Fashion of Philly: 2010

Friday, December 31, 2010

Per Lei Boutique End of the Year Private Sale!!!


This sounds like fun! For more information visit perleiboutique.com

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Paula Hian Groupon Event


Paula Hian is having a Groupon event and today is the last day Correction, The deal has been extended through Sunday at midnight!!! For $99 you'll recieve a $225 gift certificate. Click here for more information on the Groupon and click here to check out my previous post for more information on Designer Paula Hian.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Parting Ways


Looks from L'Wren Show
style.com
 In January's Elle magazine, under the 21 Days of Trendy Hairstyles feature, day 3 shows Elle's fashion assistant Kristen Shirley experimenting with a look seen at a L'Wren Scott fashion show where hairstylist, Odile Gilbert, applied matching eye shadow to the model's parts. Elle's tools of recommendation: Make Up For Ever Star Powder available at Sephora in a rainbow of colors for only $19 or you could try L'Wren Scott Color Collection for Lancome which will run you about $42 from Lancome. I'm not sure how I feel about this yet, but maybe I'll try it and post a pic just for you guys!


Elle's Fashion Assistant, Kristen Shirley
Elle.com


Make Up For Ever Star Power
sephora.com


L'Wren Scott for Lancome
Lancome.com


Thursday, December 23, 2010

A Hidden Treasure in Manayunk

Who would've thought that nestled on 106 Gay Street in Manayunk, is the showroom of world-renowned designer Paula Hian. Her look is edgy, yet distinctively sophisticated and has been seen on beauties such as Jennifer Aniston, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Momsen and Brooke Shields. Her love of fashion began at age 5, when she started sketching, cutting and sewing her own collections. After graduating from FIT, she was selected to travel to Paris, where she represented the USA in the "Concours International des Jeunes Créateurs de Mode" competition and won first place. If you're ever in Paris, check out the prize winning dress which has become a permanent collection at the Louvre. Hian's designs epitomize contemporary elegance and possess a subtle originality which conquered New York and is now seducing Paris. Paula Hian's collection is sold in Manayunk as well as boutiques and speciality stores worldwide.

A look from the Spring 2011 Collection

A look from the Spring 2011 Collection

Recently I got to visit the showroom and even help out with a couple of projects. It's been an awesome experience to get to work with the designer and team first hand and be a part of what goes on in the showroom and especially with it being so close to home. I even got a peek of the new Spring 2011 Collection and got to try on a few pieces that I loved. Each piece is manufactured in Paris with impeccable quality. This white knit blazer with huge decorative safety pins on the lapels (also available in black) was my favorite. I could see that being a staple jacket for anyone's spring wardrobe.

I LOVE this jacket!!

This print makes me ready for spring!
The company has many events coming up in the future so be sure to follow me on twitter.com/fashionofphilly or even on here for the lastest!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

elecTRONic


Disney's Tron Legacy Now Playing
 This weekend I went to the movies to see Disney's Tron Legacy, which I thought was a pretty good movie. Not only did it have a great story line, but I was also very impressed by the costume design. A Sci-Fi, motorcycling, skin tight collection of jumpsuits, long swing coats, and separates with lit up stripes and darts in white or other flashy neon colors. (And yes, they were actually lit using battery power.) Tron's costume designer, Michael Wilkinson and his team, drew inspiration from movies like Blade Runner and Resident Evil and took very deep consideration of the functionality and purpose of the suits. My favorite fashion scene is when Sam Flynn, played by Garrett Hedlund, enters the grid for the first time and is approached by the Sirens, decked out in all white body suits, platform cutout heels, and perfect make-up. And for those who watched America's Next Top Model cycle 3, finalist Yaya DeCosta, struts her stuff in a short role of a Siren.

This movie has already impacted the fashion world, of course, with many designers grabbing inspiration from the futuristic world of The Grid. Versace, Opening Ceremony, Addias, and jewelry designer Tom Tom, just to name a few, have pieces that reflect the geometric styles of Tron. There was even a Tron Pop-Up Shop that opened in L.A. this past November, that sold limited edition and exclusive Tron merchandise. The movie had super special effects and looks great in 3-D for the nerds that are into that stuff, but for us fashion lovers, I would also rate this movie two thumbs up!


Saturday, December 18, 2010

A Thank You Letter to the Readers

Dear Readers:

Today is the one month anniversary of Fashion of Philly and I couldn't be more happier. Just thinking of how much I've accomplished in a month is awesome and what a busy month its been. Between attending events to visiting designer showrooms, it's much more than I excepted so soon, but I'm loving every moment of it and it's only the beginning. I have much more planned for the future and I can't wait to share my ideas with you. I want to thank everyone that supports, follows, or just stumbled on my blog. I also want to say a big thank you to those who took the time to comment on my posts because I love the feedback. I would also like to thank my Grandmother "Grand" in this post because this past week my family and I have been spending precious time with her making sure she's at peace. I believe that she instilled in me my love of fashion, as I remember her sewing beautiful dresses and gowns as a child. On an ending note, as you know, this time of year people focus on spending time with friends and family but let's not limit ourselves. I encourage everyone to try to spend time with those we have, while we have them. I wish you all the best and thanks, thanks, thanks, again!

Brittiny

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Heyne Bogut Designer Event at Joan Shepp

Picture Taken from Heyne Bogut Facebook Page

Joan Shepp will be having a designer event Dec. 15th from 12-6pm. This time there will be local designers, Paul Heyne and Karen Bogut. Their love of art and fashion is shown through their creative prints, all handmade by local artists. Each piece not only has its own unique personality but is also eco-friendly, with fabrics that are organically grown and made in the U.S. They will be showcasing their Spring 2011 collection of cool, artsy pieces which includes luxury tops, dresses, and skirts. Make sure you're there to check it out. Click here to view to view the Heyne and Bogut Facebook page. For more information on Joan Shepp visit Joanshepp.com.
Picture Taken from Heyne Bogut Facebook Page

Picture Taken from Heyne Bogut Facebook Page

1st Fashion of Philly Giveaway Coming Soon, But What???

YAY!!!!!!! My one month anniversary is soon approaching and to thank my visitors and supporters, I would love to do a giveaway!! But...I don't know what to giveaway. So I'll leave it up to you! Make sure you take my poll to cast your vote. (Keep in mind, I don't have a lot of money but I will do my best.) If you have any other idea's beside what's posted, leave a comment! Thanks for the love!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Earthly Beauties Fashion Spotlight & Shopping Extravaganza 12/11 & 12/12

Saturday I went to the Earthly Beauties Fashion Spotlight & Shopping Extravaganza located in CitySpace, a Victorian style mansion on 2200 Walnut Street. The event was a great opportunity to shop the collections of local designers and two of Philadelphia's hottest indie boutiques, Bus Stop Boutique and Arcadia Boutique. All types of items were available for purchasing from one-of-kind jewelry by ZivileArt to the fun, whimsical collection of Ivy Glass. There was music, light hors d'oeuvres and refreshments, also a fashion show that took place at 5 p.m. The event is free and there is a raffle with three great gift baskets filled with gift certificates and pieces from some of the designers. Raffle tickets are one for $5 or 3 for $10 and the proceeds  are donated to Career Wardrobe, a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting women in their transition to work by providing professional attire. If you missed it today don't worry, the event takes place again tomorrow from 12 to 6 p.m. so go check it out!




Double Dose - Joan Shepp Event 12/11

Two fabulous designer events are going on at Joan Shepp on Saturday between 12 and 6 p.m. Jewelry designer Miriam Salat, one of the hottest jewelry designers in Joan Shepp, will be making a special appearance to display her newest collection. Even though her designer beginning was as a civil engineer, designing airports and highways, she later pursued her dream of designing jewelry. After just three months, her collection of hand-made pieces was sold to Barney's. Her jewelry represents the woman who embraces life to the fullest, is adventurous and free-spirited.


Picture taken from http://www.miriamsalat.com/
Pieces from the Spring 2011 Inspired from Pantone Color Palette
 On the apparel side of things, White & Warren, the cashmere connoisseurs, will be making a store appearance with one of their designers. At White & Warren, they believe that cashmere should "be an integral part in ever woman's wardrobe", Gaining much inspiration from around the world, this fast growing company has celebrity fans such as Angelina Jolie, Rachel Bilson, and Blake Lively. Their 2010 holiday collection consists of accessories and cashmere scarves, hats, dresses and tops. White & Warren offers chic, comfortable, effortless style for any woman.


Picture taken from http://www.whiteandwarren.com/
Cashmere Travel Wrap available in Over 100 Colors


Thursday, December 9, 2010

The Wheel of Impossible Possibilities, Well For Some

Sooo...yesterday my sister forwarded me an email from Dior.com for a Dior Diva Auction for a One Month Marketing Internship with Dior Beauty, which at first seems to be, to me, a drawing for a chance to win a internship with Dior. Of course, I was excited so I clicked the link for diorauction.com, which opened a page with a magical wheel of things to enter for. With a little more investigating, I later realized that it's not a drawing but an actual auction, where people would bid to purchase their "once in a lifetime" experience. The auction started on December 1st and will be ending on December 15th. There are a wide range of fabulous prizes from trips to Paris to a shopping spree with Harper's Bazaar's Editor, Avil Graham, up for grabs as long as you got the dough. 100% of the funds from the winning bids would go to Look Good, Feel Better, an organization dedicated to helping woman deal with the appearance related effects of cancer.


Screenshot of diorauction.com

Don't get me wrong, I'm all for raising money and donating it to a great cause but... here's my problem: First off, the first time I looked at the auction for the internship the bid last placed was $750. Bids must be in $50 increments, so to even enter your bid it must be no less than $800. Secondly, the average, broke college student looking for an internship, which is unpaid, is not likely to have $800 just sitting around. In conclusion, this opportunity is open to those who have money to blow: the rich, the famous, and the fabulous. I'm not trying to seem like a hater or anything but I truly think the hard working, devoted to fashion, college student who has thousands of dollars in loans, would love and appreciate the opportunity, also. I think it would've been better if they also offered these opportunities to those who would be more appreciative, like those who can't afford it. I'm not saying that those who can won't appreciate it, but sometimes when things are earned they are appreciated more, but if you got the money, Happy Bidding!

To check it out for yourself go to diorauction.com and let me know what you think??? Oh and btw by the time I finished typing this post, the bidding was at $850.

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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Work It Out...



For all my ladies that like to keep in shape and go to the gym, the LA Fitness in Mt. Laurel is featuring a Body Rock Sport by Kelly Dooley Trunk Show. The trunk show will begin at 4 p.m. and will have live models and demostrations to show off their latest trends. The collection is perfect for women who don't feel they need to sacrifice style to go to the gym. Body Rock Sport promotes confidence and comfort, while staying sexy and stylish. Dooley's workout gear has technical features like pockets perfect for holding your ipod, tagless labels, and side zippers and stylish features like Swarovski crystals and studs.To get a better look at the Collection check out bodyrocksport.com and for directions to the Mt. Laurel, LA Fitness go to LAFitness.com.

Kelly Dooley, creator of Body Rock Sport
Picture taken from bodyrocksport.com

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Shepp's Doing It Again

Danish designer Ivan Grundahl will be debuting his Spring/Summer 2011 Collection at Joan Shepp for the next 2 days, Wednesday, December 8 and Thursday, December 9. The designer has been described as cool, avant-garde and international. Gaining inspiration from the architecture in Scandinavia, his collections use clean-cut lines with unbalanced silhouettes on a layering mix of fabrics. Grundahl's Spring/Summer Collection is a display of neutral tones in lighweight, flowing fabrics with very few splashes of color.





All Pictures from danishfashioninstitute.dk
Photographer: Copenhagen Fashion Week

For more info on Ivan Grundahl visit ivangrundahl.dk and for store details joanshepp.com. Hopefully I'll get a chance to check it out on Thursday.

Old City Shop Out Dine Out For Paws 12/8


Here's a cool event that not only gives you perks but also saves animals. On Wednesday, December 8, Discoveroldcity.org will be having their Old City Shop Out Dine Out For Paws Event. Ticket proceeds go to PAWS, Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving Philadelphia’s homeless, abandoned, and unwanted animals. About a year ago, I had a class that went to visit one of their shelters to get some inspiration for a marketing project about PAWS. Seeing the volunteers love and care for the animals had blown us away and some of the girls had volunteered themselves and a few even adopted pets so the money is definitely going to a good cause.

Tickets are only $20 and you'll receive 20% off at over 30 of Old City's retailers and restaurants, complimentary wine at each participating retail location, courtesy of Neri Wine Cellars and Hopewell Valley Vineyards. For those traveling by car, there will also be free meter parking throughout Old City, which is a major plus, and a drawing for a chance to win a $1,000 Old City Shopping Spree. To purchase your ticket and see a list of participating shops and restuarants go to discoveroldcity.org

Monday, December 6, 2010

The Hundreds x Garfield Collection Available at Abakus Takeout 12/7/10



Abakus Takeout, a unique Chinese restaurant style, sneaker and apparel shop located in Philadelphia's Chinatown (227 N. 10th St.) will be celebrating the launch of The Hundreds  x Garfield Collection. The collection includes key-chains, hats, tees, and sweatshirts. Also on Saturday, December 11th from 6 pm to 8 pm, Abakus will be having an auction style, Air Jordan Sample Sale, but for all you big footed people out there, the samples are all size 9, sorry. I plan on visiting the store tomorrow to check out the collection and maybe I'll pick up some shrimp egg foo yung while I'm there.

Check out more of The Hundreds x Garfield Collection at thehundreds.com and for information on the Abakus Take-Out Shop visit abakustakeout.com

Friday, December 3, 2010

Erickson Beamon Designer Event at Joan Shepp 12/4/10

Pieces available on net-a-porter.com
Joan Shepp is hosting another designer event this weekend and this time it's the masters of baubles and bangles, Erickson Beamon. Founded in 1983 and designed by Detroit natives, Karen Erickson, Eric Erickson, and Vicki Beamon, this tremendous trio has not only handcrafted beautiful pieces for themselves, but for many big designers as well. Names like Calvin Klein, Chanel, Dior, and Anna Sui have used their masterpieces in their runway shows and celebrities like Beyonce, Julia Roberts and Sarah Jessica Parker have become collectors. Each piece is handcrafted and assembled by hand with prices ranging from $345 for a Neo Geo Agate and Swarovski Crystal Earrings to a Barbie Sterling Silver-Plated Feather Brooch for $1,180 (shown above) each item is unique. A percentage of the items sold at the designer event will benefit charities such as the Ronald McDonald House and Autism Speaks. Also enjoy some champagne and cider while you shop. Joan Shepp is located on 1616 Walnut Street, in Philadelphia and for more information on their store visit joanshepp.com. Also to check out more of Erickson Beamon's collection go to ericksonbeamon.com.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

La Vie En Rose Fashion Show & Cocktail Hour 12/3/10


The Evoluer House is having their 3rd Annual La Vie En Rose Fashion Show and Cocktail Hour at the University of the Arts. The event benefits the Evoluer House, a non-profit organization that empowers Philadelphia teenage girls of color by naturing positive self-expression and personal development. During a 12-week program girls are provided with the tools needed to make smart, positive choices. The event will be taking place in the Dorrance Hamilton Hall, located on 320 S. Broad St. in Philadelphia from 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets are now only available at the door for $80 and your ticket includes: hors d'oeuvres, cocktails, a fashion show under the creative direction of Celebrity Fashion Stylist, Micah Lamar. All proceeds will go to the Evoluer Personal Development Programs and The Evoluer House., so not only are you paying for a good time, it's also for a great cause.

Baby It's Cold Outside

Temperatures are dropping, but that doesn't mean you can't be stylish without freezing. With the military trend going strong (and wwd.com says it will still be a trend for Winter 2011) now's the time to invest in a trendy, stylish coat. Check out my top 5 military coats, that not only fit anyone's budget, but keep you warm and stylish all season too!



(L to R) Suedette Shearling Jacket $28 Forever21.com, Marc by Marc Jacobs Cotton-Twill Military Coat $300 Net-a-porter.com, Juicy Couture Military-Style Wool-Blend Cape $380 JuicyCouture.com, H&M Military Coat HM.com for store listings, Ultimate Military Camel Wool Cape $190 TopShop.com

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Seeing Scarlett



Looking for something fun to do tonight, well Scarlett Alley is having their 18th Annual Holiday Party. This one-of-a-kind shop is located on 241 Race Street in the Old City section of Philadelphia. Scarlett Alley offers unique gift, household items, and soft, crushed bamboo fashion from lounge to street. For one night only, shoppers can enjoy live music, champagne and snacks. Also receive 20% off jewelry, ornaments and food. The party starts at 4:30 and continues until 8:30. For more information visit scarlettalley.com

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Let's Shop Philly: Sugarcube


On November 30th, I stopped by the sweet boutique, Sugarcube, for the first time and was very impressed.  With walls lined with vintage styles from independent designers such as Tea and Honey, Lyel, and Found Denim as well as your well known favorites, there's no doubt you'll find something you'll love.The boutique is a great environment for men and women with a super friendly staff and also has a small art gallery featuring local Philadelphia artists. Opening in 2004, this locally owned boutique, has definitely made their mark on Boutique Row in Philadelphia. Located on 124 N. 3rd Street, this shop is surely worth stopping by.





Monday, November 29, 2010

Stress-Free Shopping at Three Sirens Boutique

For some stress free shopping, away from the hustle and bustle at the mall, check out Three Sirens Boutique located at 134 N. 3rd St. in Philadelphia. On Friday, December 3th, the boutique will be throwing their 5th Annual Holiday Party.The boutique offers chic fashions from designers such as Hardtail, Urban Behavior, and Vince. You can shop the night away while enjoying snacks, cocktails, one day only specials, and get a free gift with every purchase. For an extra free gift hurry to threesirens.com to rsvp for the event!!!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

White Diamond Photo Shoot Party 11/28

Diva Don Presents: The White Diamond Shoot Party on Sunday, November 28th from 3 to 10 p.m. The party will be hosted at the Q-BA Lounge located on 1176 N. 3rd St. Food and drinks will be served and music will be provided by New York's online magazine, Mami. Designers from Ebony Sun Fashions and DYI Design Your Identity will be in the building. Tickets are $10 in advance, which can be purchased from www.divadon.com or brought at the door for $15. The first 25 people will receive a Free Photo Shoot and Photo packages will also be available. This is a great event to do some networking so print those business cards and dress to impress!









My Black Friday Review...

Sooo.....I went out Black Friday to see what all the hype was about. I've only done the whole wake up before crack of dawn thing once and I think I was in junior high. We had woke up to try to get one of those game boy systems, but that failed because Wal-Mart only had like ten in stock. But this time around, the usually camped out Wal-Mart opened at midnight having pity on their customers. The only deals withheld from the late-night shoppers were the electronic specials. They had a take a number according to what gizmo you wanted and camp out in the aisles til 5 a.m. when the electronic deals were available. Which seemed like a somewhat organized but still confused mess. There were no signs or anything letting customers know where to get your number, what line is for what, and how much the items would be. In fact, it didn't seem like any of the specials were marked so not really needing anything anyway, we left and went to Cherry Hill Mall.

The mall wasn't that bad. being that only about six stores were opening at midnight. The only store I saw worth going into was the Disney Store, not just because it's just a cool store but they also had some pretty good deals. Select items were on sale and the whole store was an additional 20% off! The other stores like American Eagle and Aeropostale were open but it didn't seem worth it to shop that early just for their 20 or 30 percent off the whole store events because they give out coupons for that amount year round anyway. So all in all, as you see, I wasn't that amused with the deals that I saw. Next year, maybe I'll have a better turn out and try the outlets.

Delicious Fashion Show at Dorian's Parlor Event Tonight!!!

Pictures from deliciousboutique.com

Delicious Boutique began creating handmade corsets in 1995 and since then their company has expanded greatly. The Delicious Boutique & Corseterie was opened in November of 2005 on Liberites Walk in the Northern Liberities section of Philadelphia. Just four years later, a men's store was opened with the name Delicious Sideshow based in the Piazza at Schmidts. The Delicious assortment now includes, not only corsets in a wide array of styles for any occasion but also accessories, jewelry, and gifts. They are a unique, circus style boutique is definitely worth checking out!

Dorian's Parlor is an exciting event full with tons of festivities and will be hosted at the Double Tree Hotel of Center City on 237 South Broad Street. Tickets are only $25.00 and you'll receive:
  • A drink ticket and hors d'oeuvres
  • A live performance from Ego Likeness, a dark electric/dance group
  • Opera from Katie Kat
  • A fashion show by Philly's own Delicious Boutique
  • Two DJ's: Johnanna Constatine & KiltBoy
  • A Celtic dance from Eve of Isis, a two member belly dance fusion group
  • A book reading from teen fictional author Dianne K. Salerni
  • An animation showing of Tesia Experiments from Twain in Vain Film 
The event will start at 8 p.m. and goes on til 1 a.m. Discounted parking will be offered by Double Tree Hotel (Cash Only Please). There will also be door prizes and lots of interesting vendors. This is a 21 and up event so please bring your ID. Dress code is Black Tie, Dandy, Steampunk, Neo-Victorian, or Neo-Vintage. This event is going to be anything but boring. For more infomation visit doriansparlor.com

Friday, November 26, 2010

Joan Shepp Designer Event 11/27/10

Saturday, November 27th, Joan Shepp will be hosting a Designer Event featuring Costume Jewelry Designer and Artist, John Wind. His Miximal Art Collection, founded in 1985, is full of vintage inspired, modern ornaments with a hint of Victorian glamour. Wind, a Philadelphia native, studied at the Slade School of Art in London and started his collections based off the frequent trips he took to the markets in Paris. There he would purchase special pieces, take them apart, then rearrange them in his own way. His one of a kind treasures gained much attention and became permanent fixtures of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and in the Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Paris. His work has also been seen in Oprah's Gift Guide, Instyle and Country Living Magazines.


Pictures from maximalart.com

Prices run about $38 for a brooch to $598 for a Sparkling Crystal Runaway Flower Collar. Each item is handmade and a percentage sold at the designer event will benefit charities such as the Ronald McDonald House and Autism Speaks. Also enjoy some champagne and cider while you shop. Joan Shepp is located on 1616 Walnut Street, in Philadelphia. To look at some more of John Wind's Maximal Art Collection, visit his website at http://www.maximalart.com/ or for Joan Shepp visit http://www.joanshepp.com/

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Jeantrix.com Launches Tomorrow



The dynamic duo of Jeantrix is all but normal with their in your face, attention demanding couture designs. To describe them in a few words: Grunge, Rock Star, and Three-Dimensional. Philadelphia designers Nyce and Homm founded Jeantrix in 2003 after becoming bored with the norm of everyday fashions. Now their work can be found in magazines such as Life & Style, Elle, and Harlow. I also wouldn't be surprised to see their creations on pop stars like Lady Gaga, Ke$ha, or Miss RiRi in the future. Tomorrow Jeantrix adds another milestone to their career by launching Jeantrix.com. Be sure to check it out because this team is quickly on the move.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

DNTN BRAND POP-UP SHOP

On Friday, November 26, Philadelphia's own DNTN Brand will be opening a pop-up shop on 3808 Lancaster Avenue in Philadelphia. The company was launched in 2006 by Don Scott and is infusing his love of art together with fashion. His collection of men's t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, customized garments, varsity jackets, and accessories are all about cool, bold graphics that make a statement. Proceeds from sales on Saturday's will be donated to Philadelphia's Art Outreach Program. The Pop-Up Shop will open at 12 p.m. and close at 7 p.m. with a Website Launch Party happening from 8 p.m. - 12 a.m and guess what it's freeeeee!!! If you can't make it on Friday, the store hours will be Mon - Fri 12 - 8, Sat & Sun 11 - 7. To get a look of some of their merchandise visit their site thedntnbrand.com Hopefully I'll see you at the launch party!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Pink 4 Friday

Ok here it is... the Limited Edition Pink 4 Friday Lipstick designed by Nicki Minaj is a bright, creamy shade of pink satin available for only 4 Fridays starting this Friday, November 26!!!! Its available only while supplies last and its only $14.50 people so go jump on that!!!

PIC FROM MAC COSMETICS

Barbie's World

For all you Barbie girls Ms. Nicki M. tweeted this morning that she was on her way to MAC to make her new lipstick called what else but "Pink Friday!" I'm on the prowl for details but until then check out her debut album for Young Money also entitled "Pink Friday" in store today! It's so fetch!

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Fur Real or Not So Real

Over the pass few years I've noticed a big turn over when it comes to fur in the fashion industry. At first I thought fake fur was mostly for those of two categories: the animal lovers or the fashion lovers with not enough funds. It now seems though, that fake fur (and leather) are appearing in a lot more places then before. More and more stores like Express are carrying the leather (minus the leather) look or eco-friendly furs. I feel that a lot of this fake fur and leathers revolution has to do with the whole eco-friendly movement. If you want to save the environment, you must want to save the animals.

Now another factor comes to mind....Quality vs. Quantity. Do the fake goods have the same quality as the real goods and are they price accordingly? Most of the faux furs and pleathers are starting to look more appealing and almost believable but they are starting to cost as much as the real goods. Over the last few weeks my two sisters were on a mission searching for the perfect pair of boots. The rules: No fakes over $50 and no leather too high pass $100! Every mall, department store, and discount shop was combed through and finally they found their treasures. One of them found leather Ralph Lauren riding style boots for only $90, originally retailing around $300. Some may argue that if you buy the fake stuff at low price points you can save money and buy more styles, while others my say all you need is one good leather pair and your good. Me, on the other hand, I like to mix it up, but whatever your choice, whether it be real or faux, and for whatever the reason just remember to look good while doing so.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

La... La... Lanvin (Loves) H&M

Do you remember the madness of last year's Jimmy Choo Holiday H&M collab??? Well this season H&M is teaming up with the fab Parisian brand of Lanvin to bring a fun, chic collection to the table. Dating way back from 1867, this brand has a long line of fashion history in its blood, designing everything from men's, women's, children's, home decor, bridal, fragrances, and haute couture.
The collection debuted on Thursday night in Pierre, NY with a fashion show designed to copy a 1920's french club. Celebrities like J. Lo and  Madonna came out to get a first glimpse of the collection which included jackets, pant suits, and funky party dresses paired with animal print hosiery. For us regular folks, H&M stores will be opening at 8am on Saturday, November 20 and every sale will come with a special designed garment bag with paintings done by Lanvin designer Alber Elbaz. Dresses range from $199 to $249, men's suits $299, coats $149 to $249 and accessories like sunglasses for $19.95. But sorry Philly the closest stores that carry the goodies are in NY or DC so maybe you could make it a fashion road trip.  AU REVOIR!
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