martes, 31 de agosto de 2010

Pre-Fashion Week Mad-Libs: Costello Tagliapietra” y 11 mas

Pre-Fashion Week Mad-Libs: Costello Tagliapietra” y 11 mas

Pre-Fashion Week Mad-Libs: Costello Tagliapietra

Posted: 30 Aug 2010 04:00 PM PDT

Fashion week is less than two weeks away and so our Pre-Fashion Week Mad-Libs begin. For this season’s inaugural questionnaire, Jeffrey Costello and Robert Tagliapietra profess their love of hamburgers and donuts.

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Question for Neimen Marcus: Are these A+O Pants Supposed to Have a Hole In The Crotch?

Posted: 30 Aug 2010 03:30 PM PDT

A reader was bewildered by these Alice + Olivia Navajo Fringe Cardigan & Ponte-Leather Leggings on the Neiman Marcus site. We can understand why. There’s a hole in the crotch. Zoom in and it’s impossible to miss. It sort of looks like a pee hole.

We figure the pants are just torn and this is a fluke photo error, but the description does say that there is “distressed detail on inner leg.” You can wear them with your period panties and fart patches.


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Street Style: Happy Birthday to Charlotte!

Posted: 30 Aug 2010 03:00 PM PDT

Name: Charlotte

Occupation: Student

How old are you? I'm 19. Today is actually my birthday!

Where are you from originally? Australia

What do you study?

How would you describe your look?
I'd say it's a bit of everything, lots of vintage and thrift store finds. I like unusual things, I wouldn't say I have a particular look.

What is your favorite thing about New York?
The people. Everyone here has really been so kind and friendly to me.

What is the last good movie you saw? The Runaways. I especially liked watching Dakota Fanning in a sort-of adult role, as I'm so used to seeing her in kiddie films.

What is your current favorite song? “Home” by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

What is your favorite dessert?
Anything chocolate!

Where is your blazer from?
A charity shop in Australia.

Where is your romper from? Beacon's Closet

How about your bag and rings? I got these at the Brooklyn Flea market.

And your bag? It's from a vintage shop in Melbourne.

**All photos by Ashley Jahncke.

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Mad Men Style Recap, Episode 6

Posted: 30 Aug 2010 02:30 PM PDT

Last night’s Mad Men pondered the age-old question: how to succeed in business without really trying? The answer seems to be get blackout drunk and hire someone young and probably unqualified to do your job for you. Roger does it with Don, just as Don hires Danny after drunkenly blurting out his tagline to Life Cereal.

The real loser of this game, other than talent, is Peggy. Peggy has been doing the legwork behind Don’s “brilliance” and getting no credit for far too long. She’s booted from attending the Clios because everyone wants to hold Joan’s hand under the table, and later stuck brainstorming in a hotel room with SCDP’s new, faux-radical art director, Stan Rizzo, of the leather jacket and long-sleeved polo shirt club. I swear that outfit was stolen verbatim from Fez on That ’70s Show. But Peggy’s attempt to correct the corruption only results in nepotism: Jane’s idiot cousin gets a job.

Luckily for Peggy, however, her wardrobe this episode is that of a winner. Her black and tan short sleeved dress looks expensive, professional, and young. Her hair is pinned back on the sides with sparkly clips–business in the front, party in the back–although Peggy’s partying ability is in question. When she gets naked for Stan, it’s all business, and even when she jets downtown to hang out with the “cool kids” two episodes ago, she can’t help but mention her job. She cares so much she arrives at Don’s apartment Sunday night in an adorable cyan jacket with floral collar to stand up for justice and defend Danny’s tagline. By the end of the episode Peggy feels accomplished, wearing a bright blue suit and brown and white patterned blouse, but we’ll see if her plan plays out in the next episode.

Now onto someone whose partying ability is not in question: Don Draper.

After being moderately sober last week, Don wins an award for his Glo Coat commercial and goes completely wild. He’s drunk at the ceremony, drunk at the Life Cereal meeting, drunk at the after party, drunk in bed with the jingle writer, and presumably still drunk when he wakes up with a uniform-wearing Doris. Considering that this episode of Mad Men coincided with the Emmys (where Mad Men was sure to take home some statues), one can’t help but wonder is this is how the Mad Men staff celebrates.

Despite his drunkeness, Don’s wardrobe has continued on its turn for the better. His slim blue suit and tie are young and progressive, not like the stuffy black suits he usually dons. He looks picture perfect sitting at the Clios next to Joan, who looks stunning in a pink and lilac patterned form-fitting dress, and beside Pete, who looks dapper in a black suit and black and white diagonally striped tie. Roger, as usual, is in three piece black. Also at the Clios are Duck Phillips, drunker than ever in a light blue suit, and Ken Cosgrove, in one of his many brown suits.

As the post awards party rages on, Don mistakenly tries to hit on Faye. Even though Faye looks like a glittery ornament from a drag queen’s funeral (she’s in a shiny-topped black dress with a fabric and bead necklace and black dangly earrings), she’s still too classy become another notch on Don’s bedpost. Don gets over it quickly as a jingle writer appears in a black sleeved dress with multi-colored flowers and green bead necklaces to tickle his fancy. He may fall asleep to the tune of “The Star Spangled Banner,” but he wakes up to the tune of his phone ringing off the hook as angry Betty berates him and Doris lays beside him in bed. Betty appeared only for a few seconds this episode, but it was just enough time for us to see her looking positively icy in a white suit with light blue criss-cross trim and enough pearls to sink a ship. Janie Bryant is really putting the emphasis on Betty’s cold personality this season, the only time she wears a warm color is on Christmas.

While the present on Mad Men is troubled, the past was so bright.

In this episode’s welcome flashbacks, we see Don and Roger meeting for the first time. Don, a goofy looking fur salesman, wears a grey double breasted suit and orange tie, and Roger is seen without a vest in a black pinstripe suit. Don has the aspiration that Danny has at the episode’s start (Danny’s name being so close to Don is no coincidence), and will do anything to have a meeting with Roger, even if it means sending his portfolio along with Roger’s mink. Bringing us to Joan. Joan is sultry, and mind-bogglingly seductive in a black, crystal strapped negligée and red nailpolish, sitting coquettishly on Roger’s bed. Seductress Joan has been absent after marrying Dr. Harris, only turning on her powers for special occasions.

After Don’s misstep with Roger, he arrives in the Sterling Cooper office to attempt to reconcile his chances with Roger. Roger wears a navy suit and coat, and Don looks perfectly wide-eyed in light colors, a camel coat, grey suit, and green paisley tie. Ultimately Roger hires Don in his drunkenness, or Don convinces Roger that he did, and that’s where the Mad Men story begins.

With all the flashbacks and meta references I’m going to have to put the analytical part of my brain that died with Lost back to work on Mad Men. Let’s only hope Mad Men doesn’t end on a flat note, but with all the scotch in SCDP office, I don’t see anything but high times ahead.

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More on the DVF X HP Fashion’s Night Out Event

Posted: 30 Aug 2010 02:00 PM PDT

A couple of weeks ago, we mentioned that Diane Von Furstenberg is collaborating with HP on a Fashion’s Night Out event to be held at her Meatpacking District studio. Guests will be able to play with fancy new HP technology as well as a photo booth where participants can pose in DVF looks and print the images on wireless printers.

We’ve already touched on the trend of tech companies trying to target girls and this isn’t the first step HP has taken to build a presence within the fashion world. Last year, the computer makers collaborated on a laptop with Vivienne Tam, which debuted in her Spring 2010 runway show. In March, Project Runway contestants were challenged to create fabric patterns on HP computers and turn them into actual garments. Tam guest judged. HP also did a collaboration with Sex and the City 2.

Furstenberg isn’t typically big on collaborations, but we think it would be interesting and not so surprising if a DVF-designed HP laptop came out of this event.

We got our hands on images of some of the interactive content that you’ll find at the event and a rendering of the “HP Experience Lounge.” Looks futuristic.

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- Work on special projects for fashion week
- Maintain inventory list of merchandise
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Sally’s Styling Seminary: A Stylist’s Most Important Tool? Her Database

Posted: 30 Aug 2010 01:06 PM PDT

Every stylist needs a contact database to keep track of everyone, include the designers’ PR firm (for samples), studio services and boutiques (for pulls), and creative teams (for brainstorming). A contact database organizes and holds a stylist's trusted network. Styling has its share of fashion emergencies ("I need a Dolce dress for a cover shoot in eight hours?! WHAT?!"), which means a stylist worth his/her day rate must keep a very resourceful and updated database.

Over the years, I have seen contact databases in many forms. Marie Amelie Sauve kept her "database" in a Hermes agenda when I was assisting her. In 2007 when I was at Pop Magazine, all of the editors kept track of their contacts via Blackberries synced with their iMacs. Nowadays, I prefer to keep my database in a Mobile Me account that syncs with my iPhone, iPad and MacBook (yes, I am a Mac nerd). Keeping my database in an account like Mobile Me or Gmail allows my trusted assistants to access and update my contacts from any web browser. I recommend keeping a stylist's database electronically that can be backed up because even the best of us have suffered a lost address book. It can take weeks, months, and sometimes years to gather all of the information again from scratch.

A thorough database includes the following contacts by name, company, work phone, mobile phone, email, address, and notes (titles, agents, assistants, birthdays, other important applicable info) in every city and country the stylist works:

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Istanbul Fashion Week: The Best of the Rest

Posted: 30 Aug 2010 12:00 PM PDT

Istanbul Fashion Week has come to an end. For a new fashion week (this is only their third season), Istanbul put on quite a show, capping off the week with supermodel Alessandro Ambrosio, who flew in the night before to walk in the Koton swimwear show.

Istanbul is home to around 15 million people. It’s a vibrant, chaotic and beautiful place, and I quickly learned that getting around is not as simple as hopping on the tram, or jumping in a cab and giving your driver a street address. Directions are much more vague in Istanbul–ancient mosques, old stone doors, and even “down around the hill” are markers. So it was merely a reflection of the city, that the scene at the Taskisla Building at Istanbtul Techinical University, the venue for Istanbul Fashion Week, was a bit chaotic and difficult to navigate as well. But in spite of the chaos, or because of it, Istanbul Fashion Week was a blast. The shows were inventive, and the designers put out inspired collections.

A big thank you to ELLE Turkey and itkib Istanbul for hosting me.

I could write for days about everything I saw–both at Istanbul Fashion Week and the sites I explored in the city itself. But I won’t. Here’s the best of the rest:

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Jessica Simpson Will Host a Spring 2011 Presentation at Her Showroom Right Before Fashion Week

Posted: 30 Aug 2010 11:00 AM PDT

This time around, Jessica Simpson is taking jeans seriously. The celeb is relaunching her denim label this autumn, and will host an informal party/Spring 2011 presentation in New York a few days before Fashion Week.

Our source tell us that instead of using models, the singer/actress/personality has enlisted some of her best mates–including CaCee Cobb and sister Ashlee–to show off the new styles, which include denim and other pieces from her main collection, sold at department stores like Macy’s.

Simpson is going to personally style the girls, so it should make for an interesting evening. Think of it as something light and not too serious–like the woman herself–before the fashion week madness begins.

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Best Dressed: The Emmys

Posted: 30 Aug 2010 10:00 AM PDT

Last night at the 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, we favored risk-taking and bright colors over all the dull black and navy that populated the red carpet. We have January Jones in Versace Atelier, Keri Russell in vintage Jean-Louis Scherrer Haute Couture, Emily Blunt in Dior, Anna Paquin in McQueen, and Betty White in a bold watercolor printed number.

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Fashion News Round-Up: Kate Moss To Leave Topshop, Target at Gilt Glitch, and Tomas Maier Rumored To Do H&M Collab

Posted: 30 Aug 2010 09:30 AM PDT

Kate Moss and Topshop Break Up: Kate Moss’s 14th collection for Topshop this October will be her last. Since it was recently announced that Sir Phillip Green’s 19-year-old daughter Chloe has started training with the company, rumors have started swirling that she’ll replace Moss as the face of Topshop. There are also reports that was not an amicable one. {Daily Mail}

Target Craze Catches Gilt Off-Guard: Some shoppers weren’t able to get their Target from Gilt. It’s unclear at this point whether Gilt oversold the Target merch (which included Mulberry, Tucker and John Derian for Target), but they’re offering shoppers who were unable to get their goods a $25 credit. {Racked}

Tomas Maier for H&M?:
Bottega Veneta creative director Tomas Maier is rumored to be the next designer to collaborate with H&M. The brand has released two ambiguous videos to build hype around their next two collaborations. The grand reveal is on September 9th. Thoughts on the mysterious lady designer? Carolina? Vivienne Westwood? Who could it be? {fashionologie}

No Picket Lines at NYFW: IMG Fashion and Local One of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees have reached a settlement. Now the only lines you’ll have to contend with are the ones to get into the shows. {WWD subscription required}

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Ralph Rucci Canceled His Runway Show–Should Others Follow?

Posted: 30 Aug 2010 09:00 AM PDT

American couturier Ralph Rucci won’t put on on runway show this upcoming fashion week. Instead, he’s taking private appointments for editors and buyers.

Rucci’s reasoning has to do with the extended medical leave of his president, Vivian Van Natta. He’ll save about $500,000 by meeting with interested parties one-on-one.

We hope other designers will follow suit. While nothing beats the runway when it comes to creating excitement and buzz around a brand, less-outlandish designers benefit from showing off the high quality of their clothes up-close. Rucci’s pieces are nearly couture-level, and those who want to buy a piece–or ten–will be able to easily examine the items without the hassle of a big production.

Designer Lyn Devon–who much like Rucci, boasts a sizable made-to-order business–has been using this approach for years. Each editor/buyer gets a few minutes with the designer during her day or two of appointments. I’ve become a huge fan of Lyn and her clothes during these quick meetings–I already liked the designs, but to be able to see what she likes best and what she’s most proud of has made me appreciate the brand even more.

So we praise Rucci for his choice, and hope that those facing a similar situation will forget about norms and do what’s best for them, whether that means a runway show, a presentation, or private appointments.

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