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2011 October 20
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G'day, Liz! Today, we're bestowing Chic's coveted Look of The Daily to Queen Elizabeth, who always works it out. Kate who? The Queen is visiting Australia right now with Prince Phillip, and turned it out in a lilac dress and hat, pearls, and that million dollar smile while meeting the good people of Oz. Bravo, love! We love a little risk taking. No need to keep these pastels in the closet til' Easter, right?
2011 October 20
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What are Claude Morais and Brian Wolk of Ruffian up to this week? Floral arranging, of course! The boys took a break from designing clothes to take up a new hobby.
Bess Wyrick and Ivie Joy of Celadon & Celery are the floral events and design decorators of the moment. Their sustainable approach to design has made them the most sought after event decorators amongst the fashion and Hollywood jet-set. Utilizing their own network of farmers, which grow flowers specifically for them and their clients, their eco-couture approach has brought them to the forefront of the industry. We decided to take a stroll from our garment district atelier to their floral district studio for a special private workshop to create a signature arrangement suitable for any Lad or Lady. No object says Ruffian more than a trophy, so we decided to bring along our most prized possessions which became the vessels for our first floral fore.
Brian: Hey, girls! What are you working on with all these fruits and vegetables?
Ivie: We are working on Martha Stewart's Art of Farming dinner party benefit tonight at Sotheby’s. We are incorporating local farmers vegetables and fruits from the farmers market at Union Square.
Claude: What time did you all wake up this morning? We know florists have early hours.
BessL Yes, we have been up since 5:30 a.m., we also did the flowers for Rouge Tomate on 60th and 5th Avenue, which is an all-organic, sustainable restaurant.
Claude: What’s your design philosophy?
Bess: It depends on the client. Our main goal is to create a story, a feeling, and a narrative that evokes a vision that make sense for our client’s events. Its sometime starts with colors, textures or fabrics, which we than use as a starting place to begin to conceptualize the project.
Ivie: It depends on the clients personality, its best to have our first meeting at our clients home and get a sense for their aesthetic and their energy and than its our job to interpret that and present our ideas.
Brian: How long have you been working together?
Ivie: We started working together 2 years ago; I actually hired Bess at the florist where we used to work.
Bess: I lost my student loan at Parsons, so I got a job at a retail florist that Bess ran.
Ivie: She sucked at that…
Bess: Yeah, they wanted to me to answer the phone, and do office work, and I just wanted to design.
Ivie: Eight months after she quit, we decided to start a studio together.
Claude: What was your first big break?
Bess: Four months after we launched our studio we were approached by Eco-Luxe which is a trade show for the entire eco-luxury sector in and around the NY Area. The New York Times featured our flowers and it created quite a buzz. We were asked to do a dinner party that had a bunch of editors in attendance and that was it!
Ivie: I don’t consider this a job. It's our passion and our art, it inspires me to create everyday, and we always talk about artists whom we would like to collaborate with, whether it be wood workers, designers, farmers, etc.
Bess: We are also fortunate to have amazing team of artists whom we work with, its more of a workshop here, there is so much more happening than just flowers.
Ivie: Sometimes it looks like a lumberyard in here, we just did our first wedding at the Boathouse in Central Park. It was actually a destination wedding for a bride and groom from California. We had 20,0000 red roses. We created juniper trees adorned in roses.
Bess: It took a week of production! It was quite an undertaking, and we were super happy with everything. We are a good partners, and we compliment each other. We're extremely organized.
Brian: Where are you from?
Bess: I am from Nambe, New Mexico, which is very close to Santa Fe. I have a rugged family--9 brothers and sisters, all adopted and wild!
Ivie: Your parents were the first Angela and Brad!
Claude: Where are you from?
Ivie: I was born in the Philippines and then moved to Hawaii. I thought I was moving to a big city in America, but it turns out my family owns the largest macadamia nut farm in Hawaii. Believe or not, I had to help harvest macadamias even when I came home from college. You have to be careful of the wild pigs!!
Brian: What's your favorite flower?
Ivy: Ranunculus. The beauty is you never know what color is the center of them.
Brian: OK, gals! So we are here to learn how to make an ArrangeMen. We never know what kind of flowers to send dudes, so let's get this flower party started!
Claude: We brought our favorite trophies to work with.
Ivie: When you are doing a manly arrangement, you need to make sure your “vessel” is clean; any bacteria will kill the flowers. Cold water in the vessel first.
Bess: We are going to teach you how to “grid” the vase so the arrangeMen is perfect.
Brian: So geometry is important in arranging? Because that was never my strong point.
Ivie: It's OK! Just follow the steps, and you will be on your way!. Step 1: The TI leaves are green foliage we will use and are what hula dancers use for their skirts. The chemical in it keeps the other flowers fresh. We roll them and fold then back and connect the leaf to its stem with a small wire. Then, we group three of them into a floret. Step 2: The next flower that we use, which looks like wheat, is millet, or as Claude likes to call it, "the herb.” Make sure that you insert the floral element into the vase at an angel and clip the bottom of it at an angle to allow for maximum water absorption. Make sure you take off all the leaves because they take away water from the blossom. Fresh cut means fresh life! Step 3: For this step, we used the glorious Hawaiian monsteria leaf, which we inserted low into the trophy to give voluptuous volume and depth of green. Step 4: The long reed-like horsetail (in the bamboo family) gave altitude and a linear quality and brought masculinity to the arrangement. Step 5: The insertion of drespedia (the yellow velvety like flower ball, also know as Billy Bobs) gives fiery color and passion to our trophy bouquet. Step 6: The last step is to fill in with fiddleheads. Not only beautiful to look at, but delicious to sauté!
If you are interested in taking a floral workshop with the gals from Celadon & Celery, check out their workshop dates in NY and LA.
2011 October 20
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Olá! New York City got a taste of Brazil on Tuesday night when Emma Roberts, Kelly Rutherford, Camila Alves, Lorenzo Martone, Carlos Mota, Michael Bastian, Lucy Sykes, Luigi Tadini, Cameron Silver, Anne Slowey, Genevieve Jones and Carlos Souza came out to celebrate the release of Armand Limnander's new Ausoline title Brazilian Style. The event was hosted by Nadja Swarovski and Carlos Miele and was held at the SWAROVSKI CRYSTALLIZED Concept store in Soho. We grilled the lovely Gretchen Mol on all things Brazilian!
Have you been to Brazil before?
I have not!
Any plans to go?
Do you have a favorite Brazilian person?
Probably our babysitter. She's from Brazil and she's like a family member. I do have a few Brazilian friends, too, so I can't pick one.
What has your babysitter taught you about Brazil?
She does something with rice and beans. You can't quite replicate it. It's special. She also made this amazing coconut milk soup with special beans in it. It's for new mothers and helps get you going.
Do you have any Brazilian restaurants that you frequent in New York?
I don't. I'm sure I have gone before to one, but nothing on a regular basis.
What else are you working on these days?
I'm being a mom. I finished Boardwalk [Empire], and we're on our little hiatus now. I'm having fun with my two kids, who are four years old and eight months.
2011 October 20
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Great Scot? Great Lash! Last night at the PH-D Rooftop Lounge at Dream Downtown, Patrick McMullan feted the launch of the PMc Magazine and the 40th bday of Great Lash Mascara...naturally. Thankfully, Chic stalks PMc otherwise we never would have discovered this photo of Pat posing behind a life-size cutout of Maybelline's mascara. Peek-a-boo, we see you!
2011 October 20
Time to update your boudoir-bound threads? Look no further than Skin, the recently-expanded collection by Susan Beischel. The luxuriant basics, which began with loungewear, have been donned, second skin-style, by the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Halle Berry, Angelina Jolie, Uma Thurman, Jessica Simpson and Martha Stewart. Chic chatted up Beischel for the basics on her not-so-basic line of wear-everywheres, now featuring a RTW component. Check out the Gallery for a peek at the goods!
I got my MBA in entrepreneurship; then, I had this great job but was always unhappy, so I opened a little lingerie boutique in a friend’s clothing store. I just paid rent for the rack and went out and tried to fill it with lingerie. They buy a lot of that stuff on impulse and wear it once—or it’s expensive, you’re afraid it’s going to get ruined, and it feels very ‘don’t touch me.’ I was looking for something comfortable and sexy and I couldn’t find anything that didn’t itch or feel too tight—pieces I wanted to wear over and over again.
Where did the idea to transition into ready-to-wear come from?
I’ve always done loungewear—I’m lazy, so that’s just how I live. My clothes have to do everything! A robe can become a yoga wrap, for example. Oprah likes to wear my yoga pants and basic long sleeve t-shirts as her pajamas; she loves them.
What are your sensory associations with skin?
It tastes like a cool glass of water when you’re parched and thirsty. It sounds like a weeping, sensual melody. It smells comforting and soothing.
What’s the sexiest thing that a woman can put on her body?
2011 October 19
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He's another hunk who didn't walk home last night as Cosmo's Bachelor of The Year, but we enjoyed our chat with Nevada's Hunter Smit so much that we thought you should get to know this 24 year-old bartender. Maybe he's the man for you!
Where are you a bartender in Vegas?
All over. I work parties, anything and everywhere. I love it and hate. If you can imagine 600 drunk people when you're sober, it can be like dealing with toddlers. But at the same time, it can be fun.
Will your life change if you win?
In a way, this has changed my life. It's been an experience. No matter what the outcome, all of us have had a blast.
When did you get to New York?
Have you been staying out late?
I'm here with my parents, so I haven't stayed out that late. Tonight's probably going to be the night where I'll probably forget the English language and won't be able to walk straight.
Are your parents going to be here tonight?
I got them tickets to a Broadway show.
Did your Mom give you any advice?
Leave it all on the floor.
What does that mean?
I have a very supportive mother. She spread my name around for this. I'm very bashful, so when it came to marketing ourselves, she did that. I didn't even know what to do.
So, she didn't mean you should leave your clothes on the floor...
No, no, no, no! Definitely not!
Another Cosmo coverline to ponder...What are five ways to get you, uh, pumped?
Just want to make sure we are on the same page, that means good to go, right?
Something like that.
Number one—surprise me. Not like in a scary way, like punching me in the face. Also...kisses are nice. That usually gets the job done. Maybe some sexts. Is that the term? Sexts? Sexting. Those are cool.
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