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2011 November 4
Sergio downs multiple bloody Marys--obviously, but never at lunchtime before, non?!--gets a private "smize-ing" tutorial from Tyra, and is ever so cryptic about a major MC shoot. How major? We'll have to take Sergio's word for it, at least for the time being...Ooh, the intrigue!
Monday, 12:45 p.m.
THE BOSS is out sick with a flu, so I am cheating on Café 57, Hearst's impressive cafeteria (way better than Conde's, from what I hear) with Brooklyn Diner on 57th and Seventh Avenue. If you¹ve never been, they have the best three-cheese grilled cheese sandwich and mashed potatoes in town. I really don't want to catch what JoCo's got, so I also ordered a Bloody Mary. You know, for the Vitamin C.
Tuesday, 11 a.m.
I have one beautiful girl standing before me, and I only have one photo in my hands. It is the only photo that matters, and it's of TYRA BANKS! I have just interviewed the one and only Tyra Banks, at the VH1 studios and she totally rocked my world. I can honestly say that I've watched all 17 cycles of America¹s Next Top Model, even after Ty-Ty gave Janice Dickinson, world¹s first supermodel, the walking papers (how rude!) Tyra “BBQ” Banks and I talked about her new book, Modelland and her love for Nicki Minaj. (She even sang a bit of “Super Bass” just for me. Too cute for words.) Before I had to pack my belongings and go home, I was given a lesson on how to “smize” for the camera. No! Seriously! I GOT A PRIVATE LESSON FROM TYRA ON HOW TO SMILE WITH MY EYES FOR THE CAMERA! These priceless skills will surely come in handy when I finally meet Madonna!
Wednesday, 2 p.m.
Anya de Rogue, the winner of Project Runway’s Season Nine, came by the office to check out her new extended family and to show off her fly new hair cut. The super-talented, self-taught designer chopped off her long locks and is rocking a tribute to Rihanna, whom she idolizes. Of course, being the Project Runway fanatic that I am, I told her that I predicted her win from the first episode, and that I rooted for her all throughout the season. Before leaving, Anya asked me to put in a good word for her with RiRi, so that when Marie Claire finally shoots the pop superstar, Anya be given a chance to dress her idol. Obviously I can pull some strings, so long as I can somehow get sandwiched in between Rihanna and Anya for my own private photoshoot. (An Anya-Serge-RiRi sandwich sounds tasty, doesn¹t it?!) Speaking of photo shoots, we have a major one coming up, but I can’t reveal a thing, or the boss will have me spayed and neutered) there was a huge run-through with THE BOSS going over all of the clothes, shoes and accessories, (can’t reveal a thing, seriously, she will kill me) and I am deeply involved (CAN'T REVEAL A THING, SHE'S WATCHING ME AS I TYPE). All in due time! But trust me...it's way cool!
Thursday, 8 p.m.
Today is the day when my fave boss and one of my fave British artists, Natalia Kills, finally met. Every year, JoCo attends the Black Ball at Hammerstein Ballroom, an annual NYC charity concert that raises funds for children and families with HIV/AIDS in Africa in India. This year’s event was honoring the spiritual, musical, and philanthropic legacy of George Harrison, with performances by Alicia Keys, Usher, Will.i.Am. and Norah Jones. Obviously being such a huge music fan, I suggested that JoCo take one of my fave artists with her. The rest is a match made in Brit heaven. I just knew that since they grew up near each other they¹ll bond over memories of marmite and earl grey tea and party the night away. Of course, the most fun for me was helping Natalia pick her outfit for the big night: she rocked her own black pants, with a Y-3 blazer, a Julien McDonald white shirt, a studded YSL “Y” bag and super hot Walter Steiger five-inch curved heel ankle boots. Super-dooper-fly!
Obsessed: Brand new collaboration from Mary J. Blige & Drake “Mr. Wrong,” classic Mary, you can't go wrong. Next up is “Blue Sky” by Common, one of the best lyricists in my opinion, in hip-hop. I¹m also loving “Polish Girl," by the indie electronic band Neon Indian. And finally, “Midnight City” by the French pop band, M83. What are you waiting for? Go and download ASAP!
2011 November 4
Fearing a bit of TGIF malaise this afternoon? Fret not! Today from 3 to 4 p.m., Stacey Bendet will be doing a "Q & Stace" (get it?!) with alice + olivia aficionados via Twitter, @alice_olivia. What better way to bid adieu to a long week than some style council from the always-adorable Bendet? Get tweeting, chicettes.
2011 November 3
Patrick McMullan View Gallery
Chic recently crossed paths with author Jonathan Safran Foer at a WSJ. supper and quizzed him on his relationship to fashion. Just as B.S.-free as one might imagine…
What do you think when you look in your closet each morning?
‘Why isn’t there more in here?’ Also, I wonder why I only have two choices.
What are your wardrobe staples?
Short-sleeved button downs.
And your style ethos?
I put an emphasis on not being self conscious. I guess. I focus on being comfortable. Does that work?
Who is your style icon?
Larry David. He has a ‘look,’ and that’s the most important thing. Also, he looks comfortable…and nobody has his glasses! Those are iconic.
What brands do you don most often?
Anything I say will be bullshit!
2011 November 3
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What brings the fashion cognoscenti to Bloomingdale's (besides the arrival of the resort collections)? Thursday night's preview of "Fifty Photographs," a collection of images from the New York Times' archive cobbled together in collaboration with the CFDA. Effective today, iconic NYC-centric photographs selected Milly's Michelle Smith, Prabal Gurung, Zac Posen, Diane von Furstenberg, and Vera Wang will be up for sale on The New York Times Store...with a percentage of sales benefitting the org. Need something for your wall? Angling for a holiday gift of photography (at under $200)? Thank Kolb & Co. Check out images of the revelry in our Gallery.
2011 November 3
Donna Alberico Photography View Gallery
Time for a mid-afternoon Joe fix! Well, yes, Chic could certainly use a venti iced Americano right about now, but we're talking about Joe Fresh founder Joe Mimran, of course! For the full scoop on this Canadian fashion force (he co-founded that bastion of crisp minimalism—in terms of style and price—that is Club Monaco), check out the full Q&A sesh over on The Fix. But, as promised, Mimran’s five style essentials for fall, thanks to the quandaries of this morning’s moderator, Elle creative director Joe Zee.
1. A wide-legged pant; slim through the thigh.
2. Turtlenecks. “Because they just make everything look new and modern,” said Mimran.
3. The bubble coat is “an important piece" for fall. [Bonus points for going the neoprene route!]
4. Stripes galore!
5. Color, color, and more color.
2011 November 3
Legwear: BLK DNM No. 8 jeans, high-waisted silk chiffon palazzo pants, 70s velvet jumpsuits, quilted leather skinnies, and Long John onesies for the weekend
Headwear: Silk headscarves, turbans, and a $9 collapsible black hat
Other-wear: A vintage reversible khaki/plaid cape and a new fur coat from Saraz Closet
Brunch: Banana pancakes and apple brandy cider in the park
Dinner: Mystery potluck with friends - sometimes it works, but mostly we just sit around on the floor eating a lot of mangos.
Weekend plan: Vintage hunting at the flea, perusing the stacks at Bonnie Slotnick Cookbooks, and picking up a batch of homemade pumpkin ravioli at Raffetto's on Houston.
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