2014 April 11

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

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Backstage with Miley! Backstage with Miley!
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Did your week involve hanging with Miley backstage, hitting up two chic film screenings, and getting a very (very!) early listen to the latest jams by a slew of pop superstars? It's OK if not, because Cosmo's Sergio Kletnoy squeezed all of that in, and he simultaneously kept things in tip-top form while his boss, Joanna Coles, was out west. Someone needs a nap, non?

Once again, it was one of those weeks…THE BOSS spent four days on the West Coast for heaps of meetings and one major cover shoot, and I held down the fort on the opposite coast. There was so much going on that I barely remember sleeping, eating, or going out. Nevertheless, I was a social butterfly every night of the week. 

First up, Miley Cyrus’ Bangerz concert at Barclays in Brooklyn. My BFF Courtney is a HUGE Miley fan, so I made sure we got to meet her before the show. Unfortunately for us, she had the “sads”, as only a few days prior her dog Floyd passed away and she wasn’t in the mood for much conversation or sticking her tongue out for a photo with moi. It went something like this: “Hey ya’ll, thanks for coming, Snap, snap. Enjoy the show. Bye”. She totally made up for it during the concert: it was over the top, foul-mouthed, filthy, funny, upbeat, happy, and full of life. At the drop of a hat, I’d run to see her again and again. Oh, and Madonna watched the entire show from the soundbooth. I wonder what The Queen thought of Miley?

Next up, The Cinema Society and Montblanc premiere of Hateship Loveship at The MoMA, followed by an afterparty at The Skylark. The moody drama stars Guy Pearce, Hailee Steinfeld, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Christine Lahti, Nick Nolte, and Kristen Wiig. In a way, the film reminded me of Her and Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, but not as romantic or complex. I’m a huge fan of Kristen and will see her in anything she does. But I don’t know how I feel about this dramatic turn. Every time Wiig made a face, I was reminded of a character from SNL. I know, I know… It isn’t fair of me to compare Kristen the actress to Kristen of SNL and her slew of legendary personas: Bjork, Suze Orman, Target Lady, Gilly, Liza Minnnelli, Penelope, Madonna, Martha Stewart, Paula Deen, Lana Del Rey, and a better Kathie Lee Gifford than Kathie herself. So, I will refrain from saying anything else. Oh, and Kristen looked amazing in a geometric leather top, flowing wrap skirt, and dirty blond bob. 

It was also a week filled with music! I interviewed Lykke Li at the Bowery Hotel about her new album “I Never Learn”, out May 5th. The album is a dark masterpiece—it was recorded after a relationship gone sour that left Lykke heartbroken. At the end, when I asked her to pose for a photobooth photo, she shot me down and told me she would prefer to be a bit more mysterious. Burn! The day after I interviewed the most unconventional pop star, Sia. We had an awesome phone chat about her new album (out this summer) and life in general, as she was driving around LA. Sia is one of the most in-demand songwriters working with many of today’s pop divas, including Beyonce, Katy, Rihanna, Christina, Kylie and Britney. They run to her for all the right reasons: her songs will move you, dig up emotions you didn’t know existed, and have you obsessed with the lyrics and melody after one spin. I’ve heard six songs from Sia’s new album (the title to which I cannot reveal just yet) and they are out-of-this-world good. She’s a modern day poet, who is able to take the simplest of situations and turn them into beautiful works of art. It’s going to be the must-have album of the year. I was also privy to new music from La Roux and Ariana Grande. Both ladies are getting ready to unleash their much-anticipated sophomore albums, and they’re going to blow their fans away. I’ve had the first single from La Roux on repeat for days, and Ariana’s first single is so catchy, it will have you twerking even if you don’t know how.

I was also invited to a listening session for Michael Jackson’s new album “Xscape” held at the top of 30 Rock, and Cinema Society hosted premiere of Lionsgate & Roadside Attractions' "Joe" starring Nicholas Cage. Of course I ended up working late and missed both. I’m not too stressed about Jacko, I’ll get to hear that album at a later date, but there goes my opportunity of going on a National Treasure hunt with Nicholas Cage. Thanks Cosmo, I was going to share whatever Cage and I would have found!

 

Later this evening, I’m off to Millennium Entertainment with The Cinema Society premiere of John Turturro’s brand new film Fading Gigolo starring Woody Allen, Sharon Stone, Liev Schreiber, Sofia Vergara, and my childhood crush, and Karl Lagerfeld’s favorite femme fatale, Vanessa Paradis. This is Vanessa’s first English-speaking role, and I heard she’s in town for the premiere. Fingers crossed I get some one-on-one time. I’m even willing to sing “Joe Le Taxi” for a photo with Ms. Paradis! It can replace the poster of Vanessa that’s still hanging in my closet at my mom’s apartment.

 

This weekend I’m taking it easy, but I will be back with more fun in the sun (and in the dark) next week. Until then, follow me on Twitter at @SergioKletnoy and be sure to check out my fave new tunes of the week below. Au revoir!

 

OBSESSED:

Sing” by Ed Sheeran

Stereotype” by Samsaya

When The People Cheer” by The Roots

Chandelier” by Sia

Back In The World” by David Gray

Free Falling” by Florrie

Wanderlust” by The Weeknd

Holding Onto Heaven” by Foxes

FeelGood” by GOLDHOUSE

I Was Gonna Cancel” by Kylie Minogue

Am I Wrong” by Nico & Vinz

Home” by Deluka

Magic” by Coldplay


2014 April 11

Busy Days For Doutzen Kroes

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Vogue Netherlands delivers an intriguing shot of Doutzen Kroes on their latest issue celebrating summer. The Dutch mod is keeping busy and announced herself via Instagram as the new of Calvin Klein's new fragrance, Reveal. She also recently took to the 'Gram to reveal she's six months along and expecting a girl. 


2014 April 11

Stylish Wedding Design Made Easy, Thanks To Love Detailed

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Brooke Polson and Dana Constantino of Love Detailed Brooke Polson and Dana Constantino of Love Detailed
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New York Bridal Week is in full swing, replete with lace gowns, delicate veils, and sumptuous bouquets. With a goal to make your big day gorgeous, sans the stress, Love Detailed offers up plenty of visual designs for the big day. After taking a quick quiz, a personal storyboard is generated complete with stationery suites, dessert table trinkets, and everything in between to make wedding planning a breeze. The best part? Nearly everything on Love Detailed is shoppable (and it errs on the affordable side). We snagged a moment with co-founders Brooke Polson and Dana Constantino to get the deets on their nifty planning site. Are those wedding bells we hear?

Where did the idea for Love Detailed come from?
Brooke Polson: We’ve worked with Linda Howard, the well-known Los Angeles wedding planner, for years. She does really high-end weddings and we came up with this idea to make her extremely high-end, amazingly tasteful weddings available to girls who aren’t hiring a wedding planner or don’t have the time that it takes to source, to pin, and find every little detail perfect.
Dana Constantino:
Love Detailed is kind of like a virtual wedding planner because we’re giving you access to Linda’s tips and tricks and her how-to essentials. We’re basically publishing everything that she’s learned over the last twenty years as a wedding planner.

When you purchase a look, what can you expect?
Brooke:
There's a how-to guide that is tailored specifically to the look you choose. You can see your must have pieces—the things that are essential to bringing the look together. You’ll see the stationary suite, the escort card table, the reception table, and the dessert bar. You can see how to lay it all out, with all the little details included. Some of the products you can purchase directly from our site, but we will direct you to another site for rentals if we couldn't find the piece at a cheaper price.

Got any wedding design tips to share?
Brooke:
I never thought to put a rhinestone bracelet as a napkin ring, but it adds such a nice touch of bling! And putting chocolates on the table is a nice touch, too.

And you shot all of the sample wedding images yourself?
BP:
Yes, we shot at the Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, over the course of three months. We used all of their ballrooms and their outdoor space. It was kind of like putting on 20 different weddings because we had to create each escort card table, reception table, and dessert bar. Then, we put together storyboards for each look.

What’s the most important feature overall for a wedding?
BP: I think it’s just how the bride emotes her feelings—making people feel warm, making sure the entertainment is great, and making sure all the little personal details are very thought out.



2014 April 10

Report: John Galliano Won't Join Oscar de la Renta

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For those of you holding on to the hope that John Galliano would end up working with Oscar de la Renta, Page Six-er Emily Smith is reporting that it's not going to happen. "It is categorically not happening," the source told them. "Oscar de la Renta is still looking for a new creative director." As we're sure you've heard by now, Galliano was fired by Dior in 2011 after making anti-semetic comments and given a temporary residence with de la Renta, which many assumed was a sign that he'd be joining the brand full time. He was announced as the costume designer for Stephen Fry's revival of The Importance of Being Earnest set to open in the UK this Fall. 


2014 April 10

To Tommy, Love Zooey Fêted In West Hollywood

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Last eve, West Hollywood's The London Rooftop hosted a celebration for Zooey Deschanel's new collaboration with Tommy Hilfiger. Vanity Fair's Krista Smith and the brand welcomed Malin Ackerman, Ally Hilfiger, Jennifer Morrison, Ari Gaynor, Louise Roe, Dee and Tommy Hilfiger, and, of course, the girl of the hour, Deschanel. "To Tommy, From Zooey" is a capsule collection of 16 dresses plus accessories, and is available today on macys.com and tommy.com. Check the cute collab out on April 14th in select Macy's and Tommy Hilfiger stores.


2014 April 10

Michelle Williams Locks In With Louis Vuitton Again

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Everything old is new again! Michelle Williams fronts Louis Vuitton's new campaign showing off their newest must have bag, the Lockit. They've revived the bag, first created in 1958, after it was rediscovered in the brand's archives. The bag features a padlock on the side, hence the Lockit name. Williams was shot for the brand by Peter Lindbergh and styled by Carine Roitfeld. She's currently on Broadway playing Sally Bowles in the revivial of Cabaret at Studio 54. 

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