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2011 June 1
Photo: Terry's Diary View Gallery
We knew the Olsens were gonna get in on this party! Following in the footsteps of James Franco, Kate Moss and Jared Leto, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen give us their best Terry Richardson impressions this week. It might be time for us to start rating these! Mary-Kate is in the Gallery.
2011 June 1
Have you ever wondered why you've seen so much of Tom Ford's chest over the years? The mystery has finally been solved! "I wear my shirts open because ties give me a headache," Tom Ford says in, a new documentary set to premiere on OWN on June 24th. "I can only wear them for a few hours and then I start to get a migraine." We'll all sleep a little better tonight knowing this...
2011 June 1
Attention, sun worshippers! Chic's very own Dr. Oz (of beauty), Francesco Clark, is here to help.
"So it’s the week after Memorial Day, and everyone has been running around the Hamptons or Berkshires. The return to Manhattan always feels like the trip back to school. As you return to your cubicle, it hits you: "I thought I had applied and reapplied sunblock all weekend, but I look like the Red Lobster mascot. What the frick?" One helpful nutritional remedy to help prevent damage is to take beta-carotene before going into the sun, as the antioxidant will help stage off the free radicals of the UV rays, but this should be used in conjunction to generous sunblock applications.
Here are my quick, at-home remedies for sunburn relief:
1. Vinegar. Mix it with cold water in a spray bottle and reapply as often as you like. It won’t get do much about the redness, but it will help you get rid of the pain very effectively. Weirdly, I didn’t even notice the smell—probably because my skin just soaked it all up. I added a drop or two of lavender oil to make it more pleasant before spraying. Tip: don’t rub the vinegar in. Spray or gently splash it on and let it drip dry. You don’t want to aggrevate the skin!
2. Cold tea bag compresses. Make tea, place the used bags in the freezer until almost frozen solid, and place as many bags as you can spare over the affected area. This will help with the inflammation and pain.
3. A make-it-yourself body mask. Combine oatmeal, aloe vera, a couple of crushed vitamin E tablets, and a drop of tea tree oil (to help keep the area free of infection and promote healing). This is going to get messy, but after cooling it for about 30 to 45 minutes, slather it and reapply it and leave it on as long as you can. It’ll help cool the heat of the area and decrease inflammation.
2011 June 1
Courtesy Photo View Gallery
Hurrah! This is the best thing to happen to the Brits since you know who and you know who got married a few weeks ago. A Cheap Monday store is opening at London style emporium Selfridges on August 15th. The boutique will be located on the menswear department on the 1st floor and consist of Cheap Monday's menswear collection, men's and unisex models of the jeans and accessories. The brand launched in 2004, but is now available in 38 markets and an impressive 1800 stores all over the world.
2011 May 31
Actress Ashley Greene, the cute starlet currently starring in nostalgic coming-of-age tale Skateland, is donating the gorge Lela Rose dress off her red carpet-strutting back to a lucky gal this spring. As the face of Donate My Dress, a national campaign to ensure girls everywhere have glam gowns to wear to prom, Greene made an adorbs video about the program and its latest chic prize. The program, as part of the Teen Hearst Network, counts pretty young things like Brittany Snow, Miley Cyrus, and Taylor Swift as past prom dress fairy godmothers. The sweepstakes runs through June 4 on DonateMyDress.org, so click away, darlings!
2011 May 31
Last week, Sergio Kletnoy's life was rife with model encounters (from Christy to Caroline!) and some interesting blasts from the past. Seems like 1998 was a big year for our dear Sergio, right-hand man-about-town to Marie Claire's Joanna Coles. Besides the über assistant's weekly music suggestions--our adventures in iTunes, Hype Machine and Mediafire downloads are so much more interesting thanks to his Brit pop-heavy obsessions!--Chic loves a juicy industry tale or two of the "This one time at Sony..." variety. Plus! Which female songstress elicited Bieber-esque reactions from the MC fashion biddies?
Saturday, 10 p.m.
Another weekend, another excuse to party. Taylor Tomasi Hill and I were off to Café Select in Soho to celebrate the birthday of our dear friend Kathryn Floyd (the one with the legs up to there). Kathryn was fashionably late—in fashion circles, that means upwards of two hours. Just sayin’—so Taylor and I spent a good hour at the bar drinking lots of Irish coffee and stuffing our faces with gruyere. Unfortunately, the DJ started playing the kind of pounding house music designed for the Snookis of the world, so Taylor and I bribed the kitchen staff with tequila shots in exchange for some classic hip-hop. Hip hop hooray!
Sunday, 4 p.m.
There’s no such thing as too much Kathryn Floyd. So, hungover and exhausted, we picked up exactly where we left off the night before. While strolling in the West Village, we decided to check out the puppies at a local pet store. I’ve always wanted one, but since my Upper East Side apartment is literally a crash pad, the puppy would probably last a week before dying of starvation. Bingo! The first celebrity sighting of the day: Caroline Murphy ogling the puppies in the back of the store. The Sports Illustrated supermodel was dressed down in white jeans and Wellies, messy hair and no make-up, yet still looked runway ready. Damn, that’s going to be one lucky dog, I thought. Kathryn and I were only a few blocks away when we had our second celeb sighting of the day. Here’s how it went down: we passed a fiery redhead. I did a double take, realizing that Haviland Morris was standing right behind me. Who the hell is that, you may ask? Hello!?!?!?! Jake’s bitchy blond girlfriend from Sixteen Candles, and the one and only Wendy Worthington from the blockbuster that never was, Who’s That Girl, starring Madge. Six degrees of separation! I couldn’t help myself, and practically accosted her on the street. “I’m a huge Madonna fan,” I told her. “I should have known,” Haviland said. Thank you for not calling the police, Haviland. Your free subscription to Marie Claire is on its way!
Monday, 12:30 p.m.
I arrived at The Lion, New York’s restaurant of the moment, for a one-on-one with Queen Latifah, who was promoting her new collection of clothing and handbags for HSN. Latifah and I go way back. It was 1998 and I was fresh out of college, working for Motown Records. Her brand new single called "Bananas" was just released, and after meeting her, I was forced by my boss to mail out 1,000 vinyl records (can you imagine?!) which I hand-stamped with a banana sticker. I relayed the story to Latifah, who had a good laugh and thanked me for all those hours of manual labor. “We better not wait another fifteen years to see each other again,” she said. Later, I was off to the High Line Park to interview Sandra Bernhard, my all time fave comic. I’ve known Sandra for years, so this was more of catch up and a chance to ask her all the things I’d been so curious about over the years: "What was it like working on Roseanne? Why did you do the Playboy shoot?" Sandra was candid, funny (as usual) and totally game. Stay tuned next week for the link to my interview, and be sure to catch Sandra on June 8 at Town Hall in NYC in her one woman show I Love Being Me, Don’t You? A little birdie told me that Rufus Wainwright and Liza Minnelli will both appear as special guests, so this one is a must-see! My last stop that evening was at a video shoot for Cobra Starship’s new single “You Make Me Feel,” featuring a hot new rapper/singer Sabi, the stunning 23-year-old who appears on Britney Spears’ new album Femme Fetale. Sabi has an army of amazing people guiding her career, including the super famous producer, Dr. Luke (Katy Perry, Britney, Avril, P!nk...), as well as Larry Rudolph, Britney’s manager. Trust me, this girl is going places!
Tuesday, 8:45 p.m.
Checked out Bernard Fowler, musician, songwriter, producer and a longtime background singer for the Rolling Stones, who was performing at the Highline Ballroom. Fowler was electrifying, and had clearly learned his moves from the best. He swaggered, preened and owned that stage, and for more than a few moments we all felt like we were watching Mick Jagger’s alter ego, live and in the flesh. Afterwards, I dashed over to Milk Gallery to catch the exhibit of one of my all time favorite lensman, Rankin, who I’ve been following since 1998, when I first glimpsed his startling Q magazine cover of Madonna. We were introduced by Marie Claire’s Zanna Roberts Rassi. I couldn’t help it—I turned into a gushing fanboy. “The first time I saw your work was in 1998, the Madonna cover of Q magazine. It was the first time she looked like she was having fun, minus all the bells and whistles,” I told him. Rankin was clearly moved, but not as much as I was. “Madonna told me that the reason she chose me for the shoot was because my subjects always look like they’re having fun, and she wanted to have fun,” Rankin told me. It’s times like these, when I get to meet my heroes, that remind me why I have the best job in all of New York.
Wednesday, 1 p.m.
Off to Greek power-lunch hotspot Molyvos to meet JoJo, the 20-year-old R&B powerhouse. Over stuffed grape leaves and spanakopita, we talked about her recent move from Boston to L.A., her new album Jumping Trains, and her major crush on Alexander Skarsgård. After lunch, I brought her to Marie Claire’s offices to meet the staff. The interns in our fashion closet pulled a Bieber and went completely nuts when JoJo entered the room. They never make such a fuss when I come into the closet. How rude!
Thursday, 2:55 p.m.
The Boss and MC editor-at-large Abigail Pesta hosted a luncheon for the Overseas Press Club. Among the illustrious guests: Zainab Salbi, founder of Women for Women International, ProPublica president Paul Steiger, and Valerie Amos of the United Nations. But the real scene stealer was Christy Turlington Burns, there to discuss, among other things, No Woman, No Cry, her searing documentary about childbirth in third world countries, which recently aired on OWN. I was all set, eager actually, to interview the most beautiful girl in the world (my eyes still puffy from crying as I watched her doc the night before), but lunch ran late and Christy had to pick up her kids from school. I walked her out and told her she broke my heart. She promised to see me at the end of the month. It’s nice to have a supermodel owe you one.
Friday, 10:30 a.m.
Off to the Hamptons for the long Memorial Day Weekend! If you spot me around town, no autographs, please. I’m on holiday.
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