Monday, February 23, 2009
Thank you so much to Poshhh at Babydoll Rage for giving me the "Your Blog is Fabulous!" award! She has a fabulous personal style blog that you should check out if you haven't already!
Part of the rules of accepting this award is to pass it on to other fabulous bloggers and so I'm giving the award to...
Sunday, February 22, 2009
White was the color of the night! From Anne Hathaway to Evan Rachel Wood at least six big names and nominees were wearing white. And it worked really well. I think there is a sort of belief that young women especially should avoid white for formal events in case you look too bridal. But even Penelope Cruz in her vintage Balmain (its sixty years old) wedding dress looked more regal than bridal. I wore white to my senior prom and it makes you stand out in a sea of blacks, reds and pastels.
Here is my Top 4 best dressed list for this years Oscars...
4. Natalie Portman in Rodarte! I'm not a huge fan of Portman but her appearance on the red carpet was stunning in this sweet Rodarte gown. Notice the red and white crystal detailing on the bodice? A glamorous but subtle touch. I find the color to be particularly brave since it could have clashed with the red carpet and also because she tends to wear blacks, whites and other neutrals on the red carpet. But it was worth the risk! Lovely!
3. Last years winner, Marion Cotillard, wore an amazing dress that you might remember from the Dior Haute Couture Fall 08. She altered the top part of the dress and, unlike Sarah Jessica Parker who also wore altered Dior HC Fall 08, kept the integrity and form of the dress intact.
2. Mommy Dearest couldn't believe how breathtaking Marissa Tomei in Atelier Versace was and neither could I! At first I was unsure about the fan of pleating around the knees but the dress grew on me immensely and honestly it moved like water around her on the red carpet. Just absolutely beautiful.
1. Anne Hathaway in Armani Prive! She looked like a mermaid with a shimmering fin and I just loved it. It was elegant and over-the-top and just superb for the first time nominee. It hugged every curve without being vulgar and although you may not have seen it she pinned the back of the dress with a stunning black onyx broach. It was the perfect way of accessorizing an entirely swarvoski crystal covered gown without overwhelming it. Perfection!
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Leah Lezark and Joy Bryant front row at 3.1 Phillip Lim
MK & Nicole Richie front row at Proenza Schouler
Barbara Walters at Oscar de la Renta
Claire Danes at Narciso Rodriguez
Poppy Delevingne front row at Anna Sui
Taylor Momsen front row at Anna Sui
Kate Bosworth at Diesel
Lindsay Lohan front row at Charlotte Ronson
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
The Mulleavy sisters used a collage of stones, wood, and metal to build their fantastical collection inspired by architectural artist Gordon Matta-Clark. Except of course that the materials were actually opulent fabrics. The creatures that stomped down the runway could have been volcano goddesses erupting from the Earth or mermaids emerging from the sea. While last season the girls were extraterrestrial this time the look was clearly earthly and organic.
Many of the mini dresses resembled straight-jackets made of marble and yet there was a movement and softness to the garments that could have come across as severe. The look was relentless but captivating and although there will be some Balanciaga and Balmain comparisons and complaints of their lack of commercial appeal I found a lot to love in their thigh high leather boots, wearable chunky knits, and the brooding colors. In my opinion the point of Rodarte has never been commercial success it's been their power to evoke strong emotion. If others are designers than the Mulleavy sisters are artists.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
I'm excited to let you all know that I have a small piece published in the current issue of Lola Magazine! Perfumes For Every Mood that hopefully you'll love!
Lola is available all over the city and in most of the suburbs! Plus, it's free! Go to
Lola Boston to find the closest location where you can grab one!
Check out some scans of my piece, Message in a Bottle!
Monday, February 16, 2009
For a man who no longer lives in Manhattan Marc Jacobs wrote a love note to the New York of the Eighties with his eponymous fall 09 collection.
We've been seeing it all week but now that Marc is in on it we know for sure: the eighties are back. I've yet to decide if this is a bad or good thing but for Marc Jacobs it was close to bliss.
Looking away from the outrageous and things that are appealing only on an runway there was a lot here to love. Metallic leather dresses? Yes, please! Cashmere gloves that are so long they need to be slightly scrunched to be shoulder length? I dream of those gloves.
His brightly colored, multi-styled wool coats, hoods, jackets and capes are timeless and sure to be big sellers next fall. Some of the biggest hair, helmet hair you've ever seen might be super tacky but the clothes and colors were fun. Outrageous might not sell in dark times but things that make you smile certainly do. An electric yellow velvet cocktail dress isn't practical or timeless but it is happily innocent of the ills of the world for at least one evening. And I think right now we all need some kind of antidote to reality.
Did I love everything about this collection? No. I would do almost anything for Marc Jacobs but shoulder pads? Sorry, MJ. But your striking colors and luxe fabrics are so beautiful and luscious that they more than make up for the blatant eighties references.
But it's been the most inspiring one of the season so far. Beautiful, well constructed, quirky, and thoughtful with plenty of pieces to sell out of the stores.
If Jacobs isn't feeling pressure about economics he is trying to keep his ladies happy: the show actually started two minutes early.