October 2012

Taylor Swift - BCBG boots - MIMIf you’re a Taylor Swift fan, you might recognize these; they’re the bronze BCBGirls boots she wore in the video for her break-out single “Tim McGraw.”

She was just 17 at the time, and her debut album, “Taylor Swift” was about to vault her into the limelight as one of the hottest new music artists of the day. The new Taylor Swift exhibit at the MIM offers a glimpse into the early days of country’s biggest star and her meteoric rise to superstardom that is now the stuff of legend.

The exhibit, now on view in MIM’s Artist Gallery, features memorabilia from her early days as a songwriter, some of her onstage costumes and instruments she’s played on tour.

Taylor Swift, Roberto Cavalli dress

This beaded Roberto Cavalli dress was the dress Taylor wore on her “Speak Now” tour; she opened each performance wearing it and also wears it on the cover of the “Speak Now” CD/DVD.

Taylor Swift Speak Now CD, DVD coverPhoto courtesy of Big Machine Records


Also on display is the candy-apple red Les Paul guitar, which was restored to its original shiny, sparkly self for the exhibit !

Taylor Swift, Bell from Haunted, MIM

You’ll see the large bell that appeared as a prop onstage during the performance of “Haunted” – along with the ukelele and banjo Taylor played on tour.

Taylor Swift, ukelele, banjo, MIM

Taylor bought the Koa wood ukelele while on vacation with her family in Hawaii; the banjo is a special 6-string instrument designed for guitar players and it’s actually called a granjo. Taylor played it on the songs, “Mean” and “Our Song”.

If you visit the exhibit, make sure you grab yourself some head-phones at the front desk so you can listen to the music playing in the music videos. It’s the best part of a visit to the MIM.

You can also venture over to the gift shop, where there are various Taylor Swift items available for purchase, including CD’s, notebooks for aspiring songwriters and the t-shirt from her latest hit single, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together. “

Taylor Swift, t-shirt, MIM

“Taylor-Made” for every girl or woman who’s gone through a heart-wrenching break-up and is now ready to move on !!! Ha !

You can contact the Musical Instrument Museum ( MIM ) for hours and more information online at mim.org or call (480) 478-6000.



Models on stage, Furne One, Scottsdale

Kicking off a 13-city tour, couture designer Furne One wowed the crowd again with the debut of his latest collection in Scottsdale on Friday night.  Now that I’ve seen this designer’s work on the runway a few times, it’s fitting to say this isn’t so much a fashion show, as a fashion spectacle.

It’s fantasy fashion, and while he’s been gaining international attention as a designer to the stars (Katy Perry, Heidi Klum, Jennifer Lopez), he’s built an appreciative following here in town, with his shows at the W Hotel and as the final designer on the runway at Phoenix Fashion Week this year.

This show was a fundraiser for the Christopher & Dana Reeve foundation; it was held in a private hangar at the Scottsdale Air Center and emceed by Wilber Valderrma, best known for his role in “That 70′s Show.”

Scottsdale Air Center, Furne One show

Wilmer Valderrma, Furne One, Scottsdale Air Center

Following are some of my favorite photos from the show, highlighting the incredible couture details of the clothes. Included are shots taken by Scottsdale artist and photographer Stephen Moody who graciously agreed to accompany me to the show and let me publish some of his amazing photos here !

Furne One, mannequin, Scottsdale

Before the show began, mannequins were placed on stage,displaying some of the designs


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Designer Furne One on stage, Scottsdale Air Center

The designer takes his final bow before an appreciative crowd

These are some of Stephen Moody’s stunning photographs. Thanks Stephen !

Furne One, Stephen Moody

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To see more of Stephen’s photos from the show, you can view his special Furne One slideshow at stephenmoody.com

To see more photos from Furne One’s show at Phoenix Fashion Week, here’s my article and slide show that was published on KTAR.com !

We love us some Furne One; did you go to the show ? Tell us your impressions in the comments box below !


Sneak peek: Karen Kane’s Wild Red collection for the holidays and the world’s most flattering red dress…

October 26, 2012

Nothing spices up your holiday wardrobe like a festive pop of red ! You’ll love the chic Wild Red collection from designer Karen Kane for all the right reasons; flattering fits, feminine details and affordable price points. The most expensive dress in our top 10 selection today is $118 ! All of these pieces have [...]

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Obsessories: A modern take on Vintage Travel Scarves from Emily & Ross !

October 25, 2012

We’re in love with these stylish hand-illustrated silk scarves from fashion entrepreneurs Emily + Ross. Depicting city scenes in beautiful color combinations and inspired by vintage travel scarves, they’re wearable – or frame-worthy – works of art. They’re designed by Emily McDowell, a writer and illustrator from Los Angeles and June Ross, a former ad [...]

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Scottsdale Polo Party: Even the horses were dressed to thrill ! !

October 22, 2012

There’s never been a better excuse to dress to the nines for a sporting event than the Scottsdale Polo Party this weekend. Big hats, southern gents and wait till you see what the horses wore ! There were record crowds this Saturday for the second annual Polo Party; final attendance figures aren’t in yet, but [...]

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Let’s hear it for the boys ! The boys from Phoenix Fashion Week at the Polo Party…

October 21, 2012

We loved all the women decked out in their magnificent big sun hats and pretty girly dresses, but the boys did it up too ! Witness Percy Knox, (left) Russell Goldstein (center) and Brian Hill, Executive Director of Phoenix Fashion Week striking a pose at the Scottsdale Polo Party yesterday at Westworld. We’ll have more [...]

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Today’s little bit of lovely: Tiffany window

October 19, 2012

Always love the window displays at Tiffany & Co, but this one is so simple and lovely. Sometime less really is more. Photo taken at Tiffany, Scottsdale Fashion Square.

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Madonna kills it on stage in Phoenix !

October 18, 2012

Madonna didn’t appear on stage at U.S. Airways Arena Tuesday night until , wait for it…wait for it…10 p.m. Because she’s Madonna. And she’s worth the wait. Check out our exclusive photo gallery of Madge- singing, dancing and killing it on stage ! Her sets are always incredible. Her dancers are just beyond. And the [...]

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Glamour magazine shoots Phoenix street style this Saturday ! Here’s the deets !

October 17, 2012

Want to be featured in Glamour Magazine ? Here’s your chance ! Glamour photographer Mark Liebowitz is returning to Phoenix this Saturday, Oct. 20, to shoot some Phoenix street style photos. He’ll be shooting two different looks: shirtdresses and printed skirts, so Glamour is requesting you wear one of these items in your look. If [...]

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Ooh La La ! Neiman Marcus presents gorgeous holiday tablescapes by local interior designers !

October 16, 2012

Phoenix area interior designers created a series of luxurious holiday tablescapes that had us ooh-ing and ah-ing the moment we laid eyes on them. The six featured interior designers created the holiday display for an event at Neiman Marcus last Thursday, in conjunction with Luxe Magazine and Juliska tablewear. Today, we’re sharing our photos; you’ll [...]

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