2011 January 26
We love it when our Ruffian boys get in the field with their reporter hats on. This week, they had brunch with Sabine Heller. Do tell!
"For this week’s La Vie en Ruffian, we decided to have breakfast at Pastis with the international and glamorous Sabine. Newly inducted president of the tony and very private online fellowship, A Small World, and recently appointed to the position of Editor-at-Large for Vogue Italia's website Vogue.it, Mademoiselle Heller educates us on elephant polo, caviar hippies and rare truffles with eggs.
Brian: Hey Sabine, we haven’t seen you forever, so where have you been jet-setting to these days?
Sabine: I did a lot of traveling last year because of my new position at A Small World. I feel very fortunate. I was in Milan at the Carlton Hotel Baglioni, and Gstaad for A Small World’s first weekend event series.”
Brian: Where did you stay in Gstaad? What is your weekend series all about?
Sabine: The Gstaad Palace Hotel is the place to stay in Gstaad. It has a wonderful history. Elizabeth Taylor, Roger Moore, Ella Fitzgerald all used to frequent the hotel. It has a lot of old-world glamour. It was the first of many events to come, including elephant polo in Mongolia and chateau weekends in the South of France.
Claude: Is elephant polo something you did in your childhood in India? What is elephant polo?
Sabine: I am obsessed with elephant polo. They play it a lot in Nepal, in the foothills of the Himalayas. Many royals play. It’s a royal tradition in those parts.
Brian: Do the elephants actually run?
Sabine: Elephants don’t run. They lumber.
Claude: I am going to have to Youtube this. I want to cover the elephant polo weekend for The Daily! Sorry, I digress. So tell me a little about your trip to Mexico?
Sabine: I was in Tulum over New Year’s. Tulum is new Goa! The Miller sisters have been going there for a while. It was crawling with fashion people. It was like the Boom Boom Room on the beach. The amazing hotel is Coqui Coqui Spa. Kate Bosworth and her new beau, Alex Skarsgård, were there. It felt like Formentera, the island of the coast of Ibiza - very bohemian chic, free. Tulum is for caviar hippies.
Brian: Amazing! We love chic hippies. Talitha Getty is our favorite! Speaking of bohemian chic, tell us about your trips to India?
Sabine: I went twice last year. I have a lot of friends and family there, so I generally don’t stay at hotels. I was also there for work. I have a A Small World team in India that's working on developing the Indian market. It is the largest English-speaking democracy in the world. The market is exploding for luxury and hospitality. I was mostly in Bombay and Delhi. While I was there, I was lucky enough to meet with Rahul Ghandi, Indira Ghandi’s grandson and the future prime minister of India.”
Claude: How do you get your fashion fix in this new luxury economy?
Brian: You were recently made the president of A Small World. What are your responsibilities, and how are you changing things?
Sabine: I am running the day-to-day operations. It is really exciting and invigorating. We are looking to do a 180-degree rebranding with a strong focus on traveling. We want to be the go-to place for jet set living. It’s for people who travel as a byproduct of their normal life, not necessarily vacationers. The great thing about A Small World is it's a fellowship of people, not an online community. Members are willing to help each other, especially when they are in their local environment. It’s a private club online.
Claude: So you were just assumed editor-at-large for Vogue.it. What are you planning on doing there?
Sabine: I am really passionate about videos and intimate portraits. I just did lovely ones of Waris Ahluwalia and Olivia Chantecaille. These are all online. I am looking forward to what’s new and exciting for Fashion Week and who will stand out.
Brian: So let’s talk about your country home in Kripplebush, NY.
Sabine: It’s an 18th century farmhouse in the foothills of the Catskills. What I love about it is you can feel the history when you stay there. I entertain quite a bit. I frequently have gatherings and long weekends. It’s kind of a hippie commune, where people can come and go and feel free. It’s very Mediterranean—we have a long table in the garden where we share meals. It’s the joke amongst my friends that there is no time in Kripplebush. Dinner often starts at midnight. My favorite feature is the old copper outdoor bathtub, where you can lounge in the garden and take a bath under the stars.
Claude: With Valentine’s Day around the corner, give us some of your recipes to get to a man’s heart.
Sabine: I love to cook! For breakfast, I have been experimenting with a variety of pancakes—raspberry/chocolate chip, banana with sliced almonds and eggs with truffles. I also like to mix high and low. For lunch, I love delicious cheeses from Murray’s, meats from Di Palo’s, pate and fresh tomatoes from the farmstand. Dinner is more seasonal but for Valentine’s Day, a hearty bolognese!
To watch a clip of elephant polo, CLICK HERE Can you really pass that up?"
2011 January 26
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Don't tell Karl! Diane Kruger turned it out in a Gucci dress at the Vogue Paris dinner on Tuesday night at Hotel de la Rochefoucauld Doudeauville in Paris. The dinner was held in honor of Gucci's Frida Giannini.
2011 January 26
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Attention aspiring stylists, Linda Fargo fanatics and Bergdorf junkies: get thee to the Dress Bergdorf Goodman's Linda Fargo for Fashion Week contest on Polyvore ASAP and start crafting a digital collage that captures Linda's inimitable panache and is practical for looking fab while she's dashing between shows. "We dress ourselves 365 days a year - it's kind of a relief to have somebody else make a stylish decision for you once in a while!" Fargo said to Chic.
The lucky lady (or lad) to pique Fargo's attention will be transported to NYC, primped and preened by Trish McEvoy and John Bartlett and whisked around Bergdorf by a personal shopper avec a $2,500 giftcard. Now for the glam finale: the winner will accompany Fargo, clad in an ensemble based on the winner's Polyvore creation, to a show during Fashion Week. Magnifique!
The contest kicked off yesterday and runs through Monday, January 31. This is Bergdorf's sophomore effort at using Polyvore to suss out the chicest of the bunch, following the November contest in which a total of 2,857 David Hoey disciples schemed up epic windows for the store. Already, over 1,000 entries have been submitted, so Chic has a hunch that the stylista competition is going to be stiff. The bubbly @Bergdorfs girl will be leaving tips all week, like today's hint about a studded lacy Valentino heel that Fargo is mad for. For the love of Linda, click to it! Click through our Gallery for inspiration.
2011 January 25
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Ryan McGinley, known as the youngest photographer to win a spot inside the Whitney Museum, took up his lens at Club Monaco for the brand's candid spring 2011 ad campaign. The 33-year-old shutterbug came on board following in the steps of fashion photogs Peter Lindbergh, Mario Testino, Richard Avedon, and Patrick Demarchelier, who have all teamed up with the brand. Fall 2010's campaign, shot by Victor Demarchelier, brought us Black Swan virtuoso (and Natalie Portman's husband-to-be) Benjamin Millepied. But McGinley had a different story in mind for spring. The famed photographer and Club Monaco showcased "the culture club" posing freely in a classic boardwalk photo booth setup. The eclectic pop-cult squad consisted of Lou Doillon, Lauren Hutton, and Annie Lennox's daughter Tali Lennox along with Lexie and Rachel Smith, filmmaker Brandee Brown, artist Mitch Ferrin, musiciasn Domino Kirke and Matthew Hutchinson, The Virgins' Donald Cummings, actresses Jemima Kirke and Shuya Chang, surfer Johny Knapp, Lexie and Rachel Smith, skateboarder Peter Giang, fellow photographers Jade Berreau and Rachel Chandler, and stylist Tom Guinness. Club Monaco asked their stylish cast what they were coveting on set. Hutton wanted to snatch up the navy trench she was photographed in while Lou went gaga for the loose trousers and basics. How about Tali? She was eyeing the lacy white frock Lou modeled. For your own must-haves, check out the Club Monaco Lookbook for the complete spring 2011 collection.
2011 January 25
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Now that's some lineup. The front-row at today's Armani Privé show in Paris boasted Olivia Wilde, Jodie Foster, Pedro Almodovar, and a blinged-out Sophia Loren, sporting a diamond choker and ombre specs. "This is my first fashion show ever," said Foster, who is currently in Paris promoting her new film, God of Carnage, directed by Roman Polanski. Not a bad place to start, love!
2011 January 25
Longchamp doesn't stray far from its French roots by hiring Patrick Demarchelier to shoot Audrey Marnay for the brand's Spring 2011 campaign. Check out the behind-the-scenes video of the shoot.
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