5 Celebrity Babies Whose Arrival We’re Desperately Awaiting

Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake giggle into each others eyes. Photo: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com

With news of Jessica Biel getting knocked up by Justin Timberlake, we couldn’t help but wonder if there is something brewing in the waters of Hollywood. First Blake Lively gracefully announces that she’s expecting, and now this! If Brad and Angie announced their pregnancy tomorrow we wouldn’t be shocked. In consideration of Tinsel Town’s baby boom we’ve put together a list of the babies we’re most excited to meet and why.

1. Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake: When news was confirmed yesterday regarding the pregnancy of actress Jessica Biel with man of many talents Justin Timberlake, who couldn’t help but shed a little baby tear? Her breathtaking looks and his unquestionable talent will ensure this baby a record deal and maybe even a series during primetime. Give this baby Jessica’s lips, Justin’s vocals, and call it the second coming of Christ.The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute Benefit celebrating SCHIAPARELLI and PRADA : Impossible Conversations - ArrivalsPhoto: Joe Schildhorn/BFAnyc.com

2. Zoe Saldana and Marco Perego: If this baby pops out with a blue tint to it, don’t be alarmed, the mama is an Avatar after all. Actress Zoe Saldana is expecting with her husband Marco Perego. The pair will certainly make a baby worthy of the children’s Ralph Lauren catalogue. HAMMER MUSEUM'S 12th Annual Gala in the Garden with Generous Support from Bottega VenetaPhoto: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com

3. Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick: We honestly can’t remember the last time Kourtney Kardashian wasn’t pregnant. As history will show, she and longtime on-off again boyfriend/housemate/sperm donor Scott Disick make some adorable babies. Thee birth will likely have a two-part special on E! and we will be watching to see if this third child stacks up to Mason and Penelope. BABY BUGGY Summer Dinner Sponsored by GIORGIO ARMANIPhoto: Carly Erickson/BFAnyc.com

4. Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz: Forget Blue Ivy, this child is going to have some serious musical talents. This babe is on fire! GLOBAL CITIZEN FESTIVAL 2014Photo: Benjamin Lozovsky/BFAnyc.com

5. Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds: Making this list and not including Blake and Ryan is like asking Rihanna to not show her nipples. It just won’t work. Blake is shaping up to be one of the most glowing pregnant gals of all time. The day Blake posts photos of her newborn on Preserve is the day the site crashes.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art's COSTUME INSTITUTE Benefit Celebrating the Opening of Charles James: Beyond Fashion and the Anna Wintour Costume Center - Red Carpet ArrivalsPhoto: Joe Schildhorn/BFAnyc.com

BlackBook Party Tonight, One Of NYC’s Biggest Party Nights Tomorrow

‘Tis the season to be confused as too many events attempt to wash away the memory of the storm that nearly washed us all away and continues to define the lives of so many. The Sandy events will culminate in that Paul McCartney, Bruce, Bon Jovi, Who, Roger Waters, Kanye, Alicia Keys, etc., etc., etc. thingy at the Garden on December 12. I wonder if Kanye will complain about Paul McCartney’s billing or something like that. Kanye is doing three shows at Revel in AC for New Year’s weekend for those who do that.

A couple years ago, New Year’s Eve nights were defined by how long the open bars were and what kind of music was played. DJs are still the stars, but it’s great to see mega, super-duper, uber acts raising the good time bar. I can’t believe its Thanksgiving already. The storm seemed to wipe away the calm before the holiday storm. Up is down and down is up and gee, I have to pay rent already? Uptown comedy club Stand Up NY is taking its show on the road tonight with a one-off (which I’m guessing will eventually turn into a two-off or more) at Hair of the Dog, 168 Orchard St. at Stanton. A whole lot of great comics will bring cheer to your holiday starting at 6pm. You can get tickets here.

My Thursday rock and roll DJ gig at Hotel Chantelle with Sam Valentine is canceled due to turkey festivities, but it’s being pushed forward to Wednesday, tomorrow night. Hope those rockers get the message. 

Tonight, BlackBook has teamed up with Stoli for a Mixers and Shakers event at the Thompson LES on Allen Street. I hear the new hotel they are doing by City Hall is wonderful. I never get invited to these BlackBook things and I’m getting paranoid about it. I’m gonna crash it. Flash my column or something to the intern at the door. 

The confusing-on-purpose Murray Hill and his cohort Linda Simpson will make their Monday night BINGO extravaganza extra-extraordinary this coming Monday again at Hotel Chantelle with a joint birthday celebration. I, of course, never miss a BINGO and I am considering turning pro. I even had BINGO tattooed on my shoulder a couple months ago. I roll like that. 

Tomorrow night, the night before Thanksgiving, is traditionally one of the biggest nights of the year. Many have four or more days off work looming, and many are traveling in to dine with friends and relatives. Many places let college kids take over as they are flush with holiday loot. Others know their patrons will be absent for a moment or more as the snowbirds flock south to mark the Miami season and try to grab all the gusto and cash from them before they leave. Big DJs and quality entertainment abound, but call to see if the joints you usually like haven’t sold out to the frat-boy set. 

So if this is Thanksgiving, then December must be near and I am in no way ready for December. I must remind you as you feast and celebrate that many of our neighbors are still climbing out of the mud. Find time to help, donate, and contribute.

Life, Faith, & Jewelry: Meet Vita Fede Designer Cynthia Sakai

It’s the day before the Billboard Music Awards, and Cynthia Sakai has been hard at work pulling pieces from her wildly popular jewelry line, Vita Fede (life & faith in Italian), to adorn the likes of Selena Gomez, Alicia Keys, Avril Lavigne, Ke$ha, and Jessica Alba for the big event.

“They are such a diverse group of women, but the beauty of Vita Fede is anyone can take our pieces and mix them into their own style,” says Sakai over the phone from her L.A. office. The number of famous women photographed in her pieces read like a laundry list of who’s who: Rihanna, Kristen Stewart, Jennifer Lawrence, Angelina Jolie, Nicki Minaj, Mindy Kaling, and Anne Hathaway, to name a few. 

Vita Fede’s Italian-made creations have amassed an army of celebrity du jour devotees any designer would kill for. And just imagine: these priceless endorsements were acquired without a powerhouse PR team behind the brand wooing these sought-after clients. Sakai’s understated and timeless collection is enough to have celebrities contacting her office.

“Probably eight out of 10 calls or emails we get is about pieces they wore on a photo shoot,” she notes. Like the time Victoria Beckham’s assistant called from a magazine shoot to buy a ring Beckham just had to own.

Sakai insists that she doesn’t put more weight on her rich and famous fans than she does her average customers (“It’s all exciting, really!’). She often searches Instagram’s Vita Fede hashtags to see how people are stacking the different pieces, and often leaves comments.

“Social media has played a big role for us. It was really organic and nothing that we even planned,” she says when talking about the company’s substantial social media presence. “As opposed to magazines where an editor or a stylist curates the pieces, social media is just normal customers showing you what they like. It’s real genuine.”

But when she got an email about styling Gwyneth Paltrow for the Iron Man 3 premiere and the actresses’ book signing event, she admits to being very thrilled at the opportunity to work with the red-carpet veteran. “I just love her and her style. She is so chic.”

In the last two years, Vita Fede has been the first name in chic costume jewelry, leading the shift from the over-embellished designs that have dominated, to the clean and modern aesthetic that has now become de rigueur in fashion.

Although, when Saki first launched her line back in 2009, the feedback was less than welcoming for her brand of geometric accessories at a time when boho and vintage was the all the rage.

“People would ask why don’t you make things with beads, strings, or embroidery. That just wasn’t what I liked or would wear,” she recalls.

In fact, the line’s signature piece, the Titan, a hinged bangle with distinctive cone details, was deemed ugly by her Italian factory and outdated by her own business partner.

“When it came in, no one liked it or even noticed it for the first year.” Fast forward to the last year-and-a-half, and the Titan has reached “It” status, eliciting “ooohs and ahhhs” from celebrities, bloggers, and everyone in between.

Vita Fede’s pièce de resistance has since ignited a slew of knockoffs.  “I knew the Titan was very cool. It’s a classic piece with a bit of an edge that works for all women.” Sakai credits a button on her grandmother’s vintage dress as inspiration for the successful design. The Titan has since evolved into a whole family, with a myriad of iterations that include crystals and onyx.

The Titan wasn’t the first time Sakai – who launched her first accessories line when she was only 18 designing pretty cases to discreetly carry tampons – had a stroke of silhouette genius. Vita Fede was founded thanks to her unique ability to see beauty and retail potential in the unexpected.

“When I owned a showroom back in 2008, a friend gave me a bracelet from Italy and I just knew that I could sell it.” Her gifted leather-and-chain bracelet was a ubiquitous tourist souvenir sold in Italy for years, but when she got her hands on them and added her personal touch – new colors and metallic hardware – the bracelets, which she named Vita, crossed over from run-of-the-mill to fashionable.

“We sold 10,000 of them in the showroom and they were featured in every magazine. I had no intention of starting a line, but people were always asking me what’s next?”

Taking cues from the impeccably dressed Japanese women in her life such as her mother, who worked at Fendi and was involved in opening Fendi stores in the States, her grandmother and great-grandmother, Sakai was determined to lend a sophisticated sensibility to costume jewelry with Vita Fede.

“They all used to have their ready-to-wear tailor made, so quality and longevity was really instilled in me,” she points out. Her father, a former architect, no doubt had a role in Sakai’s love of clean lines and sculptural shapes.

Her American L.A. roots, is evident in the wearability of her line. You can pair one of her bracelets or rings as easily with a cocktail dress as you can with jeans. She strays from designing complicated special-occasion pieces and leans more towards an effortlessly modern and sleek European style she adopted on her many trips abroad.

“I wanted to create a line that both fashion and classic girls could wear every day,” she reveals. “Vita Fede makes a statement without being overbearing or in-your-face.”

Nailing that anonymously unpretentious look requires the intricate labor of five factories in Italy, whom also work with elite fashion brands like Céline, Saint Laurent, and Givenchy, to produce Vita Fede’s hand-crafted jewels. A single piece takes about six to eight weeks to bring to life.

Now that Sakai has succeeded in bringing craftsmanship back to costume jewelry, she is now set on eschewing the stuffiness of fine jewelry, and hopes to make it more relevant with her new upscale Black Label. The small inaugural collection is scheduled to launch in the US and Europe.

“When I go to a fine jewelry store, I still get that old, dated feeling of a tennis bracelet,” she says.  “Our customers who like to stack their Cartier and diamonds with Vita Fede are a bit hipper. They are looking for something that is not too edgy but still very cool.  We are working with black and clear diamonds and pink, white and solid gold.”

As for Vita Fede, the new pre-fall collection will consist “of a little more bling.” Sakai will also be adding more earrings to the mix and introducing a new cut-out design, inspired by a vintage ring her mother wore in the ‘60s, that will highlight more skin. We can also expect evening clutches to complement the jewelry collection in the near future.

Vita Fede is quietly poised to take over the costume jewelry world. In between working on these three new collections, Sakai is in the midst of launching the European markets, opening showrooms in Milan, Paris, and London.

The company is growing at warp speed, but multi-tasker Sakai plays it cool under pressure.  As if her day of Skype meetings, checking in on the factories, pulling pieces for clients, and chatting with me for this interview wasn’t enough, she casually mentions that she is also in the process of moving offices today.

“It’s just in a day’s work. I call it ‘organized chaos.’”

Upcoming Hurricane Sandy Benefits Shows From Aziz Ansari, Neil Young, Grizzly Bear, and More

If you still want to help out East Coasters affected by Hurricane Sandy and do so in an environment with adult beverages and high-caliber entertainment, this week, a couple more enticing Sandy benefits have been announced. So if you’re looking for something to do next week and live in the greater New York, Atlantic City, or Los Angeles areas, here you go.

Neil Young and Crazy Horse will perform in Atlantic City on December 6th at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, with proceeds going to the Red Cross.

On December 10th, a group of comedians you might recognize are getting together for “We Hate Hurricanes,” a night of comedy to benefit the victims of Hurricane Sandy at L.A.’s Nokia Theater. The venerable Jon Hamm is emceeing the event, with headliners Aziz Ansari, Will Ferrell, Sarah Silverman, and music from Beck along with even more acts. All proceeds from the show will go to AmeriCares, and pre-sale tickets go on sale today; general sale starts tomorrow.

One of the biggest announced shows is the 12/12/12 benefit gig for the Robin Hood Relief Fund, on December 12th at Madison Square Garden. The headliners play like an all-star Super Bowl halftime show: Kanye West, Alicia Keys, Paul McCartney, Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, The Who, Eddie Vedder, Dave Grohl, and, of course, Bruce Springsteen. If you still want to help out and rock out but the idea of a Bon Jovi show at the Garden sounds a bit too overwhelming, New York’s Terminal 5 is hosting a “4Artists1Cause” benefit on December 14th, featuring performances from Grizzly Bear, Sleigh Bells, Antlers, and Cults. More acts will be announced soon. Tickets are $40, with proceeds going to the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City

Industry Insiders: Gabriel Jacobs, Bling Dynasty

From his meager beginnings as a newly-arrived immigrant, to becoming New York’s King of Bling, Gabriel Jacobs has taken a family business and turned it into one of the most coveted names in eye-catching jewelry.

A third generation jeweler, Jacobs and his family fled Russia for New York in the late ’80s and started their lives anew, opening a small shop on Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn. Business took off from there, with the family opening up a wholesale operation servicing eight stores, then twenty, until they became a serious force in the industry.

In 2009, Jacobs and his cousins opened Rafaello & Co., which makes custom pieces for discerning clients. They have since built a name for themselves on both coasts, working with everyone from Alicia Keys to Hulk Hogan.

“I definitely can try to make a statement,” he says. “Anybody can make a piece for a client, but we’re always unique.”

Links: Justin Bieber Hits Boy at Laser Tag, Kanye West’s New Album Cover Banned

● Justin Bieber was asked to leave Planet Lazer in Canada over the weekend after a 12-year-old complained Bieber hit him. There will be no charges filed because they are children, but the whole ordeal cost $55.50, according to a receipt found at the scene. [Zack Taylor] ● Alicia Keys and her new husband, Swizz Beatz, welcomed a baby, Egypt, into the world, where he will be well-liked in spite of his name. [MTV] ● Madonna’s new boy toy is 33, or old enough to be older than the last guy. [PopEater]

● Kanye West’s proposed album cover for his forthcoming My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy features a painting of West as a snarling, naked monster being straddled by a nude monster woman with wings and a tail. His label, apparently, wasn’t that into it. [Twitter] ● Jackass 3D dominated the weekend box office with a pull of $50 million, giving new purpose to a nation in the midst of a killer case of arrested development. [HuffPo] ● Nick Cannon called Chelsea Handler ugly white trash in a Twitter fight, but at least she’s not Nick Cannon! [Daily Mail]

Jay-Z and Alicia Keys’s ‘Empire’ Pushes Sinatra Aside

Hova’s sure to be happy with this one: In a stunning reversal, The New York Racing Association announced that Jay-Z and Alicia Keys’s ‘Empire State of Mind’ (maybe you’ve heard of it?) will replace Frank Sinatra’s ‘New York, New York’ as the official anthem for tomorrow’s Belmont Stakes. Why the change? One racing official said that the song was the “quintessential 21st century theme song for New York City.” When you add this cultural coup to the performance that Jay and Alicia gave before one of the World Series games at Yankee Stadium last fall, it looks like ‘Empire State of Mind’ will end up in the annals of sporting legend. Jay, I guess you could be “the next Sinatra,” after all—pour yourself a Belve cocktail.

According to the AP, teenage singer Jasmine Villegas will give the pre-race performance of ‘Empire State of Mind’ this Saturday. Here’s Jasmine’s single ‘Serious’:

Judge for yourself whether she’s worthy of taking over Alicia’s face-melting vocals:

Links: Lindsay Lohan as a Porn Star; Justin Bieber vs. Door, Part II

● The first images of Lindsay Lohan in her role as seminal porn star Linda Lovelace have surfaced; she looks pretty much like Lindsay Lohan. [Celebuzz] ● Alicia Keys and her producer boyfriend Swizz Beats are engaged and expecting a baby that will have no choice but to become a musician. [People] ● On this holiday Friday, spend a little time with the 11 greatest Bill Nye the Science Guy music videos. You deserve it. [Buzzfeed]

● God keeps doing this thing where he puts a door right where Justin Bieber is about to walk. [Vulture] ● Tiger Woods has been warned not to date anyone until his divorce goes through, though sneaking hookers is probably worse. [US] ● Gary Coleman is in critical condition at a Utah hospital. Hopefully he can’t hear his medical staff making “Willis!” jokes. [WaPo]

Alicia Keys Teams with Water Doctor for New Jewelry Line

Add Alicia Keys to the growing roster of musicians who design (Kings of Leon, Beth Ditto and Liam Gallagher included). “The 12-time Grammy Award winner has collaborated with jewelry designer Gisèle Theriault to launch The Barber’s Daughters Jewelry,” says Women’s Wear Daily. But this isn’t any straightforward silver jewelry. According to WWD, the jewelry itself will be inscribed with “positive inscriptions of poetry and prayers of Dr. Masaru Emoto (author of Hidden Messages in Water).” For those not familiar with Emoto’s work, the controversial scientist essentially claims that water — when impressed with certain words and images (e.g. when a glass of water is placed atop a card reading “love”) or exposed to music — can actually change its make-up and take on a new form of energy.

According to Emoto, he re-crystallizes the properties of water so that, when consumed, it can have the effect of bettering varying aspects of one’s life (a more in depth, better explained documentation of the process in on Youtube here). This is all done with “words of intent,” which Key’s jewelry line will include. The line in question “will launch Nov. 23 and 24 at a pop-up store located at 26 Clinton Street in lower Manhattan.” No word as of yet as to whether or not the accessories in question bear their own special powers.