2011 June 23

Le Meridien Hits ABC Kitchen

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ABC Kitchen became a "hub" of activity and globally-minded creative exchanges this morning during a launch breakfast for "Le Méridien Hub," the luxe hotel chain's latest lobby concept. Richard Florida, author of modern pop-sociology classic, The Rise of the Creative Class, and his wife Rana--who run the Creative Class Group together--were also being feted as the newest members of Le Méridien's LM100 coterie of cultural movers-and-shakers. What's the hullabaloo about the Hub? It's an antidote to the swift, sterile check-in, check-out vibe in most hotel lobbies: art installations by LM100 members, "interaction zones" for schmoozing, perusing the onsite library and checking out guest speakers, as well as the Latitude Bar area that serves Illy by day (the Italian java company's CEO Andrea Illy is also part of the LM100 club, natch) and vino by night. ABC Kitchen's Jean-Georges Vongerichten, the fellow LM100 superchef member who nabbed a James Beard Best New Restaurant award this year, whipped up an absurdly delectable spread of dishes from Le Méridien's Signature Breakfast menu for the occasion. We're talking cold-pressed juice elixirs (like the "Green Dream," filled with cucumber, celery, chard, kale and cilantro and spiked with jalapeno), strawberry-rhubarb coffee cake, a spring onion and ricotta frittata brimming with roasted tomatoes and scrambled eggs crowned in fried oysters. The first Hub experience is at the Le Méridien Barcelona (take a peek in our Gallery!), and the hotel will be continuing its global mission to chicify the humdrum hotel lobby experience over the next few years. Hip "Hub" hurray!


2011 June 23

Heidi Klum Loses Shirt

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Heidi Klum appears in a new ad to promote season 9 of Project Runway, and as you can see, she's missing her top. That's one way of getting people to talk about the show again. Klum told the Hollywood Reporter: "This is definitely sexier than past campaigns we've done for Project Runway. I guess you could say 'Hans and Franz' are celebrating season nine." Suppose so! The new season launches July 28th on Lifetime. 


2011 June 23

Shot of The Daily: Manny's Mom On The Town

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Since we don't have our weekly fix of Modern Family's Gloria Delgado-Princhett right now (boo hoo!), we find some solace that Sofia Vergara is enjoying her hiatus. Manny's onscreen Mom hosted Marchesa's Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig last night at a private dinner at St. Ambroueus for Harry Winston's Midnight Timepiece collection launch. What would Claire Dunphy have to say about that?



2011 June 23

The Latest Lanvin: Pearls, Pearls, Pearls

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Alber's done it again! Lanvin has unfurled a lovely line of jewelry for summer 2011 that's dripping in pearls and studded with Swarovski sparklers. Woven and knotted avec expanses of tulle, silk chiffon, satin silk and grosgrain ribbons, the mood-escalating pieces of pure prettiness are a modern take on a chic but old-school staple of the grandma set, says the design house. These are the haute oysters of Chic's eye this afternoon, that's for sure.


2011 June 23

Look of The Daily: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Gucci

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Frida Giannini's floral-filled Fall collection for Gucci continues to earn major face time on the red carpet. On June 23, Rosie Huntington-Whitely sported a black and acid silk chiffon gown with a crepe de chine culotte to the opening of the Moscow International Film Festival at Pushkinsky Cinema Hall. Do you prefer this to the crimson version Jennifer Lopez wore to the Costume Institute Gala? Discuss! 


2011 June 23

OMG, PMc: Genevieve Jones and Johan Lindeberg Are Very, Very Close

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Chic's heart is breaking, just a teeny, tiny, bit. Has Johan Lindeberg found a new lady love in Genevieve Jones, or are the two just very good friends? The two were caught in an intimate moment at the Cinema Society & Grey Goose-sponsored screening of The Ledge on Tuesday night. If anyone knows the current single-ness status of our shameless man crush, please leave the news in the comments. 

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