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Friday, February 27, 2009

Fashionably Speaking...

"I seek is to have people refine their style through my clothing without having them become victims of fashion."

~Giorgio Armani

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

All in the Shoes

Vanessa Hudgens
Victoria Beckham

Sarah Jessica Parker

How often have you heard that celebs can't be seen in the same thing twice? Well, nobody told these ladies. They've been spotted at event after event rocking their favorite fashion accessories. For Vanessa Hudgens, it's her Jimmy Choo strappy sandals. Can you blame her? She's been spotted around L.A. and at various events pairing her fave shoes with the outfit du jour. Posh is a one-woman fashion show. But while you may never see the same thing twice on a runway, Posh is more than happy to show off her Louboutin booties. She's been spotted at events and on the way to the airport in her sky high booties. Another fashion favorite, Sarah Jessica Parker has been seen hitting the red carpet in silver spiked heel Balenciaga stilettos. From suits to cocktail dresses, this fashionista finds a way to make the look work with her shoes. Gotta love her!

Losing it's Allure

Not too long ago I told you about Conde Nast shutting down my d├ęcor guide, Domino. Now the word on the street from insiders is that the magazine powerhouse may be shuttering Allure as well. The mag that was rumored to be on the chopping block was Portfolio, but it seems it's a fave of the company and the powers that be are thinking of giving Allure the heave-ho instead. The folks at Allure say all of this is rubbish. Let's hope they're right.

Sienna Style

Sienna Miller didn't spend last weekend at the Oscars. While other stars were hitting the stage to accept awards, she was hitting the runway and taking a bow. The actress and her older sister, Savannah, were in London debuting their line Twenty8Twelve (named for Sienna's birthday December 28) at London Fashion Week. The two-year old line debuted their Fall collection to a packed house that included fashions newest musician-turn-designer Kanye West. The clothes boast a hobo flair but still has finely-tailored details. Savannah tells the collection is “Pirates of the road meets Grace Jones.” Even with the success of her clothing line, Sienna is in no rush to quit her day job. "I love acting", she says. "But I also love working with my sister. We’ve always been two sisters playing dress-up, ever since we were kids and we’re still doing it.”


Topping GQ

Justin Timberlake just keeps making waves in the fashion world. We're used to Justin Timberlake covering magazines while promoting his music and movies. GQ has given him a different honor. As he continues to make waves in the fashion world, the go to mag for stylish men has name him one of their most stylish men of 2009! This is shaping up to be a good year for Timberlake, fashionably speaking. His William Rast line made its New York Fashion Week debut this month and now he's covering GQ. And it's on February! Others on the GQ list include Kanye West, T.I. and Jason Schwartzman.


Tuesday, February 24, 2009

M-KO Style

How do you go from cute kid stars to bonafide fashion icons? Ask Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. The sisters have a unique fashion sense that they've parlayed into to fashion lines. It was always a mystery to me how these two got involved in fashion. Well according to an interview with Mary-Kate her love for fashion didn't come from reading fashion magazines, it started by looking at people. "When you're walking down the street, or you're at a restaurant, someone catches your eye because they have their own look. It goes way beyond what they're wearing-into their mannerisms, the way they smile, or just the way they hold themselves", she says. As for their lines The Row and Elizabeth and James, they flow through the design process together. Mary-Kate says, "An idea will come, whether it's from a movie or a person or a character or a place . . . Then we go through color, silhouettes, and fabric. We sort of put it all together, finding the common threads." Read more of what Mary-Kate had to say at Interviewmagazine dot com.

Photo:Interview Magazine

Musically Fashionable

From boy-bander to solo star to fashion mover and shaker, Justin Timberlake is doing big things. He and childhood friend Trace Ayala started their line William Rast a few years ago and this week they debuts at New York Fashion Week. That's huge! Timberlake says, "this season we're inspired by Barack Obama. I am inspired where we can go with the nation. That's why we picked the theme of New America for the show."

Monday, February 23, 2009

Jessica's Expanding Empire

Teen star, pop singer, newlywed, actress, country singer…. All of these describe Jessica Simpson. So too, does fashion maven. The singer has had a self- titled line for a while now. With clothing and accessories being the bread and butter. Now, after re-launching a jewelry line and addling lingerie and dresses this spring, Jessica is adding luggage to her fashion empire. You read right, luggage. The line will be ready for fall 2009. While she stays in the news for her "alleged" expanding figure it's really her business that's continues to spread! The line will be produced by Olivet and hit stores under the Jessica Simpson Collection this fall. Jessica has already proved her fashion designer status with her popular shoe and accessories line, so why not keep adding?

All about the Wu...

Up and coming designer Jason Wu got his big break when first lady Michelle Obama chose his creation as her inaugural gown. While most of us were praising his skills, others were shaming the designer for his use of fur. In preparation for his latest collection he talked about it representing luxury and using lots of fur. That got some people, namely Perez Hilton all on the boycott wagon. Bowing to the pressure, Jason Wu has decided to put any and all projects that include fur on hold. Here's his statement on the matter:

"As a result of increased interest and demand from our global retailers, we've decided to put our fur license on hold and concentrate on our growing ready-to-wear business," Wu said.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Fashionably Speaking...

"Women are most fascinating between the ages of 35 and 40 after they have won a few races and know how to pace themselves. Since few women ever pass 40, maximum fascination can continue indefinitely."

~Christian Dior, French fashion designer

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Who Rocked It?

Victoria Beckham seems to be a walking fashion plate. She and Grey's Anatomy actress, Sandra Cho, hit different red carpets in the same soft yellow Roland Mouret dress. Cho topped it off with strappy shoes and a clutch. Posh brought out the Jackie O shades and black pumps. Both made their finishing touches, but who rocked it?


Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Fashion Conscious

Donna Karan New York may not be showing at the Bryant Park tents but, the designer did have a show displaying her wares in her Greenwich Street studio. While speaking at 2009's FIAF (French Institute Alliance Francoise) Fashion Talk series, she talked passionately about her career in fashion. During her talk the word consciousness kept coming up. "When I think of Donna Karan the company, I think of a woman's consciousness. It's about the role that women play and the energy needed today", she said. According to the designer, the goal of her designs are to be as "comfortable, sensual, day to evening" and "hopefully, a mix of fantasy and function." When it comes to her 2009 collection specifically she says, "It's done with what's right for now. I'm designing with consciousness. I find it a very challenging time, but it gets your creative juices flowing." Now let's home the economy starts flowing again so we can buy some of these fabulous wares.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Diva on a Budget

How do you know the economy is bad? When Kimora, the queen of opulence, is cutting back. When asked about her scaled back show for fashion week, the diva explained her reasoning for the cutbacks. “Now’s not the time to be running all over and flaunting the money that we don’t have. “Now’s not the time to have all these people come to the show who are coming because they’re your best friends — the people who need to be there are the buyers who need to see the clothes, the editors. It’s going to be small, intimate”. In short, she says her show will be a quick “have a drink, thank you, I salute you, but OK, now we have to go home” kind of affair. Kimora budget-conscious? I guess next pigs will fly.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Fashion Week Woes

Fashion Week kicked off Friday but, don't expect to see your favorite designers in the tents. Citing economic reasons, many designers have pulled out of New York Fashion Week. If you're a big fan of uber designers Vera Wang and Carmen Marc Valvo, maybe try to catch them at the next show. DKNY is out and Betsy Johnson, a staple at the event, has pulled out as well. The cart wheeling designer will just be having a small private party to display her new designs. Even though may designers cite the economy as the reason for the their absence, I wonder if they'll do anything to make their products more affordable?,,,

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Fashion Week

Sophia Bush slipped into a jewel toned Reem Acra dress for the designers show.

Lucy Liu shows her support for Max Azria attending the Herve Leger fashion show. Max Azria of BCBG fame designs the Herve Leger brand.

Forever fashionista Sarah Jessica Parker shows her support for young designer Alexander Wang. Young designers are expected to fare better in this economy. Their lines will be more affordable than the more established fashion houses making them more attractive to buyers. Good luck Alex!



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Friday, February 13, 2009

Fashion Week

Kim Kardashian hit shows with boyfriend, NFL player, Reggie Bush. Here she's sporting designer Y-3.

Katherine McPhee took in a Diane von Furstenberg show.

January Jones hugs up to Herve Leger designer Max Azria. Oh, how I love his clothes. I am a HUGE fan of BCBG. Something about that line that makes you feel like a lady. Love it!

From one blonde beauty to another. Heidi Klum attended Barbie's 50th Anniversary Fashion Show. That's right Barbie is 50 years old!

Fashion Week kicked off today and fashionistas are pouring into NYC for the shows. Even after the talk of several designers pulling out of fashion week and scaling back their show, the tents at Bryant Park are beginning to buzz. It will be interesting to see how the recession shapes the fashions that hit the runway. More affordable price points? Here's hoping.


Fashionably Speaking...

"I did not have three thousand pairs of shoes. I had one thousand and sixty."

~Imelda Marcos

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Vogue Cover Girl Obama

First Lady Michelle Obama is getting some time as a cover girl. She gracing the cover of Vogue magazine and doing so fabulously. The Jackie O comparisons will only keep coming after this spread.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Grammy Fashion

A very pregnant M.I.A rocked this look on the Grammy Awards red carpet. The singer performed with hip-hop heavyweights (Jay-Z, Lil' Wayne, T.I., Kanye West) on her DUE date! We're just happy she didn't give birth on stage.

Jennifer Hudson continues to ease her way back into work after a horrible family tragedy. She looked fabulous last night!


The Comeback Kid

Every since she stepped out of rehab, there was unstoppable chatter about Whitney Houston. I, for one, have been looking forward to her new music and cheering her on. That being said, it was a pleasure to see her strut onto the stage of the Grammy Awards last night. She looked gorgeous! I hope this is only a sign of things to come for Ms. Houston.


Friday, February 6, 2009

Summer of SATC!

The summer of 2010 is shaping up to be a hot one. I'll tell you why in four little words : Sex and the City. All of the girls have signed on for the movie's sequel. Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Cynthia Nixon, Kristin Davis and the film's writer-director Michael Patrick King have all signed on for more Manolos and cosmos. Hey, by 2010 we should be able to afford them again. The movie begins shooting this summer.


Viva Pam! - In Pictures...

The announcement was made not too long ago that Pamela Anderson would be the face of Vivienne Westwood. Since Ms. Westwood is such an funky designer, I have been waiting for the campaign pics. I expected nothing less than the unexpected... and that's what I got.

Fashionably Speaking...

"As long as you know men are like children, you know everything!"

~Coco Chanel, French fashion designer

Thursday, February 5, 2009

All Hail McQueen

It was bound to happen. A match made in a fashion conglomerate. Designer, Alexander McQueen is partnering with athletic shoe giant Puma. Puma is owned by the same parent company as McQueen's line. So this collaboration was bound to happen. They've worked together before but this time McQueen is launching a line of clothing and accessories under the Puma brand. McQueen Puma has already made it's debut and hit stores this fall. The line is said to be "performance-inspired" with men's knitted rugby shirts with bat-wing sleeves, high-waisted combat boots inspired by boxers' footwear. I'm pretty sure I've seen Madonna in those.


Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Fashion on the Move!

After 17 years, New York Fashion Week is getting a new space to call home. Fashion's biggest showing will be moving its twice-annual event. Since 1993, the event has called New York's Bryant Park home, now it will relocate to Lincoln Center's Damrosch Park starting in September 2010. The show's organizers had been in talks with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's office for more than two years to find a new location. The mayor was in favor of moving the events because he's maintained that the events were outgrowing the park. I think he has a point. It takes the crew more than a week to erect the tents. The shows last for eight days after that with 5 more days slated for cleanup. That's quite an effort. Although it's a huge undertaking, Fashion Week delivers with huge profits for the city. It generates hundreds of millions of dollars in economic activity. These days, no one would turn that a way!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Cost of Cavalli

Roberto Cavalli
from the runway collection

Designer to the stars,Roberto Cavalli is going on sale. Nope, it's not the kind that non-stars kind afford. The fashion giant is in talks to sell a minority stake in his company. Why, you ask? Well, it's all in an effort to fund international expansion. He has a few interested buyers. The Cavalli empire consists of a little bit of everything. From his runway collection to his Just Cavalli line and Roberto Cavalli vodka. Word has it, he's found a buyer in a Milan-based private equity fund. Mr. Cavalli told Italian newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore that he is close to a deal. He would be selling 15 to 20 percent of the company. In case you're interested in making an offer. The cost is 1.84 billion dollars! I guess the fashion business isn't completely belly up in this worldwide recession. Go figure.

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Monday, February 2, 2009

Obama Drama

Designed by Jason Wu
Designed by Isabel Toledo

Let me state for the record that First Lady Michelle Obama can do no wrong in my book. She's the personification of what so many young women strive to be. She's beyond smart, by all accounts a great mom and wife and she's beautiful. Her fashion sense gets a thumbs up from me as well. I think I'm in the majority on that front. But there are those; i.e. the Black Artists Association (BAA), who don't agree with me. She chose young designer Jason Wu's evening gown for the inauguration and caught flack because he uses fur in his designs. She chose Isabel Toledo for the swearing-in. Both choices were lovely but they weren't by black designers. That's what's got the BAA in a huff. Sure, it would have been nice to have the talents of Tracy Reese and Micheal Knight on display, but those are the designs she chose. Her husband ran a campaign of unity and inclusiveness. Why can't we be happy that she chose minority designers period. Jason Wu is Asian and Isabel Toledo is Cuban. The BAA's co-founder has spoken out about what she deems is unfair. Amnau Eele says, "You know, I have an issue that every day I meet young black designers that are facing homelessness, they can't buy fabric, they can't get the things they need," she said. "We have qualified designers in the community. A young man like Michael Knight (of Project Runway) -- surely you could have worn a scarf by him, a t-shirt, a handbag." There will be other events, maybe not as big is the inaugural balls or swearing-in but, can't it be enough that there was an African-American man being sworn in and his African-American wife was holding the Bible? &


I am in full-on nesting mode! I've been looking at paint colors and home decor for months. In my nesting phase, I decided it might be a good idea to get a little help.... in the form of a magazine. My magazine of choice, Domino. I subscribed to the mag and was anxiously awaiting the arrival of my first issue when the unthinkable happened. The mag that was destined to help me fulfill all of my home design dreams was shut down! That's right Conde Nast has shuttered the shelter magazine and I am not the least bit happy about it. As with everything else, blame the recession. Of course the real down side of this is that more people are now unemployed. I can't wait for this thing to turn around. Hopefully, it's sooner rather than later. As for Domino, the March issue will be its last. Get while you can.