2010 April 28

Fern Looks Back!

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Fern Mallis and Stan Herman Fern Mallis and Stan Herman
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On the heels of the news that Fern Mallis, senior vice president of IMG Fashion, is departing to start her own consulting firm, Chic looked back at our Bryant Park commemorative issue, which debuted in February. Behold Fern's favorite Fashion Week memories, below---and click here to download the whole issue!

"Before we moved to the tents, Fashion Week was 50 or 60 shows in 50 or 60 different places. People were still smoking everywhere, and they would put out cigarettes on the fl oor. Editors were constantly getting stuck in freight elevators. Isaac had a show down in Soho where the generators blew and people had to wait in the dark for a half hour until they came back on. It was another one of those moments when you go, Oh my God, this can’t keep happening! People were looking for the emergency exit signs and not paying attention to the clothes. I started my job as executive director at the Council of Fashion Designers of America in 1991, right after Michael Kors’s show, where the ceiling collapsed on Suzy Menkes and Carrie Donovan. We were on a mission."

"We went to see Mayor Dinkins to get the city’s support. It was a breakfast meeting, and he arrived in his tennis whites. After we explained what we were doing, he said it sounded great but that the city didn’t have any money. And I said, 'Well, in that case, Mr. Mayor, we may have to consider moving to New Jersey.' And he said, 'Ha! You’re threatening to go to New Jersey?' At the time the only way to get any money was to threaten to move out of New York. It was, of course, a false threat."

"The celebrity thing started from the very beginning. Donna Karan had Barbra Streisand, and Calvin Klein had his celebrity models and muses."

"Bill Blass’s final show was one of the most memorable events for me under the tents. It was right before he retired, and it was still the real Bill Blass. It was in the morning during Hurricane Floyd and just the most horrendous weather in New York. The wind and the rain were coming down like nobody’s business. And we’re in a tent—a temporary structure! We wanted to make sure we weren’t going to get blown away to Pennsylvania! Ladies were coming out of limos with their umbrellas blowing every which way—the ladies really came out for Bill’s show—and he was pacing with his cigarette backstage. And Bill said, “Let’s cancel the show. I’ve done the collection. It’s fine.” But my response was, “No, you can’t do this! You can’t leave the industry this way.” I was in the control booth, and I remember making an announcement asking people to please hold tight so Mr. Blass could have a proper show. Sure enough, the show fi nally started up to the strains of some beautiful Gershwin. It was a classic Blass show, and therewasn’t a dry eye in the place. Afterward, we closed the tents for the rest of the day. There was no way we could do any more."


2010 April 28

Sugar High

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The Colossal Crumb The Colossal Crumb
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Feeling the mid-week slump? Chic's love for macaroons, chocolates and other such sweets is well-documented, but we may have just found a treat that trumps all the others. Cupcake company extraordinaire Crumbs has recently launched the Colossal Crumb, a truly giant cupcake weighing in at four pounds, standing six and a half inches tall, and stretching six and a half inches wide. And though our sweet tooth's advanced enough to polish off one toute seule (if we hadn't eaten for days prior), it's big enough to serve eight, easily---cut birthday cake-style into slices. We know, we know---bikini season is approaching. But isn't it time to indulge?


2010 April 28

Tough Love

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Nicholas Kirkwood for Rodarte Nicholas Kirkwood for Rodarte
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It's almost hard to believe that Christian Louboutin was once the shoe guru of choice for Rodarte's Kate and Laura Mulleavy, as current collaborateur Nicholas Kirkwood gets the slightly twisted aesthetic oh-so-right. This shoe from the brand's Spring 2010 collection (that's the one about the California condors spontaneously combusting...or something) is made of sliced-up leather and oxidized metal, for what we can only imagine is a seriously heavy and seriously outrageous chassure. And the price? A cool $1534.99. If you think you're tough enough, you can pick up your pair here...



2010 April 28

Answer the Phone

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Chic recently came the the realization that as much as we resist all things technological (or just iPads, really), time marches on--and soon we'll be known as that batty old lady who uses a typewriter before we even turn 30. So: baby steps, darlings--that's how you need to ease into all this techy stuff. We're grateful for things that help us along, like this adorable iPhone telephone. Rotary phone styling, iPhone technology...now this we can handle. Allons-y to Etsy!


2010 April 28

Blast From The Past: Glenn O'Brien Edition

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Last night's screening of Tamra Davis' Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child, made us wish again that we could have been around for just one party at Warhol's factory. While that is unlikely, we did have our attention brought to one true gem of the era: TV Party, a public access television program hosted by Glenn O'Brien from 1978 to 1982. Luckily, we'll always have YouTube. Look at that baby face!


2010 April 28

Shoe of The Daily: Loeffler Randall's Electra Bootie

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Loeffler Randall's Electra bootie Loeffler Randall's Electra bootie
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Who needs spring sandals when Loeffler Randall is doing cut-out booties? After all, you know how those filthy city streets can ruin a good pedicure. Chic is angling for these snake-embossed leather styles with a triangle heel. How perfect to wear with some slouchy Stella shorts, or perhaps a 3.1 Phillip Lim jumpsuit...or even avec an ODLR faille cocktail frock (preferably in punch). Also: the low heels are 6-train friendly. We'll take them in two colors, thanks. THE DETAILS: $625, loefflerrandall.com

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