Couple Up: Ben Stiller and Janeane Garofalo

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Listen, the internet doesn’t know a whole lot about these two as a couple—except that they happened (briefly). It does, however, know a whole lot about their professional, comedy-making relationship, which started with The Ben Stiller Show (Janeane’s big break) followed by Reality Bites, The Cable Guy, and Mystery Men. What can we contribute? That the whole thing makes us happy. —erica

Janeane Garofalo: An Anndra Neen choker, a Joseph slip dress, and a tank from T by Alexander Wang.

Ben Stiller: A blue button-down by Kenzo, a windowpane Hickey Freeman blazer, and some slick Carven shoes.

More one-time match-ups right here.

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In my next life, I’m gonna dress like this, c/o Black Crane. —erica

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The Insider: Sara Zucker

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Sara Zucker is the girl you tried really hard to befriend on your first day of college: She has enviably tousled hair, knows where to get the best coffee in Queens, and named her style blog Farpitz—Yiddish for “all dressed up” and code for “just plain cool.” And when she’s not doling out wardrobe wisdom over there? Lady manages all sorts of media for NARS Cosmetics. Get to know this mensch, here and now. —mattie kahn

Q: What is your first powerful memory of makeup?

A: My mother never left the house without lipstick on, so I always kind of grew up wanting to be that kind of a woman who, you know, cared enough about her appearance to always have her lips covered. Now, I’ve become that person where I feel naked without lipstick. It automatically makes me feel classy.

Q: So, what color do you reach for for a night out?

A: It depends. If it’s a date—because men are afraid of lipstick—I will go with something neutral and kind of sheer. I don’t like lip gloss, because it’s sticky, so I’ll go for, like, NARS Damage Sheer Lipstick. And then if I’m going out with my girlfriends, I’ll usually do NARS Short Circuit Cinematic Lipstick. It doesn’t exist anymore. We launched it for our holiday collection, and the formula was so good that I stockpiled it. [Writer note: Sara swears NARS Geraldine Audacious Lipstick is a worthy substitute.]

Q: The MVP of your closet right now is…?

A: I bought a Thakoon short-sleeve wrap coat at a sample sale two years ago, and I didn’t wear it until two weeks ago. Now I can’t stop wearing it. Now I’m like, “Why did I wait two years? I don’t understand!”

Q: You have fairly remarkable hair. What’s the secret?

A: A really good cut. I go to Devachan in Soho, and they really cut my hair very, very well. I just find that the cut makes all the difference. As long as your hair grows down instead of out as a curly-headed woman, then you’re good to go.

Q: If you could splurge on a five-figure purchase, what wouldja get?

A: Hmm…In New York, that’s not enough to buy a house, so I would say a storage unit. I would buy a storage unit, because that way I won’t have to worry about monthly payments—and then I can always swap out my closet each season. I always run out of space.

Q: It’s 4 P.M. What’s your in-office snack of choice?

A: Plantain chips and guacamole. The key is you use the plantain chips as tortilla chips, but they’re better for you, because they’re plantains!

Q: It’s basically a salad!

A: I mean, they’re still fried, but I lie to myself when I’m eating them. I’m like, “No! They’re healthy!”

Q: Any Of a Kind designers that you’re super into right about now?

A: Um, yes! Welcome Companions. I’m newly obsessed and love everything that they do and wish that I had a larger savings account. And Palomarie. I bought one of her necklaces some months ago, wore it to death, and plan on buying the last edition that she did for Of a Kind as well. 

You probably want to meet some more Insiders now, don’t you?

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Why wear some flowers when you can wear the whole garden? That’s the Julie White take. —erica

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Painted Petal Scarf by Dealtry for Of a Kind

BUY / 25 of a kind / $169

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It’s tough to get excited about most iPhone cases, but this Mansi Shah one is another story. —erica

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Next Level: Beet

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Cranberry sounds so…early aughts. And maroon has a certain team spirit vibe. But beet? Now that feels right for fall—maybe paired with outwear in a nice goat cheese or sherry vinegar. (I know–ha, ha.) —erica

LEVEL I: One of those perfect sweaters, c/o Isabel Marant, that can do apple-picking or office.

LEVEL II: A so-sleek Alexander Wang purse that would give even your grungiest jeans some polish.

LEVEL III: A dress from Carven that would look almost impossibly put-together with sheer black tights.

LEVEL IV: Opening Ceremony shoes that put a little stomp in your step.

More of this “Next Level” madness!

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Dontcha think these suckers, from The Palatines, would make the ideal first-day-of-school shoes? —erica

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Dealtry

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Growing up in the U.K., Helen Dealtry started her painting career drawing birds alongside her grandfather. “I had a chalkboard, and he would rub out chunks of my drawings and say, ‘that needs work!’” she laughs. Coming from a family of creative people—her feathered-friend-depicting grandfather, carpenter brother, and costume-creating mother among them—she was met with nothing but support when she began an intensive textile, art, and design course at age 16.

Four years and a degree from Winchester School of Art later, she found herself in New York as a trainee textile designer, where her daily work involved hand-painting motifs directly onto silk and stretched organza. “I was surrounded by incredibly talented artists like Lourdes Sanchez,” she recalls. “I’d just want to cover my work every time they walked by my desk!”

But that insecurity was just pure silliness, and, in 2011 after many years of practice and a short stint back in London, Helen had the self-possession to launch Dealtry, a line of ultra-soft patterned scarves drawing inspiration from East Asian brush painting and a bunch of ranunculus scooped up at the Chelsea Flower Market. “Every design I do starts with a hand-painted piece of paper work,” she says. “It’s really important to me to maintain a hand-done feel to my work.” So, things haven’t changed that much—but she has spread her wings. genevieve ang

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Check Out Helen Dealtry’s Lush (Really!) Brooklyn Studio

Green is the scene.

“Studio” seems too generic a term for Helen Dealtry’s sick setup. As she says, “It’s my little oasis in Brooklyn!” We’re talking a fig tree-filled courtyard, even—which is doubly awesome when you consider that Helen is all about flora and uses leaves, buds, and branches as the basis for her watercolor work and the scarves of her line Dealtry. You probably want to see the space for yourself, huh? Get in there. —genevieve ang

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“When you walk in, there’s a big white wall that I use for my mood boards, color swatches, anything that I’m working on. I also have a huge archive of all the work that I’ve done before and some original artwork and books that I can reference and be inspired by. If I’m having a non-inspired day, I’ll pull out my book on Cy Twombly—he’s one of my favorite artists.”

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“And of course there’s my dog, Dudley, who is very protective of me. He hangs out on his own throne chair next to my desk and barks at everyone. He is a Jack Russell-Chihuahua mix and is quite feisty!”

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“I’m really lucky at the moment because I have a garden for the first time in New York City, which is so rare. We have two courtyards, and they are planted with fig trees, grape vines, the works! Right now it’s mostly shrubbery, but it’s still really pretty.”

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“I found the space via Craigslist! I was renting a desk in the city and decided it was time to look for something different. The best part about it is how supportive everyone here is of each other. Everybody really pushes each other up, and, whether it’s business advice or inspiration that you need, you can just take a walk around and get really inspired by somebody who is doing their own thing.”

She’s in good company—from left to right, Re Jin Lee of Bailey Doesn’t Bark, Katie McClain of MCMC Fragrances, Helen Dealtry, Nicolette Owen of Nicolette Camille Floral, Fay Andrada, Julie Ahn of Object and Totem, and Jennifer Sarkilahti of Odette New York.

Photos courtesy of Jennifer Sarkilahti.

The edition Helen made us is a total winner—stop back to see it tomorrow morning!

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