Dee Ocleppo Unveils Accessible Accessories Line – WWD


NEW YORK — “She is busier than me,” remarked Tommy Hilfiger while speaking about his wife, Dee Ocleppo, and her new namesake accessories collection. Previously Ocleppo designed a collection of handbags that sat at a luxury price point with her Bag Bar customization concept at retail. Kate Spade & Co. acquired the intellectual property and related business assets of the Bag Bar business from Ocleppo in 2016.

Now Ocleppo is back with The Dee Ocleppo Collection, a new direct-to-consumer brand strategy selling women’s bags and shoes as well as a range of men’s footwear options that lands at an accessible price point.

“I went from HSN to the line that I started, Dee Ocleppo, that was high, high-end. I went from one price point to the extreme price point and I feel like now I’ve landed right in the middle,” she said.

Ocleppo, who also is part owner and creative director and brand ambassador of Judith Leiber, held private appointments at New York’s oldest Italian restaurant, Barbetta, to preview the new Italian-made collection of accessories.

“When I was doing my Dee Ocleppo bags I’d always get these messages online or direct messages on social media saying, ‘I wish I could afford it,’ and that was difficult for me and I thought how can I do this and make it more approachable for everyone and still provide the quality,” Ocleppo said.

“We were lucky enough to meet these partners who worked with the factories in Italy that were able to make these incredible pieces. Cut out the middle man, which are the retailers, and then provide it directly from the factories to the consumer. The quality and the value for what we are offering is pretty unique. I think our prices are competitive and that excites me,” Ocleppo continued.

Italy, specifically Naples, plays a huge role in the brand’s marketing strategy by leveraging  the Italian manufacturing as part of the new brand’s forming identity. Because the brand is direct-to-consumer, all their marketing is digitally led with a focus on Instagram, and Ocleppo filmed a lot of content that is meant to be shared and help tell her new brand’s story. “I’m actually in the factories meeting the woman that is sewing the bag and she is standing next to the guy who is hand-painting the shoes. Sharing all that is something we could never do before.”

For Ocleppo, this  kind of storytelling is crucial to connecting to her customer. “It’s about education, being transparent and informative.”

The savvy of Hilfiger, a brand adviser to his wife, is also present in Ocleppo’s brand selling strategy. She plans to release new merchandise monthly, on a “drop” style that is similar to the strategy of brands closely associated with the  streetwear realm. “I think Tommy had a lot to do with that. He is by my side and advises me on a lot of things. He was like, ‘You have to do drops.’ He is very much about what is going on now and what is coming in the future. That is the lingo of today.”

The initial launch consists of a selection of signature pumps, offered in heights of 60, 80 and 100 millimeters, slingbacks and mules in a range of colors. The logo is a subtle D, O and H detail with pink soles on the heels and pink details inside many of the handbags. Handbags include a range of styles including croc-embossed leather totes, cross-body bags and clutches appropriate for day or evening. Accompanying the women’s collection is a full range of men’s shoe styles, such as wingtips, monk straps in colors as well as a variety of leather sneaker options. Prices for women’s and men’s footwear range from $190 to $490 and handbags from $220 to $590 and are available on deeocleppo.com.

And while Ocleppo says they aren’t there yet, a foray into men’s bags and small leather goods is on her radar for the future.

As busy as Ocleppo already is, things are about to get even busier as her husband hinted at things to come for the Judith Leiber brand, which is expanding to be an evening-based lifestyle brand. The Leiber brand already has eyewear and stationery in its stable but, according to Hilfiger, the firm is expanding into apparel, children’s, jewelry and footwear.

Kim Kardashian Defends Kanye West’s Twitter Spree

Kim Kardashian West has her husband Kanye West‘s back.

As West continues to make headlines for his ongoing Twitter spree, the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star defended the rapper in a series of tweets of her own, arguing that reports labeling him “as having mental health issues for just being himself when he has always been expressive” are “not fair.”

This week, multiple sources told PEOPLE that West, 40, had cut off contact with several people in his inner circle, including his managers, lawyers and closest friends. The rapper confirmed he stopped working with a manager on Wednesday morning, tweeting, “I no longer have a manager. I can’t be managed.”

Kardashian West, 37, argued that West’s decision to part ways with certain members of his team was “a simple business decision” and said she was “glad he tweeted about the state of his company and all of the exciting things happening.”

“He’s a free thinker, is that not allowed in America?” she said. “Because some of his ideas differ from yours you have to throw in the mental health card? That’s just not fair. He’s actually out of the sunken place when he’s being himself which is very expressive.”

“The sunken place” is a reference to the 2017 horror film Get Out, in which (spoiler alert) a white family uses mind control to steal the bodies of black men.

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Kardashian West also addressed her husband’s series of tweets about Donald Trump in which he called the president his “brother” and said the two “are both dragon energy.” (“You don’t have to agree with Trump but the mob can’t make me not love him,” he said, though he clarified: “I’m not even political. I’m not a Democrat or a Republican.”)

“When he spoke out about Trump… Most people (including myself) have very different feelings & opinions about this,” the mom of three said. “But this is HIS opinion. I believe in people being able to have their own opinions, even if really different from mine.”

“He never said he agrees with his politics,” she added. (Minutes later, West tweeted a photo showing off his signed Make America Great Again hat.)

Last but not least, Kardashian West praised her husband for being unique, even if he’s not universally liked.

“Kanye will never run in the race of popular opinion and we know that and that’s why I love him and respect him and in a few years when someone else says the same exact thing but they aren’t labeled the way he is and you will all praise them!” she wrote. “Kanye is years ahead of his time.”

On Wednesday, sources told PEOPLE that dealing with West’s recent behavior and public outbursts can be trying for the KKW beauty mogul. (The couple share daughters North, 4½, Chicago, 3 months, and son Saint, 2.)

“Kanye is like a child who needs constant attention — and Kim already has three of those,” one source said. “So after a while, or when he’s being really needy, it takes somewhat of a toll on her.”

A second source added that West “has a very overwhelming personality that usually gets worse when is he under stress.”

“Kanye is very needy, and it’s draining for Kim,” the source said. “She works, is a mom and has many responsibilities.”

According to the first source, it’s impossible to tell what West’s next steps will be.

“Who knows how far he’ll take it,” the source says. “He could be over it and recover tomorrow, or he could continue further down this path. But you have to understand this is all normal for him.”

PayPal shares tick up after surpassing expectations for the quarter – TechCrunch

PayPal reported its first-quarter results after the bell on Wednesday, sending shares up about 3% in after-hours trading, due to better-than-expected numbers.

Adjusted earnings per share were 57 cents, above analyst estimates of 54 cents. Revenue for the quarter was $3.69 billion, up 24% from last year. Analysts surveyed by Yahoo Finance had been expecting $3.59 billion.

This comes from $132 billion in total payment volume, with $49 billion coming from mobile transactions. The company touted four consecutive quarters of accelerating revenue growth.

PayPal also raised guidance, expecting revenue for the year to between $3.78 and $3.83 billion.

PayPal broke out results for Venmo, its popular peer-to-peer payments app. It processed $40 billion in payments over the last year and $12 billion in the first quarter.

PayPal added 8.1 million active accounts. Its average customer makes 34.7 transactions per year, an 8% increase from prior years.

PayPal repurchased 23.6 million shares of common stock last quarter, returning $1.83 billion to shareholders.

PayPal shares have doubled in the past year, but at $74, shares are beneath the high of $85 we saw last quarter. The company dipped following its last earnings report on news that eBay is looking to partner with competitor Adyen. 

PayPal and eBay were previously the same company, but the two separated in 2015. PayPal is the larger of the two businesses, with a market cap of nearly $88 billion. eBay is worth under $42 billion.

 

Senate primary gets nasty: ‘This is West Virginia, not NJ. We are respectable’

Turns out, the Garden State is a central part of the Senate primary in the Mountain State.

That’s because the frontrunner in a Fox News poll of likely GOP Senate primary voters, Rep. Evan Jenkins, R-W.V., is dismissive of his opponent Attorney General Patrick Morrisey’s combative style.

Jenkins said Morrisey has a “New Jersey approach.”

“Why don’t you let me finish?” Jenkins asked Morrisey, who was contesting a point about water regulations, during a Tuesday debate broadcast on WSAZ NewsChannel3. “This is West Virginia, not New Jersey – we are respectable and polite in our state.”

Morrisey, Jenkins and fellow Republican candidate Don Blankenship are set to participate in the West Virginia GOP Senate primary debate hosted by Fox News on Tuesday, May 1. The debate, which will be co-moderated by Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum, will be held at the Metropolitan Theatre in Morgantown, West Virginia from 6:30-7:30PM/ET.

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When asked in an interview Wednesday to elaborate on what embodies the so-called “New Jersey approach,” Jenkins called Morrisey “pushy.”

Morrisey grew up in New Jersey, attended Rutgers University, and later mounted a congressional bid in the state.

But he insists, that was a long time ago.

“I really think what you saw yesterday during the debate is that he’s become a little bit unhinged,” Morrisey said of Jenkins. “I’ve been the Attorney General of two terms, people know that I’ve been standing up for West Virginia in court and going after the Obama administration.”

“I got to move here by choice in my life,” Morrisey continued. “I love this state so passionately, and so you know for him to do this shows just how desperate his campaign is.”

Peter Doocy is currently a Washington D.C.-based correspondent for FOX News Channel (FNC).  He joined the network in 2009 as a general assignment reporter based in the New York bureau.

CNBC Series Swings the Spotlight on Bernard Arnault – WWD


ALL ABOUT ARNAULT: Family, work — and winning — are Bernard Arnault’s priorities and passions, according to a program that’s set to air Wednesday night at 10 p.m. GMT, part of the CNBC series “The Brave Ones.”

The eight-part series has focused in the past on entrepreneurs including Richard Branson, Jack Ma and Bill McDermott, chief executive officer of SAP.

In the 30-minute segment, the LMVH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton ceo discusses his career, his love for his work and family, the success of his company, who his successor might be, and his desire to be a winner — always.

The segment also features interviews with Karl Lagerfeld, Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour and Louis Vuitton ceo Michael Burke.

“When I go [to work] in the morning I always think: ‘I will have fun today with this or this.’ I am never bored. And I am very competitive. It’s like in tennis — I always want to win. And that’s fun,” Arnault said in the interview.

He spoke about the impact of his family on business, and said he is lucky to have “fantastic children” who are interested in the family firm.

“A family business, especially in the luxury area, is key for success,” he said. “When you are in a family you have two major advantages: one is you can think long-term. Like Louis Vuitton, for instance, I am not that much interested by the numbers of the next six months. What I am interested in is that the desire for the brand will be the same in 10 years as it is today. And the second advantage to being a family business is to hire people. Because when people come to LVMH, they do not come into a group with some anonymity, they come into a family. You are not just a little person in a big thing, you are a member of the family and you will be taken care of as such.”

His son Antoine Arnault, ceo of Berluti and chairman of Loro Piana, told the program that people imagine his father in a big tower with Excel sheets.

“It’s very far from reality,” said the younger Arnault. “His real interest is his family. Of course, he is a workaholic. He works a lot and he loves it. But as you might have seen, he also has fun with it. It’s not as serious as some might think up there.”

Bernard Arnault spoke about the success of LVMH and credited the quality of the product to the craftsmen and women behind it.

“We have a large campaign of hiring young people [who] sometimes are not thinking of becoming craftsmen or craftwomen,” he said. “But once we have given them the idea, and once we train them, we have a rate of success that is nearly 90 percent. And it’s very rewarding for us to see these young people as being so proud.”

He also said he tries to think of what LVMH can bring to a brand if it is looking to buy a brand. “What can the brand be? How can it be improved?” Arnault said. “Also, does it fit with the other brands? Is it a competitor? Most of the time it is a competitor, but does it fill a niche where we can see we are not very much present, and when that happens I must say we can move.”

Arnault also addressed who might succeed him at LVMH, and said it will be the best manager. “Not because he is a member of the family. But as I said, the group as a whole is a family, and so we will choose in the family who is the best. But I think I will be there for some years.”

Talking about his longtime boss and collaborator, Lagerfeld said Arnault has a very different personal side. “In life, he is exactly the opposite of what people think he is,” Lagerfeld said. “People who don’t know him have a completely different idea of the people who know him.”

Lagerfeld also talked about when he first met Arnault. “I met him when the Fendi takeover was in the air,” he recalled. “There were other people who wanted Fendi, too, but when I met him, I said to myself, ‘This one and nobody else’ and I was right. Fendi was a kind of mess then, but he said to me ‘Be patient,’ because I was ready to go. And he said, ‘No, no be patient, you will see.’ When he took over it was a difficult job. He invested in an unbelievable way and the numbers came back the way he expected.”

Wintour described Arnault as “a fascinating man. Obviously he’s quite hard to know,” she said. “He’s reserved, but also very direct and very clear: If there is something he wants you to be aware of, he doesn’t beat around the bushes, he’ll be very, very straightforward.”

She observed that Arnault is a very pensive person. “He’s always thinking, always thinking about the future. Not only about the iconic titles, but brands that he has. Dior was a ‘jolie madame’ house, you know that nice French ladies wore to lunch, and it was not in any way creating fashion, making fashion. There was no excitement around it. It was very staid and very safe.”

That brand could not be more different from Sephora, the French fragrance and beauty retailer that LVMH purchased in the late Nineties. Wintour added that with Sephora, “Everyone said he was crazy,” but she thought he was “completely ahead of the game.”

She also pointed out that she and Arnault share an admiration for tennis player Roger Federer.

“I think the happiest that I have ever seen Bernard was when his children secretly arranged for him to have a match with Roger,” Wintour said.

“And I swear he showed me the video, he acted it out stroke by stroke. And then just last week he was telling me about a more recent game that they had had. And at the end of the fifth game — it was five-zero, Roger said, ‘OK, well I’m gonna play now the way I would in a Grand Slam.’ So he stepped it up and all Bernard could talk to me about was the fact that he had actually won one point.”

Burke, meanwhile, called Arnault a dreamer. “He dreams big dreams,” Burke said. “And then he has the guts to go after those dreams. Sometimes, I try to tell him the dream is too big. But…he’s always right. The dreams are never big enough.”

The episode will air in the U.S. at 8:30 p.m. EST on April 27.

Charlamagne Tha God Won’t Vote Kanye West for President

Charlamagne Tha God

Kanye Doesn’t Have My Vote …

This is ‘Idiocracy’!!!

4/25/2018 1:57 PM PDT

EXCLUSIVE

Charlamagne Tha God‘s officially NOT on board with Kanye West making a run for the White House, because he says the last thing America needs is another Celebrity-in-Chief.

We got “The Breakfast Club” co-host leaving Barnes & Noble in NYC Wednesday, and asked him about Kanye crowning Charlamagne “The New Oprah.” The compliment comes on the heels of Charlamagne sitting down with Ye last week … but CTG told us why he’s rejecting that comparison.

He’s also got a strong message for everyone calling him after Kanye said someone’s offering $10 mil for his interview with Charlamagne.

As for Yeezy publicly embracing Trump and talking about his own run for Prez … Charlamagne had a lot of praise for Kanye the rapper … but definitely NOT for Kanye the politician.

The Rolling Stone Guide to Legal Pot: Washington, D.C.

Nothing in Washington, D.C. is normal these days – and that’s especially the case with our burgeoning marijuana industry. Voters here resoundingly approved a ballot initiative in 2014 that legalized recreational pot, but the Constitution gives Congress unique authority to control the decisions made by local officials who run the federal city. So after local voters spoke, Congress intervened and passed a law that prohibits D.C. from spending its own money to regulate weed. That’s left marijuana policy here in limbo: You can legally possess and grow weed, smoke it on your property and have it in public, but in the District of Columbia, you can’t legally sell or buy weed.

Those congressionally mandated (and locally scoffed at) prohibitions don’t really matter here on the ground, though. Washington now is home to the most unique, bazaar-like marijuana marketplace in the nation, if not the world. Welcome to the D.C. Gray Market, brought to you by Congress. Here are the dos and don’ts of navigating the public and underground marijuana marketplace in the nation’s capital.

The Basics of “Gifting”
Marijuana is a multi-billion dollar industry nationwide, and D.C.’s laws have pushed locals to come up with creative ways to capitalize on that market. Anyone over 21 is allowed to have up to two ounces of weed on them in Washington. On paper that’s supposed to be strictly for personal use, because the law restricts you from selling or buying weed. But you can give marijuana away, so that’s given rise to a unique D.C. pop-up culture that’s unlike anything you’ve ever witnessed.

On a brisk Saturday afternoon, just a few blocks from the White House in what was the city’s red light district just a few years back, visitors enter the dim threshold into a bar, and reggae music wafts over them – setting a distinctly different tempo for the day than what Washingtonians are used to.

As guests walk past the bar and into the back room, the aroma of raw, unadulterated weed overwhelms their nostrils. Venders are hand rolling perfect joints for the 300 or so guests – who range from people donning power suits to sweet elderly couples – they’ll serve today.

Pungent, sweet smells emanate from the sticky marijuana buds bedazzled in vibrant orange, red, blue-ish and white crystals. While they may be tempting, you can’t buy weed here. That would be illegal.

That also doesn’t mean you leave empty handed. This is D.C.’s “gift” economy. You give them a stack of bills, and the vendors give you weed and usually a picture, a sticker or some trinket. Two separate transactions, at least in Washington’s marijuana marketplace.

“I know it’s a gray area – there’s cops up and down this street all day,” says the man running the event, who asks to be identified only as Wood. “They know this is going on.” Most of the time he’s a manager for a member of one of the nation’s premier hip hop clans (hint: they claim they ain’t nothing to fuck with), but now twice a week he facilitates these marijuana pop-ups.

Even with the restraints Congress attempted to shackle on Washington’s pot industry, this and other markets across town offer a diverse variety of goods – ranging from an array of edibles to some of the dankest weed you’ve ever toked. They even have 100 percent hemp Wu Tang rolling papers that read, “Meditation is better than medication.”

As it stands, much of D.C.’s marijuana industry remains geared towards locals. “I don’t want the tourists,” says Wood. “Because that’s when you’re going to run into your problems.” With D.C.’s vendors still trying to figure out just what exactly they can get away with, they’re also still training locals to use the right language (“gift,” not “buy”) and to get comfortable with this new, legal form of medication or relaxation. The fear is one tourist could mess it all up by getting too high, consuming pot on federal property or by boarding their plane home with a joint they bought at one of these pop-ups. There’s also enough local clientele to keep them thriving, so why go out of the way to attract outsiders?

There have been some police crackdowns on pop-ups, though it’s still hazy as to what exactly is going on. The police say they were merely responding to complaints from neighbors. Many industry people doubt that and think they’re just trying to intimidate vendors.

Out of the Streets 
Vendors in this hazy market remain wary of cops and usually only blast out an Instagram announcing their pop-up a few hours before an event. But those in Washington also have another option: Brick and mortar headshops that now “gift” you weed at their cash registers.

About 10 city blocks from the Capitol at the New Leaf Smoke Shop, a blow-up joint flailing in the wind alerts acute passers-by that you can score weed here. Inside, a Trump bobble head holds a joint, Obama smokes a joint on a tee shirt and there’s even Bernie Sanders rolling papers. Here you drop $60.00 on a product, like socks or a bracelet, and then the real fun begins.

“Let’s spin that wheel and win some weed!” Doc, the store’s owner, bellows in childlike glee as a customer spins a wheel befitting a carnival. Guess what they won? That’s right! Weed.

Delivery method 
Gray isn’t always good. There have been reports of people hosting pop-up shops that are straight up shady – where a crew of big dudes hover above and you’re given two choices: Buy their overpriced, shitty weed or else. Have no fear. There’s an app for that. While Airbnb hosts are just starting to cater to pot enthusiasts – leaving guests their desired assortment of raw weed or any edibles they request – D.C.’s delivery services are happy to bring pot to any hotel in town.

Nicole is a gregarious woman who spent more than three decades in the hospitality industry, and it shows as she prepares to deliver to a potentially nervous first time customer.

“You talk to them like you’ve known them your whole life, and that’s the way I’ve always run my bars or serving anybody,” says Nicole, who was plucked out of the bar scene by Joint Delivery – D.C.’s first and only smoking supply delivery service.

Nicole knows the marijuana industry here is new so many customers feel as if they’re breaking the law, so that’s why she puts a premium on putting her clients nerves at ease.

We pull up at a national chain restaurant downtown and within a minute or two a young professional female walks up.

“Hello pretty lady!” Nicole exclaims as she hands the woman a thick envelope with the different varieties of marijuana clearly labeled and with a thick colorful card that explains the difference between the strains. “How are you?”

“Good,” she replies and hands her $200. “That is for you. Thanks so much!” The exchange lasts less than 10 seconds. No heads turn. It’s the new normal.

The next delivery takes us to Kalorama – the posh neighborhood where the newly retired Obama family live close to Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner – which reveals that D.C.’s marijuana industry is flourishing even in the most expensive, upper class corners of the city.

The D.C. Divide 
The other thing about this town is that as long as the federal prohibition on marijuana remains intact, you can’t legally smoke, drink, eat, vape or consume marijuana in any way on any federal land. And D.C. has a lot of federal land – including the expansive National Mall and most every federal agency that you may find yourself walking past on accident – so just keep it where you’re staying or you risk being arrested by the Park Police. Proceed with caution near any federal property.

Fleetwood Mac says Lindsey Buckingham split over tour dispute

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The members of Fleetwood Mac on Wednesday said they parted ways with longtime guitarist Lindsey Buckingham, one of the rock group’s most influential members, due to conflicts over their upcoming North American tour.

FILE PHOTO: Honorees Stevie Nicks, Mick Fleetwood, and Lindsey Buckingham of the group Fleetwood Mac perform during the 2018 MusiCares Person of the Year show honoring Fleetwood Mac at Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan, New York, U.S., January 26, 2018. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly/File Photo

“It became just a huge impasse,” the band’s drummer and co-founder Mick Fleetwood said on “CBS This Morning.” “We hit a brick wall where we decided we had to part company.”

The British-American band behind 1970s hits “Go Your Own Way” and “Don’t Stop,” said two weeks ago they would tour without the 68-year-old songwriter and guitarist, but declined to give a reason.

Fleetwood, 70, refused to say whether Buckingham had been fired.

“We don’t use that word because I think it’s ugly and it’s not a question of that,” Fleetwood said.

“But it’s like a marriage that came to an end and there are reasons why and as a band, we needed to move on and we have,” he added.

Buckingham has not commented on the split.

Fleetwood Mac, which first formed in 1967, has been plagued by behind-the-scenes romantic and creative tensions among its members as well as a shifting lineup over the years. But Buckingham joined Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie and John McVie for a 2014 reunion tour and a MusicCares ceremony in New York in January.

Nicks said Buckingham did not want to commit to the 52-date, six-month-long tour the band announced on Wednesday.

“When you’re in a band, it’s a team. I have a solo career and I love my solo career and I’m the boss,” Nicks said. “But I’m not the boss in this band.”

Fleetwood Mac’s tour of the United States and Canada begins on Oct. 3, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and ends in Philadelphia in April 2019. The band also said it had added former Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell and Crowded House guitarist and singer Neil Finn to the tour.

Reporting by Eric Kelsey, editing by G Crosse

Queer Eye’s Antoni Porowski, Ted Allen Dish on Being Neighbors

Antoni Porowski, the food expert on Netflix’s reboot of Queer Eye, and the original show’s resident foodie Ted Allen are more than just longtime friends—they’re also neighbors.

“He literally lives across the street from me,” Porowski told PEOPLE at the City Harvest 35th Anniversary Gala, which raises money for the organization that aims to fight hunger in New York City.

Porowski attended one of Allen’s cookbook signings at Green Light Bookstore in Brooklyn years ago, and the pair sparked a friendship. Ultimately, Porowski became Allen’s personal assistant and chef, and he shared that he used to attend City Harvest dinners as Allen’s plus-one. On Tuesday night, the pair reunited on City Harvest’s green carpet.

“Now we get to hang out and we’re back to cooking together as friends, so we’ve sort of come full circle,” Porowski said.

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When Porowski started cooking for Allen, he said the idea was not to follow in Allen’s footsteps as the food expert on Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, but when the option for the show’s renewal presented itself, Allen proposed Porowski to David Collins, the show’s creator.

“It was never like, ‘Oh yeah, I want to do Queer Eye one day,’” Porowski said of the show, which was renewed for a second season. “It just sort of happened.”

“The idea that there was even going to be a reboot—it’s not something I ever considered,” Allen told PEOPLE. “I never in a million years thought they would do it again. No reason that they shouldn’t, and the fact that it’s been so successful is evidence that it was a good idea.”

Allen added that he didn’t really feel like he ever trained Porowski, and that despite a personal introduction to the show’s creator, Porowski had to nail the Queer Eye part all on his own.

“I think he came into this with lots of skills already,” the Chopped host said.

Porowski was criticized for his simple recipes on the show as part of the Fab Five after the first season aired. But in a recent interview with Vanity Fair, Allen defended Porowski, saying, “The boy can cook.”

Porowski also revealed to PEOPLE that season one and season two of the Netflix series were filmed in succession, so he wasn’t sure which order they would appear.

“Those Strokes t-shirts that I wore in sixteen episodes were actually compressed into the first eight, so I’m not fully responsible for all of them being so concentrated,” Porowski said.

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Allen jokingly asked him which bands he would be promoting through his wardrobe next season. “Two new New York bands,” Porowski said with a smile. “I’m gonna go a little more into like monochromatic looks. You’ll see. Stay tuned.”

Cara Delevingne’s House Has Two Side by Side Toilets

Cara Delevingne‘s London home is not your typical 25-year-old’s apartment.

It’s no surprise that the supermodel, who has walked every major runway, covered Vogue, and regularly hangs out with Rihanna and Paris Jackson, had a top decorator, Tom Bartlett, outfit her new townhouse in the English capital. But its quirky-cool style is far from the expected jetsetter’s crash pad.

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Skyler Smith, courtesy Architectural Digest

Instead, the brightly colored space is stocked with statement-making furniture, original murals and homages to some of the British “it” girl’s favorite things, like McDonalds.

A neon “Fries” sign hangs over a bar cart in the home theater. Delevingne is a well-documented fan of the golden arches, as pointed out by Architectural Digest, where the house is featured in the May issue.

It’s one of the only things she brought with her to outfit her new place, which she describes as having “high ceilings and big windows, but it’s private and classic.”

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The room, which has walls coated in gleaming purple and green car paint, she notes, is used to “pile in front of the TV and have a movie marathon . . . then push the sofas back and do some dancing.”

Another individualistic feature can be found in a bathroom, where two toilets sit side by side. “I like a chat on the loo,” she explains of the unusual plumbing setup. It was inspired by the ladies’ room at the Crazy Horse cabaret in Paris.

Despite her nomadic lifestyle, Delevingne was very involved in the decorating process. “I remember doing one early-morning video call from bed in L.A. I was covered in [mood] boards and got the samples in a complete muddle,” she tells AD.

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But because she missed most of the actual makeover, the reveal of the finished design was still a moment for the design junkie. “It was strange and exhilarating,” she says. So much so that once she made it to the master suite, she collapsed on the bed.

“She lay down on the bed like a giant starfish and wouldn’t move,” recalls Bartlett. “I had to do the rest of the meeting about bills and stuff with her lying there.”

Read the full feature in the May issue of Architectural Digest, on stands now, or visit archdigest.com.