Monday, June 30, 2008

YSL 2009 Resort Collection

Stefano Pilati's Resortwear collection for YSL is gorgeous, immaculately tailored, and perfect for lounging around some place called "Business Island."

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So seri0us and businesslike. But fabulous. That coat is amazing. And the dress (which came in three variations) is so cute, yet perfect for the office.

The fuchsia suit was the one serious-yet-fun outfit; show up to work at
your stodgy lawfirm or brokerage in that!
The python jacket and the leather coat mean business.
Oh...I love that jacket sooo much!

The simplicity and elegance of the first dress is breathtaking.
The ruffly number is very Oscar-worthy.
As for that all-over python print - resortwear for the dominatrix.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Shear Genius, Episode One!

I wasn't sure if I would be recapping Shear Genius, but I thought I'd give it a try, at least getting in a couple of episodes before the return of Project Runway in a few short weeks.

For those of you who may not know, Shear Genius is Bravo's reality competition that pits hair stylist against hair stylist in a series of death matches presided over by the evil queen Jaclyn Smith and her tasty Danish pastry, Rene Fris. Ok, so there are no death matches and Ms Smith is still the gorgeous and sexy broad she was in Charlie's Angels, but I had to make it sound more exciting than it is, right?

The show starts off in the splendiferous Nexxus Shear Genius salon where Jaclyn and blonde Vietnamese head judge Kim Vo (it's extremely obvious that he's a master colorist and possibly his own best customer) await the entrance of the twelve stylists who are competing in season two. They are not disappointed, as in a moment, all of them rush into the salon.

Interspersed with scenes of them standing around in the salon bouncing excitedly, we see confidentials of the stylists as they reveal tidbits about themselves. We learn that Glenn has been a big fan of Kim for a long time. And Oshun gots the potion for the motion blah blah blah. Charlie doesn't give a flying f*ck if anyone likes him, plus he's ruthless and bitchy. (I know he's endearing himself to me already.) Parker's so fabulous, even his poo doesn't stink.

Enough with the blabbing. Let's get on with the first challenge, shall we? Because some people like to claim that they can do things with their eyes shut, the Short Cut challenge involves blindfolds and sharp cutting implements. Cleverly, the models enter wearing safety goggles. They have five minutes for consultation and then forty-five nervewracking minutes for butchery cutting. Kim will then judge on creativity and overall style. Plus he will nitpick everything.

I think Gail kinda looked like Robin.

The models were understandably nervous. Plus they had to guide the stylists verbally. "No, wait, that was my ear...." Matthew got his model to tell him how badly he cut himself. When told he was bleeding, he said, "don't worry, I don't have anything." Thanks so much for that reassurance.

During the mutilation cutting, we see more excerpts from confidentials with the designers. Meredith immediately rubs me the wrong way by telling the world how fricken cute she is. Not really. And Oshun is apparently really really deep.

After persnickety Kim examines every hair on every head, he pronounces Dee the winner of the challenge, with Nicole coming in second place. He then names all of the runners-up in order until he gets to Nekisha and and Oshun, trying to decide who he hates most. Oshun was annoying him by rhyming everything with his name as he was cutting so Kim gave him the stinkeye. Plus his haircut looked like a$$.

Oshun remarked, "the best always finish last. But I'm going to be first." Hmm...sounds remarkably like "not the best," to me.

After the Short Cut challenge, the stylists get to go to the place they'll be staying for the duration of the competition. There, we find out that somewhat scary-looking, Wolfmanlike Paulo wants to know who the house bitch will be and I suspect he wants the title for himself. And Oshun doesn't want to make friends because he is there to win. In other words, "I won't be here long enough to make friends."

He also, for reasons unbeknownst to me, sleeps with a cut-off leg from a pair of pantyhose on his head. Cute.

The next day the stylists head back to the Nexxus salon and meet their mentor, Danish hair guru Rene Fris and his interesting accent. He gets right to the nitty gritty: "For you firs elimination..." A celebrity 'do? Piece of cake! come the models with photos of...cartoon characters! Marge Simpson, Lucy Van Pelt, Jem, Betty Boop, Judy Jetson, and Wilma Flintstone. In all possibility, Shear Genius viewers over the age of 30 have no idea who Jem is; viewers under the age of 30 struggle with the rest.

Stylists choose their models in the order in which Kim put them after the previous day's Short Cut challenge. They have 2 1/2 hours to work their magic, after Rene utters the magic words, "Go Shake It!"

Among many other things, including Oshun and Nekisa both f*cking up the dye and Matthew trying to cook all of the hair off his model's head, we see that Charlie chose to interpret Marge Simpson by making a "pubic-y" matte of hair. TMI that your pubes are both matted and blue, Charles.

When time was up, the models outfitted themselves appropriately in order to parade down the runway for the Hair Show in front of judges Jaclyn Smith, Kim Vo, Kelly Atterton, and an adorable hobbit named Neeko.

Both Dee's and Parker's version of Betty Boop were cute as can be. (That's Parker's, above.) And for the most part, everybody's hair turned out passably well. In other words, nobody's completely sucked.

Charlie's literal interpretation of Marge Simpson, Nekisa's grown-up Lucy, and Daniel's amazing Wilma Flintstone were singled out as the top styles, with Daniel taking the win.

Matthew's Marge Simpson looked a lot like MadTV's Bobby Lee in drag. Gail's Wilma was soggy-looking, and Oshun's Lucy was a mess that spoke nothing of its inspiration. Unfortunately for him, Oshun turned out to be a lot more shallow than he thought he was. Jaclyn told him to say his goodbyes and leave, at which he grumbled something about potions and commotions and stalked out the door in a huff.

Which sounds like a good time to end this post, no?

Ode to an Oshun

The poetical ability of Shear Genius' Oshun has inspired me to write a poem for him. :::throat clearing sounds::: here it is:

The man, a fan
of rhyming words
with his own name.
Emmy nominated
for hair (but not Hair).
Showed us what he can do
with scissors.
Can he cut
or will he
be cut?

Blindfold disaster
comes in last place.
Not deterred,
he tries again
with Lucy
who calls him a blockhead.

So long Oshun
man with the motion and
the potion
That final cut was indeed
your last.

Marc Jacobs 2009 Resort Collection

One can always count on Marc Jacobs to add a tiny bit of crazy to his collections. There's a hefty dose in his 2009 Resortwear, what with all the shiny satins and blinding color palette.

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Pajamas anyone? And what's with the sloppy visor look?

Resortwear perfect for vacationing Village People, Krystle Carrington, and
Alexis Morell Carrington Colby Dexter Rowan

These are a little more sane, although the color on that dress is a little shocking. I LOVE the strapless dress for reasons I can't explain. We've seen the gauzy heart number on Victoria Beckham recently and she was workin' it! And then we have this relatively conservative suit. I don't like the profile and tapered pants at all, but I think the jacket is great. I love a short, abbreviated-sleeve jacket.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Yigal Azrouël 2009 Resort Collection

Handsome Israeli designer Yigal Azrouël has designed the perfect Resortwear collection - for me. I would wear pretty much everything, and the wide-leg pants are really up my alley. Here are my favorites:

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Draping is hot! I love the goddess-y look of these gowns, and particularly like the funky neckline on the bright blue dress.

Skinny pants (or are they really leggings?) & floaty tunic-length tops are both casual and sophisticated.

Lots of pretty ruffles and drapes in the collection. The black dress is particularly girly and lovely, and I also love the simple knotted-front dress in khaki.

Wide pants go with everything. At least in my book. These looks are more casual than those with the skinny pants because of the denim fabric, but how fancy does one need to go when hanging out on vacation?
I really like all of the green and greenish tops.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Play Dress Up with theminx

The staples of my wardrobe are these Modern Flare Leg Pants and the 3/4 sleeve boatneck tunic, both from L.L. Bean. The pieces are versatile and take me from work to a nice dinner out with a quick accessory change. They are lightweight, but I've been known to wear the pants in the winter, and the top is great for layering.

Typically, I'd wear something around my neck to jazz up the plainness of the tunic. The necklace shown is from Minx Bead Jewelry, and one-of-a-kind. Or, I might opt for a silk scarf, like this one from Monsoon. The carved Corn Maiden earrings are Zuni, by Sandra Quandelancy, available at Native American Collections. Both the sterling and laboradorite, and dimpled sterling bangle are from Exotic India. For shoes, I love these Vaneli Shaines in khaki suede, or if it's raining, the Kate Spade Kirby flats, both available at Zappos. Just about any type of shoe works with the wide-leg pant, and you'll catch me in Birkenstock Gizeh thongs much of the time (I have a pair in khaki suede that perfectly matches these pants!)

What are your wardrobe basics?

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Red Carter at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim

Miami Designer to Show Spring 2009 Collection during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim

MIAMI, FL, June 2008 - Red Carter, known for his sophisticated, sexy swimwear, has been selected as the "Mercedes-Benz Presents" designer for this season's Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim. Red Carter will debut his Spring 2009 collection on July 19th at 10pm, at Cabana Grande at The Raleigh Hotel.

Each Fashion Week, Mercedes-Benz sponsors a designer who reflects unparalleled talent to be on display during the five-day runway event. Recent former "Mercedes-Benz Presents" designers include Monique Lhulier, Badgley Mischka, Alice Temperley, Kevan Hall, and Veronika Jeanvie.

"We are thrilled to partner with Red Carter for his Spring 2009 runway show," said Lisa Holladay, Manager, Brand Experience Marketing for Mercedes-Benz USA. "Red embodies the true spirit of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim. By uniting the many facets of both Mercedes-Benz and the City of Miami, he seamlessly blends modern inspiration with traditional design elements to create his own bold, yet timeless style."

The Red Carter line launched in 2004, soon after the designer moved Miami and became inspired by the ever-present energy and bold, Art Deco style. Noting that buildings rose and fell as frequently as the tides, and local artists were as transient as tourists, Red established his brand in Miami to reflect and enhance the city's burgeoning creative spirit.

The Red Carter collection incorporates fit, form and function, combining subtle details, bold prints, and advanced technical constructions often neglected by swimwear designers. The brand has grown substantially in its short lifetime, with 2008 its biggest year to date. In February, Red was bestowed the ultimate honor for a swimsuit designer, having three styles selected to be featured in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue where Supermodel Heidi Klum can be seen in a Red Carter suit across a two page spread in the issue.

The excitement continues with being selected as the "Mercedes-Benz Presents" designer. "The honor of being the Mercedes-Benz featured designer is a true testament to how I have grown as a designer and a reflection of an amazing team of people who have all believed in one vision: that we could bring high-end fashion to Miami Beach," says Carter. "It is without question a milestone for me."

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim will take place in Miami, Florida, at The Raleigh Hotel, July 18-22. Designers presenting their Spring 2009 collections, include Sylvie Cachay, Custo Barceleno, and Vitamin A.

For more information about Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim at The Raleigh Hotel, and for a schedule of shows and events, visit
Info provided by Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Blogging Kathy Griffin

So I had a thought, for about ten minutes (from 1:00 AM until about 1:10 AM) as I groggily made my way to and fro the bathroom last night, that I would recap Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List. I fell asleep with that thought in my head, woke up and decided I must be delusional. For one thing, Kathy Griffin doesn't need amusing thought balloons. For another - am I crazy? I'm already recapping the craptastical The Next Food Network Star on my food blog, quarterbacking Blogging Shear Genius for the lovely folks at Blogging Reality Television, and planning to recap Project Runway here when it starts on July 16th. Isn't that enough?

Maybe, maybe not. Bear with me here.

In the first episode of season four of My Life on the D List, we see that Kathy has been invited to ring in the new year with Anderson Cooper on CNN. Yeah, I sure watch CNN on New Year's Eve, don't you? I'd love to report that she didn't make a fool of herself (I'm sure she embarrassed the heck out of "Andy" though), but since I didn't watch it.... (And I might have, had I known KG was on. Beats the hell out of smarmy Ryan Seacrest and New Year's Snoozin' Eve.)

Then she goes on about her relationship with Apple founder Steve Wozniak, a homely bear of a man. Either Kathy has a thing for fat men (her husband was fat at first), or she's just extremely un-shallow. Oh wait, Wozniak is filthy rich! God, he's gorgeous! I can understand why Kathy would want to have a relationship with a man whom she can trust not to put his fingers in her piggy bank (her actual piggy bank; I'm not talking euphemisms here), but I have to ask: what do they talk about? What do they have in common? Don't get me wrong - I *adore* Kathy Griffin, but - she's not exactly his intellectual equal. How does one communicate with an über-nerd?

My Life on the D List was nominated for a Producer's Guild award. Not satisfied with an Emmy, Kathy feigns disgust and losing to one of Oprah's favorite shows, Planet Earth. Heck, I'd be pissed too, if Oprah-anything was favored over me. (Sorry Oprah lovers! I don't understand your slavering sycophantism!)

And those were the highlights. I shouldn't bother, right?

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

More Tony Awards

"Yes, America, I forgot my pants!"
Those dolman sleeves look to be swallowing poor Liza up too.

Katrina Lindsay won for Best Costume Design in a Play for Les Liaisons Dangereuses. I really love the top she's wearing, but that tulip skirt is so long and it makes her legs look really stumpy. And the color of her shoes is just jarring.

Idina Menzel looks like a giant brown mummy. I'm torn between liking and hating the way she's wearing her necklace. At the moment I'm liking it. No I hate it. No, I love it.

In all the shots I've seen of Martha Plimpton at the Tonys, she looks like even she can't believe how hot she looks in this dress.

Monday, June 16, 2008


Whoopi Goldberg at the Tony Awards ceremony yesterday, wearing Christian Siriano. That dress makes her look like a fatass. It's almost as bad as the brown prom dress disaster - uneven skirt, too many frikken ruffles, etc. What do you think?

Friday, June 13, 2008


Kathy, you look fab in that gown, but why did you have to wear it at two different events on two different sides of the country a mere four days apart? Gotta let the media forget about it before you drag it out of the closet again!

Must not have been a freebie, huh?

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

2008 TV Land Awards

The 2008 TV Land Awards were taped recently (and will air on Sunday the 15th at 9pm) and there were TV stars past and present in attendance. So good to see that Jack Klugman (86!), Dick Van Dyke (83!), and Barbara Feldon (76!!) are still kickin' and looking pretty great. But this is a fashion blog, not an aging-well blog, so let's look at the clothes, shall we?

I can't tell if it was a casual or a dress-up event, as outfits were all over the place.
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Black seemed to be a big theme. Host Vanessa Williams (who had at least three other costume changes) showed up in a black gown. Little House on the Prairie's Nelly Olson, aka Alison Arngrim also wore black, but in a far more matronly style. And Sarah Chalke was on the opposite end of the spectrum in a saucy short number. I think she's so so pretty.

Likewise Teri Hatcher wore black, as did Gilligan's Island's Maryanne, Dawn Wells (she's 70!), and did The Office's Kate Flannery.

Family Ties' Tina Yothers wore black too - a short, rather dumpy number that makes her chest look enormous but not in a good way. The Office's Angela Kinsey looked very casual in her short dress, but that's the way to show off the boobies! And isn't she pretty when she smiles?

I love the color of Jodi Sweetin's (Full House) dress, but it looks cheap on her. Must be her. The same with Kim Alexis - looks like a cheap polyester prom dress. And former supermodel Beverley Johnson is a hot tranny mess in her too-tight dress and awful reddish wig.

Left: Jerry Mathers stars in the new made-for-TV movie, Beaver Gets a Wedgie. Right: Brady Bunch's Barry Williams in the new musical,
For the Last Time, I'm Not Gay!

Poor Jeff Conaway can barely stand. Although his fiancé (left) has a lovely dress, her makeup is pretty tacky. And I have no idea who the chinless drag queen is in the green spangly disco dress.

Kathy Griffin has a terrific stylist. I love the dress - both the color and the style.

Ed Asner looks all dapper in his classic tuxedo, but what's with Shatner's rumpled and ill-fitting jacket? And is he wearing jeans?

The Golden Girls got out their best polyester pantsuits for the occasion. Poor Bea Arthur looks so skinny - but she is 86! (Rue McClanahan is 74 and Betty White is also 86.) You go, Girls!

Monday, June 9, 2008

Shear Genius

Bravo is putting out a second season of the hairdressing show Shear Genius on June 25th! Be a part of the fun by reading Blogging Shear Genius, brought to you by the gang that brought you Blogging Project Runway plus the addition of - ME. :)

Friday, June 6, 2008

Christian Louboutin

So I'll never wear Christian Louboutin shoes unless I win a multi-million-dollar lottery or some rich fool gives me a pair. But when I got an e-mail from Neiman Marcus about new Louboutin pre-fall shoes, I had to at least look.

Look at these gorgeous satin passementerie pumps! I remember when passementerie was the big thing some years back - it was on collars, coats, jackets, sleeves, everywhere. I always loved it, but it was a bit "fancy" for my art school lifestyle. Now I don't see it as much, or when I do see it, I can't afford it. These lovely shoes are $1,125.00. Yeah.

These suede passementerie pumps are less-expensive, but still on the crazy side: $895.00. I'm sure some celeb or woman who loves credit card debt will
wear them for me.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Tattoo You

Let's just say I'm a big non-fan of tattoos. Fine if you have 'em, it's your body, but don't show it to me and expect me to congratulate you on your good taste. Randomly floating around the Internets, I found a site that had photos of tattoos featured on a tattoo blog. Two struck me as particularly stupid/lame/a big mistake once these dudes are out of their 20s.

Extremely klassy, don't you think? How about a Brazilian? Betcha his girlfriend is sooo proud.

You did this just to get out of doing that stupid family portrait at Christmastime, right?

::::laughing hysterically::::

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

2008 CFDA Awards

The Council of Fashion Designers of America had their invitation-only bash last night. My invite must have gotten lost in the mail, hmmm?
New York, NY, June 3, 2008 – Last night, the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) paid tribute to the winners and honorees of the 2008 CFDA Fashion Awards in the Celeste Bartos Forum of The New York Public Library followed by dinner at the Bryant Park Grill. Top honors went to Francisco Costa for Calvin Klein for Womenswear Designer of the Year. Tom Ford won Menswear Designer of the Year and Tory Burch took home Accessory Designer of the Year.

The Swarovski Award for Womenswear was given to Kate & Laura Mulleavy for Rodarte while the Swarovski Award for Menswear was presented to Scott Sternberg for Band of Outsiders. The Swarovski Award for Accessory Design went to Phillip Crangi. The Awards were generously underwritten by Swarovski. Recipients in each category will receive generous financial support from the company as well as exposure to the company’s vast and innovative CRYSTALLIZED™ Swarovski Elements.

The Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Carolina Herrera.

Fabulous and not-so-fabulous fashionistas were on hand to celebrate.

Victoria Beckham posed her little heart out for this event. Poor dear must be exhausted! It looks to me that she might have a French pedicure - doesn't she know that's been classified as "tacky?" Poor Maggie Gyllenhaal looks like she would prefer to be anywhere but in that very spot right now.

Andre Leon Talley and Naomi Campbell arrived on Talley's flying carpet, judging by his turban and satin slippers and her harem-esque pants. I have no explanation for that hideous pink leather overcoat he's sporting though.

Newsflash! Donna Karan is only half a hot mess! (You pick the half.)

Elie Tahari 2009 Resortwear

Elie Tahari revealed a collection of close-fitting print separates for his 2009 Resortwear collection. I'm not all that crazy about the mix of similar-looking prints, but the garment shapes are classic and classy.

I do like the first suit, but combined with the prints, it borders on grandma to me. The shorts suit is fab though. The third one looks a bit like she's wearing children's pajamas.

Love the cut of the pants, but not the prints. The suit is cute, as is the dress, but it looks like it might wrinkle easily.

Love all three of these particularly the third look.

And these are my favorites of all. The first look is so so chic, and I adore the bright purple. The jacket and jeans are perfect. And the breezy dress would be fantastic for both a casual summer night and a fancier evening occasion.


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