Thursday, February 26, 2009

Happy Ralph Lauren Thursday!

Fashion Show photo entitled "The Model's Last Strut" featured on the front cover of the New York Times on Saturday, February 21st

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

{image from Elle Decor, via frolic}

I'm moving into my new house in 3 weeks, and my fiance promised me a sewing room.  I'm so excited I've been mentally decorating it all week!  This room from Elle Decor is a perfect blend of prints, texture, chic sophistication, and ultimate livability!

Who needs a traditional wedding dress when you could have Karl Lagerfeld Couture?

UK Harper's Bazaar, August 2008, shot by Karl Lagerfeld
Gowns: Chanel, Dior, and Armani Prive
Model: Stella Tennant

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Quote of the Week

"Tinsley Mortimer is at Baby Phat. Is this what the end of the world looks like?"
-The Cut on New York Fashion Week

Dreaming of Summer

{photos via foto decadent}
Photographer: Camilla Akrans, Styling: Franck Benhamou

Monday, February 23, 2009

Napa Vineyard Wedding

Row 1: Floral arrangement by Artfool, umbrella basket by Soiree, bridal dressing room photography by Jose Villa
Row 2: Gown by Amsale, pashmina basket by Joanne Gartin, invitations by Smock
Row 3: Ring pillow via Martha Stewart Weddings, reception table by Joanne Gartin, cake by the Cake Girls


Words to live by

Mary Kate in FASHION Magazine, March 2009

And the winners are in...

The fashion winners of the night:

Tilda Swinton in Lanvin

Marion Cotillard in Christian Dior Haute Couture

Penelope Cruiz in vintage Balmain Couture

Evan Rachel Wood in Elie Saab Haute Couture

Kate Winslet in Yves St. Laurent

Marisa Tomei in Atelier Versace

Sarah Jessica Parker in Dior Haute Couture

Miley Cyrus in Zuhair Murad
{photos via}

Happy Ralph Lauren Monday!

{photos from March Vogue}
Ralph Lauren Spring 2009 Ready to Wear, Collection, Accessories and Black Label

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Hermes Ad Campaign

Hermes Fall/Winter 2008/09 Ad Campaign
Shot by National Geographic photographer Eric Valli

Just beautiful!


With this years Oscars moments away, here's a look back at some of the past season's best Oscar fashions

Penelope Cruiz in Chanel Couture and Chopard Jewelry

Jessica Alban in Marchesa and Cartier Jewelry

Gwyneth Paltrow in Zac Posen

Rachel Weisz in Vera Wang and Cartier Jewelry

Penelope Cruise in Atelier Versace and Chopard Jewelry
{all images vis}

Friday, February 20, 2009

Academy of Art University Fashion Show

Designers: Heather Howard, Fashion Design, and Cat Janky, Textile Design
Models: Katie Fogarty and Olivka

Designers Heather Howard and Cat Janky collaborated to showcase an eco-friendly collection inspired by environmentalists John Muir and Theodore Roosevelt, paired with sometimes-macabre prints based on photographs of American life in the late 1800s.  Their bold new silhouette may be this seasons update to the trapeze dress, white the prints are very Dr. Zhivago-esque, no?

Designers: Emily Melville, Fashion Design and Ivanka Georgieva, Textile Design
Models: Chanel Iman, Anja Rubik, Edythe Hughes

In a collection that is anything but "student art", designers Emily Melville and Ivanka Georgieva, presented some of my favorite looks of the season, with prints inspired by the landscape paintings of artist Leslie Shows.  Incorporating fresh silhouettes and muted colors, this collection is innovative yet still remains completely wearable. 

Models: Anja Rubik, Karlie Kloss, Chanel Iman

Chanel Iman, Nia Long

Karlie Kloss

Chanel Iman
{AAU fashion show, The Tent, Bryant Park}
{Runway photos by Randy Brooke, Backstage photos by Dooley}

It's Time For Change

{Images from}
Models left to right: Tao Okamoto for 3.1 Phillip Lim, Ubah Hassan for Oscar de la Renta, Gracie Carvalho for Derek Lam, Han Jin for Lela Rose, Lakshmi Menon for Badgley Mischka, Emma Pei for Lela Rose

Models from right to left: Jeneil Williams for Diesel, Hye Park and Arlenis Niaria for Oscar de la Renta, Jourdan Dunn for Rodarte, Georgie Badiel for Oscar de la Renta, Chanel Iman for DKNY

It's a new year, a new government, and a much needed new set of ideals for our fashion industry.  Without the instance of editor-in-chief Franca Sozanni and photographer Steven Meisel, Vogue Italia's "Black Issue" (July 2008) almost  never made it to print because of the industry standard that "women of color don't sell".  In an interview with Reuters, Franca Sozanni said 

"America... is ready for a black president, so why are we not ready for a black model?" 

Against all odds, this small circulation magazine became what is known as a "cultural watershed of fashion", selling out instantly, and creating a global phenomenon.  Within the first month of hitting newsstands Conde Nast had to reprint and distribute 40,000 more copies, several of which people are now selling for $50 on Ebay.  

The implications of the "Black Issue" are finally being noticed at our very own New York fashion week.  Never before have so many women of color and nationalities walked our catwalks, holding up a new standard of what is beautiful in our melting pot of a country.  On Naomi Cambell's plan to establish a modeling agency to promote racial diversity, model-of-the-moment Jourdan Dunn say

"I'd do an agency for black girls and Asian and Spanish, because there aren't enough of them on the runway either." 

If only...

Beautifully dark and mysterious? Check.  Hammock you could spend an entire day in? Check. Not sitting in an office in the blistery cold?  I'll take it!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

$45,000 Worth of Fabulousness

{Harper's Bazaar: Best of What's New: Spring 2009 Collections}

A girl can dream can't she?

Dolce & Gabanna: Jacket $24,750, blouse $1,495, and skirt, $18,810

Just what I need on a Thursday afternoon...

Gareth Pugh's fringe dress

John Galliano's Haute Couture intircate silk gazar origami

John Galliano and Dior Haute Couture's chiffon creations
{photos via foto decadent}

Vogue UK, December 2008, Photographer: Nick Knight, Models: Lilly Donaldson and Jourdan Dunn

Best of Fashion Week 2

In the name of all things fabulous, I give you Marchesa...
{photos via NYMag}
Ribbons, bows, and oversized tulle rosettes, oh my!  This uber-feminine collection is delicately constructed while remaining completely wearable (Oscar prediction anyone?).  Marchesa showcases the reemergence of "pretty", something that we've been missing at the tents this season.  This dreamy collection will certainly be on the top of my wishlist come Fall!


Translation: "Nothing is real but dreams and love"

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Daily Inspiration

{Vogue Italia March 2008, model: Natalia Vodianova: Couture Supplement via v.}

Best of Fashion Week

F/W 2010 Mercedes Benz Fashion Week is underway, and so far it is a season of Recessionista chic, consisting of dark hues with the occasional jewel tones and safe silhouettes.    In the words of the great Michael Kors, I'm underwhelmed.   Where is the edge?  The avant-garde? The outright absurd?

With that being said, I did discover a few treasures that stood out in the sea of grey.  Here are my fashion week faves so far this season...

{left to right: Carlos Miele, Donna Karen, Matthew Williamson, Thakoon}

{Left to right: Elie Tahari, Jenni Kayne, Lela Rose, ThreeAsFour}

{Monique Lhuillier, Lela Rose, Erin Fetherston}