Monthly Archives: January 2012

A Miami Mashup

How cute is this pooch on this beautifully ethnic inspired couch?  Click here to see more of  Tamara Hendershot’s charming one of a kind bungalow in Miami that was featured on nytimes.com’s “Great Homes and Destinations” section.

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Special Shout Out… Lauren Moffatt!

Refinery29’s Annie Georgia Greenberg said it perfectly.  “Lauren Moffatt’s flirty Spring ’12 line is sweet (but not sugary).”

From the peter pan collared dresses to the sweet one shouldered swimsuit to the scallop edged mini’s, this designer can do no wrong.  Fashion photographer Daymion Mardel is always the talent behind the camera along with Miss Moffatt to create her lookbooks, and together the two make magic.  To view the entire lookbook for Spring 2012, click here!  

 

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QUOTE OF THE DAY

“If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.”

-Katharine Hepburn

This advice goes hand in hand with the motto “rules are made to be broken.”  First reading this badass quote, I think to myself, ‘you rock Katharine Hepburn, I will try to live my life with this attitude as well’.. But wait a second, I (sometimes to my chagrin, lol) can’t help but live by that motto, as any true artist shall.  And let’s face it, any truly  chic fashion “follower,” will entirely contradict that title, and as a result have all the fun.

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Hairy Situation

Bold move for Vogue to put this young-en on the much anticipated February issue, but damn she looks good!  Taylor Swift is clearly a beauty and I doubt she has the physical ability to look anything short of gorgeous, but stylistically speaking, not so sure.  However, apparently on location for the shoot, after hours spent fussing over how to style her hair to make it look like Taylor has bangs, the county-pop star said to hell with it (probably something much sweeter) and had them just go for it.  Though she’s not the first beauty  to give in to the world renowned magazine when it’s come to drastically changing a hairstyle for the sake of fashion (ie: Natalie Portman and Selma Blair), Taylor Swift has earned a few (style) points in my book.

Then there’s the lovely Emmy Rossum, another drop dead beauty, covering the latest issue of Self magazine.  Miss Rossum, however made it clear she’s not so laid back with her long brown locks.  “It’s not like cutting your hair… you can always take the sweater off!”  Granted this fashion shoot was for a magazine more focused on women’s health and wellness vs fashion, it appears she may not be so carefree with  her style.

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In the Literary Corner…

Vahram Muratyan is a Paris-based graphic designer who was experiencing his “midlife crisis” at the tender age of 30.   Having spent time living between Paris (his homeland), and New York City, Muratyan noticed himself suffering from a bit of the “grass is always greener on the other side” syndrome and decided to put pen to paper noting his daily observations as a sort of art therapy.  Turns out his way of coping did him some good.  Debuting on February 2, Muratyan isbringing us “Paris versus New York: A Tally of Two Cities” (Penguin $20).  “A friendly visual match between two cities told by a lover of Paris wandering through New York.  Details, cliche’s, contradictions: This way please.”

“People always say there is never the time to read a book or to do something on your own. I just kept dreaming in my sketchbook, which is something I used to do a lot of. I always hoped people would see my work as art,” he said. “I decided to do an image per day on my blog as a way to keep that dream alive.”

-Vahram Muratyan

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Special Shout Out… Pedro Lourenco

“Classics with a surprise” is what Style.com’s Nicole Phelps had to say about newcomer Pedro Lourenco‘s Pre-fall 2012 collection.  Frankly, I beg to differ. I don’t believe that description does this collection justice.  See for yourself…

Pedro Lourenco

Pedro Lourenco Pre-Fall 2012

Pedro Lourenco

Pedro Lourenco Pre-Fall 2012

The first that comes to mind is London based designer Mary Katrantzou who in all her glory brought us a breathtaking Spring 2010 collection adorned with “photorealistism.” Her ability to be boldly innovative and ever so chic at the same time has been groundbreaking, thus paving the way for a major new (and very 21st century feeling) trend.   And if you ask me, Pedro Lourenco has done a damn good job following her lead. With the use of asymmetrical patterns and the mix of ombre embellished designs, he does a brilliant job at making this collection  his own.   I give props to Mr. Lourenco and look forward to what he will bring us next.

For a look at Mary Katrantzou’s first collection, click here.  

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Golden Globe Recap

The red carpet on last night’s Golden Globes was (unfortunately) pretty much what I had anticipated-tasteful overall, but a bit of a bore.  It’s no fun when your favorite stars play it safe, but hey maybe some of them are saving it for the Oscars?  Anyway, here were some of the nights best…

Lea Michele in Marchesa

Lea Michele in Marchesa

Rooney Mara in Nina Ricci

Rooney Mara in Nina Ricci

Reese Witherspoon in Zac Posen

Reese Witherspoon in Zac Posen

Michelle Williams in Jason Wu

Michelle Williams in Jason Wu

Claire Danes in J. Mendal

Claire Danes in J. Mendal

Paula Patton in Monique Lhuillier

Paula Patton in Monique Lhuillier

Salma Hayek in Gucci

Salma Hayek in Gucci

Evan Rachel Wood in Gucci

Evan Rachel Wood in Gucci

Zooey Deschanel in Prada

Zooey Deschanel in Prada

Emma Stone in Lanvin

Emma Stone in Lanvin

Dianna Agron in Giles

Dianna Agron in Giles

Jessica Biel in Elie Saab

Jessica Biel in Elie Saab

Piper Perabo in Theysken's Theory

Piper Perabo in Theysken's Theory

Laura Dern in Andrew Gn

Laura Dern in Andrew Gn

Diane Lane in Reem Acra

Diane Lane in Reem Acra

Julianne Moore in Chanel

Julianne Moore in Chanel

Kelly Macdonald in Lorena Sarbu

Kelly Macdonald in Lorena Sarbu

Taissa Farmiga in Vera Wang

Taissa Farmiga in Vera Wang

Madonna in Reem Acra and Andrea Riseborough in Vivienne Westwood

Madonna in Reem Acra and Andrea Riseborough in Vivienne Westwood

Mireille Enos in  Naeem Khan

Mireille Enos in Naeem Khan

Uggie the Dog from "The Artist"

(My favorite) Uggie the Dog from "The Artist"

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PRIMARY COLORS

London based designer Roksanda Ilincic has only been showing at fashion week since 2008, but she’s certainly made a place for herself on the fashion front.  What she showed us for Pre-fall 2012 was splendidly playful yet minimalist.  The uncomplicated silhouettes have been infused with a strong dose of primary colors, creating a perfect balance of confined fun.

Roksanda Illincic, Pre-Fall 2012

Roksanda Ilincic, Pre-Fall 2012

Roksanda Illincic, Pre-Fall 2012

Roksanda Ilincic, Pre-Fall 2012

The second to last look is a fabulous updated version of what we can maybe say will be a Roksanda Ilincic classic.

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Special Shout Out…

METAL

METAL Magazine's current cover. Check more out here

 

Bad Ass, no?

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STELLA MCCARTNEY’S NEW SOHO STORE

Sella McCartney Soho Boutique

Stella McCartney's 5,200 square feet Soho boutique

Stella McCartney has made NY a little more chic..  The talented Brit designer just brought us a new store in the Soho neighborhood, and it’s unveiling was nothing short of grand.  Besides the fact that Miss Mccartney is brilliant, the new pop up shop is destined for success for another reason.   Its location (112 Greene St) is clearly a blessed one considering it once housed a famous gallery : ”It was a legendary space all the way through the seventies and early eighties,” toasted friend and art dealer Tony Shafrazi, at the celebratory event.  ”It really is incredible for a London girl like me to be in Soho. It sounds cheesy, but it’s a dream,” confessed McCartney at one point in the evening.  Celebratory, indeed..

Aerin Lauder Zinterhofer, Craig McDean, & Stella McCartney

For more coverage on the store opening, read this article from Style.com

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