2011 March 22

Suit Yourself!

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Elie Tahari Fall 2011 Men's Collection Elie Tahari Fall 2011 Men's Collection
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Chic got a chance to stop by Elie Tahari's showroom the other day and peep his Fall 2011 menswear collection inspired by vintage military blankets. There were no scratchy parkas or olive outerwear in sight. Instead, Tahari gave us his signature understated elegance. City sleek models (yum!) posed in contemporary takes on the everyday suit: a gunmetal wool vest reversed to grey cotton, a classic cotton-cashmere work coat was punctuated with leather sleeves, and black wool trousers got the military treatment with a chocolate Marine stripe. We couldn't get enough of the charcoal-cognac matchup, which Tahari calls "tabac." It's the new noir-brun, darlings!

2011 March 22

Getting To Know You...Michael Bastian

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The Lovely Michael Bastian The Lovely Michael Bastian
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The dashing Michael Bastian just received another well-deserved nomination as Menswear Designer of The Year by the CFDA—not to mention he's one of fashion's nicest gents. Let's discover all of the things you never knew you needed to know!


Name:  Michael Bastian

Age: 45

Birthplace: Lyons, New York


Hours you sleep: "Seven."

Street of choice: "Jane Street."

Word: "Ya' know."

Do you drink margaritas with salt, or without? "With."

Favorite teacher:  "My brother, Denny Bastian."

Entree: "Lobster pot pie at The Lion."

Favorite recent magazine article:  "The New Yorker's article about Paul Haggis and Scientology." 

Body part: "Legs."

Showtune: "Requiem by Andrew Lloyd Webber."

Tool: "Power drill."

Blackberry or iPhone? "Blackberry."

Bottled water of choice: "SmartWater."

Interns' names:  "Stephania and Suzy."

How frequently do you check Facebook? "Anywhere from one to 1,000 times, depending on how busy the day becomes."

Allergy: "Cats."

Charity:  "Project Paz and Camp Good Days."

How do you like your coffee? "With just a little milk. It should be like Pantone HC73."

Exercise: "Shoulder press."

Gym:  "Equinox."

Anticipated autobiography title: "Bastian Road."

Greatest expenditure: "Food delivery."

How often do you drive? "Ten times a year."

Illicit crush: "James Franco."

Last time you graced a USPS? "Five months ago."

Monthly dry-cleaning bill: "About $50. I'm a big believer in washing in hot water and drying."

Nickname: "MB."

2011 March 22

Anna to the Right!

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Don't miss City Swells artsy tribute to the ridic only seen during fashion week. This video celebrates how the paps will celebrate just about anybody who yearns for attention---and a certain Vogue EIC who couldn't care less. 

2011 March 22

Chic Congrats to Rebecca Minkoff

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Future Mommy! Future Mommy!
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Chic's very own travel columnist Rebecca Minkoff's most anticipated journey these days is the delivery room. She finally announced that she's three months pregnant with actor hubbie Gavin Bellour. She told Page Six (Page Six!), "We are over the moon and cannot wait to welcome our new addition. This is truly the most joyous time in our lives." Aww. Congrats, darlings.

2011 March 22

Look of The Daily: Gretchen Mol in Marchesa

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Gretchen Mol in Marchesa Gretchen Mol in Marchesa
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Yum. Gretchen Mol sported a silk dupioni embroidered A-line dress by Marchesa to last night's premiere of the new HBO series Mildred Pierce at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York. Looks especially nice with the pumps that (discuss!) make her feet...disappear. 

2011 March 21

Daily Doubles: Random RevolveClothing.com Model and Sylvana Ward Durrett

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Twins! Ish! Twins! Ish!
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Isn't this a great Marc by Marc Jacobs dress? Anyway, when browsing through RevolveClothing.com (in our industry, people, this passes for work), Chic noticed a striking similarity between this lovely mannequin and Vogue's director of special events, Sylvana Ward Durrett

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