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2011 November 4
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Naomi Watts took a momentary pause from Mommydom to work the red carpet (and show a little leg!) in a sparkly Stella gown and Cartier jewels for the world premiere of her latest flick, J. Edgar, at Audi and AFI's Film Fest in Hollywood. In the movie, Watts stars as the infamous Helen Gandy, Hoover's confidante and secretary. In attendance: Hilary Swank, director Clint Eastwood, castmates Leonardo DiCaprio, Ed Westwick, and Josh Hamilton, Dermot Mulroney, Ron Howard, and of course, Liev Schreiber.
2011 November 4
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In July, Chic set out on a petit jaunt to BK to scope out The Beverly Room's endless array of decadent vintage duds from 40s jumpsuits to 70s cocktail frocks. Four months later, we've roped in founder and owner, Mauri Weakley, as our weekly Chic columnist, regaling tales of her adventures rummaging through packed estate sales or daring to delve into the overstuffed closets of New York natives. This week's score? Retro toppers from the 60s. Without further ado!
"Evidently, being the wife of a jewelry designer had its perks. This past Thursday, I scoped out the estate of a late jewelry designer formerly residing deep in the bowels of Brooklyn. Unfortunately, I missed out on the original 1920s beaded dresses that had been listed--another dealer beat me to them. Grrr. However, I did land something far more romantic and playful and vast than those delicate heirlooms of the lost generation. Shelved in a single closet in the back of their two story row house on Avenue P was the lucky wife's entire collection of iconic 60s hats. It included everything from the cloche to the pill box, the fedora to the beehive by designers such as Hattie Carnegie, Mr. John, and Oleg Cassini, and from classic department stores such as Bonwit Teller and good ole Bergdorf Goodman. One can only imagine what her jewelry collection must have looked like! It was most definitely worth the two and a half hour wait cramped in a stairwell with chain smoking antique dealers.
These hats are a nice reminder that there's an entire layer of accessorizing--one previous generations placed so much importance and attention to detail on (a la Mad Men)--that we are missing out on! The chic wool fedoras, deep mink pillbox hats, and black veiled cocktail numbers are so easy to incorporate into a wardrobe today. A hat can literally and figuratively top your look off, bringing it all together. Not to mention stand out in a crowd."
To take a peek and shop the entire collection online, go to TheBeverlyRoom.com or visit Mauri at The Beverly Room inside the Garage on 25th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues every Saturday and Sunday.
2011 November 4
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In this economy, two years in business is something to celebrate. On Thursday night, RumbaTime founders Joe Anto, Drew Deters, and Jay Hartington toasted their timepieces with an editor-stocked dinner at the Hurricane Club...followed by the requisite, tequila-fueled afterparty at Riff Raff's next door. "We didn't celebrate the first year, so this is it," laughed Hartington, showing off his new GO-enabled timepiece that, with just a wave of the wrist, can pay for all your Duane Reade stuff. Boasting over 1500 retail doors and sales in excess of $2 million—for watches with price points of, oh, $25 and up, there's a lot to celebrate. (Young luxury designers, it's OK to be jealous.)
2011 November 4
Sergio downs multiple bloody Marys--obviously, but never at lunchtime before, non?!--gets a private "smize-ing" tutorial from Tyra, and is ever so cryptic about a major MC shoot. How major? We'll have to take Sergio's word for it, at least for the time being...Ooh, the intrigue!
Monday, 12:45 p.m.
THE BOSS is out sick with a flu, so I am cheating on Café 57, Hearst's impressive cafeteria (way better than Conde's, from what I hear) with Brooklyn Diner on 57th and Seventh Avenue. If you¹ve never been, they have the best three-cheese grilled cheese sandwich and mashed potatoes in town. I really don't want to catch what JoCo's got, so I also ordered a Bloody Mary. You know, for the Vitamin C.
Tuesday, 11 a.m.
I have one beautiful girl standing before me, and I only have one photo in my hands. It is the only photo that matters, and it's of TYRA BANKS! I have just interviewed the one and only Tyra Banks, at the VH1 studios and she totally rocked my world. I can honestly say that I've watched all 17 cycles of America¹s Next Top Model, even after Ty-Ty gave Janice Dickinson, world¹s first supermodel, the walking papers (how rude!) Tyra “BBQ” Banks and I talked about her new book, Modelland and her love for Nicki Minaj. (She even sang a bit of “Super Bass” just for me. Too cute for words.) Before I had to pack my belongings and go home, I was given a lesson on how to “smize” for the camera. No! Seriously! I GOT A PRIVATE LESSON FROM TYRA ON HOW TO SMILE WITH MY EYES FOR THE CAMERA! These priceless skills will surely come in handy when I finally meet Madonna!
Wednesday, 2 p.m.
Anya de Rogue, the winner of Project Runway’s Season Nine, came by the office to check out her new extended family and to show off her fly new hair cut. The super-talented, self-taught designer chopped off her long locks and is rocking a tribute to Rihanna, whom she idolizes. Of course, being the Project Runway fanatic that I am, I told her that I predicted her win from the first episode, and that I rooted for her all throughout the season. Before leaving, Anya asked me to put in a good word for her with RiRi, so that when Marie Claire finally shoots the pop superstar, Anya be given a chance to dress her idol. Obviously I can pull some strings, so long as I can somehow get sandwiched in between Rihanna and Anya for my own private photoshoot. (An Anya-Serge-RiRi sandwich sounds tasty, doesn¹t it?!) Speaking of photo shoots, we have a major one coming up, but I can’t reveal a thing, or the boss will have me spayed and neutered) there was a huge run-through with THE BOSS going over all of the clothes, shoes and accessories, (can’t reveal a thing, seriously, she will kill me) and I am deeply involved (CAN'T REVEAL A THING, SHE'S WATCHING ME AS I TYPE). All in due time! But trust me...it's way cool!
Thursday, 8 p.m.
Today is the day when my fave boss and one of my fave British artists, Natalia Kills, finally met. Every year, JoCo attends the Black Ball at Hammerstein Ballroom, an annual NYC charity concert that raises funds for children and families with HIV/AIDS in Africa in India. This year’s event was honoring the spiritual, musical, and philanthropic legacy of George Harrison, with performances by Alicia Keys, Usher, Will.i.Am. and Norah Jones. Obviously being such a huge music fan, I suggested that JoCo take one of my fave artists with her. The rest is a match made in Brit heaven. I just knew that since they grew up near each other they¹ll bond over memories of marmite and earl grey tea and party the night away. Of course, the most fun for me was helping Natalia pick her outfit for the big night: she rocked her own black pants, with a Y-3 blazer, a Julien McDonald white shirt, a studded YSL “Y” bag and super hot Walter Steiger five-inch curved heel ankle boots. Super-dooper-fly!
Obsessed: Brand new collaboration from Mary J. Blige & Drake “Mr. Wrong,” classic Mary, you can't go wrong. Next up is “Blue Sky” by Common, one of the best lyricists in my opinion, in hip-hop. I¹m also loving “Polish Girl," by the indie electronic band Neon Indian. And finally, “Midnight City” by the French pop band, M83. What are you waiting for? Go and download ASAP!
2011 November 4
Fearing a bit of TGIF malaise this afternoon? Fret not! Today from 3 to 4 p.m., Stacey Bendet will be doing a "Q & Stace" (get it?!) with alice + olivia aficionados via Twitter, @alice_olivia. What better way to bid adieu to a long week than some style council from the always-adorable Bendet? Get tweeting, chicettes.
2011 November 3
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Chic recently crossed paths with author Jonathan Safran Foer at a WSJ. supper and quizzed him on his relationship to fashion. Just as B.S.-free as one might imagine…
What do you think when you look in your closet each morning?
‘Why isn’t there more in here?’ Also, I wonder why I only have two choices.
What are your wardrobe staples?
Short-sleeved button downs.
And your style ethos?
I put an emphasis on not being self conscious. I guess. I focus on being comfortable. Does that work?
Who is your style icon?
Larry David. He has a ‘look,’ and that’s the most important thing. Also, he looks comfortable…and nobody has his glasses! Those are iconic.
What brands do you don most often?
Anything I say will be bullshit!
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