Big Apple Armitage: New York City Captain America Screening

Yesterday, a Captain America film event took place at the Loews Lincoln Square Theaters in Manhattan.

It seems that this was an “advance screening” as opposed to a “premiere” event. If I still lived in New York City, I would have been crushed to have missed this under-the-radar public appearance.

None of the major American cast members were in attendance, but who needs Americans when you’ve got Armitage—open collar casual Armitage.

Courtesy of: richardarmitagenet.com

After flying in from Los Angeles, he must have been exhausted. But he still has that twinkle.

It’s very sweet how he stands off to the side in group pictures and when onstage with others so that he is not the center of attention. So courteous. (see photos at richardarmitagenet.com)

Here’s To You, Sophie Ellis-Bextor

The amazing British pop singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor is making her first ever U.S. appearance for Gay Pride in New York City this weekend – and I can’t make it! Party foul.

Ever since I heard her seductive vocals in DJ Spiller’s heavenly Italo-disco dance song Groovejet (“If this ain’t love/Why does it feel so good”) in England in 2001, I’ve been a fan.

The arch accent, her coquettish 60s glamour, and her amazing voice — she’s fabulous! With Lady Gaga ruling the charts, this could be Sophie’s chance to break through in the States! Embrace dance music America! Her fourth album, Straight to the Heart, drops in the UK on August 2.

Here’s Sophie doing her best Madame X impersonation (a la the John Singer Sargent painting) in the Take Me Home video. . .key lyric: “You deserve a girl like me”:

A storming recent track with DJ Junior Caldera, Just Can’t Fight This Feeling.

The first single off Straight to the Heart is Heartbreak (Make Me a Dancer) featuring Freemasons.

And Here’s To You showcases her versatility in a stripped-down guitar number.

Camper Shoes are Pretty Sweet

In Manhattan, your feet are your wheels. You need to navigate crowded subway cars, dirty streets, flash-floods, sketchy puddles, and cobblestones — and get from point A to B to C with minimal blistering. Good shoes are a must.

While Camper broke onto the American market with its quirky “bowling-style” tennis shoes in the early 2000s, the Spanish company continues to endure as a reliable brand of quality footwear for women who want cute shoes that can walk a mile or two.

Their shoes are not only durable but on-trend – who says you have to sacrifice fashion for function?

This season offers speckled tan fisherman sandals without the Grandpa factor. . .

Casi Janis, Summer 2010, $135

. . .a gorgeous turquoise and peach take on the gladiator sandal. . .

TWS sandal, spring 2010, $120

. . .and flirtatious T-strap sandals that are retro without being costumey.

Kim, Summer 2010, $145

If you can’t find what you’re looking for at their Soho or Midtown store — you can order online! And shipping is free for NYC residents – or at least it was for me when I did a mock order. Unfortunately, there’s no room in the budget this month. For now, looking is enough. But hold on to those size 39s!

French Fashion Boutiques: Where to Buy in New York City

French Style Icon Charlotte Gainsbourg

French style icon Charlotte Gainsbourg

Ignore the TopShop hype and get down with some quality French duds that will give you enduring style. New Yorkers are spoiled by having so many French clothing stores on our little island. Here is a taste:

Thanks to Gwyneth’s GOOP newsletter, French clothing company Saint James got a shout-out for its classic nautical shirts and promptly sold out.

Comptoir des Cotonniers offers refined cotton and linen dresses and separates for women and little girls. The SoHo store opened last year and is the first US branch.

A.P.C. has both men’s and women’s clothing with a decidedly understated, French/Japanese hipster vibe. There is a modest outlet store, A.P.C. Surplus,  conveniently located in Williamsburg.

Located on a bustling street in the West Village, you’ll need to be buzzed in at ludivine. A charming boutique, the offerings are sweetly chic and chock-full of Parisian brands like Vanessa Bruno. Mentioned in a recent Vogue cover article, this is a favorite shop of Gisele Bundchen. While you’re in the neighborhood, stop by for a delicious croissant at Patisserie Claude a few doors down to top off the Francophile experience.

Where’s It’s At

Saint James, 1045 Madison Ave., nr. 80th St.

Comptoir des Cotonniers 155 Spring St., nr. W. Broadway

A.P.C. 131 Mercer St., nr. Prince St.

A.P.C. Surplus 33 Grand St., nr. Kent Ave., Brooklyn

ludivine 172 W. 4th St., nr. Jones St.