Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Galliano Knows Best!

It's on Day 2 of Paris shows but I must say GALLIANO served! JOHN GALLIANO has a long history of exploring different eras when designing his collections for Christian Dior; & this season was no exception - The inspiration was the late Fifties (when women were women honey!). Models with big hair waltzed down the runway to the iconic song Mrs Robinson from The Graduate for a show of geometric shapes, electric colours mixed with monochrome and bright prints. I LIVE for big hair & full on dramatic eyes (think Valley of the Dolls, Stepford Wives & the GREAT Jacqueline Susann) the collection tickled my fancy!

The models worked the runway with dramatic hair & eyes
BIG HAIR Ruled the runway at the Christian Dior Autumn/Winter 2008-9 Show - I love the make up - LOVE!
Christian Dior
Autumn/Winter 2008-9 Paris

BIG geometric patterns, big eyes and even bigger hair were the order of the day at John Galliano's autumn/winter 2008-9 show for Christian Dior.
Christian Dior
Autumn/Winter 2008-9 Paris
Christian Dior
Autumn/Winter 2008-9 Paris

The models' gigantic hair worked perfectly with the lady-like suits Those at the show were transported back to Sixties America where ladylike houndstooth-checked suits with bell-sleeves met hot pink, purple and lime green silk dresses in A-line psychedelic prints. Wearable, bright & boxy suits had matching bags and short gloves while the models' gigantic hair and earrings kept the look fresh.
Some of the more luxurious looks were the mink and chinchilla furs, with oversized buttons, cut in A-line shapes, sparkly beads on vibrant evening dresses and shiny snakeskin suits that will translate into many a Jackie-O wannabe's wardrobe next season.
The colors where bright, bold & beautiful!
Christian Dior
Autumn/Winter 2008-9 Paris
Accessories played a bit part in the collections- hats were worn low with a slight masculine appear .. .GAILLIANO really outdone himself!
Geometric patterns and beading were seen throughout the collection
Beautiful jewel-toned frocks paired with all the accoutrement's made this collection stellar
Christian Dior
Autumn/Winter 2008-9 Paris
GALLIANO take on an era was superb to say the less - Thus far Paris is my fav this season ...

GIVENCHY has announced that it will be renewing artistic director Riccardo Tisci's contract for an unspecified amount of time. After three years at the helm of the women's couture, ready-to-wear and accessories collections that he has worked hard to modernise and make his own, Tisci's role has also been expanded to include the menswear collections and accessories - the first collection of which will be shown during the spring/summer 2009 collections in September. It is little wonder the fashion house puts so much faith in the designer. Having been passed from John Galliano and Alexander McQueen to Julien Macdonald before the arrival of Tisci, the creative direction of Givenchy has finally had an injection of what some liken to Ghesquieré at Balenciaga - a knack for knowing how to bring something new every season, while remaining in keeping with the essence of the iconic fashion house. Known for his darkly beautiful shows, flowing fabrics and muse in Maria Carla Boscone, Tisci has been the creative force to breath new life into the house of Givenchy. In conjunction with the renewal of his contract – and, of course, the design house's show at Paris Fashion Week - Riccardo Tisci and Givenchy unveil a new concept store, at 28 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, this Thursday, February 28.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Model Madness

THE LAUNCH of Gisele's debut design collection for Dolce & Gabbana is drawing closer and a star-studded party in Rome is being planned to celebrate the collaboration - and, never ones to do anything by halves, other launch events will also be held in New York, London, Dublin, Paris, Barcelona and Sao Paulo. The range, Bundchen by Dolce & Gabbana, is due to launch by the end of spring. And not a moment too soon; we hear the design house expects to make around $200 million from the collection - which will include clothing and shoes - in its first year. Usually other models tend to go low-end when they launch a line but this one should be very interesting...

Friday, February 22, 2008

Here are some of my 'likes' from the Autumn/Winter 2008-9 collections...
Proenza Schouler
Autumn/Winter 2008-9 New York
Autumn/Winter 2008-9 New York
Autumn/Winter 2008-9 New York

Autumn/Winter 2008-9 Milan
Autumn/Winter 2008-9 Milan

Zac Posen
Autumn/Winter 2008-9 New York

Zac Posen
Autumn/Winter 2008-9 New York
Alessandro Dell'Acqua
Autumn/Winter 2008-9 Milan

Ashley Isham
Autumn/Winter 2008-9 London
Autumn/Winter 2008-9 Milan


KARL LAGERFELD, always one step ahead, plans to stage a unique fashion show for Fendi in Paris during fashion week – to conicide with the opening of the house's new Avenue Montaigne store. It will be the first time that Fendi, normally shown in Milan, hits the Parisian catwalks but Lagerfeld has no intention of making it a normal show. According to WWD, he has come up with a "novel way of showing" that is neither "static" or "runway". Those who remember Lagerfeld's Fendi show at the Great Wall of China, will be waiting with bated breath to see what the designer has in store for the courtyard at LVMH's Paris headquarters.

Got Body?

Famed Celebrity Trainer & Fitness Expert Gunnar Peterson has sculpted more bodies then Michelangelo (Gunnar should have his own exhibit!). He's trained celebrities, world renowned athletes & everyday people with his innovative techniques. Gunnar's dynamic work out series Core Secrets not only helped me shed 20 lbs it also reinforced a new found love for exercise (which is a feat in itself!) & a commitment to a healthier lifestyle.
Bravo Gunnar, Bravo.... Trainer Extraordinaire Gunnar Peterson
Here are a few of my fav workout DVDs from Core Secrets
This 32 min. workout sculpts & tones your body while increasing your overall strength & flexibility - if you're not accustomed to working it will be a challenge but it's worth it !

Accelerated Training Camp

This is a great workout DVD! This advanced Full Body Workout is a killer but Gunnar's humor & meticulous attention to detail is very easy to follow and you'll be sweating in no time!

Head To Toe

Don't let the '30 Minutes' fool you! It's jam packed with his signature "functional moves" (movements you do in everyday life) that will leave you exhausted but on your way to a beautifully toned physique!

Head to Toe (Extended Version)

In Core Secrets Head to Toe Extended Version you will be pushed both physically & mentally. The additional cardio intervals are not for the weak - you will work every muscle & strengthen your core - Gunnar truly has a gift for training and you will be very pleased with this work out.

For more information check out www.CoreSecrets.com & www.GunnarPeterson.com

Special thanks to Caralyn C .Hagy & Gunnar Peterson


Wednesday, February 20, 2008


There's nothing like radiant, beautiful skin & it's a trend that's always in season - Honey it's the one thing you can't knock off ! With that being said I would like to share with you all the products that keep me cuter then cute on a daily basis ;)

Tarte Cosmetics Cheekstains are the BEST hands down - they work on any complextion & it doesn't clog my pores. I love the mini cheekstains -the water-based gel blush comes in 3 new shades that will leave you looking like a dewy Goddess! It's petite size makes it perfect for the last minute touch-up when you're on the go & don't feel like schlepping too much products.

This all natural lip care is essential for every guy & doll! It goes on smooth and keeps your lips moisturized throughout the day. I love putting this one on before I put on a lip gloss - it keeps your lips from chapping & it's worth every penny!

Neem Nail Oil Pen By Dr. Hauschka SkinCare

Having beautiful skin means nothing if your hands resemble a creature from the wild. Dr. Hauschka's Neem Nail Oil Pen is the perfect daily treatment that fortifies & nourishes your nails. After using the product for a week I instantly noticed my nails were stronger, softer & my cuticles were to die for!

Lemon Body Moisturizer by Dr. Hauschka SkinCare

Dr. Hauschka's Lemon Body Moisturizer is divine- the scent alone will captivate you. It hydrates & revitalizes your skin with it's all natural lemon essential oils. It's my ultimate fave 1st thing in the morning!

Cosmedicine MegaDose Skin Fortifying Serum

Cosmedicine MegaDose Skin Fortifying Serum is a superhero! It a highly advanced, multi-vitamin & nutrient enriched cocktail of 44 synergistically blended ingredients including antioxidants, vitamins, peptides & natural extracts. It works wonders especially if you're stressed out from day to day living -- it's vital in keeping your skin's appearance healthy.
Cosmedicine Hydra Healer Maximum Strength Moisture Cream

Cosmedicine Hydra Healer Maximum Strength Moisture Cream is literally magic in a jar! It's a miracle cream!!! (please excuse my overuse of !!!- goes to show you how good it is) It so soothing and works wonders I actually use it for my entire body.. It elimates any irritation and reduces the signs of wrinkles, scars & strech marks. Cosmedicine needs to supersize it! STAT

Cosmedicine Physical Conditioning Body Skin Therapy Lotion

This Lotion is great for everyday schlepping - I have it in my bag and use it every chance I get - It's also great for your feet (ladies we all know how dry our feet can get from heels!)

per-fékt skin perfection gel

This revoluntary product is a MUST for women of any complexion! I personally don't like the look of traditional foundations & powders and this is the per-fékt solution - it goes on effortlessly and leaves you with an airbrushed glow.. Very very nice!

per-fékt body perfection gel

Being a dark-skinned woman of Haitian-African descent I'm usually NOT into body bronzers because they aren't formulated for my skintone - I was honestly skeptical of this at first but I was pleasantry surprised when I tried it on - it gives my skintone a lovely bronzed look and I highly recommend it!

the glacial facial purifying mineral mud masque & mud masque application brush

The glacial facial purifying mineral mud masque contains mineral-rich and pure glacial clay in harvested from the remote waters of the Copper River Delta in Alaska. The glacial masque detoxifies, exfoliates and softens skin - the best part is that it doesn't break the bank! I started using this mask a couple of months ago & I adore it! I use it every couple of days to rejuvenate and it leaves my skin silkly smooth..


Tarte Cosmetics is available at http://www.sephora.com/ & http://www.tartecosmetics.com/

Dr Hauschka Skincare is available at http://www.drhauschka.com/

Cosmedicine is available at http://www.sephora.com/ & http://www.cosmedicine.com/

Per-fékt Beauty is available at select Sephora locations nationwide, HSN, Takashimaya, Fred Segal, http://www.sephora.com/ & http://www.perfektbeauty.com/.

Alaska Glacial Mud Company is availble at http://www.alaskaglacialmud.com/.

Pret- a- Lu

Laurence King Publishing is a premiere publishing house - LKP publishes some of my most beloved books dealing with creative arts. The books are brilliantly written, beautifully designed and the images are what dreams are made of (literally!) - The intricate details that are featured in every book is astounding - it's like Couture for your coffee table! Listed below you will find some of my picks for you to check out....

New Shoes
By Sue Huey & Rebecca Proctor
Fusing exquisite design with engineering, shoe design is quite unlike any other fashion discipline. Feted in fashion magazines and on television, shoes have become more coveted, more collectible and more expensive in recent years, and contemporary footwear design is now one of the most important and interesting areas of the fashion industry.
Showcasing some of the most exciting and innovative contemporary footwear designers from across the globe, this book reflects the rich and diverse range of cutting-edge design. Using specially commissioned photography, never before published sketches, and original design material, New Shoes brings together a rich mix of desirable shoes, sandals and boots to illustrate the unique blend of design skill and craftsmanship that footwear design demands.
Being a budding shoe designer myself I ADORE this book - not only does it inspire me with pursueing my dream but it showcases all the genius' behind some of the most conveted items on the face of this earth! Bravo

Couture Interiors
By Marnie Fogg
Examining the imaginative and compelling way in which fashion has permeated 21st century culture, this book considers the relationship between fashion on the catwalk and architecture, interiors and products. Many fashion designers extend their aesthetic into interiors and products for the home as a natural progression from clothing the body.
The home is now subject to the same directional trends as fashion, in part because so many designers are extending their practice to include interiors, as well as products and accessories. The fusion between fashion and interiors has never been more relevant. The proliferation of ideas, the speed of manufacture, and an increasingly visually literate consumer, have all resulted in interiors being subject to the same desire for innovation, change and fashionability as fashion. This investigation of the hectic dissemination of trends takes the reader on an eclectic, adventurous excursion into living with fashion.
Couture Interiors is such a page turner! This compelling book showcases the creme de la creme in Interior Design & Fashion..
100 Years of Fashion Illustration
By Cally Blackman
A visual feast of 400 dazzling images, this is a comprehensive survey of the genre over the last century. The book also offers an overview of the development of fashion, as seen through the eyes of the greatest illustrators of the day.
Early in the century, fashion illustration reflected new, liberating currents in art and culture, such as the exoticism of the Ballets Russes, while the postwar period saw inspiration from the great Parisian couturiers. After the dominance of the celebrity fashion photographer in the 60s, a new generation of illustrators emerged, embracing the medium of the computer, while many returned to more traditional techniques.
This book is a MAJOR must -have for designers, stylists and anyone who appreciates fashion in all it's splendor !

For more information check out www.laurenceking.co.uk


THE BLONDS have officailly taken over NEW YORK - this past fashion week was rather forgettable with the expection of the show stopping collection by THE BLONDS - The show was breath taking - each look had a life of it's own & the detail work was insane - The design duo even had Christian Louboutin under their spell - his 20mm heels were the perfect accruements for the flawless collection .

Club Cavalli

NEVER one to shy away from a party, Roberto Cavalli is turning his knack for event organizing into a business - the Italian designer is preparing to open a chain of Cavalli Clubs. With plans already well underway, the first club is scheduled to open in Dubai this October & Cavalli is getting his ultra-glamorous references in order: there will be a red carpet, pretty girls on the door to welcome guests and an interior made up of "modern and Renaissance influences, the past and the future, and especially a Tuscan touch in the kitchen", he explains. Its opening will coincide with a new block of luxury residences he is opening in Dubai this year, and it is expected to be followed by clubs in London, Milan and Miami. But while the venture is going large-scale, the designer is determined that every venue should retain his strong signature. "Everything will be Cavalli, from the furniture down to the ice holder and the dishes," the designer tells WWD. AMAZING... I just hope this doesn't start a trend .. I would GAG if there was a House of Dereon Club...

Contrary to popular belief Diamonds aren't a girl's best friend, especially if these baubles origins are associated with corruption, neglect & inhumane treatment. Conflict Free Diamonds premise is to assure buyers that the diamonds being purchased are devoid of violence, unethical treatment towards workers & environmental abuse. Here's a few tips on what to do when purchasing diamonds..
  • Ask to see your retailer's official written policy on conflict diamonds. All retailers should have one! Seriously
  • Expect educated staff members - you're spending major coins on diamonds & you should not settle for an imcompetant jeweler. Every staff member should know their company policies & government regulations against conflict diamonds.
  • Look for definitions of conflict free that mention both environmental & labor considerations, as well as eliminating violence and wars. Conflict free means an ethically and environmentally responsible origin.
  • Look for diamonds originating from Canada. Fair trade diamonds are in the works in West Africa, but certification standards are still being developed. Until then, Canadian origin with accompanying certification is still the only sure guarantee of conflict free status.
  • Look for certification and tracking guarantees. Retailers should know every country and facility their diamonds have visited, from the mine to the store. NO Exceptions!!!

While it seems like a difficult endeavor it isn't - it's worth the effort to ensure that the diamonds you purchase are conflict free - who wants drama!