Not too long ago, you may have found yourself all dressed up with nowhere to go. Or, more likely, you weren’t dressed at all. But that was then, and this is now. August offers plenty to do: this weekend in Manhattan, Chanel made possible a ballet performance featuring some of the city’s most prestigious dance companies as part of the BAAND Together festival; a Gaetano Pesce exhibition and an outdoor installation in Aspen make the city even more pleasant in summer; and, of course, we’d be remiss not to mention the upcoming US Open tennis tournament. More on all of this, along with outfit suggestions!, in the August edition of What to Wear, Where.
For the second year, five of New York’s most prestigious ballet companies have joined forces for a series of performances dubbed BAAND Together. Acronym for all companies involved, BAAND featured dancers from Ballet Hispánico, Alvin Ailey American Dancer Theatre, American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet and Dance Theater of Harlem, who will perform for free in the part of the Lincoln Center summer. Municipal program. All of this is made possible by Chanel, a fashion house whose sponsorship of the ballet began with none other than Madame Gabrielle Chanel. Dress up for the occasion with something inspired by the stylish promotional images. Skims’ bodysuit is a great substitute for a leotard, and how sheer is this Alexander McQueen skirt in all the right places? The Miu Miu version of the pointe shoe is the perfect finishing touch, and don’t forget a little Chanel lipstick.
Fashion’s favorite coffee table book editor, Assouline, just planted her flag at Miami’s Bal Harbor Shops. This is the French company’s second permanent store in Florida, following its Palm Beach outpost. Take a tour and pick up beautifully bound travel tomes or artist monographs. It’s a colorful space, so maybe you want to match the vibrancy with your own look. Opt for a striped ensemble from Rosie Assoulin (unrelated, for the record). An Assouline tote will help you carry all your new books home, and a pair of Arizona Love raffia sandals will anchor the whole experience.
Shelter Island’s latest hotel draw isn’t new at all; Opened in 1927, the property sits on a hill overlooking Crescent Beach and Peconic Bay. After enjoying a long stay as a classic resort, the property has been refreshed and reopened just in time for the Hamptons’ peak season. Located near the Sunset Beach hotspot, the Pridwin offers a more low-key setting; instead of DJ you will find tennis courts and paddle board. Check in with comfort in mind and don’t forget to pack a suit! This graphic one-piece from Toteme will look great under a Bondi Born linen blanket. And you’ll need a hat, maybe Prada’s raffia bucket, and a practical yet stylish pair of sandals, like these easy-to-wear Tkees slides.
Open now until October 9
There is something to marvel at in Aspen, especially the view of Aspen Mountain. Adding to the landscape this summer is a new outdoor installation at the Aspen Museum of Art, designed by Shigeru Ban. One side of the museum’s facade now houses “My Dear Mountains,” a site-specific work by Italian multidisciplinary artist Gaetano Pesce, known for his whimsical experiments with resin and pastel-colored furniture. Inside the museum, you will see many of these pieces; embrace the vibe and have fun with your ensemble. Start with a black Esse Studios dress and accessorize it with Bea Bongiasca’s floral enamel necklace and Cult Gaia’s knotted bag. Throw TheOpen’s button-up jersey over it all for a finishing touch.
Miami and New York seem to have a culinary exchange. Miami imported a Carbone and a Sadelle’s, while New York received a ZZ’s Clam Bar and a KYU. The latter is a recent addition to Manhattan’s NoHo restaurant scene, a pan-Asian restaurant run by Eleven Madison Park alum Chris Arellanes, who has taken over the former Gato space. Dine here wearing something that picks up on the jewel tones of the decor. An easy striped dress from Alanui is both comfy and chic; accessorize it with Brandon Blackwood’s mesh bag, Monica Vinader’s gold-link earrings and Frame’s leather flip-flops.
The Life House stable of locations is growing, and for good reason: well-designed hostels offer a boutique experience that draws inspiration from each distinct destination. The newest addition to the Berkshires and bills itself as the ideal writers retreat. The living room welcomes creative people to stay all day by a log fire or find inspiration during a hike in the woods. If you stick with the former, consider a pair of Missoni pants that nod to living room upholstery; plus, a crisp white shirt from The Frankie Shop will add some polish. Common Projects’ suede kicks are a cozier take on the brown bootie, and a COS bag can hold a laptop if you’re feeling in the mood to write.
This summer, Chicago’s Emily Hotel was crowned with a new rooftop bar, Selva. Serving Mexican fare and mezcal cocktails, the space is a welcome addition to the city’s rooftop restaurant scene. You’ll want to admire the sunset here, so don’t forget a pair of sunglasses, like these floral-inspired Loewe glasses. Pair them with an easy striped day dress from Theory, black wedges from Raye and a woven tote bag from Zara.
August 29-September 11
Tennis fans know that the month of August is synonymous with tournaments. If you haven’t picked up your tickets yet, do so now. Also shop for your on court looks, even better if they are tennis themed! Tory Burch is a go-to for classic, preppy tennis apparel, but there’s no need to limit her court-perfect white tennis skirt. When paired with a graphic tee, the look is perfect for the onlooker. A tennis charm necklace and a visor (it can be sunny at Arthur Ashe!) will complete the look.
Now until September
Even better than tasting wine with a meal at Scarpetta is learning more about the viticulture there. Hosted by Alessio de Sensi, the unique session begins with a history of winemaking and ends with wine tastings, but not before a dessert class. Why not wear a merlot-colored dress like Norma Kamali’s beloved Diana? And Métier makes the most luxurious wine couriers, if you want to take a few bottles home. Toteme mules and a gold bracelet will keep your wrist pumped up as you toast to all your new acquaintances.