Growing up, one of my favorite shows was Dynasty (one can only hope that they will do the same thing with this show that they did with Dallas to bring it back)! I loved the clothing, accessories and more. Now many of those looks were very 80's but that grand sense of style is one that never goes out of style. A signature Dynasty element is fabulous baubles and decadence and the good thing is that this can be worked into your everyday wear, when you want to step up your style or to go all the way to all out glam! Roll over the images above to see why I'm loving these items from Alexis Bittar, Giles & Brother, Tom Binns, Deepa Gurnani, Miu Miu and Azaara
I've only been in Charleston for less than 24 hours (just slightly) and I'm already prepping to head back home to NYC. For my brief moment here, I've enjoyed fabulous runway shows, styled a great show last night (that's a win for Shoe Week and I indulged in some site seeing and Charleston's AMAZING food! I will definitely be back as it was a great time. With my travel, I love that working out continues as I have the use of the hotel gym but I have been working out everyday to Revolt Now Fitness with Nichole. I love that like me, she makes sure that when she works out, that she rocks a super cute look. Working out is a mindset whether you're focused on getting healthy in general, having a focal point to hit or look a certain way for an event, etc. But when you look cute, it can help you get a little more pumped! When I work out at home, you can find me wearing this as it's easy, keeps me warm and then lets me build heat. I also love that the pops of color and Jimi Hendrix is always a win when you're getting that second wind. Roll over the images to see why I love this look and to find out where you can get it!
Many people know that I am a huge fan of Aiisha Couture, I selected one dress that was a favorite of mine and made me think of everything that I love about Spring! This upcoming season incorporated a lot of blush and pink tones - I also love that this dress has sparkle as well as nude elements that allow your skin to show though! We paired this look with a pair of heels from Q by Pasquale! Each show had a fab DJ and this show which was a combined show had DJ Eloy who mixed fab music together as the girls walked the runway and then took additional pictures on our terrace! In future seasons, we would love to do an entire show surrounded around the looks of this fabulous luxury designer but am so pleased that we could provide a taste of it to our attendees!
We had a phenomenal day and evening at The Glass Houses as well as with a number of our sponsors such as Kiwaii Spring Water which is perfectly served at room temperature and is quite refreshing!
Another great season comes to a close as last night, a handful of shows walked the Mercedes Benz Maimi Swim Fashion Week runways! I am obsessed with the prints that hit ANK Swimwear! Swimwear is all about bikinis, bathing suits and of course great coverups! If you want to see more from this collection, check out our friends at Miami Swim Fashion Week for images from this show and other brands that participated too!
Last night was such a great night! There's something about great ideas coming together! Although this is not the full recap, I had to share! About a week ago, Celebrity Hair Stylist, Kristan Serafino and Beauty Blogger of Serafino Says and I talked about life, business and everytihng in between. By the end of the conversation, we knew we wanted to create an event that had celebs, beauty and accessories! Within less than a week, Accesshairize was born! None of this would have been possible without our great partner and sponsor, the James Bentley Salon.
We honored Laura Osnes, the 2012 Tony Award Nominee (our fingers are crossed for her on her big night on Sunday at the TONY Awards) and we chatted all things beauty and accessories while hearing her talk about Broadway, her show Bonnie and Clyde as well as her upcoming role in Cinderella! More details will follow but thank you Bartenura for the fabulous Moscato which everyone enjoyed (and HUGE thanks to Peg Samuel of Social Diva and Stiletto Consulting for the connect). Huge shout out to Nina Handbags and Ted Rossi who have always been phenomenal partners of Kitten Lounge and have carried their support into Accesshairize! I'm glad that Kaaral beauty products and Victoria's Secret had fab spritzers AND we all nibbled on Georgetown Cupcakes that were TONY Award themed. Not to mention, that it came just in time to the season opening of Georgetown Cupcake's new series where they take on opening a shop here in NYC (watch it on TLC tonight at 9pm!).
We will have another post updating this event and we appreciate all who came and we're already planning on the next one!
During New York Fashion Week FW 2012/13, I was able to attend Gen Art's Fashion Show that was sponsored by Crest 3D White (which we all know that I have been a long time fan of this and also enjoy that as a brand ambassador, it's always fun to be invited to their events). Whitney Port emceed the runway show which had a number of designers showcasing their work. Designers competed in the "Little White Wardrobe" and Win Shi was the winner of this event. Enjoy the video that features this fabulous designer and see why she definitely won!
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!
Theophilus London closes Rebecca Minkoff NYFW FW 2012/2013
I love hitting the shows as you never know what you are going to get! As many of you know, Theophilus London is everywhere and I hung out with him this past summer while designing in Dominican Republic and enjoyed one of his concerts as well! Well, yesterday he opened and closed the Rebecca Minkoff show which was full of fun motorcycle jackets and great pieces you will want to rock later on this year
Yesterday my sister and I headed down to my favorite section of the city! As a former lingerie model, I love going to showrooms to see a number of undergarments. After getting to Hanes Showroom, we made our way to the Barely There presentation. I love the fact that this brand is all about seamless underwear - seeing lines is uber tacky but I also love the comfort that it provides when you're just wearing it around your home, running errands or when you're traveling! In addition to previewing new items from the collection, I loved that we met Christina and Kim Scali (as well as their fab mom) from the hit show Jersey Couture on Oxygen Network (currently filming their second season now) - they also have a fabulous boutique in Freehold, NJ - Diane and Co.
I loved seeing the full collection from shapewear, to push ups, comfy items and so much more. There are a number of fun hues and colors and seeing Kim and Christina walk us through the line and talk about their experiences as well as fitting women in their boutique was definitely a nice add in to the event. Once we left the event, we had a phenomenal series of bras, panties and shapewear as well as a very nice gift certificate from Macy's. Above are images from the presentation, the fabulous sisters (as well as a peek into their new accessory line that they received literally the day before), models rocking the line, their fab mom who looked fabulous and a quick pick of all my goodies! I'm personally obsessed with the t-shirt bras whether they have foam or don't have foam in them. Because they are so soft, you can also take the straps down, make them a one shoulder and so much more - fab!
Paul and I closed tonight at Falguni and Shane Peacock. I have to say that I was not familiar with this line but I'm definitely happy that I attended the show! In addition, I love that I was sitting right across from Joan Rivers and loved watching the show while seeing her reaction (it was like a mini Fashion Police live without hearing the commentary but loved the face reactions)! As always, you can enjoy the final walk as this show had a lot of vibrant colors, see through patches within various garments but more importantly - accessories that I definitely would love to incorporate within my baubles and bits chest! More importantly, one of the models had a ring that literally wrapped around her finger in a caged effect - I'm so on the hunt to get this piece!
06/20/11: A model displays a creation as part of Gucci Spring-Summer 2012 Menswear...
We know that last month it was all about Menswear as a number of male models hit the runways rocking out a number of looks that we can't wait to see up close and personal for Spring/Summer 2012! Sometimes it's best to take a moment and reflect on how amazing a trend in a show was by giving it a little breathing room. Today's His Style shows us that he needs to rock a little red. It's not about wearing it head to toe but it looks best when it's paired with a fresh palette that contains or is a mixture of black, white and/or grey. Whether you opt for leather goods that have red in it, a jacket that has a pop of it in its colorway or you go all out wearing the hue - you're guy is all set for a day to do what he does best! We're loving that Gucci reminded us of this fab trend and we can't wait to hit the streets to see this.
A few days ago, I received a super fab box that I had no idea would be heading my way. It's not to say that that is unusual since this is a normal occurrence. But when I realized it was from Dior I nearly swooned! I only wear Dior Show for my lashes as I love the look that it gives without giving you the need to double dip in order to look luxe even when you're just walking down the street. Dior sent me a collection of lipsticks from Dior Addict with the campaign that simply says, "Be Iconic" and of course that's how you feel when you're rocking the line. Love the hues, use of Kate Moss and having a number of items incorporated into the campaign including a kissable post card, stickers and red cherry Lifesavers.
Although I am not a lipstick fan per se, I know that I will be rocking these sticks from time to time. It made me think of other items that I have a healthy beauty obsession with and definitely want to try. As many of you know, Kitten Lounge is all about showcasing items that I love, have tried or think that it should be gifted to others. Rarely do I talk about items without personally trying it out and obviously, upon receipt I will follow up about this! With that said, the next three times are on my wishlist to trying out (even editors drool over products that they have only heard aboutt). Organix has a self warming Coconut Milk Sugar Cane Scrub. I believe in weekly exfoliation but having the warm sensation while doing so seems like something that I would love! A caviar scrub seems phenomenal and ever since I first heard of it upon its initial release, I know this is one that has to be tried and it's by Balenciaga! Finally, I'm a huge fan of Korres and while I am currently in DR, having an Aftersun Gel Yogurt is an essential as it instantly cools your face and body after being in the sun. In addition, the fact that there is real edible yogurt in it may be of note to those that truly want to enjoy all this product has to offer!
Today is a pretty crazy day as we just launched our Holiday Gift Guide which will continue to have new entries from now through Jan 15th! So with the madness and giveaways that we have going on today (as well as the Twitter Party that I will be hosting for Crispy Green tonight) I wanted to share a fun video that was released today on Nicole Miller's site!
Many of you know that this was one of my favorite fashion shows this past September and right after the show, I popped into her Fashion Night Out event as it was right around the corner. I love that this video shows both of these moments as well as behind the scenes looks at putting a show together, designing and so much more. I think that this is the perfect way to launch a week - enjoy!
Last night was an amazing night and with so many fab events going on, there wasn't enough of the Kitten Lounge team to cover everything; however, we had to share this video, courtesy of Chic TV, of Ralph Lauren's 4D event that took place at their flagship store on Madison Ave last night! The technology that was used in order to bring this presentation to light was nothing short of phenomenal and in order to embrace all your senses, they even included their new fragrance Big Pony Fragrance Collection that was infused into the air. If you were unable to attend or maybe caught a glimpse as you were walking in the area, take some time to check out this video and of course, you'll want to smell the fragrance as well!
Oh Kittens how excited am I? Later on today I am going to meet none other than the amazing and gorgeous Nigel Barker! Not only is he a phenomenal photographer but if you've watched America's Next Top Model, then you have seen him there as well! He will be apart of a fun photoshoot taking place in the Meat Packing District with 40 top models in conjunction with Nine West, who is raising funds and awareness for Fashion Targets Breast Cancer! Nigel Barker will host a LIVE photo shoot with such models as Coco Rocha, Jessica White, Michelle Alves and more. You can see the shoot as it will be streamed on Nine West's Facebook Page at at Modelina as well! I'll be there tweeting and you can follow along by following Nine West's Twitter page.
Nine West's Runway Relief initiative allows participating models to wear the limited edition Nine West Runway Relief boot, uniquely equipped with an Omron GOSmart Pocket Pedometer (HJ-303) that will track how many steps each model takes while going from castings and fittings to shows and Fashion Week's hottest parties. Each step taken will equal a donation to Fashion Targets Breast Cancer. In addition, you can get in on these shoes as a limited supply of the Runway Relief boot ($199) will be also be available for Nine West Facebook fans exclusively, starting on 8/31.
It doesn't matter whether you love Sex and The City as a series or as a movie! The fab four placed their mark on fashion in so many ways that even when I continue to go to events their names are always mentioned in terms of inspiration or style. From shoes to bedding, the impact continues; moreover, the lingerie world has embraced them as well. Cosabella which has amazing pieces that know how to capture your essence, has released their Sex and the City Collection which embodies the various characters that we have come to know over the past few years.
To this end, you have to visit the collection which includes various pieces that are perfect for lounging, night and even a very grown up slumber party! Not only can you see it online, but you could win a piece as Cosabella is giving away one pantie from each character! Now you need to tell me what character you see yourself as the most as you're going into the Spring! This Spring, I feel that I definitely want to embrace my inner Charlotte! I'm definitely more of the girly, sometimes prepster that also loves a lot of the old school elements like writing hand written notes, picking out the perfect place setting and more!
Take some time to check out more pieces from the collection from Sex and the City and of course other items that have lots of color. Make sure that you weigh in on why you're like your favorite girl and a winner will be chosen on April 7th! In addition, if you love what you see, you can also receive 15% off the Sex and the City Collection from now until April 6th with the code: satc15
With it being Fashion Week, all attention is focused on the runways at the tents, presentations that are outside of Bryant Park and so much more. I love this time of year as it makes me think of the spring/summer being closer together, but I'm also thinking of another runway that is even more impacting in terms of helping so many that fight every day! On April 30th, St Jude Children's Research Hospital will present the Design Cares fashion show which is a collaboration of so many designers (including my fave Diane Von Furstenburg) whose pieces will hit the runways and will later be auctioned off in order to benefit pediatric cancer research. The sketch above is a custom couture gown for Design Cares by Maggie Norris Couture which is being donated for this worthy cause. I think this is such an important cause and Kitten Lounge (along with other sites that I write for) will keep you in the loop on this event up to the day (and of course the day after). There are so many amazing stories and interests that are associated with this amazing event, that it would be unfair to share it within one post. Definitely stay in touch as Kitten Lounge presents more posts about this and of course, you can see this event first hand by purchasing tickets to attend!
There are so many goodies going on and lately, it seems like I spend a lot of time conducting interviews which I love. One of my favorite reality shows that I watch every chance I get is Bridezillas. Am I married - no, engaged - nope but do I love big personalities that simply don't care about how other people receive their information - oh yes! Fortunately, WeTv loves that I feel this way and I was able to have a chat with Danielle Ostroske, producer of the very successful Bridezillas. I wanted to know more about the show and what it could mean for all of you out there! Also, enjoy one of my favorite Bridezillas to appear during Season 5 (which ends Oct 26th)!
How do you go about picking the brides to be?
We have a long questionnaire asking about how the planning process is going, who have you clashed with at this point, are you over budget, are things not going your way, etc. We really listen for those women that fit the profile of having their wedding exactly as they wanted and those who seek for perfection.
Is there a geographical presence and will we ever see Bridezillas outside of the US
We have Bridezillas from all over the country and we cast at various events such as Bridal Expos. We began casting for Season 6, premiering in June about two weeks ago and we are still looking for about 20 more brides. You can go to WeTv.com to find out more information (Editors Note: If you look on the website, you will see the requirements and if you have a wedding that will take place between Oct 2008 - April 2009, you may find yourself eligible).
Do the women who have been on the show feel that this is an accurate depiction of themselves when they see their episodes
These women own the fact that they are Bridezillas and then there are others that are shocked about how they acted. When they are in the process of being selected, they are shown 2 full episodes of the show so that there are no surprises.
Can we expect to see Bridezillas as a spin off and is it on DVD?
There are always things in the works but it is too early to say or share. Prior to the beginning of the new season, there will be a special of the Top 10 moments of Bridezillas and there will also be updates on previous brides on the show. You can also enjoy Bridezillas on iTunes as well since it's not on DVD.
As you know, Mondays are always dedicated to food and today, I thought we would present food in another way! During my interview with A.W. Gryphon, the novelist of Blood Moon, I found out that she is a screenwriter and while she has this new book release, yesterday, her movie, La Cucina, showed at the LA Femme Film Festival. This festival looks to support women filmmakers and is also a great way to have a Q&A with those in the know in the industry! You can still check out the days events although it has concluded. But I definitely wanted to share some info about the movie as I would love to see this when it comes out on DVD or if it appears in a festival in my area!
La Cucina has an amazing cast including: Christina Hendricks (Mad Men), Joaquim de Almeida (Clear and Present Danger), Leisha Hailey (The L Word), Rachel Hunter (Rodeo Girl), Oz Perkins (Legally Blonde), Clare Carey (Jericho), Kala Savage (That 70's Show) and Michael Cornacchia (The Bernie Mac Show)and is a story about how lives can connect and the complications that exist when there is so much being done, but not said. At the same time, no matter the complications, there are commonalities and there is a central place - the kitchen is such a place. It's a place where people can come together and share in a way that other places may prove difficult. The movie centers around four meals and although there may not be an ending that ties everything together, there is something to be said about having the possibility of a happy conclusion or at least the hope to make things right.
I enjoy watching Project Runway and hearing Michael Kors' thoughts and I have to say that one of my favorite judging moments came when his mom sat next to him adding in her two scents as well! Well it was with much anticipation that I attended Michael Kors' show and I will say that he definitely showed a lot of primary colors from the 60's. I do love the hats and here are some of the best looks from the runway with an image of the man himself!
I still love my Flip but it was hard to take footage as I could see everyone around me clearly but not the runway! All the action on the runway is really bright (read you can't see the models). So you can enjoy the music and see those that are around us. But I am also going to include images of the show that I think are perfect! I love that this show was a bit like the 50's brought into today - such a great crisp look. I also enjoyed the goodie bag which had Perry Ellis' scent - Paul (Food Editor) enjoyed this.
Above is the Perry Ellis designer taking his walk on the runway. There were a lot of great looks that were 50's meets the beach - loved it! This is something that I look forward to for next season! Below is the fab look that is perfect on the beach!
Last Fri the runways were full of bathing suits and fabulous swimwear! One of my favorite designers, Syla by Sylvie Cachay, hit the catwalk with a super cute Boho Chic look! My favorite look from this show is definitely this piece! I love the simple cream color but the accessories are absolutely amazing and definitely something that I would wear! It's hard to say which accessory is my favorite but clearly my eye was drawn to the belt which looks like it could be agate but I'm not sure. This piece would look cute with a slim fitting jersey or over a tank and a pair of jeans. I love this natural style and think that sometimes it's nice to go beyond wearing prints and to go with something simple and chic which looks amazing no matter where you opt to wear this. This piece and many more can be see on the Mercedes-Benz Swim Miami Fashion Week site as there were a lot of great looks for this show.
Mercedes Benz Fashion Week was kicked off last night with Diesel at the Raleigh Hotel's Pool Deck and of course, I had to share my favorite look from that night! I love the colors and think that this is definitely a swimsuit that would turn heads wherever you are! Of course I am a huge fan of side ties as well. A lot of the shows will go on tonight so I can't wait to share some of my favorite looks! You can also see all of the swimwear (they had a cute set for the kiddies) in photos and as a video by visiting Mercedes Benz' Fashion Week site!
It starts tonight! Yesterday was the kick off party at The Raleigh Hotel and now the runways come alive when the sun begins to go down. What a great way to see all of your shows and then head right out to whatever parties are going on. Here is an image, courtesy of the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Show, from Red Carter who will show tomorrow evening. I love this bathing suit that is a great mix of ethnic/tribal prints!
This is definitely my favorite suit. I love the pops of blue and the red that are throughout this suit. Also can we talk about the fact that the jewelry they used would be amazing with so many dresses that you have in your closet whether they are plunging, strapless and more! I will definitely have images of this show and can't wait to share this and much more with you from the show!
This week we will temporarily focus on an event that is literally my favorite in the entire fashion industry! Maybe because I did a lot of bathing suit modeling at one time but I love Fashion Week Swim and Miami and when both are combined, you can't get any better than that. Next year I am promising myself that I will be an attendee/press (and gasp how great would it be if a swimwear line actually wore my - Kitten Couture Until then, I am dedicated this week to the Mercedes - Benz Fashion Week Swim Event!
So this week, we will be covering a variety of designers from the launch party at the Raleigh Hotel all the way to the very last show! The good thing is you don't have to have Uber VIP status to attend and you can still let your presence be known and get various forms of access to this event via American Express! You can enjoy a Poolside Cabana at the Meet and Greet at The Raleigh with a fab swimwear designer and of course you can see all the swimwear lines such as Red Carter and Ed Hardy!
I am so bummed that I will not be able to meet Tibi's swimwear designer, attend the Diesel show, go to a card member only private trunk show! This is a such a great time and if you will be there and are a card member, check this out and if you're aiming to be at the event next season, I will see you there without question! Stay tuned this week to find out about all the great designers at my favorite season's Fashion Week - sigh!
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