Stylish Perspectives

I had the opportunity to help style the fashion pages for Better Homes & Gardens’ July & August fashion pages. For a two page fashion story (2 outfits total), we called in almost one hundred sunglasses. Fashion editors love their options! (& I love to play with them 😉  The accessories are usually the easy part since they are easy to ship and small enough to openly display. Which stylish perspective do you prefer?stylish persepctives


Red Carpet Roundup: OSCARS 2014

Any fashionista that’s a part of the #RedCarpet tweeting cult knows how important awards’ season is in the industry. The styles worn are shown year round in magazines, blogs and the news and the looks are mimicked by department stores and sold across the nation. It’s a business in it’s entirety – but a stylish and I am OBSESSED with it. I am a tweeting machine during the red carpet portion of each award show, and it’s no shock that this year’s Academy Awards ended the season with flair. It was an all around fashionable night with the Vanity Fair after party attracting great style more than ever before. I’ve rounded up the best looks of the night at both the awards & the party and I need help in choosing which event was more fashionable! Take the poll below & tell me what YOU think!




Monique Lhuillier – FW13

The best fashion shows are the ones that make you forget about all the madness of NYFW – like tweeting every look that comes down the runway or being the first one out of your seat when the music stops to avoid stiletto traffic. It’s mesmerizing when a designer’s months of hard work and long hours are translated through the garments, creating a unified feeling of appreciation and awe. Monique Lhuillier did just that last night at the Lincoln Center theatre for her Fall/Winter 2013 show.

Famous for her extravagant, celebrity-driven red carpet gowns, Lhuillier dramatized her sophisticated feminine aesthetic. It was a bold, opulent collection full of rich jewel tones, abstract prints and intricate detailing.

She opened the show with heavy snow-white knits and separates before hitting it hard with saturated color. The runway backdrop was mimicked by a green malachite rock, which she said was the color inspiration of the entire collection. This green was consistently shown throughout the show along with other deep shades of oxblood, amethyst and a timeless black.

Details varied from lace sleeves and cutouts to flouncy ostrich feathers and sparkling beads. Every piece was embellished with something ornate giving eveningwear new lengths. Abstract embroidery prevailed while any thought of simplicity was absent.

She gave femininity a new edge by including a lace cigarette pant under a matching high-low dress and placing bold jeweled collars on peplums and romantic fabrics like silk and tulle. While beautifully adorned gowns swept the runway, Lhuillier varied hemlines by including above-the-knee cocktail length and a new cut, just above the ankle.

Her hard work surely paid off as she received a standing ovation by many audience members. Her anything but ordinary pieces will soon be all over the red carpet like always. But until then, it’s back to work for the designer for next season’s collection because great things take time and last night’s show is going to be hard to top.

The Iconic “Million Dollar Shoe” is Back

It’s no secret that diamonds are a girl’s best friend. But true fashionistas know that shoes don’t fall too far behind. Ten years ago ladies were able to get the best of both worlds thanks to Stuart Weitzman and his extravagant stiletto that actress Laura Elana Harring had the privilege of wearing to Academy Awards in 2002.  Adorned with 464 diamonds, this heel worth one million dollars was pure bliss to any woman’s eyes. Once our country hit the recession, this ostentatious accessory was off the market because the designer thought it was unfitting in such tough financial times.

Ten years after the debut of “The Million Dollar Shoe,” designer Stuart Weitzman is bringing it back and updating the silhouette. We can’t wait to see the 2012 version called “Millionairess,” on the red carpet at the Oscar’s in a few weeks. It remains a mystery of which Hollywood starlet gets the honor of fulfilling every woman’s dream. But we are predicting it to be a major nominee like Michelle Williams in honor of her role in My Week with Marilyn or possibly Hollywood A-lister, Angelina Jolie, in support of Brad’s big night. Thoughts/feelings/emotions???

The Most Fashionable Closing Ceremony

Closing Ceremony

Fashion played a HUGE role in this year’s closing ceremony. We are talking an all-out, fabulous and choreographed couture show representing the best of Britain. A few of the industry’s greatest models totally owned that Olympic Stadium stage turned runway in chic, gold, couture numbers designed by Britain’s very own. Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Jourdan Dunn, Georgia May Jagger and Stella Tennant strutted their country’s own amazing threads of Sarah Burton for Alexander Mcqueen, Erdem, Vivienne Westwood, Paul Smith, Burberry and more. The show, full of gold metallics and sequins matched with scoop necks, corsets, and a feather headdress is totally going to be our outfit inspiration for the rest of the month.

The entire ceremony was without a doubt any #FashionGirl’s Olympic dream because shortly after the spectacular couture show, was the highly anticipated 2-song combo performance by the reunited Spice Girls. It was pretty MAJOR and had us off the couch recreating the “Wannabe” music video to our absolute favorite girl group of all time (fully dressed for the occasion in our 90’s platforms and denim miniskirts).  The girls also stuck to British designers for their stage looks for an all around true representation of their nation’s pop art.

The extravaganza was an over-the-top British hall of fame showcasing the country’s most pronounced talent. But above all, it surely marked Britain as a fashion competitor of the world… watch out New York, Paris and Milan, the British are coming and are fully armed in fabulousness!

Risqué Business at NYFW FW12

With New York fashion week in full swing, Emilio Cavallini decided to present his Fall 2012 leg ware in a more explicit and cinematic setting. In his presentation Monday afternoon at Lincoln Center, models walked out on a small stage in front of a 21-foot screen, mainly in their undergarments. They then sat down and began to dress themselves in several different bold-printed tights. Their outfits were completed when they catwalked over to be dressed by a stylist. All the fabrics were stretchy, comfortable yet form-fitting. Before the models came back out to show off their wardrobe change, a short filmed was played of a woman trying on different forms of Cavallini hosiery.

The title of the line, “Risqué Business,” was completely appropriate due to the sensual mood portrayed. The inspiration of the season was “1950’s pinup model, Betty Page,” Cavallini said backstage. It was all about sexual expression and being the center of a man’s attention. Prints ranged from fishnets to animal instincts and hounds tooth perfect for women who “dare to be noticed.” It was such a refreshing unique presentation, putting the audience at ease with champagne and a flawless sexy performance.

Photo c/o IB Times

Glitz, Glamour & A National Championship

While all the football bros here in ­New York can’t stop talking about the Giants’ big win, we can’t stop talking about last night’s half-time show. No, we are not here to gossip about any controversial gestures that may or may not have been made by any of the performers; but on a more fabulous note, the glitz and glamour of last night’s costumes.

Egyptian-inspired designs seemed to be the theme of the night keeping things fierce and flashy in shining gold.

Madonna proved to be young at heart in a gold headdress, black thigh highs and a pleated cheerleader mini. Living up to her iconic name, we expected nothing less than Givenchy Couture and Bulgari, while her sidekicks, Nicki and M.I.A, sported insanely chic Erickson Beamon headpieces. My favorite part was the quick glimpse we got of her bedazzled underwear as she cartwheeled across the stage.

The costumes and performances were all over the place with jewels, animal prints and glitter. Less is never more when it comes to Madonna. Even though there were mixed performance reviews, for the first time in awhile, the Superbowl half-time show ensembles may have outshined the game itself.

It’s a surprise every year of what’s going to happen during half-time, and we can’t decide what was more outrageous – Cee Lo’s black sequin robe or M.I.A’s obscene actions… we’ll leave you to be the judge of that one.

Until then, congratulations to all Giants fans! The city is gleaming today of victory (almost as much as Madonna’s opening, gold, glittery number).