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2011 October 3
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Since yesterday's giddiness-inducing news of Jason Wu confections for (much, much, much) less, Chic has been in a tizzy wondering when and for how much we'll be able to get in on the elegant action. The details you've been waiting for! Prices for the Jason Wu for Target line (which isn't part of their rotating roster of GO International collabs, FYI) will range from $19.99 to $59.99 for frockery, handbags and scarves, and you'll be able to snag the newest Wu numbers from February 5 through March 6 at most brick-and-mortar Target stores, plus Target.com. After the pandemonium over Missoni's massive Target collection recently, we're expecting either a redux of the madness or (fingers crossed!) a much more drama-free experience of getting our hands on some Wu. Mark your calendars now, darlings!
2011 October 3
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The rapper's hotly-anticipated debut effort on the runways of PFW this past Saturday, DW by Kanye West, was roughly one-third major celeb and editor turnout, two-thirds predictably harsh reviews, with a dash of favorable feedback thrown in the mix. While WSJ panned the wares, with Christina Binkley decrying "necklines plunged so precariously that they seemed a personal shout-out to J-Lo," the Telegraph used an MRI simile for the show's experience, and NY Times' Eric Wilson opted for a more ambiguous "confusing" to describe West's first stab at designing, paralleling West's approach to "sampling fashion like he samples different styles of music." The references (or rip-offs?) in West's collection included a couple mentions of Balmain, a bit of Pucci, and nods to the flashy Grammy-apropos styles West tends to surround himself in. But back to the front row; the editor turnout was ample, including the big guns (see: Anna Wintour) and the big bylines from both sides of the Atlantic. The front row fray included an impressive posse of designers as well, like Olivier Theyskens, Azzedine Alaïa, Silvia Venturini Fendi, DSquared2's Dean and Dan Caten, Jeremy Scott, while the celeb set included the Olsens, Lindsay Lohan, Ciara, and Jared Leto. At the very least, West is hard to top as a performer and he certainly entertained with his inaugural catwalk prowl, non?
2011 October 3
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Annnnd action! Looks like Daphne Guinness plans to step behind the lens to begin her own film production company, reports Page Six. The socialite's first foray into major motion pictures was as an executive producer to the 2004 Oscar-nominated short, Cashback. There's no word yet from the Guinness camp on official deets, but the heiress does fancy Frenchie flicks avec Marguerite Duras, Gene Tierney, and Jean Seberg. So drame!
2011 October 3
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Last week, Marchesa hosted a positively ethereal dinner at Rose Bar to preface the pre-Whitney Studio Party party atop the Gramercy Park Hotel later that evening. The chic set, including Amanda Hearst, Miranda Kerr, Dalia Oberlander, Monique Pean, and Behnaz Sarafpour, supped on nuggets of crispy rock shrimp and spoonfuls of spiced lamb to nibble on before a meal with delectables including a shaved apple and manchego salad and lobster tail crowned in a coconut curry. Although half of the beauteous Marchesa duo was in Europe, Keren Craig was on hand for a chat with Chic about her recently-indulged penchant for dub reggae music, pint-sized Marchesa dresses, and obviously much more…
Since this din is in honor of the Whitney Studio Party, what’s your favorite Whitney Houston song?
I don’t know if I can remember one, though that sounds so terrible! Of course there’s the really famous one.
OK, then who is your favorite diva?
Grace Jones! I was completely obsessed with her when I was younger. She was my idol popstar when I was a kid. I fell in love with her album, Nightclubbing, as soon as it came out—I thought she was just the coolest in the world. I think she still is!
What other popstars are you idolizing besides Grace Jones nowadays?
Obviously Lady Gaga is fabulous, and I love that she has that no-holds-barred irreverence.
What’s your current jam?
I’ve been listening to a lot of dub reggae lately. I listen to a lot of Mad Professor; it’s very old school.
What do you do while pumping your dub Reggae tracks?
I actually find it very good to run to! I run a lot, but I’d never tried out dub Reggae. Turns out it really works.
What have you been doing since your first-ever show at The Plaza, during NYFW?
Georgina so kindly lent me her house in Connecticut. I took my mom and daughter there, and we had a very relaxing time doing a lot of nothing. We drank some wine, swam in the pool, and that’s about it. It was my mom’s birthday the day after our show, so we spent time going on the carousel right near my house, near Chelsea Piers.
What are you most eagerly anticipating about the arrival of autumn?
We have some python handbags coming out, so I’m looking forward to getting my hands on those. They’re day to night bags, and I’m really excited about that.
What’s your best day-to-night secret?
I’m always overdressed, so it’s not too difficult. I tend to be in a dress during the day, so I just add a great pair of heels to take me into night.
When do you first start overdressing?
My whole life. I would only wear party dresses as a child—my mother never once got me into a pair of jeans.
When did you don your first pair of heels?
I probably snuck them out of the house when I was 13, but I’m sure I wasn’t allowed to wear them. Same with lipstick; once I was out of the house, I did what I wanted to do on the down-low!
When will your daughter be allowed to wear heels and lipstick?
Delilah is two years old now—not until she’s at least 16! She’s already obsessed with wearing my shoes. She can’t handle the heels yet, but she puts on my flats all the time.
Does she have a favorite pair to toddle around in?
She’s obsessed with my Louboutins. But they’re basically all Louboutins.
Does your daughter have her own Marchesa to wear?
Not yet. But we just made our first Marchesa bespoke dress, for [Georgina’s one-year-old daughter] India. It was a little one-off Marchesa, and it was adorable.
Any chance we’ll see mini Marchesa dresses in the near future?
Well, once you have little girls, it’s awfully fun to dress them up!
2011 September 30
JoCo may be dashing around PFW, but her hilarious assistant Sergio Kletnoy is back from vacay to keep things running smoothly at camp MC. But more importantly, he's returned with his signature cocktail of craziness, starting with burlesque avec the Addams Family cast. Perhaps it'll inspire some kooky adventures of your own this weekend...
Sunday, 7:30 p.m.
Buh-bye Tulum, hello Brooke Shields! Less than 24 hours after returning from the most magical place on earth, I was invited to a private burlesque performance at Nurse Bettie [LINK http://nursebettieles.com/], a tiny club on the Lower East Side. Hosted by my friend, make-up ar-tiste Tina Turnbow and Brooke, who’s one of her favorite clients. The club seats about 30, and I was one of the lucky few invited to hang with Brooke and the cast of Broadway’s Addams Family, which she’s currently starring in as Morticia. The show was just about to begin, when suddenly Brooke (Hello! Anyone catch that Suddenly Susan reference?!) walks in wearing a show-stopping, body hugging pink Hervé Léger dress. Upon meeting me, she screamed, “I heard so much about you!” That’s right, Brooke Shields heard about little ol’ me! After a few minutes of chatter about the Addams Family, she invited me to see the show, and I could tell she was about to become my new bestie. So there I was, hanging with the cast, settled in to watch the best burlesque in town: Gal Friday, Calamity Chang, Nikki LeVillain and her 12 foot python, Honi Horlow, Medianoche and the highlight, Stormy Leather with her ‘drag king’ performance of Leonard Cohen’s “I’m Your Man,” which seduced everyone in the room. During the break, I spotted Jackie Hoffman, whose long, impressive resume includes stints on 30 Rock, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Strangers with Candy (love!) and, as it turns out, the Addams Family. When I saw her, I shrieked, “What are you doing here? Jackie’s priceless response? “I PLAY GRANDMA, B*TCH!”
Monday, 9 a.m.
Back at work. (Sad face.) Every inch of my desk is completely covered with piles of mail. My inbox is full with 30 voicemails from people asking me pointless questions (“Where do I find the socks on page 79?”), and my email is jam-packed with urgent requests. Of course, it doesn’t help that every single person passing by my desk asks how my vacation was. Great, thanks for reminding me that I am no longer on a beach with a drink in my hand. Oh, and I also have to prepare for THE BOSS’s arrival from Milan, in town for just two days before jetting off to Paris. Where does she find the energy? Stop the insanity!
Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.
Celebrity alert! THE BOSS hosted a Q&A and private screening with the House Bunny herself, Anna Faris, whose new movie, What’s Your Number, opens this weekend. While she and Anna toasted over some bubbly, I rushed off to see an intimate performance by the incredible singer-songwriter, Elizaveta. Born in NYC, raised in my Mother Russia, Elizaveta spent her teenage years sequestered in—get this—an Italian monastery. Later, she studied opera and classical piano and is now unleashing her startling talent on the pop world. Elizaveta gave a goose-bumping, spine-tingling performance at Dominion, in the East Village. I sat in the front row with my BFF and Tulum partner-in-crime Courtney as we watched Elizaveta perform songs from her new EP including the first single “Dreamer” and my favorite, “Snow In Venice." Elizaveta stole my heart, and it’s only a matter of time before she steals yours. What are you waiting for? Drop everything and download Elizaveta’s EP now!
Wednesday, 2 p.m.
Here’s a depressing fact: Erin Andrews could totally kick my butt in just about any physical activity. The ESPN sportscaster, journalist and TV personality is faster, stronger and much more fit than I am—and I’m kind of afraid of what she would do to me if I ever got on her bad side. We first met a few months ago, when Marie Claire did a profile of her (she was the subject of a nasty nude video scandal), and I finally forced Erin to open up and show me her goofy side for a MarieClaire.com interview. We met up at The James Hotel, where Erin was doing press for StubHub’s “Girls Night Out” project, which is getting women across the country out to football games this fall. (Of course, I’d rather eat junk food and watch reality shows on a Sunday afternoon, which may explain why Erin is kicking my butt today.) Speaking of junk food, apparently Erin owes her smoking bod to an amazing diet, which consists of eating at McDonalds, Chick-fil-A, Arby’s and Chipotle a few times a week. Hmm. I’ve tried that diet with different results. Paging Richard Simmons! She’s the complete opposite of Joanna, who for the past two days has been on a make-your-own--salad kick from the Hearst cafeteria. Back to Erin, another revelation: her hidden talent is “Taylor Swift’s hairography.” I won’t ruin for you—you need to see it with your own eyes.
Thursday, 9:30 a.m.
I’m a bad, bad Russian Jew. At work on the holiest of holidays. Shalom and shout out to my Hebraic brothers and sisters observing Rosh Hashanah. I’m dipping my apple in the honey just for you.
Friday 10 a.m.
Obsessed: Stop what you’re doing, search high and low, and download “Doubt” by Amanda Mair. One cup of Kate Bush, two spoonfuls of Dusty Springfield with a twist of Ellie Goulding, this 16-year-old Swede with model-esque looks is sure to become huge. My fave new dance track is “Lies” by IS TROPICAL; trust me, it will make you want dance like a fool. P.S. the video is super hot and a bit risqué, with lots of birds, boobs and blonds. Next up is “Thank You” by my fave Brit soul goddess, Estelle. The intoxicating song of heartache and pain is written by Akon and sung with the type of emotion only Estelle can bring. Mary J. Blige would KILL for this song! Bruno Mars is back with the first single from the Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1, called “It Will Rain." It’s one of those songs that makes you feel every emotion and touches you in all the right places. And finally, “Shake It Out” by the queen of gingers, Florence + The Machine. The song makes me want to run through a field singing from the top of my lungs. Sort of my own version of The Sound of Music—only a bit cooler. Move over, Julie Andrews, this field isn’t big enough for the two of us!
2011 September 30
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We just adore non-fash-industry celebs at Chic. Last night, while dining at Craft, we spotted none other than Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux looking adorbs at a big, round table. Over chez PopSugar, it was reported that they dined with a group of "friends." To be clear, those friends included Jason Bateman (cutie!) and Kathy Najimy (also, cutie!). Confidential to Jen: loving you in those glasses. Now back to our regularly-scheduled fashion programming...
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