September 2012

When Spring Fashion week kicks off in New York in September, it’s only the beginning of a month of furious, fabulous fashion from the best in the biz and it’s accessible to all. We’re watching Chanel on the cell, Lanvin on our laptops, and Pucci on our pads. It’s a brave new world and technology rules !

Here’s 6 things we love about Fashion Weeks all over the world…

1. The details page on Style.com

Lanvin, Spring 2013

Without the details page, you would never be able to see the killer shoes or the hot new handbags coming down the runway and you would never know that this…

Bottega Veneta, Spring 2013

actually looks like this… a marvel of construction, fabric and design.

Bottega Veneta detail, Spring 2013

2. The imaginative makeup

Makeup by Pat McGrath for DiorMakeup Artist Pat McGrath created this look for the Christian Dior couture show with pink Swarovski crystals.

3. The outrageous

The designers that push the envelope, and there are many, provide some fine entertainment along the way. This is supermodel Karlie Kloss, dressed as Boy George in Jean Paul Gaultier’s spring show.

Karlie Kloss in Jean Paul Gaultier

4. The catfights…

Oscar de la Renta's reply to Cathy Horyn

Every year, there’s always some sort of drama unfolding that gets elevated to the public eye. At NYFW this year, Cathy Horyn from the NY Times called Oscar de la Renta a hot dog in her review, saying, “Mr. de la Renta is far more a hot dog than an éminence grise of American fashion.”

(I had to look up eminence grise: it means “a person who wields power and influence unofficially or behind the scenes.”)

Mr. de la Renta responded with a full page ad in her employer’s paper, the NY Times, saying “If you have the right to call me a hot dog, why do I not have the right to call you a stale, 3-day old hamburger ?”

That’s some good stuff right there; way better than any of the “Real ” Housewives !

5. Front row seats from your kitchen table while you’re multi-tasking !

Pot roast

Technology now makes it possible for anyone to watch the best fashion in the world come down the runway in real time. Plus, you can do your laundry and cook a pot roast as you’re watching – while everyone who’s actually there is tweeting about the show delays and how hot it is because there’s no air conditioning !

6. Phoenix Fashion Week starts right when Paris Fashion Week wraps up…

Silvia Bours design from Phoenix Fashion Week 2011

Now that we’re all worked up into a fashion frenzy from 4 weeks of shows, we get to see our own Phoenix Fashion Week, live and in person at Talking Stick Resort, outside, at night under the stars, with all our crazy fashion freak friends.  And 3 cheers for our own Blogger Lounge, cuz that makes us feel special and p.s. you don’t get that in New York !

(Fashion images from Style.com, pot roast from your homebasedmom.com.)

If you don’t have your tickets yet for Phoenix Fashion Week tickets, Oct. 4-6, click here !

 

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Obsessories: Vintage hats

September 27, 2012

Beaded dress, fuschia hat, 1920's, Phoenix Art Museum

There’s something captivating about these hats from the 1920′s; they’re so full of character. While we loved everything about the new Modern Spirit exhibit at the Phoenix Art Museum, this collection of little lovelies was definitely tops !

Embroidered hat, 1920's, Phoenix Art Museum

Vintage floral hat, Phoenix Art Museum

Velvet coat, hat 1920's, Phoenix Art Museum

1920's hat & coat, Phoenix Art Museum

Vintage 1920's hat with ribbon, Phoenix Art Museum

Vintage hat, Modern Spirit exhibit, Phoenix Art Museumrt

For more from the Modern Spirit: Fashion of the 1920′s exhibit, check out our photo gallery here.

The exhibit runs from now until Feb. 10, 2013 at the Phoenix Art Museum.

Don’t miss it !

 

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DIY: Make a statement necklace in 5 seconds flat with stuff you already have !

September 26, 2012

Anyone can do this. It’s the world’s easiest Do- It- Ya- Self statement necklace. No tools. No time. No money required. I know this because I accidentally did it myself when I was getting ready for the big Prada event last week. I wanted to wear this bracelet, but the clasp was broken. Ugh. So [...]

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Emmy Red Carpet: The thrill of victory, the agony of defeat and two words for Glenn Close

September 24, 2012

Two thrillers, two chillers and two words for Glenn Close. Well, I can’t actually say anything in two words, but I’m gonna give it a shot. Thriller 1- Julianne Moore in Dior Double bonus points cuz it rhymes. But seriously, only Julianne could pull this off. Thriller 2 – Hayden Panetierre in Marchesa It doesn’t [...]

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Modern Spirit: Phoenix Art Museum spotlights vintage 1920′s fashion in new exhibit

September 23, 2012

Vintage fashion lovers rejoice ! The new exhibit at Phoenix Art Museum, Modern Spirit, opened last night and it’s extraordinary. Curated by Dennita Sewell, the exhibit features fashions from the roaring 20′s and offers an up close look at the youthful styles that liberated American women. Modern Spirit showcases vintage garments and accessories, 1920′s magazine [...]

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Photo gallery: Prada Grand Opening, Scottsdale Fashion Square

September 21, 2012

Prada put on quite the soiree last night for the official Grand Opening of the Scottsdale boutique and the fashion crowd turned out in droves. It was a lively evening, complete with high-energy music, delectable hors’ d’oeuvres, a detailed presentation of the colorful Fall collection and of course, shopping ! Here are some of our [...]

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Today’s little bit of lovely: Chado Ralph Rucci

September 20, 2012

From Chado Ralph Rucci, Spring 2013, this beautiful gown is destined for Hollywood, don’t you think ? Image from Style.com.

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False Eyelashes for Dummies: a tutorial

September 18, 2012

She told me it was easy. She gave me detailed instructions. And yet, it wasn’t. So here it is, ladies, the product you need to apply false eyelashes without feeling like a spaz. Honestly, who has the time or patience to spend putting these things on ? I mean, besides Adele ? And anyway, she’s [...]

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Power up your work wardrobe with menswear inspired looks for Fall !

September 16, 2012

One of fall’s most wearable trends, menswear is tailor-made for women who work and here’s how to make it work for you ! The best thing about this trend is adding your own personal touch with accessories; try a scarf tied in a bow at the neck… It’s easy to add in other key pieces, [...]

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British Invasion: TOPSHOP, TOPMAN launches at Nordstrom in Chandler !

September 12, 2012

Today, we’re giving you the exclusive first look at the new TOPSHOP and TOPMAN boutiques at Nordstrom in the Chandler Fashion Center ! The Chandler store was chosen as one of only 14 Nordstrom stores in the U.S. to carry the trendsetting British line, known for its eclectic, edgy fashion for women and men. Gotta [...]

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