Monday, April 30, 2012
Time for a Stylist Re-Hire...
In my last post, I talked about my "Best" and "OK" Dressed at last night's Washington DC-Hearts-Hollywood Correspondents' Dinner. There were some nicely dressed ladies in attendance, however, it's time for the "Uh Oh's"--Let's begin...
She was a "Guest" of Fox New's Greta van Susteren (in other words, they payed for her First Class LA-Washington DC flight plus a very super duper suite in a five-star DC hotel). She was also there with her attorney, Shawn Holley. OK, now to the important stuff: what she wore. Lindsay wore a halter-neckline black duchesse satin gown. To be blunt: she was two minutes away from being a bridesmaid.
Zooey Deschanel in Oscar de la Renta: I think Zooey is just the "Cat's Meow" (do people even say that in 2012?). And I admire an Oscar de la Renta ball gown, because in my past life I'd like to think I was one of them "Ladies Who Lunch" and wear Oscar de la Renta ball gowns! However, there are two things wrong with this: First the top bustier section needs about about an inch more fabric added to the neckline; it's too teeny tiny. But more importantly, what is happening to that drooped hem?? This is UNACCEPTABLE. I'm sure it's a runway sample and it's made for the 5' 10" Fit Model (and Zooey is 5' 5")...however, you then need to alter it!!!
But now, to the "GURL What Were You Thinking" Award of the Night:
Sunday, April 29, 2012
Dinner Dress Up
Last night Hollywood and Washington DC collided--and colluded--in the 98th Annual White House Correspondents' Association Dinner. The White House Correspondents' Association (WHCA) is an organization of journalists who cover the White House and the President of the United States. The actual intended purpose of the White House Correspondents' Dinner is to "acknowledge award-winners, present scholarships, and give the press and the president an evening of friendly appreciation". But in recent years it has become an event where the press and Hollywood get to hob nob with each other. Members of the media/press are allowed to "invite" Hollywood stars to be at their tables, therefore paying for their First Class travel and Five-Star Hotel accommodations, in exchange to sit with them and yes, get some press. It's also a chance for some "Red Carpet Critiquing". There were some MESSES last night (in a later post, darlings, don't worry) but let's start with some Good Ones (and "OK's") of the night:
Ivanka Trump in Naeem Khan: Kids, THIS is how you do PLUNGING! Period. It's flawless on Ivanka. She's wearing a gown by "Designer of the Night" Naeem Khan--a silver sequined gown with cap sleeves and yes, that plunging neckline. It is "inspired" by a dress from his Fall 2011 RTW collection as seen in photo above. Finally kids, I need to add as a "PS": THE ONLY WAY for the Trumps to recover from last year's "Donald Roast" is to send Ivanka looking stupendous!
Good But Not Great:
Saturday, April 28, 2012
Fashion Show TV!!!
Debut 2012 Fab (Photo courtesy of abimages.com)
This past March was the FIDM Debut 2012 Fashion Show! This is where graduates of the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising/FIDM (my alma mater!) Advanced Fashion Design--as well as Theater Costume Design--get to showcase their collections in a FABULOUS stage of the Santa Monica Barker Hanger in front of industry professionals, their peers--oh and yes, over 5,000 other people!!!
Host With The Fashion Most: Nick Verreos MC'ing FIDM Debut 2012 Fashion Gala
I had the pleasure of MC'ing and hosting FIDM Debut 2012 and introducing the fashions and the very talented graduates. The designers are tomorrow's Next Rising Fashion Stars--and who knows--maybe future Project Runway contestants...or Winners!!!
Photo courtesy of abimages.com
Back when I was at FIDM (don't even look for the year!), I was one of those graduates and did the Debut (It's on YouTube somewhere--I DARE you to find it!). So, Debut will ALWAYS have a special place in my heart. So much so, that for several years in the past, I mentored and was one of the Debut Instructors.
FIDM Debut 2012 design from Randy Lee Donato, FIDM Advanced Fashion Design Graduate Photo courtesy of abimages.com
Well, in case you somehow didn't get the invitation to see the FIDM Debut 2012 live...don't fret. You can watch it on TV! Now, this is just for Angelenos (Southern California folk that is--sorry, rest of the nation): they just TELEVISED the Debut 2012 Fashion Show on PBS local station KLCS-TV last night (Friday), but...
You have a chance to see it TOMORROW NIGHT Sunday April 29, 9pm, KLCS Channel 58 (on some cable providers, it's Channel 3--check your local cable listings)--DON'T MISS IT!!!!
Here are the DETAILS:
WHEN: Sunday April 29, 2012, 9 pm (PST)
WHERE: KLCS-TV PBS LA Local Station, Channel 58 (check your local cable provider/listings for channel and time)
Friday, April 27, 2012
Click Below for The Project Style 2012 Call To Action Video starring Jeannie Mai and Nick Verreos--with all the RULES:
As you may know, it's "Project Style" time again!! We are searching for America's Next Chic Top Trendsetter--Do you think you can style a FIERCE outfit for yourself? What if we gave you a free $150 mall gift card, then have you post that outfit on our website with pictures and a video...
One lucky winner will win a $1,000 mall shopping spree, plus a chance to win the grand prize trip to attend a show (WITH ME!!) at NYC Fashion Week and a Soho NY Shopping Day (also with ME!!!). My GORGEOUS Project Style 2012 Co-Princess--Jeannie Mai--will help me find... The. Next. Project Style. Chic. Stylista OF AMERICA!!!
Here Comes The Red, Maroon and Peplum Bride??
Renaissance Meets Infanta Meets Princess: Oscar de la Renta Bride Collection Spring 2013
NYC Bridal Fashion Week Spring 2013 ended last week and so, what were the highlights? What will next year's "Summer" Brides be wearing...or inspired by? By the looks of it, lots of color, ball gowns, frill, and peplums. Take a look:
Mantilla Diva: Dominican Republic model (and Oscar de la Renta muse) Arlenis Sosa in a fire-red strapless red Bridal Ball Gown, fit for a Goya painting, Oscar de la Renta Bride Collection Spring 2012
Red Bridal Brigade: In Vera Wang's Bridal Collection for 2013, all her dresses were in various shades of red--three looks above
Peplum Ladies: Several designers showed the peplum detail in some of their Spring 2013 offerings--Here are two from Venezuelan-born designers: (Left to right) Angel Sanchez strapless fitted gown with asymmetrical cascaded peplum detail; Carolina Herrera strapless gown with peplum detail.
NIKOLAKI Collection Bridal gowns: (left to right) strapless off-white stiffened high-low gown in hand-made sequins/paillettes and "crushed" silk organza; strapless fitted silk duchesse gown with full pleated "Watteau" back.
Give It To Them HUNEY!
Sister Diva: Solange Knowles in Stephane Rolland Spring 2012 Haute Couture, 6th Annual DKMS Linked Against Blood Cancer Gala, Cipriani Wall Street NYC
Last night, at the 6th Annual DKMS Linked Against Blood Cancer Gala, the sister of "The Most Beautiful Woman In The World" (Beyonce)--singer/songwriter Solange Knowles, made an appearance--looking very chic in a Stephane Rolland Spring 2012 Haute Couture white gown featuring a tiered peplum, drop shoulder/cap sleeves and gold metal center front waist accent.
Peplum Goddess: Singer/Songwriter Solange Knowles attending the 6th Annual DKMS Linked Against Blood Cancer Gala, Cipriani Wall Street in Stephane Rolland Spring 2012 Haute Couture, and model from runway show on the right in same gown
Need I remind y'all that this is a $40,000+ hand-made Haute Couture gown. And it's Solange Knowles...and she's not at the Grammy's or Cannes or (name a big high-profile event)! The "red carpet game" is seriously getting out of control! Besides the fact that the gold center front waist detail looks like COUTURE iPad cover (does it vibrate or ring??) and that Solange looks as if she forgot to put her make-up on...I think the dress is quite directional and FAB!!!What do you guys think??? Yeay...or Nay?