We all know accessories are hot, hot, hot right now. And those supa'hot Verdura cuffs -- the ones with the jewel-encrusted Maltese cross -- are everywhere, so I decided it was time to find out more.
Apparently, Verdura (an Italian Duke/playboy) was a crony of Coco Chanel; she had lots of lovers and, consequently, lots of jewelry -- much of which she didn't like. So she had Verdura re-set her tokens o' love & he came up with those cuffs she was always photographed in. She had them in all different colors and materials, and basically wore them day and night.
He then landed on these shores & hung with the likes of Cole Porter, who was one of his backers when he launched his 5th Avenue store.
Today, all Verdura's designs are still based on his original sketches from their extensive archive.
Of course, I want me a matching pair in all different colors & materials, except for one small problem. Each cuff starts (yes starts) @ over 12 $Gs. Yikes.
I talked to interior designer Sheila Bridges today -- she hosts Designer Living on the Fine Living Network. Her book Furnishing Forward: A Practical Guide to Furnishing for a Lifetime is just out in paperback.
I'll be featuring her in the Home Decor section of the next issue of the magazine.
She basically encourages people to buy less, but better quality. Approach your furniture the way you would your wardrobe or a vacation: splurge (invest) in the big pieces (beds, sofas, etc) that you love and that are timeless. Scrimp on fun, new accessories -- everything from candles to dishes -- to keep it fresh.
She also wants us all to channel our inner designer & go for it. Don't be cowed by things like color. Instead, start small (baby steps!) with a room you don't use much like a closet & see how you like it, & then go from there.
Out next month: the new Sprint MM-5600, a gadget-freak's wet dream.
It's a phone, a 1.3 megapixel Sanyo digital camera, an MP3 player, & an on-demand TV all rolled into one. It features a removable memory card & USB cable so you can print high quality pics without the hassle of downloading them to your PC first or sending them to an online website.
Now it's even easier than ever to capture those fine, impromptu moments when your buddy has one too many & makes an ass of himself hitting on chicks at the club.
From February 22-26 only, the Suave "Can You Tell?" team is in Manhattan...on a mission.
Celeb hair guru Harry Josh (Jennifer, Cameron, Reese, Renee, Gisele, Hilary Swank), top NYC derm Francesca Fusco, & a team of stylists & manicurists want to see if you can really tell the difference between Suave and more pricey brands like Matrix, Nexxus & Lubriderm
Head over to the Studio (12 E.42nd St. @ 5th Ave) between 11am to 8pm for product comparisons/demos, as well as FREE hair cuts, stylings, manicures & hand massages. Obviously space is limited, so call for an appointment 1-877-SUAVE05. Rumor has it that Joan & Melissa Rivers will be dropping by for a little pre-Oscar gussying up, as well as Ereka Vetrini (one of The Apprentice minions & The Tony Danza Show).
The best part? It's for a good cause. All the services at the Suave "Can You Tell?" Studio will benefit Gilda's Club Worldwide, a charitable organization that provides emotional and social support to people living with cancer. For the non-Gothamites among us, the Studio will make stops in Chicago & Minneapolis. For every visitor getting an appointment in these cities, Suave will donate $40 to the charity.
Can't make it to the Studio? Log onto http://Canyoutell.com beginning midnight February 22 -- every visit to the site will help Suave donate an additional $10,000 to Gilda's Club Worldwide.
I recently chatted with Leatrice Eiseman, the President of the Pantone ColorInstitute.
Apparently the deep, peacock-y teal greens& green/blues that dominated the recent Fall 2005 fashion collections will continue into next year. Orange also has staying power. Interestingly, it only entered the collections a few years back after Apple came out with those fruit colored iMacs. (Eiseman said this was an unusual case because industrial design usually follows fashion rather than the other way around.) The Christo gates currently on display in Central Park -- in a deep paprika'ish orange -- have received so much media attention and visibility, that they created enough interest in orange so that this color will continue to have legs for another few seasons.
And what's new? Metallics. So go forth & blow the rent $$ on that metallic croc bag you've been lusting after.
Yet again, I had to lie my way in at this off-site show, way downtown.
The snotty Asian dude with the clipboard wasn't having it, so I decided to try my luck with the head PR chick. I "explained" to her that a mistake had been made, and that, of course, my name should be on the list. (and it damn well should!) For some reason, she assumed that I was from Knight Ridder, and asked if I was Steven. Well, duh, I concurred, and she told me to get a pass from the aforementioned snotty Asian dude, who was much less snotty when issued orders from his boss chick.
The show took forever to start because so many celebs were doing red carpet. The red carpet at the end of the show was madness: it took me 15 minutes to even exit the building. And we're not even talking A-list celebs -- it's more like Shannon Dougherty, Lil Kim, some guy from N'Sync, and Usher.
Running directly from the Kenneth Cole to the craziness of the Project Runway show, I had to lie my way in. They were only letting in photographers from major wire services, and looked on the list and asked me if I was so-and-so, so of course, I said "yes".
For us photographers, the biggest thing about this show was that they wanted everyone to stay for two tapings. It never happened. Basically, everyone bolted after the first taping, not to run to another show, but for lunch. But, what was really, really annoying was the crane-mounted camera that kept moving across the runway and interfering with our shots. It was probably the only show -- actually it was the only show -- where TV took priority over photography.
And Heidi Klum -- way more gorgeous in person than you would believe.
You could tell it was the end of the week because all of the out-of-town photographers had run out of clothes, and were sporting the T-shirts that they’d gotten free with their press kits. Now, in addition to the ladders we schlepped around, we had a uniform to make us look even more like a team of shop-fitters.
Towards the end of the week, there were more and more "hot" shows (in air quotes) and the media pits were getting increasingly crowded. We had to wait in the press holding area to be let into the shows and set up, and the earlier we arrived, the better the chance of nailing a good spot in the media riser.
The Photographer Food Chain: Photographers use duct tape to mark off their "spot." If you see a spot marked "AP", you tend to set yourself up somewhere else. But, if you shoot for Cosmo and you find a better spot marked "Jim Jones", then you set yourself up and Jim can get lost.