2010 September 14

A Moment With...Tim Gunn

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Chic caught up to the no-holds-barred author and host of Project Runway to talk safety measures...

You’ve taken on the fashion flock in your new book. Were you scared to show your face at Fashion Week?
I will say this: I’m not going after anyone’s character. I’m more like a sports writer. It’s just the facts, man. It’s not personal nastiness, it’s simply crazy behavior. Or I should say abhorrent behavior. But it’s not a statement about the industry.

Are you taking any extra security precautions? Do you have a bodyguard?
No, no, no. I travel alone and unarmed!

You’ve gone after Anna, Isaac…anyone else you want to call out while you have the mic?

No! And regarding Anna, she never would have appeared in the book if not for the reaction she had to the blurb that appeared in the Post! Accept responsibility for your actions! Don’t later say ‘I didn’t do it’ or ‘it’s not what happened.’ If there hadn’t been an outcry, I wouldn’t have put her in the book. And about Isaac—and he has a lot of company—there are a lot of designers who have a very particular aesthetic, and it can be quickly offended. Some are simply more open and accepting, like Michael Kors and Diane von Furstenberg. But they’re very unusual!

Have you received any threatening letters or phone calls recently?

No, but I will say this: Simon and Schuster’s legal department spent a few weeks with the manuscripts and we all did our diligence. Everything was fact checked and everything remotely questionable was excised. No one wants to be accused of slander!

Headline-writers have been having a lot of fun with your name recently. Any favorite puns?

Gunns blazing is pretty good. I hope there isn’t a perception that my tone is angry or mocking. It’s more…incredulity. As long as certain behaviors persist, one should be incredulous. My point of departure about behavior is the same about fashion and personal style. Whatever you’re wearing, accept responsibility. Own up to it, and don’t blame someone else.

Why do you think you’re the only person to really call out this behavior?
I am completely and totally flabbergasted. I’ve been asking the exact same question! I don’t know! On the topic of Anna being carried out of the Peter Som show, there were 50 or 60 people who saw it.

Have any of those people rallied around you?
Oh yes, absolutely. When I was recently at The Daily Show, the producers told me they loved what I said about Alexis Stewart! Because they knew! She is just vitriolic.

2010 September 13

Peter Som Talks Tommy

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When Tommy Hilfiger tapped Peter Som to freshen up his collection last fall, it seemed a match made in heaven---and after the brand's universally-lauded Spring 2011 collection bowed last night, it seems only fair to give Som a portion of the props, non? Chic caught up with the designer at Tommy's epic 25th anniversary bash for a few words of congratulations.

We loved it! How did you and Tommy develop the collection?
I talked to Tommy about what he thought was quintessential about the collection, and we came about this sort of country club with a twist. Funny, quirky, preppy---but sensible all-America. That's where we started.

What would you give Tommy for his 25th anniversary?
Tommy doesn't need anything; he's got this amazing, successful company and everyone loves him!

Will you be doing this collection for the next 25 years?
Let me drink to that!

2010 September 13

Attention, Sally Singer!

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Looking to freshen up T with some A-list talent, Sally? Chic caught up with Office funnygal Rashida Jones at the Derek Lam show yesterday and she threw her hat in the ring. "I'd love to edit T or something that has an artistic edge," she said. "I love all that high, high fashion. If I had to be an editor, I'd want to be fabulous and wear pants that are bigger than my whole body but somehow make it work!"

2010 September 13

The Daily Wonders... Prabal's A Twitter Addict. Do You Tweet?

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Vlada Roslyakova: Is that where you tell the world every time you do something? I don't know if I could do that being a private person.

Joe Zee: I'll let Prabal have the Twitter crown. I'm so bad lately; I do all my writing in clumps when I have time. So you gets clumps or nothing!

Ken Downing: My company is going have me Twittering very soon. Will the rest of the world care of what I'm doing? I have no idea!

Sarah Rutson: Someone started a Twitter account for me and I keep getting these emails with people wanting to follow me. But sorry, I just don't understand it.

John Dempsey: I don't think I can walk and Tweet at the same time. I've mastered Facebook recently, so that's enough.

Ann Caruso: I don't tweet. I'm really into Facebook right now, and, thankfully, Prabal is addicted to that, too, so I'm not missing it out.

Rachel Zoe: I do Twitter and I twitter with Prabal a lot. He’s a very dear friend. I’m the president of his fan club. I’m proud of it. In fact, I should do it right now, I should twitter and tweet that the show's about to start.

Suzy Menkes: You know, I don’t have time to Twitter. I have to write my stories the moment I leave, so my Twitter is usually a bit longer, like 500 or 1500 words.

2010 September 13

With Zac and Friends

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On Sunday night, the day after Zac Posen’s Z Spoke show, Posen celebrated with friends and family at what’s soon to be midtown’s hottest new night club and restaurant, Lavo, owned by nightlife impresarios Jason Strauss and Noah Tepperberg. For those of vous who missed the show, Zac showed highlights backstage and a sped-up version of the show on big screens while the Misshapes spun. On hand to toast his event were Kristin Cavalleri, Chantal van Santeh, Perri Reese, and Sarah Paxton. While revelers were dancing and enjoying the free-flowing champagne, Zac and his mother remained in a tête-à-tête with Vera Wang in a banquette. Could we see a future collaboration in the stars?

2010 September 13

When Condé Pitched Andy

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We recently got our hands on some deliciously phony emails between Bravo's reality rainmaker, Andy Cohen, and Condé's newest hire. CLICK HERE to read them!

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