Monday, March 18th, 2013

Accessories, Emergent Design, Expat Style, Haute Press, London, Timeless Staple

Take Flight, Birdie Style | Rupert Sanderson Re-Defines Spring with Whimsical Design

birdie Rupert Sanderson Take Flight, Birdie Style | Rupert Sanderson Re Defines Spring with Whimsical Design

Gwyneth Patrol was one of the first celebrities to cause a fashion frenzy over Rupert Sanderson’s sensational designs. She famously wore to the Two Lovers premiere in Paris, and since his shoes have quickly acquired quite the “It Girl” following. Kate Moss, Frieda Pinto, Rashida Jones, Lilly Allen, Carey Mulligan and (yes!) even BryanBoy, have been spotted Rockin’ their Ruperts’.

Renowned for his “terribly” British sensibilities (who can forget those delightful Daffodil motifs) and attention to detail, his signature design philosophies can be seen throughout his SS13 collection. And we promise you won’t be disappointed.

A little birdie (pun absolutely intended) has informed us of his flight of fancy, the beautiful creatures embodied in the design encompass the characteristics of the soles’ limitless style. Birdie incorporates a whimsical embroidered parrot appliqué, on the heels of this black satin, closed toe, classic. Heels I might add that are incredibly generous (110mm high) for all who want to feel saucy, sassy and most importantly, statuesque.

yani rupert sanderson Take Flight, Birdie Style | Rupert Sanderson Re Defines Spring with Whimsical Design
Going for something even more fun and flirty, but want to continue Birdie’s theme? Consider Yani – this time the parrot detail is added to the side, lending superbly to an already playful and exotic appeal. This peep toe, golden-toned buckled, T-strap Sandal, sizzles with sexiness (also in black satin). Perfect for the adventurous gal, who loves to add a bit of toe cleavage to every ensemble. You too can join your favourite celebs and get Rockin’ in your own Ruperts’. Jump start a flirty flight in Rupert Sanderson’s 2013 Spring Collection, for more information, visit:

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Saturday, March 16th, 2013

Accessories, Emergent Design, Expat Style, Eye Spy, London | Designer Spotlight: SD Yohans

elle sd yohans | Designer Spotlight: SD Yohans

Move over, Brian Atwood. Watch your back, Alejandro Ingelmo. There’s a new kid in town—and her shoes tread the same sexy, sky-high terrain as fashion’s rising footwear stars.

Based in London, SD Yohans is the namesake collection designed by up-and-comer Selam Yohans. After a few years in the banking industry, Yohans did an about-face and got her Master’s in shoe design at the London College of Fashion. She worked at the Italian footwear company Pitti Capital in Florence and collaborated with UK brands Churches and Dotty Shoes before launching her own line of feminine, uber-luxe kicks in 2012.

“I was exposed to the bespoke making of footwear from a young age,” Yohans tells “I grew up watching my father make shoes for men, women and children. I was always fascinated by the different textures of leather and suede—and I loved the smell of leather stacked up on the shelves of my father’s workshop.”

Fast forward 20 years, and the designer has her own workshop in London stocked with fine Italian leathers and skins, where she crafts her seriously sexy pony skin pumps, peep-toe stilettos, and architectural ankle boots, all of which feature her signature curvy high heel. Add to the mix patent ballet flats with peek-a-boo cut-outs, vertiginous platforms, two-tone shoe-ties and over-the-knee leather and suede boots and you’ve got a well-rounded collection designed to appeal to a wide range of tastes.

“I create shoes for strong, confident women,” said Yohans, who showed her Fall 2013 collection (inspired by André Dubreuil’s iconic furniture design) during Paris Fashion Week earlier this month. “The silhouettes are curvaceous and shapely, echoing the female hourglass form. Each shoe is crafted to make women feel romantic, empowered and sexy.”

Mission accomplished.

The SD Yohans collection starts at $445 and is available at Independent Boutique in the UK, Carnet De Mode in France, and online by special order at SD Yohans. Originally Featured on

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Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

Celebs, Emergent Design, Fab Events, Fashion, Politics, Style It Up, The Industry

Beyonce in Emilio Pucci, Katy Perry in Rodarte & Pucci’s New Ad Campaign

Beyonce Katy Perry Inauguration Rodarte Emilio Pucci Beyonce in Emilio Pucci, Katy Perry in Rodarte & Puccis New Ad Campaign

Monday morning’s inauguration festivities were not short on stars or style. From the performers to the guests, everyone was in their Monday best. Katy Perry, who attended the event with boyfriend John Mayer, looked subdued and artsy in Rodarte. The songstress, who performed at Saturday’s Kids’ Inaugural Concert, wore an orange and black striped coat and a matching dress underneath from the designers Fall/Winter 2012 collection. She topped off the outfit with black boots, black sunglasses, and a black fedora. Although the colors are typically Halloween-y, this outfit is most definitely not. It’s so good, in fact, that I’m almost positive Taylor Swift will soon write a song bashing it.

Beyonce, who performed the National Anthem for the occasion, wore a beautiful black velvet and chiffon beaded gown from Emilio Pucci’s Pre-Fall 2013 collection. Accompanied by the U.S. Marine Band, Beyonce blew the crowd (and TV veiwers worldwide) away with her voice and dazzled them with her dress, which she paired with emerald green (the color of the year) earrings. The chiffon cutouts gave the gown some added sexiness while the beading lent some glamorous sparkle. When not performing, she topped off the outfit with a luxurious black Dior fur coat and accessorized with her husband, Jay-Z (do I smell a best dressed couple competition?). If you want Beyonce’s look but don’t exactly have a Pucci budget, Maggy London has a beautiful take on the dress. Their version is shorter (mid-thigh) with three-quarter length sleeves, but at $158 it’s an unbeatable way to get Beyonce’s look for less.

Pucci Ad Campaign 2013 Beyonce in Emilio Pucci, Katy Perry in Rodarte & Puccis New Ad CampaignIn other Pucci news, the Italian design house has just released the ad campaign for their Spring/Summer 2013 collection. Set to debut in February, the campaign, which features Pucci girl Amber Velletta, showcases some of the most amazing pieces from the collection. Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, who photographed the Fall campaign as well, shot the photos on location at the Villa D’Este in Rome. The background in the photos is so quintessentially Italian that it looks like it’s straight out of Romeo and Juliet. Complete with old fountains covered in moss, crumbling stone stairways, and lush greenery, it’s the perfect compliment to the classic sexiness that the line exudes. The only way you know you’re not in medieval Italy is because the clothes have a definitively modern look.

Amber Velletta, the star of the campaign, looks stunning in a white tunic worn over white pants with white shoes in one shot. In another, she leans against a pillar in a black long-sleeved mini dress, complete with a turtleneck collar, bell sleeves, and gold detailing. Lastly, she lounges next to a fountain wearing a floor length dress in black, white, and varying shades of pink. Her red lips, slicked back blonde hair, and flawless makeup add to her clearly natural beauty. The Revenge star was the model for the Fall 2012 campaign as well, and clearly she is everything that the Pucci girl represents: graceful, sensual, and beautiful.  

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Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

Emergent Design, Fashion, High Society, Influence, Politics, Tamed Tresses, Touché

#FLOTUS Bangs & @JasonWu Double Time for @MichelleObama

Michelle Obama Inauguration Gown Flotus Jason Wu #FLOTUS Bangs & @JasonWu Double Time for @MichelleObama

We were experiencing a slight case of déjà vu last night as Michelle Obama dazzled us in yet another Jason Wu stunner. For the evening portion of the 2013 Presidential Inauguration, Mrs. Obama wore a red chiffon and velvet gown by the designer, who also designed her white inauguration gown four years ago.  Obama paired the gown with red Jimmy Choo heels and a Kimberly McDonald diamond ring.

President and First Lady Obama attended the Commander-in-Chief’s Ball at the beginning of the evening, where they shared their first dance together this term. “Ladies and gentlemen, my better half, and my dance partner, Michelle Obama,” President Obama said as he brought his wife on stage. The two danced to Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together,” performed by singer Jennifer Hudson.

The second Ball of the night was the Inaugural Ball held at the Convention Center. Here, more than 30,000 guests watched as the Obamas danced again to Jennifer Hudson. This ball, which first took place in 2009, is open to the public with tickets that cost as low as $60. Alicia Keys, Brad Paisley, and Stevie Wonder performed, among others.

Thanks to his white gown that he designed for Michelle Obama for the 2008 Inaugural Ball, housewives and soccer moms all over America know Wu's name and are fans of his designs. André Leon Talley, editor-at-large of Vogue, introduced Wu to Mrs. Obama and she is said to be a career-launcher for him. While some designers submitted multiple designs for consideration, the red gown was the only one submitted by Wu. Just like the rest of us, he had no idea Michelle chose his dress for the event until she appeared on stage Monday night.

The red gown from Monday night’s festivities was decorated around the neckline by real diamonds. The added glitz not only added some glamour to the ensemble, but also lent an air of maturity and confidence to Michelle, who has become a fixture in fashion magazines and blogs worldwide. This is definitely an appropriate look for the night. It’s vibrant and classy, but at the same time subdued, and the way it flowed behind her as she walked down the stairs onto stage for she and her husband’s first dance was breathtaking. Ahhhhh!

Michelle Obama Power Bangs #FLOTUS Bangs & @JasonWu Double Time for @MichelleObama

Cut to the chase: One thing we couldn’t help but notice about the First Lady’s overall appearance was her bangin’ bangs. Mrs. Obama, who has had basically the same shoulder length haircut throughout her husband’s presidency, recently had a little style makeover in the form of fringe. Everyone’s completely obsessed with it and it’s easy to see why: she looks younger and her face looks slimmer. Who doesn’t want that? Many women, especially those who are middle-aged like Michelle might be a bit weary of chopping off some of their hair like that, but Mrs. Obama is clearly a bossy, no-nonsense lady who knows what she wants and knows what will look good on her. And now if you or a friend wants to rock some Michelle Obama bangs for a day or a night, you can. With Hairdo by HairUWear Clip-In Bangs, you can go from long bangs to short bangs with the click of a clip. Remember when Samantha Jones wore a different wig everyday? This is kind of like that, but much less shocking. For the bossy girl who has everything and isn’t afraid to change her hair like she changes her shoes, this is the perfect gift for Valentines Day, a Birthday, or just any day.

Although it can almost go without saying that Michelle Obama is one smokin’ hot mama with an awesome sense of style, there are some things that require further explanation. Like FLOTUS. Who the hell is FLOTUS? What exactly does that mean? Who made it up? Upon further investigation, we found out that FLOTUS is actually Mrs. Obama’s Twitter handle. The First Lady’s staff manages her second twitter account, which was launched on her 49th birthday last week. The twitter handle is obviously an acronym for “First Lady of the United States,” but what were confused about is why everyone keeps using this as a synonym for Michelle Obama. Like, we get it, she’s the first lady, and it kind of rolls off the tongue, but you don’t see people going around calling Anna Wintour ‘EICOV’ (Editor-in-Chief of Vogue) or calling  President Obama ‘POTUS.’ When did it become cool to use acronyms instead of actual names? Are these the people who go around saying LOL out loud instead of actually laughing? Stop using acronyms, people. STOP TRYING TO MAKE FLOTUS HAPPEN. IT’S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN.

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Monday, January 21st, 2013

Accessories, Emergent Design, Fashion, Haute Press, Luxe for Less, Politics, POSHNOIR, Stylicon

Inaugural First Family Fashion | Michelle, Malia & Sasha

Michelle Obama Inauguration Inaugural First Family Fashion | Michelle, Malia & SashaBy now, we’re all fairly certain that Michelle Obama’s style will go down in the annals of fashion (and U.S.) history as that of one of America’s most glamorous and fashion forward First Ladies. From Alexander McQueen to Jason Wu, the First Lady really knows how to pick ‘em when it comes to gowns, day dresses, and basically anything else. At the second inauguration, and as the First African American First Lady, Michelle was decked out in Thom Browne, J Crew, and layers of pearls. Very (first) lady like and very chic.

The Thom Browne dress coat, from the designer’s Pre-Fall 2013 collection, was a gray-blue color with a delicate navy blue pattern. The pale gray J Crew Valentina heels were a good compliment, while the purple J Crew gloves added a pop of contrasting color. I love how she didn’t go for the obvious red, white, and blue color choices. Her grayish blue coat and purple gloves were a great take on the typically patriotic colors, but still allowed her to wear some very stylish and in-season shades.

Daughters Malia and Sasha were styling as well for the occasion. Malia wore a bright plum colored J Crew day coat paired with red tights and red patent leather flats.  Sasha was wearing a beautiful purple Kate Spade coat paired with black tights and metallic blue flats. These girls’ fashion choices are becoming more mature and sophisticated and we do have to say that we’re totally digging their classy, teen trendy style. 

After the inauguration ceremony, Michelle changed into some more comfortable (and warmer) Reed Krakoff leather and suede boots. Nothing says fashion-forward diva like a quick outfit change. In a good way, of course icon wink Inaugural First Family Fashion | Michelle, Malia & Sasha

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