January 2021

Sneak Peak: Katherine Kwei Spring/Summer 2011 Collection

A few nights ago, Lindsay Leff and I received invites to one of the coolest previews we’ve been to in a long time: Katherine Kwei’s S/S 2011 Private Preview. And for us, only one word comes to mind when reminiscing about the night . . . . amazing! From Katherine’s preview location (which also happened to be her luxurious apartment in SoHo), to her display of bags and Chinese finger foods, the night was a slam-dunk.

As we walked in, fashionistas were everywhere! Some were around the Chinese knot-making station. Yes, Katherine taught her signature knotting technique, and some folks were feasting on traditional Chinese treats, such as potstickers and Peking duck. Others were admiring Katherine’s new collection. We were part of the group admiring the collection.

Our thoughts on the collection? We want everything and we’ll die for it! Metallic, tie-dye, and animal print were the main focus of the collection and we all know that Lindsay and I are not ones to complain about sparkly things, animal prints, or a good statement piece. Once we got over the initial shock of seeing everything we like, we were able to regain our strength by sampling some of the tasty Chinese treats, just waiting to be eaten. My favorites were the shrimp dumpling and chocolate-covered fortune cookie, which was made specifically for the event.

Before Lindsay and I could leave, we spoke to Katherine for a bit and took a photo with some of our favorite bags from Katherine’s S/S 2011 collection. I am pictured sporting one of her clutches, while Lindsay is rocking a satchel. As you can see, we love the metallic look.

I can’t wait for Katherine’s entire S/S 2011 collection to hit stores but in the meantime, check out more of her beautifully crafted handbags on www.katherinekwei.com. —Katrina Caspelich

Dop Dop Salon: Born-Again Blowout

I always knew that native New Yorkers were into blowouts, like they’re into drinking coffee and carrying oversized bags. But my native Southern tresses never thought that they would be converted until Soho’s posh Dop Dop Salon made me a believer. You may remember that I have extremely straight hair (see my last post, Curly Sue), and thus I had very little faith that I would ever get wavy, voluminous locks to last more than a few minutes. Well, Noelle Chen, Dop Dop’s director of design education, restored my faith. With her (tons of) tools and sprays, Noelle took my very long and very flat hair and breathed new, 60s-bombshell life into it. Even I have to admit I looked like a fox. And a special shout-out to Haven and Melanie for the excellent jobs they did on my coworkers!—Kelly Tokarz

For appointments at Dop Dop, 170 Mercer Street, New York, NY, call (212) 965-9540. Blowouts start at $55.