Monthly Archives: September 2009

Hold On To Your Hair, First Lady of Cameroon’s Style Screams For Attention

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While surfing the net today I ran across a report on both The Cut and the Huffington Post about Cameroon’s first lady Chantal Biya, 39,—a woman who looks like a cast member from the popular 80’s television show Dynasty.  Her wig is so high and big, I think Kim from the Real Housewives Atlanta may be taking notes for her future wig line.

2009-09-28-biyaI’m puzzled as to what part of her style is covetable, but she is so wildly popular in her native country, that they have named her signature hair style after her and she is inciting trends among her country women.

No doubt, some designer will use her as inspiration for their fall 2010 collection…

What do you think?

Photo Credit: HuffingtonPost.com  To see more photos go to www.huffingtonpost.com and www.nymag.com

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What I Did This Summer: Birmingham Magazine Fall Photo Feature

Hi everyone, I have to start off by apologizing for the lack of posts lately.  I have been busy for the past few weeks working on a couple of writing and styling projects and I hope to get back on track with regular posts again soon.

Today I thought I would share with you the photos that I styled for the Birmingham Magazine’s fall feature.

We shot this at the end of July in a vacant store front in downtown Birmingham.  John Roe was the talented photographer, Jennifer Arnone the exceptional Art Director along Jennie Petrovic and Colleen Dwyer from 6 Birmingham Salon.  I also was very fortunate to have the help of Jenan Saab as my assistant.

 

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Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week-NYC

I’ve been checking out the photos on Style.com and frankly, there were a few shows that while the clothes were beautiful—there wasn’t anything really new.  I’m still seeing a lot of carry-over from last spring.  But it’s still very early and we have dozen’s of more shows to look forward to.

One thing you may notice when looking at some of these photos, is the plain backgrounds.  This is a marker of a designer’s “exhibition”.  Due to the recession, more designers are foregoing runway shows, and instead have models positioned around a particular venue.  Organic by John Patrick for instance, had his show at the 124 year old Keens Steakhouse.

Someone new to my radar is Prabal Gurung.  According to reports, this is the designer’s second collection and he was inspired by the design of his mother’s bottle of YSL Rive Gauche perfume circa 1970’s. "I loved it," he said, "and I love product design, so I thought about playing with the idea of packaging." [style.com]

This will become apparent when you see his electric blue pants and white blouse with the large black trimmed bow.  It may not be the first thing you would reach for when heading to the office, but it would look great in an editorial spread for a magazine.  What do you think?

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Photo Source: Style.com

The big shows are yet to come, so come on back to see if 80’s inspired fashion will continue for spring and what Marc Jacobs’ inspiration is this season.  Remember fall’s pleated carrot leg jeans?  Who would have ever thought “mom-jeans” would be updated?!

For more photos from fashion week go to Style.com

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Happy Fashion Week!

I Fashion Week!

I have the tune of “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” chiming in the back of my head as I think about the commencement of NY Fashion Week today.

I will be reporting as images become available because alas, I will not be there in person (boo-hoo!) but I know someone who will be there, Asia Willis of Detroit Fashion Pages.  I’ll be checking in with her to see what she is up to and all the happenings as Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.

Wanted: Hot Hair Models

If you have always wanted to be a model, local Detroit ladies may have the chance of a lifetime to have their hair cut by Celebrity French hairstylist Yves Durif.  Detroit Fashion Pages is holding an an open casting call on September 12th at 5:30 for hair models.    There are just a few rules: You can’t have crazy damaged hair, and they won’t be correcting your at-home mishap.  You need to have healthy hair and the size stipulation is 2-10.  Hey DFP, big girls have pretty hair too! :)  If you think you have what it takes contact: cristina.olivito@douglasj.com

 

Fashion’s Night Out

Don’t forget tonight is Fashion’s Night Out.  Fashion what? Click here for my previous post on one of the biggest night’s for shopping.  Let me know if go!

 

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Fashion Sensei News Clips…

We go from a summer with very little to report from the fashion world, to fashion news bursting from every direction.  Here’s a few highlights about what’s new…

Weird Models Out—Pretty is in Again…

Photo: Oscar de la Renta, Style.com

The Wall Street Journal  reports that edgy models with sometimes strange features are being replaced by the girl-next-door types.  It seems that unconventional beauty doesn’t sell during a recession and with the fashion world begging for business (see Fashion’s Night Out), companies are looking to conventional beauties, also known as “commercially” appealing to draw shoppers back to buying again and to pull the industry out from declining sales.

While there is a resurgence of harem pants, padded shoulders and anything 80’s, fashion forecasters predict that ladylike suits and classic styles will prevail this fall.

All I can hear in the back of my mind, is Tyra Banks chastising models for looking “too commercial”.  It looks like the tide has turned and we’ll be seeing updated versions of Christy Brinkley and Naomi Campbell.  Let’s just hope that super-skinny size zero is out too. [WSJ.com]

 

Shop Till You Drop…

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Photo: Vogue.com

Due to the recession, we have all shut our wallets and have only been buying the essentials.  Shopping sprees have become so 2007, and the folks who still have the money to spend have been shamed into restraint. 

Enter Anna Wintour.

The uber influential editor of American Vogue has become so concerned about the state of the fashion industry, and therefore the future of her own magazine, Wintour gathered up all the big names in fashion including Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera and Vera Wang—among other notables—and has contrived a world wide shopping holiday called Fashion’s Night Out.

Set for September 10, the global effort to get us back out to the mean streets of retail emporiums world wide, a whose-who of the fashion world, have been assembled to entertain us—Oscar de la Renta is slated to sing (who knew he could sing?) and Issac Mizrahi is set for a one-night-only engagement at Bergdorf Goodman.  Further,  Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen will customize clothes from their label Row.

For those of you going out for the festivities, be sure to report back!

To read more about the event and the participating designers, go to www.fashionsnightout.com .  Wanna chance to win $5,000 shopping spree? Click here to enter Fashion’s Night Out: Shop For Good Online Sweepstakes.

 

Speaking of Vogue

The September Issue is set to hit theaters this fall.  It will chronicle the five months leading up to the ever-important fall 2007 issue.  Remember this was the magazine’s biggest issue in history, 840 pages, and weighing in at 4lbs of fabulous fashion (remember my post on the 2009 fall issue at a meager 584 pages?).

The movie is said to probe the dynamic between two of fashion’s most powerful women.  Wintour, nearly any woman who has ever picked up an issue of Vogue knows, but Grace Coddington, the creative director and fashion editor may be a new name to some.  The documentary reveals the behind-the-scenes struggle between the two women and just how the world’s most famous fashion magazine is created.

I can’t wait!

I’m hoping to get my hands on some local preview passes.  If I do, I’ll be sure to give you the low-down on the movie!

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