Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Is Stella having problems?

Stella McCartney is doing a collection solely for Target in Australia. Her goal: to expose more people to the brand...
H&M was a huge success for her, but another cheap line already? and with Target? I wonder if she's having finacial issues...

Sans le Maquillage

Estee Lauder once said, "There are no homely women, only careless ones."
I'm not a heavy makeup user myself, but makeup really can work wonders sometimes...
Heidi without:
Cindy without:
Of course, there are some people that look perfect no matter what... (Ms. Lima, picture on the right)

Monday, January 29, 2007

From Paper to Product

Sketches by Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel Haute Couture 2002 Spring/Summer

Sunday, January 28, 2007

NYC Fall 2007 preview!

A sketch of a look to be shown by Peter Som for fashion week fall 07...

And here are a few more...

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Devil Times 2

Rumor has it there's going to be a sequel to The Devil Wears Prada. Except, this time Andy won't be running around. she's going to be some sort of investigator, i think?

As far as I know, the author (Lauren W-something) didn't write a sequel to the book, so this second movie is obviously a way to milk more money out of movie gooers...
Nevertheless, I still can't wait for it to come out!

Friday, January 26, 2007

ERRR.... Karl's a little over his head

Piano designed by none other than Kaiser Karl Lagerfeld. ROFL. I’ll say no more…

Goodbye and Goodluck

What is it with fashion brands closing these days? First Rochas, they Paco Rabanne, then Cloak, and now Givenchy Homme a la Ozwald. Givenchy Homme was one of the few menswears collections I paid attention to, and I thought the latest collection, for fall 08, was spectacular and very wearable...
I should've known something was up when they decided to go showroom rather than runway.

Rumor has it, Tisci's Givenchy collection (for femme) is in financial trouble as well. Explains why the latest Haute Couture collection was only 25 looks, rather than 40. I would hate to see Tisci lose his job like Olivier (when Rochas closed). Critics have been very hard on him, but I adore his work, and his latest couture collection was phenomenon, if not the best (Dior was amazing, too, but besides that Tisci beat all). I doubt they'll actually close Givenchy, but they might force Tisci to resign, or get rid of HC or something that I would hate to see.

Dresses for Prom

Prom is possibly the moment girls anticipate most in High School, and half (or more) of the fun comes from shopping.
Some things to keep in mind about prom while picking a dress...
Prom is a dance, so you have to be able to dance in the dress. If you choose to go strapless, the dress has to fit very well, and it's probably best not to choose a very heavy dress. Most people at prom (at least when I went) take off their shoes, so also make sure your dress isn't too long, unless you don't mind holding on to it while dancing.
Secondly, prom is prom. It's fine to want to make a fashion statement at prom, but it's best not to be too avant garde. Prom is the time to be extravagantly glamorous. Also, you're young, so don't pull an Olsen and dress like you're 30.
Notte by Marchesa (price range $500-$1500), in my opinion, is perfect for prom but it's quite pricey. Their simple, but flirty and fun. They also come in a variety of lengths, all of which work.
long dress:

and shorter one:

Nicole Miller (price range usually under $500) also carries dresses. Her collections and Notte are usually quite colorful:

David Meister (price range: $300-400) is another choice. A little more subdued and elegant than Notte or Nicole Miller:
Sue Wong (price $300-400) was very popular at my prom. She makes some very princessy dresses:

Laundry by Shelli Segal (price: $200-ish I think) was also popular, because of her classic-prom taffeta dresses.
For those who have $ to spend, some other names to look up are: Mandalay and Nicole Bakti (more colorful) and Carmen Marc Valvo (more subdued).

Happiest Place on Earth, maybe...

Leave it to Annie Leibovitz to do something like this. Great idea, horrible execution. Scarlett for Cinderella, maybe, but Beyonce is not Alice in Wonderland, and David Beckham is to ruggedly handsome (and old) to be Prince Charming...

Saturday, January 20, 2007

chanel cake, anyone?

if you're interested, go here!

this place also makes "designer cakes", but they spell the names wrong.

La Gisele Speaks

to say: blame the families. Years of psychological study say she's right too...
It's surprising she's the first to bring this up.

SAO PAULO, Brazil - Gisele Bundchen has entered Brazil's growing debate over anorexia, saying families are to blame — not the fashion industry.

"I never suffered this problem because I had a very strong family base," the supermodel told the local Globo newspaper on Friday. "The parents are responsible, not fashion."

Friday, January 19, 2007

For the Practical Minded

I just noticed these very remarkable Jil Sander clutches.

How much more minimalist and practical could you get?

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Febuary is going to be one busy month...

Target's Proenza Schouler collection is coming out, and NY fashion show starts.
I'm going to be stuck in either Sacramento or DC being way to busy to check out either...

Here's the NY fashion show schedule btw:
Friday February 2
10.00am John Bartlett, The Salon - Bryant Park
11.00am Red Dress, The Tent - Bryant Park
12.00pm Patrik Rzepski, Scandinavia House, 58 Park Ave. at 38th st.
12.00pm Yigal Azrouel, Bumble and Bumble, 415 West 13th St.@10th Ave.
12.00pm Morphine Generation, Altman Building, 135 West 18th St. - bet. 6th & 7th Aves.
1.00pm Perry Ellis, The Promenade - Bryant Park
2.00pm Duckie Brown, Showroom - Bryant Park
3.00pm Bcbg Max Azria, The Tent - Bryant Park
3.00pm Nary Manivong, 217 W. 21rst St. bet. 7th & 8th Ave., Ground Fl.
4.00pm Yeohlee, see invitation
5.00pm Marc Bouwer, The Salon - Bryant Park
5.00pm Mara Hoffman, The Altman Building, 135 W. 18th St. bet. 6th & 7th Aves.
5.00pm Victor Glemaud, Milk Studios, 450 W. 15th St., 8th Fl.
6.00pm Akiko Ogawa, Showroom - Bryant Park
6.00pm Rag & Bone, see invitation
7.00pm Nicole Miller, The Promenade - Bryant Park
8.00pm Baby Phat by K.Lee Simmons, Roseland Ballroom, 239 W. 52nd St.
9.00pm Grey Ant, The Altman Building, 135 W. 18th St. bet. 6th & 7th Aves.

Saturday February 3
10.00am Josh Goot, The Tunnel, 269 11th Avenue at 27th St.
10.00am Chris Han, The Salon - Bryant Park
11.00am Lacoste, The Tent - Bryant Park
12.00pm Ruffian, National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South
12.00pm Maticevski, Showroom - Bryant Park
12.00pm Karen Walker, Bumble and Bumble 415 West 13th St. at 10th Ave.
1.00pm Alice Roi, The Salon - Bryant Park
2.00pm Atil Kutoglu, The Promenade - Bryant Park
2.00pm James Coviello, NYC Bar Association, 42 W.44th St. bet. 5th & 6th Ave.
3.00pm Alexandre Herchcovitch, The Tent - Bryant Park
4.00pm Buckler, Showroom - Bryant Park
4.00pm Alexander Wang, see invitation
5.00pm Three as Four, see invitation
6.00pm Abaeté, The Salon - Bryant Park
6.00pm Bruce, Bumble and Bumble - 415 West 13th St. at 10th Ave.
7.00pm Sass & Bide, The Promenade - Bryant Park
8.00pm Charlotte Ronson, The Box, 189 Chrystie St. bet. Stanton & Rivington
8.00pm Cabbeen,Showroom - Bryant Park
8.00pm Sans, Daryl Roth Theatre, 20 Union Sq. East at 15th St.
9.00pm Venexiana, The Salon - Bryant Park
9.00pm Rock & Republic, Cipriani, 110 E. 42nd St.

Saturday February 3 presentations
2.00pm > 4.00pm Tom Scott see invitation

Sunday February 4
10.00am Lela Rose, The Salon - Bryant Park
11.00am Brian Reyes, Bumble and Bumble, 415 West 13th St. at 10th Ave.
11.00am Tadashi, The Promenade - Bryant Park
11.00am Araks, The Altman Building, 135 West 18th St. bet. 6th & 7th Aves.
12.00pm DKNY, 711 Greenwich St. See invitation
1.00pm Naum, Baryshnikov Arts Center, 450 W. 37th St., 6th floor
1.00pm Twinkle, The Salon - Bryant Park
2.00pm Tracy Reese, The Promenade - Bryant Park
2.00pm Issa, see invitation
3.00pm Sari Gueron, Bumble and Bumble, 415 West 13th St. at 10th Ave.
3.00pm United Bamboo Exit Art, 475 10th Avenue at 36th Street
3.00pm Erin Fetherston Showroom - Bryant Park
4.00pm Diane Von Furstenberg, The Tent - Bryant Park
5.00pm Z Zegna, See invitation
6.00pm Naeem Khan, The Salon - Bryant Park
6.00pm 3.1 Phillip Lim, Waterfront Building, 261 Eleventh Avenue bet. 27th & 28th St.
7.00pm Tuleh, The Promenade - Bryant Park
8.00pm Matthew Williamson, The Tent - Bryant Park
9.00pm Nicole Romano, Capitale, 130 Bowery at Grand St.
9.00pm Terexov, The Salon - Bryant Park
9.00pm Benjamin Cho, see invitation
9.30pm Levi Okunov, 20 Pine St.

Sunday February 4 presentations
1.00pm > 3.00pm Unis, see invitation
7.00pm > 9.00pm Edun, The Salon - Bryant Park

Monday February 5
9.00am Kai Milla, The Salon - Bryant Park
10.00am Carolina Herrera, The Tent - Bryant Park
11.00am Jeremy Laing, 336 W.37th St., 6th fl. bet. 8th & 9th Ave.
11.00am Nanette Lepore, The Promenade - Bryant Park
11.00am Adept, see invitation
12.00pm Jill Stuart, NY Public Library Astor Hall, 5th Ave. at 42nd St.
12.00pm Isaac Mizrahi, 475 10th Avenue at 36th Street
1.00pm Oscar De La Renta, The Tent - Bryant Park
2.00pm Reem Acra, The Salon - Bryant Park
2.00pm Staerk, Cue Art Foundation - 511 W. 25th St.
2.00pm Thom Brown, see invitation
3.00pm Luca Luca, The Promenade - Bryant Park
4.00pm Thakoon, 14 E. 28th St.
5.00pm Generra, The Salon - Bryant Park
5.00pm Zam Barrett Couture, 48 Greene St. bet. Grande & Broome
6.00pm Max Azria, The Tent - Bryant Park
7.00pm Ellen Tracy, Showroom - Bryant Park
7.00pm Gemma Kahng, The Estonian House, 243 E.34th St. bet. 2nd & 3rd Ave.
8.00pm Marc Jacobs, NY State Armory, 68 Lexington at 25th Street

Monday February 5 presentations
9.00am > 5.00pm David Meister, 550 7th Ave., 19th Fl. from Feb.5-9th
5.00pm > 6.30pm Adam+eve, see invitation
6.00pm > 8.00pm Chris Benz, Christie's, 20 Rockefeller Plaza
7.00pm > 8.00pm Jovovich-Hawk, see invitation

Tuesday February 6
9.00am Tibi, The Salon - Bryant Park
9.00am Barbara Tfank, Bemelmans Bar, Carlyle Hotel, 981 Madison Ave. at 76th St.
10.00am Monique Lhuillier, The Promenade - Bryant Park
11.00am Bill Blass, The Tent - Bryant Park
12.00pm Chaiken, The Salon - Bryant Park
1.00pm Derek Lam, The Tunnel - 269 11th Ave. bet. 27th & 28th St.
2.00pm Temperley London, The Promenade - Bryant Park
3.00pm Betsey Johnson, The Tent - Bryant Park
3.00pm Marc by Marc Jacobs, NY State Armory, 68 Lexington at 25th Street
4.00pm Behnaz Sarafpour, Eyebeam - 540 W. 21st Street
5.00pm Doo.Ri, The Promenade - Bryant Park
6.00pm Jason Wu, The Salon - Bryant Park
6.00pm Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti, 535 W. 22nd St. bet. 10th & 11th
6.00pm Rodarte, see invitation
6.30pm John Varvatos, see invitation
7.00pm Cynthia Steffe, see invitation
7.00pm Vena Cava, see invitation
7.00pm Pegah Anvarian, Showroom - Bryant Park
7.00pm Kim Jones, see invitation
8.00pm Narciso Rodriguez, 547 W. 26th Street
9.00pm Heatherette, The Tent - Bryant Park

Tuesday February 6 presentations
6.00pm > 8.00pm Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti, 535 W. 22nd St. bet. 10th & 11th

Wednesday February 7
9.00am Ports 1961, The Salon - Bryant Park
10.00am Peter Som, The Promenade - Bryant Park
11.00am Michael Kors, The Tent - Bryant Park
12.00pm Richard Chai, The Salon - Bryant Park
1.00pm Tse, Lux Studios - 456 West 18th Street
1.00pm Carlos Miele, The Promenade - Bryant Park
2.00pm Malandrino, Chelsea Art Museum, 556 West 22nd Street See invitation
2.00pm Zero Maria Cornejo, Bumble and Bumble, 415 West 13th St. at 10th Ave.
3.00pm Proenza Schouler, Milk Gallery, 450 W 15th St.Ground Floor bet. 9th & 10th Aves.
4.00pm Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent, Showroom - Bryant Park
5.00pm Mal Sirrah Collection, see invitation
5.00pm Jenni Kayne, The Salon - Bryant Park
5.00pm G Star, Gotham Hall, 985 6th Ave.
6.00pm Diesel, Cipriani, 110 East 42nd Street
6.00pm Vivienne Tam, The Promenade - Bryant Park
7.00pm Anna Sui, The Tent - Bryant Park
8.00pm Y-3, 902 Lexington Ave. bet 67th & 68th St.
8.00pm Michon Schur, The Salon - Bryant Park
8.00pm Malan Breton,see invitation
9.00pm Dragana Ognjenovic, Showroom - Bryant Park

Wednesday February 7 presentations
4.00pm > 6.00pm Isabella Tonchi, see invitation

Thursday February 8
9.00am Lyn Devon, Showroom - Bryant Park
10.00am J. Mendel, The Promenade - Bryant Park
10.00am Vpl by Victoria Bartlett, Bumble & Bumble, 415 West 13th St. at 10th Ave.
11.00am Badgley Mischka, The Tent - Bryant Park
12.00pm Phi, 76 9th Avenue,16th fl.
12.00pm Malo, Eyebeam, 540 W. 21st Street
1.00pm Neil Barrett, The Salon - Bryant Park
2.00pm Vera Wang, The Tent - Bryant Park
3.00pm Y & Kei, The Promenade - Bryant Park
4.00pm Calvin Klein, 205 W. 39th St., 1rst Fl.; See invitation
4.00pm Mac Millan,See invitation
5.00pm Calvin Klein (2nd show), See invitation
6.00pm Joanna Mastroianni, The Salon - Bryant Park
6.00pm Cynthia Rowley, Gotham Hall, 985 6th Ave. at 36th St.
7.00pm Custo Barcelona, The Promenade - Bryant Park
7.00pm Edwing D'Angelo, National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South
8.00pm Zac Posen, The Tent - Bryant Park
9.00pm Jayson Brunsdon, The Salon - Bryant Park

Thursday February 8 presentations
5.00pm > 7.00pm Lambertson Truex, 230 West 17th St. - 6th fl.
5.00pm > 7.00pm Tory Burch, see invitation -
5.00pm > 8.00pm NEXUSSHOWROOM Press & Buyers Presentation, 39 W. 58th St. - 3rd Fl.
6.00pm > 8.00pm Lutz & Patmos, Ralph Pucci Gallery, 44 W. 18th St.- 12th Fl

Friday February 9
10.00am Ralph Lauren, Skylight Studios - 275 Hudson St. See invitation
11.00am Ralph Lauren 2nd Show, see invitation
12.00pm Evisu, The Salon - Bryant Park
1.00pm Carmen Marc Valvo, The Tent - Bryant Park
2.00pm Dennis Basso, The Promenade - Bryant Park
3.00pm Donna Karan Collection, 711 Greenwich St.
3.00pm Child Magazine, The Salon - Bryant Park Child Runway Show
4.00pm Zang Toi, Showroom - Bryant Park
5.00pm Charles Nolan, The Promenade - Bryant Park
5.00pm Tommy Hilfiger (M/W), Hammerstein Ballroom, 311 W. 34th St. bet. 8th & 9th Ave.
6.00pm Costello Tagliapietra, The Salon - Bryant Park
7.00pm Chado Ralph Rucci, see invitation
8.00pm Kai Kühne / Myself, National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South

Friday February 9 presentations
11.00am > 2.00pm Rebecca Taylor, 307 W. 36th St.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007 is my hero right now....

for providing this interview, and pics of Olivier Theyskens's pre fall collection for Nina Ricci...
Congratulations on Reese Witherspoon's Golden Globes dress. How did it come about?
We met, and Reese fell in love with the fabric and the color. I wanted to create something especially for her. I like her complexion and her hair color; it matches the color of the dress. Reese loves simplicity—she's a really modern girl. She's a Nina Ricci girl.

Who is the Nina Ricci girl?
I'm very inspired by cool girls who mix the ladylike looks we've seen for the last couple of years with some messy touches. There's still a sense of Parisian refinement, but it's more modern, more loose, more cool. It's younger, too.

What's the difference between the Rochas girl and the Nina Ricci girl?
I never think about the difference. I only think about Ricci now. For example, I've become really attached to the L'Air du Temps bottle.

I saw you showing it off earlier. How does the bottle's design play out in the collection?
Many of the clothes have twisting lines. I'm working with fake bias; it's between a bias and a straight cut. It makes the clothes twist around the body in a new way, and it helps me work with asymmetry. I'm less into a very square silhouette and more into a very free, very moving shape.

Why the bright yellows and grays?
There's a contrast in Nina Ricci between this idea of peace and freedom and beauty and a sense of urbanism and the city. I wanted to make these grayish, boyish looks for day, and more colorful, appealing pieces for evening in Ricci yellow. It's the exact yellow that's been used for the packaging of L'Air du Temps since the beginning.

What about fur?
I like gray fox; it's really fresh. And I'm thinking about fur a lot, because it's so hot. I'm really wondering—as it gets warmer, will fur continue? There are flowers right now on the trees in Paris.

Are people in Paris as concerned about global warming as some are in the U.S.?
Everybody's really focused on it. These two years, we've seen it getting warmer. I'm personally extremely concerned about climate and ecology and what as humans we're doing to the environment. I think about it every day.

Speaking of heat, the Oscars are coming up. Is there anyone you'd like to dress?
I won't say.

How is this pre-fall line different from what you'll show in Paris in March?
I'm in the process of designing that still, so I can't say for sure.

Why did you do jeans?
I really wanted to work with denim for Ricci. I've been suffering a little bit from my focus on ladylike looks. Here, I really think denim fits, and I like to work with the details. The stitches on the back pockets and the design on the rivets are inspired by the waves in the perfume bottle. It's an opportunity to figure out what the Ricci elements will be.

What are the Ricci elements?
It's a mix of fragility with sharp cuts.

What are your goals at Nina Ricci?
For me, it's all about pleasing the girls, the cool girls. I really want this to be successful, and also to make something that moves fashion forward. There's not enough focus in life on beauty and aesthetics. It's really positive to be focused on that.

and the pics of course...

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Comeback for the win!

Nina Ricci's pre-fall collection by Olivier Theyskens is quite possibly the most anticipated collection for awhile. Reese Witherspoon wore a gorgeous yellow Nina Ricci dress for the Golden Globes yesterday. When I first saw Reese, I was shocked. She's a pretty person, no doubt, but yesterday she looked stunning!

This just goes to show that Olivier is magic. There is no other explanation. I'm dying to see more...
Other people I thought were best dressed: Cate Blanchett (in McQueen), Ellen Pompeo (Versace), and Hilary Swank (didn't like the flower in hair look, but her Chanel Couture dress was gorgeous), Chloe Sevigny (odd, but funky and I liked it), Naomi Watts (adorable, the blue was PERFECT for her), and of course Rachel Weisz (she makes everything look classy)
Worst: Beyonce (if she wears Elie Saab again I think i'll barf), Rinko (ridiculous Chanel dress), Jennifer Love Hewitt (don't even know what she was wearing, but it was very overboard, although not as bad as Beyonce IMO), Eva Longoria (those lashes were so ridiculously fake), Nicolette Sheridan (too white, structure too contrived and unflattering), Heidi Klum (looked like she was wearing a sheet, the thing around her neck also has to go), the commander in chief actress (sunglasses and hair were same color, both of which didn't match her dress), and the list goes on...

Monday, January 15, 2007

Happy Birthday

to Karen Elson and Angela Lindvall, both 28.
Two of the most amazing models out there!

On another note, Karen will be performing with The Citizens Band in LA (Avalon Theatre) on Jan 25th... $15, call 323.462.8900 or click here if you're interested. The only song I've ever heard her sing was a remake of Jane Birkin's "I love you (Me neither)" with Cat Power, and it wasn't very good, but she might've gotten better.

Friday, January 12, 2007

Wonder of Wonders, Miracle of Miracles....

Mert & Marcus can apparently work miracles....
Here's the Miu Miu spring 07 ad with Lindsay Lohan.

I hate to admit, but I'm liking it. Much better than I thought was humanely possible.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

No more Dolce & Gabbana ads?

166 people complained about these ads because they supposedly glorify guns, knives, violence etc:

Not sure if these were banned, but the complaints are ridiculous in my opinion. I actually kind of liked these. If anything, people should be complaining about Gemma. Every time she turns up nude it makes me think of child porn...

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Mr Blackwell for the loss

Mr. Blackwell has come out with his best/worst dressed list again.
Paris, Britney, Lindsay etc were on the worst, Kate Winslet, Angelina Jolie, Helen Mirren were best.
I agree Britney, Paris, LiLo aren't the best dressed, but I can think of a few people who are worse... And his best list definately doesn't do justice to the truly best dressed (IMO, Cate Blanchett is the best dressed, hands down). I really wonder: out of all the people in the world, why is Mr. Blackwell the expert on celebrity fashion? Any 13-yr-old girl can come up with the same conclusions he draws.

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Natalie Natalia

Natalia Vodianova is married to Justin Portman. She didn't change her last name, but I've seen magazines and some places accidently refer to her as Natalia Vodianova.
Interestingly, she kind of does look like Natalie Portman...

Friday, January 05, 2007

Accident on the Runway

gross, yes, but also hilarious

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Vionnet Unveiled, finally

I was really excited about the Vionnet revival during fashion week, but they decided not to have a show. I've finally gotten a glimpse of their collection, to be sold at Barney's and their Paris store. Very exclusive, it seems. Here are 2 dresses. The blue one is VERY Sophia Kokosalaki-esque, but I like it!