Naeem Khan: The Body as a Canvas – Fall 2012

Runway: Paisley the mother of Indian design and the Hindu Tilakas inspired Naeem Khan for Fall 2012, a collection derived from the decadence and dust of India.  This was my first time attending a Naeem Khan show, and my last show for fashion week, so I was grateful for my well-positioned seat.  Sitting front row and centre of the runway sat Matt Damon with his wife, Luciana Barroso, and the culinary effervescent Padma Lakshmi, along with actress Kristen Chenoweth.

Naeem Khan Fall 2012

Decidedly decadent—a royal-inspired gathering of gold and silver metallic embroidery, embodied the essence of Khan’s collection—a pure, patriotic nod to Khan’s ethnic heritage.  More

Lets Face It, It’s A Trend

Trends: Well, I’ve found multiple faces staring back at me over the last few months—abstract at Jil Sander, a memorable Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra at TopShop, a dashing Armani wearing a tuxedo at Giorgio Armani, and an edgy headshot at Betsey Johnson.

Giorgio Armani: Fall 2011

Giorgio Armani: Fall 2011.

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Sneak Peak: Tracy Reese Fall 2012

Style: My inbox is starting to trickle with invites to the Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week; the countdown to stylish insanity has begun. I love the anticipation of a new season, even better, getting a glimpse of inspiration beforehand—a sweet tease.

The spring summer 2012 collections revealed a strong monochromatic story for early deliveries, with many designers bestowing striking pops of colour against neutral palettes. This chromatic trend hints at making a return to the runway next month, given the highlight notes for the Tracy Reese Fall 2012 collection.

Celebrating her fifth anniversary, of the Tracy Reese flagship boutique in Manhattan last year, Ms Reese continues to hold a steadfast position in the world of fashion. Feminine froth, and plentiful prints, always adorn’s the creativity of Ms Reese, and this next collection notes to a similar scenario.

Expect to see vibrant tomato, juniper green, fiery orange, with citrus lemon tones, warmed with neutral browns, grey, and black and white. Tailored silhouettes such as a jacquard pea jacket, and the classic mini, are juxtaposed with lavish textures and embellishments, crafted with refined detail.

Ready-to-Wear, wearable wares, that sound perfectly polite.

Frosty Fashion At Sprinkles Cupcake Wars

If I see another cupcake it will be too soon, well, only if I have to frost and decorate it—eating one is another matter entirely. This past Saturday, I had the amusing task of frosting and decorating one hundred Sprinkles cupcakes, but all in the name of charity—for the Sprinkles Cupcakes Big D’s “Big News” Cupcake Wars.

My chosen charity was Fashion Group International of Dallas, my goal to raise funds for Career Day, 2012. This annual event provides educational outreach programs to students seeking careers in the fashion and lifestyle industries and awards local talent with over $35,000 in scholarships funds.  Since Dallas lists such fashionable business as Neiman Marcus, J.C. Penny, and Fossil, to name only a few—it seems a worthy cause indeed to support local education.

Christopher Kane inspired cupcakes

 

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The Founder’s Cut: vbeauté, in it to win it.

Lifestyle Chat: I interviewed Julie Macklowe founder of vbeauté back in December, and finally posted the story vbeauté: The ‘It’ Kit on PinkMemo this week. Evidently cloning oneself is still not available, so yes; it took a month to get this published, oh well. Better late than never!

Brian Bolke owner at boutique Forty Five Ten asked me to meet with Julie and sample her new beauty line vbeauté. So I headed to the boutique with Starbucks in hand, iPad ready, and Julie and I got beautifully acquainted.

 Vanessa Cornell, Allison Aston and Julie MackloweVanessa Cornell, Allison Aston and Julie Macklowe

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