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2011 May 20
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Courtney Love whispering a secret to Karl Lagerfeld on the red carpet at amfAR's gala in Cannes is the kind of moment that we live for. What in the heavens could these two be whispering about? Courtney's got mischief in her eye, and Karl looks, uh, like Karl. Astute Love/Lagerfeld followers (we know there are legions) will recall that it was recently revealed that the Kaiser had some opinions on her style choices at the beginning of her career. "What are you wearing?" he said. "A tutu? I see a tutu. You're never going to get laid in a tutu." Good to see they can laugh about it—now.
2011 May 20
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Bar Refaeli should head to Cannes more often! The recently single model has turned it out this week, and she won the style derby again last night at the amfAR gala in this Roberto Cavalli number. She raised the bar (ha!) in a beaded and feathered champagne gown that was classic Cavalli. We approve!
2011 May 20
Chic's intrepid shoe chronicler, UsWeekly fashion director Sasha Charnin Morrison, reports back with some ultra-distressing news. Pray for her!
CONTINENTAL AIRLINES LOST MY LUGGAGE!
"I was traveling back to New York from my Los Angeles book-signing party at Coach last week. Total high. I flew in a lovely first class seat, non-stop from LAX to Newark. Upon arrival...no bag. Why did I check it? Because that's what you do when you're a fashionista and you need to travel with your stuff. I didn't have time to "edit" my looks. And it’s still on a milk carton. HAVE YOU SEEN THIS BAG?
So what's missing? It's a Tumi “jungle” medium hard case rolley bag. Aside from my favorite H&M green "Stella McCartney"-inspired coat, which is not available anymore, and cute notes from my kids? YSL shoes, new Gucci shoes, Tom Ford for Gucci shoes, a Genevieve Jones fringed "Kate" bag, a Chanel red velvet quilted bag, a Jamin Puech sequined purse, a YSL black bag with my monogram stamped inside, 2 pairs of Alexis Bittar earrings in gunmetal pavé, David Aubrey turquoise polished drop earrings, Ippolita rose gold hoops, 5-6 pairs of Claire's and Mandees earrings...OK, I can survive without those. Juicy lace-up sandals, Repetto black ballerinas...Oy! Three new Rachel Pally dresses! Three older, never-worn Rachel Pally dresses! One black slip dress, another fave! About 4-5 new jersey pieces from Wilt. M.A.C plugs. And a copy of my new book, Secrets of Stylists! This drama has eclipsed my happiness with the book. The only smart thing I did? Tweet pics to my bff and Twitter followers of some of the items in the case. I’ve been more socially media active with Continental customer care than with the world wide web! And in my Tumi beauty kit: Lancaster self tanner, Prada Vetiver, M.A.C Greasesticks (not made anymore!), Dior mascara, M.A.C false lashes, Nars and M.A.C glosses...
The only funny thing? My husband suggested I send out tweets as the bag. So @SashasTumi is using the BronxZooCobra snake as inspiration. The bag has 28 followers."
Check out our Gallery for evidence of the missing goods. Sasha, stay strong!
2011 May 19
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Since 1851, many mains have been swathed in Creme de Corps, a pear tree has been felled and replanted, and an impressive, Harley-concentrated, 100+ motorcycle collection has gathered over the years. Viva la Kiehl's! A new retrospective, officially opening tonight, features a fabulous vid chronicling Kiehl's history (complete with verbal Valentines for the brand from fans like Julianne Moore and Adrian Grenier), a video booth for leaving a Kiehl's memory of message of your own, and old-school antiqued apothecary dispensers for product samples. Did we mention the coolest - and gratis! - photo booth around, featuring a motorcycle to hop on and a crankable screen that you can adjust for day or night backdrop. Tonight, the East Village born and bred apothecary is toasting over a century and a half moisturizing the discerning masses with a shindig - but Chic popped in last night to ham it up on the Harley and with Kiehl's president Chris Salgardo about high points of history and unexpected usages of Kiehl's concoctions.
Kiehl's has been around for awhile! What point of that history would you like to transport back to?
It would have to be 1950, when Aaron Morse and his father, Irving Morse, developed the first actual Kiehl's products. Whenever I need inspiration, I think back to Aaron Morse. He had the vision to take the Kiehl's DNA, this service model and an old-world apothecary idea of curing ailments through the best, most efficacious ingredients.
Do you play favorites with the Kiehl's product lineup?
I'm a big eye cream fanatic. We just came out with a new cream that was a labor of love. We wanted something that would have a bit of a heavier texture, but would give the skin a glow. We came out with Rosa Arctica. I have to tell you, I use it morning and night and it makes my beard so soft!
Interesting! Do you intentionally use eye cream as facial hair conditioner?
No, it only happens because I'm a big buffoon and I don't follow my own application directions - I stick my entire hand in the container and end up with it all over, from my eyebrows to my beard.
Any other surprise uses of Kiehl's concoctions?
So, Midnight Recovery is a botanical oil with no oil in it. I had it by the bathtub, I'm clumsy, and my dog knocked it over with her little paw. I got in the tub and all the sudden I had the most amazing bath, thanks to Poppy! Now I tell people to put five or six drops into the tub - on purpose - and enjoy. It has this great lavender scent, and with heat, you'll come out of that tub feeling like a million bucks.
Are you a moto enthusiast yourself?
I've been riding since I was 14. I have two motorcycles, a Harley Dyna Wide Glide. My other Harley Davidson is a V-Rod Muscle, which is a bit of a fatter, more squat-y bike.
How do you feel when you're on the bike?
I live in Tribeca, and I zip up the West Side Highway. Once you leave the city, it's all green. It's like a big exhale and I can just relax. It's super zen! But I'm also not going 90 miles an hour.
2011 May 19
It doesn't always have to be about fashion, darlings! Sometimes we want to celebrate amour! Matt Still of Atlanta, Georgia proposed to his girlfriend Ginny Joiner by creating a movie trailer that he played in a rented cinema. Naturally, her reaction was filmed. We'd call that slightly ambitious! The video has become a viral hit and we know why: A clever marriage proposal is always in fashion! Have a tissue standing by.
2011 May 19
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Azature, also known at the "Black Diamond King" (you learn something new every day!) was selected as a featured designer in GenArt's Fresh Faces in Fashion in 2008. These days, Rihanna, Fergie and Beyoncé are wearing his jewelry. Not too shabby.
Birthplace: Los Angeles
Current Abode: Los Angeles and New York
Hours you sleep: 6
Hours you'd like to sleep: "More"
Street of choice: "Sunset Boulevard, the street I was born on."
Foreign Word: "Shukran. It means Thank you in Arabic."
Drink: Jack on the rocks
Body part: Eyes
Snack: "Peanut M&M’s, but the dark brown ones only."
Blackberry or iPhone: "Blackberry—I'm a Blackberry Messaging addict."
Tap or Sparkling? "Champagne…so I guess sparkling!"
How often do you check Facebook a day? "Don’t ask."
Allergy: "Blue denim."
Exercise: "Powerbox. I have to release my stress somehow."
First fashion show: Versace
Greatest expenditure: Airplane tickets
Escape plan: "Why would I tell anyone?"
Dog or cat? "Penguin."
Illicit crush: Rihanna and Queen Rania of Jordan."
What make you jealous? "I don’t get jealous … I’m just demanding."
Monthly drying cleaning bill: "Too much. I do only wear black, after all."
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