Lady In Red


Juan Carlos Obando Reverse Satin Midi-DressMason by Michelle Mason Cutout-Side Shift Dress

Shona Joy The Conquest DressZara Red Dress With Zips At The Back

For Love & Lemons Gianna DressCamilla And Marc Cyclic Dress

ASOS 70s Deep Plunge Belted Midi DressSel Portrait Ayelette Cut-Out Double Crepe Dress

Tibi Strapless Stretch Crepe DressBlack Halo Brooklyn Dress

Donning a red dress on Valentine’s Day may seem too obvious a choice, yet there are a few solid reasons why you should do just that. Red symbolizes the color of love, and there is no better day to express such a joyful emotion. Better yet, red is a knockout, eye-catching color which bestows a radiancy on all wearers be it blond, brunette or red heads! Who knows, you just might end up falling so in love (with the hue) that it makes its way into your wardrobe rotation on a regular basis!

I’ve rounded up 10 of the best crimson-colored dresses so you can discover the perfect scarlet style to suit your V-Day plans!

Accoutrements to complete your Valentine’s day look:

Kate Spade On Purpose More Than A Pretty Face Beaded ClutchFleur De MalStewart Weitzman The Nudist SandalL

Juan Carlos Obando Reverse Satin Midi-Dress // Mason by Michelle Mason Cutout-Side Shift Dress //  Zara Red Dress With Zips At The Back // Camilla And Marc Cyclic Dress // Self Portrait Ayelette Cut-Out Double Crepe Dress // Black Halo Brooklyn Dress // Tibi Strapless Stretch Crepe Dress // ASOS 70s Deep Plunge Belted Midi Dress // For Love & Lemons Gianna Dress // Shona Joy The Conquest Dress

Kate Spade On Purpose More Than A Pretty Face Beaded Clutch //  Fleur De Mal Lingerie // Stewart Weitzman The Nudist Sandal

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Romance For The Men This 14th


Mixed TapeAgent Provocateur

SportsDefine Your Love

Love Poems by Pablo NerudaCouples Massage 1

J Crew Cotton Poplin Pajama SetFirst Edition Books

Don’t be fooled that men don’t need or want a little romance on Valentine’s Day. Everyone needs to feel loved and cherished. And, if you expect a romantic gift with meaning and thought behind it, you too, must give as good as you get. But what do men consider romantic?? Therein lies the difficulty; it’s not like us girls who always adore a piece of jewelry. This Valentine’s Day check out my list of romantic gift ideas to make sure your guy feels treasured by you.

1 – Mixed Tape: Though these days it would be a digital compilation, the idea will never go out of style. My suggestion – compile the perfect mix tape for making out! Include U2’s ‘ If You Wear That Velvet Dress.’ Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Drive All Night,’ and Peter Gabriel’s ‘Your Eyes.’ Click here for tips on making the perfect mixed tape.

2 – Lingerie: Remember, this is not just a gift for you! Take a selfie in your newly bought intimates and send it to him with a note that says, “A glimpse of what’s ahead for you this evening.” Prepare a romantic evening consisting of a homemade dinner, candles and bubbly! Agent Provocateur Bra Panties.

3 – Create a Crossword Puzzle: Make sure to include your special dates, moments and anything else mushy. Click here to start.

4 – Couples Massage: This is a no brainer. You both win, and think how relaxed you’ll be for other activities! Living in Los Angeles, try Larchmont Sanctuary, voted #1 for best couples spa packages.

5 – First Edition Books: Let him know you love him for his brain as much as his hot bod! Search here for your loved one’s favorite books in first editions.

6 – Lounging: Help him relax with J Crew’s classic PJ’s!

7 – Love Poems by Pablo Neruda: You don’t have to be a prolific writer to shower your guy with anecdotes on how deep your love goes. Let nobel laureate, Pablo Neruda, do it for you with his book of poems from the film, “Il Positino.”

8 – Tickets to his favorite Sporting Event: Trust me, guys are a different breed from us, they find these gestures romantic and much appreciated. Just don’t buy the tickets for the 14th. Clipper tickets, Laker tickets, Dodger tickets and King tickets

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Haute Couture Spring 2016 Street Style


Susie Lau

Alexandra AgostonAnna Dello Russo

Sasha LussTaylor Tomasi Hill

Soo Ju Park

Caroline de MaigretStreet Style

From wildly bright colored furs (Anna Dello Russo in a Schiaparelli coat and Dior boots) and stately neutral looks to bare skinned exposed legs and women wrapped in luxurious maxi coats (shearling coats everywhere), Paris’ Spring 2016 Haute Couture street style ran the gamut of fresh creative looks.

These street style stars were at the top of their game (so nice to see Taylor Tomasi Hill again). Take a look at the on-point ensembles that’ll inspire tomorrow’s outfit.

 

Cris HerrmannVeronika Heilbrunner In Alexander McQueen Dress

Sarah Harris

Vanessa TrainaMiroslava Duma with a Gabriela Hearst bag

Street StyleHelena Bordon

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Closet Case: Susan Orlean


Susan Orlean

Many years ago I fell in love with a wonderful book called The Orchid Thief, which famously inspired the film Adaptation. Later, I got to meet its author, New Yorker staff writer Susan Orlean, through a mutual friend (and former Closet Case) Laurie Sandell. We bonded instantly over our shared love of fashion and I was impressed by how knowledgeable she was; it was quickly apparent that this was a woman who knew her stuff! On a Sunday afternoon, we met at her mid-century modern home, built in 1946 and designed by Frank Lloyd Wright disciple Rudolph Schindler. The home is in itself a work of art, but its small closets were not designed for a woman with a full-fledged wardrobe, which meant that editing/organizing her clothes would be our major task.

Out with the old: Susan has an extensive collection of Issey Miyake, Sacai and Comme des Garçons, and it’s hard to let go of clothing when they are works of art—and still in great shape! With much discernment we let go of a few pieces she had not worn in years nor felt she would. Even after editing, she still had an extensive wardrobe, so we had to get creative, dividing her clothes into three categories stored in three separate areas: skirts, dresses and pants; tops and jackets; and folded tees and tops.

In with the new: Looking through Susan’s collection of CDG, Issey, Sacai and the newer Marni pieces, it is evident that she has a collector’s eye. I can’t wait to see the pieces she selects when she adds a few more designers to the mix. Susan will be focusing on accessories—mainly handbags and shoes—though it is not about designer names or “It bags” for her. Pieces that she adds to her collection must be creatively unique as well as beautiful. Much like Susan herself!

Read on, to hear about Susan’s favorite designers, which items she’s coveting, and her ongoing search for the perfect black pants.

Who are your style icons? Audrey Hepburn, for her ability to be tomboyish as well as feminine; ?classic as well as impish and original. The girls of the East Village, NYC, circa 1999. I loved the punk/playful/girlish style that seemed to effortlessly mix what should have looked totally wrong and ended up having it look cool and right. Carrie Mulligan. She always looks natural but elegant, even when she’s in jeans and a sweater.

 What are three items on your fashion wish list?  ?Perfect black pants. I dream I will someday find The Pair and all my endless searching will be over. Van Cleef and Arpels Alhambra anything, but in particular a necklace. There’s one version called Magic Alhambra, a necklace with six of the motifs on it, that I think would make me very happy. Black Alaia top with a scoop neck and three-quarter sleeves. I found one, I hesitated to buy it, and when I finally realized how much I would enjoy it, it was gone.

Who are a few of your favorite designers??I have been a longtime Comme des Garcons/Junya Watanabe fan, and now with the addition of their Noir line, I’m even more devoted. In its own way, it’s all timeless because it’s never about what’s trendy at the moment; it’s coming out of a real sense of design that’s not just trying to capture the moment. I have pieces from CDG that I’ve worn and loved for ten or even fifteen years! Proenza Scholer — love the fabrics and the spirit of the clothes; the shapes are pretty classic but there’s always something special and distinctive, too. Marni — I only started paying attention to the line this year and I’m hooked. The cut is gorgeous, and it’s quietly eccentric. Sacai — I fell madly in love a few years ago, and bought every Sacai piece I could find. So original, without being gimmicky! And it’s all very wearable. Great stuff.

Speaking Engagement Look:

Edun Compact Knit SweaterStella McCartney Emma Asymmetric Wool-Blend Crepe Skirt1

Marni Jerome Dreyfuss Nestor Mustard Leather Large Shoulder BagLanvin Cuff BraceletRag & Bone Marina Coat

Evening Look:

Exclusive for Intermix Marsielles TopProenza Schouler Cropped Frayed Tweed Flared Pants

M2Malletier Black Cabiria Python WalletKismet by Milka Lumiere Black Diamond Ear Crawler

Aquazurra Wild Thing Suede Fringe SandalZara Long Waistcoat

Susan’s Pinterest Board.

Edun Compact Knit Sweater // Stella McCartney Emma Asymmetric Wool-Blend Crepe Skirt // Jerome Dreyfuss Nestor Mustard Leather Large Shoulder Bag //  rag & bone Marina Coat // Lanvin Cuff Bracelet // Marni Loafers

Exclusive for Intermix Marsielles Top // Proenza Schouler Cropped Frayed Tweed Flared Pants // Kismet by Milka Lumiere Black Diamond Ear Crawler // Zara Long Waistcoat // Aquazurra Wild Thing Suede Fringe Sandal // M2malletier Black Cabiria Python Wallet

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Rare Bird Of Fashion


Iris

I was a little, okay, a lot, late to watching the documentary Iris, about the legendary interior decorator and fashion collector extraordinaire, Iris Apfel. It took me mere minutes to fall in love with this eccentric, wise and stylish woman along with her utterly charming husband Carl.

It was in the early fifties when, Iris, an interior designer, noticed a void in unique well crafted fabrics. Her and her husband filled that void with their textile firm, Old World Weavers, which they ran until selling the company in 1992. With the creation of OWW her fame within the design world soared, eventually leading her to the White House where she took part in several design restoration projects for nine presidents: Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, and Clinton.

With the success of their business, the couple began traveling all over the world where Apfel began collecting non-Western, artisanal clothes. Her collection now fills multiple rooms with double-height clothing racks in her New York apartment, with plenty more housed in her Palm Beach place, and is considered one of the top three fashion collections in the world. Yet the film and her collection are not a story about hoarding, but one about creativity and how a free spirit continues to inspire. Curiosity and a sense of humor are Iris’ two must have’s in her life which clearly come across in her outlandish, idiosyncratic and highly chic style. (A typical Apfel outfit comprises clanging armfuls of bracelets, multiple layers of colourful, chunky beads, and her trademark oversized, owlish spectacles.)

In September 2005,  The Costume Institute, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York, premiered an exhibition about Iris Apfel’s style entitled Rara Avis (Rare Bird): The Irreverent Iris Apfel. What I would give to be able to lay my eyes on that exhibit! The best reason I know for inventing time travel. At least there is this coffee table book — Rare Bird of Fashion: The Irreverent Iris Apfel.

 

Iris Apfel

Iris Apfel

Iris Apfel

Iris Apfel

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Spring 2016 Campaigns


Valentino Spring 2016

Valentino Spring 2016

Valentino Spring 2016

Valentino Spring 2016

Valentino Spring 2016

It is that time of year again, when the new season ad campaigns are beginning to grace the pages of fashion/style magazines. I love anticipating what each designer will create (they are somewhat like the fashion equivalent of the superbowl ads), and have much admiration for the level of creativity and quality that goes into a major campaign. I always have a few standouts I like (highlighted on this page), but this year my absolute favorite one is easily the Valentino campaign.

Valentino designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli ventured to Amboseli National Park in Kenya to shoot their African inspired Spring 2016 collection campaign. The duo tapped Stephen McCurry, a photographer who is most famous for his ‘Afghan Girl’ National Geographic cover, along with a diverse collection of models (Alice Metza, Cameron Traiber, Greta Varlese, Kirin Dejonckheere and Tami Williams. I love that they feature the Maasai people in the ads. The campaign truly gives you a sense of the African environment and culture.

Balenciaga’s Spring 2016 Campaign
Balenciaga Spring 2016 Campaign

Alexander Wang’s reign at Balenciaga is coming to an end. For his last season as creative director of Balenciaga, Wang tapped actress Zoe Kravitz and model Anna Ewers for the brand’s spring-summer 2016 campaign. Posing in the season’s all white looks, the duo were photographed by Steven Klein in the sun-drenched images.

Balmain Spring 2016 Campaign
Balmain Spring 2016 Campaign

They’re back! For the first time, creative director Olivier Rousteing tapped Steven Klein to shoot the exclusively black and white images for Balmain’s spring campaign. Klein brought along his favorite super models of the nineties — Cindy Crawford, Claudia Schiffer and Naomi Campbell, who look every bit as beautiful 20 years later.

Chloe Spring 2016 Campaign

Chloe Spring 2016 Campaign

Chloe gets some new blood for its spring-summer 2016 campaign. After several seasons with Inez & Vinoodh as her go-to photographers, creative director Clare Waight Keller tapped Theo Wenner to shoot the sun-soaked ads with models Antonina Petkovic, Celine Bouly and Ari Westphal posing on cobblestone streets. Keller wanted to a highlight a more adventurous, free-spirited, impulsive side of the Chloé girl.

Gucci Spring 2016 Campaign
Gucci Spring 2016
Gucci Spring 2016 Campaign

The Italian label’s spring ads feature creative director Alessandro Michele’s distinct new aesthetic — with a spotlight on the season’s bold prints and vintage feel clothing. The bright, eye-catching images stars Polina Oganicheva, Peyton Knight, Elizabeth Moore and Jacob Hugo Goldhoorn, and was lensed by British photographer Glen Luchford in Berlin.

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The Best Golden Globe 2016 Looks & We Miss David Already


Kristen Dunst In ValentinoSaoirse Ronan in Yves Saint Laurent

Portia Doubleday In Naeem KhanJennifer Lopez In Gianbattista Valli

Alicia Vikander In Custom Louis VuittonSophia Bush In Narciso Rodriguez

Carly ChaikenRosie Huntington-Whiteley In Versace Atelier

Lady Gaga Brandon MaxwellLily James

Thank God for Ricky Gervais. Last night’s Golden Globes would have been utterly boring without him and a few other funny moments ( Aziz Ansari reading “Losing to Jeffrey Tambor With Dignity” as his category was read, Brad Pit and Ryan Gosling, and everything that was bleeped out). The comedian left everyone laughing in delight and discomfort with an opening monologue at the 73rd annual Golden Globe Awards that poked fun at everyone from Caitlyn Jenner to Jennifer Lawrence to Roman Polanski.

Winner of the evening for best look was hands down Kristen Dunst in Valentino Haute Couture. Above are my other favorite looks of the night.

Kristen Dunst In Valentino // Saoirse Ronan in Saint Laurent // Jennifer Lopez In Gianbattista Valli // Sophia Bush In Narciso Rodriguez // Rosie Huntington-Whiteley In Versace Atelier // Lily James // Lady Gaga Brandon Maxwell // Kate Bosworth In Dolce & Gabanna// Alicia Vikander  In Custom Louis Vuitton // Portia Doubleday In Naeem Khan

RIP David Bowie

The legendary pop singer known for hits like “Fame”, “Changes” and “Heros” died yesterday at the age of 69. The singer had been battling cancer for 18 months, but never talked publicly about it. Bowie had just released his last album “Blackstar” on Friday. He is survived by his international model wife Iman and two children. He will be missed!

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