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Marc Jacobs: "I’m going to a Cabaret-themed party, so I’ll probably go as one of the Kit Kat girls, along with three friends."
Sarah Jessica Parker: "Maybe Minnie Mouse. Maybe a lamb. Maybe a flower. Or a character named Finn..."
Martha Stewart: "I’m being a moth. I’ll be 'Martha the moth-a'!"
Michael Bastian: "I'll be asleep on a plane heading to Portugal."
Melissa Joy Manning: "A jewelry designer."
Olivier Theyskens: "I don't know! It's a big stress. I have no idea. I'm very good at last-minute solutions, though."
Joanna Coles: "I’m not sure yet. I have the invitation for Heidi Klum’s Halloween party sitting on my desk, so I know where I'm going. I’m just trying to figure out if I should spend my entire clothing allowance on a costume!"
Claude Morais: "I'm going to be an S&M daddy."
Brian Wolk: "I'm going as a sailor. We're going to a saints and sinners party at the Boom Boom Room."
Simon Kneen, Banana Republic’s creative director: "I don’t dress up!"
Eugenia Gonzalez Ruiz-Olloqui: "A ballet dancer, but a real one in a class with bloody feet and ankle warmers. Not the pretty one that flounces around in a tutu."
Loris Diran: "An emerging designer."
Kate Betts: "I don't know, but my daughter is going to be a vegan vampire!"
Stacey Bendet: "My daughter wants me to be a black fairy and her dad to be a chocolate croissant. It's sort of perfect."
Amar’e Stoudemire: "I want to be King Soloman. No one's pulled it off before."
Jonathan Adler: "I think Simon [Doonan] and I already look pretty scary."
Simon Doonan: "I want to go as someone obscure like Golda Meir, the Prime Minister of Israel like a hundred years ago."
Dylan Lauren: "I'm thinking of a Bridget Bardot character."
Andrew Rosen: "Halloween is not something I dress up for, but I like to go trick-or-treating because I like candy."
Isabel and Ruben Toledo: "Each other!"
Bibhu Mohapatra: "A crazy creature. A futuristic god that's going to bring peace to the world."
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I wish I may, I wish I might, have the wish I wish tonight! When was the last time you spent the night under the stars? Chic posed the question to the elite gala hoppers at FGI's Night of Stars as they chowed down on braised lamb, asparagus, buttery sea bass, and a flaky potato thingy...
Kate Betts: “First of all. I hate camping, but my husband is very outdoorsy. When I first dated him, I pretended that I really liked it. The last time we went camping was when we climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in 1997.”
Francois Nars: “This summer, we spent the night on the beach with friends in France, watching shooting stars. I made a wish, but I can't tell you what it was.”
Stacey Bendet: “I’m more of a bed tent kind of person, so you can still have you iPhone, hair dryer, and high heels.”
Simon Doonan: "[Jonathan Adler and I] went camping in the Grand Canyon about ten years ago. It was the best vacation we've ever had! My camping must-have is a huge sunbonnet. I'm a much better camper."
Nina Garcia: "I have no idea."
Saks’ Steve Sadove: "You mean slept outside? It’s probably been more than 40 years!”
Anna Sui: “.....I don’t think I’ve ever been camping. My version is staying in a nice hotel. I’m not an outdoorsy person.”
Amar’e Stoudemire: “Went campin’? I built a tent for my kids in the backyard. That's much safer for me.”
Andrew Rosen: "Ha! I'm more of a golfer and a fisherman. I once caught a fish that was 400 pounds! I still have the picture.”
Jack McCollough: "[Lazaro Hernandez and I] just got back two weeks ago from camping in Boca, but I’m a better camper. He doesn’t love the woods. His definition of camping is a log cabin. Mine is a tent and a campfire."
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Chic gabbed about a bit of Broadway with Marc Jacobs in between a handful of photo opps on the delightfully mellow carpet at the WSJ. Magazine Innovator Awards last night...We want to see your jazz hands, MJ!
Besides Katie Grand, of course, which innovator have you culled inspiration from recently?
Lately, I’ve been pretty immersed in the world of Bob Fosse. I’ve always been a big fan of his work. Over the last couple of months I’ve been reading and re-watching everything Bob Fosse, and I really marvel at what a genius he was—what a great artist, brilliant mind, and innovative person.
Katie spilled the beans on your history with Hello, Dolly! More details, please.
I was in the chorus of a few camp and school productions. Hello, Dolly! was one of them, and the show came up while we were working on parasols [for Vuitton.] We were singing “Put On Your Sunday Clothes.” There’s always been a little bit of Broadway in me; I was brought up in New York, so went to a lot of productions as a kid.
What would you love to make a cameo in on the Great White Way today?
Oh god, Cabaret!
2011 October 28
What time is it? Sergio time, obviously! Here's the latest from the assistant that started it all...
Monday, 9:20 a.m.
My week at work began with a bang—no, literally, a bang! I was rushing into the Hearst building, and approached the revolving doors. Unfortunately, I didn’t time my entrance correctly and slammed right into the glass. Strike one! Then I missed getting the Chef’s Special for THE BOSS. Needless to say, JoCo was pissed. Strike two! So I walked over to Le Pain Quotidien for JoCo’s default meal (Goat Cheese and Arugula salad, 580 calories, and a mushroom soup, 460 calories). The line was long and winding, and it took 20 minutes for me to get back. Then, upon arriving to the 34th floor, I tripped and face-planted in the lobby. The mushroom soup went flying out of the paper bag and splattered all over the lobby’s marble floors. Stunned, I almost screamed out “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!” Strike three! The day’s only ray of light was hearing Angelina Jolie’s voice when she called to chat with THE BOSS. While JoCo and Angie swapped beauty secrets and discussed world issues, I was scraping the mushroom soup off of my $300 pair of Diesel jeans. Thanks Tide-to-Go!
Tuesday, 8 p.m.
My dear friend Melissa has what millions of prepubescent girls (and a few boys) would call the best job in the world: she is Justin Bieber’s publicist. (Among her many responsibilities: wiping the milk and cookie crumbs off his chin.) Melissa dragged me to The Gramercy Theatre for a sold-out debut performance by her new client, England’s hottest boy band The Wanted. I had my reservations about any and all boy bands—everything about the synchronized choreography, corny love songs and color-coordinated costumes just doesn’t sit well with me. But I went anyway, and was whisked backstage to meet the band before the show. Right away, I felt something really endearing about these five lads from Manchester. They were funny! “We want to be a pop version of Coldplay,” said Jay, the curly-haired one. After a few minutes of sparkly chit chat, I wanted to see what I would look like as the sixth member of the Britain’s hottest boy band, so, of course, a photo was in order. I ended up looking like a grandpa compared to these teen heartthrobs. As the crowd of screaming girls started to get louder, chanting Wanted! Wanted! Wanted!, I left the boys to prepare. Before you judge, do yourself a favor and check out their smash single “Glad You Came” to get the full experience.
Wednesday, 7 p.m.
On my way to a show at Rockwood Music Hall, on the Lower East Side, I pass by Willem Dafoe on the corner of Prince and Mott. To most people, Willem is the twice-Oscar nominated, incredibly respected actor of Platoon, Born on the Fourth Of July, The English Patient and Shadow of the Vampire, among many others, but to me he’ll always be Frank Dulaney, Madonna’s lover in the Razzie Award-winning Body Of Evidence. One degree of separation! That means it’s definitely going to be a good evening! And, in fact, it turned out to be an amazing evening with Rumer, one of the most unique and talented new singer-songwriters I have come across this year. Born in Pakistan and raised in (where else!?) England, Rumer reminds me of Norah Jones and Karen Carpenter, and is adored by music legends Burt Bacharach and Elton John. Rockwood felt like a smoky Parisian café, jam-packed with music lovers. The place was so tiny that my front row seat made me feel like I was actually sitting on stage. So close I can practically touch her… Of course I didn’t, well, at least not until she was done with the show. Rumer’s debut album will be out in January. Until then, check out the singles “Slow” and her ode to one of the greatest voices of all time, the Queen of Soul, in “Aretha”.
Thursday, 11:45 a.m.
I look over my cubicle into THE BOSS’ office, only to spy JoCo, decked out in a gray Alberta Ferretti jumpsuit, a la Cher circa Studio 54. She was getting pinned and tailored by her seamstress, Malissa Bowman. Malissa is Lady GaGa’s personal seamstress, and I pray to god that Malissa does not put THE BOSS in some crazy Halloween inspired costume or even worse, GaGa’s meat dress. But then again, if anyone could pull it off…
Friday, 11 a.m.
Obsessed: One of my all time fave songs is “Fade Into You” by Mazzy Star, and judging by the music from the last Rodarte show, Kate and Laura are just as big of fans as I am. After a very long break (16 years to be exact), Mazzy Star is back with a dreamy and whimsical single, “Common Burn”. Next up: my favorite new singer, Lana Del Rey and her brand new single “Gramma”. (Think Kanye West producing a modern day Nancy Sinatra.) Another week, another British discovery: this time, it’s Charli XCX with a dark pop ditty called, “Nuclear Season". And finally, the song I can’t stop playing: Lupe Fiasco featuring Ellie Goulding, and Bassnectar, called “Lightwork”. From the pulsating beat, to Ellie’s insanely hooky chorus and melody, to Lupe’s lyrics, this one is a must!
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Last night, FGI hosted its annual Night of Stars at Cipriani Wall Street. Naturellement, Chic wondered: Will you be joining Occupy Wall Street after the gala?
Stacey Bendet: No….because it’s raining.
Loris Doran: Uh, no. I think the movement is very important, but I’m going to wait to see what the agenda is from the movement before I commit to it.
Kate Betts: I was thinking about it! I don’t want to get arrested.
Anna Sui: No. It’s not the way I would make a statement.
Giambattista Valli: No. After this I’m going to spend time with a few close friends who live in New York.
David Lauren: No, we are going to be raising funds and awareness for UNICEF tonight, so that’s what it’s about.
Andrew Rosen: No. After the shindig I’ll be pretty tired.
Nina Garcia. No. Absolutely not, especially when it gets cold. It’s not happening.
Bibhu Mohapatra: Yes, I will actually. But I’ll need to know where I’m going. As soon as I find out, I’m there.
Chic: What if you’re arrested?
Bibhu: I’d love to be arrested. I’m dying to get a real mugshot. Like, really. That’s what I’m going to use for my headshot going forward.
2011 October 28
You've asked, we indulge! The Daily is starting a new weekly feature to celebrate the unsung heros in our industry—publicists. We want you to submit your nominations for the the PR of the week. Think of it as an editorial "gold star" for someone who recently scored big, either in editorial coverage, a major fashion spread or red carpet dressing. Maybe you're just in awe of someone who put out a major fire, or someone who somehow manages to balance it all without being a raging...you know. We're open to ideas, so if you know a flack who needs a little pat on the back, tell us why. Here's what we need: Name, firm, why, and a little backstory on the publicist's career trajectory. The most creative nominations are likely to win! We're happy to withhold your name, but please—submit your ideas to email@example.com by Thursday night every week, and we'll reveal the publicist of the week on Friday afternoon. We can't wait to see who you send our way.
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