10.17.2012

watch this: house of style 2.0 with karlie kloss and joan smalls


MTV's House of Style is back! The reboot of the series stars modern supermodels Karlie Kloss and Joan Smalls, and in the premiere episode, we get to tag along as they tackle Paris Fashion Week. Kloss and Smalls are both absolutely beautiful and take on hosting duties with a sincerity and modesty that's even more charming given their positions as two of the industry's top models (the legit kind, not the ANTM kind). What do you think of the new House of Style? Are you going to watch, or do you miss Cindy too much?

watch this: the fashion fund - season 2, ep. 3


It's fashion week on this week's episode of The Fashion Fund, and the judges are attending the finalists' shows and presentations. Highlights: Giulietta's exquisite collection, Tabitha Simmons' at-home showroom, and going on-set with Raquel Zimmermann for the November Vogue shoot with the finalists.

target + neiman marcus holiday 24 lookbook


It's finally here! Well, images at least.

Yesterday Target and Neiman Marcus released the lookbook for their hotly anticipated Holiday 24 collection. A collaboration between the two retailers and 24 CFDA fashion designers, the collection includes 50 truly covetable items and some refreshing surprises. Some of the items are pretty unexpected, like the super cool Derek Lam skateboard (!!!), the adorably quirky Band of Outsiders cookie cutters, and the incredibly beautiful Altuzarra cocktail glasses, shaker and croc embossed tray. There is also a good selection of the clothing and accessories people expect from a Target designer collection, but thanks to the Neiman Marcus connection, they seem a bit more elevated. Think real leather gloves by Brian Atwood, calf hair slippers by Derek Lam, his-and-hers Thom Browne blazers, and an accordion-pleated, beaded little girl's dress by Marchesa. If you're one of the smartypants who ordered the CFDA Mystery Package from Neiman Marcus, good for you, because this collection is sure to fly off the shelves when it hits Target and Neiman Marcus stores and the web on December 1. Check out the entire collection, with prices, below and tell me your favorites in the comments!

10.15.2012

watch this: valentino at new york city ballet


This is hands down one of my favorite internet videos of all time. How amazing would it have been to be in the room for these fittings? Watching my two favorite worlds - ballet and fashion - collide in such a spectacular manor is enough to make me cry with excitement. I'm going to watch this over and over and over.

10.10.2012

wish list: neiman marcus and target cfda mystery package deal


Neiman Marcus unveiled its Christmas Book yesterday in Dallas, and if you've ever wondered what to get the girl who has everything, you might find something among the luxury department store's fantasy gifts. How about a Heritage Hen Mini Farm, modeled after Marie Antoinette's Le Petit Trianon? Or a 2013 Neiman Marcus Edition McLaren 12C Spider sports car?

While designer chickens and high-end cars are wonderful, fashionistas probably have designer goods of another kind on their holiday wish lists. Namely, the 50 pieces that are part of Neiman Marcus's mega-collaboration with Target and 24 CFDA fashion designers. One of the fantasy gifts available this year is a Neiman Marcus and Target CFDA Mystery Package Deal. Why is it a mystery? Because orders have to be placed by October 15, the day before the collection is revealed to the public. The mystery package includes the entire collection, which has items for men, women, children, pets and home. At $3,500 dollars, it's either a super luxe gift for one lucky individual or a fantastic way to get all your holiday shopping done in one fell swoop. And who doesn't love a good mystery?

Check out all of the Neiman Marcus 2012 Fantasy Gifts, as well as the complete Christmas Book, here.

watch this: the history of chanel no.5


Is there a fragrance more iconic than Chanel No.5? I didn't think so. Check out this video exploring the perfume's creation and its history of firsts, including naming the first man ever, Brad Pitt, as its face.

10.09.2012

watch this: the fashion fund - season two, ep. 2


In this week's episode of The Fashion Fund, Vogue.com's web series chronicling the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalists, we get one step closer to finding out who will be this year's winner. The finalists come before the panel of judges, along with models wearing their designs, and give a 15 minute presentation and answer questions about their brand. I love that the super adorable, incredibly talented Wes Gordon gets some screen time, and how adorable is Tabitha Simmons? Another highlight is style icon and judge Jenna Lyons in a Creatures of the Wind for J.Crew twinset, worn with thick framed glasses, naturally. Next up - fashion week!!!

tuesday tunes: vintage trouble


Sometimes you go to a concert and you just can't wait for the opening act to finish so you can get on to the main event. This past weekend, when my husband and I went to see Joss Stone with his father (who is probably her biggest fan), that was most definitely not the case.

The opening act was Vintage Trouble, and their performance, in a word, was thrilling. These guys are amazing. Based in Los Angeles and comprised of Ty Taylor (vocal), Nalle Colt (guitar), Richard Danielson (drums) and Rick Barrio Dill (bass), the band plays "live-wired, straight-shootin, dirty-mouth'd, pelvis-pushing juke music." Their sound is irresistible, their stage presence magnetic, and I'm pretty much obsessed. Check them out below and at www.vintagetrouble.com.



the hunt: perfect parkas - 2012 edition

perfect parkas - 2012 edition

It's that time of year again. The air is crisp, the leaves are exploding with color, and morning frost has replaced the summer's morning dew. We're deep into fall, and while it's time to make your annual trip to the pumpkin patch and cider mill, it's not quite time to pull out your heavy winter jacket. Luckily, this season there are a slew of great parkas available for any budget. Whatever the price point, look for special details like fur-trimmed hoods, floral prints, or even faux leather sleeves. Check out this year's picks below:

10.08.2012

l.k.bennett has arrived!


L.K.Bennett, the British fashion brand whose footwear is a favorite of Kate Middleton, has arrived in Michigan! Located in Troy at the Somerset Collection, L.K.Bennett is known for chic sophistication and a modern blend of color and femininity. Check out some of my current L.K.Bennett faves below:

L.K.Bennett

louis vuitton s/s 2013


Nobody puts on a show like Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton. Last season it was the amazing train, and for spring 2013 it's magical escalators. I love pretty much everything about this show and the spring Louis Vuitton collection. The models coming down two by two, like twins or two sides of a coin. The boxy bags. The sunshine checkerboard runway. The graphic florals. The gorgeous hair and makeup (I predict bow headbands making a big comeback).

The pairing of the looks was brilliant. I adore the way they played off of each other, especially when similar garments were the exact opposites of each other, one a yellow print on a white background, the other white on yellow. It gave the show an intriguing positive-negative aspect that was fascinating and beautiful. Love, love, love!

10.03.2012

alexander mcqueen s/s 2013


The collection I look forward to more than any other each season, Alexander McQueen, walked the runway in Paris yesterday, and it was amazing. From the buzzy soundtrack and bee infested video projection to the honeycomb prints and wasp waists (pun intended), Sarah Burton took us inside the chicest beehive ever. The models - each wearing a honeycomb hat that covered her face, reminiscent of the many-faceted eyes of an insect - were decked out in tortoiseshell accessories and jewelry that had the look of amber. And the clothes - oh my god, the clothes! From the opening nipped waist honeycomb jacket paired with a mid-calf lasercut honeycomb pencil skirt to the closing flower festooned ivory caged ballgown, each look was more extravagant and breathtaking than the last. The attention to detail was incredible, from the exposed boning and corsetry to the bee embroidery and to-die-for shoes. The honeycomb pleated, full-skirted, caged dresses in yellow and black were two highlights from the collection, but honestly, it was brilliant from start to finish.

In a statement on the Alexander McQueen website, Burton said, "The collection is a study of femininity. We looked at erotica. Vargas girls, cages, corsets and crinolines and the idealization of the female form. Nothing is set in a particular period. It's about sensuality and skin but not nudity. We also wanted to express lightness, for the clothes almost to hover over the women who wear them."

With inspiration like that, who wouldn't want to be part of the hive?

10.02.2012

tuesday tunes: kendra morris


If you like your pop with a retro tinge (think Amy Winehouse, Adele, Lana De Rey), then you definitely need to check out Kendra Morris. Her voice is bluesy, at times plaintive, at times powerful, and her rhythms are slinky. Check out "All Night" below, and download her debut album, Banshee, here.

watch this: the fashion fund season two has begun!


Competing for the Vogue/CFDA Fashion Fund has become a rite of passage for emerging American designers. Proenza Schouler, Rodarte, Derek Lam - some of the biggest names in American fashion have been finalists for the prize. Last year we got to watch the finalists - including winner Altuzarra and runners up Creatures of the Wind and Pamela Love - go through the process on "The Fashion Fund," a web series that went behind-the-scenes to show what it takes to win. The second season debuted on Vogue.com today - check out the video to meet your 2012 Vogue/CFDA Fashion Fund finalists, and check back every Tuesday for the latest episode!