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2011 January 5
Rebecca Minkoff's adventures always make Chic a wee envious, but her trip to Napa Valley, California made us tipsy.
"Happy New Year! What an unbelievable year 2010 has been. From being inducted into the CFDA to showing at my first Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, I had so many reasons to raise my glass. Despite so many professional strides, I want to share a fond memory you didn’t read about in the Daily--- my bestie Ilaria [Urbinati]’s bachelorette party. We pulled her away from the go-go world of running my fave place to shop in LA, Confederacy, to enjoy some fresh air and full-bodied beverages.
The setting: The Carneros Inn along the Sonoma Highway in the one-and-only Napa, Nor-Cal. The diet: a steady river of red, red wine. The dress code: plush robes and cowboy boots. Why do I recommend this place? Let me count the ways. Within minutes of check-in, the most divine cheese plate of dairy indulgences is delivered to your room. There is no substitute for farm-fresh, locally-churned, deliciously smelly cheese. And the wine…oh, the wine…Since the calories don’t count at bachelorette parties (not unlike Thanksgiving and Sundays), we carbo-loaded before our 10 a.m. wine tour. Necessary for 3 wineries in 4 hours! It was Stealing Beauty meets Sideways, eleven gals with their bride-to-be in tow, playing wino for the weekend. I can swirl my wine and sniff a cork like a real pro!
Opting out of some of the normal bachelorette-themed activities (you know what I’m talking about, Chippendale’s), the trip was all about laying in the grass, tear-inducing fits of laughter, and boozy horseback rides (don’t try this at home). There is no better way to relax, recharge, and let the realization of married life slowly sink in. Napa, I love you, but you nearly ruined my taste for 2-buck chuck!
2011 January 5
When celebration is in order, a blizzard is no match for Ruffian designers Brian Wolk and Claude Morais. This week, they hit the Bar d'O reunion at Indochine.
"There are very few restaurants in Manhattan that continue to command a level of chicness and elite clientele for over two and a half decades. At 25 years old, Indochine is not only a New York standard, it's an institution. Our friend and proprietor Jean Marc Houmard is not only responsible for this fashionable sanctuary, but also for Republic, Kittichai, Bond Street, and the notoriously celebrated but no longer open Bar d’O. On Sunday December 26, the day of the blizzard, we received an invitation to join Jean Marc for the Bar d’O reunion dinner at Indochine. For those of you fashion scene newbians, it was a cozy and delightful West Village bar that launched the careers of some of the most illustrious drag Burlesque performers including Sherry Vine, Raven O and the legendary Joey Arias, who starred most recently in Cirque de Soleil’s Las Vegas hit Zumanity.
We arrived at 9:00 p.m. through snow up to our knees, and were delighted to see a packed house. Jean Marc ushered us to his booth, and after a dinner of our favorites including fried spring rolls, Vietnamese baby back ribs, and crispy shrimp, we were called to attention by the one and only Ms. Flotilla Debarge. Unlike other Burlesque and drag bars, Bar d’O featured performers who could sing their lungs out, no lip-syncing here. Next up was Arias, whose extraordinary voice recalls that of Billie Holiday. We were delighted to hear some of our favorite jazz standards, including “God Bless the Child” and Cole Porter’s “Love for Sale." Sade Pendarvis, back on the scene after a life-saving liver transplant, was actually featured in the groundbreaking documentary, Paris is Burning. Sade’s rendition of “At this Moment” brought her to her knees and the crowd to their feet! Flotilla’s own version of “You Make Me Feel Like an African American Woman” was a brilliant post-modern and post-gender take on this classic hit. A million lychee martinis later (our favorite Indochine cocktail!), a bevy of desserts were brought to our table including dessert wontons (to die for). It was truly a special New York evening, and it was clear that the blizzard really brought this diverse and beautiful crowd together. After an anonymous patron bought the entire restaurant shots, we all danced to Arias’ last song, “Why Don’t You Do Right?”.
For all of you who want to take part in the Bar d’O reunion fun, you can, but not until next year. It is always the Sunday before and after Christmas at Indochine. Mark your calendars!"
Check out photos from the event in our Gallery.
2011 January 5
Tatler February issue View Gallery
And so it begins! Tatler went Warhol on Kate Middleton for the magazine's February cover. (Notice they didn't score a photo shoot...or interview...) The self-proclaimed collector's edition reveals how she and Wills fell in love, along with a bunch of other stuff you've probably read about. No matter! Let's see how this one sells...and expect the American glossies to follow. Glenda, get on the horn!
2011 January 5
Photo: Alexi Lubomirski for Harper's Bazaar View Gallery
Alexi Lubomirski shot Nicole Kidman for the February cover of Harper's Bazaar, which hits newsstands January 18. The actress is interviewed by her Just Go With It co-star Jennifer Aniston. "L'Wren [Scott]'s collection, basically, I can wear," Kidman says. "I don't have time to look through things. I used to be far more into that when I was in my early 20s, but I just don't have the interest anymore." As for why she lost her fashion mojo? "Renée Zellweger said she's just not interested in having loads of designers make dresses for her; it feels gluttonous. That is so right. It's not the place to be, particularly in your 40s." Chic knows a few people who'd disagree with that...Check out more Bazaar pix of Kidman in the Gallery.
2011 January 4
Courtesy of Victoria's Secret View Gallery
If the mailman is walking with a little more pep in his step, Chic knows why. The sublime Candice Swanepoel graces the cover of the Victoria's Secret 2011 swim catalogue looking as va-voom, va-voom, va-voom as possible. The South African model replaces last year's cover gal Lindsay Ellingson. VS's resident photographer Russell James shot angels Alessandra Ambrosio, Lily Aldridge, Erin Heatherton, Adriana Lima and more in St. Barts, Turks and Caicos and Anguilla for the catalogue. Enjoy!
2011 January 4
Photo Courtesy of Wes Gordon View Gallery
We've been keeping up with the adventures of Chic columnist Wes Gordon for a few weeks now, but what more can we unfold? Without further ado, his current fixations:
Drink: Mulled Wine at the Bowery Hotel
Book: Life by Keith Richards
Magazine: The Last Magazine, World of Interiors
Musician: Janis Joplin
Movie: The Fighter
Actress: Natalie Portman and, always, Greta Garbo
Getaway: Jackson Hole
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