Monday, September 28, 2009

Jimmy Choo-ses H&M

Jimmy Choo will join the likes of Roberto Cavalli, Karl Lagerfield, & Stella McCartney with their very own collection exclusively for H&M. It will hit 200 H&M stores across the globe on November 14th. The line will include shoes, handbags, and clothing for both men and women. Yes, Mr. Choo becomes more economically-savvy (by eco-savvy, I mean, $400 thigh high boots, which is still a steal, bc any Jimmy Choo lover knows that a thigh high boot at Jimmy Choo would go for about $1200). Remember you get what you pay for and Choo shoes are investments! It makes a perfect gift for the holidays!

Saturday, September 26, 2009


No surprise, after this week's wedding shocker was announced, . . .all the glamorous details are slowly being released. First the gorgeous lavender invitations, then the "location" (supposedly Irving Azoff's house), then the surprise tweets between Kris & Mindy Weiss (event planner to the stars!), . . .the only thing the fashion mavens of the world care about, aside from that insanely gorg rock(9 karats! you can't miss it.), the only other thing is the dress-- what will Khloe be wearing?

(drum roll please) E!'s boisterous & sexy siren, Khloe Kardashian will be walking down the aisle in Vera Wang. Although details haven't been released as to the exact style, . . .the Bride Wars full princess gown is an idea that we think this goddess would look excellent in.

Congrats to Khloe for finding your prince charming in Lamar!

Friday, September 25, 2009


I love seeing my friends from college succeed and I will do my best to spread the word on the West Coast. Check out Brandy Pham's "Thread it Again" line on etsy. ( A few of my personal favorite things that will enhance your current wardrobe:

1. Sequin Tank. This unique Gold and Black Sequin Tank is fully lined and clean finished with 100% Silk Charmeuse that's silky smooth and soft against your skin. It also has a beautiful gold exposed zipper closure in the back that makes it even more special.

You can wear it with skinny jeans, tuck it in a full skirt, pencil skirt, or even a cute pair of shorts! You'll never have to worry about someone else showing up at a party with the same tank also because it's limited edition!

2. Oversized Bow Raglan Scoop Neck. Grey soft oversized raglan sleeve top w/ raw edged Charmeuse center front bow & gems. Reverse a-line allows this tee to sit on the hips, while the wide scoop neck gracefully falls off the shoulder for a subtly flirty look.

3. Rosette Pocket Tank Dress. Black pocket tank dress with inset pocket in side seams and black & white print Rosette cluster trim; 5” vents at sides of bottom hem. You can dress it up or down, belt it or not; either way, it's super soft, comfortable, and roomy!

So, shop, support this amazing upcoming NY designer. Brandy is an extremely talented designer who has her own clothing line-

Always Stay Best Dressed!


Sunday, September 20, 2009


The temperatures in Los Angeles, weren't the only things sizzling on the red carpet. Hollywood turned on the glamour in mid-September and they looked HOT! HOT! HOT!

A few of my favorites, . . .more to come soon!

Ravishing Red Carpet fashionista wore a beautifully sculpted asymmetrical ivory gown by Marchesa right off their S/S '10 collection, clutch by Marchesa also, Neil Lane jewels. This House star knows how to make her presence known. Kudos to her style team for keeping her on the Best Dressed list, over and over again!

Jenna Fischer:
The Office star chose an onyx, silk-satin mermaid gown with hand-embroidered bust from Reem Acra’s 2010 Resort Collection instead of her character’s signature cardigan sweaters and white tennis shoes. Reem Acra knows how to accent a woman's body and this black number emphasizes Jenna's beautiful toned body.

. Mila Kunis looked ballerina-chic in a bordeaux ombre illusion tea-length dress by Monique Lhuillier. She accessorized with diamond pendant earrings and a 19th Century diamond bow bracelet by Fred Leighton.

Ginnifer Goodwin wowed in a fuchsia draped Yves St. Laurent gown. The Big Love star added a jeweled statement necklace to the exaggerated sweetheart neckline that perfectly showed off her newly cropped hairdo.

January Jones ditched her 1960’s Mad Men wardrobe for a modern, pink quartz silk satin evening gown with an embroidered glass beaded bustier by Versace and Jimmy Choo platform sandals.

. Carrie looks sensational in a custom-made Lloyd Klein gown that wraps her like a goddess. The slit is both sexy and sophisticated. She chose to accent her gorgeous gown in Rene Caovilla heels and a clutch by Swarovski. Bare necklines are popular again and making the dress the masterpiece is the trend!

(Source: TV Guide, InStyle, E! Red Carpet)
(Source: Tv Guide, Instyle, E! Live from the Red Carpet)

Monday, September 14, 2009


Anna Wintour, the legendary editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine for twenty years, is the most powerful and polarizing figure in fashion. Hidden behind her trademark bob and sunglasses, she has never allowed anyone to scrutinize the inner workings of her magazine. Until now. With unprecedented access, filmmaker R.J. Cutlers new film, takes the viewer inside a world they only think they know. Every August a record-breaking number of people cant wait to get their hands on the September issue of Vogue. The 2007 issue was and remains the biggest ever, weighing over four pounds, selling thirteen million copies, and impacting the $300-billion global fashion industry more than any other single publication. He takes us behind the scenes at Fashion Week, to Europe, on shoots and re-shoots, and into closed-door staff meetings, bearing witness to an arduous, entertaining, and sometimes emotionally demanding process. At the eye of this annual fashion hurricane is the two-decade relationship between Wintour and Grace Coddington, incomparable Creative Director and fashion genius. They are perfectly matched for the age-old conflict between creator and curator. Through them, we see close-up the delicate creative chemistry it takes to remain at the top of the ever-changing fashion field.

(Source: Hollywood Streams)


At Herve Leger the look was strong and beautiful with a touch of Rock & Roll. Our Rachel Hayes spoke with Diane Kendal of Nars, Dennis Lanni of Bumble and bumble and Jan Arnold, president of Creative Nail Design to get the details on how this look was put together. For makeup the designer asked for a strong, beautiful look, so Ms. Kendal went for a well defined strong brow to set the stage. The Exploding Pony Tail would be the best way to describe the very cool hair that Mr. Lanni put together. The secret is in the details; wet, dry and crimping. Finally the nails, dark and almond shaped. Jan Arnold says this slight elongated shape is flattering, but add in the dark color and you've arrived at Rock and Roll. (Source:


Diane von Furstenberg—a.k.a. DVF—showed her collection today pitted against a backdrop of ancient ruins, with dvf etched into the stone. I don’t know if this was meant to be ancient Greece, ancient Rome, or ancient Egypt, but when the collection appeared, it could have been all three. She quickly flipped from togaesque draped, asymmetric silk dresses to animal prints (tiger, zebra) for chiffon shirts and harem pants to dresses etched with bright African beads. DVF continued the latter theme with a trio of bangles on the arms of many of the models, from the Vital Voices Collection of African Women Artisans—a neat idea to try now, in the last days of summer. Yet my favorite look wasn’t inspired so far back in the mists of time. She was also looking to the Pre-Raphaelites for some of her color palette, and my favorite look had been brushed by that; a white chiffon dress with dipping hems, the fabric encrusted in the palest blue flowers. Ideal for balmy evenings, to be sure, but also, according to DVF, for warm days too. She paired this easy, pretty dress with a white cotton tee, the sleeves casually rolled up. (Source:

Sunday, September 13, 2009


It was never my intention to become the resident menswear dresser at Vogue, but given how often I wear a tailored blazer or button-down shirt, or both, it sort of happened that way. Maybe it’s having short hair that makes me feel incomplete without a stiff collar? Maybe it’s my mother in me (her crisp-shirt-and-colorful-corduroy uniform is perfection)? But when I see pouf-hipped party dresses at Jason Wu and Derek Lam, I know two things for certain: (1) They’re gorgeous, and (2) they’re not for me.

What is on the runways for me right now I find at a much-less-expected locale: the men’s shows. Or, in some cases, on a coed catwalk, where the guys’ clothes complement what the women are wearing. For example, at Rag & Bone: Loved the way that David Neville and Marcus Wainwright paired tuxedo jackets with luxury long johns for the ladies, but the Lewis pant that many of the men had on was what I wanted––roll the leg, cinch the waist so that it’s paper-bagged a bit, and I’d be set (I’d also, probably, be alone with my look, which makes for great statement-making). Phillip Lim, who launched a men’s line in 2007, did his first presentation for only those clothes last Friday. There I found an option for evening—patchwork cardigan, blush-toned tank, leather karate-style Guru pant—to wear with a Balmain ankle boot, perhaps. And right downstairs from Lim, at Loden Dager, long dropped-crotch cotton shorts to wear with pretty blouses on the weekend couldn’t hit stores too soon for me.

“It’s so cool to see a girl in an oversize cardigan, like she just grabbed her guy’s before running out the door,” says Richard Chai, who showed his men’s collection right after his new Richard Chai LOVE line, which is, essentially, an ode to boyfriend dressing. Chai, I learned in a few fast minutes before showtime, is all for borrowing from the boys. I ask him which piece he thinks I could pull off. “The enzyme-washed parka (above),” he says. “Just wear it big.” When I see it come down the runway looking sharp but relaxed, sleeves rolled, not too tough, I swoon. And the model is pretty cute, too. - Jane Herman

(Source: VOGUE)

Saturday, September 12, 2009


Nylon tv covers the Alexander Wang runway show for Spring Summer 2010. The motto "Go Big or Go Home" is relevant throughout the entire collection. Leopard prints, bold shoulders, slim silhouettes, and a funky wedge sets this collection apart from the rest.

Alexander Wang
Designer: Alexander Wang
Date and Location: Saturday, Sept. 12, Pier 94, 711 12th Avenue
Photos: slide show

* “O.K., so it’s not a conventional love story, but the Alexander Wang tough-chick muse has found herself a jock. … That plot thickened into sweatshirt-leather combos that surely will be considered among the most trendsetting looks at New York fashion week.” (Associated Press)
* “Very much a mega-triumph.” (Fashion Wire Daily)
* “There is something raw and wild about Mr. Wang’s work that is pushing utilitarian sportswear in a new direction.” (International Herald Tribune)
* “These are the clothes your high school cheerleaders should’ve worn had they Alex’s uncanny knack for making the routine look special again.” (Refinery 29)
* ” ‘Our girl wants investment pieces.’ Those are mature words coming from downtown fashion’s pied piper — but Wang’s take on ‘timeless’ means a classic gray sweatshirt fused with a corset.” (
* “A three-gun salute for Wang; this collection pressed all the right buttons.” (The Daily Telegraph)
* “There was much to like in the attitude of Mr. Wang’s collection, especially metallic Fair Isle sweaters and the funny references to football padding.” (The New York Times)
* “Wang took classic American off-duty (and, as in the case of some football-inspired pieces, on-duty) sportswear to a very cool place.” ( UK)
* “[A] charmingly wicked take on American sportswear.” (Women’s Wear Daily)

(Source: Nylon tv, The Moment, Alison Cohn

Friday, September 11, 2009


Day 2 of Spring 2010 New York Fashion Week features Nicole Miller and an exclusive CHIC.TV Lumines Air Makeover followed by Twinkle by Wenlan, Monarchy Collection, and Charlotte Ronson.


Wednesday, September 9, 2009


Day 1 of Spring 2010 New York Fashion Week brings, Ports 1961, Luminess Air backstage at Purr, Michael Angel, BCBGMAXAZRIA and Rosa Cha. Guiding us through is Simon Doonan of Barney's with his Fashion Week Survival Tips.

1. Bring food with you. As you know, fashion + food do not go together, so if you are looking for a quick pick me up, try stashing a granola bar in your purse.

2. Dress OVERBOARD. This is your chance to shine. Fashion is fun. Your wardrobe should reflect that. The bigger, the better, make a STATEMENT!

3. MANNERS. When not loving a runway show, its always important to compliment the designer somehow, some way. "You've done it again."

4. KNOW YOUR ANGLES. Pose. Pose. Pose. Be the model, embrace the music, feel the electricity that is NY Fashion Week.

5. DON'T BE AFRAID TO BUST A MOVE. When the music is blaring and you are waiting in line, strut your stuff. Remember the world is a stage.


Hollywood actress and paparazzi favorite Lindsay Lohan has been named as the official muse for the Ungaro fashion house.

Lohan has been appointed to the position of artistic adviser for the label. She will be working with new chief designer Estrella Archs, who replaces Esteban Cortazar.

The duo is collaborating on Ungaro's spring/summer 2010 collection which will be unveiled at Paris Fashion Week in October.



Monday, September 7, 2009


German company Escada is the first fashion company to fall victim to the declining economy this fall.

FRANKFURT -- German fashion company Escada AG filed for bankruptcy after being unable to obtain sufficient financing, a Munich district court said Thursday.

The Munich-based luxury label, famous for women's fashion and accessories, was expected to make the filing this week after it failed to get the necessary support for a bond swap.

Escada, once one of the biggest fashion brands in the world, has seen its sales and earnings decline in recent years.

The company had hoped to reduce debt by offering bondholders a new bond in exchange, made up of two parts plus a cash component. Taken together, the new bond would have carried a total nominal value of €400 ($568) in exchange for every €1,000 in nominal value of the old bond.

Escada said a number of restructuring measures, including a plan to raise €30 million through its bigger investors and a credit extension of more than €13 million, had been contingent on the bond swap, but it didn't get enough support from the bondholders. The minimum acceptance ratio was 80% of bondholders.

A successful swap would have also given the company some immediate liquidity to help it eliminate some of its debt.

The company said earlier this week that the situation was "regrettable," but that it still hoped for a turnaround in its finances and business.

In the fiscal year 2008, the company posted a net loss of €70 million and sales of €528 million. In the first half of the fiscal year ending in April, it lost €92 million.

Escada operates 182 of its own shops and 225 franchise shops in more than 60 countries, employing about 2,300 people.

Shares of Escada fell 6% to 66 European shares in afternoon trading in Frankfurt.

—Dow Jones Newswires contributed to this article.

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