2010 September 16

Carpentry with Kristin Chenoweth

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Nanette Lepore was inspired by carpentry for her Spring 2011 collection, and post-show, we asked the delightfully diminutive Kristin Chenoweth if she would ever try her hand at the trade.

How are your carpentry skills?
Oh my! I should never, ever try my hand at woodworking or carpentry! I'll leave that to my brother.
What did you make of the show?
I think that it was so inspired, and I loved that live music! That long pink dress with the sequins was fabulous, and I loved the swimsuits. I definitely appreciate the fact that she's bringing back the one-pieces.
Now is it back to Broadway?
Oh yes, I've got two shows today!

2010 September 16

Michael Kors, How Does Your Garden Grow?

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Before the sunny Michael Kors show, we caught up with the designer, one of the blessed few to have a lush garden in New York. Kors gave all the dirt on his green thumb…

How are you?
I'm in a sunshine state of mind! The collection is all about my beach house and my garden here in New York. I'm lucky enough to have an amazing garden in the city. It's the whole idea of the easiness of the clothes that you would wear around the home, but still very glamorous and sexy. It's a beautiful, sunny day outside so it's kind of all working together.
And how does your garden grow?
Oh I have amazing peonies, zinnias, lilacs! It's really a veritable jungle, and so much of it became a part of this collection.
Any departures for you this collection?
I've never had a show with no black! No stilettos, either. We did a lot of handsmocking, which is so tactile---it just makes you want to reach out and touch it.
You love the warm weather, but how hot is too hot?
I'm probably the only person out there who thinks Florida in July and August is just terrific. Shorts and a pair of flip flops and consider me a happy guy.

2010 September 15

Lincoln Center Needs Interns!

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Attention, fresh-out-of-college fashionettes: Can you tell your FNO from your LOL? Do you know the proper way to pronounce “Diane,” as in DvF? Then send your resume to FALCintern@gmail.com, because Fashion at Lincoln Center is looking for interns to start immediately. The team behind the magic you’ve marveled at all week long is seeking detail-obsessed, highly motivated fashion gurus willing to work on the front lines of Fashion Week (and beyond). Bonne chance!

2010 September 15

Catching Up With Bibhu Mohapatra

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We heard you were in a Bollywood movie!
My friend was producing a movie called Tenn Patti, and I was told, "Oh, come to the set---you'll get to see all these movie stars." I got there, and then they asked me to stand in the background, but I actually had to say lines! I never thought I would get starstruck, but sitting next to Amitabh Bachchan, I was in awe!

You work in the CFDA incubator. What's that like?
It's the best step my business could have taken. My old studio was on 73rd and Broadway. I did three collections out of there, and it was a little tight on space. We made patterns on the floor.

What's your best dish?
I do mostly Indian or Indian-influenced cuisine. I make everything from scratch. I make my own curry paste, which has to be soaked for about two days beforehand. Growing up, my mom never allowed me to cook, but once I was 24 and moved to America, she gave me wher whole box of tricks so that I could be on my own.

Which restaurants do you like?
I love Café Luxembourg. I've been going there for years.

Drink of choice?
If it's a really hot day, then I like to relax with a beer in the apartment. A nice glass of red wine is great too. Also, I like vodka. I can't drink a lot of other kinds of liquors. I never drank in India, so New York spoiled me!

2010 September 15

The Daily Wonders...Would You Pose Nude?

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Marc Jacobs stripped down for his new Bang campaign, so when Chic got to Monday's show, we had to ask: What would it take to get you to pose naked? We asked, you dished!

Courtney Love: I posed nude for Mert and Marcus, and I used to perform topless.

Lucy Yeomans: If Lucien Freud asked.

Anne Slowey: I just did, for my baby portraits! But I was discreet. I wasn't wearing millions of dollars of borrowed jewelry. I was covered by my two puppies!

Sasha Iglehart: Depends on who'd be doing the retouching.

Ingrid Sischy: There's an expression that works well here: "Not for all the tea in China." If Karl asked? But Karl would never ask!

Anne Christensen: World peace, and a lot of money.

Jody Quon: Same here!

Robert Duffy: I'd have to be 20 years younger. If you look hard, maybe there's a thing or two on the internet.

Armand Limnander: Seven figures and Inez and Vinoodh. They've been doing a great job on our covers...

Nacho Figueras: Not happening!

Stephen Gan: I'd rather just make others do it.

Bryan Boy:
A cool $10 million.

Joe Zee:
Nobody around and no cameras! If Testino asked, sure. But Testino wouldn't want me to pose naked.

2010 September 15

Models "Bore" Tom Ford

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Sure, Tom Ford's uber-exclusive presentation on Sunday night boasted slews of A-listers (Beyonce, Rita Wilson, Julianne Moore...) as Ford's personal models, but he also had a few girls for whom catwalking and mugging for the camera is what pays the bills. Of course, not just any old models would do. "He didn't want models; he said they bored him," dished Carolyn Murphy to Chic last night at Saks' W fête. "Except for us! I'm glad that Tom Ford brought women with personality back. It was all about fun, and we had a good time. Every woman was individual and we were celebrating that. Yesterday we did a shoot for all the clothes and each one of us was really definitely different."

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