Monday, February 27, 2012

Red Carpet Fav's from The Oscars 2012

Rooney Mara in custom Givenchy and Michelle Williams in Louis Vuitton

There were plenty of head turners at this year's Academy Awards, but there were definitely ones that stood out from others because of their class, beauty, sex appeal, and overall look. For example, Gwyneth Paltrow walked the red carpet in a luxe-minimal white gown with a bold cape detail from Tom Ford's latest collection. A look that will surely put her on red carpet fashion history for many years to come. "This is my Jackie O moment," said the stunning beauty of her ensemble. But who could forget Jessica Chastain in Alexander McQueen and Emma Stone at the Vanity Fair after party in Chanel?! Black and red were definitely the colors of the night, but who was your favorite?
Gwyneth Paltrow in Tom Ford and Sandra Bullock in Marchesa.
Jessica Chastain in Alexander McQueen and Salma Hayek in Yves Saint Laurent
Diane Kruger in Calvin Klein and Felicity Jones in Johanna Johnson
Elizabeth Olsen in Dior and Emma Stone in Chanel
Sophia Coppola in Yves Saint Laurent and Kate Hudson in Versace
Kate Bosworth in Prabal Gurung and Zoe Saldana in Mario Schwab
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Photos from Harpers Bazaar.

Milan Fashion Week: Dsquared² Fav

I'm usually not a fan of Dean and Dan Caten of Dsquared², but I absolutely loved their FW 12 collection. It was such a breath of freshness among all the dark and moody collections coming out of MFW. The collection was so fun that the runway was turned retro high school prom with ensembles inspired by the 60's from pencil skirts, knitted cardigans, and cigarette pants. I also thought the color palette was fresh with blush pinks, forest greens, canary yellows, and sky blues, which later turned in to blacks and whites with evening wear closing the show. This is the first time I think Dean and Dan made really wearable dresses that weren't loud and probably red carpet worthy. Will we be seeing those numbers on the like of Chloe Moretz or Emma Stone? Who knows, but these guys are definitely on a role. How amazeballs are those heels?! and the jewelry?!!! View the full collection here.
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Photos from NYMag & StyleBistro.

Currently Jamming To...

The Head & The Heart - Down In The Valley // They're on my list for Coachella this year and I CANNOT wait to see them perform live. This song is just too too good.

Madonna - Girls Gone Wild // UMMM L-U-V MADONNA! Like any gay man, I am beyond excited to be hearing new material from the Queen of pop. Her album seems like it's going to be a strong one if she's continuing to release upbeat club bangers like she is with Give Me All Your Luvin and GGW.

A$ap Rocky - Palace // Another one I'm looking forward to seeing at this year's Coachella. Down right dirty and down right hood good. Get Lit has also been on repeat, but Palace is my ultimate fav off this rookie's new album, Live Love A$ap.

Santigold - Disparate Youth // I cannot help but dance to her single, Big Mouth, but her recent toned down Disparate Youth release has me playing it on repeat for the past few days. Up beat, but not overwhelmingly infectious. I cannot wait to get my hands on her next album, Master of My Make-Believe out later this year.

Jamie Woon - Street // I seriously heard this song playing at work and I instantly shazammed it. I think it dark and sexy and kind of reminds me of sultry 90's music. I'm obsessed.

Fashion News: Stefano Pilati OUT at Yves Saint Laurent

And another one bites the dust. Got the news this morning that March 8th will be YSL's current creative director and personally one of my favorites, Stefano Pilati's last show for the Paris fashion house. Seems like there's a lot of drama and outs right now with Jil Sander making her return to her label, forcing it's current head, Raf Simmons, out. If you read up on fashion news on the daily, then you've already known that Pilati and former YSL executive, Pierre Bergé, have had plenty of rifts for awhile now, so I suppose it was only a matter of time. As a designer, I truly admire Pilati for his understanding of elegance, chic, beauty, and women in general. I think his years at YSL were commercially strong and for the most part were critically well-received. Rumors are swirling that Raf Simmons and Hedi Slimane may take over, but only time will tell. I guess the March 8th show will be one highly anticipated presentation, but I'm more than confident it will not disappoint.

"[I am] incredibly proud of what I have accomplished with my teams over the past decade at Saint Laurent ... I exit the house with fierce conviction in all that we have achieved and deep gratitude to those who have supported me along the way ... I wish the maison Yves Saint Laurent and its new creative director the very best for the future."

(Clearly MK is one lucky gal. How I'd love to locklips with Stefano like that..;))

Photos from Purple Magazine.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Sunday's Ensemble


1. Casio G-Shock limited edition Dee&Rickey watch
2. Oliver People's Sheldrake opticals in crystal
3. Dior Homme jeans
4. Marni for H&M yellow shirt (available in select H&M stores March 8th)
5. Junya Watanabe leather trimmed hooded jacket
6. Stubbs and Wooten YES/NO slippers
7. Pierre Hardy graphic pouch

New Position: Chanel Brand Ambassador

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After a year and a half and two promotions later, I have taken over the CHANEL department at Saks Fifth Avenue as the label's Brand Ambassador. Who wouldn't want to advocate for Karl and all the pretty things he creates for the Paris fashion house? You bet your bottom dollar I'm looking forward to my merchandise allowance. ;) Goes to show hard work and initiative pays off, but this isn't where I'm stopping; CHANEL corporate, you're next. Success never settles.
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Milan Fashion Week: Fall/Winter 2012 Favs Part One

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Gucci // Gucci's creative director, Frida Giannini presented a darkly luxurious collection filled with billowing gowns, lush coats accented with the finest furs,and relaxed suiting. The color palette of black, and dark moody jewel tones of emeralds, plums, burgundy, and sapphires dominated the runway. Giannini brought back her chiffon gowns with romantic touches that balanced out the dark tailored pieces in the collection. From the sheer, slinky, and sensuous pieces, I was definitely on a fashion high especially with lux fabrics from velvet, feathers, and leather. View the full collection here.

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Etro // Veronica Etro took a more demure route for this season's FW 12 collection for the Italian fashion house. From a warm pallete of greys, marmalade, burgundy, navy, powder blues, and blacks, the Etro woman was sexy in slinky, body cautious silhouettes with classic touches of Etro prints. Hints of flirty ruffles, the most exotic furs, and leather brought out the collection to another level. Definitely one of my favorite collections of the season to date. View the full collection here.

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Prada // Prada has continued to be one of the most highly anticipated shows of MFW and for good reason. Miuccia Prada took a similar approach to her mens FW 12 collection with refined suiting, tailored coats, with a punch of graphic prints. The embellishments continued from the SS 12 show on the coats and pants with beads or large jewelry pieces. The presentation started with a dark palette and worked its way up to color from oranges, purples, and pinks. Classic, yet quirky and modern; another great Prada collection especially with the reinvention of sixties staples such as long vest jackets and platform heels. View the full collection here.

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Just Cavalli // The contemporary line of Roberto Cavalli was as fun as it was practical and stylish. Incorporating classic animal prints, the presentation included plenty of youthful shapes and up beat styling that was everything rock and roll chic. From the chunky knits, patent leather pants, to the prints, I was in awe of it all. View the full collection here.

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Emilio Pucci // Peter Dundas was another creative director that took their FW 12 collection to a more glamourous, but minimal approach. The collection opening with strong sexy black dresses with sheer cut outs and worked it's way to luxe fabrics in crocodile, crystal detailing, fur collars, and leather fringe. Dundas included classic Pucci prints and brought out sex appeal in high slits and a few body hugging ensembles in sky blue and nude tones. My favorite looks of the collection were on Joan Smalls; classic Pucci, sexy, bohemian, and high fashion at it's finest. You can always expect to see modern bohemian and sexy rock and roll chic from Peter. Then again that's View the full collection here.

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Versace // I wasn't a fan of the couture presentation, but I can say that I really enjoyed Donatella's FW 12 collection for Versace. With a dark color palette with rock and roll undertones, the Versace woman donned sexy silhouettes with short hemlines and fitted jackets in metal mesh and jewel encrusted detailing. Embracing dark rock and roll, Versace took the ensembles to another level with Betty Paige hair, spiked cocktail rings, and leather gloves. View the full collection here.

Kate Moss for W Magazine

I just got my W in the mail the other day and I flipped through this incredible editorial Steven Klein shot, which features the just as incredible supermodel, Kate Moss. I'm always mesmerized by an editorial when it allows you to ponder and imagine as if it's a story. Fashion is by all means a form of art isn't it? I'm usually taken by Grace Coddington and her abilities with Vogue, but I am absolutely in love with this dark vs light/heaven vs hell story W's fashion director, Edward Enninful styled. From Balenciaga, Jil Sander, Louis Vuitton, and The Row, Kate looks hauntingly beautiful.
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Photos from Fashion Gone Rogue.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Joan Smalls by Daniel Sannwald in Dior for POP S/S 2012

I've slowly started saving some photos that I want to blow up for art around the apartment and Joan Smalls in this Dior beauty shoot is beyond amazeballs. She's absolutely stunning alone, but I LOVE the effects on the photos. Maybe I should take a photo of myself and splatter some paint on it and hang it up...ahh or not. Joan is clearly more beautiful.
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Photos from Fashion Gone Rogue.

Givenchy for MFF

Besides Ricardo Tisci's feature in Vogue's March issue, it seems like his incredible FW 12 collections continue to thrive and gain exposure and clearly for good reason. The collection for both men and women as well as the couture collection were absolutely breathtaking; dark, chic, a touch of humor, sexy, and high class gangster. I wonder if I could pull off one of those kilts/skirts. What do you guys think?
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Photos from The Design Scene.