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Stivali Boot Jewelry

Posted in Designers, Fashion with tags , , on May 5, 2009 by shapach

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Possibly the cutest and coolest idea I have seen in a long time, Stivali is a line of jewelry that accessorizes any drab old pair of boots. Created by MyLinh Tran, Stivali boot jewelry attaches to a pair of boots with a simple clasp or hook that clips right over the top of the boot, without damaging the material. Although currently just for boots, she is exploring other styles of shoes as well.

MyLinh came up with the idea for Stivali, meaning boots in Italian, while working as a fashion design intern at a children’s wear company in LA. She noticed that every part of the body has been accessorized with jewelry except the shoes. Boots are so plain, she thought, so why not jazz them up a bit? 

 Using materials such as gold plated chains, crystal beads, semi-precious stones and other decorations found at local craft stores, she began sketching and coming up with designs for her collection. After sourcing a prototype in China, she realized the turn around time was longer than she wanted, so she converted her dining room of her San Carlos home into a full-time jewelry studio. Storing all of her tools and materials in clearly labeled boxes helps her keep her studio organized, and makes it easier to find certain items when working on a design.

Originally thinking of calling the line M.Elle, after her initials, she decided on Stivali because it “had a better ring to it.” Hoping to officially launch her line of designs in fall, she has created a site on etsy.com where shoppers can view designs and order customized creations. Eventually, MyLinh hopes to see Stivali in Aldo and shoe stores everywhere. 

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Valentino: The Last Emperor of the Glam Dynasty

Posted in Designers, Fashion, Movies, Tanning with tags , , , , , , , on May 5, 2009 by shapach

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 Valentino is one of the most iconic and influential women’s fashion designers of the last fifty years. This year the world was honored with the release of the first documentary delving behind the scenes into the life of a legend, and “the man behind the throne”. Valentino: The Last Emporer will make you laugh, make you cry, and make you want to get a pug.

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Director Matt Tyrnauer, Giancarlo Giammetti, and Valentino at the premiere.

 The director, Matt Tyrnauer, was gracious enough to come to the Academy and discuss the blood and sweat that went into making his first film. Tyrnauer has been a journalist with Vanity Fair for 17 years, and first became intrigued by Valentino when he was dispatched to Rome to do a story on him in 2004. The Last Emperor has been a project almost two and a half years in the making, with over 270 hours of footage that was shot. First premiering at the Venice Film Festival, it is an independent film, and as Tyranuer puts it, “an observational film…into the greatest partnership in fashion history.”

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"The 5 M's" always travel in style.

 And, no I’m not talking about the dogs, although they are as much a part of Valentino’s life, and the film, as is fashion. I’m referring to Giancarlo Giammetti, Valentino’s business partner and companion for over 45 years. Truly a patient and loyal man, Giancarlo is the bread to Valentino’s glamorous apple butter. And as much as Valentino hates to admit, he is not the sole star of the film, as Giancarlo emerges as the rock behind the empire. As Oprah stated, this film is “a love story,” a passionate and emotional look into what it takes to make a relationship last the test of time. 

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Valentino and Giancarlo debating over the infamous "white dress"

Valentino: The Last Emperor is now showing in over 30 cities around the globe, and soon to be released on DVD with loads of hilarious extra footage. The ultimate diva himself, a genius of “couture royalty,” Valentino finally takes center stage, just where he belongs.

Watch the trailer and clips at www.valentinomovie.com

O is for Outstanding

Posted in Designers, Fashion with tags , , , , , on May 5, 2009 by shapach

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Misses O (with President O) in a radiant  black Azzedine Alaia with ruffled skirt at a cultural event during the NATO summit in April. Chic and elegant is so her style. And you can never wear enough slimming black in my opinion. Love the patent leather heels, which are higher than her usual kittens and flats (thank goodness!)

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The woman even does casual well in a J Crew argyle cardigan and adorable Lanvin sneakers with purple metallic toe, while volunteering at the Capital Area Food Bank. Because she is so tall, she can wear cropped pants and get away with it, without looking stumpy. Me on the other hand, forget about it! The combination of the mustard, grey, and eggplant shades here are divine.

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What can I say, Michelle loves her some argyle. But so do I when it’s an avant-garde Junya Watanabe cardi worn over matching turquoise Jason Wu dress. Misses O is seen here visiting the Royal Opera House. Again, a great color choice. She definitely knows what colors go well with her skin tone; I have yet to see her in a color that doesn’t suit her.

Overall, she wears great colors, loves mixing basics with high-end designer pieces, and knows how to take risks and have fun. Isn’t that what fashion is all about! Watch out Jackie O because there’s a new fashionista in town: Michelle O. Betta recognize!

(All images courtesy of redcarpet-fashionawards.com

One Question…WHY?

Posted in Actors/Comedians, Designers, Fashion, Singers/Performers with tags , , , , , , , on May 4, 2009 by shapach

Please DO NOT commit these fashion faux-pas:

1. Solid colored suspenders are okay, but unless you are trying to look like Mork the Dork…NO MULTI-COLORED SUSPENDERS!

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2. Wide-framed nerd glasses are a no-no. If Scarlett Johansson can’t even make these look good, forget about it!

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3. I understand innovation and creativity in shoe design, but Marc Jacobs SS08 reverse-heel shoes were just plain ugly and weird. Not very comfortable either, I presume.

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4. They were supposed to be a very fleeting phase, but to my dismay brands like Ed Hardy and Abercrombie are still proliferating the atrocity that is the Trucker Hat. FYI: If Paris wears it, you know it’s bad!

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5.  The 90’s called and they want their cut-off shorts back! Don’t you celebs have enough money to get over this budget-friendly trend?

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Famous Fashion Findings

Posted in Designers, Fashion with tags on May 4, 2009 by shapach

“A good model can advance fashion by ten years.” – Yves St. Laurent

The late, great Saint with model Laeticia Casta, and muse Loulou de la Falaise.

The late, great Saint with model Laetitia Casta, and muse Loulou de la Falaise.

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Posted in Designers, Fashion with tags on May 4, 2009 by shapach

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

Miss Fabulosity herself!

Miss Fabulosity herself!

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Posted in Designers, Fashion with tags on May 4, 2009 by shapach

“Jeans represent democracy in fashion.” – Giorgio Armani

Armani doing his best to be Democratic.

Armani doing his best to be Democratic.