2011 January 12

Lulu Frost's Lisa Salzer Transforms

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Lisa Salzer Can Turn Anything Into A Treasure Lisa Salzer Can Turn Anything Into A Treasure
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Not only does Chic adore Lisa Salzer of Lulu Frost personally, but we're in awe of her talent. We've asked her to write a column to tell us how she turns the smallest items into works of art.  What will she come up with every week?

"In honor of my new column, appropriately named 'Transformations,' I'm going to tell you about my transformation from 2010 into 2011 and the project that gave me hours of New Years Eve fun. (Parties are so overrated). When faced with my only two options, one being an NKOTB revival concert on TV and the other, an art project, I chose the latter. I searched around my apartment and found the ever-creative tools of printer paper and a black sharpie. Transformations can happen with the most basic household items! With a few quick strokes of the marker and some motivational phrases, I managed to create a piece or two of art that now adorn my walls. If you throw it in a simple white frame, you've got a cheap, fun and easy way to dress up your home or office.  Don't be afraid to draw on a little inspiration from your favorite artist... Can you tell who mine is? Thanks, HG!   Xoxo, Lisa"

Check out Lisa's finished product in our Gallery.


2011 January 12

Chic Campaigns: Walter Pfeiffer for Pringle of Scotland

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Très interessante. The Swiss fine art photographer Walter Pfeiffer was somehow convinced to shoot his first ever global campaign for a fashion brand. The lucky recipient? Pringle of Scotland, whose Spring campaign features the Scottish actress Freya Mavor. Discuss!


2011 January 12

Kate Moss Rumor Of The Week!

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What's The Faux Kate Moss News This Week? What's The Faux Kate Moss News This Week?
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With so little to be sure of in life, we can always count on nonsensical Kate Moss rumors. The UK's Daily Mail reports that hotel staff in Phuket--where she just returned from holiday with beau Jamie Hince--spotted Kate avec baby bump. Sources also told the paper that they overheard talk of pregnancy. TALKING!? Sounds like confirmation to us.  It was just last year that British tabloids reported that the model was 3 months pregnant with a child that somehow never managed to materialize. Imagine that....



2011 January 12

Obsessions: Babi Ahluwalia

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What is Babi Ahluwalia crazy about? What is Babi Ahluwalia crazy about?
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Let's get to it! Sachin + Babi designer Babi Ahluwalia's current fixations: 

Book:  The Elegance of the Hedgehog 

Band:  One Eskimo

Trend:  My dagger necklace 

Color: Deep saffron 

Model:  Ajak Deng from FRM Model Management. She was in our first fall presentation and look book, and then exploded onto the fashion scene!

TV Show: The Bill Maher Show 

Word:  Timeslot”  HA!

Magazine:  British Vogue 

Movie: Black Swan


 

 


2011 January 12

Wes Gordon Is A St. Regis Man

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Our Chic Report columnists certainly love their hotels! Why did designer Wes Gordon feel one untied shoelace away from being escorted out of the famed St. Regis? Let's find out! 

 

"The magic of hotels is that they come in all different shapes, colors, sizes, and types. There are the Workhorses, those with fertile carpeting and sheets that fear a black-light. The Hipsters: sparse, cubicle-sized rooms camouflaged by acrylic-heavy lobbies and pounding soundtracks. And, then there are the Grande Dames: those whose names convey total luxury and glamour.  In four weeks, on February 10th, I will be presenting my third collection.  In order for this to actually happen, a large amount of things need to come together:  approximately 18 models, sixty pieces of clothing, lights, invitations, music, seating, and a million other details.  In addition to all of this, I need the perfect venue: an architectural manifestation of the collection's spirit. 

 

This time around, I've decided to return to the site where I debuted my first collection: the incomparable St. Regis Hotel.  Last Friday, with Lauren and Michelle from my office, Tom Palmer Productions, and BPCM, we descended for a tour of the event spaces available at Fifth Avenue's most iconic hotel.  Regardless of what one wears, it's almost impossible to not feel embarrassingly underdressed when entering the St. Regis' gilt and marble lobby.  In ripped jeans and layers of warm clothes, I felt only one untied shoelace away from being escorted out by security. 

 

New York is a hotel mecca. There are hundreds (maybe thousands) of hotels and at least a few dozen that are known for their own particular take on luxury.  In my opinion, few can measure up to the character and history of this palace on the corner of 55th and Fifth.  Prior to its opening in 1904, many Europeans complained that New York had an lack of luxury hotels.  After extensive travels abroad, John Jacob Astor IV felt up to the task of creating a 'hotel where gentlemen and their families could feel as comfortable as they would as guests in a private home'. No expense was spared, and it shows. Winding through the building is a white marble staircase which, when constructed, cost a staggering sum that represented something like a third of the overall budget. Don't get me wrong, I love a good, clean, modern space or an intimate boutique hotel as much as the next person, but there is something about the St. Regis that never fails to take my breath away.

 

It is a well-known adage in the fashion industry that a good collection should tell a story. I am always inspired more by the woman I want to wear the clothes than by some strange and inevitably obscure reference like 'Flemish leaf prints' or 'zebras'. My wish (and my intention) is for someone to look at my creations and know instantly the woman for whom they're for and the life she leads.  Everything in the show, from the shoes to the hair, all contribute to telling this story and creating this aspirational female. I couldn't think of a more beautiful and appropriate place to showcase the latest take on the 'Wes Gordon Woman' than the romantic, feminine grandeur of the hallowed halls of the St. Regis."


2011 January 12

Look of The Daily: Demi Moore in Carven

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It's another good day for Guillaume Henry. Last night, Demi Moore wore a zippered dress from Carven Spring 2011 to the premiere of hubby Ashton Kutcher's new film, No Strings Attached. It retails for $830 and will be sold at Opening Ceremony next month.

 

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