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Payless Shoes on the Runway?

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


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.


Siriano's line for Payless

Photo: Imaxtree


Rodarte's Louboutins

Above Photos: Don Ashby & Olivier Claisse /

Handbag Sketch Photo: WWD


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


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. 


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. 


84225832MH002_Edition_By_GePhoto Credit: Getty Images for IMG

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week NY: Fall 2009 Christian Siriano

Posted in Fashion, NY Fashion Week with tags , , , on February 19, 2009 by shapach


 Everyone’s favorite Project Runway alumnus, best known for his highly propogated catchword, “Fierce!”, is now in his third season as a designer diva. It seems Siriano is finding himself right at home in his new niche. The season-four winner made his first runway debut with his ruffled, conquistador-inspired Fall ’08 collection that received rave reviews.

Egyptian rockstar: Looking like a cross between Cleopatra and Bianca Jagger, Siriano’s Fall 2009 collection was a welcome followup to his first few rounds on the runway. The dramatic pieces included sleek, gleaming pantsuits and body-hugging dresses in silk charmeuse and organza. The piece de resistance, a “gilded fur pharaoh gown” accessorized with an outlandish headpiece, appropriately worn by exotic model Sessilee Lopez, drew gasps. If it were 490 A.D., Siriano’s face would be on every pyramid wall, and we’d be saying “Tutenkhamen, who?”

Shapes and silhouettes: It seems the ruffles are still the forerunners, but this time, the collection features much more intricate and feminine folding. Everything from slim cut dandy-style pants, to billowing trousers, were seen with large, pronounced shoulders that were draped beautifully, reminiscent of Victorian drapery. Also, quite a few one-shoulder dresses were featured, as well.

Color palette: Rich, saturated gemstone shades of gold, brown, and turquoise gave the collection an exotic, luxurious feel fit for a Queen of the Nile.

These spikes are made for walking: All of the amazing platforms were created in conjunction with Payless Shoe Source, which Siriano has collaborated with to create his own line of shoes. The chained and studded beauties will be in Payless shoe stores in September 2009, and will retail for $25-$45. I can’t wait to get my grubby little hands on a pair of these. Go ‘head with your bad self, girl!


christian-sirianoPhotography: Imaxtree

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week NY: Fall 2009 Brian Reyes

Posted in Fashion, NY Fashion Week with tags , , on February 19, 2009 by shapach


Brian Reyes’ show on Thursday took him to new “heights,” literally. When Colombian-raised Reyes, who earned a few notches on his fashion belt while at Michael Kors and De la Renta, decided to collaborate with shoe icon, Manolo Blahnik, I’m sure he had no idea what he was in for. Way too high, or way too big, whatever the case, the shoes were just NOT working and were quickly abandoned by some models, who paraded sans stilettos. Known for dressing a slew of Hollywood’s hot ingenues, Reyes’ fresh, young collection was, nevertheless, impeccable.

Stone Age: Strong, structured separates with silky blouses, slinky belted dresses, and pointed pumps (which caused way too much trouble than they were worth!), helped to revive the powerful, take-charge business woman of the Eighties. The graphic marble prints, straight out Bedrock, made the whole collection very Wilma and Betty meets Tess and Katharine.*

*(Working Girl, for those who are out of the loop)

Shapes and silhouettes: With this collection, Reyes tapped every woman’s inner ” naughty secretary” . Boxy shoulders paired with classic pencil skirts, slim fitting dresses, and three-quarter sleeve car coats lended a very vintage and feminine sensuality to the collection.  

Color palette: Inspired by rock quarries around the world, the palette was earthy, including shades of grays, dusty charcoal and umber, offset with bright shots of electric blue, brick red, and mustard-seed/gold.

Overall critique: Looking like the infamous runway scene from SATC (when Carrie bites the dust, then proudly finishes her strut with shoe in hand), Reyes’ heel drama proved to be a bit distracting, if not entertaining, to all involved. The shiny, disco-era fabric, short hemlines, and bright colors made the collection youthful and funky, albeit not very suitable for fall.

I died for…the glittering gemstone jewelery, created in collaboration with Roxanne Assoulin from Lee Angel, that perfectly accented the color palette and mood.

Front Row Faces…incuded the classier hotel heiress, Ivanka Trump, as well as a Reyes’ favorite follower, Rachel Bilson.








Photo credits: Getty Images

Academy of Art University Fall 2009 Graduate Collection, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week: New York

Posted in Academy of Art (AAU), Fashion, NY Fashion Week with tags on February 15, 2009 by shapach

fall-2009-mb-fashion-wk1Photo credit: Getty Images

Each year, the Academy of Art University chooses a handful of outstanding collections to be featured in Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, in New York.  The Academy of Art is the only school IN THE WORLD to be invited to participate, so to say that these fashion students are talented is an insult to their abilities.

When you combine the creme-da-la-creme of design students with top-notch textile designers, the result is mind-boggling! Among the few elite and amazing designers privileged enough to attend this prestigious event were design teams Heather Howard & Cat Janky, I-Shan Liou & Myoung Hee Kim, Emily Melville & Ivanka Georgieva, Qianya Martin, Scott Macfarland, and The Britex Fabrics Project.

Victorian vacation: This collection was inspired by drawings of early American colonial life. While the quaint nineteenth century prints paired with adorable, lace-up Victorian boots transport you right back to the prairie, I’m reminded of the reason why Laura left her Little Home.

Color palette: Consists of mostly neutrals like beige, taupe, and black, paired with soft periwinkle and shots of navy. Very subdued and natural, the colors depict a visual homage to the simplicity of an early settler’s wardrobe. 

Shapes and silhouettes: Most of the garments were long and voluminous, A-line dresses. One tailored menswear-inspired piece stuck out as the slimmest silhouette.

I could have done without…the horrible fingerless gloves and black knit caps, precariously perched, making the models look like homeless Amish women, or T.I. Either way, not the way I would have styled this collection. 

Overall critique: The collection is a bit dowdy and matronly, if not impractical. Other than being used as a set wardrobe for HBO’s Big Love, I don’t think anyone will get much use out of it. Also the way the collection was styled wasn’t appropriate in evoking the mood. In an attempt to modernize the look, several “hip” accessories were added, but instead, just ended up confusing the eye. Left to stand on it’s own, though, the collection is a beautifully crafted piece of workmanship.

 To view all of the collections visit

“You Are Where You Sit”

Posted in Academy of Art (AAU), Fashion, Hair, NY Fashion Week with tags , on February 8, 2009 by shapach

The day started off like any other. I boarded the BART train, running my usual 20 minutes behind schedule, and took my seat (typically the third row on the right, by the window). And this is what greets me…

Bad Hair Day
Whoa! Bad hair day or what?! This is possibly the worst hairdo I’ve seen in my life. (Can we even call that a hairdo, I think she invented it?) I wonder where she’s headed with a ‘do like that?…Poor co-workers!

Anyway, after disembarking the train and attending my styling class, I had to wait, longer, for the long-awaited Symposium. Focusing on Gladys Perint Palmer’s new book Food For Thought, For Fashion, the symposium was mandatory for all fashion students to attend. But it didn’t start until 3:30pm, so I waited, and waited, and waited…




My last symposium experience consisted of me sitting in the very back pew for an hour whispering “What did she say? Who is that?” So, needless to say, I DID NOT want to be in the back.

I knew it would be crowded and I should arrive early for prime seating options, so I literally ran over to 79NM at about 2:50pm to catch a shuttle to the Post Auditorium. Now anyone that attends the Academy can attest to the fact that our shuttle buses are not the nimblest of sorts, so one should expect to be at least ten minutes late to said destination. The next shuttle was scheduled to come at 3:10pm. I boarded at 3:14pm, and after a long detour down to Brannan and Townsend, and one very long smoke break (in which the bus driver casually got a Gatorade and took the world’s longest piss), I arrived at 620 Sutter, a block away from the Auditorium, at 3:51pm. Twenty minutes tardy, as usual.*

(*I swear, I’m twenty minutes late, everywhere I go! It’s a curse!)

As I’m quickly ushered through the door into the grand auditorium, Gladys has already begun her slideshow. Quietly, so as not to draw attention, I squeeze myself into the closest available seat…


 …in the dreaded back row!

(Oh well, at least she has nice hair.)


What is it with me today, all I see is the back of people’s heads?

As Gladys proceeded to colorfully narrate her illustrations with snarky quips and to-die-for memories of her personal meetings with, like, all of the world of fashion, the slides flipped furiously behind her, devotedly guided by Hersha Steinbock (Consumer Motivation teacher, among other courses).  Poor Hersha, her finger must be broken from all that slide-switching!


Ooh, cute hat!

When Gladys finished abruptly, she then introduced Simon Ungless, and began to walk off the stage. I hurriedly scrambled to get a view of her ensemble, and maybe even snap a pic, but she was too quick for me and my wonky camera. She was wearing a long, shiny red Ralph Rucci coat over a black turtleneck and black pants, the collar popped ever so chicly like an O.G.  A simple and classic, structured outfit with a touch of suave – typical GPP.

(Eventually, I snuck down to the front, in paparazzo mode, and got a shot.)


Simon talked a bit about his collaboration and long-seeded friendship with Alexander McQueen, before getting to the “dessert” of the Food for Thought lecture – the new designers collections being featured in New York Fashion Week this Friday the 13th. I am currently styling one of the featured collections in a photo shoot, so this was especially exciting to see!


Here are a few of the pieces. OMG, aren’t they beautiful!


I Shan and Myoung are amazing!!


All together, a hearty lecture. I left feeling full and satisfied.

Don’t forget to watch the shows!

Live stream starts at 5:00pm on Friday from the AAU website.