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2011 March 18
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On Thursday night, Chic ducked into Paul & Andre, Hollywood’s most talked-about spot of the moment co-owned by Paul Sevigny (of course), for a screening of "Truth or Dare," a short, raw film by Sophomore starring Chloe Sevigny, Jen Brill, Lesley Arfin, Scott Campbell and PJ Ransone. After adventuring behind trash bins in an inconspicuous, dark Hollywood alley and down two treacherous flights of stairs, an eerie hallway and random kitchen corridor, Chic was flanked by a hip crowd of Samaire Armstrong, Hillary Rush, Chrissie Miller, Samantha Traina and Frankie Rayder. Sponsored by Kanon Organic Vodka, the party presented the B&W film depicting candid moments among a group of friends playing the classic game in a hotel room. Nicky Hilton, clad in an eclectic high/low mix of Alaia, Lanvin and H&M, took a break from texting in the corner of the club to chat.
What did you think of the film?
It was funny. I know all of those girls from New York, so it was entertaining to watch them interact on film.
Have you played Truth or Dare in the past?
A little. I didn’t really like answering questions, so I was always dared to kiss people. Which I would never do.
Would you ever consider starring in a short film like that one?
Yeah, I would do something like that with friends. But only with my friends…
What are you focusing on right now?
My jewelry line. And a ton of new fashion projects.
2011 March 17
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CFDA nominees Eddie Borgo and Joseph Altuzarra were caught between their great ally, Diane Von Furstenberg, last night. We always adore a snap of the rising stars with the industry legends—especially celle-là.
2011 March 17
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The Hosts: Katie Holmes and Jeanne Yang of, obvi, Holmes and Yang
The Date: March 16, 2011
The Place: Fred's, that place on the 9th floor of Barneys where you eat the Madison Avenue Salad during the week and the Robiola on the weekend.
The Occasion: The opening of the new Valextra boutique on Barneys' main floor, and the collab between the leather haus and the aforementioned Holmes and Yang
What we learned:
1. The collaboration will launch at Barneys in July. They'll retail for $3,950 and will have a separate compartment for your iPad.
2. Valextra is not the name of a new prescription. It's a chic Italian luxury brand found in 1937 by Giovanni Fontana. Jackie O, Grace Kelly and Maria Callas were fans; these days, it's sold exclusively at Barneys.
3. Katie Holmes was so excited to see a preview of one of her upcoming bags that she took a photo on her Blackberry to "send to my husband!" We know who that is!
4. Barneys creative ambassador Simon Doonan is the ultimate person to sit next to at a luncheon. We promised him that most of our chat was off the record, and we'll stick to our word, but here are a few things we didn't know about this darling: He once lived in Los Angeles! He loves Hogan shoes because they give him a little height! He's been with Barneys for 25 years! He believes that writers should get out of the house more! To paraphrase: "If Virginia Woolf had worked at the Barneys make-up counter part-time, maybe she wouldn't have killed herself." Plus! Simon and his boyfriend Jonathan Adler still haven't sold their Shelter Island home. Any takers?
5. Barneys' corporate offices are actually not in the same building as the Madison Ave store, but at 575 Fifth Avenue—in the same building as L'Oreal.
Check out photos from the event in our Gallery.
2011 March 17
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What's new with you?
It's a nice quiet time. That's what's new! I'm going to Hawaii.
Fun! Where, exactly?
I think Maui, but all the other islands, too, to do a trunk show. It's nice when your trunk shows take you to uh, such difficult places. I don't really want to go, but for work…. I'll do anything!
Will you surf?
I don't surf. I like big boats more than little boards.
What are your plans for St. Patrick's Day?
I'm going to carry green spray paint and spray everybody and go, "It's St. Patrick's Day!" Maybe I'll get some green food for lunch.
2011 March 17
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At last night's CFDA nominations, hosted by Nadja Swarosvski and DvF at the latter's studio, we asked some of the nominees, past winners and perhaps a future nom about the obvious: the CFDA Awards. C'mon!
Congrats on last year's win, a year late.
Thank you! Last year I wasn't expecting it, and I went onstage and I finally knew what it was like to completely blank out. It was a humbling moment."
How did you celebrate?
I went out all night. I went to Boom Boom, somehow ended up at my friend's house and then I went back home, took a shower and went to work. Another day, another collection."
Any fond memories of the CFDA Awards?
When I won the first prize. That's my memory.
How are you, love?
Overwhelmed. I was feeling a little sick earlier this week, but this definitely lifted up my spirits.
What are you going to wear to the ceremony?
That's decided like 5 minutes before I leave.
How many nominations has this been?
This is the fifth straight year that we've been nominated. The first time was for newcomer, and I think this is the fourth for Menswear designer of the year. This one was a complete surprise, because we did not have a fall show. We had to take a season off to reorganize our business.
Danielle Synder, Dannijo
What are you thinking?
I don't think I've ever been in a room with this many creative people at once. It's a lot of creative energy. I've seen people I love, like Bibhu. We met the Shipley and Hamos guys, Yigal (Azrouel)...I even met Anna again for a split second!
2011 March 17
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This week, Joe Zee hosted a Rue La La shopping event in honor of Juian Louie's uber-chic collab with ALDO. The divine collection of four-inch ikat wedges were originally featured in Louie's presentation back in September. Thanks to a little Twitter lovin' from Elle creative director Zee, the shoes will make it onto the masses this spring. Chic caught up with Zee and Louie in the midst of trying on and buying the fab footwear...
How did you play a part in getting Julian's shoes into stores (and on everyone's feet)?
I remember going to see his small presentation at Milk Studios in the fall and seeing all those shoes lined up on the floor. I thought they were the cutest shoes I'd ever seen. I took a picture and tweeted it, saying something like "guys, we love these shoes! Don't we think ALDO should make them?" The power of social media. There were overwhelming responses to my tweet. ALDO emailed me after the weekend saying they were going to make them because of the tweet and the picture.
Are you hoping Julian does a guys' version next?
I don't know if I could rock this heel with any level of authority.
How do you think Julian's designs have evolved over time?
I think he's always stuck to his guns. He just does what he does, and it's an interesting take on design through his eyes.
You're neighbs with The Daily and we share the Time-Life caf! What do you usually order there?
Dunkin Donuts coffee.
How does it feel to see your shoes off the runway and front and center in an ALDO store?
Amazing! This is my second season collaborating with ALDO for my shows, and they've been insanely supportive. Joe Zee really helped in bringing this all to life, and the blog interest in these shoes has been amazing. They're helping me reach a whole new demographic, of people who probably wouldn't be aware of my collection and what I'm doing otherwise.
How did you celebrate each collab?
The first one was just for show, I don't think I really celebrated. I don't know what to do this time around, it's kind of insane. I just went back to California to visit my family, and took a bit of time off to decompress. It was my prize to myself.
Would you ever consider doing a men's version of this collection?
Menswear is something I've always been interested in doing. When the time is right, I'd definitely do it. I want to take things slow and make sure that any kind of growth is well-planned. All my friends are always asking me when I'm going to do mens.
What celebs would you love to get in your shoes?
Carey Mulligan, Gwyneth Paltrow, Cate Blanchett and Tilda Swinton. But I'm honestly excited to see them on girls on the street.
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