2010 December 22

Wishing you.....

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2010 December 22

Vintage Video Vault: Moss and Galliano Go For A Run

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What have we found in our vintage vault today? Devour this clip from the 1996 documentary, Catwalk, of John Galliano and a young Kate Moss. Cameras caught the designer teaching her to run on the runway at an unknown show.


2010 December 22

Cheerio, Darlings! Rebecca Does London

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Bonjour, chisters! Rebecca Minkoff's latest travel column takes us to London. 

"Sooner or later, London calls everyone. The lure of traveling to a foreign land where everyone speaks English and harbors a passion for pubs is exceptionally inviting.  Not to mention it's fun to say things like "bangers and mash" and "arse" while referring to everyone ---including the bellboy---as "guv'nah."

After the dollhouse-sized hotel room in Paris, the Zetter was like a royal palace, if the Queen were partial to birdie wallpaper. Nestled in the fabulously chic Clerkenwell neighborhood, we were just a hop, skip, and a "mind the gap" away from downtown, where I was to continue my mission: vintage.

I knew I had entered the holy grail of gently-loved treasures when the shop announced no photos could be taken on the premises. A vintage shop without a hint of obsolescence, Blondie (located in East London) is a cache of mint-condition antiquated delights, a time capsule of everything chic that has existed...ever. The only thing more impressive than finding a vintage shop that doesn't smell like mothballs is the selection of designer fashions you thought were buried with the affluent who owned them before.  If the shop is too crowded, head across the street to Absolute Vintage on Hanbury Street---owned by the same chaps, but specializing in handbags and footwear.

If dropping 400 euros is not your cup of Earl Grey, and you are more into the "hunt" of an I-can't-believe-it-fits retro surprise, head a wee bit farther East to Brick Lane.  This Shop Rocks (and it does!) and Vintage Heaven are filled to the brim of their Bobby Helmets with wearable trophies of your prevailing taste.

But if you've spent all of your money on Christmas presents, you needn't splurge on a plane ticket and cross the pond to shop vintage! London's largest vintage shop, Rokit, ships worldwide. Cheerio, Guv'nah!

London, I love you - but don't you think the future Princess Katherine could use my Morning After Bag?  You'll be able to pick one up at Harvey Nichols come January..."


In case you missed them: Check out Rebecca's tales from Italy and Turkey.


2010 December 21

La Vie en Ruffian: The Gossip Girl Interview at Michael's

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Ruffian designers Brian Wolk and Claude Morais are not only new columnists for Chic Report, but they are the only ones to channel their inner Barbara Walters. Devour this divine interview with their favorite Gossip Girl gal!

"For our first lunchtime interview at Michael’s, we chose our favorite gossip girl, actress Amanda Setton. This legendary culinary hotspot has been a watering hole for the finest actors, actresses, and directors of our time. The extraordinary contemporary artwork and finely crafted delicious cuisine was the perfect backdrop for our ingénue Amanda and her charming boyfriend Ryan Lynn.

Claude: Happy Birthday Amanda! You just returned from Italy yesterday. Work or pleasure?

Amanda: Italy was lovely. I was filming a fictional experimental biography based on the life of the Italian filmmaker Pasolini. It was mainly thought gestures and expression rather that dialogue. The director and filmmaker friend of mine, Cathy Crane, shot completely in black and white on her vintage 20-year-old Bolex camera.

Brian: Have you been to Italy before? Are you Italian?

Amanda: Actually, it was my fourth trip, but my first to Bologna, which was magical. It is a lovely town that has lots of students and young people because of the university there. No, I am not Italian, although I definitely passed for Italian while I was there. I’m Jewish.

Brian: Since Gossip Girl takes place in a high school, we thought it would be fun to ask you a few questions about your high school experience…

Amanda: Oy! Sure, go ahead.

Brian: What was your high school status? Were you a fashion kid? A theatre nerd? An athlete?

Amanda:  Actually, I wasn’t really a fashion-conscious kid. While the others were running around with designer bags, I was a rebel and made a messenger bag out of my brother’s old cargo pants. I actually used the legs for straps! I would bedazzle my own clothes.  I was always “do it yourself."

Claude: How did you and your handsome boyfriend Ryan meet?

Amanda: I guess I should let Ryan answer that.

Ryan: We met on a short-lived show on NBC called Mercy. It was at a fitting early in the morning, and I was a bit hung over from the night before. I came to the fitting and saw this girl (Amanda) who I thought was super pretty, but she wouldn’t stop talking. I soon found out that in fact we were playing boyfriend and girlfriend. Amanda made me feel comfortable, and helped me get into character. Over the next few days on set, the romance built steadily.

Amanda: The last day we had our big kiss, I was nervous and excited. We have been together ever since!

Claude: How did you land your part on Gossip Girl?

Amanda: I got out of college, got an agent, and within weeks, got an audition for Gossip Girl. It wasn’t even on TV yet. I got a call back and ultimately tested with a series regular. The first role I tested for I did not get, and I was devastated, but less than a month later, I received a phone call over Labor Day weekend. It was for the role of Penelope. I went back in and I got the role, and started shooting a few weeks later.

Brian: So since this is for Chic Report, I hear you come from a fashion family? Doesn’t your grandfather own stores?

Amanda: Yes. My grandfather owns Strawberry, Boltons, Chuckles, and Pay Half.

Brian: That’s amazing, you’re a fashion heiress! You’re like Paris Hilton!

Amanda: Not quite, but I love my grandfather, and they do have some great stuff there. I think it is all about how you put things together, mixing high and low. That’s what life is about.


Claude: salad nicoise, with the tuna well-done
salad nicoise, with tuna rare and seared
filet mignon
ravioli and oysters





2010 December 21

Professor Kate?

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We’re never sure what to believe when it comes to wacky Kate Moss stories coming out of the UK, but they are certainly fun to report. In an interview with Company magazine, Kate reveals her plans when she finally retires from modeling. “I think I could definitely open up a modeling school," she tells the mag. Her motivation? "It honestly can be very humiliating. It's not just like, 'Hold your left leg in your hand.''’ And what are the potential names for the school?  “Kate’s Modelling School? Moss’s Models? Put Moss’s Models Down.” We’ll keep you posted on this developing story….

2010 December 21

Does Vogue's List Make an Impact?

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It's a slow fashion news season, so Vogue's release of its 2010 Impact List perked us up a bit. Predictable? Perhaps---but we'll take anything today.


Most Awaited Comeback: Tom Ford

Brilliant Collaborations:  Olivier Theyskens for Theory and Alber Elbaz for Lanvin

BIggest Loss: Alexander McQueen

Future Supermodel: Arizona Muse

Designer Muse In-the-making: Emma Watson

Most Inspired Casting: Carey Mulligan to helm The Great Gatsby

You know it's a party if: Waris Ahluwalia shows up

The Invitation Everyone Will Want: Naomi Campbell's wedding

And finally...

Miracle Makers: Stem Cells

Stem cells? Maybe it's not completely predictable......



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