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Academy Awards 2016 Feb29

Academy Awards 2016

Last night was the biggest night of the year for Hollywood, and what I like to refer to as “my Super Bowl”… the Academy Awards. And aside from all of the great work and incredible performances of the past year, it really is all about the fashion. My perennial favorite on any red carpet is Cate Blanchett, and last night was no exception. She wowed in a seafoam green, Armani Privé confection of a dress – with delicate Swarovski beading and feather details. She can do no wrong in my book, and it was hands down, the look of the night. Other favorites of mine included Blanchett’s Carol co-star, Rooney Mara in delicate lace Givenchy, Lady Gaga in a modern look by Brandon Maxwell, Saiorse Ronan in dreamy, green Calvin Klein, and Margot Robbie in gold, sequined snakeskin from Tom Ford. These days every starlet is armed with a stylist – so the hits far outweigh the misses. I have to say that I was disappointed by a few, but I will keep those opinions to myself!   Cate Blanchett in Armani Privé   Lady Gaga in Brandon Maxwell   Margot Robbie in Tom Ford   Rooney Mara in Givenchy   Saiorse Ronan in Calvin Klein Kerry Washington in Atelier Versace Lady Gaga in Brandon Maxwell Olivia Wilde in Valentino   Rooney Mara in Givenchy Priyanka Chopra in Zuhair Murad Isla Fisher in Marchesa   Tracey Edmonds in Lorena Sarbu Lily Cole in Vivienne Westwood Daisy Ridley in Chanel   Charlotte Rampling in Armani Privé Roshumba Williams in Juan Carlos Obando Margot Robbie in Tom Ford   Kate Winslett in Ralph Lauren Jennifer Lawrence in Dior Julianne Moore in Chanel   Jennifer Garner in Atelier Versace Sarah Silverman in Zac Posen Mindy Kaling in Elizabeth Kennedy   Naomi Watts in Armani Privé Tina...

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Golden Globes 2016 Jan11

Golden Globes 2016

Has it actually been two years since my last post? Time flies when you’re not blogging, I suppose. Thursday morning marks the announcement of Oscar nominations, but between the Oscars (February 28th) and now, there are a number of opportunities for Hollywood to turn it out on the red carpet. Tonight’s Golden Globe Awards got things off to a nice start. As always there was plenty of black and white, lots of sparkle, and a nice mix of jewel tones… no major surprises or unusual trends. The breakout style star, and for whom there has been much buzz was Alicia Vikander – who managed to make a frilly, apron front, Louis Vuitton dress look both modern and super chic! Other favorites of mine included Jaimie Alexander, Taraji P. Henson, Lady Gaga (very Marilyn Monroe), Corinne Foxx (this year’s Miss Golden Globe), and perennial style icons Julianne Moore and Cate Blanchett. There were, perhaps, a few style missteps, but nothing that struck me as too catastrophic! Here is a rundown of my favorites, some highlights, and (shhhh) maybe a few low points. Saoirse Ronan in Yves Saint Laurent Taraji P. Henson in Stella McCartney Laverne Cox in Elizabeth Kennedy   Alicia Vikander in Louis Vuitton Jane Fonda in Yves Saint Laurent Lily James in Marchesa   Malin Akerman in Reem Acra Amanda Peet in Alexander McQueen Corinne Foxx in Paolo Sebastian   Sarah Hay in Marchesa Jane Wu in Theia Louise Roe in Monique Lhuillier   Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Lanvin Taylor Schilling in Thakoon Uzo Aduba in Talbot Runhof   Kirsten Dunst in Valentino Lady Gaga in Versace Sophia Bush in Narciso Rodriguez   Lily Tomlin in Mark Zunino Jenna Dewan Tatum in Zuhair Murad Viola Davis in Marchesa   Kate Winslet in Ralph Lauren Julianne Moore in Tom Ford Bryce...

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Golden Globes 2014 Jan13

Golden Globes 2014

The 2014 awards season kicked off last night with the Golden Globe Awards, and as always, Hollywood turned it out. Red was a big color last night, as well as the ubiquitous black. My choice for best dressed (hands down) goes to newcomer Lupita Nyong’o in Ralph Lauren… talk about a fashion moment! Other favorites included Cate Blanchett (always perfection!),  Juliana Margulies (loved the silhouette and the styling), Zoe Saldana (risky, but super cool), and Julia Louis-Dreyfus (simple but classic). As far as worst dressed is concerned, I have my opinions – but why bother? Here are some of my favorites, and maybe even a few not so favorites… Kate Beckinsale in Zuhair Murad Michelle Dockery in Oscar de la Renta   Anna Gunn in Donna Karan Naomi Watts in Tom Ford   Emilia Clarke in Proenza Schouler Jennifer Lawrence in Dior   Julia Roberts in Dolce & Gabbana Julianna Margulies in Andrew Gn   Cate Blanchett in Armani Privé Jessica Chastain in Givenchy   Leslie Mann in Dolce & Gabbana Amy Poehler in Stella McCartney   Emma Roberts in Lanvin Sofia Vergara in Zac Posen   Kristin Chenoweth in Aiisha Ramadan Caitlin Fitzgerald in Emilia Wickstead   Reese Witherspoon in Calvin Klein Olivia Wilde in Gucci   Taylor Schilling in Thakoon Lena Dunham in Zac Posen   Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Narciso Rodriguez Emma Watson in Dior   Lupita Nyong’o in Ralph Lauren Amy Adams in Valentino   Taylor Swift in Carolina Herrera Julie Bowen in Carolina Herrera   Maria Menounos in BCBG Max Azria Sarah Hyland in Georges Hobeika   Zoe Saldana in Prabal Gurung Elisabeth Moss in J. Mendel   Tina Fey in Carolina Herrera Sandra Bullock in Prabal...

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Emmys Fashion Sep22

Emmys Fashion

Red carpet fashion is always my favorite part of any awards show, and the ladies of Hollywood really turned it out for tonight’s Emmy Awards. In terms of trends, I didn’t notice anything that seemed terribly new. Jewel tones were still quite big – from rich reds and burgundies, to stunning shades of purple, blue and green. Perennial favorites black and white, as well as some pretty pastels were also well represented on a night that, all in all, had very few fashion missteps. My votes for best dressed include January Jones in Givency, Rose Byrne in Calvin Klein, Allison Williams in Ralph Lauren, Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Monique Lhuillier, and Kate Mara in J. Mendel. Here are some highlights from the evening. Oh, and the absolute highlight of the night was Merritt Wever’s acceptance speech… positively genius! Check it out here. Julie Bowen in Zac Posen January Jones in Givenchy   Rose Byrne in Calvin Klein Laura Dern in Naeem Khan   Carla Gugino in Georges Chakra Sofia Vergara in Vera Wang   Michelle Dockery in Prada Heidi Klum in Versace   Kaley Cuoco in Vera Wang Linda Cardellini in Donna Karan   Alyson Hannigan in Marchesa Mindy Kaling in Georges Chakra   Maria Menounos in Zac Posen Tina Fey in Narciso Rodriguez   Allison Williams in Ralph Lauren Edie Falco in Escada   Jessica Paré in Oscar de la Renta Mayim Bialik in Oliver Tolentino   Sarah Hyland in Carolina Herrera Anna Chlumsky in Badgley Mischka   Vera Farmiga in Theyskens’ Theory Christina Hendricks in Christian Siriano   Amy Poehler in Basler Amanda Peet in Erdem   Morgan Saylor in Honor Elisabeth Moss in Andrew Gn   Julianna Margulies in Reed Krakoff Taylor Schilling in Thakoon   Kate Mara in J. Mendel Kerry...

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Stantt Sep12

Stantt

Over the past few years we’ve seen a number of improvements to the sizing of men’s shirts. Designers have introduced slim cuts, and have even expanded their range of sizes. Yet finding that “perfect fit” can still be troublesome for the majority of guys. Enter the kickstarter campaign of Kirk Keel and Matt Hornbuckle, whose company, Stantt, has set out to challenge the idea of standard sizing, and to reinvent the way that men shop for their clothes. With the use of 3D body scan technology, measurements were gathered from more than 1,000 men (with approximately 200 measurements taken for each one). The Stantt guys then used an algorithm to synthesize the data – creating their smart, new “DataFit” sizing model of more than 50 custom sizes. Your size is determined by just three measurements: chest width, waist size, and arm length (all of which can be easily taken at home). So whether you’re bigger, smaller (moi) or somewhere in the vast between, with Stantt you get a shirt that is individually tailored to your body – but without the cost and time required by your local tailor. Stantt has ideas about eventually expanding beyond men’s shirts, but for now the company is keeping its focus on the basic essentials (most likely found in every man’s closet)… a casual button-down, which for $98 will be available in navy gingham, light blue, and white – and a $68 polo shirt in either navy or white. Tailored, affordable, and made in the USA – it’s a win win! For more information, check out their Kickstarter campaign, and help these guys take Stantt to the next level!     Stantt   patent-pending DataFit technology   the button-down, and the polo shirt   details of the button-down (made by a...

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Punk Rock May08

Punk Rock

The Metropolitan Museum of Art (in collaboration with Vogue magazine) throws a big bash every year to celebrate the new exhibition of their Costume Institute. On Monday night the stars were out in droves to attend the gala, an event that is akin to the Oscars for the fashion set. Punk is the theme of this year’s exhibition, and overall, it seemed like a lot of these ladies (and their stylists) may have needed a bit of a refresher on the topic. While a handful of attendees truly embraced the theme, I expected to see much more hardware (studs, safety pins etc.), as well as a few more rips and tears! Givenchy creative director, Riccardo Tisci co-chaired the event, so it was no surprise that he dressed many of the attendees. Aside from Givenchy, black was one of the major trends of the night – as well as a rather odd trend of Italian romanticism that was part renaissance, part byzantine, and all wrong for Monday’s red carpet. Here are some photos of what I found to be the highs (and lows) of the evening. My overall pick for best dressed goes to Sarah Jessica Parker who wore a Giles Deacon dress and a mohawk headpiece by Philip Treacy. Punk: Chaos to Couture will run from May 9 – August 14, 2013.   My nominations for the coveted Best Dressed list Julie Macklowe in Zang Toi Sarah Jessica Parker in Giles Deacon (with Philip Treacy headpiece) Liya Kebede in Alberta Ferretti   My nominations for the coveted Best Dressed list Kristen Stewart in Stella McCartney Nicole Richie in Topshop Gwen Stefani in Maison Martin Margiela   My nominations for the coveted Best Dressed list Amanda Seyfried in Givenchy Christina Ricci in Vivienne Westwood Madonna in...

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Ackermann – Fall 2012 Mar06

Ackermann – Fall 2012

Rumors are still swirling about who will replace John Galliano at Dior, and the name that seems to be on the most lips, is Haider Ackermann. Over the weekend the Colombian born, Antwerp trained designer (who was once an intern for Galliano) showed his Fall 2012 collection, and yet again proved that his time has come. Inspired by the colors of Fall leaves, the clothes are super sophisticated, and wonderfully avant-garde. I have barely recovered from his magnificent collection for last Fall, and am absolutely blown away by how beautifully complex his designs are. The use of leather, and his techniques of folding and draping are magical. Here are some highlights from the new collection…                       Photos courtesy of...

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Prorsum – Fall 2012 Mar04

Prorsum – Fall 2012

Christopher Bailey is always a highlight of fashion week, and his latest collection for Burberry Prorsum is especially great. The house is so well known for its outerwear, and the lineup for Fall 2012 was chock full of gorgeous coats and jackets. For the clothes, Bailey employed a number of Burberry heritage signatures – from rich tweeds and lush velvets, to quilting and epaulets. But what most excites me about this collection, are the fantastic accessories – my shopping wish list has lengthened considerably! I’m already stalking those studded, leather gloves, and the whimsical umbrellas with the carved animal head handles. The camel shawl / cowl neck sweater, and those olive velvet trousers also need to find their way to my closet!                 Photos courtesy of...

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Oscar Fashion Feb28

Oscar Fashion

I like to think of the Academy Awards as my Super Bowl. For me, the big game is all about the commercials and the half time show. And when it comes to the Academy Awards, it’s all about the fashion. Hollywood stylists are so present these days that red carpet mishaps seem to be few and far between – which can make for a rather boring red carpet! The actual show was also quite boring. For me, the highlights were the Cirque du Soleil performance, and Meryl Streep’s win. She was positively resplendent in The Iron Lady, and I often feel that her genius is taken for granted! Another highlight was Esperanza Spalding’s gorgeous rendition of What a Wonderful World (during the In Memoriam tribute) – absolutely stunning. Take a listen… What a Wonderful World – Esperanza Spalding Here are my favorites from the red carpet… Emma Stone in Giambattista Valli & Livia Firth in Valentino   Viola Davis in Vera Wang & Glenn Close in Zac Posen   Tina Fey in Carolina Herrera & Rose Byrne in Vivenne Westwood   Jessica Chastain in Alexander McQueen & Meryl Streep in Lanvin   Stacy Keibler in Marchesa & Kristen Wiig in J. Mendel   Octavia Spencer in Tadashi Shoji & Giuliana Rancic in Tony Ward   Mila Jovovich in Elie Saab & Li Bingbing in Georges Chakra   Gwyneth Paltrow in Tom Ford & Rooney Mara in Givenchy   Photos courtesy of...

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J.Crew – Fall 2012 Feb18

J.Crew – Fall 2012

New York fashion week has just come to an end, and one of the highlights (once again) was the J.Crew presentation. The Fall 2012 collection marked the first for Tom Mora – the new head of women’s design. Mora had been J.Crew’s wedding designer, but was promoted this past September when Marissa Webb left the company “to pursue other opportunities.” As always there is a wonderful sense of layering, and a plethora of fabulous colors, textures, and patterns. Here are some highlights…           Photos courtesy of...

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