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Green with Envy

9 Feb

It is official!  New York Fashion Week is officially underway.  I am truly green with envy.  Perhaps I will just wear one of these amazing looks as I run my errands today in Beijing.

Running errands in Beijing = The opposite of front row runway seats and the lights of Lincoln Center.

Carolina Herrera Spring 2012

Chris Benz Spring 2012

Diane von Furstenburg Pre-Fall 2012

Jason Wu Pre-Fall 2012

Jono Fui Spring 2012

Kenzo Spring 2012

Images courtesy of http://www.style.com

HAPPY NY FASHION WEEK!

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NYFW Preemies

9 Feb

While New York Fashion Week doesn’t officially start until February 9th, there are always a few designers who deliver their collections early.  Here are a few of my favorites from the past two days.

I love the mix up of this look - a little school girl with the pleated jumper and blue Oxford shirt...a little bohemian with the fur...and a little ladylike with the long gloves. 10 Crosby by Derek Lam Fall 2012

I love the idea of a printed tuxedo jacket. Michael Angel Fall 2012

I have had a red pair of pants similar to these hanging in my closet for months. This looks inspires me to take them for a day-about-town. I think pairing them with flats, as opposed to heels gives them a more classic look. Less "red hooker pants" ...more "errand running ensemble". Steven Alan Fall 2012

GREAT fall jumpsuit. Z Spoke by Zac Posen Fall 2012

Perhaps it is a bit Charlie Chaplin...but I would swap out the flats for heels and cinch the waist with a thin, bright-colored belt to "ladylike" it up a bit. Steven Alan Fall 2012

I love a suit with a full skirt. It really adds a bit playfulness to everyday business attire. Z Spoke by Zac Posen Fall 2012

Images courtesy of http://www.style.com.

 

FALLing Forward

9 Feb

The world of fashion moves so fast.  It seems that before it is even time to buy a spring wardrobe, it is time to look forward to buying a fall one.  The pace can be overwhelming at times, but it can also be beneficial.  It helps you recognize which trends have staying power, and more importantly – it pushes bad trends out the door a little more quickly.  In honor of the start of NYFW Fall 2012 tomorrow, this post is dedicated to those looks from the Spring 2012 collections that needed to be shoved, not just pushed out the door.  Here are my favorite Spring 2012 Fashion DON’TS!

Don’t Wear a Cabby’s Car Seat Cover as a Dress

Daniell Scutt Spring 2012

Don’t Forget to Remove Your Dry Cleaning Bag

Maison Martin Margiela Spring 2012

 Don’t Dress as a Toilet Paper Bride

(Outside of a Bridal Shower)

Comme des Garçons Spring 2012

Don’t Be Borderline Bjork

Giles Spring 2012

Don’t Wear Tissue Paper Skivvies Over Your Clothes

Maarten Van der Horst Spring 2012

Don’t Wear a Keg Around Your Waist

Thimister Spring 2012

Don’t Wear Pea Green Ankle Socks – Ever

Don’t Shop at the Local Looney Bin

Nicolas Andrea Taralis Spring 2012

Don’t Let the Dog Eat Your Wardrobe

Mugler Spring 2012

Don’t Bare All But Your Face

Alexander McQueen Spring 2012

Royal Russia – Day 4

9 Feb

I woke up on our 4th day in Saint Petersburg with ballerinas on the brain.  The night we would go to the Mariinsky theater to see Swan Lake, starring one of Russia’s Prima ballerinas, Diana Vishneva, had arrived.  The Mariinsky, now in its 229th season opened in October 1860.  Music by Tchaikovsky (and other famous Russian composers) was heard here for the very first time.  I was so excited I couldn’t stand it!  But it was still hours before curtain call…we had plenty of time to explore more of Saint Petersburg!  So – to the Yusupov Palace we went.

Mirrors and crystal balustrades were used in the ballroom to make it appear even larger.  Because even though they were not part of the Royal Family, as one of the wealthiest families in Russia before the revolution, the Yusupovs wanted nothing more than to impress their peers…and the Romanovs for that matter.  The Yusupov palace certainly leaves quite the impression. (Recognize the kissing couple in the mirror??)

While the ballrooms and music rooms of the palace were rather magnificent, it was the private theater that amazed us most.  Can you imagine having such a theater room in your home for you and your closest friends? Much less one with its own “tsar box”.   A bit pompous to say the least!

The Yusupov palace was one of our favorite sites in Saint Petersburg.  In addition to all of its splendor, its history is remarkable.  Knowing that Rasputin was murdered within its walls just before the start of the revolution gives it an extra eerie and mystical feeling.  I highly recommend it!

We worked up quite an appetite touring the palace – so we headed to a nearby restaurant for a late lunch before  returning to the hotel to get ready for our night at the theater.

I honestly can’t say that Brett and I are ballet connoisseurs, but I don’t think that one has to see a million ballets to know that Diana Vishneva is the real deal – a real show stealer.  Her movements are nymph like – graceful and absolutely beautiful.  It is hard to take your eyes off of her.  That paired with the perfect backdrop of the Mariinsky Theater created a truly magical moment.

A quick photo opportunity during one of the two intermissions.

They flutter around so much that it was very difficult for me to snap any clear images.  That said, I actually like the way the pictures turned out.  I think they show just how quickly the dancers pirouette about.

Following the ballet, we went to The Russian Empire Restaurant.   While the style of the place is a bit clichéd, we couldn’t resist having a meal inside the Stroganov Palace.  Where better to have Beef Stroganoff, am I right?

There is a  famous “tale” told of Catherine the Great visiting the palace for a dinner in which the Count promised her the most delicious olive in the world.  As it turned out, her olive was basically served to her in the predecessor to the Turducken.  As the story goes…she was first presented a full cow, within it a full pig, within it a full lamb, within it a goose, and so on and so on until a tiny squab held inside the most perfect and delicious olive within it.  The restaurant tries to keep this legend alive by serving what I considered to be an extremely tasty olive.  Stuffed with sturgeon and served in a succulent sauce, it offers a very unique and enjoyable flavor. So although, The Russian Empire is not avant guard in terms of modern cuisine or style, I would still recommend it.  In a city like Saint Petersburg…it is actually quite fun to be a tourist – to allow yourself to live and dine as Russian Royalty.

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