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The Golden Globes 2013: I laughed, I cried, I actually saw more than The Dresses!

Here are a few of my favorite things from the 2013 Golden Globe Awards, from the fashion, jewels and beauty to the moments that left an impression!

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“I beat Meryl!” quipped Jennifer Lawrence when she won the globe!  The reference to First Wives Club (and guts to jest with Mrs. Streep) makes it official.  She’s more than an “It Girl.”  She’s here to stay.

Lawrence was gorgeous in a red-coral Dior Haute Couture gown.  I love the color!  The smooth metallic belt and box clutch ads a bit of edge.  These belts have appeared on several red carpets now and I can’t wait to get my waist in one!
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Julianne Moore looked the opposite of the character she played in Game Change – chic and overjoyed for her nomination.  She wore a Tom Ford dress and diamond chandelier earrings.
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Catherine Zeta Jones

Catherine Zeta Jones presented a clip from Les Miserables wearing an ivory Jenny Packham gown with sheer sleeves, shimmery embellishments and a romantic silhouette.  The style is somewhat reminiscent of the twenties, my favorite era, and this is one of my favorite dresses of the evening.
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Emily Blunt was simply statuesque.  She wore a gold Michael Kors dress with cutouts and and Lorraine Schwartz jewels.  Her form and face – just beautiful.
Photo by GettyRachel Weisz in Louis Vuitton Getty

Classic, yet trendy describes Rachel Weisz’s Louis Vuitton dress with sheer panels covered in polka dots.  I think she looked so pretty and her hair and makeup gave her a little extra vavoom!
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Kate Hudson wore a black Alexander McQueen keyhole gown with gold trim around the neck and on the belt.  It’s sexy, but understated and unique.  Black and gold is such a popular combination right now and it’s oh so chic.
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Jennifer Garner in Vivienne Westwood Couture Getty

Ben Affleck’s leading lady also shone in red.  Jennifer Garner wore a sequined Vivienne Westwood Couture gown in a rich red.  I like how the sequins were sewn in a pattern to give the dress some texture.  Her tousled curls were swept back in a blasé way to reveal yellow gold and diamond earrings by David Webb.

Before Garner presented, she was sweet enough to thank a couple people her husband forgot. Ben’s a lucky man – two golden trophies to match his (not just a) trophy wife.
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Isla Fisher GettyIsla Fisher was stunning in a pale Reem Acra gown with a sheer neckline and shiny embellishments.  I loved the color of her hair with the hue of the dress and her berry lip.
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Jessica Chastain GettyApparently I have a thing for red heads.  While I’m not crazy about the extra fabric on the top, I still think Jessica Chastain looks amazing in this Calvin Klein Collection dress.  Maybe it’s the electric color with her ginger hair.
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Miranda Kerr and Orlando Bloom arrive at 70th Annual Golden Globe AwardsMirand Kerr lived up to her title as a Victoria Secret model in this bombshell of a dress.  Her red Zuhair Murad gown featured a deep V neck and high slit.  Her statement earrings, lingerie runway-ready hair, red lips and arm candy, husband Orlando Bloom, complete her sexy ensemble.
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Jennifer Lawrence in Zuhair Murad Getty

Jennifer Lopez looked absolutely ravishing in a nude Zuhair Murad gown that made her appear as if she was wearing nothing but delicate white lace.  The gown blended perfectly with her skin.  Her curls were swept to the side in an Old Hollywood sort of way, which proved to be a popular style that evening.
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I think Lea Michele’s dress suited her perfectly.  The shimmery white Elie Saab featuring her signature thigh high slit was young and fun and fit for a stage.  But I’d love to see her try something a bit more edgy.
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Anne Hathaway GettyAnne Hathaway wore a simply elegant Chanel gown.  She glowed in the white, sparkly creation, but it left me wanting more.
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UPDATE:

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Since JT couldn’t, Vanessa Hudgens brought sexy back in a shiny Jenny Packham dress at the Warner Bros. and InStyle Golden Globe Awards After Party.  She looks party-ready with sultry eye makeup, large yellow gold earrings, a plunging neckline and large sequins.  Note: More yellow gold and black!  It’s a little rock and roll and a lot of glam – love it!

aAlso at the party, Julianne Hough wore another Jenny Packham creation.  (Jenny Packham is a popular lady!)  The blush pink gown was given some edge with structured shoulders, a deep V neckline and shiny side panels.  I like the silhouette the lines create, her matching pink lip and her hair in a retro wave.

IAshley Tisdale nailed it in this Issa dress at the same party.  The nude dress is so simple and sleek and the slim fit and cutouts keep it sassy.  She paired it with a cuff by Sylva & Cie, earrings by State Room and a clubch by L. K. Bennett.
Photos by Just Jared

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Lucky loves The White Sundress, too!

You’re in luck!  Lucky Magazine has posted a gallery of 50 white dresses under $50!  I just recently professed my adoration for the summer classic here in a post about what I packed for Memorial Day weekend.  There is something oh, so sexy about a simple white dress at a summer shindig.  But if you’re anything like me, be sure to bring Tide to Go.

Here are a few on my wish list:

1. Summer dress with sweetheart neckline, $38.27, asos.com

7. Long scoop back dress, $50, americanapparel.net
10. Cap sleeve flippy tunic, $40, topshop.com
11. Crochet trim mini dress, $47.99, hive & honey, piperlime.com
14. “Festivus” dress, $45, volcom, bloomingdales.com
29. Tulip dress with contrast waistband, $29.57, asos.com
31. Crinkle empire maxi dress, $29.99, Sonoma life + style, kohls.com
38. Racerback tank dress set, $44.80, lc Lauren Conrad, kohls.com
42. Lace corset dress, $29.99, ae.com

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Let’s Get Away: Memorial Day Weekend 2012

This weekend is the celebration of Memorial Day, which hopefully means you’re going to the beach, the lake, a friend’s pool or at least a barbeque!  It certainly does to me!  I’ll be at the lake with some friends, riding on the boat and catching rays.  More importantly, Memorial Day is when we remember those who have died in active military service so that we can enjoy freedom.  The celebration of their lives and our freedom also marks the unofficial start of summer livin’.  Oh how I love three day weekends of sun and fun!

It also means I have to pack…  Do you know how much I hate packing?  It’s in the top 5 of things I least enjoy doing.  But I’m here to make it easy on you.  You’re welcome.  So keeping the patriotic and summer fun theme in mind, below are some ideas of what to wear Memorial Day weekend 2012.

Orange maxi dress:  Orange is The Color of the season and lucky for us it looks great on every skin color!  It warms the skin and provides an instant glow.  Maxi dresses are also very popular as they are easy to style and make your body appear longer and leaner.  When I first ordered this Alloy dress a few years ago people would joke with me by asking if I was headed to the prom.  Oh the riducle fashion-forward people face in the Midwest!  But thankfully, long dresses have caught on and are now easy to find (and wear) everywhere!

Turquoise Beaded Boho Hoops from Windsor, Bangle set from Loft, Raffia satchel with Tassel trim from New York & Co., Orange maxi dress from Alloy, Cotton Herringbone Four Pocket Jacket from Loft, Natasha Accessories Beaded Bangle Set from Dillard’s, Sofft “Ravenna” Sandals from Dillard’s

V-Neck Maxi Dress from New York and Co., Heritage tie-waist chiffon patio dress from Banana Republic, Blue Juice Desert Romance Maxi Dress from Dillard’s

  

Something mint, aqua or sea foam:  I adore the color of these Candie’s Color Denim Shortie Shorts that I just found at Kohl’s!  Pair it with white and statement-making accessories or a complementing pastel like lilac or pale yellow.

Lace Up Crop Cami from American Eagle Outfitters, Candie’s Color Denim Shortie Shorts from Kohl’s, Turquoise Beaded Boho Hoops from Windsor, Beaded Wrap Bracelet from American Eagle Outfitters, Knotted Wedge Sandal from Charlotte Russe, Steve Madden Fringy Fringe Hobo from Dillard’s

  

White sundress: The white sundress is a summer classic.  Make it sweet and sexy by combining lace with a corset, like this one from Topshop.  I chose to keep it simple with neutral accessories.  Floppy hats and tortoise sunglasses are so chic and offer necessary protection from the sun.  (Did anyone see Schmidt’s shout out to tortoise in Gwyneth Paltrow’s goop newsletter?  Max Greenfield of New Girl said of his tortoise iPhone case, “Every so often someone will confuse it for leopard print. How embarrassing. For them.”  Bahaha!  Love him!)  But seriously kids, protect yourself from the sun this weekend!  I love hats but I don’t usually wear them.  Protection from the sun is the perfect excuse to feel glam in a floppy one!

Striped Floppy Hat from Forever 21, Lace Corset Flippy Dress from Topshop, Tortoise sunglasses from Tommy Hilfiger, Knotted Wedge Sandal from Charlotte Russe, Pave and Natural Stone Round Drop Earrings from Loft, Raffia satchel with Tassel trim from New York & Co., Beaded Wrap Bracelet from American Eagle Outfitters

 

Retro-inspired swimsuit:  To stand out in a sea of neons, jungle prints and tribal patterns, try a retro swimsuit.  I found this adorable cherry-print bikini from Old Navy on clearance for $10!  Look for halters with molded cups and sweetheart necklines and fuller briefs in classic colors or nostalgic prints.  Again take advantage of wearing a cute hat this weekend!

Straw Fedora from Forever 21, Cherry-Print Bikini from Old Navy, Whitney Earrings from Tessyla on Etsy, Candie’s Color Denim Shortie Shorts from Kohl’s, Leather Flip Flops from Gap

 

Tropical print or crop top:  To add spark to your Memorial Day wardrobe throw in something with a bright tropical print or a sexy crop top – perfect for visiting the nearest town pub.  Both of these trends have been heating up the runways and seen on many celebrities this spring.  Pair the jungle-inspired piece with a separate in a solid color to balance the wild pattern.  I added natural-colored accessories with bold neon details to emphasize the eyecatching bright colors without going overboard.  While crop tops may invoke memories of the girls of Clueless and other 90s pop stars, there’s no need to worry about feeling like a heifer to rock one.  Today they’re easier to wear thanks to high-waisted skirts or capris that cover the navel.

Jaime King, Kristen Stewart, Selena Gomez

Crate Clutch from Alloy, Hawaiian Print Bralet from Topshop, Neon Chain Earrings from Windsor, Neon Faux Cork Wedges from Charlotte Russe, Perfect Circle Skirt from Nasty Gal, Pressed Bangle Set from Forever 21

Now get to packing and have a fashionable, fun and safe weekend!

Thank you to all who have served in the United States military and for the freedom you have allowed me.  Yes, you too brother and cousin.    

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Soham Dave Spring 2012: India Refashioned

The essence of the Soham Dave brand embraces hand-crafted clothing, the natural environment, the heritage of India and women who live there today.  While I was in New York during fashion week, I was fortunately invited to the Soham Dave fashion show at the Empire Hotel Roof Lounge.  I first encountered the brand at Nolcha Fashion Week in September of 2011, where I met Alexis, a sweet Ohioan who handles their publicity.  My mother and I attended the presentation set high above the city in the crowded Fireside bar.  Luckily, there was a roof top patio with a window view, which we spilled into once the standing room only allowed no view of the makeshift runway.  While the show added glamour to the eco-friendly collection, it wasn’t until the models mingled with the audience afterward when I could see the fine craftsmanship of the fabrics.

The story behind the fabrics of Soham Dave is what makes the collection so special.  Soham Dave, the designer, was born in Gujarat, India in 1979.  While studying Global Fashion Management at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York City, he met Nimet Degirmencioglu.  Soham, as the namesake creative designer, and Nimet, as the brand ambassador and executive of business development, launched their first collection in 2011.  The green brand employs women artisans in India, traditional eco-friendly production techniques, biodegradable fabrics, recycled materials and natural dyes.  Not only does Soham Dave practice fair trade, meaning all workers are paid a fair wage, the company teaches workers about entrepreneurship to create sustainable lives.  By applying traditional Indian skills, including hand embroidery, hand block printing and hand weaving, to contemporary silhouettes, Soham Dave fuses “the old and the new, classic and contemporary, and ancient organic and urban lifestyles.”

Soham Dave also launched a collection of handbags and handmade jewelry, which some pieces are made from scraps of fabric left over from the clothing line.

Soham takes inspiration from nature and Indian tradition.  The motivation behind the latest collection is “Bandhani.”  Bandhani is a method of dying fabric by pinching and tying very tiny pieces of the fabric in a particular design.  After its dyed, the tied thread is unraveled to reveal small square-shaped dots, crinkled creases of fabric and vivid colors.

My take on Soham Dave:

My favorite pieces from the latest collection are the indigo Bandhani empire top and tan Ajrak printed dresses.  From the online shop, I really like the white Safed Khadi dress, white Khadi wrap and beaded necklace on a metal chain.  Another favorite is the Streetline Indigo dress that is Ajrak printed, which was recently purchased by Emma Watson from the Co-op 28 Boutique in Los Angeles.

I’m a fan of Soham Dave because it’s eco-friendly and socially conscious, which is oh, so hot, especially right now.  But I’m eager to see the creators develop those selling points and elaborate on their designs.  I imagine this line becoming super popular with the green folk, organic eaters, vegetarians, vegans, humanitarians, boho chicks and wannabe hippies as long as they embrace that off kilter lifestyle and love of clothing that’s comfy and practical, yet sexy.  Now is the time to thrive on the bohemian/hippie/earth lovin’ style.  I look forward to the addition of more natural dye colors, contemporary prints and sophisticated shapes.

What you need to know about Soham Dave:

  • Every item is handmade by women artisans from remote villages in India
  • All items are made from biodegradable fabrics, recycled materials and natural dyes using environmentally safe production techniques, making this collection 100% eco-friendly
  • The collection currently includes jewelry, handbags and clothing, mostly summery dresses
  • The cost of clothing items range from $80 to $350
  • Based in New York City, Soham Dave is available at boutiques throughout the city and in Cleveland and Philadelphia

Where can you shop Soham Dave:

  • Online here
  • Evie Lou: 2153 Professor Ave., Cleveland, OH; 216-696-6675
  • Also in New York City, Brooklyn, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia…

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Teresa Rosati Fall 2012: Prim & Party

Teresa Rosati’s diverse collection of formal dresses is a little prim and a little party.  The internationally renowned Polish designer showed her latest assembly of cocktail and evening dresses at Nolcha Fashion Week, which I had the pleasure of attending in February.  The opening number was a short champagne-colored dress with a bubble skirt adorned with a single black lace sleeve.  Paired with a glass of champagne, this tasteful dress is just right for a cocktail party.  With the next look, the party style changed dramatically.  The embellished padded shoulders and metallic fabric remind me of a 1980s music video with a synthesized beat and too much fog, but in a fun, throwback way.

The third dress further mixes moods by pairing bronze brocade with purple sequins, while the last dress combines the current trend of photographic prints with old Hollywood.  This show-stopping gown, covered with black and white pictures of Marilyn Monroe, garnered oohs and ahhs from the audience.  While I’m loving the fun print, I can’t imagine where I’d wear it to in my midwest home.  However, Molly Sims wore a similar dress by Dolce & Gabbana to the 2009 Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards in New York City.  I can also picture it on Katy Perry, Lindsay Lohan or Rihanna.   Another trendy showstopper is the sheer teal gown with pleats and a collar embellished with feathers and shiny appliques.  Sheer fabric, especially skirts, are very popular at the moment.

One of my favorite pieces of Rosati’s collection is the dress with a pale rose skirt and intricate black floral single-sleeved bodice.  I’m probably drawn to its full tulle skirt and shimmering lace because of its resemblance to a ballerina.  The flowing red gown with a deep v-neck, embellished waist and high slit is also a darling.  Notice it’s decorated zipper along the nude back.  Of all the details I adore these embellishments, the glittering material of the navy and gray dresses and the delicate lace.

Photos courtesy of myself and Teresa Rosati

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The 2012 Oscars: White is still the new black… And that leg!

It’s that time of year again… Let’s just cut right to it.  Below are the nominations for my “Best Dressed” and “Pretty Good” list.

Photo courtesy of Jason Merritt/Getty

Emma Stone, in Giambattista Valli Haute Couture with a Louis Vuitton clutch and jewels.  Love the neck, love the color, love her, love to see what she wears next.  She made me laugh as a presenter with her cheeky yet charming personality…  “We should have some banter. Where you act cocky and I shut you down and you say I look pretty and I say ‘no chance funny boy’!” My only complaint is that it looks a little big.

Photo courtesy of Jason Merritt/Getty

Sandra Bullock, in Marchesa.  The white top and black bottom theme from previous award shows continues on Sandra.  The embellished waist and shoulders is another notable trend on the red carpet.  The black and white combination is sophisticated, the shape and low draped back is sexy and the embellishments are chic.  But I may be a little biased.

Photo courtesy of Jason Merritt/Getty

Glenn Close, in Zac Posen with Bulgari jewels.  This evergreen color is so intriguing and it looks beautiful on the blonde Close.  I adore the structured corset and tuxedo jacket.  But most of all, I like how she exudes assurance.

Photo courtesy of Gregg DeGuire/WireImage

And here’s Angelina Jolie’s right leg.  Oh, and Miss Jolie herself, in Atelier Versace with Salvatore Ferragamo shoes.  I’m feeling the high slit but her permanent stance did seem a little odd.  Her highlighted, loose curls beautifully contrast the black velvet, structured gown.  I have a thing for black velvet because the rich shade is at its darkest in velvet.  She looks gorgeous, as always.  I’d love to know the name of that lip color.  However, I will agree with a fellow Oscar party guest, “She needs to eat a bowl of rice and beans!”

Photo courtesy of Kevin Mazur/WireImage

Tina Fey, in Carolina Herrera with Bulgari jewels and a Roger Vivier clutch.  While Fey’s navy dress is not exceptional, I think she looks fabulous.  I adore the trendy peplum, color and perfect fit.  Her hair is swept off her face in a chic bouffant bun and her face is gorgeous.  Her glowing confidence doesn’t hurt either.

Photo courtesy of Kevin Mazur/WireImage

Michelle Williams continues to look sweet and adoring in Louis Vuitton with Forevermark jewels and a Bottega Veneta clutch.  I look forward to seeing her in something a little more daring. She further establishes the peplum trend, which I expect to be in high demand this spring.  To easily incorporate it into your wardrobe, choose a top with peplum and pair it with skinny jeans or a pencil skirt.

Photo courtesy of Getty

I’m supposed to like this look.  It’s Givenchy Haute Couture on Rooney Mara.  It has topped the majority of the ‘Best Dressed’ lists.  But I can’t help but think of my grandmother’s vintage bras when I look at the bust detail.  She must be chicer than I.

Photo courtesy of Kevin Mazur/WireImage

Milla Jovovich continues the white is the new black trend, which is a welcome change of pace on the red carpet.  Add a little train, loads of shimmer and one sleeve and we get this stunning Elie Saab gown.  This is one of my favorites.

Photo courtesy of Getty

More white: Sofia Vergara, in Roberto Cavalli with Casadei heels, Judith Leiber bag and Lorraine Schwartz jewelry.  Do I really need to comment?  Miss Vergara seems to do no wrong.

Photo courtesy of Steve Granitz/WireImage

Octavia Spencer, in Tadashi Shoji with Lorraine Schwartz jewels, a Leiber clutch and only one pair of Spanx.  This is one of her best looks yet.

Photo courtesy of Kevin Mazur/WireImage

Gwyneth Paltrow, in Tom Ford.  She manages to make a long cape look chic and effortless.  Without the cape the dress is a little boring but then there’s no distraction from her beauty.

Photo courtesy of Gregg DeGuire/WireImage

Jennifer Lopez looks oh so glam in a silver Zuhair Murad gown with a 70s vibe.

Photo courtesy of Kevork Djansezian/Getty

From white and silver to pastels, pale shades have stepped onto the main stage.  This is Louise Roe, in a blush Black Halo gown.  Some of you may be thinking, who is this girl?  Well, I’m not sure.  In my brief research to find her dress’ label I saw varying claims, including actress (StyleBistro), ABC Oscar correspondent (Socialite Life) and Glamour magazine’s new fashion editor (Yahoo!).  One thing’s for sure, I adore this tailored gown with jacket-like top, structured layers and embellished belt.

Photo courtesy of Kevin Mazur/WireImage

Kate Mara, in Jack Guisso Couture.  The way she is standing – shoulders slightly slumped, chin down and a little smirk – reminds me of her creepy character, Hayden, in American Horror Story!  But looking past the vengeful ghost, this is such a pretty blush dress with floral appliques and lines of shimmer.

Photo courtesy of Jason Merritt/Getty

Continuing the pastel parade, Melissa McCarthy, in Marina Rinaldi.  While, I think Marina Rinaldi, the women’s division of Max Mara, was a better choice, I wish she chose a more vibrant color and wasn’t afraid to reveal more.

Photo courtesy of Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

Meryl Streep, in Lanvin with a Lanvin clutch and Salvatore Ferragamo shoes.  Gold is big right now and I love this gold fabric!  It’s fun and glamorous, without being too over the top.  The shape is sexy, yet sophisticated.

Photo courtesy of Jason Merritt/Getty

More gold: Jessica Chastain, in Alexander McQueen with Harry Winston jewels.

Photo courtesy of Getty

Olivia Wilde paired her Gucci with gold.  This simple look is oh so sexy with smoky eyes and hair in a bun.

Photo courtesy of Jeff Vespa/WireImage

Do me a favor.  Put your hand over Kelly Osbourne’s face.  Isn’t that an awesome Badgley Mischka dress?!  Her figure looks fantastic.  The sheer cutouts are super trendy and the emerald embellishments are so pretty.  I think Kelly is beautiful and so funny.  But I wish she would change her hair color!  Or take a cue from Katy Perry and at least color coordinate.

Photo courtesy of Getty

Jon Hamm and Jennifer Westfeldt, in a custom made Imperial Violet silk velvet Johanna Johnson gown with.  Again, the color of this dress is so rich because of the velvet material.  I do wish she had pulled her hair up.

Photo courtesy of Billy Farrell/BFANYC.com

Kathy Freston, in an unknown dress.  While this is a more casual style for the Vanity Fair Oscar party, I adore this color.  She must be ready for spring and so am I!

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Big news from New York

I recently received word from the Vanity Fair and Estée Lauder contest team of which New York fashion week show I will be attending as part of the Camera-Ready Style Contest prize package!  Drumroll, please…  Are you ready?

Derek Lam!

I am thrilled to have the opportunity to witness Derek Lam’s Fall 2012 fashion show on Sunday, February 12!  Below is a little information about the renowned designer.  I also put together a “Wish List” of a few other New York shows I would be overjoyed to see, although any would be amaaazing.

Show: Derek Lam

Hometown: San Francisco, California

Background: Graduated from Parsons School of Design in 1990 then worked as an assistant for Michael Kors for four years. After working for a large retail brand in Hong Kong, Lam returned to New York and became President of Design of Michael Kors’ Kors label.  He debuted his first collection at New York fashion week in the fall of 2003.  Since 2005, Lam has also been the creative director for ready-to-wear and accessories at Italian luxury house Tod’s.

Style: American sportswear characterized by pretty fabrics, clean silhouettes and signature pieces like sheath dresses, trousers and trench coats.  According to the trusty style.com, “Lam excels at updating looks from other eras, be it a seventies-style silk romper or drop-waist shirtdresses inspired by hippie California beach towns of the late sixties.”

Inspirations: Derek Lam said he learned “American classics 101” by working as a designer at Michael Kors for 12 years, which is made evident in his elegant approach to well-tailored, contemporary pieces.   His pre-fall 2012 collection was inspired by Scott Schuman’s street-style photos of Japanese guys from Pitti Uomo, the seasonal menswear shows in Florence, Italy.  Lam’s spring 2012 line was representative of “mid-century louche and luxury” set in Richard Neutra’s Kaufmann House of the 1960s in Palm Springs, California.  Imagine “Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack crooning by the piano and Angie Dickinson lounging by a crystal-blue pool,” said Lam.

Famous fans: Kate Bosworth, Leighton Meester, Kate Beckinsale, Rachel Bilson, Rihanna, Eva Mendes, Nicole Richie, Olivia Palermo, Kirsten Dunst, Emmy Rossum

My take: I am beyond thrilled to have the opportunity to attend the Derek Lam show!  I can’t wait to see what his inspiration will be behind his latest collection.  I’m also looking forward to see who will be in attendance.

Pre-fall 2012 - Photo courtesy of Steven Pan/Derek Lam

Spring 2012 - Photos courtesy of Yannis Vlamos/GoRunway.com

Kate Beckinsale, Eva Mendes, Kirsten Dunst

Kate Beckinsale photo courtesy of John Shearer/WireImage, Eva Mendes photo courtesy of Galactic/Star Max, Kirsten Dunst photo courtesy of David X Prutting/BFAnyc/Sipa Press

 

Show: alice + olivia by Stacey Bendet

Hometown: New York, New York

Background: Bendet graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and launched alice + olivia in 2002.  A children’s line was added in 2008 and a shoe collection in 2010.  She has collaborated with MAC Cosmetics, Keds and Payless.

Style: Eclectic, playful and feminine full lifestyle collection

Inspirations: Culture, music, art, vintage fashion and the women around her.  Bendet’s pre-fall 2012 collection was inspired by Parisian allure and retro looks from the sixties and seventies.  Her spring 2012 collection included floral prints, bright pastels, the combination of black and white and more sixties flair.

Famous Fans: Anne Hathaway, Fergie, Jennifer Lopez, Blake Lively, Kristen Stewart, Nikki Reed, Ashley Greene, Sarah Jessica Parker, Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Taylor Swift, Dakota Fanning, Mena Suvari, Sophia Bush

My take: I adore the polished, yet fun and youthful style of Stacey Bendet.  While she’s not heralded for being fashion forward or inventive, I would definitely wear many of her pieces.  As a big fan of designs from decades past, I really like her updated interpretations of vintage fashion.

Pre-fall 2012 - Photos courtesy of alice + olivia

Spring 2012 - Photos courtesy of alice + olivia

  

Show: Porter Grey, by sisters Alexandra and Kristen O’Neill

Hometown: Denver, Colorado

Background: Alexandra and Kristen were both Art History majors at NYU and Harvard, respectively.  They launched Porter Grey, named after their great-grandmother, in the fall of 2006.

Style:  Fresh, crisp, and classic sportswear for the modern American woman

Inspirations: Simple and classic American style peppered with nostalgia for vintage fashion.  The inspiration for their spring 2012 collection was garden parties at their grandparents’ house in Long Island in the fifties and sixties.  Their fall 2011 line was influenced by the seventies’ Ali MacGraw and Shelley Duvall.

Famous fans: Rachel Bilson, Jessica Biel, Blake Lively, Malin Ackerman, Elizabeth Olsen, Whitney Port

My take: While I’m drawn to slightly more flamboyant designs, Porter Grey’s well-crafted, simple pieces are timeless additions to any woman’s wardrobe.  I hope to invest in more quality and classic staples like these when my budget allows it.

Porter Grey Spring 2012 - Photos courtesy of Getty

Porter Grey Fall 2011 - Photos courtesy of Porter Grey

 

Show: Michael Kors

Hometown: Long Island, New York

Background:  Kors dropped out of the Fashion Institute of Technology after two semesters and launched his first women’s collection in May 1981.  His labels include Michael Kors, Kors Michael Kors and MICHAEL Michael Kors. He is a recurring judge on Bravo’s Emmy-nominated Project Runway.

Style: Simple, elegantly tailored American sportswear

Inspirations: American themes like Hollywood, the military and vintage fashion; American sportswear pioneers like Norman Norell and Bill Blass and American thoroughbreds such as Lauren Bacall, Ali MacGraw and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis influence Michael Kors’ style.  Kors’ latest muse is, Ann Bonfoey Taylor, who was voted one of Harper’s Bazaar’s 100 Great Beauties of the World in 1967.  Taylor, a very interesting character herself, was a Colorado aristocrat who enjoyed skiing, hunting and flying planes.  She also loved clothes, collected couture and designed a line of skiwear.  However, for the Spring 2012 “Afriluxe” collection, Kors took inspiration overseas by using khaki, cargo pockets, animal prints and hand-dyeing techniques.

Celebrity fans: Who doesn’t wear Michael Kors?  Fans include Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet, Helen Mirren, Angelina Jolie, Heidi Klum, Barbara Walters, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Alba, Zoe Saldana, Miranda Kerr, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and many more.

My take: It’s Michael Kors, an American fashion legend.  Enough said.

Michael Kors Pre-Fall 2012 - Photos courtesy of Michael Kors

Heidi Klum, Angelina Jolie, Rosie Huntington-Whitely

Heidi Klum photo courtesy of George Pimentel/WireImage, Angelina Jolie photo courtesy of Jason Laveris/FilmMagic, Rosie Huntington-Whitely photo courtesy of Alexander Aleshkin/Epsilon/Getty

 

Show: Marchesa by Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig

Hometown: Chapman was born in London, England and Craig was born in Lucerne, Switzerland

Background: Chapman and Craig met while attending Chelsea College of Art and Design.  Later Craig graduated from University of Brighton and worked in print and embroidery design, while Chapman graduated from Wimbledon College of Art and became a costume designer.  In 2004, the pair created Marchesa in Chapman’s London apartment.  Now based in New York, the label was backed early by several A-list celebrities and the late English stylemaker, Isabella Blow.

Style: Intricately crafted, feminine and ethereal eveningwear perfect for the red carpet.  Voguepedia describes the dresses as, “Dipped in fairy dust and edged in embroidery, they could be the handiwork of those nimble-fingered mice of a certain Gloucester tailor’s shop.”

Inspirations: The label is named after and inspired by Marchesa Luisa Casati, the legendary European socialite and fashion icon of the early twentieth century, known for her eccentricity, lack of inhibitions, menagerie of exotic animals and striking eyes.  She is reportedly the most artistically represented woman throughout history, after the Virgin Mary and Cleopatra, due to her quest for immortality through art.  Marchesa’s spring 2012 collection was influenced by an 1876 painting, Sadko in the Underwater Kingdom by Ilya Repin.  The gorgeous gowns of pale blue, lilac and platinum were embellished with flapper-style fringe, crystal beading, embroidery and tulle.  The “toned down” resort 2012 line was inspired by celebrity photographer Slim Aaron’s book A Place in the Sun.

Famous fans: Again, who doesn’t wear Marchesa… on the red carpet?  Renée Zellweger, Cate Blanchett, Jennifer Lopez, Blake Lively, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Alba, Halle Berry, Olivia Wilde, Sandra Bullock, Kate Hudson, Rihanna and many more have strutted in Marchesa.

My take: To see a Marchesa show would be to witness the prettiest gowns before they hit the red carpet.  I would be delighted to see such beautiful creations in person.

Marchesa Spring 2012 - Photos courtesy of Alessandro Garofalo/GoRunway.com

Marchesa Resort 2012 - Photos courtesy of Marchesa

Lea Michele, Sofia Vergara, Madonna

Lea Michele photo courtesy of Frazer Harrison/Getty Images, Sofia Vergara photo courtesy of Kevin Mazure/WireImage, Madonna photo courtesy of  Janet Mayer/Splash News

 

Show: Badgley Mischka by Mark Badgley and James Mischka

Hometown: Mischka was born in Burlington, Wisconsin and Badgley was born in East St. Louis, Illinois, but grew up in Oregon

Background: Mischka studied biochemical engineering and then majored in art history and managerial studies at Rice University.  Badgley studied art at the University of Oregon and business at the University of Southern California.  The pair met while studying at Parsons School of Design in Manhattan.  Mischka went on to work with WilliWear WilliSmith’s men’s collection, while Badgley joined Donna Karan.  In 1988, they created Badgley Mischka and started collecting awards.  In 1996, they added bridalwear and in 2009, they established a more affordable collection that’s fresh, modern and sexy for the young yet sophisticated woman.

Style: “Simple, streamlined and thoroughly elegant,” said Mischka.  The sexy eveningwear line is perfect for brides (Jada Pinkett Smith, Trista Rehn of The Bachelorette, Charlotte York on Sex and the City), A-listers on the red carpet or magazine covers (see “Famous fans”) and even twins (Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Barbara and Jenna Bush.)

Inspirations: Mischka said “Our style harks back to the glamorous Hollywood of the forties.”  However, the spring 2012 bridal collection takes it back even further to the 1920s of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby.  The opulent line, influenced by Art Deco, features embellished belts and sleeves and slinky silhouettes.  The focus was on structure for the spring 2012 ready-to-wear line, which manifested in peplum skirts, oversized bows and even a leather jacket.  The duo went a little more demure for their pre-fall 2012 ready-to-wear collection.  Fluid long gowns, midi length skirts, minimal glittering embellishments and more high necklines kept it simple, yet classy.

Famous fans: Winona Ryder, Jada Pinkett and Will Smith, Madonna, Catherine Zeta Jones, Jennifer Lopez, Sharon Stone, Jennifer Garner, Julia Roberts, Kate Winslet, Taylor Swift, Sarah Jessica Parker, Carrie Underwood, Helen Mirren, Queen Latifah, Jayma Mays

My take: Badgley Mischka can be sophisticated and understated or lavish and sexy, but almost every piece is undeniably classy.  This is another show that would be a special preview of the dresses during awards season.

Badgley Mischka Spring 2012 - Photos courtesy of Marcus Tondo/GoRunway.com

Badgley Mischka Pre-Fall 2012 - Photos courtesy of Badgley Mischka

Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Kelly Osbourne

Katy Perry photo courtesy of INFevents, Taylor Swift photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage, Kelly Osbourne photo courtesy of John Shearer/WireImage

Just a few last mentions… I’d also love to see Monique Lhuillier (she designed Sarah Michelle Gellar’s blue and white watercolor ballgown, which her daughter selected for the 2012 Golden Globes, that was anything but boring in a parade of mostly typical eveningwear); Honor by Giovanna Randall (the up-and-coming label is feminine, hip and definitely something I would wear) and Betsey Johnson (she’s had me enthralled with her over-the-top, flirty and fun style for ages!)

10 more days until I’m at the Derek Lam show!

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