Lucky me! I’m on my way to Paris for the last few days of Paris Fashion Week as the guest of Louis Vuitton and Chanel. I have everything from the Chanel and Louis Vuitton shows lined up and lots of amazing lunches and dinners. Did I mention I am the worst packer in the world? So here we go. Share the journey and the experience with me. It’s not all pretty but it sure is a hell of a lot of fun.
But first, what to pack? I shopped my closet for vintage Louis Vuitton, Chanel, and fab clothes that will go to the shows, lunches and dinners plus make the weight limitations for overseas flights. Here’s a peek into my wardrobe . What do you think? Love or hate some of my choices. I tried not to do all black for a change.
You can also follow along on @BNBstyle . I hope you will.
Spotlight on a statement pant! Gorgeous, attention-grabbing leather track pants are all over the streets at Fashion Week. We love this sexy power woman look! This pant can go with a simple work shirt or sweater with heels or flats. The pants below are cut with slim, tapered legs and crafted from buttery lambskin leather. Delicious!
I am so proud to introduce my new spring-summer 2014 collection for ZEB. Of course, the collection is very much inspired by the LA lifestyle I adore. No need to say that the collection features lots of sun, palm trees, and stars and stripes; of course, it does!
This season I went with lots of blue and grey denim, since this summer, denim skirts, jackets and shorts are trending. The collection also features two of my absolute favorite go-to pastel colors, pink and turquoise, which are also so on trend right now in LA.
The message I wanted to send out by designing this collection is how wonderful summer is wherever you are and especially in LA. Who doesn’t love and wait almost all year for those warm day and nights. You know, that oh-so special, happy, summer holiday feeling we all get. All the designs are meant to make you feel as if you are enjoying a beach vacation under the clear blue sky and palm trees. It will make you smile just wearing one of the looks. ☺ The whole collection is available online and in every ZEB store.
After all, who literally doesn’t want a piece of LA and summer all year long?
This the last foundation you’ll ever need. I know that’s a bold statement, but this month’s obsession in beauty is everything “Hourglass.”
The brand, founded by Carisa Janes is acclaimed for its breakthrough formulations infused with groundbreaking ingredients to create unbelievably surreal skin.
Once Janes decided to tackle the beauty industry, she knew exactly what had to be done. Something that had never been done before. She began working on a “luxury” line, only focusing on all natural ingredients, that replenishes and helps problem skin.
Jane’s desire to start Hourglass stemmed from years of personal struggles with her pores. “I had problem skin, and I constantly struggled to find a foundation that had coverage but wouldn’t make me break out,” Janes explains. This is when her Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation was born. “The idea behind this foundation was to create the finish of a powder, but in a lightweight, liquid form,” says Janes.
After personally having used this foundation for a month now, I can say it is everything she envisioned and more! A true beauty miracle! Another plus. If it’s eco-friendly perfect skin you’re after, this is the line for you.
If you are going to pick up the Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation another “must have” is the N° 28 Lip Treatment Oil. With a 24k gold tip applicator, this is a “luxury” item that belongs in every girls makeup bag! One of NJ’s friend’s just brought it to a Hollywood dinner party as the thank you gift for all the female guests.
Join the Hourglass army with eco-friendly fans such as Jessica Alba, Emily Blunt, Zoe Saldana, Angelina Jolie and Madonna.
After a whole year of ideas, experimentation and conception, Amanda Thomas has launched her first leather collection and mannnn is it GOOD! Check out the rest of the collection here and take 10% off your entire order, including her new Petite Punk jewelry collection, with code HONESTLYLUVAJ.
Her buttery soft lambskin motorcycle/bomber jackets are tugging at our heart strings. Rose and yellow gold hardware pulling off a rather distinctive Luv AJ touch. Don’t forget the black crewneck sweatshirts with embossed leather sleeves. Each piece will no doubt be a wardrobe staple. www.luvaj.com
Nail alert! NARS Cosmetics is teaming up with Phillip Lim to produce nine nail lacquers which will be available in August 2014. Face painter Francelle Daly created a “monochromatic techno look” to complement the “geode-inspired embroidery” in September. We can’t wait to see this palette. We are guessing muted earth tones with a couple pops of color.
That’s what fashion week does. We’re already starting to dream of fall manicures, and we haven’t even seen them yet.
Milan Fashion Week is almost always my favorite. Maybe it’s the city. Maybe it’s the culture. But, so many of my favorite designers seem to push the envelope and deliver the unexpected. Whether you envision yourself, or not, in one of the looks, you can’t deny, it’s visual candy for the eye and the soul.
My top five this time around (and all the shows aren’t quite done) are Versace for Donatella’s take on sexy daytime glam cut on the bias (her first foray using that technique) and the sexy straight hair. Hey, that’s my look so you know I’m going to love it.
Prada for her self-proclaimed “Act 2″, after the Act 1 men’s wear outing, that is certainly very theatrical and oh-so avant garde. I’m beginning to think most of her shows are now designed more for ad campaigns, startling editorial, Bergdorf’s windows, selfies and Tommy Ton photos versus anything remotely accessible to her devoted followers (I being one of them). But, Mrs. Prada never makes it easy. That’s why I love her. You need to live with her collections and then the light bulb goes on. This time, I’m not sure if I will indulge.
Fendi is quickly becoming one of my new favorites. This time around the theme was travel and just the romance of the journey. Yeah, I’d travel anywhere in almost anyone of the pieces in the show.I also love the humor Lagerfeld injects. The latest version of the Fendi Little Monster “Buggeis”, this time with Karl himself dangling from Cara Devlignes’s hand, is, well, classic! He then amps it up with mohawk accents popping out of the furs to the romantic corsages, pinned on coats reminiscent of a time when husbands and lovers sent their beloveds off on a trip with a corsage.
Peter Dundas, the resident creative genius of Emilio Pucci, who has revitalized the brand over the past five years, turned out my absolute favorite collection during his brilliant reign. Quite literally, he packed a punch that is bound to reverberate around the fashion world. He took the label’s familiar prints and added exquisite beading, new patterns including an overprint with Appaloosa horse patterns, and heavily studded accents in silver. The stunning knee high boots mixed with exquisite shearlings and furs were just the right mix; and, I’m sure next winter’s big trend. Soak it in. The details are mind boggling.
Gucci opened the week so it is only fitting they made my list with their 60′s Glam that harkened back to the days of Veruschka, “Blow Up”, swinging London, dolly dresses and principessa glamour. It suddenly seems fresh all over again and just right for the times. The Boomers and Millennials can pass and eye each other in the street. You draw your own conclusions.
In fact, NJ is obsessed, as in totally obsessed, with Wang’s “Manuel” Mary Jane in black and white and has already pre-ordered a pair!
In case this collection hasn’t been on your radar, weather-friendly fabrics and utilitarian outerwear are the centerpieces of the Alexander Wang Spring 2014 Ready-to-Wear Runway. Menswear was the jumping-off point for the collection, with classic suiting being used for everything from spaghetti-strapped slip dresses to the waistbands of leather shorts. We even see a chunky platform heel that reminds us of the 90′s. There is a not so innocent school girl tone to Spring, so get ready!