Wednesday, October 29, 2008

COCOSA IS THE NEW LUXE!

Some of my most beloved accouterments hail from the UK - Alexander McQueen, Posh Spice (sue me!), Daniel Craig & now Cocosa the much anticipated luxury e-commerce site! Bauer Media, publisher of many of the UK’s most famous fashion titles such as Grazia, Pop (my fave editorial!) and Arena Homme + is set to launch the über exclusive online boutique!

Think of the most aspirational members-only club and you are on the right track to understanding what Cocosa offers the fashion connoisseur.
Cocosa is an invitation-only fashion destination for women, offering its members exclusive access to carefully curated private sales of premium fashion brands at special prices, each running for a limited period and brimming with an unrivalled selection of on trend pieces.
A sneak peek at what's in store at Cocosa

HOW IT WORKS
Each Cocosa sale is announced to members in advance by e-mail, is focused on one specific leading designer brand at a time and is offered online for 48 hours only. Each item has limited availability but if you manage to get in early enough and purchase one, the Cocosa experience continues and your precious item is specially packed and shipped immediately to your selected location.

WHY IT'S SO FABULOUS!
Cocosa uniquely combines its sumptuous sales with leading fashion editorial. Members can look forward to exclusive coverage from leading fashion experts and wardrobe advice from the most respected fashion journalists, all designed to ensure that Cocosa delivers an experience normally reserved for the fashion insider.

HOW TO JOIN
For a limited time only La Petite Blogettes can join this private Paradise of Haute Couture by logging onto www.cocosa.com. Your exclusive invitation code is: lepetiteblog ......What are you waiting for!

The FIERCE-ness: PROJECT RUNWAY Season 4 on DVD!

The wait is over and it’s ‘sew’ time. The Phenomenon known as PROJECT RUNWAY: THE COMPLETE FOURTH SEASON will strut it's Fierce Self onto DVDs November 4! Watch the aspiring Fashion Designers Rami Kashou, Jillian Lewis & the winner of "PROJECT RUNWAY" Christian Siriano all strive to make it to the convented New York Fashion Week.
Jammed packed with Bonus Features & Extended Episodes you can indulge in this Tour de Force of Fierceness!

Avaliable November 4th DVD on AMAZON & DVD retailers nationwide

Monday, October 27, 2008

Recession Chic- Look Amazing on Any Budget!

In the current economic climate which buying accessories & beauty products with insanely exuberant price tags are beginning to seem gauche (we're still in shock!) Sadly we at LPB are saying tata (for now!) to the free-spending style we've once considered the norm; but fear not dolls -no matter how co$t conscious we may be at the moment we've found products that will keep us posh & out of the poor house!
Tarte Cosmetics Cheek Stain in BLISSFUL a soft sheer pink perfect for the fresh face look
Tarte Cosmetics Cheek Stain in TRUE LOVE a sheer watermelon hue
There's nothing more luxurious then Bergdorf Goodman & now with it's 2 exclusive Tarte Cosmestics Cheek Stains BLISSFUL & TRUE LOVE it just upped it's notch! Both shades goes on sheer giving you a youthful hue that Tarte Cheek Stains can only do! For Recessionistas it's all about getting your hands on the most coveted products without sacrificing daily meals and these cheek stains are it (plus it gives you a reason to go to Heaven on Earth)!

BLISSFUL & TRUE LOVE cheek stains FABULESS PRICE $28

Tarte Cosmetics Cheek Stains in BLISSFUL & TRUE LOVE exclusively at Bergdorf Goodman

COSMOHOLIC COSMETICS addictive hues(from Left to Right): Promiscuous Pink, Prudish Pink, Passionate Peach, Mysterious Mocha, Bossy Berry, RockStar Red, & Gold Digger

COSMOHOLIC COSMETICS FABULESS PRICE $20.00
Cosmoholic Cosmetics 'Liquid Lipstick' goes on smooth, gives your pout an amazing shine & comes in the most luxurious hues. These 'Liquid Lipsticks' won't break the bank and will keep your looking as posh as ever!

Available for purchase at high end boutiques nationwide & CosmoholicOnline.com
Indulging in decadent desserts may seem passé (& dangerous to your hips, butt & thighs ) but fear not Ladies Ganache for Lips the all natural gourmet lip balm infused with Shea Butter, Vitamin E & Scharffen Berger Chocolate is completely fat free so you can indulge in all nine luscious flavors without any guilt! The lip balm goes on super smooth and really hydrates your lips without that pesky waxy residue! At under $4 a pop a resourceful Recessionista can't resist these amazing treats......

Available at WholeFoods, Kitson, BeautyHabit & Ganache For Lips

BIOELEMENTS Oxygen Cocktail the amazingly fabulous oxygen-boosting serum that hydrates and moisturizes the skin to epic proportions...

Oxygen Cocktail by BIOELEMENTS FABULESS PRICE $37.00
Who doesn't love a cocktail? With BIOELEMENTS Oxygen Cocktail you can have beautiful, hydrated youthful skin that won't cost you your mortgage! A staple amongst celebrities, noted make up artist & Recessionistas 'in the know' BIOELEMENTS Oxygen Cocktail combats the horrific signs of aging & can be worn under your most beloved foundation so you can stay moisturized while looking flawless!

Available at BIOELEMENTS spas, www.bioelements.com, or call 800 433 6650 for more information
Lanolin Ago Tval Egg White Facial Soap The secrets out! The Swedish practice of applying an egg white facial once a week was transformed into soaps by KALA Style at the turn of the century. These soaps are made of pure egg whites, rosewater, and lanolin to firm and smooth the skin.


Lanolin Agg Tval Egg White Facial Soap FABULESS PRICE $4.50
Egg White Facials are known to work wonders on complexions. This highly rich soap purifies the skin leaving your face beyond luminous! Filled with egg whites & rosewater you will me amazed that for under 5 dollars you will feel and look like a million bucks!

Available at KALA Style


Sea Breeze Actives aka 1,001 possibilities! This product can remove oil, dirt, makeup, unclog pores, remove blackheads, neutralize the sting & itch of mosquito bites, condition hair, treat cuticles, cool heat flashes remove excess oils, the list can go on & on......................

Sea Breeze Actives FABULESS PRICE $5.49

The Pièce de Résistance ~ Sea Breeze Actives it's literally magic in a bottle! Used for various treatments from skincare to waxing this multi-functional astringent is a Reccessionista's dream! At just under $6 a bottle you can afford to invest in this bottle of endless wonderment!


Available at drugstore.com


Moisture Lock Leave-In Conditioner the newest tress tender, from the 'Queen of Curls' herself Ouidad!
This weightless treatment that infuses each individual hair with conditioning proteins promoting healthy luxurious hair.

While Moisture Lock Leave-In Conditioner is specially formulated for curly hair it literally works wonders on all hair types (here at LPB there's a plethora of ethnicities ,hair types & personalities ~ we all tried & fell in love with the product!) With constant stress and harsh effects from the environment your locks can be left dehydrate, brittle& lackluster - With this ultra luxe conditioner you can combat those horrid effects on your tresses....

Available now, Moisture Lock Leave-In Conditioner is available exclusively at www.ouidad.com & at certified Ouidad Salons.


All these products are Amazing! Let's all hope & pray the economy gets better before it worsens, I don't have the heart to be a Depressionista!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Tomorrow's Big Name


Already boasting Karl Lagerfeld, no less, on his client list, Husam El Odeh is the name to know if you're taking on the jewelry scene. First discovered by Lulu Kennedy and her Fashion East star-finding initiative in 2005, he collaborated with Marios Schwab for spring/summer 2008 and the result were these very unique pearl ear cuffs that should be worn hooked over the ear and worn behind the ear rather than in front. http://www.husamelodeh.com/

Thursday, October 16, 2008

WANTED: 'IT' Accessories

Nothing completes a stunning ensemble then AMAZING ACCESSORIES! From Huge Bolster Necklaces to Fingerless gloves you're be tickled pink with all these fab pieces....
INSANELY HUGE

Zac Posen's take on the Chandelier Earring

Huge chandelier styles (that wound down and round the neck, morphing into extravagant necklaces) at Zac Posen are perfect for the upcoming seasons! (In my book dolls chandelier earrings are never a faux pas)! Adorning your ears is the way to go. The bigger, the better - just be sure to scrape back hair or style it into an (equally sizable) quiff to get the full effect.

BOLD & GRAPHIC

Giles Deacon Graphic Earring

"Make it graphic, make it fun," said Giles when describing his jewelry (we here at LPB couldn't agree more!) - which has resulted in a collection of solar system-inspired black and white pieces, often fashioned into skulls, ring pulls, and safety pins. These pieces are perfect for day-to-night looks!


ULTRA MODERN

Jil Sander's Spear-like earrings

"Sophisticated, luxurious and ultra modern" is how Jil Sander creative director Raf Simons describes the new jewelry collaboration between the minimalist label and Italian jewellery brand Damiani. Launched at Milan Fashion Week, the limited collection of fierce African tribal-influenced, spear-like earrings and bracelets features diamonds, aquamarines, amethysts, smoky quartz, topaz, onyx and Tahitian pearls set in yellow, pink and white gold. These pieces are NOT for the tame of heart!

SHOW STOPPER

Christopher Kane's Swarovski Bolster Necklace

The Bolster necklace that Christopher Kane produced in collaboration with Swarovski straight after his first headline-grabbing show - for spring/summer 2006 - is still selling out. This luxurious adornment can be literally be worn with everything! It comes in an array of colors so you can have your pick with this "It -piece" - It will certainly set you back a few coins but it's well worth it!
FANTASY DELUXE

Lanvin Faux Pearl & Chain Necklace


Lanvin's twisted-rope faux-pearl necklace encapsulates Alber Elbaz's bird-of-paradise ready-to-wear theme and continues these jewels' long association with the house: its founder, Jeanne Lanvin, was rarely photographed without them. How better to pay homage?".... This work of art complete with steely chain, wispy feathers, bejewelled, & enameled beads is such a dream ticket item!

GLOBAL


Fiona Paxton Statement Necklace


Formerly the head print designer for Chloe, Armani and Moschino, RCA-grad Fiona Paxton launched her debut jewelry collection for autumn/winter 2008-9. Its Twenties glamour combined with intricate Indian artistry makes it unsurprising that she's such a hit with fashion's front line. Prices start at £120 and the collection is set to expand next season - make sure you're the first with one of her first. Available at Selfridges & Kabiri.

THE STYLE ELEMENT

Its No Name Periodic Ring


Part P.Diddy-knuckle duster, part-brainy chic, the Its No Name rings produced by a Brooklyn husband-and-wife design duo are kitschy - and deliciously heavy - enough to catch on. Choose from 14-carat yellow gold, sterling silver or solid platinum and each one is stamped with the periodical table symbol, atomic number and mass that you'll (possibly), remember from the chemistry lab at school. These pieces work for both doll or gent so run out and get em!
Don't let all these numbers let you forget to check the price, though... A silver one will set you back in the region of $200+, while the platinum is $6,000. Visit
www.itsno.name for more information.

ROCK SOLID


Fafafa Ring


Eye-popping color is big for Fall and if it's making you nervous, begin gently with a Fafafa ring. With Paul Smith and BCBG on her CV, designer Vibe Harslof has the style credentials and these rings, which retail for $70 and come in purple, lime, orange, red and turquoise, are a gorgeously easy start to your fall/winter season with color. Available at www.kabiri.co.uk.


ARCHITECTURAL

Matina Amanita's Manhattan Ring

Matina Amanita's 14-piece Globetrotters collection of cocktail rings draws inspiration from some of the world's most endearing landmarks, translating their architectural brilliance into creations of equally majestic gorgeousness. Rendered in gold-plated silver, semi-precious stones and glass, you'll never look at the Chrysler building - or your local bar - in the same way again.

GLAM

Reglisse Sparkle Ring


Pascale Karam-Boemond proves her knowledge of the best of the best in jewellery designers with short films at youtube.com/reglisseTV - featuring the expertise of stars such as Oscar de la Renta accessory designer Philippe Ferrandis and Peggy Huyn Kinh. And her own talent isn't to be scoffed at, either. This Reglisse crystal ring could be yours for $330.

STYLE & STRUCTURE

Jonathan Saunders for ATELIER SWAROVSKI


Jonathan Saunders certainly has a few strings to his bow - two shows on the international catwalks, and now his third collection in collaboration with ATELIER SWAROVSKI will launch exclusively at Kabiri on October 13. The graphic nine-piece range combines architectural and industrial references in a palette of black, white, gold and soft aqua. Making use of the intricate Swarovski pointillage technique, pieces include cylindrical and circular pendants, rings and leather bracelets. www.kabiri.co.uk.

RETURN FROM SATURN
Lara Bohinc Saturn Honeycomb Bracelet

This collection was inspired by the hexagon-shaped atmospheric patterns that occur on Saturn, translating this unusual weather condition through the use of these shapes ~ these shapes make up the cutest pieces that should be worn day or night! With it's rich color palette the pieces can be worn with anything....
PUNK ROYALE



Fingerless Gloves by Louis Vuitton

They're tipped as the next big accessories trend so make sure you get your hands into a pair of fingerless gloves. We're coveting this hot pink pair from Louis Vuitton's Cruise 2009 collection which, adorned with delicate trinkets, are elegant as well as practical. Toughen up a figure-hugging dress with them or wear with a retro bomber jacket.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Spring 2009 Ready-to-Wear
Christian Dior

With some of the collections this season having been judged relatively tame and commercial because of the credit crunch that is hitting every headline possible all over the world, we were relying on John Galliano's Dior show to shake us out of morose recession-inspired musings and give us plenty to dream about.


But he rarely gives us what we expect of him, and having been accused of over doing the showmanship occasionally in the past, Galliano has made it his business to prove he makes real clothes for really rich women to wear - as well as to daydream about.

If the recession means we'll be buying less but we'll be buying what have now become "investment" pieces, the Dior customer has plenty of potential to spend next summer. Short sleeved jackets in black snakeskin or sticky looking white alligator were nipped at the waist by matching wide belts, the weighty feel of the leather balanced by flirty little chiffon skirts in pleats of white or tiered, transparent black. An occasional splash of leopard spots on a sleeveless chiffon dress continued the Amazonian theme, while long, tanginess-shaped hairpieces compounded the feeling that a team of the world's most scarily beautiful women had rampaged into the Tuilleries.

Spring 2009 Ready-to-Wear
Christian Dior

Spring 2009 Ready-to-Wear
Christian Dior

Spring 2009 Ready-to-Wear
Christian Dior
It was fun and flesh-baring with chiffon mini dresses of fuchsia, orange, raspberry, pink, blue and green expertly gathered close into the body, while corresponding minis in pale pastels proved Galliano was covering every possibility.
There were showstopper jewels and coins smothering sexy halter neck dresses that had a harder attitude when studded in gold, while frothy layered chiffon showed true craftsmanship as well as adding a more romantic mood and a finale of full-length dresses that, floating in clouds of colored chiffon from double buckles at the neck, put bondage up against light femininity once again.
Spring 2009 Ready-to-Wear
Christian Dior

Galliano is still undoubtedly fashion's favorite showman, despite the commercial potential of this collection. He took his bow - after a suitably starry lights down, drum rolling, strobe lit pause - with a seductive smile and a better hip wiggle than any of his models, his glossy golden locks combed straight down his leather-clad back yet again he proved that he's still king of the fashion jungle.


Jenden Eyes by Nathan Jenden



Good news for eyewear addicts, Nathan Jenden, Diane Von Furstenberg creative director and Central Saint Martins graduate, is set to release his first collection of sunglasses in time for the sunshine of spring/summer 2009. The playful five-piece range is a fusion of modern glamour and hip-hop attitude and features retro frames with flat bows and crystals in a palette of black, pink and white.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

LIAIGRE by Christian Liaigre

Christian Liaigre has created environments for some of the world's most renowned Resorts, Eateries & Fashion Luminaries. Recognized among design aficionados & contemporary culture devotees for his intoxicating take on interiors and the luxury lifestyle, Christian Liaigre has cultivated contemporary notions of classicism, elegance, minimalism & modernism as a true design force. LIAIGRE by Christian Liaigre
with Thomas Luntz, Paris: Flammarion, 2008

In his latest Magnum Opus - LIAIGRE by Christian Liaigre the unparrel interior designer takes us inside six exclusive properties to unveil his luxurious world of conceptualizing environments that are effortless! This immaculate volume provides us with a voyeuristic look at Liaigre's indelible style. From his diverse projects - a luxury yacht, Spanish & Swiss residences, a Villa on Côte d'Azur, and a an island sanctuary in Bora Bora showcases (in extraordinary panoramic views throughout the book) his Zen meets Luxury aesthetic which transcends boundaries in interior design. His approach to style, function & proportions are meticulously details in this amazing book and it's truly an investment for for amateur and professional interior designers alike.

La Renaissance, Geneva.

Internal metal shutters protect the study from the glare coming off the lake.
Leather furnishings by Christian Liaigre, a Connétable desk in black-patined metal.
Sculpture: anthropomorphic wooden statue from the Terai region of Nepal.

Photo © Jean-Philippe Piter, from Liaigre by Christian Liaigre with Thomas Lunz, Paris: Flammarion, 2008.


Rosedale, Toronto.

Designed by Christian Liaigre, the monumental ebony fireplace matches the scale of the immense drawing room, overlooking the garden.
Lamp: Hervé van der Staeten
Photo © Jean-Philippe Piter, from
Liaigre by Christian Liaigre with Thomas Lunz, Paris: Flammarion, 2008.

For more details on LIAIGRE by Christian Liaigre check out Rizzoli New York, Amazon.com and Barnes&Noble

L'Wren Scott Spring/Summer 2009

RED carpet favorite L'Wren Scott delivered a collection that was distinctly avian-flavoured today to a front row that included Sarah Jessica Parker, Ellen Barkin and Rachel Feinstein Currin.
In a palette that consisted almost exclusively of black, white and grey, Scott tried to inject some volume into the collection entitled Zephyr after the God of wind. Her trademark, lean lines were in evidence albeit with a fluffy, feathered edge – a marabou trim here, a feathered Stephen Jones trilby there.
Among our list of "loves" (which also included the aforementioned hats) were the organic prints that popped up in the so-tailored-you might-not-be-able-to-breathe dresses.
There was a striking, organic-looking lace print on a demure boat-necked dress, belted in red patent leather, that would look quite at home in Victoria Beckham's wardrobe and a feathery looking print on a nipped and tucked cocktail dress that is bound to pop up at a film premiere in the near future.
And as for the accessories? Worn by the bouffant-haired and smoky-eyed ladies, we were particularly taken with the lace-up, cut-out heels.
L'Wren Scott played with a lot of textures, feathers, laser cut out on the shoes, the looks were very modern but understated looks you could wear on an everyday basis (granted you have the personality to pull it off...that's another story!)
L'Wren Scott
Spring/Summer 2009

BOUCHERON's Leane

The blackened gold collar wraps organically around the neck and is covered in tiny white and brown diamonds and sapphires. Flowers - which open and close - contain dazzling ruby hearts, while an extremely rare 15 carat lilac sapphire is at the hidden among the thorns of the setting and can be removed and worn as a pendant.

BOUCHERON has finally revealed Shaun Leane to be the jeweler behind the latest collaboration in a succession of high-profile partnerships to celebrate the luxury label's 150th anniversary - a one of a kind necklace.

For the dramatic piece, Leane took inspiration from one of Boucheron's muses: Mystery. The evening-flowering Queen of the Night bloom, inspired the delicate, blackened gold flowers that are embedded with rare white and brown diamonds and sapphires, which can open and close - just like the flower itself - with the help of hidden buttons.

"I was also inspired by the Countess of Castiglione who lived as a recluse but was also a famous femme fatale," said the Hatton Garden-trained jeweler of his creation. "She was alleged to have had beautiful eyes that changed color between blue and violet, so I used an extremely rare 15 carat lilac sapphire in the setting that can be removed and worn as a pendant."

The necklace was unveiled at a super-exclusive party at the Boucheron store in Mayfair, which saw 30 teams made up of editors-in-chiefs, fashion personalities and Boucheron's VIP clientele race around London on a treasure hunt to win £100,000 worth of jewelry.

Soylent Green is Balenciaga

Sci-fi costumes courtesy of Nicolas Ghesquière? It doesn't require a stretch of the imagination, especially given the Balenciaga designer's Spring collection shown last week in Paris. On October 24 and 25, this hypothetical will be realized--French visual artist (and designer of Balenciaga boutiques) Dominique Gonzalez Foerster will be presenting a performance installation at the Guggenheim Theatre, complete with dresses by Balenciaga. The performance will be based on Soylent Green, an iconic science fiction film from the 70s. Ghesquière himself has designed the costumes-and will be attending final rehearsals.

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