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2011 May 12
Carlos Campos designs' have been worn by Justin Timberlake, Ethan Hawke and the Scissor Sisters, but what do we really know about the designer who won the Fashion Group's International Rising Star award for best menswear design in 2009? Clearly, not enough:
Birthplace: El Pregreso, Honduras
Current abode: New York
Hours you sleep: 5
Hours you'd like to sleep: "I am working on sleeping 3. Sleeping is just a waste of time."
Street of choice: Orchard Street
Favorite foreign word: Pronto!
Drink: "My dear friend, Innacio Carballido, owner of Casa Mezcal in the Lower East Side, makes the best cucumber margaritas!"
Favorite recent magazine article: "The Picture Subjects Talk Back," by Cathy Horyn about Bill Cunningham. It was published a long time ago in The New York Times, but I just read it."
Body part: "Somehow, my left hand is more sexy them my right one."
Showtune: "Cee Lo's Forget You with Gwyneth Paltrow on Glee"
Snack: "Sun dried tomato pita bread and hummus"
How much does your cleaning woman or man charge per visit? "I do my own!"
Tap or sparkling? "Sparkling, especially when I'm hungry."
Exercise: "I play soccer once a month. Does that count?"
Greatest expenditure: "All the weeklies—when I'm traveling."
Escape plan: "Lady Gaga's glowing egg."
Illicit crush: Angelina Jolie
What make you jealous? "A guy named Brad Pitt...he has kids with my crush."
Monthly drying cleaning bill: "$92. Will you pay for it this month?"
2011 May 11
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The May issue of Interview (out now) features a fascinating chat with Valentino's current designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli, who sat down with Giancarlo Giammetti, the original president of the house (and Mr. Valentino's longtime bestie).
On realizing they could design for Valentino:
GIAMMETTI: When did you realize, 'Maybe I could do that?'
CHIURI: Frankly, when they offered us the job two and a half years ago. I was very scared, but not of the work—meaning, designing the collections. Personally what most concerned me was having to cope with the visibility. That really frightened me because everyone underestimated Valentino’s poise and ability to keep his cool.
PICCIOLI: It all happened very quickly. I had told my wife about it that day. When I received confirmation that evening, I was in Paris and I had to call home and also tell my mother. Who knows what she would have thought if she saw my picture in the papers the next day? When I told my mother that Alessandra [Facchinetti] was leaving and that they offered us the creative directorship position, my mother said, “You didn’t accept it, did you? Because if you do, you won’t see your children anymore.” I come from a family that isn’t ambitious and where other things are considered more important. But, of course, this was too great an opportunity, and I couldn’t say no.
On being at the service of the brand:
GIAMMETTI: Let’s return for a moment to what you said about being at the service of the brand and not working for yourselves. The day after your show in Paris, there was an article by Ms. Suzy Menkes, who I greatly admire but who must have gotten up on the wrong side of the bed when she wrote it, because she said that the new collection lacks surprise. She said it was too safe and too close to the brand. Now, many of the journalists who write these things are the same people who complained when [John] Galliano’s or [Alexander] McQueen’s collections weren’t commercial enough. These fashion journalists are never satisfied. So how do you avoid being influenced by them?
PICCIOLI: You do analyze what you do and try to understand how others see you, but you do it from the right perspective and distance. We really admire Suzy Menkes because she always has an interesting point of view, and from her point of view, I don’t think what she said about us was so terrible. Today we believe that fashion needs consistency, so it wasn’t the right time for us to do a wild and crazy collection.
GIAMMETTI: Perhaps I’m slightly more skeptical and cynical. Unfortunately, the press—like many other sectors—wields such power today that if people aren’t strong enough, they tend to let themselves be influenced too much. I was able to stop Valentino from reading the newspapers and only tell him what they wrote. Perhaps Valentino was even more sensitive than you, but he was also more reactive than you, because he would have told those journalists to go to hell and would have banned them—as I did many times.
On the value of fashion shows nowadays:
GIAMMETTI: What about the runway show? What good is a fashion show today?
PICCIOLI: A fashion show is good if the clothes last for more than six months, because if they’re boring or forgetful or crazy, then they’ll never hit the stores.
GIAMMETTI: Again, I’m more skeptical. Today, in this confusion where the Internet reigns, we saw your collection not the day after, but three hours after it appeared on the catwalk. Does the desire that fashion creates really last six months until the clothes are in stores? Does it last four months even? There is such a saturation of these things that I wonder if Tom Ford isn’t right not to do runway shows and to show his clothes in the magazines, because that’s what people want and where they remember them.
CHIURI: Well, he certainly found an innovative way to present his collection. But I think the real problem is that there is a saturation of brands that have no reason to exist. There are so many brands during Fashion Week that are clearly uninteresting.
PICCIOLI: But what Tom Ford is doing is also a form of packaging. It’s not just the fashion show—it’s a negation of the system used to communicate with the system. It’s another way to present your work.
GIAMMETTI: He’s a new phenomenon. He sells himself, and people buy things because he tells them to.
PICCIOLI: That’s packaging, though.
2011 May 11
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This is the best news ever! Princess Beatrice is auctioning off the very "memorable" Phillip Treacy hat that she wore to the Royal Wedding. Her mother, Duchess Sarah Ferguson, tells Queen Oprah in an interview that airs today, "She's putting it up on eBay to auction it for UNICEF and for children in crisis." We don't know how she could ever part with it, but we're soooo bidding on this.
2011 May 11
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Southern designer darling Billy Reid has designed a limited edition t-shirt to support relief efforts for US residents who were hit by the storms and tornadoes that hit the Southeast last month. The Rise tee pays specific homage to the small communities that have been completely wrecked in the wake of the disaster. The men's and women's styles retail for $38 and are available at Billyreid.com, along with the designer;s six national stores located in Manhattan, Nashville, TN, Charleston, SC, Florence, AL, Dallas and Houston, TX. All of the profits will go towards the Red Cross Tornado Disaster Relief Fund. That's chic!
2011 May 11
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On Monday, Chic checked out the annual Parsons benefit soiree and runway show at Pier 60 celebrating the fash institution's standout graduating students' designs. Parsons alum Reed Krakoff was the evening's honoree, so we asked the scores of stylish attendees: What "kraked" you up recently? Whether it's a mischivious tot, Britney Spears or a beachside moment with the pooch, sounds like the Parsons crowd has had lots to giggle about lately.
Reed Krakoff: My little boy, Oscar, dressing up like a fighter, with a UFC logo on the pants. We're starting him early on dressing up.
Simon Doonan: So many perverse and bizarre things! Too many horrible unmentionables. Recently, Jonny (Adler) and I were on the beach, and our dog walked into the water up to his genitals. He just stood looking at the horizon, and it was such a silly moment.
Prabal Gurung: My work is a continuous laughfest. On my way here, I was nervous because I'm speaking tonight, but I heard Britney Spears' "Till The World Ends" and that just got me laughing!
Jenna Lyons: My son scared the bejesus out of me because he was hiding in a box and I didn’t know he was there. I went to move the box, and the box moved, and out popped my child’s head. It was actually terrifying—it was not cool.
Ally Hilfiger: My sister, my brother, my brother's fiance and I were crammed in the back of an SUV on the way to an Indian restaurant on Mother's Day, and my boyfriend was stretched out in the middle row of the car, because for some reason everyone decided they wanted to sit in the back with me, I guess. I start laughing so hard, and I tell everyone that I peed in my pants—so they all jumped into the row with my boyfriend so I had a backseat to myself!
Simon Collins, dean of fashion at Parsons: I was watching a British TV show on Hulu last night called Men Behaving Badly about frat boys acting fratty.
2011 May 11
We've had our eye on Kimberly Ovitz since she showed her first collection for Spring 09, but there's one thing we've always wanted to know about her --dogs or cats? She filled out our silly questionnaire to let us know!
Name: Kimberly Ovitz
Birthplace: Los Angeles, CA
Current City: New York
Hours You Actually Sleep A Night: "It depends on how late I work. If I work until midnight, then 6 hours. If I can get into bed by 10, then I can get more sleep!"
Hours You'd Like To Sleep A Night: 8 hours
Street of Choice: Crosby Street
Drink: Hot green tea
Airline: Virgin America.
Favorite Recent Magazine Article: ASPCA Animal Welfare Newsletter
Body Part: "I don’t have a favorite."
Showtune: "If it is soulful and bluesy then I’ll like it."
How much does your cleaning lady charge per visit? "Too much!"
Blackberry or Iphone: Blackberry
Tap or Sparkling Water? Sparkling
How often do you check Facebook a day?" Once – it is a great business tool."
Dog or Cat? Dog.
First Fashion Show: Chanel in Paris.
Greatest Expenditure: "Furniture, at the moment, since I just moved into a new apartment."
Escape Plan: "None. I work too much."
Will you watch the last episode of Oprah? "For sure! She is inspiring."
Illicit Crush: "My dogs."
What make you jealous: "When people have more time to read then I do."
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