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2011 May 6
Ruffian desgners Brian Wolk and Claude Morais remain on the West Coast. Naturally, they took some R&R in Palm Springs—for the sole purpose of educating their devoted readers.
"Palm Springs’ original inhabitants were the Agua Caliente band of Cahuilla Indians, who had been indigenous to the land for the last 500 years. This desert paradise became a fashionable resort in the 1900s, when wealthy convalescing tourists flocked there for its health-improving dry weather conditions. In the 1920s, Hollywood stars began to migrate in search of sunny weather during the winter months. Modernist architectural commissions flourished due to the influx of the glitterati and the boundless amounts of land available. Richard Neutra’s Kaufman House became a modernist classic that was copied nationwide in American suburbs throughout the fifties and sixties.
The Ruffian desert adventure took place at the Parker Palm Springs. We knew our hosts, Dayna and Joe of Scripted Consulting, had made the right choice as we pulled in the hedge-lined driveway. The Modernist bones combined with the eclectic 70s-inspired Jonathan Adler furnishings and decorations made for a perfect aesthetic marriage. As we walked through the grounds, our excitement began to build as we passed the outdoor fire pit, lifesized chessboard and fountains. The kind office manager, Christina Cabrera, told us we were in for a treat, but nothing could have prepared us for what was about to come. As we ascended the private walkway to our room, our heart skipped a beat when we saw the Gene Autry residence, the crème de la crème of luxury accommodations at the Parker. As we opened the hand carved vaulted doors, we were in awe of the level of luxury of this property. The original home of the iconic singing and dancing cowboy, this incredible accommodation had two bedrooms (each with cavernous walk-in closets and closets within the closets, specifically built for Mr. Autry’s love of cowboy clothes), living room, dining room, full original (vintage!) working kitchen, front yard, backyard, and an enclosed courtyard. We settled in, unpacked our bags, lit the fireplace and dressed for dinner (even if it was in our own private dining room). After a sumptuous meal that chef Mr. Parker prepared for us, we put on our robes and take a midnight rendezvous to the pool for a dip and hot tub warm-up before bed. That evening, as we sat in the living room of Mr. Autry’s desert home, we heard echoes of the melodies he wrote in the place.
The next morning, we headed for breakfast by the pool. A delicious burrito and spiked lemonade from the adorable lemonade stand was the perfect start to our day of luxuriation. It was already 95 degrees at 10 a.m., and the pool staff could not have been more accommodating. As the temperature rose to 105, we took a break and hit the shaded bocce court. Our very competitive group made for a rousing set. Clearly, George Cukor’s 1939 film The Women was the inspiration for Palm Springs Yacht Club, the Art Deco spa on the grounds of the resort. This extraordinary spa, epic in its proportions, features an indoor saltwater pool fit for Poseidon, matching symmetrical hot tubs, an indoor tented relaxation area with crystal chandeliers and a trestled garden. The spa menu made for a perfect snack, and the marble steam room in the naval-inspired men’s locker area replenished any lost moisture from the desert sun. After feeling sufficiently refreshed, we headed back to our residence, while the lovely team from the hotel set up the private backyard for croquet and Pimm’s cups. That evening, we decided to dine al fresco at Norma’s on the grounds of the hotel. The cool evening desert air and the delicious food made for a perfect end to our Palm Springs fling.
2011 May 5
Photo: Matthew Scrivens View Gallery
Here's a little something to perk up your Thursday! Kate Lanphear styled and Matthew Scrivens shot Armani Exchange's new summer campaign and Chic is particularly fond of this pic of Wilhelmina model Caleb Halstead. The model who hails from Iowa (!!!) is abs-olutely yummy.
2011 May 5
Photo by Mario Testino View Gallery
Musicians Karen Anne and Johnny Flynn appear in Burberry's Spring Summer 2011 campaign that was shot by Mario Testino on Brighton Beach, England. Other pairings for Burberry have included Emma Watson with her brother, British models Cara Delevingne and Jacob Young, as well as British actors Sophie Kennedy-Clark and Matthew Beard. Check out the commercial coming to a TV near you!
2011 May 5
Photo via Terrysdiary.com View Gallery
What did our weekly trip to Terry Richardon's online diary reveal this week? The chirpy photographer hung with Marc Jacobs at the Sotheby's private viewing dinner, and it appears MJ wasn't up for doing any impressions or even a thumbs up. Quoi? Who was up for a little Terry action? Find out in the Gallery...
2011 May 5
Patrick McMullan View Gallery
Yesterday morning, Chic nibbled cut fruit on a toothpick, ogled a charming game of "Prepgammon" among models, and forgot the dreary downpour outdoors at a breakfast debut of Tommy Hilfiger's Prep World "drop-in shop." But the preppy partying was far from over: As twilight fell over the MePa, the fabulously fish-out-of-water temporary abode opened its doors for a celeb-splashed housewarming cocktail or two and an afterparty at The Standard Hotel with the likes of daughter Ally Hilfiger, Kim Hastreiter and Mickey Boardman, a duo of Jessicas (Stam and Szohr), John Legend, Peter Som and Spree Wilson. Check out the Gallery for the full evidence Tommy's tireless day—and make sure to pop in to The Hilfigers' house today through Sunday before the structure gets carted across the country to L.A. for its next domestic stopover. Naturally, we grilled Tommy:
Are you happy with the house?
It looks even better than the original concept, in its entirety. Everything is for sale and it actually works; the windows open and close, and we even have electricity! All we need is fire in the fireplace.
How’d you get your retail start?
I worked in a boutique in Hyannis, Massachusetts when I was 18 in the summer of '69. I sold jewelry, candles, incense and posters. That was my seven-year hippie stage. I had long hair and wore bellbottoms; I looked like a rockstar. I went to a lot of festivals, but I didn’t make it to Woodstock because I was working that summer! I’m still a music fanatic.
What are you listening to nowadays?
The Beatles, the Stones, Hendrix – lots of classic rock. The same stuff I was listening to back when that music was happening!
How did you progress from there to the Hilfiger empire that exists now?
The following summer, I opened my own boutique called People’s Place in upstate New York with the $150 I had saved from working at a gas station during evenings during school. I bought 20 pairs of bellbottoms off the streets of New York City and opened up shop. I sold jeans, candles, posters and fringe vests. After being in business for ten years, I decided to design my collection – and my style turned very preppy very quickly!
You’ve got “Prepgammon,” dog leashes and ice cube trays in the Prep World mix – where’s the incense, Tommy?
No, we don’t have any plans for incense! But we should.
2011 May 5
Courtesy of Hotel Chantelle View Gallery
Chicaholic has patronized all the speakeasy-esque bars in the city...but none serves a better champagne cocktail than the Hotel Chantelle. The door is so nondescript we walked by twice before peeking in. Once inside, we were greeted by a bevy of chicsters ordering up co-owner and mixologist extraordinaire (as well as law grad and U.S. Army Forward Observer) Benjamin Shih's latest concoctions. (Make sure to chat him up.) He'll immediately pitch you HC's signature drink, the Bramble (a blackberry sour for $12), the menu offers up other exotics with only the finest ingredients like the Toussaint Rouge (peach Sidecar and French Foreign Legion fave from 1945 for $12). But it's the divine champagne cocktails that we recommend and are so hard to find elsewhere. Start with the Kir Yvette flavored with violet and just a hint of lemon—you might not make it to any others! Dare we say it's the new nectar of the fashion gods? THE DETAILS: 92 Ludlow Street, (212) 254-9100, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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