little girl, I wanted to be president so I could pass a law that everyone could wear pajamas all day long. I’d still rather be home than out. I’m a closet introvert, a professional extrovert.

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The shōjō is a mythical creature from Japanese lore: half monkey, half man, all sake fiend. Legend has it he ran out of his beloved rice wine and embarked on a lengthy quest to find sake paradise — a massive, sparkling sake waterfall in the jungle. If he had asked us, we would have sent him straight to Chinatown’s modern-day equivalent: cousins Brendan and Brian Moy’s brand-spankin’ new Asian fusion joint, Shōjō (9A Tyler Street, Boston, 617.423.7888), tucked beneath the familiar China Pearl sign. Surrounded on all sides by tradition (Kung Pao chicken here, Buddha’s Delight there), the Moys, along with executive chef Nick Lee, set out to reinvigorate the neighborhood’s food scene. The result: an upscale-yet-laid-back lounge vibe and an equally modern menu, featuring full entrees as well as a stacked selection of appetizers, sides, happy-hour bites, and late-night offerings — perfect for sharing and snacking before or after a night on the town. The suckling-pig bao ($8) is a perfectly executed riff on the increasingly popular pork-belly buns of New York’s Momofuku and beyond. But instead of hoisin, Lee splashes the pork — alternately falls-apart-in-your-mouth

tender and lightly crunchy — with smoky BBQ sauce, then tops it off with housemade kimchi and shaved cucumber. The smoky-sweet-pickled combo is a revelation. The fried oysters ($9), nestled in beds of sea-foam-green rock salt, are topped with a sweet kimchi sauce, paprika aioli, and crispy egg noodle. The oysters’ briny flavor is played down, barely ebbing on the back of your tongue, and the subtlety works since texture is the real star here. Duck-fat fries ($6) are also not to be missed, since they arrive with a sriracha aioli you’ll want to smear all over everything you eat for the rest of your existence. Barman Markus Yiao’s drinks operate under the same M.O. as the kitchen, to strong results: besides the extensive sake list, the Reiko Greene ($10) is a standout. A blend of gin, green Chartreuse, and lime, it features a huge hunk of cucumber ice and acts as a twopart cocktail; as the ice melts, the glass is newly flooded with the cool essence of garden cucumber, and you’re never left with a watery drink. Shōjō is a gust of fresh air in Chinatown. Breathe it in, people.

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liquid The Last Sip of Summer Right now, Watermelon is ripe for the Drinking Some of the best discoveries come about accidentally: penicillin, Play-Doh, Post-it Notes, and Popsicles, to name a few that all begin with P for some reason. But all of these pale in comparison to the first time a drunk bro at a barbecue stumbled back from the house with some vodka and fell bottle-first into a watermelon. No use letting good food and booze go to waste, this unknown genius thought. Thus a new era of fruity drinking was born. “Watermelon was probably the first infused fruit,” says Michael Ray of Forum (755 Boylston Street, Boston, 857.991.1831) while I’m nosedeep in an impromptu recipe he’s made for me, a blend of Michter’s bourbon, fresh watermelon, mint, and rhubarb bitters. But it’s kind of a switcheroo on the old infusing-booze-with-fruit routine, he says. “You’re not really infusing the vodka; you’re infusing the watermelon.” Science. “Everyone wants to turn a bottle of vodka upside down, stick it in watermelon, and start chewing on some pieces,” he continues. “It’s easy, cool, and refreshing; it reminds people of summer.” And since we’re approaching the end of summer, many of us are going to want to cling to those memories for as long as we can. But while that venerable bottle technique is fine for those slumming it at the beach, there’s more than one way to skin a watermelon. For a slightly classier version, Mike Corcoran of Back Deck (2 West Street, Boston, 617.670.0320) recommends turning a halved watermelon into a punch bowl. That’s what he does for the sharable version of Back Deck’s West Street Cooler, made with Berkshire Mountain Distillers’ Ragged Mountain rum, Aperol, and lime and watermelon juice, all topped with soda. Look around, and you’ll find plenty of other refreshing rum- and vodka-based watermelon cocktails, like the Anguria at Scampo (215 Charles Street, Boston, 617.536.2100), made with watermelon puree, vodka, and muddled lime, and the Watermelon Cooler, suggested by the folks at Ipswich’s Privateer Rum; it’s made with Privateer, watermelon puree, simple syrup, and lime juice and garnished with mint. But for me, watermelon tends to be, well, a little watery, so I prefer a spicier spirit base. And lots of bartenders have noticed that the fruit pairs well with a bit of heat. “Fresh watermelon juice adds a very subtle sweet taste that feels very summery without being overpowering,” says Mike Letterman, GM of the newly opened OAK Long Bar + Kitchen (138 Saint James Avenue, Boston, 617.585.7222), where they’re doing a watermelon <56> 8.28.12

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Watermelon, a dry watermelon wheat beer that’s way better than it sounds. But those in search of a fruity fix don’t even have to belly up to a bar: as the old teenagerat-the-beach bottle technique suggests, watermelon is easy to work with at home on the fly. Use a blender or just muddle it in a glass to make your own puree. If that’s still too much work, the folks at new fresh-pressed juice shop Nourish Your Soul (17 Playstead Road, West Medford, 888.995.8423) will do the heavy lifting for you. They sell a watermelon-mint juice that you can take home for mixing. It’s touted as a good source of vitamin A, vitamin C, and lycopene, which are great for kick-starting the metabolism. It’s still summertime, remember: anything you can do to burn some extra calories is great. You want to be drinking watermelon, not looking like one.

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At Home with Kay McGowan The well-travelled design maven plays tour guide in her worldly living room

After a trip abroad, most of us return with souvenirs — maybe a snow globe or a refrigerator magnet. But Kay McGowan’s living room is filled with far more impressive treasures. McGowan spent more than a decade working for Mohr & McPherson, the South End’s famed importer and retailer of high-end home goods. Then in April, she launched her own project: A Curated World (acuratedworld.com), an online storefront where shoppers cull through handpicked handicrafts — home décor, clothing, and more — from exotic locales. Together with her team of contributing writers and photographers, including Oleana chef Ana Sortun and esteemed shutterbug Quentin Bacon (who shot for Michelle Obama’s new cookbook, American Grown), McGowan has devised an innovative, immersive experience — part shop, part travelogue. The creative concept scored her acceptance to Betaspring, a Providence-based accelerator program, earlier this year. And it gives us a place to find gorgeous, globally sourced décor that is the real deal — not a HomeGoods facsimile. We traveled to her Somerville home for a quick tour.

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A. McGowan got this Argentinean painting during a trip to Buenos Aires, where she was drawn to its whimsical depiction of a child surrounded by fish. Water is meaningful to McGowan: a competitive swimmer from ages six to 14, she once took on future Olympic gold medalist Jenny Thompson in the lanes. After high school, she deferred college and briefly moved to Hawaii to work as a lifeguard. The wanderlust bug had bitten, and within a few years she had again moved on her own to New Zealand. “So much serendipity is born out of travel,” says McGowan. “That’s especially true if you’re traveling by yourself. It creates a situation where you’re so open to what you might find and the people you might meet.” B. This oversized coffee table is actually a camel cart from India. (Also from India are the horse head, which once adorned a doorframe, and the window-side teakwood chair, a type of seat common in Indian municipal buildings in the 1930s and ’40s.) The cart-turned-table was McGowan’s first employee purchase at Mohr & McPherson, where she spent 14 years. Thanks to her work with esteemed dealers, buying trips, and personal travel to a dozen-plus nations, nearly every item in this room reflects a different corner of the globe: China, Japan, Turkey, Syria, Pakistan, and Indonesia are among the countries represented. Says McGowan, “I wanted to create a lifestyle that would bring me around the world and introduce me to new things and new people all the time.” C. This painting was bought from a street vendor in Morocco, one of McGowan’s favorite places to visit. She most recently visited Marrakech with Quentin Bacon, documenting the adventure for the first in a series of “travel experiences” hosted on A Curated World’s website. Each city-specific experience follows McGowan and contributors as they meet with merchants and artisans, offering travel information and examining the country’s culture from food to fashion. It’s an ambitious approach, meant to provide browsers with an emotional connection to the people and place behind each handicraft — no passport required. (Next up: a fall travel experience on Istanbul.) D. The mid-century couch from Cambridge’s Abodeon and the modern Visual Comfort lamp are definitely departures from McGowan’s typical style, which leans toward (often vintage) Eastern handicraft. But her attraction to these pieces nonetheless reflects her philosophy on home design: “Listen to your instinct. If something speaks to you, trust yourself. A common thread will emerge.” And for McGowan, that thread is artisanship. “You can still see the hand of an artisan in that sofa, and I believe the hand of an artisan is what gives something its authenticity and its sense of intrinsic value.” phoTos by melissa ostrow


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When I started this column nearly a decade ago, the gay-marriage battle had just been sparked in Massachusetts with the Goodridge case. A guy named Mitt Romney was our bigoted governor. And I was writing under the brilliant pseudonym of “Jeannie,” lest I lose my day job as a legal reporter writing about the gay-marriage effort being stonewalled by a guy named Mitt Romney. I trepidatiously published one 1,500-word column about my obsession with Vegas strippers in a magazine then called Stuff@night, which was the size of a kitchen table. The day it hit newsstands, I opened my email to find it stuffed with outpourings from like-minded perverts, Bible-thumpers urging me to find religion, and average readers thankful for a laugh and a window into an otherwise foreign lifestyle. Thus began an adventure that would take me to cuddle parties, fetish fairs, orgasm workshops, and bondage lessons — and through countless relationships with women who fell victim to my pen. Always my goal was to normalize rather than fetishize sexuality, even when it may have seemed fringy to me. And I worked to achieve this with a tone both sarcastic and (hopefully) insightful. Fortunately, I had great creative liberties with STUFF and its parent company, the Phoenix Media/Communications Group. And I never hid my true self as an out lesbian writing not solely about the “gay community,” but about things that plague us all as sexual creatures. For that freedom, I thank the amazing editorial staff at the helm. In my near decade of writing this column, I’ve seen the marriage and retirement of Sex and the City’s Carrie Bradshaw (oft credited with spawning positions like my own) as the bawdy Girls of a younger generation take over TV’s sexual landscape. I’ve watched many of my own friends go from sexually voracious 20-somethings to settled cohabiters to married with children. I’ve even witnessed my gay cohorts go from living “alternative lifestyles” to oohing and aahing over dishtowels and diaper creams at their showers. In that same time, I’ve had my heart cracked and repaired

countless times and enjoyed the luxury of using my relationships as a testing ground for material. I mean, how many times do you get to ask for a spanking in the name of research? I’ve seen pop-culture icons like Ricky Martin, Cynthia Nixon, and Anderson Cooper come out, and nearly every major network now has a show featuring gay characters. I’ve seen gay marriage ratified in eight states and get a nod from the White House. I’ve teared up watching two lesbian military members mark the end of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell with a shipside lip-lock. And I’ve cracked up as those once-illicit bondage classes that I used to attend now become populated by horny housewives fixated on Fifty Shades of Grey. No matter what your persuasion, you can’t deny the sexual progress. And yet, as I sit here penning my final column for a publication that will soon represent another of the media world’s mergings, some things are still painfully the same. We are three months away from both the nine-year anniversary of the Goodridge decision and an electoral showdown between a party that has embraced change and one led by a guy named Mitt Romney who would like to turn back the clocks on equality. If there’s anything I’ve learned from the hundreds of columns I’ve researched over the years, and from the thousands of letters I’ve received from readers far and wide, it’s that we are far more alike than different in our desire to be loved, no matter how we choose to express it. Word counts shrink. Minds expand. And change, no matter how uncomfortable it may be at present, is an incredibly powerful force. Embrace it. I am. Thank you all for joining me on this unbelievably exciting, eyeopening, hilarious, and heartfelt journey through the sexual sphere. It has been an experience like no other!

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Jeannie Greeley is a freelance writer signing off as sexual scribe. You can keep in touch with her by writing to jeannieg@comcast.net or by Googling her. (She’s still into that.)


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1. John Mayer; 2. Sandra Abensohn and John Talanian; 3. Ally and Scott Kanter; 4. Jill Birolini and Karl Holmes; 5. Tara Rostamnezhad and Andrea Athanassiou; 6. Gayle Sapp and Scott Fairbanks; 7. Corrine Short and Courtney Stevens; 8. Amelia Klein and Hallie Baker; 9. Erik Waters and Victoria Montemayor; 10. Stefanie Korman and Josh Morton; 11. Luis Ortiz and Lamarr Walker.

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Sam Sisakhti’s STUFF As any aspiring designer will tell you, breaking into the fashion industry can seem like an impossible feat (one tougher than the wackiest Project Runway challenge). Sam Sisakhti wants to change that. In 2008, the Lexingtonbred, Brandeis-schooled innovator launched UsTrendy, an online fashion marketplace that helps independent designers connect with buyers and garner funding. It was risky. At the height of the recession, he fled a secure job in finance to follow his dream. Now, he runs his own office by day and spends his evenings holding court at Bond and Empire. He paused to chat about his style, Boston’s swagger, and his prized possession — a humble chair. Okay, tell us about this chair. Growing up, my dad was my role model. He still is. About 10 years ago, he started his own company, sitting in this chair. When I graduated from Brandeis, I had a job lined up in finance. I thought I should play it safe. My dad gave me his chair and told me to follow my heart and pursue my dreams. That’s really what put me over the edge; I knew I had to follow my heart. He engraved it: it says, “Sam Sisakhti, UsTrendy Founder.” Is it comfortable? [Laughs] No, it’s just a wooden chair. No cushion. Why did you leave a secure job for the unknown? Well, I had done a summer internship, and the company offered me a job going into my last year of college. I knew I was in a fortunate position. Then I showed up at work, and everyone seemed really miserable. I remember looking at some of the guys who were older and thinking, “This could be me one day.” One month turns into a year, then five, then 10. I could see myself settling. I knew I had to get out after just a week. My dad saw me and talked to me, which led me to resign. They thought I was kidding until I didn’t show up again. Why did you start a fashion company? I always wanted to start a company, but I didn’t know what it would be. I wanted to focus on the Internet, though, because it could grow quickly. Fashion interested me, and I felt it was important that I should market products to my generation. My goal is to build up as many independent designers as I can. One of my biggest goals <66> 8.28.12

is to change the opinion of indie fashion. The word “indie” has a stigma. But indie fashion’s quality is exceptionally high. Now, one of the most frequent comments [on the site’s designs] is, “I would actually wear that.” You started out in California. Why move back to Boston? I did move to California, and I was there for a year and a half. I realized it didn’t matter where I was sitting at the end of the day, though, working with 14,000 designers from 100 countries. I needed to feel comfortable. Being around the support of my friends and family made me feel better. In fact, when I moved back here, I actually got funding. Which entrepreneur do you most admire? I admire Steve Jobs because he kept rebounding and came back — initially at Apple when things didn’t work out and they kicked him out, he went on and did other successful projects. He experienced the highest highs and lowest lows. I can relate. One month is awesome, and the next month you hit adversity. Where can we find you when you’re not at the office? I live near the North End by the Boston Harbor area, and when I’m not working I love to play basketball a couple of times a week. My favorite place right now is Emerald. I like Bond, I like the Liberty Hotel, and I really like the Seaport area, especially Legal Harborside. As a fashion entrepreneur, you probably look spiffy when you’re out on the town, right? I wear a collared shirt and Seven jeans or True Religions. And I like to wear vests and skinny ties. What do you think of Boston’s style? Well, there are the people who rock out with the baseball cap. I’m telling you, when I get on a plane in different states, I can tell who’s from Boston. They just have that swagger. There’s also the sophisticated after-work style at places like Middlesex Lounge. There’s a hipster scene out in Cambridge. You see a lot of black in New York, but out here it’s broad, a wide range.

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TIME After a certain amount of it, all parties end — so that another one can begin. In the years since STUFF got its start, we’ve tweaked the name, the page size, the design; we’ve seen staffers come and go. But what’s never changed? How amazed we are by Boston and our readers. So we want to say thanks, especially now that we’re entering a whole new phase. STUFF is teaming up with The Boston Phoenix to create a new weekly glossy magazine, filled with fashion, dining, booze, politics, arts, and nightlife coverage — everything you need to know about the city you love in a stunning new package. Look for the magazine’s debut issue on September 21. It’ll be called The Phoenix — and there will be a ton of STUFF in it.


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