2011 July 22

Giorgio Armani Reveals Autumn/Winter Campaign

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It's about a billion degrees in New York City, so this is as good of an opportunity as any to take a moment and think of our old pal winter. Remember him? Giorgio Armani has unveiled its Autumn/Winter ad campaign featuring Sasha Pivovarova and Diego Fragoso. The full campaign will be seen in September fashion books, so this preview will have to do. 'Twas shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott under the creative direction of Giorgio Armani himself. You likey? 

2011 July 21

The Boys Come Out For Charity

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There are some things we know for sure: A mid-July heat wave would never keep a drag queen home. Thank goodness! Last night at the Bowery Hotel, RuPaul Drag Race's Pandora Boxx (ha!) hosted The Ali Forney Center's 2nd Annual Oasis event presented by Barclays Capital. The sold-out cocktail party helped raise funds to provide housing and services for homeless LGBT youth throughout New York City. Braving the heat on the terrace to raise over $117K for the kids were Hamish Bowles, Mickey Boardman, The Village People's Randy Jones, Robert Tagliapietra, Jeffrey Costello, Derek Warburton, Scott Currie, Mike Ruiz, Malon Breton, Matthew Marchak, Chris Constable, Next's Matt Trust, Just Jared's Jared Eng, Calvin Klein's Chase Underwood, Chic's very own BFF columnist Francesco Clark, and a gaggle of cute male mods from Major Models who sold raffle tickets for a trip to London sans shirt. Everyone just hated that. Examine our Gallery to see what you missed. 




2011 July 21

A Moment With...Melissa Odabash

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Melissa Odabash is one busy broad! Currently, she's debuting a 2nd anniversary bikini for W South Beach, formulating an organic self-tanning line, launching RTW in September, designing six jewelry lines, and creating an exclusive swim and beach collection for Net-a-Porter...whew! Chic checked in with the industrious designer at her W Miami hotel suite.

Tell us about your wildest Miami moment!
New Year’s Eve in Miami about ten years ago. I went to a rave in Delano. They had everything from transvestites giving you drinks from their boobs to naked men jumping on trampolines.

What’s your favorite hotel amenity?
The ‘Whatever, Whatever’ phone call. You can have whatever you want, whenever and however you want it. The minute I arrived, I gave them a whole list--50 hangers, shampoo, conditioner…It arrived within ten minutes.

What’s your take on nude beaches?
I see a naked man, and I get the giggles. Two years ago, I was shooting my catalogue on a beach in Italy. All the men were fluffing themselves to look bigger as you walked by. Gross me out! They’re all shriveled and bleh. Cover it up!

What’s the strangest part of your job?
My customers send me personal pictures all the time. For my first collection, I designed bottoms with beaded hips. One customer sent me a letter saying that when she was on her honeymoon, telling me the beads came off, and her suit fell on the beach. She sent a picture of her boyfriend sewing them back on as proof. That’s the year I stopped making beaded bottoms.

Was that your only swimsuit snafu?
No, I had to learn and change my designs along the way. In my first collection, I created a Wonderbra swimsuit with the wrong pads. When you got out of the pool, water would be dripping out of your boobs an hour later. 

2011 July 21

How to Win Friends and Influence People

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Fresh off of his "triumphant" comments insulting fat people, Nicola Formichetti would now like to piss off the senior citizen population in fashion. He's really on a roll! In an interview in the July issue of Elle Collection, he remarked: "I think old people should just be old and go away...It's not about being in the industry for ten years anymore: it's about good ideas." Do you know what a good idea would be, Nicola? Not making comments like that. That would be a good idea. 

2011 July 21

Look of The Daily: Jennifer Aniston in Valentino

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Oh, Jennifer Aniston! Amour is treating you so well! The 42-year-old actress, who is dating sexy Justin Theroux, looked divine last night in Valentino Couture at the the UK premiere of Horrible Bosses, which co-stars Justin Bateman. Coupled with a pair of Tom Ford white ankle strap heels, Jen is on a winning streak that we never want to end. Bravissimo

2011 July 21

Getting To Know You...Jamie Wolf

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Not every jewelry designer can dance with New York City Ballet for a decade...and then go on to design Natalie Portman's engagement ring. But not everybody is Jamie Wolf! Julia Roberts, Jessica Biel, and legions of Barneys customers consider themselves fans, but now that's she's filled out our random questionnaire, Chic also hearts her. 


Name: Jamie Wolf 

Current abode: Manhattan


Favorite dog: Black Lab.
Hours you sleep: 6.
Street of choice: "Love the cobblestones on Charles Street in the West Village."

Number: "4 -- for no good reason."
Toothpaste: Crest.
Word: Utility.
Motto: "No one wants to see how hard you are working," as said by my favorite ballet teacher, Wilhelm Burmann.

Entree: The Lobster Roll at Mary's Fish Camp.
Favorite Recent Magazine Article: The New Yorker’s profile on Bottega Veneta's creative director Tomas Maier.
What was the last movie you saw? Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere.

Thumbs up or down: Thumps up!
Rap Song: "Anything by A Tribe Called Quest."
Tool: Blackberry.

Do you drink milk? "In my coffee."
Favorite Tweeter: "One step at a time…I just recently joined Facebook."
Detergent: Tide.
Exercise: Ballet and yoga.

Donut: "I prefer cookies from Levain."
Greatest expenditure: "Gold for my new collection."

What time do you wake up on a typical Sunday? 10 am.
Escape plan: Parrot Cay in Turks and Caicos.
Illicit crush: "I have a huge crush on my husband and fashion crushes on Thakoon and Derek Lam."

Where do you summer? "Recently, work has been too busy for long weekends. My husband and I are spontaneous travelers- I'm sure we'll take a great trip before fall."

What makes you jealous? "People who actually siesta."
Monthly drying cleaning bill:  "$100-ish."

How do you feel about emoticons? "In moderation."

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