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2011 May 17
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Designers Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs of Cushnie et Ochs want to fall in love—really—and they recently attended the Fashion Meets Finance mixer at Bar Basque to, yes, find a date. Chic went along for the ride...
7:15 p.m.: Outside of Bar Basque.
How are you feeling?
Carly: We didn't have enough champagne before we left the office.
Who would be the perfect guy to meet tonight?
Michelle: Preferably taller than us in YSL's.
Carly: (Long pause…) It's already going to hell.
Michelle: He must be wearing a tailored suit...and you can tell the difference.
What are some turn-offs?
Michelle: A really bad joke doesn't help anything.
Carly: Bad breath.
Michelle: Bad teeth.
Are you guys going to go up to guys and say hello?
Michelle: We're ladies! We like them to come to us.
Carly: I don't know. I'd do both.
7:32 p.m.: First Impressions
Michelle: It doesn't seem any different than any other bar.
Carly: It's kind of weird knowing what everyone is here for.
Do you see any cuties?
Michelle: One or two.
Carly: It's not quite as awkward as I thought it was going to be.
Are you feeling shy or outgoing?
Michelle: Outgoing, but there is a lack of interaction because everyone is trying to get a drink. There are a lot of pretty girls here, and nobody's talking to them. It's very elementary school.
7:50 p.m.: Mingling is underway.
What's going on?
Carly: One guy said he was here for the charity event—he pretended he wasn't there for the singles mixer. I was like, "Oh yes, we're here for the charity, too!"
Carly: A couple!
Are you going to talk to them?
Michelle: It's very crowded.
Have you run into any friends?
Michelle: We've talked to more women than we have men.
Carly: Women have said to us that they love our shoes and our hair.
Maybe this is your night to turn lesbian!
Michelle: Yeah, right! Maybe…
8:06 p.m.: The night wares on.
Carly: I don't actually think I'm going to meet someone. I'm here for my own entertainment value. We talked to a couple of guys…I don't know. There's a bloke chatting up Michele at the bar now. I don't know who he is. I was talking to one guy earlier who was from Paris and another from home furnishings.
Do you want to meet a guy in fashion or in finance?
Carly: Oh, finance! I don't need to meet a straight man in fashion.
Michelle: All the men are denying that they are here for Fashion Meets Finance. All of them! They are all like:, Oh, Is something going on here tonight? I'm in finance!
We saw you talking to someone at a bar.
Michelle: He was very nice. Tall, handsome, old enough.
Was he the intern?
Michelle: Carly and I started talking to these two guys. One was from France and one was from Greece. They met at Sean John. One was an intern, one was in marketing. I don't know if a Sean John intern counts as fashion… A straight man in a Sean John fashion internship counts as fashion, allegedly. What is Diddy like? is my first question! And then other guy was very American Psycho. It was nice.
Why would you like an American Psycho guy?
Michelle: There's something about the confidence...and our first collection was based on American Psycho. There's something about a tall man in a suit and that confidence that's very reminiscent of that first collection.
8:34 p.m.: Michelle and Carly have temporarily split up.
Your bestie is chatting with some boys.
Michelle: I'm not gonna be a wingman right now. She's fine. She'll signal if she needs it.
Do you think he's hot?
Michelle: The one in the blue is. I don't like his wingman.
What do you think they are talking about?
Michelle: About Carly's hair, usually. It's a fabulous talking point. And then, You're designers? Is that your dress?
8:40 p.m.: Carly returns!
What just happened?
Carly: I chatted with two kinda muscle dudes at the bar! Not interested, but fucking funny! Really! He was the first to tell me straight that he's here to look at beautiful girls—and why the hell not?
Were you attracted to them?
Carly: Not at all, but there is something to say when a man can you make you laugh. It makes a difference.
8:44 p.m: Hopeful!
Carly: It's kinda getting a little sexy in here, actually. Everyone's had a few drinks and people have mellowed out a little bit. It's not uptight. You can actually have a conversation. It's nice.
Michelle: There's a guy with dreadlocks who is attracted to Carly. Guys with dreadlocks are extremely attracted to Carly. I saw him in line outside and knew he was going to talk to her.
Chic chats with one of the guys at the event to see how his night was going.
Do you work in finance?
Stephen: I work for a hedge fund.
What made you decide to come to a finance and fashion party?
Stephen: I knew there was going to be attractive and smart woman...and not that many men.
Has this reached your expectations?
Do you have a pick up line?
Stephen: Those are really nice shoes.
8:52 p.m.: Chic is exhausted. Final thoughts!
Carly: No numbers. It's always better to take their number and not give yours. That way you can wake up tomorrow and decide.
And what did we learn from tonight?
Michelle: There are a lot of single people in New York, still. There's hope!
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2011 May 17
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She's bringing sexy back! Who does this one belong to? This gorgeous model attended The Beaver premiere at the Palais de Festivals at the Cannes Film Festival today. Who could it be? Hint: She's reportedly recently single! Unearth the mystery our Gallery.
2011 May 17
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Calvin Klein Collection hosted a cocktail party last night under The High Line on 30th Street to celebrate the eagerly anticipated opening of section deux, which opens to the public in June. Another major win for New York City! Designers Francisco Costa and Italo Zucchelli were on hand on a rainy and misty evening to greet Edward Norton, Diane Von Furstenberg, Sky Ferreira, Eddie Borgo, Andre Balaz, Mary Alice Stephenson, Hamish Bowles, Fabien Baron, Steven Kolb, Adam Glassman, Jeisa Chiminazzo, Linda Fargo and Rachel Roy, who all got a sneak peek. Uptown girl Fargo told Chic, "I live at Sutton Place, but I wish we had the High Line on the east side." Fargo won't be above 34th Street all Summer. "I just booked the airline today! Meridiana, Capri. I also booked Christmas and New Years this week--Tulum." Now that's planning! Check out our Gallery for more evidence of the celebration.
2011 May 17
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Neapolitan owner Kelly Golden's latest column concerns a Chic columnist (and Chic favorite!) Wes Gordon, who recently worked worked his many charms in the windy city.
"My favorite new designer, Wes Gordon, was back in Chicago to co-host a charity fashion luncheon with neapolitan collection this past week. The event benefited Maryville Academy, the largest childcare organization in Illinois, and Wes swooped into town just for the show. Models sauntered down the runway donning pieces from both his Spring and Fall 2011 collections. Wes wooed all of the women with his gorgeous gowns and his southern charm. (I overheard two women ask Wes if they could ‘adopt him.’) After the show, several ladies rushed backstage to see if they could buy pieces right off the runway (“I have to have that coat…now.”). The hands-down favorite piece was the navy cashmere coat with leather sleeves from Fall 2011. The quality of his fabrics is unbelievable and his workmanship is flawless, especially for a 24-year-old designer who only has three seasons under his belt!"
2011 May 17
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The Queen has spoken! Anna Wintour jumps on the New Yorkers for Marriage Equality bandwagon, appearing in a PSA to support the cause. "As far as I'm concerned, having the right to say 'I do' is as fundamental as the right to vote. The time is now. Please join me in supporting marriage equality for all New Yorkers."
2011 May 16
Sergio's week began with family bonding over borscht and vodka...wound down with frantic off-the-hook phone calls. If you haven't been in on the whirlwind life in the Hearst glossy's offices and far, far beyond, the Daily's "The Assistant Files" kicked off with Sergio Kletnoy, and each week we're following his escapades as Marie Claire EIC Joanna Coles' gatekeeper. As always, don't forget to peruse the Gallery of Sergio's fantastic photographic evidence!
Sunday, 5 p.m.
Сегодня женский день—Oops, there I go again. Whenever I’m around my mother for too long, I forget my English. Today was Mother’s Day, and I practically overdosed on my mom and grandmother for five hours. I met up with them in Sheepshead Bay—because my 89-year-old grandmother’s passport isn’t up to date so she couldn’t come into Manhattan. Meaning once again, I was forced to spend my Sunday in Brooklyn with the entire clan. It was a typical Russian affair: We ate some borscht and potato pierogis (what else?), drank Stoli and reminisced about the good times when coming home with a roll of toilet paper felt like Christmas.
Monday, 2 p.m.
It’s Music Monday, and I’m obsessed with Yasmin’s “Finish Line," “Wait & See" by Holy Ghost, and “Gone and Never Coming Back" by Melanie Fiona, who stopped by the office earlier this morning to talk about her sophomore album, The MF Life, due out this fall. Melanie earned a Grammy nod for her 2009 debut album, and let me tell you, she can saaaang, because when I asked her what her go-to karaoke song was, she wailed through “Midnight Train to Georgia.” (Seriously, she gave Gladys and her Pips a run for their money.) I love Melanie’s style: She walked in to the office in a fly pair of Gucci boots paired with knee high socks, an amazing Alice Ritter coat, and lots of very cool jewelry. Melanie knew she looked good and walked the hallways of our office as if competing for the grand prize on America’s Next Top Supermodel. She had me at 'hello.'
Tuesday, 8 a.m.
The Boss came in at 8 a.m., which is late for her, after pulling almost an all-nighter at the ASME awards (it was six hours long!). The ASMEs are as close to the Oscars as the magazine industry will ever get. Marie Claire narrowly lost out to the New Yorker for the Public Interest prize. Damn you, David Remnick, with your fancy magazine and your fancy black and white photos. But have you ever had the Glee girls on your cover? That evening, I continued celebrating my birthday with friends. Yes, it’s three weeks after the fact, but in China, they celebrate birthdays for a whole year! First stop: Rockmeisha Izakaya, a new Japanese spot in the West Village. (Order the fried chicken—to die for.) My friends and I capped it off with drinks in the private room at Bell Book & Candle, followed by '80s night at Monster. The last thing I remember was doing the Roger Rabbit to Bananarama, which I’ve decided needs to be the title of my memoir.
Wednesday, 1 p.m.
Woke up sweating sake. Shook it off with some coffee and V8, then raced off to work so I could interview another Brit, Naomie Harris, who you may recognize as the Voodoo Princess from the last two Pirates of the Caribbean movies. Naomie came in to talk about her new film, The First Grader, a true story about an 86-year-old Kenyan who goes back to school to finally learn to read and write. The best part of the interview: turns out, Harris’ and I share an obsession with Her Madgesty. (Attention, Liz Rosenberg: You scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours. There’s a free subscription to Marie Claire in it for you…).
Thursday, 8 p.m.
Today was INSANE. The phone would not stop ringing with requests that should have been routed to other departments. Hey, where can I get the socks on page 84? Who do I talk to about an internship? Can I talk to Nina Garcia, please? Really, do I look like an AT&T operator?! Project Runway fan fave Mondo popped into the office for a quick visit. Then my new bestie Jill Zarin called to give me some fresh dirt on her fight with Ramona—and to gush over my Marie Claire video interviews with her. In the midst of all the chaos, THE BOSS had me searching high and low for a YSL beige and black fingerprint cotton halter top. By this point, Oren at the YSL boutique on 57th Street knows the urgency in my voice, and I knew I can depend on him to find whatever JoCo needs. Two hours later, the top arrived and Joanna was overjoyed. For lunch, I met up with Amanda Hearst and Lauren Bush at Lauren’s favorite vegetarian spot, Candle 79, on the Upper East Side. (Shh, don’t tell The Boss but it was a liquid lunch for me!) Then I was back to work to finish up all my other projects so I could make it in time for the advance screening of—brace yourself!—Hangover II! Unfortunately, we, meaning members of the media, are barred from reviews until May 24. (One tidbit: the monkey deserved top billing!)
Friday, 6 p.m.
It’s Friday, Friday, gotta get down on Friday!
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