Although Hillary Clinton didn't walk the red carpet at last night's CFDA Awards, she was still everyone's favorite guest. (Also, props to her for not exactly wearing a pantsuit but not quite wearing a dress either.) Before Oscar de la Renta issued his official plug for her 2016 presidential run, we asked the evening's biggest designers — including Zac Posen, Pamela Love, Alexis Bittar, and Proenza Schouler's Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez — about what they'd like to dress her in. See their answers as well as more red-carpet stars like Hailee Steinfeld, Vera Wang, and Rooney Mara in our video.
Friday, July 19, 2013
Video: How Proenza Schouler, Phillip Lim, Rachel Roy, and Other Fashion Greats Would Dress Hillary Clinton
THE MOST ADVANCED SIGN ON EARTH
JUNE 4, 2013 | Brooklyn, NY
Today Breakfast is releasing their latest product, Points, the most advanced and intelligent directional sign on Earth. Points looks as one may expect a directional sign to look... three arms pointing in different directions, each displaying text of a nearby destination. It's when the arms begin to rotate around towards new directions and the text begins to update that you realize you're looking at something much more cutting-edge. You're looking at the future of how people ?nd where they're headed next.
At eye level there is a menu which displays different categories of content which Points can serve up. In the morning, the top button might point you towards local Coffee Shops, which switches to Lunch Spots around noon, and then eventually Pubs as happy hour approaches. Another button might serve up close-by events that are trending on Twitter, or the scores from the games going on right now.
Points pulls content from Foursquare, Twitter, local transportation APIs, RSS feeds and many other sources, but more importantly it can be expanded to work with almost any online data source and adapt to any location where it's installed.
To see a small sample of what the most advanced sign on Earth can do, visit the live stream of Points in action from Breakfast's o?ce in Brooklyn. Points is harnessing all tweets tagged with #PointsSign and will point to each user's location while displaying their tweet.
Points will be ready for hire starting on July 1, 2013 and rental requests are now being taken. To rent Points, or for more information on pricing and logistics, visit http://breakfastny.com/points and submit a rental request at the bottom of the page.
Future plans for Points include the ability to permanently install the signs in cities, theme parks, sports arenas and anywhere else. Anyone interested in purchasing Points once it becomes available should write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For additional information and to see a live-stream of Points in action from Breakfast HQ, visit http://breakfastny.com/points.
Google has just secured the services of an entire 72MW wind farm in Maevaara, Sweden for the next ten years to keep its Finnish data center humming, according to the official blog. It brokered the deal through German insurer Allianz, which purchased the farm and will begin selling all the electricity it produces to Mountain View by 2015. The move is part of Google's quest to remain carbon neutral, and is along similar lines to a recent deal which saw the search giant purchase 48MW of energy from a wind farm in Oklahoma. The news follows Apple's announcement that it gets 75 percent of its power from renewable sources -- showing the arch-foes can at least agree on something.when.eng("eng.perm.init")
And so it begins. With T-Mobile recently closing the deal to acquire MetroPCS, it was only a matter of time before we'd see more commingling. PhoneArena's uncovered yesterday that MetroPCS is about start using T-Mobile's network and GSM handsets. Two phones which are currently available on T-Mobile -- the recently launched Samsung Galaxy Exhibit (a Galaxy S III mini clone) and the LG Optimus L9 -- are making their way to MetroPCS, complete with GSM / EDGE and AWS-capable UMTS / HSPA+ radios (no LTE). Pricing for these devices is still unknown, but the company's expected to begin selling plans on T-Mobile's network as soon a June 12th. In addition, a service called BYOP (Bring Your Own Phone) will allow customers to bring their own GSM handsets to MetroPCS (excluding BlackBerry models). It's unclear if eligible devices have to be unlocked and / or T-Mobile branded but we'll find out soon enough. So there you have it -- the start of a perfect honeymoon.when.eng("eng.perm.init")
The 2013 CFDA Awards started with a worrisome downpour that threatened to turn the red carpet into a sopping wet mess. But as luck would have it, the rain stopped just in time for celebrities to roll in with their hair intact and skirts unsoiled. And what a good crowd it was! Hillary Clinton was there, along with other famous presenters like Rose Byrne, Jessica Chastain, Ethan Hawke, Kerry Washington, and Hailee Steinfeld. We rounded up eight of the show's funniest, awkwardest, and most notable moments; you can also check out the full red-carpet slideshow here, and a list of the evening's winners here.
1. Following Clinton's introduction, honoree Oscar de la Renta couldn't resist a plug: "Perhaps she wouldn't like me to say this, but I think she's going to be our next president," he said. Hillary stood next to the podium and smiled awkwardly, shaking her head, while the crowd cheered wildly for what felt like five minutes straight.
2. Highlights of host Andy Cohen's opening monologue included a clip of his little-known Sex and the City cameo as a Barneys shoe salesman. (Important sidenote: Are those shoes he's putting on Carrie Bradshaw the same white Manolo slingbacks that Anna Wintour always wears?) He also riffed on the Texts From Hillary meme, and when the room burst into applause at the very mention of Hillary's name, he looked around in mock bewilderment: "There are Democrats here?" Low points: a mention of Clinton's scrunchies fell flat, but hey, it was a tough crowd for accessories jokes.
3. Tween heartthrobs Hailee Steinfeld and Douglas Booth presented the Swarovski Emerging Designer awards, which made everyone feel old (and more than a little bit lecherous).
4. But luckily, Betsey Johnson and her daughter Lulu were on hand to remind us that no matter what, some things about the CFDAs truly never change.
5. Suno's Erin Beatty was so flabbergasted to win for Emerging Designer in Womenswear that her partner Max Osterweis literally had to help her down the stairs. "We really didn't expect this," she said backstage afterward. Who did she think would win instead? "Um, one of our friends."
6. Likewise, the Proenza Schouler boys seemed genuinely shocked about their victory and kept taking selfies with their trophy backstage. "We really weren't ready at all," said Jack McCollough. "In years past, we tried to prepare at least a little bit, and then you feel silly when you don't win and you've got this speech in your pocket." He paused. "I've got to call my mom!"
7. Vera Wang got visibly tearful in her seat while Ralph Lauren — wearing jeans and cowboy boots — presented her Lifetime Achievement award.
8. The evening's best acceptance speech: Public School's Maxwell Osbourne got to the podium and spluttered, "Holy shit!"
From far away, Cullen Meyer’s scarf seems like a mishmash of color, but look a little closer and you'll be greeted by a parade of dancing animals on this whimsically polished piece. Meyer’s ode to nineteenth-century artist J.J. Grandville — known for menageries of grotesque (but fun!) animal-like beings — is the sort of piece that creates a unique look through the seasons.
Cullen Meyer Procession Scarf, $90 at Cullen Myer