Monthly Archives: February 2009

The Fashion Week Daily Bite

I know that fashion week may be over, but that does not mean that the excitement is! I find myself endlessly pulled to Fashion Week’s home page, scouring the hundreds of pictures and reviews hoping that the inspiration seeping from the runways will penetrate the mundane makeup of the recent trends.

Daily Delight:




I know that I have mentioned my new designer crush on Amy Smilovic of Tibi, but after her showing for Fall ’09 it is absolutely worth repeating that I have found exactly what my fashion tooth has been craving in Tibi. This season’s collection was the perfect combination of feminine playfulness and a flirty color palette that is typical of this designer. However, the line was further infused with the unpredictable accents based on the Russian folktale of “The Tale of the Firebird”, that kept this collection nothing short of refreshing.

 “I’m pushing the envelope more,” she said before the show. “Every print is crazier. I’m designing pieces my girl has to have.” 

– Amy Smilovic an excerpt from the review



Chris Benz

Contemporary designer Chris Benz usually opts to hold a showing over the typical runway format. Although he has always had an instinctively offbeat appeal, Benz has never seemed capable of crafting a desirable balance of wearabillity and imagination.

However, Fall 2009 has turned a page, delivering my favorite show all week. In my book, surpassing many of the fashion powerhouses. This season Benz reworked 60s Mod pieces in a mix of primary and secondary colors. The majority of the show was dominated by monochromatic themes, bridging into the finally of colorful abstract splatter prints that solidly unified the collection. His use of unexpected metallics and asymmetrical patterns added an off-kilter tone, propelling this collection beyond just traditional notions of beauty.


Here is a clip of the showing:



The Fashion Week Daily Bite

Daily Delight:

Nanette Lepore

As many of you know, my loyalty will always lie with my favorite design team at Nanette Lepore. Being a long time follower of this native Ohioan, I was overjoyed to see the fabulous reception of her Fall 2009 collection. This collection seemed a bit of a departure from Lepore’s typical romanticism, instead trading this in for a contemporary bohemian edge. The most admirable quality of this talented designer is her ability to reinvent simple staples as cuts each season, carefully evolving these pieces with her ever changing customer.

Congratulations to the design team! Please indulge in a few of their many glowing reviews:

“Nanette girls are hippies at heart, which is why the free-spirited Ohio designer has such a loyal following. But this season, she toughened up her girly crew with small doses of leather pants, plaid jackets, and gold-grommeted LBDs. And it worked. Save for the distracting leopard print belts and booties, this collection was pretty, printed and exploding with must-haves come fall.

Cheerful combos of purple plaid coats, glittery gold skirts, silk paisley dresses, striped wooly gloves, and lush velvet frocks set our hearts aflutter – we’re already imagining ourselves in one of her embellished blouses tucked into tweed mini shorts.

“Staying true to herself, Lepore marched on with her “Save the Garment Center” cause (initiated last season), but took it a step further by handing out stamped postcards already addressed to Mayor Bloomberg. Attendees’ signatures were all that was required in an effort to promote “made in the USA.”

On the boldface front, “Mad Men’s” on-screen – and real life – couple, John Slattery and Talia Balsam took up front row real estate, but smartly kept a low profile. For any Nanette fan, the clothes are the real treat.”

– The New York Post

“When the lights flared and the music blasted–and the first technicolored dress rounded the corner at Nanette Lepore–the audience received a high dosage of sensory overload. These are clothes with punch, so no wonder Lepore churns out best-sellers time and time again. As usual, she takes a new twist each season, and those updated tweed jackets and twee ribbon dresses felt especially fresh, thanks to the a kaleidoscope of rainbow colors and modern cuts. Above all, the collection was the embodiment of cheer–just what fashion needs in times like these. Keep making these dresses, Nanette, and we’ll keep buying!”

– Fashion Week Daily

The Fashion Week Daily Bite

Daily Delight:

Tracy Reese










When the retail industry is wallowing is despair, there is nothing like a revitalizing showing from Tracy Reese to do what Fashion Week is supposed to: rejuvenate the enthusiasm for fashion and leave buyers eagerly anticipating what is to come. Reese infused her collection with her usual joyous whimsy, combining 20s silhouettes and creative styling with a menagerie leather bombers, knit stockings and hats. The integration of casual elements kept the collection young and modern, better aligning the collection with its contemporary clientele. 

Stay tuned….. there will be more to come from the runways of New York Fashion Week Fall 2010!

The Weekender

Listening to:

\One Week of Danger\


Vodka Martini  

 1 1/2 oz Vodka

3/4 oz Dry Vermouth 

1 Olive

Mixing Instructions:

Shake the vodka and vermouth together with a number of ice cubes, strain into a cocktail glass, add the olive and serve.

This is the martini that James Bond drinks in the books and films. (Although he drinks it somewhat drier than this – more Vodka, less Vermouth).



White Cocktail Dresses
Constanze Racer Back Dress by Acne

While the little black dress is undoubtedly a staple in any woman’s wardrobe, I urge you to push against the ridiculous alleged fashion faux pas of wearing white after labor day and invest in a beautiful season appropriate white cocktail dress. When most women turn to the LBD as a standby, you will stand out in your  white satin dress. The crisp cut and elegant fabric will allow this piece to translate from Fall to Spring. The key to avoiding a fashion disaster is fabric weight. If you choose a material that is bi-seasonal you will be able to break the ridiculously rigid “rulebook” and secure your status as a true fashionista.





Tickets to Fashion Week

For any lover of the fashion industry, this week is an incredibly exhilarating time. While breathlessly awaiting the preview of what is to line the pages of Elle, the racks at Bendel’s and grace the ladies of Gossip Girl come Fall of 2009, but its painstaking not to envy those lucky few who have made their way to Bryant Park to aid in the chaos of Fashion Week

While checking the web page for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week daily is unbelievably thrilling, I cannot help but turn green at the though of my lucky friends assisting backstage, helping to call models, handing out gift bags, helping celebs find their seats, and enjoying the thrill of absorbing the excitement of the epitome of U.S. Fashion.



Playing Hostess

In traditional fashion, my roommate and I will be hosting a little soiree this evening, on the eve of St.Valentine’s day. The collision of today, Friday the 13th, and the Saint’s day of lovers has persuaded us to put side the more conventional sentiments of romance and focus on an

atypical notion, grounded in mystery, excitement and suspense. This evening, inspired by the romanticism of films by filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock, will showcase a peculiar intoxication of the haunting scenes of his classics. This twist on a seemingly predictable holiday should prove to be an interesting evening. 



Look forward to updates on  the Fashion Week trends and please don’t forget to post your your style dilemmas for “Fashion Finder”. 

Thanks for reading! Have a great weekend!

Fashion Finder…..

Is there a constantly illusive item that you are dying to add to your wardrobe? A piece that relentlessly occupies your thoughts? Searching for the perfect riding boot, camel colored satchel, shoes to match your new Abaté cocktail dress, or that mystery accessory that will bring every outfit together?  Have you been scouring the racks from Barneys to Bergdorf’s? Have you sifted through the web from Shopbop to Revolve? Flipped through the pages of every publication from Lucky to Bazaar?

 And still no luck? Ask Me! 

Let me solve your fashion dilemma. I will organize range possibilities from various websites.  Acting as your own personal stylist, I can help you find exactly what your looking for, tell you where to get it, and  how to look and feel your best wearing it.

Please post what are looking for as a comment to this entry, trying to include as much detail as possible. After doing a little research, I will dedicate a post to your “Fashion Find”

Thanks ladies! I look forward to helping you soon!

The Weekender

Listening to:

\”Sugar Baby\” by Morningwood


La Poire Peartini


2 parts GREY GOOSE La Poire Flavored Vodka 

1/4 part DISARONNO Originale Liqueur 

3/4 parts simple syrup 

3/4 parts lemon juice 

1 thin pear slice 



Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well until the outside 

of the shaker is frosted and beaded with sweat. Strain into a martini glass and 

garnish with pear slice. 


If you prefer a sweeter cocktail, adjust the simple syrup and lemon juice to 

3/4 parts each.



Dresses by Tibi


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 While my true love will always be Nanette Lepore, I may have developed bit of a new designer crush. While I have always adored the feminine but modern prints of this contemporary line, however, I never appreciated Tibi’s ability to create pieces that are current, but also maintain a classically unique appeal that make them accessible season to season.




Hot Pink Accessories

The key to any successful ensemble is perfect placement of “pops” of color. Yesterday, while working at our annual sample sale, I found myself suggesting to nearly every client to add a range of accessories in this neon hue. 

Not only does adding a neon pink accessory balance a basic ensemble, but it you the opportunity to standout, when a traditional black dress may look phenomenal but will only help you blend in.

Alexander McQueen Neon panel clutchGivenchy Cut-out shoe bootsAccessories 06 fuschsia sequin beret £16.jpg








I know that adorning this trend may be a bit intimidating for the conservative few, but when paired with other neutral pieces, this once item will become the focal point for your look and you can be certain that it will not overwhelm the eye.

I am a bit embarrassed to say that I have seen a few episodes of “The City”, a reality series on MTV. Aside from its hilariously delusional portrayal of the fashion industry, its drama is a guilty pleasure that I would rather not indulge in. I would like to take my pathetic encouragement of the series a bit further, to suggest the possibility of styling an outfit with the sequined beret above, as seen on the series’ character Erin, while at a club downtown. Despite my desperate attempt to discourage my peers from emulating these reality TV show characters, my lust for this accessory is beyond my control.

Here are a few additional possibilities to spice up your basics:

Speed > Patterned Rose Square ScarfASOS | ASOS Coloured Satin Knot Belt at ASOS







At the time, your best-friend’s camera Nazi-ing may have irritated you beyond belief, but in hindsight having evidence that “Yes dear, Mommy did have friends,” and that your youth was spend exactly as it should be – close girlfriends in hand, ready to take on the town. 

My love for interesting coffee table books and my disinterest for scrap-booking, led me to A site that specializes in transforming a reel of film into a delightful coterie of memories suitable to adorn your coffee table.

The Weekender

Listening to:

Goldfrapp \”Ohh La La\”


Catch-22 Cocktail  

  • 6 tablespoons Batavia arrack
  • 6 tablespoons manzanilla Sherry
  • 6 tablespoons Clément Créole Shrubb
  • 6 teaspoons Homemade Chocolate Liqueur
  • Ice cubes
  • 4 orange peel strips


Chill 4 Martini glasses in freezer 30 minutes. Combine all liquors in cocktail shaker; add ice cubes and shake to chill. Strain mixture into cold glasses. Garnish each with orange peel strip.



Party Dresses

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Maybe, it is my constant desire to play hostess or my dream that cocktail attire might soon become suitable day wear, but I find myself looking to indulge in yet another fantastic party dress. 

This fuchsia number, by Cynthia Vincent is one pair of Manolos, a batch of Magnolia Cupcakes and a glass of champagne away from a satisfying get-together with friends.


(Magnolia Bakery. Vanilla Cupcake Recipe)

Live a little. Indulge your inner hostess!





Yes, a trend that might seem so last season, but I cannot imagine surviving winter with out this functional garment.  My go-to garment not only accessorizes but provides the possibility to  endure the despicable winter chills. 

Add these inexpensive supplements to a basic outfit to revive any seemingly monotonous ensemble. While I am a firm believer in adhearing to your own fashion rules, to those who seek the approval of Anna Wintour and Co., no need to worry, Vogue’s on line home has endorsed and even encouraged this fashion trend. (Read Vogue Article)

Too shy to rock the mini-dress in the middle of winter? No problem. Solution: Opaque tights. This alternative to leggings is much sleeker, season appropriate and a bit more conservative. Feel free to experiment with patterns, lace, brights, metallics, solids and liquid finishes. This accessory is fashion meets function or what I like to call a match made in heaven.



Getting Centered

I started off as a complete yoga skeptic. For a extreme type-A personality, the idea of quieting the constant barrage of thoughts, holding still, my head bowed between my knees,  focusing on the subtle in-and-outs of my breath, had previously seemed impossible. I, like many, have difficulty in situations in which I lack feelings of mastery. The thought that I found the simple task of slowing down and quietly listening to the wants and needs of my body incredibly daunting, bothered me to no end. Therefore, with the persistent effort of my roommate, I made several guest appearances at Cleveland Yoga, each time attempting to become less incarcerate by judgement than the last.

After a rough week, I made my way to the yoga studio sans my roomie. I had given in to the idea that yoga would simply be my physical activity for the day, but not the religious experience it has now become for my BFF

Maybe, it was my desperate need to connect to something greater, a class with a different Yogi or the emotionally taxing events of the week, but I was soon conquered by the out-of-body experience, I yearned for.

I connected with waltz of my breath. The pirouette within my chest cart-wheeled into the humid room,  then circling to the beating drums of the loud-speaker, only to again pull inward, and thus subsiding all my thoughts, fears and hesitations. I was finally put at ease with the world around me. As I woke from the meditation, I again remembered how truly blessed I am. 

(Find a class so you too can get centered.)


Please enjoy your weekend! I hope you too find a way to connect with how lucky you too are to be alive!