2011 April 29
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It always brightens our day when we see that Valentino was out on the town. The legendary designer and Giancarlo Giammetti attended The Cinema Society screening of Thor in Manhattan last night. Good to see the boys can still enjoy a night out!
2011 April 29
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If it's the event of a lifetime, you better believe that David and Victoria Beckham are gonna be there. They know everyone! We're keeping our royal wedding coverage at a minimum because we know if you want it, you know where to find it, but Chic must acknowledge the attendance of royalty in our world at the big event. Work that hat, Posh!
2011 April 29
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Sarah Burton can sleep well tonight. Lagerfeld approves. The designer told France 2 television that he thought Kate Middleton's Alexander McQueen gown was a "gown of very refined detail, much more refined than the one Diana wore." The Kaiser's praise didn't stop there. "Alexander McQueen's dresses are always elegant. It's very pretty and relatively classic, but that goes with the decor, with a little touch of the 1950s that recalls Marilyn Monroe or Queen Elizabeth II's dress. The lace is pretty, especially the embroidered veil and the tiara is not too high, without too heavy a bun. It's ravishing and the length of the train is perfect." Lagerfeld also compared Middleton to a troubled actress who isn't the first person that comes to mind when we think of England's new Duchess. "Kate is a young, modern woman. She's a Lindsay Lohan and she wasn't going to miss her moment." Moving on…He was not as kind to everyone who attended the festivities. Lagerfeld channeled his inner Joan Rivers and tore into one guest at Westminster Abbey who was wearing a coat in a rough fabric that resembled upholstery, "She's wearing a sofa on her back!' Ouch.
2011 April 28
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Last night, Chic popped into the penthouse at Barney's to ogle some seriously stunning gems at the launch of Irene Neuwirth's Diamond Collection, with proceeds benefiting the CFDA's Fashion + Friends for Japan. Busy Phillips and Joanna Newsom were the lovely hosts of the evening, and Phillips giggled on and off with her date for the evening, Michelle Williams. But the best duo of all? Andy Samberg and Neuwirth, former camp buddies! As macaroons made the rounds and the intimate and superswanky crowd - including Harvey Weinstein, Lake Bell, Reed Krakoff, and Richard Chai - tippled champagne in the parfait springtime evening breezes on the veranda, Chic chatted with Samberg and Neuwirth about their campiest memories!
How did you know Irene?
AS: It was a sleep-away camp, called Skylake Yosemite Summer Camp. The kids definitely liked me. I was the campfire coordinator, which meant I organized the entertainment every evening. I think they were sick of me by the end of each summer. Just like with any comedian, you can't see one person entertaining for too long.
How did you score that gig?
They made that job up for me because I didn't have any other skills. I couldn't teach windsurfing because I didn't know how.
What was Irene like at camp?
We were friends. Irene was the horse wrangler, and I think she used to drape jewels on the horses. Just kidding!
So, Andy was the campfire coordinator at Skylake Yosemite Summer Camp. Tell me about your equestrian fiefdom - I'm surprised it wasn't the arts and crafts hut!
IN: I taught horseback riding every summer and my title was horse wrangler. I think I also taught archery. Or maybe water skiing, too. I’d been going there since I was nine.
Did you guys ever go back for a reunion?
Yes. It was really fun! I think we just drank a lot and went skinny dipping. It was a blast.
2011 April 28
If New York City feels a little dimmer this week, we know why. Our very own Ruffian boys Brian Wolk and Claude Morais have headed west for a few weeks to spend some time on the other side of the country. Lucky for us, they won't let their Chic down and have written in with their latest adventures from Cali.
"Malibu, California has a rich, unique history. Beginning with the indigenous Chumash Native Americans, Malibu was settled by Spanish Explorer Juan Cabrillo in 1542, ultimately falling into the hands of Fredrick Hastings Rindge. Upon Rindge’s death, the territory was passed onto the hands of wife, Rhoda May Rindge, who ferociously guarded the land until 1929, when the state won the case to build Highway 1 (PCH). As the gates opened to the Spanish style compound belonging to our hosts Dayna Zegarelli and boyfriend Joe Davis, May Rindge’s Ruffian tenacity to preserve this great land was well understood. Malibu native and President of Scripted Consulting, Dayna has been a long time friend and confidante of Ruffian.
This gorgeous home's style is a distinct hybrid between Moorish and Arts and Crafts style. Its decor is accented with dark carved wood, Malibu tile, Picasso etchings and fireplaces that warm each of its many rooms. After a glass of Port and a brief synopsis on the dinner to come the following day, we climbed up the steps to our very high bed. We dreamed peacefully as we heard the ocean roaring in the distance.
The next morning, after taking a hike from the backyard to the first of seven waterfalls on the Escondido Trail, we got down to work. In Ruffian tradition, we insisted on cooking for our guests, and although 45 for dinner might be our record, we wanted to bring a little Williamsburg to Malibu so began to prep for the challenge. As the staff prepared the house, the party rentals arrived, and the gardeners trimmed the hedge maze, and we made our way to the market. As the dinner was planned for the night before Easter, we decided to do a classic Ruffian meal. The menu included radishes with crumbled parmesan, deviled eggs, a very large ham (seriously large, like 25 pounds!), gratin dauphinoise, haricot vert and creamed corn. With supplies in the back of the convertible Jag (thanks to our hosts!), we made our way back to the house. Serendipitously at that moment, our good friend Douglas Friedman, who was in town to shoot for InStyle, gave us a ring. Not only did we confirm his attendance, but recruited his services. Whoever thought an East Coast photographer could whip up a cornbread like a genteel Southern aristocrat? With the clock ticking down, and all hands on deck, we arranged the flowers, lit the candles and raced to the finish line. We hopped in the shower, spritzed some cologne and it was show time.
An eclectic procession of LA’s most interesting people began to arrive. This included Edward Robinson, Director of Photography for LACMA, fashion stylists Jessica Pastor and Patrick Milani, hairstylist Robert Vetica, the charming English actor Guy Burnet, the lovely actress Caitlin Keats, interior designer Tobi Tobin and author Nicolas Pages.
The following morning, (actually afternoon), we packed a picnic basket of leftovers and walked down to the their private beach for lunch. After we were sufficiently bronzed, we headed to the chic Malibu shopping mecca, The Lumber Yard. We were thrilled to find many of our favorite stores, including Maxfield Malibu, where we consulted with our hostess to pick out the perfect Easter Sunday ensemble. A quick cocktail at Guido’s, (our host’s local favorite), was followed by a stop at the Malibu Farmers Market where we picked up supplies for an Easter Day dinner at home with the family.
That evening, as we warmed ourselves in front of the fire, we not only heard the echoes of this memorable weekend, but truly found our new home on the West Coast with Ruffian ambassadors, Joe and Dayna."
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