From Michelin to Michelin

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By Rory Winston

Roadside clam shacks crossed with culinary aspiration? You’ve seen the likes of the former in films celebrating the 50’s by the coast: Gas stations with Coca Cola signs dangling precariously in the wind, Ice cubes advertised in handwritten cutouts off some seaside interstate, a badly drawn lobster with the words Open till Sunset, and always the phrase Extra Fancy grotesquely stuck like a label on something as innocuous as canned soup.

Big Apple Buzz

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By Flo Anthony

After a lengthy Christmas holiday in St. Bart, Lauren Silverman, who was impregnated by X-Factor/American Idol mogul Simon Cowell while she was married to another man, has returned to the Big Apple, for the birth of the baby. Sources say the baby boy is expected early this month. Cowell and Silverman have already named the little bundle of joy Eric Cowell. She has two children from her previous marriage………

Bianca Del Rio: Today, “Drag Race,” Tomorrow, the World

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By Isaiah Negron

Wielding incredibly sharp wit, an unapologetic tongue and a killer ensemble, Bianca Del Rio is a queen who consistently breaks the mold of what it means to perform in drag. Her coveted upcoming spot as a contestant on the sixth season of Logo’s “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” not to mention her rise to power in both New Orleans and New York City, has solidified her as one of the top drag queens in the country.

WEEKEND EVENT: JOIN THE CAVE

The odd juxtaposition of ‘early man’ and ‘young man’ was bound to happen. Years of parents asking, ‘why are my kids running about like cavemen banging tables with spoons and wreaking havoc’ have finally been addressed in the only rational way possible. Our city’s finest higher education facility, NYU Skirball Center – in conjunction with…

Aesthetics Sans Frontières

by Kenji Nakamura

Dr. Kassir, The Man Behind the Faces

By Rory Winston  |  Photography by Kenji Nakamura

Oh darling, I absolutely adore that new dress; and where ever did you buy those lovely lips and matching breasts?” Yes, things have certainly changed – especially on the West Coast and Down South where it has become a sign of affluence to undergo rather exaggerated cosmetic procedures. The more pronounced the mutation, the better the buzz. As a colleague of mine in Tinsel Town recently stated, “Remember when ‘porn celebrity’ was still an oxymoron… way back, before people thought of their bodies as compromised versions of ‘silicone sex dolls?’”

Fortunately, New York has remained its own aloof island trapped forever between elite European aesthetics and East Coast self-consciousness. With a sensibility at one remove from the rest of America, savvy locals embrace an understated style with a functionalist bent. Do we want to look better? Unless your only means of employment is a cardboard sign, a cup and a forlorn look, the answer is a resounding yes. Do we want others to conclude that vanity was the motivating factor? In a city that shuns ostentation and celebrates the sublime, aspiring to perfection is hardly a carte blanche for overt revamping. So although the zeitgeist insists ‘faux youth is preferable to aging,’ broadcasting rejuvenation is frowned upon by the smart set.

Few are as aware of this ‘subdued cosmopolitan ideal’ as Dr. Ramtin Kassir, the triple-board certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon who is also an otolaryngologist, a specialist in head and neck surgery and an expert in sleep medicine. With extensive field experience in cosmetic, endoscopic and laser surgery, Dr. Kassir is our very own Ponce de León with a space age GPS – he is a man who has not only found the much sought-for fountain of youth, but has managed to bottle it in a discrete and tasteful manner.