2011 April 1

Sergio Says! Weekly Musings from Marie Claire (and Beyond...)

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Kathryn Floyd on a Sunday Sergio pedi date Kathryn Floyd on a Sunday Sergio pedi date
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He's ba-ack! Ready for another jam-packed jaunt around town with Sergio Kletnoy, the fiercest assistant to ever set foot in Hearst Tower? The Daily's new "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,  2:30 p.m.
Once again, I found myself at Wilfie & Nell in the West Village. I met up with my friend Kathryn Floyd, Net-a-Porter's  U.S. manager of visual merchandising, for another round of the best gruyere grilled cheese on planet earth, malt vinegar fries and killer Bloody Marys. Kathryn is a stunning Texas blonde, always impeccably dressed, with legs down to there. (I personally believe she was born to be someone’s kept woman on Park Avenue - so fellas, send your applications to me. I’ll vet them.) Feeling a bit tipsy after a couple of hours, Kathryn convinced me to get a mani/pedi at a local salon; I’m not ashamed. LOL!  I must have been delirious because I agreed to pay $70 for some spa paraffin pedicure that included melting hot wax on my feet. It felt like I was walking barefoot in a scorching dessert, but I’m not going to pretend I didn’t like it.
 
Monday, 2:00 p.m.
I spent my afternoon interviewing one of my favorite new British singers, Ellie Goulding, for MarieClaire.com. Ellie is a 24-year-old singer-songwriter who is absolutely massive in her homeland with a #1 album under her belt. If you have not heard of Ellie’s brilliant U.S. debut album Lights, you must download it NOW. It's a hybrid of Brit-pop, lush dance beats, undeniable hooks and a beautiful voice. While stuffing our faces with mini cupcakes, Ellie and I talked about her six-pack (Jealous much? Yes, I was.), her fresh colored pink hair, the boyfriend she refuses to name who Christopher Bailey of Burberry is trying to convince to model, her girl crush on Rihanna, and our mutual love of British tabloid queen Jordan, aka Katie Price.  Lights is out on iTunes, and the first single, “Starry Eyed," is pop music at its best.
 
Tuesday, 5:30 p.m.
While making my daily rounds at Marie Claire, I ended up in the office of our beauty & health director, Ying Chu. Ying is super stylish and always looks like someone who should be in Bill Cunningham’s column. Ying was tricked out in a floral Marni skirt, black Miu Miu turtleneck and YSL shoes, but all I could focus on was the new Maison Martin Margiela cologne on her desk. After much begging and pleading, Ying finally let me have the bottle. In return, I promised to be super nice to her for the rest of the week. I can’t tell you what Sergio being nice looks like—let’s just say membership has its privileges.
 
Friday, 12:30 a.m.
Did you know I used to be a DJ?  Of course I had to give it all up to work in the oh-so-fabulous world of fashion, models, designers and their BluePrintCleanse lunches. Nowadays when my friends ask me to go clubbing, I do my best “Hell to the no!Whitney Houston impersonation. But tonight I had to make an exception for one of my very good friends, a very popular NYC nightlife personality named Dina Delicious. Dina was hosting her one-year anniversary as the hostess with the mostest at Marquee. She is also a singer-songwriter working on her debut dance-pop album. We have been friends for many years, half of which I can’t even remember because we partied so hard. I brought along my blond bombshell BFF Courtney and needless to say, after hours of fist pumping (NOT!) and gettin’ Into The Groove (Hi Madonna!) on the dancefloor, I am exhausted and will need the entire weekend to recuperate. Thank god THE BOSS is out of town rockin’ her brand new après-ski Bogner on the slopes in Telluride. I’ll be back in fighting form when she returns on Monday.    


2011 April 1

Your Friday T*n*A

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Enjoy! Enjoy!
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Designers Timo Weiland and Alan Eckstein of Timo Weiland spun at the Soho Grand Hotel last night, and we got our hands on their set.

1) "If I gave you a party(syrup remix)" by Sexual Harassment

2) "Boy from School" by Grizzly Bear

3) "Horse and Carriage" by Cam'ron

4) "Seize the Day" by Wax Tailor

5) "Codex (Moji b remix)" Radiohead

6) "Two Kinds of Happiness" by The Strokes

7) "The Drag" by Ty Segall

8) "Peggin (Pilooski re-edit)" by Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons

9) "Golden Brown" by The Stranglers

10) "Hot Pants" by James Brown

11a) "She's a Rainbow" by Rollings Stones

11b) "Touched by The Hand of God" by New Order


2011 April 1

Isaac Says, "I Do!"

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Isaac Mizrahi for The Aisle New York Isaac Mizrahi for The Aisle New York
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If you've ever wanted to marry in Isaac—or marry Isaac, whatever—then finally, you have a chance. The designer has concocted a collection of six bridal gowns exclusively for The Aisle New York, the luxury e-commerce site. The gowns, which will be made to order, are available in sizes 0-14, or custom made-to-measure. They will be delivered to customers within two (two!) weeks of purchase. Prices range from $2,200 for a silk mini with a flower appliqué to $4,500 for an ivory peplum gown with a grosgrain belt. "The best place to shop for your wedding gown is the privacy of your own computer," declared Mizrahi about his latest projet. His miniaudieres and jewels will also be available for purchase. And as usual, a portion of proceeds will be donated to Isaac's favorite charity, Good Shepherd's Services. The boutique opens on April 5! Prepare! 

 



2011 April 1

Fashion's "New Guard," in hi.DEFF

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The Jane was filled with a fashionable flock of young talent with burgeoning careers in every niche and nook of the industry on Wednesday evening. Just another night at the Jane? Non! It was the launch event of hi.DEFF, a "digitial entertainment fashion force" for the new guard of fashion. The nametags might have been the first giveaway, and the stylish togs donned by the crowd mingling by the fireplace was another indicator of the day jobs held by this chic coterie. Founded by friends Justine Harman, assistant editor at People.com and PeopleStyleWatch.com, Lindsay Niggeman, account manager at Thrillist and Lizzie Rosenberg, associate merchandiser at J.Crew, hi.DEFF is all about taking profesh relationships and making the face-to-face connections among today's whippersnappers and tomorrow's gamerunners of fashion. The fabulous turnout for hi.DEFF's inaugeral event included Wall Street Journal's Rachel Dodes, WWD's Rachel Strugatz, celeb stylist and eBay Fashion spokesperson Annabel Tollman, Charlotte Cowles of New York's "The Cut," – and Leandra Medina, aka "The Man Repeller," bedecked in a fab black Mongolian fur vest. Chic chatted with co-founder Justine Harman about how hi.DEFF got cobbled together (in a Google doc!), the story behind the lovely NARS goodies and much more! 


2011 April 1

Look of The Daily: Blake Lively in Marchesa

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Peas and carrots, macarons and Chic Report....there's something splendid about the Blake Lively/Marchesa combo. Maybe it's the fact that only someone with that kind of bod can pull of that kind of dress? Last night, the Chanel ambassador (discuss!) sported an embroidered red silk organza illusion cap sleeve dress with a tulle ruffle skirt to the CinemaCon Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada. Appropriate!


2011 April 1

Anybody Hungry?

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Food Time! Food Time!
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Looking for a cheap place to grab a bite in Manhattan this weekend? Resin designer Chantel Valentene writes in with another foodie rec.

"I was out and about in SoHo on one of those sunny days we’ve had recently, enjoying the quintessential New York experience. I strolled into Rick Owens and Atelier with my friend, discussing the relative merits of paying rent and buying new clothes. We chilled, grabbed drinks and waxed philosophical about life (due to tipsiness).  Next stop: What Goes Around Comes Around. All the while, our stomachs were consuming themselves. One of the staffers tipped us off to MoonCake. The next thing we knew, three people are impressing upon us to eat the miso salmon.

We strolled around the corner to find a modest Asian diner. The menu consisted of savory sandwiches and snacks like springy wontons stuffed with snow-pea greens, sweetly spiced chicken wings, and lobster mango summer rolls. We started with the salad: grilled chicken, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, mesclun and buckwheat soba noodles, topped with ginger cilantro pesto dressing. I met my quota for one healthy meal a day. Also as recommended, we each ordered the salmon. Cue the home-cooked Asian comfort food choir. Hallelujah! This is some good sh*t!. Best part was the bill: all of $32 for appetizers, entrees, and drinks. You know we were happy because we cleaned our plates and left with the buttons to our jeans undone. THE DETAILS: Locations at 28 Watts Street, 359 West 54th Street, and 263 West 30th Street. More info at mooncakefoods.com."

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