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You didn’t really think you saw the last of Lady Gaga’s meaty frock, did you? As glossies start churning out those top ten of 2010 lists, we were particularly struck by the one found in Time. Unsurprisingly, they rated Lady Gaga’s boeuf mélange the #1 fashion statement of 2010. But what was that, exactly?
2010 December 15
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(NEW YORK) Congrats to Mara Hoffman and husband Javier Pinon. The Manhattan-based designer is pregnant with twin boys, due in May. These are the couple's first. Will the petits inspire Hoffman to bring her delightfully wacky aesthetic to children’s clothes? We can only hope! In the meantime, shop Hoffman’s first swim collection, which just hit net-a-porter.
2010 December 15
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Dundas done right! Gwyneth Paltrow earns her second Look of The Daily in a row for another white frock---in this case, a backless jersey number by Emilio Pucci. She sported the gown, designed by Peter Dundas, of course, to the premiere of Country Strong in Los Angeles on December 14, 2010. Check out all the angles in our Gallery.
2010 December 15
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Attention, New Yorkers! Haven't finished your shopping? Chic to the rescue. Tomorrow in our bi-weekly print edition of The Daily Chic Report, distributed inside amNew York, we deal with the most smokin' haute gifts. We also sat down with besties Jill Zarin and designer Zang Toi for the most raucous holiday fest we could imagine. (A man in skirts always inspires us). Pick it up early, before they're all gone!
2010 December 15
Ruffian designers Brian Wolk and Claude Morais have joined Chic Report to pen their own weekly column, La Vie En Ruffian. What's a Ruffian life all about? Now we'll know! Last weekend, they introduced friends Lorenzo Martone and Ariela Suster to their neighborhood, Brooklyn's Williamsburg, and revealed tout. Check out the photos in the Gallery.
The Ruffian Tour de Williamsburg!
"The 400 hundred-year history of Williamsburg is as rich and diverse as the people who currently live there. Since the pioneer days, it has a unique history of harboring those who were seeking refuge from social and artistic persecution. Starting with the arrival of the French Huguenots, and most recently, a new breed of fauxhemian trust fund kids, the neighborhood has a plethora of fantastic restaurants, great vintage stores, world-class furniture shopping, and most importantly, it's home to Chez Ruffian, our own Camp David retreat for our beloved friends and out-of-town visitors.
We thought we might as well start at home for our first edition of “La Vie en Ruffian” and invite two Willy-B Virgins for a one-day cultural immersion. Lorenzo Martone and Ariela Suster made the short list, and invites were sent out. We decided to make the call time at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, considering the vast ground we had to cover. At 11:30, the Latin contingent arrived, and we jumped in to the Ruffian Mobile and headed for some breakfast at 5 LEAVES Originally conceived by Heath Ledger, this nautically-themed Australian restaurant offers some of the finest grub in the neighborhood. Some of our favorites were the oysters, the Moroccan scramble, the grav lax plate, and the big breakie with homemade chorizo, yum. With the warm weather on Saturday, we all decided to dine al fresco and enjoy some of the finer things that Williamsburg has to offer, namely its attractive population.
Well fed and ready to rock and roll, we took a turn around McCarren Park and headed to the farmers market in front of the Greek Orthodox Church on N12. Stocked with amazing organic produce, vegetables, meats, and baked goods, this place is the Elysian playground to any foodie east of the East River. The next stop was Organic Modernism, directly across the street. This enormous store has a quirky and extensive collection of taxidermy birds, 60s furniture, deer paintings and antlers. Next stop: The Future Perfect. This spot is a big hit among the kids. A Williamsburg classic, this design store is a refuge for those seeking gifts for those who have everything. From objects d’art to furniture and just damn cool postmodern tchotchkes, we managed to purchase quite a few things for those we love.
All this shopping exhausted our gang, and coffee was the next order of business. We knew Bakeri was going to be a hit on all levels. This charming country-style patisserie has an extraordinary array of delicious cookies, cakes, sandwiches and for the sure, the best latté in the city of New York (and yes, that includes our fair neighbor Manhattan).
Not to mention, the interior of this place made us feel like we were Laura Ingalls Wilder. The staff is dressed in the cutest jumpsuits and all look fresh, healthy and farm-fed. The exposed kitchen allows you to watch the team at work making miracles in the tiniest of spaces. With gas in the engine, we headed to our old time favorite, Ugly Luggage, the haute of junk shops. This store, and its fancy sister Portmanteau, are our go-to for Chez Ruffian and Ruffian Atelier. Its eclectic mix of furniture, objects, and knicknacks is curated by our old friend, Jim, who we think has the best hair in Williamsburg.
Continuing our Bedford Avenue stroll, we made a quick stop at Spoonbill and Sugartown to catch up on our favorite independent magazines and art books. This filled our niche intellectual moment of the day. Lorenzo picked up a book on criminal Russian tattoos and Claude found back editions of his favorite zine, Handbook. Our next stops included Amacord vintage (see photo of Lorenzo in his fur boots he bought!!!), Cosmos Furniture, and Moon River Chattel (where Ariela bought a red kiddy baby sized piano!).
It was nearly dinnertime, and we needed to feed the kids again, so we headed to Walter Foods. We were joined by our friends, writer Heather Summerville and restauranteur Jean Marc Houmard. This charming restaurant with its dark wood furniture, cozy banquettes and bowtie-wearing Confederate-esque serving staff is a Williamsburg jewel. Well-priced and delicious, the lobster club, artichoke crab dip, and prime rib burgers rank as our favorites. Their whisky-heavy cocktail menu is the perfect thing for a winter’s night.
Well that’s where this La Vie en Ruffian story ends, although I can tell you there were more hours of fun at Chez Ruffian, and then some after-hours fun at one of Williamsburg’s finest dancing establishment, Sugarland, which is named after the “sweet” industry that supported the local economy here for 100 or so years.
Until next week….
Brian and Claude
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