If there was any ever doubt that Dennis Basso knows everyone, it was put to rest...
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2011 October 14
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Raise your glass! Bronx-born Ralph Lauren (orginally known as Ralph Lifshitz) turns 72 today! Forbes recently named him the 53rd richest person in the United States, with a net worth of $6.1 billion. Jealous!
2011 October 14
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There are a lot of new brands en route to Barneys New York—some you've heard of, some you haven't. Last night, Mark Lee, Robert Rabensteiner and Max Snow toasted the arrival of Italian tailoring purveyor Piombo at the Madison Avenue flagship. (For women's, we're hearing the Spring buy will be "very Carine." Shocker!) Michael Bastian, Simon Doonan, Vanessa Traina, Michael Carl, Nick Sullivan and Monique Péan all showed to support—and admire the ultra-luxe wares. Chic's curiosity about "the new Barneys" is mounting...!
2011 October 13
New mommy Rebecca Minkoff takes a break from tending to her bundle of joy to share her pre-delivery trip. Where did Becky enjoy one of the great meals of her life?
"In case you haven’t heard, my husband and I welcomed our baby boy, Luca, a few weeks ago. All I have to say is, whoa! I was not prepared to fall so crazy in love with this little man to the point of solely wanting to spend every waking moment with him. Since I’m not afforded much sleep these days, I’m very grateful to have done the fieldwork for my “Stay-cation series” before I gave birth. I’m always thinking! Part deux of my “Stay-cation Series” forges onward and downtown, down lower than many of us New Yorkers frequently venture, to the (kind of weird) land of the Financial District. The Financial District, or FiDi, possesses a very unique energy during the weekends in relation to other NYC neighborhoods. Essentially, it completely empties out and all of the businesses, restaurants, shops and bars shut down. I was looking forward to spending a full 24 hours experiencing the solitude of the seemingly deserted streets and silent sky high buildings. Base Camp FiDi was Thompson Hotel’s Gild Hall, which is like a quirky chic alpine lodge located within easy walking distance to Ground Zero, the Southside Seaport, the Brooklyn Bridge, and… that’s about it. A stay-cation in the FiDi means not really seeing many people, and truly escaping the buzz of Manhattan—and you don’t even have to leave the city.
After checking into my quiet, quaint and pretty snazzy 3 room penthouse, I decided that it was time to find some sort of excitement down here. This did not feel like NYC! I strolled over to the NYC Police Museum to educate myself on the history of the world famed NYC Police Force and check out their 9/11 exhibit. The museum is in a very historic, old building right on the East River. The location affords great views of Brooklyn along with a break from the heat. There’s lots of fun stuff to give you an idea of what sort of crime New Yorkers were getting into over the past couple of centuries. I particularly loved checking out the mug shot wall from the early 1900s when people were arrested simply for having a messy house! Umm, seriously? We moved on to the 9/11 Memorial, which was pretty devastating. The imagery, the videos, and the artifacts were all very sobering as I had never seen real pieces of the World Trade Center in person. I definitely found a new respect for the NYPD wandering around here—serve and protect! From there, we headed to The Bodies Exhibit at the Seaport, which, I’m sorry, is totally weird. The creepy eyes on the dead bodies are icky and I don’t like looking at cancer-soaked organs and babies in jars, but, if that’s your thing, more power to you. It was an educational experience, for sure, but I had a hard time really sinking into it without getting grossed out. I mean, dead bodies?! Ew.
The real highlight of the FiDi staycation for me was, shocker, dinner! We made reservations at The Bridge Café right at the base of the Brooklyn Bridge, because A. We could walk there. B. I saw it on Anthony Bourdain and thought it looked incredible, and C. I love the combination of modern and beautifully prepared dishes served in a very low key, historic environment. I mean, people have been eating, drinking, and enjoying themselves at this tiny “Blink and you’ll miss it” haunt since the 1700s! The historical vibe is so distinct that you can actually feel the pirates and prostitutes sipping rum at the bar in talking about their freedom from Great Britain. Plus, there are plenty of ghost stories about the place. In all honesty, my meal at Bridge Café easily earned itself a spot in the top 5 meals I’ve ever eaten in my life. Every single bite of food that I put in my mouth was perfection. From the Panko and provolone crusted chicken to the corn fritters to the mashed potatoes, to the calamari…It’s all amazing. My advice to you is to put on your shoes and get yourself down here for dinner tonight. You will thank me later. Walking back to the Gild Hall hotel from The Bridge Café provided me with a unique historical grasp on this area of Manhattan. We’ve clearly come a very long way. I won’t go so far as to say that FiDi is one of my favorite neighborhoods within my beloved NYC, but I will say, it’s not without merit.
2011 October 13
Darlings, set your DVR for CNN's special Fashion: Backstage Pass which airs on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. In this segment, Alina Cho sits down to talk to walking soundbite Karl Lagerfeld in this not to be missed story about the Kaiser and Chanel that's full of golden nuggets.
"I have it in the blood." -Karl on his success at Chanel.
"I have no idea. I don't sing, I'm not an actor, I have no scandals." -Karl on his massive appeal.
"What I did she never did. She would have hated." -Karl on Coco Chanel.
"When I make big efforts, it's for the garbage. When I make no effort, it happens." -Karl on his process.
"You know, when I was asked to do it, Chanel wasn't trendy at all. The owner said, 'I'm not proud of the business. If you can make something, OK. If not, I'll sell it.' And we made something out of it because he gave me total freedom." -Karl on his recipe for success.
2011 October 13
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Sometimes we've gotta give the ladies a day off and give the boys some Look of The Daily lovin'. Breakout Footloose star Kenny Wormald (he plays the Kevin Bacon role and can daaaance!!!) hit the film's Cinema Society screening last night in a grey wool one-button notch lapel suit and wool tie from Calvin Klein Collection Fall 2011. Adorable, non? Let's hear it for the boy!
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