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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.

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

 

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

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!

If a Valentine Walked the Runway

15 Feb

I believe that if Hallmark cards up and decided to leave their “racks” for the runway that they would most likely look like this…

Meadham Kirchoff Spring 2012

Meadham Kirchoff Spring 2012

Thakoon Fall 2012

Meadham Kirchoff Spring 2012

I think it is very clear that Hallmark needs keep their cards in check…we can’t have these looks running around every day!

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

FALLing for Valentine’s

15 Feb

Perhaps it is a coincidence.  Perhaps it is just a true love for the color red.  Or…perhaps the fact that New York Fashion Week fell during Valentine’s Day this year inspired designers to include the color of love into their Fall 2012 collections.  Whatever the reason – I don’t care.  I love red, and even more – I love the nod to the day set aside for romance.  Let’s FALL in love…

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Monique Lhuillier Fall 2012

Diane von Furstenburg Fall 2012

Christian Siriano Fall 2012

Rachel Zoe Fall 2012

Kevork Kiledjian Fall 2012

Wes Gordan Fall 2012

Moncler Grenoble Fall 2012

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

Runway Rundown – NYFW – Day 3

14 Feb

While day 3 of New York Fashion Week offered a few amazing pant looks (which I have included in my rundown), I was most  captivated by the dresses and outerwear.  Here are my favorite dress looks from Day 3:

Former Project Runway Winner: Christian Siriano Fall 2012

I am a fan of anything with a built-in cape. Christian Siriano Fall 2012

I love that he paired such a feminine gown with a biker jacket. What a great way to mix up a frilly look. Christian Siriano Fall 2012

I love this cocktail dress. Although, most people (myself included) cannot pull off ankle boots with this hem length. So - if you are not of model height...opt for heels instead. Christian Cota Fall 2012

Christian Cota Fall 2012

This look has a lot going on - but the jacket....I love it. Christian Cota 2012

I am so happy to see that "happy colors" are still going to be around for fall. Dean Quinn Fall 2012

Ruffian Fall 2012

Amazing coat dress. Betty Draper meets Star Trek. Prabal Gurung Fall 2012

Who can resist a sweater with built-in fur pom-poms? So festive! Wes Gordan Fall 2012

I love the red lining...and the huge fur bangles are pretty fun too! Wes Gordan Fall 2012

Unfortunately, the non-model body type might have trouble with this look. My obvious suggestion is a more fitted top to accentuate the waistline. Wes Gordan Fall 2012.

Duro Olowu Fall 2012

Hervé Léger by Max Azria Fall 2012

Lacoste Fall 2012

Mara Hoffman Fall 2012

Rachel Zoe Fall 2012

Now for my “Pant Picks”:

Monique Lhuillier Fall 2012

Rachel Zoe Fall 2012

Rachel Zoe Fall 2012

Mixing prints is holding strong on the fall runways. This is a lot to carry off - but I really like proportions. Duro Olowu Fall 2012

Band of Outsiders Fall 2012

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

 

 

Runway Rundown – NYFW – Day 2

13 Feb

Day 2 of New York Fashion Week  had a true feeling of luxe.  My favorite looks of the day encompassed rich colors, an abundance of fur, and classic silhouettes…(with a 2012 twist of course).  Have a look!

Billy Reid Fall 2012

Cushnie et Ochs Fall 2012

Jason Wu Fall 2012

Jason Wu Fall 2012

NAHM Fall 2012

Nicole Miller Fall 2012

Peter Som Fall 2012

Peter Som Fall 2012

Rag & Bone Fall 2012

Rebecca Minkoff Fall 2012

St. John Fall 2012

Tess Giberson Fall 2012

Tess Giberson Fall 2012

Yigal Azrouel Fall 2012

Yigal Azrouel Fall 2012

Do you have a favorite?  I would love to know!

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

 

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