2010 March 24

Get Cracking

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One look at the “Walnut Yo-Yo” and we’re already grinning. Part nutcracker, part classic toy, the quirky cracker will get a walnut out of its shell in no time, and it's the perfect excuse to get your game on. Designed by Xiaofei Wang and Beibei Wu, the tool is also an ideal way to manage aggression. Simply grab a nut, place it in the orb and then smash it against any hard surface. Indulge!


2010 March 23

Read My Lips

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If the history of eyewear seems a topic un peu dry to you, think again. Italian Trade Commission and Italian Optical Goods Manufacturer’s Association recently opened “Eyewear from the Beginning to the Future: The history of eyeglasses from their invention in Italy to the latest trends,” a mini-exhibition at Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Station. Tomorrow is the last day to see the array, which features everything from 13th century Italian eyewear to these amazingly wacky frames, formerly owned by Sir Elton John.


2010 March 23

Penthouse in the Sky

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What floor plan are we ogling today? David Chu’s sprawling Park Avenue penthouse. The man behind the brand Nautica and his wife, Gina, priced the 5 bedroom, 5 bathrooms, 7,7000 square foot apartment at a cool $32,800,000. While Mr. Chu sold the company back in 2003,clearly he’s fallen into some fairly sweet digs. Even if you’re not in the market for an uber-expensive palace, then you can still longingly admire from afar and get your real estate fix for the afternoon.



2010 March 23

The Chicest Cadeaux for Stefano

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Chic would like to extend our sincerest congratulations to new W editor in chief Stefano Tonchi. He's sure to be buried under a pile of flowers at the moment, but if you're still looking for the perfect gift for the man of the hour, look no further:

Magnolia is the florist of choice for the chic set—because of course, not just any fleurs will do. We hear Tonchi loves everything but orchids…THE DETAILS: Magnolia, 436 Hudson, (212) 243 7302

A Valextra briefcase. He’ll need a shiny new attaché for his first day of school, er, work, and nothing but this Italian luxury brand will do. Sleek and understated, it’s quietly confident, but commands the respect he so richly deserves. THE DETAILS: $4,660, barneys.com

We all know that there’s a definite table hierarchy at Monkey Bar (if you can get a table at all), but now that Stefano’s joined the Condé club, Graydon needs to welcome him with open arms—and a table upgrade. Give him Madge’s usual spot tonight! THE DETAILS: Monkey Bar, 60 East 54th Street, (212) 207-9085

And while we’re at it with the dinner plans—Tonchi’s assistant-to-be would do well to snag Daniel Bouloud’s personal email address, for those last minute reservations at "DB." (It's your new haunt, love, get used to it!) A burger stuffed with truffles and foie gras is a perfect stress-buster. THE DETAILS: DB Bistro Moderne, 55 West 44th Street, (212) 391-2400

Champagne may be the traditional boisson for all things celebratory, but we’ll bet Tonchi would prefer to toast his new position with a bottle from his native country. This 1985 Biondi Santi Brunello Di Montalcino should do nicely. THE DETAILS: $499.99, wallywine.com

A Metrocard. Peut-être they’ll comp the car and driver for a month or deux as a welcome gift, but those Condé cutbacks are no laughing matter. Remember: to get from the West Village to 1166 Avenue of the Americas, you’ll probably want to take the 1, 2, or 3 to Times Square. THE DETAILS: Monthly unlimited Metrocard, $89, http://mta.info/


2010 March 23

Dreyfuss in the Neighborhood

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One of our favorites Parisians, Jerome Dreyfuss launched his first stateside boutique in Soho this weekend, and we love that his Spring 2010 confections are just a hop, skip and a jump away. Stop by the Broome street haunt for plenty of slouchy carry-alls in exotic skins, vibrant corals and seafoams. A Chic suggestion: toast the beginning of a new season with a trip to the darling boutique. And be on the lookout for this leather jackets!


2010 March 23

Stefano's Condé Portrait, Revealed

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 Behold the official release below and note Stefano's dashing Condé portrait. We love!


New York, NY, March 23, 2010 – Stefano Tonchi has been named Editor-in-Chief of W magazine, it was announced today by Thomas J. Wallace, Editorial Director of Condé Nast.  His appointment is effective April 12th.
 
Most recently, Mr. Tonchi was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of T: The New York Times Style Magazine, which he introduced in 2004 after serving as Style Editor at the Sunday Times Magazine.  Under his leadership, T increased to 15 issues annually, expanded internationally, launched a companion website, and was nominated for multiple National Magazine Awards.  In 2008, T was awarded Magazine of the Year from the Society of Publication Designers.
 
“Stefano Tonchi is an extraordinarily versatile editor whose expertise in the world of art, fashion, design, and entertainment will help W realize its full potential in both print and digital formats,” said Mr. Wallace.  “We welcome him back to Condé Nast.”
 
From 1998 to 2003, Mr. Tonchi was the Fashion Creative Director for Esquire.  In 2001, Esquire earned the Magazine of the Year award from the Society of Publication Designers, as well as National Magazine Award nominations for Photography and Design.  Before joining Esquire, he worked as Creative Director for J. Crew.
 
Mr. Tonchi returns to Condé Nast, having served as Self magazine’s Creative Director from 1994 until 1996.  Prior to that, he served as Editor, and later, Fashion Director, for L’Uomo Vogue from 1987 to 1994.  At the start of his career in Italy, Mr. Tonchi co-founded and served as Editor and Art Director for Westuff magazine, a publication that later evolved into Emporio Armani Magazine.
 
Mr. Tonchi has also curated a number of exhibitions devoted to style and edited several books on the intersection of art and fashion.  He was the co-author of “Uniform: Order and Disorder” (also an exhibition at P.S. 1/MOMA), “Total Living,” “Excess: Mainstream and Underground in the ‘80s” (also an exhibition at The Pitti Palace in Florence), “Human Game: Winners and Losers,” and most recently published “Walter Albini and His Time.”
 
Mr. Tonchi graduated with a Classic Studies degree from Liceo Classico Forteguerri in Pistoia, Italy.  He has resided in New York City since 1994.

W has a circulation of 450,000 and reaches an audience of over 1.5 million.  It is published by Condé Nast, a division of Advance Publications. In the United States, Condé Nast publishes 18 consumer magazines, two trade publications and 27 websites.  For more information, visit wmagazine.com.

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