On Christmas Day, I went to see Les Miserables which I thought was phenomenal. Last night, I had the pleasure of seeing The Red and The Black as well as to peek behind the scenes and to talk with a number of the actors including the leads, Krista Adams Santilli (who plays Louise we have included this stylish leading lady previously on Kitten Lounge here and here) and Lucas Wells (who plays Julien who was also in Spring Awakening). This play is Deloss Brown's adaptation from Stendahl's famed, Le Rouge et Le Noir and represents the first third of the book (during my next travel schedule, I will have this book on hand as I want to know what happens next as this play actually gives a bit of a rundown within the last 2 minutes of the show and it's shocking). As it is post Napoleon and the Revolution, this play is about conflicts and tension when it comes to women, class, age, ambition, politics, religion, nobility, advancement and relationships. Love is a massive theme as it's not just about having it but what happens when it takes place when it shouldn't, when it isn't given back and when it is seen as the ultimate tool to make moves!
The Red and The Black was produced for Capolavori by Steve Acunto, Chairman of his family's company - the Italian Academy Foundation. He was drawn to this play due to its complex themes and how there was a depth of material that went beyond surface emotion. There are a number of lines within the play that stick in your mind and although they are repeated throughout, it takes on new meanings of understanding as the production reveals the intricacies of the characters.
After this show, having the opportunity to mingle with the cast and to share our reactions was an amazing experience. Lucas, who played a calculating/coy Julien, was super sweet in person. Being someone who has taken on a number of roles and also plays pop rock, I loved learning that he knows the importance of taking care of his hair and he is a fan of Bumble and Bumble - he knows how to maintain his curly locks. Krista was stunning in her post play outfit and really reflected on her role and the amount of conflict she has to share within seconds of one another. Watching her go through a range of emotions continues to build this tension even when it seems to be resolved at that particular moment.
The Red and The Black will continue to run through Feb 3rd and readers of Kitten Lounge, there is nothing more Classic NY then heading out to the theater! Tweet @KittenLounge (and make sure to follow) to tell us what Classic NY Nights means to you! We will select a winner at 3pm on Friday, Jan 25th. It's a great production that you and your guest will find yourself thinking about well after it has finished.
Just before I left for HSN I had the opportunity to spend some time at Soho Sanctuary which is in a fabulous building on Mercer St that has a number of floors. On the main floor is a nice sitting area as well as the coziest chairs that one can have when getting a mani and pedi (if you loved the shade that I rocked on air, then you saw Deborah Lippmann's Billionaire. The other floors have a spa as well as an area where you can do yoga! When I arrived, I was there to check out the new collection for fall for Jane Iredale. With an eco focused line with nothing but the good stuff, I was excited to learn about items that were new to me! I'm such a fan of keeping my face clean and this Magic Mitt was amazing to use when I want to not only ensure that my face is makeup free but that it is being taken care of in a very gentle way. In addition, the primer and brightener not only allows for moisture on the face but right before I went on air, I applied it to my hands for an even dewier look! Finally, when you want to have fun with your eyes and play with color, these eyeliners are perfect!
A classic black dress with lace overlay from Theia, never goes out of style! Earlier this year, Paul and I saw Angella Bassett in The Mountain Top which showcases the last days of Martin Luther King Jr. Yesterday, Angela Bassett hit the red carpet at BET Awards last night! I'm loving her classic chic look in black with a bit of lace! I'd have accessorized her the following way: black onyx. I have been a fan of this gemstone ever since I can remember. David Yurman has this fabulously detailed wheaton ring as well as cable wrap necklace - perfect items to wear whether you're dressing up or dressing it down. I'd stacj a few bracelets together such as Irene Neuwirth as well as Ivanka Trump's piece as well. Finally pop in a bit of rose gold with Deborah Pagani cognac diamond Maiko earrings.
Who doesn't love a casual look? This is one that is perfect for whatever he has in mind whether it's a long weekend, a brunch, heading out to work or taking a half day and taking some time for himself. This easy look is a casual one that kicks off with a Club Monaco and it's simple cornwall blue classic shirt. Pair it with these perfectly distressed Chimala jeans available at J. Crew. Complete this look with a fab pair of casual chic Christian Dior beige suede captoe shoes (just a bit of a way to luxe up this style of sneaker). Pop on this gingham fedora with beige and the cornwall blue color by Comme des Garcons and finally - the bag is everything whether he's planned a little nibble in the park or is hitting the friendly skies, I'm loving this twill weekend travel tote by Gucci.
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