2011 November 8

Thandie's Not Happy

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Thandie Newton is not amused with Anna Wintour and the gang. The actress tells Parade magazine (yes, Parade!) that she's annoyed that she's never appeared on the cover of Vogue, and slams the mag for not putting more black models and celebs on the cover. "Don't get me started on black people being on the cover of big magazines," she told them. "It's so preposterous. I mean, I've been on the cover of Harper's Bazaar four times; I've been on the cover of InStyle four times, but Vogue, not once...And people say to me, I mean literally, people have said to me, 'What have you got against Vogue that you don't want to be on their cover?' And I just laugh." Thoughts? 


2011 November 8

Look of The Daily: Florence Welch in Alexander McQueen

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Yummy! Florence Welch, back on the press circuit to promote the release of her new album Ceremonials, stepped out in London last night wearing a gold barnacle lace dress & knuckle box clutch by Alexander McQueen to the Harper's Bazaar Women of the Year Awards. We're feeling this. 


2011 November 8

Retailer Report: Singer 22's Jon and Alicia Singer

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It's entirely plausible that we spend too much time shopping online—and judging from the traffic on Singer22.com, we're not alone. Chic caught up with Jon and Alicia Singer to figure out why, exactly, the site is such a phenom.

How did you get started?
J: I used to manufacture clothing with my family. When my parents retired, I was 31. I had two kids, and I had a “what do I do now?” moment. So in 2003, Alicia and I opened Singer22 and the website simultaneously. Alicia does all the buying, and I’m the CEO.

Does online and brick-and-mortar retailing differ?
J: I think most brick-and-mortar retailers think it’s easy to just start a website and do business. It’s not that easy. Between getting the products on the site, filling orders and handling customer service calls, it’s a lot of work.

How are the businesses scaled?
J: The online business is about 75 percent and growing. We launched men’s about six months ago, and we’re opening another store featuring both men’s and women’s. And the retail store is up 45 percent this year!

What’s your curatorial philosophy?
A: I pick what I love.
J: She has an incredible talent for finding unknown labels and helping build them into a brand. The second we put up one, it takes off.

What are some of the brands you feel you’ve helped?
J: J Brand, Current/Elliott, Wildfox, LnA, Jeffrey Campbell, Alice + Olivia, Haute Hippie... We give them huge exposure. Our site gets an average of 150,000-250,000 page views a day.

How do you get so many celebrities to visit the store?
J: When Nicole [Richie] launched her own collection, we helped get the name out there. It’s rare for celebrities to go out to stores other than, say, a Neiman Marcus for a personal appearance, but we did an event with her, which was a huge success.

Are you at all fazed by talk of a deeper recession?
J: Not at all. Even in bad times, people always need a pick-me-up—and our site is a place that makes you feel good.
A: Especially when things are rocky!




2011 November 7

The Other Oscar

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These guys are certainly prepared! The Couture Council of The Museum at the FIT announced that they'll be honoring fashion's favorite gentlemen Oscar de la Renta with the coveted award for Artistry of Fashion. Woohoo! Mr. de la Renta joins previous winners Karl Lagerfeld and Valentino Garavani, who most recently took home the honor. When's the big ceremony? March? Nah. June? Nah. Try September 12th, 2012 at a luncheon at the David H. Koch Theatre at Lincoln Center. Book your table now, loves.  


2011 November 7

The Proposal! With Neila Granzoti Rudden

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Model Christine Teigen, Neila Granzoti Rudden and hubbie Kevin in Aruba. Model Christine Teigen, Neila Granzoti Rudden and hubbie Kevin in Aruba.
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Chic's new girl crush is swimwear designer  and Brazilian native Neila Granzoti Rudden of  Dineila Brazil. We met her after she showed her beautiful collection during Aruba In Style over the weekend. We got straight to the personal and totally random questions! 

 

Is this your first time in Aruba?

No, I've been here before. It has a very special place in my heart, which is why I wanted to show here. I was here about three years ago on my honeymoon.

 

Where did you meet your hubby?

In Brazil. We were both on holiday and fell in love instantly. That's why I moved to the U.S.

 

How did he propose?

One day, I woke up and received some flowers with an invitation for dinner, and in that note I was told to look under the bed, and there was a dress to wear that night. He came and picked me up in a limo. I had never been in one before, so I was thrilled, and he took me for champagne and a carriage ride in Central Park. We then went to One if by Land, Two if by Sea, and he got on his knees, and told me some beautiful words that every girl wants to hear, and asked me to marry him. I cried like a baby. I couldn't say no.

 

Very sweet. We know you also show at Miami Fashion Week. What's more humid: Miami in July or Aruba in November?

Miami in July! I'm used to it, though. Brazil has the same climate in the summer.  

 

Why should someone come to Aruba?

The sand here is like no other island in the Caribbean, and everyone here is so happy. 


2011 November 7

Meeting Aruba Style

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"Aruba, Jamaica"...OK, we'll stop! But this past weekend, Chic hit the Caribbean for a little kokomo, and to check out "Aruba In Style", which was the inaugural international fashion event for "one happy island." Think fashion week with shorts, sandals and 27 margaritas. Poor us. Journalists from around the world checked out the collections of 19 designers including dINEILA Brazil, Custo Barcelona, Parke & Ronen, Nicolas Felizola, Issa London, Beach Bunny, and additonal designers from Venezuela and Colombia. Check out our Gallery to see some of the looks and plenty of eye candy.  Until next time... 

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