Thursday, March 31, 2011

Different Strokes For Different Folks

When you hear of people getting discounts, let alone discounts for life,  I always ask myself "how did they get that?" Is it through knowing someone, a coupon or maybe a chance encounter? Well if you want a discount for life on Marc Ecko, just get the Ecko logo or a pair of shears tattooed on you - for life. No joke, seriously. There will be no April Fool's! after this posting. You would think you could at least get 50% off, just saying. 

What would you do for a discount for life? For let's say, Louis Vuitton or Chanel?
*And I wonder why employees are not allowed to participate? Because they already know that this is insane?!

"Rumour Has It" Adele Is Phenomenal!

I love Adele and was so excited to see WGSN covering her style - musical and fashion wise. Check her out below and give her a listen. You won't regret it!

After a two-year hiatus, Adele is back with a hugely successful new album, 21. Although the album had received critical acclaim, it was the low-key and poignant performance of Someone Like You at this year's Brit Awards (just Adele, a pianist and a finale of falling glitter) that propelled her into the big time. As a result, the single topped the UK charts and the YouTube video above has received more than six million views to date.
21 has since become the UK's biggest-selling download album of all time, and has equalled Madonna's record of nine consequetive weeks at number one (which she achieved The Immaculate Collection). Adele is also now the only artist since The Beatles to have two singles and two albums in the UK Top Five, and this month, 21 went straight in at number one in the US Billboard chart, knocking Justin Bieber off the top spot.
After US tour dates were announced, Adele embarked on a series of high-profile TV appearances, including The Today Show, The Late Show with David Letterman, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and Chelsea Lately. - WGSN Alice Leeburn

Furla Candy Bag

Although it might not feel like it quite yet, summer is around the corner. Don't mind the rain/snow NYC is about to get this Friday. (Bad April Fool's joke? - maybe.) Well I know what we all need, especially for my wish list - the Furla candy bag. Check out the ultra vibrant colors that will make anyone stand out in a crowd.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Karl Lagerfeld x Diet Coke 2011 Bottles

Personally, I'm not a fan of diet anything. I think if you're going to indulge, do it right and eat/drink the real thing. But I do I have to bend the rules every now and then right? Presenting the latest bottle designs for Diet Coke by Karl Lagerfeld. His inspiration came from "Diet Coke heroines - Bernadette, Eleanor and Irene. Polka dots match Bernadette's romanticism, swishy swirls for Eleanor's fashion forward stance and rock drama to tally with Irene's persona". 

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

John's Gold Phone

If you're like me, you hate texting and would rather have a 2 second call and get the info easy and pain free without any smiley faces. (You people know who you are.) But we don't want to downgrade to a Nokia 3310 Stone Age looking phone, so I think our best bet is John's Gold phone. View the specs down below.  

John’s Phone Bar is the world’s simplest golden cell phone: no frills or unnecessary features such as a camera, text messaging and an endless number of ringtones. You call, you hang up, and that’s it. John’s Phone is easy to use wherever you go.

A no-contract cell phone, John’s Phone is compatible with any type of SIM card. Pay as you go and SIM-only contracts, both national and international. John’s Phone offers global roaming, except on the 3G networks in South Korea and Japan. With its long standby time of more than 3 weeks, John's Phone is perfect for when travelling or driving.

The back of the phone features a small opening with an address book and pen – two unique features you can use even when your phone is switched off.

In addition, it includes an earphone that allows you to call hands-free while driving.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Marc Jacobs Twitter Account Gone Wild

We've all bad days at work, I mean you could even be having one at this very moment. (I'm hoping not though.) But when an intern who took over CEO Robert Duffy's role as twitter account manager, before they could hire a replacement, things got a little hairy. See what he tweeted below. FYI, this is not how you leave any job, especially working for Marc Jacobs. Tsk Tsk. 

A posting from an iPhone at midnight EST read: 'You guys and gals have no idea how difficult Robert is. I am only an intern. My last day is tomorrow. I wouldn't be tweeting this if not!'
'Good luck! I pray for you all. If you get the job! I'm out of here. See ya! Son't want to be ya! Roberts a tyrant! Seriously! He is tough!' another read.
He continued: 'I can call him out! I'm out! Won't work in this town again! I know that! Learned a lot. But, I don't have the energy for what is expected!'
Signing off, he added: 'Yea, walk in my MJ shoes! Don't judge me! I'm alone in this office having to try and entertain you all. This isn't easy. I have tried. Done!'
According to The Daily Truffle, the tweets were deleted at approximately 4am EST.

Ellie Goulding

For those of you who don't know, Ellie Goulding is an up and coming musician from England. Now you know. She recently played a show at Webster Hall in New York and is currently featured in Elle's April issue. Watch her hit "Starry Eyed" and decide for yourself, but I know she is already a star

If you missed her at Webster Hall, you can still see her play a set live at All Saints in SoHo today (March 28, 2011 from 6-9pm). Get a chance to meet her and have a signed copy of her album Lights. 

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Still Looking Fresh - Carmen Dell'Orefice

Carmen Dell'Orefice recently turned 80 years old and I have to say she even looks better than some current models hitting the runway. She owns these looks in the current Vogue Italia spread. This is proof that it doesn't all go downhill after 40. 

Viktor & Rolf

Friday, March 25, 2011

Anna Dello Russo - Paris Fashion Week Wardrobe

For those who don't know Anna, she is the editor in chief of Vogue Nippon (Japan) and she has one of the most fantastical wardrobes. (She's the one who looks chicly put together, yet has some sort of quirky twist in those Tommy Ton street photographs we click through.) So when CNN shot a video of her and her wardrobe, we immediately stopped what we were doing and took a 5 min break to watch. Ummm, I want her wardrobe - like . . . now!

Everyone Can Be Beautiful

Esteé Lauder has just launched a campaign/philosophy entitled "Everyone Can Be Beautiful". The faces of this campaign are models Joan Smalls, Constance Jablonski and Liu Wen. These ladies are beautiful and represent diverse backgrounds. Two new skin care products were also unveiled - Idealist Even Skin tone Illuminator and Idealist Cooling Eye Illuminator made for all skin tones. Love the direction they are going in! 

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Karen Elson in Vogue Italia - Pure Prada

I had mixed feelings when Prada's SS2011 collection came strutting down that stark white runway. Quirky and delicious but is it wearable was my immediate thought. Going with my instinct, it definitely was a defining moment - showcasing a bold, brighter outlook in fashion and dare I say it - life? Check out model/muse/singer Karen Elson's Vogue Italia behind the scenes video of this photo shoot here.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Hermes Sample Sale Review

The big day is here, the Hermes sample sale. Hold on to your scarves and let's hope there are some Birkins out there! Below is a review from Madison Ave Spy. And who knows, maybe there will be no line in this dreary weather, but then again I hear the line started at 4:30am. 

The Hermès sale doesn't officially start until tomorrow but press and VIPs were given a head start today. Our spies report that the sale was the most quite it's ever been. By noon there were not more than five press guests floating around the sale and VIP ticket holders given entrance at two hours early.

Our veteran sale spies summarize that this was the most lack luster sale yet. There were absolutely no leather goods. Not a single leather bag, no wallets, no key chains, not even a bookmark. Wait, there was a ... leather game mat. Great, right?

The best find of the day was a fabric Picotin (feed-style bag) with leather trim for $937. The only catch was that there were only five! The larger size was $1237 but there weren't many of those either. Shoppers were fawning over an Hermès travel bag with the Evelyn logo. Our resident expert says, "I never even saw the bag in a store. It looked like something you might find on"

As Hermès shoppers might expect, there were Garden Party style canvas bags but only the mini mini size. They were priced at $800 and $900. Hermès addicts reminisce about the sale's good old days where these preppy style bags can be picked up for about $400.

Moving on to gloves-- there were only about 15 pair, which ranged in price from $200 to $400. As usual, scarves and ties were plentiful and were $250 and $110, respectively. Shoppers may be able to find a small stash of belts but they were not very discounted and not desirable styles. In addition, there was a small assortment of leather and enamel bracelets, which were 50% off.

In the shoe department, the selection was pretty pitiful, according to our spies. Boots were all still over $1000 and there weren't many great looking shoes. Ready-to-wear was also still not discounted enough for our Hermès bargain shoppers. Over in housewares, shoppers can find lots of crystal but glasses were still close to $300 each. There was also select pieces of china and a small assortment of beach towels.

Everyone was in agreement that this was the most disappointing Hermès sample sale yet. Before heading out to the public sale, we suggest looking out the window and checking the weather forecast. With discounts and selections this slim, we would suggest heading to Madison and spending full price for the item and style you love.
Hermes Sample Sale
Wednesday, March 23 to Sunday, March 27
Wed 9am to 6pm, Thurs 9am to 8pm, Fri to Sat 9am to 6pm, Sun 1pm to 5pm.
Soffer Haskin, 317 W. 33rd St between Eighth and Ninth Avenues 

Chanel x Colette Pop Up Store - Paris

For those that were in Paris from March 1-10, please tell me you stopped by the Colette Pop Up Store featuring Chanel's SS2011 collection. The store was assembled across the street from Colette in an industrial formal garage and measured over 2,000 sq ft. Inside, an eclectic mix of fashion, visual arts and musical performances resulted in a creative mix/vibe. The illustrations on the wall are by Kevin Lyons with sprayed flashes of fluorescent pink. Tres chic! 

Monday, March 21, 2011

Coco Mademoiselle Le Film

Featuring Keira Knightley and Alberto Ammann, directed by Joe Wright. Music: "It's a Man's Man's Man's World" (James Brown, Betty Newsome), performed by Joss Stone.

Lady Gaga by Mariano Vivanco (for i-D Magazine)

Lady Gaga's Beauty Routine

So we might not all be lucky enough to a super pop star phenomenon, but we can mimic some of her beauty regimen - or not. 

On her skin:
When asked how many nights per week she goes to bed wearing makeup, she replies, “Seven. That is not good for your skin, but I’m blessed with good genes.” What is good for her skin? The sunblock she carries around in her beauty bag. “I don’t like to tan my face because it’s bad for wrinkles,” she explains.
On her hair:
The natural brunette, known for her now white-blonde locks, says she misses her dark hair when she has to “get a chemical haircut because my blonde hair is falling out.”
On eye makeup:
[S]he’s skipping mascara and fake lashes these days. “I think it’s more modern not to wear [either]. I just wear eyeliner.”
On her beauty philosophy:
“Just go with your gut,” she urges. “Whenever you try to be someone else, it’s boring.”

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Elie Tahari Manager Exiled to New Jersey Demands $2M for 'Anguish'

You just have to appreciate this guy's ingenuity as to why he had a mental breakdown. Classic.

For this fashion maven, going to New Jersey was worse than wearing white after Labor Day.
A top manager for ritzy design house Elie Tahari gripes in a $2 million claim against the company that he suffered a mental breakdown partly because his bosses banished him to outposts in the Garden State.
"It was the smog. It was depressing driving to Jersey," said Thomas Horodecki, 36. "The traffic was horrendous on Route 4, and they are pretty bad drivers. The stores are kind of cheesy for the most part.
"New York City has everything when it comes to fashion, especially Saks. And when it comes to styling, let's just say Jersey is difficult. Fashion it is not!"
Horodecki -- who also managed the designer's in-store shop at Saks Fifth Avenue in Midtown -- said in an arbitration claim filed Wednesday that he was snubbed for raises and promotions because he is Polish and not Jewish.
Horodecki, a Christian, alleges that his supervisor, Israeli-born Sagit Halperin -- married to Tahari head designer Kobi Halperin -- passed him over for less senior female Israeli staffers. He claimed the women would all vacation together in Israel.
His complaints got him exiled to Tahari's in-store boutiques at the Hackensack branches of Saks Fifth Avenue and Bloomingdale's, and at Neiman Marcus in Paramus, he said.
"Mentally, I just started going crazy. I had a breakdown. I was crying to my partner," he said. "Depression set in. I couldn't go to work anymore. I'm presently seeing a psychologist and [I'm] on Zoloft."
The weekly trips to New Jersey weighed heavily on Horodecki.
"Mentally, I was exhausted from everything. It absolutely contributed to my breakdown as time went along," he said.
Horodecki's attorneys, Michael Borrelli and Alexander Coleman, said "it is outrageous to treat employees disparately based on their national origin and/or religion."
Horodecki claims that in December, his depression drove him to leave work on disability, and just days after he left, Sagit Halperin announced at a staff meeting at Tahari's main showroom on West 42nd Street that Horodecki had been canned -- even though he had not been.
Horodecki said he is still employed and remains on disability leave.
Tahari VP Scott Currie said, "We do not comment on current employees."

Friday, March 18, 2011

Bill Cunningham New York Documentary

I know we're basking in some much needed rays from the sun today, but make sure you guys see this documentary about Bill Cunningham this weekend. Catch it at the Film Forum - stunning images. 

Bill Cunningham is probably the most honest photojournalist in New York. But he can also be pretty deceptive.
Not that he tries to be. Rather, in his pursuit of a singular, joyful mission — documenting daily the interesting clothes that women and men can and (this is important) do wear — Mr. Cunningham makes it all look easy.
That’s deceiving because he may be, at 81, the hardest working reporter in New York. He’s also among the most private, despite the fact that he can easily be spied in public, wearing a blue worker’s smock and bicycling fearlessly through city streets. His personal life is so understated and ascetic as to seem anonymous. His aversion to the spotlight is itself the stuff of fashion legend.
At the time, Mr. Press was supporting his filmmaking as a freelance art director at The Times. He had worked with and admired Mr. Cunningham. Mr. Gefter was a picture editor at the newspaper. (Full disclosure as a Times employee: I adore Bill Cunningham, not only because of his work but because he calls me “young fellow.” I’m 57.)So the miracle of “Bill Cunningham New York,” a new 88-minute documentary about the photographer of “On the Street” and “Evening Hours,” is that its subject agreed to participate in the first place. The film, which is to open the New Directors/New Films series on Wednesday at the Museum of Modern Art, took 10 years to make. The first eight were spent trying to get Mr. Cunningham to cooperate. “It started in 2000,” said Richard Press, who directed the film. Philip Gefter, to whom Mr. Press is married, produced it. “Philip and I approached Bill. He just pooh-poohed the idea. He couldn’t entertain it. He said, ‘Why me? There’s no subject here.’”
Despite Mr. Cunningham’s reluctance, Mr. Press was able to shoot footage of the photographer at work during Fashion Week in 2001. He cobbled that together for a short video homage shown in 2008 when Mr. Cunningham was honored by the Citizens Committee for New York City and declined to give a speech at the event.
Fortunately for posterity, Mr. Cunningham enjoyed what he saw. “He felt like I got him, that I got the spirit of him,” Mr. Press said. At the same event, Mr. Press and Mr. Gefter began talking with Times executives about co-producing a documentary.
Filming began in earnest during Fashion Week, 2008. The crew consisted entirely of Mr. Press, Mr. Gefter and Tony Cenicola, another Times photographer. They used a small, consumer-grade, high-definition Canon. And they were obliged at times to keep negotiating with their still-reluctant subject.
“It was always a dance getting his cooperation, even during filming,” Mr. Press said. “We tried to approach it as he would approach it. We tried to be as discreet and invisible as possible, because we knew we could never interrupt his work.”
Eventually, their respectful tenacity was rewarded with ever greater access to Mr. Cunningham’s inner circle and his personal realm — a cramped studio in Carnegie Hall that comes with few modern amenities. Like a private bathroom.
Just seeing Mr. Cunningham not raise camera to eye is enough to strike dread into the heart of a fashion editor, Anna Wintour notes. Yet he has no interest in being the arbiter he certainly could be; just the chronicler.This is a man who seems to be moderate in everything except his pursuit of fashion and his consumption of film; a photographer who won’t put down his camera even when he’s the guest of honor (“You think I’m going to miss a good picture?”) and won’t pick up his camera just because Catherine Deneuve is passing by. “She wasn’t wearing anything interesting,” he explains.
“It isn’t what I think, it’s what I see,” Mr. Cunningham says. “I let the street speak to me. You’ve got to stay on the street and let the street tell you what it is.”
He’s not especially curious about his own bio-pic, though he respects Mr. Press and Mr. Gefter for having gone to the trouble of making it. When I asked him last week whether he planned to see it, Mr. Cunningham answered: “Run for the hills! Up into the mountains with a bag of lentils!”
With that, he was off — not to the hills but back to the street.
Written by: David W. Dunlap/ The New York Times