2011 January 11
Details is throwing another bash in Milan this Sunday night, and insiders are expecting another "rowdy" soiree akin to last year's bacchanal soiree. Chic has learned that editors will be handing out key cards to invited guests with a suite number, but nobody is saying where. Last year, the bash at Principe Di Savoia was filled to capacity, and Italian security guards were called to monitor the door until the last guests left at 3 a.m.. OK, is it the Four Seasons? The Grand? The new Moschino place? Leave your guesses in the comments.
2011 January 11
"CONCORDIA SALUS. Like the romantic Ruffians that we are, the idea of train travel has always been a fantasy for us, and the L train wasn’t really doing the trick! So in an impulsive moment during our winter recess, we decided to go online and book two tickets on the Amtrak Adirondack Express from Penn Station to Montreal. This train line, one of the oldest in the nation, has a mythical reputation worthy of a Leonard Cohen song. (He's a Montreal native.) Our pre-travel preparation included tea sandwiches, a bottle of wine, some chips and chocolate. As we walked to the platform with our trusty LL Bean camouflage bags, we were ushered to the last car, specifically reserved for those doing the full journey to Montreal. Our seats were as large as any business class on a plane, and they reclined, as well. Our windows had curtains, and the crowd on our car was pretty cute and preppy, lots of kids from McGill. At 8:30 a.m. we were off, through a labyrinth of tunnels in the belly of Manhattan, under the West Side Highway, emerging to lush views of the Hudson River. Within moments, we left the city to begin our Northward trail. Words are not sufficient to describe this most beautiful epic journey. Through the Adirondacks, rivers, lakes, and snowy landscapes, our passage took on a meditative quality. We truly understood the elegance and luxury of this old fashioned way of travel.
Arriving on time for dinner, we arrived at the famous Gare Centrale and took a quick taxi to the Intercontinental, the chicest hotel in Montreal. The hotel’s great warmth combines antiquity and modernity and has all the qualities a traveler in this sometimes artic city would want. The Nordheimer Building which houses the ballrooms and public rooms of the hotel was originally a piano manufacturer in the grand tradition. In fact, the divine Sarah Bernhardt, the queen of French tragedy, performed in the private recital hall there during her visit to Montreal in 1880. This great legacy is the inspiration for Sarah B., the Absinthe Bar at the hotel (the only one in North America). This fascinating ritual involves a beautiful crystal decanter which drips iced water over a sugar cube perched on a silver slotted spoon into a glass of this mysterious elixir. I am not sure if it was the incredibly comfortable bed in our Tourelle Suite or the mythical hallucination of the Absinthe “green fairy”, but we have never slept better. The next morning, after a chic breakfast in the exclusive Intercontinental Club, we made our way to the Botanical Gardens, the second largest in the world, adjacent to the Olympic Stadium. This glass-enclosed warm steamy wonderland of flora and fauna seemed miraculous amongs heaps of snow, which surround it. We were particularly impressed by the extraordinary Bonsai Tree collection and the hundreds of varieties of orchids. Afterwards, we toured around the Olympic Stadium, one of many architectural marvels in Montreal.
That evening, we decided to eat dinner at the legendary LeMeac. If you want to dine with the beautiful people of Montreal, then you mustn’t miss this. Executive chef Richard Bastien is a Montreal culinary guru, and he did not disappoint. Our seven-course tasting dinner was a veritable playground for the gourmand. The pairing of wine and food was flawless, and our dinner included House Smoked Salmon with Caviar, Boudin Noir, Panko Crusted Goat Cheese Salad, Guinea Fowl, Lamb Chops, and ended with an epic warm French Toast Pudding with local Maple Ice Cream. Following dinner, we thought it might be a good idea to dance and burn off a few calories so we went over to the infamous Cabaret Mado. Montreal’s red light and cabaret tradition is world renown, and no visit is complete without a Burlesque performance. Madame Mado’s stellar wit and infinitely brilliant cast of crazy drag performers takes this art form to a new level. A visual feast of costumes and song, this was definitely a highlight of our trip.
Our last day, we decided to keep it low key and enjoy the hotel’s fabulous Salt Water Pool and Spa. After sweating off our drinks and food from the night before, we decided to hit up Chinatown, a hop skip and a jump away from the hotel. A myriad of Pan-Asian culture and restaurants we decided on an old favorite, Cristal No. 1 and enjoyed some piping hot noodles. That night from the circular living room in our Tourelle Suite, we looked at the beautiful snowy skyline of this courageous and creative city and were reminded of city’s motto, Concordia Salus, or 'Salvation Through Harmony.' What a nice thought for the times we live in."
Don't miss pictures from their journey in our Gallery.
2011 January 11
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What's making the world of Phillipe and David Blond of The Blonds go round? Let's find out!
Book: David: When You're Engulfed In Flames by David Sedaris. Phillipe: Dragon Lady: The Life and Legend of the Last Empress of China by Sterling Seagrave and Catwoman comic books (I collect them!)
Movies: In the Mood For Love directed by Wong Kar-Wai, Cobra Woman directed by Robert Siodmak, and Despicable Me
Music: ABBA, The Police, Nicki Minaj, David Bowie, ELO, The Songs of Almodovar, and Arielle Dombasle
Song: "Blinded by the Light" by Manfred Mann, "Notorious" by The Notorious B.I.G, "Don't Stop Me Now" and "Bicycle Rain" by Queen
Colors: Jade and China Red
Model: Candice Swanepoel (she's absolutely THE perfect Blond!!!)
Magazine: The Daily!!!, Muse and Hercules
TV Show: Watching episodes of The Comeback On Demand!
Our Chinese Cresteds Bijoux and Fi-Fi!!!
2011 January 11
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Cameron Diaz is a testament to the power of a body-con silhouette. Last night, she wore a crimson "Jet Set" asymmetrical cocktail dress by Azzaro to the premiere of The Green Hornet at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood. We'll take one in every color...
2011 January 10
Designers Timo Weiland and Alan Eckstein of Timo Weiland have been moonlighting as DJs, so we've asked them to write a column about--what else?-- music. Welcome aboard, boys!
"During the Spring of 2010, Alan and I formed DJ duo/syndicate " T*n*A "," explains Timo. "Our gig roster includes Black & White, Soho Grand, Norwood, Chelsea Art Museum, the ModernaMuseet in Stockholm, and private parties in Manhattan and the Hamptons. We often mix and layer tunes to compliment an environment's energy and environment. Every day in our studio, we experiment with music selections as we sketch, arrange inspiration, design fabrics and each season's collection. The soundtrack to the creative process in the TW studio marries classic with modern, much like our brand does. Since ringing in the New Year at our spot inside the Soho Grand Hotel, Alan and I have put together the following playlist of 11 tracks you can expect to hear us playing out loud in 2011."
1) "Take it Easy" by Surfer Blood
2. "Tightrope" by Yeasayer
3. "Young Love" by the Mystery Jets
4. "He hit me (it feels like a kiss)" by the Crystals
5. "Lust for Life" by Iggy Pop
6. "Notorious Thugs" by Notorious BIG
7. "Hold U" by Masta Ace
8. "Down by the Water" by the Drums
9. "Emotional Rescue" by the Rolling Stones
10. "Heard it through the Grapevine" by the Slits
11. "Street Hassle" by Lou Reed
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