2011 September 29
Guess who just took the ultimate trip? Chic's travel columnist Rebecca Minkoff and hubby Gavin Bellour welcomed Luca Shai Bellour ton September 25th. He weighed 6lbs and 14 oz. Before visiting the delivery room, Rebecca wrote a piece for us on her stay-cation in New York. Congrats on the new addition!
"As I enter the final leg on the final stretch of my pregnancy, I’m feeling a little cooped up. Per the doc’s orders, I’m no longer able to travel, which goes against my DNA. But this bird needs to fly! So, without further adieu, this week commences my “Stay-cation Series” where I jump in and feed my travel bug right here in our glorious city. For round 1, I’m giving you the skinny on the Columbus Circle/Midtown West neighborhood. Many New Yorkers swear by what Midtown has to offer to its visitors and residents, but I’m a downtown girl through and through, so this world remains a bit of a mystery to me. One thing that’s immediately evident is that Midtown has that “je ne sais qoui” Manhattan vibe in spades; screeching cabs, gleaming sky scrapers, hordes of people and plenty of touristy shops. Luckily, there is little downtown feeling hideaway right on Columbus Circle, Thompson Hotel’s freshly renovated 6 Columbus, which served as my base camp for this leg of my Stay-cation Series. The Kiehl’s bath products, the stunning views of the stunningly majestic Central Park, the steam shower, the fireplace, and the décor all came together to provide respite from the bustling midtown madness below. The staff passed their course on customer service with flying colors. After settling into my penthouse suite, I felt like grabbing lunch somewhere decadent, somewhere delicious, somewhere to really put me in the Midtown state of mind. Luckily, I anticipated this and made reservations at Per Se, Thomas Keller’s culinary masterpiece located in the Time Warner center. The supreme reputation of this institution alone is reason enough to enjoy a long, lazy, lovely lunch at Per Se. Luckily, the view and the pitch perfect food tips a Per Se experience over the top and secures it as one of the top meals you’ll ever have in your life. When you walk in the door, you are put at ease and ushered to your table to begin your dining experience (it really is an experience). Take a second to soak in the view over Columbus Circle, Central Park South and the park itself and then pick your jaw up off of the floor and order your food. If you haven’t been here before, you can thank me later. Maybe it’s the fact that I’m 9 months pregnant or maybe it was the dazzling lunch I indulged in, but I felt like going for a stroll, plus I’d been staring at Central Park all day so I wanted to get up in that! Central Park has to be one of my favorite places in the entire world. One minute you’re in the thick of the city and the next you’re surrounded by beautifully well designed and well-manicured nature in the heart of NYC. It just does something therapeutic for me. Plus, the people watching is amayz-fest! From there, I opt to take a long nap before heading up to Lincoln Center to culturally enrich myself and experience one of the best summertime to-do’s in NYC; The Metropolitan Opera’s Summer HD series.The Met opera sets up roughly 2,800 folding chairs in the courtyard of Lincoln Center and an enormous TV screen to show a series of classic and beautiful pieces throughout the summer. Sitting there, surrounded by the Manhattan Skyline and the stunning architecture of Lincoln, the big apple has never tasted sweeter. For dinner, I feel like staying close to my penthouse, and luckily 6 Columbus has me covered. I hopped onto the elevator and headed downstairs to Blue Ribbon Sushi right in the lobby of the hotel. The small-ish entrance opens up to the absolutely lovely restaurant with a long sushi bar, lots of tables and cozy booths. I ordered the oxtail fried rice and it knocked my socks off! So delish. My dining partner had a shrimp tempura roll that looked flawless and so yummy and some “live, unpasteurized” sake which sounds super chic and was also delicious, apparently. I stuck to tea due to the fact that I’m currently with baby, but next time, I’m trying the sake! Let’s be honest, though—even if the food sucked the location was spot-on for this stay-cationer.
Next week, the “Stay-cation Series” charges on as I take on the Financial District!
2011 September 29
Chez Tahari was bustling with bloggers Tuesday eve for Joe Zee's exclusive shopping partay in the Soho boutique. Not an unlikely pairing. After all, the dynamo duo have been consulting together for a few seasons now, and JZ even loaned his creative talents to the designer's well-received Spring 2012 show. Style scribes trotted in one by one, scanning the Fall 2011 racks and devouring the mini apps--washed down with a tall glass of spiked lemonade. Delish! Once our leading men arrived, après a bout with bumper-to-bumper downtown traffic, we'd all eyed a couple standouts: a scarlet ruffle collar Victoria coat, the Edita beaded rope blouse, and every furry handbag in site...with particular fondest for the Chelsea mini. Both gentlemen went quickly to work, styling each and every partygoer, by adding a Kimberly velvet blazer here or a Kelly scarf there. Your very own Chic scored an Eastern-inspired moto with two thumbs up from Elle's creative director and an approving nod from Monsieur Tahari himself. Success!
2011 September 29
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With discourse spanning the gamut from scoping her customers at Barneys in sweats to crafting baubles for "secure" men, there's never a dull moment when Chic chats with the Ann Dexter-Jones! We caught up with the glam matriarch ("glamatriarch," perhaps? Can we make that word happen?) at a cocktail shindig for Glamour Icons in The Plaza's Palm Court...
What's the latest with your jewelry line?
It just got into Barneys a few weeks ago, and it's currently sold at four locations. Plus Colette, Maxfield, and a bunch of other stores. I got an email from Barneys earlier this week because they sold my first two pieces in L.A.! It was quite exciting.
Do you cruise around Barneys incognito to see how your stuff is selling?
I pop into the stores all the time. But I’m not that famous; I don’t need a disguise. I walk in wearing my sweatpants! Even if one in a hundred, or a million, people knew me, they wouldn’t expect the designer to come in looking like a bag lady in my T-shirt. Because that’s exactly what I look like.
What kind of designer are you?
I’m naughty, because I design what I like. It’s very organic. And I don’t do seasons, which is nice because nothing is out of season the next time around! Plus, I get inspired by people all the time.
Who’s inspired you lately?
Zac Posen said he wanted one of my pieces in bronze. I said, “OK, why not?” Then Zac wanted it in another metal and I thought, "hey, when Zac tells you what he wants, you feel flattered--and you do it."
And who’s been wearing your baubles? Do you bling out the Ronson-Dexter-Jones clan?
Absolutely! I make rock and roll chic pieces for women, and secure men. I use wood and black onyx, and I have a version without stones—my Mark [Ronson] doesn’t like things with jewels everywhere. Ringo Starr wears my necklaces on stage, though he complains that they’re heavy.
2011 September 28
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Last night, Chic popped into The Plaza's Palm Court for a classy celebration of Glamour Icons: Perfume Bottle Design, a gorgeous volume by industry scent powerhouse Marc Rosen. The "oldest working model," Carmen Dell’Orefice, looking positively luminous for any age, chatted about eschewing anything that smells too flowery and why she avoids heels whenever possible nowadays.
What’s your history in the realm of perfume?
I wore Guerlain’s Mitsouko in my days with Cecil Beaton, during the early years. It felt, and smelled, very sophisticated. My mother wore L’heure Bleue by Guerlain. I didn’t want to wear what my mother wore, though I loved the shape of the bottle so much. Then, I found a scent by Robert Piguet that I love, called Bandit. I actually like the cologne more than the perfume—I spritz it all over. I feel calm when I wear it.
How about your very first perfumed encounter?
It was probably Helena Rubinstein’s “Heaven Scent,” but it was too sweet. Even as a kid, I had a sense of smell as part of my identity. I don’t like florals—anything like a lily of the valley is too sweet for me. I prefer musky scents, maybe a hint of orange.
Happy belated eightieth birthday, Carmen! What should I strive to accomplish by the time I’m 80?
Whatever your agenda is, my dear! Though it’s best not to have an agenda, and be happy with whatever life throws at you.
What do you think of today’s models?
I think they’re very, very hardworking, and I wish designers would make prettier clothes for them. The designers call it edgy, but I call it just not flattering, feminine, or pretty.
What designers make pretty frocks that still make you swoon?
I really like Roberto Cavalli and Jackie Rogers. I loved Halston’s things, but he’s no longer here.
How do you attire yourself nowadays?
I prefer clothes that aren’t too complicated. Or heavy. I don’t like lots of layers, it needs to simple and light.
What kind of modeling have you been up to lately?
I did a runway show for Alberta Ferretti in Milan earlier this year. But I’m really a print model. I only get on the runway when I’m pressed into service.
Why do you prefer print?
I don’t walk the way they want me to walk—I don’t think it’s a pretty walk! I think it’s going to be bad for the models’ knees and backs. At 80, I don’t feel obliged to put myself through the painful experiences of those high heels because I’ve already ruined my feet years ago in those kind of shoes. Don’t do it! Know your body and know your feet. Don’t ruin them for vanity—you’ll pay a high price later on, trust me!
2011 September 28
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Aloha! NYFW has come and gone, but Gant by Michael Bastian just released a video of their recent presentation at The Park, and we kinda dig it. MB wasn't inspired by some obscure artist that we've never heard of or a French film that we'll never see, but by the episode of The Brady Bunch where they go to Hawaii. Reason 4,531 why Michael Bastian rocks.
2011 September 28
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Wooohooo! The 18th annual Elle Women in Hollywood honorees have been announced. Barbra Streisand will be awarded the L'Oreal Paris Legend award, Elizabeth Olsen will receive the Calvin Klein Collection Emerging Star Spotlight award, and additional honorees include Jennifer Aniston, Freida Pinto, Evan Rachel Wood, Viola Davis, Michelle Pfeiffer, Naomi Watts, and Dreamworks CEO, Stacey Sinde, who are being acknowledged for redefining women's roles in movies. The October 17th ceremony will be held at the Four Seasons Beverly Hills Hotel, co-sponsored by L'Oreal Paris, Calvin Klein Collection, and David Yurman.
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