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2011 August 4
Trina Turk and her husband Jonathan Skow recently took a holiday to Turkey...and sent us a report of their jam-packed adventure.
"We chose Turkey as our vacation destination this year for its combination of culture, textile shopping and seaside relaxation. The fact that the city of Istanbul is split between Europe and Asia is intriguing enough, but vague memories from college art history classes, the lure of the Grand Bazaar, and photos of the Aegean coast sealed the deal. Flying into Istanbul, I was surprised by the 100 kilometer wide urban sprawl--Los Angeles looks small in comparison.
We stayed at the Sumahan on the Asian side of the Bosphorus. Each morning, a hotel boat would take us across to the European side, where most of the tourist sites are located. Seeing Istanbul from the water is a must. The mixture of palaces, mosques and waterfront homes exhibit the breadth of architectural styles. The general aesthetic is "more is more." The Golden Horn is essentially a Byzantine/Ottoman theme park--except it's real!!--with tourists from all over the world exploring the Blue Mosque, The Haghia Sophia, and the Topkapi Palace. The Haghia Sophia had changed hands countless times over the centuries from emperor to sultan, from Christianity to Islam. The new Turkish republic wisely changed it into a museum in the 1930s, allowing everyone to visit. We had an amazing seafood lunch at Balikci Sabahattin, where the mussels with rice was one of the most memorable meze from our trip.
The Grand Bazaar and Spice Market were suprisingly mellow--we expected the more aggressive hawking of wares we experienced in Morocco. The Bazaar, which opened for shopping in 1461, was a huge maze of stalls that was somewhat daunting, even for professional shoppers like us! We wandered into an exterior courtyard and purchased a couple of boldly striped anatolian tent blankets purportedly "from the 1920s", but the blue plastic beads on the fringe indicated otherwise. I also bought 2 vintage uzbek robes at a nearby shop called Cocoon, one an orange and hot pink ikat stripe, the other an ombre stripe that was weirdly mexican--I'm wearing that one in the photo. We had an excellent kebab lunch at Hamdi Et Lokantasi, located right on Eminounu square. The open-air terrace on the top floor has a sweeping view of the city. Make a reservation if you go--it took some persistence to get seated on the 4th floor without one.
2011 August 3
If you haven't taken lunch yet, or even if you have, scurry over to the semiannual Alexander Wang sample sale at 97 Greene Street, between Prince and Spring Streets, where the doors were just flung open to the public mere minutes ago. Luckily for our closets and unluckily for our bank accounts, Chic popped in during the VIP preview hours this morning...for entirely professional research purposes, of course! The good news: stock will be replenished daily and there's oodles of merch across the price spectrum, starting at $35 for practically all of the tanks and tees stuffed in a tableful of cardboard boxes, available in shades of moss, charcoal, white, and a bevy of flesh tones. Viva la neutrals! In the neighborhood of $60 to $260, Spring '11 RTW can be yours, with most pieces (including lots of blazers) hovering around $160-$180. Ditto for Resort '11. Downstairs in the accessories realm, Chic perused the Brenda chain bag in a couple colors, discounted from $725 to $250, though no Rocco duffles were on the premises, in case you were wondering. Also on the accessories front, shoes marked around $275. Black T by Alexander Wang pencil skirts in a couple zipper-strewn iterations, ballparked around $100 a piece, will satiate the business casual chicettes out there, while mint green cropped harem pants and copper-streaked distressed denim offer something a tad wilder. And in case you're shopping around for editrix-approved togs, rest assured that most of Marie Claire, and more than a couple Voguettes left with armfuls of marked-down merch. One thing's for sure: Chic felt quite accomplished (and slightly lightheaded) before 9 a.m. Bring cash if your budget is less than $200, though that'll be hard to adhere to unless you stick solely to cotton underpinnings.
2011 August 3
What teenage heartthrob recently inspired Hudson Jeans creative director Benjamin Taverniti? The answer is revealed in our silly questionnaire.
Birthplace: Toulouse, France
Current abode: Beverly Hills, California
Hours you sleep: "Not as much as I would like."
Street of choice: "The Place des Vosges, in Paris."
Motto: "Don't ever take 'no' for an answer. Ever!"
Entrée: "A 'black and blue' steak."
What was the last movie you saw? "Justin Bieber's Never Say Never. I can't believe I am actually saying that.. Beyond inspiring, though!"
Thumbs up or down? "Two thumbs, way up."
Rap Song: "It's All About the Benjamins, of course."
Tool: "Pen and paper."
Favorite Tweeter: @bentaverniti
How do you like your coffee? "Black espresso, only."
Detergent: "Ask my wife."
Exercise: "Bench press."
Toothpaste: "See 'Detergent'."
Greatest expenditure: "Cars, cars, cars..... And watches."
Illicit crush: "Do you want me to get a divorce?"
Where do you summer? "Wherever I am."
Monthly drying cleaning bill: "I really think you should be interviewing my wife."
Taxi or subway? "Driver."
2011 August 3
Photo: Terry's Diary View Gallery
Terry Richardson's glorious shots of Liza Minnelli made the rounds yesterday, but it's not a week if we don't check in on the man himself to see who he's canoodling with. This week on Terry's Diary, he outdoes himself with an impression of...himself! OMG! Why did we stop keeping a gratitude journal? Our tireless photog poses in front of a billboard to promote Moscot's line of limited-edition glasses inspired by...guess who! Until next week...
2011 August 3
Getty Images/Harper's Bazaar View Gallery
Is it the almond-shaped eyes? The well-placed mole? The impossibly high cheekbones? This month, Glee's Lea Michele graces the cover of Harper's Bazaar looking like the spitting image of her tapis rouge doppelganger, Natalie Portman.
2011 August 3
Courtesy of Marie Claire View Gallery
Sarah Jessica Parker takes on Page Six in the September issue of Marie Claire, which hits stands on August 16th. A few months ago they printed an item claiming that she complained about being called for jury duty and she was none too happy about that. "For Page Six to be so cavalier - I was outraged by the character assassination! I have served so many times, I was asked to come speak at Jury Appreciation Day." SJP is president of jury duty. She invented jury duty. She eats jury duty for dinner. Got it?
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