2011 August 8

Project Runway All-Stars Casts Some Familiar Faces

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Project Runway is bringing back 13 past contestants for an all-star edition, but don't expect to see Klum, Kors and Garcia. Lifetime has recast the judges and host with an all new team, and they've assembled quite a group. Isaac Mizrahi and Georgina Chapman (husband Harvey Weinstein is Runway's executive producer) will serve as judges, Marie Claire's Joanna Coles will be a mentor, and supermodel Angela Lindvall will be the new host. Fear not: Tim Gunn and the gang still have their jobs. This is only for the all-star edition. The winner will earn an exclusive boutique in select Neiman Marcus stores, a feature spread and one year assignment as guest editor for Marie Claire, and a $100,000 cash prize from L'Oreal Paris. Isn't being mentored by JoCo prize enough? 

2011 August 8

Retailer Report! With Neapolitan's Kelly Golden

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What time of the year does Neapolitan owner Kelly Golden encourage her clients to shop?  


"My hands-down favorite season for shopping is pre-fall. Not only do the pieces from these collections take you all the way through to spring, but they can also be worn immediately. And in the world of fashion, there is nothing like instant gratification! I always tell my clients the best time to shop is in July and August, when most of the pre-fall collections have arrived. Lately, designers have started to cater to women’s desire for buy-now-wear-now fashion and put a larger focus on the idea of seasonless dressing. The fabrics are not nearly as heavy and cumbersome as in the past, and they're designed to pack easily for travel. Within the last few weeks, neapolitan collection has received crepe de chine pieces from Fendi, silk and cotton blouses from Malene Birger, cotton utility skirts from Derek Lam, silk embroidered dresses from J. Mendel, and the list goes on... So my advice is to shift more of your shopping dollars to the pre-fall collections. Your ROI will beat the stock market!"

2011 August 8

Getting To Know You...Melinda Maria

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Jewelry designer Melinda Maria counts Selena Gomez, Julia Roberts and Olivia Wilde as fans, so we thought it was time for her to become a member of the illustrious club of Chic-sters who've filled out our silly questionnaire. Welcome, Melinda! 


Nickname: "La-La. My adorable niece gave it to me 19 years ago, and it stuck ever since."

Birth place: Sacred Heart Medical Center, Spokane, Washington

Current abode: "A magical French provençale chateau hidden in Los Angeles.  When I come home, I feel like I am nowhere near the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles, and feel like I'm in the South of France."


First fashion show: "Jeremy Scott. It was quite a production.  He puts on a very entertaining show."

Hours you sleep: "5 to 6.  I have a 4-month-old and a 16-month-old. They are 12 months and 3 days apart!"

Street of choice: Abbot Kinney in Venice, CA

Toothpaste: Tom's of Maine

Word: Mashugana

Motto: "Live your dreams."

Entree: Peanut stir fry with fresh coconut

Favorite recent magazine read: "LA Times Magazine's, 50 Most Beautiful Woman in Film. What woman doesn't get inspiration from Brigitte Bardot? From old Hollywood to modern day starlets, these woman are inspirational." 

Last movie you saw? "A 3-D movie documentary about sharks…scary!"

Thumbs up or down? "Thumbs up..but they are trembling."

Rap song: "Shoop by Salt N Pepa"

Tool: Calipur (measuring tool)

Interns: "Sarah, Scott, Elle, Katherine and Jake - all equally, amazingly dedicated!" 

Favorite Tweeter: "Chelsea Handler"

How do you like your coffee? "With cream."

Exercise: "Chasing after my toddler while holding my 20 pound baby."

Greatest expenditure: "Clothes for my baby boys."

Escape plan: "Lanai, Hawaii for a long getaway and the Four Seasons in Santa Barbara for the weekend." 

Illicit crush: "More like slight obsession—Matt Damon. And yes, my husband is well aware."

Bridge: Golden Gate

Where do you summer? Malibu

What make you jealous: "Not much, really."

Taxi or subway? "Subway. I love people-watching!"

2011 August 8

Reason 6754 We Love Vivienne Westwood

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Vivienne Westwood never holds back, and we love her for that. In an interview with Sunday Times Magazine, the legendary designer takes on Kate Middleton's makeup, reveals her wedding pressie to Kate Moss, and even provided an update on John Galliano. Never change, love! 

On Middleton: "I think she's got a problem with eye makeup! The sharp line around her eyes makes her look hard. Either she should be smudgy or wear none. Let me put it this way. It seems to be, that her image is 'ordinary woman.' Therefore, high street shopper. And I just think she should be an extraordinary woman, wherever she gets her clothes from."

On giving Kate Moss towels as a wedding gift: "We all send towels, don't we?" 

On the wedding reception of the summer: "The best party we've ever been to."

On spotting Galliano there: "He looked very well. He didn't look drawn or haggard any more." 

2011 August 8

Look of The Daily: Nina Dobrev in D&G

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How sweet! Thanks to this adorable gingham number from D&G, Nina Dobrev stood out in a sea of white frocks at last night's Teen Choice Awards in Los Angeles. She paired the look with a D&G bag, navy pumps from Ferragamo, and Ippolita bangles. 

2011 August 8

Amy Winehouse For Fred Perry: Still Happening

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The Amy Winehouse for Fred Perry Collection gets the green light from Mitch Winehouse et fam. In a statement released today, Mitch, Amy's father, said, "When Fred Perry came to us to ask what we would like to do with the new collection it was natural to continue…Amy loved working on both collections, and would want them to be made available. All the money we make and the donation that Fred Perry will give will go straight into to the Amy Winehouse Foundation, which we are setting up to help children and young people in her name.” Fred Perry plans to produce Fall 2011 and Spring 2012 wholesale along with giving "seasonal donations" to the forthcoming charity. "Amy was passionate and dedicated to the collaboration," Perry shared in the statement. "Her signature style is clearly stamped across each piece.” Peruse La Gallery for pics of the current collection.    



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