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Inside Ralph Lauren’s First NYC Restaurant, The Polo Bar


January 8, 2015 @ 5:42 pm

If you thought the fashion set were the only ones flocking to the gorgeous Polo Ralph Lauren flagship store in Manhattan, think again. Starting Friday, those looking to grab a decadent bite can get their fix at the store as well. That’s when Ralph Lauren‘s third restaurant, the Polo Bar, opens its doors to the public.

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“It’s just this amazing Ralph Lauren world,” says InStyle Fashion News Director Eric Wilson, who attended the Polo Bar’s celeb-studded industry tasting on Wednesday night. Guests like Donna Karan and Calvin Klein got a sneak peek of the interior of the gorgeous restaurant as well as the impeccable selection of seasonal specialties. “It’s really amazing because it’s very clear that [Ralph] has spent months fine-tuning the exact experience of what this restaurant is going to be like,” Wilson says. “Not just the interior design, which is, you know, spectacular in this kind of dreamy caramel leather banquette booth interior, but also down to the way the staff greets you.”

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The first floor of the restaurant features a brass-topped bar and cozy nook (top), where guests can enjoy cocktails, oysters, and other light fare before heading downstairs to the main dining room (above). “I’m drawn to the kind of food that people truly enjoy—vibrant food that people want to return to time and again,” Lauren said in statement. The seasonal menu will feature classic American cuisine like a corned beef sandwich, the Polo burger, and steaks from Lauren’s own ranch in Colorado. The dessert specialty is Ralph’s Coffee Ice Cream, made with Ralph’s Custom Coffee Blend.

The Polo Bar opens Friday, Jan. 9, at 3 p.m.

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Jessica Chastain Inside the New InStyle: “There Are Two Kinds Of Roles For Women”

As we gear up for Awards Season (kicking off Thursday with the announcement of Golden Globe nominees), one name we’re likely to hear a lot is Jessica Chastain.

The star of Interstellar (in theaters now) and A Most Violent Year (in theaters Dec. 31) is known for her red carpet prowess as much as she is for the strong female characters she plays (Maya of 2012’s Zero Dark Thirty comes to mind). But inside the January InStyle, available on newsstands and for digital download Friday, Dec. 12, the 37-year-old tells us finding such diverse, strong female characters hasn’t been easy.

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When first embarking on her acting career, she found that “there were two kinds of roles for women,” she tells writer Emma Jane Unsworth. “You are either the girlfriend, incredibly beautiful but not much going on, or the victim, like the weird neighbor. It’s like the two ideas of women that are talked about: the slut or the wife. And that’s not so interesting.”

And so Chastain set out to find better roles for herself. “As an audience member I go to the movies a lot, and I want to see women portrayed like the ones I know—women who are really intelligent and strong and vulnerable,” she says. “I’m not interested in playing a stereotype.”

To learn more about what Chastain is interested in, including a rare glimpse into her intensely guarded love life, pick up the January issue of InStyle, available on newsstands and for digital download Dec. 12.

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Go Inside Rag & Bone’s Showroom In This Exclusive Video

Senior market editor Dana Avidan-Cohn is taking you behind the scenes at her Rag & Bone fall 2014 market appointment, giving you a sneak peek at everything the label has in store for next season.

“These guys really know how to dress that cool downtown New York girl,” Avidan-Cohn says of Rag & Bone’s designers Marcus Wainwright and David Neville. With leather sneakers, adorable cross body bags in a variety of hues, and chic embellished sweatshirts to choose from, there are so many pieces for you to love, and our editor agrees. “The accessories from Rag & Bone are completely addicting,” she says. “I buy a pair of shoes every season, they’re super comfortable.”

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We first loved this collection when we saw it go down the runway because of the pops of red, strong focus on layering, and majorly covetable accessories—we can’t wait until it hits stores.

Watch the video above to see the full Rag & Bone showroom tour, and see our favorite looks from their fall 2014 collection in our gallery!

Inside the Biggest Oscars 2014 Parties!

Now that the 86th Academy Awards have come to a close, the celebrations can finally begin! Last night’s winners—including Cate Blanchett (Best Actress), Lupita Nyong’o (Best Supporting Actress), Matthew McConaughey (Best Actor) Jared Leto (Best Supporting Actor)—hit the party circuit with their golden statutes in tow, along with fellow nominees and attendees joining in on the fun everywhere from the Governors Ball, Vanity Fair’s Oscar Party, to the Elton John’s 22nd annual AIDS Foundation Oscar Viewing Party (which helped raise $ 5.1 million for the fight agains HIV/AIDs).

“I’m going to be doing all things Oscar‑related, this is my first time here,” says a speechless Nyong’o to reporters after the ceremony. “I feel like Willie Wonka in the Chocolate Factory.” What better way to describe Oscar night! To see how the young starlet celebrated her historical night and more of Hollywood’s biggest stars in their finest form, look through our gallery to go inside all of last night’s biggest parties!

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—Josephine Cusumano with reporting by Brianna Deutsch, Matt Donnelly, David Hutchings, and Scott Huver.

Your VIP Pass Inside the 15th Annual InStyle Oscar Viewing Party

Ben Affleck, Nikki Reed, Naya Rivera, and a few Olympians were just some of the notables that came out for InStyle’s annual star-studded Oscar Viewing Party. Many were rooting for Lupita Nyong’o who was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Patsey in 12 Years a Slave, and cheers loudly erupted when she won. Gabrielle Union—who shares the same hair stylist with Nyong’o—could not have been happier. “She’s so wonderful and I’m thrilled for her,” Union told InStyle. As for Scandal co-stars Katie Lowes, Tony Goldwyn, and Dan Bucatinsky mingled with other partygoers, but stuck close together most of the night tweeting photos of each other trying to outdo one another. “We make it a competitive thing,” Lowes joked.

Celebrities enjoyed a fun-filled night at the swanky RivaBella in West Hollywood that was beautifully decorated by event designer Thomas Ford,with gold and yellow orchids and tulips for a spring look, paired with sleek black leather couches for a cozy feel. The 225 guests feasted on goat cheese baklava, spicy tuna tacos, braised short ribs, pizza bites (vegan) and macaroni & cheese while cheering on the 86th Academy Awards winners. To see who else celebrated with InStyle, look though our gallery!

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—Heather Newgen

What Costumes Won Big for Film and Television This Year? Inside the Costume Designers Guild Awards

One of the reasons we love our favorite films and television shows is the costuming—and the top designers were honored at the 16th annual Costume Designers Guild Awards over the weekend. Held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, California, stars like Kerry Washington, Tony Goldwyn, Olivia Munn, Mindy Kaling, and Kiernan Shipka came out to celebrate the event, which was hosted by Scandal‘s Joshua Malina. The Guild handed out competitive awards for costume design excellence in seven categories for film, television, and commercial work, with the costumers behind Blue Jasmine, 12 Years a Slave, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, House of Cards, Downton Abbey, and Behind the Candelabra all taking home top honors.

This year, five-time Academy Award nominee Amy Adams was honored with the Lacoste Spotlight Award, which honors an actor whose talent and career personifies an enduring commitment to excellence, including a special awareness of the role and importance of costume design. ”I just had such an amazing privilege working with so many extraordinary costume designers and so many wonderful costume departments, and I’ve learned so much,” Adams says. ”[Costume designers] have taught me that clothing is a language, but that costume is an art… I am so, so lucky to work with amazing artists.”

Additionally, writer, producer, and director Judd Apatow was recognized with the Distinguished Collaborator Award for his support of costume design and creative partnerships with costume designers. “I feel like this is really more for all the costume designers that I’ve worked with over the years,” Apatow tells InStyle. “They really work with us to create these characters.” Congratulations to all the night’s big winners!

Want more photos from this week’s parties? Look through our gallery to see some of your favorite celebrities out and about town! 

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Reporting by Brianna Deutsch

Inside InStyle’s Exclusive New York Fashion Week Kickoff With Alice Smith

What’s the best way to kick off New York Fashion Week? With a party of course! And InStyle‘s first-ever Fashion Week celebration was the place to be last night, where fashion tastemakers and editors—including our very own Ariel Foxman and musician Babyface—brushed shoulders at Bar Nana in New York’s Meatpacking District for an intimate evening with singer-of-the-moment, Alice Smith. ”The moment I saw her perform I texted our celebrity bookings editor and asked how quickly can we get this woman into the pages of our magazine,” Foxman explains to his guests. “Our 10 million readers need to know about this woman and her music and we rushed as quickly as we could to the photo studio to get her into the February issue. It’s all about spreading the words, the magic, getting her music out there. I’m so excited to have her here tonight.”

The soulful crooner serenaded the crowd with her signature blend of jazz, blues, and R&B, all in a sparkling Dolce & Gabbana emerald frock no less. But what got guests cheering aside from her powerful vocal cords? A surprising rendition of “Happy Birthday” to the one and only, Mr. Foxman!  ”I wasn’t going to,” Smith excitingly explains to InStyle.com. “I like Ariel and I’m really grateful to him for putting me in the magazine, and he’s really nice and it’s his birthday! So why not? And why wouldn’t I? I really wasn’t gonna. I was gonna say happy birthday and move on because I’m very serious about my thing, but it was nice and I’m glad I did it.” As for the birthday boy’s thoughts? “It was amazing and it was such a surprise!” 

With Fashion Week dawning (now in full gear!), guests mixed and mingled as they enjoyed what InStyle.com’s Senior Fashion Editor, Violet Gaynor calls ”the calm before the storm,” while sipping InStyle-inspired cocktails compliments of D’ussé cognac and Marquis Vodka. “Everything with InStyle is very much about enjoying fashion, looking good, and feeling good about yourself,” says Style Director Melissa Rubini. “It shouldn’t be that makes you feel stressed, it should make you feel happy.” To get your very one VIP pass to last night’s event, take a look through our gallery! 

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—Josephine Cusumano, with reporting by Andrea Cheng