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Happy Birthday Iris Apfel

We had the great fortune to catch up with style icon Iris Apfel recently during the NY fashion shows. And this week, we’d like to wish Iris a Happy 91st Birthday.

With a Home Shopping Network segment to launch September 23 that features Iris’ embellished and eclectic accessory designs, the star role in an upcoming documentary by cult director Albert Maysles (think “The Beales of Grey Gardens”) and accessory and optic design collaborations arriving stores January 2013 (available at Babalu Miami, stay tuned!), Iris is in full-tilt-boogie mode. And she’s on the cusp of super-model fame.

Thank you for the guiding light, Iris! You embody an individual creativity and outsized spirit is cause for celebration and a daily dance.

With luck, Iris will soon launch a vitamin collection. We want some of what she’s got!

Iris Apfel hits the aisles during NY Accessory Week. August 2012.

“I never thought that in my dotage… I’d have to find an entertainment lawyer,” Iris Apfel. NYT


From Europa, with Love

by Greg Melvin & Paolo Ambu


When our flight arrived late at Charles De Gaulle Aeroport, the first domino fell. We missed our French connection to Milan and had to scramble a plan to get to Switzerland in time for Werner’s birthday dinner in Zug. We jumped on a train to Gare du Nord station in Paris to connect to Zurich, only to find out a half hour later, no train scheduled could get us there in time. We rented a car. Our 7-hour sojourn into Zurich was demanding, so we took turns at the wheel. To stay awake, we spritzed our faces with, what else, Evian Spray! We don’t know if it was the altitude or jet lag that hit us (tres fatigue´), but we just could not stop giggling. There we were, driving through the entire French menu, word by word — Bourgogne, for starters, then Dijon, then Brie. It made us hungry. Worse, driving through an endless panorama of vineyards was teasing our palate. Too bad we were in such a big hurry. We could have hopped from vigneron to vigneron brandishing our Laguiole  pink Flouro Acrylic sommelier knife and sipping vino. Next time we’ll pack a designated driver.

Laguiole sommelier knife - Designer: Jean Michele Wilmotte

Finally, we arrived in Zug. Set against the Wildspitz mountains, it’s one of the most picturesque places we’ve ever seen, and we’ve seen plenty. Tina Turner (and her low-tax bank account) live there, as do many multinational corporations, and, of course, other uber-rich and famous — Roger Moore, Phil Collins, even… Shania Twain.

Paolo & Greg overlooking Lake Zug

Here we are on the terrace fronting Lake Zug. We look rejuvenated because Jao Serious Moisture Facial rescued us from the dry Alpine air of Heidi-Ville. Buon Anniversario, Werner!

Oh, Heidi! Your skin is like cream cheese!


Next stop, Milano. Spring Fashion Week 2011 was full on. So was our home away from home — Maison Moschino. It did not disappoint. With the architectural bones of Milan’s first train station, our hotel wonderland was as surreal and fantastic as its namesake. We loved our conceptual Bee room. The better to Babalu buzz-z-z-z in. Molto grazie, Franco Moschino! Zsa Zsa Boom!

Buon giorno!

The next day we windowshopped on our way to “work” — peruse the merchandise at the Milan trade shows. Afterward we stopped at one of our favorite boutiques, 10 Corso Como. Like Babalu Miami at The Mews, it too has a cobblestone path to the entrance. Inside we spied Bruce Weber & Nan Bushenjoying lunch al fresco on a sunny afternoon.  We both flashed back to his Haiti show last year at MOCA when Cyn. dragged us thru the madding crowd to meet him.

Spotted at 10 Corso Como -- Bruce Weber

One day we rented bikes at Bikemi.it to see the town. Miami Beach’s version — decobike.com. The exercise made us hungry. In Italy, all roads lead to pizza. You have to try the pie at Fratelli la Bufala at Corso Vittorio Emanuele, the Lincoln Road of Milan. But, get your own pizza — no sharing here. Paolo, the expert (he’s from Sardegna), says it’s the best he’s ever had! And, that’s a lot of pizza! Later that night, exhausted from shopping, we found another place that reminded us of home — Miami Lounge, just around the corner from Maison Moschino at Porta Garibaldi. Twist our arm — we stopped in for a drink.

Next day we thought we’d tour the newly redone, rationalist architectural masterpiece, Villa Necchi. We needed inspiration for our upcoming kitchen renovation. The Villa, much like Miami’s Villa Vizcaya, is an oasis in the center of town. Designed by architect Piero Portaluppi in 1932 for the Necchi industrial family, it was the location for the movie, “I Am Love,” starring Tilda Swindon. See the movie; ditch the tour — brutally boring! But, you can smell like a svelte film star with a spritz of E’tat Libre d’OrangeLike This” parfum created by Tilda herself. Sold where else? At Babalu Miami’s fab Perfume Bar.

Paolo reenacts a scene from "I Am Love."

Riddle Me This

Whose Hair?

Answer to September’s riddle: Bruce Weber

Inspired by the Christina Christoforou book, Whose Hair?

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