Thursday, November 13, 2014

Remembering an Icon

It should come as no surprise that window shopping is one of my favorite things to do. I enjoy looking at the stories merchandisers and artists create – especially in Manhattan (think, Louis Vuitton, Spring 2009). The one boutique that never disappoints and is always breathtaking with just one dress is none other than Oscar de la Renta. His beautiful dresses are evidence of his love and appreciation of the female form. Senor de la Renta was a global treasure and will be greatly missed. Thankfully, we will always have the dresses; the glorious and stunning works of art. 

 As I browsed the web and read the tributes from the major media outlets, I was intrigued by how quickly writers and editors could pick their favorite pieces or his “best creations”. I mean, I don’t think I have ever seen an Oscar de la Renta dress that I did not like. I don’t think I could ever pick a favorite or even a collection of favorites. Thank you, Mr. de la Renta, for loving women and making us look and feel beautiful. Rest well!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Emmys 2014

It’s been too long since I've posted! What better way to come back than to dish about the Emmys Red Carpet! It is always a highlight for me to look at the beautiful dresses on the carpet during the glamorous award shows and this year’s carpet did not disappoint. Once again, my best dressed picks are proof of my theory that less is definitely more. When you are putting together your ensembles for any occasion, you want to be wearing your clothes, not the other way around! The great Coco Chanel reminds us, “Dress shabbily and they remember the dress, dress impeccably, and they remember the woman”. Plenty of ladies got it right on the Red Carpet. Below are a few of my favorites from the night. I had lots of favorite looks. Narrowing it down was hard!

Kerry Washington in Prada! 
Did she really just have a whole baby?

Julia Roberts in Elie Saab Haute Couture 

I really want to hate Camila Alves (Mrs. McConaughey).
But she's gorgeous.
And always owns the Red Carpet.
Here, she's wearing Zuhair Murad.
Mr. Alves is wearing Dolce and Gabbana! 
Love the blue!

Halle Berry in Elie Saab.

Debra Messing, in Angel Sanchez

Julie Bowen, in Peter Som
I'm a sucker for a print gown!

Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Carolina Herrera.

Natalie Dormer from Game of Thrones, in J. Mendel

Special mention goes to “BLOSSOM”, also known as “Amy Farrah Fowler”, also known as Dr. Mayim Bialik!  I saw her doing an interview and she mentioned that stylists and designers in Hollywood don’t want to dress her because she won’t wear a dress without sleeves.  I wish she would hire me!  I would gladly welcome the challenge! I love a great strapless or halter ball gown, but there is also nothing wrong with a pretty gown that covers a girl’s arms – especially when you have to attend formal events when it’s cold or if you, like Dr. Mayim, simply don’t wish to bare much skin.  Good for you for staying true to yourself.  I was inspired by your words!

As always, I am forever grateful to for their incredible photos!

Friday, April 04, 2014

Lanvin: 125 years of French Perfection

I have a friend who recently discovered and fell in love with the fashion house, Lanvin. Naturally, she reached out to me because I am probably the only friend she has that would get as excited as she was about fashion! When she asked about the label, she said that the clothes completely captured her essence. I told her that since Lanvin is 125 years of French perfection, it made perfect sense that she would feel such a strong connection. 

Created in 1889, Jeanne Lanvin started her fashion dynasty by creating hats which quickly became popular with the most fabulous Parisians of that time. From there, Madame Lanvin began designing children’s clothing as a result of the birth of her daughter, Marguerite. She then got into costume designing – first for adult productions and later for children. It wasn’t until 1909 that the Lanvin house branched out into couture for ladies; the evolution for her business was in direct correlation with the growth states of Marguerite. Later, the line expanded to bridal, lingerie, men’s clothing, and home d├ęcor. The story is beautifully told on a timeline that can be found here.

The inside of Jeanne Lanvin’s office which has been preserved. In celebration of the 125 year milestone, Lanvin has shared photographs of the office on their Twitter and Instagram accounts. There is also a great article about the office on the Harpers’ Bazaar website. 

Lanvin also has one of the season’s “it” bags. It is their “paper bag” made of lambskin. Who else but a French design house can make a paper bag chic and have everyone coveting and buzzing about it?

Thank you, Lanvin, for 125 years of French perfection!  Here's to 125 more!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Il Sito Del Museo Gucci

The fabulous Gucci Museum in Florence now has a website! Go here to read my experience there in Florence and go here to experience one of my favorite places for yourself!