Posts Tagged ‘Maria Pinto’

Tom Kolovos, NBC5 Street Team

During the past few days I’ve been trying to put the finishing touches on the redesign of my website. A Higher power willing, the new home page will be up today with the rest of the pages gradually coming along in two weeks.

One of the pages I still have to redo is the “about tom” page, which essentially serves as my virtual/online resume. 

Watching Sarah Palin speed date her way to foreign policy cred at the United Nations yesterday made me think how much more impressive my fashion credentials would be if I followed her example:

met Calvin Klein once in Chicago and saw him once walking the boardwalk on Fire Island with David Geffen.  I’ve stood in line with Christy Turlington at O’Hare waiting for a limo. I’ve met Todd Oldham and Zac Pozen. I’ve had dinner with Rubin Singer and his staff. Rubin worked for both Oscar de la Renta and Bill Blass. 

I’ve dished about Condoleza Rice‘s wardrobe with Albert Kreimler of Akris.  

I’ve  rescued away Thierry Mugler from hangers on by asking him to tell me how his then recent interview in Time magazine with the art critic Linda Nochlin (whose essays I used to teach, not ban) came about. I was wearing a Dolce and Gabbana vest. This happened on Mykonos, no less.

You can, if you wish really hard, see parts of Turkey, our strategic NATO ally in The War Against Terror, from Mykonos.

I’ve slept with someone who’s slept with Marc Jacobs (and who hasn’t, you say) and no one got anyone pregnant.

Probably because none of our mothers were hockey moms.

I introduced Narciso Rodriguez to Michelle Obama. I styled the first magazine cover with Michelle who favors Maria Pinto‘s clothes. Maria Pinto used to be an assistant to Geoffrey Beene. Geoffrey Beene reprimanded Narciso for copying his clothes. So, by Palin logic, I’ve also met Mr. Beene, twice(!)–although he’s dead.  

Geoffrey Beene’s signature fragrance was called Grey Flannel, and tonite I will be wearing a grey Band of Outsiders three piece suit to the Giorgio Armani party sponsored by W magazine, which this month has Anne Hathaway on it’s cover. She was one of the stars of The Devil Wears Prada. Prada used to own Helmut Lang which is now designed by Nicole and Michael Colovos.

As Bette Midler (who I have seen in concert) would say: “Shall I go on?”


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LaShonda Matlock, NBC5 Street Team

The Womens board of the Joffrey balletCouture and Cocktails” was a hit! Host and chairman Candace Jordan was looking fab in Michael Kors while giving rapper Diddy a run for the money in the bling-bling department with stunning diamonds from sponsor Van Cleef and Arpels.

Spotted on the scene: D. Graham Kostic of CS Magazine showing off his new designer boots from a recent shopping spree. Helen Melchior wearing a beautiful long Maria Pinto evening gown. And my favorite MC Kid Sister and her ‘Aunt Rose‘ were there. Her auntie is such a sweet heart and gave me all the dirt on Kid Sister growing up.

Susanna Homan was simple and elegant as usual in her favorite designer –Prada (I think she has a deal with them?) and when I took a chance and tried to poke her about the V.I.P. launch of Michigan Avenue Magazine on Saturday she was more tight-lipped than a F.B.I. agent! And the best dressed male of the night, drum roll please…. Marty Higgins of the Penninsula, his suit was impeccable!

Now, this event was really full of highlights from the silent auction, great food (root beer floats), the all-white decor and the Maria Pinto fashion show, but the one that knocked my socks off was meeting 90210 guest co-host and super hottie Ryan Eggold. The actor/singer of the new CW series hit has many talents. Besides his good looks, he also has a band and is currently in the studio recording new material! The up and coming star will not only melt your heart by taking of his shirt but by also singing to you naked in bed……need I say more?

Special kudos goes to the event fashion show producer Lisa Marie McComb. The Maria Pinto fall 2008 collection dazzled and not only loosened up the crowd but the the great music (that she downloaded at 2 am the morning before) turned Joffrey Tower into the most exclusive nightclub in CHICAGO! People of all ages got up on the runway, cranked up the music and got down (Amanda Puck, Kim Crompton)! It was a GREAT evening and the best part was, it wasn’t overdone! It was simple in essence, yet very, very glam!

Candace, I can’t wait for next year!

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LaShonda Matlock, NBC5 Street Team

The Womens Board of the Joffrey Ballet hosts the must attend event of the season tonight (Sept. 15th) at the all new Joffrey Tower (10 E. Randolph).

The event simply titled- Couture and Cocktails features an exclusive fashion show by designer to the stars Maria Pinto and guest appearances by Kid Sister and 90210 hottie Ryan Eggold. (yum!)

True to its name, guests will sip cocktails in their evening best while mingling with The Joffrey dancers, enjoying delectable treats and dancing to the latest sounds. There will be both a silent and live auction celebrity auctioneer Ryan Eggold with auction items like a set of  Van Cleef and Arpels diamond earrings valued at over $25,000 and tickets for two to Wimbledon,courtesy of legendary tennis player, Jimmy Connors.

Tickets are still available-$250.00 per person. For more information contact Nicole Patrick at 312.386.8921

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LaShonda Matlock, NBC5 Street Team

Socialite and Ralph Lauren fashion ambassador Bunky Cushing is featured in this month’s CHICAGO Magazine!! Congrats!

The “Coca-Cola Refresh Your Flow Tour” will star rapper Lupe Fiasco at a private event Sunday (8/17) at the Park West .

Designer Maria Pinto (Ste 300 2211 N Elston Ave) celebrated the grand opening of her first boutique on Tuesday night. The store features designer originals, fine jewelry and the latest must have items for any true fashionista! And Maria being the wonderful person that she is already giving back! The boutique will donate 15% of all proceeds to the Women’s Board of the Museum of Contemporary Art through August 16th. True fashion with a cause!!  

N.E.R.D will be at the HOB on Sept. 2nd presented by Converse with a special guest…get tickets NOW!

Rapper/Actor Ice Cube will be in town on Monday premiering his new movie “The Longshots“  with star KeKe Palmer at the ICE Chatham Theater on the South-Side.

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