2011 November 22
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Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta returned to the turf where she spent her teen years at Convent of the Sacred Heart (that's the Upper East Side, loves) last night to debut "Gaga's Workshop" at Barneys New York on Madison Avenue. Maybe her high school was a wee bit more uptown, but it's always good to see the Lady (somewhat) home again. Who came out to support the unveiling of the windows? Blake Lively, Alexander Wang, Christian Siriano, Carolyn Murphy, Mario Sorrenti, Alan Cumming, Lorenzo Martone, and Neil Patrick Harris. The collab with Barneys features Gaga-designed shop windows, eight stations inside Barneys that will sell limited-edition delights (we have to get back to you on that!) created by Stefani herself and Mr. Nicola Formichetti, and as they say, much, much, more. You can probably dance there if you fancy. As for her outfit? Chanel, obviously! Can't you tell?
2011 November 22
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Since today is basically Wednesday in the worky world, and tomorrow is essentially Friday, we couldn't let a week slide by without our essential Terry Richardson Tumblr stalking. A little turkey isn't going to get in the way of our responsibilities! This week, the busiest photog to ever live shared his shot of Miranda Kerr giving us her best Terry impression. And the results are in! Sadly, Ms. Kerr didn't give us a signature thumbs up, so we can't give her the highest honor, but A+ for always looking sexy, Mrs. Bloom. Until next week...
2011 November 22
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Reason 5637 why we love Ad Week's editor of the year Joanna Coles: She snatched up the sexiest man alive, Kyle Anderson, as the mag's new accessories director at Marie Claire, and he's become the talk of the town! How's that for a start? (Note: we adore all employee's of MC, especially you, Sergio. Don't be jelly!) But did you know The Daily's latest fascination, and the man who seems to be keeping our economy alive has a blog? J'adore! Catch up on all things Kyle there. May he never sit (gasp) second row again.
2011 November 22
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Packing for the inevitable jaunt outta town? Or just prepping for your own at-home feast? Kaelen designer Kaelen Haworth has the playlist that promises to fuel you. Calorie free!
Aaliyah, "If Your Girl Only Knew"
"I don't think this requires explanation. Either you don't know, or you know."
The Shirelles, "Mama Said"
"Perfect Tuesday song."
Drake featuring Rihanna, "Take Care"
"I love the steel drums happening here. Instant vacay!"
Lykke Li, "Get Some" (Beck Remix)
"The original is great, but this is such an awesome foot-stomping, hand-clapping banger I like it better."
Temper Trap, "Fader"
"Everyone knows the song from 500 Days of Summer (the train scene! Perfect) but the whole Temper Trap album is worth a listen."
Body Language, "Holiday" (RAC Remix)
"Everything RAC touches turns to gold. The mixes are always so cheerful and dance-inspiring."
Tuneyards, "The Bizness"
"This woman is bananas, and I love it. Her voice! SO good."
Willson Pickett, "Land of 1000 Dances"
"This will forever remind me of Roman and Connie cutting a rug at the end of The Great Outdoors. Ergo, it will forever make me happy and nostalgic."
Oh Land, "We Turn it Up"
"I get so excited when I discover artists like Oh land. Visually, conceptually, and musically she just makes sense."
The Strokes, "You Only Live Once"
"I like the message. Obviously. Also it makes me want to get in the car and take and ill-advised cross country road trip. Who's in?"
2011 November 21
That adorable blonde who moonlights as model Caroline Trentini's daughter in the "Swept Away" well story in November Vogue? None other than Eloise Burke, daughter of Vogue senior market editor Meredith Melling Burke. Eloise wears looks by Baby CZ by Carolina Zapf and Stella McCartney Kids in the story, which was photographed by Patrick Demarchelier and styled by Grace Coddington. We're just going to bet that MMB has already sent the prints to Bark Frameworks. Adorbs!
2011 November 21
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We never know who the Ruffian designers will interview next! This week, Brian Wolk and Claude Morais sit down with a Chic fave.
"Carrie Preston is on one of those rare talents who is able to span the genres of the performing arts and give equally powerful performances in film, theatre and television. Her resume reads like a "Best of" list, including film roles in Woody Allen’s Vicky Christina Barcelona, Transamerica, My Best Friends Wedding, TV’s Desperate Housewives, Lost, Miranda in George C. Wolfe’s version of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, and of course, her most recent claim to fame as Arlene Fowler in HBO’s hit show True Blood. We always enjoy dressing Carrie. In addition to being a down-home friendly gal, her honesty and beauty are refreshing and real. On Friday, when she came by our studio for her dress fitting for the GLAAD Out auction (where she served as guest host), we put her to work and sat her down for a tête-à-tête on the goings-on in her very busy career.
Brian: We heard about your early start in the theatre at the age of 8: you started your first theatre company at the age of 12 in your front yard. Tell us about some of your early productions!
Carrie: They were more like variety shows. I would write little skits, we would sing songs, and I would really crack the whip. I was a director even back then! I would make them rehearse and was a bit of a tyrant. My poor little sister!
Claude: Are other family members in the entertainment business?
Carrie: My brother, John Preston, is an actor. He's fabulous and lives in NYC.
Brian: Have you guys ever worked together?
Carrie: Yes, he's been in a few movies I have produced, and played my brother in a movie called Ready, OK. I have a production company called Daisy 3 Pictures, and we make movies primarily for the gay audience. The first movie I directed was called 29th and Gay.
Brian: Tell us about your transition from Georgia to Julliard in NYC?
Carrie: It was an amazing program. It was challenging coming from a small town. Our first semester there, they were still finishing up the dormitory, so they housed us at the YMCA. It was totally terrifying to be in a little box room, and Robin Byrd playing on the TV hanging from the ceiling!
Claude: Did you have any friends?
Carrie: I had some friends who lived here who went to NYU, or lived in Brooklyn, so I hung out mostly downtown and in the Village.
Brian: I also read that you and your husband (Lost and Person of Interest star Michael Emerson) work together too. How is that dynamic?
Carrie: It’s great! We met doing a production of Hamlet at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. I was Ophelia and he was Guildenstern. We definitely found the lost scenes that Shakespeare never wrote!
Brian: You work in so many different genres—theatre, film, and television. How does your process differ?
Carrie: When you are doing a play you are dealing with your lines, trying to keep it all fresh and doing it eight times a week. Plus, you have a four week rehearsal period, so it’s a very different preparation—not to mention very physically demanding. In film and television, you don’t really rehearse until the day of shooting, so you have to do the preparation before you get there. And there is a lot of room for spontaneity, which is fun.
Brian: Do you ever get to improv?
Carrie: When I worked on Vicky Cristina Barcelona with Woody Allen. Before we shot the first scene, he came over and his one direction was to say whatever you want and make the events of the scene happen. It was an amazing experience. When Woody Allen is saying, 'Say whatever you want!' and there are only four actors who start improvising you feel like you are in a Woody Allen film...and you are!
Brian: I guess that’s the magic of a Woody Allen movie!
Carrie: When we finished the first take, my co-stars Rebecca Hall and Chris Messina and I looked at each other and said, 'We are in a Woody Allen movie!' All of us were so excited.
Claude: You've done so many amazing films, from My Best Friend's Wedding to Transamerica. Do you prefer comedy or drama?
Carrie: I don’t have a preference, but I do seem to get cast in comedy. The rule of thumb is that comedy is more difficult. It’s not always easy to make people laugh. I like that challenge. People tell me I’m funny. On True Blood, they trust me with the comedic stuff. The trick is to find the tragedy in the comedy and comedy in the tragedy. I like to balance it out.
Brian: How does your acting experience influence you when you direct?
Carrie: I've been told by the actors I work with that they are happy to have someone who knows how to talk to actors. If there is one thing I do know how to do, it's talk the language of acting. I am still learning about the tech stuff and setting up shots, though.
Claude: Your resume in television reads like a best of our favorite shows, Sex in the City, Lost, Desperate Housewives, and The Good Wife. When you got the part of Arlene Fowler on True Blood, did you know you landed an instant cult classic?
Carrie: None of us knew it was going to get as big as it got; it truly tapped into a cultural zeitgeist.
Brian: There have been so many interesting articles about True Blood comparing the vampire struggle to the gay rights movement, so we were wondering what you thought about that?
Carrie: The thing that’s wonderful about the show is you can apply some social commentary to it if you want to, or if you don’t, you can just watch a wonderfully thrilling show that is designed to entertain and excite the audience. I think that's what makes it smart and relevant. You can substitute any disenfranchised group for the vampires.
Claude: True Blood is based on the Southern Vampire Mysteries; did growing up in the South prepare you for your role?
Carrie: Definitely! I know a lot of women like Arlene, although she is not based on one particular woman. Her character is a conglomeration of strong working class woman who are trying to provide.
Brian: What else is coming up?
Carrie: I am about to start shooting Season 5 of True Blood after Thanksgiving. I have a recurring role on The Good Wife, and we are shooting some more episodes next week. I directed a film called That’s What She Said starring Anne Heche, Marsha DeBonis, Alia Shawkat, and that’s entering the festival circuit. I've also been shooting a web series that I wrote and starred in that we are rolling out next year called the Dody Show.
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