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Unexpected red carpet pairings are our fave to behold each day, and this Kenneth Cole/Ke$ha moment from last night is today's winner. How do those two crazy kids know each other? Both attended amFAR's Inspiration Gala last night at The Museum of Modern Art. A good party unites us all.
2011 June 14
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Before the imminent announcement of his run for president, James Franco somehow managed to find a little time in his sked to shoot Agyness Deyn, Natalia Bonifacci , and Imogen Poots in a James Dean-inspired photo shoot that's appearing in Elle. The shoot is part of his contemporary art project which debuts this summer at the Venice Biennale. Savvy fans of Franco will recall that he won a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Dean in TNT's 2001 biopic. Incidentally, Franco and Michael Kors are being honored tonight at amfAR's New York inspiration gala celebrating men's style. And you thought he was going away for a little while…Never!
2011 June 14
As you know, Francesco Clark's column is about beauty, fashion and food, so we asked him for his best bets on where to eat out these days in Manhattan.
The Dutch, 131 Sullivan St., near Prince, 212-677-6200
Just do not call it a barbecue restaurant, because then they’ll slather you in sauce and grill you. The Dutch recently opened in Soho (remember that place we all used to go to ten years ago?), and its open air dining is neither overly casual nor stuffy. The food? Americana-style dishes that everyone loves.
Edi & the Wolf, 102 Ave C at 7th Street, 212-598-1040
I really like Edi & Wolf because it’s one of those no-nonsense, austere, yet delicious places to get some great Austrian cuisine. Yes, Austrians cook! And it has a basement winery feel, so you can pretend to be fancy in the open garden by the back. So it’s perfect for summer, and your flirty new dress! Bam. Two birds, one stone. You’re welcome.
Seersucker, 329 Smith Street, Brooklyn, 718-422-0444
I could live there just for their biscuits with assorted homemade jams. Those are so good, I kind of want to…rub them all over my body. Or maybe I did. You’ll never know. Go try the pork chop and order the rice pudding with salted caramel desert so you can feel like you’ve just passed the gates of heaven.
Donatella, 184 8th Ave. between 19th and 20th, 212-493-5150
I recently went to Donatella Arpaia’s restaurant with the master herself, so she helped me navigate the menu. And by navigate, I mean she ordered. I had pizza followed with pasta with lobster. Untz! So good. And the ambiance is so cheerful I feel like they should play Abba there all the time. (They don't.)
Via Emilia, 47 East 21st St # 1, 212-505-3072
Via Emilia has a special place in my heart. I am Emiliano, from Northern Italy, and it has always felt like Northern Italian cuisine in New York always has to be expensive, and many times, inauthentic. This is neither, and most people who go there are regulars and want to keep it a secret. It has a simple décor, almost no-frills, but the gnocchio fritto as appetizer is part of my soul, and I always order the tortellini all panna, with zabaglione gelato with whipped cream. Defy that!
2011 June 14
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Daniel Radcliffe + Anna Wintour + Klondike bar logo in background = Heaven. Harry Potter himself presented Anna with Vogue.com's "People's Voice" award for fashion at the 15th Annual Webby Awards last night. With Emma Watson on the cover of July's Vogue, we think we might have a little Potterhead on our hands!
2011 June 14
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Rick Owens sits down with Kris Van Assche for the June/July issue of Interview magazine and chats about his early dreams of becoming a designer, his family and how things went down at Dior.
Owens: So, now that I have you: Did you always want to be a designer?
Van Assche: Ever since I realized that clothes just don’t drop out of the closet and that somebody was deciding what I would actually wear. I must have been around 10 or 12 when I started questioning things like, Why should somebody else decide what I’m going to wear? And I’m an only child, and I was born in this small town.
Van Assche: My parents are really nice, but they’re very conservative. They’re like the most normal people in the world. And they had one big definition for life, which was: “Don’t get noticed. Be normal, that’s weird enough.” And that just didn’t work for me.
Owens: Do you see your parents often now?
Van Assche: They're very proud, obviously. They always think it's too much every time they come to Paris. They're like, "Are you joking?
Owens: When I think of a job like yours, I sense so much pressure.
Van Assche: Yeah, well, I first worked here as an assistant for six years before I started doing my own label. And then after three years, they called me to come back to Dior, so I knew what I was getting into.
Owens: Was that a hard decision to make?
Van Assche: Of course it was. There were thousands of reasons not to do it. All my friends were just telling me don’t do it because it’s gonna be so tough. Usually when people take over an old house, or a line, it’s because it’s almost dead. But that was not the case at Dior. I was taking over a success story, which is really tough to do, because nobody wants you to do the same thing and nobody wants you to change. But it’s still one of those propositions you can’t really refuse, because it was the possibility to do everything that was impossible at my old label.
Owens: Do you live alone?
Van Assche: I live with my boyfriend, but he has his own place as well, because we kind of both like our independence.
Owens: You must have gone through an uncomfortable period, because nothing you were going to do was going to work. People were out to get you a little bit. That was a crazy position you put yourself in, Kris.
Van Assche: I didn’t put myself in that position. It was just part of the sh*ty job that somebody had to do. I really hang on to this idea that Dior Homme, as a collection, had reached its high point, and this skinny, rock ’n’ roll look had become such a cliché in the streets that any designer would have had to take this collection in a new direction. So I knew that somebody would have had to go through that difficult timing. It would have been really nasty for anyone. It just happened to be me. [laughs]
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