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Monday, June 29, 2009

Michael the Fashion Icon

An icon can be measured by the extent of his musical talent and the lavishness of his wardrobe. Over the years, Michael Jackson has definitely showed his individuality and star power through his out of this world fashion choices. Remember the one of a kind red leather jacket from the Beat it video?
What about this encrusted sweater he wore at the 1981 American Music Awards? Again in red, my favorite color.
Who could forget this white tux? In his own Michael Jackson way, he paired the chic tux with skinny black pant and a gold belt for the 63rd Academy Awards. Perfect.

Michael has a very special place in our hearts not only for his music that transcended gender, race and generations but also for his fab sense of style. PYT.

Photo credits: WireImage. Visit New York magazine for complete slide show.
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Friday, June 26, 2009

Think.

Please forgive us for not writing a witty review or a touching story about a fine philanthropist today. The passing of Michael Jackson took us all by surprise and refocused our attention on what life should be. He was the King of pop, a musical genius adored by billions of people around the world. There will never be another Michael Jackson. At this point we cannot help but ask ourselves: what is life? Take time to reflect on your priorities and most importantly find what makes you truly happy and live it out. That is what we intend to do and Michael's death although difficult to swallow, is steering us in the right direction. Life is a gift that should never be taken for granted. Cliche alert - Life is short so laugh more and love more intensely. Love, FWAC xxoo

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Another fallen star at 62.

Farrah Fawcett lost her 3 year battle against cancer today. Our love and prayers go out to her family and friends. We hope her angel spirit can finally find rest.

The King is dead at 50.

Our deepest and sincerest condolences go out to the Jackson family and all those close to Michael Jackson. The world is in morning today for it has lost one of it's brightest shining stars.
We love you Michael. Our prayers are with yours.
More on this tragedy.
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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Just because we love it!

Vintage mesh bracelet by Bijou Heart. $805. Visit Net-a-Porter for purchase.
This bracelet is a definite showstopper! It looks like it was taken directly out of a dream and placed in a boutique. The arrangement of stones on the gold frame is surreal. We love it because it can stand alone and upgrade any outfit.

Even Paris Hilton got more jail time!

As reported in the New York Daily News: Singer Chris Brown avoided jail time for beating Rihanna, which experts say could send a dangerous message about domestic abuse. Singer Chris Brown might have avoided jail time in his vicious attack on Rihanna, but domestic violence experts aren't letting him off the hook so easily.
Advocates fear Brown's plea deal, which gave him five years' probation and community labor, is so cushy that it sends the wrong message to young men and victims. "It sets a very poor example," Roslyn Muraskin, director of the Long Island Women's Institute, said Tuesday."This is a person who attacks a woman for no reason whatsoever and now gets away with the attack."
Brown, 20, pleaded guilty Monday to one count of felony assault in the February attack on Rihanna after the couple left a Grammy party and fought over a text message. After seeing pictures of Rihanna's bruised and battered face, many initially figured Brown wouldn't be able to avoid jail. And now that he's been spared from prison, experts fear other boys will expect leniency for abuse.
"Even Paris Hilton got more jail time!" National Organization for Women President Kim Gandy said in a statement. "Young girls and boys watching this unfold on TV will see than men who commit violence against women practically go scot-free."

Monday, June 22, 2009

What your favorite color says about you!

THE GREEN TEAM! Green devotees have a high moral sense and tend to do the right thing. They are also known to be caring, generous and balanced. Green is however not only the color of healthy leaving; it is also used to represent envy. This duality can also be seen in green lovers. So, don't let their goody two shoes appearance fool you because they can easily turn into wicked gossips.

Friday, June 19, 2009

What your favorite color says about you!

SAY: SQUEEZE! Orange works hard to be noticed and so do the people who love this hue. Adventurous and extroverted, orange lovers are always ready to have a good time! Their energy is magnetic and very charming. If that is you, select your shade carefully because if your penchant is too over the top, others might avoid you like traffic cones.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

June 22, 2009: Fashion gives back

Mojito, rum, peartini or...so many drinks to choose from, so little time. The event is indeed coming up rather quickly. June 22nd is the date to remember. What event you ask? Fashion Gives Back presented by History Starts Now, of course! History Starts Now is a New York based non for profit organisation which focuses on raising awareness on child sex trafficking. Did you know that right now children are being sold in America, some of them being as young as 1 year old? In New York alone, 10, 000 children are abducted, sold and abused in the sex industry. Stunned? You should be. Rachael and Kristina, the founders of HSN, want you to know that: at this moment you have the power to make history. Why not help raise funds to end child trafficking and give a child their childhood back?

Fashion Gives Back is a one-night Fashion Show Benefit. Although the designer's identity shall remain a secret until the music starts, we thought you should know- scoop- his, or her, duds are being sold for thousands of dollars (retail price) as we speak! The event will be held at the Stone Rose lounge in the Time Warner building in NYC. The marble table, leather couches and dim lighting space was donated for the event. Kudos, Stone Rose!

Then, sitting by the lounges large window overlooking Central Park Rachael said, "but I love wine..." So one thing is certain: there will be wine but to find out which other drinks made the cut you'll have to come party with us for a good cause. And when the corks stop popping you'll remember HSN's motto: History starts now with you and me. Purchase tickets here.

Monday, June 15, 2009

CFDA awards tonight.

Tonight at the Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center in New York City, the 2009 CFDA Awards celebrates the top fashion designers and First Lady Michelle Obama.
The nominees for fashion's biggest awards ceremony include Marc Jacobs, Narciso Rodriguez, and Rodarte for Womenswear Designer of the year; and Italo Zucchelli for Calvin Klein and Michael Bastian and Scott Sternberg for Band of Outsiders for Menswear Designer of the Year.
The event will also pay tribute to First Lady Michelle Obama for her style inspiration through a Board of Directors Special Tribute. More nominees and awards:
Marc Jacobs, Vera Wang and Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez for Proenza Schouler for Accessories Designer of the Year
Anna Sui will receive the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award.
- As reported in the Examiner.

The Obama's French tour.

A relaxed Michelle with her daughters at the Eiffel Tower, Paris. She wore a beautiful floral scarf by Prova, shirt and biker style jacket by Rick Owens, his specialty.
The First Ladies of fashion went head to head in white last week to commemorate the 65th anniversary of D-day. Who do you think wore it better? Michelle in a coat by Michael Kors, belt by Givenchy, and shoes by Jimmy Choo? Or, Carla in Dior?

Friday, June 12, 2009

Just because we love it!

Endurance sunglasses by Carrera. $150 Visit Net-a-Porter for purchase.
If you are wondering what I am coveting these days: these are IT! I love the twist on these aviator style frames. Gotta love neon pink, perfect for any fresh face.
The New York skies are hidding right now, so entice them with your new look. Maybe these Carreras will bring the sun out!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Just because we love it!

Strapless silk mini dress by Tibi. $365 Visit Net-a-Porter for purchase.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Zac Posen to show Facebook-inspired spring collection?

At the 2009 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards this morning, Zac Posen described the resort collection he showed this week in New York as "market driven." He said he doesn't pay attention to trends, and isn't afraid to put on shows that will get noticed, if not solely for the clothes. Take his fall 2009 collection, for which he had five pianists play live on the runway, and which included clothes he described as "really far out there and close to costume" and "everything that a New York fashion editor is not looking for." He continued, "There's definitely fashion editors who get really bothered by the fact that I'm out and about and promoting my work. It's not what they desire as 'cool,' or what they think is interesting, and it probably de-myths their own existence." Perhaps hinting at his spring 2010 line, he said he wants to make a wearable collection next and cited Facebook as an inspiration.
Posen also confirmed to us he's working on a scripted
television show. The project is still in the very early stages. When asked if he's writing it himself, he replied, "I'm not a script-writer, but I'm very interested in writing in the future, whether it's a book or for a film or theater."
- as reported in New York magazine.

Just because we love it!

Silk mosaic-print dress $2, 075 by Miu Miu. Visit Net-a-porter for purchase.

Friday, June 5, 2009

OMG moment - Rumor BUSTED!!!

As reported by New York magazine:
"After Diane Pernet reported on her blog A Shaded View on Fashion that Karl Lagerfeld supposedly didn't renew his contract with Chanel, we inquired about the rumor's veracity directly with the label. A spokeswoman responded with an emphatic "No!" So there you have it. Update: A spokesperson for Lanvin has also denied the rumor that Alber Elbaz will replace Karl at Chanel."
Thank God.

OMG moment: Karl Lagerfeld leaving Chanel?

Everybody freak out!!! Karl Lagerfeld did not renew his contract with Chanel according to a solid rumor. There goes my dream of moving to France, joining Chanel and being mentored by, you guessed it, another one of my favorite designers.
Apparently, Lanvin's Alber Elbaz would take his place. In turn ex-Nina Ricci designer Olivier Theyskens would replace Alber. The designer musical chairs is still only a rumor but keep your fingers crossed anyway.
We know that you are an icon and can basically do whatever you want from this point on but, we beg you, Karl: please don't go. (in French below just in case...)
Nous savons que tu es une vedette and que tu peux, en fait, faire tout ce que tu veux à partir de maintenant, mais nous t'en supplions Karl: s"il te plait, ne t'en va pas. (French)
If in the end this rumor turns out to be rubbish, we'll be happy. But for the record, to whomever started this rumor: you are NOT funny!

MTV Movie Awards

Just in case you missed the MTV Movie Awards red carpet this past Sunday, you didn't miss much. Here it is in a nutshell. - No comment.
Therefore, these celebrities shall remain nameless for their own protection. :)

OMG moment: Roberto Cavalli selling stake in his company!

It is official! One of my favorite designers, Roberto Cavalli, is selling a stake in his company. Earlier this week, he signed a letter of intent to sell a 30 percent stake in his company to Clessidra. Clessidra which means hourglass in Italian is a private equity firm with stakes in transportation and telecommunications companies.
Although this letter is not a contract it is, just as good as one. Once they are able to determine what 30 percent of the 426.4 million+ dollar company is worth, it will be a done deal.
They plan to finalize this deal by the end of this month so stay tuned to find out how much my pal Roberto will be taking to the bank!
I cannot help but think that this might be yet another sign of the times. What do you think? Could this be the beginning of the end?

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Just because we love it!

Beaded gladiator sandals by Antik Batik. $123 Visit Net-a-Porter for purchase.

Swine flu outbreak at Vogue

We thought all of you Anna and Andre faithfuls would want to know... The swine flu epidemic is continuing its rampage and now even the rich and famous are not safe. In fact, the following memo was sent out to all Conde Nast's employees this past Monday, after one of their own was diagnosed with Influenza A. According to information received from the CDC the H1N1 virus, also known as swine flu, is a sub-type of Influenza A. The Flu advisory however did not specify the name of the victim. It only pointed out that this person worked on the 12th floor of the 4 Times Square building which is the very floor Vogue magazine calls home. From: [Redacted] Date: Mon, 1 Jun 2009 11:56:41 -0400 To: Conde Nast NY - All Conversation: Flu Advisory Subject: Flu Advisory We were recently notified by an employee working on the 12th floor at 4 Times Square that a doctor confirmed a positive test outcome for Influenza A (according to CDC, the H1N1 virus is a sub-type of Influenza A). This employee also confirms being under a doctor¹s care and currently recovering at home. In line with CDC recommendations, please monitor any flu-like symptoms should they arise and check with your health care provider about any special care that may be required should you be pregnant or have a chronic health condition such as diabetes, heart disease, asthma, or emphysema. For more information about the flu, visit the CDC website at http://www.cdc.gov/. We pray that mother superior, Wintour, is safe and adorned with a fashionable face mask! We cannot help but wonder what her mask of choice would look like. What do you think?

Monday, June 1, 2009

Model as Muse exhibit at the MET in NYC

If your fashionable feet have not yet led you to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to see the Model as Muse exhibit, here is a sneak peek. Maybe this will put a little bit of pep in your step!

Just a thought...

"For beautiful eyes, look for the good in other; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone."

- Audrey Hepburn