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    Kors for Celebration

    Michael Kors, designer of great American sportswear, was amenable to my humble request to collaborate. I had a dream to tweak/remake some of my favorite MK pieces, which have been in heavy rotation in my closet for years. What I love about them is that they are true investment pieces, tried and tested. Welcome to #MKxgoop.

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    Michael Kors x goop

    Back in the summer, we met with Michael Kors in New York to discuss our vision for reimagining some favorite, iconic Michael Kors pieces, modernized for a capsule collection made exclusively for us.

    Archive Inspiration

    The Cape

    "For over a decade now, I have had a thick, gorgeous vintage grey cashmere Michael Kors cape, that I always travel with. Funnily enough, I ran into Michael on a flight where he noticed I was rocking his cape, probably in a less chic manner than he would have liked, my six month old daughter and I lay wrapped in it all the way to England."

    The Peacoat

    "A peacoat is a classic - it never goes out of style. I asked Michael if perhaps we could take his and add gold buttons for some added elegance."

    The Peplum

    "I still covet many of my old pieces that Michael designed during the 90's, one of which was this gorg camel colored peplum turtleneck in about a million ply cashmere. I asked Michael how we might reinvent it and he came up with a simplified and very modern version."

    The Collection

    An exclusive view of our favorite looks, with an emphasis on timeless classics, wardrobe staples and the feminine form.

    Home for the Holidays

    Chrismukah

    Perfect for us half and halfs, here's a
    Klezmer band playing Christmas tunes
    in an album appropriately named
    Oy To The World – need we say more?
    - Created and arranged by Paul Libman

    Holiday Recipes

    Perfect for holiday pre-dinner bites, these cheese puffs seem impressive and taste delicious but are deceivingly easy to make. Check out a full list of our holiday recipes here...

    Cheese Puffs
    Adapted from Bon Appetit’s Gruyère Cheese Puffs

    We tried quite a few variations (some with pecorino, some with more/less oven time, etc.) and these are the ones that came out best.

    ingredients
    Makes about 30 puffs

    • 3/4 cup flour
    • 1 cup water
    • 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) butter, cut into small pieces
    • 2 cloves of garlic, finely grated
    • 3/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
    • 4 large eggs
    • 1/2 cup (packed) coarsely grated Gruyère cheese
    • 1/2 cup (packed) Cheddar cheese

    preparation

    1.

    Preheat oven to 425°F. Butter 2 large baking sheets and sprinkle with a dusting of flour.

    2.

    In a medium saucepan, combine the water, butter, garlic, salt and pepper. Over medium-high heat, bring the mixture to a boil and then add the flour, stirring vigorously with a wooden spoon until the mixture forms a smooth ball. Continue stirring for about 2 minutes more, until you see a film forming over the bottom of pan, then remove from heat. Add mustard and eggs, 1 at a time. Mix well to combine, then add cheese and mix again.

    3.

    Using a teaspoon, scoop up the batter and drop spoonfuls one by one onto the baking sheets, giving them enough space to cook and expand, about an inch or two apart. Bake for about 20 minutes.

    Brandy Alexander

    It's like drunk ice cream.

    ingredients
    Makes 1

    • 2 shots cognac
    • 1/2 shot brown crème de cacao
    • 1/2 shot white crème de cassis
    • 1/2 shot heavy cream
    • 1/2 shot Baileys

    preparation

    1.

    Shake the ingredients with ice in a shaker for about 3-5 seconds (you don’t want too much of the ice to melt into the drink).

    2.

    Strain into a chilled martini glass. Grate nutmeg over top.

    Bea Hamburger’s Butter Cookies

    Michael gave us the recipe to his grandmother’s delicious butter cookies. Thanks, Bea.

    ingredients

    • 1/2 lb butter or margarine
    • 3/4 cup confectioner’s (powdered) sugar
    • 2 cups flour
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla
    • 1 egg yolk
    • your favourite jam (we used apricot/peach)

    preparation

    1.

    In a mixer, combine the butter and confectioner’s sugar until it forms a cream.

    2.

    Add the flour, vanilla and egg yolk. Blend well and chill.

    3.

    Roll the dough into small balls and place onto a cookie sheet about 1 inch apart. Dip your thumb into the center to create an indent (Bea uses a thimble to avoid nail marks). Place a small amount of jelly in the indentation. Bake at 350°F for 20 minutes.

    Jewish Delis

    We’ve rounded up our top three Jewish delis in NYC and LA.

    NYC

    Barney Greengrass

    Mile End

    Russ & Daughters

    This classic deli has been around for over 100 years and carries every kind of smoked fish you could hope for.

    Montreal-style deli food at its best (think house-smoked meats, brisket, poutine and more).

    An institution on Houston with top-notch smoked fish/lox bagels. Take out only or have them cater.

    LA

    Nate n'Al

    Brent's

    Fromins

    High quality cold cuts, fresh bread and an old-school vibe. We love the turkey on rye.

    A popular spot for signature items like the pastrami sandwich with curly fries and matzo ball soup.

    A nostalgic Bruce Paltrow favorite, this deli in Santa Monica is a no-frills kind of place...

    Garland

    Stephanie Schur, owner of Santa Monica’s stunning Botany Flowers, provides modern arrangements below (that are also actually pretty easy to put together) for getting appropriately festive. She helped us spruce up the house for our day with MK - so gorgeous that we asked for more ideas.

    Small Arrangement

    1) "I use a vintage brass wine goblet, but you can use anything - old mason jars, jam jars or any small vases you have around. Choose 5 to 6 flower stems or pieces of greenery." 2) "Gather the stems in your hand to make a small bouquet. Take the twine and wrap together tightly." 3) "Cut the bottom to make sure the stems are even and the right length to fit in your selected vessel."
    4) "The finished product! It doesn't have to be perfect and looks great if it's a little wild."

    Garland

    1)"Pick out some long leafy or texture-rich branches or greenery of your preference." 2) "Cut down about three stems to a size that is easy to work with and 3) attach using a few pieces of wire. Repeat, adding 3 branches at a time, until you start to see the garland reach your desired length."

    Putting it all together...

    1) "Lay down the garland in the center of your table. Tuck the simple arrangements into the garland and space them out evenly." 2) "Add a few rustic branches and clusters of fruit throughout for color and texture." 3) "At the end, I add candles for a little bit of light and elegance." 4) "If you don't have a long dining table, this will look just as nice on a mantel or a buffet table."

    Photography by Beth Yorn

    Michael Kors On...

    Favorite Chinese restaurant?
    China Club, Hong Kong.

    Favorite fabric?
    Cashmere.

    Biggest inspiration
    (designer)?

    Halston.

    Favorite young designer?
    Dion Lee.

    Favorite city hotel?
    Claridge’s, London.

    Favorite vacation hotel?
    Singita Lebombo Lodge, South Africa.

    Preferred form
    of exercise?

    Pilates.

    Preferred cigarette?
    None.

    Drink of choice?
    Ketel One on the rocks.

    Vice?
    Bread and butter.

    Favorite model?
    Lauren Hutton.

    Best thing mom ever
    told you?

    Don’t be mediocre. Find your passion and
    follow it.

    Favorite pasta dish?
    Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe.

    Best thing about being in a long-term relationship?
    Sharing your life and experiences.

    If you didn’t live in NY, where would you live?
    California.

    Favorite red state?
    Florida.

    Best thing about going public?
    Letting people participate in my world.

    Worst thing about
    going public?

    I love growth and challenge so none of it
    is bad.

    Perfect Sunday afternoon?
    A walk on a great beach and a long nap.

    Proudest moment?
    Being, at the time, the youngest CFDA Lifetime Achievement Winner.

    How do you switch off?
    Get out of the city and
    into nature.

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