2011 March 23
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We adore the concept behind Christina Christoforou's first book Whose Hair? which is 200 original, hand-drawn illustrations of just the hair of everyone from actors, politicians, dictators and even a certain EIC of American Vogue. (We don't want to ruin it for you!) You have to guess who it is! The book retails for $12.95. We will be buying this!
2011 March 23
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Elizabeth Taylor will be remembered for her career, her marriages, her activism, but don't forget—she also had a divine sense of humor. Here are a few of our favorite quotes from the true Hollywood legend:
1. "It's not the having, it's the getting."
2. "I think I'm finally going up--and about time."
3. "Big girls need big diamonds!"
4. "When people say, 'She's got everything,' I've got one answer- I haven't had tomorrow."
5. "I've been through it all, baby, I'm mother courage.'
6. "The problem with people who have no vices is that generally you can be pretty sure they're going to have some pretty annoying virtues."
7. "It's not the having, it's the getting."
8. "I fell off my pink cloud with a thud."
9. "If someone's dumb enough to offer me a million dollars to make a picture, I'm certainly not dumb enough to turn it down."
10. "I don't pretend to be an ordinary housewife."
2011 March 23
Where has Wes Gordon been lately? That toddling town—Chicago! He shares his adventures in his latest column.
"This is a confusing time of the year for everyone, as evidenced by New York's latest fluctuations in temperature. The seasons seem to be fighting it out: one day it's sunny and in the high 60s, the next, it's snow flurries and thirties...one wears a big fur, another a tank top and blazer. But it's a confusing time of year for me especially, because I spend so much of it in the Delta lounge at LaGuardia on my way to and from trunk shows. My flatmate (Alessandra Codinha) keeps joking that she's rented my room out to someone from Craigslist. At least I hope she's joking...
Lately, my most frequent destination (events, trunk shows, luncheons) is Chicago, or as I like to call it because I'm a huge dork, "Chi-town". I'm lucky to be working with two fantastic stores there: Saks on Michigan Avenue and Neapolitan in Winnetka. Every time I return to The Windy City, I'm struck by how truly gorgeous it is. Every building is beautiful: something you can notice and appreciate because they've been given a little breathing room-- they're more spaced out than the on-top-of-each other-aesthetic we have here in New York.
This past week I was back in Chicago for our first trunk show with Neapolitan: if you haven't had the chance to visit this jewel-box of a store, go immediately! Situated in the heart of Winnetka (a John Hughes paradise), it's one of the most well-edited stores I've ever been in my life. They carry Dior, Bottega Veneta, Chloé, and now WES GORDON (not bad company, right?!). There's something about these smaller boutiques that I find so luxurious and intimate---a personalized retail experience. Neapolitan just nails it!
I stayed downtown in one of my favorite hotels, The Elysian. I don't know what I did in a past life to deserve this good karma but I was put in a gorgeous suite overlooking the city (Highlight: aside from the Asprey toiletries, the James Bond-esque TVs in the bathroom mirrors were rockin'! My last night in town was St. Patrick's day, which I thought was crazy in New York, but in Chicago is a whole other animal. The city has a large Irish community that comes out to celebrate en masse, even dying the river green. The merrymaking was great to observe from a distance, but thankfully Kelly Golden (the incredibly chic and gracious owner of Neapolitan) hosted a dinner party for us at her home so we didn't have to brave the streets. Kelly is amazing: to say that her perfect store is a reflection of her personal style is the understatement of the century. She's been a fantastic supporter of my line and I'm proud to call her my friend.
My jaunt to Chicago was practically perfect in every way: a great trunk show, an amazing meal, and an excellent night's sleep. Thanks to the different time zone/time change (I always forget to 'Spring Forward'!) I missed my flight back to New York, but even that was a happy accident, as I got to get another hour of Kindle in reading the scariest book ever. Can't wait for my next trip!
2011 March 22
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Accessories maverick Colette Malouf presented her latest spate of elaborately-crafted coif gems this morning in a beautiful townhouse bedroom setting, bedecked in floral wallpapers, silk throws and burnished mirrors, off the Bowery. Chic chitchatted with Malouf about her standout slew of headbands, glittering clips and the ilk in rich tones of pomegranate, greys and teal - and her family's background in style, circa the Roaring Twenties.
What's your family's fashion claim to fame?
My grandfather came to the United States in the '20s, and he brought the caftan as a concept. He started a company called Perfect Négligée, and it was a family business run by my great aunt and then my father. It was about entertaining at home in velvet robe with feathers, for instance. Guests would come in a cocktail dress, and my mother would be wearing a caftan with a jeweled collar while serving dinner. It was about glamorous loungewear. They dressed everyone, including Lauren Hutton, Catherine Deneuve and Kitty Carlisle.
What are some extra-special frocks you've held onto?
An embroidered vest in white faille silk with pearls, a pair of palazzo pants in black velvet with embroidery, and a one-piece jumpsuit with flared legs in light blue silk with ivory lace.
Any other family jewels?
Things from my dad, because he was so dapper. I have his crocodile belt with a gold buckle, and I save the silk and cashmere scarves. My aunts had these incredible toiletry cases in blue crocodile and burgendy suitcase with a pink silk faille lining.
What's the scoop on your latest collection of accoutrements for fall?
It's inspired by women being so liberated in the 1920s. It was about the environment of the speakeasy. Women were showing their knees; they stopped wearing corsets and dropped their waistlines. They were also smoking and drinking -- it was all about breaking the rules.
Is there a modern-day rule you like breaking in 2011?
I'm not trendy and I don't really follow. I like to express fashion in a way that tells a story.
What's the next era you plan to channel for a future collection?
Studio 54, definitely.
2011 March 22
Waiting for a ridiculous and far-fetched Kate Moss rumor to come our way is one of our favorite pastimes, but lucky for us: The UK's Sun exists so we never have to suffer! The tabloid reports that Ms. Moss is planning quite a music line-up for her upcoming wedding to The Kills' Jamie Hince. Who has she "contacted" to perform at her wedding? According to them: Beth Ditto, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Duran Duran, Primal Scream, The Clash and - why the hell not? - The Rolling Stones have all gotten calls from Kate herself to perform at the July nuptials. Kate Middleton must be steaming!
2011 March 22
This week, our hilarious Mommy columnist (Stacey Bendet of Alice + Olivia) returns with more answers to your pressing questions.
When should a child stop sucking their thumb?
Um, I still have a blanky so I am not sure I can answer that without being hypocritical! Although if someone was sucking their thumb in my office, I would definitely find it weird.
How do you explain a new baby to a toddler?
Well, it went sort of like this: "Eloise, there is a baby in mommy’s belly and you are going to be a big sister." She looked at my belly and then smashed her Pop Tart into my shirt. I asked, “What are you doing?” and she said, “Mommy! I feed baby!” Now she kisses my belly and every once in a while, tries to poke it to see if “baby sister awake?”
How do you deal with "Mommy Guilt?"
According to my husband, I buy too many tiaras and Blythe dolls! Eloise’s teacher said that as a parent, whether you are around 24/7 or work 24/7, what counts is that when you are with your child that you are WITH them. So I try to make the time when I am having Pop Tarts smushed into my clothes special!
How do you juggle being a working mom?
The best I can!!! I have to say that work and the second pregnancy is a lot----on the weekends and at night I am definitely a little too tired to chase a toddler around. But somehow, it all works out! It's just about prioritizing your mommy time—and alone time, too.
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