Archive for February, 2009

Payless Shoes on the Runway?

Posted in Designers, Fashion, NY Fashion Week with tags , , , , on February 25, 2009 by shapach

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At Fall Fashion Week in New York, Christian Siriano debuted his long-awaited accessories line for Payless.With funky names like “Strut” and “She Devil,” the Egyptian-inspired footwear (and handbags!), are spiked out and chained up, and made for a bad-ass of the Nile. Shiny patent leather and satin fabrics, in deep brown chocolates, golds, and aqua turquoise, include prints with hieroglyphic-looking details. Exclusively being sold in only 400 Payless stores across the country, and ranging from $25 to $45, they are sure to be a hit with all my “fierce” ladies. Siriano is very excited about his first accessories collection, stating, “We started very high, very conceptual and very cool, and then made it wearable and marketable. I wanted it to be hard and rock-esque.” Tres chic, but the shoes do kind of resemble the dangerously spiky Christian Louboutins for Rodarte’s Fall 2008 show.

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Siriano's line for Payless

Photo: Imaxtree

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Rodarte's Louboutins

Above Photos: Don Ashby & Olivier Claisse / Style.com

Handbag Sketch Photo: WWD

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“Where’s Amy?”

Posted in Academy Awards, Actors/Comedians, Fashion with tags , , , , on February 24, 2009 by shapach

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Photo: John Shearer / WireImage

Best Supporting Actress nominee Amy Adams typically looks exceptional, but this year all I saw was the exquisite Fred Leighton necklace; the rest of her, including her Carolina Herrera dress, just kind of blended in with carpet.

Past Looks

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Last year in Proenza Schouler

Picture Source: Abc.com

“The Dog Whisperer”

Posted in Academy Awards, Actors/Comedians, Fashion with tags , , on February 24, 2009 by shapach

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Photo credit: John Shearer / WireImage

Mickey Rourke arrived in a sleek and tailored, white and black combo from Jean Paul Gautier. Proving even bad boys have a soft side,  it was accessorized with black cowboy boots and a picture of his beloved dog Loki, worn around his neck.

Recently deceased Loki was "the love of my life," says Rourke.

Recently deceased Loki was "the love of my life," says Rourke.

 Photo: REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni  

“Queen Anne”

Posted in Academy Awards, Actors/Comedians, Fashion with tags , , , , , on February 24, 2009 by shapach

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Photo: John Shearer / WireImage

After quite a tumultuous past year, Best Actress nominee Anne Hathaway emerged on a high note. As usual, she was simply radiating in a paillete-encrusted Armani Prive dress and Cartier jewels. C’est magnifique!

Past Looks

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Donning Marchesa last year

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Valentino in 2007

“Dressed for a Win!”

Posted in Academy Awards, Actors/Comedians, Fashion, Red Carpets with tags , , , , , on February 24, 2009 by shapach

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 Photo credit: Steve Granitz / WireImage

Best Supporting Actress nominee Penelope Cruz was stunning in a vintage Balmain gown, circa 1950, the long coveted dress of Destiny. Accented with chunky Chopard jewels, Penelope was “dressed for a win,” according to Project Runway icon, Tim Gunn. Muy Bonita!

Past Looks 

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Last year in Chanel Haute Couture

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Versace in 2007

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week NY: Fall 2009 Georges Chakra

Posted in Actors/Comedians, Fashion, NY Fashion Week, Singers/Performers with tags , , , , , on February 22, 2009 by shapach

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Famed Lebanese couturier Georges Chakra is known for his bold and trendy red-carpet looks worn by the who’s who of Hollywood, including Cameron Diaz, Helen Mirren, Jessica Alba and Carrie Underwood. For his first RTW collection, Chakra stepped AROUND the box, with his series of fun and colorful party wear. This feminine, and awfully couture looking collection, shown in the Promenade at Bryant Park on February 14, was quite a propos for St.Valentine’s Day and included many pretty date-night pieces. 

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Wonder Woman: Using a flashy plastic material, resembling latex, intricately folded into origami bows, Chakra evoked a flirty, futuristic superhero. This feminine evening collection featured mini sequin shifts with metallic capelets, ruffled collars, long gowns with trains flowing cape-like behind, and sleek, glimmering pants. Topped off with exquisite, elbow-length leather gloves, all that was missing was the “S” on the chest.  

Shapes and silhouettes: The look was all very vintage 1950’s; lots of poufy full skirts, belted and cinched-waisted cocktail dresses. Slim pants paired with tailored jackets, and glamorous flowing evening gowns, typical of this red hot, Red Carpet favorite. Don’t be surprised to see many of these donned by your favorite stars very soon. 

Color palette: Lacquered black, chrome, and crimson, followed by metallic polka dots and colorful geometric print dresses and jackets. 

Front Row Faces: Along with a stark-looking Kellie Pickler, and Jennifer Love Hewett, snarky stylist Philip Bloch was also in attendance. 

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84225832MH002_Edition_By_GePhoto Credit: Getty Images for IMG

The Long Lost Simpson?

Posted in Actors/Comedians, Hair with tags , , , on February 20, 2009 by shapach

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Is is just me or is Simon Cowell the long lost brother to Bartholomew J. Simpson? Or is Marge secretly giving Simon the “Sunday-best” hairdo? Interesting…