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Oui…. The Wait is Over!

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

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Emmanuelle Alt is the newly appointed editor in chief at Vogue Paris, and her highly anticipated first issue with the mag has dropped! The April cover features super model Gisele Bundchen.
Alt is no amateur to the fashion world, starting out as an assistant for french Elle in the early 90’s, working her way up to fashion director & editor with smaller publications such as 20 Ans and Mixte Magazine. Her most recent post was house stylist for Balmain and Isabel Marant (she quit after accepting her new position at Vogue).
Emmanuelle is one of my favorites, her style is beyond major… I think everyone is looking forward and excited to see what she brings to the magazine in light of Carine Roitfeld’s departure.

Alt Fashion Tips:
Shoes: “You can wear just about anything as long as your shoes are beautiful.”
Style: “Find your own style…”
Shopping: Topshop

You can follow Emmanuelle on Twitter @EmmanuelleAlt….


Thursday, December 30th, 2010

Here’s a look back at some my favorite images and heartbreaking moments of 2010
From the massive BP oil spill to the hottest shows of the year, these were the moments most of us will never forget and may have even experienced. Haiti suffered one of the worst earthquakes recorded in history, the country is still recovering from the catastrophic devastation.
The Mid-term Election was another disappointment of 2010. But, on a brighter note… The spotlight shifted to Chile earlier this year. An accident at the copper mine trapped 33 miners 2,050 feet underground, all were rescued and brought to safety after an unbelievable 69 day ordeal.
There were so many HUGE moments this year, I hope I’m not forgetting any.

Memorable Moments Of 2010

I still can’t with Tiger Woods’ shenanigans! SMH

If These Walls Could Talk

Monday, October 25th, 2010

Ryan Korban

Ryan Korban a twenty-something NY based interior designer, who’s clients include Jessica Stam, James Franco, Zoe Kravitz and his latest addition Alexander Wang’s new NY flagship boutique arrived from Philadelphia nine years ago with his mind set on joining the ranks of the fashion industry’s elite. Korban once said he was “drawn to all the ways the fashion world felt young, relevant and sexy,” He continued to say “Then I realized my love for it had nothing to do with the actual construction of clothing.”
Instead he started to fantasize about all the interiors he saw around him, he took a leap of faith and is now one of the most sought after interior designers! Korban is said to be one of the most meticulous self-made, untrained designers around.
His concept is simple. Your space should represent you, create your space how you would dress!
Mix texture, color and utilize your best feature. He shares his idea that our living space can be exact and polished, while still comfortable, realistic and livable. That’s the essence of his approach.

*photos courtesy of www.ryankorban.com

Put It on the Glass

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

This is my example of a work of art… The Glass Pavilion - Santa Barbara, Ca.
Architect Steve Herman calls her his “greatest achievement!” The breathtaking 14,000 sqft beauty is modernism at it’s finest. The five bedroom five and a half bath home is set within a 3.5 acre Montecito oak grove. The house, wrapped in glass and space so generous that it comes complete with a 32 car garage with walnut lined walls and art gallery! The combination of architecture, style and extreme detail in quality make it a home without compare! The Glass Pavilion is now up for sale for a mere thirty five million… Who wants to buy momma a home??? :)

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Fall Moments….

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

fall must haves

A few of my MUST have fall items… Shopbop, Singer22, Zara and Net-a-Porter are giving me everything I need right now!

Save the Garment Center

Monday, October 18th, 2010

Save the Garment Center Jobs Rally

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010 at Noon
39th street & 7th Avenue

The garment center exists as a microcosm of all domestic manufacturing industries in America. It’s survival is central to the fashion industry’s dominance on a worldwide stage.
In order to continue the push for ” Make it in America” we must try and preserve these jobs and futures of Americans in fashion.

Join Handbag Designer 101, myself and a host of others at the Button and Needle, Noon tomorrow!
Congresswoman Maloney
Congressman Nader
Congressman Ryan
Arianna Huffington
Bruce Raynor of Edgar Romney from Workers United
Nanette Lepore
Simon Doonan of Barney’s

The Gift & A Curse

Friday, February 12th, 2010
Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen

The fashion industry has suffered a major loss… This morning British fashion designer Alexander McQueen was discovered dead after apparently taking his own life, its believed that he hanged himself.

The industry was left reeling after hearing word of the 40-year-old’s suicide, which comes just days after the death of his beloved mother Joyce, who’s funeral he was scheduled to attend this morning.

McQueen, who was christened Lee but used his middle name as a designer, was found at his luxury flat in Mayfair, central London.

As a fan and admirer of I can only say this….

He was obviously suffering very deeply and felt there was no other way out, and as artist we tend to be driven by emotions, feelings and gut instincts.. Logic is usually last on the list when it comes to our natural nature…… I feel anyone who is in any “creative” industry can relate. With that being said… I feel one can often times become consumed with vices, demons, fear and disappointment. You can have everything and still not understand how much you are valued… The personal struggle can outweigh the joys of  & in life. McQueens death also comes eerily close to his close friend, mentor and  style guru Isabella Blow - who plucked him from obscurity and helped him become a star - killed herself.

There is sense of numbness as I write this…. McQueen was someone who I looked up to, admired and often times obsessed over!!l He was a true visionary in every sense which was prevalent throughout his career, PURE talent!

There are no words I can write that will ever truly express how this has made me feel, but I will say…. There are other options!!

I was a follower of McQueen on twitter, I read his last words and didn’t really understand them, but I guess now it makes sense!!

“My friends have been great but now i have to some how pull myself together and finish with the HELLS ANGLES & PROLIFIC DEMONS!!!”

Its almost as if he had it all sorted out, it’s almost poetic….. But also so tragic!

Below are a few of my favorite McQueen moments!!





This is a loss I don’t understand and will not judge… May God rest his soul, Alexander McQueen you were such an inspiration and you gave LIFE!

Past, Present and The House of Balenciaga

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009



Balenciaga is giving me feva!!! Nicolas Ghesquiere’s S/S 2010 Ready To Wear Collection is insane, for a brief moment its as if we are warped into the future. The Look: Woman of the future…… strikingly beautiful, confident and ready for anything. She wears neon oranges, greens and pinks around her eyes. Long black streaks run from her eyes, appearing as war paint. The woman of the future is Balenciaga!  She combines leather with an assortment of materials, making a vicious statement. They remind us of female assassins! Balenciaga went to Paris Fashion Week and gave us all a glimpse into the future. I like what I see!

Sartorial Lust Part Deux….

Friday, October 2nd, 2009



Street Fashion Photographer, Scott Schuman, has published The Sartorialist! Following his immensely successful namesake blog, Scott has published a paperback edition and the coveted Bespoke Edition. The Bespoke Edition is a beautifully bound hardback for those who would use this as a conversation piece and thing of beauty. The pictures of everyday people are simply mesmerizing. These photographs give you a feeling of reality and fabulousness all wrapped into one. People rushing from here to there, all the while looking effortlessly chic. It makes me think about who they are, and where they are going. The expressions on their faces, the way they stand, all paint a picture and convey a message. The Sartorialist has performed the magical feat of truly capturing the realistic beauty of day to day style & fashion!

We love the Sartorialist!!!

The How To’s…… How To Wear What?!?

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009



The founders of the uber-popular fashion website WhoWhatWear.com, have teamed together to create a high fashion tricks of the trade style manual for the everyday gal. Two former editors from  Elle Magazine, Katherine Power & Hillary Kerr, are the flygirl duo behind the hugely successful site and now book. They deliver fashion Do’s and Don’ts, helping the fashion perplexed navigate their way past fashion faux-pas. Raving customer reviews of the book show that it is practical enough to be understood while delivering powerful and applicable fashion advice. Rachel Bilson, Nicole Richie, and Rachel Zoe are a delight as celebrity contributors, dishing their insider style secrets. 

The Who What Wear book is a witty & clever go to guide for everything fashion, every girl should own a copy…… I do and so should you!!


Photos courtesy of www.whowhatwear.com