2011 May 5

A Moment With... Tommy Hilfiger at His Prep World House

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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

Chicaholic Spring Spirits: Kir Yvette at Hotel Chantelle

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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, concierge@hotelchantelle.com.

2011 May 5

Look Of The Daily: Eva Mendes in Oscar de la Renta

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It's fitting that Eva Mendes wore Oscar de la Renta while sharing the red carpet with a "real" Oscar last night at The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Tribute to Sophia Loren in Beverly Hills. The sequin embroidered apple silk faille dress is from Oscar's Fall 2011 collection. Gorgeous! 

2011 May 5

Olivier Theyskens' Secret Wish

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Theory's Olivier Theyskens chats with legendary costume designer Milena Canonero (Out of Africa, The Cotton Club, Marie Antoinette) in the May issue of Interview, and reveals he'd one day like to get into cinema. "I would love, just once, to do costumes for a movie. I almost did some theater, but it is very different from what I am used to doing as a fashion designer." They also discuss shoes being indicative of the era: "The only shoes that look futuristic are Cros, but they would be terrible to use in a futuristic movie." Noted. 

2011 May 5

Hell on Heels! With Sasha Charnin Morrison

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Us Weekly fashion director Sasha Charnin Morrison's shoe collection is so legendary that Chic demanded her daily dish. No pain, no vain!

"In my sick obsessive year of buying Alaia, I'm close to robbing a bank to feed the frenzy. I bought half size too big but they worked out and I just had to have. That Cordovan color, black covered leather studs, higgggh heel on platform. Can't get enough. $650+ on Theoutnet.com. Essie nails: Peach Daiquri."

What's she talking about? Check the Gallery for the big reveal! And! Don't miss Sasha's new book: Secrets of Stylists: An Insider's Guide to Styling the Stars.





2011 May 4

Lunch With Pitti

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Prego! Chic lunched at Quattro Gastronomia Italiana yesterday to celebrate Pitti, the upcoming fashion fair, which begins in Florence, Italy on June 14th. The fashion fair's special guests this season are LA-based designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte and Scott Sternberg of Band of Outsiders, who will show outside of the US for the first time. Sternberg will be the guest at Pitti Uomo, where he’ll show BOO Spring 12 menswear collection, as well as the Resort 12 women’s collections by Boy and Girl. Rodarte will also be showing an exclusive collection to Pitti. Others joining the smiley threesome for lunch included NY Times cutie Eric Wilson, Joe Zee, Stefano Tonchi, Jim Moore, Bruce Pask and Aaron Hinklin.   

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