Hot off his widely hailed second runway show, designer Wes Gordon is arriving in LA this week for an exclusive fashion presentation of his Fall 2104 collection at Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills.
Join us for cocktails and some tantalizing fashion Q & A with our very own NJ. They’ll be touching on everything from what inspires Wes to Anna Wintour’s favorite dress in the collection. We’re not telling. So, don’t be shy, join us. We think you’ll fall in love with Wes and his work as much as we have over the past few months.
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Cocktails, Conversation and the Fall Collection
Meet designer Wes Gordon
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I think by now everybody knows I am a huge Disney fan! That’s why I have integrated Minnie Mouse into my new Spring / Summer collection for Zeb.
A lot of big Fashion houses – such as Red Valentino – are using Disney characters in their pret-a-porter collections. In fact, REDVAL (short for Red Valentino) is using Snow White for their Fall/Winter 2014 collection. So if you want to be ahead of this trend, hurry to Zeb or Zeb online and get the Astrid Bryan Disney Collection.
I was one of the lucky ones, along with Rihanna, who arrived 25 minutes late surrounded by bodyguards, Dakota Fanning, newly minted Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o, and Jared Leto (who received most of the applause) at the Fall 2014 Miu Mui show. One reviewer dubbed it “so subversive, and skewed that it reached new heights of the “avant-bland.”
Well, not really. This is Mrs Prada after all. It was a deceptively daring foray into wearable outerwear and short skirts for the new Miu Miu girl who also happens to wear lurex and metal appliques (and Mrs. P loves her appliqués).
Enveloped in totally yummy sorbet colors, this is utilitarian fashion, that we suspect will make its way from the streets of Milan to the slopes of Switzerland as well as the buyer’s list at Nordstrom. Why not? With over 60 models, Mrs. Prada trotted out brilliant but sensible outwear, wet weather looks in clear plastic (!) raincoats and boots (!!!!!), short skirts (I mean short!) along with wool skirts, knits— strewn with metallic sheens or silvered decorations (love, love love).
In the end, it all made sense. Clear plastic and scaffolding on the set mirrored the clear raincoats and booties while scaffolding elements served as shoe heels. This is the queen of the “waist down.” However, this time, she focused on quilted nylon; and it works. Bet we’ll all be walking around in it next Fall. We all might as well look as dramatic as the bad weather.
Alors. It was the last day of Fashion Week and I along with my guest Aimeé Song, gal-pals Anna Itkin and Christine Chui, plus everyone in the fashion world, made their way to Paris to breathlessly await the debut collection from Nicolas Ghesquière for Louis Vuitton. He didn’t disappoint. In fact it was a triumph that has laid the foundation for a new era at Louis Vuitton.
With enormous crowds around the Cour Carée du Louvre, we made our way into the show. Gone were the elaborate sets that were a hallmark of Marc Jacobs. Instead, it was a surreal almost space-age, stripped back look with plain benches and massive steel shuttered sheaths. The energy and excitement was palpable with everyone from Ana Wintour, Catherine Denueve, the Arnault clan, Chloë Sevigny and moi in attendance.
The music started and the subdued lighting changed as the shutters opened and the light poured in. A new era was born. This one marked by a modern, architectural silhouette, with highly wearable A-line skirts and cropped sweaters, lots of leather (it’s the house’s and Nicolas’s trademark), shiny pants and Chelsea boots to little gems of “trunk” bags in the famous monogram and lipstick red with “clues’ (which are the gold fasteners) and kisses, scattered on some of them, to techno fabric and amazing textural combinations.
The color palette, now referred to as “LV Central”, covered sky blue, browns and oranges. Accessories featured single geometric earrings, amazing boots (which will surely sell like hot cakes), and bags that luxury buyers will be clamoring for around the world. This time, white on black, that has historically been used inside of trunks, was incorporated into much of the line. Pay attention. Trunks is one of the underlying inspirations throughout the collection.
There was also a letter from Nicolas waiting at each seat “saluting the legacy of Marc Jacobs.” It was an elegant gesture which not only set the stage for the runway show but cleansed our mental palette. The new Louis Vuitton woman is here. She has a distinct look, point-of-view, and is still totally enamored with her timeless stash of LV accessories and handbags. Luxury has a new name. It’ s Nicolas Ghesquière + Louis. Vuitton. Have no doubt. The brand is in good hands.
With Love From Paris and a Big Thank You to Louis Vuitton,
“Luxury should be worn like your going to the supermarket. It’s the pop art of the 21st century.” Why not! That’s the message Karl Lagerfeld sent out at the Chanel Paris runway show at the Grand Palais yesterday. In a Fall show like no other, models walked the aisles and luxe fashion spilled from Chanel shopping baskets and shopping carts models casually carried and pushed.
Bottom line. The world’s changed and Lagerfeld just put us all on notice — if you don’t think the young rule and everyone doesn’t want that fountain of youth, then you’re not paying attention. It’s as close as your nearest supermarket. Look around! Fashion has become so integrated into our daily lives that you might as well throw it on, head to the grocery store, all decked out, and start your shopping frenzy. But this time, in a Chanel track suit, loose silver or black leggings, trackers, fur bags, or carry an egg carton handbag. Of course your liquor might be Chanel and whatever else your heart desires. It doesn’t matter where you live, it’s invaded our lives.
Let me step back. The entire fashion world, or maybe the whole world, is buzzing about this show from the mega Chanel super market that was the backdrop filled with Chanel custom groceries to shopping baskets that were, yup, Chanel Shopping Baskets, a silver metallic Chanel cooler, a Chanel Egg Carton Bag, or a Ka-Pow fur twist on the Chanel No. 5 logo. Just go shopping Chanel style and it better be LUXE! We collectively gasped and tried to absorb the scope. So much so that at the end, shoppers looted the shelves after being encouraged to take a bit of produce home with them. No such luck. It all had to be returned.
And, if you’re also wondering what you’re going to be wearing next Fall, after all it was a fashion show, it’s rounded shoulders, cinched and exposed midriffs, lashings of tweed all mixed and matched with over-the-top trackers, layered necklaces and delicious bags. It’s enough to drive you on a shopping spree.
Ultimately, the medium was literally the message. “You’re never too young for today’s standards. The older the women are the younger they want to look.” So if you’re wondering who was the youngest person in the room: it’s Karl Lagerfeld. See you in line at the Chanel register. That’s me in line.
With Love From Paris and the Grand Palais. Thank you, Chanel. Thank you.
This season, The Row is bringing it back to the basics with beautifully clean lines. From the simple structured backpacks to the simple styles of clothing, Mary Kate and Ashley know how to make a clean slate. We are lusting for this stunning dress and backpack!
There were a lot of big winners on the Red Carpet at the 2014 Oscars last night.
The range of silhouettes, to the range of color palettes, the red carpet fashion did not disappoint!
Some of our favorites of the night were Kate Hudson, who looked stunning in Versace. Jennifer Lawrence and Charlize Theron who both looked flawless in Dior. Cate Blanchette was spectacular in Giorgio Armani(I am in love with this dress). And of course, Lupita Nyong’o didn’t just steal the spotlight in the style department (in her gorgeous duck egg blue gown by Prada) —she also took home the Oscar.
As we’ve said before, the pixie cut continues to dominate the red carpets. Everyone in Hollywood is doing it now, from J. Lawrence and Portia de Rossi both making waves with their short swept back dos, to Charlize Theron’s elegant slicked down pixie. We love them, keep them coming please.
Well to sum up the Oscars this year, we would have to note it had a historical ”selfie” moment, when host Ellen Degeneres literally broke Twitter, trying to get the most amount of Re-Tweets, well ever. And, the ever-so-handsome Matthew Mconaughey, brought home ‘Best Actor’; we’ll just say this was an Oscars to remember!
Lauren, The Blondette, & The Whole Blonde & Brunette Team.
We’re as shoe obsessed as you, and put together our picks for some tempting showstoppers that are available right now! One thing we’ve learned is if you don’t grab ’em fast, they’re never there when you’re finally ready. On your mark, get set, go!
Just before the Oscars, Dior revealed the 23-year-old’s third Miss Dior campaign. Jennifer Lawrence is looking gorgeous and award- winning! The shots, lensed by Patrick Demarchelier, feature windswept hair and minimal, nude makeup that contrasts the boyish looks plucked from the French fashion house’s Spring 2014 collection.
And with the Oscars happening tomorrow, we’re getting a bit anxious to see what Ms. Lawrence will grace the red carpet in. With many speculating, she shows up in Dior. Guess we’ll just have to keep our fingers crossed, and wait and see!
Raf Simons hit a home run with his Dior Fall 2014 Collection yesterday. Soak up the details and great looks. I’m putting my name down for the shoes even before I see the price. It’s a radical vision that taps into the house’s own roots and the heart of Raf’s modern vision for the woman of today.