Saturday, March 6, 2010

Tweet of the Day

"Why do I love Saturday? Because it is only 2 days away from Monday - #kellonearth Bravo 10pm Monday - Tandrew & Vibrators all in one nite"

-Kelly Cutrone Tweets

Friday, March 5, 2010

Tommy Hilfiger Talks Social Media, Fighting Axl Rose, and Succeeding in this Economy

Tommy Hilfiger sat down with Worth Magazine Editor-in-Chief Richard Bradley Wednesday night at the French Institute Alliance Francaise's Fashion Talks series at Florence Gould Hall - and the result was a powerful and beyond-fascinating roadmap into the mind of one of America's most iconic designers.

"It's 99% fun, 1% reality," Hilfiger says, of the empire he's created.

On his childhood: "I really wasn't a great student. I was always dreaming about the future. I had trouble reading so I always thought I was dumb. [It turns out I was] dyslexic. I learned at 10 or 11, that work could be fun. I had two choices: mundane and horrific, or fun and have pleasure doing it. At the time I was raking leaves and pumping gas during the night shift."

On how he started designing: "I was buying clothes and re-selling them at my store People's Place in Elmira, New York. I realized: I don't like those pockets. I don't like those colors. I don't like those sleeves. I took out a notebook and started sketching. My friends laughed. 'There's no way you could do that.' I didn't go to college or design school... I thought 'I'll show them'."

On how he started his business: "In the seventies, I had long hair and was wearing bellbottoms. Some people were staring at me and others were dressing like me. I thought: All these people want to dress like me, I should sell the clothes... So I started re-inventing preppy 50s and 60s classics I grew up wearing."

On integrating music into his ads: "In the beginning, I didn't view myself as a businessman. I loved the ambience and flavor of pop culture. It was a feeling that excited me. I wanted to connect the brand with what I love. I thought, using musicians in advertising would keep the brand young and cool."

On competing with other retailers: "Abercrombie and J Crew weren't even in existence when I started. But they did take a lot of the market share. Our philosophy became to enhance our fabrics, even if it was more expensive, to elevate our brand."

On the brand thriving in this economy: "People prefer to buy jeans and casual classics [in a downturned economy]. They're affordable and durable, and psychologically make sense. I saw a lot of designers making really expensive clothes and going out of business... They were frivolous and not meaningful. We're in a sweet spot globally because we're positioned as a premium brand. Luxury is up there, premium is down here."

On his rumored prejudices against black people: "We have a policy in our company to not comment on rumors... This is an example of how ridiculous rumors are."

On fighting Axl Rose at his 2006 concert: "Axl pushed me [out of the way], and I said 'That was rude.' [He turned around and] had a huge ring on. He wears all this jewelry. [I'm thinking], if I get hit, it's over. No teeth, no eye. So I hit him before he hit me. It was self-protection. Now we're friends."

On what the future will bring: "I'm a perfectionist, and it's never perfect. I'd like to do furniture - we have a home goods collection but no furniture. I'm obsessed with designing furniture."

On technology and social media: "Streaming shows live on the internet is as great as having them television. [Social media] is a great advantage to be able to speak directly to consumers, and globally."

On success: "You need drive, passion, hard work and this other little thing: money. If you don't have money, you need a lot of the other things... Lastly, you need a product that sets [itself] apart from the rest."

Tweet of the Day

"Had a good stretch this morning and now I can't move my neck or back. #old #sad"

-Jimmy Fallon Tweets

Mary Kate and Ashley, Cindy Crawford Debut Economic Collections at JCPenney Show

Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, Cindy Crawford, Nicole Miller and Charlotte Ronson were just a few of the big names that showed off economy-friendly collections at the JCPenney spring runway show Tuesday night at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall.

"We are so happy that Olsenboye has found a home with JCPenney," Mary Kate told the crowd, of the twins' JCPenney-exclusive line featuring products at $50 and under.

Crawford's collection, which includes a home furnishings line (bottom photo) adorned the entrance to Lincoln Center, while the remaining designers showed their collection highlights during a 15-minute runway show (third photo, I Heart Ronson).

Check out the full JCPenney Spring runway show, and footage of Mary Kate and Ashley's speech, below.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Ethan Hawke, Bethenny Frankel Show Up to Brooklyn's Finest Premiere

An all-star cast showed up to the Brooklyn's Finest premiere at Manhattan's Lincoln Square Theatre Tuesday.

Check out picss from the affair above, which included stars (bottom photo, from left) Shannon Kane, Wesley Snipes, Richard Gere, Don Cheadle and Ethan Hawke!

Also in attendance were director Antoine Fuqua, and Hoda Kotb with a very pregnant Bethenny Frankel (third photo)!

Brooke Shields Learns She is Royalty on NBC's Who Do You Think You Are?

"Nothing in the world can prepare you for Brooke [Shields'] story," says Lisa Kudrow. "It's a fairytale."

The actress is talking about her forthcoming NBC show Who Do You Think You Are (premiering Friday at 8 p.m.) during a Q&A at the Apple store Soho Wednesdsay night. Kudrow serves as executive producer, along with Dan Bucatinsky, on the show that investigates the genealogy and family trees of some of the world's most famous celebrities - Brooke Shields, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Susan Sarandon, to name a few.

Utilizing information from relatives, top historians, and experts from sponsor company, Who Do You Think You Are discovered that Shields, who was always told she was Italian, is actually a descendant of King Louis XIV of France.

"My daughters already act like princesses," Shields joked, adding that she inherently was always drawn to French culture.

Spike Lee and Emmitt Smith, two other celebrities that the show investigates, both discovered slavery in their family tree.

"Smith was all about moving forward," said Kudrow, recalling the athlete say "I'm glad my heart is in the right place" when he found out.

"It doesn't change my day-to-day," Shields admits, of the knowledge she gained.

"But it's helped me understand where I come from and find a sense of compassion for the road that made someone the way they are."

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

New Default Alert

We just found this hilariously amazing photo of Betsey Johnson walking the runway as a male jailbird during her Valentine's Day New York Fashion Week show.

Default it up, BJ!

Tweet of the Day

"Google before U tweet is the new think before U speak."

-Bar Refaeli Tweets

I SPY NY: Paul McCartney, Rob Pattinson and More

I spy in NY...

Paul McCartney hanging out at the School of American Ballet's Winter Ball at Lincoln Center Monday night (top photo), Rob Pattinson signing autographs at the New York premiere of Remember Me (and leaving with Kristen Stewart) at the Paris Theatre Monday night (middle photo), arriving at Esquire Apartment at Soho Mews for the MASSIVEGOOD/Millenium Foundation party with People's Revolution's Kelly Cutrone Tuesday night (bottom photo), Robin Thicke performing at Details 10-year anniversary party at The Standard Monday night, and John Mayer tearing up Madison Square Garden during a two-night run Thursday.

Corinne Bailey Rae Showcases Dark Sea at Apple Store Performance

We've always been huge fans of Corinne Bailey Rae, so we were beyond excited to find out that she'd be playing a free show at the Apple store in Soho Tuesday, showcasing tracks off her latest record The Sea.

Rae paired new songs "The Blackest Lily" and "Closer" with older gems like "Like a Star," highlighting the night with a performance of new single "I'd Do It All Again" and a dark, powerful track called "Paper Dolls."

"This song is about all of the bad girls I was friends with at school," Rae said, in one of her few banters with the crowd.

The unexpected death of Rae's husband in 2008 encompassed much of the subject matter of The Sea - with Rae's grief running transparent on a song called "Diving for Hearts."

"I long to keep on diving/Til my heart is found," Rae hauntingly sings. "It's got a hold on me/Can't forget the things I've seen."

Check out a clip of Rae's performance of "I'd Do It All Again," below.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Floyd Mayweather Shoves Shane Mosley During New York Press Conference

There's nothing like a good fight in the morning!

Boxers Floyd "Money" Mayweather and "Sugar" Shane Mosley hit New York's Nokia Theatre Tuesday to hold a press conference for their upcoming Las Vegas fight May 1 at the MGM Grand, but things got a little heated when Mayweather shoved Mosley during an informal face-to-face photo op!

"Mosley smiled, but challenged [Mayweather] back," boxing expert Bert Sugar observed from the crowd.

"If Tyson was up there, he would be have bit [Mosley]," Sugar joked to Poison Ivy.

Mayweather also went on to speak about Mosley's past use of steroids, commenting "We know in the past Shane was using enhancement drugs... I want my sport to be clean. I want all sports to be clean so we can separate the average from the good from the great."


Check out the confrontation, above.

Lil Wayne Sentencing Postponed Due to Court Fire

A fire that broke out in the basement of the New York courthouse Tuesday morning has caused the yearlong prison sentence of rapper Lil Wayne to be postponed.

According to courts spokesman David Bookstaver, the fire started in a wooden contractor's shed around 10:30 a.m. and injured five firefighters, two civilians and one prisoner.

Wayne's sentencing stemmed from an incident in July 1007, when a .40-caliber semiautomatic handgun was found on his tour bus.

According to his lawyer Stacey Richman, a new sentencing date has not been confirmed.

Monday, March 1, 2010

New York Wine Expo Invades Javits Center

It's a great weekend to be a New Yorker!

The 3rd Annual New York Wine Expo invaded the Javits Center for three days Friday, showcasing more than 600 wines from all over the world.

Poison Ivy stopped by the fest to see what they had in store - and fell in love with a 2005 Spanish Crianza Tempranillo, a fantastic Rose Gazela, and Vinliz's exotic Lychee Wine!

But the fest wasn't only about the booze. NY Wine Expo also featured an amazing cheese display (middle photo), where we tasted Cabot's "Seriously Sharp" cheddar, and the World Flavors Spices and Teas table (bottom photo), which featured everything from a Pina Colada tea to Himalayan Pink Salt spice rub!

See you next year!

New Default Alert

We can't even deal with how amazing Lady Gaga's bedazzled lobster hat is.

Here are Gaga and Sebastian, arriving at Mr. Chow following the final London date of her Monster Ball Tour Saturday.

We know Gags is on Facebook, so let's hear it for a default!!

Tweet of the Night

"I don't like black toilets. I can't see my work."

-Jenny McCarthy Tweets

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Tweet of the Day

"only the young die young..."

-Daniel Merriweather Tweets

David Guetta Sets the Stage for the Black Eyed Peas

We still can't stop thinking about the mind-blowing Black Eyed Peas concert at Madison Square Garden Wednesday.

Perhaps most exciting of all was special guest David Guetta, who spun a fantastic set before BEP hit the stage.

"I'm David Guetta bitch," the French producer blasted, remixing opening act LMFAO's debut single.

Check out a clip of his performance, above.

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