Friday, December 24, 2010

Hilary Swank Is Designing a Clothing Line

Hilary Swank was initially just planning to design a line of T-shirts that
“provided motivation and inspiration,” but then she thought to herself,
Hey, if Jessica Simpson can design lingerie, and Justin Bieber can design scented cardboard tags, and JWOWW can design swimsuits, then why can't I design a full range of gym clothes?
So she talked to the Designers Management Agency (who are apparently the same masterminds behind the goldmine that is sure to be Rachel Roy and Amar'e Stoudemire's forthcoming collaboration), and now they're helping her develop "a contemporary, outdoor, athleisure brand,” said DMA co-founder Marc Beckman. They're currently interviewing real fashion designers to partner with Swank on the project, and no, I've never heard the word "athleisure," either.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Women's Wear Daily's 100 Years

The magazine, which sells at newsstands for $12.99, is an amazing must-have for fashion insiders as well as anyone casually interested in women's fashion trends.Part of the book features WWD editors' comprehensive picks for the top 100 fashion moments of the last century, resulting in a chronicle of the industry's pivotal history. It starts with the first day the trade paper was printed (the same time the apparel industry was beset by labor disputes), and it ends with today's emerging designers, including Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte, Phillip Lim, and Jason Wu. The magazine is WWD's most profitable issue to date."It's really an attempt to cover important moments in fashion history through the WWD filter," said editor in chief Ed Nardoza.That is why the bulk of the events center on high-society fetes and the trends close to the hearts of the Ladies Who Lunch - who, by the way, have their own entry. Luckily, most of WWD's picks hit close to regular people's closets: Bikinis, designer jeans, and Chanel suits are wardrobe staples.But it also might explain why four pages of the book are dedicated to Truman Capote's 1966 Black and White Ball - one of the most exclusive events in New York society - and why hip-hop's fashion influence garnered just a quarter of a page - and even that favored only Isaac Mizrahi's work bringing street style to the runways, rather than the successful clothing lines of Russell Simmons and Sean "Diddy" Combs.Nonetheless, it's easy to get lost thumbing through the pictures and seeing how historic events like the Titanic's sinking or the 1929 stock market crash altered the course of fashion or how fashion, for that matter, altered the course of our lives. Here are some of the most interesting WWD moments:

A sinking feeling. What does the Titanic's demise have to do with fashion? Several department-store titans were on board, including Macy's co-owner Isidor Straus and his wife, who both died during its sinking, and the daughter of Andrew Saks. Plus, the amount of merchandise lost was newsworthy to WWD. And who knew that outfits were being documented during the fateful night? "A reporter lived to tell about it and she described what the people were wearing as they got on lifeboats," Nardoza said.

Blondes have more fun. (true!) According to WWD, celebrities' love affair with hair color goes back to the 1930s when actress Jean Harlow appeared in the movie Platinum Blonde; she became the first spokeswoman for hair color.

Hindsight is 20/20. WWD's reporting on Peter Pan Dress Co.'s partnership with Paramount Pictures Corp. acknowledged the beginning of films' impact on fashion. The pairing resulted in a series of cross-promotional Peter Pan Weeks between retailers and theaters across the country, and director D.W. Griffith announced he would incorporate high-end fashion into his movies, starting with That Royle Girl in 1925.

Which came first? The mall or the cul-de-sac? A 1950 article reported that America would change the way it shopped as Seattle became home to the first car-friendly suburban mall. We see how that worked out.

The rise of the fashion shoot. By the late 1950s, magazines began to phase out sketches (imagine sketching an entire runway presentation!) for photography. Seems like a no-brainer, but it led to what we now accept as photographer fame. Eventually photographers Steven Meisel, Mario Sorrenti, and Craig McDean would become as well-known as the models and designers.

Black is beautiful. When the African American aesthetic took hold, WWD took note. Thanks to pop-culture movies like Lady Sings the Blues and Shaft, urban looks of the 1970s - which included Afros, turtlenecks, and bell-bottoms - crossed into the mainstream.

Michael Jackson attraction. This entry is more about MTV's effects on fashion than Jackson's inherent style. Nardoza said that's because Michael was more about menswear than women's wear. True, but women loved Michael. Isn't that enough?

The name game. Celebrity is the new designer. While the early 2000s were a gauche period, it was a big part of fashion history. There was a time when, day after day, WWD headlines announced new lines by Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake, and Jennifer Lopez.

Thank you, Carrie. How would we know what Manolos, Christian Louboutins, or Jimmy Choos were if it weren't for Miss Bradshaw? These shoes achieved cult status.

9/11 situation. In the immediate aftermath of Sept. 11, designers canceled their shows. But in the long term, it made the industry rethink its priorities. It was the cataclysmic event behind today's recessionista.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Trend Alert: Long John Leggings

Remember how you used to love your cozy long johns as a kid? emmm and some of us as adults still love hanging around the house in our old school hanes LJ? It's a blast from the past because the comfy gear is making its way into your wardrobe in the form of long john leggings. It's exactly the same feel, the waffle-knit fabric, only this time we're not just wearing them for practicality's sake. These are chic in heather grays and military-inspired olive, or playful in prints and bright colors. Just pair with any of Fall's cool boots and layer under skirts or denim on top; we love them with anoraks and chambray shirts — get cozy-chic! I really love this trend!

Meet The Tom Ford Fashion Show Crashers

A Japanese trio dubbed “The A Girls” have been running around New York Fashion Week being shot at the hottest parties with fashion royalty. They were first picked up by NBC news on a Fashion’s Night Out video, and as the week went on the mystery continued to show up on NYMagazine, the NYPOST, Gawker, and Racked. Their biggest stunt: pulling off sneaking into the uber-exclusive, impossible to get into Tom Ford Fashion Show. The A Girls have crashed the Betsey Johnson After Party, Halston Fashion Show, Tommy Hilfiger 25th Anniversary Party, Juicy Couture Party, Pamela Love Fashion Show and After Party. They have also been photographed mingling with Marc Jacobs, Sarah Jessica Parker, Betsey Johnson, Alexis Bledel, and Johnny Rozs. The A Girls were finally caught when they attempted to crash Tom Ford‘s exclusive runway show. One of the girls claimed to be there for Japanese Vogue editor Mitsuko Watanabe. Afraid that there had been a mistake with the guest list the girls were escorted into the private presentation. With camera’s in hand and no legal privacy contacts to hold them back, the Japanese pop group intended to shoot some of the most coveted photos of fashion week. The A Girls remained at the show for 20 minutes as the room of fashion elite filled. Right before show time, Mitsuko arrived and Tom Ford’s astute publicists quickly realized that there were spies in the room and kicked out the Harijuko hotties.

2011 Spring New York Fashion Week: Michael Kors

Michael Kors let the sun shine in! The mood of his Spring collection is upbeat, beach bright, and polished — all set to the tune of an insane mastermix of "Here Comes the Sun." Model favorites Isabeli Fontana, Carolyn Murphy, Chanel Iman, and Karolina Kurkova looked positively glowing as they strutted their stuff. Kors designed his trademark slouchy-chic pieces in the most luxe fabrics √° la cashmere sweatshirts, linen suits, and leather trench coats. He is the master of relaxed clothes while never having it look sloppy. Big props to the classic use of hot Summer colors — shots of blue, purple, pink, khaki, white, and yellow were radiating from the runway. There were even a few pieces featuring a grassy print!

New York City Fashion Week-Tory Burch

Tory Burch constantly delivers the new classics — collections that introduce something new and edgy, without losing that timeless edge. Her Spring '11 presentation was no exception, only this time she brought a cool '70s vibe to shake things up. Burnt orange, yellow brights, major pinstripes on pants and jackets, a preppy-meets-hippie navy tiered peasant dress, maxi shirt dresses, and crochet details are just a few of the coveted pieces. While her polished sensibility makes its way into the line via metallic belted pencil skirts, printed tees and shorts, and neutrals, it's all so easily wearable — we can't get enough.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Forever 21 & Brian Lichtenberg!

If you look at my older post you will see my love for
Brian Lichtenberg... Great designer from el- lay , who's designs can be seen on many Hollywood hotties. Well now he has teamed up with forever, and you know I have never been ashamed of shopping there. I always have and always will mix highs with lows. Will be out August 13th! The collection, featuring both men’s and women’s tees/tanks, will showcase glittery, drippy, bold and beauty graphics. Fun!

Sunday, July 11, 2010


How amazing is this shoot? Christy Turlington, Natalia Vodianova & Karen Elson in Louis Vuitton's Fall 2010 Campaign. Louis Vuitton's fall 2010 campaign features "three of the most beautiful women in the world" according to Marc Jacobs. This is the fourth Vuitton campaign to be shot by Steven Meisel and was done in a studio space in Manhattan, New York.


Take a guess.. Who is this?
She is quite sexy, young and is engaged to a hot hollywood star...