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Versace Says Goodbye Fur And.. Voyeuristic Coffee


It’s still very cold here in NYC. As I slog it out outside every morning with a jog, I look for a quiet place to warm up and seek respite. Often it’s in our apartment/petsit, but sometimes I want to get out and be surrounded by people.

Enter Sarabeth’s at hustle/bustle Chelsea Market.

Sarabeth’s, a chain bakery spread across NYC and internationally, offers a window into the world of the food prep staff at their Chelsea Market location.

Ogle at the trays of small biscuits, shortbreads, and cheesesticks.

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Trays of bread at Sarabeth’s Bakery

Watch as one of the chefs drops a knife on the ground, but especially under visitors’eyes, quickly takes it to the sink to be washed with a sterilizing, bleach liquid.

See one chef, sans hairnet or hat, rapidly push a batter through a strainer. Wonder what she is going to use this batter within. Listen to other onlookers also question why she isn’t wearing a hairnet, with one assured youth saying that perhaps, “Real chefs just don’t (wear hairnets).”

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Sarabeth’s Bakery in Chelsea Market

Also listen as more passersby disgruntledly remark how the coffee costs $5, but that this window does offer a great view for those that have never baked (who has never baked?).

I want to work there for a day, but not really, I just want to admire their deftness with knives, their controlled, asserted motions. I went to smell the bread rising, and I want to feel the warm camraderie that must be feeling among a crew of chefs working in an open space kitchen.

On another note

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I’m happy to read in Newsette that, “The future is starting to look fur-free. Just one day after Furla announced that it was nixing all fur from its clothing and accessories, Donatella Versace has announced that she will only be using faux fur in her designs from now on. “Fur? I’m out of that,” the designer said in an interview with The Economist 1843 magazine. “I don’t want to kill animals to make fashion. It doesn’t feel right.” Other fashion houses seem to agree, as Gucci, Tom Ford, Michael Kors, and Givenchy recently announced similar stances.”

The article continues:

“Even though other labels have made anti-fur statements recently, including GucciTom FordGivenchy, and Michael Kors, it’s a pretty bold move coming from a fashion house that has largely avoided the issue until now. After all, Versace is steeped in glamour and excess, and what is more of a symbol of that rich glitz than a fluffed-up mink coat?”

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I also enjoyed reading about her sense of humor about the caricature that her persona has adapted: 

“Her countenance can appear alarmingly icy – she once joked in an interview that she slept in the deep freeze – but her presence is warm. She makes jokes, which sometimes don’t quite work in English, and her staff are relaxed. They do not have the twitchy air, as fashion underlings sometimes do, of people subjected to regular verbal thrashings.”

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And who knew Versace had such religious ties? I know nothing about fashion.

“Twenty-one years after her brother’s death, Donatella is closer to the church than he could ever have imagined she would be. She is preparing to travel to Rome to appear alongside Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, president of the Pontifical Council for Culture, Andrew Bolton, curator of the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and Anna Wintour, the editor of American Vogue. They will announce the details of “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination”, an exhibition opening on May 10th at the Met that will show around 150 Catholic-inspired garments from designers including Versace, Cristobal Balenciaga, Valentino, Christian Lacroix, Dolce & Gabbana and Chanel. They will be displayed alongside around 50 precious ecclesiastical garments – some of them still in use, some which have never left Rome before – that have been lent by the Vatican.”

So yeah. Victory!