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July 26 2014

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Marcus Samuelsson, Food’s Most Fashionable Man

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Chef Marcus Samuelsson has a string of impressive accolades for his achievements in the food world, ranging from multiple honors from the James Beard Foundation to becoming the youngest chef ever to get two three-star reviews from The New York Times to beating out 21 other chefs in Bravo’s Top Chef Masters competition. But the New York-based chef has got fashion cred to match—Samuelsson made Vanity Fair‘s International Best Dressed List last year, along with Kate Middleton, Tilda Swinton, and Carey Mulligan. He was also hand-selected by Bono and Ali Hewson to star in their Fall ’11 menswear campaign for their clothing line Edun. (Fittingly, Bono and Hewson hosted the party to celebrate the campaign launch at Samuelsson’s Harlem restaurant Red Rooster. Trust us, fashion folk made an exception to their juice cleanse diets that night to try some of his award-winning comfort food.)

Over the weekend, Samuelsson guest-cooked a four-course dinner at Sole East Resort’s The Backyard Restaurant in Montauk to celebrate his latest accomplishment, his memoir Yes, Chef. The book chronicles his incredible journey, from becoming orphaned in Ethiopia at a very young age to growing up in Sweden (where he learned to cook from his new grandma Helga) to cooking President Obama’s first State Dinner. Samuelsson took a break from the kitchen (where he was cooking up gravlax, striped bass, berbere roasted chicken, and more—all dishes he writes about in his tale) to talk with Style.com about the tome, his personal style, and his thoughts on the relationship between food and fashion.

What has the response been to the book so far?
The other night we did a dinner at Red Rooster so people could have a dialogue about the book. So many people are interested and excited about it. Whether they are chefs or not, I just want people to identify with it. When you cook recipes from a book like we did at Red Rooster and at the Sole East dinner, it is so interesting to get other people’s take on it [the book] and I also think they get a richer experience tasting the food and flavors mentioned in my story.

What food in particular holds the most sentimental value to you?
Meatballs, for me, will always remind me of being 7 years old and cooking them with my grandmother. It is not the fanciest, but it was a taste that was with me until I came back to Ethiopia.

The relationship between food and fashion has always been an interesting one. What do you think about that relationship?
I think there are a lot of similarities. You have to travel if you want to be a great designer or a great chef. You have to work for a big chef, you have to work for a big designer for a while before you go do your own thing. I have a lot of designer friends, like Jason Wu, and it is the love of the craft that we share. Real designers do it for the love of the craft and the same thing with chefs—they would cook regardless.
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Balmain Gets Social; Ryan McGinley On His Exhibitions, Opening Tonight; Outtakes From Marilyn Monroe’s Last On-Set Photo Shoot, And More…

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Balmain wants to be your friend. The French brand launched Facebook and Twitter accounts today in an effort to be less “closed to the consumer,” according to Balmain CEO Emmanuel Diemoz. The brand’s 25-year-old creative director, Olivier Rousteing, tells WWD, “It’s an experience. I will reply, and be the first to check it and see if there are a lot of ‘likes.’ ” [WWD]

What films top Emmanuelle Alt’s favorites list? The Paris Vogue‘ editor in chief recently revealed the 15 French films that made the cut exclusively on Vogue.fr—and if you hadn’t already guessed, Michel Hazanavicius’ The Artist made the list. [Vogue.fr]

CNNCTD+, the creative agency run by DJ Roman Grandinetti and Bibi Cornejo Borthwick (the daughter of designer Maria Cornejo), has commissioned 100 of its favorite people to record bits and pieces of their daily lives for a special NYC audio diary. Participants include the likes of Cindy Sherman, Santigold, and André Saraiva, who chose to recite French poetry on girlfriend Annabelle Dexter-Jones’ voicemail. Awwww. [Nowness]

Artist Ryan McGinley is set to open dual exhibitions, Animals and Grids, tonight at the two NYC Team Gallery locations. If it’s anything like his last opening (“3,000 people showed and the police shut it down,” he says), then it’s sure to be a rock star affair. During an interview with the team at Opening Ceremony, he admitted, “I don’t consider myself a rock star but I take advice from them. Mick Jagger once told me, ‘Anything worth doing is worth overdoing.’ ” Wise words. [OC Blog]

Vanity Fair‘s June issue will certainly not go unnoticed. The magazine features outtakes of Marilyn Monroe’s last on-set photo shoot with photographer Lawrence Schiller, who photographed the bombshell in the nude, and also reveals a strong rivalry between Monroe and the late Elizabeth Taylor. [The Hollywood Reporter]

 

 

 

Photo: Lawrence Schiller

 

BFC Spotlights Young Designers, Rachel Roy’s New Shoe Collection, A Glimpse At Vanity Fair‘s Hollywood Issue, And More…

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As part of a program for the 2012 London Olympics, the British Fashion Council has announced it will showcase 80 emerging designers from around the globe. Embassies and cultural institutions in London will play host to their respective country’s designers, and on February 19, the BFC will announce the winner. [WWD]

“I love underwear. We all wear it,” says David Beckham, who has a line of H&M bodywear hitting stores February 2. Beckham mania has continued to heighten as his campaign ads roll out and fans await his 30-second television ad airing during the Super Bowl this Sunday. [Telegraph]

Rachel Roy has a new footwear line set to launch in stores in August. Roy counts Manolo Blahnik, who did the shoes for her runway collection for six seasons, as inspiration. [WWD]

For Vanity Fair‘s annual Hollywood issue, Mario Testino packed 11 stars into one shoot. The group includes Rooney Mara, Jennifer Lawrence, and Jessica Chastain—we can’t imagine trying to schedule that. [Styleite]

Photo: Mario Testino / Vanity Fair

The Courtin-Clarins Clan Holds Court on Vanity Fair‘s Best-Dressed List

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No one is asking who they are anymore. The tall, blonde French beauties, the Courtin-Clarins sisters—Claire and Virginie, frequently seen in Vuitton, and their cousins, Jenna and Prisca—who were spotted perched front-row during the Fall 2011 shows in New York and Paris, have a new seat of honor: on Vanity Fair‘s International Best-Dressed List, released today. (They’re in the “siblings” category alongside the Delevingne sisters, Cara, Chloe, and Poppy.) Other new additions to this year’s list: Michelle and Barack Obama (who have appeared separately before but are named together for the first time as a Best-Dressed Couple); Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge; Shala Monroque; Justin Timberlake; and “Fashion Original” Janelle Monáe. The full list is here.

Photo: Billy Farrell / BFAnyc.com

Kasia For Miu Miu, Bieber For VF, Burton Won’t “Wipe The Slate Clean,” And More…

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The Spring campaigns are coming fast and furious now, from Valentino to Marc Jacobs to, now, Miu Miu. One of our personal runway faves, Kasia Struss, stars in the Mert & Marcus-lensed ads. [Women]

“The adorable, inescapable face of 2011,” according to Vanity Fair? The glossy’s latest cover boy: Justin Bieber. [Vanity Fair]

Alexander McQueen designer Sarah Burton sits down with Vogue U.K. to discuss injecting more of herself into the McQueen label. “I’m not going to wipe the slate clean. That would be wiping me away,” she tells the magazine. “There will always be those McQueen elements, but at the same time, you can never stay still and you have to stay true to yourself. That’s what Lee drummed in to me: you have to be able to stand behind your work.” [Vogue U.K.]

And in Miami, hip-hop star Nicki Minaj reportedly celebrated a little too hard on New Year’s Eve—she split her leather dress. The show must go on, though, and it didn’t stop her from performing—she just summoned her stylist to the stage to do a little mid-song suturing while she sang. [Page Six]

Photo: Women Management