By Jay Godfrey, Guest Editor
My name is Jay Godfrey, and I am a womenswear designer. I have been married for just under 5 years and working in the fashion industry for about as long. My life is surrounded by women! My team is overwhelmingly female as is my home, now that my little angel, Allegra—6 months old—is in our lives.
Why I Design Women’s Clothes
I love seeing women wearing something beautiful. I felt there was a great deal missing in the women’s market, especially something that was truly designer in feeling but contemporary in price point.
My First Crush
I Always Fall For
My type was always blonde, but I married a beautiful brunette!
The Woman Who Has Had the Strongest Influence on Me
Definitely my mom! She is a tough-love type of woman. She taught me to always give it to people straight and never beat around the bush.
The Most Beautiful Woman I’ve Ever Met
In fashion, you meet all sorts of beautiful women. But truly—and I know this sounds cliché—external beauty only goes so far, because everyone (I mean everyone) gets old and loses their looks at some point! So it’s important to surround yourself by beautiful people who have beautiful souls as well.
The Most Beautiful Woman I’ve Never Met
My Favorite Part of a Woman’s Body
I am not a typical guy in that respect. I am not a leg guy, a butt guy, or a boob guy. As long as it’s all in proportion, I love!
I’ll Do a Double Take on the Street When I See a Woman
Wearing Azzedine Alaia.
Who looks effortless in her personal style.
Dressed as man.
Looking like Mick Jagger.
I Love to See a Woman Wearing
A white bikini.
My Favorite Perfume on a Woman
What Women Wear that Men Wish They Wouldn’t
5 Things I Love Most About Women
Their long hair.
Their soft skin.
The fact that they are not men.
The fact that they put up with me.
What I Wish I Understood About Women
Not touching this question. I wish I understood more☺.
I’m Jealous of Women Because
They have better clothes.
5 Things Women Should Know About Men
Men rarely want to be just friends.
Men rarely want to be just friends.
Men rarely want to be just friends.
Men rarely want to be just friends.
Men rarely want to be just friends.
My Favorite First Date
My wife and I were set up on a blind date. We both went in with zero expectations. Got drunk. Talked all night. I then dropped her off at her apartment. Went home and then called to tell her how much fun I had.
I Knew My Wife Was the One When
On our third date (while she was still living in Canada), I flat out told her that if she could not see herself living in New York City in the intermediate term, then we shouldn’t continue dating. She didn’t even flinch!
My 3 Favorite Things About My Wife
She’s incredibly charming in every which way.
She has the kindest heart.
She’s the best mother.
5 Things My Wife Taught Me About Women
Women love jewelry.
Women like to be taken out to dinner on weekends.
Women adore it when you are spontaneous.
Women are clean.
Women don’t drink out of beer bottles.
My Favorite Gifts to Give a Woman
A men’s Rolex watch.
Shoes—especially if they are by Louboutin, Brian Atwood, or Nicholas Kirkwood.
A surprise trip to Bali.
Something chic to keep her warm.
The Gifts I Want from My Wife
I have everything I already need. But maybe another child in due course.
How I Plan to Spend Valentine’s Day
Definitely a fancy-schmantzy dinner with great wine and flowers!
The Most Important Things I’ve Learned from Women
Go to the doctor for a check-up once a year.
Edit your closet.
Invest in quality.
I’m Turned Off By Women Who
Don’t bathe, don’t get their toes pedicured, and only talk about fashion.
3 Things Women Should Always Expect from a Man
Presents on Valentine’s Day.
To carry her luggage when it’s too heavy.
To pay for dinner (my dad taught me this at 12 years of age).
3 Things Women Should Never Expect from a Man
To be emotional. It’s just not likely to happen.
To care about dirt like you do.
To not want to go out with the boys once in a while.
Men Think Women Like
To be “picked up” in bars.
I Love Having Women as Friends Because
They don’t want to talk about football all day☺.
What Men Wish Women Did More/Less
Men like when women go out with the girls. This gives them an excuse to go out with the boys. Men wish women spent less money on their hair☺.
What I Love to Talk About with Women
What I Never Talk About with Women
The Most Romantic Thing I’ve Ever Done for a Woman
I made my wife dinner on our first Valentine’s Day. I had no idea how to cook.
The Most Romantic Thing a Woman Has Ever Done for Me
My wife makes me breakfast every morning. Nuff said.
Why I Love Women
They are sweet, aggressive, passionate, charming, feminine, reckless, careful, thoughtful, whimsical, soft. Men aren’t.
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Interview by Katrina Caspelich
If you love turning up the volume on Tinseltown’s hush-hush way of life, you’ll love Giuliana Rancic. This E! News correspondent/managing editor, TV personality, and author gets down and dirty interviewing celebrities from Britney Spears to George Clooney. We’ve turned the tables on this outspoken Italian-born beauty and asked her to spill her red-carpet secrets, fashion must-haves, and favorite beauty products. Giuliana also dishes about her latest project, a website she’s launching January 12, called FabFitFun.com. And you don’t want to miss what she says about her husband and co-star, Bill.
Katrina Caspelich: What is a typical day like for you?
Giuliana Rancic: Busy! I am lucky to have an amazing career, an amazing husband, and amazing friends. Is that too many amazings? It can call for major multitasking. I write interview notes and FabFitFun ideas while I am on the treadmill in the morning. I read the news on my iPad while I get hair and make-up done at E! And on the days when I am traveling and can’t see Bill, I always make sure to get in some much-needed Q.T. on the phone. It’s not necessarily phone sex. I call it “phone affection.”
KC: What tips and tricks have you learned on the red carpet?
Giuliana Rancic: This may sound hokey but I try to be myself—I think people pick up on that vibe and feel more comfortable. Sometimes the more over-prepared you are, the more underwhelming the interview is. If you are fixated on a bunch of scripted and rehearsed questions, you will miss the spontaneous and quirky moments that make a great red carpet!
KC: Do you have any embarrassing on-camera stories?
Giuliana Rancic: Oh gosh, where do I start? Nothing is embarrassing if people talk about it. That’s the beauty of the red carpet, anything can and will happen, and the louder it is, the better! Bring it on!
KC: Who is your favorite celebrity to interview?
Giuliana Rancic: George Clooney and Sandra Bullock are my favorites. They are so genuine. It’s hard to find authentic movie stars in Hollywood, and these 2 are as real as they get.
KC: If you weren’t in the entertainment industry, what would you be doing? Giuliana Rancic: I actually wouldn’t mind if the Rancics opened up a bed-and-breakfast—we could call it G&B’s B&B. Actually, that sounds fun for my 50s or 60s. But as for now, if I weren’t a TV host, I would be running a television network. I love the business side of the entertainment industry, and sometimes when I sit in those big meetings with all my bosses, I secretly envy them and their power.
KC: What’s it like to expose your life in your books and TV show?
Giuliana Rancic: It can be tough at times, but I am a pretty open person when it comes down to it. I’d rather have someone see the real me than read about some crazy rumor online.
KC: How do you separate your career from your private life? Giuliana Rancic: I think it’s just about balance. Although both Bill and I do spend a huge majority of our lives on camera, we always make sure to take time for each other.
KC: What inspired you to launch FabFitFun?
Giuliana Rancic: FabFitFun has been something I’ve wanted to do for awhile, and I could not be more excited about the launch. Working in Hollywood can make anyone feel a little crazy, and I just wanted to create a place that promotes a happy, healthy lifestyle. We do have great beauty and fitness tips, but FabFitFun is really just about feeling good from the inside out. It’s a fun, informative, and great way for me to connect with people.
KC: How do you stay fit?
Giuliana Rancic: Everything in moderation! If I indulge in a plate of lasagna for dinner, I will probably go for a lighter chicken-salad-type lunch the next day. And most likely go to the gym. I used to run long distance, but now I do sprints. I alternate 2 minutes of fast walking with 2 minutes of sprinting for about 30 or 40 minutes. I find this is more effective than running long
distances. I also love working out with Bill—running, hiking, etc. It makes exercise a lot more fun. Basically, I just try to live a really balanced lifestyle.
KC: Do you like to cook?
Giuliana Rancic: I love to cook, but I’m just not great at it. My mom is an amazing cook—I am always inspired by the amazing Italian meals that she makes.
KC: What are some of your secrets to staying happy and healthy?
Giuliana Rancic: Make time to spend time with the people you love. I adore my work but it can be tough at times. When I have a hard day, there’s no one that can make me feel better than Bill. He’s my biggest fan, and I am his.
KC: What are your favorite beauty products?
Giuliana Rancic: The DDF Revolve 400X. I use it twice a week, and it’s like getting microdermabrasian at home. It’s about $90, so I have literally saved $1,000 in facials since I started using it. It’s amazing and my secret weapon to great skin. I also love bronzer by Lorac. As for makeup, I use mostly Mac and Nars products.
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KC: You travel constantly between Chicago and L.A. Any packing tips?
Giuliana Rancic: Stay within one color zone. When you’re going away for the weekend, just bring one pair of black or nude heels and match your outfits accordingly. Of course, I am not saying I always follow my own advice.
KC: What do you feel most confident wearing?
Giuliana Rancic: The truth is I am a fashion junkie at heart. I know that when I am off camera and just doing normal stuff with Bill like going to the movies, I should be excited to just throw on a t-shirt, jeans, and flip-flops. But that’s just not really me. I love heels. I am always in them. My Italian mother wouldn’t go grocery shopping without 5-inch heels, so I inherited my shoe sickness from her. Bill doesn’t get it at all, but I think it’s just a girl thing. I feel more myself when I am all dressed up.
KC: What is your guilty pleasure?
Giuliana Rancic: I love all accessories—purses, shoes, jewelry. I am addicted to them. But shoes are my passion. Even if I go to Bloomie’s for towels, I have to stop by the shoe department on my way out.
KC: What is your must-have fashion item this winter?
Giuliana Rancic: This to-die-for iPad case from Tory Burch that just came out for the holidays. It’s a shiny metallic leather case in gold, and it’s fierce! Also, I have a ginormous scarf from Burberry that I have been wearing almost every day. It’s the classic Burberry print so it classes up any outfit.
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KC: What clothing do you think every woman should splurge on?
Giuliana Rancic: Shoes! No matter how down you are feeling, a great pair of high heels always helps!
KC: Who are your favorite designers?
Giuliana Rancic: Valentino and Oscar de la Renta on the red carpet. In real life, everything from Tory Burch and Catherine Malandrino to H&M and Express. I believe you don’t have to spend a ton of money to look like a million bucks.
KC: Are you a TV hound in your free time?
Giuliana Rancic: Absolutely. I could not live without Tivo.
KC: What are 5 things you can’t live without daily? Giuliana Rancic: Cell phone, high heels, the internet, bronzer, and Rancic.
KC: Who do you think you were in a former life? Giuliana Rancic: A really hot, rich and wild man! A total playboy!!!
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By Hattie MacAndrews
She’s not one to ignore, forget, or underestimate. If you don’t already know about Noush Skaugen, listen up! The buzz has been building. Skaugen’s music is rock’n’roll’n’fabulous. Her lyrics are poignant and personal but not candy-coated girl power: “I stand here, out on my own/I don’t need your love to make me believe.” Personal favorites from her last album? “Lost and Found,” “Adeline,” and “Let You Go.”
Skaugen’s online presence has wowed critics around the globe. She can claim the title of First Online Musical Phenom—she’s broadcast her music on sites such as YouTube to gain recognition. Justin Bieber adopted this approach, and it’s worked for him! Skaugen’s YouTube posts, “Couch Sessions,” let fans make requests, and while they only consist of Skaugen, her guitar, and a little camera, her talent still shines huge. We’re loving her cover of MGMT’s “Time to Pretend.”
And we love her down-to-earth attitude. Tweet her and she’ll tweet you back. Despite 1,233,999 Twitter followers—and yes, that is more than Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian—Noush is humble: “I’m very flattered and thankful for my fans, and one day I’ll take them all out for a drink and party!”
We caught up with Noush to chat about new music projects, style inspirations, and what she would do with Lady Gaga and a bottle of Jack Daniels . . .
Hattie MacAndrews: Can you explain your Twitter Run for a Million campaign?
Noush Skaugen: Run for a Million was a punk spur-of-the-moment idea, as I saw I was approaching 1 million followers on Twitter and wanted to give back to the fans as a celebration of hitting that mark. I was one of the early adopters of Twitter, and it grew organically from there, as I tweeted about what I was up to, my music, and my thoughts, and interacted with people.
HM: How long have you been doing Couch Sessions?
NS: I did Couch Sessions last year, and they were great but over for now, as I am focusing on my daily video blogs, following my journey as an indie artist in the studio, to promoting, to touring, to breaking out. As a thank-you to the fans, I mixed The Soho Sessions, a collection of cover songs.
HM: Do you prefer unusual requests for songs?
NS: It depends, but yes, usually an obscure track will translate better as a cover, but then again, a well-known song if completely taken the other way can be great.
HM: If you weren’t singing, what would you do?
NS: I’d have a chocolate shop in the mountains.
HM: How would you define having “made it”?
NS: I think we’ve all “made it” if we’re doing what we love in life.
HM: Can you describe your fashion style?
NS: The love child of Chrissie Hynde and Billy Idol, raised by Pat Benatar.
HM: If you came across Lady Gaga in a dark alley, how would you react?
NS: I’d take her down an even darker alley for a couple of pints and a bottle of J.D.
By Hattie MacAndrews
Rachel Furner is so cute, she should be edible. At just 17 years old, Rachel’s another young artist taking the music industry by storm. However, she’s not just ‘another’ young artist, she’s got a certain je ne sais quoi about her, a pizzazz. You have to listen to her music to appreciate the fuss about her; it’s fun, catchy, and surprisingly profound. She’s currently working on her debut album—words cannot express how excited we are, but we promise not to break out in song!
Here Rachel dishes about her style, favorite designer, and plans for the future.
Hattie MacAndrews: Tell us 5 things about yourself.
1. I’m 5’2”.
2. I collect bracelets, the brighter the better!
3. I wish on eyelashes.
4. I live with my amazing sister in London, we are inseparable.
5. Every night before I go to sleep, I have to listen to Bach, “Air on the G String.”
HM: When did you start singing and songwriting?
RF: I come from a very musical family, so as I was growing up, music was a very prominent part of my life. I started playing piano when I was 6 years old and sang to Britney relentlessly. At 11, I started to write songs. “Sticks and Stones,” which is on the album, I wrote when I was 14.
HM: Who have you performed with?
RF: Pixie Lott and Justin Bieber and Paolo Nutini, they were all such amazing gigs!
HM: What are your plans for the future?
RF: My plans for the future will all revolve around music, but in which way I don’t know. You never know where you will end up.
HM: Who is your favorite designer?
RF: I love Stella McCartney as a designer, but I also love High Street brands a lot.
HM: Have you ever though about designing your own clothing line?
RF: Of course, as a petite person I would love to design outfits that really focus and flatter the petite frame, as sometimes I find it hard to really find well-fitting clothes for my figure. I would also love to have a range of my own stripy tights as well.
HM: Describe your fashion sense in 3 words?
RF: Stripy, puffy, flamboyant.
HM: What’s your favorite magazine?
RF: It really depends what mood I’m in! If I’m tired or embarking on a long journey, I admit I go for my guilty pleasure, gossip magazines, I’ll pick up the one with the most shocking title.
HM: Famous last words?
RF: You only live once. Do what you want.
By Hattie MacAndrews
This intimate London-based group has created a mountain from a molehill. Playing small gigs in London, Leeds, and Bristol since 2007, Patch William is creating brilliant music today. The group was nominated this year for an Ivor Novello Award (a songwriting award as coveted as a Grammy) against the likes of Lily Allen. Can you say “British Invasion, the Second Wave”? Burberry Creative Director Christopher Bailey is already a fan, and the band is featured on the Burberry Acoustic Compilation. Check out the video!
Patch William played some of the UK’s biggest music festivals this summer, including Glastonbury and Bestival. They’ve recently completed their new single “Skinny White Boy,” and next year plan on locking themselves away to record, before hitting the festivals in summer 2011!
Hattie MacAndrews: How do you all know each other?
Will Adlard: Ed and I are brothers. George [Eddy] originally played in a band with Ed, and is the god-sibling of Ali [Digby] . . . all rather incestuous!
HM: When and why did you start writing and making music?
WA: Literally in the womb. I came out whistling a tune. That was our first hit single.
HM: Who would you most like to perform with?
WA: The Flaming Lips. We saw them at Glastonbury. We could all use Wayne Coyne’s “Space Ball,” in which he walks over the crowd; it looks phenomenal.
HM: If you only had 1 song on your iPod for the next 10 years, what would it be?
WA: “Ramble On,” by Zeppelin, or “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right.”
HM: What are you listening to at the moment?
WA: Devendra Banhart, The Black Keys, Grizzly Bear, Josephine Foster, Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros, Laura Marling, and the Dirty Projectors.
HM: What’s your favorite song to listen to in the gym?
WA: We generally stay well away from the gym, although Ed likes to pull some weights on occasion. George is a closet sucker for the Beastie Boys when he’s gettin’ his sweat on.
HM: What’s your signature look?
WA: Ed has been known to wear a Teletubbies costume, or nothing at all. Our road manager wears a beard. That’s a good look . . .