2010 November 8

How To Buy Jewels the Right Way

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This is it, people: Chic's first post about the holiday shopping season of 2010. As you know, the major jewelry purchases are orchestrated well in advance of Black Friday, so as you start perusing the cases at Cartier, Graff, Aaron Faber, and Van Cleef, we enlisted CIRCA's chairman and CEO Chris Del Gatto to tell us what we need to know before throwing down. Without further ado:

1. "Always comparison shop with at least two reputable jewelers."
2. "If you are buying a diamond, always get a GIA certificate."
3. "Preferably buy signed jewelry – over time, a good name will never lose its cache."
4. "If you are partial to estate jewelry, you will always get more for your money buying estate."
5. "Most importantly, buy what you love – jewelry should never be considered an investment."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


2010 November 8

Spotted on Madison: Julia Roberts Near Reed Krakoff

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Yesterday afternoon around 3:15 p.m., Chic spotted Julia Roberts wearing a lackluster pant/peacoat ensemble. She was walking up Madison Avenue avec friends, and looked briefly at the Reed Krakoff windows...but didn't appear to stop by. Would Cintra be surprised?


2010 November 5

Let’s Hear it for the Boys!

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J. Crew Men's Spring 2011 J. Crew Men's Spring 2011
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Happy Friday, loves! And now, for a little eye candy to kick off your weekend, we present J. Crew's Spring 2011 men's collection, by the fabulous Frank Muytjens. Inspired by the pastels of Cy Twombly, the paintings of Winslow Homer, photographs of workers by Irving Penn, and the coast of Maine, Chic has definitely spied pieces perfect for the men in our lives---and ourselves. (Who doesn't love borrowing from the boys?) Click the gallery for the full Spring 2011 lineup.



2010 November 5

Downward Dog

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If you are/were ever the type to imagine your furniture coming to life when you left the house (hello, Beauty and the Beast!), then this might be the lamp for you. Paris-based design duo extraordinaire Kuntzel + Deygas has created this witty little series of lamps based on the character MiCha---who, although he may not have a face, is still adorable in our opinion---available at Colette. There's sitting MiCha, hunched MiCha, MiCha walking, and seated chubby baby MiCha. The more, the merrier! THE DETAILS: Kuntzel + Deygas lamp, $2,236, www.colette.fr


2010 November 5

Hair Raising

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Jessica Stam goes all Flock of Seagulls on us in the November issue of Vogue Italia, as shot by Craig McDean. The Prada, the Kane, the Marant---sure, the Tabitha Simmons-styled ensembles are inspiring, but it's the coif we can't take our eyes off. Click the gallery for the full spread!


2010 November 5

The Gloria Power Posse

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Anderson Cooper, Kathy Griffin, and Gloria Steinem Anderson Cooper, Kathy Griffin, and Gloria Steinem
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Among the SJPs, Umas and Camillas at the Ralph Lauren-hosted party for the new book The World of Gloria Vanderbilt, there was also one particularly unexpected duo: famed feminist Gloria Steinem and comedian Kathy Griffin. "We’d been emailing, and we met tonight," explained Griffin. "Today’s my fiftieth birthday, and I wanted it to be a tale of two Glorias. Gloria Vanderbilt invited me, and I thought, who better to bring than Gloria Steinem? We’re just here watching Gloria Vanderbilt do her thing, still looking so chic and so stylish." The Gloria theme might have grown, if Kathy had her way. While Steinem named actress Gloria Swanson as her choice to complete the trifecta, Griffin had another option in mind: Gloria Estefan. "I almost called Estefan and said 'get on the private plane!' She might have done it!"

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