Thursday, October 30, 2014

Dior And I - CinemaSTYLE

Film & TV distributor The Orchard has acquired all rights in the U.S. and Canada to director Frédéric Tcheng’s fashion documentary Dior and I, which premiered at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival to outstanding praise. And as an attendee of the screening, I was totally one of the "praisers".
This marks the third fashion film for Tcheng, who previously co-wrote and co-directed "Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel", another one of my favs and co-produced "Valentino: The Last Emperor" which is also an inspiring look into the world of fashion. The "Dior and I" documentary captures the entire process behind Raf Simons debut couture collection in his new position as Creative Director of Christian Dior Couture

In 2012, legendary French fashion house, Christian Dior Couture, announced designer Raf Simons as its head Creative Director.  Dior and I pays homage to the work of the talented Dior atelier and takes a privileged, behind-the-scenes look at the makings of Simons’ debut haute couture collection and how it returned to the origins of the house of Dior.  

The film takes an intimate, vérité-style glimpse at the inner workings of the Dior atelier, capturing the entire eight-week process up until the premiere of Simons’ collection. This includes the little-seen atelier workers – the heart and soul of the fashion industry – some of whom have sewed for Dior for decades and do so with an unbridled passion. Together, they form a support system for Simons and help to create his masterpiece collection, with every line they sketch and bead they sew.


A whirlwind of creativity, stress, determination and triumph, the movie boasts mass and niche appeal. I can't wait to see it again!

Fashion On The Face - BeautySTYLE

By: Joy Nichelle Randall

My wildest dreams came true when I heard about Gucci’s new makeup line! We all know that beauty is a major part of fashion and this fall launch drives the point home. It was only fitting to find out that this was collaboration with my personal makeup guru; The, Pat McGrath!  
According to Allure, Frida Gianni, Gucci’s creative director paired up with McGrath for Gucci Cosmetics. It combines Fashion, Glamour and Beauty for women who love luxury. They go on to say Defined by her powerful femininity, the iconic Gucci woman represents the glamour and beauty of the fashion House. Under the creative direction of Frida Giannini, the Gucci woman has evolved with a modern edge, into an icon who is strong, daring and seductive. Embracing every element of her look to the finest detail, Giannini has created a world of fashion, accessories and scent. Completing her aesthetic is Giannini’s long-held vision of a Gucci Cosmetics collection. An essential component of her look, make up underscores her many facets, ruled by her confidence and sensuality.”

Gucci Beauty offers a complete line, featuring Gucci Eye, Gucci Face, Gucci’s Lip and Nail Polishes. Complete with a skin care, skin preparation and makeup brush line. Even more good news, the packaging will display the iconic “Double G” design that this classic brand is known for. I’m especially excited to try the “Lustrous Glow Foundation”, anyone familiar with Pat McGrath should know this is something to look forward to! 

I am uber excited to experience the line! When it comes to anything McGrath has her hands on, all that glitters is…in this case, Gucci! 

Prices range from around $30 to $80 and is very comparable to other luxury lines. Gucci Beauty is now available online at Gucci.com as well as Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus. It will also be available at the following stores: Gucci New York (Fifth Avenue), Gucci Los Angeles (Rodeo Drive), Gucci Las Vegas (Crystals City Center), Gucci Dallas (Northpark), Saks Fifth Avenue New York, Neiman Marcus Las Vegas.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Lacoste Men's Sneaker

The limited re-edition of the LACOSTE LS.12 men’s sneaker, a sport-inspired design that was featured in our FW14 fashion show, is now available exclusively on LACOSTE.com and available in 30 premium LACOSTE boutiques worldwide retailing for $195.
The LS.12 is today’s sneaker inspired by the tennis shoe of yesterday’s winners. It was red-hot on the hard tennis courts in 1987.  27 years later, it’s back, and ready to take on an even tougher scene.  Designed for the streets, the new LS.12 hasn’t changed but looks entirely new. Masculine and monochrome, crafted from a combination of punched calfskin leather and tone-on-tone suede, with a thick sole fashioned for the asphalt, the LS.12 unites comfort and elegance and makes a distinctive addition to the season's urban looks.

Drawing its sports lines from the brand’s heritage, the design of the LS.12 is loyal to its original style with a thick sole conceived to withstand wear and to ensure optimum comfort.  The LS.12 discards the required tennis court white for a range of new urban colors: Navy Blue, Asphalt Black, or Dark Brown. 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Manhattan Vintage - EventSTYLE

Are you ready? Tomorrow is the Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show! This is the number one vintage clothing event in the world and one of the top shopping events of the year, returns this month to the Metropolitan Pavilion.  

For those who are new to Manhattan Vintage, the show brings together almost 100 of the best vintage dealers from the US and across the globe, offering everything from affordable vintage finds to museum quality vintage treasures. The show’s special exhibition will focus on Bonnie Cashin, considered one of America's most significant pioneers of designer sportswear. Cashin initiated the use of industrial hardware on clothing and accessories, most famously with the brass toggle she incorporated into her handbag designs for Coach. She is also credited with introducing the concept of layering to fashion and is remembered for the 'Cashin Look', comfortable country and travel clothes and accessories in wool jersey, knits, tweeds, canvas and leather. The exhibit will include items from Bonnie Cashin's archive, including pieces which have never been seen before, along with more widely recognized pieces. 

Manhattan Vintage Show, which started in 1992, draws designers, stylists and celebrities from across the globe seeking inspiration. Recent attendees include Scarlett Johansson, Katie Holmes, Jean Paul Gaultier, Amanda Seyfried, Lynne Yaeger, Hamish Bowles and Alexa Chung.

Shoppers can browse a range of price points, from from $60 to $15,000, so there's something for every vintage lover's budget. Pieces range from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. 
Manhattan Vintage Show is located at The Metropolitan Pavilion, Friday, October 24th 1pm - 8pm and Saturday, October 25th 11am – 6pm 


For more information, check out www.ManhattanVintage.com

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Karen Karch Jewelry - Sample Sale


Karen Karch is having its first annual sample sale! Stop by for a champagne cocktail and shop men’s & women’s luxury fine jewelry designs up to 70% off! Karen Karch designs have attracted bold-faced names like Celine Dion, Britney Spears, David Bowie, Mariska Hargitay, Shailene Woodley, Michelle Williams, Megan Fox, Vincent D’Onofrio, Courtney Love, Bravo TV’s RHONY and ABC’s Agents of Shield. 
Sale runs from Thursday October 23rd -Saturday October 25th at the Karen Karch Gramercy location 38 Gramercy Park North. 


Monday, October 20, 2014

Ugly Christmas Sweaters Are Back!


Get ready for the holiday 2014 season with ugly Christmas sweaters! No...this trend has not yet left the building and if you didn't see my take on it from Christmas 2013 with Target, you can go back in time HERE

The ironic trend takes life in Funky Christmas Jumpers’ latest lookbook featuring Ruldoph, cheeky sayings and of course...you know who...Santa Claus. The brand has been worn by the likes of Rita Ora and One Direction’s Harry Styles. Time to cuddle up with your loved ones and show off your appreciation for the Christmas season with these quirky designs.





Saturday, October 18, 2014

Alexander Wang + H&M

I am SO all about this collabo with Alexander Wang and H&M! I love wearing black, in fact, lately no matter how hard I try,  I've found it pretty difficult to wear any other color...go figure. Anyway this collection is right up my alley for sure! Launched on Thursday night in New York, the collection is full of street chic fashions including crop tops, mesh dresses, the most fabulous gloves and hats I've seen in awhile and much more! Check out these exclusive photos from the look book and let me know your thoughts. Your comments are welcome! Let's have a STYLEconvo!
















Missed the live stream of the show? No worries, you can check it out HERE!

Shea Yeleen + National Fair Trade Month


Did you know that October is National Fair Trade Month? Well, now you know and this is the perfect time to show your support.

Buying fair trade products ensures that you're receiving quality products and the people who create them get a fair deal for their hard work. Shea Yeleen's all natural, unrefined shea butter body products are 100% fair trade. In fact, Shea Yeleen pays their female workers in Ghana, Africa three to four times more per pound of shea butter than their competitors, allowing them to increase their incomes by an average of 200%. Through these efforts, Shea Yeleen is helping hundreds of rural shea butter processors to become active participants within the global shea butter market and generate income to send their kids to school and invest in their families. Now, I'm always down to support something like this! 
Bottom line, your skin needs moisture to stay healthy and glowing. Shea Butter is one of the most hydrating moisturizers available. Stemming from the fruit of the Karite trees that grow only in central and West Africa, shea butter is high in unsaponified fat, minerals, and vitamins A and E, which help your skin retain elasticity and anti-aging cell health. While many commercial beauty products contain shea butter, very few contain unrefined shea (free of process and chemical preservatives), which is the most therapeutic and beneficial for your skin. 

Shea Yeleen's body care collection of body balms, lotions, all-natural soaps and lip balms only contain the highest quality unrefined shea butter and the list of beauty ailments they can remedy are endless!

My favorite? Lavender Honeysuckle Body Balm. This dense body balm enriched with 95% unrefined shea butter, lavender and honeysuckle essential oils, moisturizes and protects the skin from daily elements leaving your skin healthy, smooth, and beautiful with a hint of fragrance. It's excellent for dry skin, especially elbows, knees, feet and hands. And you get all that for only $19.

Additional Shea Yeleen's products include:

*sooth sunburn and dry skin
*hydrate chapped lips
*soften dry feet
*prevent razor burn
*provide natural sun/UV protection (contains cinnamic acid, a natural occurring sun screen)
*eliminate hair frizz (just melt a little balm between hands and run through hair)
*moisturize dry cuticles
*smoothe dry patches and cracked skin
*heel stretch marks

I See Your Double C's

Take a look at Chanel's Fall 2014 Eyewear collection!

After last month's preview, Chanel recently released more photographs of its fall-winter 2014 eyewear campaign starring Charlotte Free. The pink-haired model poses for Karl Lagerfeld wearing the new, sleek, optical and sunglass styles. What do you think about a Chanel advertisement featuring a pastel-colored hairstyle. Love it or Leave it? Which style suits you best?







Bridal Bliss With Isabelle Armstrong


Recently, the Isabelle Armstrong Fall 2015 luxury couture bridal show proudly presented their tribute to the eternally fabulous Grace Kelly with their Fall 2015 collection of timeless designs, beautifully draped silks, delicate laces and textured fabrics. I was so happy to be in the audience and the show actually made me want to get married all of again...I'm so not surprised by that.
The collection speaks to the splendor, passion and grace that defines her enduring and distinguished persona. Luxury menswear designer J. Hilburn has provided custom tuxedos and suits for all male models in the show.

Here are a few of my favorite gowns.