Ryan Seacrest: fashion mogul

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Ryan Seacrest has taken up residence in Miami. Well, his clothing line has — at Macy’s.

The television host, producer, radio personality and entrepreneur has added designer to his title.

The assortment of men’s tailored clothing and accessories, aimed squarely at the millennial male, is sold at the Aventura and Dadeland stores and the Broward Mall and Galleria Mall in Fort Lauderdale.

Called Ryan Seacrest Distinction, it’s not so much designed by the hardest-working man in TV as it is inspired by his on-screen wardrobe of sharply tailored three-piece suits, spread-collar dress shirts and crisply folded pocket squares.

A novel feature of the line is a color/number matching system called “Style Made Smart” that organizes jackets, trousers, shirts and ties into four numbered color categories to aid the suit-wearer in putting together an outfit. Hangtags also offer up additional pairing and styling tips.

“We’re always in a rush; we never have enough time to do a fitting or to try something on,” Seacrest told The Los Angeles Times. “So any system that make it seamless and quick and lets you know that you’re probably not going to get it wrong is a good system.”

As for his input into the look and feel of the clothes that bear his name, Seacrest is quick to admit he’s not steeped in the fashion world. “I often don’t use the right words so I try to articulate what I’m thinking by referring to architecture or other inspiration,” he said. “But I definitely have a point of view, and I know what I like and what fits me well, so we started with that. And then [we] widened it and broadened it out into an entire line.”

Among the inspirations Seacrest cited for the launch collection were the ’50s and ’60s, Frank Sinatra in his Rat Pack days and Mid-Century Modern architecture.

“I love attention to detail,” Seacrest said. “I said to [my partners], with each component of this line, “Tell me about the depth of detail, how far we can go and keep it accessible and affordable.”


Gordon Ramsay is one tough cookie, but Dustin Ward lived to tell about having him as his boss. The Chef de Cuisine at BLT Prime at Trump National Doral. worked under Ramsay from 2004 to 2009 while at Cielo in Boca Raton.

“Gordon was passionate and a perfectionist,” recounts Ward. “If you were creative, energetic and precise you didn’t have a problem. I learned early on what buttons you didn’t want to push.”

Think you could you handle working with the hotheaded chef on a reality show? Producers from Fox’s competition, MasterChef, on which Ramsay is a judge, are coming to town for an open casting call from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the JW Marriott Marquis. Home cooks ages 18 and older who do not currently and have not ever worked as a professional chef can try their luck. Though Gordon won’t be there, his associates will.

Does Ward have any tips on how to impress the panel?

“Stay true to the ingredients, let the flavors shine. Be sure to challenge yourself in everything you do, but don’t try to be something that you are not. This is to showcase food and talent, not your acting skills or ability to create conflicts.”

And if you make it to the show, try not to be afraid.

“He can seem scary in the kitchen, because of the love and passion he has for this business. He doesn’t understand or tolerate anything less than maximum effort and perfection. You will not be able to fake it and get away with it with him.”

And remember if he yells, “it’s only because he cares.”

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Even though Jennifer Lopez and Maksim Chmerkovskiy never confirmed they were dating, the fling seems to be over. The American Idol judge is rumored to be back with Caspar Smart and Maks, well, he’s playing the field.

“I am a hopeless romantic who falls in lust and gets in trouble,” the former Dancing with the Stars pro told People Saturday night at the Alfalit International Global Literacy Dinner at the Intercontinental Hotel. “I love my work and am very productive, yet I always find time to play.”

So what about J.Lo?

Chmerkovskiy would only say, “I have fun. And while other names are out there ... I am not a s---bag.”


For Breast Cancer Awareness Month, telenovela actress Adamari Lopez is helping the cause on behalf of Procter & Gamble’s so called Orgullosa (proud) campaign. For every like on the Orgullosa Facebook page, P&G will donate $1 to Liga Contra el Cáncer, a non profit organization providing medical care to the needy. Later that evening, Lopez will also do a live Facebook chat (9 p.m.)

As a breast cancer survivor herself, the cohost of Telemundo’s morning show, Un Nuevo Dia, will be speaking about the importance of early detection at a private event Wednesday at Liga Contra el Cancer’s offices.

“We must encourage all the women in our life to engage in early detection practices and conduct monthly self breast examinations,” said the 43-year-old Lopez, who wrote a book, Viviendo, about her experience with the disease.

Cancer free for almost nine years, the Puerto Rican beauty is expecting her first child with fiance, dancer Toni Costa, and “feeling awesome.”

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