Summer reading lists may be mandatory, but beach lit has nothing on the joy of a great Autumn page-turner. From Simon Doonan's craziest industry exploits to a glittering archive of Stuart Weitzman's heels and Giancarlo Giammetti's heavyweight autobiography, give your bookshelf a back-to-school makeover with fashion's freshest titles!
We're longtime fans of both Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan, and were thrilled to see their Shelter Island home on the cover of this month's Hamptons magazine. If you love the house, be sure to check out how to get the look!
It's no surprise that their playful personalities shine through in both the photographs and the interview, and we found out a few things that we didn't already know about the couple! Keep reading to see what we discovered in our favorite moments from the interview.
On what people would be most surprised to learn about them:
Simon: "I love to go paddleboarding, hiking, and running. I'm never happier than when I'm in the outdoors — I don't even care if it's raining — and people do find that very surprising. I think people would be surprised, Jonathan, about how sporty you are."
Jonathan: "When people think of design folks, they think of us being really effete. Not to toot our own horns, but we are a little bit crunchier than people might expect. That's the magic of Shelter Island for us. When I think about Shelter Island, I think about hiking in the Mashomack Preserve — which is paradise — and paddleboarding."
On deciding to share a home in Shelter Island shortly after they met:
Simon: "We went to look at it in the spring, and everywhere you drove there were incredible smells of lilac. After the house rental, we brought bicycles, and we found this great A-frame and just bought it. We hadn't known each other very long at this time . . ."
Jonathan: "That was one of the great things about us: We just got on with it and didn't dither. I see people in my office who are 10 years into their relationship, wondering if the guy is going to pop the question. We just knew each other for a few months and bought a house together. There was no procrastination."On what they like most about their Shelter Island home:
Simon: "I know what my favorite part of the house is — I love the living room. I love to sit in the hanging chairs with you, staring at the view and thinking: Wow, when I was born in a gritty little town after the war in England, I never thought I would be in this swinging glamour pad in America."
Jonathan: "For me, the house represents an incredible creative project. I made a lot of custom stuff for the house, whether it's the custom tiles or this gigantic screen, lots of custom furniture. So, for me, it was the chance to put my vision to work. It's very gratifying to wake up and see all my work in the context in which I always imagined it. In our old house I had a pottery studio, but it always felt like a busman's holiday. Now, for me, Shelter Island is an opportunity to turn my mind off. Shelter Island is lemon sorbet for my brain."
On Jonathan's two authentic identities and how he has been able to merge them as a designer:
Jonathan: "I've always had two authentic identities. I've always been authentically a potter, authentically bohemian. But I've also been authentically bourgeois. My challenge was how to reconcile my two authentic identities, and miraculously I've managed to do it. It's just completely in my nature to be obsessed with design, but I also am kind of Tszuji. You're actually more bohemian than I am."
For more photos and the rest of the interview, visit Hamptons magazine!
- The CFDA and Ebay have tapped over 90 designers, including J. Mendel (left) and Prabal Gurung, to design tote bags for its third "You Can't Fake Fashion" initiative. Look for the totes exclusively online on March 18. [Harper's Bazaar]
- Diane von Furstenberg and Andrew Rosen are teaming up to host Open Market, an evening of food, cocktails, and fashion to benefit the Meatpacking District Improvement Association. [Style.com]
- The Great Gatsby is set to open the Cannes Film Festival, which kicks off on May 15. [The New York Times]
- Simon Doonan attributes his signature sense of humor to his upbringing: "It's a big part of being English — not taking things too seriously, debunking things." [The Business of Fashion]
- Elle Macpherson has gotten engaged to longtime boyfriend Jeffrey Soffer. [Page Six]
- GQ Deputy Editor Michael Hainey has an affinity for artful prose: "I've always wanted to be a poet. That's how I started writing," he said. "Poetry teaches you to sort of crystallize your thinking." [MR PORTER]
- Jenna Lyons has 289 pairs of shoes — or as she refers to them: shiny ponies. [POPSUGAR Style & Trends]
- Disneyland Paris will hold a fashion show to celebrate its 20th anniversary later this month, featuring designs from the likes of Alber Elbaz and Philip Treacy. [Vogue UK]
- Will we see another Tom Ford movie hit theaters soon? [Telegraph]
Only Alexander Wang could make the sad, steady decline of customer service laugh-out-loud funny. For T's Spring 2013 campaign video, Wang hired Bon Qui Qui — the hilariously rude character created by Mad TV alumna Anjelah Johnson — to work in his New York flagship store.
Bon Qui Qui is best known for the skit in which she lambasts customers at a fast-food restaurant for making complicated orders. Is it any surprise that this time around, she tries to shove Alessandra Ambrosio's foot into a shoe two sizes too small, tells model Shannan Click she doesn't look good in baby blue, and ends up accusing Simon Doonan of grand theft handbag? A look at her antics on the first day of work, below.
Fashion is full of characters, but few of them are as delightfully witty or raucously inappropriate as Simon Doonan. Since he was promoted from creative director to creative ambassador at large for Barneys in 2011, Doonan has had more time to devote to projects like writing his weekly column, titled Notes From the Fashion Apocalypse, for Slate, and working on books like his last two tomes, Gay Men Don't Get Fat and Eccentric Glamour.
Both avenues, as well as his other writing and his appearances on various television shows, have been effective dispensaries of Doonan's wit. And while he's been called everything from "a funny gay nugget" (by comedian Chelsea Handler) to "glamorously sublime" (by Narciso Rodriguez), Doonan describes his hilarious output differently. "I'm a Goody Two Shoes masquerading as a loosey-goosey eccentric," he says. A look at Doonan's most memorable Doonanisms here in the gallery.
Those stories and more in our daily news roundup.
- Simon Doonan has had some pretty great Halloween costumes over the years. He calls the one above, from 2003, "an old queen dressed as an old queen." [The Cut]
- Rumor has it Hedi Slimane will design the wardrobe for The Rolling Stones' upcoming tour — but so far mum's the word from Yves Saint Laurent. [Vogue UK]
- Jason Wu will introduce the Grand Tourista bag, a canvas and leather tote he designed for the St. Regis Hotel, next month. Priced at $1,995, it will be available on the hotel's website. [WWD]
- Treana Peake's obsession with Sudan led her to hire five models from the African nation as her brand ambassadors this season. [Elle]
- What would Anna Wintour, Grace Coddington, Rachel Zoe, Anna Dello Russo, and Bryan Boy all imagined in miniature form look like? We have the answer. [The Coveteur]
Alexa Chung, Sofia Coppola, and Clemence Poesy were among those who braved the rain Monday night to fete Acne Paper's Issue 14. Held at New York's storied Four Seasons Restaurant, the champagne-filled soiree featured live jazz from the Blue Velvet quintet, while music stands placed around the room showcased copies of the paper. At 272 pages, it's the magazine's biggest issue yet, and also the first time it's been entirely dedicated to a single locale. "We could have chosen London, Paris, Berlin, or any other city of cosmopolitan importance, but we took Manhattan," editor in chief Thomas Persson explained. "During our many visits to the Big Apple we have had the great fortune of befriending a number of wonderful people who have only taken a keen interest in our publication but who have also helped shape it." Perhaps some of those friends were also in attendance — we spied fashion vets Simon Doonan, Lily Donaldson, Hanne Gaby Odiele, Olivier Theyskens, and Monique Pean all there and having a pretty grand time. An inside look at all the fun, here.
Photos courtesy of Acne
Get the Look: Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan Share Their Shelter Island Home's Amazing Outdoor Spaces
Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan's Shelter Island getaway, featured in the latest issue of Architectural Digest, combines groovy furnishings with clean architectural lines, making it the type of beach enclave every modernist dreams of. We are especially smitten with the couple's outdoor spaces, which strike the perfect balance of high style and laid-back approachability. Take a look at the key pieces we fell in love with from their Shelter Island home, and discover where you can snag the look for yourself!
Photo courtesy Architectural Digest and Joshua McHugh
>> Those stories and more in our daily news roundup.
Kate Young Named Most Powerful Stylist, Lucy Yeomans Leaves Harper's Bazaar UK, Ralph Rucci Adds Sportswear
- Kate Young's styling work for Natalie Portman and Michelle Williams has earned her the title as most powerful stylist of 2012. Young tops the list of The Hollywood Reporter's 25 power stylists, trailed closely by Petra Flannery (spot three) and Christina Hastings (spot 10). L'Wren Scott, Brad Goreski, and Arianne Phillips also make appearances on the list. [The Hollywood Reporter]
- On the same day that Barneys fashion director Amanda Brooks announced that she was leaving the company and moving to London, Harper's Bazaar UK editor Lucy Yeomans announced that she's leaving to direct the editorial efforts at Net-a-Porter. Jenny Dickinson, who used to work as an editor at Elle UK, will take over for Yeomans starting next month. [Daily Front Row]
- Ralph Rucci, designer of the couture-level clothing brand Chado Ralph Rucci, announced today that he would be adding a secondary line, a line of sportswear, and possibly a fragrance to his product assortment. Rucci said he "realized that not everyone can afford a double-faced cashmere suit," and wants "to make other garments that more women can afford." [Fashion ETC]
- When Simon Doonan talks, fashion listens. In his most recent column for Slate, Doonan proclaims that Queen Elizabeth II is the most fashionable woman in the world. "In an era when the fashion landscape has fragmented into an infinite archipelago of conflicting trends and incomprehensible ideas, the only thing that really matters is to have your own signature look. Who has accomplished this if not QE2?" Who, indeed? [Slate]
- Time is bringing back its twice-yearly Style & Design supplement, and actress Emily Blunt is on the cover. She's also featured in the pages of the magazine wearing everyone from Rick Owens to Chanel to Balenciaga and Yves Saint Laurent. The comeback issue was delivered to half a million select Time subscribers today, and the next issue will come out during New York Fashion Week in September. [TIME]