Thursday, July 30, 2009

Don't Miss The Marc.

Among the material things I covet the most is my Jacobs by Marc Jacobs laptop tote that my girl Seems brought back from NYC.

If I'm going to lug my laptop around all day, I might as well do it in Marc, right?!

Now Jacobs -- who pretty much owns a chunk of the art/design worlds given his partnerships with his own label, sister label Marc by Marc Jacobs, and lower-end, hush-hush label Jacobs by Marc Jacobs, in addition to Louis Vuitton and anything he does with Takashi Murakami -- has launched his Don't Miss The Marc collection (which looks to be targeting the back-to-school teen set).

DMTM clothing rings in at under two bills, and the accessories ring in at under one bill. That's affordable with a capital "A" for something from the Jacobs. There's bright leggings, jersey blazers, denim skirts, plain denim and tees.

Hit up your nearest Marc store or on August 1 for a piece!

While most fashionable teens will remember to pick up Don't Miss The Marc, remembering locker combinations is a whole other story...

I'm Lovin' it: Getting my first roll of film off my new-ish Lomo camera developed today!

I'm Over it: Will this stifling heat puh-leeze just go away?

Track of the Day: "Deadbeat Summer" by Neon Indian. If this simple synth-pop from the Brooklyn duo doesn't make you smile on this summer day, then you're one cranky person.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

C'est Chaud.

Holy. Moly.

The heat blanketing this city right now just cannot be legal in either ten provinces, three territories or 50 states.

Tower and rotating fans aren't helping most local folk out, so if you have an actual AC unit, then bravo, you lucky bastards.

Or if you happen to be free to hit up a pool, good for you, too. I just ran into an acquaintance of mine (twice in two hours, actually!) who does marketing for Red Bull across the country, and apparently RB staff have the unwritten luxury of taking the rest of the day off to find said pool to cool down in. Once again, lucky bastards!

Currently my sleepwear attire consists of my birthday suit, and let me tell ya, it's not working very well and there's not much less you can wear from there!

That being said, I'll stop whining because eight months (or more) of the year consist of us complaining about how much it rains, so keep on shining down, Mr. Sun.

Here's what I need to beat the heat:

Del Monte Strawberry Kiwi popsicles. They're real fruit flavor, and I feel fairly guiltless eating them (yep, that was plural).

A bikini. I like this Eres one.

Spray bottle filled with H20 to spritz myself. Had one handy while on my girl Ovitch's patio yesterday. Though I ended up smelling faintly of a mountain-y fresh scent, I was cool as a cucumber (at least until the water evaporated, which gave me about three minutes of cool).

Mags. W magazine is nice, and so is Wired. I'm a geek. And Brad Pitt's on the new issue.

A cold glass of Coca-Cola. I'm not a soda drinker at all, but you can't go wrong with Coke and ice in a glass. Or in an original glass bottle.

So take that, stifling humidity!

I'm Lovin' it: The fact that New York artist Terence Koh got married to his long-time partner in a wedding gown. Of course he did!

I'm Over it: No matter how high a setting I put my fan at, my bedroom still feels like 33 degrees celsuis.

Music of the Day: Foreign Born from Los Angeles. In all honesty, this was an indie-pop discovery made while reading the June issue of Wired yesterday. Thanks, Chris Anderson and crew! Interesting fact: Matt Popieluch, the band leader, has a day job as an L.A. groundskeeper.

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Monday, July 27, 2009

Good Crocs.

Alright, so this very sexy Donna Karan shoe isn't actually made of crocodile -- it's alligator.

It's also $6,075.


But I keep picturing all the dark denim stovepipes and slim skirts it would go so amazingly with, and I highly suggest the fashion-obsessed with a boatload of disposable income add it to their fall wardrobe right now.

I'm Lovin' it: The Sartorialist gave a little TMI on his bedroom prowess at a recent event. Hilarious. And also, his girlfriend is fellow photo-blogger Garance Dore! For a few months now, too. What a perfect little fashion couple.

I'm Over it: At the Virgin Fest yesterday, I saw way too many Birkenstocks for my liking.

Track of the Day: I knew I knew that sample from somewhere at the Virgin Fest yesterday! Jarvis Cocker played a song called "You're In My Eyes" yesterday, which samples "Rolling Down The Hills" from Glass Candy (of the record label Italians Do It Better).

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Friday, July 24, 2009

Happy Friday!

Nothing like starting the weekend with a good chuckle!

Thanks to Fashionista for posting this funny snap, though I think most of Bernie Madoff's Ponzi scheme victims would greatly appreciate more than a 20% discount.

But then again, beggars can't be choosers.

Happy Friday!

Haute Hippie

I'm Lovin' it: Going in for the daily 10am pow-wow/brainstorming session at the Radar DDB office downtown next Thursday. Very excited! Let the creative juices flow.

I'm Over it: Another cloudy summer day? Really?!

Music of the Day: Steph A. introduced me to Jack Penate, who hails from London. We couldn't really put a finger on an exact definition of his genre -- it's kind of pop, but also certainly has world music elements at times. Very likable, though.

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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Why I Love The New York Times.

The articles just kill it sometimes (and so does Maureen Dowd, one of the paper's brilliant Opinion Editors, for that matter).

Here's a piece on Manhattan being the thinnest county in New York, and why.

Just fantastic.

Wood You Please?

Working with cut & SHOW for the past two years has been superb for staying on top of things fashion-related because it allows me to hear firsthand about under-the-radar brands.

One such example is GoodWood, an accessories brand out of New York, founded by Kerri O'Connell.

All the pieces are made of -- you guessed it! -- wood, but the artistry is pretty phenomenal, as in smooth and clean. There are two and three-finger rings, pendants (I like the Nike kicks and Biggie ones), earrings (if you're an old school, '60s Batman-circa-Adam-West fan, check out the Whaaam!! pair), dog tags and pins.

Wood really is good.

I'm Lovin' it: Scoring media passes to this weekend's Virgin Fest. Hello, Ben Harper, Metric, Sonic Youth, K-OS and De La Soul!

I'm Over it: I ate two big pieces of cheesecake within one hour last night. So good, yet so bad. Gym time.

Track of the Day: Early motown rules (well, all of it, really). So does "Up on the Roof" by The Drifters. Thanks, Starbucks stereo, for reminding me how feel-good this track is.

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Monday, July 20, 2009

Forever Young.

I'm not one prone to disloyalty, but I'm about to cheating on Nicholas Kirkwood.

There's a new shoe cobbler to show up on the sartorial scene, and something tells me the likes of Dior, Alexander Wang and Rodarte might be enlisting his services for their Fall 2010 shows.

Seoul-bornRaphael Young is kind of something of a genius, a fellow who not only came from a cobbled background (his uncle created shoes for YSL), but a fellow also very well-versed in the math and physics. That might explain the preciseness of his silhouettes and shapes.

Let me provide this warning: these shoes are not for the fashion faint of heart. They're more for the adventurous, so listen up there, Lady Gagas of the world.

Nicholas Kirkwood, I still love you, but Raphael has my heart for now.

I'm Lovin' it: Check out Stella McCartney's new ad campaign. I'm sure Linda Evangelista and the model supers wish they could drink from the same Disney fountain of youth as Bambi and friends, who don't look a day over 1942, when they first made their silver screen appearance.

I'm Over it: Dear Wheel of Death on my MacBook, please go spin yourself on someone else's computer and let me work!

Music of the Day: DJ Krush, nee Hideaki Ishi. If you like trip hop-ness DJ Shadow, you'll really be into Dj Krush.

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Friday, July 17, 2009

Shiver Me Timberlands.

The Parisian epitome of things fantastically cool and achingly hip, Colette, has collaborated with Timberland.

Yes, I typed that right.

This French (and international, thanks to its pop-ups) boutique of all boutiques is going the way of construction sites and hip-hop stars with a fashionable take on Timberland's signature tan lace-up boot.

Instead of the boot being completely tan, the sartorial version comes with blue trim, blue and white laces and the name "Colette" stamped on the top of the boot's tongue.

And it's pre-distressed for you, too.

If you have an extra $330 kicking around and an immense love for either Timberlands or Colette, this might be the kind of buy you want to make.

As for me, I'll leave the Timberlands to Fifty Cent and open a new browser to the Colette website instead.

Happy Friday!

Haute Hippie

I'm Lovin' it: It's gonna be beach and bikinis all weekened, I'm guessing! Beautiful weather like this calls for a new swimsuit like this SS'09 Rosa Cha (that model's body wouldn't hurt, either).

I'm Over it: I turned on the television the other day -- and sometimes TV simply just sucks -- and happened across this heinous show called Paris Hilton's Best Friend. How is she still even RELEVANT?!

Track of the Day: I'll admit to enjoying the, uh, occasional romantical-type ballads, even if they happen to be sung by Linda Ronstadt and the like.

But I really, really, really dig "Without You" by Empire of the Sun, a track that totally belongs in a John Hughes flick with Molly Ringwald running around. Great lyrics, too.

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Thursday, July 16, 2009

RIP Dash Snow.

I remember where I first came across the name Dash Snow.

His memorable moniker peppered a 2007 New York Magazine article penned about the young New York artist (and his best pals Dan Colen and photographer Ryan McGinley), who turned away from his family's immense pile of wealth to lead a downtown LES artist's lifestyle.

Known for his wild antics (he used his own semen on his work), rebellious nature (he was of the De Menil family), evocative work (which found fans in Saatchi & Saatchi and the Whitney) and penchant for substances, it was the latter that finally took his last breath at the age of 27.

Once again, a talent taken much too soon.

Rest in peace, Dash Snow.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009


Steph A., Ovitch and I made a little trio trip downtown to look at some pretty shoes and dresses.

It was there I promptly fell in love with a turquoise Alexander Wang Cutout Dress that looked downtown when it's removable, detached sleeves (held on by a button) stayed on and looked uptown when the sleeves came off (think sheath).

Steph A. tried on the Alexander Wang Shirt Dress with Draped Skirt.

Let me just say wowza to the entire label.

Once again, Team Wang all the way.

I'm Lovin' it: Terry Richardson has his own doll. Pshaw, and I so thought I outgrew them long ago.

I'm Over it: Parking meters. Two dollars and only 48 minutes?! C'mon now.

Music of the Day: Empire of the Sun. Musical goodness from Down Unda.

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Monday, July 13, 2009

Eastern Girl

I'm on my first ever trip to Toronto, playing east coast girl for just one day.

Tomorrow, I'm meeting with my Sweetspot counterparts for a full day -- woo hoo!

Now that I'm on eastern time, it's about time for me to hit the sack (1am here, yikes!).

But let me just say, I'm falling in love with this big, big city...

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Friday, July 10, 2009

Happy Friday!

Friday is here, and it's a sunny one at that. Woot!

As mentioned in my previous post, I went to the Sephora opening for the first location in town -- more specifically downtown -- and boy, oh boy, was I overwhelmed with beauty product.

Sure, I've been to Sephora down south many times before, but you're never quite prepared for the amount of Tarte, Bliss, Philosophy, Josie Maran, Ole Henriksen, NARS, Make Up Forever, Dior, Clinique, Murad, Cake, Benefit, Too Faced and more that stimulates every sense in your body once you walk through those doors.

One champagne flute and one mango puree cocktail later, I was mentally listing off what items needed a home in my already stuffed bathroom cupboard, and let me tell you, that list became looooooong.

I'm going to be one of those girls leaving that place, white and black-striped Sephora bag in hand, almost every weekend.


On that note, Happy Friday!!

Haute Hippie

I'm Lovin' it: The green iced tea drink in my hand right now. Thirst quenching!

I'm Over it: None! I like that.

Track of the Day: "Oye Como Va" by Carlos Santana. So latin. So summery.

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Thursday, July 09, 2009

Chanel Couture.

Ever since watching Matt Tyrnauer's Valentino documentary, I've become increasingly obsessed the intricacies behind creating haute couture.

Each Valentino ruffle, sequin and dress was hand-sewn by a team of seamstresses in Rome -- not one stitch was done by machine.

This made me respect couture at a much more exponential level than before, the very reason why I can't stop looking at these Chanel creations from the recent haute couture show in Paris.

I'm about to run into a preview for the new Sephora store here in town, so will report back shortly.

In the meantime, look and dream.

Haute Hippie

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Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Very Valentino.

Yesterday evening after a very informative media preview headed up by Barbara Atkin, Holt Renfrew's VP of Fashion Direction, I tottered down to see a preview of the documentary Valentino, The Last Emperor with Miss Mau and Reebs.

Lucky ducky for us, the director Matt Tyrnauer -- formerly a writer for Vanity Fair magazine and a very, very witty man indeed (perfect deadpan comic delivery) -- was in town to introduce the movie and to indulge us in a Q&A post-flick.

The film is fantastic because it showcases the more than four decade-long relationship between the perpetually tanned designer and his partner, Giancarlo Giametti. It also showcases the ostentatiousness of their lives, which is literally a bubble of riches, royalty, yachts, a quintet of pugs and generally a lot of excess.

And it's all absolutely fascinating.

Tyrnauer had interesting things to say through the natural unfolding of the film itself and during the Q&A as well, and they went as follows:

1. Valentino is the most difficult man to work with. Ever.

2. Valentino has no concept of money or business. That is Giancarlo's job (and formerly Matteo Marzotto).

3. Valentino gets mad if called fat.

4. Valentino loves his five pugs to death.

5. Valentino is the most un-intellectual man Tyrnauer has ever met. No, he actually said this during the Q&A. Valentino apparently only thinks in dresses, ruffles and riches.

6. Valentino and Giancarlo hated the movie. At first. Until it was received with such popularity, at which time they loved it.

7. Despite all of the above, Tyrnauer grew to respect Valentino at the very end of it all.

On a side note, I have to admit: I developed me a little crush on Matt Tyrnauer!

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Monday, July 06, 2009

I'm Back.

Sorry for the week-long hiatus, kids!

Been a bit of a very hectic week in the life of Haute Hippie.

This post is on a little of the sad note: designer Tara Subkoff (of Imitation of Christ) was recently diagnosed with a brain tumour, which needs to be operated on immediately to avoid being fatal in two years.

Her friends have come together to raise money through an art benefit for the operation and for year-long care afterward.

If you can donate in any way possible, please do. Details are below.

My heart and best wishes go out to Tara and her family.




WHY: We are very sorry to say that our great friend Tara Subkoff has been diagnosed with a form of brain tumor known as an acoustic neuroma. While benign, it will be fatal to her in approximately two years if not operated on. Recuperation from the necessary operation may take as long as a year. During this time it will not be possible for her to work. We are writing in the hope that all of you can help.

The operation should take place in August if Tara is to avoid deterioration in her mobility and hearing, possible facial palsy and other symptoms. The tumor has exceeded three centimeters, which places extreme urgency on removal and rules out radiation and less invasive methods of treatment. There are eleven specialists involved, due to the extremely delicate area around the tumor. All proceeds from the benefit would go towards covering the remainder of the costs of the operation, and possibly to the care that will be needed afterwards.

Jeffery Deitch has kindly offered his Grand Street space for a benefit on July 15th. We want to put together a really terrific array of artworks for a silent auction. Tara is donating her collection of 200 pieces of Imitation of Christ couture, also to be in the auction.

We realize that this is very short notice and that you are all inundated with benefit requests. If you can possibly help by donating a small work, we would be incredibly grateful. If you are not able to donate a work at this time, monetary donations are also most welcome.

Checks can be made payable to: NYFA (New York Foundation for the Arts)


Dear Artists,

If you can help PLEASE LET US KNOW RIGHT AWAY IF YOU ARE ABLE TO DONATE, AS TIME IS VERY SHORT. We can then email you a donation form.

ART DROP OFF: Art Production Fund has generously offered the use of their offices - and interns for pick-ups - if necessary.


PHONE: 212-966-0193



Artists please be aware that Art Production Fund cannot insure these artworks (yet will treat with care!) so ship/handle/storage is at own risk.


Thank you all so much for your support.

Yours sincerely,

Jessica Craig-Martin, Cecily Brown, Yvonne Force, Doreen Remen and Arden Wohl

I'm Lovin' it: The new iPhone software has a voice recorder that allows you to email transcriptions to yourself or to others. Genius! Now I don't have to buy a new digital recorder to replace my missing one. Once again, thank you, Apple.

I'm Over it: Stages of limbo. And I'm not talking about the dance.

Track of the Day: "Market Girl" by Headlights. All instrumental. All good.

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