2010 December 21

Chic Obsessions: Rachel Blumenthal of Rachel Leigh

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Which Jean Georges restaurant has captured the heart of Rachel Leigh jewelry designer Rachel Blumenthal? We ask, she tells.

“My current obsession is ABC Kitchen. I love everything about this place, from its mix and match vintage table settings, stunning wood tables and eclectic use of lighting and the locally grown food that is equally decadent. My favorite must-trys right now are the buttermilk pancakes with lemon curd and the crab toast with lemon aioli. I live in the neighborhood, so its proximity is a plus, too. I’m also obsessed with the Alejandro Ingelmo riding boots. I should be his brand ambassador. I eyed them at Bergdorf. They're very practical for running around between meetings, but I particularly like them because of the feminine, classic style. They're not overly chunky. They have the perfect amount of embellishment on the outside to make them distinct.”

 


2010 December 21

Chic Chat With Kim Vernon

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Chic Report welcomes Kim Vernon to our growing list of columnists. Her remarkable editorials kick off with "Time for Change."

"There is much talk about change in our industry. Big talk. Big speculation. Commentary on who, what, why. Barneys provided the holiday season kick-off. Mark Lee's first big changes had jaws dropped. But why? Shouldn't you empower your CEO to make decisions, no matter how they are perceived? Barneys has to change, in some ways, to be more profitable. We all know that.

Change can be great for people. Who can't wait to see what Julie Gilhart does next? I will be clapping when she decides. And Jim Gold, go for it. Rought times are in the near past for Neiman Marcus, so get ahead of things. Reshuffle the deck. Wake people up. No gasping, applauding. We are all replaceable. And now Carine Roitfeld? So what? Leaving at the top! She'll remain a star in the fashion world with her 'personal endeavors!'

Only a few changes cause trepidation for the fashion populous to consider. Karl not at Chanel? Miuccia not at Prada? Well, Calvin isn't at Calvin, and Valentino isn't at Valentino. At some point, Armani won't be at his helm. And so on! Making changes takes guts and smarts! And they don't always seem best, at first, and sometimes, they sure do fail. But our big fashion/retail show goes on—differently, but it does. Let's not mourn the past, and instead, celebrate it and move on! Happy New Year!

And one more thing.......I miss Ingrid Sischy's Letter from the Editor page in Interview."

-Kim

Kim Vernon is an industry veteran who opened her consulting company four years ago after working for brands such as Calvin Klein and Prada. Vernon Company works with brands to stimulate growth through branding, marketing, licensing, distribution, funding, and strategic planning.

 

 

 

 


2010 December 21

Sports 101 with Adam Brecht: Let's Tackle Football!

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Chic's resident jock Adam Brecht continues his tireless quest to teach us anything he can about the elusive world of football.

"Football season is on, mon cher!  Yet you look pale, fashion friend.  Let me read your mind! You think: This football, she is a foreign language to me. How can I ever understand? 

Worry not! Fashion and football have several things in common! With this handy guide, you'll soon be as comfortable in the Jets VIP box as you are at Don Hill's.

The Seasons.  Fashion or football, cher, it's all about the season! This season ('Too busy, can't talk!), last season ('Help me forget!'), next season ('Will he even be around?'), the season is the basic unit of time. Football has one season annually.  Fashion has several.  But really.  That's just detail! Don't worry yourself!

The Players. Whether it's Astroturf or fashion runway under your pricey footwear, call yourself a player, player! Football has 11 players whose goal is simple: run the ball to the end of the field sans fumbling. That's like 11 models walking to the end of the runway without tripping. Football has 11 other men trying to stop the first 11. Fashion has...hello! Catfight!

Scoring. Football or Seventh Avenue, you know they're keeping score. Don't even pretend. Football has four ways to score: touchdowns, extra points or two-point conversions, the field goal and the safety. Fashion also has four ways to score: Fashion Week. Red carpet. Major award. And your own movie.   

On Your Marks.  What would football or fashion be without the dominating Mark and Marc?  For the New York Jets, that's Mark Sanchez, the quarterback -- key player -- who sets the direction, draws the crowds and always intrigues the press.  In fashion, well, you know that!

There now. Don't you feel better?  Soon you and your Vespa will have a permanent parking slot at Meadowlands Stadium. No, that's not the boite on Crosby Street. It really is in the Meadowlands."

-ADAM BRECHT

 



2010 December 21

Look of The Daily: Emily Blunt in Roksanda Illincic

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British actress Emily Blunt wowed us on Saturday night at the Los Angeles premiere of her new film, Gulliver's Travels. She sported a two-tone frock by Roksanda Illincic, the London-based designer known for modern eveningwear and draped separates.


2010 December 20

Mommy and Me With Stacey Bendet: Let's Shop!

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This week, Alice + Olivia designer Stacey Bendet shares her favorite places to buy for the little ones in your life.

DOUBLEDUTCHKIDS.com: "I finally found some layettes and onesies that don’t make me want to vomit. You will not find pink hearts here."

ADENANDANAIS.com: "A go-to for newborn gifts. They have the best lightweight blankets and towels, and plenty of minimalist whites and fun, cutesy prints."

AMBERHAGEN.com: "Cashmere blankets!"

BARNEYS.com: "A reliable go-to for gifts. Eloise loves the charm bracelets, and the Pom Pom princess costume was a big hit!"

DEERLING.com: "Founded by one of my dearest friends, this site has amazingly cool kids stuff, from soft seating silly chairs to cute comfy fleece clothing. It's my total toddler gift resource!"

"A few other favorites: orfeodesign.com, crembebe.com, eliasandgrace.com, and estella-nyc.com."

 

 


2010 December 20

What's Up With the Mask, Baby?

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How did we entertain ourselves before we discovered Stefano Gabbana's Twitter feed? Over the weekend, he revealed this picture of himself as we've never seen him before. "Beauty Mask before club!!!! But......." he wrote. What does it all mean? Your guess is as good as ours!

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