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

Category — Tip du Jour

Fashionation

You know those days. You have a fan-flipping-tastic outfit on, feeling like the bee’s knees, and then record scratch! Someone more fabulous flits in the picture with a lovelier, lust-have outfit on, leaving you feeling like a fourth-grader in knee socks (no matter how chic the socks are). Le sigh and c’est la vie, mes chéris.

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New Year’s Eve circa my freshman year in college: I was at my friend Jacque’s house with a pack of our sorority sisters, primping before some pop-fizz-clink in NYC. We were feeling pretty pleased with our outfits until someone sassier stepped in. The scene stealer in this case was Jacque’s older sister and the lust-worthy outfit (or more specifically, the coat) wasn’t just from any old store…

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It was a gorgeous glam trench coat, in a flirty length just above the knee, in an elegant champagne hue with a shimmery belt and chic fur collar. Her sister click-clacked down the stairs in her heels and golden locks, and dashed out the door. “Where…did she get that coat?” I asked Jacque. “Oh, Bergdorf’s,” she said. “She works there.”

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Of course an older sister is always sophisticated, especially in a young girl’s eyes, but Bergdorf’s evokes a certain je ne sais quoi, and I’m not the only one to feel the fashionation…

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Bergdorf’s is as famous for dressing its clients as it is for dressing its windows. See for yourself what the infatuation is all about ~ Matthew Miele’s documentary, Scatter My Ashes At Bergdorf’s, opens on May 3rd! Color. Me. Giddy.

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It promises to take fashion-loving mere mortals behind Bergdorf’s magical window displays to a place where “the rich and famous wield their power and eccentricity, where young and talented designers have their dreams granted and denied, and where money and ambition co-mingle with radical ideas of beauty and provocative style.

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“There is ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ and there is Bergdorf’s—it’s just something you fantasize about.”  ~Diane Von Furstenburg

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In the meantime, you can get your fashion fix with the “companion” book to the documentary ~ and drink…

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“Drinking.” ~Bergdorf’s Personal Shopper Extraordinaire Betty Halbreich’s answer, when asked what she’d be doing if she weren’t at Bergdorf’s.


Photo credits: Bergdorf Goodman, Le Petite Chic.

 

April 3, 2013   1 Comment

Monday Mantra

Hello, Monday! Let’s start this week off on the right foot.

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“When you see someone putting on his Big Boots, you can be pretty sure that an Adventure is going to happen.” ~A.A. Milne

March 4, 2013   No Comments

Swing-A-Ching-Ching!

Ching, ching, it’s the weekend! A Happy March to you, too, darlings!

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And don’t forget the weekend mantra, lovelies ~ “Thank God I‘m Fabulous!”

March 1, 2013   No Comments

Red Carpet Hangover

Topping off an already fun & fabulous weekend by staying up to watch the Oscars (followed by Jimmy Kimmel’s Movie: The Movie v2) has left this fashion lover lacking some zzzz’s and in desperate need of an Oscar hangover disguise…

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Lots of prettiness promenaded down the Red Carpet this year but if this is supposed to be the Super Bowl of Fashion, you’re going to need to step it up, starlets! Bring back some of that Hollywood glitz & glam while you’re at it.  If I’m going to lose my beauty sleep over this, you’ll need to take my breath away, mesmerize me, wow me, knock my socks off.

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Here’s the breakdown, beauties:

Kerry Washington, my best dressed pick for the evening, looked simply marvelous in Miu Miu! She sizzled in a sparkly crystal-encrusted, coral-skirted, bow-accented gown. This is how you rock the red carpet, ladies.

The 85th Annual Oscars at Hollywood & Highland Center - Red Carpet Arrivals</p><p>Featuring: Kerry Washington<br />Where: Los Angeles, California, United States<br />When: 24 Feb 2013<br />Credit: Adriana M. Barraza/WENN.com

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Charlize Theron in Dior ~ not my absolute favorite look of hers, but who am I kidding ~ her “so-so” is a mere mortal’s Best Day Ever.

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Also loved her soft-shoe serenade with Sexiest Man Alive Channing Tatum!

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Jennifer Garner ~ beautiful & statuesque in violet ruffled Gucci Première. Her best accessories are her hubs and those dimples.

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The always lovely Amy Adams in Oscar de la Renta ~ I imagine the strapless ice blue gown with cascading ruffles was even prettier in person! Scroll down further to see her slinky switch for the Vanity Fair party.

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Jennifer Lawrence glows in Dior. She’s such a breath of fresh air ~ and even makes tripping on her gown look charming.

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Anne Hathaway ~ transparent in Prada. Not an altogether unfortunate dress but underwhelming style & color on her.

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Jessica Chastain ~ pretty in copper Giorgio Armani with lovely Veronica Lake locks.

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Jennifer Hudson ~ looking feisty in Roberto Cavalli, this beautiful blue is a great color on her (and much better than last year’s ill-fitting tangerine mishap).

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Adele in a Jenny Packham black embellished gown. Love her!

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Halle Berry ~ very Bond Girl in art-deco themed va-va-Versace.

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Jen Aniston looking pretty & happy in Valentino signature red. The full skirt was new for her and I loved seeing her in color for a change.

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Amanda Seyfried in lilac Alexander McQueen halter gown with key-hole neckline. Not enough contrast against her skin and wish she had at least swiped on a pop of pink lipstick.

Reese Witherspoon ~ Louis Vuitton cobalt strapless gown. Fit was off but her hair was pretty.

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Naomi Watts in silver sequin Giorgio Armani. Love her, don’t love the dress.

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Helen Hunt in wrinkled H&M ~ I’m as bored with her as she appeared to be throughout the entire show.

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Nicole Kidman in L’Wren Scott ~ she looks beautiful but I’m confused by this gown. On another note, Keith is getting so big!

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Jane Fonda  in canary yellow Versace.  All of those leg warmer-laden workouts & feeling the burn have paid off!

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Kristen Stewart~ a trainwreck in Reem Acra. Crutches, limping, bed head, bruised arm, looks like she hasn’t slept in days. Daniel Radcliffe seemed horrified to stand next to her.

Zoe Saldana in Alexis Mabille gown. She’s a gorgeous girl, but the belt, bow, and triple-toned split at the bottom are just too much. I think she redeems herself at the Vanity Fair party (scroll down).

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Renee Zelweger looks like she was dipped in gold with this Carolina Herrera gown that fits her like a glove.

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Speaking of being dipped in gold ~ why didn’t Dame Shirley Bassey ever win an Oscar for Goldfinger in 1964?

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Sandra Bullock ~ pretty in an Elie Saab beaded lace sheer black gown. Not my favorite but still love her.

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Robin Roberts ~ stunning in blue velvet Marc Bouwer. What a gem!

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Salma Hayek in navy blue velvet Alexander McQueen with gold embellished collar and Cindy Chao jeweled hairpiece. Love that she made the look her own.

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Kristin Chenoweth ~ never again. Nails on chalkboard.

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Babs was fabs in DKNY and had me at Memories. “Your girl is lovely, Hubbell.” Sniffle…gets me every time.

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Speaking of Donna K. ~ is this just a creepy Travolta photobomb?

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Stacy Keibler ~ statuesque in a Gatsby-esque Naeem Khan dress.

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The men of the evening making their own style statement  ~ Ben, George, Hugh & Bradley rock the beard.

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The bubbly flowed long after the awards at the Vanity Fair party…

Amy Adams shimmied into some shimmery metallic fringe.

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Jennifer Lawrence slipped on some silver.

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 Zoe, back in black.

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 Naomi slinked on some more sexy sequins.

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Fini.

“You’re never fully dressed without a smile.”

February 25, 2013   No Comments

Throwing Shade

Like a true gentleman, our furry February friend Punxsutawney Phil has thrown no shade today ~ so hello to less winter and and an early spring! Just the thought of sunny blue skies ahead is enough to carry me through ’til then…

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Even though it’s cold outside, spring fashion is in full bloom ~ stay tuned for my pretty picks for the season!

“Florals? For spring? Groundbreaking.” ~Miranda Priestly, Devil Wears Prada

 

February 2, 2013   No Comments