My title does contradict itself. Resort collections were meant for those who had the money to buy clothes just for that short period of time after the new year, while they luxuriated on a tropical island somewhere or at their home away home. Now, resort collections have been added to designers’ calender of yearly fashion presentations and where there is a trend, there will be an opportunity to get a deal on it!
Most of us don’t have the luxury of traveling for two weeks, three weeks or even for an entire month without working, but we may try to take vacations during the coldest months of the year so why not look the part without spending to much? At the same time, who said some resort pieces cannot be worn during the spring/summer?
Tweed has been tagged as the stuffy, rough and unfinished fabric that rarely every gets picked as the first one off the rack. Decades ago it was only worn during outdoor activities, for casual outerwear, and it was a favorite of the Irish. Fashion is anything but traditional and any chance we get to go against the grain, we take it. Continue reading “Monday Men Style: Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Yum” »
The streets were filled with red, grey and navy blazers on the backs of men during New York Fashion Week, helping to create the perfect uniform for the gentlemen that attended the shows. Yet these fashion wise guys made the uniform their very own with must-have accessories of watches, necklaces, neckties, and pocket squares.
Karl why you playing us in the U.S? What have we done to deserve the abandonment. Don’t you think we would want your collection which was created with Sephora? Did you not think that maybe, just maybe hundreds of Americans would love to buy the eye shadows, nail polishes as Christmas gifts, or own the Karl Lagerfeld doll and not be judged since it’s of you. Let’s not forget the snow globe, helllooo we are suckers for snow globes, why not share the good stuff around the world?
We can’t help but be jealous of fashionable step-sisters, Europe and Singapore who the collection will be exclusive to. Now for those who are just hearing of the collaboration and will be in that region of the world, please stock-up since the Karl Lagerfeld for Sephora collection is being sold now.
I’m hoping that we will get some love over here, and that Karl and Sephora will make us feel like Cinderella soon, very soon, like New Year’s surprise soon. Until then visit Sephora.com for other gift ideas
My Monday post came about a bit differently this week and was researched, edited and posted completely all from my IPad.
Well some days ago, my MacBook gave me the blue scree of death, leaving me with with no computer and lacking the ability to write, or so I thought. A weekend of Ipading and Iphoning the hours away, got me thinking, why can’t I just use the mobile devices I have? I found apps to insert captions, create collages, upload and export my images all mixing them together with the administration section of my website, giving everyone the final result which is…read on
Bond time is always sexy time. James Bond, the fictional character created decades ago, is a British Secret Agent, code number (007) who is man of charm, wits, physical strength, sex appeal, and stimulates the viewers minds, bodies, and everything else. (wink)
The movie franchise has made leading men out of a handful of British actors who filled the needed requirements for such a role. Personally I’ve never watched all of the James Bond movies, but better late than never, especially since Daniel Craig was the one that got me hooked and the suits than adorned his body fitted him like a well-tailored glove, thanks to designer Tom Ford.
Sadly Mr.Craig will be reprising the James Bond role for the last time in 2012 and a new 007 will have to fill his shoes. So who is tall, sexy, has a voice that will hypnotize us and a body to be worshipped with or without clothes on it?
Lately,there has been Hollywood talk about actor Idris Elba taking over the role, and hopefully he gets the role, so the phrase “tall, DARK and handsome” can finally be added to the characteristics of James Bond.
With a new Bond, there should be a new designer to dress the man. A designer who is known for his expertise in tailoring, has dressed some of Hollywood’s leading men, can wear his own designs like no other and calls the United Kingdom home, with the sexy accent as proof. Give us Ozwald Boateng, shaken not stirred.
Born in Ghana and now based in London, Mr. Boateng began making bespoke suits in 1990 and never looked back. He is widely credited with introducing Savile Row tailoring to a new generation and his clients include Will Smith, Laurence Fishburne, Jamie Foxx, Samuel L. Jackson, Russell Crowe, Keanu Reeves, Mick Jagger and P Diddy.
it’s high time that Ozwald Boateng suits, help define James Bond‘s physical assests and in my book he is the perfect designer to dress Idris Elba or any other actor who may be chosen for future installations of the movie franchise.
Click HERE to see a preview of a documentary based on the designer
That extra fabric around our pretty necks which keeps us warm on brisk days and cold nights. That piece of clothing that can make the wearer look refined, sophisticated or dare I say, mature for all the right reasons. The essential piece of garment that’s the go to when it comes to layering during Fall/Winter would be the turtleneck. On chilly days when a scarf is the no-no part of the outfit you’re wearing, or you need to hide a neck full of evidence from some naughty activities, a turtleneck would be an appropriate alternative to a neck-cover. Now working this timeless item of clothing with the right pieces is just a matter of finding the appropriate layers of dresses, jackets and bottoms to make the turtleneck look modern, sleek and tailored.
Basic turtlenecks are perfect to combine into any outfit for different occasions. Business, causal and formal looks can be created by simply taking that one turtleneck and adding it to an item in your closet you wouldn’t normally pair with the tighty turtlies. (new phrase wink)
Look 2: DKNY Two-tone wool cape $495 // Polo Ralph Lauren Charcoal Grey Turtleneck Knit Dress $380 // Topshop Crocodile Print Collar $40 // B Brian Atwood Paramour Suede High Heel Booties $450 (also available in Black)
Both dresses above can be easily worn with either the blazer or cape above.
You can also wear them with leather jackets to toughen up the overall look.
To keep the look long, lean, and focused, try not to wear big handbags, or a lot of jewelry. A clutch to carry and one focus point for your jewelry above the chest be it a necklace or earrings, not both.
Take the basic turtleneck and pair it with another favorite this fall, the pencil skirt, giving you a classic look. Pair the two-piece stunner with wedges or heeled-loafers and color popper accessories making it modern.
Look 3: VANESSA BRUNO Grey Turtleneck Wool Top $135 // Lanvin Metal And Stone Necklace $752 // House of Harlow 1960 Orlina Clutch in Leopard Pony $225 // Diane Von Furstenberg Jade Green Lytton Embossed Croc Clutch $365 // Alexander Wang Anais leather loafer pumps $650 // Rachel Zoe Eva Platform Wedge Pumps $650
Some of us think twice about wearing cocktail or va va voom dresses during the colder months. Why should those sexy pieces be hidden away when all that’s needed is the black turtleneck, a must have for every fashionista. Coupled with a decorative dress or an embellished blouse, the black turtleneck can dress down your look a bit, but can also give you an entirely new look and increase the amount of times and the places you wear that special piece.
Look 4: Andrew Gn Knit Turtleneck $640 // MCQ BY ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Safety Pin Dress $295 // Elie Saab Wave Small Clutch $532 // Lara Bohinc Tatjana Suede Pouchette $674 // Reiss Earlham BOX CLUTCH $150 // Alexander Wang Luisa Open Toe Booties $550 // Miss KG Delia Platform Mary Janes $156
Each of the turtlenecks above can be worn with either one of the skirts. The same goes for the heels, all which can be paired with opaque tights. Since the top and bottom together can create such a strong statement, try keeping the accessories to a minimum and handbags or clutches understated. Keep the colors going strong all year round. It’s a good way to stand out from the “All Black Attire Movement” during the colder months. If you’re not ready to color it up with your outerwear, incorporate it with the different pieces under your coats.
4: MARY KATRANTZOU Silk-satin peplum skirt $2,620
5: Kaelen Luanne Pleated Skirt $279
6: Topshop Velvet Frame Bag $56
8: Club Monaco Dora Bag $189
12: Miu Miu Purple Suede Platform Sandal $695
How could doing something so bad, look so sexy? The celebrities have perfected this formula. It is the appeal of who these stars are, their ability to seduce us and the different platforms they use to do so. They can make us believe that bad is good. To see beautiful things from an ugly situation and take us out of our own worlds into the fantasies they’ve helped to create, with their performances. So why not have us following their trail of smoke-filled air like it was incense?
I say all this now only because when we see celebs smoking it up, it is rarely in our presence, so there is no harm to us. It’s usually from a movie screen, a stage or photographs, nor have I had the chance to date a smoker and find out if that puffing gesture can turn me on. I’m lying, I did date a smoker once. Not an actor but, he had movie star looks and New York City swagger, which made him even sexier. He kept me excited for a while, but that special aroma every time I entered his Jeep, ohhh, I remember it for all the wrong reasons. All that sexiness started to fade away and I started to worry about my poor lungs. Obviously that relationship didn’t last, my gosh almost forgot about the man.
So with that said, maybe those different platforms which are the movie screens, stages or photographs are the best and the safest ways for celebrities to glamorize this bad habit to us.
The chills are here and we no longer have the chance to see the boys rocking the sleeveless or the 3/4 sleeve- tops. No more buttoned-up shirts with the sleeves rolled-up or the masculine wrist candy easily visual. (check this story out) Ohh the trauma these men will be inflicting upon us by hiding what their daddy gave them. How can we survive the Fall/Winter without seeing some skin? Let’s all repeat these words, ” absence makes the heart grow fonder,” it can help us get by. In the meantime, let’s look forward to the fabrics that the men of style will be wearing. The well-dressed men will have us staring and using our imaginations as to what they’re packing underneath that tweed suite.
With years of practice and training myself to believe that good things will come to those who wait, it has helped me get by during the fashion months twice a year. When I was a youngin and watched fashion shows for the first times, I noticed the designers were showing collections for the upcoming seasons that were at least six months in the future. I would question why show us what we’ll be wearing next summer at the end of the current summer season? Why have us wait? Ohh how fashionaive (new word) I was.
Gaining knowledge about the business side of fashion helps me understand how things run behind the scenes and the cycle of the fashionable life we live by. It also helps keep my somewhat sane and not feel as though the clothes will be teasing me for months before they hit the stores. Scratch the last sentence. Who the heck am I fooling.
Patience is not a virtue here, it is the ONLY option allowed, one I’ve never liked, and some of the Spring/Summer 2012 collections prove that. Kenzo and Fendi are just two of the several which will be called out.
Exhibit A: Kenzo
This Kenzo S/S 2012 look is perfect me me right now. Every single piece from the button-down shirt down to the open-toe booties that will look great with a pair of tights.
Exhibit B: Fendi
This look from Fendi S/S 2012 is screaming for me to rock it with a grey or bright-colored turtleneck knitted top below the blazer.
I continued to watched the presentations from other designers, and I couldn’t help but get giddy and start sucking my teeth just because. I can’t touch or try the clothes until they touch down into stores next year. My gosh will some of the pieces I like from the collections even be available for purchase? Ohh the pain and torture these designers put me through.
Know what, I think it’s only fair that some of the pain I feel is shared. So watch, watch how designers can be so mean and tease us with their creations, but still have us love them and call their names out while batting our eyes. It’s a vicious, emotional cycle I tell ya.
Psss: Kenzo remixed one of my favorite songs for the show!
This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody) is the song! Click on the album cover to listen to a sample.