2010 September 27

Novel Concept

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Is one's own book the fashion set's hautest new accessory? Latest case in point: Alexandra Lebenthal's The Recessionistas, a chick lit-ish take on the Lehman-era meltdown of 2008 and the Upper East Side lvies it changed irrevocably. Lebenthal, one of the few women to run her own Wall Street firm, wrote her debut novel over a three-month period last summer. "I suppose I could have taken a fourth month to develop the characters!" she joked last Thursday night, when she toasted the tome at the Four Seasons Grill Room during a cocktail party hosted by Diana Taylor, Felicia Taylor, and Alexandra Trower. A fashion/finance hybrid crowd, including Elliot and Silda Wall Spitzer, Bettina Zilkha, Alina Cho, and Kate Betts, braved the UN traffic on Park Avenue to celebrate over champagne and canapes.


2010 September 27

Anna Squared!

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When The Daily saw the two ultimate Italian fashion muses, Anna Piaggi and Anna Dello Russo, sitting next to one another front row at Ferré, we were naturally excited and had some questions for our favorite pairing. Does one have to be named Anna to be a muse? "A lot of sense of humor comes with a name," decided Dello Russo. "Well, maybe it's a coincidence that we're both Annas, but I'm not sure you have to be an Anna to be bold," said Piaggi. "The thing is, we really do admire each other. We're totally free and we're both very positive women."

"We've known each other for twenty years," added Dello Russo. "We used to work together a long time ago. And you really have to have fun when you get dressed." And get this: both alpha Annas have also have another connection. "We're also both Aries!" pointed out Dello Russo. "So I guess that makes us both bold." The Vogue Nippon muse was born on April 9 (like Marc Jacobs and Martin Margiela), while the Vogue Italia icon was born on March 22. At Pucci, when the two Annas sat together again, even Suzy Menkes couldn’t contain herself. “I just can’t resist this,” she exclaimed before snapping the duo on her disposable camera.


2010 September 24

Skater Kid

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Liz Goldwyn, we like where your head’s at. The filmmaker and writer has created a limited-edition signed skateboard meant to appeal to both your inner artist and latent skate punk. We suggest hanging it in your apartment for a bit before dropping into any half pipes…THE DETAILS: Opening Ceremony, $200



2010 September 24

Puppy Pampering

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Feeling a little spoiled lately? Instead of putting the brakes on the pampering, combat your guilt by spreading the love. The Pampered Pooch Hamper is chock full of puppy goodies like organic carrot biscuits, shampoo and perfume. (Yes, perfume.) THE DETAILS: Harrods, $168


2010 September 24

Dynasty Revival

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When it comes to a rich history and heritage, Lane Crawford certainly isn’t lacking. The Hong Kong department store was founded in 1850 by Thomas Ash Lane and Ninian Crawford, and this year it's celebrating its 160th anniversary. Lane Crawford invited eight designers, including Tom Dixon (pictured), Fornasetti, Qu Guangci, Lisa Whatmough, and Ilse Crawford, to give the Chinese Ming Dynasty-style chair a major facelift. The exhibition is currently on display at the IFC mall in Hong Kong.


2010 September 24

Get on The Train

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(NEW YORK) The Train + The Box tradeshow has left the city but if you didn't make it to the space, fear not, Chic's got a quick snapshot of the highlights. The brainchild of Muriel Piaser—who's off to Paris and then Toyko to close out the season—gave us an insider stroll around the booths to see what brands its introducing to the U.S. including a strong contingent of French designers (natch) but also Korean, Swedish and beyond. “We wanted to introduce something different like more of a lifestyle vision," she explained in between greeting smiling guests and countless air-kisses. "We created [this] thinking we can bring something different to the show in New York. It's more like a big showroom with lifestyle. And it also travels and brings designers to different markets." And unlike massive tradeshows, Plaiser's handpicked selection of 80 companies is short and very chic, which kept the Eleventh Ave. venue heavenly serene.

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