Tuesday, October 26, 2010

innerwear as outerwear & how you can pull it off!

For Spring 2010 RTW designers from New York to Milan embraced innerwear as outerwear and while the weather's changing from summer to autumn you can still embrace the innerwear trend through the seasons. Lucky for you, we've got just the right must have for Fall so you can achieve the chic Lingerie look.
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Yves Saint Laurent (left) Jean Paul Gaultier (middle) Alexander Wang (right)

Bras on the runway is nothing new (Gaultier's infatuation with the brassier is legendary - i.e. Madonna's cone bra) but no one wants to look like they forgotten their blouse on the way out! Here's our take on the 'bra top' look.

There's nothing sexy like seeing a glimpse of the bra under a blouse, knit or worn under a tuxedo smoking jacket for an uber sex vixen look. We say go with interesting pieces, deep, rich vibrant hues and bustier tops that fit properly (ladies get measured!) that show off your curves while still looking polished.

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Fendi (left) Christian Dior (middle) Cushnie et Ochs (right)

Who doesn't love a sheer frock? A lot of women stay clear of sheerness (pun intended) when it comes to dressing in fear of looking anything less then stellar but dolls it can be worn!

Sheer clothing is haute! It can be worn as a chic sheer silk chiffon blouse (like the D&G shown above) or edgier like the McQueen lace leggings or the killer Sass&Bide dress. You can go from demure to full on sex kitten with just the right piece. If you are conscious about your torso area stick with a sheer top worn with a camisole under (Spanx makes amazing camisoles) that will conceal your problem areas. A little less shy? Go for the full gusto and get a sheer-er then sheer dress or leggings and show em' what your mama gave ya!

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Chloé (left) House of Holland (middle) Vanessa Bruno (right)

Who doesn't love lace? From wedding gowns to metal gloves - lace is one textile that can be worn and interpreted in a plethora of ways.

Designers far and wide have used lace in way way or the other. From haute jumpsuits to barely there dresses you can literally have your pick at this uber haute look. The only problem with lace is that when worn incorrectly it can look matronly. We say keep the silhouette fitted (as fitted as possible), wear it with fun accessories, mix textures (leather, suede, latex - have fun!) and please mon petites, no floor length lace anything unless your walking down the aisle -- yes...that aisle!

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Sophia Kokosalaki (left) Marc Jacobs (middle) Rochas (right)

Lady Gaga allegedly started the 'pant-less' trend but honestly hot pants have always been in vogue for years....literally!

Mon petits you do not have to be a size 0.2 to wear an amazing pair of shorts! Show off your gams and flaunt them in a pair of shorts that compliment your shape. Since the season's changing we say wear your haute hot pants with fun hosiery, amazing thigh or knee high boots or an edgy bootie to make a haute girl statement!

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Dolce & Gabbana (left) Bottega Veneta (middle) Christian Dior (right)

Have you seen Dita Von Tease lately? Corsets give woman the ultimate feminine look with the cinch waist, full bosom and va va voom appeal. This look truly is a timeless piece and we here at LPB feel every woman should own one sometime in their life!

Corsets can be interpreted in bustiers, dresses, skirts - the full gamut. The structure of a corset improves and/or enhances one's shape and when worn properly can give you smooth unbelievable Jessica Rabbit curves. If you want to go classic wear a corset bustier with a high waisted pant or skirt (for Fashion God's sake - please no low rise anything --- it will give you a stuffed muffin top look that is just offensive!) , a corseted style dress (Dolce & Gabbana has those down to a T!) or wear a corset-esque accessorie like the KDM corset belt.

So ladies, take those haute innerwear pieces and wear them out...now!

With Bullying being a nationwide epidemic one would think that an individual whose whole career is based on love would refrain from bashing a group of people...wrong! Patti Stanger, The Millionaire Matchmaker, is on the loose curl bashing the masses! NaturallyCurly, the leading social network for people with curly, kinky and wavy hair, has launched an official campaign against Patti Stanger - to end her curl-bashing ways. What would people say if The Millionaire Matchmaker was asking woman to change their skin color or eye color? That is basically what she is doing in her ongoing anti-curl attitude that women must straighten their hair to be attractive to men.

Michelle Breyer, co-founder of NaturallyCurly.com, challenges Stanger to a debate where the two woman can discuss her misguided ideas on curly hair and finding a man. And NC dare Stanger to rock her natural curls!

Join the NC Facebook Group "No More Curl Bashing" to support the campaign to encourage society to stop bashing curls. You can also spread the word via Twitter to stop curl bashing with the hash tag: #NOCMOREURLBASHING

So Patti are you up for the debate??

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Sure I enjoy Monopoly, Sudoku and the like but when I like to combine my two favorites 'pastimes' of bingo and fashion (don't judge -I've been an enthusiast of bingo since I was a petite fashionista in grade school!) I'd like to flex my brain playing 888bingo.com! This swanky online game site includes a variety of games, chat rooms and articles ranging from a plethora of games -- you will never be bored. Not only do you play bingo online — you can get the latest articles to help you conquer in style and become an world class gaming connoisseur! What's not to love? 888Bingo.com - the ultra haute online bingo site with it's fabulous graphics, amazing prizes and endless games will literally have you addicted at the first click!



Given the temperature and upcoming holidays, one may go to sleep and dream of Halloween candy, those petite baked by melissa cupcakes or red velvet party dresses, but when we close our eyes, visions of Sonia Rykiel knits, frocks and the occasional fur dance in our heads. We’ve spent the past few hours scouring images of models from the past and present seasons donned in stripes, ruffles, stacked heels, ohh la la lingerie inspired dresses and stellar sunglasses despite the impending trick or treat holiday we’re desperate for a dose of a Rkyiel...
Now we won't be caught head to toe in just one designer but our lovely Madame Rykiel is the inspiration for our daytime look - perfect for a stylist out schlepping (i.e. me!) . Her bold and graphic knits are legendary: the pieces glide on the body, last for ages and can truly last the test of time (and trends)... what's not to love?

Besides her knits Rkyiel is also known for her shocking red mane - while we have to seriously consider going from brunette to rouge we would totally don the beret + big hair + sunglasses look seen here at her Spring 2009 RTW collection(one of our all time favorite hair looks to be exact)... The look is a nod to the past yet it's so now that it can be worn by just about anyone who dares to make a scene!

Mon petites, we can not resist a good head piece and this one screams pure unadulterated drama ... perfection to us!
It's well known French women bring it! when it comes to effortless chic and you can not go wrong with a LBD by the Rkyiel clan (daughter Nathalie is the creative director) it's a well spent investment!!!

Sonia Rykiel, a fixture of Paris fashion for over 40 years is a legend in her right and has set the fashion world on fire and kids we are so haute for frocks we might just be on fire!

Time to Say "Good Buy!" To Halloween...

To celebrate its 60th anniversary of Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF, UNICEF turned to Lauren Bush and Ellen Gustafson (the dynamic duo behind FEED projects) and HSN - FEED/HSN respectfully and created the FEED Trick or Treat Bag for UNICEF. Proceeds from each purchase of the Limited Edition bag (inspired by the soon to be iconic FEED bags - which has provided funding for over 55 million school meals for children around the world through the United Nations World Food Program ) will be donated to UNICEF.
For each “FEED Trick-or-Treat” bag purchased at HSN or hsn.com, HSN will donate $3.50 to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF to help support UNICEF micronutrient supplement powder programs. These programs help children under the age of five with a high malnutrition risk and for just about $3.50 UNICEF can provide a child with fortified nutrition for one year. Added bonus: all HSN proceeds from the purchase of the bag will be donated as well... sold!

Adrienne Bailon, Courtesy of Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images

Ali Larter, Whitney Port and Adrienne Bailon are all fans of the charity and donned the haute bags at the recent 60th anniversary. Mon Petites, you don't need to be a celeb to do your part and at less then $20 it's a donation that will help legions of people truly in need you're be a star too!

The FEED Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF bag is currently available for $13.20, exclusively at hsn.com/hsncares through Halloween. What are you waiting for?
Calling all Haute Gals, Guys, Moms, Dads - et al ! Get ready for a spook-tacular All Hallows Eve Eve treat for the entire clan…

The Good Home Co. store, located in the heart of Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood, will be the celebrating the spirit of Halloween with tarot card readings and wine for grown-ups, and sweet treats for kids. No kids - don't fret! Go to the event for a pre Halloween cocktail and get some amazing products for your home... you never know what or who the night may bring your way!

Stop by to enjoy these little pleasures and shop for luxurious, 100% vegan home fragrance and non-toxic cleaning and laundry products.

Check out the seasons' "it" scents of Cinnamon Chai, Latte Spice, Sandalwood Amber and Anjou at the event and get your fortune read ... win/win!!
But most of all, don’t miss the vintage potpourri bar where owner Christine Dimmick creates customized batches of potpourri using an enchanting bounty of autumnal botanicals, or a personal eau de toilette “potion” for yourself.

Tarot Cards & Treats At The Good Home Co. Store

Day: Saturday, October 30th
Time: 4:00-7:00 pm
Location: The Good Home Co. Store
132 1/2 West 24th Street
Ground Floor New York, NY 10011

Tuesday, October 19, 2010


Tommy Ton snapped this photo, pitting 2 of AW10′s hautest shoes against each other. Fashionista asked which shoe would you wear- here we give the masses 2 options on how to rock the Bottega Veneta Wedges or the YSL Pumps... you be the judge!
The Yves Saint Laurent Palais Mohawk Suede Pumps are everything dreams are made of! These classic suede pumps get a high-fashion boost with the ultra haute ultra modern mohawk that can been seen on the most fashionable girls all over the world. Here we paired it with the pleated perfection of a frock by Versus and fashion warrior cuffs by Celine that would have every 'it' girl salivating!
Where the YSL pumps are in your face glam the Bottega Veneta Wedge sandals (in leather or metallic) are timeless, chic and can be worn day or night. Here we paired it with a cool fall Chloe jumpsuit and Temperley belt for a modern 70's look (we would do big full curly hair - but that's another post altogether...) the look screams Bianca Jagger 2010...haute!

Mon petites, we here at LPB think that the more the merrier - who needs to choose when you can have your mohawk pumps, metallic wedges and strut too!

Brilliance of Brilliants...

Light, bright and impossibly lovely, Cartier Jewels are bold statement making pieces that have literally made history time and time again! Here, the publication of the year in our book (pun intended) showcases the worlds most dazzling adornments and the rich history of Cartier!
High Jewelry by Cartier
Contemporary Creations

Written by Sophie Marin


As the name implies, this exuberant tome is a heartfelt opus to a jewelry house without equal and the geniuses behind the brand. Written by Marin, this dazzling homage combines on of th most fascinating cornucopia of archival images, rich history and evolution of the jewels that define luxury.

NECKLACE – platinum, yellow gold, 118 rubies totaling 210 carats, baguette-cut diamonds, brilliants. Cartier London 1937, for Maharajah Digvijaysinhji of Nawanagar.

Cartier Archives © Cartier, from High Jewelry by Cartier: Contemporary Creations, Paris: Flammarion, 2009. © Flammarion S.A., Paris, 2009, © Cartier International, 2009.

Known for having sensuous forms, dramatic imagery and vivid symbolism selection of unusual works–including crowns, necklaces and a plethora of accessories–that highlight both the technical and aesthetic aspects of these luxury masterminds - Cartier exemplifies true craftsmanship. In the book Marin leaves no stone (there goes the puns) unturned detailing the house's inception and constant reinvention of what jewelry truly is...

RING- yellow gold, white gold, brilliants, yellow diamonds, onyx nose and stripes, emerald eyes.

Marin examines how the masterminds at Cartier used innovation inspired by nature, art, their clients' wildest desires when brought to fruition brought fourth intricate pieces of art that still remain relevant today as it was then.

BANGLE – white gold, brilliants, onyx nose, emerald eyes.

Photo by Nils Hermann, from High Jewelry by Cartier: Contemporary Creations, Paris: Flammarion, 2009. © Flammarion S.A., Paris, 2009, © Cartier International, 2009.

Our favorite part of the book of course is the well written look at the PANTHÈRE de Cartier collection. As Marin notes - Cartier first pounced on the haute, feline-theme jewelry in 1917, with an animal print watch dial - inspired by the house's former fine jewelry director and true style icon Jeanne "Panther" Toussaint and first imaged by legendary jewelry designer Peter Lemarchand. Since then the PANTHÈRE has evolved but still remains instinctively Cartier.

NECKLACE - platinum, eight cabochon-cut Ceylon sapphires totaling 79.27 carats, briolette-cut diamonds, brilliants, sapphire spots, onyx nose, emerald eyes.

This genius collaboration : the PANTHÈRE de Cartier pieces is by far truly astounding and in the tome you will be engulfed in the cat's 'magic' as Toussaint described it in great detail through the visual feats
- the images alone will leave you breathless.

BRACELET – platinum, carved emeralds, rubies and sapphires, brilliants.

Photo by Nils Hermann, from High Jewelry by Cartier: Contemporary Creations, Paris: Flammarion, 2009. © Flammarion S.A., Paris, 2009, © Cartier International, 2009.

From María Félix (whom I do wish the book showcased more) to the Maharajah's of India - Cartier’s devotees have included global luminaries, as well as sirens of stage and screen. You will be memorized by the pieces worn by royalty, society elite and the like.

NECKLACE – white gold, brilliants.

Photo by Nils Hermann, from High Jewelry by Cartier: Contemporary Creations, Paris: Flammarion, 2009. © Flammarion S.A., Paris, 2009, © Cartier International, 2009.

Epitomizing luxury for over a century, originally a jeweler of kings, Cartier is often dubbed “the king of jewelers.” Renowned for its craftsmanship and exquisite materials, the marque is a byword for opulent innovation.

BROOCH – platinum, one carved aquamarine weighing 347.61 carats, one oval-shaped amethyst, purple sapphires, brilliants.

Photo by Nils Hermann, from High Jewelry by Cartier: Contemporary Creations, Paris: Flammarion, 2009. © Flammarion S.A., Paris, 2009, © Cartier International, 2009.

Cartier's Orchids: filled with metaphoric symbolism and sexual innuendo are truly floral sculptures of jewelry perfection are showcased with such brilliance in the tome you will be left speechless. Marin details how these gems are brought to life thanks to the ingenuity and genius of Cartier.

BRACELET – platinum, white gold, ribbed coral beads, enamel, brilliants, emerald eyes. Cartier Paris 1932 and modern.

Photo by Nils Hermann, from High Jewelry by Cartier: Contemporary Creations, Paris: Flammarion, 2009. © Flammarion S.A., Paris, 2009, © Cartier International, 2009.

High Jewelry (Flammarion) is not just another showcase of Cartier, this monograph includes beautifully detailed photographs and an in-depth look at the decadent work of the jewel luminary and contextualize the brand's work within the creative art and it's evolution through history. With stunning images and authoritative essays, this monograph illuminates the full range of the ingenious brand.
NECKLACE - white gold, diamonds, six emeralds drops, onyx hoop, onyx nose and spots, emerald eyes.

The distinctively silver embossed , red cover tome is designed to look like a Cartier jewelry box— and for some of us it's the closest we will get to ever owning a piece from the amazing brand and trust us it's a well worth investment!