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.
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.
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.
Before I can even start to think about the folly of fall fashion week, and my forthcoming trip to New York, a quick recap on the arrival of spring is a must-do. February glossies are already beckoning the attention for spring fashion, so here’s my edited collective of styles I love for Spring 2013.
Proenza Schouler, Alexander Wang, Marc Jacobs, Giles, and Balenciaga.
Dallas shuddered in sweet anticipation yesterday as the fashion-shattering news rippled through every stylish cable on the Internet—Karl Lagerfeld plans to host a Chanel show in Dallas—oh my, there truly is a god!
This week, WWD hosted the CEO Summit in New York, attended by Mr. Lagerfeld—who escaped industry discussions to sit with WWD for a chat, and chat he did. Lagerfeld stated, ”In a year, I will go to Dallas. You know why? First of all, I love Texas. I love Texans. There’s another reason. When Chanel reopened, the French press was beyond nasty. The only press that understood it immediately was the American press, and Neiman Marcus gave her the Oscar for her collection, so I think it’s a nice thing to go there.” I couldn’t agree more.
A last minute trip to England in December to visit my family before Christmas included a couple of nights in London. For anyone who knows me well, knows that I will always find time to visit my favorite store: Liberty. The challenge—to purchase a British made product, a selfish gift for me! The iconic Tudor building is a treasure trove of goodies, and during this past visit I encountered a melancholy moment when I saw this snakeskin-style satchel—it screamed must-have!
As a child, a school satchel was your dreary, dull bag that carried your books to school every day, but over the last couple of year’s traditional manufacturing methods have returned, and this little leather bag has become a retro trend, re-birthed as a stylish version of its former self.
Flowers, neon, polka dot, metallic and bold colours dazzle this sturdy little handmade cross-body, top-handle tote. What was once a boring accessory as part of your school uniform now rocks any outfit—and now adds a smile to my day.
At Liberty, I chose the cracked snakeskin print leather satchel—Zatchels lovingly handmade in England. Ahh, xoxo.
A secret invitation to attend a secret spring presentation is most certainly an RSVP not to turn down, especially when it means basking in the glory of Victoria Beckham. Last month, I smiled with glee as I read the invitation, Victoria in Dallas, fancy that, presenting her sumptuous spring 2013 collection at the Neiman Marcus downtown store—of course.
You are more likely to acquire a ticket to the moon, than get an invitation to see the show during New York Fashion Week, so an exclusive appearance in Dallas with a limited guest list was simply heart palpitating.
This is almost my last ‘must-do’ item on my FGI checklist, only two weeks after the event. After a year of planning, I can finally relinquish my responsibilities as co-chair for the Fashion and Lifestyle Awards ‘Night of Stars’ gala and reminisce on the extraordinary evening of November 16 at the Dallas Market Center Trade Pavilion.
My co-chair Chuck Steelman, decked out in bright red velvet skinny pants, looked impeccable as my partner in crime—and I wore a delicious red lace gown by honoree Nha Khanh. Our emcee for the evening Victoria Snee, endearingly proclaimed the evening as the “Chuck and Max Show.”
Khanh loves Dallas—with great resources located right here; Khanh has no desire to move her studio to New York City. With sales, marketing and a PR team driving the brand in the big apple, celebrities, buyers and magazine editors are taking note of this Rising Star from Dallas. Khanh focuses on the design and production from Dallas, and with evident success over the last two years, it’s only natural that the FGI Dallas board voted unanimously, for Nha Khanh to be the Rising Star in Fashion Design—amidst many worthy designers that this city nurtures.