Friday, March 31, 2006

We are Almost at the Weekend........

Deep Breath - inhale ... exhale.
One more time - inhale ... ... exhale.

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Marie-Antoinette to Screen at Cannes in Competition

PARIS (Hollywood Reporter) - With a month to go before the Cannes Film Festival lineup is unveiled, dozens of movies have yet to be seen by selectors, but some certainties have emerged about what will be screening on the Croisette in May. Already, a good quarter of the 20-plus competition titles are in place. After rumors that Sofia Coppola was leaning toward a September premiere in Venice, her French-shot period drama "Marie-Antoinette," starring Kirsten Dunst in the title role, is now a lock for a competition slot.

This means that come May there will be a clip of the movie, a press conference, and interviews on the Cannes Wesbite. Also, it could win the Palme D'Or or another prize.
Minkoff @ Flickr
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Flair (Italy) April 2006
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Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Bonnie Fuller: She's Just Like US!

March 27, 2006 NY Times

Onetime Editor of Glamour Writes of Some Last Straws

Halfway through her new book, "The Joys of Much Too Much," Bonnie Fuller, the legendarily driven magazine editor, explains why celebrity weeklies are so popular.

"I think these stories humanize celebrities and make our readers feel so much better because they can see that celebrities aren't perfect," Ms. Fuller writes. "Not even they have a professional hair person and full-blown body makeup every day."

Ms. Fuller — the former editor of Cosmopolitan, Glamour and Us Weekly, and now editorial director of American Media, where she oversees magazines including the glossy Star weekly — uses her book, out next month, to give herself her own humanizing treatment.

In the magazine business, the most talked-about parts of the book are likely to be her description of being fired by Glamour, an event from which she says she feared she would never recover. The story has been told before, but not from her point of view.

Ms. Fuller provides no graphic scenes but admits repeatedly to errors of judgment like, while she was editing Glamour, entertaining an offer from Hearst to edit Harper's Bazaar ("blatant disloyalty is never the smart course of action.")

She also angered Catherine Zeta-Jones by running a picture of her on the cover of Glamour, which implied fresh coverage. But the picture was from a year-old photo shoot and the actress's publicist had refused a new interview.

Moreover, Anna Wintour, the editor of Vogue, was planning a cover with Ms. Zeta-Jones two months later and appeared angry that Ms. Fuller had stolen her thunder.

Ms. Fuller writes that Ms. Zeta-Jones was unhappy because she had not been able to control her coverage.

In her new job, Ms. Fuller does not face these debates.

"Three years later, the concept of only running a cover of a celebrity who fully cooperates is truly quaint," she said. "Neither Star nor Us Weekly nor any of the other celebrity newsweeklies makes it a practice." In other bits of autobiography tucked into what is basically a how-to manual for barreling through life, Ms. Fuller says she grew up "a geeky, Canadian Jewish girl from a dysfunctional family."

Along the way, she was treated badly by the cool set and suffered from minimal fashion sense, even as she relentlessly pursued a career in fashion journalism — propelled, she said, by her insecurities.

At Cosmopolitan and Glamour, she did not take maternity leaves, setting a whole new standard for pregnant editors. "I'm not embarrassed to say I was reading proofs in the delivery room," she writes.

If her experience at Glamour has not permanently shut Ms. Fuller out of ever working at Condé Nast again, perhaps a dig in the book at Ms. Wintour will.

Ms. Wintour, she writes, "supposedly once said that a woman should carry only a small clutch bag because a shoulder strap ruins the line of the clothes."

Ms. Fuller ignored the small-bag dictum. "I'd call my on-the-way-to-work look more Ellis Island than Fifth Avenue," she wrote. "I have more important ways to spend my time in the morning than agonizing over my choice of tote."
I received The Daily (finally) this week in the mail!
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Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Tagliatelle with Chicken

So Simple & So Good!

Serves 2
200g (6½oz) tagliatelle or thick flat pasta (I like to use fresh fetuccine)
1 tbsp olive oil
130g (4½oz) pancetta or chopped bacon
2 skinless chicken breasts, cut into thin slices
Zest of 1 lemon
1x142ml (4½fl oz) pot single cream (US cooks use Half & Half)
3tbsp chopped flat-leaf parsley
Parmesano Reggiano, freshly grated, to serve

1. Cook the pasta in a large saucepan of boiling salted water, according to the instructions on the packet, until it is al dente.

2. While the pasta is cooking, heat the oil in a large frying pan and cook the pancetta for 1 minute. Add the chicken and sauté for 3-4 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked and slightly coloured. Stir in the lemon zest and then pour in the cream. Bring to the boil and simmer gently for 2 minutes. Season well with salt (I say easy on the salt if you are using bacon. You can always add more later) and freshly ground black pepper. Keep warm.

3. Drain the pasta, return it to the saucepan and pour the chicken and sauce over it. Sprinkle with parsley and serve immediately with plenty of freshly grated Parmesan
Vogue Japan May 2006
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Harper's Bazaar Australia April 2006
Cate Blanchett
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Hamish Bowles to Edit "Vogue Living"

Vogue Living is a go for November, with Vogue’s European editor at large, Hamish Bowles, at the helm. A spokesman for the magazine confirmed a 13th issue will be published this year, devoted to home, culture and style, and will ship to most Vogue subscribers and to newsstands.

The special issue was given approval in the past two weeks, after a months-long internal debate at Condé Nast about whether the company should take on any more new projects this year. In August, speaking about the development of the Condé Nast business magazine, chief executive officer Charles Townsend said definitively: “This takes us through 2007….Between [the launches of] Cookie and Men’s Vogue and this business publication, I would say our plate is rather full.”

Since then, Vogue editor in chief and the ever-extending brand’s editorial director, Anna Wintour, and Vogue group publisher Tom Florio seem to have beguiled executives and gotten the go-ahead — with the strong, albeit very early, numbers on Men’s Vogue solidifying their case. Condé Nast isn’t calling this an official launch, but the pattern is the same as Men’s Vogue, and Wintour’s editorial letter in Vogue this month teases that she hopes to launch Vogue Living “in coming years.”

Bowles has been the inside favorite to edit a Vogue Living offshoot — appropriately, Hamish means “homey or cozy” in Yiddish. But his busy travel schedule and infrequent trips to the Vogue offices had insiders wondering if he would be willing to spend more time in New York to work on the project. Vogue fashion news and features director Sally Singer’s name evidently also came up, though Singer is said to be too integral to the mother ship for Wintour to give her up to a potential launch.

While the U.S. version of Vogue Living — which already exists in Australia, Brazil and Italy — will undoubtedly be brimming with slick, seductive images of the glitterati at home, photos of Wintour’s country house on Long Island in the March issue of World of Interiors surprised media watchers accustomed to viewing her as the reigning arbiter of chic. Said one editor: “It was so chintzy and English. It looked like one big overstuffed pillow. It actually made me like her more because I thought, ‘Maybe her style isn’t so rarefied.’”

Monday, March 27, 2006

W Jewelry Spring 2006
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Vogue Spain April 2006
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Friday, March 24, 2006

Paris Vogue April 2006
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Cup Couture
High Fashion Sleeves for Your Coffee Cup
Viv says, "Its like fashion week everyday for your coffee!"
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Minkoff @ Flickr
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Vogue Russia April 2006
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Thursday, March 23, 2006

Paris Vogue April 2006 Sofia / Marie Antoinette

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Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Harper's Bazaar US April 2006 Kate Moss

One of My Favorite Recipes From Nigella Lawson


Nigella says: I love the Japanese way of eating cold noodles. I just lift a bowl to my face, fork furiously and slurp. I love eating these as they are, in huge quantities and - preferably - alone. Because they’re served cold, you can profitably keep leftovers for midnight fridge-raiding later. Boxed into foil containers, they are the perfect, if unconventional, food to take along for a picnic.

75g sesame seeds
250g soba noodles
2 teaspoons rice vinegar
5 teaspoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons honey
2 teaspoons sesame oil
5 spring onions

Toast the sesame seeds in a dry pan over a high heat until they look golden brown, and tip them into a bowl.

Bring a large pan of water to the boil and add some salt. Put in the soba noodles and cook them for about 6 minutes (or according to packet instructions) until they are tender but not mushy. Have a bowl of iced water waiting to plunge them into after draining.

In the bowl you are going to serve them in, mix the vinegar, soy sauce, honey and oil. Then finely slice the spring onions and put them into the bowl with the cooled, drained noodles and mix together thoroughly before adding the sesame seeds and tossing again.

Leave the sesame seed noodles for about half an hour to let the flavours develop, although this is not absolutely necessary or sometimes even possible.

Serves 4 as part of a meal; or 2 when eaten, gratifyingly, as they are.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Harper's Bazaar US April 2006
Sharon Stone
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Monday, March 20, 2006

Friday, March 17, 2006

Kate Spade at Cranes
Some of it I Love, but I'm not spending $300+ for personalized stationery, you know?
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Here's Another Collage I Like by Minkoff @ Flicker
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Thursday, March 16, 2006

Interview with Project Runway's Santino Rice

From the Village Voice

Were you happy with who made it to the final three? That was my ultimate goal, to be on the show, and I knew I was going to make it. Upon showing up with my first garment, the garment I had to make at home, I looked at it, questioned it, was unsure of whether or not I was going to be able to qualify with it. I thought I was going to show up and everyone would have these amazing articles, and it wasn't like that.

That part you don't see is my humbleness. It comes across like I'm God's gift to fashion, and that's totally not . . . the best artists, talents, writers have [insecurities]. People I've worked with who have this blind confidence, it's usually just like they're drinking their own Kool-Aid.

Did you think there was some manipulation of your character, and did that bother you? I suspect there was a tendency to air every negative comment you said about other contestants, and leave out insults made by others. Everybody else was saying stuff as well. That's the part of the show where you're supposed to give your opinion on things. Whereas in real life, I don't really give my opinions like that very freely. And you come across looking like you're jealous or just an asshole. The thing was, I had the most cutting comments and some of the best sound bites, so it made sense to make me the villain, the man you love to hate.

What do you wish they had shown? I don't mind being the butt of my own jokes, and you don't see my sense of humor 'til maybe the seventh or eighth episode, when the Tim Gunn impressions start coming out. So people don't understand that sometimes my remarks are very tongue and cheek.

What did you think of Chloe's and Daniel's collections? Oh god. I know I did a great job, I know a lot of people think I should have won. At this point, I don't want to say anything bad about any of the designers. What really matters is what a designer does after this opportunity.

I thought Kara Janx's collection [during New York's Fashion Week] was better than anything she had on the show. Yeah, I do too. The hardest part of doing the collection was not designing, but playing by the rules and budgeting the $8,000, and keeping track of every single receipt. I would have done like chinchilla coats, some things that were definitely more than $8,000 worth of material.

I don't think I'm showing my Achilles' heel by saying that, because most great designers are really horrible with money.

So Kara wasn't held to an $8,000 limit? I've read that she said she was, but the bottom line is, when she turned in her receipts, did anyone really care to count them? I'm not taking anything away from her, I'm just saying that being in that situation, she had a freedom to her collection that Chloe, Daniel, and myself didn't.

Of course, the big critique at the end was Nina Garcia wondering if the judges had beaten you into submission—into showing what was regarded as safer than what you had been giving them before. I thought that was such bullshit. I felt that the judges still had some animosity toward me regardless of what they were saying to me, as far as like "Oh, I belong in fashion." Oh, why thank you—now I'm a real fashion designer 'cause you just validated my existence.

There are still a lot of things in those pieces that you can tell are mine. My combinations of fabrics—the vintage lace with the satin-back crepe, the trims I used, the layering of the georgette over the top of the chiffon. But sometimes—what's the expression, pearls before swine?—maybe I should have just hot-glued trim over everything.

I can look at Chloe's and Daniel's collections and see a lot of fit problems with garments, but I've watched my collection over and over and over and over again now, and I'm looking and am like, you know what? They just had to say something to me that was negative, and that's what they went for.

What I presented was more of a logical progression from trying to get my point across on the show and maybe sometimes shooting past the mark a little bit. I always felt like doing too much was better than doing not enough. So I think it is the logical progression for a designer who was doing things like that, and then finally getting time to edit himself and do some things that are more subtle. Sunburst pleating in the wire hem is not easy, working with mousseline is not easy. Combining leather with silk in the same garment is not easy.

So you felt like the judges were out for you?
Definitely. I have an awesome bullshit detector. There were times when I didn't know why I was overlooked, why I didn't get an A, why I didn't win the spelling bee. Whatever.

I called them on the fact that I know my clothes fit. This is another thing that came into play, because they asked me had I seen my clothes on a model before coming to New York. No. One, you had to keep it completely secret. It was part of the contract.

So you couldn't even put them on a model? No, I felt like that would be cheating. And this is the part that gets left out. We see 87 models in Michael Kors's studio during the casting, and all the models I pick consequently are the girls working most in New York during Fashion Week. So none of them show up for me.

You think it was because in the beginning, you argued with the judges a lot? Totally. And Michael Kors later said, "Oh, you just think you're smarter than everybody else, and you think that if you just adding shit onto your garments . . . " There's no doubt that I know fabric, that I know color. I have a vision, I think from a lot of different angles, and I look at what I'm doing from a lot of different perspectives. I don't think any other designer on the show did that, ever.

Bottom line is, I respect judges. But at the same time, who are you to tell me anything? This show is about designers who can think up an idea, make the pattern, cut and sew the fabric, style the look. If you can't do that, than I don't think you should be judging that competition.

So you felt that what Michael Kors said had a lot more credence than what Nina Garcia said? Yes, and still, at that—he doesn't make patterns. I wouldn't even want to guess the last time he sat behind a sewing machine. That's not to say he's any less of a designer in the real world, because he's got an amazing brand and I admire what he's doing.

Do you keep in contact with any of the other contestants? Andraé. And I actually like Zulema. I think she's burnt out from the experience, and I hope she finds a way to come to terms with it. She knows what she wants, she's super talented, but she got caught up in some of the ridiculousness.

Was there any type of secret romance or relationship on set? We never see any of that on Project Runway. In the contract you're not supposed to have any sexual relations with anyone on the show, so there was no sex. That is why it's a pretty amazing tension in the room.

Sexual tension? I never went that long in my life. You just radiate this crazy power. You and Andraé seemed so close . . . He's got a boyfriend, and that's the last thing on my mind, as much as I joke about it.

What was up with Guadalupe during the reunion? What was she on? She had about 10 martinis within 15 minutes.

What's up between you and Jay from last season? Do you consider yourself a much better designer? And much funnier. On every level, just more. And that'll come across really nice, I'm sure. Hahaha.

Are there any particular designers you admire for the path they've taken or for their particular aesthetic? I'd say the usual suspects: Adrian, Oscar de la Renta, Valentino, Alexander McQueen. I look at Valentino and de la Renta, and it's so amazingly beautiful; it's always on point.

Who would you love to dress? I keep putting it out there that I want to dress Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. Like, simultaneously.

In WWD, Anna Wintour was quoted as saying, "We were offered Project Runway first, and we turned it down. Vogue is not in the business of making entertainment out of the struggles of new designers." What do you think of that statement? Wow. Wow. That's great. I love Anna Wintour.

I don't know what other designers are going to take from this experience, but I know that with the talent I have, I made the right decision taking this route. Not only do I want people to subscribe to my particular design aesthetic, I also want people to subscribe to my personality, my point of view on everything from politics to religion to how spicy your Thai food should be.
But isn't there the fear of being another throwaway reality star? Even before I did this show, people in L.A. knew me. If you want to look amazing, wear Santino. If you want to have a successful, effective show, then work with Santino.

I could decide to participate in every reality show from now 'til the end of time, and you could never, ever take away anything from my brain and talent. It's there forever.

DISCUSS! Is Phoebe Chanel's New Heir Apparent?

From FashionWeekDaily

Thursday, March 16, 2006(NEW YORK)
Did you hear the one about Phoebe Philo and Chanel? Sources close to the French luxury goods house say that the ex-Chloé designer has been secretly added to the payroll at Chanel, the line coincidentally helmed by a former Chloé designer—Karl Lagerfeld. The buzz surfacing in Paris is that Philo—what with her charming and feminine demeanor—is said to be morphing into a “muse” to the house, with some going so far as to use the term “heir apparent.” A Chanel spokeswoman in Paris said she had heard the rumor as well—from Lagerfeld, himself, in fact. “He was laughing about it,” the publicist said, “so maybe Phoebe wants to be here, but she’s not here at all.” Philo, who is thought to still be under an undefined non-compete clause with Chloé, was not available for comment.

I'm posting this............

Just because I can!
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Madonna's Kids Have to Pick Up Their Rooms...or No More $500 Facials

From Jossip

Until the Brangelina baby is unveiled, Madonna's daughter Lourdes Maria Ciccone Leon is the most famous kid in the world. At nine years old, the girl has already developed a sense of style and attitude. Not to mention expensive tastes.

This wee fashion plate, like mom, eschews prissy frocks in favor of pushing the limits of fashion, favors clothes from boutique Bunny London, facials at London's Eve Lom, manicures from Daniel Galvin's salon and posh department store makeup.

Facials? At nine? Aren't most third grade girls getting their braces off and signing up for softball? Well, at least mom lays down some ground rules for her kid.

"My daughter has a problem picking up in her room," Madonna told Ladies' Home Journal. "So if you leave your clothes on the floor, they're going to be gone when you come home. She has to earn all of her clothes back by being tidy."

Did you hear that Lola? Don't leave your mini Prada heels and Stella McCartney jean jackets on the floor, or you'll have to wear your mom's leotards. At least until you learn to put those manicured hands to good use.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Port to Port [Press]
Check out Mav's inspiring blog (if you haven't already)!
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