Sunday, August 30, 2009

Chapter 19: The Golden Era

I am an absolute sucker for classic movies, Cary Grant is my all time favorite leading man. And of course, who could forget Lauren Bacall, Vivian Leigh, and Rita Hayworth, just to name a few of the most talented and glamorous leading ladies of that Golden Era. Therefore, I am beyond ecstatic that Fall 2009 is all about the the sultry 40's conservatism chic. Of course, the va va voom beauty is back too. Dolce & Gabbana sent the ladies down the runway with perfectly liquid-lined eyes, along with vixen red lips. I am so happy glamor is back!

*runway photo credit

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Chapter 18: Style Dello Russo

Oh ANNA DeLLO RUSSO!!! How my heart fawns over your style.

Words cannot describe how much I admire Anna's innate sense of fashion. She's fearless, confident, and most of all, she stands her the very edgy of fashion. She can take any runway or couture piece to a level of equilibrium between wearability and functionality, yet does not cross the invisible line of being over the top. Ladies and gents, this is as good as fashion gets. Ms. Dello Russo is just a glamorous style vixen. And damn, does this women have a killer body or what!

*I do not take any credit for the photos used, all found via various websites.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Chapter 17: Meaning behind the Metal

I just recently discovered Dogeared jewelry, not only are the dainty necklaces and bracelets charming, they are all full of meaning. Each item comes tied around a positive and memorable message which makes wearing this particular piece of jewelry that much more personal. These are everyday items that you can hold close to your heart. I particular like the lotus, as the message is what my father, one of the most intelligent and wise man I have ever known, always told me to live by when growing up. A daily reminder that is encouraging, yet I hold dearly to my heart.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Chapter 16: History Lesson on Balmain

In the period following World War II, Pierre Balmain was "a king of French fashion" and outfitted stars including Ava Gardner and Bridgette Bardot After Pierre Balmain's death in 1982, the house was led by Erik Mortensen, described by Vogue as Pierre Balmain's "right hand." Oscar de la Renta led the house between 1993 and 2001. Under Pierre Balmain, Mortensen, and de la Renta, the house was known for its classic, luxurious designs. Today, the house is led by designer Christophe Decarnin whose vision for the house is more modern and edgier. (

From the classic looks that grace the 40's most glamorous movie stars to today's edgy looks that is every fashionista's dream, Balmain has completely trancsended it's style 180 degrees in just 8 short years. Although my heart pounds strongly for both looks, I cannot help but wonder, is it still Balmain when it's vision no longer illuminates the style of it's original creator? Will Pierre Balmain be pleased if he is alive to see today's line? Decide for yourself...

Fall 2001 Oscar de la Renta's final collection for Balmain

Fall 2009 Christophe Decarnin's latest collection for Balmain

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