Category Archives: Fashion Week

Fashion’s Dirty Little Secret

“If I wanted to be in an innovative industry, I wouldn’t pick fashion.”

The dirty secret of fashion is that there is nothing new. I suppose the cool thing is how we re-invent it, but when people act like something’s so new and fresh in fashion, they immediately lose me. If I wanted to be in an innovative industry, I wouldn’t pick fashion. On the other hand, I’d pick fashion if I wanted to be a historian with creative liberties. I’ve kept a skeptical eye on fashion week this season in NYC, because I honestly haven’t been that interested. More and more it seems the more things change the more they stay the same. This season (like the last) is all about contrasts, and I’m beginning to think that’s the trick to fashion in general. Call it fusion, contrasts, or a blending of complete opposites, it’s all the same concept – they all mean the same thing. Whether it’s pulling together two different styles like leather and lace (circa Alexander Wang Spring Summer 2013) or playing with different eras by pairing vintage with more contemporary pieces. Fashion is fusion, and I say that knowing that that’s both simple and complex because fashion has such a rich history of ideas to pull from.

Betsey Johnson Spring Summer 2012 Goes for Tits & Ass

Betsey Johnson SS 12

Betsey Johnson’s a woman after my own heart, she’s not afraid of color, doesn’t need to care about trends, and for her Spring Summer 2012, line she’s all about tits and ass. Betsey’s collections radiate a no apologies, I’m going to wear whatever the hell I want attitude that creates the persona every woman needs a little bit of. I’ll admit I chuckled a little when I heard her theme for the show was tits and ass, and I greeted the female figure with ample respect. Sequins, flowy and short skirts, with a heavy dose of cleavage made for tons of fun. It’s her non-stop love of color that really gets me going every season and this collection is no different. But what I really want a little bit of is that hair, and Peter Gray of Cutler Salon has bestowed all the details on how to get it:

Betsey Johnson Meets Jerry Hall

• Apply Redken Rootful 06 Root Lifting Spray (or whatever root-lifting spray you’ve got) all over at the root.
• Divide the hair in a diagonal part from front left to back right.
• Take hair under left part and sweep it around for a tight ponytail on the lower right nape of the neck.
• Gather hair on the right side of the part. Pin curl section by section and let set. Spray vigorously with Redken Fashion Work 12 Versatile Working Spray on the top and inside each of the curls to lock into place.
• Once hair has dried, take the clips out and brush through to create dramatic waves.
• Spray Cutler Shine Tattoo to add glossy finish.
• Apply Redken Rootful 06 Root Lifting Spray all over at the root.
• Divide the hair in a diagonal part from front left to back right.
• Take hair under left part and sweep it around for a tight ponytail on the lower right nape of the neck.
• Gather hair on the right side of the part. Pin curl section by section and let set. Sprayvigorously with Redken Fashion Work 12 Versatile Working Spray on the top and insideeach of the curls to lock into place.
• Once hair has dried, take the clips out and brush through to create dramatic waves.
• Spray Cutler Shine Tattoo to add glossy finish.

#NYFW Theatrics

NYFW Theatrics

It’s a well known fact that Fashion Week in New York City is nothing if not a bonafide crazy-fest and this season is not disappointing. From girls standing up posing in the middle of Lincoln Center waiting, nay begging (albeit silently), for their photos to be taken to unknown designers walking around with models trying to squeeze the tents for a little press, Fashion Week is sort of NYC’s version of a circus.

Don’t get me wrong, I love this circus, but it is a circus nonetheless. My favorite thus far has been the models that gave me the very distinct impression that if not for their shoes, their lanky bodies would be carried away by the balloons that had been strategically tied to clumps of their hair. It sort of reminded me of that movie Up. A part of me desperately wanted one of them to go flying. Presumably we were meant to be staring at the jewelry, although the truly sad part is that, if not for the photographs I took, I would have no idea what they were wearing. When confronted with them face to face I couldn’t stop staring at the cluster of balloons attached to their heads. Let the drama continue we’ve only got a night and one full day left.

Yeah I Said It: Idris Elba, Dwayne Wade & Carmelo Anthony at the Giorgio Armani Menswear SS 2012

Okay so I have to say this, short and sweet: Idris Elba is one fine specimen of a man. Seen here at the Giorgio Armani Menswear Spring Summer 2012 show with Dwayne Wade, Carmello Anthony and Giorgio Armani himself. Aside from the fact that Wade could use a facial peel, since I’m not sure what the heck that is on his forehead, and Carmelo Anthony’s trousers seem to be a little ill-fitting. Between Idris and Dwayne’s smiles I’m a little more than smitten. But as for Idris, in the words of that VH1 show, Single Ladies, that I’m now dubbing a guilty pleasure, “He could get it.”

Getting the Look: Zoë Saldana at a Cocktail & Dinner In Honor Of Designer Michael Kors

Getting the Look: Zoe Saldana

Just who goes to dinners hosted by the US Embassy looking like she’s poised to storm a catwalk or the red carpet? Zoë Saldana, that’s who. The half Puerto Rican, half Dominican beautiful Calvin Klein poster girl that I happen to be harboring a serious girl crush for looked fabulous last night in Paris at a cocktail and dinner hosted by the US Embassy in honor of Michael Kors. With this ensemble, her wavy tresses, glowing bronze complexion, smoky eyes, and rosy cheeks, Zoë makes chic and polished look effortless. It’s clear, not everyone can pull of the sequined pant look, but Zoë’s lean legs and the satin blouse make for perfect companions. As for the finishing touches, Zoë wore a pair of Large Sin tassel earrings from Lana Jewelry, and a pair of Luxura Louboutins.

Sound-Off: John Galliano Fired From Dior

Natalie Portman Miss Dior Cherie

There’s no doubt that the John Galliano debacle will now live in infamy, but it’s about to cost Dior and parent company Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) a lot more than just the formerly esteemed, now vile excuse for a creative director. The Dior brand has to deal with the expected PR mess that comes with the territory, but lurking behind that is a more time sensitive mess – the question regarding what will happen to Galliano’s last Dior collection, as well as that of his namesake label – both of these Fall Winter 2011 collections were slated to show in Paris Fashion Week this week, but with the swarm of irrefutable proof that John Galliano is a menacing racist echoing over any possible success the collections could have had, will there LVMH be forced to scrap them? With Galliano’s firing, I’m sure LVMH will scrap the Galliano label entirely, causing lay-offs of anyone currently employed under the label.

When news first broke of Galliano’s public career and character suicide, some rushed to his defense claiming that he was not a racist and that he in fact loves Jews, but with video proof readily available those character witnesses have no legs to stand on. Natalie Portman’s Oscar dress choice of Rodarte over Dior spoke volumes about the willingness of the fashion forward of celebrity’s willingness to overlook the allegations John Galliano has been charged with. Natalie, the face of Miss Dior Cherie who also happens to be Jewish, threatened to walk from her post as the face of the label’s perfume, demanding that Dior cut off ties with Galliano. Natalie’s steadfast dedication to standing up for what is right is no doubt a treasured presence in the entertainment industry. With the state of Christian Dior in chaos, the only hope they have to salvage the brand’s image is to hold on to Natalie Portman and find an adequate replacement for Galliano, and we’re thinking Christian Lacroix would be a perfect fit.

Spewing ‘I Love Hitler!’, along with racist and anti-semitic obscenities regarding people being ‘gassed’ while threatening to kill people, will forever live in infamy overshadowing the career and accomplishments of his fashion genius.

Manhattan May Not Be Big Enough for Anna & Carine…& Other News

The 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards - Lady Gaga

  • Rumor has it Carine Roitfeld, (former French Vogue Editor-in-Chief) might be making the move to NYC, is this the Devil Wears Prada’s worst dream come true? — Alexa
  • One Recipe for a Beer Bread Grilled Cheese sandwich that you’ve got to try. — Une-Deux Senses
  • Bruno Mars pleads guilty to cocaine possession. Just another case of good music associated with drugs. — FoxNews
  • An open letter to Gaga that agrees with our sentiments on her Grammy’s performance. — NYMag
  • Alice + Olivia’s transporting us to the Jazz Age this fall, and here’s the slide show to prove it. — Refinery29