When January gets gray and bitter, I need to be surrounded by pretty things to bring in the sunshine. So, recently, I paid a visit to the Anna Wintour Costume Center at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, currently hosting “Jacqueline de Ribes: The Art of Style.”
This beautifully curated glimpse into the life of the Parisian tastemaker-turned-designer has something stunning everywhere you turn: from the dresses she made in the 1980s and 1990s in jewel-toned colors that showed her mastery of draping, to the decades of haute couture creations she collected, representing the best of such geniuses as Giorgio Armani, Valentino and Yves Saint Laurent. Many of these gems were specifically tailored by the lady herself to fit her peerless figure, or refashioned with just the right detail to make the garment a showstopper.
Afterward, I decided to head over to E.A.T. Gifts (1062 Madison Ave., 212.628.1625). At this filled-to-the-brim novelty shop (connected to Eli Zabar’s aptly-named E.A.T.), I looked at ceramic card trays, a cheerful stapler decorated with a sky motif, a wide variety of journals, children’s toys, and seemingly every gizmo on the planet!