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Monthly Archives: October 2010
The moment you lay eyes on Paco Rabanne’s “Lady Million”, you’re immediately intrigued. They say “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend”, Paco Rabanne understands this. He knows women, intimately but most importantly, he understands the modern woman. Rabanne, a Franco-Spanish designer has had a lot of time to perfect the art of discovering what makes the modern woman. His designs launched in 1966 and he soon after released his first fragrance for women in 1969. His fragrances have always been forward and innovative and the same can be said of Lady Million.
The inspiration for Lady Million’s flawless, perfectly cut and sensual exterior currently lies in the Louvre – the Régent diamond. Simple, clear and clean, the Lady Million bottle was designed by renowned artist Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance and exudes all of the delicateness of a multi-faceted cut. Once again Rabanne’s architectural influence is evident in the design.
As irresistible as the exterior is, what the jewel holds on the inside is even more exciting. The House of Rabanne tapped the talents of Anne Flipo, Béatrice Piquet and Dominique Ropion who have all created scents for some of the biggest names in perfumery. The team noted, “It was clear that this perfume had to be as charismatic as 1 Million, with as strong a signature, yet without a direct olfactory link. The Lady Million woman is dazzling, always seductive. This ‘playful’ aspect inspired us immensely. Lady Million is fresh, floral and woody, like a nectar of voluptuous flowers, trailing delicately but still very present. Powerfully seductive, the sparkle of bitter orange with a touch of raspberry reveals the first breath. A burst of neroli follows, smooth and bright. But then the lethal weapon of heady orange blossom slips out of its sheath. Its narcotic sweetness bewitches and grabs all attention. Then, joining with Arabian jasmine underlined by gardenia, the blend soars into something more carnal, yet ever subtle. Now the obsessive pulsing of patchouli enters the fray, pacifying the honey with an addictive and terribly tempting sweetness. Amber spreads to become all enveloping, floating around the beauty, following each movement and offering its most beautiful facets”.
Rabanne has clearly created the perfect fall fragrance for the confident, sensual and feminine woman. It’s also the perfect answer to his previously released “1Million” for men. Both fragrances match each other in sophistication and charm; they are ideal partners in crime, the Bonnie and Clyde of the perfume world.
“Lady Million” is now exclusively available at Sephora. Click here to purchase.
Style Darling, Sarah Jessica Parker has been in London the past week and her fashion choices have been nothing short of exquisite. She attended the Burberry Prorsum Spring 2011 show clad in leather and lace.
Before heading to London, she wowed the fashion crowd in New York in a chic coral Halston dress at the Design House’s Spring Presentation.
Fashion is constantly taking inspiration from the past and this fall, it’s back to the 50s for chic, feminine and lady like dresses. Cinched waists and full skirts are in, so are petit jackets, luxurious tweeds and the original doctor bags. AMC’s Mad Men although set in the 60s, has deep style roots in the 50s. The recent ad campaigns for Louis Vuitton also channel that old Hollywood glamor that Stars like Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn were famous for.
I recently paid homage to this trend with the 50s style dress that I wore to the Macy’s “Glamorama” event. It garnered a lot of compliments and inquires. This style is perfect for special events. Keep it in mind for upcoming holiday parties. You can also add a cardigan and cinch your waist with a skinny belt. It is once again chic to be a “lady.”
Macy’s Passport Presents Glamorama took over downtown L.A and brought out VIPs and celebrities for a good cause. Just as in years past, Macy’s was able to continue their commitment to being a leading supporter of AIDS beneficiaries by donating nearly $1million dollars in support of APLA and Project Angel Food. The event was a well thought out combination of fashion, fantasy, music and magic. “So you think you can dance” choreographer Brian Freidman seamlessly wove intricate and elaborate dance routines into the show’s presentation.
Macy Gray exhibited her unique, raspy voice and had the crowd singing along and Singer / Song-Writer Eric Hutchinson was as charming as they come.
Earlier, The red carpet was a bustling scene of both long time supporters of the event, as well as some fresh faces. Amongst the stars were Serena Williams, Brandy, Eric McCormack, LaToya Jackson, Sara Rue, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Glee’s Mark Salling, 90210 star Michael Steger and many more.
The event’s main attraction was of course the fashion show. Models stomped the runway, showcasing the latest in tomorrow’s fashions by Tommy Hilfiger, Hugo Boss, Material Girl Collection, Chris March, Calvin Klein, Tracy Reese, Just Cavalli, INC, 2(x)ist, Felina/Jezebel and Marc by Marc Jacobs.
Check out more photos and interview snippets from the event below. Wish you were able to see the runway show? We’ve got you covered. Check out the attached video at the end of the article.
The Runway Show…
For a sneak peek of what it took to put this show together, click here
If you haven’t heard of Havaianas, you’ve probably encountered their famous flip flops somewhere, on someone. The brand has been around for quite sometime, since 1962 to be exact and have developed quite a following. The first pair of Havaianas was inspired by the Zori, typical Japanese sandals made of fabric straps and rice straw soles. Though designs have changed over the years, the brand has retained one feature, the foot-bed of all Havaianas have a textured rice pattern, an homage to the first pair.
Another thing that hasn’t changed is the strong relationship between Havaianas and its fans and followers. Reinforcing the brand’s stylish and easygoing attitude, Havaianas spent the summer throwing a series of secret midnight swim parties in Los Angeles. The first event kicked off at Hollywood stars, Courtney Cox and David Arquette’s stunning house. The second, held in Beverly Hills, was attended by Jack Osborne, Nikki Hilton, and Elijah Wood among others. At the latest event, partygoers spotted celebrities Mekhi Phifer, Brothers & Sisters’ Luke Grimes, and Rick Malambri of Step Up 3D fame to name a few.
Although Havaianas initially planned a limited number of exclusive parties this summer, it has gained a large following and this has encouraged the company to open it up to its fans as the Midnight Swim Club. Fans can host their own Midnight Swim Party and post a picture on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/Havaianas) or Twitter (http://twitter.com/havaianas; tagged #midnightswimclub). Each week, the best photo will be announced and the fan or follower will receive a limited edition pair of Havaianas Midnight Swim Club flip-flops, which is the only place the flip-flops are available.
I got my first pair of Havaianas bedazzled at the most recent secret midnight swim party in Hancock Park and after a few days of wearing them, I can say that I’m hooked.
The famed Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills promised and delivered. 80 Stores. 7 Gourmet Trucks. 4 Story Ferris Wheel. 3 Blocks. 1 Night Only! Fashion’s Night out took over the 90210 district yesterday and made it an event to be remembered. It was all about celebrating fashion in the stores and the customers knew it. Private DJs were employed from Armani to Guess. Bebe showcased a live band and champagne flowed from Prada to Tiffany & Co. Walking up the cobbled street of “Two Rodeo” with music in the air certainly put you in a Parisian state of mind. The main attraction of course was the Ferris wheel in the 200 block of Rodeo Drive. The retro-chic center piece certainly drew its own crowd. Further down, newly minted E! Fashion Commentator, Kelly Osbourne was taking over in a fashion “game” sponsored by Pandora along with Actress Joy Bryant and Celebrity Stylist George Kotsiopoulos.
A memorable event overall that no doubt created a much needed buzz for the fashion community.
Gossip Girl’s Blake Lively hits another home run at the Boston premiere of “The Town” at Fenway Park. Her chic little black dress by Antonio Berardi is structured but feminine. Incorporating some of fall’s biggest trends like shoulder pads, lace and an exposed zipper, she looks polished and elegant. The popped collar and her gray platform pumps complete her look and give her a bit of an edge.
“Macy’s Passport Presents Glamorama” 2010 has already made waves in Minneapolis and Chicago. The show is set to bring the highest level of glamor to a city that knows no shortage of style and fashion on Thursday, September 16 at 8 PM at the Orpheum Theatre.
This year is all about Fashion, Fantasy, Music and Magic but most importantly, this event will be benefiting some amazing charities. Local organizations AIDS Project Los Angeles and Project Angel Food are on the receiving end of this event. In a time when many charitable organizations have been hit hard because of the economy, this kind of help goes a long way. Executive Director of APLA, Craig Thompson notes the rise in the number of HIV/AIDS infections per day and knows he must continue to push his organization to fight the good fight of HIV prevention and slow those numbers down through awareness. Peter Gurski of Project Angel Food echoes this sentiment. His organization not only delivers meals to people affected with HIV/AIDS, they reach out to other terminally ill patients including Cancer patients and their families as well. They have served 7 million meals and counting since launching.
The HIV/AIDS cause is the heart of this event for Macy’s and the production team is putting its best foot forward. Macy’s VP of Special Productions, Mike Gansmoe promises “Fashion Theater” for all those attending. “The show will be a magical experience of high fashion set against a multidimensional theatrical production with surprises at every turn, introducing 3-D holographic effects, elements of flight, visual vistas and the newest technology by Kinect™ by Xbox 360®, all set against a larger-than-life LED video wall.”
Grammy award-winning singer Macy Gray and singer/song-writer Eric Hutchinson will be hitting the stage. In true Macy’s fashion, the runway will feature collections from Marc by Marc Jacobs, Just Cavalli, Calvin Klein, INC and Tracy Reese. The Material Girl collection – a line exclusive to Macy’s designed by Madonna and her teenage daughter Lola will also be featured. LA’s own Brian Friedman, choreographer/judge on “So You Think You Can Dance?” is choreographing the dance segments for the show.
The event pulls out all the stops for the planned after party. Macy’s Culinary Council Chefs Cat Cora (the only female “Iron Chef”), Marcus Samuelsson ( of soon to open Red Rooster in NYC), and Nancy Silverton (of Osteria Mozza and Pizzeria Mozza in LA) will be on hand showcasing the menu they created.
It’s no easy feat putting together an event of such magnitude. Producer, Mike Gansmoe credits his amazing “creative village” for making it happen. It also helps that the whole team is motivated by such an amazing cause.