2011 May 2

Toddler Tales From Gwyneth, Rachel, Jenni, and More

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Alice + Olivia's Stacey Bendet took her Chic Report contributor duties very seriously this week by asking her friends to share the funniest things uttered recently by their toddlers. She calls them "Eloisisms." We call it adorable. First, a conversation between Stacey and her 3-year-old daughter Eloise:


Stacey: Eloise, what are you doing? (as she tackles her friend Pierce for a toy)
Eloise: Mommy, I TAKE HIM DOWN. (as she pins him to floor)
Stacey: Um, yes Eloise, you did…

*the next day when I tried to explain that tackling wasn’t the best way to get a toy, she replied, “In it to win it." Mental note: no more watching daddy and Uncle Marshall play soccer.

Stacey: Eloise, I think you are frustrated.
Eloise: Mommy, what is fwustwated?
Stacey: Frustrated is when you want something that you can't have and you get upset because you don’t understand why you can't have it.
Eloise: Oh, fwustrated is when you want chocolate and you mommy says no so you cwy? Can I have chocolate now?


Rachel Roy, designer and very glamorous mom of Tallulah (one of Eloise’s best friends) 
Tallulah: Mommy, are you mad?
Rachel: No, baby, why?
Tallulah: Because you don't have any lipstick on.

Gwyneth Paltrow, actress, author, singer, blogger and supermom. The woman who does it all!
"While getting dressed for school (they had a royal wedding party on Friday—no uniforms, they dressed as princes and princesses), Apple was putting on her white dress, feather capelet, etc., and Moses said "Apple! You are all in the color white!" Apple said, 'Mosey, white is not a color, it's a shade.'"

Jessica Seinfeld, philanthropist, author, and size 2 mommy extraordinaire to a future comedian kindergartener
"My 5 year old son just said, 'Why is you underwear so small when your tush is so big?'"

Jenni Kayne, designer and mom of Tanner (Eloise’s LA boyfriend)
"It was Tanner's big easter vacation in Palm Springs, and he was invited to go to a children's birthday party with my mom... his Pitty-Pat. It was an outdoor party and they took the golf cart. He was singing the whole way, so excited to get to the party. Much to his surprise, when they pulled up, there was an Elmo pinata hanging from a tree like a noose with several kids viciously beating him to a pulp with a bat.  He screamed "Elmo, no! Pitty-pat, what are they doing to Elm?' Seeing Elmo take this beating was his most traumatizing experience to date, and he insisted on rescuing what was left of him. He and my mom drove home with Elmo's head in the back of the golf cart, missing a mouth and one eye. He carried Elmo around the rest of our vacation." 

Stefani Greenfield, my working mommy retail idol and parent to future fashionista Theodora
"Can we sleep in Cinderella's Castle at Disney for........ 2 minutes? No, 4 minutes…because I'm 4!"

Kelly Bensimon, The only mommy I know who looks like she 24/7 just got a blow out!

"I remember telling my youngest, Teddy, I had to go to Miami. She immediately asked, 'What's in your ami?' I love how literal kids are."

Cynthia Rowley, one of New York's most creative mommies

"You know you are a true New Yorker when your baby’s first word is 'TASSSSSI!' as in, taxi."

Alli Lamb, my sister, 1st grade teacher, and parenting guru on call 24/7…and mommy of Miss Madden
Madden: Mommy, I wet the bed.
Alli: What happened?
Madden: There was holes in my underwears.

2011 May 2

Introducing...BFF With Francesco Clark

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Chic's an utter fan of Francesco Clark , and not just because of all the life lessons found in his revelationary book, Walking Papers. (There's that whole Clark's Botanicals line we also semi-worship.) So we're delighted that he's come on board to pen a column for us about beauty, fashion and food: We call it BFF! 

"So there was that thing last week. And it was pretty…major. It was Royal; it was Elegant; it was Sublime, and to everyone watching it, it was the modern fairytale. Catherine Middleton was a bright epiphany to the McQueen house, which, under the late designer’s demise, had faced questions on how it could sustain its vision. But, with Sarah Burton’s design and Catherine’s poise, it burst the house back into the forefront of everyone’s minds again.

The wedding, and being English Royalty, was appropriately embedded in tradition. And with that, came the fascinators. No, not Victoria and David Beckham. A fascinator refers to a more elaborate version of a cocktail hat. Queen Elizabeth has had to address fascinators in her defining new standards in English culture, specifically, for entry to Royal Ascot. They aren’t nearly as omnipresent in America as they are in the UK, but I’d except some attendees to tonight’s Costume Institute Gala to don them, considering this year’s theme is Mr. McQueen himself.

But to many in the fashion community it goes beyond just McQueen, the fascinators we saw last week was also a perfect tribute to the designer and his early friend, Isabella Blow. The two shared a similar aesthetic, almost a rugged, intellectual, punk-rocker, with many historical references. Ms. Blow has been said to have helped the then undiscovered designer gain traction in an industry that can chew-up and spit-out talent as quickly as the passing (fashion) season. And his personality, outspoken in design, but seemingly shy to press, seemed to compliment hers perfectly.

They were artists, and they were trailblazers, and the Royal wedding and tonight’s MET gala are perfect tributes to how talent, collaboration, and hard work are respected and can be both enormously treasured in the past, as the late designer and his friend will be remembered, as well as how timeless a living passion can become a true heritage, lasting so much longer than any one lifetime."

2011 May 2

Look of The Daily: Lake Bell in Cushnie et Ochs

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Nice! On Friday night, Lake Bell sported a white silk dress by Cushnie et Ochs to the premiere of A Good Old Fashioned Orgy at the Tribeca Film Festival. Chic will take one of these in every color...

2011 May 2

Shot of The Daily: Vera and Martha

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Vera Wang hosted a special screening of the Yves Saint Laurent documentary L'Amour Fou last night in Manhattan. Vera's pal Martha Stewart joined guests Anja Rubik, Katie Lee, Erin Beatty, Max Osterweis, Prabal Gurung and Yigal Azrouel to toast the film. For some reason, we think these two should collaborate. But on what?!

2011 April 29

It's Picture Day!

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The Eventi Hotel's Bar Basque was brimming with wall-to-wall chicsters last night to celebrate fash shutterbug Michael Thompson and the launch of his coffee-table hardcover, PortraitsGQ hosted the fete, along with Damiani Editore and Jed Root, catering to a top-notch troupe including Glenn O' Brien, Italo Zucchelli, Marcus Wainwright and David Neville of Rag & Bone, Gucci Westman, Leelee Sobieski and Adam Kimmel, GQ EIC Jim Nelson, and GQ creative director Jim Moore. Chic mingled among the crowd and wondered: How'd you dress for your school portraits?

Jim Nelson: A lot of hair! When I look back at my school portraits, all I see are huge bangs, parted down the middle, wings, and long locks.

Leelee Sobieski: I had a French lycée uniform. I wore a blue blazer, white shirt, a grey skirt that was too short, and knee-highs that I would make too sexy. I would always get in trouble for wearing red lipstick.

Jim Moore: I was really into bell bottoms in the 70s. I wanted a pair of flared jeans. I saved up some money and my neighbor's mom ordered them for me through the Sears catalogue.

Michael Thompson: Oh god. Back in the 70s I'd wear a silk shirt, unbuttoned down-to-there, with no chest hair.

2011 April 29

Hilary Rhoda's Diary

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We're ecstatic that the beautiful and lovely Hilary Rhoda is writing a column about her life and adventures for Chic Report.  This week, she reveals what's off her bucket list, what she did for Easter and much more! 


"April has been an exciting month. I can't believe it is coming to an end! Kicking off my favorite time of the year is my birthday, which is on April 6th. I happened to be working in the Mojave desert, which was certainly memorable! We shot at an awesome movie set where Lady Gaga recently did her music video for Telephone. Brana Wolf and the lovely crew had a cake ready and surprised me during our lunch break. How thoughtful! 


When I returned home, I taped a segment for CBS Morning News to raise awareness for the charity I'm involved in, New Yorkers for Children. The annual Spring Gala was just days away, an event that many look forward to all year long. The event raised over $500,000, helping youth in foster care to become successful, self-sufficient adults.


During the week of the New Yorkers for Children gala, I was also shooting some new online makeup tutorials for Estee Lauder. I have done these in the years past and they have been so successful that now the brand will be selling them as DVDs along with the makeup and skincare packages for customers to learn their own tricks from makeup pro Tom Pecheux! Also exciting news is that not only will I be featured in the tutorials with Tom but so will the other Estee Lauder spokeswomen: Joan Smalls, Constance Jablonski, Liu Wen, and Elizabeth Hurley. I cant wait for you all to see the new videos, coming soon...


A couple weeks later, I went from minding my elegant train on my Chloé dress at "A Fools Fete," to "shaking my bon bon" at a Ricky Martin concert! My friend Derek Blasberg had invited me and we made our way to the Prudential Center one Saturday night in a torrential downpour. Ricky still hit all the notes and moves I remembered from my days in middle school. After the show we got to meet him and he was very gracious. Now I can finally check off a Ricky Martin concert from my bucket list!


Last week, I took my brother Spencer to the opening season of the New York City Opera with a concert and Gala. Kristen Chenoweth and Victor Garber were among the special guests who performed some of the popular songs written by Stephen Schwartz, who was being honored that evening. To be honest, Spencer and I did not know what we were getting ourselves into. We were expecting a lady with horns and norwegian braids to start singing at the top of her lungs and break glass somewhere! The night turned out to be extremely fun. It was very special to see a performance of the work by Mr. Schwartz, who composed hit music and lyrics from Wicked and Pippin to films such as Pocahontas and Enchanted.


The next day we drove back to D.C. for Easter with my family and to watch game five of the Rangers/Capitals playoff series. Spencer was rooting for the Caps and I was pulling for the Rangers so it did get a little tense. Thankfully my Mom was sitting in between us! Easter brunch was so delicious and it was so nice to spend time with my grandparents. Driving back to N.Y. that night was a nightmare because of the holiday traffic, but we made it in one piece. Not one to stay in one place for too long, I was off to JFK. I am in Napa Valley at the moment for a photo shoot with Peter Lindbergh, and it is just gorgeous! Good thing I just got into wine, so now I will be able to appreciate a couple glasses with my dinner!! 


Right now you can catch me in new covers and editorials for Tatler Russia, Vogue Russia, and W Korea. Looking forward to the Met Gala on Monday night. I'll be giving you my recap of the night next week! Until then....

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