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2011 November 18
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Last night's GMHC (Gay Men's Health Crisis) Fashion Forward 2011 annual bash at Metropolitan Pavilion, hosted by Brad Goreski and Tracee Ellis Ross, brought out the stylish set, including Joseph Altuzarra, Chrissy Teigen, Bryanboy, Peter Davis, Andrej Pejic, Timo Weiland's Alan Eckstein, Number:LAB's Luis Fernandez, Cameron Silver of Decades, and the evening's Style Vault Award winner Julie Macklowe. The annual charity event also featured a lively live and silent auction featuring a Vespa, a week's worth of summer fun at the Pines, and Bulgari watches, to name just a few prized items on the auction block, and high-fives and clinking glasses abounded for items well-won! Chic chatted with Paper mag's always-hilarious Mickey Boardman on his way into the shindig and learned about his uber-optimistic approach to dressing of yesteryear, plus his personal prowls on the runway! Also: the appeal, and mystique, of the dirndl...
GMHC Fashion Forward involves a fab runway show – have you ever stalked a catwalk, Mickey?
I’ve been on a couple of runways. Helloooo, Versace, Armani…just kidding. It was a show in the old Toy Building, which is now Eataly—there was an AIDS bikeathon from Boston to New York City, and there was a party and fashion show once the bikers finished the course.
Did you walk or take an alternate form of transportation down the runway?
I had to ride a bike in the fashion show in the craziest outfit, with totally wild makeup. They wanted people to ride out on the runway—I was like, “I’ll do it, I’ll ride a f*ckin’ bike.” It was during a time when if something looked like it would fit, I’d just wear it. So I basically thought anything in the world could fit. And it worked! I’d slip on the craziest, tiniest little things, like a women’s one-piece bathing suit, without a second thought.
What an adventure! Anything else happen that night, besides a moment in itty-bitty Versace?
Well, I had the biggest crush on this makeup artist, Pep Gay, and he had a model wearing lipstick kiss me everywhere so I was covered with kisses. But the makeup artist didn’t like the way it turned out, so he put lipstick on himself and re-kissed me!
How did you feel riding the catwalk?
It was really fun, but I’m not meant to be on the runway.
I have too much personality! I hate when models look at the audience or stick out too much in any way. Even if they look amazing, it’s really about the clothes. Oh, and I’m not sample size and gorgeous.
Which models tend to distract you on the runway?
Milla Jovovich, who I worship and adore, is a great example. To me, she’s better in movies—you aren’t as distracted there as you are by her in a fashion show. All I can think is “It’s Milla! It’s Milla!” whenever I see her in anything.
Since this is the GMHC Fashion Forward bash, how is your life feeling fashion forward right about now?
You know, that’s a phrase, like ‘edgy,’ which doesn’t mean what it used to mean. I guess being fashion forward is about pushing and growing; not just being lazy about what you do. Although I am in a very lazy look myself right now, because I forgot I was going out tonight!
Who fits that bill?
My friend Lynn Yaeger. She used to be in big, poof-y ballerina skirts all the time; then she decided not to go out horizontally with what she was wearing, and to instead wear longer silhouettes with flaps popping out. She keeps progressing instead of stopping and being stagnant about it.
What words or phrases do you use in lieu of ‘fashion forward’ or ‘edgy’?
I’ve been using the word ‘fuselage’ a lot lately, though it has nothing to do with fashion. I’m also into the word dirndl. I’m not exactly sure what a dirndl skirt is, but I like the sound of it!
2011 November 18
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The dreaded day has come...Regis Philbin made his final appearance on Live this morning in front of a special audience including Mayor Bloomberg, Diane Sawyer, Kathie Lee Gifford, Katie Couric, Joan Lunden, Tony Danza, Donald Trump, Jane Krakowski, Dr. Ruth and The Amazing Kreskin. During New York Fashion Week, we conducted our own survey to ask the most important question facing our nation today: Who should replace Regis? Let's take another look...
Joanna Coles: Anderson Cooper. I think it's tragic that he already got his own afternoon show.
Paul Wilmont: Calvin Klein. He's a great conversationalist, he's up to date on current events, one of his favorite magazines is The Economist.
Kate Lanphear: Michael Carl!
Zanna Roberts Rassi: Say Hal! I want Hal. [Rubenstein, that is.]
Solange Knowles: Marc Jacobs.
Anne Christensen: Mickey Boardman. I'd like to see it shaken up a bit.
Ken Downing: Ken Downing says Ken Downing. The battle of the blondes on morning television.
Heidi Klum: Neil Patrick Harris. He'd be perfect.
Desiree Gruber: I would love to see Christian Siriano's face at 9 a.m. every morning. That face, those glasses...that would make me happy.
Adam Lippes: The only person I can see replacing him, who has proved to be so damn good on TV, is Michael Kors.
Simon Doonan: Hello, moi!
Johnson Hartig: Anna Wintour. She and Regis have a lot of the same qualities.
2011 November 18
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Marc Jacobs' collection gone south isn't the only mystery in the fashion world this week. It's Shoe Dat? time! Can you guess whose closet these adorbs green Louis Vuittons belong to? Hint: He's a sizzlin' Brazilian!
2011 November 18
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Can't believe we're going to miss this one! Kudos to the clever writers of this pitch to attend a party and runway show for (get this!) algae! All righty. Someone earned their paycheck for this piece of creativity...
It's not Steve Tyler we are honoring at our party - although we hope he'll come! No, the rock star we are honoring has waited even longer for the spotlight.... two and a half billion years to be exact. Our rock star is algae.
Now before you think we're crazy, consider this: Algae was the first plant life on earth 2.5 BILLION years ago, it has the highest concentration of protein in the world (60%), over 40 nutrients and is just ONE calorie per tab. It has been shown to lower blood pressure, cure colds, prevent hangovers, aid weight loss, balance blood sugar, provide energy, protect the brain, build the immune system and more. It does this ALL NATURALLY. No chemicals, no sugar, no caffeine, no drugs, no side affects, no interactions. No kidding. Just 100% green, raw nutrition. Straight from Mother Nature.
Also consider that algae has been used by NASA, Olympic Athletes and hundreds of millions of Asians for over 50 years, and was even declared the most nutritionally dense food on earth by both NASA and the United Nations 40 years ago. Yet here we are in the midst of a health crisis where the incidence of cancer, diabetes and heart disease (just to name a few) is escalating and even being regularly diagnosed in teens. The answer to these health issues has been here all along but because it's so simple, its simply been overlooked. Its algae. Algae holds all the answers, DNA/RNA and nutrition that Americans need yet no one knows it or uses it.
Why not? Probably because algae was missing Sizzle. Substance it had. Heck it's a nutritional rock star but sizzle, no. Algae wasn't glamorous or packaged properly to catch anyone's attention. Poor thing, all it needed was a makeover. So we gave it one. We glammed it up, gave it a jazzy new name and relaunched it as Naughtybits and now customers coast to coast can't get enough of it. Algae rocks! Naughtybits rock! And we're celebrating with a party!
So come celebrate algae's rock star status and our national launch! If you can't make the party, please visit our website www.naughtybits.com. Contact us if you'd like to learn more or check out our cool video called "got algae" at http://vimeo.com/29327076
The party is Wednesday December 7th, from 7 pm - 10pm at America's OLDEST tavern - The Bell in Hand, Boston MA where we will officially unveil our algae fashion show video It's a world's first. Algae on a runway! We think even the folks at Victoria's Secret will be impressed.
We're expecting a sold out crowd so PLEASE RSVP at (REDACTED) by December 1st. When you RSVP please indicate that you are from the MEDIA. We have a special sign in area for members of the press as well as a special gift.
Hope to see you there! And hey maybe even Steven Tyler will show up. Afterall, Rock Stars like to hang out together!
2011 November 18
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Eveningwear designer (and former Roland Mouret apprentice) Kiana Anvaripour is shaping up red carpet starlets one saucy undergarment at a time. Her secret weapon: a recently launched line of haute shapewear called ResultWear, sold under the parent brand dMondaine. Her chic clientele: Michelle Williams, Fergie, Sophia Vergara, Ginnifer Goodwin, Kelly Osbourne, Halle Berry...to name a few. We dialed the designer in her LA showroom to get the skinny.
How did you begin your foray into shapewear?
Throughout the years, I've been designing eveningwear, and I’m always reminded of that scene in Bridget Jones’s Diary when Hugh Grant pulls up her dress to find a granny girdle and says, ‘Hello, Mommy!’ While I was constructing all these sexy dresses, I wanted something to go underneath that gave a fantastic shape but also looked sexy so you didn't have to run to the bathroom and change.
How does ResultWear differ from other competitive brands, like Spanx?
A lot of shapewear already on the market flattens you, but doesn’t give you shape. Our product smooths you and gives you that hourglass figure. Plus, I added a zipper so women wouldn’t have to fight to get into it.
Where do you sell?
Right now we sell at Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Journelle, ResultWear.com and other specialty boutiques. Price points range from $79 to $169.
What’s been the feedback so far?
Kelly Osbourne is a client of mine, and she loves the bra. She told me her boobs have never looked better!
Are star clients important to the brand?
The whole thing really got off the ground with my celebrity clients. A lot of them, like Halle Berry for example, are known for having boobs and a butt; this just makes everything look that much better. And I designed ResultWear so it would work even if you’re a size zero. It’s created to give women that feminine figure.
Currently, you offer four key styles. What inspired the names of each?
I’ve always been inspired by beautiful, strong women. The Marilyn slip is named after Marilyn Monroe, of course. The Stella was named after Stella in Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire. The Victoria kind of reminded me of Victoria Beckham. And The Jane is named after Jayne Mansfield. She had fabulous cleavage!
Any innerwear-as-outerwear dreams for the future?
At a later stage, I’d definitely look into making ready to wear that still had the shaping elements.
What’s been your most memorable moment since launching?
My fiance and I took a trip to Vegas. I hastily packed and had no idea what to wear until he suggested I put on ResultWear; he’s my biggest fan. I ended up wearing one of the prototypes with a blazer. All night women kept coming up to me and touching my breasts, asking me where I got my dress. My interns have had similar experiences…
I lent them my evening dresses, which they wore with ResultWear underneath, for an event we had at Neiman Marcus in Beverly Hills. Afterward, they all went out for drinks and emailed me in the morning that they’ve never been hit on more in their entire life. One of them was like, ‘I’m never taking this off!’
2011 November 18
What time is it? Sergio time, obvi! No wonder Chic is sans a playlist from JoCo's badass, longtime gatekeeper: it's been a week brimming with oodles of film screenings and concerts, plus plenty of harried moments from Sergio's Hearst Tower perch. We'll cut our assistant extraordinaire some slack this time around. And if Chic ends up listening to "Last Friday Night" on repeat this weekend, it's all Sergio's fault...Kidding, darlings. Happy Friday!
Saturday, 8 p.m.
My weekend began with a major dilemma: Madonna at Roseland or Kathy Griffin at Carnegie Hall? I cannot choose! I cannot choose! No way was I going to miss two of my favorites. So I first headed to Kathy’s show—and, of course, this woman is HI-LA-RIOUS! I have never heard so much profanity at such a sacred venue, but it totally worked, especially when the subjects were Nancy Grace and her infamous boob slip, The Kardashians, Hugh Jackman and that crazy b*tch Cher. (“Lemme tell you about the time that Cher pocket-dialed me…”) An hour into the show, I snuck off to Roseland, hoping to finally get one step closer to Madge. What a fool to think that I would be lucky enough to finally meet her. There were two lines, one for VIPs and the other for the masses. Unfortunately, both stretched around the block. After an hour of waiting in the VIP line (natch), one of my friends, who got there long before me, walked out of the venue and yelled: “She won’t go on stage for at least another hour and a half! Let’s ditch this place!” That was my cue to leave—Sergio doesn’t wait in line that long. So much for meeting my idol! This is what I left my prime seats at Carnegie Hall for? Over it! Note to Madonna: I’m crazy for you, but even I have my limits.
Sunday, 7 p.m.
I’m a huge Muppets fan and have been waiting to see the new movie ever since Jason Segel announced his involvement with the latest revival. Tonight, I was invited to a private screening of The Muppets at the Tribeca Grand Hotel, hosted by Segel himself. I brought along my BFF, Courtney. At a cocktail reception prior to the movie, we grabbed a glass of wine and made our way into the screening to grab the best seats in the house. Then, out of the corner of my eye, I spotted none other than KATHY GRIFFIN! Holy moly, is this woman following me? Is she here to bitch me out for leaving her show early the night before? I walked up to her and said, “OMG, Kathy Griffin!” She replied, “Hi—and who are you?” So I launch into my big shpiel: I’m Sergio, blah blah blah, I love you, blah blah blah, but I had to leave early to see Madonna—I wish I stayed for the entire show.” Her eyes popped: “Ahhhhh, that explains why half my audience left mid-way though the show. I know my jokes weren’t that dirty!” As we chat, she spots Jason Segel and drops me like yesterday’s newspaper, bee-lines for Jason for the money photo opp. As soon as the paps got their photo, she promptly put on her coat and snuck out. Her loss: she missed one of the best feel-good movies of the year. The Muppets, a dancing sing-along musical extravaganza, does not disappoint. It’s the best Muppets flick since 1984’s Muppets Take Manhattan. Seriously. And just like all the great Muppet movies, it’s packed with stars, including Amy Adams, Jack Black, Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters, Mickey Rooney, Neil Patrick Harris, and Sarah Silverman. The best part is the on-again/off-again love affair between Miss Piggy and Kermit, obviously! After the screening, Jason made his way around the room and talked to everyone—he even told my friend Courtney that he stood behind us as we watched the movie, and caught us crying. Yep, I was busted tearing up in The Muppets by Jason Segel himself. Of course, now, Courtney has a total crush on him. He is one smooth operator.
Monday, 9:30 a.m.
This morning, while rocking one of my fave Madonna t-shirts (featuring Madonna’s ode to Boy George on the cover of a i-D magazine circa 1984), I was walking up Broadway and 55th when I spotted Madonna’s manager, Guy Oseary, coming directly at me. He looked at me, and then my tee, then back at me and then my tee again. I stared him right in the eye and gave him the I know who you are look while he gave me the I know you’re wearing my client on your chest look. I played it cool and said nothing. Early morning is definitely not the time to act a fool or like a crazy fan, even if I am in breathing distance of her Madgesty’s right-hand man. Oh well, there’s always next time. Later that evening, I was off to the Sunshine Theatre for the premiere of Another Happy Day, starring Ellen Barkin and Ezra Miller. First off, I LOVE Ellen Barkin! She’s so damn cool, a Bronx-raised tough kid (like me!) who could totally kick your ass. Ellen is also one of the funniest Tweeters around—check her out at @ellenbarkin. My kind of girl! The theatre was packed with fashionistas, models, and personalities like Wes Craven, L’Wren Scott, John Cameron, Greg Kinnear and of course, Ellen, who produced this incredibly moving dark comedy about a really messed up family. I laughed, I cried, I fell completely in love with Ellen’s character, and so did everyone else inside the packed theatre, as the thunderous applause went on for what seemed like an eternity. Ellen gave a performance of a lifetime, totally Oscar worthy! As far as I’m concerned, there is no competition.
Tuesday, 1 p.m.
This afternoon I crashed a photo shoot with Dita Von Teese at the Royalton Hotel. My friend Justin, who shoots for JustJared.com, tipped me off that he’d be photographing her for a web exclusive, so I tagged along. I even offered to set up equipment, hold the lights and wave the fan—basically anything to be near Dita. When I arrived at (where else?!) the penthouse suite, Dita was sitting on the couch in a purple Sonya Rykiel dress and five-inch Louboutin heels wearing fiery red lipstick. Her face was, as always, flawless and her hair looked like something that came out of a book; perfectly styled forties Hollywood glamour. After she was done with the shoot, we chatted about many things, none of which I remember, as I was completely enthralled by the woman’s beauty. For all I know I might have given her my social security number, credit cards and passwords. She just has this inexplicable power. Later that evening, I attended another premiere, this time for We Need To Talk About Kevin, starring THE BOSS’ doppelganger, Scottish ice queen Tilda Swinton. (I die!) Before the movie began, I had to wade through a sea of paparazzi to get to the red carpet. It was a zoo. Between getting pushed, shoved, squeezed and stepped on, I managed to get a few amateur shots of Tilda. (No more red carpets for me. From this point on, Sergio only does one-on-ones.) The movie was sad, dark, and disturbing, an emotional rollercoaster about a family torn apart by Tilda’s son, played (there he is again!) by Ezra Miller. There were so many awesome people in the audience: John Lithgow, Wes Anderson, Wes Craven, Jake Shears, Terry Richardson, the new Spiderman Andrew Garfield, Casey Spooner of Fischerspooner, and Taraji P. Henson. But I was a row away from Best In Show’s Meg Swan aka Parker F****** Posey. Another one off the bucket list!
Wednesday, 10:30 p.m.
Just back from seeing Prince William and Kate Middleton’s fave singer, Ellie Goulding, who was opening for Katy Perry at MSG. I could go on and on about Ellie (whom I love) but the real story is the sh*tshow I witnessed at the concert. I’m still recovering. Seriously—kind of disturbing to see 70 percent of the audience (under 16 years old, mind you) singing along to so many overtly sexual songs, including “Peacock,” Katy lulls all the kids—and their parents—into thinking she’s a goody-goody girly pop star. I mean, the theme of her show was Candyland. But there’s no mistaking she’s all about sex. After 45 minutes of debauchery, I bailed. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’ve seen and heard it all and have no issues with Katy, whose songs I actually like. It’s seeing 12-year-old girls in blue wigs and tutus singing “Let me see your peacock!” that left a bad taste in my mouth, literally.
Thursday, 1 p.m.
THE BOSS had a crazy morning, and I barely had a moment to breathe. I set up three conference calls, four back-to-back meetings, put together a guest list for a MAJOR upcoming Marie Claire event, did a 40 issue mail-out of MC with Kim K. on the cover, picked up the boss’ lunch from Le Pain Quotidien, made six cups of English breakfast tea with milk, organized last-minute flights to Miami for JoCo and family, confirmed hotel and ground transportation and managed to do it all on my iPhone as the Hearst email system was down, and all this before 1 p.m. Time for some me-time: lunch in the café over the latest issue of New York magazine.
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