Game changer: Alice & Olivia steps out of the box with see-now-buy-now runway show

Alice and Olivia X Grateful Dead | See-Now-Buy-Now Runway Show.

Alice and Olivia X Grateful Dead | See-Now-Buy-Now Runway Show.

The game of fashion is changing and those that want to succeed know that they have to change with the times. The timing of when clothes actually hit the stores vs. when they were originally shown on the runways has long been a frustration of both designers and their consumers.

High end designers have also struggled with the strong emergence and domination of fast fashion. By the time a Gucci dress or a YSL blouse exits the runway and hits the shelves, everyone from Zara to Forever 21 has already put out their version. For years, brands have struggled with finding a way out of this problem.  Instead of waiting for a collective solution, several designers are breaking away from the pack and the old way of doing things to ensure that their businesses survive and actually thrive.

Blogger and Influencer, Wemi Opakunle entering the Alice and Olivia Runway Show at NeueHouse in Hollywood.

Blogger and Influencer, Wemi Opakunle entering the Alice and Olivia Runway Show at NeueHouse in Hollywood.

Emily Ratajkowski and Kourtney Kardashian attended the Alice and Olivia Runway Show in Hollywood.

Emily Ratajkowski and Kourtney Kardashian attended the Alice and Olivia Runway Show in Hollywood.

This past week, Alice and Olivia hosted a see-now-buy-now runway show in Los Angeles. Just in time for Coachella, the collection was an homage to the sixties rock band, the Grateful Dead. Stars like Jennifer Morisson, Anna Paquin, Lisa Edelstein, Garcelle Bauvais, Mischa Barton Moby, Lindsey Vonn, Emily Ratajkowski and many more joined designer, Stacey Bendet as she showcased her highly anticipated Alice + Olivia X Grateful Dead capsule collection paired with limited edition items from her Spring 2016 collection. Twelve exclusive items were immediately available at www.aliceandolivia.com and www.neimanmarcus.com.

Notable: Bold stripes on wide leg pants swayed down the runway while crochet vests and off the shoulder blouses transported the audience to the California desert. Detailed embroidery was a recurring theme and so were  some very chic funky prints.

Girl About Town: Flaunt Magazine X Ben Sherman

Wemi Opakunle and Winnie Opakunle at Flaunt Magazine X Ben Sherman Even in Hollywood.

Wemi Opakunle and Winnie Opakunle at Flaunt Magazine X Ben Sherman Event in Hollywood.

It was a night of secrets, good food and a British invasion. Thanks to the English fashion brand, Ben Sherman and Flaunt Magazine, fashion enthusiasts gathered at Mama Shelter in Hollywood to experience a night of northern soul as well as a celebration of spring fashion.

A spread of delicious hors d’oeuvres kept the crowd munching as specialty British cocktails flowed. DJ Rene kept everyone who wasn’t busy snapping selfies entertained.

Scandal's Brian Letscher caught a ride with Ben Sherman.

Scandal’s Brian Letscher caught a ride with Ben Sherman.

Notable: The event hosted a one-of-a-kind photo booth that took place inside a real British cabbie completely decked out in Ben Sherman. Guests were able to catch a #RideWithBenSherman in the back seat for a unique selfie experience.

Girl About Town : Celebrating Bvlgari Hotels and Maxalto designs

Wemi Opakunle at Bvlgari / Maxalto Event in Beverly Hills.

Wemi Opakunle at Bvlgari / Maxalto Event in Beverly Hills.

Who: The Maxalto showroom in Beverly Hills opened up its doors for an exclusive, one night only Bvlgari Hotels and Resorts event.

What: Bvlgari has not only been making a statement in the world of fashion but in the hotel and resort world as well. It was a charming surprise to discover that Bvlgari Hotels have made their mark in London, Milan, Bali and are planning on taking over Shanghai, Beijing and Dubai in the upcoming year. All the hotels are furnished almost entirely in Maxalto pieces.

The Art of Bvlgari .

The Art of Bvlgari .

Making a Bvlgari Statement.

Making a Bvlgari Statement.

When: Wednesday, March 30th 2015

Where: Beverly Hills (Beverly + Robertson)

Wemi Opakunle at Bvlgari / Maxalto Event in Beverly Hills. Bvlgari's signature suites were reproduced at the Maxalto showroom.

Wemi Opakunle at Bvlgari / Maxalto Event in Beverly Hills. Bvlgari’s signature suites were reproduced at the Maxalto showroom.

Notable: Bvlgari’s signature suites were reproduced  at the Maxalto showroom creating an elegant space which oozed luxury. From the specially chosen fragrance (Eau Parfumée au thé blanc candles) to the art pieces and beautiful black and white video showcasing the hotel’s luxurious properties, no detail was spared.

Jennifer Tilly attended the Bvlgari / Maxalto event in Dolce and Gabbana.

Actress, Jennifer Tilly attended in Dolce and Gabbana.

Italian Host Elisabetta Canalis also attended with husband, Brian Perri.

Italian Host Elisabetta Canalis also attended with husband, Brian Perri.

Travel tips: How to nurture your skin while traveling

The Body Shop’s Drops of Youth

The Body Shop’s Drops of Youth

One of the difficult things about traveling often is the havoc it usually causes for your skin. As someone who is very low maintenance about her skin care routine, the last thing I want is to carry around a million products while traveling. I’ve been a fan of The Body Shop’s Drops of Youth Concentrate for quite some time. I first used it a few years ago and was very impressed by the smoothening and refreshing results. I re-discovered the brand again while recently traveling in Dubai.

Although Dubai was in its winter season, I noticed that my water intake more than doubled. If I was that thirsty, I can only imagine how thirsty my skin was. I’ll note that the desert air wasn’t terrible on my skin. The important thing for me was to find balance. I needed to keep hydrated and moisturized without feeling oily and greasy. Enter the three step daily youth enhancing skin care routine from The Body shop.

What’s in it?

The lotion, concentrate and cream are infused with plant stem cells. Specifically, Criste Marine (a Skin-Renewing Champion from the rocky coastline of North Brittany, France), Sea Holly (a Restructuring Powerhouse from the sandy shores of South Brittany, France) and Edelweiss (An Ultra-Potent Protector from the High Alpine Mountains of Trentino-Alto, Italy).

Does it actually work?

The goal is to make your pores look tightened, smooth out any lines and make your skin feel bouncy. In my opinion, the products deliver on all three. I noticed that my face felt rejuvenated, soft and tight (not in a dry way) after nightly use. After morning use, make up glided on easily and looked fresh through out the day. The routine also became a favorite part of my day. I actually looked forward to applying the products and seeing how my skin felt after.

All in all, I wanted balance and I got balance. Drops of Youth has also been a fantastic corrective treatment for my skin as we transition from winter into spring. Usually, my skin fluctuates between being dry and a little oily as the weather settles. There seems to be a restorative element to the products which I’m happily embracing.

What will it cost you?

YOUTH ESSENCE LOTION $24 (5.4 OZ)

YOUTH CONCENTRATE $37-52 (1.0 OZ-1.7 OZ)

YOUTH CREAM $34 (1.7 OZ)

You can try out Drops of Youth here. There’s also a  Bouncy Sleeping Mask that I have not had the chance to try out yet. A review will be posted once I’ve had a chance to try it. That product retails for $32 (3.1 OZ)

Giambattista Valli Haute Couture Spring 2016 – How sweet it is…

Giambattista Valli Haute Couture Spring 2016

Giambattista Valli Haute Couture Spring 2016

Pink tulle, confection adorned skirts, puff sleeves, high-low babydoll dresses…it looked like the models at Giambattista Valli’s latest Couture collection walked straight out of the dreams of little girls playing dress up.

Evoking the spirit of a delicate youth, the pieces were sweet, feminine, elegant and playful.  There was nothing restrictive about this collection. Minis took center stage and even when length was added, a high-low skirt was favored –giving an abundance of the leg show that Valli’s creations are known for.

Fans of Valli’s frothy colors will also not be disappointed.

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Dior Haute Couture Spring 2016 – Restrained elegance and accessible chic

Dior - Haute Couture Spring 2016

Dior – Haute Couture Spring 2016

The second day of the spring Couture shows was ushered in by the house of Dior. This was the fashion giant’s first Couture showing since the exit of Creative Director, Raf Simons. Would this spring’s offering be as modern, bold, yet classic as the looks that were created by Simons? Dior’s creative team definitely had a lot to prove.

Influences of Simon’s modern approach were prevalent. Thinking of the collection as a whole, restrained elegance comes to mind. There was also a certain level of accessibility to most of the pieces. This wasn’t only visible in the simplicity of materials used but in the combination of several of the layered looks. Boxy jackets reminiscent of the cuts of Cristobal Balenciaga mixed in with high-slit skirts; lightweight long sleeve blouses peeked underneath delicately embroidered tea-length gowns.

Simon’s wall of flowers, organzas and chiffons are hard to forget but this collection will hold Dior over until a new Creative Director is appointed.

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Atelier Versace Haute Couture Spring 2016 – Sliced and diced and sexier than ever

Atelier Versace - Haute Couture Spring 2016

Atelier Versace – Haute Couture Spring 2016

The Couture showings are officially in full swing. Atelier Versace kicked things off this evening in Paris with a spectacular showing of beautiful gowns that were sliced and diced to perfection.

We know that the Versace woman is sexy, we know that she owns this sexiness and we know that when she walks into a room, she holds her audience captive. She is not afraid to show a little or a lot of skin. Whether gliding in glowing white, shimmering black or sharp neon, she wears each color as if it’s her second skin. To watch her is to want her and to want to be her.

Donatella Versace knows the Versace woman intimately and whether she’s in ready-to-wear or one of a kind couture, she never disappoints.

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