Of all the pivotal moments that young fashion designers dream of, it doesn’t get much better than having First Lady Michelle Obama wear your gown to her husband’s inaugural ball. That moment was in 2008, and for New York–based Jason Wu, now 29 years old, he’s never looked back.

After more than 35 years in Manhattan’s interior design business, world-renowned designer Vicente Wolf is at the top of his game. But don’t expect champagne popping or an inflated sense of entitlement when it comes to discussing his own career—this is a man with a sense of humility, and humour, who seems to have a grip on reality.

It’s true. A rose by any other name would be delicious. Rose essence and rosewater, both distillates of rose petals, are turning up in swishy cocktails at your favourite watering holes and in desserts at upscale restaurants.