2010 June 7

Surprise Inside

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Paul Smith Credit Card Wallet Paul Smith Credit Card Wallet
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Here at Chic we love an accessory that offers a little extra treat. This Paul Smith credit card wallet is masquerading as an ordinary, chocolate brown leather wallet...but open it up, and voila! Ah yes, so that's why it's called the "Seasonal Naked Lady Wallet." Although we would argue that this femme isn't nude, but rather scantily clad and seductively lounging. THE DETAILS: Paul Smith, $190


2010 June 7

Sweet Caroline

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Caroline Trentini for the May 2010 issue of Caderno Ela Caroline Trentini for the May 2010 issue of Caderno Ela
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Sure, she may be best known as an ever-jumping Vogue model, but allow us to present what we feel is a pretty strong case for Caroline Trentini as a beauty girl. The lashes, the freckles, the hair! Of course, if you want to get a glimpse of those never-ending legs (which, Chic presumes, is responsible for the aforementioned reputation), click Gallery—-this Fabio Bartelt-shot spread for the May 2010 issue of Caderno Ela offers plenty of both.


2010 June 7

Does Altuzarra Love Tom Ford a Little Too Much?

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From left: Altuzarra, Fall 2010; Gucci, Fall 2003; Altuzarra, Fall 2010; Gucci, Fall 2003. From left: Altuzarra, Fall 2010; Gucci, Fall 2003; Altuzarra, Fall 2010; Gucci, Fall 2003.
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One CFDA member told Chic why she didn't vote for Joseph Altuzarra for the CFDA's Swarovski Award for Womenswear: "He's talented, but in my book his last collection was a direct knockoff of Tom Ford's Fall 2003 show for Gucci." Divine inspiration or something too...literal? We report, you decide, Carine will disagree—but in any case, check out the entire collection here.



2010 June 7

Weekend Sales Report: Lanvin Gone, Altuzurra Partout

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Joseph Altuzarra, Alber Elbaz Joseph Altuzarra, Alber Elbaz
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A weekend walk-through at Barneys New York unearthed a few revealing truths about what's selling, what's not: essentially all the good Lanvin has been snatched up in the last week. Clearly, the pre-sale crowd went crazy for Elbaz's Spring 2010 collection. Gowns? Gone. Jackets? Only a few left. Meanwhile, there's scores of Altuzarra to go around—a half-dozen suede jackets that are still weighing in around 4 figures. (It's the nature of the beast. Outerwear in June...) Meanwhile, the Isabel Marant pieces are firmly not 40% off, like almost everything else on the Co-Op floor. And while there's still an epic shoe collection, the smaller sizes are becoming decimated. Decreased orders + an economy that just might be bouncing back = do not wait for the next markdown. A summer without any new Dries? Now who can afford that?


2010 June 7

Spotted in Lincoln Center

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Gilles Mendel, Joey Jalleo, Lisa Airan, and other Mendel-philes congregating by the fountain on Saturday night for the New York City Ballet premiere of "Call Me Ben," which features costumes created by Mendel soi-même. With music by teen prodigy Jay Greenberg and choreography by Melissa Barak, the youngest choreographer ever to be commissioned by the company, surely the above-mentioned chicsters won't be the only ones heading to the David Koch Theater.


2010 June 7

Ralph Lauren on the Field

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Looking for a chic way to declare your World Cup enthusiasm? Luckily, Ralph Lauren has you covered. The “Modern Field” collection is a preppy ode to the event, so take your pick from polos, crewneck tees, shorts, hats and windbreakers. For those wishing to add a bit of personal flair to your World Cup wardrobe, go to the “Create Your Own” option at RalphLauren.com, choose a country and have your nickname embroidered on the back of a polo. Simple, non?

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