February 11th, 2010

(McQueen with his mother, Joyce, who died this month)

I was driving home, baby-talking to my son in the car when I heard the news on the radio. I was stunned. According to Times Online, Alexander McQueen was found hanged at his Central London home yesterday. He couldn’t cope with the recent death of his mother. I couldn’t believe it. It is truly tragic. The fashion world has lost one of its brightest designers.

Emanuel Ungaro Spring 2010

October 7th, 2009

Have you seen the French label Emanuel Ungaro Spring 2010 show? With all the hoopla about Lindsey Lohan being hired as Emanuel Ungaro’s artistic advisor (what the heck does such a person do anyway?), it’s definitely generating more buzz for the label. I certainly didn’t pay attention to the label before. I’m looking at the colleciton and I’m kinda underwhelmed. The silhouettes are of the ubiquitous body-con variety. The prints and details are pretty simple. I do like the color palette, the hot pink dresses look pretty sexy. I don’t get the fur stoles for spring though. NYTimes has a hilarious review about it, A Controversial Debut for Lohan in Paris. It sums it up nicely. “Celebrity fashion designers have, until now, been a mostly American phenomenon, with lines targeted to department stores under labels by Jennifer Lopez, Gwen Stefani and Justin Timberlake, among many others. But Ms. Lohan’s arrival at a 45-year-old Paris house known for $1,500 dresses and a tradition of couture craftsmanship is entirely different, something akin to a McDonald’s fry cook taking the reins of a three-star Michelin restaurant.” Lol.

Harvard’s new clothing line

September 8th, 2009

I was browsing NYTimes’ slide shows and saw these pics from Harvard’s new line of upscale clothing. There are mixed reactions about whether Harvard should have an expensive clothing line or not, mainly that it would draw an invisible class line between students from really affluent backgrounds and students coming to Harvard on financial aids (which apparently makes up for 60% of all students). It is an interesting debate. What do you think of these clothes from a fashion standpoint? I’ve always liked preppy clothes (I’m actually contemplating getting a preppy blazer once my tummy shrinks down). I like the jackets, but some of the shirts seem to be a little flashy for me, lol.

“A ramble through Harvard Yard this week, as students returned for a new academic year, revealed more bow ties, polo shirts and Lacoste crocodiles than one might find on the average college campus. But for the most part, today’s Harvard students dress however they like. The usual hoodies, jeans and flip-flops are common.)”

Read the article here

Fendi Baguettes and Gilt’s expansion

July 23rd, 2009

beguette These Fendi Baguettes in light pink and dark grey are just gorge. But dangit, at just under $700 I still can’t afford it :(. Check ’em out at Gilt along with other goodies.

By the way, according to NY Times, “next month, Gilt is introducing a second site, called Gilt Fuse. It’s kind of like the Co-Op floor at Barneys New York, where the trendier, less expensive collections reside. Clothes from Diesel, C&C, Generra and Laundry will be offered for $75 to $150. Ms. Lyne said the company is expecting a big year: Its sales are projected to reach $400 million, or about half the size of Barneys.” Sounds pretty exciting :). If you haven’t joined Gilt yet, sign up now!

NY Fashion Week Fall 09 – the fun (and pretty) ones

February 19th, 2009

Some of the shows so far have been kind of drab, including a few of my long-time favorites. The colors are gloomy, and after looking through a whole slideshow, nothing really stood out in my mind. And of course there are the opposite ones. They are so much fun to look at and really lift my mood.

Betsey Johnson
You can also count on her to bring you the so so adorably messy crazy party girl.

Marc by Marc Jacobs
Furry boots, cute sweaters, loose wool pants, and oh my God knee patches on the tights! Looking so adorable AND warm!

Miss Sixty
kind of a rebellious ingenue look.

Tracy Reese
She does classic feminine pieces the best. And I love that she put glasses on some of the models, very sexy-teacher.

Nanette Lepore
Love the colorful prints (didn’t see much of those in this FW) and the biased cuts.

(Source:’s end is soon

January 13th, 2009

I couldn’t believe it when I got this email from eLUXURY, one of the most popular e-tailers, that it will close soon:

“Over the next six months we will be transitioning into an online magazine with an emphasis in luxury markets. The new site will be utilized as a reference for providing information on a wide array of luxury categories. By June of 2009, the e-commerce portion of the site will be replaced with this new focus.”

Darn, I thought their higher-end luxury customers are still buying handbags left and right despite the economic slump. Let’s hope they will have a HUGE (I mean 90% off huge) sale at the end so we could snatch up somethin’ nice. I’m keeping my eye on this Marc Jacobs bag and this Tod’s bag, which are both already on sale. AND you can take another 20% off bags and accessories.

Marc Jacobs Collection Sethi Stripes Suvi Bag $1,250.00 $629.00 + 20% off

Tod’s Took Multitashce Media $1,550.00 $1,085.00 + 20% off

Phoebe Philo coming out of retirement

January 3rd, 2009

(from Chloé’s Spring 2002 show under the genius designer Phoebe Philo. I’d totally wear these clothes today.)

According Toronto Star:

In the LVMH stable of luxury brands, Paris fashion house Celine never really got up to speed compared to the conglomerate’s thoroughbreds Dior and Louis Vuitton. The two powerhouse money-makers rose to prominence under the creative guidance of star designers John Galliano and Marc Jacobs, respectively. Employing the same formula, a series of designers came and went quietly at Celine, never managing to make it a fashion darling. But this March, during the Paris shows, the name Celine will be on all fashionistas’ lips as designer Phoebe Philo, above, comes out of retirement to take up design duties. Philo comes with impressive credentials. She was a designer at hip Paris label Chloé and was a favourite of the fashion media. If anyone can bring the dusty Celine into the modern age, it’s Philo.

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