Music's biggest night also had an interesting series of events take place prior to hitting the red carpet! The Grammys issued a dress code policy to ensure that there wouldn't be wardrobe malfunctions (of course there were a few people who opted out of working within the dress code and shared a bit of exposure - of course we'll recap on our faves here). One of my favorite looks meshed fashion and technology together. Carrie Underwood rocked this custom made THEIA dress which was made in 6 days! “When I received the call from Carrie’s stylist, Trish Townsend asking me to make the dress, I felt a rush of excitement and immediately said I’d be thrilled and honored to design a gown for her,” states Don O’Neill, Creative Director, THEIA. “Quickly after hanging up the phone, I realized “Oh My God” how on earth can we do this in the midst of crazy last minute Fall collection preparations? Thankfully it all managed to come together not a second too soon.” Fabrics came via France and were approved by Carrie's team as well as a video production company as this dress would have images projected on it! This custom made platinum ball gown was created in 80 hours by 4 people and used 10 yards if satin as well as 100 yards of tulle and crinoline which gives this gown its structure. A corset constructed of thousands of Swarovski Crystals (another fab element that is so very THEIA) was also apart of this dress.
Throughout her performance of 'Blown Away' Carrie's dress showed images of butterflies, roses, gold, water, etc. Although she stood in place, it was a great way to show movement in a new way and to show the continued possibilities of utilizing LED and fashion!
Oprah has a perfect sense of self and when you make the decisions that she makes on a daily basis, you know that she is assured with what it is that she does. To that point, dedicated Oprah fans saw that on her magazine's cover, Sept 2011 - she rocked this deliciously glam look by Theia! You know that I love the beaded dresses that Don O'Neill creates. They come in a number of hues and create instant glam! She loved it so much that she wore the same dress to Jimmy Kimmel Live's Post Oscar Show! She looked radiant and like a true TV mogul!
I love what I do! It allows me to go behind the scenes months in advance to see lines, their inspirations and more. With Fashion Week being less than a week away, readers always want to get as many sneak peeks as possible on collections. On the day of shows, I get to go to many of the shows prior to them hitting the runway. This allows me to let you know what to expect in terms of hair, makeup and what accessories they will rock on the runway. Theia Couture is one of my favorite designers as I have worn them at events and enjoy seeing this line on the runway! Creative Director, Don O’Neill, has a phenomenal vision that comes to life at every presentation. This year, they will be at the Metropolitan Pavilion as apart of Style 360. What a great space to see these pieces showcased. A show is about putting the best elements from the collection out as well as inspirations.
One of the things about the line that always gets me excited is that inspiration comes from Greek goddesses. For this Fall 2012 collection is Athena who is a deity that is known as a powerful woman who was full of wisdom, the instinct to protect and courage. "In 2012 as we face challenging times, I want to imbue the THEIA woman with this sense of power and confidence that will help her stride forward, feeling brave, beautiful, and strong," said the Creative Director. Above you can see models waiting to be seen during the model call for this show where they select the women who will rock the runway and will ensure that the designated looks make sense for them. In addition, you can see some of the mood boards which lets you know the direction that the brand will design in and includes fabrics.
I have 3 go to designers when I need a dress with pop whether it's for Day or Night - Natori (who dresses me for a number of Fashion Weeks including the current one that starts officially tomorrow), David Meister (you can check me out rocking one of his pieces in October's issue of Cosmo and on their Facebook page) and Theia. The reason is simple all the designers are multigenerational (meaning from your 20's + they ensure the person wearing them rocks great style while also being able to be comfortable, have gorgeous fabrics and it hides the items that we know is there or we believe is there that we don't want others to see. Without them, dressing becomes tough! When I travel or have an appearance, these are my go to's.
Although NYFW starts tomorrow, there are those that get in a little early on the action so on a not so rainy but definitely not sunny day, I found myself in the Fashion District prepping to see Theia. This line is always Grecian inspired and the goddess muse for this collection (as told and commentated by Don O'Neill, Creative Director and dashing guy all around) was Chloris the Goddess of Flowers, Nature and Spring. Below are some of the dresses that I am obsessed over from Day Dresses, Gowns and Red Carpet stunners. There's ruching, glitter, glam and diva all over it which Kittens know is my fave! For those following my Tumblr account, you can also see some other peeks that I took in real time to get your fashion fix started!
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