2011 January 13
Original drawing by Cynthia Rowley for Chic Report View Gallery
When Chic asked designer Cynthia Rowley to be a contributor, she was inspired by Diana Vreeland's famous Bazaar column, "Why Don't You...", in which the editrix offered offbeat and amusing suggestions to readers. One famous offering: “Why don't you...wash your blond child's hair in dead champagne as they do in France?”. Every week, Cynthia will sketch a different "unusual" invention that she'd produce "if only" she had the time. Her first project: a multi-purpose baby onesie, made of soft bristles with scrubby surfaces along the hands and footies of the garment. While baby crawls, it cleans. Genius.
2011 January 13
Photo by Terry Richardson View Gallery
Glenda must be glowing! Terry Richardson's racy photo of Sting and Trudy Styler from the February Harper's Bazaar made the cover of Murdoch's New York Post. What's the big deal? Dunno. Use your comments!
2011 January 13
How does our travel expert Rebecca Minkoff survive her worldwide adventures? She gives Chic the low-down on her top ten tips on making traveling easier for vous.
"Blame it on the New York snowstorms, but all I can think about this week is getting out of the Big Apple. Seven hours from now I could be in St. Tropez…Naturally, I have mentally packed my bags, so this week I’m going to share with you my top ten travel tips.
- Sometimes, it’s like Sophie’s Choice when it comes to what to pack, but you can’t bring everything, no matter how fabulous. Pick a neutral color palette like black or brown and make everything mix-and-match-able.
- Pack one outfit per day and add in a great day-to-evening dress like my Ilaria dress – even if you don’t currently have evening plans (wink, wink).
- Unless you’re Mr. T, you don’t need top pile on the jewels for your travels. Decide on a few standout pieces that can accessorize into any occasion.
- Roll, do not fold, your clothes. Not only does this free up tons of space in your weekender, but it minimizes wrinkling.
- My secret to never looking like I took that red-eye? Darphin eye cream
- Transcend out of that unfortunate middle seat in coach with a Samsonite eye mask (with ear plugs!) for pitch-black serenity.
- For my birthday, I received a cashmere blanket and slippers set that have becoming flying must-haves. If you can’t spare the room, pack a pashmina or big cozy scarf to double as a blanket.
- I wish someone would have stressed the importance of signing up for mileage rewards and keeping track of your miles! The first time I earned an upgrade was the happiest day of my life.
- Only Jennifer Lopez takes more than 2 bags on a weekend trip. All a girl needs should fit into a weekender, like the Cherish tote and a crossbody MAC (that can double as a clutch).
- There is nothing more germaphobe-inducing than walking barefoot through security! To avoid wanting to chop off your feet, always wear socks and slip-off shoes… stay tuned for the MAB flat from my new shoe line out next month! Just because you may be on a flight to grandma’s house doesn’t mean you shouldn’t put your best ballet flat forward. You never know who could be in the seat next to you…
2011 January 13
Threads of Color View Gallery
On Tuesday night, Threads of Color kicked off its yearlong calendar with a Salute to America soiree, held at the Bernstein Display Showroom in midtown. Founded by Ionia Dunn Lee, a former ESSENCE fashion editor, stylist and current LIM College professor, the non-profit Threads of Color awards college scholarships to aspiring fashionistas (like last night’s winner, fashion merchandising student Fallon Davis) and celebrates diversity in the industry. Student models ambled around the patriotically themed space in designs by the likes of Carmen Marc Valvo, Tracy Reese and Tommy Hilfiger, the latter of whom will be given a lifetime achievement award at Threads of Color’s big runway show this September. For more information, visit threadsofcolor.org, and check out our gallery for more photos from the event.
2011 January 12
Geoffrey Beene View Gallery
Last night at the 45th Annual YMA FSF Geoffrey Beene National Scholarship Awards dinner, Chic wanted to know just how well fashion insiders knew the event's namesake. So Chic wondered...What did Mr. Beene study before fashion?
Glenda Bailey: "Architecture."
Mary Alice Stephenson: "Architecture."
Ruben Toledo: "Architecture."
Zanna Roberts: "Astrology!"
The correct answer? Medicine.
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