The love of jewelry brought Paris native Fanny Boucher to India. In her adopted hometown of Jaipur, in the state of Rajasthan, she frequents the local bazaars handpicking the most beautiful gems for her line, Honorine Jewels. Both her and her designs embody fusions of East and West, creating the perfect baubles for the global woman.
Jaipur is a mystic city. What about the city inspires you the most?The scenic view from my balcony. It faces Moti Dungri Palace, which is a lovely fort on top of a small hill.
The iconic Diana Vreeland once said that pink is the black of India, and Rajasthan is arguably India's most colorful state. What do you like about the use of color in Indian dress and how do you incorporate it into your designs?
Rajasthani village women wear fluorescent yellow with electric blue, bright orange with forest green, all kinds of crazy combinations, and I love it! I try to use this in my jewelry as well. For example, I make braided bracelets and ordered them in these fantastic colors such as vermilion, aqua and hot pink.
Where are the best places in shop in India?
The best place to shop in Delhi is Kashmir Loom. They make the most exquisite cashmere shawls in incredible colors. Jaipur is the capital of gemstones and always full of tourist places. The best place to shop for jewelry is Tholia, on MI Road (Tholia Building, +91 14 12 37 27 90). It?s not a glamorous place that would be featured in the magazines. It's small, understated, and kind of a secret among people who know jewelry.
If you had only one day in Jaipur, what would you recommend? What about the rest of India?
Start with Jaipur?s Amber Fort, the most beautiful fort in India by far. Then have a walk in the Old City and a cozy lunch on the verandah at Rambagh Palace. Shop for jewelry in the afternoon. Then head out of the city for a sunset elephant ride followed by home-cooked Indian food at Dera Amer (+91 98 29 01 25 12), an elephant camp in the wild.
What you can't find anywhere else in the world is the restaurant Circa 119 in Mehrauli, Delhi. It faces the Qutub Minar, one of Delhi's great monuments. It is one of the most breathtaking experiences (+91 98 18 43 87 41).
Sariska, a part of Rajasthan that is still untouched and mystical, is my favorite.
Which are the must-see bazaars in India? And what are your tips for navigating them?
Tripolia Bazaar in Jaipur is pretty atmospheric, and the bazaar in Jodhpur is even more inspiring. The best bazaars are the ones that sell non-touristy things: spices, sweets, trunks and plates. These things I love! My tips: cover yourself, relax and just ignore the hawkers.
What are your tips for dressing stylishly in extreme heat? What about during monsoon season?
India is very hot, but it's also a very conservative country, so you need to be covered. My savior is men?s shirts. I wear them all the time, with sleeves rolled up. I like to wear men's clothes anyway, so it suits my style. For the monsoon: Havaianas!
Bollywood stars are the tastemakers for Indian fashion. Who are your favorite stars and what do you like about their style?
Bollywood style is a little too brazen for me! But my favorite actress is Sonya Jehan; she has these incredible almond eyes and wears the sari beautifully. She is always elegant and poised - and she is half French!
What is an ideal day in your hometown of Paris?
In Paris, you just have to sit in a cafe and watch people. When I shop, it's for a special piece, like feather-light leather pants by Aurelia Stouls (+33 1 47 03 95 85), a French leather genius, or a bag by the new hot designer in town, Yvonne Yvonne. I love going to Deyrolle, the most famous taxidermist in Paris. Idream of getting a leopard from there, but that's way out of my budget.
But really, my ideal day is all about the food. Breakfast at the Flore (I'm still a bit of a tourist in Paris; I grew up in the countryside). Lunch at Angelo Procopio, a tiny, fabulous, authentic Italian bistro (89, rue Saint-Honore 75001 +33 1 40 41 06 25). Dinner is at Les Cocottes, great French homestyle food (135, rue Saint-Dominique 75007 +33 1 45 50 10 31).
She may not have the most controversial love life or the biggest box office hit, but Sonam Kapoor is the hottest actress in Bollywood today, all thanks to one thing ? her wardrobe. As a result, this newbie actress has landed the cover of every fashion magazine in the country ? Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire and Cosmopolitan. Indian starlets typically assert their fashion forwardness by showing a lot of skin, but Sonam Kapoor, daughter of Slumdog Millionaire actor Anil Kapoor, revels in taking fashion risks.
Sonam, known for experimenting with looks from designers like Prabal Gurung and Alice & Olivia, who have rarely been seen before in India, has spawned a whole new style movement. One that is easy on body image and much more compatible with still-conservative Indian norms than the bikini-and-mini-skirt route Bollywood has taken to.
Her fashion icon status has been cemented further by her latest release Aisha, the Indian equivalent of Sex and the City; the film is heavily sponsored by Dior and features merchandise by every major international design house.
Fashion forward, indeed.
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Mumbai is a city of outdoor markets: flowers and furniture, meat and maps are sold in bazaars littered with junk and studded with jewels, thick with aggressive hawkers and sharp-eyed shoppers. For newcomers, even the most civilized of these can be overwhelming. Don your most comfortable shoes, hold your wallet close, and just dive in: even if you don?t end up buying anything, you?ll leave with stories aplenty.
Perhaps Mumbai?s most frequented street shopping destination, locals and tourists alike head to this ?Thieves Market;? its is name derived from the fact that a lion?s share of the goods on sale here are stolen. Most popular are the shops that sell antique furniture and old gramophone records, but visitors will also find more easily transportable goods like intricately carved ivory artifacts, kitschy Bollywood memorabilia, and even the meters taken off the ubiquitous auto rickshaws that zoom around the city.
Begin at Mini Market, 33/31 Mutton Street, Chor Bazaar, Mohammed Ali Road, call+91 (0) 22 2347 2427
Lining downtown?s most central road, one can?t help but pass by the chaotic Colaba market. You might as well pause and take a look around, rummage through countless tiny stalls for Wonderland-esque pocket watches, pop-colored wooden bangles and straw-bottomed flip flops made famous by the Osho Ashram in Pune. Remember to bargain fiercely for your spoils: start at under half of what the shop owners ask, and settle at about 60 percent of the original quoted price. Deal or no deal?
Starting point at Caf? Mondegar, Metro House, Colaba Causeway
Olive Bar and Kitchen and Vie Lounge
Tea lights flicker under a setting sun as you browse through pretty scarves and organic jams. You gladly fork over the exorbitant price for the woven straw bag that you just have to have. This is, after all, not the kind of place where you haggle over money. Catch the luxe flea markets hosted by swish restaurants Olive Bar and Kitchen and Vie Lounge between October and December every year, at the peak of the tourist season.
Olive Bar & Kitchen, 14 Union Park, Khar (W), call +91 (0) 22 26058228; Vie Deck and Lounge, 102 Juhu Tara Road, Juhu, call +91 (0) 22 26603003. Inquire in advance for dates and times.
They don?t call it the City That Never Sleeps for nothing. New York City excels in after-hours offerings. To get the full experience, the Big Apple must be savored by day and night ? and those bewitching hours in between. Pound a quad-espresso and get ready to see the sun come up.
The Spotted Pig
A down to earth gastropub located in the West Village, this is a great place to meet friends for a drink and some hearty fare. Don?t miss the amazing blue cheese burger with rosemary shoestring fries, which is even more delicious after some bubbly or brews at 2 a.m.
314 West 11th St. (between Hudson St. & Greenwich St.)
The Standard Grill
Located inside The Standard hotel and under the High Line, the latest landmarks in the cooler/richer-than-thou Meatpacking District. The kitchen is open until 4 a.m., which is perfect for the hungry souls that let out of nearby clubs like Tenjune ? or the penthouse party at the Boom Boom Room, right upstairs, where the crowd and views are beautiful and the door policy is unmercifully enforced.
The Standard Grill
848 Washington St. (at 13th St.)
Hair Party 24 Hours
You?re busy ? but your looks don?t have to suffer. Tend to all your beauty needs here: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Service between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. is by appointment only, however, so plan your late-night coloring and mani-pedis accordingly.
76 Madison Avenue (between 27th St. & 28th St.)
Serving up yummy French bistro fare along with an extensive beer and wine list. There is no reason not to dine well in the wee hours.
249 Park Avenue (between 19th St. & 20th St.)
The Brazilian-cuisine-inspired menu is extensive. And the wait staff: mostly models. Get the cheese bread and see for yourself.
29 Union Square West
New York Sports Club
Many New York Sports Club gym branches are open 24 hours. Inquire about their special ?Night Owl Membership,? which offers use of their 24-hour locations between the hours of 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. at a special rate.
This New York-based drugstore chain seems to be on every street corner. And you never know when you?ll need one. Forgot to pack travel essentials like toothpaste, soap ? or mascara? No problem. Also useful for buying late-night snacks and six packs. Many locations are 24 hours.
A great Korean eatery in Midtown?s Koreatown. Rowdy late at night as many continue their post-club drinking here. The kimchi chigae and bulgogi are as authentic as they come. Expect a line, but service is always prompt and the wait is usually no more than 20 minutes.
9 W. 32nd St. (between Fifth Avenue & Broadway)
St. Mark?s Market
An unassuming but wonderful little deli and grocery store. Carries breads from Balthazar and Tom Cat, famous bakeries in New York. East Village locals and nearby NYU students love their fresh, delicious sandwiches.
21 Saint Mark?s Place
Sarge?s New York Delicatessen
An authentic New York deli where the meat to bread ratio is clearly skewed toward the meat. The extensive menu includes staples like matzo ball soup, pastrami sandwiches and huge slices of cheesecake. Bonus: They deliver anywhere ? yes, anywhere ? in Manhattan, 24/7.
548 Third Ave (between 36th St. & 37th St.)
Sunac Fancy Foods
Often heralded as a cheaper alternative to Whole Foods, locals love their great selection of health foods and deli sandwiches. No need to derail your diet at 4 a.m.
765 6th Avenue (between 25th St. and 26th St.)
Sunny and Annie?s
A typical New York Korean grocery store with delectable deli offerings. The Pho Real sandwich is not to be missed ? and made even better with avocados. Wash it down with some consistently good coffee, too. Great value but cash only.
94 Avenue B (between 6th St. and 7th St.)
These ladies mean business. Sharp suiting, casual feel. Blazers have become the world's favorite centerpiece and finishing touch. Can you guess which L-atitude fashion destinations our subjects are from?
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a) Milan b) New York c) New York d) Hong Kong
Beauty and brains ? could Elettra Wiedemann be any more fascinating? The model and Lanc?me poster girl has Hollywood running through her veins ? her mom is Italian actress Isabella Rossellini, her grandmother is Ingrid Bergman (yes, of Casablanca fame) ? and a Master?s degree in biomedicine from the London School of Economics. Beauty and brains ? could Elettra Wiedemann be any more fascinating? The model and Lanc?me poster girl...Read More
Fall in New York is the perfect time to flea. Local artisans, DIY craftspeople, independent designers and vintage collectors bring you some of the most unique shopping you?ll ever experience. Keep your eyes open, bring plenty of cash, and practice hailing a cab with your arms full.
Hands down the best flea market in New York and a wonderful way to spend a few hours/dollars on the weekend. Indie designers, vintage dealers and eccentric collectors provide the cool finds, including everything from NASA jumpsuits to ?70s sundresses. Saturday is outdoors, and the Sunday session is indoors at the former Williamsburg Savings Bank, which is a beautiful space complete with vault and mezzanine levels. Refuel with amazing food, from rustic Italian roast pork sandwiches to fresh-from-Maine lobster rolls. If you?ve only got time for one market in New York, make this the one.
Saturdays: Fort Green, 176 Lafayette Ave (between Clermont + Vanderbilt Ave.)
Outdoors, 10 a.m. ? 5 p.m. (Moves indoors after November 21 to Skylight One Hanson)
Sundays: Skylight One Hanson, 1 Hanson Pl. (at Flatbush Ave.)
Indoors, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Hell's Kitchen Flea Market
This flea is not for the faint of heart ? and is also NYC fashion icon Lynn Yaeger's favorite. Antiques dealers haul in the weird, sometimes awesome, but always interesting. Expect a lot of vintage jewelry, fur and a random mishmash of items, from home goods to vinyl records and handmade African chairs.
West 39th Street between 9th and 10th Avenue
Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. ? 6 p.m.
Hester Street Fair
Nestled in a less trafficked area of the Lower East Side, this small market is worth the trip. Beyond the printed totes, vintage items and ethnic-inspired goodies, you?ll also find some very on-trend items at reasonable prices. Arguably the best market for food, it also features yummy, hard-to-find snacks such as Japanese fish-shaped waffles and artisan ice cream.
Intersection of Hester Street and Essex Streets
Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. ? 6 p.m., April through December.
The Market NYC / Young Designers Market
Many young local designers from Parsons and FIT present their wares at this indoor market. Expect lots of handmade jewelry and T-shirts with interesting graphic prints. A pretty affordable selection, and a great place to pick up a gift or two.
268 Mulberry St., near Houston St.
Hong Kong is notorious for its nightlife, and while it may not be overflowing with 24-hour haunts, after-hours there are aplenty. From all-night shopping to karaoke and authentic Hong Kong eats, there?s always something for the night crawler to get into.
For the true shopaholic, Hong Kong has APM, a 24-hour, 7-story mall in Kwun Tong (the MTR stops running around 1 a.m., so getting there by mass transit any time after is a challenge). APM houses a variety of well-known local and international stores that sell clothing, beauty products, books and electronics. There are also supermarkets, restaurants and a cinema. The perfect place to go when there are simply not enough hours in the day.
The Lan Kwai Fong and Soho areas are perfect for hours upon hours of barhopping; if you?re game, try Dragon-I, Volar, Halo, Drop, Gecko and Yumla, to start. Hookah lounges have enjoyed a recent surge in popularity here; Kasbah, Marouche and Sahara are top choices that also happen to serve delicious Middle Eastern meals. For karaoke, CEO at Causeway Bay is the place to go, especially as they?ve expanding their collection of both old and contemporary US and UK hits. Get ready to get your Gaga on.
Of the handful of places in Hong Kong that do stay open 24 hours a day, The Flying Pan, Caf? O (on weekends only) and Tsui Wah are your best bets. The Flying Pan is a cozy diner with an extensive menu of big, hearty Western-style breakfasts. Be warned: its convenient location makes it a go-to place for those with the drunken munchies. Caf? O offers a quieter, more comfortable experience and healthier cuisine. However, for a true local experience, Tsui Wah in Central is a must for its huge selection of reasonably priced local delights: wonton noodles, peanut butter and condensed milk toast and curries. Partygoers descend on all 3 floors around 4 or 5 in the morning. Dig in.
418 Kwun Tong Road, Millenium City 5, Kwun Tong
The Flying Pan
G/F, 9 Old Bailey Street, Central, Hong Kong
No.2, Arbuthnot Road, Central, Hong Kong
15D-19 Wellington St., Central, Hong Kong
60 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong
44 D'aguilar Street, Central, Hong Kong
B/F, 10-12 Stanley St, Central, Hong Kong
Basement, On Lok Mansion, 39-43 Hollywood Rd., Central, Hong Kong
LG/F, Ezra Lane Lower Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong
79 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong
4-8 Arbuthnot Rd, Central, Hong Kong
G/F, 48 Cochrane Street Central, Hong Kong
11 Elgin Street, Central, Hong Kong
2-8 Sugar Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Warm up to these end-of-summer looks. Guess which of these women coordinates with the right L-atitude fashion destination. The first person to answer all four correctly will get 20% off their next purchase! Here are your choices: Hong Kong, Milan and New York. (Hint: You?ll have to guess one of the cities twice.)
We now have a winner! Check out the answers:
a) Milan b) New York c) Hong Kong d) Milan
New York style fixture Lynn Yaeger is one of the fashion world?s most recognizable personalities. A prominent fashion writer, she spent decades at the Village Voice and regularly contributes to Vogue, T The New York Times Magazine, and Travel + Leisure. She talks with L-atitude about what makes her tick: style, travel and her favorite city. New York style fixture Lynn Yaeger is one of the fashion world?s most recognizable...Read More