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Crazy for Couture – Day 1

3 Jul

The Paris Haute Couture shows have started, and the collections shown on day one were all about volume and/or color.  Here are my favorite over-the-top looks of the day:

I mean who doesn’t need a tu-tu cape? Alexis Mabille Couture Fall 2012

Or a giant tu-tu collar? This would have been perfect for our Circus of Love last August. A day late…and a lot of tulle short. Alexis Mabille Couture Fall 2012

Pretty-in-Pink. How very Enchanted Evening Barbie! Christian Dior Couture Fall 2012

Hello Neon! Christian Dior Couture Fall 2012

You know I love a hoop skirt. Christian Dior Couture Fall 2012.

Peplum Perfection! Christian Dior Couture Fall 2012

Giambattista Valli Couture Fall 2012

Perfect for hiding a very flat chest. Giambattista Valli Couture Fall 2012

Giambattista Valli Couture Fall 2012

All images courtesy of http://www.style.com.

 

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“Sorry – I Can’t…I Am Knocked Up!”

3 Jul

Last week Beijing celebrated Roberto Cavalli’s new fragrance at the Legendale Hotel with champagne, martinis, and one crazy Eastern European exotic dancer (i.e. – her full time job is most likely a stripper at Chocolate…click to read about this Beijing “treasure”).  I, on the other hand, celebrated with sparkling water and a headache from the strobe lights and the massive amounts of perfume being pumped through the vents.  Don’t get me wrong – I had a great time…but it turns out that some parties are less preggers friendly than others.

Brett & Morgan Hutchinson – Roberto Cavalli Fragrance Launch Beijing 2012

Sarah Wilson & Morgan Hutchinson – Roberto Cavalli Fragrance Launch Beijing 2012

One thing I certainly do love about being pregnant in China is that the local ladies praise you for the smallest of accomplishments.  Case in point – the mere fact that I was wearing heels awarded me many an admiring word.  But the highlight of my night came just moments after the “dancer” finished her routine and left the stage (more of a life-size trophy stand really).

“Exotic dancer” and an admiring male model at the Cavalli Fragrance Launch

As I stood there watching and chatting with Brett and Sarah, one of the local PR girls responsible for the event approached me and asked if I would like a “go”.

 “A go?  A go… at what, Miss?”  I quite confusedly asked her.
“Would you like to go next?” She responded, pointing to the trophy stand.
After my initial shock and short, yet warranted bout of laughter – I said to her, “Sorry, I can’t – I am knocked up!”
This of course was a bit lost in translation, so I quickly added, “I mean – I really shouldn’t,  I am 5 months pregnant”.  And then guess what happened?  That’s right – more praise for the high heels.  Fabulous.

I must be honest though – I was tempted.  If only the “stage” had been a little larger (and safer).  What a great story it could have been to tell the little one some day…  But alas – I guess I will just have to stick to the legendary tale of how her grandmother, Momo, beat out scores of 18-year olds at age 37 to win a HOT LEG’S CONTEST.  Not even an official mother yet – and I am already a disappointment  to our family’s legacy ♥

The New Shape Saver

29 Jun

Apparently designers have figured out that we don’t all look like the gorgeous waifs strutting down the runways.  In fact, many designers seem to have united in a new shape saving technique…the “slimming side panel”.  Leather, florals, bold colors, graphic prints, and sequins can be tricky for any figure.  I love how these designers have made them more wearable and flattering for those of us not in the Kate Moss gene pool.  From all of us, I would like to say a big “thank you”!  Now – if only the maternity apparel designers would get on board…

Jason Wu Resort 2013

Mathew Williamson Resort 2013

Costume National

Victoria Beckham Fall 2012

Paule Ka Resort 2013

Rebecca Minkoff Resort 2013

Erin Fetherston Resort 2013

All images courtesy of http://www.style.com.

Look at Us in Lowveld Living Magazine!

28 Jun

As a small town girl from Murray, Kentucky (population = tiny) marrying a mid-western boy – I never dreamed that my wedding might one day be featured in a South African magazine.  But “Lowveld” and behold…here we are!

Below is a link to the entire magazine, although you can only view a few pages for free.  We are on page 87.

Morgan & Brett in Lowveld Magazine Winter 2012

Lowveld Magazine Cover Winter 2012

Lowveld Living | Winter 2012 | Inside | Zinio Digital Magazines

Retro Resort

28 Jun

The Mad Men season finally has come and gone – but its fashion inspiration continues to file down the runways.  Although – it is clear the muse has changed.  With Bombshell Blonde Betty Draper a bit on the porkier side this season, the new Zou Bisou Bisou Mrs. Draper, Megan, has quickly become the primary fashion icon of the show.  Is it mere coincidence, the natural recycling of fashion, or is Jessica Paré inspiring numerous collections this resort season?  Please share your thoughts.

Gucci Resort 2013

Moschino Resort 2013

Rochas Resort 2013

Jonathan Saunders Resort 2013

Paule Ka Resort 2013

Michael Kors Resort 2013

Peter Jensen Resort 2013

All images courtesy of http://www.style.com

 

My Great 8 of the Met

8 May

Of the 8 great looks…which is your favorite?

VOTE BELOW

1. Amber Heard in Zac Posen

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2. Coco Rocha in Vintage Givenchy

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3. Karolina Kurkova in Rachel Zoe

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4.  Christina Ricci in Thakoon

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5.  Caroline Sieber in Christopher Kane

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6.  Bianca Brandolini D’Adda in Dolce & Gabbana

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7.  Karlie Kloss in Jason Wu (Her After Party Dress)

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8.  Amy Adams in Giambattista Valli Haute Couture

The Look of Love – Met Gala 2012

8 May

The list of beautiful gowns and ladies in them on the red carpet at the 2012 Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala is endless.  I will get to the standouts…but first – the real standout of the evening (for me anyway) – was the THE LOOK OF LOVE.  There is just something about the look of a happy couple…it’s always in style.

Andre Balaz and Chelsea Handler

Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady

Funny Couple Will Arnett and Amy Poehler

Emily Blunt and John Krasinski

Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel (in Prada)

More of the Best Dressed at the Met to come…

Met Worthy

7 May

Sorry sports fans…this entry is not referring to baseball players worthy of wearing a Mets’ uniform (in fact, as a Yankee fan – I am not even sure what that means anyway).  Quite the contrary – this entry is dedicated to Oscars of the East Coast, otherwise known as the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Gala.  A once a year event that unites the entire fashion world together and brings designers and muses to the red carpet dressed in head-to-toe perfection.

The day is now upon us and in its honor  – I have compiled a list of “Met Worthy” looks that I hope to see grace the red carpet.  Each designer will bring a “display date” – I.E. a beautiful piece of arm candy to model one of his/her most outstanding gowns.  Here are a few looks from designers and their confirmed dates.

LEFT: Karlie Kloss, Jason Wu’s Date RIGHT: Jason Wu Pre-Fall 2012 Gown

LEFT: Azealia Banks, date to Alexander Wang RIGHT: Potential Wang dress – although it will need to be “glammed” up for the event. That said, her knock out bod will look great in a simple, figure hugging classic black gown.

LEFT: Arizona Muse, date to Erdem Moralioglu RIGHT: Erdem gown…in need of some work – lengthening perhaps? BUT – the color pink is perfect for honoring Schiaparelli – the real star of the evening.

LEFT: Karolina Kurkova, date to celebrity stylist and designer Rachel Zoe RIGHT: Rachel Zoe Fall 2012 Gown

LEFT: Bite-sized Christina Ricci, date of Thakoon Panichgul RIGHT: Thakoon dress – perhaps in need of tightening and lengthening.

And here are looks that I truly hope make an appearance on the muses yet unknown…

SHOW STOPPER! Giambattista Valli Spring Couture 2012

Christian Dior Couture Spring 2012

Monique Lhuillier Pre-Fall 2012

Zac Posen Pre Fall 2012

And finally – the vintage that I hope to see… As the gala is to celebrate the opening of the Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations exhibit,  I am excited about the possibilities of a variety of beauties gracing the red carpet in Schiaparelli’s famous pink and puffs!

Vintage Schiaparelli Gown

Vintage Schiaparelli circa 1951

Vintage Schiaparelli circa 1955

Vintage Schiaparelli Gown

Elsa Schiaparelli circa 1933

Be sure to watch the live stream of the Costume Institute’s red carpet for the first time ever!  Follow the link: http://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2012/impossible-conversations/audio-and-video

Derby Day Digs

3 May

This Saturday marks the best day of the year to be a Kentuckian…The Kentucky Derby is upon us!  And while, we unfortunately cannot make it this year, we will still be watching the Run for the Roses from over 6,000 miles away (albeit at 4AM).

Clearly the main focus at Churchill Downs this Saturday will be the paddock full of fine-looking thoroughbreds – but let us not forget the very close runner-up – Derby Day FASHION.  The search for the perfect Derby Day chapeau takes weeks…well months really.  But the fact that I won’t be there in person hasn’t stopped me from scouring the runways for ideas for the perfect Derby Hat.  Among the many traditional options, I also found some rather outlandish looks for those wanting to make a statement.

For the Traditionalist

For the Vintage Lover

For the Attention Seeker

For the Bigger is Better!

Happy Derby Day Everyone!

Blue Skies Smiling at Me

26 Apr

Sometimes it feels like life is one giant rain cloud – spitting its cold hard drops all over our individual “parades”.  But somehow we push through – believing that it is all part of the master plan.  Pushing through is often possible by focusing on the blue sky days.  Yesterday – we miraculously had a legitimate blue sky day in Beijing.  They are few and far between and cannot be taken for granted.  So although yesterday was not a personal “blue sky” day for me – it was God’s beautiful sunshine and white puffy clouds that got me through it.  And so, it is not entirely surprising to me that many designers have recently found His beautiful blue to be an inspiration to their collections.  I suppose if I can’t have blue skies everyday (literally or figuratively) I can at least wear this color that in so many ways represents the essence of a truly happy day…smiling at me.

Jean Paul Gaultier

Monique Lhuillier Pre-Fall 2012

Mathew Williamson

Lyn Devon

Osman

YSL

Elie Saab

I hope that each of you are having a blue sky kind of day!

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