2011 March 1

Watch: Bill Cunningham Trailer

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Finally opening March 16th in New York: the eagerly anticipated Richard Press documentary Bill Cunningham New York. Cunningham is the elusive New York Times photographer and legend (obvi) who has captured decades of style in New York, and the doc includes interviews with Anna Piaggi, Anna Wintour, Michael Kors and Carmen Dell'Orfefice. "He's been documenting me since I was a kid," Wintour reveals in this trailer for the film. We can't wait for this one! 

2011 March 1

Check Out Lorenzo's New Flat; Prepare To Be Easily Distracted

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"I'm wearing swim trunk by my own brand with Jules: Nycked Swimwear, a lamb fur coat by Marni, and goat fur boots by Amarcord. I went to brunch and was a bit tipsy, I admit." "I'm wearing swim trunk by my own brand with Jules: Nycked Swimwear, a lamb fur coat by Marni, and goat fur boots by Amarcord. I went to brunch and was a bit tipsy, I admit."
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Want to live like Lorenzo Martone? One of our favorite Brazilians revealed his bachelor pad to Refinery 29, and predictably, it's chic. But it's this photo of Mr. Martone all stripped down that brings out the tiger in us. Grrrrrrr! It's giving us that Burt Reynolds 1972 Cosmo spread vibe. 

2011 March 1

La Vie en Ruffian: Minimalism Deluxe

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Our Ruffian buddies, Brian Wolk and Claude Morais, recently went to one of their favorite haunts to conduct another fascinating interview just for vous! Who did they chat with this week? 


"With the fashion week storm moving East to Europe, we decided to take a moment for a well deserved two-hour lunch.  Where else than our home away from home? The very glamorous Le Caprice at the Pierre Hotel (which is quickly becoming the favorite Ruffian lunchtime haunt).  So enamored by this gastronomical Deco jewel box, we decided to do a bit of investigation to research which kindred spirit of ours designed it. We were thrilled to make contact with the revered interior architect and interior designer Martin Brudnizki. Jetsetting between London, his home base, and his new Manhattan offices, we were lucky enough to meet with this most sought-after designer of Soho House Miami, Cecconi West Hollywood, and the Waldorf Astoria Berlin.   


Brian Wolk: “When you dine in your spaces, do you see things you would have done differently?”


Martin Brudnizki: “I am generally satisfied because it is an evolution. You can’t fit everything in, and things happen at that time for a reason. I am always still learning.  It’s all about how things are made and the quality of the finish of the surface. Interior design of restaurants is one of the biggest challenges, as there are so many levels of operation. The most successful restaurants are the ones where all of the layers are perfectly aligned. It is a machine, after all.”


Claude Morais: “The lighting here is incredible, and from the research I’ve done on your other projects, it seems to be a theme.”


MB: “It’s all about the lighting.  You can design the most beautiful space, and if you don’t light it properly, it doesn’t matter.”

2011 March 1

Getting To Know You... Zang Toi!

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Zang Toi has dressed everyone from Fergie to Ivana Trump to his dear pal Jill Zarin of The Real Housewives of NY. He's come a long way since leaving Malaysia at the age of eighteen, but we want to know more about this true fashion sweetheart. He answered our silly questionnaire to reveal all! 


Name: Zang Toi

Age: 49

Birthplace: Kuala Krai, Kelantan, Malaysia

Current City: New York City

Favorite Animal: Leopard

Hours You Sleep A Night: 5 hours during the week, and 13 hours on Sunday.

Street Of Choice: East 75th Street

Number: 13

Toothpaste: Whitening Mint Marvis in silver/white/black, Italy

Word: Love & Laughter!

Drink: Soy Latte made by my house keeper, Ying Ying

Favorite Teacher: Those who encourage and allow me to take flight into my very own world of BEAUTY!

Entree: Sushi at Kuruma Sushi...absolutely the BEST in the city !

Favorite Recent Magazine Article: Heated Competitions by Lisa Abend and Tina Isaac in France Magazine No.96

Body Part: Six-packs

Showtune: My Fair Lady

Bottled Water of Choice: Fiji water

How often do you check Facebook a day? Way too often! 

Allergy: Men's cologne

How do you like your coffee? Soy Latte when drinking it alone, or black with dessert

Exercise:  Jogging and Gyrotonic

Greatest Expenditure:  Traveling, fine dining, my collection of French antiques & customized wardrobe. 

Escape Plan: Extravagant trip all by myself

How often do you drive? I do not drive as I prefer to be driven around.

Illicit Crush: I don't kiss & tell.

What make you jealous:  I not really the jealous type.

Best Day Of Your Life Was...... When my mother took me out of school for two days for a surprise trip to Kuala Lumpur to celebrate my 13th birthday with my brothers and sister.

Dance: Ballet performances by Cory Stearns, Irina Dvorovenko and Maxim Beloserkovsky of ABT

Monthly Drying Cleaning Bill: Not a clue as house keeper and office manager take care of that.

Taxi or Subway: Taxi but much prefer walking!

2011 March 1

Forget Emily Post: Naeem Khan Dishes Etiquette 101!

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Chic caught up with Naeem Khan at the Society Presents: Fencing Lessons with Tim Morehouse event that he hosted last night. We'll have more details on what went down last night later today, but first our chat about manners with the gracious designer.

We hear you've got impeccable manners.
NK: Oh, it's very good to hear that!

So why does etiquette matter to you?
You are a man by the manners you keep. Your respect for society is assessed by your manners, so people judge you by your manners. Manners are all about respect. I grew up with that. Growing up in a very close-knit, loving family, my parents gave me all their respect - I was treated like a prince in my own family. I feel honored and I have to give back to others like that. To be a quality human being, you have to have manners.

Okay, now for a manners pop quiz! If you're buying a small purchase, like a bagel, using a debit card, do you tip anything?
Of course it's important to tip, even if it's a small tip, a dollar or 50 cents. But it's better to leave cash if possible instead of using a card.

What is fashionably, not rudely, late?
You should always leave your host a bit of time to get ready. If somebody invites you for dinner at eight, you can't land up there at 8:01. I throw a lot of parties and sometimes with my busy schedule, I'm always running a little tight on time. It's always a good idea to give the host within 15 minutes, I'd say. Inside a 20-minute window is fine.

And what's the window for sending thank you cards?
Three days later is too late. I find that within the first or second day, it's most important. I feel it should be the next day. I've been guilty of sending a thank you card three or four days later, perhaps because I was travelling or something. But as a rule of thumb it should be the next day. It just shows disrespect for the person who put on an event for you if you don't.

2011 March 1

Natalie Portman on Galliano: "I will not be associated with Mr. Galliano in any way."

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The NY Times reports that recent Oscar-winner Natalie Portman (who has an endorsement contract with Dior's Miss Dior Cherie fragrance) is outraged at John Galliano's anti-Semitic comments. Ms. Portman said in a statement: “I am deeply shocked and disgusted by the video of John Galliano’s comments that surfaced today. In light of this video, and as an individual who is proud to be Jewish, I will not be associated with Mr. Galliano in any way. I hope at the very least, these terrible comments remind us to reflect and act upon combating these still-existing prejudices that are the opposite of all that is beautiful.”

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