Everything I Need to Know

In The Navy: Chris Tucker in Prada; Jennifer Lawrence in Dior and Busy Philips in  Gabriela Cadena 2. Angelina does red carpet leather. The rest of us don’t.

1. Navy is a lot easier to wear than black. It photographs beautifully. Matte navy absorbs flash in a most flattering way. Fab on women, men and even those expecting. It’s a clever color.

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When Worlds Collide

SET FIRE TO THE RAIN (and to this dress, please) Halle, we love you, but this Versace is right out of a Destiny’s Child video.    WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN (since SNL?)

The Golden Globes 2013 are officially done. Despite accusations that this awards season is suffering from a bit of the “meh” syndrome, there were definitely some high and low notes on the red carpet. To that end, we present our takes on best and worst while incorporating songs, albums and artists nominated for Grammys this year. Focus and you should be able to follow along…

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And They’re Off

Emma Watson chose to crop her Peter Pilatto  dress at the People’s Choice Awards (right). We wish she’d kept it knee length and puffed the peplum, as seen on their runway (left). NOT ENOUGH TWEAKING?

It’s well underway and what a great start to our favorite time of year…Awards Season. The People’s Choice Awards showed us that Hermione is certainly no wallflower in a fabulous Peter Pilatto while the Critic’s Choice Awards’ silver lining seemed to be a former archer in a Prabal Gurung cutout. It’s all too exciting and, much like Ann Hathaway’s reaction to her Oscar nomination has us crying and laughing and then doing both at the same time.

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What to Wear When It’s Cold and Gross Out

Clockwise from top right: Mariah Carey strolls in snow; even lower heeled boots fall short in the slush; Kim K does the snowbank stretch; great shot for a mag page…not so good for real life.
We can’t sugar coat it…there are days in winter when it is cold and wet and no matter how much you want to wear them, those Louboutin booties are not made for walking. Trying to ignore the giant snowbank, a la Mariah or Kim K, is just bonkers. On the flip side we have Elle McPherson: bonafide Australian surfer girl who still knows how to dress when it’s wet and cold and heels are half-baked.
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You Say Tomato

Hot tomatoes: (clockwise from top left) Emily Blunt in Roksanda Ilincic, Kate Upton in Narciso Rodriguez, Taylor Swift in her latest cd’s namesake “RED”, and Clemence Poesy in Valentino.

Move over little black, step aside ruby, imperial, crimson and fire engine red, the current way to do a dress is the tomato. A little red with a burst of orange and a pop of techno, the color of the moment when it comes to dress dressing is Campbell’s tomato soupy mmm mmm good. Skip the predictable black shoes and instead pair with a neutral one to really lengthen the leg. This color is a brilliant way to banish winter blues and is very forgiving to February pasty skin pallor. It’s a shade that looks just as great on blondes, raven haired maidens or the gingery set. 

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Leather Weather


Leather Lovers:(from left) Giovanna Battaglia in a leather dress at A/W Paris Fashion Week 2012, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Elizabeth and James leather leggings, Sophia Vargara in a leather jacket and Gwyneth Paltrow in a Hugo Boss leather dress.

‘Tis the season for leather. Even in climate-centric zones like L.A., Dallas and Miami, leather will pop its soft little head out of the closet at some point between November and January. Sourcing the skin is easy, but wearing it well, that’s a cow of a different color.Rule #1: Distressed leather only works for black and white Bruce Weber photos. It doesn’t cut it in the real world. No matter how much of a steal it is in that vintage boutique, step away from the rack.Rule #2: Hard to deliver this one but…leather is for thin people. If you have piled on a few pounds, it’s best to go another route. This stands for jackets, tops, dresses, skirts and even boots. A chubby calf or ankle popping out from the top of the coolest leather bootie is never pretty. Opt instead for leather accents like bags and gloves.Rule #3: As your age increases, the weight of your leather should decrease. Also consider a color softer than basic black. A lightweight navy leather jacket is much more flattering than the traditional Brando Biker special.

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A Shorts Story


Short stars: (from left) Kate Bosworth, Paris Vogue’s Geraldine Saglio and Kate Moss do the short thing: tucked, belted and (for Saglio and Moss) blazered.

A man should never wear shorts in the city. Flip-flops and shorts in the city are never appropriate. Shorts should only be worn on the tennis court or on the beach.” Tom Ford toAnOther Magazine, March 2011

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White Now

White Mischief (clockwise from top left): Rihanna in Adam Selman at the Battleship premiere, Real Housewife Kyle Richards lets loose in Grecian inspired Aidan Mattox, Brooklyn Decker in Calvin Klein Collection at the What to Expect premiere, and model Julia Orayen heats up the Mexican Presidential debate.

As June inches ever closer even the timid among us can bring forth their white choices from the hollows of their wardrobes. It is now fashionably safe to wear white, current to wear white and for some, a mandate to wear white. Immediately following the Cannes Amfar Gala, style icon Anna Dello Russo posted the following fashion decree “Stay in strict, smart disciplined mood…Only admitted BLACK or WHITE”. If Anna says it, it will be so. And yet, from the flurry of long white gowns crowding red carpets everywhere (starting with Gwynneth P. appearing as our fave caped crusader at the Oscars) it would seem we’re already there. Just be certain to heed Anna’s dressing orders and read between the lines to keep the white long, clean and sophisticated. Long and white lends itself to the bronzed shoulder of summer. Long and white demands beachy waves in the hair and flawlessly clean makeup. Whereas short and white is in danger of being read as too perky and bubbly (read: skating costume), long and white translates to Grecian goddess. It is both noble and effortless. Kept refined, the long and white trend is fluid and bright; akin to the words of the winner at a presidential debate. Which brings us to how NOT to do long and white. The cleavage-bearing, teardrop cut-out that landed Argentinian model Julia Orayen in the center of a media frenzy following her appearance at the Mexican Presidential debate was neither disciplined nor minimal. The event producers had asked that she wear a white dress, but had failed to specify that, like a good politician, the best whites now are disciplined, smart and cover up where needed.
The white choice: (clockwise from top left) Sophia Kokosalaki convertible strapless ruched dress (or maxi skirt) at www.net-a-porter.com, Ann Demeulemeester fringed waistcoat and gauzy skirt at www.119corbo.com, Holy Tee tiered silk and jersey at www.net-a-porter.com, Rachel Zoe strapless fluidity at www.shopbop.com, Mara Hoffman beachy crochet at www.revolveclothing.com and Badgley Mischka asymetric Grecian styling at www.shopbop.com.
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Clockwise from top : Christy Turlington, Jenna Dewan-Tatum and Jessica Alba work their
Theodora & Callum scarves, available at www.shopbop.com
Once thought to be the accessory reserved for flight attendants, U.N. tour guides and girl scouts, scarves have really undergone a coolifying makeover in recent years. They have moved from geek to chic and beyond. They have even become de rigeur gifties for fashion savvy politicos. In her official state visit to Washington D.C. this past March, our favorite fashionista first lady, Britain’s Samantha Cameron, gifted Mrs. Obama with a Jonathan Saunders printed silk scarf from his Cruise 2012 collection. As if Saunders wasn’t “on-the-cusp” already, that little gesture hoisted his flag up the fashion flagpole.
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Mullet Dressing

Clockwise from above left: Diane von Furstenberg, Jason Wu, Nina Ricci, Jason Wu (again) and Isabel
Marant demonstrate a high low hemline.

Do not adjust your computers. A bevy of designers have turned out cock-eyed…er…rather high/low hemlines for S/S2012. Mullet dressing (party up front and business in the back) is when the bottom of a skirt, dress or even a shirt is cut short in front and flows longer in back. This is in not in any way a new trend.

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