Sometimes people in the fashion takes things too seriously or don't realize that there's another world with problems outside of their workdesk. However watching Rachel Zoe talk about motherhood. she really has put things in perspective for her fashion empire as a mom. She's a stylist, business woman, designer and now Mother, that is truly bananas.
After some much great feedback from my Get To Know: Australian Labels story, it wouldn't be fair for my readers not to get a piece of some of the Australian action.
To three (3) hopefully readers, here's a chance to win this Axel Top by WISH. Perfect for the summer, perfect to go hang with your girlfriend or boyfriend or whatever is your preference, it can be yours if you follow the directions below.
2. Then head over to Chic Inspector on Facebook and LIKE that page as well!
3. In the comment section below or on Chic Inspector's Facebook Wall answer, how would you style this Axel top? The quirker the response, the better!
4. Optional: If you have a twitter handle, supply that in with your response and I will announce it on Twitter. Social Media is quite fun, I tell ya'!
The winners will be announced next Wednesday, August 3.
Jeans for the whole family that is moderately priced may sounds too good to be true, but it is. Levi's Strauss and Co., the denim giant launched Denizen Jeans that will be sold exclusively at Target stores and Target.com. Denizen was orginally launched in Asia in 2010 and other markets around the world, now it's available on American soil. Prices for Denizen jeans range from $17.99 to $29.99, which extremely affordable. I attended the launch party for Denizen and felt up the jeans myself and they were extremely soft and didn't look or feel like an usually $30 pair of jeans. Now, you don't have to break the bank to buy good jeans.
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This morning I woke up to this picture of Monique Santos wearing this très chic skirt by Sretsis taken by Phil Oh of Streetpeeper.com. I remember Sretsis, the label when it was name dropped on that short-term reality show, Fashionista Diaries where a couple of assistants competed for a full-time job at Seventh House PR. Since then the label has gone on to make incredible wearable feminine friendly clothes. Look at the Sretsis website for stockist information and their current lookbook.
Here are other skirts that might tickle your fancy:
Click on skirts for buying info.
I recently attend the Lucky + Express Rock the Sidewalk Cocktail Party. The party was to celebrate the Runway show happening today, Saturday in Times Square. Express goal to break the Guinness World Records title, for most people modeling on a catwalk. So if you want to rock the runway and get your picture taken, for free, go now!
If you can't make it to Times Square, you can RSVP on Facebook to watch the Express Holiday 2011 Runway Show.
The cocktail party was held at Cooper Square Hotel Penthouse.
But one of the best part of the evening was hanging out with a few of my favorite bloggers.
(left to right) Audrey from Audrey Allure, Eileen from MissWhoever You Are and Christine from Court & Hudson
Me, in an accessories explosion of sorts!
Mmm, let's just say I used the Express accessories table to my advantage.
I recently attend the Lucky + Express Rock the Sidewalk Cocktail Party. The party was to celebrate the Runway show happening today, Saturd...
Sometimes we are so busy in our lives we need to reflect on what we achieved, what we saw and where we are at. I can't count the many times I've been to NYFW at Bryant Park, but maybe I should have taken a step back realize what that the Tents really mean to the fashion industry and to New York. I guess I don't need to do that, as the documentary, Tents captures the history of the beginning of the Bryant Park Tents to what it is now. Check out the trailer above.
The Tents is a documentary film by James Belzer that will be play at the NewFest Film Festival.
Christmas in July indeed, that was the appropriative theme for the HSN Holiday Gift Guide Event. Even though It was scorching outside, I was bombarded with Christmas decorations, Christmas music and faux snow, it was quite fun and briefly put me in the Holiday spirit.
Above is an ornament decorated by designer Adrienne Landau. HSN have collaborated with mulitple designers and other celebrities to decorate an ornament to help raise money for the St. Jude Children Hospital.
Rara Avis by Iris Apfel Reptile Bracelet
R.J Graziano Watches
Adrienne Landau Jacket and Love ADAM Dress
IMAN embellished gloves
Alexander Wang: Athletic Twist
Stella McCartney: Boxy Cut Blazers
Celine: White Shirt Accents
Antonio Berardi: Monochromatic Full Looks
Balenciaga: Pointy Shoulders
I recently spied these Cobalt blue jeans by J. Brand and I'm in love. I think this would be the time to take my own trend advice and go for a bold color in jeans. I never ventured outside of the color spectrum when it came to jeans in the market such as black and dark blue rinse. Cobalt blue is a perfect color to spice it up for the summer. Also this a great transitional item come Fall.
Label:Robb & LuLu
Designer(s): Robert Zagame and Lulu McDermott
About: Robb and Lulu both used their skills of fashion design and illustration to create unique designs and fabric creations for their label. Robb and Lulu has a range of pieces for men and women but the stand out element of the collection is the highly colorful and detailed illustration prints that is all hand sketched. With only one collection under the label's belt, some of the pieces has caught the attention of major retailers here in the States.
Where to buy: more info at RobbandLulu.com
Label: Oscar The Third
Designer(s): Jessian Polk
About: Only 8 years old, Oscar the Third is an organically grown collection, that has many references point from around the world. Jessian works with a specific farm in South India that produces the organic cotton that she uses for Oscar the Third. The label focuses on hand dyed fabrics, flirty dresses and chunky knits. The brand is growing and garnering attention much with the Australian press.
Where to buy: Shopbop.com
Designer(s): Annette Cannock
Where to buy: Revolveclothing.com, alibionline.com.au
Label: Maurie & Eve
Designer(s): Kelly Davies
About: Maurie & Eve is an Australian label based on a story of love. The story of Maurie and Eve, is that Evelyn Williams and Maurice Williams met each other on a beach and fell in love and was together for 56 years. Kelly Davis, the designer started designing clothes on the sewing machine that her grandmother, Evelyn left to her in her will. It was only right that Kelly name the label in honor of her grandparents, Evelyn and Maurice.
Currently being produced in Bali, Kelly uses the top of the line fabrics such as suede and sheep leather for her label. Maurie & Eve is the quintessential of the two worlds of being edgy and feminine; there are many elements of boyish quality with a balance of feminine shapes. More than 9 years later the brand as emerged out of Australia and into other major markets around the world.
Where to buy: Shopbop.com, RevolveClothing.com
Label: Jessie Hill
Designer(s): Jessie Hill
About: Beginning her career at the ripe ol' age of 17 it didn't take that long for Jessie to get recognize to be head womenswear designer at Buddhist Punk, a label located in London. Soon after her stint there she ventured on on her own with her namesake label. Jessie Hill is a mix of naughty and nice, sweet and spicy. Jessie's know how to balance her edgy sensibility with sophistication which makes it perfect for that hipster customer.
Where to Buy: The-StyleStore.com
Label: Goddess of Babylon
Designer(s): Chantel Barber
About: Goddess of Babylon is where bohemian lives and thrives. Chantel Barber, head designer gets her inspiration from Bali, Indonesia and Byron Bay, Australia. These are two places that the cultures are uniquely different but consolidated together makes a collection very grounded and earthy. Each season the collection have the basics of organic cottons, leather, suede and details in pieces that are handstitched.
Where to buy: Gloriajewel.com
Label: Marnie Skillings
Designer(s): Marnie Skillings
About: This namesake label is all about what a every day woman wants to wear. Marnie, the designer knows a thing and two about making clothes for the chic sophisticated women. Her first collection debuted at Australian Fashion week and since then she has evolved her collection around tailored pieces. Marnie uses her design training and experience to infuse modernity, shapes and luxe fabrications as her signature each season.
Where to buy: Frockshop
To end this very disappointing week off, here's a hilarious clip from one of my favorite shows, 1 Girl 5 Gays. The castmate, Santos gets an invention because of his addiction to Glamour.
Have a Happy Weekend!
Callula Lillibelle, my first market appointment showing resort collection of the year. This brand really know how to execute the abili...
Kate Moss got married to Jamie Hince, she looked happy and the rest of the wedding party looked beautiful. The style of the wedding was very hippie, the the young bridesmaids had flower headdress and wore white sheath dresses. Fashionista.com twitter asked the question, Disappointed in Kate Moss wedding Dress? My retweet was, "Nope! It's not my wedding. Whatever makes the bride happy". The wedding dress was designed by Galliano and was very understated and fit the aesthetic of the wedding. I can not have huge expectations or demand what someone regardless of it's a supermodel or member of the Royal Family, should wear on their wedding day. It's a day meant for them and their close family not to appease fashion bloggers.
Last but not least, the Christian Dior Fall 2011 runway show in Paris, le sigh. I appreciate Cathy Horyn critiques so when I saw her tweet of, "More from Dior. Lot's of strangeness here, folks." I knew this wasn't good. When every editor and journalist came from the show their reaction of the show (without John Galliano) were the same. With a major shake up as John Galliano getting fired from a legendary house as Dior, it will definitely take time for the house to find some consistency. I always believe things will get worse before they get better. Lets hope Dior CEO Sidney Toledano doesn't make the same mistake that the former Emanuel Ungaro CEO Mounir Moufarrige did.
I had an amazing time at the Lucky Social Summer Jam by Lucky Magazine. It was a socializing event for a few bloggers from the NYC area. The Bumbys was there giving out their infamous appraisals, here's mine below: