ATLA January/February 2014 : Page 70

STYLE. BEauTY. cuLTurE. dESign. food. HErE’S Your go-To guidE for aLL THingS Buzzing in aTLanTa—and wHaT’S on Tap for 2014. best of tHe city By Kate abney, courtney Bowers, wendy Bowman, wendell Brock, Jennifer Bradley franklin, caroline cox, James oxendine, Elizabeth Schulte roth and Kelly Skinner

Feature Best The City

Kate Abney



Posh Shop Th e Phipps powerhouse Saks fifth Avenue has lifted the curtain on its expanded designer floor, which now includes in-store boutiques for Céline, Etro, Giambattista Valli, Alexander McQueen and Stella McCartney. “These are all designers that are driving a great deal of the current direction in fashion,” says Joe Boitano, senior vice president and general merchandise manager of Saks Incorporated. Boitano notes that Stella McCartney, a new addition to Saks Atlanta, will bring “a sense of calmness and a quirky sense of dress” into the mix. Th e luxe department store hasn’t had a major renovation since 2006. So, the undertaking will be a welcome gift for loyal clientele. Upstairs, you can catch the hottest trends for spring— Boitano’s predicting knitwear, mixed-media, a softened jacket and sportswear dressing as the main looks on fashion runways this month and next. 3500 Peachtree Road NE, 404.261.7234,

Oh, sherie

When Sherie Nevett was 15, she walked into an Alabama boutique and landed her first job. It was the owner’s idea, noticing Nevett’s unique style. After earning a fashion merchandising degree, moving to Atlanta and working at Neiman Marcus and Tahari, then landing a steady stream of TV styling gigs, she struck out to design her signature line, Sherie L. Nevett. “I love the creative aspect, moving from a sketch to production” and “seeing it come to life,” says Nevett, an Atlanta dweller. Inspiration for her upcoming collection is Paris, where she recently celebrated her wedding anniversary. It pairs the city’s romance and elegance with a modern and whimsical flair—think pale pinks and florals combined with graphic hits of black and white. With her wares gaining serious attention from Alabama to Chicago, you’ll no doubt be seeing her fashions here in her home base, too. In the meantime, you can find her online. Sherielnevett. Com

Top Shape

Fitness fiends, rejoice: Nike’s epic makeover has produced the nation’s 11th premium brand-experience store. The Lenox Square-situated, 23,000-square-foot space features luxe touches, like a LeBron-worthy, goldrimmed basketball hoop encrusted with black Swarovski crystals, reclaimed bleachers and plenty of Atlanta-sports pride sprinkled throughout the multilevel emporium. Now that’s a score. 3393 Peachtree Road NE, 404.846.5549,

A Man’s World

Let’s talk shop! This year, Atlanta’s handsomely dressed stayed sharp, thanks to a slew of dashing arrivals. Netherlands-based retailer Suitsupply opened a smart showroom at Shops Around Lenox last spring, flaunting a kaleidoscopic wall of ties, in-house tailors and a thrilling array of suits. Jack Spade brought its roguish tweed and covetable accessories to the Westside with a polished new emporium, while the prep-set just welcomed a classically dapper, 2,200-squarefoot J. Crew men’s store at Lenox Square.

New Comer!

The highly anticipated OliverMcMillan’s Buckhead Atlanta will make its debut in 2014, beginning this summer. The 1.5 million-squarefoot luxury retail, residential and office development, situated at the intersection of Peachtree and East Paces Ferry roads, has anchor tenants Hermès (in its new spot), the Spanx flagship and NYC’s French bistro Le Bilboquet (making its Atlanta debut) already locked in, as well as Georgetown Cupcakes and Corso Coffee, with much more to come.

TOP FIVE: Label-Lover Destinations

1 Trina Turk—West coast sensibilities reign in the casual-cool cluster of jumpsuits, dresses and bold-hued decor—all gorgeously presented in midcentury-mod surrounds. 3500 Peachtree Road NE, 404. 949.1444,

2 Beige—There’s nothing neutral about our love for this luxe newcomer—browse styles from Alexander Wang, Barbara Bui, Givenchy, Proenza Schouler and more. 3145 Peachtree Road NE, 404.883.2480,

3 Giuseppe Zanotti—This italian designer has been painting the town with artful heels and high-end sneakers since bowing his eponymous boutique last fall. Phipps Plaza, 3500 Peachtree Road NE, 404.814.0002,

4 Vince Camuto—Browse smart wardrobe pieces for him and her, plus a score of subtly chic accoutrements. Lenox Square, 3393 Peachtree Road NE, 404.841.5672,

5 Agent Provocateur—What’s more fabulous than dressing to the nines? Wearing nearly nothing. Peruse this beguiling lingerie line for proof. Phipps Plaza, 3500 Peachtree Road NE, 404.869.2881,



“Atlanta just feels like home,” offers recently relocated celebrity makeup artist Stephen Moleski, who, after building his rep working with a client roster of celebs (think Kim Kardashian, Julianne Hough, Mel B. , Nicole Scherzinger and others), grew weary of logging an average of 16,000 miles per week traversing the globe for assignments. The move makes sense—this selfdescribed “Southern boy at heart with a Hollywood life” has his own false-eyelash line, Smoke and Mirrors Beauty, produced in Milton, Ga., and has even custom-crafted eyelashes for country star Carrie Underwood to bat on her big day. Newly settled in Candler Park, book him to doll you up before a big night out (he’s pricey, but he’ll come right to your abode) before he gets busy opening his forthcoming interactive training school for makeup artists in Atlanta, where they can learn vital skills, like how to work with stylists and photogs on a professional set. “There isn’t anything on that level here in Atlanta,” he promises.

How Sweet It Is

Nail and beauty bar Sugarcoat is giving us more to love: a recently launched line of signature polish shades in chic bottles designed locally by Goodrowe | hobby. Also sweet? Buckhead’s new Defined Sugaring Studio—offering the all-natural, less-painful hair removal treatment using a mixture of sugar, lemon and water applied to the treated area in a relaxing atmosphere, making it one smooth operator. Multiple locations,; 375 Pharr Road NE, 404. 464.7146,

Skin Is In!

Get ready to put your best face forward— Atlantic Station welcomes leading international skincare brand Dermalogica to its roster. Located near yogli Mogli, the concept space offers an array of professional-grade skincare products and experts to help you find the formulas most effective for your skin type. 1380 Atlantic Drive NW,

Getting Cheeky

Fresh off official FDA approval, new Juvéderm Voluma XC from Allergan is now available at Dunwoody’s Th e Maloney Center for Facial Plastic Surgery. And as one of the first physicians in Georgia approved to administer the filler, for purposes of plumping up the volume in the cheek area, Dr. Maloney (who also teaches the method) has your Rx. There’s also this: As opposed to the typical filler whose shelf-life maxes out after six months, Voluma is set to last up to two years, meaning it’s time to say arrevederce to those too-frequent trips to the doc.

Get Fit!

It’s time to put those resolutions in motion at these buzzworthy fitness spots. Slated to open early this year, Pink Barre combines core moves from Pilates, ballet and yoga for improved strength and flexibility ( >>> For those needing group motivation, the premise of ever-expanding Orangetheory fitness is its interval classes—think cardiovascular and strength via machines and weights ( >>> With plans to bow a new Midtown locale soon, cult fave flywheel offers high-energy cycling classes in its state-of-the-art indoor cycling studio ( >>> Find your Zen at the wellness destination Inspire Health, with classes as well as physical therapy, nutrition, acupuncture and massage services ( >>> And last but not least, calling itself a “performance center” rather than a “gym,” fusion AtL’s programs provide personalized plans for optimized results—members even get free lunchtime classes (

TOP FIVE: Places to Primp

1 Salon Saison—owned by Tomeka Robinson-Thiam (wife of recording artist Akon), this Buckhead salon proffers a luxuriously private pampering experience with individual rooms and flat-screen Tvs, plus fab services, from haircuts to massages to facials. 2770 Lenox Road NE, 404. 816.6610,

2 GlowDry—Paige Perkins used the savvy gained from stints at Gap inc., Alternative Apparel and coach to launch this Roswell Road salon, offering signature blow-dry looks, a beverage bar and Swedish products not found elsewhere in the city. 3722 Roswell Road NE, 404.549.8007,

3 White Salon and Spa—Whether you’re a blushing bride or glamour girl, this salon off Pharr Road will leave you looking glam. With specialties from hair and skin to nails and lashes, the staff uses pro-grade products and offers packages for similarly spirited indulgence. 2973 Grandview Ave. NE, 404.816.7500,

4 Beauty Bar of Buckhead—Get a dose of Beverly hills at this sleek Buckhead salon. A one-stop shop with spray tanning, manicures, blowouts and a mini bar, you’ll be transformed before you’re out the door and out on the town. 3222 Peachtree Road NE, 404. 816.6006,

5 Muse Salon & Spa—Beloved by Alpharetta dwellers, Muse recently moved to a 6,000-squarefoot Johns creek space. Massage chairs dot the shampoo lounge, which also offers makeup application, hair services, waxing and facials. 11705 Medlock Bridge Road, Johns Creek, 678. 393.2214,



TOP FIVE: Must-See Exhibits

Lee Thomas is quick to credit Southern hospitality as the reason for Georgia’s surge in popularity with the Hollywood set. “They love to have all the elements in place,” she says, “and we offer the entire package.” And, as director of the Georgia Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Office, she would know. The Atlanta native began her career photographing potential film locations and now spends her days reading scripts and schmoozing directors. Topping Thomas’ favorite recollections is dining with Robert Redford—who is now rumored to be returning with Nick Nolte and Melissa McCarthy for the indie A Walk in the Woods—while he directed The Conspirator in Savannah. But it’s auteur Tim Burton who Thomas would love to see shoot locally. “[He] shot a little bit of [Charlie and the Chocolate Factory] here, so I’m hoping someday he’ll come back.” With Thomas at the helm, it’s only a matter of time.

1 High Museum—Marking the first comprehensive retrospective of photographer Abelardo Morell’s work, the high Museum of Art will unveil highlights of his famous oeuvre on Feb. 23. The Universe Next Door will include previously unseen captures and iconic shots. 1280 Peachtree St., 404.733.4400,

2 Sandler Hudson—Following a show for Susan Robert on Jan. 10-Feb. 8, Medford Johnston makes his Sandler hudson Gallery debut in February. With Notes on Africa, the lauded Decatur native and former Georgia State University prof presents color field-esque works on paper inspired by his excursions to Kenya and Tanzania. 1000 Marietta St., 404. 817.3300,

3 Anne Irwin Fine Art—Led by patriarch Dan Mccaw, the talents forming the Buckhead gallery Anne irwin Fine Art return for an anticipated biennial show displaying works by all three celebrated california impressionists, beginning Jan. 24. 690 Miami Circle, 404.467.1200,

4 ACAC—Along with the illustrations of Bill Adams, the ellsworth Kelly-esque shapes of Kate Shepherd and the assemblage of The Beatles’ white albums by Rutherford chang, the Atlanta contemporary Art center’s Jan. 10 Coloring makes a splash via the vibrant thread installations of Anne Lindberg. 535 Means St., 404. 688.1970,

5 Thomas Deans Fine Art—Quickly gaining collector traction (with the likes of halle Berry), Floridian Paul Tamanian’s auto-paint creations will enjoy a solo show titled Revelations, beginning Jan. 24 at Thomas Deans Fine Art. Ranging from abstract expressionist paintings to modified photographic transfers, his slick pieces make a powerful statement. 690 Miami Circle, 404. 814.1811,

Cultural Ambassador

Leslie Gordon began building bridges of understanding through the arts during the 1996 Summer Olympic Games, when she showed her mettle presenting 100 Years of World Cinema with the High Museum of Art at the Carter Center. Her flair for worldly programming flourished at Georgia State University’s Rialto Center for the Arts, where, for the past decade, she’s focused on bringing in renowned and lesser-known entertainers, including Philippe Decouflé and Ballet Preljocaj. Fresh off being knighted by the French government for her contribution to international arts, Gordon is prepping to stage the Rialto’s second annual Off the EDGE event—clearly, she’s on her game.

Heart & Seoul

Whimsical paintress and part-time GSU instructor InKyoung Chun has floated into the public arena this past year as the City of Atlanta’s selected Emerging Artist for 2012-2013, and as one of WonderRoot’s premier Walthall fellows. Her transportive watercolors, oils and sculptures, and their pervasive “ki” energy—which the Seoul, South Korea-raised artist visualizes through color-saturated bubbles in her abstract-realism works—inspire an exploration of place and self. See her dreamscapes in person at Mint Gallery this month and Swan Coach House Gallery in February. Mint Gallery, 636 N. Highland Ave. NE, 404. 946.8982,; Swan Coach House Gallery, 3130 Slaton Drive NW, 404.266.2636,;

New and Notable


If you’ve been to a show of the Grammy Awardwinning Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s 2013-2014 season, you may have noticed something different on the Symphony Hall stage. Thanks to generous donations, a $500,000 upgrade to the 45-year-old acoustics shell was completed last summer. This state-of-the-art addition by Auerbach Pollock Friedlander and Thresholds Acoustics was customdesigned to improve the sound and aesthetics, and will allow new setups and more flexibility for future seasons. Music to our ears… 1280 Peachtree St. NE, 404.733.4900,


With a passion for the arts (and 17 years of fundraising experience with the Olympic Movement), the Woodruff Arts Center’s new vice president of advancement, Janine Musholt, is an embracer of the city’s cultural life. “I hope Atlanta knows what a jewel it has in the Woodruff Arts Center! It’s one of the largest centers in the country and the only one to combine the visual arts and the performing arts,” she says. “I want the donors’ relationship to feel very special,” adds Musholt, a woman making a major contribution of her own. 1280 Peachtree St. NE, 404.733.4200,


This summer heralds in the totally revamped delta flight Museum. The space boasts two 1940s-era hangars restored to their former glory, the nation’s only public full-motion flight simulator and a sleek catering facility. 1060 Delta Blvd., 404.715.7886,


Downs’ Town

Atlanta native Paul Byron downs went from UGA to walking major runways as a fashion model, appearing in the likes of Vogue and W. This experience ignited Downs’ passion for the decorative arts, which led to exhibitions at MoMA’s PS1 and Miami’s The Creek hotel, all the while winning over patrons such as Farrah Fawcett and the Tisch family. And, as a sometimes chef, Downs also helped open Jean-Georges’ The Mercer Kitchen and Tyler Florence’s Cafeteria in NYC while taking courses at Parsons The New School for Design. After a move to Sandy Springs in April 2013, he launched the clean-lined, Belgian-influenced furnishings line Graybill & Downs, which embodies simple luxury with fetching finishes, like antique gray and golden tobacco, and sells at local shop Atlanta MADE and via his website. 212.679.3263,

Double Take

According to Roche Bobois Atlanta Showroom manager Annysa LaMantia, “Only 400 of Rene Bouchara’s limitededition Papillon sideboards exist in the world.” Shown in a red Daquacryl finish, this unique cabinet (sure to be a hot item for 2014) has butterfly doors that operate similar to a luxury car, with a look that’s as much a functional piece of furniture as it is a work of art. $13,160, Roche Bobois, 333 Buckhead Ave. NE, 404.467.1900,

TOP FIVE: Home Design Finds

1 (context) Gallery—“clean lines, sound craftsmanship, modernism and sophistication... Philipp Mainzer’s versatile habibi tray table for e15 exemplifies the aesthetic of the 2014 residential market.” –Jeffrey Shelley, (context) Gallery principal From $1,349 each, 75 John Wesley Dobbs Ave., 404.477.3301,

2 Knoll—“David Adjaye’s luminous new Washington Skeleton chair signals the bright year ahead. The geometric design creates a stunning, sculptural effect.” –cherie hoffman, Knoll Atlanta Architecture + Design manager $990 each, 1170 Howell Mill Road, 404. 522.1835,

3 Ligne Roset—”one of the most dynamic new designs i’ve seen is Nathan yong’s elizabeth collection love seat—a showcase of natural materials, with a high back and sides that make it inviting and personal.” –Jose Rodriguez, Ligne Roset proprietor $3,865, 805 Peachtree St. NE, 404. 541.1212,

4 Cantoni—“Any modern aesthete would covet cantoni’s LoV chair. The swiveling statement piece [comes] in a variety of bright colors perfect for spring.” –Michael Wilkov, cantoni founder and ceo $1,297, 1011 Monroe Drive, 404. 881.8111,

5 Kolo Collection—“The new ecoSmart Fire and Brown Jordan bioethanol fire tables are amazing. When we went to the chicago casual Furniture show [last fall], they were the most exciting things we saw—the equinox is a favorite.” –Greg Martin, Kolo collection co-owner $3,790, 1189 Howell Mill Road, 404. 355.1717,


When the conversation turns to covetable kitchens, Guy t. Gunter and Associates inevitably pops to mind. Since bowing in 1952, the high-end purveyor of upscale appliances has been a requisite stop for discriminating homemakers and business tycoons alike. Mixing a stunning array of fixtures from the likes of Wolf, Miele, Bosch and Asko, along with an attentive sales fleet, this three-generation business has long set the standard for sleek sophistication. On our current lust list are two new Thermador beauties: the deliciously lovely 27-inch Masterpiece Series double oven and the spacious-chic 48-inch Professional Series Pro Harmony standard dual-fuel range. Who knew hosting could be so haute? 1610 Southland Circle NW, 404.874.7529,

Center, Staged

The 60-room, 550,000-square-foot Atlanta Decorative Arts Center campus seems to always have something new up its sleeve. Case in point: the recently revealed third installment of “ADAc: The experience,” a multisensory vignette designed by Stan Topol and his team, touting a unique look, touch and feel aspect, on display until March. The addition is part of ADAc’s Behind the Windows exhibit, which features a wide range of stunning vignettes curated by nine local design firms. What a view!

No Place Like home

interior designer eddie Brumbaugh opened her newly bowed Jackson Charles Home & Design Studio with two words in mind: sexy and comfortable. From vintage to ultramodern, Brumbaugh’s wares have caught the eye of auspicious Atlantans, local celebs and ViP athletes alike. Expect bold scenes in the buzzing showroom awash in bright colors, unexpected textures and ornate details. 1465 Chattahoochee Ave., 404. 629.0225,


Stop the Presses

When a Richard Blais protégé and former Top Chef talent decides to call his restaurant The Luminary, you may expect him to court a celebrity clientele. No way, says Eli Kirshtein, the Cabbagetown resident who began his culinary career at 16, as Buckhead Diner’s “fry guy” under then-chef Kevin Rathbun. Kirshtein’s American-style brasserie is actually named for Atlanta’s first newspaper (circa 1846). “We want people to have a sense of being at home,” he says of his first solo effort. “We want them to be comfortable.” Thus, the One Midtown Kitchen and Eno alum promises classic steak frites and bowls of mussels, alongside time-honored Sazerac and Vieux Carré cocktails. Look for The Luminary to light up at Krog Street Market this spring.

Sugar on Top

Trendsetting bakery Sprinkles Cupcakes finally bows a highly anticipated Atlanta outpost this January in Lenox Square, near the revamped first-floor entrance. But the brand’s first Southeastern location is satisfying sweet teeth with more than just its star stock and trade, the signature cupcake—look for ice cream, shakes, cookies and one of four cupcake ATMs in the country to satisfy insatiable grab-and-go cravings. How sweet is that?

Trading Spaces

In the past several months, kitchen change-ups have been very much in vogue with A-town’s executive chefs. Top toque Hector Santiago took his chops to Abattoir; Zeb Stevenson left Livingston to put a modern spin on Parish; Philippe Haddad has fused French fundamentals with Belgian cuisine for some seriously fab food at F&B; The Lawrence’s Michael kelso has brought his artful eye to the offerings at Top Flr; Eyhab Hatab has reimagined an ingredient-driven menu at Barcelona Wine Bar; Matt Basford graduated from chef de cuisine to carvel Grant Gould’s successor at canoe; and Duane kulers has continued the trend for edgy late-night eats at octopus Bar. Talk about plate tectonics!

Coming Soon

We’re vigilantly awaiting Ford Fry’s next insta-hit, St. Cecilia, so we can snag a taste before the buzz goes national.>>> Nikolai’s Roof and Parish are getting gussied-up spaces (and revamped menus), and the Castellucci’s anticipated, Basque-inspired venture, Cooks & Soldiers, has us standing at attention.>>> Meanwhile, Octopus Bar’s follow-up, Lusca, promises a raw bar and exotic eats, while the charity-minded Staplehouse will dish gourmet grub for good. Food for thought…

In knead

James Beard Award-winning chef Linton hopkins and internationally renowned Antico Pizza’s Giovanni Di Palma have collaborated to create a new artesian italian bread for the six paninis on the menu at Caffè Gio—Di Palma’s latest restaurant featuring italian sandwiches, soups and pastries. Should further endorsement be required, Di Palma says that the Westside italian Bread—baked at hopkins’ H&F Bread Co.—“tastes like my childhood in italy.” Chow bella!

TOP FIVE: New Restaurants to Try

1 Kimball House—A delectable oyster spread, artful sides, house charcuterie and Miles Macquarrie’s craft cocktails—all served within throwback train depot digs—are just a few reasons making this venture Decatur du jour. 303 E. Howard Ave., Decatur, 404.378.3502,

2 Umi—Those still mourning the shuttering of MF Buckhead can hail chef Fuyuhiko ito’s triumphant return with Umi. Nestled next to chops and The St. Regis, modern environs complement the vibrant, swanky plates of Japanese fare and fresh sushi. 3050 Peachtree Road NE, 404.841.0040,

3 King + Duke—Ford Fry’s bustling Buckhead endeavor, helmed by Joe Schafer, pairs literary tongue-in-cheek with Southern sensibilities. Insider dish: When awaiting your wood-fired feast, take a reprieve on the picturesque patio—one of the hottest new scenes in town. 3060 Peachtree Road NW, 404.477.3500,

4 Timone’s—The latest addition to Ron eyester’s Morningside repertoire touts legions of pizzas, marinara pastas and craft cocktails, all inspired by his New york upbringing. Expect casual food in a cozy space—and a new neighborhood staple in the making. 1409 N. Highland Ave. NE, 404. 809.2979,

5 SMASH Kitchen & Bar/Shucks Oyster & Wine Bar—here to Serve Restaurants unveiled two restos in Town Brookhaven. SMASh Kitchen & Bar flaunts a hunting lodge feel paired with no-fuss Americana (and the best baked potato we’ve tasted). Across the street, Shucks oyster & Wine lures in takers with a selection of bivalves. 804 Town Blvd., 404.841.4221,; 705 Town Blvd., 404.846.1777,

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