2011 February 24

Gray Skies Are Gonna Clear Up. Put On A Happy Face......

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Pecker Up Girls! You're with DVF! Pecker Up Girls! You're with DVF!
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Why so sad, sis? The Mulleavy sisters attended the MOCA, InStyle and Swarovski's exhibition preview of Rodarte: States of Matter last night in LA, and they look like they have a bad case of the sads. Pecker up, girls: Nous vous aimons!  DvF radiates, as usual...

2011 February 24

La Vie En Ruffian: Fashion Week Rehab

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It's The Ruffians! It's The Ruffians!
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Brian Wolk and Claude Morais of Ruffian presented a stunning collection recently, but the exhausted designers got into their Ruffian-Mobile and took a little post-fashion week break to the Hamptons. In February?! Now that's Chic!  


"With our show behind us, and in desperate need of some Fashion Week rehab, we were super excited when our friend and collaborator, Carlton DeWoody, invited us out to his place in Southampton for the weekend. ‘Skye West’ as the DeWoody clan calls their lovely home has always been a place of magical weekends for us. So quicker than a needle through silk, we played hookey from work on Friday, hopped in the Ruffian-Mobile and blissfully sat in traffic on the LIE en route to Xanadu. After a quick coffee and chocolate pastry in town at Ye Olde Bake Shoppe, we headed to the beach for a sunset serenade. And truly a symphony it was - seagulls, mist, clouds and all.  Mother nature could not have given a better performance.


As we pulled up the driveway, our shoulders dropped.  We made our entrance to the sweet sounds of a guitar strummed by no other than Louis Schwadron, musical guest extraordinaire for our weekend. Next to enter our Presidents’ Day madrigal was the lovely and talented Sarah Connolly, lady friend (don’t you love that expression? so ‘70's!) of Carlton. First order of business for our happy commune was the menu for dinner. Claude agreed to make his famous Mac and Cheese.  After our healthy dose of lactose, a sufficient amount of red wine, and lying in front of the fire singing Lady Gaga to acoustic guitar, we decided to hit the sack a little early in preparation for our busy Saturday to come. 


As the sun rose over the lawn, so did our happy little gang. Claude’s Madagascar vanilla french toast on the griddle (made of the cobblestone bread we bought at the bakery) was a big hit amongst the peanut gallery. The doorbell rang and entered the next guest in our little game of East End Clue. It was no other than the sultry Johnanna Greenbaum. But don’t let her bad-ass jeans and Joan Jett haircut fool you.  Deputy Chief of Staff and Council for the Mayor’s office, this Bloomberg Knight-in-Shining-Armor does not kid around. Indeed it was time to get some fresh air and work off a few calories, so we hopped in the car and headed to Hampton Bays to Carlton’s favorite music store. Mark Schumacher, owner of Hampton Music greeted us at the front door, and showed us around his serendipitous little world. A master of all instruments, this Renaissance man even repairs and teaches lessons to the local gentry. Carlton’s surprise teal blue guitar for Sarah was a huge hit, and Mark even customized it for her on location. A little walk down the road, we hit a few of the vintage shops, where Carlton picked up his multi-volume encyclopedia of collectables.  Johanna got some vintage gilded picture frames, and I bought a porcelain pig with a ruff collar that turns into an ashtray. 


All of this shopping made us hungry, so we went off to Schmidts, the local year-long farmers market and bought some supplies for dinner (Claude’s famous turkey meatloaf!). As we arrived back at Camp de Carlton, the last of our weekend musical mystery guests arrived as well - the handsome and charming artist and designer Juan Sebastian Errazuriz, or Sebastian (as he is known to his friends).  Sebastian’s multimedia endeavors include Furniture, Sculpture, Public Art and Design.  


The group convened around the table, as we celebrated Americana, drinking whiskey and enjoyed the classic meal before us. Well fed and sufficiently sauced, we all decided to play our favorite party game, “CELEBRITY”. For those of you unfamiliar with this Marie Antoinette favorite, two teams place names of notables in a hat (living, fictional or otherwise). Through various rounds with increasing levels of difficulty, the teams compete to describe these celebrities with smaller and smaller amounts of words. Eventually this all ends up with a silent game of charades. After dividing the group up and making sure the two Harvard grads were not on the same team, we rallied for two hours until we reached a triumphant close.  Team Shazam won! We all made a victory lap around the living room before wishing each other adieu and goodnight.


As we awakened in a haze of celebrity and whisky on Presidents’ Day, a blanket of snow had fallen over the fields…a poetic end to a magnificent weekend of love, warmth, and friendship."

2011 February 24

The Proenza Schouler Boys Reveal Their Regret

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Sexy! Sexy!
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Chloë Sevigny chats with her buddies Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough of Proenza Schouler in the March issue of Interview, which is out now in New York and LA and hits newsstands nationwide on March 1st. What did the boys reveal? 

Jack and Lazaro on picking the company name:

Jack: The whole reason why we even picked that name in the first place was that when we started, Barneys had just bought our collection and we didn’t have a name. We thought, Hernandez McCollough? Doesn’t sound so high end, does it?


Lazaro: Proenza Schouler is better. I actually regret it. 

Jack: Yeah. One of our biggest regrets is the name of our company


Chloe: Really? 


Jack: It's like alphabet soup. There are so many letters. Even coming up with a font was a mission. We had to do these fine, little letters. We couldn't do strong, bold letters because it would be, like, out to here.

How to Say it!


Chloe: So, for the record, I want to get the pronunciation of Proenza Schouler down right.


Jack: It's Proenza Schouler. So many people still say Schooler.


Chloe: It's Schouler, as in late for school. I think people think Schooler is more sophisticated than Skooker.


Lazaro: It's like saying Donna Ka-Ran (laughs). That's like how my parents say it. 


Jack and Lazaro on competition with other young designers:


Chloe: Do you feel a healthy competitiveness with other designers? 


Lazaro: Totally. 


Chloe: Because I love going to parties with you guys and you are friends with Joseph [Altuzarra] and Alex [Wang] and everyone’s all pal-sy. For me, as an actress, I could be like, “Please—she got that role? I’m so jealous.” 


Lazaro: I think in the very beginning when we were trying to break through, we reacted to people who had already broken through a bit with something like, “I hate him!” But now we feel more like there’s room for everyone. Everyone does something different. All the young designers now are doing something interesting.

2011 February 24

More Mugler Magic

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The upcoming fall/winter Mugler collection, entitled "Anatomy of Change," is bound to be bold, to put it mildly. Now we have a visual amuse bouche of the racy togs to debut on the runway -- and livestreaming here! -- on March 2.  Lady Gaga's stylist, Nicola Formichetti, is creative director for the brand, and he's already put his reinvention wizardry to task by dropping the Thierry and going on a last-name basis. Fingers crossed that Gaga takes a surprise strut down the catwalk!

2011 February 24

Galliano to Design Kate's Wedding Dress?

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What's The Faux Kate Moss News This Week? What's The Faux Kate Moss News This Week?
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The UK's Daily Mail recently reported that Kate Moss is designing her own wedding dress, but it looks like that story is, as they say, rubbish. The much trustier Telegraph is reporting that Kate's asked her longtime pal John Galliano to design her gown. The model and constant subject of make believe news is set to marry James Hince on July 2nd. Chic secretly hopes the rumors are true... what exactly would madame Moss whip up for her nuptials?!

2011 February 24

Can You Guess Who This Is?

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Who Could This Be? Who Could This Be?
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Can you guess (HA!) who this is? Hint: She's an Oscar nominee! Find out who started her career as a Guess model in our Gallery.

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