A tribute to Oscar de la Renta – A fashion legend who left his mark

Last fitting: Amal Alamuddin in her custom Oscar de la Renta wedding dress. Image courtesy of Vogue.

Last fitting: Amal Alamuddin in her custom Oscar de la Renta wedding dress. Image courtesy of Vogue.

I have never met a woman who didn’t get starry eyed and weak kneed in the presence of an Oscar de la Renta dress. My first experience with the man whose clothes epitomized elegance, grace and beauty was through the pages of vogue at the tender age of 15. Even though I was just developing my sense of style, there was no doubt in my mind that the Oscar woman resonated with the woman that I dreamt of growing into . She was bold yet romantic, powerful yet chic. She put herself together in a way that showed thought. She carried herself with an effortless grace that could stop an entire room.

Jessica Biel graced the pages of Vogue in a sultry in Oscar de la Renta number.

Jessica Biel graced the pages of Vogue in a sultry in Oscar de la Renta number.

Anne Hathaway in signature gorgeous Oscar de la Renta red.

Anne Hathaway in signature gorgeous Oscar de la Renta red.

From First Ladies to Oscar Winners, Supermodels, Socialites and Executives, Oscar de la Renta has touched the lives of so many women from different walks of life with one common thread tying us all together –he made us feel beautiful. His passion showed in his work and his work was art. Thank you Monsieur de la Renta for sharing your gift.

Sarah Jessica Parker in iconic pink Oscar de la Renta dress featured in Sex and the City.

Sarah Jessica Parker in iconic pink Oscar de la Renta dress featured in Sex and the City.

A look back at elegance defined….a few of the Oscar de la Renta looks we’ve featured over the years.

Zooey Deschanel's hot pink column Oscar de la Renta number was glamorous, chic and complimented her love of all things retro.

Zooey Deschanel’s hot pink column Oscar de la Renta number at the Emmy Awards was glamorous, chic and complimented her love of all things retro.

Amy Adams looked lovely in a tiered tulle Oscar de la Renta ball gown

Amy Adams looked lovely in a tiered tulle Oscar de la Renta ball gown

Jessica Alba in Oscar de la Renta and Harry Winston jewels

Jessica Alba in Oscar de la Renta and Harry Winston jewels

Jennifer Garner looked stunning in gold Oscar de la Renta

Jennifer Garner looked stunning in gold Oscar de la Renta.

Allison Williams in a green Oscar de la Renta gown with peplum detail.

Allison Williams in a green Oscar de la Renta gown with peplum detail.

Jessica Biel in an embroidered teal Oscar de la Renta frock

Jessica Biel in an embroidered teal Oscar de la Renta frock.

Sarah Jessica Parker pairs her all pink Oscar de la Renta dress with a leather Theyskens' Theory jacket

Sarah Jessica Parker paired her pink Oscar de la Renta dress with a leather Theyskens’ Theory jacket at an amfar event.

Kristin Davis goes for the classic dots in Oscar de la Renta

Kristin Davis went for classic dots in Oscar de la Renta.

Michelle Williams looks lady-like in a gorgeous lace Oscar de la Renta

Michelle Williams looked lady-like in a gorgeous lace Oscar de la Renta.

Minka Kelly attends the Art of Elysium gala in a shocking yellow Oscar de la Renta number

Minka Kelly attende the Art of Elysium gala in a shocking yellow Oscar de la Renta number.

Michelle Williams premiered my week with Marilyn in a ladylike and golden Oscar  de la Renta frock

Michelle Williams premiered my week with Marilyn in a ladylike and golden Oscar de la Renta frock.

Supermodel Gisele Bündchen stuns as newest face of iconic Chanel N°5 fragrance

Marilyn Monroe, Catherine Deneuve, Carole Bouquet and Nicole Kidman –just a few iconic women that have held the title of the Chanel woman. Today, supermodel Gisele joins the ranks as the newest face of the brand’s iconic perfume. CHANEL N°5, the world’s most famous fragrance, was created in 1921 when Coco Chanel asked the great perfumer, Ernest Beaux, to create a fragrance that reflected her vision of modern femininity. N°5 was her lucky number and it was the fifth submission presented to Mademoiselle Chanel, thus a legend was born with the name CHANEL N°5.

Supermodel Gisele Bündchen struts her stuff for Chanel

Supermodel Gisele Bündchen struts her stuff for Chanel.

To celebrate a new era of N°5, the brand premiered “The One That I Want,” a film produced, conceived, and directed by auteur filmmaker Baz Luhrmann (Moulin Rouge!, The Great Gatsby), with production design by Oscar-winner Catherine Martin, and featuring Supermodel Bündchen.

The model sported a black double silk-crepe dress with silver embroideries from the Cruise 2014/15 Collection.

The model sported a black double silk-crepe dress with silver
embroideries from the Cruise 2014/15 Collection.

The film tells the story of a woman who struggles to find space for everything – herself, family, career, and love. In short, the CHANEL N°5 woman is today’s modern woman. It’s a story that resonates albeit quite fantastical with soft lights, Chanel surf boards and wetsuits, gorgeous men , gorgeous children and a haunting and dramatic cover of  “You’re the One That I Want” by Lo-Fang. That been said, we’ll still take that fantasy.

18K white gold and diamonds N°5 necklace.

18K white gold and diamonds N°5 necklace.

Behind the scenes: The Costume Design

Girl About Town: Giuseppe Zanotti Celebrates 20 years — Rock ‘n’ Roll Style

Rock 'n' Roll Giuseppe Zanotti style

Rock ‘n’ Roll Giuseppe Zanotti style

Giuseppe Zanotti has always been a name synonymous with luxury. The Italian shoemaker who worked with powerhouses like Dior, Missoni, Valentino, Roberto Cavalli and Thierry Mugler before branching out on his own has carved out a niche of “sexy luxury” with followers that have spanned across two decades.

Only Carrie Bradshaw could understand how we feel about these beauties -- Hello Lova!

Only Carrie Bradshaw could understand how we feel about these beauties — Hello Lova!

Giuseppe Zanotti - Goddess inspired, luxury approved.

Giuseppe Zanotti – Goddess inspired, luxury approved.

For the unapologetic woman (or man) who is not afraid to flaunt her money, power or sex appeal, Zanotti’s bold and atimes extravagant designs are not for the faint of heart and it’s no wonder that the brand’s avid fans include risk takers like Jennifer Lopez, Nicki Minaj and Zoe Saldana.

Giuseppe Zanotti - It's all in the details.

Giuseppe Zanotti – It’s all in the details.

Giuseppe Zanotti - Links and chains.

Giuseppe Zanotti – Links and chains.

To celebrate 20 years of style, the brand opened up a spanking new store at the Beverly Center in Los Angeles and offered a sneak peek into its latest collection as well as a 20 year retrospective. Present were bold gold embellishments, chunky links and chains in silver and gunmetal gray and reptile inspired accessories. We can’t wait to see what the next twenty years bring.

Giuseppe Zanotti Accessories - We can't promise they won't bite.

Giuseppe Zanotti Accessories – We can’t promise they won’t bite.

10 Reasons Burberry has us giddy for fall

Burberry Prorsum Pre-Fall 2014.

Burberry Prorsum Pre-Fall 2014.

Yes, labor day just passed and it’s still pretty much 90 degree weather here in L.A but that doesn’t mean we can’t start laying out those gorgeous trenches, uber chic scarves and sky high booties in preparation for the upcoming Fall season.

Burberry Fall RTW 2014 - Hand painted dress and cape.

Burberry Fall RTW 2014. Hand painted dress and cape.

Thanks to the introduction of the Pre-fall collections in the recent years, it’s now incredibly easy to transition stylishly from one season to the next. Our pick this year for the most stylish Pre-fall and Fall looks is Burberry Prorsum and we’re showing you 10 reasons why below. Gorgeous, hand painted dresses and scarves draped under and on top of different takes of the brand’s iconic trenches; textured and beautifully dyed coats; a mix of elegance and casual chic…the list goes on. In essence, to say that this season’s offerings are pure perfection is an understatement.

Burberry Prorsum Pre-Fall 2014. Sleek trousers meet a beautifully printed long sweater coat.

Burberry Prorsum Pre-Fall 2014. Sleek trousers meet a beautifully printed long sweater coat.

Burberry Prorsum Pre-Fall 2014. Not even this casual printed tee can downplay the beauty or perfection of this emerald green skirt.

Burberry Prorsum Pre-Fall 2014. Not even this casual printed tee can downplay the beauty or perfection of this emerald green skirt.

Burberry Prorsum Pre-Fall 2014. More emerald but this time with some texture.

Burberry Prorsum Pre-Fall 2014. More emerald but this time with some texture.

Burberry Prorsum Pre-Fall 2014. Who says you can't do pastels in the fall? This textured skirt in its unexpected hue is what makes it stand out.

Burberry Prorsum Pre-Fall 2014. Who says you can’t go light in the Fall? This textured skirt in its unexpected hue is what makes it stand out.

Burberry Prorsum Pre-Fall 2014. If you tend to go dark in the winter, why not do it with a hint of gold?

Burberry Prorsum Pre-Fall 2014. If you tend to go dark in the winter, why not do it with a hint of gold?

Burberry Prorsum Pre-Fall 2014. Deep blues make this moody look casual but refined.

Burberry Prorsum Pre-Fall 2014. Deep blues make this moody look casual but refined.

Burberry Prorsum Pre-Fall 2014. An oversized coat always has its day. Don't rule it out.

Burberry Prorsum Pre-Fall 2014. An oversized coat always has its day. Don’t rule it out.

Burberry Prorsum Pre-Fall 2014. This coat not only delivers on cut and color, it's powerful, sexy and effortlessly chic.

Burberry Prorsum Pre-Fall 2014. This coat not only delivers on cut and color, it’s powerful, sexy and effortlessly chic.

 

2014 Emmy Awards Red Carpet – Where was the glamour?

January Jones was one of the few who brought her A-game in Prabal Gurung. The cut  and bold color choice  is reminiscent of her mermaid Versace gown she wore to the 2010 Emmys.

January Jones was one of the few who brought her A-game in Prabal Gurung. The cut and bold color choice is reminiscent of the mermaid Versace gown she wore to the 2010 Emmys.

Maybe it was the fact that the Emmy Awards were held on a Monday this year but this evening’s red carpet offered very few winning looks in our humble opinion. Missing was the element of stand out glamour that’s expected of events like this. Instead, so many played it safe and those that stepped out of the box unfortunately got it horribly wrong. We’ve broken down our picks for best, runner up and not so great looks of the night.

Top 5…

Sofia Vergara was white hot in Roberto Cavalli

Sofia Vergara was white hot in Roberto Cavalli.

Zooey Deschanel's hot pink column Oscar de la Renta number was glamorous, chic and complimented her love of all things retro.

Zooey Deschanel’s hot pink column Oscar de la Renta number was glamorous, chic and complimented her love of all things retro.

Lizzy Caplan looked elegant in Donna Karan Atelier

Lizzy Caplan looked elegant in Donna Karan Atelier.

Allison Williams in Giambattista Valli

Allison Williams in Giambattista Valli

Julianna Margulies is to  Narciso Rodriguez as Renee Zellweger is to Carolina Herrera. As the saying goes, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it."

Julianna Margulies is to Narciso Rodriguez as Renee Zellweger is to Carolina Herrera. As the saying goes, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

Not quite there…

Julia Roberts looked cute  in this Elie Saab mini but we would have loved to see her in some gorgeous color.

Julia Roberts looked cute in this Elie Saab mini but we would have loved to see her in some gorgeous color.

Julie Bowen's key hole halter would have been more appropriate at an end of the summer soiree than the Emmy Awards.

Julie Bowen’s key hole halter would have been more appropriate at an end of the summer soiree than the Emmy Awards.

Robin Wright also looked chic in a minimalist Ralph Lauren jumpsuit but unfortunately both her  hair and makeup took away from the look she was going for.

Robin Wright also looked chic in a minimalist Ralph Lauren jumpsuit but unfortunately both her hair and makeup took away from the look she was going for.

Claire Danes opted for a beautiful Givenchy dress that had so much potential but the fit threw us off.

Claire Danes opted for a beautiful Givenchy dress that had so much potential but the fit threw us off. We’re not sure whether to cinch that belt a little tighter or take it off completely.

Another dress whose fit missed the mark was Kerry Washington's Prada number. This just reminds us that tailoring is everything.

Another dress whose fit missed the mark was Kerry Washington’s Prada number. This just reminds us that tailoring is everything.

Completely missed the mark…

It looks like Christmas came early for Chirstina Hendricks and that's not a good thing. THe actress missed the mark with this wrinkled and embellished taffeta number.

It looks like Christmas came early for Christina Hendricks and that’s not a good thing. The actress missed the mark with this wrinkled and embellished taffeta number.

Gwen Stefani's swquined skirt and blouse combo reminded us of one of Cher's old costumes.

Gwen Stefani’s sequined skirt and blouse combo reminded us of one of Cher’s old costumes.

We love that Sarah Paulson often opts for a little whimsy but this dress was a little too "Halloween" for our taste.

We love that Sarah Paulson often opts for a little whimsy but this dress was a little too “Halloween” for our taste.

Kaley Cuoco's tiered look also missed the mark and took a turn for bridal lane.

Kaley Cuoco’s tiered look also missed the mark and took a turn towards bridal lane.

We were so disappointed in Katherine Heigl's matronly look that we didn't know what category to put it under. We want to know what happened to that gorgeous girl that took the red carpet by storm in Escada just a few years ago.

We were so disappointed in Katherine Heigl’s matronly look that we didn’t know what category to put it under. We want to know what happened to that gorgeous girl that took the red carpet by storm in Escada just a few years ago.

Another person we admire for taking a risk but who is clearly still trying to find her fashion footing is Lena Dunham. Her Giambattista Valli look failed to impress.

Another person we admire for taking a risk but who is clearly still trying to find her fashion footing is Lena Dunham. Her Giambattista Valli look failed to impress.

The comeback kid : Banana Republic redefines itself with a new kind of chic

A New Era: Banana Republic Fall 2014 Collection

A New Era: Banana Republic Fall 2014 Collection

“What ever happened to Banana Republic?” That was the question that popped up this past week as I sat down for coffee with an old friend and former brand enthusiast. “I’m actually writing a story about them” I responded. “The brand may finally be getting its mojo back.”

Banana Republic was always the destination for clean, elegant, classic yet on trend pieces for me and so many. There aren’t very many brands that can grow and evolve with your style and that’s what made Banana special. I remember purchasing two gorgeous silk dresses for my college graduation at an east coast location in 2005. The  dresses made such an impact that my best friend cried when I tried them on.

Transitioning from a college grad to a working lady was made easy with blouses dyed in the most gorgeous and rich pinks, greens and reds, sheath dresses that fit like a glove and an array of perfectly cut trousers. I spent so much money at Banana that I became Luxe Card carrying super shopper and oh the discounts and perks that came with that. It was most definitely the beginning of a beautiful relationship.

Mad for Mod - The Banana Republic Mad Men Capsule Collection was one it's better style moments.

Mad for Mod – The Banana Republic Mad Men Capsule Collection was one the brand’s better style moments.

And then 2009 happened. Yes, the economy was tanking but so were the selections and offerings at one of my favorite stores. Something changed in the style as well. Frankly put, the designs went from extraordinary to ordinary. There was a long drought with sprinkles of possibility (The Mad Men Collection for example) but alas, not much changed over the years.

Making a comeback : Roland Mouret for Banana Republic

Making a comeback : Roland Mouret for Banana Republic

This past week however, a rainbow appeared in the form of a boiled wool moto jacket in the coolest heather gray. Rushing into the store at The Grove in Los Angeles, I realized from the latest collection being displayed that a  new era had arrived and the re-birth was being heralded by newly minted Creative Director, Marissa Webb.

The Roland Mouret Banana Republic Collaboration

The Roland Mouret Banana Republic Collaboration

Webb is shaking things up and already has one win under her belt –a successful brand collaboration with designer Roland Mouret. The capsule collection designed by the master of refined elegance and femininity launched this past week and is already sold out at most stores. I couldn’t even get my hands on any of my coveted pieces on the first day it launched. This is definitely a great sign for the brand.

The Roland Mouret Banana Republic Collaboration features chic, elegant and streamlined looks.

The Roland Mouret Banana Republic Collaboration features chic, elegant and streamlined looks.

Clean, streamlined yet interestingly layered looks with an unexpected twist. This is the new BR. In the words of Ms. Webb, “It’s a new day at Banana Republic, with an all new style rich in contrasts –smooth with textured, modern with classic, short with long. This is our take on ‘hi-lo’ styling and it’s the shape of things to come.

Quite frankly, I can’t wait to get this relationship back on track.

 

Girl About Town: Dripping in Simon G. Diamonds

Because a girl could never have enough bling...

Because a girl could never have enough bling…

The first time we attended the annual summer celebration of Simon G.’s latest collection of diamonds at Robbins Brothers, we thought life couldn’t get any better. After all, what girl has ever said no to getting draped in gorgeous diamonds. It turns out there is something better than that experience, getting draped in newer and even more gorgeous diamonds. From canary yellow engagement rings, to uniquely cut stones and edgy diamond encrusted serpents wrapped around your fingers, the latest Simon G. collection did not disappoint.

Pretty things - The latest Simon G. Collection at Robbins Brothers.

Pretty things – The latest Simon G. Collection at Robbins Brothers.

Yellow Canary Diamond from the Simon G. Collection at Robbins Brothers

Yellow Canary Diamond from the Simon G. Collection at Robbins Brothers.

Gorgeous Stacked Ring - Simon G. Collection

Gorgeous Stacked Ring – Simon G. Collection.

As Bloggers, Editors and all around fans of the line celebrated the pretty and sparkly offerings of the evening, it was hard to imagine what, if anything could top the latest collection. That being said, we can’t wait to see what next summer has to offer. No pressure of course.

Diamond encrusted serpent ring - Simon G. Collection.

Diamond encrusted serpent ring – Simon G. Collection.

Celebrating Simon G.'s latest collection at Robbins Brothers - Sporting a ruched black skirt with side slit, printed blouse layered with a statement necklace.

Celebrating Simon G.’s latest collection at Robbins Brothers – Sporting a ruched black skirt with side slit, printed blouse layered with a statement necklace.

 

 

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