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Julia, the Ambassador

17 Oct

Julia Louis-Dreyfus wears the perfect tee. It’s not because it was designed by Wes Gordon of Carolina Herrera — although that’s a plus. It’s because 100 percent of this $35 T-shirt goes to charity.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus is the 2018 Saks Fifth Avenue Key to the Cure Ambassador, where this shirt is sold.

“I’m a breast cancer survivor so that is a huge part of my involvement with Saks’ Key To The Cure,” stated KTTC Ambassador Julia Louis-Dreyfus. “And, I’m absolutely thrilled that the AiRS Foundation is the beneficiary of the sales of the limited edition Key To The Cure t-shirt. Every penny from the t-shirt sales benefits the foundation, which helps women who are unable to afford breast reconstruction surgery post-mastectomy.”

I had to order this t-shirt at my local Saks store. The website said it was sold out, but there is a wait list. Note: It runs very small!

 

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Classic, Chic & Classy

15 Jun

Ever wonder how to create a classic style? Fashion expert and illustrator Kate Schelter walks readers through an illustrated guide on how to develop a personal, timeless style in the book Classic Style.

I literally stumbled upon this book on Madison Avenue a few weeks ago peering into the window of the boutique Veronica Beard. There was a book party with free mimosas. Well, I was lured in and saw the author Kate Schelter. I did not have time to interview her, but I snapped a photo and asked the publisher (Grand Central, Life & Style) for a press copy.

Kate is the lovely lady on the left. ( I have no idea who the lady on the right is. If I find out, I will update this post.) The book has lovely illustrations all by Kate. (See the photo below.) One tip on defining your own classic style is your pajamas. (I think I’m in big trouble here.) It’s what you do naturally. She also discusses how “less is more.” She reveals what makes an outfit stylish — your grandmother’s ring, a signature hat, comfy jeans. Interspersed are vignettes of other people’s personal style. For example, author Julia Chapin’s favorite piece of furniture is a 1970 Bellini sectional couch, while her favorite makeup is Bobbi Brown lip gloss and NARS bronzer stick.

I love how Schelter suggests finding a good tailor and breathing life in old clothes. “I try to find a balance between shlumpy and high-gloss,” she says.

Schelter ends her book aptly with these words:

Find your unique mix.

Have less.

Do more.

Be more.

Be yourself.

Today.

Heavenly Fashions

27 May

You neither have to be religious nor Catholic to enjoy the exhibit “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination,” (now through Oct. 8.) at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. You just have to love fashion and art!

Fashion and the Catholic church intertwine in this expansive exhibit. “Heavenly Bodies” features the fashions of many well-known designers who were raised Catholic, but are not necessarily religious. Some of the designers include: Dior, Lacroix, Lagerfeld, Galliano, Givenchy and Saint Laurent. All the designs were influenced by the church. There is one room devoted to garments on loan from the Vatican.

The vestment, top left, is from the Vatican, while top right is by John Galliano.  Both designs in the bottom half are by Christian Lacroix.

It’s a brilliant mix of fashion. In fact it’s quite enchanting and heavenly.

Happy Socks!

25 Apr

 

Photo: Paul Morse, AP

 

 

Remembering a Fashion Icon

29 Jan

Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta was born in the Dominican Republic, but the world was his palette. Spain, Russia, China and Japan inspired his extraordinary designs currently on display at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

André Leon Talley, a former Vogue magazine editor, narrates the audio tour describing Oscar de la Renta’s career including interviews with the designer’s clients. He is “the master of ruffles,” notes Talley describing his flamenco-inspired gowns.

Former First Lady Laura Bush wore his outfits often. The audio tour describes a red lace suit she wore to an event. When two other women attended wearing the same dress, the former First Lady discreetly changed into another outfit. The beaded and embroidery ensemble, below, was worn at a state dinner at the White House.

De la Renta designed Amal Clooney’s wedding which she loaned to the museum for the exhibit. The off-the shoulder silk and lace gown is exquisite.

The exhibit is aptly titled: The Glamour and Romance of Oscar de la Renta.

 

The New Fashion Statement

10 Jan

As a former lifestyle and fashion editor, I’ve written about the stylish “little black dress” on numerous occasions. It’s timeless, classic and yes, ever so slimming. I even reviewed a book with the same title.

But as I watched the Golden Globes the other night, I was proud that the little black dress made a statement for the Time’s Up movement addressing sexual harassment.

Black is bold, elegant and now empowering.

Can we ever have too many black dresses?

 

 

Above: Oprah Winfrey wore a black Versace gown at the Golden Globes. Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Accent on Détroit

22 Dec

So you’ve heard Orange is the New Black, but now Détroit is the New Black. Détroit is the New Black is the brainchild of Roslyn Karamoko. Karamoko was featured in the January 2018 issue of Elle magazine as an influencer contributing to the fashion scene in Motown.

She moved to Detroit in 2013 after spending six years as a retail buyer in New York and Singapore. She coined the phrase Détroit is the New Black and put it on T-shirts. She expanded the line, above, in this holiday hipster guide. In addition she features established designers like Tracy Reese and other labels from the local fashion scene.

Karamoko adds panache to Motown’s stylish scene. It’s not surprising that she was named Time magazine’s hottest Motown designer last year.

Stylin’ With Detroit Legs

29 Nov

These Detroit leggings are silky, sexy and fabulous. There’s the perfect amount of spandex for a jog, a walk or hot yoga. Yes, they are made in the U.S.A. by skinnytees.

The creative force behind skinnytees is Linda Schlesinger. I’ve known Linda for years, and her creative, fashionable spirit is boundless. And she has a personal and entrepreneurial story that’s compelling. Her messy divorce left her impoverished and depressed, but she overcame her obstacles.

Writer and blogger Suzy Farbman relates how Schlesinger scores and soars with skinnytees. Read it here.

Linda relied on her fashion experience to reinvent herself with skinnytees. Years ago she started out with a children’s boutique and then designed knitwear. Skinnytees began with a simple tank top for women of all sizes. Today there are more than 120 colors and 60 plus styles including tanks, tees, skirts, leggings, etc.

These Detroit leggings are a Motown collage featuring city icons. From the main streets of Woodward to 8 Mile, from the tourist attractions of the Motown Museum and Greenfield Village to the Ambassador Bridge and the tunnel to Canada, these themed leggings are fashionable, stylish and active- wear friendly.

A bonus is that all the profits from the Detroit has Legs collection will benefit the nonprofit Cass Community Social Services, to help support their projects with food, housing, health services and job programs in the metro Detroit area. (Yep, let’s add philanthropic spirit to Linda’s character traits.)

Detroit Has Legs is the first of many themed clothing lines expected from the brand.

I can’t wait for more. Paris, New York? Or maybe Nashville, Palm Beach or Silicon Valley!

 

Shopping for a Cause: Breast Cancer

23 Oct

October is breast cancer awareness month, but for women it’s everyday. Many of our mothers, sisters, daughters and friends have it. The statistics are staggering: About 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer. (link)

Saks Fifth Avenue and the Women’s Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) team up  for the 2017 Key to the Cure Campaign and create a T-shirt worn by a celebrity. Jennifer Lopez wears this year’s Missoni designed shirt. Here’s my purchase below, along with a jar of granola from Laurie’s Pantry. I bought the granola at my local green market. I love how retailers large and small are donating to breast cancer.

Last year, I reposted Kelly’s picks from her blog Sparkles and Shoes. Here they are again. She does a great job of finding special products.

ONEHOPE Pink Glitter Edition California Chardonnay $59 |  ONEHOPE works with Gateway for Cancer Research, and every two bottles sold funds a clinical trial for a woman with breast cancer.

Ralph Lauren Tender Romance Pink Pony Eau de Parfum Limited Edition $96 | 100 percent of the profits from this limited-edition version of RL’s classic scent will be donated to the Pink Pony Fund.

Sigma Beauty PInk F80 Flat Kabuki Brush  $25 |   Sigma is donating 20 percent of the profits from this brush to Bright Pink.

Bumble and Bumble Pink Ribbon Bb.Thickening Spray $29 |  In support of The Estée Lauder Companies’ Breast Cancer Campaign, Bumble and bumble is donating 20 percent of the proceeds to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Athleta Power of She Bra $54 |  Twelve percent of sales from this bra will be donated to Recovery on Water (ROW), an organization and rowing team that empowers women with breast cancer to connect with other survivors and “become active in their recovery.”

Privé Revaux The Escobar $30 | 50 percent of proceeds of all four pink BCA sunglasses go to Susan G. Komen Foundation.

La Mer The Breast Cancer Campaign Crème de La Mer  $85 |  Until December 31st, La Mer is donating $10 from each sale of its limited-edition cult-favorite moisturizer to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Beautyblender Bubble  $20 |  For the entire month, 50% of the proceeds of the original and mini makeup sponges will support breast cancer patients through the Good Feel Better Foundation.

S’well Bottle in Bikini Pink $35  | During the month of October, 20% of the purchase price for this color will go to the BCRF.

Naked Cashmere Superluxe Scarf in Antique Pink  $165 |  Fifty percent of net proceeds go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Jack Rogers Exclusive Lauren Sandal $128 | Now through October 31st, Jack Rogers will donate 10% of sales of the Exclusive Lauren Sandal in Blush to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Venus et Fleur Box  $139 to $399 |  Venus et Fleur is donating 20 percent of the proceeds on the sale of its pink-collection boxes for the month of October to breast cancer research at City of Hope.

 

Check out these Czech Fashions

26 Sep

I was recently travelling in the Czech Republic, and as a fashion aficionado, I noticed the stylish couture.

The Czech designed sneakers are fabulous. There is even a USA website for Botas66.

I was immediately drawn to the Scura store, where the  comfy, fashion-forward athletic wear spoke to me. I purchased a black sweatshirt hoodie jacket, with an asymmetrical zipper and pockets with button flaps. It comes in gray and in a two-tone gray and black. The skirts and tops are equally stylish. Click on Scura  for the website. I’m wearing it at the Prague Castle courtyard, but I also included a photo from the store’s website where the detailing is prominent.

And please don’t answer the question, who wore it better?

 

 

 

 

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