The Perfect Nude!

Sorry Michelangelo, I am not talking about your David, but rather another fabulous creation… the perfect nude heel! I stumbled across the Aerin Fira Pumps at Bloomingdale’s today and felt I had to share this discovery. Not too shiny, not too pink, not too brown… these truly are the perfect nude heels. The matte leather is heaven next to almost any skin tone and just disappears into your leg; creating the illusion of a longer, leaner leg. Now wouldn’t you call that a work of art?!

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Photo Credit: Bloomingdales.com

How to wear spring’s pastels, without looking like an Easter egg…

Spring has officially sprung, and with it, a delicious array of sorbet inspired pastels! Pastels can be tricky on some skin tones, so here are a few simple tricks to avoid looking like an easter egg…

1) Avoid wearing one color head to toe. Color-blocking is still ruling the runways, so mix it up a bit. Anything goes when it comes to color blocking… pink with purple; yellow with green, pink with green. If this is a bit too outside your comfort zone, start with different hues in the same family; a soft pink mixed with a neon or salmon.

2) Pair one pastel piece with a darker, bolder piece to anchor the look. Charcoal gray, tan and navy pair beautifully with springtime’s soft palette. You can also mix in white. Just steer clear of black; it’s too heavy a color and will throw the whole look off.

3) Not every pastel is for every skin tone (unlike the richer jewel tones which look great on almost everyone). Try a few on and see which one suits you best.

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David Bowie Is a Style Setter

London’s Victoria and Albert Museum opens its “David Bowie Is” on March 23 and has already sold over 50,000 tickets. David Bowie is many things to many people, a pop icon, a musical genius, a superstar. I think of him as a trendsetter, long before the rest of the world was ready for it. In honor of this new exhibit, I thought it would be fun to see just how far ahead of the masses Bowie was in many of his wardrobe selections….

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Prada’s Top 5

Last night I had the pleasure of attending Prada’s grand opening in Fashion Valley (to benefit Voices for Children, a fabulous non-profit in San Diego). While admiring their Spring 2013 collection, I couldn’t help but think of my first trip to Italy, more specifically the Prada outlet, and how that helped spur my love of fashion. Here’s a look back on some of my favorite Prada hits… 

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The Nylon Packback- 1985

The nylon bag that took backpacks off of the playground and onto the backsides of fashion’s most elite. I went to the Prada outlet in 1999 and purchased three of these bad boys in clack, grey and hot pink- yikes! My set bag today is a nylon Prada messenger bag that is a million years old and I won’t do any job without.

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Miu Miu- 1993

Prada’s sister line debuted- targeting the edgy/downtown fashionista and offered at a slightly lower price point. While living in Italy during college I saved for two months and bought the most perfect Miu Miu party dress- and it is still in heavy rotation today!

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The Platform Sandal- 1996

A precursor to today’s it shoe,  the “flatform”,  these sandals changed the look of casual shoes. Suddenly sandals weren’t just for your nonna. They were chic, feminine and actually comfortable!  I went to a Catholic high school with a strict dress code, save for the shoes. I managed to talk my dad, an equally enthusiastic Prada aficionado, into buying me a black patent leather pair I literally wore into the ground.

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Embellished Heels- 2007

Heels are heels, right? Enter Spring 2007 when Prada’s heels could have been easily mistaken for a lush garden. It was the first time we saw pumps with moxie. I remember putting clients in those botanical beauties for red carpets that year and for the first time, the shoes became just as important as the dress.   

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The Crystal Dress- 2010

This work of art was donned by more celebrities and graced more pages of fashion mags than any frock in recent history. Turning the idea of a traditional dress on its head, this beauty graced the cover of Vogue a record three times! You couldn’t look at an editorial or red carpet without seeing a starlet shining in this crystal overlay, yet somehow I always still wanted more!

Brava Prada- can’t wait to see what other warm fashion memories will be made donning your fabulous line!

 

 

Infamous Barney’s Warehouse Sales..coming to a computer near you!

Anyone who has ever braved a Barney’s Warehouse sale (not anywhere near as glam as it sounds- a maze of unorganized racks and hoards of overly aggressive women all looking for that one killer deal) … rejoice, there is now a permanent  website dedicated to selling off-price Barney’s deals. Launching Monday, February 4, barneyswarehouse.com will offer pieces at up to 75% off retail. And I am not talking a lower quality line made specifically for outlets that unfortunately has become the new trend for designers. These are all pieces that once occupied racks at one of Barney’s 13 brick and mortar stores. So while you won’t have to play tug-of-war with another fashionista over an Alexander Wang dress at 60% off, you will have to battle throngs of women around the world hungry for discount designer duds. My suggestion? Shop early and often. Check daily for new deals, but now in the comfort of your own home.

Rachel Who?

We all know hairstyles can be as fickle as clothing trends and this year’s hot cut is no exception. Gone are the long loose waves and bangs of Summer 2012. This year, it’s all bout the “Karlie”.  Named for supermodel Karlie Kloss, this do is more natural wave version of the bobs we have seen in the past. As chronicled in Vogue, Karlie’s chopping off of her long locks was not an easy decision, but claims the stunner, “ I’m going to have to get used to looking cooler. I love it. I can’t stop touching it… it makes me feel more daring. ” So what are you waiting for?! Chop, chop!

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Rihanna launching her collection in London

Pop’s reining princess is launching her first collection, created in collaboration with British high street brand River Island. Offerings include clothing and accessories, which will go on sale online and in store on March 5. In honor of RiRi’s launch, I wanted to share my favorite of her looks over the years, and lord knows there have been many! She is all over the map when it comes to style, but one thing you can count on is this girl is not afraid to take risks. Both her red carpet and street style looks never lack edge, and more times than not, it pays off.ImageImageImageImageImage