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

Posts from — July 2011

Keep Gunn and Carry On

The charming, classy and impeccably stylish Tim Gunn was fashionably born fifty some odd years ago today. Happy Birthday, Tim! J’adore you & your fabulous self.

To mark this auspicious occasion, I’ve compiled a list of favorite Tim-isms. Whether commenting on the work of Project Runway designers, praising or admonishing celebrity style, or extolling the virtues of good taste - nobody says it like Tim can…

“Men don’t wear jeggings!”

“Holla atcha boy”

“It looks like a pterodactyl from a gay Jurassic park.”

“This concerns me.”

On Hillary Clinton: “I think she’s confused about her gender.”

On library books: “Call me a schoolmarm, but few things make me angrier than people not taking good care of library materials.”

On the ideal party guest: “I also like having at least one person around who is widely disliked among your crowd of lovely people. You never know who’s going to get along with whom, but you do know people need someone to gossip about later, and you don’t want it to be you.”

On Lady Gaga’s outfits: “Who would want to emulate that? It’s not fashion. Those are costumes.”

On Lindsay Lohan designing for Ungaro: “It’s got to be a publicity stunt. Or a crack-smoking board of  directors?”

On the Kardashian line for Bebe: “I just think the Kardashians have an absence of taste and I don’t think that that should be perpetuated. I’m sorry I’m sounding like an old farty, snob, but it bothers me.”

“A couture post-office uniform is not going to work.”

“The whole thing looks like faux bois.”

“Carry on!”

“Chop, chop, chop!”

“That looks like a halter-diaper.”

“What is that?”

“Go, go, go!”

“Is it wowable?”

“Welcome, designers!”

“Good morning, designers!”

“Gather round, designers!”

“It is kind of an uh-oh.”

“What a conundrum.”

“Don’t bore Nina.”

“I am woeful about this look.”

“Remember someone is going to be out, so don’t make it you.”

“Do it!”

“Make it work.”

“Trying and achieving are two different things.”

“I believe treating people well is a lost art.”

“When did you go Grecian on us?”

“That’s the fabric?”

“You’ll have 30 minutes at Spandex House.”

“It’s very Golden Girls.”

“It’s a little Wonder Woman.”

“It’s like Eva Gabor in Green Acres.”

“You don’t want it to be too Judy Jetson.”

“Well you don’t want it to be vulgar.”

‘I want to see greatness!”

“She looks like an elongated marshmallow.”

“What are you doing? This is such wretched excess.”

“This is NOT fashion camp.”

“You are really rocking ‘Halloween’ here.”

“I’ve made more bad decisions at 3 in the morning than I can list!”

“Don’t think too much.”

“If that’s the kind of you look you want…well you sure have a good one.”

“Well I’ll say it’s definitely not boring…”

“We are fabulous. We don’t have to meet anyone fabulous.”

You can catch Tim on Project Runway Thursdays on Lifetime. Season 9 premiered last night and Tim, Heidi, Michael and Nina are in top form – oh how I’ve missed them! All is right in the world now that I’m back together with my favorite fashionable TV family. Looking forward to the most fabulous season yet!

Merci, Tim, for making the world a sunnier, more stylish place!

July 29, 2011   No Comments

What Would Coco Think?

“A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.” ~Coco Chanel

Now you can feel even more fabulous, mes chéris, when Karl Lagerfeld’s new line arrives at Macy’s (yes, Macy’s!) on August 31st as part of their latest designer capsule initiative. His designs will be available in the store’s Impulse department (at a select 200 locations) and will retail for $50-$170. The 45-piece collection will also be available online. The line promises to blend Lagerfeld’s rock ‘n’ roll Parisian chic with Impulse’s contemporary style, and will include structured dresses, tweeds and leggings.

“To me  Macy’s is the perfect department store in the U.S. where everybody can  find what they’re looking for without ruining their budget,” Lagerfeld said. “That’s why I’m happy to make this limited collection just  for Macy’s.”

The line is expected to sell out within hours. Mark your calendars!

“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.” ~Coco Chanel



July 27, 2011   No Comments

Stone Rocks Clashing Combo

Except for Valentine’s Day, I have never been a fan of pink and red paired together. Until now. Emma Stone rocks this Giambattista Valli dress, firmly grounded in nude Louboutins, at the Friends With Benefits premiere. Even though the colors totally clash, it works! Work it, girl.


July 26, 2011   No Comments


Feliz Cumpleaños, Oscar!

Oscar de la Renta was born to design 79 years ago today in the Dominican Republic. The Fashion 411: He left home to study painting at 18. Worked as fashion illustrator for fashion houses in Madrid. Landed apprenticeship with Spain’s renowned couturier, Cristóbal Balenciaga. Left Spain to work as couture assistant at House of Lanvin in Paris. Came to New York in 1963 to design couture collection for Elizabeth Arden.  Began his signature ready-to-wear label in 1965, which quickly came to represent casual luxury to society women—many of them friends of his then-wife, Françoise de Langlade, editor of French Vogue. That’s what I call a très chic career path!

Oscar served as president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) and in 1990 they gave him its Lifetime Achievement Award. He became the first American designer to be awarded a major post at a French couture house in 1993 when he became head designer at Pierre Balmain. He won the CFDA Womanswear Designer of the Year Award in 2000.

His clientele has been chock full of socialites, celebrities and former First Ladies. His gorgeous designs are romantic and feminine, with a kaleidoscopic palette of silk prints, ruffles and soft silhouettes, blending European luxury with American ease.

“I like light, color, luminosity. I like things full of color and vibrant.” ~Oscar de la Renta

“Now is the most exciting time in fashion. Women are controlling their destiny now, the consumer is more knowledgeable, and I have to be better every single day.”

~Oscar de la Renta



July 22, 2011   No Comments

Cool & Chic in the Heat

With the sweltering temps this week, be sure to stay sartorially cool and chic in lightweight threads & accessories. Less is more!
Cool & Chic in the Heat

Vix voile dress
$135 - net-a-porter.com

Gypsy flower top
£15 - desireclothing.co.uk

Smock top
$15 - stylesforless.com

Side tie bikini
$42 - jessicasimpsoncollection.com

Shimmi bikini bathing suit
$195 - net-a-porter.com

J brand shorts
$235 - mytheresa.com

Lauren conrad
$33 - kohls.com

Jimmy choo sandals
$395 - net-a-porter.com

Tory Burch strap shoes
$45 - simplysoles.com

Tory Burch flip flop shoes
$45 - net-a-porter.com

Laundry wedge heel sandals
$20 - macys.com

Lilly Pulitzer beach handbag
$74 - saksfifthavenue.com

Kate Spade striped handbag
$162 - katespade.com

Ron Hami Designs lace jewelry
$4,345 - maxandchloe.com

Marc by marc jacobs jewelry
£60 - net-a-porter.com

Kate Spade floppy hat
$47 - katespade.com

Givenchy logo sunglasses
$290 - barneys.com

Beach Towel
£6.99 - hm.com

Nautical dress

Red Valentino dress


July 21, 2011   No Comments