2011 January 12

Wes Gordon Is A St. Regis Man

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Our Chic Report columnists certainly love their hotels! Why did designer Wes Gordon feel one untied shoelace away from being escorted out of the famed St. Regis? Let's find out! 

 

"The magic of hotels is that they come in all different shapes, colors, sizes, and types. There are the Workhorses, those with fertile carpeting and sheets that fear a black-light. The Hipsters: sparse, cubicle-sized rooms camouflaged by acrylic-heavy lobbies and pounding soundtracks. And, then there are the Grande Dames: those whose names convey total luxury and glamour.  In four weeks, on February 10th, I will be presenting my third collection.  In order for this to actually happen, a large amount of things need to come together:  approximately 18 models, sixty pieces of clothing, lights, invitations, music, seating, and a million other details.  In addition to all of this, I need the perfect venue: an architectural manifestation of the collection's spirit. 

 

This time around, I've decided to return to the site where I debuted my first collection: the incomparable St. Regis Hotel.  Last Friday, with Lauren and Michelle from my office, Tom Palmer Productions, and BPCM, we descended for a tour of the event spaces available at Fifth Avenue's most iconic hotel.  Regardless of what one wears, it's almost impossible to not feel embarrassingly underdressed when entering the St. Regis' gilt and marble lobby.  In ripped jeans and layers of warm clothes, I felt only one untied shoelace away from being escorted out by security. 

 

New York is a hotel mecca. There are hundreds (maybe thousands) of hotels and at least a few dozen that are known for their own particular take on luxury.  In my opinion, few can measure up to the character and history of this palace on the corner of 55th and Fifth.  Prior to its opening in 1904, many Europeans complained that New York had an lack of luxury hotels.  After extensive travels abroad, John Jacob Astor IV felt up to the task of creating a 'hotel where gentlemen and their families could feel as comfortable as they would as guests in a private home'. No expense was spared, and it shows. Winding through the building is a white marble staircase which, when constructed, cost a staggering sum that represented something like a third of the overall budget. Don't get me wrong, I love a good, clean, modern space or an intimate boutique hotel as much as the next person, but there is something about the St. Regis that never fails to take my breath away.

 

It is a well-known adage in the fashion industry that a good collection should tell a story. I am always inspired more by the woman I want to wear the clothes than by some strange and inevitably obscure reference like 'Flemish leaf prints' or 'zebras'. My wish (and my intention) is for someone to look at my creations and know instantly the woman for whom they're for and the life she leads.  Everything in the show, from the shoes to the hair, all contribute to telling this story and creating this aspirational female. I couldn't think of a more beautiful and appropriate place to showcase the latest take on the 'Wes Gordon Woman' than the romantic, feminine grandeur of the hallowed halls of the St. Regis."


2011 January 12

Look of The Daily: Demi Moore in Carven

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It's another good day for Guillaume Henry. Last night, Demi Moore wore a zippered dress from Carven Spring 2011 to the premiere of hubby Ashton Kutcher's new film, No Strings Attached. It retails for $830 and will be sold at Opening Ceremony next month.

 


2011 January 11

Gaga's Little Monsters Are Famous!

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V pays tribute to Lady Gaga diehards in "The Discovery Issue," which hits newsstands on Thursday. Over 8000 of the little monsters submitted their picturse to be in the issue. That's at least 8,000 issues sold, Stephen! The mag couldn't include everyone, but check out our gallery to view some of our favorites. We're still in denial that this is a cult, but these developments suggest otherwise.



2011 January 11

Where to Drink During the Milan Men's Shows

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Details is throwing another bash in Milan this Sunday night, and insiders are expecting another "rowdy" soiree akin to last year's bacchanal soiree. Chic has learned that editors will be handing out key cards to invited guests with a suite number, but nobody is saying where. Last year, the bash at Principe Di Savoia was filled to capacity, and Italian security guards were called to monitor the door until the last guests left at 3 a.m.. OK, is it the Four Seasons? The Grand? The new Moschino place? Leave your guesses in the comments.


2011 January 11

Your Daily Dog: Who Is Monkey's Mommy?

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Which jewelry designer drools over with Monkey? Click through the Gallery to find out! 


2011 January 11

La Vie en Ruffian: A Montreal Voyage

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Ruffian designers Brian Wolk and Claude Morais recently headed to Montreal. As usual, they reveal tout

 

"CONCORDIA SALUS. Like the romantic Ruffians that we are, the idea of train travel has always been a fantasy for us, and the L train wasn’t really doing the trick! So in an impulsive moment during our winter recess, we decided to go online and book two tickets on the Amtrak Adirondack Express from Penn Station to Montreal. This train line, one of the oldest in the nation, has a mythical reputation worthy of a Leonard Cohen song. (He's a Montreal native.) Our pre-travel preparation included tea sandwiches, a bottle of wine, some chips and chocolate. As we walked to the platform with our trusty LL Bean camouflage bags, we were ushered to the last car, specifically reserved for those doing the full journey to Montreal. Our seats were as large as any business class on a plane, and they reclined, as well. Our windows had curtains, and the crowd on our car was pretty cute and preppy, lots of kids from McGill.  At 8:30 a.m. we were off, through a labyrinth of tunnels in the belly of Manhattan, under the West Side Highway, emerging to lush views of the Hudson River.  Within moments, we left the city to begin our Northward trail. Words are not sufficient to describe this most beautiful epic journey. Through the Adirondacks, rivers, lakes, and snowy landscapes, our passage took on a meditative quality.  We truly understood the elegance and luxury of this old fashioned way of travel. 

 

Arriving on time for dinner, we arrived at the famous Gare Centrale and took a quick taxi to the Intercontinental, the chicest hotel in Montreal. The hotel’s great warmth combines antiquity and modernity and has all the qualities a traveler in this sometimes artic city would want. The Nordheimer Building which houses the ballrooms and public rooms of the hotel was originally a piano manufacturer in the grand tradition. In fact, the divine Sarah Bernhardt, the queen of French tragedy, performed in the private recital hall there during her visit to Montreal in 1880. This great legacy is the inspiration for Sarah B., the Absinthe Bar at the hotel (the only one in North America). This fascinating ritual involves a beautiful crystal decanter which drips iced water over a sugar cube perched on a silver slotted spoon into a glass of this mysterious elixir. I am not sure if it was the incredibly comfortable bed in our Tourelle Suite or the mythical hallucination of the Absinthe  “green fairy”, but we have never slept better.  The next morning, after a chic breakfast in the exclusive Intercontinental Club, we made our way to the Botanical Gardens, the second largest in the world, adjacent to the Olympic Stadium. This glass-enclosed warm steamy wonderland of flora and fauna seemed miraculous amongs heaps of snow, which surround it.  We were particularly impressed by the extraordinary Bonsai Tree collection and the hundreds of varieties of orchids. Afterwards, we toured around the Olympic Stadium, one of many architectural marvels in Montreal. 

 

That evening, we decided to eat dinner at the legendary LeMeac. If you want to dine with the beautiful people of Montreal, then you mustn’t miss this.  Executive chef Richard Bastien is a Montreal culinary guru, and he did not disappoint. Our seven-course tasting dinner was a veritable playground for the gourmand. The pairing of wine and food was flawless, and our dinner included House Smoked Salmon with Caviar, Boudin Noir, Panko Crusted Goat Cheese Salad, Guinea Fowl, Lamb Chops, and ended with an epic warm French Toast Pudding with local Maple Ice Cream. Following dinner, we thought it might be a good idea to dance and burn off a few calories so we went over to the infamous Cabaret Mado. Montreal’s red light and cabaret tradition is world renown, and no visit is complete without a Burlesque performance. Madame Mado’s stellar wit and infinitely brilliant cast of crazy drag performers takes this art form to a new level. A visual feast of costumes and song, this was definitely a highlight of our trip. 

 

Our last day, we decided to keep it low key and enjoy the hotel’s fabulous Salt Water Pool and Spa. After sweating off our drinks and food from the night before, we decided to hit up Chinatown, a hop skip and a jump away from the hotel. A myriad of Pan-Asian culture and restaurants we decided on an old favorite, Cristal No. 1 and enjoyed some piping hot noodles. That night from the circular living room in our Tourelle Suite, we looked at the beautiful snowy skyline of this courageous and creative city and were reminded of city’s motto, Concordia Salus, or 'Salvation Through Harmony.' What a nice thought for the times we live in."

 

Don't miss pictures from their journey in our Gallery.

 

 

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