2011 March 25

Rebecca Minkoff's Parisian Voyage!

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Rebecca Minkoff is so dedicated to her travel column for Chic that she dropped everything and headed to Paris so she had content for her latest column. Now that's dedication! Merci, darling! 


"I couldn’t possibly carry on with a fashion-meets-travel column without making my way by tram, Chunnel, or autoroute to Paris, France – a city with so much to offer, I am dedicating two posts as homage. 


We have so much to thank the French for: berets, baguettes, champagne, CoCo Chanel, croissants, croque-monsieur, crepes… suddenly I’m hungry.  But perhaps the greatest asset, as it relates to my recent travels through France, is their overwhelming dedication to the value of a great antique.  When you live in the land of chic, it seems like every beautiful thing is properly cared for, stored, enjoyed, and passed to the next caretaker.  Fashion in France is borrowed, never owned.


My adventure started with an early morning stroll through Les Puces de Vanves - hop off the metro at Porte de Vanves for a vast – but organized – selection of bewitching antiques (and trust me, I am a connoisseur of gently used treasures) located along Avenues Marc Sangnier and Georges Lafanestre.  A bustling collection of interesting vendors invite you to chat about their offerings – humble hand-me-downs to priceless artifacts.  The energy between the locals, the peddlers, the usuals, and us visitors brings the history of every piece to life as soon as you pick it up.


If you’re really serious about your antiques then there is no greater place in the world to get your flea on than Porte de Clignancourt, (a.k.a. Les Puces de Saint-Ouen) but a simple “Les Puces” – literally “The Fleas” – and any local knows exactly where you’re looking to go.  Over 17 acres chock full ‘o vintage, it resembles a Smithsonian garage sale more than a flea market.  Museum, café, museum, café – bed frames to couches, furs to jewels…I think I almost bought the necklace from Titanic…Yeah, it’s that good.


Paris, je t'aime – but I couldn’t seem to fit a vintage leather-covered headboard in my carry-on luggage… it’s just cruel.


To hear more about my adventures and get up-to-the-minute updates on what I’m up to, follow me on facebooktwitter, and on my blog



2011 March 25

Getting To Know You...Maryna Linchuk

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Maryna Linchuk has graced the cover of Italian Vogue, walked in several Victoria's Secret shows, appeared in campaigns for Versace and Donna Karan and now... She's answered our silly questionnaire, which has got to be a highlight of her life. 


Name: Maryna Linchuk

Age: 22

Birthplace: Belarus, Minsk (Sometimes I make people's lives easier saying Russia.) 

Current city: Beloved NYC


Favorite animal: Koala bears knowing I cant get close to them. 

Hours you sleep at night: You learn in modeling that 8 is ideal - that has been stuck in my mind since my teenage years. I love sleeping.

Street of choice: Elizabeth St. in Soho NY - so charming!

Number: 13 - don't need to explain right? 

Toothpaste: Rembrandt

Word: Love. Love is the answer.

Drink: Coconut water, but can't deny a good vodka with lemon is also part of my culture! 

Favorite teacher: I don't remember her name - but the one that did teach me how to read.

Entree: Fish in general. I love the Branzino at the Mercer Hotel 

Favorite magazine article: An entire article about water in Men's Health - Did you know ice water is not good for your digestive system?

Body part: In a man- hands and for girls, their ass. 

Showtune: Defying Gravity from Wicked! 

Tool: A fork - I'm a foody.

Cell phone carrier:  AT&T

Phone: Blackberry Torch

Bottled water of choice: Fiji

How often do you check Facebook a day: Ryan and Lorenzo at Arc take care of my Facebook fan page. I don't have a personal one. 

Allergy: Dust and mean people. 

How do you like your coffee: Cappuccino

Exercise: Sex for sure.

Greatest expenditure: Two F's: Food and Fur.

Escape plan: The beach. It doesn't matter where - I love it.

How often do you drive: I don't have a license yet, so have only been driving in parking lots! 

Illicit crush: Anyone with a private plane. More than a crush is my secret sin - I envy one so bad! 

What makes you jealous: My boyfriend is a DJ  so there are always girls around him during the parties. Don't tell him but that makes me jealous. 

Favorite childhood book: The Little Prince and Master and Margarita.  

Best day of your life was: Everyday I'm thankful for my life.

Dance: I appreciate ballet dancers so much but have no idea how to dance. I can stare at them for hours! 

Dry cleaning bill: I don't dry clean, I wash everything! 

2011 March 25

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

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Ready for another jampacked 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 shots from the last madcap seven days!

Unlike the cast of New York Housewives, who will attend the opening of a tuna can, getting on my weekend schedule is damn near impossible. Not that I’m a snob, I’m just very selective about how I spend my days off. (So if you’ve ever spent time with me on a weekend, congratulations. Your certificate is in the mail.) Saturday began with a birthday brunch for Marie Claire’s killer accessories editor, Taylor Tomasi-Hill, at Wilfie & Nell in the West Village. Here’s the thing about Taylor: there’s always a gang of street style bloggers tracking her every move. So I knew I needed to look super cool. I wore my favorite black-and-neon orange Y-3 high tops, a Karl Who? t-shirt, and a brand new pair of Dior shades. Only someone as über-fabulous as Taylor could show up an hour and a half late to her own party. Taylor was wearing Comme des Garcons MC Hammer pants, a vintage Christy Turlington print t-shirt and a Fenton vintage sequined jacket. By the time she showed up, I was half in the bag thanks to six Bloody Mary’s, my drink of choice. Later that evening, I headed off to Radio City for a Janet Jackson concert. Cut to me 30 minutes later doing “Rhythm Nation” choreography (5-4-3-2-1) and singing every word to every song with my friends.

For Sunday’s brunch I met up with my mom, some friends and a couple of screaming babies -- FYI, babies love me. I’m the “baby whisperer.” A baby-filled brunch was followed by some much-needed shopping at Barneys, because, let’s face it, nothing feeds the soul like some overpriced jeans.

Monday, 12 p.m.
My boss Joanna Coles and I filmed the next installment of an exclusive digital series we’ve been doing for Marie Claire.  If you haven’t seen it, you’ve got to!  They’re hilarious and give you a good sense of how we work together. Can’t divulge what our video is about, but you can see a photo from the shoot in the gallery.

Tuesday, 5:30 p.m.
I had an insane day of finalizing two trips for my boss, finding her après-ski boots, ordering catering for a last minute dinner party, submitting two months of expenses, editing a video for MarieClaire.com and not having any time for lunch. After all of that, I was able to finally get to four days’ worth of mail, whereupon I found an advance copy of – brace yourself! - the new album from Stevie Nicks called “In Your Dreams”. I LOVE LOVE LOVE Stevie and am now officially obsessed with the new material. Stevie, call me!  Let’s do a video for my blog.  I got my gypsy costume ready to go.  The album won’t be out until May but in the meantime you can buy the first single, “Secret Love,” on iTunes. 

Wednesday, 3:30 p.m.
It is my mission in life to meet the entire cast of Absolutely Fabulous. A few months back, Joanna made my year when she invited Patsy Stone, aka Joanna Lumley, to the office for an informal breakfast with the staff. (Here’s my interview with Patsy.) With that in mind, you can understand why I literally gasped today when Joanna (Coles, my boss) rolled into the offices with actor Richard E. Grant, who you may recognize from his illustrious roles in The Age of Innocence, Gosford Park, Prêt-à-Porter and Filth and Wisdom (hi, Madonna). But to me, he’ll always be “Dream Justin,” Edina’s dream husband on the “Hospital” episode of AbFab. Never mind his role in one of my all-time favorite films, Spice World—I’ll never forgive the Academy for not giving him the Oscar he so justly deserved for that one.

Thursday, 4:30 p.m.
June Ambrose,
celebrity stylist extraordinaire, was in the office today for a meeting. June is truly a trendsetter. And in a world where image is everything, it’s really no wonder that she is the right hand to some of the biggest fashion icons in the biz – Diddy, Jay-Z, Mary J, Mariah, Missy, Will Smith and Alicia Keys. Let’s get to what you really want to know: she came in wearing the most amazing Marc Jacobs coat with suede YSL pumps and a Hermes Birkin bag (check it out here!). Apparently June owns six Birkins.  WINNING!

2011 March 25

The World According To Anna!

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Anna! Anna!
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The always entertaining Anna Dello Russo was featured in a piece for CNN yesterday and revealed a few more nuggets about herself! 

  1. If she was forced to wear only one designer for the rest of her life, she would wear Dolce and Gabbana.
  2. Anna recommends dancing before getting dressed.
  3. She gets it! "Sometimes I look like a Christmas tree, but it's OK! Who cares?" 
  4. She wears three different outfits every day. 
  5. We know this has been reported before, but it's worth repeating over and over: She has 4,000 pairs of shoes. 
  6. According to Anna, If you wear black, you are depressed and not well. 

2011 March 25

Shoe Dat? A Chic Report Mystery!

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Shoe Do I Belong To? Shoe Do I Belong To?
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These shoes and gorgeous legs belong to a member of the International Best-Dressed Hall of Fame! Who could it be? Find out by clicking here!

2011 March 25

Shot of The Daily: Twins!

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It's the Olsen Twins! It's the Olsen Twins!
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The Row's Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen (you've heard of them, we presume) appeared on the red carpet "incognito" at the Met Opera's premiere of Rossini's Le Comte Ory sponsored by Yves Saint Laurent last night. How the paps managed to recognize them on the carpet, we'll never know...

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