Sunday, March 29, 2009
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Friday, March 27, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
(as featured on MyStyle.com)
What can I do to make corset tops work for the office or during the day?—Drea, Yakima, Washington
I've partnered with celebrity fashion stylist Toni Ferrara to answer your question; she's done a ton of personal shopping just for you, and you have more options than you think, especially if your day does not involve eight hours in an office cubicle or a power lunch with the queen.
The most respectable way to wear a sexy top like this is to pair it with a sleek suit. Yes, as Ferrara puts it, "Underwear as outerwear is not only sexy but ultra chic," but unless you work with Ugly Betty at Mode, proceed with caution.
If you just love that Frederick's of Hollywood corset, cover up the sexy bits with the blazers and slacks over at Banana Republic. For a weekend brunch, Ferrara suggests "pairing a corset under a vest and your favorite dressy wide-leg denim."
Ferrara also has an exciting way to wear a corset on a lunch date or coffee with friends: a textured corset worn right over a fitted dress shirt. "It's very posh," Ferrara says, "and I do mean Victoria Beckham-esque." Victoria's Secret has a very nice French-cuff dress shirt. At $28, there's not much to argue against it. Pair it with the Rose Adora busk-front corset and you're good to go. Ferrara also likes the idea of a gray, V-neck tee by James Perse—who creates airy, lightweight shirts unlike any other—and a denim corset by Betsey Johnson.
That's it! Lace up and head on out.
Here are a few more ideas, . . .
- It’s a Cinch. Mix it up. Put a brocade or textured corset over a crisp fitted dress shirt. Its very posh, and I do mean Victoria Beckham-esque. Personal favs- The French cuff dress shirt by Victoria Secret ($28) & Rose Adora Busk Front Corset, $69, available at spiceitupboutique.com.
- Boho Dream. Be Hippie, Hippie-chic, by incorporating a floral corset and a prairie skirt. Personal favs-Passion flower corset, $55, available at ohcheri.com. Tie Dye Silk Georgette Convertible Skirt, $148, available at Freepeople.com.
- Best Dressed. Add some flair and sass to your favorite summer dress by adding a leather waist corset. Poppy colored eyelet dress by Max & Cleo, $118, available at Macy’s. Tanner Chocolate Midriff Corset, $43, available at lingeriediva.com.
- Tucked In. Tuck a gorgeous corset into a high waisted pencil skirt and it is a match made in heaven. Personal favs- Black high-waisted Double Knit pencil skirt by Only Hearts, $66, available at shopbop.com and lacey halter corset, $58, available at desire4mo.com.
- Genie in a Bottle. Wishing for a new way to wear your favorite corset? Wish granted-Pair a dark grey Harem pants with a rouched corset and a boyfriend jacket. Personal favs- Harem pants, $119, available at Zara stores, rouched corset, $69, Shirley of Hollywood, Boyfriend Jacket with Stripe Cuffs by Aqua Boyfriend Jacket with Stripe Cuffs, $88, available at Bloomingdales.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
From the mass array of fringe at Pucci (left), to the bell bottom sleeves at Gaultier (middle), to the patchwork of psychedelic prints at Etro (bottom), these ensembles are groovy, baby!
Light flowy fabrics, such as, silks to chiffons paired with rugged suedes and leathers graced the runway in solid harmony. These lethal combinations are a perfect way to spice up anyone’s wardrobe. Infuse vintage pieces from your mother’s closet with your favorite jeans. Bring on the kaftans, prairie skirts, and headbands!
Remember fashion is for everyone. It’s all about having fun and taking risks. This simple “Try Me” guide should help you determine how little or how much you want to indulge in the trend. If you still don’t think you can take on this trend completely, start small with accessories– clay/plastic beaded necklaces, colorful scarves, and wooden bangles.
*WoodStock Chic- Try a long sleeve sheer top under a vintage rock tee and your favorite skinny jeans (yes, not all clothing reverted, say no to bell-bottoms!!). To complete the look, try a tie-dye scarf in your hair. Be brave, you were born to rock!
*Experimentin’ Diva-Attempt a prismatic printed flowy dress. The key is to find the perfect mishmash of colors and fabrics that look good on you! Dare to be different by adding a crochet top over this ensemble. Still want to turn heads? Accompany this look with a perfect wedge and you are sure to steal the show!
Friday, March 13, 2009
From the cool ocean water to the beautiful sky above, this season the designers were inspired by nature. As the world turns eco-friendly, green isn’t the only pigment that will bring you back down to earth. But how do you make sure that you don’t jump off the deep end when it comes to sportin’ this royal shade?
Do. Layer a baby blue Egyptian cotton t-shirt by Giorgio Armani (available at Saks Fifth Avenue) under a bright, Prussian Blue and Midnight blocked sweater by Marc Jacobs (available at Neiman Marcus). For a relaxed approach try a plaid pair of shorts by Ralph Lauren (available at Dillards)
Don’t. Wear acid wash jeans—please! Stick to your basic denim, remember distress is a mess!
Do. Pair a blue floral print shirt by Modern Amusement (available at moderna musement.com) with a clean pair of Denim by DSquared (available at Nordstrom)
Don’t. Wear all primary colors together! This is about balance, not shock n’ awe!
Do. Accessorize a basic ensemble with a bright bold watch and shoes. Try the Corum Bubble Men’s XL Automatic Blue Watch (available at thewatchery.com). Stride into style with sneakers by Dolce & Gabanna (available at Barneys.com)
For the men who want to go blue without going broke, here are a few helpful tips. Pull of the Do’s above for less and still have green left in your pockets.
Budget Do #1: Shop for a light blue T-shirt by Hanes (available at Target). Put it under a funky blue argyle hoodie by Vans (vans.com or any surf/skate shop). Pair this with navy cargos for a twist on casual chic.
Budget Do #2: Be bold. Floral and blue striped shirt by Lucky (available at luckbrandjeans.com). Kick back and relax with Converse One Star jeans in Deep Dawn wash (available at Target)
Budget Do #3: Watch out, here’s a steal that is sure to please, Mossimo Automatic Blue Watch (available at Target). Get one foot ahead of the trend with these blue Converse sneakers(available at converse.com) You are sure to leave a lasting impression.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Statement jewelry is one of the biggest trends in '09! Diamond Dog New York combines two of my best friend's- DIAMONDS and DOGS! Designer and CEO, Suzanne Mates was inspired by the love of her life "Ellie", her dachshund, and her other passion- FASHION! Like the posh pooches that catwalk on 5th avenue, any true fashionista will be struttin' in style with a diamond doggie charm necklace in white gold.
DDNY's couture collection is a must have for any jewelry connoisseur or dog lover. The collection features paws-itively perfect charms, rings, earrings, and chains set in 18 kt white gold and matte yellow gold. Encrusted with micro-pave, white, brown, and black diamonds, hand-cut black Onyx and Sparkling Pink, Blue, and Yellow Sapphires, make DDNY a fine jewelry line that is recognized by the elite socialites of New York and Los Angeles.
18k matte yellow gold, pave’ white
diamonds & hand-cut black onyx.
Shown on 18k DDNY solid cable chain.
2. DOG & X-BONES RING
18k matte yellow gold, pave’ white
diamonds, hand-cut black onyx & pink sapphire tongue.
3. PAW CUFF LINKS COLLECTION
Friday, March 6, 2009
3. A SOLID IN-"VEST"-MENT. How to dress like a GQ cover with your wardrobe basics? Patterns, such as, tweeds, herringbone, and plaids are a big trend for menswear 2009. The easiest way to try this trend is by separating that 3-piece suit that you might have worn once to your best friend's wedding. The key piece is the VEST. Try a solid dress shirt under a fitted vest. Add a stripe tie for a contrast effect. Celebrities who love this look: Kanye West, Justin Timberlake, George Clooney
4. THE PERFECT PROFESSOR. Here's a quick fashion lesson to learn-- Less is More. Yes, guys this applies to you too. Stay simple- dress shirt, great tie, and a bold sweater. This look works for all body shapes & sizes. Make sure to tuck your dress shirt into your favorite jeans-- no one likes to see your tails sticking out. Take the time to dress for success and you will definitely get an A for applying these rules in fashion! Celebrities who love this look: Michael Vartan, Tom Cruise, Ryan Seacrest
5. THE HOT & HOODED. Experiment with the looks that work for you. A hoodie can be a deal maker or a deal breaker. Here's a look that is for the guys who are going from college and transitioning into the Hollywood scene-- begin with a light colored dress shirt, layer on a contrasting sweater, and complete the look with a dark or colored hoodie. Key to pulling this off with ease, stay away from printed or obnoxious graphics on the hoodie. Celebs that love this look: Usher, Jason Mraz, Robin Thicke
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Monday, March 2, 2009
Below are 5 outfit options, all of them when paired under a fitted blazer come to together beautifully, so go ahead and experiment! These looks can flatter any age range. Fashion is meant to be fun, so if you are brave enough, I challenge you to try all 5 options, your friends will wonder where you had the funds to get 5 new outfits, but it will be our lil secret that you just needed a stylist's help and your own confidence to rock a whole new you!
1. THE SEX KITTEN. Take a note from actress Amanda Bynes, pair a blazer over a sexy dress to make any outfit a lil more polished and adds just the right amount of sophistication. Don't be afraid to try an animal print or a silky chiffon sundress. Blazers definitely help to transition from winter to spring. Think date night or red carpet, because you will definitely have heads turning. If you have gorgeous gams like Ms. Bynes, try going high fashion, by rockin' ankle booties with this look. Young Hollywood has embraced this trend with open arms and it has suited them quite well. Celebs who love this look: Amanda Bynes, Jennifer Aniston, and Heather Locklear