2012 January 2
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File this under news worth catching up on! GQ named Jared Leto Worst Dressed Man of The World citing his mesh tanks, man skirts, "Sonic the Hedgehog" hairdo, and Ugg slippers as fashion fouls. Take a look at our Gallery for all the photographic evidence!
2012 January 2
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While you were away getting your holiday on, The New York Times rounded up the top 75 things New Yorkers gabbed about in 2011. What made the list? The usual all-important topics, of course, like Ryan Gosling's abs, Pippa's derrière, Cathie Black's career moves, Gaga, and Tiger Mother. We can only imagine what 2012 has in store for us.
2011 December 26
The Halston doc, ULTRASUEDE: IN SEARCH OF HALSTON isn't hitting theatres until February, but you can watch it from the comfort of your own home now on Video On Demand. The fascinating doc about the highs and lows of Halston's life follows newbie director Whitney Sudler-Smith (he's a LOT!) as he searches for the "real" Halston (the title kinda gives that away!). The filmmaker gets some major names in the Halston family to sit down for him: Liza! Anjelica Huston! Pat Cleveland! DvF!, and journalists Cathy Horyn, Amy Fine Collins, Jim Moore and Andre Leon Talley who reflect on the late designer. Even Billy Joel and Nile Rogers (both of whom used Halston as a lyric in hit song) are interviewed. Must see! If you've seen it, let us know what you think in the comments.
2011 December 23
Sergio gives Chic an early Christmas present, in the form of all the juicy latest from the past week! There are lots of delicious feasts, harried shopping, the news of an upcoming reality show cameo (a very stylish reality show at that!) and a private burlesque show. 'Tis the life! Happy holidays from Chic's beloved Hearst assistant...
You know it’s holiday time when I can grab my stomach by its handlebars. The office has been inundated with candy, cupcakes, pies, panettone, champagne, wine, and cheese. It all began on Monday night when Marie Claire, the hardest working staff in the biz, took over Landmarc, home of the best bloody mary in town, for our annual holiday party! Organized by yours truly, with Lea Goldman, MC’s features director and Catherine Deneuve look-alike (not to mention one hell of a breakdancer). We ate and drank the place dry. Seriously, pigs in a pretzel, sliders, fish tacos, sesame shrimp toast, and mini pizza margherita. And I haven’t even gotten to dessert!! Mini apple crumbles, chocolate chip and ginger cookies, and red velvet cupcakes! Did I even mention the booze??? When I wasn’t mainlining bloodys, I was throwing back peach margaritas like they were going out of style. Oh, and by the way, I also DJ’ed the event so you know the music was off the chain. Is there anything I can’t do?
The feeding frenzy continued on Tuesday, when I got a presidential treat—mini M&M’s straight from the White House— courtesy of Courtney O’Donnell, aide to Dr. Jill Biden (Joe’s wife), who dropped by the office for a visit. After polishing off a box of them, I headed off to Nurse Bettie, on the Lower East Side, with my dear friend Melissa Victor (Justin Bieber’s publicist) for a private burlesque show. Normally I’d rave about the acts (which were spectacular), but the real show was in the audience, which included Alan Rickman, Brooke Shields and Alan Cumming. As I introduced myself to Snape himself (he’s close with THE BOSS, who just saw him on Broadway in Seminar), Cumming and Shields got on stage and got all kinds of naughty for 20 lucky guests. (I told you this was a private performance, didn’t I?) Afterwards, Melissa and I headed to Motorino for the pizza in town and stuffed our faces with—wait for it—3 pies. By the end of the night, my waistline had gone from 29 to 31 inches. There are still five nights of Hanukah left. I better get me some Blueprint!
I loaded on some Oscar screeners in preparation for MC’s big holiday break. Looking forward to curling up with a big bowl of celery sticks and watching The Debt, Higher Ground, The Tree of Life, Beginners, Pariah and Rampart. When my long day at work was done, I jetted off to Rue 57 for one final stuff-your-face dinner, this time with my work buddies, Ashley Afriyie and Paula Lee, as well as my two fave Moda Operandi supastars, Taylor Tomasi Hill and Danielle Prescod. Our holiday celebration went late into the night. My calorie intake for the day has surpassed that of a small village and by the time I got home, one look in the mirror, I realized that it’s definitely time to call Jenny.
I spent the day running last-minute errands for THE BOSS. First up, Tea & Sympathy for 30 mince pies (Google it), then 60 chipolatas and a pork pie from Myers of Keswick, followed by gift wrapping no fewer than two dozen gifts for JoCo’s kids, and picking up last minute presents for friends and family. Before the day was over, JoCo told me that I will be making a special appearance on a future episode of Project Runway All Stars. I’ve always knew that this pretty face belonged on the big and small screens. One Christmas wish off the list, a few hundred more to go!
My last day in the office before the holidays was spent putting together a final must-hear playlist for all of you naughty boys and girls. First up, “Devil's Work” the latest hypnotic single from Miike Snow. Next up, Ireland’s Snow Patrol and their latest single “Called Out In The Dark." I’m also obsessed with the latest from Natalia Kills and Far East Movement, called “Lights Out” and Arcade Fire’s latest single, “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)." And finally, the latest from the dopest lyricist in Hip-Hop, Lupe Fiasco called “American Terrorist III." Happy new years my peeps, see ya in 2012—THE YEAR OF SERGIO.
2011 December 23
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We heart old people! Another look back at a fave chat from 2011...
Those of you who watched our Chic Report videos are familiar with Ruth, 89, a retired secretary who often stole the show with her sunny outlook on life. We recently caught up with this lovely lady to chat fashion and get her advice on how to stay calm during fashion week.
What winter trend are you over? "The cold and the snow."
Who's your favorite designer? "I'm out of fashion now. When I was young, I liked what's his name.... Mizrahi!"
What's one style you can't stand? "I like them all. I even love the slacks and blouses!"
What's your look for spring? "Dresses!"
How can people stay calm during fashion week? "Take it one day at a time. Don't rush!"
2011 December 23
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Who could forget Michael Butterfield? Let's review, shall we?
Last night, the Rag & Bone boys launched their new womenswear shop at Saks Fifth Avenue with a stylin' soiree on the fifth floor (and a live performance by the Smith Westerns.) LIM student Michael Butterfield wouldn't have missed it for the world! He was one of the first party-goers to arrive on the scene wearing a Scottish cardi, Marc Jacobs striped sweater that's "not Marc by Marc," a Gucci handbag, and Rag & Bone jeans. Most importantly, he was clutching his 2009 Fashion's Night Out tee, hoping Marcus and David wouldn't mind signing. "They make the most amazing, amazing garments that are so effortless. That’s why I’m here. I'm a huge fan!" We dared him to prove it. BY MARIA DENARDO
How long have you been Rag and Bone’s #1 fan?
Ever since I knew there was a Fashion Week, ever since they came on the scene. Maybe 2006, 2007. Every time I think of 'bone,' I think of death so I was like, ‘What is this? Let me check this out!' I fell in love with them. The clothes are just so f**king beautiful—plain English. I follow them every show, every livestream. They’re the epitome of America, but with its own twist to it. It’s not like another Michael Kors or Marc Jacobs. It’s not like every other designer that swears they’re high fashion and charges five billion dollars…like The Row. They're not here yet, are they?
Yes, Marcus Wainwright is about five feet in front of you.
They never look like the photos!
OK, we're quizzing you. Where did the name Rag & Bone originate?
I’m assuming one of their fathers was a taxidermist and the other one’s father killed animals.
It's actually what the Brits called old junk dealers. Where were they born?
They’re from America, I’m hoping. I want to say from some small town in the Midwest.
They're actually English. Are they a couple?
I feel like they were, in the past. Like Richie Rich and whatever that guy is from Heatherette. I don’t know if they’re together now.
Actually, Marcus is married to Glenna Neece, and David's wife is Gucci Westman.
That lucky b...
How much money would you spend on Rag & Bone at one time?
Well, right now I’m broke. I was just laid off at Henri Bendel because of budget cuts. But if I had a job and I had money, $250-300.
What are you going to say to them tonight?
I’m going to be like, “Holy shat. I f**king love you! You are amazing. And will you sign my shirt?” Wait, point them out again?
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