2011 April 18
Last Friday, New York & Company showed its Fall 2011 collection with a lively presentation at Milk Studios. Don't expect what you've seen in years past--NY&C has had a major facelift, cheris. Chic gabbed with CEO Greg Scott and director of PR Marielle Gelber to get to the bottom of all the buzz. "We’re trying to give women in their thirties, who haven’t really had a home, a destination for great fashion," shared Scott. "I want her to have fashion she thought she could never afford." Like a $69 camel cape/trench that converts to a poncho? "Exactly! We’re starting to offer more novel fashion, and the customer will pay for that, but we’re still lower than our competition by $10, $20, or $30." For Fall, that means shift dresses, jewel tone blouses, and black trousers for every day of the week—along with seventies garb like faux fur vests and chubbies, paisley frocks, and floppy-brimmed hats. "The sidewalk is your runway!" Gelber chimed in. "We want New York women to feel good and look great. We also want women who don’t live here to have a taste of New York style. Attitude is a New York woman's best accessory, and paired with a NY&C item, you're sure to make a stunning Fall statement."
2011 April 18
So much brilliance arrives in the firstname.lastname@example.org inbox. Today's kudos go to designer Pierre Garroudi. Without further ado (or any editing):
press release: 17/04/12
Orgasmic Flashmob Fashion show to invade the streets of London!
Pierre Garroudi is enticing a surreal burst of exuberance across London through his Haute Couture in an exceptional "Flashmob Fashion Show", a must see for the 21st of April!
Models adorned in the Red Stopping collection will depart from the Pierre Garroudi gallery, ready to strut across the streets of London, creating an immense buzz as they parade and ambush the tube lines on a mission to allure their public as the streets becoming their catwalk. The climax of the event erupting in the heart of Trafalgar Square.
Through the Encouragement of participation from models in live photo and video shoots will emerge the rare indulgence of an alarmingly high fashion glamour. Dancers will also surround the scene performing to current chart-topping songs, accentuating the intoxicating atmosphere.
Inspirational for the upcoming generation of fashionistas, seeking to embrace their alter-ego and of course exhibit the exhilarating spirit that can only be found in the Pierre Garroudi brand.
2011 April 15
This week, Sergio Kletnoy nibbles crumpets on Crosby, spots Bill Cunningham in action and has a laundry list of colorful starlet run-ins, both on and off the job—as per usual for the fiercest assistant to ever set foot in Hearst Tower. The Daily's "The Assistant Files" kicked off with Kletnoy, and each week we're following his escapades as Marie Claire EIC Joanna Coles' gatekeeper. And don't forget to peruse the gallery of Sergio's fantastic photographic evidence!
Sunday, 1:45 p.m.
In my gray Diesel jeans, “Who The F#$K is Mark Ronson” t-shirt, Pierre Hardy kicks and an army and neon-yellow coat by Raf Simons, I am rushing downtown to meet my favorite “natural blond,” Amanda Hearst. Amanda invited a few of her friends for an afternoon of tea and crumpets (how posh) at the Crosby Street Hotel in Soho. I overslept from being out until 3 a.m. the night before, and arrived 45 minutes late. After two hours of endless trays of food and six cups of English Breakfast tea, we headed out for an afternoon of shopping. While in Soho, I spotted Joanna's BFF Narciso Rodriguez and his posse of peeps. I waved hello and rushed off for something a little more important: Y-3, Bathing Ape, Diesel, Buckler and Opening Ceremony, where I dropped a small fortune on a couple of t-shirts.
Monday, 9:05 a.m.
On my way to work, I spot Bill Cunningham on the corner of 57th and 5th—his favorite place to photograph fashionistas—I yell out “Bill, LOVED the movie." He smiled, said thank you, and went back to snapping pix of those who are not fashion roadkill. Later that day at the Dream hotel, I caught up with my favorite new British import, Jessie J, for another round of tea. (Bye bye, Ellie Goulding.) She was tricked out in a black mesh catsuit, gold bamboo earrings, gold creepers and a matching pleather jacket. Jessie is a world famous singer/songwriter. Never heard of her? Well, you’ve definitely heard of Miley’s biggest hit, “Party In The U.S.A.,” which Jessie co-wrote. Her debut album Who You Are is out this week and be sure to check out the brand spanking new psychedelic video for “Nobody’s Perfect",which happens to be my fave off the album. Best part of our interview? The Angel Jackson feather bag.
Tuesday, 1:30 p.m.
While THE BOSS was out to lunch, I met up with Gossip Girl’s resident wild child turned rockstar, Taylor Momsen, for an interview. Taylor was dolled up in a white dress, Ramones sweatshirt, leather biker jacket and her signature black eyeliner. (Surprisingly, she told me that make-up only takes 10 minutes to apply.) I was wearing my favorite vintage Zeppelin t-shirt, and she asked me what my favorite Zeppelin song was. “Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You.” Turns out, it’s her favorite, too. Adore! We made fun of Avril, discussed my tattoos and shared our love for Chris Cornell. Taylor is obsessed with Teen Mom, doesn’t care for Bieber and wants to be known as a singer who acts, not the other way around. We talked about our favorite classic movies. Mine: Some Like It Hot. Hers: The Wizard of Oz. (I’ve never seen it, so kill me.) The debut album by The Pretty Reckless, the rock band that Taylor fronts, “Light Me Up” is in stores this week. Be sure to check out "Just Tonight," the killer single and video from one of the best rock albums of the year.
Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.
I am fixated with “Wonderland” by Natalia Kills. Natalia (real name: Natalia Cappuccini) is a stunning British singer-songwriter. P.S., If you haven’t noticed, I am real Anglophile. Natalia is what Gaga wishes she could be. Next up is “Rose Colored Glasses” by Kelly Rowland. Kelly came to the office today and over another round of tea—Joanna’s obsession with tea has finally rubbed off on me—we reminisced about the first time we met, our love for Marvin Gaye, the possibility of a Destiny’s Child reunion and my Salvador Dali tattoo. More about our interview next week. Back to the song: Kelly looks flawless in the video, which was directed by a world-renowned photographer Rankin. Drop whatever you are doing and download it now! And finally, “Out Of My Mind” by the London-based Tyson. If Prince and Scissor Sisters had a baby, Tyson would be it. As one blogger put it, “It will have you moaning for all the right reasons.”
Thursday, 1:12 p.m.
I heart N.Y.! While coming out of Hale & Hearty on 55th Street and Eighth Avenue with my lunch, I ran into Goldie Hawn. Casually dressed in a black tank top, sweats and the obligatory shades, she definitely did not look like a grandmother—more like a hot cougar. I said hi, she smiled, waved and went about her business. Of course, now I’m obsessed. I think I need to stay in this weekend and have a full-fledged movie day. (Goldie’s Death Becomes Her and HouseSitter are going straight to the top of my movie pile.) Oh how I wish those rumors from years back about Goldie and Madonna starring in Chicago turned out to be true. What I wouldn’t give to hear Madge and Goldie belt out “Nowadays/Hot Honey Rag.” A boy can dream…
2011 April 15
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He's had his own line since 2006, but Simon Spurr trained under the best—Hedi Slimane, Ralph Lauren, and la maison Calvin Klein. Simply put? He's a star. But what's his cleaning lady's name?
Name: Simon Spurr
Birthday: July 8th
Current abode: New York City
Birthplace: Farnborugh, U.K.
Hours you sleep: Six.
Wake-up call: 6:15 a.m..
Street of choice: "No street, exactly, but my area of choice would be Belsize Park in London."
What phrase are you over? "Cropped pants."
Favorite room? "The bedroom"
Favorite vegetable? "Potato."
A divine recent read: "An article on the Duke of Windsor by Suzy Menkes in Another Man."
iPad app: "Chase bank."
Do you have the iPad 2? "No, and I won't. I don't believe in excessive keeping-up-with-the-Jones'. "
Favorite showtune: "I'm not a showtunes guy."
What do you pay your cleaning lady? $100.
What's her name? "Anya. The first time she cleaned my house, she color-coordinated my wardrobe."
Favorite bread: "Whatever's fresh."
First fashion show: "Tom Ford's very last Gucci show."
Greatest expenditure: "My apartment."
Escape plan: "I'll retire from fashion and build a modern home on the beach in Mexico."
Illicit crush: Olivia Wilde.
What makes you jealous? "I don't get jealous."
2011 April 15
Emily Current and Meritt Elliott are Los Angeles-based stylists also known for cult-fave denim line, Current/Elliott. Now, they're Chic-ing with us weekly, with all the dish from the West Coast. They also write love letters.
Dear Rose Bowl Flea Market,
You sure know how to inspire and fulfill a gal! We simply can’t wait for the second Sunday of every month to roll around. You are a mecca of one-of-a-kind vintage treasures, unfailingly peppered with a parade of stylish shoppers, seekers and sellers. After 15 years of visiting, we’ve learned a thing or two. Be prepared to dig and deal; vintage dealers love to give you a bargain if you show some respect and loyalty to their booth. If you're a gal, wear a loose skirt so you can try on vintage bellbottoms. Bring a friend with good taste to serve as your critic! Shamelessly and adoringly gawk at flawlessly stylish Japanese tourists.
Area 1, which is full of antiques, epic clothing and timeless furniture. This is the closest you can get to Martha’s favorite, Brimfield. Indulge in some delicate Victorian lingerie, mended French workwear, collectable costume jewelry, and knick-knacks for the home. We have found everything from thirties beaded clutches to ceramic bookends from the seventies. For denim, tees, and leather, go across the bridge to Area 2.
The man yelling “BEEF JER-KEE” and the ever-present frozen lemonade stands.
Buying the first goodie you see towards the front.
Shopping carts. Just don’t. They annoy fellow finders!
So thank you, Rose Bowl, for being a worthy destination for finding our favorite vintage treasures, meeting new, worldly friends, expanding our home décor horizons and igniting our love for fruity drinks and caramel corn.
With love and style,
Your steadfast flea market friends, EMILY + MERITT
2011 April 15
Tibi's Amy Smilovic believes that ready-to-wear can, and should, inspire decor. This week, she turns her eye to her own collection.
"My Spring 2011 Tibi Collection was the inspiration for an interior in black and whites with bold shots of saturated colors. Clean linear lines throughout the room are set off by the curves and turns of this brass sculpture, a personal favorite from Irwin Feld, a fabulous purveyor of mid-century modern antiques in Stamford, Connectecut. And I go crazy for any of Timorous Beasties wallhangings, especially this strong red damask. Irina, wearing my lace cutout shorts and top with a tiered suede coat, would look especially chic lounging on a vintage Henredon sofa by Frank Lloyd Wright."
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