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June 5, 2011

The New Hervé Léger Swimsuit Collection: Not water repellant

To get the best from your Herve Leger beachwear we advise you do not wear it in water.”

Holy bourgeoisness batman! Now THAT’S a concept!

While I typically push Max Azria/BCBG swimsuits onto the masses because they are chic and affordable (I heart my Crochet 1 Piece $160), here’s a collection I don’t think I will be kicking around my swimwear drawer. Why not you ask? Well, while beautiful, these bandage & tank swimsuits are not to be worn in water. And they will run you abt $1,000.

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February 2, 2011

Jan Taminiau Spring/Summer Couture Collection

I know I know! Cringe away kids… but this reminds me of 80’s NYC downtown rich and creative club kids a la the death of Andy (aka my youth).

I am all about this Jantaminiau line. Its as if Alexander McQueen and Leigh Bowery had a baby named adventure and baby adventure grew up more rebellious than its parents, impregnated by age 15 by a man named imagination and they had Jan Taminiau.

The basis of my work is always the same: I am continually translating the asymmetrical mirror of life. My work, each of my collections, my 2D/3D concept are the result from the combination of my personal interpretation of the daily life, and from my passion for techniques and craftsmanship. It is a permanent constructive reflection. The basis is dogmatic, the process organic. Away from the strictures of fashion, I search for new forms and new horizons. The meticulously constructed creations enable the wearer to experiment endlessly with form. In my quest for the perfect fit I pursue new shapes and unconventional techniques. By weaving and interweaving fabrics, I enable a natural form to emerge which highlights character from the wearer. I leave behind the fast-moving and fickle world to return to what is nowadays almost a nostalgic source: security, respect for craftsmanship, and an awareness of the import of transience

My inner nihilist also loves that this whole line feels so Wintery- which makes no sense not because its a Spring collection but because it is completely unwearable anyhow. If you do not find it as magnificent as I do that’s ok- just color it an art installment.

October 1, 2010

Winter Trend: A Lighter Shade of Goth (just in time for Halloween)

Blame it on the genius of Dolce and Gabbana, who paved the Goth couture resurrection in their Spring/Summer 2010 collection. Unexpected for its season yet it surprisingly embodied all aspects of summer (well, sans heat friendly colors), with lots of minis, short jackets, and layered thin lightweight materials. Or as I like to call it- the Ballerina gone bad look. Fall/Winter collections are continuing the trend, incorporating leather and velvets… Everyone from the likes of Givinchy, Jean Paul Gaultier , Missoni, Aguri Sagimori, Louis Goldin, Ann Demeulemeester, Angelo Marani are bringing edgy sexyness down the runway this season for the Gothically inclined. And judging by the Alexander McQueen 2010/2011 collection, this trend is going to be haute throughout a good portion of next year as well.

Think romantic Victorian with a new dramatic flair, not angst ridden teen in black or rock and roll rebel. While the majority of these collections are extremely opulent, doing the dirge this season doesn’t have to be extremely formal or menacing. Obviously dark colors and textures are key on the runway, but predictably the gypsy, sophisticated bohemian or serious classic soho (with a flair) looks and the like will sprout from this trend so to appease functionality via chunky knits, velvet leggings, baroque jackets and Victorian high boots.

Remember- this is not your little sisters Goth- it doesn’t have to scare you.  It is more about fluidity than skulls, be it formal or functional.

Avant Garde Goth to Functionally Edgy (L to R) Alexander McQueen, Versace, Givenchy, D & G, Louise Goldin, Juicy Couture, Gareth Pug.

May 22, 2010

Must Have Swim Suits for 2010

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I’m no LaLa Land blonde beach bunny, but I sure do love lounging around in an awesome swimsuit.

Believe it or not, I tend to stay away from high end items when it comes to swimwear. Trust me, I have reasons… 1) I find designer swimsuits tend to be made either for the tall but small framed (runway beachwear) or are a bit on the frumpier side (Hamptons Tankini wearing Mother of three); interestingly there isn’t much of an  in between. 2) Swimsuits are like moods to me and i’d rather have numerous ones to choose from. Being that I only do swimwear maybe 2 months out of the year, spending $$$ would break my cardinal rule of purchase justification- the age old price divided by times worn adage.  In my  experience one can find couture like cut, style and fit  without breaking the bank at all types of no name boutiques, especially online. 3) swimwear accessories (sandals, wedges, hats and coverups) are moi imprtante (imho) and tend to be a little on the pricier side. Like you didn’t see that one coming people…

Some women cannot wait for bikini season to start; others fear it year round. I am not going to get into the whole rules of wear or type for shape issue because I think everyone already knows that- or can google it.  Go with the color and style which works for you, have fun and don’t make beach days an event which calls for zanax.  Buy a swimsuit that accentuates what you love, not what you don’t. To me, a great swimsuit is one which makes the woman of any shape or size feel sexy and comfortable, as well as gives off a feeling of vacationing in Majorca or the Greek isles while tanning in your own backyard.

I have never been one for one piece suits but I actually am intrigued by the continuing cut-out trend this year. My shopping addiction shoulder devil was getting the better of me this month, whispering in my ear “common’ ya know ya want that BCBG crochet cutout one piece!” . And my counter acting budgeting angel was shouting into my other ear “No! One pieces only work for skinny mini’s!”… So what’s a gal to do? Well, compromise I suppose, and compromise I did. I knew this was a “trendy” item that most likely won’t go on long, so I picked up an exact mirror image of it insanely cheap.  Surprisingly, this suit works for me- a Puerto Rican lady with a, ehem, curvy build. It actually frames the hips well and is a lot more forgiving than some other cutouts which barely cover the boobage, in which I know for fact would never hold in my chest in or be even remotely flattering. One thing about this suit: I certainly don’t plan to tan in it being that the checkerboard look would probably not work well for me. Its  gonna be my “jump in the hot tub” and lounging mid afternoon go to this summer. As for my bikini purchases this summer, I decided to stick with solid colors with interesting cuts so that I could “get bold” with coverups and jewelry.  I grabbed myself  the Vix Hermanny Cruise, a subtle but gorgeous bikini in black with beige trim which really emphasizes a good tan. Ditto for the Vitamin A bikini in Emerald, a color that really works for me when I am all golden like. Another plus is the criss cross top, which yes, holds the boobage both in and up a lot better than the triangle tops I usually get (in which I have to wrangle with a bit so to assure no one gets a free show).

This summer, I am adoring the beautiful Melissa Odabash resort wear, and beyond in love with her Hermoine bird print coverup. I prefer sheer but patterned, flowy, uniquely cut with interesting lines and (dare I say) boho-ish? So aside from queen Odabash, if your looking for somethingof similar style, I highly recomend Eternal Sunshine Creations, Milly NYC (think Pucci-ish), Trina Turk and Alexis at Bluefly.com. Alternatively, there are plenty of lacey and sheer tunics which would serve as excellent coverups at a fraction of the price of resort wear.  Try Cheap & Chic, the Japanese vrs of Forever 21 (but better) or Ebay.

And what would summer be without sandals and sunnies. This year, both Michael Kors (the Palm Beach line) and Calvin Klein have really outdone themselves with inexpensive yet adorable wedges under $100. Comfy, not too high of a heel yet high enough to make your legs really stand out in that bikini. If your into going flat, check out all of the adorable flowered sandals available from one of my faves, Poetic License. . . Being that I am a sunnie-aholic, I’m all set for sunglasses. Not to mention I notice designers are slowing the production over oversized sunnies this year, so in my disappointment I will be saving $$.

While your spending summer cash, it would be remiss for me to not drop the “S” bomb here. PLEASE replenish your sunscreen supplies and be sure to order one of the few which contain Mexoryl, well-known all over the world to protect skin from cancer and wrinkle-causing UVA rays (Most sunscreens only protect against UVB rays). Mexoryl SX (also called ecamsule) and Mexoryl XL are highly effective chemical sun filters widely used in sunscreens throughout Europe and Canada. Available commercially here.

My Summer Must Haves: Crochet White Suit ($50), Hermanny Cruise Bikini by Vix Swimwear ($120), Emerald Cruise Bikini by Vitamin A ($150), Hermoine Bird Print Coverup ($600), Michael Kors gold Palm Beach Wedge Sandal ($90).

 

December 29, 2009

Pantone Fashion Color Report Winter 2010

The Fall 2009 fashion season kicked off an onslaught of hot styles and exciting colors journeying from the runway to the real world.  Subtle contrasts make up the diverse palette continuing through Winter of 2010, and this season designers will play with a broad spectrum of color resulting in distinct  yet cohesive combination’s. Like a painter’s palette, Winter offers choice and diversity in an unexpected integration of colors.

As typical with any economic turn down, note the incorporation of neutrals and muted yet eye popping tones. While summer incorporated bright pinks, reds and the like, these colors have been toned down for winter. “Designers recognize the desire for fundamental basics that speak to current economic conditions, but also understand the need to incorporate vibrant color to grab the consumers’ eyes and entice them to buy.” says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of Pantone Color Institute.

American Beauty is a wonderfully balanced true red which speaks to the need for cohesiveness and is perfect for all skin tones.  Purple Heart connotes a sense of refinement and sensuality, adding an air of creativity and excitement to the top 10. A warmer, more subdued Honey Yellow carries the 2009 color of the year (PANTONE 14-0848 Mimosa) through to fall and current winter with its golden tones. Strong yet understated Iron serves as the “new black,” making traditional basics much more interesting. Crème Brûlée, a grayed-down beige, and Nomad, which bridges the gap between beige and light gray, also speak to the need for timeless neutrals. Fall would not be complete without seasonal favorite yet versatile Burnt Sienna, a deepened, earthy shade of orange, reminiscent of an autumn sunset. Adding spark to the fall palette, Rapture Rose artfully captures the vibrancy of fuchsia and the softness of pink. Underscored by nurturing and feminine tones, Rapture Rose enlivens the more traditionally subdued fall hues. Look for it in cosmetics as well as clothing and accessories. Like the olive in a martini, Warm Olive, a rich yellow-green, adds a touch of elegance and sophistication to fall. Majolica Blue, a deep, mysterious teal blue with more vibrancy than the usual navy. Bringing  an exotic flair to the group,

Pairing Purple Heart and American add an unusual but exciting twist and Honey Yellow with its color wheel opposite, Purple Heart add a surprising flair. For a more typical fall combination group Honey Yellow with Burnt Sienna and Iron- Neither gray nor brown, Iron is a grounding color that coordinates well with all colors in the palette. Iron, CB and nomad are three classics that can stand alone or serve as anchors when paired with other colors. Pairing Burnt Sienna with Nomad and Rapture Rose creates a different twist. Olive is an intriguing hue which makes all other colors come alive, but particularly so when combined with Majolica. Try combining Majolica with Burnt Sienna or Purple Heart. You will see all of these color combos on the Fall runways and like I always suggest, the budgeted fashionista should try incorporating these hues through tights and experimenting.

American Beauty, Purple Heart, Honey Yellow, Iron, Burnt Sienna, Nomad, Rapture Rose, Warm Olive, Majolica Blue and Crème Brulee.

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The colors featured in the PANTONE Fashion Color Report are culled from the PANTONE FASHION + HOME Color System, the most widely used and recognized color standard in the world. Each season, Pantone surveys the designers of New York Fashion Week to collect feedback on prominent collection colors, color inspiration and color philosophy. This information is used to create the PANTONE Fashion Color Report and serves as a reference tool throughout the year for fashion enthusiasts, reporters and retailers.

September 29, 2009

Wonderful Winter: Accessable Gowns (tips and tricks)

Odd as it may sound to LA and New Yorkers, Winter in the East Bay is our time to see and be seen. For us the majority of galas, balls, dinner parties, charity and auction events and everything in between kicks off in September and doesn’t end until the New Year. It may not equate to say Milan fashion week but it’s our chance to fashionably shine while giving back or simply kicking back. As an independent business owner in the beauty field, I get giddy when I receive notifications of upcoming events and invites and love taking part in order to get my products out there via donations for and auctions as well as for networking, relaxation and socialization; as a single Mother trying to make her way in a fluctuating economy, I have to find ways to pull out all the wardrobe stops on a budget, creatively. Obviously if you are financially well endowed, its no problem to attend such events in show-stopping haute couture one of a kind gowns; for the rest of us, we either need to invest in a high end designer gown that can carry over from one season to the next or something simple to be transformed with heels and accessories.

Being that the Bay Area is the hub of independent business marketing and social networking imho, I figure I cannot be the only one out there with such a dilemma. Here are some simple tips to effortlessly make the social grade while avoiding mortgaging your home for cloth…

  • Purchase afew high quality (designer or no name) yet simple (floor-length or cocktail) black dress in classic style (silk and velvet are superb). This is always Chic. Focus more on seasonal heels and high end jewels.
  • If going for color, texture or high end designer label, this usually becomes quite the investment (ranging from $800-$4,000.00). Such a purchase is fine in my book, provided it is something that reflects the classic and is in no way trendy so that it can be worn more than once. The IRS will not oblige you such a write off- trust me, I have tried.
  • Study styles you love and colors of the season. Research new couture designer collections to get a feel for what the trend is; typically you will find there are 3 looks that seem to repeat themselves (example: a neck line, overall cut or ruffle pattern). Armed with this knowledge, go on the hunt for a similar dress. I highly suggest high end bridesmaid and wedding dress designers. Don’t cringe ladies- times have changed as have wedding attire styles and quality, the days of bulky swallow you whole fabric and generic cuts are over. These newer gowns rival the best design houses; they are sexy, sophisticated and incredibly affordable.  If you do your homework (and by homework I mean google) you will be amazed.
  • Be sure your hair, browns and nails arein tune with your gown- don’t make the same mistakes as those starlets who walk red carpet events in a 12K gown and $2 buck hair. And don’t necessarily put all trust in your beautician; that is to say do some research on past red carpet praises as well as walks of shame! Here google is your best friend. You just never who you will run into or (if that lucky) know what mag or rag you will be seen in and hell, the better you look the more publications or www’s you will appear in/on (hence the more money you will make to afford your dream gown next year)
  • Jewelry and handbag (clutch please!) is important; rent or borrow and match accordingly.
  • Get your makeup professionally done! In all honesty, I advise a spa day, facial and ten hours of sleep. Since you are not spending thousands on a gown which you will never wear again, this is a small (financial) but huge (piece of mind) investment.
  • Do your best to bargain shop all the way around where gowns are concerned- and if you do (which I am hoping you will) take the money you have saved and divide it accordingly by putting $30-60% toward donations of the philanthropic foundations in which you are looking oh so pretty for. Put the rest in the bank and give yourself a pat on the back.

Below [collage 1] are some of my top choices for easily accessible designer gowns for Winter gala’s from various 2009 collections. They are gorgeous and unique with interesting and intricate details, yet simple or classic enough to carry over from season to season or year to year. All are carried at Nieman Marcus, Saks 5th Ave and Bergdorf and run in the $3k to $6K price range. With the exception of the De La Renta, Robert Rodriguez and burgundy Marchesa gown, all of these styles can be found else ware within the $200-$350 price range, none of which lack in quality. If you take a look at my top choices for “bargain” gowns [collage 2], you will see I am not just all talk and no walk on this matter; yeah, I take my gown comparison and discount shopping very seriously (matter of fact I found2 of the Alvina Valenta’s for around $150 (retail in the $300 range), the black Alfred Angelo for $100 (retails $160), and the pink $250 Jim Hjelm online for $90 (tho’ it is more appropriate for day and eve envents) – I swiped them up quickly. AND Check out that hot long black asymmetrical jersey dress (STYLE:  G543J) and tell me it doesn’t rival the Versace (forgive me Donatella but I actually dig the offshoot version more and will be purchasing it once I am done writing this); matter of fact if I saw someone wearing it I would assume it WAS Versace. Pair it with some bright suede YSL platform heels or similar in Pantone Fashion Color Report trends for the season in question and no one will know you’re a bargain babe I promise.

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High End Designer-Left to right: Alexander McQueen ($5,420.00), Oscar de Larenta ($5,290), Carmen Marc Valvo ($2,860.00), Carmen Marc Valvo pleated silk ribbon gown ($3,190.00), Carmen Marc Valvo tiered gown ($3,520.00),Marchesa strapless organza ruffled gown ($6,820.00), Robert Rodriguez black label strapless rosette gown ($3,000.00), Kay Unger NY Tiered red gown ($490.00), Black Versace ($4,440.00),David Meister one shoulder blue velvet gown ($450.00) Affordable Formal Gowns-left to Right: ?, Jim Hjelm Occasions # 5938 ($240.00), Jim Hjelm Occasions #5819 ($258.00), Alvina Valenta #9838 ($270.00), Alvina Valenta #9739 Duet satin draped gown ($246.00), Alvina Valenta #9834 Silk De Chine strapless gown ($232.00), Saison Blanche #SB2070 ($290.00), Bari Jay #774 (130.00), Amsale #G543J ($300.00), Lazaro #3899 ($225.00), Alvina Valenta #9837 ($260.00), Alfred Angelo #6583 ($160.00).

May 14, 2009

Summer Sunglasses: Oversized Sunnies 2009!

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Yes, I already know the fashion police have a warrant out for my arrest over my love for Chanel half tints and huge sunglasses in general…until now that is!  I have been collecting mod-esque shades for abt 12 years, from vintage to designer over sized and generics; I have about 50 pairs and  I adore each and every one of them. Lucky for me, big sunglasses are where it’s at again this summer.  Bright bold  and unique shades and shapes are the cat’s meow this summer, so I can utilize some of my most loved by me/hated by my friends pieces=such as my beloved Dior orange aviators, lol.

For those of you who want to work the big sunglasses trend but don’t typically purchase them regularly, I advise going with cheaper ones so you can pic up a variety of shapes, shades and colors. Since I already have a pretty big collection, I too am opting to forgo the pricier delights this summer for similar and inexpensive styles.

The Jackie O’ 70’s era squared look is big this summer-instead of the Bvlgari ($500) or Ninna Ricci version ($250), try the  vintage inspired Jackie O’s from Blue Dame ($12.00) or Farah Squares and galas from 80’s Purple ($10.00). If you like the shape of Prada’s Butterfly sunnies ($250), check out the multi butterflies carried by Blue Dame ($15.00)- they come in a great array of colored frames, many of which are two tone. Open temple sunnies are hot this summer- Dior, Michael Kors Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford and Cavalli are just a few of the designers feeling out this trend. At $175-$500 …. I love the pink suite rimless sheilds ($15.00) and Yvettes.

February 19, 2009

Pantone Fashion Color Report for Spring 2009

Pantone, the global authority on color and provider of professional color standards for the design industries, today released the PANTONE® Fashion Color Report Spring 2009. The report features the top 10 colors for women’s fashion for spring ’09, along with designer sketches, quotes and headshots.

The availability of the PANTONE Fashion Color Report coincides with the beginning of  Fashion Week of course! For all my obsessed fashioniestas out there, you can download a pdf of the report in its entirety here

June 25, 2008

Worlds Most Expensive Sunnies…

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The Dolce and Gabbana DG2027B sunglasses cost $383,609- officially the most expensive in the world.

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