2011 April 18

Karl Lagerfeld Never Lets Us Down

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This is apparently not a joke. We think. Karl Lagerfeld is partnering with his publisher Steidl to create a perfume inspired by the smell of...books. Books, people! Books! The scent, to be called "Paper Passion," was created by Berlin-based perfumer Geza Schon. It will be sold encased within a hard-covered book...also entitled Paper Passion. Word is that the packaging concept is seen as a throwback to the times when British aristocrats hid their whiskey in hollowed tomes. Are the editors of The Onion now consulting on the Kaiser's side projects?  


2011 April 18

Bijan Pakzad: He Did It His Way!

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The self proclaimed "most expensive clothing designer in the world" Bijan Pakzad died on Saturday, following a stroke at the age of 67. The LA-based designer counted Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Ronald Regan, Tom Cruise and Oscar de la Renta as clients—not to mention he knew how to live. Don't miss this fascinating vid that was made when he was awarded the Otis Design Legend award in 2010. See his car! Meet his maid of 18 years! Everything you'd ever want to know about Bijan and more! He was such a cutie. 

 


2011 April 18

Run-Way

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Here's an impressive display of Sunday Funday: Models Agyness Deyn, David Gandy  and designer Henry Holland ran the London marathon yesterday to support the charity Oxfam. Did the models beat the designer? No! Holland was the first of the three to finish the 26 mile-long race, coming in at an impressive three hours, 28 minutes and 59 seconds. Gandy came in an hour later, at 4 hours and 35 minutes; Deyn followed in ten minutes. Well done, darlings! 



2011 April 18

Chic Must-See: "Sleep No More"

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Sleep No More by Punchdrunk theater company, brought to NYC by Emursive Sleep No More by Punchdrunk theater company, brought to NYC by Emursive
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After selling out to devoted crowds across the pond, Punchdrunk Theater Company's Sleep No More, an immersive and tres trippy theater experience like no other, has set up shop in NYC. With an ultra-stylish roster of attendees like Diane von Furstenberg, Joan Rivers, Tyra Banks, Amy Adams, Paz de la Huerta, and Julian Schnabel (et brood), no wonder it's already selling out. Set in the fictional, gorgeously (and darkly) imagined McKittrick Hotel in Chelsea, it's a modern tweak on Shakespeare's Macbeth. The audience dons eerie white masks and gropes through an elaborate labyrinth of over a hundred rooms (including a graveyard, blood-spattered boudoirs, a doctor's office and other environs that conjure up the aesthetic of One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest...) at one's own pace. Since Sleep No More's March 7 premiere, other fabulous folk getting sleepless (yes, the show is a tad haunting!) have included Amanda Palmer, Kevin Spacey, Darren Aronofsky, Kim Cattrall and Liev Schrieber.  The show's run has been extended to May 14, but we have a feeling this is sticking around for a long time to come.  


2011 April 18

A Moment With... Susan Woo

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Now, toss out every crunchy, granola notion of lumpy layers crafted from hemp, best accessorized with Birkenstocks. Susan Woo is the antithesis of what eco-fashion brings to mind. After studying fashion design and business at Cornell, Woo had a string of plum stints at Louis Vuitton, Derek Lam and Chanel. Her latest collection is rife with minimalist tunics, luxe skirts in perfect pencil silhouettes, and standout outerwear that's sharply nipped, zipped and belted. Check out the Gallery for a peek. How exactly is Woo stepping up the sustainable style game? Read on.

What prompted you to start your eponymous line?
It was actually inspired by a client at Chanel. She was obviously a wealthy woman who was able to afford Chanel, and she was asking me lots of questions about a particular sweater. "How were the sheep treated?" I joked, We're assuming they were fed caviar, because this is Chanel! She was really interested in how her clothes were made. She loved leather and could afford it, but wouldn't buy it because of ethical reasons. She wanted a happy medium.

So who is the Susan Woo woman?
There's a type of customer that wants to go eco-friendly, but without compromising her taste. Someone with a higher aesthetic than the green designs already out there, which are mostly knits and jeans. It's for a woman who has meetings and cocktail parties. 

What distinguishes you from the non-green competition?
I think of the sustainable aspect as a gift with purchase; green is good when you don't have to sacrifice anything. So much mass-retailer clothing can only be worn once or twice before it falls it apart. Truly sustainable fashion lasts, and it's worth the investment. I'd rather have a smaller closet of things I love, rather than a massive closet of what's in right this moment. 

How's it performed at retail?
I've done three collections, so it's a pretty young line. I hang on the floor with regular designers. Customers buy it because the fit and color are great, and people often don't even know the line is eco-friendly. 

How do you source your materials?
There aren't many great eco-friendly fabrics out there that will work with my collections, so when I find one I love, I get obsessed. I'd say that sourcing is 80 percent of what I do. I manufacture in New York, so I can walk 10 blocks and make sure everyone is working in good lighting, wages are fair, stuff like that. My first season, they made a dress and the straps were two different lengths, so I just walked over to fix it. There are no flights or translators involved in the production process, which makes a huge difference.


2011 April 18

Look of The Daily: Reese Witherspoon in Jason Wu

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Aww alert! Back from her honeymoon already? On Sunday night, Reese Witherspoon hit the New York premiere of Water for Elephants sporting a silk radzmire sculpted dress with falling leaf lace embroidery from Jason Wu's Fall 2011 collection. And yes, those are Christian Louboutin heels. Are you liking the leaves?

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