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2011 June 10
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We never saw this one coming—Karen Elson and Jack White are splitting after a 6-year marriage and two children. But when fashion royals split, they do so in style. Tonight, the Nashville-based "friends" are throwing a divorce party, complete with "dancing, photos, memories, and drinks with alcohol in them." In a statement released by their rep: "We remain dear and trusted friends and co-parents to our wonderful children Scarlett and Henry Lee. We feel so fortunate for the time we have shared and the time we will continue to spend both separately and together watching our children grow. In honor of that time shared, we are throwing a divorce party, an evening together in Nashville to re-affirm our friendship and celebrate the past and future with close friends and family."
2011 June 10
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Anyone who attended Frida Giannini's Spring 2011 collection for Gucci can attest that this particular vibe (especially the silk florals) will resonate well with musicians. (Jennifer Lopez already sported the red gown to the Costume Institute Gala.) No surprise, then, that today, the brand announced that it will outfit Florence + The Machine chanteuse Florence Welsh for the band's North American tour, which kicks off tonight at Bonnaroo and will hit 17 cities this summer. “When Florence first came onto the scene, I was captivated by her eccentric style and her willingness to dare," said Giannini in a statement. "I felt there was such an authentic energy to her sound and her look. This was confirmed when I met her at the Grammys earlier this year. I used one of Florence’s songs, ‘Hurricane Drunk,’ to set the mood for my Autumn Winter women’s show, as she was truly an inspiration for this collection as a modern day icon with her cinematic allure and powerful presence.”
2011 June 10
Our jetsetting Chic columnist Rebecca Minkoff stayed close to home this week—in the name of the CFDA Awards.
Don’t get me wrong—my travels around the world are not only an amazing perk of my job, but they are very important to me as a human because they’re so much fun! As a designer, I must say that one of the most important trips I’ll take this year is my walk down the red carpet at the CFDA Awards. Being inducted into the CFDA last year was such a tremendous honor, and simply being at the awards ceremony fills me with pride in my brand and what I’ve accomplished so far. This week, I’m taking you to the CFDA awards with me and my date, supermodel extraordinaire Behati Prinsloo!
I’m five months pregnant, and that does not lend itself too well to being photographed for an hour next to a Victoria’s Secret model. However, after spending a full afternoon with my glam squad dream team and slipping into my sex-on-toast Balenciaga gown, I feel like Natalie Portman--except prettier! In the moments leading up to the red carpet, keeping your energy levels up is top of mind. So, my delightful and very intuitive publicist shows up at my apartment to pick me up avec cheese pizza and cheese bread for the car ride. To me, nothing calms my nerves like a healthy dose of carbs! Once we pick up Behati, who is the sweetest of the sweet, we’re CFDA bound.
Arriving at the red carpet is a little disorienting with the flurry of flashbulbs, designers, celebrities, publicists and media running around, yelling and trying to navigate the sea of people. It’s immense. Truly. I, luckily, walked the carpet right behind fashion icon, Michael Kors (flanked by Ashley Greene and Miranda Kerr…Not too shabby, Mr. Kors) and right in front of comedienne Kathy Griffin. I made sure to eavesdrop as Robert Verdi gave Kathy a last minute tutorial on impactful red carpet posing. I hope it paid off! Kerr and I had a great chat about babies, and I pray that whatever she did after having her body rubbed off on me a little bit. She looks so beautiful and she JUST had a baby.
One of the best compliments a designer can receive is the kind that comes from a fellow designer. Running into the Rag & Bone hotties on the carpet and having them tell Behati her dress was beautiful was a major high point. I respect those boys' work so much! Once inside the awards ceremony, the laughs came hard and fast from the always hot topic of conversation, Lady Gaga. I mean, how does she work those shoes like that?! Things I’ll never know, yet always wonder. Feeling incredibly inspired and ready to tackle the next, I headed home to rest up for my Holiday 2012 presentation…Be sure to check it out!
To hear more about my adventures and get up-to-the-minute updates on what I’m up to, follow my Facebook, Twitter, and blog.
2011 June 10
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Oh, Oscar! The flawless Gisele sported a de la Renta confection to the 39th AFI Life Achievement Award Honoring Morgan Freeman last night in Los Angeles. The earrings: courtesy of Jack Vartanian. We'll have what she's having!
2011 June 10
Once again, the British tabs come through for the public! Thanks, guys. In the latest "news" about the impending Kate Moss and Jamie Hince nuptuals (a.k.a. the Royal Wedding Part Deux) The Sun reveals, '"Kate Moss is weddy to party'. More totally true details about her hen weekend and theeeee July 1st (or is it July 2nd?) wedding have been uncovered. Those junior Piers Morgans don't rest.
1. According to the paper of record, Kate wants to par-tay before the wed! Sources reveal to the tab: "Kate knows she's in for a mental one, but she'd be upset if she didn't get that. The hen do has been set out with precision timing but basically the plan consists of getting smashed for two days before a slightly more leisurely Sunday. Guests have been told to have a forfeit and a game ready as well as headache pills. There's no theme but novelty items have been packed for the journey down as well as champagne. But there's no need for a stripper. Kate will probably do her own." What good friends!
2. The wedding singers for the festival have been revealed! As previously reported, The Foo FIghters and Kings of Leon are still planning to perform. For those of you keeping track: KateStock will also include Snoop Dog and Shirley Bassey. Together at last! Manilow and Streisand are still unconfirmed. We just made that last sentence up, but would it shock you?
3. Guests will give Kate tasks to do on her hen weekend, including...stealing men's boxers. She could go to jail for that! The Sun also reveals that her friends have been warned to go to the wedding weekend with hangover cures including Alka-Seltzer and Nurofen. Chic also recommends a major grain of salt.
Calls to Kate and Jamie's reps to confirm were not returned because we didn't want to waste their time.
2011 June 9
Ruffians Brian Wolk and Claude Morais, are at it again! On their recent trip to Toronto, Chic was along for the ride.
“Toronto” is derived from the Seneca word meaning the “other side," and a weekend in this trove of art, music, culture and civilization will quickly reveal why the original founders must have called it that. The romance of Toronto began the moment we embarked on Porter Airline. This boutique airline does not leave any detail unattended. The Q400 propeller planes offer a quiet, romantic ride taking off from Newark and conveniently landing at Billy Bishop Airport in the heart of downtown Toronto. An homage to the days of air travel where flyers really were valued, combined with modern day conveniences, it is understandable why Porter Airlines is the choice of the most fashionable Torontonians. We were pleasantly surprised by the attractive, well-tailored flight attendants and were even more surprised when we were given an adorable lunch box and a glass of wine on our one-hour flight. After a quick check-in with customs (under 10 minutes), we took a charming ferry to the mainland and hopped in a cab towards Yorkville, the toniest neighborhood in Toronto. The Hazelton Hotel (the only 5-star one in Toronto), is a unique place not only because of its perfect location, exquisite design and flawless service, but because of its commitment to the arts. We clearly understood that from the moment we walked in to the lobby, which easily could be a museum of contemporary Canadian art. We were greeted by the hotel’s eloquent general manager, David Mounteer, a New York native. After freshening up in perhaps the largest and chicest marble bathroom we have ever been, we called up for cocktails to our balcony overlooking the glitterati of Yorkville Avenue. We were joined by our friend, photographer Alvaro Goveia, who gave us the lowdown on things to do in town and the agenda he planned for us the next day.
The next morning, we headed to the gym and spa of the Hazelton to get our muscles on before our big day of shopping. After a swim in the immaculate marble saltwater pool, and a quick steam to purify us after the previous evening’s cocktails, we took a stroll towards Avenue Road in the Rosedale area of Toronto. This posh neighborhood has an incredible selection of antique and design stores as well as gourmet shops. Some of our favorites included All The Best, where we could have spent the afternoon sampling the delicious cheeses the town has to offer. In terms of design stores, Putti had several highly curated themed rooms that transported us from vepochs with its vast selection of furniture, chandeliers, home goods and candles. All of this browsing peeked our appetites and our friend Alvaro, familiar with our love of nostalgia, suggested a nosh at Rosedale Diner, an institution worth noting. This cozy nook was perfect for a mid-afternoon snack and cocktail. Particularly memorable: the mojitos and the martinis. Delicious!
We headed to back to the hotel for a quick outfit change in preparation for the evening to come. We weren’t surprised to see Christina Ricci in the lobby, as locals often refer to the Hazelton as “Hazelwood” being the go-to hotel for the film industry in Toronto. After a luxurious bath in the deep Japanese soaking tub, we headed al fresco to One for a quick pre-theatre cocktail. The Buddies in Bad Times Theatre is a Toronto institution. It has started the careers of many luminaries of the stage and screen, including the cult show Kids in the Hall. The evening performance of “Tightrope” by Montreal based troupe 2boys.tv did not disappoint. An existentialist meditation presented in the form of a memorial, this extraordinary multimedia extravaganza still resonates and became the inspiration for conversation for the rest of our trip. Using elements of Baptist Christian Southern culture, like professional mourners, mixed with elements of Greek theatre, and state of the art projections, this multi-faceted performance in post-modern drag was a cathartic journey that challenged the audience and questioned the idea of memory. Dadaist in its investigation of the universe and the human existence, the tour de force performances of Stephen Lawson and Aaron Pollard made this rather complicated subject matter accessible to the packed house.
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