The Return: Let the Chanel Storytelling Begin…

Circa 1954 in Paris, a most precarious moment for Gabrielle Chanel as she presented her post-war collection at the age of 71—a collection that was ill-received by the French press. This moment in time is the beginning of Karl’s storytelling that will unfold in a 30-minute Technicolor movie titled The Return, to be presented just prior to his Paris-Dallas Métiers d’Art show on December 10 at Dallas Fair Park.

Geraldine Chaplin Portrays Gabrielle Chanel

Geraldine Chaplin Portrays Gabrielle Chanel. Photo by Olivier Sailant

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Homes and Tomes with Tadao Ando, Jan Showers and Aerin Lauder

Architectural design, glamorous interiors and beauty from within—three very different people, three very different books, yet each one shares the same desire—to create the perfect home.

Since I am currently obsessed with anything to do with architecture, interiors and creating a beautiful home (my husband and I are currently renovating a mid-century modern ranch, so more to come on that later), this home selection of coffee table hardcovers is apt in every way.  I’ve met two of the authors, the lovely Jan Showers is every inch as elegant as you would imagine, and Aerin Lauder is sweet, sassy and supremely sophisticated. Alas, I’ve never met Mr. Ando who is the subject of admiration for author Philip Jodidio.

Modern, glamorous and beautiful, these three books will certainly inspire your domicile desires.

Tadao Ando Houses by Philip Jodidio

Tadao Ando Houses by Philip Jodidio

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Rising Stars 2013: Fashion Group International of Dallas

A flock of fashion patron’s descended upon the Hilton Anatole’s Gossip Bar last week for the Fashion Group International of Dallas 2013 Rising Stars announcement party, and black seemed to be the shade de rigueur, no surprise there—yours truly included!

Hosted by Bri Crum, co-chairs, Chuck Steelman and Katy Messersmith-Mattox who announced the Rising Stars that will be honoured next month at the Night of Stars gala.  So take note, for Fashion: Elizabeth Anyaa, Interior Design: Shay Geyer – IBB Design, Accessories: Susie Straubmueller, Photography: Mei-Chun Jau, and Beauty: Dera Enochson – Xen Tan.

This year’s stylish philanthropists, aka the Fashion Police, include Jim Duran, Scott Finer, Janet Fresquez, Crystal Wilson Herrera, LeeAnne Locken, Dan Pritchett, Rachel Roberts, Rhonda Sargent Chambers, Cynthia Smoot sponsored by Mockingbird Station, Hamilton Sneed, Jennifer de Socarraz-Fleming and Tre Wilcox.

Presented by sponsor Park Place Maserati, join FGI Dallas and celebrate the best of Big D’s Rising Stars along with the honoree for Lifetime Achievement: Kay Unger, and honoree for Career Achievement in Fashion: Billy Reid, on Friday, November 15, from 6:30 – 10:00pm at the Grand Pavilion of The Trade Mart at Dallas Market Center.

FGI Dallas Night of Stars Tickets: VIP Table of 10: $3,000, Star Table of 10: $1,500, Single Seated Ticket: $150, General Admission: $75, Student Admission: $50.  You can purchase online at Eventbrite, or call the FGI office: 214-634-0204.

All for a charitable cause the Night of Stars gala benefits the Fashion Group International of Dallas annual Career Day scholarship awards, which celebrated its 45th Anniversary this year and donated over $40,000 in scholarships.

See you at the gala, xo.

Loewe and J.W. Anderson

With the luck of the Irish, a blue-eyed baby face and talent to boot, it’s no surprise the latest boy wonder to emerge from London Fashion Week is the adorable Jonathan William Anderson: J. W. Anderson.

J.W. Anderson Spring 2014

J.W. Anderson Spring 2014

Last week LVMH announced that 29 year old Anderson would take the creative helm at the Spanish luxury label Loewe, and invest in his emerging brand.  Now that’s what I call a whole lot of talent mixed with a whole lot of luck, the perfect recipe for success!

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Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore!

The Halcyon Gallery on New Bond Street—always a contemporary treat when I visit London, most certainly satiated my artistic requisite last month in more ways than one.  The first: an impactful reminder about the upcoming exhibition in London for the indomitable fashion muse and Patron of British fashion and art: Isabella Blow.

On exhibition, amidst other artists, were a series of works by extrovert photographer David LaChapelle, but most specifically, the striking yet tragic iconic image of Alexander McQueen and Isabella Blow.  Who knew back in 1996, when LaChapelle shot this image that this fashion designer and his muse would be immortalized in death, both suicide, three years apart: Blow died in 2007, and McQueen in 2010.

Burning Down The House, David LaChapelle – December 1996.

Burning Down The House, by David LaChapelle – December 1996.

With the Met exhibition Savage Beauty in honor of McQueen in 2011, firmly imbued in the mind of every style-worshipping fashionista; now is the time to reflect on his muse.  On November 20, 2013 through March 2, 2014, Somerset House in London will present the exhibition Fashion Galore! in partnership with the Isabella Blow Foundation and Central St. Martins.

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