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Suno x Warby Parker Sunglasses

By Conde Nast Traveler Thursday, December 01 02:03 PM

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Celebs turn to shades when they're going incognito. But if you have no need to fly under the radar, we suggest that you slip on a pair of wild new sunglasses from Suno x Warby Parker ($175).

The spectacle marriage of two fashion It brands, these oversize frames announce your arrival with intricate prints inspired by Kenya, India, and Peru. Choose from a slick aviator shape, mod circular shades (pictured), or Buddy Holly-inspired frames. Oh, and for each pair you buy, Suno x Warby Parker will donate one to an eyeglass charity. Guess you have more in common with Ms. Jolie than you thought.

Photo: Courtesy of Suno x Warby Parker

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier, Montréal Museum of Fine Arts

By Conde Nast Traveler Monday, September 19 01:03 PM

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We're pushovers for a provocateur, and few designers deserve that label more than Jean Paul Gaultier. Over the past four decades, he's evolved from enfant terrible to fashion's elder statesman without seeming to have aged a day (perhaps it has something to do with his boyish white-blonde 'do). And now, thanks to the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts' exhibition The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, you don't have to be a boldface name to get up close and personal with the designer.

The retrospective includes 140 of Gaultier's showstopping pieces, along with sketches, costumes, movie excerpts, and videos. And, of course, the Madonna cone bra. That's a lot of blond ambition for one room.

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, tickets $15, through October 3 in Montréal. Subsequent tour stops include Dallas, San Francisco, Madrid, and Rotterdam.

Photo: Courtesy of Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

New York Fashion Week Boutique Openings, New York City

By Conde Nast Traveler Wednesday, September 14 10:58 AM

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The click-clack chorus of stilettos on pavement. The strutting prides of long-legged pouters. The flash-happy brigade of street-style snappers. Yes, New York Fashion Week is here again, and with it comes a slew of white-hot boutique openings.

Nicola Formichetti Pop-Up
Mugler creative director, Lady Gaga collaborator, and all-round visionary Nicola Formichetti is hosting a two-week pop-up store to end all pop-up stores in Tribeca (pictured), selling everything from Mugler pieces to plastic rings (through September 23). Designed by Gage/Clemenceau architects, the wonderfully trippy interior resembles a house of mirrors that just might push fraught fashion editors over the edge (50 Walker Street at Broadway).

Century 21
The New York City institution that made deep discounts on designer clothes de rigueur is celebrating its 50th anniversary with the opening of an uptown outpost on September 22. The new Lincoln Square Century 21 is just as gargantuan as its downtown sister--five floors covering some 61,000 square feet--and promises the same mix of big-ticket labels for less (1972 Broadway at 66th Street).

Z Spoke
Fashion world darling Zac Posen, who mingles with ingenues like Natalie Portman and Stella Schnabel, has just made it easier for you to pick up his on-point ladylike designs. Posen's younger, (slightly) more affordable line, Z Spoke, now has its own stand-alone Meatpacking District address, a cozy parlor stocked with crowd-pleasing handbags, adorable frocks, and rare books (875 Washington Street at 14th Street).

Tory Burch
The undisputed queen of relaxed uptown chic expanded her empire this month with a Madison Avenue flagship that's sure to be a (polite) mob scene. The entire four-story exterior is swathed in a collage created by street artist James De La Vega, while inside is a comprehensive collection of Burch's patterned tunics, tweedy separates, and, of course, those ubiquitous ballet flats (797 Madison Avenue at 67th Street).

Alexander Berardi
Fashion wunderkind of the moment Alexander Berardi has an enviable following despite his tender years (he's just 25) and the fact that he's only been showing at NYFW since 2010. See what the fuss is all about at the designer's new Soho digs, which will showcase Berardi's sweetly tailored ready-to-wear collection (174 Prince Street at Thompson Street).

Photo: Courtesy of Evan Joseph

Maison Martin Margiela Hotel, Paris

By Conde Nast Traveler Monday, July 18 12:23 PM

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Amid the hand-sewn baubles and boundary-bending styles of this month's Haute Couture Week in Paris, something sexy launched that we all can slip in to: the Maison Martin Margiela hotel.

The 17-room hotel near the Champs-Élysées dates back to 1864 as the homestead of Princess d'Essling--but under Margiela's postmodern eye, it has been elevated to the realm of stagecraft. White-on-white on grays and black, it's all sharp lines, furnishings faceted like diamonds, and elaborate trompe-l'oeil paintings. Think a little surreal, a little Kubrick 2001, and a whole lot of jaw-dropping cool. Style like this never goes out of season.

Photo: Courtesy of Martine Houghton / Maison Martin Margiela

Avalon Hotel, Göteborg, Sweden

By Conde Nast Traveler Wednesday, June 01 07:00 AM

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Design exhibitions can be a bit frustrating, especially when the works on show--say, an Eames lounge chair just pleading to be sat on--are behind glass. But now that the fashion-, design-, and decorative arts-focused Röhsska Museum has paired up with Sweden's Avalon Hotel, you can look, touch, and swivel with verve.

In conjunction with the museum's Past-Present-Future exhibition (through September 30), design covetables from the collection have been replicated in the hotel's public areas and key guest rooms. Our faves include a tangerine Verner Panton Cone chair, a classic of late 1950s Scandinavian modernism; the full-size Horse lamp and Pig tray tables, quirks of design stars Moooi; and a DVD of Swedish FRONT design group's Blow Away Vase, showing in the elevators. Free workshops and design tours are offered for the truly obsessed. How novel: design that's actually within reach--at least for a night.

Photo: Courtesy of the Avalon Hotel

Oscar de la Renta's Ultimate Wedding Experience

By Conde Nast Traveler Tuesday, December 07 12:31 PM

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Powdery white sand: Check. Azure sea: Check. Personal gown consultation with a fashion legend: Check.

If you book all 15 Tortuga Bay villas at the Dominican Republic's Puntacana Resort & Club for your impending nuptials, not only will you benefit from pearls of fashion wisdom from Oscar de la Renta at his New York atelier, but your wedding will include access to nine restaurants, a Six Senses spa, and a 600-acre forest preserve where you can be at one with nature (as well as each other, in the spring-fed pools). And since the resort also owns the airport, your pre-wedding nerves will be soothed by the smoothest of transfers.

Sun, sea, and style. Now that's what your big day should be all about.

Photo: Courtesy of Puntacana Resort & Club

ck 3d Sunglasses by ck Calvin Klein

By Conde Nast Traveler Friday, December 03 12:39 PM

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If your travel plans include Cannes in May, trust Calvin Klein to help you save face: The designer's ck 3d sunglasses will complement your look as you pose on the beach and keep you from appearing ridiculous at film screenings.

The shades come in three styles: the Safari (pictured above), the Wayfarer-esque Havana, and the Glam (a large, square frame for women). They offer 100 percent UVA and UVB protection, and the lenses are curved to give you a better viewing experience than those disposable frames handed out at movie theaters.

The specs will be available this month, so even if the gloomy weather doesn't give you an excuse to wear them, the crop of 3-D holiday movie releases will.

ck 3d Sunglasses by ck Calvin Klein, $180, will be available exclusively at the Calvin Klein Collection boutique, 654 Madison Avenue, New York City.

Jose Parla MacBook Pro Sleeve, iPad Jacket, and iPhone Case

By Conde Nast Traveler Monday, November 29 09:15 AM

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Apple fans are not usually happy to have their shiny new products covered up: What if someone mistakes you for a PC? The loss of cool would be unthinkable!

But artist José Parlá's designs for a MacBook Pro sleeve, iPad jacket, and iPhone case solve the problem. The latest in the Curated series by Arkitip for Incase, Parlá's designs--influenced by distressed surfaces and city walls--are just as eye-catching as what they're protecting. The iPhone case is made of hard-shell plastic with interior rubber guardrails, while the laptop sleeve and iPad jacket are made of pebbled leather with suede lining.

Seems you can judge a book by its cover.

MacBook Pro sleeve, $179.95; iPad jacket, $179.95; and iPhone case, $49.95; available from Incase.

Photo: Courtesy of Incase

Prices and other information were accurate at press time, but are subject to change. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.

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