Fashion month is coming to a close in a few days and I sure the French will end it in high Parisian style.
Before that happens lets take it back to good old New York City where the most important fashion week kicked off for the F/W 12 season. This post is to the men in this fine city who’s swagga is like no other. To the men who can make rough look sexy, a somewhat untidy appearance encouraged, plus rips and tears within their clothes, trend-setting. Continue reading “Monday Men Style: Go Hard or Stay Home.” »
Fashion month is coming to a close in a few days and I sure the French will end it in high Parisian style.
If memory serves me right, once upon a time, the laptops were created as our portable computers. The first versions were heavy, and not pretty to look at, but still small enough to fit into our hobo handbags. As the years have come and gone, the laptops have become our new desktops and they’re lighter than ever for the fast-pace lives we live. Yet most of us no longer take out laptops or Macbooks with us when we travel, especially if we have smart phones, Ipads and Tablets. Continue reading “Youtube Video: Fashion Style Mobile.” »
It is suppose to be a cold and snowy weekend in New York City and most of us will be avoiding that combo in addition to the horrible public transportation available during the weekends. Therefore, watching all the shows from the comfort of my apartment is like watching my favorite movies all day long. To put the icing on the cake, I will be eating guess what?
So enjoy the shows I’ve listed below, just click on the designers name to see what they will be dressing us in for the next cold and snowy season this city will see.
Saturday February 11th
11am JILL STUART
12pm PRABAL GURUNG
2pm WES GORDON
4:30pm ALEXANDER WANG
5:30pm ERIN BY ERIN FETHERSTON
Sunday February 12th
10am VICTORIA BECKHAM
11am JEREMY LAING
11am KEVORK KILEDJIAN
12pm DEREK LAM
2pm TRACY REESE
3pm CUSTO BARCELONA
6pm SIMON SPURR
7pm ZAC POSEN
8pm TOMMY HILFIGER
9pm TIMO WEILAND
MONDAY FEB 13TH – THURSDAY FEB 16TH LIVE SHOW TIMES ARE STILL TO COME. STAY TUNED TO THE UPDATED LIST
These days I’m all to thankful for the season of giving, sharing and sale-ing! It sweetens the seasonal pot even more when one of my favorite accessory designers’, Tuleste Market, has a sale worthy for the fashion masters to attend!
Some of Tuleste Market’s FW11 collection, which includes jewelry, handbags and boots that are comfortable and fits up to a size 11 foot, will be on sale Nov 16th – 17th. Markdowns will be from 50%-90%, making their pieces as low as $10 to $150 (boots here I come honey)
Ohh almost forgot, cocktails also ladies!!!
Don’t you agree, it is the most wonderful time of the year to own some of the most wonderful things for yourself and maybe buy for others!!! Remember it is season for giving, sharing…blah blah blah. Give Me Moreeee.
Check out there S/S12 Lookbook. Tuleste Market.
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
It is something we carry with us everyday. We can’t eat, sleep and sometimes do the unmentionables without it in our presence. Accessories these small devices, and showing them off should be done right. Our smart phones and computer tablets are devices that can easily fit into our handbags, but why do that when we can have another excuse to express ourselves. This gift idea ranges from the personalized to the name brand. For some who don’t want to spent a lot, to others who would spend money for what they love, and I’m quite sure most of us will be weighing our options within the Mac users category.
Since we Apple devotees have already shelled out hundreds to thousands of dollars for our Macbooks, IPads and IPhones, getting our mac kiddies all dressed up with customized logos or art work would of cost pretty pennies most of us weren’t willing to spend. We rather save it for the upgraded versions of our mac kids.
Well I’ve found two sites that can help us dress up the Macs in our lives and make them look like our very own tech offspring.
Grove Made is a company, based in Portland, Oregon, that customizing cases for Iphone 4, 4s, IPad2 and has several MacBook Air and Pro backs, all handmade from Bamboo and hand rub with coats of their custom natural oil/wax blend, if you want it. in addition, for IPad2, they also have beautiful leather engraved cases.
Case Mate should be a mate to whoever has a smart-phone, or computer tablet. This site has cool one of a kind cases with graphics, artwork and logos for Blackberry, Samsung, HTC, IPhone smart-phones and several tables like Amazon Kindle Fire and Blackberry Blackbook. Another biggie, customizing is the way they roll for about $34.99!! So this is great for anyone who want to use their smart devices as advertising space. Or maybe getting something from case-mate is the perfect way for the people close to you to help support your business with this loving gesture and Xmas gift in one.
Last but not least, two more online shops from my creative brethrens on Etsy.com.
Nimoo made to order cases for your smart-phones and MP3 devices range from $12.50 – $27.50
CrankCases has the some of the coolest graphics for their cases. Prices range from $13 – $23.oo
In 2003 I came across a fashion website that featured live-feeds all day long. Back then I don’t even think it was called a live-feed, just live viewing of the interior of a studio or fashion offices with a clock at the bottom of the computer screen. The site was based in the UK which made my find exciting. At that time in my life, it was as close as I had ever gotten to seeing the other side of the fashion world as it was happening. My hopes were to have something take place live when I visited the website. Something enticing, like a photo-shoot or a designer, photographer losing his/her cool and cussing up a storm. Just something to bring my love for European fashion to life. Unfortunately it never happened when I tuned in, but my explorations on the website showed a whole lot more, and opened my eyes to a new platform of viewing fashion.
Founded by Nick Knight, Showstudio.com was the place that introduced the digital age to fashion. It showed me there were no boundaries for fashion and creating your own avenue, your own section within this creative world, challenging yourself and other creative minds to join in, is something we should all do to keep the fashion world evolving. Showstudio.com is a place to witness the process of fashion, to participate in and allow yourself to contribute creatively. Showstudio.com’s marriage between the Internet and fashion has evolved to give us live runway shows and photo shoots, interviews with legends from different facets of the arts, and created projects specifically for it’s audience, fashion lovers or not.
I would like to share some videos from Showstudio.com that has influenced me throughout the years. A site that have made me question my definition of fashion sometimes, has motivated to think outside the box, and helps preserve some of work from the late great, brilliant Alexander McQueen.
Massive Attack by Nick Knight
Nick Knight – Natural History Museum & Victoria and Albert Museum
Dynamic Blooms by Nick Knight and Tell No One
To Lee with Love, Nick. Tribute to Alexander McQueen by Nick Knight
Refined Rebel. My very own video inspired by Nick Knight’s Photos.
“He transformed Eva Mendes into Bernini’s masterpiece The Ecstasy of Saint Teresa for his Prada Foundation installation at this year’s Venice Biennale and, for MOCA’s 30th-anniversary gala in 2009, he re-imagined Lady Gaga as a latter-day Ballets Russes star. Now, for the Art & Fashion issue of “W” Magazine, Nicki Minaj was transformed by photographer/artist Francesco Vezzoli and styled by Edward Enninful to showcase the types of women during the 18h century–which was glamorous in its own right.”
ROCOCO PORTRAIT OF NICKI MINAJ AS JEANNE BÉCU, COMTESSE DU BARRY
In the cover photo, directed by Pasquale Abbattista, Nicki wore a Dior Haute Couture’s silk chiffon embroidered dress. Mastoloni 18k white gold, cultured pearl, and diamond bracelets; vintage Manolo Blahnik shoes.
ROCOCO PORTRAIT OF NICKI MINAJ AS FRANÇOISE ATHÉNAÏS DE ROCHECHOUART DE MORTEMART, MARQUISE DE MONTESPAN
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.