What makes Alexa Chung a stellar Style Star? She’s one for styling herself. We once inquired about booking her to DJ for a fashion event, and her publicist strictly insisted she act as her own wardrobe. Seen recently at the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm, Alexa chose to wear a silver Max Mara jumpsuit from the SS2014 collection. The green water boots are a nice touch, aye?
Gossip Girls’ Jessica Szohr, TV personality Alexa Chung and designer Christian Siriano attended the preview party for the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY this week at the Mondrian SoHo. The event celebrated the launch of the world’s first PlayStation certified Android smartphone.
Since its recent opening, the Mondrian SoHo has been a New York hot spot. This event, held in the hotel’s penthouse, was yet another night of fun at the new hotel. The high tech meets indie chic party was an exclusive opportunity for guests to experience the innovative smartphone with real gaming console. Guests had a chance to play while indulging in canapés by Sam Talbot and Grey Goose cocktails, and enjoying a DJ set by Alexa Chung who wore a Lover dress accessorized by Pamela Love jewelry and her signature Chanel staples.
Sony Ericsson’s Xperia PLAY is like your typical smartphone, but then the slide out digital game pad unveils a digital D pad, two analogue touch pads, two shoulder buttons and the four PlayStation icons. Basically it’s a mini PlayStation on your phone. And you thought you were addicted to Angry Birds. Some of the games available for download are Sims 3, Tetris, FIFA and Assassin’s Creed.
Alexa Chung stepped out of the DJ booth for a bit to snap a few shots with Jessica Szohr, while Christian Siriano feverishly played with the PLAY. Chung also posed with Siriano, who she lifted up so he would be her height for the picture.
“Do I love me some touch screen,” Chung said while playing around with the new device. “I love games, I love phones. It’s like a marriage made in heaven.”
Other guests who stopped by the Mondrian SoHo to play were designers Kimberly Ovitz, Cushnie et Ochs’ Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs, as well as The Like’s Tennessee Thomas and Harley Viera Newton.
For more information on the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY, visit www.sonyericsson.com.
After a very succesful and critically acclaimed Spring collection, all fashion-eyes are on Carven’s young designer, Guillaume Henry. Guillaume who has already amassed a cult following of celebrity fans including Leighton Meester and Alexa Chung, the latter sat front row during the Fall 2011 presentation, continues to breath youthful life into his feminine designs. For Carven’s Fall 2011 Ready-To-Wear Collection, Guillaume combined the French house’s penchant for simplicity with sophistication and a touch of history to create urban elegance.
Guillaume Henry told the Associated Press in a backstage interview, “We started from the idea of a young woman going off to college. She’s young, she’s fresh, full of desire to learn and study. There’s also a touch of postwar frugality, with the mini sizes that look like the clothes that young women actually wore during World War II, when they just had to make due.”
The mini-sized “school girls” came out wearing shrunken toggle coats in serious colors, plaid patterned sweet dresses, pleated silk, and chunky knits worn over white dress shirts that were paired with shorts and trousers. All seriousness aside-literally and metaphorically speaking, Guillaume balanced the scales by incorporating retro prints and medieval motifs that gave way to a playful collection. And because they are bound to be one of the coolest accessory this upcoming fall, Annie Hall glasses, were the only accessories used on the runway-furthering notions of the nerdy-romantic school girl.
And while the models sported-haute school girl attire, opulent details came in abundance, as Guillaume incorporated fur collars, tulip skirts, sensual necklines and plenty of architectural volume into Carven’s collection.
For the evening Guillaume’s ingenues turned in their tartan and instead worked lustrous taffeta with velvet bras topped off with wool blazers and asymmetrical floor length dresses.
For more information on Carven: http://www.carven.fr/
*Images provided by Style.com
Margaret Howell’s Fall 2011 collection is a classic case of boy-meets-girl, girl-steals-boy’s clothes. But rather than the “le boyfriend” look, Howell struggled to walk the line between sexy and dowdy, sending one oversized tweed jacket after another down the catwalk. The soft, unpretentious collection attempted to channel prim English schoolgirls in muted tweeds, jodhpurs, rose-pink suede brogues, navy pinafore dresses, and cable-knit sweaters. With a cute attention to detail, buttons, shirt bows, and buckles adorned the backs of Howell’s tops and every look was cinched with a worn leather belt straight from Dad’s closet. But throwing a belt over a weighty, ill-fitting collection solves few problems. Most of the designs are certainly wearable, but too prim and proper to be interesting. One can’t imagine these girls climbing trees or getting into mischief.
Omnipresent front-row fixture Alexa Chung is the poster girl for Howell’s breezily androgynous aesthetic, but the mannish corduroy jackets would drown her lithe frame. And while it’s refreshing to see skirts with no risk of flashing knickers, the just-past-the-knee length was sometimes frumpy, making the pubsecent models look decades older. However, fit and proportion, when done correctly, produced many of Howell’s best looks. A ballet-inspired pale-pink sweater and sheer chiffon skirt brightened the runway after the heavy, masculine tweeds and corduroy suits. Paper-bag shorts and a structured tee in a simple black-and-white palette captured the youthful look Howell seemed to be going for. An oversized oatmeal sweater over black skinny leggings is the perfect look for Sunday brunch with the girls, while a wide A-line satin skirt looked beautiful with a slim cable-knit vest.
The models looked fresh-faced with natural, dewy makeup and wispy low buns. The unfussy-yet-elegant cashmere headbands will be an instant hit when they arrive in stores, but hopefully, Howell’s odd gaucho hat obsession won’t catch on. After all, there are only so many outfits to steal from your significant other before he starts demanding them back.
For more information on Margaret Howell: http://www.margarethowell.co.uk/
*All Images Courtesy of Margaret Howell