As the daughter of acclaimed writers Paul Auster and Siri Hustvedt, Sophie Auster could have easily gone down a similar literary route. Instead, she opted to carve out her own path in the music world. With two albums under her belt — and a third coming later this year — we chatted with the chanteuse, here wearing Tory’s Cady pant, about new music, old music and on-stage style. If you’re in New York, catch her soulful rock tunes when she performs live tonight at (Le) Poisson Rouge.Read More
It’s here: The Tory Blog’s 2014 Music Issue. And before we turn our attention to some outstanding artists and their music this week, we shine the spotlight on the visuals that telegraph our favorite beats and sounds. Here, to kick things off, Tory shares her list of most memorable album artwork — from a splashy Damien Hirst Babyshambles cover to not one but two covers from Janelle Monaé — and all the reasons why.Read More
Beautiful black and white images, a shock of colorful embroidery — the pairing is a signature for Chilean-born, Berlin-based artist Jose Romussi. Find his works on show at New York’s Robert Mann Gallery and in the upcoming book Collage: Contemporary Artists Hunt and Gather, Cut and Paste, Mash Up and Transform, and read on to discover his top sources of inspiration.Read More
From Central Park to the High Line, every New Yorker has a green spot they retreat to in search of a little zen. Claude Wasserstein’s slice of verdant paradise is on her building’s roof — where she’s created a Manhattan version of The Secret Garden. Here, Wasserstein gives us a glimpse behind her privet and shares some wisdom about planting in the city.Read More
Tucked into the wilderness, three miles above the Pacific Ocean in the Santa Monica Mountains, there’s a place that takes getting away to a whole new level: The Ranch at Live Oak in Malibu. Imagine seven days at a boot camp-cum-spiritual retreat with just enough luxury thrown in — French limestone bathrooms, handmade Italian linen bedding, nightly massages and spa treatments — to make you forget you’re suffering through nine hours of exercise, hiking, ab work and yoga each day. This longtime fashion insiders’ secret promises measurable reductions in weight and cholesterol levels after a stay, but the one immeasurable result most guests would be willing to pay any price for? The sense of zen that comes from unplugging and detoxifying. (For those who can’t miss a full week of “living in the real world,” there’s now a four-day version at the Four Seasons in Westlake Village.)
Photographer Stephan Dessaint wasn’t always on the photo track. He started his career on the retail side, working for French label Kookai, before pursuing a more creative path as an art director. Now, he’s turned the page on a new chapter: lensman whose beach shots have been featured in galleries from New York to St. Barts. We chat with the man here.Read More
In search of some far-flung R&R? Here, we compiled a few of our favorite beaches around the world, from the Bahamas and Brazil to Italy (right) and Martha’s Vineyard.Read More
A camera, a fridge full of healthy eats and a great eye for visuals — these are the ingredients behind one of our new favorite blogs, Raw Vegan Blonde, by Amber Locke. The Derbyshire, England, native crafts beautifully composed plates and collages from simple raw fruits and vegetables. She even makes strips of vegan bacon — ribbons of purple carrots, actually — completely mesmerizing. Right, a few of her compositions. For more of her foodie explosions of color and pattern, check out her site and follow her on Instagram here.
Here’s a fashion riddle for you. What keeps tabs on your day-to-day activities (the number of steps you take, the calories you burn) and helps you sleep by tracking your snooze cycle? What wakes you up… with a silent alarm? And offers you personalized stats — plus connects you with a social circle of friends? Meet the Fitbit Flex — and the new Tory Burch for Fitbit collection, which does all this in the guise of a super-chic accessory, like the above gold fretwork bracelet. Get fit, in style.