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Quote of the Day: Azzedine Alaia on Karl Lagerfeld

"Karl Lagerfeld never touched a pair of scissors in his life. That doesn’t mean that he’s not great, but he’s part of another system. He has capacity. One day he does photography, the next he does advertisements for Coca-Cola. I would rather die than see my face in a car advertisement."

-Azzedine Alaia, Virginemag.com

This is a really great interview, definitely a must read!

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Market Appointment: Baby Phat Fall 2011 Preview

Baby Phat Fall 2011 Preview
Baby Phat has been quiet since certain changes had been made to the label. Now with a new design team, the brand is expanding its reach for a wide consumer base. I was never a Baby Phat customer because some of their merchandise was too heavily drenched in rhinestones, sequins and gold trimmings. But from this recent appointment there's still element of classic Baby Phat design details that longstanding customers appreciate as well as items that were more tone down that will hopefully to draw in new customers.

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Market Appointment: THEIA Resort 2012 Presentation

THEIA Creative Director Don O'Neil Resort 2012
THEIA Resort 2012 How appropriate and right on schedule that THEIA decided to have their Resort 2012 presentation today. It's the first day of summer and the collection is called The Summer Solistice. Don O'Neil, Creative Director for the label was on hand explaining in detail about the collection and the inspiration behind it. The inspiration was based on the Greek mythology of Helios, who would ride in a golden chariot from the beneath the sea across the sky. So for Resort Don based many of his gowns on the color and movement of the ocean. The fabrics he sourced for the collection were from Milan where the fabric designer manipulated and engineered it to appear iridescent or two colors at the same time. Asides from the sequin dresses were gowns in soft prints and stretch taffeta in a shades of orchid. (see below)
THEIA Resort 2012

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News: Versace for H&M

News broke today that the next designer collaboration with H&M is Versace. This is really exciting for the H&M shoppers and fashion lovers who may not be able to afford the authentic Versace pieces. So the question is, How do I feel about it? I feel very neutral about Versace working with H&M. To be honest I NEVER purchased any items from the many designer collaborations H&M has had over the years. Back in the day I really wanted a few pieces of what Stella McCartney and Karl Lagerfeld designed but that's about it. The crowd, the lines, the whole process that comes along with buying these items when it hit the sales floor turns me off a little... ok a lot. Without further ado, here's Donatella Versace talking about collaborating with H&M.

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An Early Morning Gift!

I got a wonderful delivery this morning, that's right my iPad finally came!!! I'm beyond excited to use this gadget I don't know where to begin or what app to download. Anyway I can't wait for New York Fashion Week to roll around so I can start using this.

I remember the days when I would haul around my 10 lbs laptop on my shoulder from show to show, it became exhausting after a while that I left it home. Now I can still blog in a sufficient amount of time without the heavy load weighing me down.

Now I can cross this off my gift guide. Yes!
P.S. Thanks Daddy!

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What To Wear On A Blind Date?

This question became a recent discussion based on an article about NBA player, Gilbert Arenas ranting on twitter about what his Blind Date wore. Please read the article with his tweets, it's rude, hilarious and embarassing all in one.

Yes, I would be upset if the guy I was on a date with tweeted that my shirt reminded him of Simba or better yet the Queen of Zamunda (ROTL). But as a female I wouldn't wear or encourage my friend to wear any wild print anything on a blind date, just keep it simple. In a perfect world you like to placed the attention on who you are not who made your shirt when meeting that blind date.

There are endless outfit possibilities so I will leave you with some tips:
1.) Avoid any trendy looks i.e. color-blocking, boho chic, tribal. These looks might be appreciated by your girlfriends or your favorite gay male friend but to the average straight guy (or Gilbert Arenas) it will probably be distracting.
2.) Stick with basics, basic colors, basic silhouettes, basic details. The "Queen of Zamunda" shirt that Gilbert's date had on was a zebra print with an embellished neckline of beads and shells, le sigh.
3.) Use accessories as your statement. A really great bag, shoes, and even earrings can spark up an outfit without being so brash.

click on items for buying details

3.1 PHILLIP LIM Draped Blazer
Coyote dangle earrings in black
MARC JACOBS Eugenie quilted leather clutch
YVES SAINT LAURENT Tribute patent-leather sandals
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Flare June 2011 - Just Add Water

Editorial: Just Add Water
Model: Gracie Carvalho
Stylist: Elizabeth Cabral
Photographer: Max Abadian

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Ashley Olsen Suits Up

Happy Birthday Ashley Olsen It's another birthday to be recognize and is it's one of my favorite stylish duo, Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen. However this post shines the spotlight on Ashley. I saw this pic of her recently and a lightbulb automatically went off in my mind, transitioning a suit into a more casual look. Ashley paired her pink suit with a breton stripe tee, flat sandals and rolled up the cuffs of her pants... smart as heck. Some of us have been conditioned that wearing suits are heavily applied to the corporate workplace as the required look and what to wear for an interview. Well I say, forget all of that! If you do have a suit casual-it-up or embrace the Spring/Summer season and buy a pant suit that's a pop of color.

6. Ring

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Quote of the Day: Black Models in the Fashion Industry

"Even though it may not be right, fashion portrays what people want to be; it reflects society, it’s the world we live in. The idea of fashion looking better on white skin is associated with an old sense of elitism, yet society has become much more diverse. In time, I think fashion will change."

-Model, Leomie Anderson in the Sunday Times Style Magazine

for full read go here.

Let's discuss: Do you think the fashion industry will catch up the times and be more catering to models of color?
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Beach Getaway Essentials

Yes fashion geeks, it's that time of the year, VACAY.
Be careful for what you asked for, a few times on this blog I've complained of how the weather is so cold, when is it going to heat up, and blah blah blah. I got what I asked for, it's hot as hell to a near heat wave. It might be hot as hell in NYC, but one of the best places to go when it's hot is the beach. My favorite beach since I was a little kid is
Seven Mile Beach in the Grand Cayman, it's absolutely beautiful and go at the right time there's barely anyone on the beach. While I might go to the beach to relax and take a dip in the water, some might go to tan and show off their bikini bod, anyway to each it's own. Below are some of the quintessential essentials for a beach getaway.

D&G Halter Neck One Piece
Hive and Honey Lead Earrings
Dolce Vita Platform Wedges
RayBan Wayfarer Sunglasses
Michael Kors, Straw Basket Tote

What's your favorite beach to go to?
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Happy Birthday Kanye West, Favorite Style Moments

Kanye West Birthday

Happy Birthday to Mr. West!
Kanye West, Music mogul and one to cause a scene either with his fashion choices or otherwise. It's no surprise that Mr. West is apparently designing his own line to hopefully bring with makes him looks good to the masses or to the very selected few. Below are some of my favorite stylish moments by Kanye West.

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2011 CFDA Winners

Prabal Gurung Winner of Swarowski Womenswear Designer Award

Major Congratulations to all of the winners of the CFDA awards!

International Designer of the Year Celine creative director Phoebe Philo

Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award Marc Jacobs

Fashion Icon of the Year Lady Gaga

Womenswear Designer of the Year Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough of Proenza Schouler

Menswear Designer of the Year Michael Bastian

Accessory Designer of the Year Alexander Wang

Swarovski Award for Womenswear Prabal Gurung

Swarovski Award for Menswear Robert Geller

Swarovski Award for Accessory Design Eddie Borgo

Eugenia Sheppard Award Hilary Alexander

Board of Director’s Special Tribute Award Arthur Elgort

While I couldn't attend the fabulous festivities I followed the happenings on twitter. The major trending topic was Mother Monster, Lady Gaga and her acceptance speech. See vid below.

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Market Appointment: barr + barr Fall 2011 Preview

Not so often when I go to market appointments the designers are there to chat it up with said blogger or editor. But Helen Barr was full with words about the essence of her handbag line, barr + barr. After twenty years working the fashion publishing, she started her brand in 2000. It was very evident talking to Helen that she cared the most about was the craftsmanship of her luxury bags and maintaining a classic quality that will make her bags last for a long time. Most of barr + barr customers are career women that want bags that are fashionable but well-made and wont disintegrate after three months. I love a great bag as the next woman, but as a consumer it's smart to buy a bag that can stand the test of time without constantly going out in the market spending more money for an item that's not up to par. At the end of the day quality trumps quantity.

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Quote of the Day: Lack of Diversity with Brands Collaborating with Fashion Bloggers

"When it comes to brands collaborating with fashion bloggers, the lack of multiculturalism isn’t the only diversity deficiency; there’s a shortage of variety in regards to the bloggers they choose to partner with. Brands continue to collaborate with many of the same bloggers, which results in several campaigns simultaneously featuring the same bloggers, sometimes diluting the quality of the project. Personally, I don’t feel that these collaborations accurately represent the real world (and maybe they aren’t meant to), and sometimes question if brands are even interested in combating this lack of diversity. Instead of simply partnering for popularity, why not choose fresh faces? New perspectives? Different styles? Minorities?"

- Words and Wardrobes
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Q&A: Kyle Anderson, Senior Accessories Editor

Kyle Anderson Senior Accessories Editor ELLE Magazine
During Fashion Week I had a brief chat with Kyle Anderson, the Senior Accessories Editor at ELLE but now I get to have a deeper dialogue. Also to the fashion reality shows buffs, Kyle also appeared on a few episodes of The City working with Olivia Palermo. Below is a q & a with Kyle discussing how he moved up in the ranks at ELLE and his favorites accessories.

How did you come to work at ELLE magazine?
After college I was an intern at Esquire, Cosmo GIRL, Marie Claire, Vogue and then Elle. I started freelancing with assistant work at Vanity Fair and Cosmopolitan and then back to ELLE. I got hired shortly after I started freelancing. But it took almost 3 years to get a permanent job.

What does your job as the Senior Accessories Editor at Elle magazine entails?
Usually I spend the morning going on appointments to see the new collections for all of the designers. I edit all types of accessories from American and Italian designers. After a morning of appointments I come back to the office, eat lunch and then I meet with stylists to pick out accessories for their shoots and also work on shopping pages. At around 6:30-7 I usually meet with press people or designers for cocktails or dinner. Almost every night I go to events until around 9/9:30pm. On Tues/Thurs and Fri I go with my friends to clubs. I see most of the people who I work with designers, stylists, editors, models out at night too. So it’s also kind of “work”. But fun.

If you weren't working in fashion what would you do?
I’m really interested in dermatology and laser skin treatments. I also consider working in psychology.

Kyle Anderson Senior Accessories Editor ELLE Magazine

Is there one trend you want to see go away?
I hate kitten heels, unless you have a foot problem and can’t wear heels.

Are there any trends you're excited about?
I like fur and this season I saw a lot of bondage/ s&m inspired fashion. I really like sexy, tough, rock n roll trends.

What are your favorite places to go shopping in NYC?
My favorite stores are Barneys NY and Bergdorf Goodman.

How would you describe your personal style?
I'm mostly influenced by military and rock n roll. I love camouflage, ripped jeans, leather pants leather jackets and metal hardware details. I love Balmain Homme and Burberry Prorsum.

Kyle Anderson Senior Accessories Editor

What's your favorite item in your closet?
My Rolex. I wear it every day. It was a gift for my 30th birthday. I love it.

Is there one accessory a woman should always have with her?
I’d say invest some money in something classic. A classic Hermes or Chanel bag, a Rolex or Cartier watch, Chanel ballet flats, Louboutin black leather pumps and wear them all the time. Wear them every day. They go with everything and never go out of style.

Any advice to people hoping to break into the fashion industry.
Just work hard and accept any types or challenges. If you love fashion, truly, it won’t be “work” even after 17 hour days it will be thrilling and make you feel satisfied. And never give up. I was told 300 times no. Then it just took one person to give me opportunities. Our former fashion director Nina Garcia was the one person who inspired me and gave me a chance and I owe my millions of opportunities and experiences all to her giving me a chance.

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ELLE Italia June 2011 - Sabor Tropical

ELLE Italia June 2011 // Sabor Tropical
Editorial: Fun in the Sun
Stylist: Eva Gerladine Fontanelli
Model: Flavia de Oliveira
Photographer: Marcelo Krasilcic


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