2011 July 5

Introducing...Mrs. Jamie Hince

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Here comes the bride. Again. Just because she's fini with her intimate little wedding doesn't mean Kate Moss is going to be out of sight. The new Mrs. Jamie Hince covers the August issue of Vogue UK with photos by her wedding photographer and pal, Mario Testino.  Kate wears forties-inspired styles from Louis Vuitton and Miu Miu in the New Beginnings issue. Next, we'll see what Anna Wintour has up her sleeve for Kate's rumored September cover of American Vogue.

2011 July 5

Anna's Back to the Grind

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We were delighted to see such joy in Anna Wintour's face last week attending Wimbeldon, but even Vogue's top dog has to get back to work. Here she is pictured at the Federer game (pre-loss) and today at the Giorgio Armani Privé collection in Paris. Wouldn't exactly call that the most enthusiastic look, but we feel your pain, doll. Getting back to work after a little breaky ain't easy. 

2011 July 5

A Moment with...Olivia Palermo

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Who’s the politest of them all? Olivia Palermo gets full marks for her courteous “thank you for having me,” as she crossed the velvet rope this morning in Paris at the Armani Privé presentation at the Palais de Chaillot. Chic caught up with Palermo in the front row to chat about summer plans and her couture schedule.

What's new?
Right now I’ve just been taking a little time--doing some travelling. There are a few things that I can’t really speak about at the moment, but I am launching my own website with my favorite pics and things that interest me, like fashion, news or travel.

How long are you in Paris?  
I arrived yesterday, and I’m here throughout the week.

What events are you attending?
I’m going to Valentino tomorrow and I’m really looking forward to that.

What are your favorite things to do when you're here?
Spending time with my friends.

Any special plans for the summer?
I’ve been in Europe for most of the summer and I’ll be back home in New York in a few weeks.

2011 July 4

Your Mad Men Fix in Providence!

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Chic's latest travel obsession? Providence, Rhode Island! Besides boasting one of the most prestigious art schools in the country, the Rhode Island School of Design, this little town is worth a weekend trip especially with RISD's Museum of Art's latest exhibition: Cocktail Culture. Featuring over 220 pieces—from Balenciaga and beyond!—the offerings are the height of chic! Not only are there countless outfits and jewels to covet but a slew of furniture (think Tiki Bar) and textiles not to mention a video montage of classic, stylish films too. Curator Joanne Dolan Ingersoll organized the exhibition with Costume and Textiles Department head Kate Irvin and curatorial assistant Laurie Brewer into nine different themes spanning from the twenties to eighties including "Urban Nightlife" an ode to the not-so-Prohibition era of speakeasies. No doubt Betty Draper would approve. But hurry up chicettes, this ends on July 31! Click the gallery for more photos.

2011 July 1

Sergio Says! Weekly Musings from Marie Claire (and Beyond...)

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In the latest installment of Sergio Kletnoy's dalliances around Gotham, the Hearst superassistant bandies around compliments with his Real Housewives BFFs, mingles with Beyonce on a talk show set, and gets his Bloody Mary fix (a few times over). Oh, and of course there's a dose of Brit pop in the mix--add some Katy B. to your weekend jams rotation. You can thank Sergio later! And hit up @SergioKletnoy for of-the-moment musings and hilarity from Joanna Coles' right-hand man.

Saturday, 2 p.m.
Just spent $300 on a pair of navy shorts by Dries Van Noten at Bergdorf. I think I may have a problem. MyAmexiscrying.com.

Sunday, 12:30 p.m.
Headed to Tribeca to hang with my friends Kathryn and Christina. First up: THE BOSS’ friend and Rangers left wing Sean Avery’s new restaurant: Tiny’s and the Bar Upstairs for brunch. Good food, but the Bloody Mary? Not so much. Afterwards, we hit a double feature of Super 8 and Bridesmaids. Yes, I know I’m late to the party for both, but I’ve been a tad busy lately. (You think these columns write themselves?!) Minor spoiler alert: I wish I had known that Wilson Phillips reunites for Bridesmaids—I would have gone to the screening months ago. Genius! (“Hold On” used to be my jam!) Following nearly six hours in a dark theater, I was hungry, so we headed to Smith and Mills for the most DELISH burger and a proper Bloody Mary. On my way back, I ran into Zac Posen wearing a tailored black satin suit—he looked like a Ken doll on the way to the altar. My last stop of the day was to my BFF Courtney’s couch for sushi and the BET Awards, which I refer to as "The Trainwreck Awards." Three and a half hours of bad outfits, mediocre performances and misread teleprompters. Idemandarefund.com

Monday, 1 p.m.
On the set of Project Runway season nine with MC’s too-cool-for-school fashion director Nina Garcia. Picture it: I’m hanging out in the dressing room with Michael, Nina and Heidi as they dish about their outfits, this season’s crop of contestants and Michael’s favorite subject, The Real Housewives of New York. (He’s seriously president of the RHNY fan club!) Lucky me: I got to watch the fashion show as it was being taped, and even got to sit in Nina’s judging seat—how f****** cool is that?! Later that eve, I caught the U.S. debut one of England’s coolest new dance artists Katy B. at The Standard's Le Bain. The event was a part of the Steve Madden Music series, and at one point we were pushed out of the best spot in the house to make room for Mr. Madden himself. His pushy publicist nearly elbowed me into the pool. I’d have gone all X-Men on her ass if she’d gotten my new YSL white high tops wet. On my way home, I ran into the most fearless man in fashion: French Vogue cover model, singer, nightlife personality and personal friend, Andre J. He was sporting a Winehouse bouffant and rockin’ a shredded Benetar-meets-Scissorhands creation by Enrique Gonzalez EGR. You’d have to see it to believe it. GiveAndreaTVshow.org

Tuesday, 7 p.m.
In the span of a few hours, I went from sipping champagne at The Carlyle for a swanky Ferragamo reception to the Housewives party (my wet dream) at Bar Basque. My favorite housewife, Jill Zarin, invited me as her guest to the Life & Style party in honor of Countess LuAnn de Lesseps and the debut of her new single,Chic C’est La Vie”So there I was, standing on the terrace, nursing a Veuve with my BFF Courtney, chilling with Jill, Cindy Barshop, Kelly Killoren Bensimon and the queen of the night, the Countess herself. For obvious reasons, the blonde trio of troublemakers (Ramona, Sonja and Alex) were not invited, which made the event completely drama-free. Jill’s manager Darren introduced us to LuAnn (FYI, her hair color is now light blond and about four to five inches longer) who looked like a Forties pin-up in a purple sequined mini-dress by Melanie Harris and 5-inch heels that lit up (!) by Nina. I asked her if the hair was real, to which she replied, “Of course, darling!”. Jill was decked out in a brown sparkly dress by Vince. She asked me if I liked it, to which I replied, “Hell yeah, love it!” Jill, you know you can’t do wrong in my eyes! Jill introduced me to Cindy, who looked amazing in a canary yellow mini-dress by Mason. And finally, when I saw Kelly, she kissed me on the cheek and said “I loved the ‘In The Bag' video we did, it turned out awesome!”. Kelly looked statuesque in her white Azzedine Alaïa. As she was leaving, she invited me to an event she was hosting on Thursday. “I’m so there,” I replied without even asking what the event was. The housewives (all of them) are my biggest guilty pleasure, and judging by the packed venue, I wasn’t alone. Getmeaguestspotonshow.now.

Wednesday, 1 p.m.
Got to hang out with one of U.K.’s hottest new dance artists, Katy B. The city was scorching hot, yet I managed to drag Katy and her posse (manager, make-up artist and publicist) to Central Park. We climbed atop a massive rock where I tried to convince her to release “Easy Please Me," my favorite song from her debut album On A Mission, as the first single. The album, a hybrid of dubstep, R&B, house and UK Garage opened at #2 (behind Adele) and has already spawned four Top 10 singles in the U.K. I love Katy’s soulful voice. She’s adorable and reminds me a little of Punky Brewster, only much, much cooler. Make it your mission to download Katy’s album when it’s released stateside in September, In the meantime check out the first single "Katy On A Mission." WhathappenedtoSoleilMoonFrye.biz.

Thursday, 8 p.m.
Off to Kelly Killoren Bensimon’s summer jewelry soiree at Cindy Barshop’s Completely Bare Salon. I’m starving, so dinner will have to be cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.  Please god, don’t let me get so tipsy that I end up coming home with anything bedazzled.  Dontbedazzleyourself.edu.

Friday, 5 a.m.
Wake-up call: 5 a.m. Mood: grumpy. Destination: Central Park for the ABC Good Morning America concert series featuring the one and only Beyonce. B’s biggest fan and Marie Claire’s fashion closet general, Ashley Afriyie came as my plus one. The park was jam-packed with thousands of fans, some of whom camped out from the night before. We waited for hours, along with Will Smith’s two sons: Trey and Jaden, GMA’s Laura Spencer, Sam Champion, Robin Roberts and B’s army of followers. Beyonce finally appeared on stage. Her hair was blonder then ever, she was dressed in a yellow minidress and five-inch gold heels and sounded spectacular. The rays of sun lit up her beautiful face and she gave us a unforgettable performance. I suddenly realized that I am in the presence of true greatness, someone who has become the voice of her generation. She’s no Madonna, but pretty high up there. I’m officially a major fan. (Don’t worry Madge, you’ll always own the top spot in my book!) Beyonceforpresident.gov.

2011 July 1

When Designers and Bloggers Collide: Jay Godfrey and Man Repeller

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When Chic heard bloggette, Leandra Medine of Man Repeller, and New York designer Jay Godfrey collab'ed on a new line of contemporary tops called Redacted, it was only a matter of time until we caught up with the sassy twosome.

What's the deal with Redacted?
When I decided to develop a young contemporary top line, I reached out to my wife and a bunch of girls in my office. I asked them where you can get a great top that doesn’t cost you a fortune and is beautifully made. Nobody had a satisfactory answer so I had them all bring in the tops they like to wear when they go on a date or to a club. Everybody brought in either an edgy downtown jersey t-shirt, like Alexander Wang does so well, or designer-y tops like Gianfranco Ferre makes. Nothing was sexy, fashion forward, and under $200. That's how Redacted was born. Each delivery will have one completely different departure.

Where can we get our hands on it?
Redacted is sold at Intermix, Neiman Marcus Cusp stores, and JayGodfrey.com.

What did you have in mind this season?
Jay: For Holiday/Resort 2012, it’s all about Navajo prints on crack. I’m not sure there’s a better person to style and model it than Leandra when all that’s considered.

Is that why you teamed up?
Jay: Yeah, I've followed her blog for some time, and I saw the way she styled one of my dresses.
Leandra: I’ve wanted my blog to launch into styling because it’s so much of what I do so this was a great opportunity. I’ve always worn Jay Godfrey, and when I was asked to style and model, I was like ‘Duh.’ He explained to me that these were ‘sexy, going-out top’ and I was like, ‘I’ll show him that these aren’t sexy.’

What was the shoot like?
Jay: I'm a control freak. I didn’t show up! Every time I go onto her blog I’m think, ‘WTF!’ I’m so surprised in a giddy way. I didn't want to interfere. I wanted her to have 100 percent license.
Leandra: I didn’t realize I was going to have that much control. I was so sure he would hate my favorite look--this white dress, white tights, and snakeskin Margela shoes--but he ended up loving it.

What are your top man repelling trends for Resort 2012?
Neon is great man repeller--so are novelty t-shirts. Women are going to love them, and men are going to wonder why she still has cartoon characters across her chest. Accents in weird places were great, and there's still not been a departure from looking like black bats—you know, the Rick Owen’s tears of black, Moxey everything. Stella McCartney had a man repelling rainbow cocoon that was my favorite!
Jay: Kaleidoscopic prints, fringe, Rothko-esque color-blocking, and Madame Gres draping can be man repellent.

Why don't you have a woman repelling blog?
Leandra: Women are my main demographic, and they’re less interested in men’s fashion. Also, a fashion-forward woman appreciates seeing a man that’s dressed well—not like, head-to-toe Vivienne Westwood with tupees on their head or aweful gladiator mandals—but it’s refreshing to see a man look nice.

Who’s repelling these days?
Everyone in the UK hates Alexa Chung already, but her style is so simple and crisp. With minimal clothing, she can still make herself look unattractive to a man yet women think it's chic. I recently saw Kim Kardashian in boyfriend jeans. I was really taken aback. I didn’t think she could do it!
Jay: There's a group of women who are really man repelling and just look messy, but Leandra is actually not one of them.

What does it say about the men who date the man repellers?
Leandra: Man repelling has become a process of elimination. We aren’t getting dressed and wondering how we can poke men’s eyes out with our clothes. The men that truly get repelled are just obsessed with the exterior whereas the ones that still take an interest and talk to you, are much more likely to be into intellectuals...or maybe I don’t want to pigeon-hole myself into perpetual singleness.


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