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2011 September 26
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Last week, Vanidades magazine hosted their Icons of Style Gala to fete your favorite Latin legends at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. The bold face lineup included Oscar de la Renta, Narciso Rodriguez, Isabel and Ruben Toledo, Aubrey O’Day, Nancy Gonzalez, Angel Sanchez, Orlando Pita, Chaske Spencer, Yaz Hernandez, Giselle Blondet, Natalia Jimenez, Juan Luis Guerra, Lourdes Stephen and Jaydy Michel. Before tipping back a glass of vino and noshing on filet milon, cream spinach, mushrooms, and hashbrowns pre-awards, the hautest of them all walked the red carpet as Chic wondered: What are you most vain about? You won't want to miss this!
Iman: My legs but if I told you why, you'd hold it against me! I'd insure them for $1.
Isabel Toledo: Darn! I don't know. I have a big chin, big eyes, a big nose. I'm comfortable with who I am, but not vain.
Ruben Toledo: I'm most vain about being vain. I hide it because it's embarrasing to be vain. I pretend like I'm not, but everyone is a little bit.
Angel Sanchez: I'm Venezuelan, and we're some of the most vain people. I'm vain about my bald head. Having no hair is something I'm really proud of.
Narciso Rodriguez: That's a tough one...my hair? Gotta keep up with the hair. I like it short.
2011 September 26
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Checking in with Veronica Etro's bluesy inspiration for her latest looks, from Ella to Louis...
New Jazz. I would have called it the dance of the avant-garde, but that’s a bit complex, so I tried to keep it simple. I love that old period: the music, the films, Fred Astaire...I was into the essential, simple things. Although it’s very feminine!
When you were creating it, were you listening to jazz?
I saw some Fred Astaire films and listened to the music, but when I work I need concentration, so no music.
You used Ella Fitzgerald on your soundtrack. What’s your favorite Ella song?
I love “Puttin’ on the Ritz.”
We heard Louis Armstrong, too!
I love his voice!
2011 September 26
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Chic caught up with Rufus Wainwright in Milan about performing (and eating) in Italy. Plus! A Prada village?! Don't tempt us...
You performed at amfAR on Friday. Was it your first time?
I did it once before, it was terribly fun and elegant and exciting. So they got me again! The first show I ever did in Milan was a disaster, but now, I always do very well. The Italians love music! But I can’t stay here too long, because I put on a pound an hour.
What brought you to Prada last week?
I’m very good friends with Ingrid [Sischy] and Sandy [Brant], and they were kind enough to sneak me in backstage, which was very exciting. I’m still a star struck queen at heart!
Nice venue for a Prada show, right?
It’s amazing. I heard they are building a village somewhere.
A Prada village?
That’s what I heard. Maybe I’ll live in Prada world!
2011 September 26
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Backstage at Dsquared2’s show today, in addition to the requisite gallons of hairspray, miles worth of eyeliner and the ilk, a special table was piled with healthy treats from the Tisanoreica diet, a system based on herbal extract supplements. Chic chatted with Tisanoreica’s Gianluca Mech about the latest health craze sweeping Italy. Even Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is on it! Next on Mech’s docket: They are launching the new Food is Nature Fashion project.
What does Tisanoreica offer models?
It’s neither to feed nor starve them—it’s to nurture the models! You have to provide all the nutrients their bodies need, in a way they can keep their shape and feel good. They need a proper diet like an athlete does: amino acids and no empty calories The model is an athlete!
Which kind of athlete?
A model is like a dancer; they have artistic plus physical activity, so they can’t just eat a little bit. Models need to eat in a way that keeps their muscles and tissues in great shape. To do so, they need to refuel before a show and take time to recover after, with proper food that’s full of nutrients but isn’t heavy.
Mr. Berlusconi is a fan of your food plan, apparently.
Tonight I'm going to dine with him, so I'll see how it worked on him! This diet also protects against stress while providing a lot of energy.
Will you be dining on Tisanoreica-approved nibbles with Berlusconi?
I don't know! I learnt that Berlusconi has two chefs to cook for him our preparations, which can be applied to dishes like tiramisu and pasta. We'll see!
2011 September 26
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Chic travels! We keep seeing the same impeccably dressed woman at every show in Milan, and finally grabbed her outside of Jil Sander on Via Beltrami to get her story. Meet the delightful Costanza Pascolato, who is in town from Brazil before carrying on to Paris for more. As you'll learn...It ain't her first time at the rodeo...
How many years have you been coming to Milan for shows?
Since the beginning. I'm 72. I used to go to Florence and then there was Rome, so I've been coming since 1969.
Wow. You're a legend around here.
I suppose at home, but not here. Everybody knows me in Brazil.
What's your fashion story?
Twenty-two years ago I started working for Vogue Brazil as a columnist and an editorial consultant for them for fashion. Ten years ago I inherited a textile company.
Wow! Memories, please!
Since I follow the history of fashion, there were shows that were shows that were ground breaking at the time. The most spectacular was maybe Thierry Mugler. He was the one that had the idea as fashion as a spectacular show. He had the idea of fashion as show. Like Alexander McQueen did later. In the eighties, many of the British were so interesting and still are. And then I remember, in the eighties, Armani was something incredible. He established this power suiting for the woman. It was a reflection of what was going on with professional women. He designed the uniform of conformity of woman working at the time, so it was really interesting. And then Commes des Garcon in 1987, I cried. I don't know exactly why, but it was a woman who had depth, strength, it was a height. I cried because I know how it was before the east. And lately... spectacular? The last one was the magnificent show in Paris of Alexander McQueen. It was his last big one. It was absolutely fantastic. It was something. I didn't see the exhibition at the Metropolitan, but that last show was real life. And Lady Gaga spoiled everything.
She tweeted that her music was going to be launched during the show, so it was so crowded. There were too many people.
What about Milan?
I like Raf Simons because he's experimental. I'll tell you what I like around the world... It's easier. In Milan, I like Mrs. Prada because she's always interesting. She's teasing everybody. She has her feet grounded in art. She's always interested in something. You can see the intellectual play that she does on everything. Even if sometimes you get irritated, not me, because I'm a complete Prada girl. I told her that. I'm a very old girl, but I am still Prada. Around the world... I also like Christopher Kane. I knew him since he was a baby. In America there is Proenza, but this last show wasn't so good. I'm always waiting to see and I admire them so. And Alexander Wang because he has this idea of being accessible and at the same time having a very strong contemporary style.
What about Prabal Gurung?
Eh. I don't like it too much.
All righty. What Italian designers are you friendly with?
Friendly? I don't know. Maybe none. Mrs. Prada is fabulous.
Why do you love Italy?
I like Italy for one reason, they have something that is quality. If you want to build clothes very well, you have to come here. You might send it China to reproduce, but the basis is Italy. The best in the world is Italy. You have to build the clothes and then translate it for industrial reinterpretation.
What do like seeing?
I like to see the colors, because they are basically going to influence. There is high street and then there is the low street, and everything we see here influences the low street, the people.
Any Milan rituals?
I stay at the same hotel, in the same room, in the middle of everything, it's an old MIlanese hotel. It's completely bourgeoise, but it's comfortable and the service is good. I know everybody. I tip them in the beginning and they are my friends for the whole way.
Do you recall any fun parties in Milan?
I stopped drinking, so what's fun? No sex, no booze, no drugs.
How old are you again?
73, I'm going to be.
Do you go to New York Fashion Week?
Not really. It becomes a very long season.
You're going on to Paris, I assume.
Which do you prefer Milan or Paris?
Both together. I need them. I need them like something in the vein. One without the other is not the same. I see the industrial side of Italy--the colors, the fabrics. When I look at the American shows, they all start from Italy, so I start my color scheme from there because I know they come from Italy. You need Milan and Paris. Even if the writers don't think so. They look at fashion for fashion, not for an industrial thing.
Do you read any American magazines?
Oh, yes. I have to read Vogue, of course. I love the British, though. It's not as perfect, but they touch me more.
What about the other titles? Do you check them out?
Not really. We have the internet.
What's your favorite fashion website?
Thousands. I'm not married. I don't have a dog, so I'm on the internet!
What about the models?
I've seen them all. At first models were lifeless. At the beginning there were beautiful girls, not so skinny. They looked a little healthier than today.
And since we became besties at Jil Sander. Thoughts?
The exercise of style that he produces every season, like near 20th century art. It's a work of someone that is an artist, more than a dressmaker. It's not for everybody, but I loved it. It's so clean and perfect. I felt this season was cleaning everything. You know how when you take sorbet to clean your palette, that's what he did. I think I have to go off to Cavalli now.
Wanna share a taxi?
I have a car.
2011 September 26
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A few nuggets and questions from the weekend in Milan... What did your Daily hear, ask and observe as MF winds down? Ponder this...
Anna Wintour and Suzy Menkes sharing a giggly chat front row at Marni on Sunday morning. Chatting about Raf Simons at YSL, perhaps?...Has anyone seen Grace Coddington since Prada?... Pucci gave fans to every guest to to comfort them, but it was one of the rare shows with AC, so we'll just take them home as a souvenir or maybe to our next Milano show...Anna Dello Russo and Bryan Boy were front row neighbors at Pucci...Elle's Anne Slowey's VIP guest at Pucci was her daughter Afton. She's bringing the baby to Istanbul before heading to Paris, and Glamour's Anne Christensen is coming along... Marni designer Consuelo Castiglioni graciously declining interviews to the American press because her English isn't so good...Ingrid Sischy sporting Nike sneakers at Marni, and gave kudos to The Daily Milan. The love is mutual...Just Cavalli's show was hot, hot, hot. Certain editors complained, but darlings, this ain't such a bad place to sweat... Spotted: Michael Kors and hubbie Lance LePere window shopping outside of Corneliani on Via Monte Napoleone on Sunday night...Scarlett Johansson and Felicity Jones front row at Dolce & Gababana...Overheard at Dolce, "I think Princess Beatrice just walked in." "That's not Beatrice, that girl has a hat, but four tattoos on her back. That's no princess."... Spotted: Glamour's Cindi Leive religiously reading The Daily before every show. Noted... Karlie Kloss grabbing a copy of The Daily after Dolce and Gabbana. Wanna copy? "Oh, yes!" uttered America's sweetheart...Did anybody keep track of how many shows Daphne Groeneveld walked? We think we saw her strut at everything, and we're not complaining... Salvatore Ferragamo's widow Wanda Ferragamo Miletti gives her congratulations and approval to creative director Massimiliano Giornetti backstage after the show. He told The Daily, "She gave me the chance, the possibility to be the first creative director at Ferragamo. For me, that means a lot. Family is a very strong value in my life, and working for Mrs. Ferragamo, it's an honor." His post show plans? "I'm going to celebrate with my friends, my team and the person that I love. I think it's important to be connected to the people that you love."...Margherita Missoni reacts to being on the cover of The Daily Milan: "I didn't expect it. I loved it. I love Gilles (Bensimon). I really trust him as a photographer. I'm very happy about it." Thoughts on being part of a legendary fashion family? "You don't really realize it when you are in it."...Hunky Missoni brother Francesco reveals what it was like growing up with two sisters, "It was difficult and it was easy. They always went together against me." As for his own fashion future? "Not so much. I don't know about fashion. I'm more about design. I just finished my university. I'm going to New York for two years to work. I love the Japanese food. It's the best you can find outside of Japan."... Where was Anna Piaggi all week?...Is Allure's EIC Linda Wells playing Angry Birds on her iPad while waiting for shows to start? "I'm reading Jennifer Egan's A Visit from the Goon Squad. It's so good. I'm also reading an article about what if the secret to success is failure?" Do you take notes on your iPad? "I do. I can actually understand them afterward, and so can other people." She's off to Florence for the Gucci event before heading off to Paris, "I'm looking forward to the food and the museums!"...Overheard by numerous editors: "I'm ready for Paris now."... Sunday night funday? Bruce Weber's screening of Don't Steal the Jacket at Teatro Litta...Color a front row impressed: Donatella Versace and Christopher Kane join forces for Versus. Loved!...Carmen Kass and Coco Rocha walked Armani this morning...Courtney Love front row at Robert Cavalli today...It's nearly ciao time. It is fashion after all, time for the next thing...
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