2010 December 15

Wes Gordon Needs Your Furniture!

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Designer Wes Gordon is a relative newcomer to both New York City and the fashion world. Thank dieu he's agreed to chronicle his adventures for Chic Report in a weekly column. What's Wes up to this week? Hint: He could use a chair or two.

"After spending a year in a live/work studio space, the time had finally come
for some new digs. When I first moved to New York and starting working on my collection, I had a very romantic notion of a live/work space: I would leisurely wake up, take my time getting ready, have the worlds shortest commute and settle down in another room where I would be joined by one of two other people. This came true---for about...one day. Soon, I was overrun with nearly 20 interns and rapidly multiplying piles of "stuff" (fabric, pattern paper,samples, etc). As you can imagine, living out of a shaving kit gradually became way less than fun. I soon changed from the artist-in-his-studio to office squatter.

Having made the decision to move, I was soon reminded that New York real estate hunting is part game, part adventure, and part hell. With my best friend and soon-to-be-roommate, Alessandra "Sasha" Codinha (WWD eye reporter), we looked at what felt like every single available property in Manhattan. Actually, she looked at them---I was usually out of town for work, squinting to look at the photos she would send me on my Blackberry. Initially searching for a two-bedroom apartment in SoHo, we found and fell in love with a large, open loft on the Bowery, right across from the Bowery Hotel. Located on the top floor of an amazing old building, the space was insanely cool, albeit in need of some major TLC.

Enter George. Like the painter on "Murphy Brown", our handyman George has since become a fixture of our apartment. He's our "Mister Fix-it" with nothing he can¹t do, and we certainly keep him busy.

Once we had found our apartment and completed the initial renovations, the next task became glaringly obvious. The apartment looks great: flooded with light, great views, spacious and....empty. Our current furniture situation is pathetic. Aside from our bedrooms, the apartment contains a stainless steel table (Chinatown restaurant supply store), two velvet side-chairs, and 4 magnums of champagne (I have no idea where
they came from). And a box of Pop Tarts, cinnamon brown sugar flavor. Assorted
swag from the fashion parties Sasha covers for work litter every available surface (of which there are few): Lanvin Halloween treats, ticket stubs, a never-ending pile of branded canvas bags. She assures me she's not a hoarder, but this remains to be seen. Every morning I throw out more sugar packets that she's squirreled away from the coffee shop next-door.

So, what¹s next for us? Flea markets, 1stdibs.com, beg/borrow/steal-ing from our family/friends and maybe even a "Bring Us Your Furniture" Housewarming party: RSVP required. Champagne on tap. BYO Pop Tarts.

Real estate in New York may often be frustrating, exhausting and depressing, but I couldn't be happier with the way it's turned out for us. Even if that means our living room looks like a yoga studio for a bit longer."
Yours, Wes

2010 December 14

Decades Denim's Trunk Show Had Cookies, Live Violinist

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Barely in its first season, Decades Denim is found in an almost embarrassing number of stores (130) and on an enviable trove of celebs (like just today, Jessica Alba). As part of their tour across America, founders Cameron Silver and Angelique Soave hit New York (OK, the Upper East Side) over the weekend for a trunkshow to introduce their wares to the social set. Click through the Gallery for all the pics, including those of the very junior musical talent.

2010 December 14

Chic Cameos: Lisa Airan in January Elle

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We're so accustomed to seeing Dr. Lisa Airan's name in essentially every skincare story in Vogue that her January Elle appearance in full-page fashion glory is an especially welcome treat. She plays prop to model Valeria Dmitrienko in a story photographed by Laurie Bartley and styled by Charles Varenne. She's wearing what appears to be Erdem...a nice counterpoint her usual Rodarte and Marc.

2010 December 14

Rebecca Went Where? Tutta l'Italia!

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Designer and globetrotter Rebecca Minkoff is tackling Italy this week. Don't forget to check out the Gallery for more vacation pics.

mecca of breathtaking sights, diverse culture, culinary masterpieces, and cutting-edge fashion, Milan is like nowhere else. But on my last trip, I discovered an oasis from the hustle that you won't find in any guidebook: the northwest corner of Milano Centrale.

First, let me say that vintage shopping is always worth it. Italian fashion---like the wine---only gets better with age, so I take advantage of every moment to feast my eyes on la moda vintage. Four suitcases of treasures later, my bestie and I missed our train from Milan to Bologna. As the train pulled away, I couldn’t help but think, Haven’t I seen this plotline in a movie somewhere? Two girls stranded in a foreign land, no place to go…We considered sleeping in the station and found a dark, damp corner, probably wet from the tears of those who missed their trains before us...

I learned another important lesson that night: never bribe a sleepy cab driver. Clearly he was not prepared for the journey, which explains why he fell asleep at the wheel. Three hundred euros and three hours later, we barely arrived in one piece. But don’t worry: all hand-crafted bags and one-of-a-kind jackets were safe and sound.

Luckily, Italian food has healing powers. One day, I'm opening up my own NYC hospital where I serve risotto and veggies from the Brera. Italy, I love you---but your amazing shopping almost cost me my life!"


2010 December 14

Look of The Daily: Gwyneth Paltrow in Monique Lhuillier

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According to UsWeekly, which we read entirely too closely, white lace is a major winter '10 trend. Alas, that's always the case in Monique Lhuillier's world, but the oft-abused concept came to sweet fruition yesterday, as Gwyenth Paltrow sported this mini when honored on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Pay special attention to the washed-out coral shoe, which may, or may not, be the new nude.

2010 December 14

Behind-the-Scenes of Natalie Portman's Vogue Cover Shoot

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Chic still hasn't recovered from the fabulousity of Natalie Portman in Black Swan, so this video from her Vogue cover shoot came into our world at exactly the right moment.

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