Kick Start Cykochik: Artist Series 3:10 Year Anniversary Collection

Nikki Duong Koenig, founder of Dallas-based handbag and accessories brand Cykochik designs socially responsible products, using eco and animal friendly materials such as vegan leather, and is a proud member of PETA. A cool chick with a good, honest ideology—now why wouldn’t you want to support that?

Cykochick Red Tote.

Cykochick Red Tote.

Koenig launched Cykochik, in 2003 when she created handmade bags from her SMU dorm room.  Since then she has collaborated with local artists, artisans and art patrons merging accessory design with art. 

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Oscars 2013: Red Carpet Glamour

It seems I had a full-blooded love affair with full-skirted gowns last night, given my favored red carpet gowns worn at 85th Academy Awards in Los Angeles.  In true personal style, Jennifer Aniston looked radiant in a classic red, strapless Valentino gown—truly glamorous, yet perfectly true to herself.

Jennifer Aniston Oscar 2013

Jennifer Aniston: Valentino.

Jennifer Lawrence scooped the Best Actress award for her role in Silver Linings Playbook, and looked picture-book perfect wearing a white Dior Haute Couture gown.  If winning an Oscar wasn’t enough to talk about, a slip on-stage certainly made up for conversation—or answering ridiculous questions. Fortunately Miss Lawrence has a sense of humor…

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Bunny Yeager Pin-Up Queen

During the Golden Era of Glamour in the 1950s, Coco Chanel returned to Paris after her post-war excursion, Hubert de Givenchy opened his own fashion house—dressing Audrey Hepburn in the movie Sabrina in 1954, and the ‘New Look’ created by Christian Dior—nipped-waist, with a full skirt and mid-calf length was the silhouette de rigueur.

Bettie Paige with cheetah

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Alice + Olivia by Stacey Bendet Fall 2013

Richly hued, and abundant with multifarious ornate textures, the Alice + Olivia by Stacey Bendet Fall 2013 collection, stated anything but wallflower. The Fantasy Street Style inspired collection, took the notions of an edgy gamine—sophisticated, whimsical but most certainly street smart.

Alice + Olivia By Stacey Bendet - Presentation - Fall 2013 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

“In a moment when street style influences fashion more than ever, I wanted to create a fantasy inspiration for how the Alice + Olivia girl dresses every day,” mused Bendet. Anything goes in this perfectly mismatched collection of leather, lace, floral brocade, with suited styles, a bustier, layers of knits and vests, adorned with short full skirts, coats, metallic jackets, and distressed denim. A perfectly curated hodge-podge of whimsy that just simply defines a cleverly orchestrated collection.

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A Grimm Fairy Tale at Lela Rose Fall 2013

Cold yet sunny, with snow debris smashed to the curbside, Sunday morning started with a promise of light-hearted enchantment at the Lela Rose Fall 2013 show in the Studio at Lincoln Center.

The Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales told stories of romance, tragedy and secrets as the inspiration behind this season’s collection.  Fantasy juxtaposed with dark humor conjured up a magical, feminine apparition of wearable styles for fall.

Lela Rose Fall 2013

 

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Tracy Reese Fall 2013 Sneak Peek

The countdown to Fall fashion week is on, and New York starts next week. I arrive Thursday but leave on Monday evening, and sadly I’ve had to decline some fab shows—the schedule is never perfect.

The Tracy Reese teaser, arrived this week, a sneak peek on what to expect next Sunday—this is a show I am always excited to see. For Fall 2013, expectations are set as Tracy Reese articulates her inspiration—inspired by New York; the collection transpires the paradoxical harshness of urban life with the romanticism of beauty.

acy Reese FALL 2013 sketch

Tracy Reese: FALL 2013 sketch.

Rich textures, sexy silhouettes with long slimming skirts, hourglass dresses, sweater tunics, meaty jackets and bold coats assimilate amidst deep black velvet darkness, accented with a scarlet, cerise, teal, aubergine, tan and lychee color palette.

The key silhouette from the collection, a flattering floral frock, with delicate beading is paired with flat closed-toe booties that create a timeless modern, easy-to-wear style. Well, I look forward to watching this collection unveiled in real-time! Check out: Tracy Reese.

Mugler Debuts Pre-Fall 2013

Love, love, love…anything Thierry Mugler, oops MUGLER, since I bought the fragrance Angel back in 1992, oh yes, showing my age—and how old the fragrance is. The fascination of vanilla oils and scents started during this time, and this was pretty much the only major fragrance with this unique scent—followed soon after by the Jean Paul Gaultier fragrance in 1993, and yes, I bought that too—both divine! So when I think of Thierry Mugler, the potent smell of Angel always springs to mind.

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Rag & Bone + Kate Moss in the Cotswold

Design duo David Neville and Marcus Wainright of Rag & Bone, in my opinion, can do no wrong, especially regarding their Spring/Summer 2013 ad campaign.  Set in the green luscious pastures of Southrop, Gloucestershire, in the Cotswold, which dwells in the southwest region of my home country in merry ole England—not too far from my hometown. 

Kate Moss

Kate Moss wearing neon green leather Monaco jacket.

The campaign features one true Brit—Kate Moss, who looked perfectly natural, at ease and comfortable in the shoot—shot by photographer Alasdair McLellan, and produced by Laird+Partners.

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