Alexei F. Villaraza
Alexei F. Villaraza
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Small Wonder
by Alexei F. Villaraza - May 12, 2017 - 4:00pm
There are a few things I learned on my first trip to London: One, I can survive on vendo machine-bought egg and watercress sandwiches for a week and two, the hotel rooms are small.
Let’s get personal
by Alexei F. Villaraza - December 3, 2016 - 12:00am
All you have to do is scroll Instagram for a minute or two to learn that having initials on anything continues to be a classic trend. Monograms have been around since practically the beginning of time.
An elephant in the lobby, a monkey at the bar!
by Alexei F. Villaraza - December 18, 2015 - 9:00am
If you find yourself in Little India and Kampong Glam in Singapore and spot a concrete building with red shutters, you wouldn’t think that the property has lived many lives.
Social Sports School: Training kids to be winners on and off the field
by Alexei F. Villaraza - November 9, 2015 - 9:00am
Ask any football fan, young or old, people want to be like Cristiano Ronaldo, who is often ranked as the best player in the world.
Through the drinking glass
by Alexei F. Villaraza - February 26, 2015 - 12:00am
Back when I attended graduate school at New York University, my friends and I would always go for happy hour at Ginger Man, “one of the finest beer bars in the world,” according to the King of Pop, Michael...
The greatest unknown master of design
by Alexei F. Villaraza - June 4, 2014 - 12:00am
Charles James might not be a household name, but his design aesthetic is present everywhere. Because of him, the world now has the strapless dress, the wrap dress, the infinity scarf and the down jacket.
Cream silk goes beyond beautiful
by Alexei F. Villaraza - April 2, 2014 - 12:00am
For most women, hair is their ultimate crowning glory.
A taste of Paris in SoHo
by Alexei F. Villaraza - February 27, 2014 - 12:00am
Whenever you’re tired of the all-American sights in the Big Apple, it’s a relief to know that you’re just a cab ride, a subway stop or short walk to an area that won’t make you feel like you’re...
And now, the cragel craze
by Alexei F. Villaraza - February 6, 2014 - 12:00am
New York City eateries are always looking for the next new angle to grab that elusive and somewhat jaded Manhattan palate. Last spring, it was the cronut. In the summer, it was the ramen burger and frozen S&rsq...
Inside the world of Jean Paul Gaultier
by Alexei F. Villaraza - January 15, 2014 - 12:00am
Madonna’s album “Like A Prayer” made waves in 1990 with its scandalous imagery of burning crosses and overt sexuality.
Talking scents with a master perfumer
by Alexei F. Villaraza - December 25, 2013 - 12:00am
One of the most interesting things about living in New York City is the variety of people you come across. In the more than two years that I’ve parked myself here, I have met Nicola Formichetti, Lady Gaga’s...
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