Hey, gidday mates! You know a maître d’ is doing their job exceptionally well when they become as talked about — if not more so — than the restaurant itself, and Alireza Niroomand has achieved that status. The Iranian-born, French-bred, American-import runs front of house at Soho scene Sant Ambroeus — where, in a single seating, I’ve seen Joe Jonas eating with Richard Chai, while Jenna Lyons drank coffee a few tables over — and masterminds the dining room with grace and good humor; some say he’s the most charming man in New York City. I met Alireza through Kat Irlin, and she suggested I sit down with him to talk the chess game that is his job. Like a lot of Parisians, Alireza isn’t afraid to tell it like it is, and he’d just gotten into trouble for something he’d said in another interview, so we began the conversation like this:Click to Continue!
The sun rises in Paris at 8:30am this time of year, but yesterday morning Jenny and I were up a couple of hours earlier to go for a walk. Not just any walk, mind you, but a stroll around Le Marais with Sir Paul Smith. The powers that be had invited Jenny and myself on this walk to spend a bit of time with the 69 year old designer/entrepreneur, and to shoot some Instagram photos in the process — Sir Paul’s an active user — and when he bounded into the office with all the enthusiasm of Storm Jonas, I concluded that the singing and dancing party at the end of his Paris Fashion Week shows is simply his typical state of being.Click to Continue!
1. Have you heard Rihanna, Kanye West and Paul McCartney’s new song FourFiveSeconds? I’ve only listened to it twice so I’m still forming an opinion, but I like how pared-back the production is (which contrasts like crazy with what we’ve been hearing for the past few years), and how the voice-and-guitar sound has that 90s acoustic pop sound. Almost like Alanis Morisette unplugged or something. The video has a 90s throwback vibe too, like a Gap or CK Jeans commercial, but the best bit for me is how Paul McCartney is standing playing the guitar with his back to the camera at the beginning, just like Robert Smith on the Boys Don’t Cry single cover. You can’t tell me that wasn’t intentional.Click to Continue!
“Once I got up to like 110,000 followers it grew on its own. I’m getting like a thousand to two thousand every day.” Are any of them famous? He thinks for a second. “I don’t know if any famous people follow me, but their daughters definitely do.”Click to Continue!
If Tommy Ton is the Michael Jordan of the international streetstyle set, then Adam Katz Sinding is the Zinedine Zidane — exceptionally talented, and not at all concerned with kissing babies or shaking hands. His website, Le 21ème proclaims, “This is NOT a Street Style Blog”. He wears head-to-toe black, a long, dark, beard, and travels in a pack of similarly clad photographers. His shots are moody and sophisticated. He’s not an easy conversationalist.Click to Continue!