FLOTUS: Made in America

Kate Middleton who?!@!

First Lady Michelle Obama shut it down at the State Dinner hosted by the Queen herself in the almighty Buckingham Palace. Wearing a floor length Tom Ford original, Mrs Obama flawlessly showed the Brits how we do it in America.

First Lady in Tom Ford

Pairing the dress with simple accessories (chandelier earrings, silver clutch and opera gloves to match) the First lady continued to impress her gracious hosts.

FLOTUS in Barbara Tfank Resort 2011

Earlier in the week she once again proved that style can be achieved at every comfort level and age! Never one to shy away from some color (though it may be a little ‘Easter’ – Shut Your Mouth!) she packed one of her favorite designers,   Barbara Tfank. And decided to leave the pearls at home this time.

Don’t we just love her? Whether styling a chignon,  full bottom dress, kitten heels or studded belts she always looks effortlessly pulled together, chic and never cheap, regal yet oh so American.

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Am I Wildin’?

Take a look at these babies:

Not her perfect pout but the pieces of 80’s old school adorning her ears.  Worn by the flawless beauty (on the outside at least), Miss Cassie, these Swarovski Bamboo Earrings are pure ecstasy.

These were designed by Persian/LA designer Melody Ehsani. Her designs are fun, outspoken (see POW! ring), and for the girl who is confident in her style and free to be she.

Swarovski Bamboo Earrings, $200

So, am I wildin’ for wanting these earrings?

The Return of ‘Investment Clothing’

The recession is over. Ding! Dong! The witch is soooooo not dead!! Just sleeping at the moment. Though the recession is over (June 2009), people nationwide have little to celebrate. The one escape we used to have? Fashion Week. Every year, fashion week brings us the imaginations of those more talented than ourselves. A dream world only possible of achieving and visiting through the fine stitches of Alexander McQueen, and the classic shapes of Ms Coco Chanel. This years fashion was…wearable! Dun, dun, dun!!! [Insert dramatic music here]

Investment Clothing

In response to the played out “economic downturn”, Fashion Weeks’ and Fashion Houses from  across the globe showcased a ton of “investment” pieces this year. No it wasn’t the return of the Plain White Tees, but it was the comeback for – brace yourself – wearable fashion.

“Wearable”, a phrase that haunts the halls of high fashion magazines and couture designers alike. I know its scary but its practical. (Aaahhhhh! Stop the bleeding!)

Wearable? But why?

While fashion is and always will be about uninhibited creativity and self expression, at the end of the day, most of us shop for items that can be worn to the few places we frequent (i.e., work, school, dates, etc.). Usually, tops, sweaters, jackets, pants and skirts are classified as genres of clothing you should be purchasing as an investment. But finanshionistas alike shop for style and sales; we mix and match the highs with the lows, combining high fashion with complementary ‘boutique items’ from favorite vintage/thrift shops or the all to irresistible Target (Don’t act like you don’t shop there!).

But this year our designers have done us a favor by focusing on the demure; quality pieces we see as investments that will last well into the next season and years to come. No, it wasn’t (all) about the glitz or extreme glam but about quality sportswear infused with this years trends.


Photos courtesy of iFashion.co.za.

A few great designers took it a step further and created a separate (and new) collection/line for less expensive but still uber chic styles. Zac Posen, known for his glamour, tailoring, dramatic details and high priced gowns, continued to wow the audience with the launch and introduction of Z Spoke.

“I want to show clothing with the ability to be sold to the people,” says Mr. Posen. “The young people following the blogs, I want to create pieces they can afford so they can become Zac-ettes.”

Pieces range from $80 to $700, a far stretch from the usual $1,000 to $12,000. [Photos courtesy of IMAXtree.com and Matteo Volta via Elle.com]

While, yes, they (the designers) may have helped out a few finanshionistas who might have been struggling to stay in line and in style on her new budget, they did it for selfish and strategic reasons. They also wanted to help themselves out and their retailers by making options that were more commercial and sell-able. Before, secondary lines were showcased in private, far from the tents of Bryant Park, for a select group of buyers. To have them front and center in Lincoln Center is a definite sign of the times. [Photos courtesy of saksfifthavenue.com and style.com.]

The quality hasn’t changed but the materials have. Badgley Mischka featured its contemporary line, Mark + James, “made of cotton, linen and silk blends, rather than the double-face satin, chiffon and six-ply crepe used in the couture collection”.

The times, they are a changing, and designers need to stay current. Not only with setting the latest fashion trends but to the sensitivity of the price points of their consumers. Fashion is a business and sometimes the customers decision to buy an item or pass, is as well. Because in Fashion, ‘One day you’re in, and the next, you’re out!’. Let Heidi tell it…

Bullish on Fall’s Latest Fashions

Bullish for Fall 2010

With Autumn only a few days away, it’s time to start unpacking those fall sweaters, knee high boots and everyone’s favorite (except for me ) Uggs (ugh!). I’m pretty excited for Fall. I admit my Summer wardrobe is a little weak, but Fall is full of changing leaves, ombre sweaters, comfort food, and full A-line skirts!

With Fashion Week coming to a close as well, I thought I’d take some time to go through some of my favorite looks for Fall 2010. Being ‘bullish’ in the stock market  means you believe a stock/the market is on the rise. The ‘trends’ for this season are less  – well, trendy, and in styles that can be worn for seasons to come. Collections this year are modern, comfortable yet still Rachel Zoe, to die for. Urban Warrior hits the stage in faux fur (GO PETA!), sharp cuts and bold shoulders. Contrasting to that is feminine chic, full skirts, lace and sheer blouses. Here’s a list of all of the trends I’m bullish on for Fall 2010. (Pictures from Elle.com.)

Cuckoo for Camel!

Aquascutum (left), Etro (middle), Elie Tahari (right)

Camel is one of Fall’s newest happening colors. I’m glade to see it’s return. It was always a color I’d stay away from because I thought it might get dirty too quick and my mother trained me to think that any shade of brown on brown skin would “make you look nakey”.  Nakey, no good….. Bow down to Elie Tahari for combining camel with another trend for Fall 2010, Capes & Ponchos. I know we’ve all seen the H&M ad by now of an affordable camel, knit poncho (wow-triple threat there!) for twenty bucks!

It’s a jungle out there!

Dolce & Gabbana (left), PPQ (middle), Balmain (right)

Roaarrrr!!!! I love that animal print has slowly made its return and now it’s accepted by all as a must have item in everyone’s closet. Have your boss asking what’s the deal with the Tiger in the room? Combining fierce femininity and sexy curves, animal is the way to go this Fall if you want to feel like the powerful Tigress we all are. Remember these babies by Michael Kors?? They’re still available. Hint, hint.

Sunshine, Grey Skies..

Wayne (left), VPL by Victoria Bartlett (middle), Elie Tahari (right)

Grey can be so calming…especially in the form of knitwear. I;ve recently grown a strong affinity for the color. The new grey, as I like to call it, doesn’t appear as dull as the old, safe-for-work color did. I am dying to get this Asos Blazer. But what I love about grey as a neutral color you can pair it with just about any other color. Grey + Pink = Fierceness; Grey + Blue = Unstoppable; Grey + Red = New Sexy…. and the equations continue.

You’re in the Army Now!!!

Tibi (left), Emilio Pucci (middle), Burberry (right)

I feel  like the essence of military wear has been around for quite some time. I have more than enough coats/vests with large, brass buttons and fitted bodices. Maybe it was an underground thing as designers are now embracing the classic style for outerwear. Here, Pucci and Burberry showcased the look in Falls other favorite color, Cobalt Blue (sometimes Navy).

Other trends to watch out for:

  • 50’s Inspiration – think Mad Men…
  • The Pants Suit – Glass Ceiling, I think not…
  • Lace (and mostly sheer anything) – oh la la

And to be extra I came across this cool DIY from Ruby Mines. These shoes were first shown in the Louis Vutton Fall 2010. For shoes similar to those , visit Ruby Mines for a chic DIY project.

What are you excited to wear?

Prada, Fall 2010

Chloe, Fall 2010

DIY Tutorial: Louis Vuitton Bow Pumps @ Ruby Mines

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