2011 July 25

Look of The Daily: Katy Perry in The Blonds

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It's Smurf week in New York, y'all! Katy Perry hit the premiere of The Smurfs movie at the Ziegfeld Theatre in Manhattan last night wearing a one of a kind bedazzled Smurfette dress by The Blonds that we can't imagine anyone else pulling off. (Do not try this at home!) The 24-year-old voices the character Smurfette in the film, and brought her family to the opening. After the film, Ms. Perry happily posed for pictures with dozens of children. Adorbs!

2011 July 25

Vogue's A Little Leaky

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Somebody's gonna be in trouble at Vogue today! Page Six reveals that inside sources tell them that the September issue of Vogue with Kate Moss on the cover will have the newlywed in exclusive wedding gowns designed by Oscar de la Renta, Vera Wang and Valentino. Anna Wintour reportedly asked 10 designers to create looks they would have liked to see Kate in on her big day, and nobody said no because "the highly influential Wintour made the request, that meant they had to do it." Now what is the Post insinuating here?! 

2011 July 25

A Moment with...Judith Leiber's Jana Matheson

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Last week, Judith Leiber appointed Jana Matheson creative director to oversee design, advertising, e-comm, and licensed product expansion. Chic caught up with the designer by phone in her Madison Avenue showroom.

Congrats on your new job! Did you expect the promo?
I’ve been here for 15 months, so I suppose it was part of the bigger plan. It’s an honor that Mary Gleason saw me as a good match for the brand. It’s an exciting opportunity to help build and modernize.

How do you plan to celebrate?

I haven’t even thought about it! The first thing I did was call my husband. We’ll probably sit down and have a glass of champagne when we can relax.

What’s on your list of to-dos as creative director?

Expanding into new categories—like day to evening bags—and creating a more youthful spin to Mrs. Leiber’s classics to appeal to the younger collector. 

How did your stint at Badgley Mischka prepare you for this role?

I call my seven years at Badgley Mischka beading bootcamp. They’re talented designers, and they gave me a great handle on the evening business.

What’s the most challenging part of designing luxe lines today?

The process of getting the product made. There’s so many artists’ hands on the product, whether it's sculpting the actual Minaudiere or custom cutting the semi-precious stones for each ornament. We usually start a year in advance for each hand-crafted piece.

Do you think the handbag market is becoming overpopulated?

Not for luxury handbags. There’s room for everyone, particularly if designers stay true to the DNA of their brands.

What’s the future of luxury handbags?

I’m optimistic. The luxury customer will keep shopping. Leiber is a collectable item. We have a core group of enthusiasts, so we’re very fortunate.

What’s in your Judith Leiber handbag today?

Yves Saint Laurent red lipstick, Judith Leiber fragrance, Neutrogena sunblock, and a metric tape measurer.

Who's your favorite Judith Leiber enthusiast?

We’re actually working on a column for our website that features collectors. There’s some wonderful women that have 200 Judith Leiber bags. You know, the ones that keep them in their living room, light them up, and show all their friends.

2011 July 25

Retailer Report! With Neapolitan's Kelly Golden

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What color can you wear all year round? Neapolitan owner Kelly Golden has the answer in this week's Retailer Report. 


"As things continue to heat up this summer, grab a LWD (little white dress) to keep you looking and feeling cool.  I think white is one of the chicest colors--it not only enhances that warm weather glow, but also is a great backdrop for colorful accessories. And it's not just for summer! One of the biggest fashion mistakes I see women make is not wearing white all year.  Once fall rolls around, swap your white cotton dress for a white wool/cashmere.  This light hue was all over the pre-fall and fall collections, from Carolina Herrera and J.Mendel to Christian Dior and Jason Wu.  So this season, ditch the LBD and go for the LWD!"

2011 July 22

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

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As Sergio Kletnoy treats himself to a much-needed cocktail of rom-com, a pedi and some bathhouse detoxing in this afternoon (Chic wonders: Where art thou, summer Fridays?), it's time to live vicariously like JoCo's assistant, from hanging with Vanessa Carlton and her pooch to romping around in the Marie Claire fash closet. For more Sergio--you know you want it, darlings!--head to @SergioKletnoy for au courant absurdity. J'adore! 

Monday, 10:30 a.m.

Just finished an interview with Vanessa Carlton, who brought along her long-haired dachshund, Victor. Vanessa was in town promoting her fourth studio album, “Rabbits On The Run,” a dreamy, whimsical collection inspired by—get this—Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time and Richard AdamsWatership Down. I’m obsessed with Carousel, the first single off the album, which evokes Stevie Nicks in all the best ways. Vanessa had been up since the crack of dawn and sweetly requested black coffee, no milk or sugar. (That’s how you know you’re dealing with a serious artist.) While I peppered her with questions, her dog found a comfortable place at my feet (dogs love me), patiently waiting for his owner to get on with her full day of press. Midway through our chat, my focus shifted to the palm of Vanessa’s left hand, which had scribbles all over it, Sarah Palin-style. Turns out that after seeing me, she was off to Rolling Stone for a private performance and had the lyrics to a Brian Jonestown Massacre song she’d be covering written on her hand. I had to laugh—it brought me back to my high school cheating days. And just like Vanessa, I was busted each and every time.     


Tuesday, 1 p.m.

This morning I was up at 4:30 a.m. for another day of filming for a top-secret project with THE BOSS. This usually requires me spending hours on the set holding JoCo’s pristine Fendi bag and making sure she looks flawless in every shot. Afterwards, I was off to The View, as MC’s senior fashion editor Zanna Roberts Rassi was producing a segment on celebrity summer fashion. I love hanging with Zanna, but my real reason for going was to catch a glimpse of Ms. Walters and hopefully coax her into putting me on camera. (Behar and I are so cut from the same cloth!)  Unfortunately, Barbara had more security around her than Michael Jackson—and I’ve met Michael Jackson. Oh well, there’s always next time. When I returned to the office, there was a delivery of delish cupcakes from Magnolia bakery at my desk, courtesy of Jen Zweben, the producer of Anderson Cooper’s new talk show, who is trying to persuade me to interview him for MarieClaire.com (Ha, as if I needed persuading to spend time with Mah Boo. Jealous, Nene?!) OK, Jen, I’ll interview Anderson and finally get this nobody some much-needed press.


Wednesday, 4 p.m.

Alice St. Clair, the too cute for words actress who plays Kate Middleton in the upcoming Hallmark made-for-TV movie, William & Catherine: A Royal Romance (and last week’s WWD Style cover girl), stopped by to say hello. Here’s a fascinating tidbit about Alice: Her dad is one of the top dogs for the royal palace security team. The Mia Farrow lookalike has met Kate and has even been inside Buckingham Palace— about until after filming began! This is her first real movie, and it’s hard not to root for someone clearly on her way to stardom. 


Thursday, 9 p.m.

Whenever Taylor Tomasi Hill and I are in the MC offices after hours, we cause chaos in the fashion closet. Taylor is always a willing muse, so I styled her in a look I call “Mary Poppins Meets Marc Jacobs.”  Taylor was working on her upcoming fine jewelry story. Me? I had no excuse but wanting to play with the most stylish girl in fashion.


Friday, 10 a.m.

After an insane month, I decided to take an “All About Me Day”. Here are the plans: My BFF Courtney and I are meeting up for the new Justin Timberlake-Mila Kunis Oscar contender Friends with Benefits.  (Note to all the budget fashionistas: any movie that screens before noon is half off on weekdays!) We’ll follow that with a Bloody Mary brunch, an afternoon of massages and facials at the Russian Bathhouse, and cap it off with dinner at my favorite downtown restaurant, Camaje, a can’t be beat Franco-American joint with the best hanger steak--and Nutella crepes for dessert!--to be found below 14th Street. Au revoir, mon frère

2011 July 22

Catching Up With Marcus Samuelsson

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Marcus Samuelsson deserves an uber-relaxed Hamptons weekend after hosting the inaugural Dan's Taste of Two Forks last Saturday in Bridgehampton. We recently caught up with the Red Rooster chef to talk traffic, Harlem and vintage clothes. The kind of random conversation that you've come to know and love from us. 

Where are your Hamptons haunts, Marcus?
I hang out in Amagansett, at my house or at The Blue Parrot. That’s it, I’m very boring! My activities involve playing tennis, or cooking at my house.

How do you deal with traffic en route to the Hamptons?
Either I go really late on a Thursday, or really late on a Sunday and it's alright. I absolutely hate Hamptons traffic when it gets bad. That’s the one thing that frustrates more than anything, honestly!

What’s your relationship with fashion like?
I designed my own kitchen shoes, I wear fun Swedish chef pants, and I’ve worked on some of my own chef’s jackets as well. I don’t want to have a white chef’s jacket like everyone else. Sometimes I dress like a black cowboy; there’s a theme on any given day.

How about your wardrobe when you’re out of the kitchen and off-duty?
I have some great vintage pieces. L.A. is one of the best vintage towns. Around Venice, there are some crazy spots to go vintage-hunting. Harlem is really the go-to for good vintage here in New York. The Salvation Army in Harlem is sick! Any place where there’s been real labor and work with their hands is where you should look.  Detroit has tons of vintage, for example. Marc Jacobs is all ‘vintage’ made with new fabrics…that’s what it’s about, isn’t it? What can I say, I’d rather have the authentic article.

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