Sunday, June 1, 2008
"Fashion fades, style is eternal."
The iconic Yves Saint Laurent died today in Paris at age 71.
Laurent rarely appeared in public and suffered from ill mental and physical health for much of his life. He retired from designing haute couture in 2002. His partner Pierre Berge said he died in his home after a long illness.
The world has truly lost a real artist and visionary.
Friday, May 30, 2008
Sources: Women's Wear Daily & Fashionista
According to WWD MK&A are teaming up with jewelry designer Robert Lee Morris for line of jewelry for Elizabeth & James! Above is my favorite piece from his Andy Warhol collection (Cross Charm Bracelet in Sterling Silver, $150). I can't wait to see what he comes up with for E&J!
THREE'S A CROWD: Sure he's worked with Anne Klein and is a longtime friend of Donna Karan. Now CFDA award-winning jewelry designer and sculptor Robert Lee Morris is partnering with a new young design duo: Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen. According to sources, the trio has been hard at work for the past few months on a collection of jewelry dubbed Robert Lee Morris for Elizabeth and James. Apparently the twins long have been fans of Morris and pored over his vast archives in at his headquarters in downtown Manhattan. The line of silver and brass dagger necklaces, amorphous knuckle rings and edgy earrings will bow in the next few months. A representative for Morris could not be reached for comment.
Thursday, May 29, 2008
What? You didn't pre-order tickets to see Sex and the City tomorrow? Really?! Well, that's okay you can still get a fashion fix at the movies. The best supermodel on the entire planet, Gemma Ward, is making her American film debut in The Strangers and it also comes out tomorrow. She plays the (aptly-named) character, Doll Face, who helps two others terrorize a poor couple.
Here is a quick clip featuring Gemma who actually speaks at the end. Even in movies I'm always surprised when I hear a model actually speak. Even one who is wearing a mask and sweats.
I love that French Playboy is just like any fashion magazine in France. Their spreads are very high fashion, editorial and thought provoking which is more than you can say for some American fashion magazines as of late. Can you imagine if these pictures were in American Playboy? Men would be outraged! But I think they're beautiful and interesting and fashion. These photos star every ones favorite 29-year-old model turned jewelry designer, Anouck Lepére. Kate Moss's daughter, Leila Rose, will be her step-daughter. She's engaged to Kate's ex Jefferson Hack, the founder of fashion mag Dazed & Confused.
These pictures feature some nudity (well hello it's still Playboy. Plus, everyone always seems to be partially naked in ANY French magazine) and are not safe for work/school/children/etc.
Anouck Lepére Stats:
Agency: IMG NYC/Paris/London/Milan
Dress: 4 US/34 EU/6 UK
Hips: 32"/81 cm
Waist: 25"/64 cm
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Last night was the much anticipated New York Premiere of the movie of Sex and the City! And while they were in their beloved city, and the home of fashion, the girls were a bit less glamorous than at the first premiere in London. But it was filled with beautiful celebrities and the fashion elite.
Kristen Davis in Donna Karan
I have to say I'm pretty disappointed. This was a show that was all about the fashion and they couldn't have gotten their stylists to do them up a little better? But I do really love SJP in the Nina Ricci!
Ashley Olsen, Anna Wintour, and Fergie also hit the red carpet. I love Anna because she can get away with wearing sunglasses no matter where she is or when like on a red carpet at night. If Ashley and Fergie ditched the blazers they'd pretty much have perfect outfits if you ask me. Ashley is wearing pants and a blazer from The Row, a vintage Balenciaga top, a Givenchy belt and a Calvin Klein clutch.
This is the first time I've been tagged! I feel like I'm gonna make it after all!
5 things found in my bag:
1. Tiny pink suede notebook
4. My MJ medicine tote
5. Kate Spade wallet :D
5 more things found in my bag:
1. Orbit Sweet Mint Gum
3. My MJ compact
4. My Rubbermaid water bottle
5. Assorted hair ties and headbands
5 Favorite things in my room:
1. My necklace stand. It's a tiny dress form wearing a princess/swan lake like tutu covered in crystals and such. It sounds cheesy because I can't describe things but it's really pretty.
2. My giant bed.
3. Piles and piles of fashion magazines, stacks in my closet, under my bed, in my dresser drawers, etc
4. My curtains. They are white and lacy and very feminine and perfect and when the window is open they flutter gently in the breeze.
5. A framed picture of my parents together at Christmas in 1970
5 Things I've always wanted to do:
1. Live in Paris
2. Live in NYC
3. Take cooking classes and become a magnificent cook
4. Work at any Vogue magazine around the world
5. Become crazy famous. Not Britney Crazy famous more Angelina Jolie crazy famous. Which is funny since I do love poor Britney and can't stand Angelina but you know what I mean.
5 Things I am currently into:
2. Real Estate & Interior Decorating (I'm obsessed with HGTV)
3. French Playboy
4. Re-reading all of my favorite books even if I've read them a million times before
5. Getting dressed up
The person who tagged you is: Richel from Ragamala
Your 5 impressions of her:
1. Amazing style! She can take the most ordinary things and put them together and just have the most amazing outfit.
2. She has tea parties with her friends that I am endlessly jealous of!
3. She has the most amazing collection of embellished flats from India!
4. She loves ballet and dancing and showcases
5. Super artistic with collages and photo shop and photography. Jealous.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Lily D just bought herself an apartment down the street from best friend (and fellow super model) Gemma Ward in New York City paying a cool $2.2 million for a co-op building. According to The New York Observer:
Everybody's favorite fashionable duo:
Very blond, well-boned, expensively jeaned buyers have been pouring into East Village apartments for so long that it’s hard to find new excuses to complain about the area’s über-gentrification. But then again, it’s hard to remember when someone as upsettingly young as Lily Donaldson, the 21-year-old Vogue cover girl, spent anything like $2.2 million on a neighborhood apartment, especially one that happens to be as far east as Avenue B.
Her new two-bedroom place on Tompkins Square Park around East Eighth Street could be the most expensive co-op ever sold on the block, according to listing broker Danny Davis.
She has Brazilian cherry wood floors (“that glow with the setting sun,” according to his listing), two bathrooms with original pedestal sinks and cast iron tubs, a 40-foot-long living room with six windows facing three directions, and, of course, a dressing room off one of the two bedrooms.
On the downside, the building is massively nondescript and un-frilled, plus the apartment needs work. “I’d put money into it,” Mr. Davis said, “I’d bet she will, too.”
Nevertheless, it sold for well above its $1.895 million asking price from this December. “I had six offers on the place,” said the broker, though he wouldn’t discuss the deal itself. The model’s rivals included a husband and wife from Goldman Sachs, a bachelor who owns a PR firm, and a woman with a trust fund.
But Ms. Donaldson was “the highest bidder and very qualified. The board liked her and approval was unanimous, which is always a concern when you’re dealing with a young model,” Mr. Davis said. “You’re never sure how a board would see her.”
The last sale in the building, according to city records, was a $650,000 deal just one floor down. That was in October 2004; nowadays, Avenue B has a lot of models and PR executives willing to pay more. Those new buyers make things nice for brokers like Mr. Davis, who wears slicked-back hair and a big smile in his Web site’s photograph: He left for Mexico after the apartment was listed in December, held just one open house when he came back, and accepted Ms. Donaldson’s offer a week later.
After closing, Mr. Davis went south again for a 40th birthday celebration in Jamaica: “Twenty-one people, all friends, no kids,” he said. “Awesome place—yeah, it was great.”
Everybody's favorite fashionable duo:
Monday, May 26, 2008
It's no secret that I love Disney to the point of scary obsession. So it's no surprise that I love the Disney Couture line because it blends my two loves: fashion and Disney. Kidada Jones (Quincy Jones' daughter) designs a line of semi-high end Disney jewelry it is super cute. My favorite piece is the Wrap Bracelet it's the perfect way to blend the whimsy of Disney to a more mature look. The bracelet comes in various colors and is inspired by classic Disney movies like Bambi, Alice in Wonderland, and Peter Pan. It's made of soft braided Italian leather with 20 14-k gold charms and is 34" inches long. The line is often worn by celebrities like Nicole Richie, Lindsay Lohan, and Kate Moss. It's also been featured in magazines such as British Vogue and Elle magazine.
You can wrap it around your arm and wrists however you want and then you tie and knot it yourself. I like how Nicole sometimes wraps hers with other bracelets to give it a chunkier look or you could wear two or three on one arm.
They retail for about $110 each and versions include Alice in Wonderland, Bambi, Princess, Tinkerbell, Sleeping Beauty, Pocahontas, The Seven Dwarfs, etc. They come in all sorts of colors like pale blue, black, pink, navy, white, purple and green. My favorite is the black Sleeping Beauty version:
Disney Couture Wrap Bracelets by Kidada Jones, $110-$135
Find them at:
Sunday, May 25, 2008
I found out that my awesome cousin Ashley is working at the Kate Spade store so naturally I had to go say hi! I also said hello to a beautiful new wallet. Of course.
Kate Spade New York The Maria Broome Street Wallet in Sky/Blush Original Retail $175 (I paid $75. Totally sweet.)
Boston, 117 Newbury St, 617-262-2632
Natick, Natick Collection, 1245 Worcester St., 508-651-7035
Wrentham, Wrentham Village Outlets, 508-384-6348
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Friday, May 23, 2008
You might remember that I mentioned the "Miami Vice" shoes from the Chanel Cruise Collection that are in the shape of a gun? Well I finally got a picture of them. They aren't very practical but they are interesting. What do you think? I think it would be pretty cool if you could whip off your shoe and fire a gun if you needed to like some kind of super hero.
I'm not usually a fan of Mischa Barton's style (or of her really) but besides being insanely beautiful she's always willing to take a chance with her style. US Weekly may have dubbed her one of their worst dressed for the Cannes Film Festival but I really loved her Roberto Cavalli hippie chic look!
The dress is a little bit loose around her chest (and she really shouldn't smile with her mouth closed it makes her face look a bit too full) but otherwise I think she accessorised the dress perfectly. Plus, she's one of the few girls I can think of who can actually wear a headband like that.
Here are two more Mischa home runs from this past week at Cannes:
On Wednesday, Alessandra Facchinetti showed her third collection for Valentino in New York. I always associate Valentino with bold, strong evening wear and bright structured pieces with an unadulterated sexiness. But this season Facchinetti showed a softer, more lady like look for Valentino clients in muted, subdued colors and designs. Ruffles, organza gowns, metallic peep toes, high waistlines, and tiny buttons reigned supreme.
My favorite looks:
Thursday, May 22, 2008
MK looking casually chic while getting coffee in LA today. She's wearing Pedro Garcia booties and either Kova & T or The Row leggings. I love how they come down as stirrups but are still able to bunch in all the right areas. Plus, her bag is amazing. The only thing I don't like? Her Marlboro Reds. Quit smoking, MK!
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
I finally read Ali Michael's exclusive interview with Teen Vogue about her eating disorder. It was sad but hardly shocking. The shocking thing is the amount of venom that is being spewed at her within the industry for speaking up. I've been reading so many blogs and talking to my (very, very few) sources and there seems to be an understanding that if she had gotten healthy (as she was doing at the last round of shows) she could have continued to work fairly consistently for the next few years. She wouldn't be the super star she had been set up to be earlier in her career but she'd be a working a model. Unfortunately by talking out she's pretty much committed career suicide in the eyes of many in the industry. The things I've been reading and have overheard concerning Ali is insanely disheartening especially since so many of the most hateful things are coming from adults towards a child. But designers and casting agents aren't going to change the aesthetic that they want to achieve anytime soon and certainly not because an 18 year old girl wants them to. And if that 18 year old girl is going to cause problems they won't hire her. They'll simply hire a girl who will meet that standard. And they will come in their thousands willing to hurt themselves for a chance at a real modeling contract.
I see both sides. I'm one of the first people to jump to defend the modeling and fashion industries. I love skinny models; I wish I could be one. But being healthy should always, always come before anything else. Beyond that, even at her "healthy" weight Ali is still a very thin, tall, beautiful girl. I can't imagine the pain and humiliation that she must have felt at the (undeserved) "fat ankles" comment that probably happened at a casting in front of dozens of other models and agents. Some agents say they make a point of only signing or working with girls who are that tall and that thin naturally. I'm sure that this happens occasionally but please those girls are "working" on being that thin either in a healthy way or in an extreme way.
Honestly, fashion models are just glorified walking clothes hangers. As was pointed out in the original Wall Street Journal article that sparked Ali's controversy: Clothes are no longer designed for women or for models. We're now trying to design our bodies for the clothes.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
I AM working on fashiony things and will update soon. But green affordable housing is an important issue and The Incredible Hulk premieres in June. Plus, it appears that this meeting happened in Boston. Had I known that he was there I would have gone all crazy fan girl on him.
Monday, May 19, 2008
On Thursday, May 22 Bloomingdale's Chestnut Hill is hosting a Girl's Night Out event from 6-8 pm. Head up to their contemporary Y.E.S. section for music, fashion cabanas, treats, and yummy refreshments. Also, if you spend $200 you'll receive an exclusive Free People printed beach towel. Spend $250 or more to receive a $50 gift card (this offer is good between 5/23-6/08) Also as an extension to your clothes shopping make an appointment to stop by the Cle De Peau cosmetics counter to try out their new luxury Fluid Foundation. The Clarins and Chanel counters are also offering some freebies such as a custom complimentary facial by Clarins and an eyelash analysis to find the perfect mascara diagnosis for you at Chanel just make sure you call first!
Bostonista will probably be there so show up and hang out!
Bloomingdales- Chestnut Hill Mall, 225 Boylston St., Newton, 617-630-6000
Sunday, May 18, 2008
You might remember that at the last round of Paris shows that 17 year old model, who only months before was the new fashion IT girl, Ali Michael, was sent home by her agency for having gained five pounds. Designers complained that her legs had simply become "too fat" and she wasn't booking jobs. She was still between a size 0-2. What we didn't know when we heard she was sent home for five pounds was that she had begun treatment for an eating disorder. At the time of her huge success, and huge prospects for her and her career she was only 105 lbs. She hadn't had her period in more than a year. Her hair was falling out in clumps. How many hair stylists covered that up for her? Or said that it was the overuse of products and yanking and curling irons? Ali turned 18 this past week and is talking to Teen Vogue in the latest issue (she had graced their cover with Karlie Kloss and Chanel Iman back in the fall and no one even guessed that she was sick) and spoke to The Today Show about her battle:
I think it's pretty brave of her to speak DURING her career. We all know how Karl Lagerfeld feels about "fat" girls although on the latest cover of Muse she doesn't look fat at all, does she?
I used to hate her for being the poor man's Gemma Ward but I've come to appreciate the ugly insane beauty that is Sasha. It pissed me off that when E! was talking about Gemma being one of the highest paid models they showed a picture of Sasha on the runway. They don't look THAT much alike. It's easy to tell them apart if you try! ANYWAY, as of late I've been finding Sasha more and more inspiring. But maybe it's just Gemma withdrawal?