2011 July 25

A (Delicious) Chat With...Chef James Carpenter, The Living Room

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More Hamptons hauteness to whet your palate! The Swede life of staying at c/o The Maidstone doesn’t stop with its digs. Get a transcendent taste of Scandinavian edibles at The Living Room. Chef James Carpenter is an East End chef-ebrity in his own right, and at his new spot, even canine guests can get in on the deliciousness!


How did you first meet Jenny Ljungberg?
I was at the American Hotel, and I knew the realtor selling the Maidstone so I got in touch with Jenny and explained that the slow food movement, which she was interested in, was very imperative out here in the Hamptons. I cooked for Jenny; she liked both what I made and my track record. Besides the American Hotel, I’d also been the chef at Della Femina for a few years, and I opened Savanna’s in Southampton, so I had good connections with the local farmers and producers. 

What was your reaction to the idea of creating Scandinavian fare?

Let’s face it, there aren’t a lot of Scandinavian restaurants out in the Hamptons. I told Jenny right off the bat that if she tried to put a hard-core Swedish-only restaurant here, it was not going to work. You need to involve the community and the ingredients out here that are popular out on Long Island. Jenny agreed.

How did you research this particular cuisine to come up with the menu?
Obviously, I’ve added a lot of Swedish cookbooks to my library over the past year. Last year, Jenny sent me, our restaurant manager, and our sommelier, Kelly Matis, to Sweden for a week to visit all the other c/o properties. We worked with the chefs in the kitchen to really understand the cuisine.

Were you always comfortable with allowing dogs in two of the three dining rooms?
I’ve had two lovely Dalmatians since I moved out to the Hamptons. My wife and I think of them as our children. It was very easy and natural for me to allow dogs in the bar area, which attaches to the lobby, the sunken cozy lounge with colorful couches and magazines, and an outdoor space we just opened.

Do you devise the canine cuisine as well?
Absolutely! I know what my dogs love to eat—mine love apples and carrots—so it was easy. There’s also a nice grilled all-beef hot dog, a chopped-up hamburger, and my pastry chef, Laura Donnelly, does our homemade biscuits with a little dog-bone-shaped biscuit cutter. 

2011 July 25

Chic on the Street: Meet Veronica!

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What's a trunk show? What's a trunk show?
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Chic hit Times Square for more man on the street shenanigans, and gave Romanian tourist Veronica a fashion pop quiz. How'd this law student do?


What’s a sample sale?

"I work with Elite Model company back home, and I know for sure it's when designers collaborate with each other."


What is a trunk show?

"That is the back of the show where the girls do makeup and get pretty. They have to get pretty for the people waiting for them."


Who are the new faces of the M-A-C Viva la Glam campaign? 

"Penelope Cruz, Megan Fox, Charlize Theron and Carmen Electra."


Who did Kate Moss marry?

"A handsome, tall and very attractive man; lucky girl."


What’s VMan?

"VIP Man. Why just V, when you can say VIP?"


What’s your style motto?

"On my heels. Not how I am dressed like now. In Romania, I'm always wearing heels. Always! I want to see New York today, so I adapted. I'm usually very elegant, but today, smart."


2011 July 25

Look of The Daily: Katy Perry in The Blonds

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Patrick McMullan
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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!"

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