Do You Agree? What Trends Need To Die?

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Trends change constantly, some stick around for years, some for a season, and some never die. Every season has a new black and for New York Fashion Week, its gold. Seriously, why can’t gold just be the new “it” color and let black be black? Nothing replaces black. Am I wrong?

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Classic Short Sparkles – That’s right, sequins.
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Bailey Button – As if we need neon to see this monstrosity.
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Blaise Crystal – Is any respectable biker going to respect you in these boots?
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Mini Bailey Button Neon – UGG’s are not cheap. You can get this pair for a measly $135.

Yahoo Shine has enlisted a bevy of fashion insiders to share a long list of trends that have passed their expiration dates, and if you remember, I have my contender, but it didn’t make the list. Out of all of them, I agree with Coco Rocha’s choice – UGG boots. Ugh! I don’t understand how wearing this Australian import, especially in the summer, EVER became trendy but this cancels out the Hemsworth’s. And people are STILL wearing them, and these suckers aren’t cheap. The least you will pair for a pair of women’s boots on the UGG site is $135. Wait, it gets better. The line has expanded into mot-chic, sequins, and gasp, neon. I guess there is no accounting for taste. If you are curious to see if your choice made the list, visit What Trends Need To Die? Fashion Week Stars Weigh In on Yahoo Shine. Seriously, help us help you.

Art and Stroll: CHANEL Spring-Summer 2014 Ready-to-Wear (Video)

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Is there a spell that compels tweed to magically mold into fantastic pieces for the Chanel brand? If you’re wondering like I am how something so seemingly conservative and male-oriented as tweed continually come to life so fresh and completely feminine year after year? I am still stunned at how Karl Lagerfeld has managed to keep the essence of Gabrielle Chanel’s revolutionary style while keeping each collection fashion forward and full of surprises.

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Pearls, chain, and tweed still reign but as newborns. The sleeveless tweed jackets that were adorned with drops of pearl made me daydream. Speaking of pearls, did you check out the humongous pearl chokers and bracelets? I can’t decide if I like them or not but isn’t that the idea, to confuse and provoke thought?

I would encourage anyone to look at the video as well as the slide show. It’s worth it to really see the detail and artistry in this collection. I’m not usually as ga-ga over the clothes as much as I am over Chanel accessories, but this one had me from the start. The way the Tweed was treated, and the use of color struck me from an artistic perspective. It was simply fashionable art. I don’t think either can exist without the other.

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Even the makeup looked like strokes of paint on canvas, and because the Grand Palais was plastered with paintings and sculptures to resemble an art gallery, the art of fashion message was clearly intentional. There are so many outfits I want I can’t stand it.

Chanel Spring 2014 RTW – Karl Lagerfeld threw a guy in so I thought I would too.

 

Sorry sweetie, that print looks better on the handbag, but you’re still pretty!

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Ok, seeing an actual Chanel Show in Paris is going on my bucket list.

MBFW NY Spring 2014 Schedule Plus Zac Posen, Hervé Léger and Jason Wu

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A model walks the runway at the Hervé Léger by Max Azria MBFW Spring 2014 show on September 7th. There is something seductive about zippers.

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week is alive and kicking and I couldn’t be more excited. I always find this time honored event an opportunity to discover new designers and catch up with my favorite designers. For the curious and committed, this is the entire schedule for Spring 2014 fashion week festivities.

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Project Runway judge Zac Posen kept it classy with leather and floral prints at NYFW Spring 2014.

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September 06

September 07

September 08

September 09

September 10

September 11

September 12

There is more to come all week long. See more style news, photos, and videos at: http://www.mbfashionweek.com/ and for your viewing pleasure, check out Jason Wu’s fashion show.

Project Runway’s Million Dollar Runway Creates Meltdowns

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Guest judge Eric Damon makes camouflage look good.

The minute I saw the promo for Project Runway’s seasons 2nd episode, “Million Dollar Runway”, I got very excited. The challenge of designing creations worthy of $30 million dollars worth of diamond jewelry is exciting and daunting. For this challenge, Heidi brought back the dreaded “button bag” which was used for picking which model diamond baubles they wanted. Whether or not Model Musical Chairs will continue remains to be seen.

This was the contestants first trip to Mood, and they got 45-minutes instead of 30, and they got their Go Bank cards, giving them the option of spending whatever they want on their designs. The additional challenge of managing a $4000 budget on their own is a great twist. Of course, Timothy Westbrook has no choice but to s rummage through scraps for remnants in an effort to stay true to his sustainability mantra. His concept was “From Trash to Treasure.” Of course it was. So predictable.

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WTF? Timothy’s contribution. What some designers think compliments high end jewelry is eye-opening.

Zac Posen swears the velvet came from his studio, but Zac magic wasn’t cast on his latest catastrophe. Seriously, he is the only thing I can’t stand about this season. It’s like someone is sucking all the fun out of it by placing this annoyance in the midst. I wish he would go away. He is annoying, he looks annoying, he sounds annoying, and if he had any talent I could overlook that because the show is about talent. So far, I don’t see any talent, and he has to go.

This is by far the crankiest and most emotionally unhinged group of designers I’ve ever seen on Project Runway, and I have been glued to this show from day one. Sandro Masmanidi is an immature, confrontational hot head, and Sue Waller can’t thread a sewing machine (did she not watch the show before entering?), can’t be gracious when help is given, or accept responsibility for her own short comings. Basically, there are going to be a lot of mental breakdowns and bitching this season.

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Hot head Russian Sandro’s runway look. This deserved a side look. It does go from seductive to street-walker from this angle.
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Honorable mention goes to Sandro. This was damn sexy.
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His bad attitude didn’t stand in the way of making a show stopping stunner.

Helen Castillo, an evening wear designer, with a rough exterior, was so confident she would nail this challenge that she had time to offer unsolicited opinions about the other designers’ creations, but when it came to her own design, she fell flat. If she had spent more time on her own garment, she would have done better and probably wouldn’t have had a breakdown so epic it stopped the runway show. She was lucky others screwed up more.

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A front view of Kahindo’s losing look.
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Kahindo’s look from behind. A complicated print and unfamiliar fabric helped send her home.

In the end, Kahindo Mateene’s horrific print and off the rack sensibility sent her packing. She chose a fabric that she had never used before (silk charmeuse) which didn’t help her either. Tim’s dress was an ill-fitting, white and blue racer back in the front cut-out which made the breasts look flat and unsupported. He can’t seem to wrap his brain around a head-to-toe look. Helen’s dress wasn’t constructed well or executed properly, but Kahindo’s material choice did her in. I’m disappointed because I wanted to see more of her African influence. That olive green organza over the print only emphasized the hideousness once the judges lifted it.

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Kate’s corseted creation won the challenge this week.
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The back view of Kate’s dress has a certain Gothic romance appeal.

Kate Pankoke’s dress won with what snarky contestant, Alexander Pope crowned a “Vivienne Westwood knock off.” Ouch! It was a beautiful gown and true to her aesthetic but not original or surprising. Her talent can not be diminished however, so congratulations Kate.

Dom Streater’s green and white silk Grecian gown was my personal favorite. It flowed and complimented the emerald and diamond necklace her model wore. As Nina Garcia said, it offered a different perspective of what to wear with extravagant jewelry. Dom’s dress was described as “estate chic” by guest judge Eric Damon, who was the Emmy award-winning costume designer on Gossip Girl. Good looking men make my day.

Unexpectedly elegant. My personal favorite
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Dom’s dress is fantastic from any angle.

I can not wait until tonight’s episode because the folks from Milwaukee, Tim and Miranda Levy, are going a few rounds AND it’s a team challenge, AND the designers will be using untraditional materials again. I wonder if this is the episode where Miranda is predicting she’ll need therapy. I haven’t picked out a favorite designer yet, have you?

I Want: Michelle Williams’ Edgy Pixie Cut

Michelle Williams is the new face of Louis Vuitton‘s new accessories campaign.

Is this not the cutest haircut ever? Michelle Williams rocks a carefree and funky ‘do that definitely suits her in this Louis Vuitton accessories ad. Her hair was styled by Sam McKnight (genius),and the gorgeous actress was lucky to have the one and only Stéphane Marais grace her face with her enviable artistic skills. Love the lips.

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Michelle is wearing a coat from the Marc Jacobs Fall/Winter 2013 campaign.

If this choppy coiffe inspires you, make it happen with a hairstylist that knows how to cut hair. It’s worth it to spend a little more for a great haircut. There is nothing more soul sapping than a butchered cut, and it’s not worth all the potential bad hair days. Seriously, research and splurge and if you have found a stellar stylist that can cut the sh*t of out some hair, don’t be selfish, pass the word around. Let’s make a concentrated effort to eradicate bad hair days.

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Cassie is one of the few people that looks good with her hair half shaved.

Evidently, Michelle’s haircut looks good even during the growing out process. The proof is in this photo taken at Old School in NYC. It reminds me of that asymmetrical style trend worn by Rhianna, Cassie, and Amanda Bynes where one side is long and the other side is shaved except Michelle’s cut is a little more balanced and less extreme. It’s also great because it’s low maintenance and the messier it looks the better.

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Michelle Williams is super stylish at Kate Young For Target Launch on April 9 in New York City. Her hair looks just as good grown out.

I can’t say I’m a diehard Michelle Williams fan I am likely to watch a film if I know she is in it because she is a talented actress, she is picky about the roles she chooses and she makes great choices.  I find her intriguing because while she appears demure there is nothing demure about her sense of style. She’s gritty, and there is something truly magical about her which makes me take multiple looks when I see her on the red carpet. I like grit but I love how she represents edgy hairstyles even better.

For more pictures of Michelle Williams visit: Michelle Williams Stuns In Dreamy New Louis Vuitton Campaign | Marie Claire.

Project Runway 12 Premieres Dramatic Season

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Project runway season 12 started out with a blast with “the unconventional challenge” straight out of the gate, an unusual and cunning move. The designers didn’t even get the chance to settle in before Heidi threw what most would say is the most difficult of challenges at them. Usually, the “unconventional challenge” makes an appearance further down the road and the unconventional material that the designers were to make a garment that represented their aesthetic was the nylon from parachutes that were delivered by skydivers on an airport runway. Sweet!

The fans bought Kate from season 11, better known as Project Runway Teams, back for a second chance,and no one wants her there because she has an obvious advantage, but not enough to overshadow anyone else’s talent, in my opinion. This years accessory wall from Belk, me no likey. What I do like is no team challenges smothering the designers and the new changes, especially the fact that Tim Gunn will be on hand during runway and judging to give the other judges, Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia,Zac Posen, and the weekly special guest, in this case, Kate Bosworth, his opinions. 

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Bradon McDonald’s winning look.
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Angela Bacskocky’s losing look.

The first runway was great, except that the judges really should have let Mr. Sustainable,  a.k.a., Timothy Westbrook, 24, from Milwaukee, WI, go home. He is an “annoying”sustainability-focused fiber artist” according to the Project Runway blog. Hey, I didn’t write it but I am not going to argue with the truth either. Without getting into his issues too much, let’s just say there is a lot of hypocrisy and insecurity going on. And please find time to feel sorry for his poor model…

Los Angeles designer Bradon McDonald, 38, was this seasons first winner with a flowing, pastel color-blocked gown that highlighted the sheer trend perfectly. Angela Bacskocky, 33 – Richmond, VA, was sent home for being boring and unoriginal, which is not what this season is going to be if this teaser is any indication of what is to come. The drama started before the first episode with a controversial promotional billboard that was banned in L.A.

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Bradon McDonald’s winning look front view.
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Bradon McDonald’s winning look back view.

Another new addition is fan interaction with the new on-screen feature, PlayRunway, which will allow fans to use their smartphones, tablets and computers to share their reactions to episode storylines, design challenges and judging decisions. Fan interaction is increasingly implemented into reality competition shows lately. Social media is the difference between life and death when it comes to fan driven competition shows.

Other changes include, an anonymous runway; the judges won’t know which designer did what until after the points are added up, the judges will look at the designs up close and personal as part of the judging process; not good for any designer with design flaws and glue jobs that would have been hidden previously, and Tim has the power to rescue one designer from elimination for a second chance.

This seasons prize package is the biggest one yet. This is a list of the prizes that are worth over half a million dollars straight from Project Runway’s site on Mylifetime.com: 

As part of the winner’s prize package, this season’s champion will receive $150,000 from GoBank, the award-winning new bank account made to be used on a mobile phone; $50,000 of next generation technology from HP and Intel to help enable their creativity and launch their new business; a year’s supply of Resource Natural Spring Water and an all-expense paid, luxurious spa retreat for two to the exotic Maldives, courtesy of Resource Water; a chance to design and sell an exclusive collection at Belk; a complete sewing and crafting studio from Brother Sewing and Embroidery; a fashion spread in Marie Claire magazine; a 2014 Lexus IS 350; a $100,000 fabric allowance from Tide Pods to inspire fashions that truly pop; and a $50,000 styling contract with L’Oréal Paris. It is a prize package worth more than half a million dollars. The model paired with the winner of “Project Runway” will receive a fashion spread in Marie Claire magazine and $25,000 from L’Oréal Paris.

This season is going to be SO good, and I can hardly wait to see which one of the remaining designers will fail to measure up. I haven’t picked a favorite yet but who do you think is going home?

Gold & Summer

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Such an easy and colorful summer outfit.

You would not believe the drama I went through to get this to look right. I had to publish something because Polyvore threatened to deactivate my group if I didn’t create a set. Unfortunately, I forgot to publish to draft, and it all went downhill from there. If I were wearing this outfit instead of brown satin pinstripe pajamas, and not  longing for caffeine, I wouldn’t have had this problem.

What do you think about my idea of the perfect day out outfit?

 

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Snoop Lion Manicure

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I couldn’t help it, I had to post this Snoop Dogg/Lion (I’m having a hard time adjusting to his new reggae persona. I’m still sipping on Gin & Juice.) manicure. I think it’s fun and so summer. For more visit: http://boomnails.blogspot.co.uk/

I Want – Jimmy Choo Anouk and Abel Degradé Metallic Leather and Suede Pumps

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These pumps incorporate a stunning fading effect with leather and suede.

When I hear Jimmy Choo I immediately  think ‘shoes’. As a matter of fact, I think shoes should  be called Choos. This is the brand that made me see shoes as more than just protection from hurt, harm, and danger. The newest addition to the shoe dynasty, metallic leather and suede, includes a jolt of degradé. I’ve certainly never seen this effect in footwear before, and these are show stoppers. What do you think?

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A prime example of why Jimmy Choo reigns supreme.

Jimmy Choo’s are an investment, as well as an iconic heirloom that should be handed down from  generation to generation.

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Shoes you build an outfit around.

The Anouk pumps would look really cute with white or black jeans or with color blocking.

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From London and Sandra Choi with love.

The entire Jimmy Choo shoe collection at Net-a-Porter is an NSF waiting to happen. Click if you dare.

I Want – Jacqueline Quinn’s Gabrielle Clutch

Doesn’t this clutch look like a patchwork of ice cubes? I saw it on InStyle and thought this clutch is the very definition of a perfect summer evening accessory”. I like it because it can be interpreted as whimsical or elegant because of the embellished mirrored squares.

Evening Purses – Jacqueline Quinn Boutique.