Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Take A Look at this Look Book

A few seasons ago I featured, then emerging designer, Dora Abodi as part of a group of several designers showing at Nolcha Fashion Week.

I was very happy to receive photos from her Fall 2012 Look Book today.

Dora describes this collection as: "The velvet of the sheperd"

Inspired by the 'finesse', sophistication and decadence of the XVII century Paris, the dark and foggy world of the Wolfman movie and the simple but warm clothes of the Transylvanian sheperds, wandering with their sheeps in the romantic Carpathian mountains, the collection embodies a fantasy about a spoilt young countess living in a dark, ruinous, isolated castle and a young sheperd, falling in love with each other. Mixing lace, leather, faux fur, velvet, tulle, knitted materials, colors as dark green, black, coral red, navy blue, grey, gold, silver, red, elegant, aristocratic items with rustic and simple items, the collection becomes layered, chiseled and novel, but wearable, amazing and trendy. This is also the first time creating knitted materials with own designs.

Check it out:

Alta Roma - A Hidden Treasure in Beauty

Paris Haute Couture is a well-known establishment. Lesser-known fashion gem is AltaRomaAltaModa. This is the main appointment of AltaRoma.

Hot AltaRoma designers include Lorenzo Riva, Tony Ward, Gattinoni, etc. Their work is beautiful and reminds me of elegance of couture from the past.

AltaRoma is not just about established designers. Vogue US, Vogue It, Yoox  and others.  The site describes it as:
Countless occasions for meetings between historic Italian fashion maisons and new international creative and production realities. A week of appointments, not only runway shows but "never-seen-before" unique locations at which to experience the unique synergy between design, art and fashion.

Other AltaRoma projects include:

  • WHO'S ON NEXT - the scouting competition highlighting the countless nuances and creativity of Made-in-Italy fashion
  • LIMITED/UNLIMITED - An exhibition whereby new designers are united by the theme of research and craftsmanship, the aim being to highlight the new values of luxury
  • ETHICAL FASHION - a project targeted at sustainable fashion; FASHION ON PAPER, a festival that involves independent publishers
  • A.I. ARTIGANAL INTELLIGENCE - a project targeted at new Italian artisan set-ups; EXTRA EVENTS

Just check out the AltaRoma videos below.

Eco-Fashion at its Best for Earth Month

In honor of Earth Month, Global Fashion Brands will host an eco pop-up store throughout the month of April. This will include a physical Pop-Up event in New York City as well as virtual location online ... promising to retail only the best in eco/ethical fashions.

The online pop-up store will feature independent ethical brands ranging from men's & women's ready-to-wear to handbags and accessories. Ten percent of all proceeds will go to the Red Cross, giving back to the relief efforts in Japan.

On Thursday, April 14th, Global Fashion Brands will host a physical Pop-Up event featuring eco-shopping and cocktails at the Nexus Townhouse (39 West 56th Street, 4th Floor) from 6pm - 9pm. Several eco brands will be on display and for sale including: Ailin, Chak Chel, Moonlight, Vella Mode, Boutique Ethique, Tammam, Elena Garcia and Tompkins Point.

Joining the sustainable roster will be two non-profit collections that are ethical in more ways than one: Care For Kenya and Project Migration. In short, Care For Kenya has partnered with Show Me Your Mumu with proceeds giving back to an impoverished women's group in Kenya, and Project Migration's collection will go towards providing clean water and medical supplies in East Africa.

For more info, go to global fashionbrands.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Hot, Unique Designer Bags

I do love a good looking bag.  There's nothing like the thrill of a great find that looks good and sets the fingertips tingling with the feel of butter-soft leather, be it smooth or textured.

Add in an exotic skin and it's better than any chocolate fix.  Below are some bags that caught my eye.


Bottega Veneta

Falchi's homepage is mouth-watering

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Sample Sale with Proceeds To Aid Japan's Relief Efforts

Fashion News & Events

New Fashion Book

There's a new fashion/style book coming early April:
 Parisian Chic
A Style Guide by Ines de la Fressange

Celebrity model Inès de la Fressange, who was the face of Chanel, shares the well-kept secrets of how Parisian women maintain effortless glamour and a timeless allure. The book promises lots of style advice including the art of mixing high-end with affordable basics as well as info on where to shop for the ultimate finds.

The latest from Hermès

Hermès has  been busy ... they've thankfully added ready to wear to the online store website.  I love the clothes just as much, if not more than the accessories.  The stock is small, but it's a start.

Fashion & Decor

Hermès also recently opened a home furnishings store in Paris.  The chair looks heavenly.  I've also seen additional chairs, table accents and a table from this label.  They don't disappoint.

Just look at the picture below. can't you totally escape in the scene from Ralph Lauren Home

Hot Event

Anastasia boutique is having a Wharehouse Sale

Monday, March 14, 2011

Some of My Latest Serious Temptations

Honestly, since the holidays, I've been indulging in a good deal of temptations. Some, I've been able to talk myself into walking away. Yet there were a good amount of others that I just had to have.

I love luxe. I don't mean label luxe. I'm referring to beautifully crafted, luxurious pieces. I am drawn to well-made pieces and unique details. Details, combined with sophisticated edge and comfort is my weakness.  I get a rush when I touch buttery-soft leather, super-smooth silk or see how amazingly well-made an item is.

This Gustto satchel caught my with it's unusual, muted spring yellow and the embroidery.  The leather is buttery-soft ... I love the feel of it.

I've also been on a "Very Ladylike, but Unique" blouse kick lately.  Here are some that caught my eye.
Elie Tahari
Ports 1961


I guess I've been on an embellishment kick.  And it continues  with the Collezioni Armani skirt and Badgley Mischka shoes.

I've also grown my list of temptations on the pampering side.

Let me preface this by sharing that I have extremely sensitive skin compounded with eczema, which is prone to flare ups  ... when it's really bad, water, wool and even air burns.

I'm sensitive to sulfates, SD alcohol, plus a good deal of emulsifiers (which keeps the ingredients in creams from separating) and preservatives.  If it doesn't irritate me, it's a pretty safe bet for others.

Dayna Decker - I first tried her candles. I love the exotic scents and how I could actually smell the scent without standing over the candles. The wicks are made to create the sound of a crackling fire.

I then decided to try her body cleansers. Again, I'm very sensitive and this product doesn't irritate, plus lathers well.

Neutrogena Healthy Defense moisturizer with SPF 50.  I bought this because I needed a sunscreen that didn't burn.  This was a great find at $14.99.  The last one I found that didn't irritate was $75.

Lastly, I am loving Allure's Best of Beauty iShopper app (for iPhone & iPod Touch).  Although I haven't agreed with all of their recommendations, I have found some great new products I love, including MAC's Pro Longwear Lipcreme.