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Vogue Paris: 90 Years of Decadence

In fashion, Fashion News on October 3, 2010 at 1:41 pm

I had to post these links…

Feeling very inspired by the ultra luxe ambiance of this party, the pictures and thought processes behind the costumes are enough to make me fall in love with fashion again, even if I am surrounded by black and gold fever in the steel city.

Enjoy and as always, stay Absolutely Fabulous.

http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2010/10/01/fashion/20101001-frenchvogueparty-2.html, www.nytimes.com.

http://lookbooks.com/jill-lambiase/post_view/vogue-paris-celebrates-90-years-with-a-bal-masque, www.lookbooks.com.

An Ode to the Trench Coat

In fashion, Fashion News on November 9, 2009 at 10:23 pm

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If you haven’t checked out www.artofthetrench.com, click now.

Burberry has teamed up with Scott Schuman, world-renowned photographer and blogger of The Sartorialist, to create an essential visual “ode to the trench.” As the first photographer to take part in this special series, his photographs are beautifully candid and capture remarkable moments  of Burberry wearers everywhere. Or, submit your own.

 

Plus, the soundtrack playing seriously inspires sifting through the traditional trenches.

Sink Your Teeth into this Fashion Statement or Fad?

In fashion, Fashion News, Trends on August 24, 2009 at 8:27 pm

 

While shopping for Sam Edelman shoes on Nordstrom’s website, I came across an advertisement for New Moon, as in the sequel to Twilight if you’re unfamiliar. On October 1st, new graphic tees will be available in stores and on-line. Despite the fact that I have read the ‘Twilight’ series, I do believe that we have crossed a line. A fine line between right and wrong, light and darkness.

My only comment is this- Burberry and Donald J. Pliner should never be available to purchase along side a “Team Edward” t-shirt.

And DuWop? Yes, DuWop, the makers of the famous Lip Venom have created this:

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 Sephora and Nordstrom’s are cashing in on this past year’s vampire trend and as far as I can see, there is no end in sight. With HBO’s ‘True Blood,’ the CW’s ‘Vampire Diaries,’ and two more ‘Twilight’ movies to go, the fashion and retail industry will be seeing red for awhile.

Perez to Launch More Fashionable Web-site

In fashion, Fashion News on August 13, 2009 at 10:11 am

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So does anyone have an opinion about the launching of Mr. Perez Hilton’s web-site www.cocoperez.com?

Today, the site was unveiled and will most likely be a portal of celebrity’s fashion follies and fabulous ensembles. While Perez has no fashion background, he will be injecting the site with opinions that often leave a sting. (Cokate?) However, I am impressed with the coverage of photo shoots and ad campaigns. If Perez treats this site anything like www.perezhilton.com, we can expect to see a fashion media whore emerge.

The September Issue

In fashion, Fashion News, Movies on August 8, 2009 at 11:10 am

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If you’re reading my blog, chances are, you’re a Vogue reader. You unpatiently await for each month’s issue, especially September’s, to hit your mailbox so you can devour the advertisements, culture, witty antecdotes, and amazing photography. My guess is, you’ve already heard about the film ‘The September Issue’ as well, hitting theatres in New York City August 28th.

The film, by R.J. Cutler, will materialize the scenes we have all been imagining in our heads everytime we read Vogue-  Editor-In-Chief Anna Wintour and her staff creating our fall and winter fashion bible. We consistently bow down to the genius success of Wintour as she reigns over our fashion kingdom, one hand waving while the other holds her iconic pair of sunglasses.

So line up ladies, AND gents, because ‘The September Issue’ is here to curb our fashion appetites.

Sex and The City 2 Interview for Extras

In fashion, Fashion News, Movies, Sarah Jessica Parker, Sex and The City on August 5, 2009 at 11:52 am

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I just saw the pictures of fans clad from head to toe in their chicest ensembles. The lines were long but the energy pulsated through the streets of Manhattan. 5,000 hopefuls stumbled in stilettos in the summer heat while waiting for their chance to become a part of the iconic chick flick.

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No matter what the reasoning, it seemed as if everyone had one thing in common- Pay was never a motivator for this crowd, just getting to be a part of the treasure that has changed women for years now is enough.

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We love the clothes, style, and the sisterhood bond between the 4 women we have come to identify ourselves with, so how do we feel about a sequel? Any thoughts on the matter?

Legendary Model Naomi Sims Dies

In fashion, Fashion News on August 4, 2009 at 8:10 pm

Naomi Sims dies from cancer at the age of 61 on Saturday, August 1st.

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Although I wasn’t alive to live in the moment of Naomi Sim’s influence and her triumph as an African American woman trying to get her foot in the door of the fashion world, I do know that her 1960’s cover appearance on  ‘Ladies Home Journal’ was the first time ever that an African American model was so highly publicized. “She was the first,” according to Halston in an interview with The New York Times in 1974. “She was the great ambassador for all black people. She broke down all the social barriers.”

A native of Pittsburgh, my current hometown, she made her way to New York City in order to attend the prominent Fashion Institute of Technology in 1966. Sims became desperate for cash though, after agency after agency turned her down, some even because of her dark skin tone. Nobody was interested in African American models in the 1960’s but Sims didn’t give up and eventually, she found a way in through a fellow model who was starting her own company, Wilhelmina modeling agency, of course.

It was a year later that the cover for “Ladies Home Journal” would propel the supermodel into the spotlight where she became highly sought after. Naomi rallied for herself and the African American community during her 5 year reign in the industry. As a result, today two of her magazine covers, one from the Times magazine and one from Life, are featured in the current “Model as a Muse” exhibit at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Both were firsts for African American models at the time.

“Modeling was never my ultimate goal,” she was quoted as saying in African American Business Leaders. “I started to model to supplement my income to go to college….But the idea of starting my own business had always appealed to me, and I was fortunate that my first career led to my second.” Sims, of course,  went on to create her own  line of wigs and later, Naomi Sims Beauty Products, which still exist today. She dabbled in writing and became a successful author of several well-known books, as well as articles featured in The New York Times. She was an accomplished woman, winning awards such as ‘Model of the Year’ in 1969 and the ‘New York City Board of Education Award’ in 1970.

Despite her distaste for modeling, it is clear that Naomi Sims was a grand asset. Because of her resilient attitude, she was able to give birth to a new community of African American models, changing the fashion world forever. If it wasn’t for her, models like Iman and Naomi Campbell would not exist. Here’s to you Naomi, thank you for the history making contributions.

On one last note:

Abel Rapp, a former model agent at Ford, recalled Sims’ early years in New York. “She was probably one of the most beautiful women I have seen in my life,” Rapp said. “One night, Harvey Boyd, the illustrator, and I were going to a restaurant on Second Avenue called Jack’s Nest,” Rapp recalled. They called Sims to invite her. “She said, ‘I can’t, I am not dressed.’ I told her to put on her f–k-me pumps, a tight pair of jeans, and a top and she would be fine. She showed up an hour late in a floor-length, purple jersey Halston gown. This was very much Naomi.”

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London Fog Gets Frisky

In fashion, Fashion News, Trends on July 29, 2009 at 11:58 pm

Who doesn’t love a great trench coat? But better yet, one with supermodel Gisele Bundchen underneath it…and nothing else.

London Fog’s new campaign will be seen in magazines like Elle this fall. And as for the baby bump? It’s been masterfully edited over and out of the picture, just like most of Hollywood’s flaws. However, this one was for privacy, which I respect and admire Bundchen for.

Gisele, however,  still looks stunning and makes London Fog trench coats look just as enticing as say, the new Burberry campaign with Emma Watson?

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In fashion, Fashion News on July 28, 2009 at 10:35 pm

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So who hasn’t heard about “The Beautiful Life,” starring Mischa Barton? The CW show, airing this fall, will revolve around three fictitious models all at different stages in their modeling careers. The characters, based off some of the real life experiences of model turned actor Ashton Kutcher, who is one of the creators of the show, will be fabulously clad from head to toe in supposed to-die-for fashion ensembles. So is this “just another show?” Or should fashionistas across the country mark their day planners and program their Tivos to record all future episodes?

The pilot, said to have a cameo with Zac Posen, is most likely worth watching. The majority of us may watch because of the recent drama surrounding Mischa Barton but aside from that, if the CW and creators of the show can manage more appearances from designers like Posen, then what’s not to watch?

The show could potentially set itself apart from the other drama infused shows like the poor remake of “90210” or ugh, the up-and-coming “Melrose Place,” if it uses it’s story line wisely. It would be nice to see a realistic version of a model’s daily ins and outs versus the party pictures and representations of them in the media. Because the show isn’t reality, for once, but is based off some real life experiences of previous models, the show definitely stands out.

I don’t know about you, but I’m not necessarily looking forward to another flighty, air-filled television show. I want something with a bit of substance and if “The Beautiful Life” succeeds, I will program my TV every week for an hour of Mischa.

Turlington for Vogue, Stone for W

In fashion, Fashion News, Trends on July 19, 2009 at 12:33 pm

I love that for this month’s issues, W magazine and Vogue both used models in the industry, rather than celebrities. A veteran, Christy Turlington’s story is amazing and if you don’t already subscribe to the magazine you should go out and pick up a copy. It’s the age issue and she was the perfect choice for 40: She’s a modern day Mom, elegance and glamour aside, and she’s accomplished. Working her way through school at Columbia to better herself, her family, and to fight for pregnant mother’s who receive little to no health care.

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And W? Lara Stone is “Fashion’s It Girl.” Simply said. And if you’re unaware of the radiance she brings to her work, you should absolutely pick up a copy of W and get familiar because we may be seeing her for the long run…

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Models have consistently graced our runways and even the majority of ad campaigns. But it’s been a long time since we’ve seen them on the cover of magazines. Models stopped selling fashion and news and celebrities became the new selling point. For what it’s worth, the fashion industry has been there and back and despite the recent economic setback, they’re taking the long road home. But at least they’re on their way back, right?

A model doesn’t need a cover story, when did that start happening? We idolize the model for becoming a walking art form after wearing Jil Sander down the runway or escaping to the beach in a half nude D&G campaign for summer. We don’t know their families, eating habits, or favorite movies. They do their job, they do it well, and while the industry may scrutinize every inch of their bodies, WE do not. They’re still people. I once worked with a model who clearly had cellulite. She wore Spanx over her long, thin legs for that show, it wasn’t even necessary. Celebrities have spider veins, get acne, and they do eat pizza. And despite the in-tolerances of some in the industry, models do the same. And if they don’t, then perhaps they should think about getting out. It’s the model’s distinctiveness, not necessarily their beauty that we covet. It’s their ability to go home at night and lead a life in the shadows after wearing $3,000 Chanel.

I love the comeback they’re making and I look forward to seeing more models ‘modeling’ clothes, because afterall, this is their industry, they aren’t a celebrity, they’re a MODEL.