04/01/2010 - 05/01/2010Bostonista: 04/01/2010 - 05/01/2010

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Costume Institute Gala Part 2

And now for the questionable fashion choices of the evening!

I was surprised that Diane Von Furstenberg was the only woman to go the stars and stripes route but I have to say that I think she pulled it off really well!
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Karlie Kloss looks amazing in purple but it looks like a suburban prom dress. Then again she probably didn't get to go to her prom so that makes sense...
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Chloe Sevigny in Proenza Schouler. I think I would have liked this with different makeup and hair. She just looks so washed out! I don't know I just can't decide if I hate or love the actual dress.

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Tina Fey in YSL. A lot of people hated this but I actually really like it. She doesn't look good in formal gowns and this jumpsuit just suits her personality. I think she looks sexy!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Met's Costume Institute Gala

This year the Metropolitan Museum's Costume Institute's exhibit is American Woman: Fashioning A National Identity so the gala was co-hosted by the most iconic American brand- no, not Ralph Lauren and no, not Calvin Klein but the Gap!
I suppose the Gap has helped fashion a national identity in the last 25 years or so but not exactly the height of American glamour. It also led to some awkward designer "for gap" collaborations except of course none of the collaborations made any real sense and in the end it was really just one of the designers usual looks.
Oprah (!) also co-hosted the event along with Anna Wintour and she encouraged everyone to go see the exhibit at the MET this summer.
I always looks forward to the Met Gala because after the annual disappointment of Oscar fashion you know that everyone will be going all out with over-the-top fashion for the Costume Institute!
Unfortunately, this year was a little bit of a let down.
I've read many people blaming the theme of the exhibit for the lack of exciting fashion choices but American women have been at the forefront of style for the last century!
Well, even if the celebrities played it safe the models never disappoint!
Check out the models:
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Now for my best dressed of the night:

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Kate Bosworth in Valentino and Sienna Miller in Pucci

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Jessica Stam in Rachel Roy

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Kirsten Dunst in Rodarte for Gap

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Best Quick Change: Camilla Belle in Jason Wu (during and at the after-party)

Friday, April 30, 2010

Events in Boston: AGENT PROVOCATEUR Bridal Launch!


Thursday, April 29, 2010

What do you tote?

There was a time, not too long ago, before the recession, when every season there was a new “It” bag. They cost hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars and had months long waiting lists. The most stylish celebrities would get them for free, before the rest of us, creating frenzy among fashionistas every time they were photographed. From the Fendi Spy bag, the Chloe Paddington, and the Balenciaga City Motorcycle bag women waited and ruined their credit for a chance to have some status in the fashion world. The insatiable desire for the bag everyone had fueled the success of websites like Bag, Borrow, Or Steal- (rent it for a fraction of the cost and change your bag as often as you want!) but as the economy faltered carrying a status symbol, “It” bag started to seem like a sin. How could you justify a thousand dollar bag when Americans were losing their jobs? This doesn’t mean women stopped buying such expensive bags but they were more discreet- no longer carrying the instantly recognizable (the Marc Jacobs Stam) or heavily l (like any of the Louis Vuitton Speedys) but classic, anonymous bags like Rebecca Minkoff’s matinee bags or Proenza Schouler’s PS 1 bags.

Lately, everywhere I go in Massachusetts it seems like I can’t escape Longchamp’s Le Pliage tote! From sorority girls to grandmas everyone is carrying a Le Pliage! For all their popularity I’ve never seen them in an advertisement or on the arm of a celebrity but they’ve become ubiquitous for day. It makes some sense, after all the nylon and leather totes come in a variety of colors and sizes; They can even be completely customized on the Longchamp website! In addition, they are relatively inexpensive for a designer handbag. Have they become the anti-It bag It bag?

Boston College grad student, Brittany Erickson says, “I'm not a big "bag" person, but I love it! Now that I have one I feel like I belong to some kind of Longchamp group since almost every girl at BC has one. Kind of ridiculous!” The Le Pliage starts at $98 and can go up to $175 depending on size and style...is it worth the price tag? As the Boston Herald's Simone Press pointed out, “At the end of the day, it’s plastic. I love mine but after about a year holes in the corners have formed.” Brittany agrees, “Actually, the major flaw is that they all seem to fray at the corners fairly easily.” Still, both women carry the bag almost daily as its large enough to carry notebooks, a laptop, a sweater and other odds & ends easily so it makes for a great school bag. But is being part of the “club” enough to overlook the flaws like fraying and a lack of extra pockets? “I think it’s a cute bag,’ Brittany continues, “but I wouldn’t get another one. If it is going to start to fray in less than a year I’m not willing to spend more than $30 on it! I don’t care enough about designer to pay for the label.”

But for many women the Le Pliage inspires a fierce loyalty. Blogger Martika Marshall carries her black Le Pliage “religiously” and has even started collecting the limited editions by guest designers like Jeremy Scott. Victoria Hart insists, “They’re all I use (apart from evening bags) because they are so convenient and durable!” Heather Marshall agrees, “I own three of them and I’ve used one every day for three years of law school to carry textbooks and my Macbook pro and it has held up amazingly well!” It seems as if most women use them as a school bag, which explains their popularity in a college town like Boston and they look chic on the arms of busy twenty-somethings who need to carry a lot during the day.

I love oversized totes bags as much as the next girl but so far I’ve resisted the siren song of the Le Pliage. While I do feel weak at the knees over many of the exclusive “It” bags the utter ubiquity of the Le Pliage has been a turn off. Still, I can see the extra large totes in a rare print or color as being a great carry-on or overnight bag but for day-to-day use I really need a lot of pockets and structure.

Whether you want to stand out in the crowd or passionately love Longchamp’s Le Pliage here are some great tote bag suggestions…

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

RIP Ambrose Olsen

Fashionologie and The Huffington Post are reporting that 24-year-old male model, Ambrose Olsen, died suddenly on Thursday. The cause of death is still unknown and currently there are no other details.
Prayers & love to Ambrose and his family.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Hippie Hippie Shake!

Here is another beautiful editorial for you to check out from this month's German Vogue!
Patrick can do no wrong and I'm so excited to see Model.TV's Cato Van Ee working!

" Hippie Yeah "
Models: Cato Van Ee/ Aline Weber/ Joan Smalls/ Irina Kulikova
Photographer: Patrick Demarchelier
Stylist: Luigi Murenu
Click the thumbnails!
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My hair is naturally big and frizzy & it has never looked this beautiful! Not fair!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

A Celebrity Moment: Posh Covers German Vogue

German Vogue has a beautiful editorial with the lovely Victoria Beckham.
I'm in love with these photographs!
But what do you guys think of her intense eyebrows?!

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I (shockingly) can't read German so I didn't bother with the interview pages but I'm sure they went something like this...
"I get to sleep with David Beckham! I'm a completely normal mom! I love heels so much that I can't even walk in flats! I DO smile just not in paparazzi pictures!"
...because that is how ALL of her interviews go!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Happy Birthday! Bostonista is Two!

Bostonista is two today!
I've had an amazing time over the past two years and can't thank you enough for all the support!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Shiseido at Macy's Boston

Shiseido's makeup artist Renato Almedia will be in Boston on Thursday and Friday to celebrate the release of their Spring 2010 collection!
Macy's Boston will be hosting him both days from noon- 7 pm as he meets clients and gives them complimentary Shiseido looks. If you're interested you need to make an appointment by calling 1-617-357-3362.

Renato has worked backstage at numerous New York fashion weeks as well as on fashion shoots so you'll be sure to look like a super model!

While you're at the Shiseido counter be sure to check out their new Sheer Matifying Compact- it is my favorite part of their new collection! The oil-free formula absorbs oil and shine but is sheer so your skin looks clean and natural. I'm always on the search for a better foundation and while I usually steer clear of powders this seems like one product I won't be able to resist trying!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

A Model Moment: Karlie Kloss Covers Teen Vogue

Thank God at least ONE American fashion magazine features models on their cover with some consistency!
Karlie Kloss landed her second Teen Vogue cover this month and I just love her cat eyes!
But I'm disappointed in the accompanying editorial- Teen Vogue usually has pretty fresh, fun fashion spreads but this take on smells like teen spirit just smells. Karlie has proved herself as the top Vogue editorial model and could have really shone in an interesting editorial.

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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Fashion Events in Boston

Lots going on in the next few weeks that you should check out...

First off everyone's favorite male socialite and fashion writer Derek Blasberg will be signing copies of his new book, Classy, at Barney's New York at Copley Place on Saturday from 2-4!

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John Frieda has just launched the charity HAIRraising and on April 25th some of your favorite Boston salons (like James Joseph Salon, Salon Capri, Mizu Salon, and Umi Salon) are participating in a cut-a-thon by offering $40 haircuts to benefit Children's Hospital.
Can't get an appointment?
Be on the lookout for John Frieda's Style On-Sight Mobile Salon to get a 30-minute styling session for a $25 donation- HAIRraising will match every donation for Children's Hospital!

And on May 1st the Millennium Bostonian Hotel is hosting the "Ladies Luxury Escape" event. From 11 AM- 7 PM you can enjoy booths from Boston boutiques and spas as well as complimentary appetizers and cocktails. There will also be a relaxation lounge and beauty bar where you can indulge yourself! Tickets are available for $10 or VIP tickets for $30 (VIPs get a swag bag filled with goodies!).

So go meet a pseudo-celeb, do some good, and indulge yourself in the coming month, okay?

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