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2011 April 26
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Chic has spotted Rachel Roy on the tapis rouge with a new amour--a straight leg, pleated trouser in a kaleidoscope of hues from turquoise to tomato. The designer has been photographed with her latest crush four times in the past month. Things must be heating up! When can we buy a pair? Click on our Gallery for all the evidence.
2011 April 25
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Fashion illustrator Danielle Meder was commissioned by Canadian department store Hudson's Bay Company to create the first ever (we think) Anna Dello Russo paper doll. Meder dubs the project "one of the great pleasures of my life." Vraiment? Last week brought us an ADR Barbie...now this? The Anna Dello Russo blow-up doll looks more likely every day.
2011 April 25
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When they aren't designing, Jeffrey Costello and Robert Tagliapietra of Costello Tagliapietra have a guilty pleasure that we can all relate to. We recently caught up with the boys to discuss the most important coversation going on in America today: Housewives.
Whose your favorite?
Both: Teresa (Giudice).
Which one do you hate?
Jeffrey: We don't hate any of them.
Robert: It's one of those things where you are supposed to at a certain point, but I always like rooting for the underdog. Once I see them knocking one person, you start loving them.
The Real Houswives shows seem to be popping up everywhere. Where should the next city be?
Robert: The Real Housewives of Maine would be really good. Really boring!
Jeffrey: We're kind of hooked on the new one, Mob Wives.
Robert: It's pretty genius.
2011 April 25
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It's with sincere dismay that somehow, we missed the 15th birthday of one Tavi Gevinson last week. How could this happen?! In her latest blog installment, the growing-up-before-our-crinkly-eyes fashion blogger writes that she dressed up as a "Birthday Party Girl" avec crown on her big day. And in a shocking revelation, she admits that she finally understands what Taylor Swift was talking about in "that song where she talks about being 15." Taylor doesn't seem like Tavi's kind of a gal, but we know how these teens today change their minds every other second. Happy b-day, Tavs!
2011 April 25
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Chic is thrilled to welcome Laurie Brookins, the senior fashion editor at Niche Media, to contribute columns about her passion after fashion—le cinéma. In fact, she got on the phone with designer Manolo Blahnik to discuss the classics. Not a bad way to start off a column!
"Manolo Blahnik favors the St. Regis in New York not only for its easy proximity to his 54th Street offices, but also because it boasts an amenity that’s non-negotiable when he’s traveling in the U.S.: The hotel offers Turner Classic Movies in all its rooms. “Every single hotel I stay at in America, I call and ask,” said the 68-year-old designer on Thursday from his London studio. “Even at the Beverly Wilshire, they don’t have it, and I never understand it. Film is the artform born in America. Everyone should embrace it.” I’ve bonded with many a designer over a mutual passion for classic films, and that’s one of the elements we’ll highlight in this new column, Filminista. To kick it off, in his typical whirling-dervish style, Blahnik name-checks a few key fashion-in-film moments:
Jezebel, 1938: “When I was a boy, I was absolutely destroyed thinking all the time about Jezebel. Orry-Kelly did such an amazing job; he was so good for Bette Davis, he knew just how to design for her body. She wasn’t tall, and she had a rather large bust--can we say bust?--and he used little tricks to make her look incredible. And that red dress! I loved the idea of what it represented, a Southern woman going to a ball in a red dress when all the unmarried women should wear white. It’s a black-and-white film, but you just know that dress is deep red. Marvelous.”
The Women, 1939: “I have to say, I was never mad about The Women, the color bit when they go to see the fashion show. It was the studio’s chance to showcase Adrian, the costume designer, but I just didn’t like the dresses. A better example is How to Marry a Millionaire : Travilla did the costumes for that, and the fashion show is much better.”
Now, Voyager, 1942: “That’s Orry-Kelly again, and when Bette Davis steps off the ship, what a glorious moment: The camera starts at her spectator shoes and goes all the way up to her hat. I think it was in the ’70s, I did a whole collection based on those spectators and called it the Dark Victory collection. That’s an entirely different Bette Davis film, of course, but I just liked the name.”
Double Indemnity, 1944: “Isn’t Barbara Stanwyck incredible? When she meets Fred MacMurray, he flirts with her by talking about her anklet, and the camera shows it above this mule she is wearing, and the whole look is so divinely trashy.”
Bonnie & Clyde, 1967: “Every girl I knew wanted to look like Faye Dunaway in those slinky dresses. Who did those costumes? I think Theadora Van Runkle, yes? In my opinion, it’s the last time a film totally influenced a whole generation.”
2011 April 25
On June 27, Christie's will auction off former prime minister Margaret Thatcher's black Asprey handbag, the same purse that produced fear and brotherly teasing from suited politicians worldwide. The backstory? Thatcher had reportedly stepped out of a room once before an important meeting, leaving her boxy Asprey on the table. It's rumored that Nicholas Ridley said, "Why don’t we start? The handbag is here." John Whittingdale, White House political secretary from 1989 to 1992, later shared Ridley's sentiment. "It was a prop," Whittingdale explained. "She would produce it very visibly at big meetings to show she meant business." Thatcher isn't the only one taking this thing seriously—Christie's is expecting it to fetch over $145,000.
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