2011 April 28

Arizona and Freja Do Terry

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It's that time of the week again! Terry time! Every week we're committed to show you the best Terry Richardson impressions that the photographer posts on TerrysDiary.com. Over the past few weeks James Franco, Kate Moss and John Mayer have all gotten in on the action. This week, Freja Beha and Arizona Muse channel their inner Terry and give us the thumbs up! 


2011 April 28

Want This?

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Don't forget that you can still win this gorgeous Ralston bag. How can The Aspen fur bag belong to you? Answer a totally inane question correctly and you are entered in the contest! It's that easy. In honor of the bag's name: What's the most popular wintertime activity in Aspen, Colorado? Send your answers to chicreport@chicreport.com. The winner will be picked at random from all the entries and the contest closes at midnight on April 29th. Also! Don't miss the Ralston trunk show at Henri Bendel in Manhattan that starts today and runs through May 1st. Did we mention the bag is valued at $995?! 


2011 April 28

Shot Of The Daily: Stacey Bendet and Abigail Breslin

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Can you believe that Stacey Bendet gave birth just a few weeks ago? Wow! What a comeback! The Alice + Olivia designer hosted a private dinner at The Lion last night for 30 "darlings" (her words) to celebrate her new pop-up store that opens on Madison Avenue and 66th Street this Saturday. Bendet tells us it was "seriously one of the most fun nights I've had in ages." Guests such as Caitlin Fitzgerald, Abigail Breslin, Tika Sumpter were encouraged to wear boas, tiaras and hold frilly fans. If this design thing ever gets old, our favorite Mommy has a definite future in party planning. 



2011 April 28

Model Behavior

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Elettra Wiedemann and Anja Rubik were at David Yurman's townhouse last night to support One Frickin' Day. One Frickin' Day is a charity that aims to make a difference for selected causes around the world by unifying and concentrating available resources to focus on one or two projects at a time. The premise is that it only requires "one frickin day" of your time to make a major difference in the world. OFD was founded by Wiedemann, James Marshall and Joey Jalleo in 2008. The event also brought out Elbe Van, Laura Brown, Lauren Remington Platt, Fabiola Beracasa and Tori Praver.  


2011 April 28

Donna Karan's Hiring Tactics

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When Chic discovered that Donna Karan gave handwriting tests to her prospective employees in the 80s, we took notes--and scribbled a little more thoughtfully. That got us thinking: what other interview strategies does the designer have up her sleeve? Last night, we got down to the bottom of it when we ran into Donna at the American Image Awards where her CEO, Mark Weber, was honored for Man of the Year.

Susan Sokol and Tommy Fazio told us you had their handwriting analyzed during their interviews. Do you still do that?
I don't remember that. Did I really? That's a great idea!

Any other interesting interview habits?
I do find out everyone's birthday and time of birth.

So you whip up their birth chart?
Absolutely. Every time.

Do you get embarrassed asking people their sign?
Never but it's not the first question I ask.

Are there certain astrological signs you wouldn't hire?
Yes. Let's put it this way. I work very well with Virgos--they're excellent. I need Virgos because I'm a Libra. It's very important that I surround myself with Virgos. My husband was a Virgo! Pisces are a little...they're somewhere up there. My daughter is a Pisces. The head of DKNY is a Virgo, the head of Donna Karan is a Virgo, and my head designers in both places are Virgos.

 


2011 April 28

Rebecca Minkoff in The 305

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Want to do Miami like the locals do it? Our travel columnist Rebbeca Minkoff returns to the sunshine state and tells you how to do it 305 style. 

 

"While it’s certainly no secret that I spend quite a bit of my time traveling around the world, the truth is that nothing makes me happier than being at home with my husband, relaxing, and taking a proverbial load off. But when I have the opportunity to visit a city that prides itself on fun, food, flamboyancy and festivities in year round sunshine, I take comfort knowing that I’ll be doing the next best thing to nesting at home; soaking up the sun! Enter the muy caliente Miami. I’ll be the first to acknowledge that Miami can be a little daunting for visitors because of the stunning South beach inhabitants who seem to all possess a perfect golden tan and countless tiny bikinis, but I consider myself very lucky to have a few VERY cool girls working for me who hail from “The 305.” (Isn’t that what locals call Miami?) As a result, I’ve gotten the full scoop on how to do Miami like the locals do, which is the best way to do any city, in my opinion. Trust me, the locals get it right. Read on for the best of the best of Miami, off the beaten path.

While not perhaps the most local spot (hear me out), I set up shop at the impossibly chic and lovely but decidedly trendy and tourist-y Fontainebleau Miami BeachIn all fairness to the theme of this trip, my Miami native girls tell me that this is the hotel to stay at and, since they’re locals after all, I listen. The pools are gorgeous, it’s located directly on Miami Beach which allows you to stay on the beaten path should you want to, and the Lapis spa is good for what ails ya.  

Every time I’m in Miami, I always wake up feeling energized. It just does that to me. I also always wake up hungry and ready for some fresh fruit for breakfast, and perhaps a carb or two. With that in mind, I head to one of the best little breakfast spots, away from neon lights of Ocean Drive, Front Porch CaféIt’s a place where you walk in and immediately feel like you’ve been there a hundred times before, like one of the locals! The menu offers up very honest and fresh fare. The Granola pancakes are a natural highlight for me but despite being a healthier alternative to the decadent French toast, something tells me they aren’t exactly low-fat. Whoops!

Full, happy, and ready to get my tan on, I have one of the biggest decisions of my trip to make. I could just walk across the street, join my fellow tourists and enjoy the South Beach scene or I could follow the local’s advice and head to the beaches of Key Biscayne. Decisions, decisions. What’s a girl on the hunt for the perfect, serene, strip of sand to do? Before I can even say “SPF” I’m in my car, en route to Key Biscayne. Duh! Key Biscayne is a small but very affluent little island just to the south of Miami Beach. Most of the beach here is locked down by the big resorts like the Ritz Carlton, sad face. However, act like you own the place (or look like a local) and strut onto the beach without hassle and enjoy the natural zen that comes from being on a beach so incredibly beautiful you have to pinch yourself. Grab a chair and enjoy the view. Don’t be surprised if you bump into Cher while making your own footprints in the sand. She lives here. Lucky gal.

After my undeniably fancy, sun soaked afternoon, my evening has a very tough act to follow! Disappointment is not an option because tonight, we’re dining and dancing like the locals do. One of my Miami bred employees, who is totally beautiful and thusly totally trustworthy when it comes to Miami hot spot advice, told me I must try Greenstreet in Coconut Grove for dinner. I always knew I liked her, because this place is adorbs! I opt to sit outside in the big velvet chairs, dimly lit with super loungey candles. The crowd is young, very attractive, and I get the vibe that they’re all locals. Heaven! This place packs out at night for good reason, the food is super scrumptious. I hear the brunch at GreenStreet is even better so I definitely plan on returning.

 

I’m not into immense, disorienting, hyper nocturnal nightclubs. I am, however, very into enjoying a devastatingly chic outdoor bar while visiting tropical locales. There’s something about a bright little paper umbrella in a glass full of an icy cocktail that lowers my blood pressure. The Royal at The Raleigh Hotel brings this in spades! Everything about this place oozes old world Miami Glamour. Here you can sit and soak up the undeniable exotic appeal of Miami nightlife, perhaps next to Naomi Campbell who has been known to stop into The Royal when she’s in town, and feel like you’ve found a little secret spot right on Miami beach. What more could you ask for?"

 

To hear more about my adventures and get up-to-the-minute updates on what I’m up to, follow me on facebooktwitter, and on my blog.

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