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february already

geez louise.  how did this happen?  i’m not ready.  but then again, i’m not not ready either.  so many things to do.  but all i want to do is nap.  like my kitten.  how nice would that be?  nap, play and eat all day.  what a life!!

it’s f’ing freezing here in nyc.  and across the nation, so i understand.   time for sweaters, sweaters, sweaters.

i’m trying to find voiceovers on tv that i would be cast in.  it’s amazing how many drug and personal hygiene ads are on television.  i don’t really pay attention to them that much otherwise but having to actually listen to them…..wow.  and some ads are SO badly written.  it’s amazing to me that roomfuls of executives from the client and agency sides reviewed and approved this stuff.  it is just one more indication that there are a shitload of overpaid people out there.  people with super-sized egos and mediocre abilities.

so.  i continue the search for some good ad copy.  if only i could be the afflac duck.

to the office!!!

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52nd Street Project

so.  i just saw the most amazing show this weekend — paired performances of original short musical plays by the kids in the 52nd street project.  my friend, katherine, directed one of the pieces and it was AMAZING!!!  so much fun.  those kids were a blast and did a fantastic job.  it was so refreshing to see a bunch of kids without perfect voices just going for it and enjoying the moment and entertaining other people.  really, really special.

everyone should catch some of their shows:  http://www.52project.org/

then i had dinner at taboon — the most delicious lebanese food in the city.  it was super good.  i’m never going to get rid of this muffin top, if i don’t stop enjoying life.  dammit.

ciao people!

Voiceovers

I am embarking on a new venture:  voiceovers.  I came here 14 years ago to be a talking banana.  And I have yet to do that.  So….it’s time.  My demos are made and I’m updating my sites.  It’s very exciting!  And also lots of work that I think is going to pay off.  Woo0-hoo!!

What are your dreams, out there?  Do them — you can!!!

I’m hungry.  I’m going to get something to eat now.  Eggs sound good.  Something warm.  And gooey.  Uh-oh.  I can’t go down that road.  I’m in boot camp and that’ll sabotage my progress.  And….believe me.  It’s not worth it.  2,000 crunches for one packet of M&Ms no longer computes.  Egad.  Later, people.

-xoxo

You know, sometimes I typo my hugs and kisses and end up with -soso.  Gives me pause.

But seriously – big hugs to all on this sunny, freezing day!

well, hello.

Hi, there.  It’s been a while.  I see the last time I posted was with a little bit of info about the jackassical company at which I currently am employed.  In April, there was the brouhaha about bankruptcy, which actually occurred in October.  Now, you’d think we would all be out of business.  Or reassigned.  Or something.  But, I’m happy to report that the non-existent lines of communication are still in place.  Now…..don’t get me wrong.  I’m super excited to be doing the little that I am and still get paid.  However, it would be most helpful in moving forward with life if the management would be so kind as to let all of us know if / when we will be closing.  I’m just saying.

In the meantime, I have been a busy bee.  I’ve finished up my animated children’s show presentation and pitched it at the Los Angeles Television Festival.  That was in July.  Then I got feedback from those companies and re-did a few things and am now ready (finally!!) to pitch to New York companies.  Sooooo excited.  And.  I made a voiceover demo — for commercials and animation.  I came to New York to be a talking banana and wasted about 12 years in the fashion industry covering insecure women in silk.

But that, my friends, is over.  It’s the dawn of 2010 and I’m kicking some New Year ass.  Oh!  If you want to listen to my VO demos, they are on my website so feel free to put your ear to the old iTunes.  Mwah!!!

Michelle

Coffee and men

so i’m at my local coffee shop and this two guys are chatting about girlfriends and “the l word” — love.  apparently one of the girlfriends had the audacity to actually fall in love with her boyfriend.  and he just found out about it.  and it was a big scene.  and he was completely taken by surprise.

 he said she was playing it cool on the surface so he thought everything was status quo and “it’s all good”.  in other words, he was oblivious.  amazing.  dudes.  listen with your eyes, not your ears.  and if you are even more evolved, listen with your heart and your gut.  the ladies may not always mean what they say or say what they mean but if she is doing things for you she wants more than just great sex and hanging out.  and she’s probably too uncertain about how you feel and scared herself…..so she’s trying not to just throw it all out there.  

but there are signs.  there are indications.

has she cooked for you?  shopped for clothing for you?  visited your family?  helped you out with a project?  advised you about what do to in a work situation?  been your confidante?  hmmmmmmmm.  i wonder what she could want.  it’s a mystery.

listen up, jackass.  she probably wants to be in your life for a very long time.  like as a wife.  wake up.  and if you are over the age of 25, then this should not be a big surprise to you.  most girls want to become wives and mothers at some point.  

glad to see that i’m not the only one who has encountered this type of blind idiocy.  or is it willful mis-direction.  mixed signals sent to keep the ladies off balance and ensure that they can deny, deny, deny when pressed at some point.  “oh, no…..you misunderstood that.  we’re just hanging out.”   hmmmmm, indeed.

holy crap.  i’m writing like carrie bradshaw.  time to stop.  ciao for now!!!

Week of Luxury

Ah, the luxury industry.  Immune to the vagaries of the current economy?  I think not!!!  This is my week of last week:

MONDAY — a posting on the wsj.com about the company I work for which reads:

  • APRIL 8, 2009, 11:01 A.M. ET

WSJ: Christian Lacroix Owners In Talks On Stake Sale – Sources

By Vanessa O’Connell

OF THE WALL STREET JOURNAL (212-416-4653917-655-7075)

 

Owners of the iconic but unprofitable Christian Lacroix couture fashion house are in discussions with private investors about selling a stake in the design house, according to two people familiar with the matter.

Terms of a sale by Florida-based Falic Group to the investors – possibly of a majority stake – aren’t final, and the negotiations could still fall apart. But the talks over Paris-based Lacroix, which belongs to a tiny and shrinking club of dedicated haute-couture design houses, reflect the growing pressures on apparel designers, particularly those that depend on sales to U.S. department stores to survive.

(This story and related background material will be available on The Wall Street Journal Web site, WSJ.com)

Lacroix, whose spring 2009 looks include a $6,685 silk calligraphy print gown and a $4,505 silk trench-coat with a ladybug print, has recently seen cutbacks in orders from many of the major U.S. upscale department stores that carried the line last year.

Lacroix generated an estimated 2008 overall retail sales volume of about EUR40 million ($53 million). Its wholesale sales are about half that, the people familiar with the talks say. Generally, investors buying a stake of an unprofitable fashion house might value the company as 0.5 to 1 times revenue, according to industry bankers.

Messages seeking comment from executives at the Falic Group weren’t returned.

Falic Group, which is run by three brothers, is best known for its more than 100 duty-free shops in airports and border towns across the U.S. It also owns two small teen-cosmetics companies, Hard Candy and Urban Decay, which it bought from LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (12101.FR) in 2003.

Falic bought the House of Christian Lacroix from LVMH in 2005. Nicolas Topiol, the chief executive of Christian Lacroix, had to build an infrastructure for Lacroix, which had previously relied on a sister company within LVMH, the world’s largest luxury conglomerate, for basic functions such as sourcing, sales, accounting and warehousing.

Under Falic’s ownership, Lacroix also opened two of its own boutiques in the U.S., one on New York’s 57th Street and the other in Las Vegas. The U.S. accounts for about 15% of Lacroix’s total sales.

Understanding that Lacroix would have to open more stores to drive sales, the Falic family began looking about a year ago for another investor to help share the burden. The problem has been that not many buyers would be willing to spend on extravagant fashion shows for a new acquisition that doesn’t generate a profit.

Falic has yet to make Lacroix profitable, and the design house recently incurred what one knowledgeable person said were “significant” losses. Another person familiar with the matter said that Lacroix would soon be downsized. It currently has a little more than 100 employees, up from about 60 in 2005.

 

TUESDAY — another little tidbit:

 

http://www.fashionista.com/

 

Lacroix Needs Help

Apr 07, 2009 @ 9:53am

lacroix needs help.jpgChristian Lacroix’s in need of new financial backing.

Florida based Falic Group, who bought the house from LVMH in 2005 is said to be looking for someone to buy a majority stake in the company. In the past four years, they’ve opened two stores stateside and almost doubled the number of employees. Still, they’re not even close to making a profit.

The problem, according to the Wall Street Journal, is that no one wants to invest money in something that hasn’t been profitable in years. Especially these days.

We can’t imagine couture sales swinging upwards this season and it’ll be impossible for the brand to make a profit without opening more stores, which won’t happen without a major influx of cash.

Who’s making the Save Lacroix tees?

WEDNESDAY

 

Fashion House Lacroix Seeks Partner

The owner of the iconic but unprofitable Christian Lacroix couture fashion house is in talks to sell a stake in the firm to private investors, people familiar with the matter said, as cutbacks by U.S. department stores take a toll on apparel designers.

Paris-based Lacroix, one of a tiny and shrinking club of haute-couture design houses, has looked for investors amid falling sales of luxury goods. Neiman Marcus Group Inc., Saks Inc., Nordstrom Inc. and Barneys New York have reduced orders for fall 2009 merchandise from designers.

Neither the terms being discussed by Lacroix’s privately held owner, Florida-based Falic Group, nor the identity of the investors could be immediately learned. The talks were reported earlier by Women’s Wear Daily. The negotiations could still fall apart, the people said. Other luxury goods makers, such as Italy’s Brioni Roman Style SpA, also have been seeking investors amid weakening sales.

U.S. stores “aren’t taking any risks” on designer labels that might not sell well at their stores in the recession, said Pierre Mallevays, managing partner of Savigny Partners LLP, an advisory firm in London. Retail buyers “are favoring brands that have a proven sales record — and even then they are cutting orders by 20% or 30%,” he added.

Spokesmen for Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus said their stores dropped Lacroix after carrying it last year. Buyers for Saks purchased Lacroix’s spring styles but didn’t place any orders for its fall 2009 collection, unveiled earlier this year.

Barneys New York, a unit of Istithmar World, an investment arm of the Dubai government, placed orders for fall 2009 Lacroix merchandise, according to a person with knowledge of its plans.

Lacroix, whose spring collection includes a $6,685 silk calligraphy print gown and a $4,505 silk trench-coat, generated 2008 wholesale volume of about $27 million and about $54 million in total sales at retail stores, according to people familiar with the matter. Lacroix recently incurred “significant” losses, one of these people said.

Falic Group didn’t respond to requests for comment. It is controlled by brothers Simon, Jerome and Leon Falic and operates over 100 duty-free shops in airports and border towns across the U.S.

“An haute couture business is very, very expensive to maintain,” said Imran Amed, a consultant to luxury goods firms. Lacroix has that “big cost structure but hasn’t realized the revenue streams on the other side to offset that,” he said. Chanel and Christian Dior Couture, by contrast, get royalties from licensing those brands in fragrance and sunglasses.

Falic bought the House of Christian Lacroix from LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA in 2005. Under its ownership, Lacroix opened two of its own boutiques in the U.S., one in New York City and the other in Las Vegas.

 

THURSDAY

I get a call from my accounting office:  “Michelle, your corporate credit card has been cancelled.”  Hmmmmmmm.

FRIDAY

Call the office to see what is going on with all of these rumors.  No information and told to leave early and enjoy the afternoon.  Hmmmmmm, again.  Hmmmm.

Aaron Neville Easter Weekend

So, this has been a very New York-y weekend.  Friday afternoon I grabbed lunch at an UES diner and randomly saw Tommy Hilfiger a couple of tables away from me.  

Then went to the MET and got trapped in the American Wing.  Seriously.  They are renovating and there is only one entrance and exit.  I found myself trapped in the hall of pewter tankards.  It was harrowing.  Like an intellectual horror film.  

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But the walk across Central Park on my way downtown was super pleasant and the trees are in full bloom; there is a magnificent cherry tree just east of the turtle pond outside the castle.  It is huge and filled with pink blooms.

cherry-tree-in-central-park1

Went to a solid improv show at The P.I.T. — The Upset Triangle Company.  They EXCEL at doing slide shows and photo montages.  Hysterical.  One slide show of Dan becoming best friends with his bicycle and Pat upset about it and another detailing Dan’s childhood friendship with a platypus his dad brought home from Australia.  Tee-hee.  Platypuses.    

And that’s actually the second improv show I’ve seen with a platypus in it.  The first was this duo from Boston called Code Duello that always re-enacts the duel between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr (http://www.codeduelloimprov.com/).  They are truly a pair of the funniest guys ever.  Hamilton gave Aaron a platypus for his birthday and they ended up calling it a Burrypus the entire show.  Seriously side-splitting.

Went to Stand Up New York.  Really funny stuff.  There was this fattish kid with a “jewfro”, as he called it, who was super funny.  The other comics were pretty good too.  Brooklyn table of audience members was hostile towards all of the comics.  I mean, they looked like they wanted to punch all of them.  Ridiculous.

Other than that, it was far and away better than the “comedy show” my friend and I saw the other night.  It was like watching your veins being stripped.  HORRIBLE.  I started a napkin writing exchange which helped us get through it:  

Me:  “If we drink our beers quickly and Matt goes up pretty soon then we can get the hell out of here and grab a cocktail somewhere else before committing random acts of violence.”  

Melissa:  “He better be next.”

And so on.  The piece de resistance is that Melissa kept making check signals at this woman with a pen who was wearing black.  She finally comes over and says she is not a waitress and that we should wait for the headliner who is really funny.  We both answer simultaneously:  “I can’t” “Oh, nooooo.  We have to get out of here.”  Yes.  It was that bad.  A bunch of women stand-ups who were mediocre and predictable and just not funny.  Abysmal.  I mean, come on ladies.  Frickin’ step up.

Then…….today I went to mass at St. Francis Xavier and Aaron Neville walks down the aisle during communion!!!  Crazy.

As a friend texted me:  Happy Resurrection Day!!!