2012 March 16

Shoe Dat: A Chic Mystery!

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Shoe could it be? Shoe could it be?
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Which designer went for the leopard look at DvF's studio for the CFDA nominations announcements? We're not going to give this one away for a change. Here are your hints: Her first job was at Contempo Casuals clothing outlet in her hometown in California at the darling age of 14. Not enough? She's been a member of the CFDA since 2005. Find out shoe it could be in our Gallery. 

2012 March 16

Giveaway Alert! A Cambridge Satchel Fit For St. Pat's Day

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This Cambridge Satchel in neon green could be YOURS!  This Cambridge Satchel in neon green could be YOURS!
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Chic is feeling green with...generosity today. Just in time for St. Patrick's Day, we're giving away a peppy flouro number from the Cambridge Satchel Company, a neon leather carryall worth $170. All you have to do is a) follow us on @DailyFrontRow (lest you're not getting our cheeky-chic tweets already!) and the fine folks at @CamSatchelCo and b) write to Contests@ChicReport.com with your name and the correct answer the following question, in honor of Mr. Depp's announced win last night for CFDA Fashion Icon of the year:  What was Johnny Depp's character named in 21 Jump Street? The lucky winner will be picked at random. Good luck, darlings! 

2012 March 16

A Moment With...Trina Turk

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On Wednesday, Trina Turk and co trekked to Linda Gaunt's new office digs on 72 Madison Ave. to showcase Fall 2012 amidst a gaggle of models decked out as "modernist mavericks" and "Hollywood heroines." An apropos theme as Turk turned to Grace Kelly, Hitchcock, Sonia Delauney and the Bauhaus for inspiration, whipping up retro silhouettes splashed with angular black and white prints and pops of primary color. In between a shot of OJ and a breakfast biscuit (or three), Chic caught up with the California designer before she jetted off to Turks and Caicos.

Love the mini film for Fall! What's the story behind it?
We did a photoshoot and a short on the back-flat of Paramount Studios, where they have a fake New York Street. Hundreds of movies have been filmed there over the years; even episodes of Seinfeld!

What's your favorite not-so-touristy thing to do in Palm Springs?
People spend most of their time in Palm Springs golfing, laying out and drinking cocktails or playing tennis, but there are some great hiking trails. I'm not Miss Outdoorsy, or anything, but it's so fun. There are all these canyons that go into the mountains where Indians used to live. It's very lush.

What was your first summer job?
I worked at Burger King. Can you believe it? I saved up to buy my first car there. I was a cashier for a year, and all I remember is our crazy uniform--a matching orange and yellow double polyester pant and tunic

What's the most California thing about you?
My shoes and my sunglasses. Here, you have to walk around but in California, you can get as crazy as you want.

What's your wildest summer adventure?
I don't know if this is crazy, but I got really sunburned in the Hamptons last summer at Super Saturday. I mean, fried!

Fave beach read?
Piles of magazines, especially interior mags. That's what I would be doing if I wasn't a designer.

What's your go-to eatery in Palm Springs?
For breakfast, I love Cheeky's. For lunch, I'm all about Norma's at The Parker Hotel. There's a new tapas place in LA that's great for dinner called Tinto. You have to get the anchovies!

2012 March 16

Happy St. Patty's Day! With THEIA's Don O'Neill

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It's Don O'Neill! It's Don O'Neill!
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In honor of St. Patty's Day tomorrow, THEIA creative director (and onetime award-winning chef) Don O'Neill has unearthed an ancient secret passed down for generations in the Mother Land: his fam's delish Irish soda bread recipe! An insta-hangover cure straight from the Irish lad himself. Sláinte!

Don's Irish Soda Bread
This traditional Irish bread was baked by my grandma, Nan Godley. The bread would bake in a special three-legged skillet that sat on the embers of a giant open fireplace in her kitchen, where reddened embers were placed on the lid of the skillet to create a crust that no oven today can replicate. 

4 cups all purpose flour
1 ½ cups golden raisins, soaked for 3 hours in 2 cups of apple juice
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 heaping tablespoon of sugar
1/4 stick of butter
1 beaten egg
2 cups butter milk
1/4 cup of cold water 

Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees. Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil, and butter it well. Sift together dry ingredients in a large bowl. Cut the butter into it and lightly rub into the flour. Drain liquid from the raisins and place them into the bowl. Toss the raisins lightly to coat with flour. Make a well, add in the butter milk, the egg and a little water. Combine quickly to make dough. (Add water if it's too dry.) Turn out onto a lightly floured work top and knead lightly into a ball, but don't over work it! Plop it on your baking sheet, and shape it into a round disc about 2 inches high. With a knife, cut a deep cross in the dough, and pop it in the oven on the center shelf for 55 minutes. Then take the bread off the baking sheet and allow it to cool on a wire rack. Best served warm, slathered with Kerrygold Irish butter and piping hot tea. Tip: Eat the bread the day you make it, or toasted the following day with a dollop of raspberry jam! 

2012 March 15

Details Emerge on The Grace Memoir

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Cindy Adams (she's writes that column for the Post) reports today that Grace Coddington is doing a Random House memoir. But we knew that...Adams does get some deets from Grace about what we should expect: "I'm 70. I was a model. I've been in fashion for 55 years. With Vogue 20 years. I'm not telling secret stories. Not writing ugly bad things to get back at anybody. This book is not gossipy. It's more a record. I've kept a diary since I was a tiny kid trying to find my way, and going through all my written records reminds me of shoots and jogs my memory." We. Can't. Wait. The book is expected to hit stores in November. 

2012 March 15

Mr. and Ms. Smith

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Downtown and uptown came together last night when Patti Smith, Grace Coddington, Patricia Field, Jim Moore, Joey Arias, Linda Fargo, Glenda Bailey, Patrick McDonald, Mick Rock, and Simon Doonan came out to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Paul Smith. We can't help but wonder if cameras caught Patti handing over the manuscript of her next book to her buddy? We're seeing "Patti Smith 9.11 Babelogue." Hmmmm...

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