2011 January 20

Transformations, by Lulu Frost's Lisa Salzer

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Lulu Frost's Lisa Salzer takes a moment in her new column, Transformations, to reflect on how a little trash turned her life into a treasure. 

"Today's Transformations takes a turn to the reflective. The arrival of 2011 it's a chance to meditate on what we are thankful for.  I'd like to share an ongoing transformation that originally launched Lulu Frost, and in turn, is quite special to me.  As you may know, in 2005 I has the good fortune to happen upon hundreds of discarded bronze door numbers from the famed Plaza (ignore what you may have heard in recent years and instead let's take a moment of silence for this historic style icon).  A few tweaks and some vintage chains later, I created the Plaza Number collection, which helped land Lulu Frost in several prime retailers and jump-started all I am thankful for today with my business.  Lesson learned: that which is discarded is not always worthless. One hotel's trash is another woman's treasure!  The metamorphosis from crusty bronze numbers to treasured jewelry didn't stop there, as the numbers are now taking on a new identity as delicate and personal pieces of fine jewelry.  Enter CODE, our new fine jewelry collection in 14k or 18k with diamonds, comprised of stud earrings, rings and necklaces that can be customized and combined.  

Over the years of selling Plaza numbers world-wide, I've realized how strongly people attach meaning and importance to numbers.  I've heard hundreds of stories behind why people love certain numbers, from the mundane to the creative. The award for most interesting choice of personal numbers, however, has to go to my friend Gillian Schwartz of the new branding agency Schwartz & Sons. Not only is she responsible for the creative genius behind the new Lulu Frost and CODE websites, but she's a dedicated CODE wearer.  Gillian has decided to wear not one, but ten rings at a time on her pretty hand by proudly displaying her cell phone digits in a fashionably stacked form. Talk about a creative way to give him your number!

Please visit us at lulufrost.code and maybe you too can find meaningful inspiration---or just a brilliant way to snag a hot date. With love, Lisa."


2011 January 20

Wes Gordon's Winter Survival

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How does our man about town Wes Gordon survive the winter doldrums? This week, he reveals his solution on surviving the dreadful January. Tell us, Wes! Tell!

"The weather has been horrible lately. After years of avoidance, I finally gave in and got a pair of lined rubber boots. While everyone else avoids slush puddles, I can boldly stomp through, completely unfazed. That said, I have yet to master weather forecasting from my apartment window and, unfortunately, recently ruined my favorite pair of Armani pony mocassins. Weather-appropriate footwear aside, there's only so much you can do to batten the hatches against the wintry climes. Some nights, after I've been working in the studio all day (so excited for the upcoming collection!) and it's dark and cold and wet and miserable outside, the last thing I want to do is loaf around at home.

My solution? When the weather gets you down, nothing is better than a table full of close friends in a cozy restaurant. Without a doubt, no place fulfills this fantasy better than Il Buco. With Alessandra Codinha and Mariana Zobel de Ayala, we decided to brave the slushy streets and head to this little gem. Located at 47 Bond Street, around the corner from our [still low-on furniture, please send gifts!] new apartment, Il Buco has mastered the comfortable homey atmosphere we all know and crave. Long, low communal tables make us feel like we're in a Fellini movie, saluting each other in Italian while we chow down on a wonderful grandmother's perfect Tuscan fare. The interior is beautifully rustic. Baskets and bronze lamps hang from the ceiling, creating this soft and golden light that makes everyone look great. Although always busy and full, it's never too loud to have intimate conversations. The wine list is superior, and the pasta is out of this world. One menu tip? The last time we ordered the cheddar polenta, it was like a game of Hungry Hungry Hippos. Order generously, you'll want it all.

The weather outside may rage, but at Il Buco, you'll feel safe, warm, and incredibly well-fed.  Additional tip? If you can, sit in the wine cellar. You'll never want to leave." 


2011 January 19

What Shoes Does One Wear With This?

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Paris menswear season kicked off today, and all eyes were on Nicola Formichetti's debut as creative director of Thierry Mugler. That is, of course, if you were able to see. Plastic on the head always obstructs our view, but that's just us. Make no mistake about it, though: No one will be surprised that the 30-piece collection was created by the man who helped make Gaga a style icon. Check out some pics from the show in our Gallery.



2011 January 19

Chic Wonders: What Would You Get Betty White For Her Birthday?

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What can you possibly buy a woman who, A, is the fabulous Betty White and B, has experienced almost a century on earth? Not to fret! We quizzed a slew of party revelers at White's 89th birthday soiree for some creative picks, both real and imagined. Although we're not sure what could top Betty's favorite birthday loot to date: a Pekingese puppy. "I named him Bandit because he stole my heart," she remembers.  

"I was gonna get her a fifth of vodka, but the roads were so bad that my husband was like, 'we've got to keep going!'" ---Ana Gasteyer, SNL

"I did not get Betty a birthday gift, but I got like four really great dirty jokes I want to tell her. It’s hard with Betty, she knows all the body jokes, so I think I’ve got some zingers." ---Sherri Shepherd, The View

"The Hot in Cleveland cast adopted a baby elephant in Africa. The elephant is named Murka, and Betty will be getting monthly and weekly updates as Murka grows up." ---Jane Leeves, Hot In Cleveland actress

"I would buy Betty a sleep mask so she can really sleep at night. I've explored sleep masks, and I've found they really work. Because there's nothing more important than a good night's sleep." ---Arianna Huffington

“I’m gonna get her this risotto I’m eating right now. This is amazing, oh my God! I’ve gotta start hanging out here!” ---Judah Friedlander, 30 Rock

"A vibrator would be a great gift for her. I didn’t get her one, but I can still send it over. I’ll order it. When somebody can buy anything they want for themselves, you have to give them something that’s an experience." ---Robert Verdi, Stylist 


2011 January 19

Jessica White Gets a Reality Check

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Jessica White has nabbed her own reality show on Oxygen, sharing the network with fellow firecracker Janice Dickinson. Based on the concept of HBO's Entourage, cameras will follow the Naomi Campbell doppleganger, along with a band of glammed-out hooligans, from now through the glitzy mayhem of Fashion Week. And she's no stranger to the spotlight: the leggy stunner was arrested last October for her alleged participation in a club catfight. It doesn't hurt that she's dated the who's-who of Hollywood, Sean Penn compris. Can't wait to watch!  


2011 January 19

Tommy Hilfiger's Split Personalities

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After celebrating his massive 25th anniversary in September, Tommy Hilfiger is changing up his game by separating his men's and women's runway offerings. Page Six reports that Hilfiger will present his men's collection, which  Simon Spurr is now consulting on, at the Lion on February 11. His women's collection, on which Peter Som serves as a consultant, will be shown at Lincoln Center on Feb 13. Discuss! 

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