1.31.2012

louis vuitton s/s 2012 campaign


Isn't the spring Louis Vuitton campaign irresistible? The sugary sweet pink pastel ice cream shop is the perfect setting for the collection's ultra girly frocks and cute-as-a-button skirt suits. Starring Daria Strokus and Kati Nescher, and shot by Steven Meisel, the campaign is fantastically whimsical. Hmmm, I wonder if they would share their sundaes...



1.27.2012

watch this: the fashion fund, episode 1



The Fashion Fund, a behind-the-scenes look at the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund competition, debuted on Hulu this week. Check out the first of six episodes, when Anna Wintour, Jack and Lazaro from Proenza Schouler, J.Crew creative director Jenna Lyons, Reed Krakoff and more whittle the field of applicants down to 10 finalists.

runway to davenport: alexander mcqueen


For her first paper + cloth guest post, I asked interior designer and blogger Amanda Sinistaj (check her out at www.dwellwellonline.com) to find inspiration in the spring 2012 runway collections. As a stylist, my job is to translate and curate fashion for the rest of the world, whether for an individual's wardrobe or an editorial fashion shoot. For her first post, Amanda translates the design vision of the divine Alexander McQueen for a very different runway - your living room.

Runway to Davenport: Alexander McQueen
by Amanda Sinistaj


Trends…I hate that word. Personal style seems so much more appropriate for where 2012 is headed. It will be a year of personal expression, individuality and all about the details! From runways to your living room, we will show you how to translate the spring fashion line up into your home decor.

Alexander McQueen's collection for spring focused on incredible details in pleating and draping that were infused with an oceanic theme. Texture and color is a proposition easily incorporated into your living spaces.

1.26.2012

you can leave your mask on...

Earlier in the week, I posted a sneak peek of a costume design shoot I styled for local designer Kelly Lynne. Well, voila! Here are the final images! I was super geeked about this shoot based on my cell phone pics, but I am even more excited for the final product. The images, shot by Michelle Matiyow, perfectly capture the innocent-yet-macabre aesthetic of the designer. It also presented me with an opportunity to really let my imagination run wild when it came to the styling. Check it out below and let me know what you think in the comments!

Kelly Lynne Costume Shoot
photo: Michelle Matiyow for LM Studios
styling: Rebecca Voigt Fashion Styling
hair: Sandy Bambi
makeup: Megan Murphy
model: Maeve

White Swan

1.25.2012

chanel s/s 2012 campaign

Joan Smalls and Saskia de Brauw photographed by Karl Lagerfeld at the Hotel du Cap Eden Roc
for the Spring 2012 Chanel campaign

For the spring 2012 Chanel campaign, the multi-talented Karl Lagerfeld photographed current muse Saskia de Brauw and the gorgeous Joan Smalls getting physical with some seaside gymnastics equipment. I fell in love with this campaign the moment I saw it. I love the vintage feel, the slicked back hair, and moody black-and-white images. Shot at the Hotel du Cap Eden Roc, Herr Lagerfeld captured the girls in seemingly death defying poses, beautiful in their graceful athleticism, with the vastness of the ocean as the backdrop. See the complete campaign and a behind-the-scenes video of its creation below.

are you excited for the hunger games yet?


First of all, if you haven't read The Hunger Games Trilogy, do so immediately so you know what I'm talking about. Second, I have a new Tumblr obsession: Capitol Couture. 

Dedicated to the outlandish fashion and beauty trends of the capitol of Panem, Capitol Couture is a brilliant marketing tool for the upcoming film starring Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen. Written as if The Hunger Games were real, it's an exciting preview of how the book's imaginative take on fashion will come to life on screen. Effie Trinket, one of the series' more flamboyant characters, is the focus of much of the content, and we already know that she favors 24k gold Alexander McQueen peep-toe booties. Girl's got some serious style.

Tumble along with the Capitol Couture fashionistas here and keep up with me on Tumblr here.

wish list: victoria's secret designer collection

Victoria's Secret Designer Collection demi bra, v-string and garter belt

Just in time for Valentine's Day (if you're into that sort of thing), Victoria's Secret has launched a new, high-end line of lingerie. Dubbed the Victoria's Secret Designer Collection, the line includes delicate bras, panties, garter belts, babydolls, corsets and teddies in sheer, shimmery, sumptuous lace, tulle, chiffon and silk. With a decidedly more European inspiration than Victoria's Secret's regular offerings, the Designer Collection was created to appeal to affluent, sophisticated lingerie aficionados. Currently available online and at a very limited number of stores, the collection is priced from $38 for an embroidered polka dot thong to $298 for a sheer tulle and lace corset.

1.24.2012

watch this: milu gets frisky

Milu, the lovable feline mascot for the Jason Wu for Target collection (which hits stores February 5), gets up to some seriously stylish shenanigans in the first commercial for the line. Cartoon kitties are the best, don't you think?


sneak peek: kelly lynne costume shoot

White Swan gets a dramatic makeover with high contrast red accessories.

Yesterday I styled a shoot for local designer (and good friend) Kelly Lynne. She's not only amazingly talented in the ready-to-wear area, she can create pretty badass costumes. The shoot yesterday was to capture her costume designs on film, everything from a twisted Alice to a dramatic ringmaster. My faves of the day were the reinterpretations of her black and white swan costumes. Kelly wanted to show them in a different, non-balletic light, and I was so happy she liked my ideas. Check out these behind-the-scenes images and stay tuned for the final shots, captured by the incredibly talented Michelle Matiyow!

UPDATE: Check out the full shoot here!

Bowler hat, face mask, studded gloves, twisted cane - perfection.

1.20.2012

the hunt: winter essentials


This winter, Michigan definitely had an identity crisis. We've been experiencing unseasonably warm temperatures all season - until now, that is. This morning the temperature was a frigid 8 degrees. Who knows if the cold is here to stay, but now is a good time to stock up on winter weather essentials. Why? Well, online and brick-and-mortar retailers have left fall/winter behind and moved on to resort, with the spring collections soon to follow. That means that thanks to the frenetic pace of the fashion industry, you can score great deals on everything from coats and scarves to boots and gloves.

Jackets of All Trades


1/ ONE by Nonoo Cosima Shearling Collar Jacket
With a dramatic asymmetrical shearling collar, this tailored wool coat makes a major statement while keeping you warm and cozy.
$626.50 (originally $895), Shopbop

1.19.2012

proenza schouler s/s 2012 campaign


Oh, Natasha Poly. You're so freakin' gorgeous.

Looking every inch the modern pin-up, Poly stars in yet another fab spring 2012 campaign. Shot by Willy Vanderperre (who also lensed the Jil Sander campaign), the Proenza Schouler campaign captures all the incredible detail of the spring collection. I'll be honest - when I initially say the runway images of this collection, I wasn't that impressed. There have been other Proenza Schouler collections that I personally thought were more exciting. But now, seeing these campaign images, I'm definitely rethinking things. And if anything marks this as a successful ad campaign, it's that shift in opinion. Bravo!

watch this: tour mary alice stephenson's closet



I am lime green with jealously. Mary Alice Stephenson has my dream closet. Yes, the clothes themselves are enviable, but most importantly, it's spacious! And organized! The stylist, TV fashion commentator and national ambassador for Make-a-Wish Foundation has a closet that takes up an entire floor of her Brooklyn brownstone - ah-maze-ing! Check out more images of her badass closet here.

(For more closet inspiration, check out this amazing DIY master closet makeover by blogger Sawdust and Paper Scraps. Again - I'm totally lime green.)

1.17.2012

from the archives: migration

One of my most recent projects has been sorting through my styling portfolio, organizing the images for an agency I am newly signed to. It got me thinking - I have been truly blessed to work with some incredibly talented people throughout the years. My fashion adventures to date have included dangling models off of rooftops, a memorable (and cold) shoot at an ice carving workshop, literally tying antlers to a girl's head with her own hair, building bustiers out of plastic wrap, and much, much more. None of it would have been possible without the amazing designers, photographers, models, makeup artists, hair stylists, assistants and interns who helped make the magic happen. To acknowledge and celebrate them (and to shamelessly show off some of the work of which I am most proud), I've decided to share some of my fave shoots here on paper + cloth. Enjoy!

Michael Kors dress. Sweetface belt. Miu Miu shoes.

Shot for the September/October 2007 issue of Ambassador, Migration was inspired by one of the fall 2007 season's biggest trends (and one of my personal fashion weaknesses) - feathers! The idea with the shoot was to keep the avian influence subtle - rather than wearing feathers head to toe, our model would be dressed in shades of gray, black, white and cream with pops of color (introduced through accessories) and dashes of sparkle and feathers. To get the look, I pulled from a diverse group of designers, including Michael Kors, Monique Lhuillier, Jason Wu (way before he was a household name with a hotly anticipated collection for Target on the way), Alexander Wang (also a relative newcomer at the time), Gucci, Lela Rose and more. Check out the full shoot, with credits, below.

newsflash: mcqueen goes bespoke

A look from the Fall 2012 Alexander McQueen men's wear collection

Starting this fall, Alexander McQueen is joining forces with Savile Row tailor Huntsman to bring men's bespoke services to McQueen's Bond Street store.

Sarah Burton, McQueen's creative director, told WWD, "We already offer couture for women and wanted to add it for men. And our clients were asking for it. With this service we want to give them beautiful, hand-crafted clothes, and emphasize artisanal work."

Gentlemen looking for those artisanal touches can choose from a single-breasted dinner jacket, a black-and-white Prince of Wales check double-breasted trouser suit, and a black cashmere double-breasted overcoat.

1.16.2012

valentino s/s 2012 campaign


There is something bewitching about the Valentino spring 2012 campaign. The dresses and models (Bette Franke, Fei Fei Sun, Zuzanna Bijoch and Maud Welzen) wearing them are gorgeous, but there is something vaguely creepy about the shoot that I love. Maybe it's the way photographer Deborah Turbeville has arranged the girls - sometimes almost perfectly symmetrical, sometimes nose to nose, sometimes all of them looking at the ground but one, sometimes collapsed against a wall. It's dreamy and romantic with just a hint of darkness.

golden girls


The Golden Globe Awards were handed out last night, and as I do every year, I tuned in - not to see who won, but to see who wore what. As always there were lots of safe, standard-issue red carpet gowns, but the looks that stood out were as glittering as the golden statues the winners took home.

Best Dressed: Claire Danes


I fell in love with Claire Danes' J. Mendel gown from the moment she stepped onto the red carpet. The column silhouette was elegant and statuesque, and the graphic black and white combination was stunning. The most beautiful aspect, though was the back - cut perfectly and so incredibly sexy! Her simple hair and makeup, with just a pop of color on the lip, were perfect.

1.13.2012

kelly lynne 2012 preview and ifb links a la mode!


Designer - and good friend - Kelly Lynne is working away on what promises to be an amazing 2012 collection. Seriously, just look at the coat above. That collar! So gorgeous. Stay tuned for information about her upcoming show, tentatively scheduled for early March in conjunction with Pop Up Detroit.

In other exciting news, paper + cloth has once again been featured in the Independent Fashion Bloggers Network's weekly Links a la Mode round up. Check out the other fabulous posts from a crew of seriously creative bloggers below.

1.12.2012

campaign season

With so much time being dedicated in the media to the currently underway Republican primaries, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the campaigns that really matter. No, I'm not talking Mitt and Newt - I'm talking Chanel and Valentino. Yes, that's right - the spring 2012 fashion ad campaigns!

I freely admit that when it comes to fashion magazines, I pay just as much attention to the ads as I do the regular content. I think in general that is true of many fashion magazine consumers. Since designers book the top models and the top photographers for their campaigns, the results are often incredibly beautiful.

Let's start with Jil Sander, one of my favorite spring 2012 campaigns so far. Photographed by Willy Vanderperre and deliciously Hitchcockian (the broken window is absolutely genius), Jil Sander's spring 2012 campaign stars luminous beauties Natasha Poly and Daria Strokous. The collection was one of my favorites from the spring shows, and this campaign perfectly captures its tailored, feminine '50s vibe.

Natasha Poly

1.11.2012

check out the entire jason wu for target collection



Images and prices for the entire Jason Wu for Target limited edition collection have finally been released, and the early promise of the sneak peek has been fulfilled - the collection is adorable! It all feels very French, with a touch of nautical inspiration thrown in for good measure. I wish Milu, the collection's feline mascot, was more prevalent (expect the scarf and tote bag emblazoned with his image to sell out quickly), but overall there are lots of great pieces that will mix and match well with each other. Check out the full collection, with prices, below (click on the images to view larger versions).

1.09.2012

newsflash: runway to win launches thursday

Alexander Wang's drapey tank for the 2008 Runway to Change campaign

Not even fashion can ignore presidential politics.

With the 2012 presidential campaign officially upon us (it's going to be a long year...), a veritable who's-who of American fashion designers have thrown their support behind incumbent President Barack Obama. Orchestrated largely by Vogue editor Anna Wintour, arguably the most powerful person in the entire fashion industry and an ardent supporter of President Obama (she's one of an elite group of bundlers who have raised $500,000+ for Obama's reelection bid), the Runway to Win campaign initiative kicks off this Thursday.

Modeled after the 2008 Runway to Change initiative, Runway to Win will sell t-shirts, scarves, tote bags and wristlets from participating designers such as Marc Jacobs, Tory Burch, Diane von Furstenberg, Narciso Rodriguez, Jason Wu, Alexander Wang, Joseph Altuzarra, Rag & Bone, Rachel Roy and Tracy Reese. (Many of them have already dressed First Lady Michelle Obama, and expect to see her wearing more of their designs on the campaign trail.) All proceeds from sales will benefit the Obama Victory Fund.

The Runway to Win collection debuts this Thursday at www.runwaytowin.com.

source: WWD

1.06.2012

wish list: switcheasy iphone cases

SwitchEasy Blossom iPhone 4/4S case, $34.99


Does anybody else feel like there's a lot of pressure to chose a case for your iPhone? Think about it - nowadays people use their phones more than anything else they own, so the way you dress your phone says as much about you as the way you dress yourself, right? Thank SwitchEasy for coming to the rescue. Their totally unique, sculptural, beautiful iPhone cases protect your phone and let your personal style shine.

things i learned from the january j.crew catalog

It's always a good day when you open the mailbox and find a copy of the new J.Crew catalog inside. J.Crew does such an incredible job with their catalogs, don't they? They are always so beautifully styled, and there are lots of lessons to be learned in their pages. Here's the takeaway from the January catalog:

1/ You can never have too many pairs of ballet flats, especially when they're available in literally every color in the rainbow.

Classic leather ballet flats, $125 each.

1.05.2012

wish list: strangebeautiful dickensian volume


Yeah, I pretty much want this nail polish set super bad. I generally wear dark shades of nail polish, and with the Dickensian Volume by StrangeBeautiful, I'd pretty much be set for life. A set of 10 dark and metallic shades, the polish was inspired by Charles Dickens and the Brothers Grimm, according to T magazine. Learn more about the line at http://strangebeautiful.biz, and if you live in NYC (lucky), pick up Dickensian Volume for yourself for $85 at Treasure & Bond.

sneak peek: jason wu for target

Jason Wu for Target dress, $40, and satchel, $50.

I'm getting seriously excited about this collection. Some images of Jason Wu's limited edition collection for Target, set to debut in stores and online February 5, have started making the rounds on the internet, and if the rest of the collection follows suit, there will be lots of new clothes hanging in my closet. Inspired by French New Wave films and actress Jean Seberg, and with a mischievous feline mascot named Milu, Wu told T magazine the capsule collection is "gamine chic." And if that doesn't get you excited enough, check out this image from the ad campaign.


ready, set, record!

Lifetime is about to get super fashiony. The network, home of Project Runway, has not one, but TWO fashion competition shows debuting this month.

First up: Project Runway All Stars. Some of the most lovable (Mondo!) and loathable (Kenley) also-rans from Project Runway seasons past are returning to the workroom for one more shot at glory. This will be worth watching simply to see what Austin Scarlett is wearing, but I'm definitely going to be experiencing some major Tim Gunn withdrawals (All Star mentor Joanna Coles, editor-in-chief of Marie Claire, has some big shoes to fill). Check out the preview below and set your DVR to record the premiere on Thursday, January 5 at 9 p.m.



Next up: 24 Hour Catwalk. The most compelling reason to watch this show? It's hosted by fashion icon Alexa Chung. Seriously, she's amazing. I'm also interested to see how this show distinguishes itself from Runway - this has been the challenge, and downfall, of pretty much every fashion reality competition that has followed. But Catwalk sounds promising. From the show's website:
…each episode of "24 Hour Catwalk" gives four talented designers the chance to compete to create their own collection…in just one day. After a first cut challenge and elimination that will test their innovation and aesthetic, the competition whittles down to two, each tasked with creating a themed collection for their own star-studded runway show. Contestants will be on pins and needles when they, along with help of "24 Hour Catwalk's" talented and opinionated sewing team, must prepare to showcase their three-piece collection to the program's judges, including renowned designer Cynthia Rowley, New York Times best-selling author and fashion editor Derek Blasberg and power publicist James LaForce.
Sounds like if nothing else, this new format will create plenty of dramatic meltdowns. Check out the preview below and tune in when 24 Hour Catwalk premieres Tuesday, January 10 at 10 p.m. (So, the show's page says it premieres January 10, but the Lifetime TV schedule says there is an episode tonight. What gives, Lifetime?)

1.04.2012

figo will school you

2012 is off to a great start! To kick off the New Year, I styled a shoot for my favorite salon, Figo. Over two days, we shot 18 models for their new education book, which will detail how to create killer hair cuts, from basic to avant garde. This presented a fun styling challenge for me - I needed to pull together three distinct "collections" for women and two for men. You'll have to wait to see the final shots, but in the meantime, here are some of my favorite pieces from the shoot, pulled from Neiman Marcus:


The gorgeous jacket above is by Elizabeth and James, and I am obsessed with the feather hem. The length was long enough for the model on the shoot to wear it as a dress - so hot!
$645, Neiman Marcus Troy and NeimanMarcus.com