Eek! by Eugenia Kim Hits Urban Outfitters: High-End Hats for the Masses

eek beret

Eugenia Kim is one of my absolute favorite hat designers and over the years I have amassed a collection of her heavenly hats. She is responsible for the “Muffy,” an equestrian-like cap that became a wait-listed item and was worn by Ashlee Simpson, Keira Knightley and other starlets.

eekeugenia kim

Eugenia Kim has continuously reinvented the Muffy, using different fabrics, textures and prints depending on the season, but the style is always the same. Her hats start at around $200 so I was thrilled that she was doing a collection with Urban Outfitters of fun and fabulous hats at reasonable prices. Just another example of how high-end designer collaborations are becoming the coup-du-jour, allowing high-end fashion for the masses.

Ashlee Simpson in the Muffy

Ashlee Simpson in the Muffy

Eek! Eugenia Kim just launched at Urban Outfitters with hats ranging from $28 to $48. Kim interprets the Urban Outfitters collection with a young, fresh feel to accommodate to the younger consumer who shops there.

The collection features a Muffy-like equestrian cap, a version of her glamorous cloche which is perfect for fall, cozy cable-knit beret with buckle impression (my personal favorite) as well as hair clips and headbands which incorporate feathers and other embellishments.

http://www.urbanoutfitters.com

eugenia muffy ridingekim clip

MORNING COFFEE: DEREK JETER & MINKA KELLY Engaged? Prince Michael Malachi Jet Jackson: Newest Alleged Michael Jackson Love Child

BASEBALL/Are Derek Jeter and “Friday Night Lights” actress Minka Kelly preparing to walk down the aisle? “Derek and Minka are secretly engaged,” an insider told Page Six. The handsome Yankee captain and the actress have been telling friends to “save the date” for nuptials in the fall. “The wedding is being planned and will take place after baseball season is over,” said a source. A rep for Kelly said, “There is no fall wedding planned to Derek Jeter.”

Considering that Derek Jeter is one of New York’s most eligible bachelors, and Minka Kelly is just plain stunning, certainly has me excited. Prior to meeting my handsome husband I was certain that I would marry Derek Jeter some day. But as a fan of “Friday Night Lights” I approve of Minka and would love to see Derek settle down. I’ll be sure to send flowers… perhaps blue carnations.

Prince Michael Malachi Jet Jackson: Newest Alleged Michael Jackson Love Child

this-is-it-michael-jackson-press-conference-450-943437956The circus surrounding the death of Michael Jackson continues, the latest being a 24-year-old man who has come forward this week claiming to be a long lost love child of Michael Jackson. The alleged son’s name? Prince Michael Malachi Jet Jackson.

Claiming he isn’t motivated by money, Prince Michael Malachi Jet Jackson, who goes by Malachi, has thrown his name in the hat of possible love children of the King of Pop. “Malachi has been told his entire life that he is Michael Jackson’s son. His primary goal is to have closure on whether or not Michael was his father, and he wants a DNA test to prove it. Malachi’s motivation isn’t money,” LaRue Grim said. “Malachi looks exactly like Michael Jackson,” Grim added.

mj kids2“I’m seeking a DNA test and I’m very concerned that it be reliable and that no one slips in DNA from a stranger. Malachi never met Michael … from what I understand Michael Jackson was very private about his personal life.”

A birth certificate was submitted with his claim lists “Michael Joseph Jackson” of Indiana as the father and Zerline LaVette Dixon as the mother.

Prince Michael is also the name of Michael’s two younger sons. Coincidence?

Dominick Dunne: 1925-2009, Best Selling Author, Vanity Fair Correspondent, My Favorite Writer

dunne-09Dominick Dunne, a best-selling author and special correspondent for Vanity Fair, died today at his home in Manhattan. He was 83. His son, actor – director Griffin Dunne, said the cause of death was bladder cancer. Dunne had recovered from prostate cancer in 2001 but was diagnosed with bladder cancer last year. Although ill, he covered OJ Simpson’s recent armed robbery trial in Las Vegas, which resulted in Simpson’s conviction – a verdict Dunne had waited more than a decade for.

dunne-20I am terribly saddened by this news. As an avid reader, I’ve read Dominick Dunne’s column in Vanity Fair for over 15 years in addition to every book he has ever written, twice. His captivating reporting on the shocking crimes of the rich and famous was addictive, making the high society scandals seem stranger than fiction. His colorful demeanor and storied mesmerized listeners, making him a sought after dinner guest. This gave him access to a world that wouldn’t talk to journalists.

His assignments took him to London to cover the inquest into Princess Diana’s death and to Monaco to look into the mysterious death of billionaire Edmond Safra.

Dunne and Elizabeth Taylor

Dunne and Elizabeth Taylor

Dunne, who joined Vanity Fair in 1984 as a contributing editor and was named special correspondent in 1993, famously covered the trials of O. J. Simpson, the Menendez brothers, Michael Skakel, William Kennedy Smith, and Phil Spector, as well as the impeachment of President Bill Clinton. He wrote memorable profiles on numerous personalities, among them Imelda Marcos, Robert Mapplethorpe, Elizabeth Taylor, Claus von Bülow, Adnan Khashoggi, and Warren Beatty and Annette Bening.

His first article for Vanity Fair was an account of the trial of the man who murdered his 22-year-old daughter Dominique shortly after she finished filming her first movie, “Poltergeist.” Sweeney was convicted only of voluntary manslaughter, not murder, and was freed after serving less than four years of a six-year sentence. The verdict was seen as a major victory for the defense, and Dunne bitterly told the judge in court, “you withheld important information from this jury about this man’s history of violent behavior.” He later told the Los Angeles Times the sentence was “a tap on the wrist.”

dunne-04“If you go through what I went through, losing my daughter, you have strong, strong feelings of revenge,” Dunne said in 1990 in discussing his novel, “People Like Us,” in which the protagonist shoots the man convicted of killing his daughter. “As a novelist, I could create a situation in which I could do in the book what I couldn’t do in real life. I intended for Gus (the character in the book) to kill the guy. But when I got to that part I couldn’t write it. He wounds him and goes to prison himself for a couple of years.” Throughout his life, Dunne was a vocal advocate for victims’ rights.

Born in Hartford, Connecticut, on October 29, 1925, Dunne was awarded the Bronze Star, at age 19, for his service in World War II. In 1949, he graduated from Williams College with a B.A. In April 1954, Dunne married Ellen Beatriz Griffin, who went by Lenny. He and his wife hosted lavish parties at their Beverly Hills home, most notably a black-and-white ball for their 10th wedding anniversary in 1964 with a guest list that included Nancy and Ronald Reagan, Natalie Wood, David Niven, Billy Wilder, Gina Lollabrigida, Loretta Young, Angela Lansbury and Truman Capote. The party inspired Capote to give his own black-and-white ball two years later at New York’s Plaza Hotel, a legendary affair that included 500 of the biggest names in literature, Hollywood and society. “He didn’t invite us,” Dunne noted whenever he told the story. Dominick and Lenny’s marriage ended in divorce in 1965.

dunne-17Dunne began his career in New York City as the stage manager of The Howdy Doody Show, and in 1957 he moved to Hollywood, where he became the executive producer of the television series Adventures in Paradise. He then moved on to producing feature films, including The Boys in the Band, Panic in Needle Park, Play It as It Lays, and Ash Wednesday.

But by this time drugs and alcohol had part of his life, and in 1975 he drove himself up to the woods in Oregon to face his demons. Living alone in a cabin, he became sober and at age 50 began to write.

dunne-06In 1980, Dunne moved back to New York and saw five of his novels become bestsellers. His books include The Two Mrs. Grenvilles, Fatal Charms, People Like Us, An Inconvenient Woman, A Season in Purgatory, and Another City, Not My Own. A collection of essays, Fatal Charms, was published in 1987, and his memoir, The Way We Lived Then: Recollections of a Well-Known Name Droppe, was published in 1999. Justice, a collection of articles that had appeared in Vanity Fair, was published in 2001. And his last book, Too Much Money: A Novel, is scheduled for publication in December 2009 by Random House.

Dunne often bit the well-manicured hands that fed him, turning his high society relationships into fictional stories. A friend of Alfred and Betsy Bloomingdale of the department store fortune, he turned Alfred’s relationship with his mistress, Vicki Morgan, into a roman a clef, “An Inconvenient Woman.” Similarly, Dunne, who had been a guest at the 1950 wedding of Robert F. Kennedy and Ethel Skakel, turned his theories about the culpability of Ethel’s nephew, Michael Skakel, in a long-unsolved murder into another novel, “A Season in Purgatory.” Skakel ultimately was tried and convicted. His cousin, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., blamed Dunne for the conviction and told talk show host Larry King that the writer was “not a journalist. He’s a gossip columnist.”

dunne-15His willingness to entertain nearly any source made him the target of an $11-million defamation lawsuit by former California Rep. Gary Condit after Dunne told a bizarre, unsubstantiated story on national television and radio programs that implicated Condit in the 2001 disappearance of Washington intern Chandra Levy. He apologized to Condit and paid an undisclosed sum to settle the lawsuit in 2005.

The documentary series Dominick Dunne’s Power, Privilege and Justice premiered on Court TV in June 2002. “I am openly pro-prosecution and make no bones about it,” he told the San Francisco Chronicle that year. “I don’t think there are enough people out there sticking up for victims.” Dominick Dunne: After the Party, a documentary about his life, premiered in 2008.

Dunne was beginning to write his memoirs and, until close to the end of his life, he posted online messages on his own Web site commenting on events in his life and thanking his fans for their constant support.

dunne-01Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter praised Dunne as a gifted reporter who proved as fascinating as the people he wrote about. “Anyone who remembers the sight of O.J. Simpson trying on the famous glove probably remembers a bespectacled Dunne, resplendent in his trademark Turnbull & Asser monogrammed shirt, on the court bench behind him,” Carter wrote in a statement released Wednesday. “It is fair to say that the halls of Vanity Fair will be lonelier without him and that, indeed, we will not see his like anytime soon, if ever again.”

Dunne was part of a famous family that also included his brother, novelist and screenwriter John Gregory Dunne; his brother’s wife, author Joan Didion; and his son, Griffin. In addition to his son Griffin, of Manhattan, Dunne is survived by another son, Alex, of Portland, Oregon, and a granddaughter, Hannah.

“I’ve lived this very dramatic life, with high points and terrible low points,” he told a London paper as one trial drew to a close. “Nothing has been ordinary, and I want to have the experience of the last breath. I want a little drama to it. I don’t want to die under anesthesia. I’d rather be shot to death in the Plaza or Monte Carlo by Lily Safra. I want something in the papers.”

dunne-12

ALLISON PARRIS’ Dress That Launched a Fashion Obsession: Vintage Inspired Clothing is Flirty & Investment Worthy


belvedere_castle2A few months ago I attended the opening of the first “Second Time Around” consignment store in New York City. The racks were full of high-end labels such as Chanel and Prada and some of NYC’s best dressed were in attendance. Among the onslaught of fabulous clothing, both in attendance and on the rack, my eyes were glued to one dress. The Dress! Like nothing I have ever seen, this piece was a showstopper. The silk strapless cocktail dress was the perfect creamy shade of eggshell for the summer with a brass zipper up the back. But the piece-des-resistance was the carved brass paillettes that dangled from the upper bodice which made the frock stand out among everything else. This was something I had to have!

brass pailetteSeeing “the dress” it literally made my heart stop and I kept my eye on the fabulous gal wearing it, in awe of the amazing cut and slimming affect the dress had. Short on time I left the event without ever finding out who designed this gorgeous creation. The next morning, photos arrived from the event and low and behold there was my dress. Designed by Allison Parris, my fashion fancy was born.

The Allison Parris collection was founded by designer Allison Parris, who attended New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology, and lawyer/entrepreneur Marissa Kim in the Fall of 2008. The first Allison Parris fall/winter ready-to-wear collection debuted at New York Fashion Week in February 2009. The line is chock full of feminine and flirty pieces with vintage-inspired details that I had yet to see elsewhere. The overall look was sophisticated with an edge, much like Allison herself.

Silk taffeta ruffle dress

Silk taffeta ruffle dress

Viewing the Fall 2009 collection, I wanted to grab everything off the rack and run. The classic pieces were highlighted by individual components that individualized each garment. Up close, the carved brass paillette dress that caught my initial attention was even more spectacular. The silk material had a weave-like appearance which gave the dress an unexpected relaxed feel, making the garment easily wearable. The contrast of the luxurious brass detail incorporated high-end glamour with comfort, providing the wearer with easy-going elegance and spectacular detailing. I was in love!

6088_100141950484_42443500484_2075164_1020886_nAnother standout piece is the silk taffeta strapless dress with organza ruffle skirt. The skirt is a fun cascade of coquettish ripples which is the perfect balance of playfulness while still looking elegant and refined. I ordered one on the spot in plum.

Luxurious fabrics combined with extraordinary detail result in a distinctive point of view making every exceptional piece feel one-of-a-kind. Inspecting the garments gives you an appreciation for the fine tailoring, vintage-inspired buttons, distinctive femininity and a delicate level of detail which is often overlooked. Allison obviously put her creative blood, sweat and tears into these garments and it shows.

PIC1115_large

PIC1119_large

Other highlights in the collection include tailored shirtdresses belted with luxurious leather belts, a white hot feather mini dress, and a navy tulle skirt which is more diva than ballerina. When paired with a simple tank will have Carrie Bradshaw wannabe’s pining for it.

runwayUpon seeing the brass pailette dress I assumed it would range in the 4 figures, but it retails for $650 which is reasonable considering the craftsmanship of the chic design. Most pieces can be worn for day or night, making them investments that will carry you throughout the seasons. Allison’s vision is clear: fashionably chic pieces for today’s woman that are classic with unique characteristics. This is not your cookie cutter collection of little black dresses.

In addition to designing fabulous clothing, Allison Parris is committed to eco-responsibility and the line uses sustainable, organic and/or repurposed fabrics in the line where possible without compromising quality. The line also uses recycled PET satin, made from recycled soda bottles, to line many of its pieces. All fur used in the collection is vintage repurposed fur.

n42443500484_1598076_2102991After only one season, the brand has built a following of fashionistas who covet individuality. The Fall/Winter 2009 Collection will be available at Jesse James in New York and Hu’s Wear in Washington D.C. on September 1, 2009 in addition to Allison Parris’ online store http://www.allisonparris.com.

Allison is currently in the process of creating her Spring/Summer 2010 line which will be revealed during New York Fashion Week on September 15, 2009. The Spring / Summer 2010 line is inspired by the music of the Andrew’s Sisters of the 1940’s. I can’t wait!

Allison (left) and Marissa

Allison (left) and Marissa

THE NAKED TRUTH OF NYC HIGH LINE HOTEL: Standard Hotel Encourages NUDITY Among Clientele (PHOTOS)

081809_AJ_HighLineSTANDARD01.jpgExhibitionism, nudity, sex, and voyeurism: it’s hard to believe that these are actually encouraged at the High Line’s new Standard hotel in the Meatpacking District. Note to self conscience wallflowers, this is probably not the hotel for you.

The ads said it all: “We’ll put up with your banging if you’ll put up with ours.” Featuring a woman clad in nothing but a tool belt, NYC’s The Standard hotel opened amid construction and set the tone of what was yet to come

highline nude hotelCurious on-lookers have been flocking to the High Line’s Standard hotel as word spreads like wildfire about the X-rated peep shows that can be seen from the hotel’s floor to ceiling windows. A quick visit to The Standard website shows a live webcam of the windows in question allowing curious people from all over the world to get a peek.

The New York Post has been reporting an onslaught of nude individuals who have no problems showing off their assets to onlookers below. In addition to nudity also on the menu have been masturbation, sex acts and professional porn being shot to the delight of the peeping tom’s and park goers below. Sources claim the hotel embraces the sexual tension and has asked guests to share their “intimate and explicit photos with us — those floor to ceiling windows aren’t just for the views.”

081809_AJ_HighLineSTANDARD03.jpgThe Post reported that even hotel staffers and managers have gotten in on the act as a way to promote the hotel and generate a sexy buzz. Staffers have supposedly been seen stripping down and posing provocatively in front of the massive floor-to-ceiling windows. “We don’t discourage it. In actual fact, we encourage it.” a bellhop told a pair of reporters.

Not all New Yorkers are thrilled with the public display of sexual attention on exhibit at The Standard. The X-rated windows have drawn criticism from families who frequent the High Line park, which the hotel overlooks. In addition, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn called the actions of the window shows “unacceptable” and ordered The Standard to tone it down.

the-standard-new-york_from-bath-tub_high-rezYesterday, hotel officials said they will try to be more sensitive. “We will make a concerted effort to remind guests of the transparency of the guest windows,” management said in a statement. The Standard also sent a conciliatory letter to Quinn who responded by saying, “We are encouraged by the action they have taken.”

nude hotelThe Standard Hotel is a group of four boutique hotels in Los Angeles (Hollywood and Downtown LA), Miami and New York that are owned and operated by Andre Balazas. The first Standard Hotel opened on the Sunset Strip in 1999 across from the famous Chateau Marmont. Decorated with a hip decor of avant-garde decorations and furnishings, the hotel appeals to a hip crowd. The Sunset Strip location features a woman lying down behind the check in counter sleeping behind a glass window.

The NYC hotel won an award from the Municipal Arts Society of New York for best new building erected in 2008.

standard_hotel_new_york_city_yatzer_1

Cougar Courteney Cox Prowling in Her Undies on New Show “Cougar Town” To Debut Next Month

courteney cougar

Courteney Cox may be 45-years-old, but you would never know it by looking at her. Her flawless skin, high cheekbones, shiny hair and banging body give her the appearance of someone 10 years younger. It’s no wonder she’s been tapped to play a hot cougar on new TV show, “Cougar Town.”

ccoxcox new showThese sexy photos show the actress in a scene from the new show as she enters a bedroom dressed only in a bra and panties. The former “Friends” star plays Jules, a hot forty something single mother of a teenage son who is recently divorced and on the prowl for hot younger men.

Earlier this month, Cox hinted that her Friends co-star and real-life BFF Jennifer Aniston may make a guest appearance in the ABC sitcom. Aniston is also working on a cougarlicious romantic comedy called “Pumas” about two 30-something women on the prowl for younger men. Who wouldn’t love to see these two on the prowl in L.A. for some hot, young booty.

Cougar Town premieres @ 9:30PM ET/PT on Wednesday (September 23) on ABC.

cougartown

HAPPY HOUR: LINDSAY LOHAN to Star in Reality Show; CHRIS BROWN Faces the Music, No Contact With Rihanna For 5 years

lilo samro

In what appears to be another step in her celebrity downward spiral, actress Lindsay Lohan will star in her own reality show about her life. The Lindsay Lohan star has fallen.

liloAccording to Fox News, Lohan is in talks with Britney Spears’ manager, Larry Rudolph, about a reality show that will focus on her attempt to make a Hollywood comeback. “Rudolph is helping Lohan with a potential reality show that will encapsulate her trials and tribulations as she gets back on her feet and actually becomes a working actress again.”

The past few years have not been kind to Lindsay. After a promising start to her acting career, her fameball has taken a hit as a result of constant partying, arrests, rehab, lack of movie roles, her crazy family life, a dwindling bank account and a tumultuous relationship with on-again / off-again girlfriend Samantha Ronson. After being labeled on the set of various movies and a prima-donna, can Lindsay get hers acting career back on track?

I refer to Britney Spears as the comeback queen and if Larry Rudolph can whip her career back into shape, I expect he can do the same for LiLo.

Chris Brown ordered to not to contact Rihanna for 5 years as court uncovers MORE incidents of domestic violence

cbrown courtA judge sentenced Chris Brown to five years’ probation and six months’ hard labor for the beating of former girlfriend Rihanna and was ordered to stay away from the R&B singer for the next five years.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Patricia Schnegg told Brown that he could be sent to state prison if he violated any terms of his sentence unless they’re attending the same music industry events. Chris Brown was arrested on February 8, hours after he was accused of beating then-girlfriend Rihanna. The brutal attack occurred in Los Angeles’ Hancock Park neighborhood after a Grammy Awards pre-party. Police reports reveal Rihanna made a desperate call to her assistant in the midst of Brown’s attack, which left the Umbrella star bloodied and bruised.

rihanna tmzRihanna told the police that trouble started when she slammed her fists onto the dashboard of Brown’s rental car after a row on the way home from a pre-Grammys bash. An enraged Brown immediately pulled the vehicle over and tried to push Rihanna out the door before throwing punches at her. He then drove off, continuing to hit her with his right hand as he drove with his left.

The violence stopped only after Rihanna checked her horrific injuries in the mirror prompting Brown to warn her: “I’m going to beat the sh** out of you when we get home. You wait and see.” At that point, a terrified Rihanna attempted to call her assistant, and although she couldn’t get through, she pretended to tell her aide to contact the police. Brown responded by telling the star: “You just did the stupidest thing ever. Now I’m really going to kill you.”

Several more punches followed, forcing Rihanna to shield her face with her arms as she tried to exit the car, prompting him to speed up – triggering the automatic door locks. He then grabbed her in a headlock, almost causing Rihanna to pass out, before biting her left ear. The horrifying assault finally ended when Rihanna attempted to shatter the window with her shoe. Brown struck her several more times before storming out of the car.

rihanna in nycA probation report prepared for Tuesday’s sentencing described not one, but two previous violent incidents between Brown and Rihanna prior to the attack which occurred after the Grammys. The first happened three months prior to the February attack while the couple was traveling in Europe. Apparently, Rihanna slapped Brown during an argument and he shoved her into a wall. Classy guy, huh?

During the second instance, Brown broke the front and passenger side windows on a Range Rover the couple was driving while visiting Rihanna’s family in Barbados. Neither attack was ever reported.

c brownBrown will serve his sentence in his home state of Virginia. The judge said she wanted to ensure that Brown, 20, performs physical hard labor instead of community service in addition to a year of domestic violence counseling. A previous attempt to sentence Brown was postponed when Schnegg said she hadn’t received adequate assurances that Brown would perform physical hard labor if allowed to serve probation in Virginia.

Schnegg also addresses recent reports that Chris Brown and Rihanna had been spotted on several occasions in the same place. ‘I am not amused with the chatter that has been on the airwaves and any violation of your probation in this case comes with the potential for state prison,’ Schnegg told Brown.