2011 May 31

Live from Chic Hampton: Hamming it Up at SoulCycle

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The chic set has (for the most part) successfully returned to Manhattan after a mildly debauched weekend out East—fueled, no doubt, by fervent reading of The Daily Dan. As usual, your Chic attempts to mix pleasure and pain, so our jaunts to Cyril's were tempered with not one, but two trips to the just-opened-on-Friday location of SoulCycle in East Hampton. (No need to applaud, really.) Luckily, we come back with some sightings to report: Alec Baldwin and Matthew Broderick sweated it out to Madonna tunes at MB's class on Sunday. "I don't need air conditioning, but I do need some air!" smiled a sweaty Baldwin afterwards. He lingered around the studio to chat with his apparent buddy Broderick, who sported his signature tortoiseshell glasses to the class. Well done, boys! 


2011 May 27

Adieu, Elaine's!

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At 4 a.m. this morning, the venerable media haunt that is Elaine's served its last drink. Opened by Elaine Kaufman in December 1963 with a $10,000 investment, the UES resto has become an institution over the past 48 years thanks to its feisty namesake hostess who curated a crowd of literary and cinema luminaries including Tom Wolfe, Woody Allen and Gay Talese (and booted out the patrons she didn't want around). In other words, people weren't returning night after night for the cuisine--and that was quite alright, given the storied scene Kaufman created over the years. This is a place with an area demarcated as "Siberia," after all! When Elaine passed away in December, her loyal regulars and the media world alike mourned the loss of the venerable parlour where media wheelings and dealings were brokered, sass with dished up and Manhattan was filmed. Longtime manager Diane Becker inherited the haunt and kept up shop for six months before announcing plans to shutter the resto on May 17. In honor of Elaine's last call, Chic feels compelled to bid farewell to Elaine with a few bon mots and verbal reveries...

David Zinczenko, editor-in-chief of Men's Health, to Mediaite:
“For the last decade-and-a-half, I spent more nights in Elaine Kaufman’s restaurant than anywhere else on Earth; a rough calculation in my head reveals that her staff served me somewhere in the vicinity of 1300 dinners...At Elaine’s, I learned that a great restaurant was like a great magazine—a collection of unique voices speaking a common language.”


2011 May 27

Look Of The Daily: Grace Coddington

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It's not often (ever?) that we see Grace Coddington with her hair pulled back, so today we bestow the Look Of The Daily to her for switching things up a bit. She looked beautiful as usual at El Museo's 2011 gala honoring Mario Testino. Mwah! 



2011 May 27

The Daily Dan Is Out!

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The first issue of The Daily Dan, your weekly chic sheet to all things haute, all summer long is out. Distributed partout around the East End with Dan's Papers, the ultimate doyens of Hamptons publishing, your dear Daily will give you all the glossy dish you know and love...while flooding you with the cheeky-chic elixir you know, love, and crave. 


2011 May 27

Raul Higuera Show Opens Tomorrow Night

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Attention, Hamptonettes! The Vered Gallery (68 Park Place, East Hampton) celebrates the opening of Couture Shock, the first solo exhibition of hot fashion photographer Raul Higuera with a reception tomorrow night from 7 to 9 p.m. The show features highlights of Higuera's work for Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire and Harper's Bazaar. This year, he's booked shoots for Pucci, Lanvin, Dior and Chanel and he's previously done portraits of Karl Lagerfeld, Jean Paul Gaultier and Pierre Hardy. Did we mention he's only 30? "The Gallery has been terrific," the Colombian native told us. "They really work with the artist as a team and they're definitely tastemakers in the art world." The show debuts tomorrow and runs through June 20th. Don't miss it! 


2011 May 27

The Daily Wonders...How Do You Feel About Your Beach Body?

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We look to the chic set in hopes of some sympathy.

Carolina Herrera: 
I don’t think about it.

Reem Acra: My body is a healthy body—that’s the most important thing!

Glenn O’Brien: I’m pretty ready. I do Pilates three times a week. 

Mickey Boardman: It is what it is. I worry more about sunburn.
 
Robert Verdi: Look, I think being a little bronze is great—but I don’t want to be Tangelina Jolie or Jennifer Taniston or George Hamiltan.

Andy Samberg: My swimsuit body could be a little tighter right now. I have a new regimen where I’m going to do, like, three to six crunches each day and see if that helps. I know it seems foolish, but I’m optimistic. Fingers crossed that those six crunches work. If they’re really intense, long crunches, maybe. I guess if I hold each one for an hour or something? I’m going to write an exercise how-to book about my regimen. It’ll be called “Three Long Crunches.”

Karolina Kurkova: I haven’t thought about it too much. You can always strive for improvement, but for me the most important thing is being healthy and taking care of myself. That doesn’t mean I can’t indulge or that I have to work out five hours a day. My lifestyle really is about taking care of myself all the time and treating my body like a temple.  

 

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