America's a big country and there were a lot of really great knockoffs of great designers and, like, Betty Grable had her own line of clothes with different big department stores and so on. By far, the bulk of my best vintage collection is obtained in America, especially from 20 years ago when I started collecting. Even all the haute couture I've got, like Christian Dior, numbered book pieces, I've got them all in America! I've never gotten anything extravagant in another country, I have to say.
I wouldn't want to trade it with anyone. Except maybe Madonna -- I bet she has a really great closet.
Well, there's not really a trick. You either wear a very matte lipstick that's very dry and doesn't bleed, like MAC Ruby Roo or Russian Red, or you wear something that's shiny and you look at it every, like, half hour to make sure it's OK. There's not really a secret. There's no trick! It's like matte equals non-bleeding; shiny plus moisturizing equals bleeding--
CHELSEA — One of Manhattan's iconic diners will close after more than 30 years in Chelsea.
Empire Diner, a beloved eatery at 210 Tenth Ave. frequented by Madonna, Barbra Streisand and Kate Winslet, will serve its last meal May 15.
"After more than thirty years of serving Chelsea residents, actors, police commissioners, athletes, gangsters, such luminaries as Madonna, Barbra Streisand, Steven Spielberg, and anyone carrying a New York City Guide Book, the Empire Diner has lost its lease and is closing its doors," general manager Renate Gonzalez and executive chef Mitchell Woo wrote on the their website.
The diner, with its black lacquered counter tops and pressed tin ceilings, was buzzing during the lunchtime rush Monday as regulars returned for one of their last tastes of New York history.
Photographer Steven Menendez, who lives in the neighborhood, first discovered Empire in 1992 and had been coming there regularly ever since.
He said Empire is different from the now-common corporate chains that care more about the bottom line than what's on the plate.
"They're losing the love that's put in the food," he said of future generations. "All the landmark places are disappearing and it's a very sad thing."
Artist Nancy Baker, visiting from North Carolina, decided to stop by to say goodbye to one of her favorite spots from her days living in New York.
"It's iconic," she said, while munching on a salad. If it closes for good, she said, "That would be awful. Very sad.
"This is a landmark piece of architecture," she said. "It's the one place everyone knows where it is. It's really a shame."
Staffers hoped the diner would reopen in a new spot.
"We're all a little family here and that is what's being broken up," said Lisa Kellman Montero, a long-time Empire manager.
Many of the cooks and other staff have been working at Empire for decades, she said.
Waitress Ayana Smith, 20, has worked at the diner for three years alongside her mom, a manager, and her dad, a cook.
She said the diner serves much more than food. She's seen people get engaged, and watched children grow up from eating oatmeal to eating steak in the diner's booths.
"We're like a family," she said. "People come to us for stories, they come so they have someone to talk to late at night. It has great energy."
The diner, which Woody Allen immortalized in the opening sequence to "Manhattan," was known for its classic meals such as meatloaf with mash potatoes, linguini with meatballs and roast chicken with gravy.
The Gotham City Restaurant Group, which owns Coffee Shop restaurant in Union Square, will take over the site, rename it and redo the menu, according to the New York Post.
Gonzalez and Woo hope to open a new Empire Diner outpost elsewhere in Manhattan.
The 10,000-square-foot Tuscan mansion in the exclusive enclave of Mallet Hill is on nearly five acres of lush land and includes a show jumping practice field, a large and a world-class wine cellar. The house is currently listed for $11.9 million, down from $13 million. The location is considered prime because horses kept on the property can be walked to the nearby Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, home of the Winter Festival.
The singer of Material Girl and Papa Don't Preach took up the equestrian sport of show jumping over the last few years. She spent several weeks in Wellington last year to train and watch polo matches, and reportedly was so taken with the area that she went shopping for a home. In December, the singer bought the Bridgehampton horse farm of her friend Kelly Klein, the ex-wife of Calvin Klein and a part-time Wellington resident.
Madonna briefly returned to the area last month but was less visible.
Seller George Banks, a well-known local developer, denied ever seeing Madonna at his house.
"She may have driven by one day," he said.
But the listing agent, Coldwell Banker's Maria Mendelsohn, coyly declined comment.