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2011 August 5
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Say it ain't so! Sadie Frost tells Hello! magazine that her pal Kate Moss has become (gasp!) boring since getting married last month. Frost reveals, "On Saturdays, we cook lunch for our kids and hang out in the garden. I had a great time on Saturday night playing bingo at home with the children. We still have a really good time, doing things normal grown ups do with their children, playing games." We knew this day would eventually come...it's still a little hard.
2011 August 5
Remember "Ironic," Alanis Morrisette's seminal '90s chick rock hit--and one of Chic's default karaoke jams, truth be told. Well, at yesterday's afternoon teatime with Betsey Johnson and Eloise at The Plaza, Betsey practically lived out one such lyric from the song. A fair-tempered fly buzzed over to the lipstick on the rim of her rose champagne flute...instead of "a black fly in your Chardonnay." (Details, details.) But, Betsey being Betsey, she was positively amused by the situation. As was Chic!
2011 August 5
It’s finally time for the highlight of your week (or at least your Friday morning online procrastination pitstops): Viva la Sergio! Marie Claire man about the Hearst Tower, who’s EIC Joanna Coles’ assistant and so much more, gorges on a spate of superchic UES sweets, has another Jill Zarin run-in, and noshes with lots of MC editrix pals. Still pining for more Sergio after this post? Zip over to @SergioKletnoy, obvi!
Sunday, 1 p.m.
I dragged my friend Vivian to Lady M on the Upper East Side for the best desserts in the city. I am so not exaggerating. The cakes (Mille Crepes, Banana Mille Feuille and Flourless Chocolate) are finger-lickin’ good. I would have taken photos, but unfortunately, the owners are total Nazis when it comes to flash photography. Literally—I’ve seen them shoving babies with Polaroids out the door. One of these days, I’m going to tell them: You do know that I can order the cakes to-go and have a full on photoshoot when I get home, right?! Who am I kidding? Those cakes are too good. I’ll never risk being banned from the divine Lady M. After our dessert overdose, Viv and I stopped off at a street fair and stuffed our faces with some delish watermelon.
Monday, 8 a.m.
My closet is bonkers, I own hundreds of T-shirts, (I lost count of sneakers and jeans), and every morning I try on at least 20 shirts before settling on the perfect one. Today I wore my fave tee, adorned with Mrs. Jamie Hince aka Kate Moss’ pretty mug smoking a cig, wearing shades with her right boob proudly popping out of her tank. While at an appointment with THE BOSS, I ran into Isaac Mizrahi, who adored my tee, though initially he thought it was Bianca Jagger. (Isaac, get with the program, Bianca never would have flashed her girls!) I’ve been obsessed with Isaac ever since I first saw his brilliant documentary, Unzipped, which was fashion world’s answer to the best music documentary of all time, Madonna’s Truth or Dare. Unzipped is neurotic, brilliant, and genius. Find it and watch it by any means necessary.
Tuesday, 11 a.m.
I love the Nashville-based Beat Punk trio, The Ettes. The band consists of two girls and a guy: Coco on vocals and guitar, Poni on the drums and Jem on bass. Coco and Poni came by the office to dish about their brand spanking new fourth studio album, Wicked Will, their love of touring, hidden talents (Coco does an awesome impression of a turtle), and why we all need lasers that shoot from our hands. Sign me up for one of those, ladies, I have a few targets in mind. LOL.
Wednesday, 10:30 a.m.
This morning was beyond insane: our September issue was finally revealed (featuring my BFF, Sarah Jessica Parker), THE BOSS was on her sixth cup of English breakfast tea, and the phone lines were going off every 10 seconds. At one point, Facebook’s Randi Zuckerberg was on line one, supermodel Angela Lindvall on line two and BBC on line three with Joanna’s favorite subject, UK’s Murdoch scandal. Somehow she managed to talk to all three. She is a superwoman, after all. A few hours later, I was rushing off to lunch with MC’s deputy editor Lea Goldman (congrats, Lea, you finally got your shout out in my column. Happy now?) when my phone rings. I never let anything come between me and my lunch (unless, of course, it’s Madonna). But my old friend Rebecca, who works with Britney Spears, was visiting the Hearst Tower with Brit’s protégé, a superstar in the making, Sabi. In town on Brit’s “Femme Fatale” tour, while simultaneously promoting her debut single, “Wild Heart," Sabi is definitely someone to keep an eye out for. Her single is hot, hot, hot. This girl’s on the express train to stardom, next stop: worldwide domination.
Thursday, 11:30 a.m.
Nothing better than enjoying morning coffee at the Hearst cafeteria with MC’s entertainment director, Dana Stern and a former colleague from EMI records when I get a text message from Hurricane Jill (as in, Jill Zarin). Jill was in the building and rushed over, demanding a Marie Claire cover, while proudly showing off all of the things that make up her glorious empire: a line of belts, jewelry and—of course—Squeeze Couture (think Spanx, only better). No joke, Jill Zarin has a smoking body. Whatever this woman is doing, I’ll take three. On tonight’s agenda: My old bud Ciara, performing at Pier 17 for an invitation-only crowd. Dear Lord, please don’t let there be any fist-pumping tonight.
Friday, 10 a.m.
Weekend playlist: if you like Massive Attack, then you’ll love “Heaven," the debut single from the Scottish singer/songwriter, Emeli Sandé. The track combines soul and club music, and Emeli’s voice will give you goosebumps. Next up: “Witches Brew" from UK club queen, Katy B. With every listen I fall more in love with Katy’s debut album On A Mission, out in September. Moving on to girl groups. One of my faves is Brit chart-toppers The Saturdays. After a few spins, their new single “All Fired Up” will be stuck in your head forever. UK’s answer to Eminem is Professor Green, and his latest single “I Need You Tonight” samples one of the most recognizable songs ever, INXS’ “Need You Tonight.” And finally, English pop-rockers Viva Brother and their latest “Darling Buds of May." The band takes the best of Blur, Stone Roses and The Smiths to make their own sound, called Gritpop. Their debut album, Famous First Words is out now. If you have your own music recommendations, leave me a comment. I’ll be sure to ignore it. KIDDING.
2011 August 4
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Tomorrow morning, Net-A-Porter is debuting the "Twinterview" at 10 a.m. EST. No, it doesn't involve MK & A or any famously fashionable twins, as one might surmise from the title. It's an uber-interactive interview with Milly's Michelle Smith and the brand's fans, with all Q's and A's bearing the hashtag #Twinterview. After the hour-long interview wraps, a full recap will run on Net-A-Porter's blog. Smith is taking any and all quandaries on the Twittersphere through the end of today, but Chic got the scoop from Smith a bit early...
How did Milly and Net-A-Porter.com join forces for the debut "Twinterview"?
I have a very warm relationship with NET-A-PORTER.com. They launched Milly in the U.K. many years ago, and have always been very supportive of my business. I feel like we have grown up together, actually. Net-A-Porter is so well-edited...perfect for busy, fashionable women on the go. When I decided to join the twittersphere, they were so kind to welcome me to this new little world. From there, the idea evolved for us to have a live conversation.
What's your relationship with Twitter like?
I joined Twitter in January 2011, but didn’t start tweeting until two months ago, end of May! Being a fairly low-key person, I found it intimidating and strange at first. But now I enjoy it. I write all my own tweets and give followers a glimpse into my life as a New Yorker, fashion designer and mother of two. I’m a very visual person, so I like the TwitPic feature. It allows me to share photos of what is happening (photo shoots, fun events) and what inspires or amuses me.
What are few very Milly #hashtags?
#fashionfridays, #creativecoffeebreaks, #guiltyforprints #kookooforcolor
Which "unanswered life question" do you wish you knew the answer to?
How to fit it all in one closet!
What does your daughter constantly ask you questions about?
When her next “fitting” is scheduled for—she is the fit model for Milly Minis.
Who are your favorite people to follow on Twitter?
In no particular order: @alecbaldwin, @aliEWentworth, @SteveMartinToGo, @Tomfordismydad, @oscarprgirl, @joeNBC, @fashionista_com, @roopalpatel, @kareenMallet, @Bergdorfs, @yodasim
Who are your dream celeb/fashion industry followers for @millybymichelle?
@karl_lagerfeld because he is my favorite designer and I know he follows no one.
2011 August 4
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The eternally adorbs Emmy Rossum worked the red carpet at the CBS, The CW, and Showtime TCA Party in LA yesterday in a bold ochre, dark blue and turquoise Etro Spring 2011 mini dress (loving the color-block), and topped things off in Brian Atwood heels. J'adore!
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