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Day 2: Mercedes Benz Fashion Week 2012RTW

9 Sep

There were too many fun looks for me to only select one designer today…so I have selected three.  First up is Jason Wu.  I was lucky enough to attend one of Jason’s very first shows – well before he was sky rocketed into fame after designing Michelle Obama’s Inaugural Ball Gown.  Here are a few of my favorite looks from his show today.

Very Barbie. Very Elle Woods. Very Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. So of course I love it!

This color isn't always easy to wear - but I am envisioning it on summer sun-kissed skin at an outdoor evening soirée.

Three words. I want it.

The Designer - Jason Wu

Peter Som also wowed me with a few looks.  I am just so excited to see all the color.  Happy Days are here again!

I love the combo of the sheer top paired with the heavier layers of feathers at the bottom.

Darling zebra bandeau top with vintage style bikini bottoms. I seriously need this for Mozambique!

This color is making its presence known on the runways this season - and I love it!

It's obviously loud but I think it could be great for a fun and celebratory daytime luncheon or birthday party.

Flapper Barbie! Yay!

The Designer - Peter Som

Finally – a few looks from Luca Luca stood out to me.  Luca Luca was actually the first show I ever attended in THE TENT…so it holds a special place for me.

I love the not-so-perfect style of these polka dots. Fun and chic.

Shoulders are a wonderful body part to feature as it flatters a variety of body types. I think this dress is both sexy and classy.

I love the cape-like sleeves. This look makes me want to hop on the next flight to the Amalfi Coast.

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The Chinese Oscars

9 Sep

Brett and Morgan Hutchinson...fake VIP's! We are in China of the fakes, right?

It may not have been Grauman’s Chinese Theater – but it was in fact a Chinese Theater, packed with Chinese celebrities and two clueless Americans (make that four…our friends Sarah and Abe were also with us) anxiously awaiting the results of what is considered one of China’s leading award ceremonies for motion pictures….  I am referring to the Fourteenth Annual Huabiao Film Awards that took place last Sunday in Beijing.

So…how did Brett and I end up at the pre-party with all of the nominated actors and actresses after walking the freakishly long red carpet as VIP guests?  One word (or car I should say) – Jaguar. Apparently, arranging a few cars for VIP arrival transportation (real VIP guests I would like to add – not us) gets you 6 tickets to their version of the Oscars.  (2 VIP and 4 regular seating).   Selfishly we took the VIP tickets – but we asked 2 great friends to come along, as well as, Allen (our Chinese son/Driver) and his girlfriend Vicki.

The entire night was fascinating…for many reasons.  One being that Brett and I were completely clueless as to who all of these people were (with the exception of Jackie Chan who sat directly in front of us during the ceremony).  With him in front of us – the cameras were on us a lot.  This prompted an incoming of text messages from Brett’s colleagues letting us know that we were on CCTV and we looked like we had no idea what was going on!  That was true.  We didn’t have a clue what was happening  – but it didn’t make it any less fun or entertaining.  The clothes alone made it worth it.  Seeing the gowns from Fall 2011 couture runways up close and personal was a treat in itself.

Here are a few of the fashion highlights of the evening…and one mega fashion DON”T!

Angela Yeung Wing Wearing Valentino 2011

Angela Yeung Wing. Look at that PERFECT complexion. I am not even sure she was wearing make-up. Just Stunning.

Liu Yi Fei in Louis Vuitton Fine Jewelry

Beautiful Chinese Model in Vibrant Coral with Morgan Hutchinson in an Ivory Rock & Republic Halter Gown with Metallic Gold Leather Belt

Niu Li in a Green Silk Jersey Cut-Out Dress. Only her body could do this dress justice!

One of the celeb's publicist. Doesn't she look fab in electric blue? Also, check out her glitter Miu Miu wing tips!

Now for the Fashion Don’t!

Yuan Li in a terribly see through black lace gown. Yes, that is her thong! Eek.

Close-up of Yuan Li taken in the tent right before she walked the red carpet of shame.

Beijing Blondes - Sarah Wilson and Morgan Hutchinson at The Huabiao Awards in Beijing

Our seats. Before seeing our names through the sea of Chinese characters, we clearly thought we were in the wrong section...for good reason.

Brett and Morgan Hutchinson

14th Annual Huabiao Film Awards Invitation

Let the Fashion Begin…Day 1 of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week

9 Sep

Even though I can’t physically be there to celebrate American Fashion at its best – I can be there in spirit (thanks to this year’s live feeds and Fashion Week Daily).  Of course it is not the same as the rush one feels as the theater lights go out and the runway lights come on…but from 6,800 miles away, it is my only option.

Here are a few of my favorite looks from today by Wes Gordon – a young twenty-something whose sophisticated aesthetic elevates his talent well beyond his years.  (Probably thanks to short stints of training under Tom Ford and Oscar de la Renta).  Plus…he is a fellow Southerner!  I must give props.

I really need this jumpsuit for our Safari at the end of the month. Wes? Can you help me out? you probably have to be as tall and thin as this model to do the look justice - but I think it is so elegant, and the green belt is charming.

Simple with a neckline twist and a fab color...I think this everyday dress will work on a variety of body types.

Definitely a nod to Oscar...

The Young Designer. Wes Gordon.

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