2014 March 28

Sergio Says! Musings From Cosmo (and Beyond...)

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It was a mouthwateringly good week for Sergio Kletnoy, who squeezed quite a few delicious to-do's into the mix of his duties as righthand man to Cosmopolitan for EIC Joanna Coles. From a Bloody Mary brunch to an Italian feast at Carmine’s, there’s lots drool over (including Jude Law who entered the picture.) 

Just another jam-packed week in Cosmo-land and I might be tired, but I’m not complaining. It started off with Woody Allen’s Bullets Over Broadway, which is currently in previews at the St. James Theatre. The play is set in 1920’s New York and is about a struggling playwright, Zach Braff, who's forced to compromise his artistic integrity in order to get his play produced. The film version, which is laugh out loud funny and one of my fave Woody films, stars John Cusack, Dianne Wiest, Jennifer Tilly, and Harvey Fierstein. The Broadway version is just as good and totally changed my opinion of Zach Braff, who was electrifying. After the play I stopped by The Plaza for a late evening drink with a dear friend who is in town from Monte Carlo. We had one too many cocktails and at one point, on her way to the ladies room, a burly gentlemen from a land far, far away thought she was a call girl and tried to pick her up. It was just like the scene in Pretty Woman, only the guy looked nothing like Richard Gere...

Next up: dinner at Carmine’s in Times Square with a gang of former Marie Claire co-workers. Yes, I know it’s cheesy, but the food served family-style is excellent! One of my friends, who now lives in London, suggested Carmine’s, and I was a bit judgmental, but I am now a changed man. We had stuffed mushrooms, fried zucchini, arugula salad, and chicken with pasta, and they were all delish. We had such a great time that I ended up missing an after party for Arnold Schwarzenegger at The Skylark to celebrate the release of his latest film called Sabotage. Hopefully there will be other opportunities for me to meet Arnold and his muscles. My photobooth is ready!

I also had the best time ever at a Bloody Mary brunch hosted by Stolichnaya Vodka and Katie Lee at the King Cole Bar inside the St. Regis Hotel, aka the birthplace of the iconic cocktail. We had a tasting menu of five Bloodies: Lone Star (a Southwestern take on the American classic with hot sauce and bacon), Five Borough Bloody (an homage to NYC with horseradish and pickles), Mediterranean Mary (inspired by South Beach with parmesan cheese and mozzarella), The Red Snapper (the original St. Regis recipe), and Mary by the Beach (Katie Lee’s own recipe with shrimp, inspired by the Hamptons). After an hour of sipping Bloodies, I jetted off to Steak ‘n Shake for a mouthwatering burger, greasy fries, and a yummy footlong hot dog. It was exactly what I needed after one too many daytime cocktails.

I topped my week off with The Cinema Society and Links of London premiere for Jude Law’s new film Dom Hemingway, about a London bad boy doing some really bad things and getting into a whole lotta trouble. A few girls at the office begged to tag along in hopes of getting close to Jude, but I promised my plus-one to my BFF Courtney, who wanted Jude all to herself. Once inside the Landmarc Sunshine Cinema, I was barely able to pass through the crowds. The theatre was packed with celebs waiting to get a glimpse of Jude: Lena Dunham, Allison Williams, Karen Elson, Salman Rushdie, Dree Hemingway, Elettra Wiedemann, Pat Cleveland, Olivia Palermo, and Jenna Lyons. When Mr. Law finally appeared before us, the applause was thunderous. I guess they really liked him, and I knew how he felt; when I walk down the street I get thunderous applause and whistles, but unfortunately they’re just in my head. After the film, Courtney and I stopped by the after party at party held at Il Principe at Hotel Hugo for some Moet & Chandon and a little Jude. Unfortunately, every babe in the room wanted to get to Jude as well and after a few drinks we gave up. Don’t worry Courtney, there’s always next time! For now, you're stuck with me.

Have a great weekend and catch me on Twitter at @SergioKletnoy until next week and be sure to download my fave new tunes!

Johnny And Mary” by Todd Terje featuring Bryan Ferry
Call My Name” by Haerts
Jimmy Franco” by LOLAWOLF
Dark Sunglasses” by Chrissie Hynde
Rumble” by Kelis
Me And My Broken Heart” by Rixton
Revolusion” by Elliphant
Bridges” by Broods
I Wanna Get Better” by Bleachers
Bennie And The Jets” by Miguel and Wale
Devil Inside” by London Grammar
Empires” by Shakira

2014 March 28

Alexander Wang, Prabal Gurung, And More At SCAD's Annual SCADStyle Event

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The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) is hosting its annual SCADstyle event from April 14th through the 17th at university locations in Atlanta and Hong Kong, and they've snagged some major names for the occasion. Designers Alexander Wang, Prabal Gurung, Eddie Borgo, and Danielle and Jodie Snyder of DANNIJO will be this year's guests, in addition to the likes of CFDA CEO Steven Kolb, Vogue's Sally Singer, T's Kate Lanphear, and Bergdorf Goodman's Joshua Schulman. Tom Ford International's Domenico de Sole will chair the event. The guests have created their own #IamSCADStyle videos to share what style means to them. Check out Wang's video below! This year, the school is inviting prospective students ages 15 to 18 to share their own videos for a chance to win a trip to SCADStyle and meet their favorite designer. To learn how to submit a video, click here.

2014 March 28

Cate Blanchett Covers Vanity Fair France

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Lady Oscar aka Cate Blanchett covers the April issue of Vanity Fair France with an intense shot by Brigitte Lacombe, whose work we could look at all day. VF devoted an impressive 11 pages to their story on Blanchett. See how handy that Oscar guy can be! Meanwhile, Italians are also getting their Cate fix with her appearance fronting the March edtion of L'Uomo Vogue in a gender-bending editorial shot by Francesco Carrozzini. Head over to their site to see Cate the great do her thing.

2014 March 28

ELLE Fêtes The Fourth Annual Women In Washington Power List

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Why did ELLE and Gucci take a (power) trip to D.C. this week? They were toasting their fourth annual Women in Washington Power List with a dinner at Villa Firenze, otherwise known as the humble abode of His Excellency, the Ambassador of Italy Claudio Bisogniero. ELLE’s EIC Robbie Myers and publisher Kevin O’Malley headed down to mingle with the leading ladies and raise a glass to their success. This year’s honorees included CNN chief Congressional correspondent Dana Bash, Maine Senator Susan Collins, U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, NARAL President Ilyse Hogue, POLITICO COO Kim Kingsley, DC police chief Cathy Lanier, former U.S. chief of protocol Capricia Penavic Marshall, former chief of staff to Secretary of State Hillary ClintonCheryl Mills, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, and Center for American Progress president Neera Tanden. All were present, except for Lanier, who was otherwise occupied with police biz. For more details on these successful femmes, head to ELLE.com or pick up the glossy’s April issue, on newstands now.

2014 March 27

Chatting Up Ferragamo and DETAILS Hottie Sean O'Pry

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Salvatore Ferragamo toasted its shiny new RTW boutique at Saks Fifth Avenue last eve with a cocktail bash, co-hosted with DETAILS, replete with hunky male mods, fash folks galore, and Brendan Fallis on DJ duty. On hand for a glass or bubbly or two and a parse through the chicly-stocked racks? The likes of Alex Lundqvist, Grace Bol, Ryan Kennedy, Garrett Neff, Diego Miguel, Jo Elias, and DETAILS fashion director Matthew Marden. (Check out our Gallery for those photogenic folks!) We caught up with the gorgeous Sean O'Pry to discuss his new (canine) gal pal, his grasp of the Italian language, and more. Thanks to O'Pry, you'll never be sans a lighter on the streets of Milan again...

What's the latest, Sean? 
I got a new dog! 

What kind of pooch?
A mini Australian Shepherd. Her name is Mya.

Given Ferragamo's heritage, how's your Italian?
I can say 'lighter,' accendino, so I can get around a bit. 

Which phrase do you always struggle with in Italian? 
Everything else that I don't know how to say! 

Are you getting recognized much thanks to your Details cover cameo?
Definitely! It's just really nice people that stop me to take a picture. I'm always more than happy. 

What do you dig most about Ferragamo? 
They're iconic! It's a great thing to be a part of. 

2014 March 27

J. Crew's Take On Movie Night With Casey Neistat

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Wherever Jenna Lyons goes, her faithful flock of J. Crew-ettes are bound to follow. As was the case hier soir, when Lyons and Frank Muytjens, head of men's design at J.Crew, threw a party in The Library at the Neuehouse to celebrate Casey Neistat’s latest film endeavor. Remember when he wore the label’s Ludlow Suit on an 11,000 mile trek? Well, he's created another short, titled My Kid And Me, which featured a few of Neistat's adventures with his son. The likes of Mickey Drexler, Karlie Kloss, Nick Wooster, Courtney Crangi, Cynthia Rowley and her husband/gallerist Bill Powers, and Misha Nonoo popped by to nosh on sweets and check out the two films. Just when you thought J. Crew has reinvented all possible basics, they show that they can even spruce up a simple movie night.

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