2011 July 29

Sergio Says! Weekly Musings from Marie Claire (and Beyond...)

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Sergio Kletnoy, our beloved Marie Claire assistant and so much more, continues his parade of awesome interviews with songstresses like Joss Stone and Keri Hilson, with a starry-eyed Barbara Walter encounter along the way and an extra-rich playlist du jour for good measure...

Sunday, 4 p.m.
The highlight of my lazy day was a Spongebob Square Pants ice cream bar and a relaxing pedicure at Broadway Nail & Spa in Union Square, after which my feet felt like they were made of cotton balls. Big. Fluffy. Cotton balls.

Monday, 1 p.m.
On this perfect NYC afternoon, I met up for an interview with—SURPRISE! Another Brit!—soul singer and songwriter Joss Stone. I dragged the statuesque and drop dead beautiful Joss to Central Park for a candid talk about her brand new album LP1. She raved about working with her genius producer (and one half of the Eurythmics) Dave Stewart, her unabashed love of cigarettes and chocolate, as well as her penchant for being overly emotional (which, as it turns out, happens to be quite good for writing songs). Over the years, Joss has performed with plenty of greats: James Brown, Smokey Robinson, Gladys Knight, Tom Jones, Rod Stewart, and Stevie Wonder. But her next project is beyond big—a group called Super Heavy featuring Stewart, Damian Marley and (wait for it!) Mick Jagger! Lucky girl, the closest I ever got to singing with Mick was this morning in my living room while “Sympathy For The Devil” was blasting out of my speakers. Be sure to pick up her new album, out next week!

Tuesday, 8 p.m.
Today still feels surreal. It began with the stunning Keri Hilson, who came by the office for an interview. Currently on tour with Lil’ Wayne, Keri is promoting her sophomore album No Boys Allowed, which features the female anthem “Pretty Girl Rock” and my favorite, “Lose Control." Apart from being a singer, dancer, fashionista and all around fly girl, Keri is a major songwriter, writing for the likes of Usher, Pussycat Dolls, Mary J. Blige, Ciara and Britney Spears. Keri loves Bart Simpson, Family Guy and South Park, all of whom are my heroes. Needless to say, she and I are soulmates. Yada yada yada, work work work. By the early evening I was off to JoCo’s big event—a panel discussion on the dangers of social media with Chelsea Clinton, ESPN’s Erin Andrews and Facebook’s other famous sibling, Randi Zuckerberg, at the Hearst Tower. The conference hall at the top of the tower was jam packed. I was busy chatting up guests and drop dead gorgeous supermodels, Angela Lindvall and Coco Rocha, when I spotted television royalty, Barbara OMFG Walters!!! My focus shifted entirely on Babs, so I made my way over and introduced myself. I told her about my visit to the set of The View last week in hopes of meeting her, with no luck. Barbara was super nice, and told me that next time I must come over and say hi. I die! My ultimate goal is a seat next to Babs on The View. You never know, stranger things have happened. 

Wednesday, 3 p.m.
The must-have book of the year has just arrived at my desk, “The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier.” JPG is one of my all-time fave designers, not only for his groundbreaking and unapologetic collections and his theatre-like fashion shows, but most importantly for his work with the Queen of the Universe, Madonna. The best part of the book is the chapter on Madge, which includes never before seen photos from the fittings of the Blond Ambition Tour--the greatest collaboration between a fashion designer and a musician, in my opinion.

Thursday, 8:45 p.m.
Off to dinner with my BFF Courtney and the infamous Jared of JustJared. Whenever Jared and I get together, we always “discuss” his favorite, Lady GaGa and my favorite, Madonna. The conversation is never boring and always feels like the 1992 presidential debate between Bill Clinton and Ross Perot. Just call me Sergio “Clinton” Kletnoy! 

Friday, 11 a.m.
My go-to bible for new music and old favorites is Stephen Sears and his awesome blog called "The Middle Eight." The best part of the blog is his mixtape recommendations, and as a tribute to him, here are my mixtape picks: Melanie Fiona and her brand new single “Like I Love You,” a reggae infused R&B jam that will magically transport you into paradise. Simply flawless. New single by the Canadian-born Lights with Holy Fu** & Shad called “Everybody Breaks A Glass,” a pop hybrid of Britney, Shirley Manson and Bjork, totally A-MA-ZING. My fave Swede, Robyn,  did a cover of Coldplay’s “Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall,” and the result is kickass. Brit Pop Idol winner Will Young is back with his new single called “Jealousy (The Alias Remix).” You will be hooked on this pop ditty, just like me. And finally, the eerie and dark “Video Games” by a 24-year-old New Yorker, Lana Del Rey, a self proclaimed “gangsta Nancy Sinatra” and a stunning beauty who I am dying to meet. The song is just too beautiful for words and sounds like something from another galaxy. What are you waiting for? No need to thank me, just run and download these now!

2011 July 29

From The Daily Dan: E2NY Hits the Hamptons

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Lightsabers! Pillow fights! Patti Smith! Southampton is amping up the volume on the concert circuit with Escape to New York, a music and art fest from August 5-7 at the Shinnecock Reservation thrown by Fred Fellowes, curator of the U.K.’s fabled Secret Garden Parties. 

How did The Secret Garden Party start in the U.K.?
I started nine years ago with a friend from university. We had 500 people on my family’s farmland. We had a falling-out—he kept the company, and I kept the event. Now we’re bringing it to the U.S. for the first time.

Why did you choose the Hamptons?
The Shinnecock Reservation was available and looking for another stream of revenue, and it seemed like a nice opportunity to host something like this, which might be hard to do otherwise. 

Tell us about this year’s theme.
It’s regeneration of the actual site. We’re landscaping, and there are a lot of things made from beautified scraps and trash. Our festivals are always very costume-oriented. People dress as tigers, earthworms and traffic cops.

Will Hamptonites dress up?
They’re encouraged to! We’re also offering makeovers with high-class painting so they can get wacky makeup. 

Tell us about the on-site ‘glamping.’
There are two types of glamping: tepees and safari tents on the reservation. It’s a way to cater to the people who don’t typically like to camp. They have all the luxury amenities—room service, 24-hour restaurant by The Fat Radish, personal bespoke cocktail bars, and real beds. 

Friday, August 5: Patti Smith, Best Coast, Chairlift, Lissy Trullie, The Ettes, The Postelles, The Static Jacks
Saturday, August 6: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, The Vaccines, The Psychedelic Furs, White Rabbits, Au Revoir Simone, The Submarines, Graffiti 6
Sunday, August 7: Of Montreal, The Jolly Boys, Mates of State, Reptar, Hank & Cupcakes, Tiger Love, Savoir Adore
For more information, check out escape2ny.com.

2011 July 29

Mano a Mano: Fabio v. That Old Spice Guy

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This just in! Old Spice held a hunk-off at The Grove shopping center in LA yesterday called "Mano a Mano en El Bano"...which means, hand-to-hand in the bathroom. Former footballer and Old Spice frontman, Isaiah Mustafa, competed against Fabio to keep his reigning title in your typical meaty man competitions--staring matches, whistling contests, workout reps, and love letter writing. Why? No one knows.

2011 July 29

Look of The Daily: Miranda Kerr in Lover

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Good thing Miranda Kerr left her angel wings at home, because the VS mod was looking devilishly hot down under! Just 6 months after giving birth to son Flynn, the 28-year old Aussie made a P.A. in her native land to help launch 60 new David Jones Brands at the Elizabeth Street Store in Sydney. Our favorite mod looked ravishing in a serpent lace dress by Australian label LOVER paired with taupe-y Christian Louboutin platforms. Can you say red hot?

2011 July 28

A Moment With...Angela Lindvall

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Models learning about social media? Oui, oui! Chic chatted with the lovely Angela Lindvall at Marie Claire's panel, "Social Media: The Perils and Possibilities of Living In a Digital World," earlier this week, just a row away from a polka dot-bedecked Coco Rocha.  We learned about Lindvall's old-school correspondence preferences, what she got Grandma for her birthday, and lots more... 

Are you jazzed by social media? 
I am not very good at it; I don’t participate in it. I am not one to be on my Facebook page everyday. This whole movement with computers and stuff happened more recently; I didn’t grow up with it when I was a teenager! I prefer writing with pen and paper, and reading books.

Do you frequently snail-mail stuff?
No, I don’t write letters. I should! I got my grandmother an iPad recently for her eightieth birthday. So we are emailing now! She was the only person I ever wrote letters to.

What else do you do online?
I love Google searching! But in terms of social media, I need to learn more. I know it’s just the biggest phenomenon nowadays. 

Who would you like to be pen pals with?
Maybe like Robert Frost or Henry David Thoreau. I can just see them sitting in the middle of the woods somewhere, writing letters...

Your plum-hued getup is lovely--who are you wearing?
I have no idea, I really don’t. I got it from the wardrobe department and put it on. I knew I liked the color, and that’s it. I don’t know what the tag says. I am like the antichrist of fashion!

2011 July 28

Shot of The Daily: Armani Sporting a Speedo

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Who knew? Underneath his expertly tailored bespoke suit, Mr. Armani has been concealing a major washboard. This week, the 77-year-old (!) designer was seen frolicking off the beaches of Spain in a barely-there brief. Discuss!

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