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Polished, Perfect and Pretty, Grâce à Dior and BAZAAR

Polished, perfect and pretty.  That’s the idea behind Dior’s new “Dressy Nudes” look.  As a newly minted Style Ambassador for Harper’s Bazaar I was invited to try the look at Macy’s Dior counter.  The results?  Flawless and flirty without appearing too made up.  I especially liked the light feeling, yet full coverage of the Airfinish foundation and the flirty eye makeup.  I would love to own Dior Vernis Nail Lacquer in Dune and Charnelle and Rouge Dior Nude in Trompe loeil.

While I enjoyed the friendly company of the Dior makeup artist and fellow animal lover, I wish I learned more about the “Dressy Nudes” look.  I brought home the useful pamphlet and took the fun quiz to see if my personality should try the Feminine, Sensuous, Elegant or Divine look.  I was a little of all…

As a BAZAAR Style Ambassador, I have joined “a niche nationwide network of the most influential, well-connected and chic readers chosen to represent the BAZAAR brand.” Simply put, this means I get the opportunity to try new products, attend exclusive events and win fabulous prizes! All in the name of fashion.

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All the way from New York!

Hello, friends!  I’m currently in New York for fashion week, thanks to Estée Lauder and Vanity Fair!  Here’s an update of my trip:

I made it to New York on Thursday, February 9, the first day of New York Fashion Week, just in time for the Nolcha fashion shows!  I have to say, I was tickled to get off the plane and see a driver holding a sign with my name on it!  He drove us to the Hudson Hotel at 356 West 58th in a black sedan with plenty of leg room.  The Hudson Hotel was made for the chic hipster.  I would not have noticed the discreet entrance if it wasn’t for our car stopping and our driver saying “Yes” when I asked him if we had arrived.  The clear automatic doors slid open and past the small entryway was an upward escalator illuminated with lime green.  In the dimly lit lobby hung a classic grand chandelier, except for the images of light bulbs hanging among the crystals.  Our room has wood floors, wood paneling and two low beds with a single mattress and a single duvet.  It is also dimly lit.  The funky bedside lights have faces and there are mirrors on opposite walls that create infinitely repeating reflections.

Hudson Hotel Lobby

Hudson Hotel Bar

The first group of Nolcha fashion shows begins in an hour.  I changed (into a carefully pre-planned ensemble, of course) and headed out the door to the Alvin Ailey Studios a few blocks away.  I found my seat, second row, not bad, and waited for the show to begin.  A fashion show is one of the best places to people watch.  The two fabulous ladies sitting in front of me, Cognac Wellerlane, a personality of the Long Island Exchange, and Patricia Parenti, stylist and owner of Tender Gloving Care, are fixtures of the New York fashion scene.

Headed to Nolcha

At Nolcha

The 12:30 line up (which means it actually begins at 1:30) included Farasha, Megla M, Carlos Luna, Teresa Rosati and Vassilis Zoulias.  I was really looking forward to Carlos Luna’s latest collection because I saw his spring 2012 line at the Nolcha Fashion Week in September.  This time I happened to sit by one of his friends and we both oohed and ahhed during the show.  He presented a handful of pieces I would love to add to my repertoire.  I feel the same way about a few evening dresses from Teresa Rosati.  My heart skipped a beat when the last show from Vassilis Zoulias began and I saw the dresses, outerwear and bird-adorned hats inspired by the forties and Christian Dior’s “New Look.”  I’ll give a trend report and more detailed reviews on my favorite collections soon.

Afterward I met Kia, who is beautiful, funky and a huge fan of leopard print.  We both agree it should be used as a neutral and can match almost anything.  She’s the one who fills me in on Cognac and Patricia.  Oh, the stories she could tell about the BFF’s antics…

Kia and Cognac

The 3:30 lineup included Antonia, Castro-Rojas, Riza Manalo, Rebeca Tiago and Baruni.  For me the standout designer was Rebeca Tiago.  This smart cookie had beautiful young women dressed in her designs in the audience.  One of them was the beautiful Adrienne Bailon of The Cheetah Girls and 3LW.  She looked beautiful.  With her was the gorgeous Julissa Bermudez, best known for co-hosting BET’s 106 & Park.  Tiago also sent some models down the runway wearing necklaces with her name on them, further cementing her brand into the minds of the audience.

Julissa Bermudez, left, and Adrienne Bailon, right


Girls in Rebeca Tiago designs

Rebeca Tiago, Adrienne Bailon & Charlyn Castro-Rojas - Photo courtesy of Adrienne Bailon

The last Nolcha show I attended was of Danilo Gabrielli.  As I entered the event, I had to walk around two cameramen filming four women sitting in the front row.  After I sat down I realized that they must be the Real Housewives of New York.  More cameras joined as they talked animatedly with one another and occasionally greeted a friend.  When the show began, I was pleased to see that Gabrielli’s collection also took inspiration from the 1940s.  I later learned that LuAnn de Lesseps, one of the cast members, is an old friend of Gabrielli.

Real Housewives of New York

Gabrielli greeting LuAnn de Lesseps after the show

Real Housewives of New York with Gabrielli - Photo courtesy of Major Dilemma

After the show I grabbed a quick (read: free) sip of champagne mixed with Cavoda Pink vodka (read: yum) and stepped into the elevator with LuAnn de Lesseps entering after me.  When she wished aloud that she had grabbed a bottle of water, I gave her mine.  She thanked me, we laughed and that was my brush with a New York celebrity.

Some of the things I heard people say on Thursday really made it clear to me that I was truly in New York for fashion week.

“That collection was not cohesive.  I wonder if anyone ever taught them how to put a collection together.”
“Just beautiful!”
“Oh my God, the models were too skinny!”
And my favorite…  Said to me: “You were awesome in the show!”  Oh, that one made me laugh!

A girl can dream… But these days I’d rather be on this side of the runway.  Front row.  Wearing a piece from the presenting designer’s latest collection.

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And a little rock & roll at 2012 Golden Globes

Old Hollywood glamour met a little rock & roll on Sunday, January 15 at the 2012 Golden Globes. The display of elegant red carpet gowns in pale shades of nude, grey and white was punctuated by bursts of red, dramatic cutouts and shimmering fabric and details.  Below are a few of my favorites, in no particular order.

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Salma Hayek shined in Gucci.  Her look was inspired by the 1920’s art deco patterns and architectural shapes.  Hayek’s long, loose curls softened the edges of the strapless bustier and column skirt.  I think art deco style is the cat’s meow and I look forward to seeing more of the twenties coming back from geometric designs and drop-waists to pleats, fringe, beading and headwear.

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Emma Stone rocked a plum Lanvin gown with raspberry side panels.  The flowing dress with a plunging V neckline and embellished shoulders was cinched at the waist by a leather belt with a crystal eagle.  I couldn’t put it any better than the people at the Red Carpet Fashion Awards – “Very Harley-Davidson meets Aphrodite” – and I adored the juxtaposition.

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Sofia Vergara of Modern Family flaunted her hourglass figure in a peacock blue Vera Wang custom-made gown.  The swirling mermaid skirt further accentuated her curves and her long hair worn straight to one side kept it sultry by balancing the elaborate dress.

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Nicole Kidman glowed in a studded grey Versace dress that hugged her statuesque form.  I really liked how the gold studs matched the color of her long, loose curls and added some rock & roll to her typical elegant style.  I found her selection interesting because the gold studs have appeared on Versace’s women and men’s Spring runways and in the recent collaboration with H&M, so I’m expecting to see studs everywhere.  Bring on the rock & roll!

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Angelina Jolie was absolutely stunning in a white Atelier Versace gown.  The structured bodice, which fit her perfectly, was topped with an asymmetrical collar folded down to reveal a shocking red.  The satin skirt gathered at one hip above a thigh high slit.  Her Christian Louboutin satin clutch and full lips were the same bold red as the collar.  Her hair was pulled back in a simple bun to showcase her beautiful face.  Absolutely stunning.

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I have to admit that I have a girl crush on Evan Rachel Wood.  I think she is beautiful and genuine and I’ve heard that she knows how to have fun.  My kind of girl.  I also have a thing for peacocks.  So while it might not be everybody’s cup of tea, I was fascinated by her Gucci Première gown.  From the top, the dress began with a sheer halter neckline with a deep V cut and a scattering of paillettes that become denser and overlap like fish scales. The glittering pieces grow larger through her hips and thighs and then turn to ostrich plumes covering the full skirt.  The shimmering green and teal masterpiece is mesmerizing, however Wood manages to wear the dress and not let the dress wear her by letting her confidence and grace shine through.

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Supermodel Elle Macpherson was stunning in a Zac Posen gown with a mermaid train.  Her bold diamond encrusted bangles and long, loose curls added even more drama.  I’m still trying to figure out how she looks younger than ever…

Photo by Jeff Vespa/WireImage

Charlize Theron romanced in a blush Dior Haute Couture gown.  The deep V-neckline, wavy hair and embellished headband was reminiscent of a 1920s flapper.  The plunging neckline and high slit gave the glamorous look vavoom without giving away too much. I adore this romantic dress on Theron, who is a spokesperson for Dior.

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Helen Mirren was gorgeous in a navy Badgley Mischka dress.  She accessorized the wrap top and ruffled petal skirt with a jeweled belt and clutch.  Again, I’m wondering how she manages to look so young!

Photo by Steve Granitz

Amber Riley, the diva of Glee, flaunted her figure in a sexy red number from Badgley Mischka.  She looks terrific in this simple shape with a sweetheart neckline and frills.  And while I think her hair looks great, I wonder what she would look like with it pulled up.

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Sara Hyland of Modern Family looked darling in a vintage Dolce & Gabbana nude lace dress with a black lace sash and side swept hair.

Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage

Kim Kardashian, who did not attend the Golden Globes, although she has been working on her acting skills on her “reality” show, went old Hollywood glam at the after party in a Bruce Oldfield gown and Lorraine Schwartz jewels.  As a fan of 50s inspired glamour I was pleased that she complemented the black lace number with wavy hair and red lips.

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