Archive for April, 2012
Dolce & Gabbana’s love of flowers does not stop in April. In fact, the design duo went garden-themed in almost every piece of their Fall Accessories Line. These pieces were embellished with floral charms, lace patterns and stitching. For some reason, I’m getting a real “Alice in Wonderland” feel … and loving it. Some of the apparel felt a bit darker than the rosy accessories. Lots of black lace and floor length coats are made perhaps for an evil queen.
Check out their Fall Collection: http://www.style.com/fashionshows/review/F2012RTW-DGABBANA
Nicole’s style and fashion are world-renowned. So it’s no surprise to me she was asked to be a mentor on NBC’s Fashion Star. In this show, Nicole along with major designers Jessica Simpson and John Varvatos, will guide aspiring designers who hope to become the next big brand in fashion. The winner will launch their $1 million line in Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy’s and H&M. If you haven’t seen it yet — you are missing out on amazing TV!
Nicole’s own brands include House of Harlow 1960 (named after her daughter) and Winter Kate. HOH1960 launched in 2008 as a jewelry line in collaboration with Mouawad. In 2010, she won “Entrepreneur of the Year” for her House of Harlow 1960 brand at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards. House of Harlow 1960 has since grown to include jewelry, sunglasses and shoes, and features great attention to detail and beautiful embellishments. HOH1960 is releasing a 16 piece handbag collection only available at Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Shopbop.com.
Winter Kate, her clothing line, is best described as boho glam, with pricepoints from $200 to $350. She draws inspiration from the feminine icons and the freedom of the ’70s when designing. In 2009, Richie joined maternity store A Pea in the Pod to create”Nicole” a collection maternity clothes.
Her biological father was Peter Michael Escovedo, a musician who played for a brief time with Lionel Richie. Nicole Richie was legally adopted at the age of nine by Lionel Richie, and his then-wife, Brenda Harvey. Quincy Jones and Michael Jackson were each Richie’s godfathers. Nicole is now a mother of two and wife of Good Charlotte front man Joel Madden.
America first met Nicole in her reality TV debut with then best friend Paris Hilton in “The Simple Life.” In 2005, Nicole made her acting debut in the comedy “Kids in America”. She went on to have several guest spots on series such as “Eve,” “Six Feet Under,” “American Dreams,” and “8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter.” She also plays the recurring character Heather Chandler on “Chuck.” Also in 2005, Nicole release a semi-autobiographical book, “The Truth About Diamonds,” which spent time on The New York Times Bestsellers List.
The popularity of Eco-Friendly clothing and shoe brands has skyrocketed in the past decade. Here’s a look at some unexpected and some must have brands.
1. Organic by John Patrick — This contemporary women’s fashion company has a very classic feel similar to that of Tommy Hilfiger or The Gap. The newest Spring collection of Patrick’s decade old brand can be viewed here: http://organicbyjohnpatrick.com/productList.jsp
2. TOMS — Most of us are familiar with this shoe brand and love it’s simplicity and versatility — not to mention comfort. It’s hard to believe the company is only 6 years old, but reading that TOMS sold 10,000 pairs of shoes in its first year of business, that makes sense! A style that many are picking up on is TOMS vegan friendly shoes, which are made without any animal byproduct.
3. Victoria Beckham — Victoria Beckham Denim, which offers organic apparel options, are currently the hottest Botanic denim brands promoting the go-green movement in the market. Take a look at her blue organic cotton shorts, $199 at shopstyle.com
4. Hanna Andersson — This baby clothier is named after the creators grandmother who had a way with children. All of their clothing is made from 100 percent organic cotton and Oeko-Tex certified, which is a process that tests textiles for more than 100 harmful substances!
Sport-inspired looks were hot on Spring’s ready-to-wear runways, and this trend has celebs pushing their own style boundaries.
Basically designers re-invented the athletic look by pairing it with unlikely, chic pieces.
Start simple like Rhianna, a boxy tee with shorts, and pair with towering heels. Or try a slim pair of sweats and a tank, and throw on a blazer. Or how about a maxi skirt and a jacket with your team’s name on it?
Yes, this is an intimidating look, but don’t over think! Just take your favorite sporty pieces and bring it back to the chic staples in your closet.
I don’t know any women who doesn’t love watching a Mad Men clip and relishing in the wonderland of 1950s fashion… and Jon Hamm. Perhaps Mad Men has a hand in making the ladylike trend one of the most popular for 2012. Or it could be that design houses like Louis Vuitton built their spring runways around this look.
You may be one that loves seeing the feminine frocks on other people, but are unsure how to incorporate it into your look. Here are 10 pieces to add to your closet to nail the ladylike trend that’s so hot for spring.
1. Tie Blouse
2. Cap Toe Pumps
3. Pastel Pant
4. Sorbet Clutch
5. White Weekender
6. Peter Pan Collar Dress
7. Mint Nail Polish
8. Floral Earring
9. White Belt
10. Pleated Midi Skirt
You probably haven’t wore a tassel since moving it from one side to the other of your graduation cap, but designers have found inspiration in this simple embellishment.
Tassels were a part of Pucci and Diane von Furstenberg’s Spring runways last year and have been used by countless mainstream brands since.
This detail was popular enough to be worked into all types of garments, and it is commonly seen on belts, cardigans, dresses and shoes.
For accessories, celebs can’t seem to get enough of the tassel earring. We repeatedly saw this trend gracing the red carpet during award season.
This tends to look formal, so if you’re going for a more casual style, try a long chain tassel necklace.
The classic anorak is back and falls right in line with the popular sporty-chic trend.
This is a functional and cute style for anyone on-the-go. It looks great with every type of denim, is easily accessorized with a scarf, or good on it’s own. See how celebs effortlessly style it!)
But the best thing about the anorak is it is flattering on every body type. This casual staple was updated for Spring 2012 by being cut in bright hues, but to make it versatile for every season, go with a neutral color like my favorite, olive.