2011 February 14

Designer Love!

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Roberta Lobeira, A Heart's Desire, 2010, Oil on canvas, 55.1 x 42.3 in. (140 x 110 cm) Roberta Lobeira, A Heart's Desire, 2010, Oil on canvas, 55.1 x 42.3 in. (140 x 110 cm)
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The Daily just heard that two major designers have recently fallen in love. Guess who!

Agyness Deyn: Henry Holland and Alexander Wang would be lovely. 
Lorenzo Martone: Maybe Jason and Prabal?
J. Alexander: Let’s talk about this more later.
Amanda Setton: Michael Kors and Isaac Mizrahi?
Rebecca Minkoff: Mr. Wang and Mr. Altuzarra?
Glenda Bailey: If I knew, I wouldn’t tell you!
Michelle Trachtenberg: Oscar de la Renta and Charlotte Ronson.
Lynn Yaeger: Marc Jacobs and Thom Browne! Except he’s not Marc’s type.…
Kim Hastreiter: To me, there’s a Marc Jacobs and Nate Berkus thing going on, but he’s not a designer. How about the Rodarte girls? Is there someone they could fall in love with? 
Hilary Alexander: Alexander Wang and Karl Lagerfeld, together at last!
Jason Wu: Aren’t the Vena Cava girls dating the guys from Shipley and Halmos?

Tommy Hilfiger: Calvin Klein and Donna Karan. Who are they? Can you tell me?
Peter Som: My God! That’s a big question mark. All designers love everybody.
Alexa Chung: Dolce and Gabbana.
Jay McCarroll: Dennis Basso and Alexander Wang.
Brad Goreski: Prabal And Chris Benz? Kidding!  
Anne Slowey: I don’t want to out anyone. Love is so dangerous.
Eugenia Gonzalez: Did the Proenza boys fall back in love?
Michael Bastian: It can’t be one of the men’s. We’re all tapped in and know what’s going on.  



2011 February 14

It's a Girl!

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Newlywed Stefano Tonchi and his husband, David Maupin, are expecting une petite fille. “I did sign some legal papers that say that I am married in the state of Massachusetts. That was just something I needed to do!” Congrats, dears!



2011 February 14

A Moment with...Jill Kargman

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Your new essay collection, Sometimes I Feel Like a Nut, is your first foray into non-fiction.
I write trashy novels, normally, for women and gay men. They’re more labor-intensive, because there’s a narrative arc and all that bullsh**.
Is there a bias against chick lit?
All my chick-lit covers are the same colors as tampon boxes. If you’re reading that in public, it screams anti-intellectual. Which is fine by me; I’ve never been snobbish about writing.
You have rabid fans.
I was walking on Madison Avenue, and a woman said, “I just read your latest. I hate 69 too!”
So what’s next?
My daughter and I co-wrote a children’s book based on what happened when she said the F-word in school. They called me, and I was like, “She did? I wonder where she heard that!” Charlie said her dress was hideous, and she told him to “F*** off.” At least she used it in the right context.



2011 February 14

Lighting up with Hilary Alexander

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We caught up with the naughty British journo to talk survival strategies. What would Bloomberg say?
How are you feeling?
I arrived at 1 a.m., and I sat up until 3, doing all my invitations. I had two glasses of white wine and about five cigarettes, and then I had a sleeping pill and woke up at 9.
Where do you have your cigarettes?
In my hotel room. Shh!
That’s very naughty!
I’ve been staying there for 20 years, but I won’t tell you where—I don’t want to get them in trouble.
Where do you dine in New York?
Generally, I like to go somewhere where there is a terrace so I can have a cigarette. You can usually smoke at Diane von Furstenberg’s dinners, or whatever party Marc’s organizing.



2011 February 14

La Vie en Rose

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Valentine’s à la française

(PARIS) In matters of love and romance the French always know best. So how do they fête Valentine’s Day? Your cheat sheet to a one-of-a-kind celebration!

Tasting chocolates: If you think you know how to taste chocolates, think again! In 1890, Sulpice Debauve of Debauve et Gallais recorded his reflections on how to properly appreciate the house’s cocoa concoctions, which included instructions on the correct way to let chocolate melt in your mouth. Also appreciated by those original tastemakers, the Kings and Queens of France. 30 rue Saints-Pères, 75007, Paris. + 33 1 45 48 54 67

Handmade lingerie from Cadolle Couture: Maison Cadolle has been run by 5 generations of the same family; Poupie Cadolle is the latest member at the head of the venerable house, receiving customers by appointment at their luxurious couture atelier. One fitting is all you need and your measurements will remain on file for a lifetime. Then make your wildest dreams come true by choosing fabrics and details that are unique to you. Handmade bras start at 500 Euros. Chic fashionettes like stylist Camille Bidault Waddington swear by Cadolle. Cadolle Couture, 155 rue St Honoré, 75001, Paris. + 33 1 42 60 94 94

Your scent, your way: Maison Francis Kurkdjian is a fashion favorite, having worked with Christian Lacroix, Giorgio Armani and created Jean Paul Gaultier’s Le Mâle. Kurkdjian also creates custom-made and special order fragrances for private clients, including special order candles, scent-infused leather bracelets, and perfumed bubbles for private events. Couture designer Alexandre Vauthier is currently working on his first fragrance with Kurkdjian. Maison Francis Kurkdjian, 5 rue d’Alger, 75001, Paris. + 33 1 42 60 07 07 

2011 February 14

Memory Lane with Behnaz

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Reminiscing with Behnaz Sarafpour
What are your favorite memories of the past 10 years?
My very first collection, which was literally 14 pieces. And then, in 2003, I took Selma Blair as my date to the Met Ball. I saw the power of the right dress at the right event on the right celebrity. Everything just gelled together.

What else makes you proud?
I think I’m the only designer who’s sold a $150 lipstick on eBay! A $20 shade I did for Lancôme completely sold out at retail.

What has changed in the industry since you started?
There are twice as many designers, and it’s harder to have longevity because there’s so much press. The industry has become a source of entertainment to the general public.
What’s your biggest challenge?
Maintaining an independent company for such a long time without having ever sold the business to someone else, or bringing in big investors.

Do you still talk to your old boss, Isaac Mizrahi?
Not really. His career has gone down a different path, and so has mine.

What was your life like when you moved to New York in the ’80s?
We went to school, did homework, and then went out all night, every night. We’d go to the Tunnel, which was seedy and underground—you were hoping the police wouldn’t break in. We used to see a lot of voguers perform. This was before the Madonna song. She kind of ruined it.



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