2011 April 8

Carine Roitfeld Reveals How She's Stayed Normal, Fashion Tips and More!

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Carine Roitfeld chats with SPIEGEL and reveals the difference between her and Anna Wintour, fashion tips and whether it was really her decision to exit French Vogue. 


A FUTURE AT AMERICAN VOGUE? "That was never seriously under discussion. I like to provoke. I'm very French. In America, they're not even allowed to show a hint of nipple in photos. Anna Wintour is the most powerful woman in the global fashion industry, the first lady of fashion. She's a politician; I'm a stylist. They are two very different jobs. Incidentally, despite all the rumors, she is actually very nice."

HOW SHE STAYED NORMAL IN FASHION: "My only drug is a small glass of vodka in the evening, if that's what you're asking. But I was fortunate because -- in addition to the very special world of fashion -- I also had a family, which is something probably rare in this business. I have also been married to the same man, the father of my two children, for more than 30 years. And that has helped me remain relatively normal."

WAS IT HER DECISION TO LEAVE? "Absolutely. And at the perfect moment. The French edition of Vogue had never been more successful, had never had more readers or advertisers. And it had never made as much money. For 10 years, my American publisher, Jonathan Newhouse, let me do what I wanted, even when he thought it might be crazy. But it couldn't have gone on for much longer."

GALLIANO AND MCQUEEN ARE GONE. IS LAGERFELD THE ONLY ONE LEFT? "Yes. Good old Karl. Superhuman Lagerfeld. I don't think he experiences this pressure in the same way. That's why he can put up with it. He's not the only one. There's also Nicolas Ghesquière at Balenciaga, Riccardo Tisci at Givenchy, Miuccia Prada and, of course, Tom Ford. And then there are the up-and-coming talents. But they still need time. In a way, we've already seen everything. What else could they hope to invent?"

FASHION TIPS: "If you don't want to make any mistakes, buy black clothes. That's always good. And from age 50 on, you can slowly start adding a little beige. That's softer. Every five years, you should take a critical look at your own wardrobe and, if necessary, eventually swap your bikini for a one-piece swimsuit."

2011 April 7

Armani in Theaters Friday!

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Longtime friends Giorgio Armani and Cate Blanchett have teamed up on the big screen for one of the hautest collabs to hit Tinseltown this year. Blanchett stars as Marissa Wiegler, a sassy intelligence operative, alongside Eric Bana in the soon-to-be released adventure thriller Hanna. Armani, an ex-military soldier, outfitted the Oscar-winning actress in a jillion espionage chic ensembles after consulting with Blanchett and the film's costume designer, Lucie Bates. This isn't the first time the designer has wardrobed a major motion picture. You might have heard of a little film with Richard Gere called American Gigolo? That was Armani. How about Shaft, The Untouchables, Stealing Beauty(!), Ocean's Thirteen, and The Dark Knight? Yep, those too. Hanna will hit select theaters tomorrow.

2011 April 7

A Misshape Miscredit, Courtesy of the New York Times

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Special thanks to Chic reader Ellie for alerting us to an outrageous mistake in today's edition of Thursday Styles. In Ben Detrick's piece, "All-Night Sendoff for a Clubland King," three chicsters lounging against a wall outside of Don Hill's are inaccurately credited as "the Misshapes." That guy on the right? That's Allure's accessories director David Thielebeule, obviously! Darling, demand a correction and claim your rightful credit in the paper of record!

2011 April 7

The Ultimate YSL Documentary Is Coming

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Bonne nouvelle! May 13th is the release date of Pierre Thoretton's L'AMOR FOU, the documentary about Yves Saint Laurent and his partner Pierre Bergé. The film chronicles their longtime relationship and love for beautiful things- a massive art collection with works from Matisse, Picasso and ancient Egyptian and Chinese sculptures, most of which were sold at a Christie's auction in 2009. The preparation for the auction serves as the backdrop to revisit the couple's romantic and creative partnership. Check out the touching trailer for the film. 


2011 April 7

Reed Krakoff Goes Back To School

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Reed Krakoff is being honored by the School of Fashion at Parsons The New School for Design next month, but a pre-party event was held at his Madison Avenue store to celebrate the designer and preview top collections of graduating Parsons students. We caught up with Reed and the coolest Dean in town, Parsons' very own Simon Collins, to discuss Reed's history as a student, his jocky past and Parsons' angelic students. 


In addition to Parsons, you went to Tufts. When did you graduate Tufts?

I graduated Tufts in '86 and Parsons in '88.


What was your major at Tufts?

I was at the Museum School in Boston, where I studied fine arts and then art history.


What were you like as a student?

I haven't thought about that in years. I was not overly serious. That's a nice way of saying it. I loved school. I was not a big study person. It was the first time I was living in a city, I loved that.  


Were you in a fraternity? 



Were you a party boy?

I hung out with the creative types. I was into art history. 


What was your least favorite subject?

I have a degree in economics, but it was accounting. I got a D-, but I passed.


How about gym class? 

I actually grew up playing a lot of sports. I was a hockey player, a tennis player, a lacrosse player. I was always into sports. I still love them! 




Why did you decide to honor Reed this year?

He went to our school, and we've watched his career grow over the last couple of decades. He's been such an impressive figure. 


Do you know what Reed was like as a student?

I don't! I did ask him. Of course he said he was a very good student, very studious, worked hard. He did our AAS (Associate in Applied Science) program, which is a post-graduate program. A lot of the students are paying their own way, so they are very focused on a means to an end. I have no doubt that he worked hard. 


Do you ever have to deal with students who misbehave?

All of our students are impeccably behaved at all times. All the ladies wear white gloves and all the gentlemen wear ties.



I've been interviewing all of our noted alumni over the last three months, including some of the naughty ones, and I've been asking them that. There was a period when Fridays were dedicated to making an outfit for the weekend, and they'd go out clubbing. If they weren't dressed in something completely and radically new on Friday night, it was all over. Through the years, we've added more and more to the curriculum, so now our students are much more focused on the realties of getting a job in the industry. There's so much more they need to learn, but I'm not convinced there aren't people who come in on Monday morning and haven't seen their apartment all weekend.


The Parsons Fashion Benefit takes place on May 9th at Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers. For more information, please visit the website. 



2011 April 7

Shot of The Daily: Barb!

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Barbara Currier and George Mallis Barbara Currier and George Mallis
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Interview mag sponsored The New Museum's Spring Gala last night, honoring artist duo Gilbert and George as well as philanthropists and collectors Gael Neeson and Stefan EdlisChic faves Malcolm Carfrae, John Waters, Claude Morais, Brian Wolk and Dan Ragone attended, but we're utterly obsessed with (according to Patrick McMullan) Barbara Currier. Where has she been all of our life? This Madonna doppelgänger and her muff brought some razzle dazzle to the party. Now can someone please tell us who she is?

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