Her catwalk is the sidewalk.
Her catwalk is the sidewalk.

Posts from — February 2010

Island Candy

LOST Fans: Spoiler Alert!!

There is not one, but two smoke monsters – a.k.a. “Smokeys” – on the island. As in smokin’ hot Sawyer and Jack – and let me tell you, there is nothing frightening about these men except for how scary-good they look in a pair of jeans.


If you don’t watch LOST, you’re missing out. If you do, then you know that this season seems to be all about choosing sides and making decisions.

Whether it’s between right & wrong, good & evil, or the daily choice to wear jeans or cargo pants – alliances are forming.

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February 26, 2010   No Comments

Medestrian Minutes: Lily

Every girl has her own unique flair for fashion. The Medestrian takes a minute to ask fashionistas a few questions to learn their style advice and secrets in Medestrian Minutes.

To kick off this segment, I’ve asked Mini-Medestrian contributor Lily to share her fashion views.


The setting? Dinner last night at Los Tios in Del Ray with Lily, her brother Billy, and her fashion plate mom, Amy. Lily started off by explaining that yesterday was the exact date of her 6-and-a-half year Birthday.

Lily, always adorable, wore a floral, knee-length skirt with ruffles, a pink sweater, tights, and brown suede boots. She was carrying a pretty pink and white floral purse. Her essentials? Lipgloss and hand sanitizing lotion.

After telling me how much she enjoyed seeing The Lion King on Broadway last weekend, she very graciously agreed to take a minute from her busy schedule to answer my questions…

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February 23, 2010   1 Comment

Tent Envy

Since February 11th, I’ve been positively giddy – giddy with anticipation as I check e-mail, Facebook, Twitter and TV for updates on the gorgeous creations being shown at the tents of Bryant Park! I’ve been obsessed. Yesterday marked the last day of one of the most wonderful weeks of the year: New York Fashion Week Fall 2010 .


New York Fashion Week kicks off the global calendar of Fashion Weeks, and is immediately followed by other fabulous Fashion Weeks in London, Milan and Paris. How great is that? Just when you’re feeling sad that one week is over, it’s time for the next stylish city!


I admit I’ve been overwhelmed with jealousy that I wasn’t at Bryant Park, and sadly won’t be in London, Milan or Paris either.  Sigh…that would clearly be my version of kid in a candy store! In the meantime, thank the fashion gods for the Internet. It gives me that almost-front-row feeling.


Sidebar: Why does Penn look so angry at Ashley?

Here are a few fun highlights to enjoy from the New York Fall 2010 shows:

Alexander Wang – the collection was full of black, grey and what’s sure to be Serena & Blair’s fave new accessory: legwarmers! Think Flashdance but classier.


Carolina Herrera – she gave us just the collection you’d expect from such a classy lady & designer – glamorous, prim and pretty.


Hervé Léger by Max Azria – Hervé Léger has never looked better! Max Azria nailed it with brand new rich & classy updates to the iconic bandage dress.


Donna Karan – Donna doesn’t disappoint with her figure-flattering, fluid designs.


Jill Stuart – sassy and feminine, colorful and pretty. She expertly mixes, matches, layers and drapes her gorgeous pieces together into beautiful designs.


Luca Luca – creative director Raul Melgoza’s gold, navy, and silver palette is pretty pretty.


Michael Kors – the King of American Sportswear – luxe, rich, classy, modern. I’m loving the slouchy, cozy, cashmere look in the center.


Nanette Lepore – I adore Lepore! The rich hues and antique teal blue knit blazer are just the icing on the cupcake of her gorgeous collection.


Tory Burch – the popular designer and creator of coveted accessories such as the Reva ballerina flat (named after her mother),  gold logo bags and clutches, to name a few – sent a beautifully modern collection down the catwalk. I love all of these looks!


Rodarte – the Mulleavy sisters sent out a dreamy collection of billowy dresses in creme and soft florals. My favorite is the swiss dot dress on the right! I hope we’ll be seeing more swiss dot designs for spring, too.


One last reason to be jealous:  Victoria Beckham.  I’m not even talking about her smokin’ hot hubby or cute kids – it’s the simple fact that she is utterly adorable and was fresh off her fall collection’s debut when this pic was snapped. Lovin’ her rockstar in New York look. It’s major.


 Photos courtesy of Getty Images and New York Magazine

February 18, 2010   No Comments

My Fashion Role Models

It’s no wonder I grew up loving fashion. Before I was even born, style was in the stars for me.  Just look at my chic Mom and Sis!  My adorable sister could barely walk but she already knew the appeal of a pretty bangle on her tiny wrist.  Note my gorgeous Mom’s rockin’ striped cigarette pants and Jackie O hair. Right now I’m wondering, where ARE those cute pants??


My Mom’s style is effortless. Love this easy breezy picture!

Then look at these stylish coats! Maybe that was my first teensy glimpse of the fur that I’m still drawn to today (faux, of course). I wonder what my sassy Sis is thinking about in this picture? Perhaps that she can’t wait to dress up her baby sister in all sorts of pretty outfits…?


Then we had our almost identical outfits. In this pic, I’m clearly in awe of my cool sister, probably studying her carefully in the hopes that I can be just like her someday…


In my free time – when I’m not writing, reading, or running – I’m trying to simplify my life. A recent project was to organize my photos. As many of you know, it can be daunting – but it’s oh-so-worth-it when you find rewards like these little gems I’ve shared today.

Next task: I may be able to purge some of those old copies of Vogue, W and Bazaar.  Thanks to my beloved Dad’s photography, I already have the best collection of archived fashion stored in our cherished family photos, as well as the happiest of memories.

February 16, 2010   2 Comments

Missing McQueen

An innovator both in the studio and on the catwalk, Alexander McQueen left his family, friends and fans much too early today at the young age of 41  - the same day he was slated to present his secondary line, McQ, as part of New York Fashion Week.  It’s a sad day in the fashion community and the beloved designer will be missed.

Lee&KateWho else but McQueen could send gorgeous flowy frocks down the runway paired with alien, 10 inch hooved stilettos?


Maybe that’s the point. His fashion sense and talent seemed other-worldly. He was one of the first designers to truly put the “show” in fashion show, inventing theatrical special effects and holograms to delight and excite his audience, including spray-painted models, “volcanic” runways, snowstorms, and butterflies.

The first time McQueen made an impression on me was in 2000. He had just shown his spring/summer 2000 collection in New York and there was a review of it on CNN’s “Style with Elsa Klensch”.

There was such a buzz because he had a small shallow pool constructed on the runway and the models literally splished and splashed right through it — all in their ultra-expensive shoes and clothing as they sashayed down the catwalk!

These days that probably doesn’t sound shocking at all - but that’s only because McQueen’s pioneering spirit helped pave the way, carving a blueprint for the creative and theatrical fashion shows we know today.


McQueen’s creativity and vision were equally matched by his talent and skill. He was an impeccable tailor, no surprise considering he cut his teeth as an apprentice on Savile Row. He succeeded John Galliano as head designer at Givenchy in 1996 and after 5 years left to start his Alexander McQueen and McQ lines. Alexander (“Lee” as his friends called him) was a trailblazer who created beautifully structured designs with fluid, flattering details.


He also had a flair for the whimsical. Quite possibly a contributor to the emergence of the dreaded muffin-top, the “bumster” was introduced in 1996. These pants showcased the wearer’s assets to new highs—or lows.  Then there was the scarf that launched a thousand copies. Remember when celebs like Nicole, Johnny and Kate were sporting those gauzy scarves with skull prints? Just another trend started by Alexander.


His influence is expansive and will live on in the hearts of those who loved and admired him. So the next time you appreciate a bold, beautiful design – or a show-stopping, sensational fashion show - think of the much-loved Lee McQueen.

February 11, 2010   1 Comment