Sunday, January 31, 2010
Friday, January 29, 2010
Yes! We are all fans! Don't forget to join me this Sunday for the pre-awards show Red Carpet! I will blog live from the Red Carpet with up to the minute photos of celebs on the Grammy Runway! The Grammy Awards will air live form the L.A. Staples Center on January 31, 2010, 8 pm ET/PT.
Oh, and don't forget you 3D glasses for the Michael Jackson Tribute. The broadcast will be in 3D and glasses will be provided (FOR FREE) at U.S. Target stores.
As you may or may not know, I am an alumna of Columbia College Chicago, the largest arts and media college in the U.S. I have been very involved and supported in the fashion department since my commencement and I want to periodically share info about the big things going on at Columbia with you all!
This February the department will be honoring graduates for their achievement in the industry. This will be a hot event held in downtown Chicago and will be an awesome night of fun and fashion! Click here for more info and click here to RSVP !
Fashion Columbia Kick-Off Reception
Thursday, February 11, 2010, 5-7 p.m.
The Blackstone Hotel - Crystal Ballroom
636 S. Michigan Ave.
Join us for the Fashion Columbia Kick-Off Reception, a special VIP event to recognize and celebrate the much anticipated Fashion Columbia fashion show and spring luncheon. Guests attending the reception will include business leaders, media personalities, corporate sponsor supporters, along with local and national designers from the fashion community. We will be presenting the Alumni Achievement in Fashion Design Award to Dieter Kirkwood (’04) and Bennett Cousins (’04) of dIETERbENNET, and previewing pieces from their new collection.
Fashion Week New York Is Moving!
Yes it is moving, but not too far. Bryant Park has been home to Fashion Week for 15 years, but as of this year that is no longer approved by the city. Due to the expansive setup of the event, Bryant Park Corporation has had a slight control and security issue and has not been able to open the park to the community the way they intend to. Mayor Bloomberg has been asked by Vogue editor, Anna Wintour as well as impacted designers to extend the approval through this February, but all future events--such as fashion week in September--will have to find a new home.
A potential new home that is seriously being considered is the Lincoln Center. This location poses some problems, but might be the most feasible choice. It is not for sure that the excitingly high paced, easy access, tent atmosphere can be recreated at the Lincoln center. If still held outdoors, attendees might have to walk the length of a city block to get to each show!
I know no one really wants to walk that far, but what is Fashion Week without outdoor tents (warmer I guess...)!
Thursday, January 28, 2010
It's the last day of Haute Couture Week in Paris, Fance. Fashion Extraordinaires like Jean Paul Gaultier, Christian Dior and Givenchy came together to present the most dramatic high fashion designs of the industry!
Haute Couture Week was January 25-28, 2010 and here are some sneek peeks at the bold and dramatic designs displayed!
Friday, January 22, 2010
Hey everyone! The Awards Season is taking off and I want to be sure you are ready for it! Whether you are out on the town, attending after 5 cocktail parties, or hosting Awards Season events, it is crucial that you make the right impression. All season I will be hitting you with fashion tips from industry professionals themselves who know the game, its rules and secrets!
Celebrity Fashion Stylist, Patrick T Cooper, "has spent years as a leading fashion consultant and trendspotter for dozens of internationally renowned and influential brands" and has taken the time to give a few freebie tips to help you swag your way through this Red Carpet Season!
I know we all like to go for the "Wow Factor", but Patrick assures that this is not necessary for a memorable red carpet look. Go for the "classical and timeless look", says Patrick. "Lady Gaga has the wow factor and is Red Carpet Ready, but everyone cannot do this!" It is best to have a fashion consultant/color analyst who knows and understands how to match you with the perfect style and color to compliment your features.
Patrick also tells his clients to "go beyond the hanger appeal". In essence, what looks good on the hanger may not look good on you and vice versa. Look a little deeper, know the style you want and try things on!
Even once you find that perfect garment, there is still work to be done!
Patrick tells all of his clients to allow plenty of time before an event to purchase their ensemble. "[Ladies] try on your gown three times before you wear it! [Men] don’t be lazy; get out and get your outfit tailored!"
One thing Patrick couldn't stress enough was BALANCE.
"When accessorizing, be cautious; and that caution is BALANCE!"
Ladies: balance your gown with your jewelry. A plunging neckline does not need an elaborate necklace but "[the right pair of earrings] gives a gown that doesn’t have the best presence [the ability to make the perfect impression]."
Patrick points out that men do not have much "play" when it comes to formal fashion. He says "the operative word for men and tuxedos is tailoring: jacket fits, accentuates your silhouette [and has the] right break in your pant leg."
The one accessory for men that Patrick absolutely loves is velvet slipper. Ralph Lauren, in particular has a rich array of colors in his Spring line that add the perfect "pop of color" as Patrick would say!
Bit of Advice
Patrick left me with this bit of advice that is the essence of this season's trend: “Have fun. Live in color. Life is not black and white. Have fun walking down that red carpet!”
For more information about Patrick T Cooper, visit: www.patricktcooper.com.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
I hope these fashion tips are helping to ease the stress of completing your red carpet look! If you have any specific concerns or personal dilemmas, post them! Let me know what you think or what you need to know!
I thought it would be a fabulous idea to step back and find some expert advice catered to our men! And who better to ask than celebrity fashion consultant Jermaine L Anderson? Jermaine Anderson is a Chicago-based Fashion Consultant who is very established and well-known in the Chi. His services are in demand from business professionals to minsters and anyone in between wishing to take their image to the next level.
Jermaine works by the philosophy of
"Less is More"
He tells all of his clients, "find that one signature item and let that [be what makes the outfit pop]!" So men don't go overboard and make a statement with everything you put on. Let your outfit be simple so that your signature piece can show off your swagger.
If we are talking informal, Jermaine suggests "...a nice button up or zippered sweater, a simple button up shirt, some basic fitted jeans (washed or dark rinse) or a straight leg pant and some classic long toe shoes."
If we are talking formal or the after 5 scene, "keep it simple with some Sean Jean swag. [You can't go wrong with] a simple black tux, cuff links, a bow tie and some simple jewelry (platinum or stainless steel band or bracelet)."
Jermaine also had some general tips to stand by this season:
Don't be afraid to throw in some flavor!
Black is not always the best way to go. It is a little too safe for this season. Venture out and find some rich earth tones. Maybe a nice rust, charcoal or chocolate.
"Less is more," he says. "Find your number one signature item. For me, it's funny, one day a friend of mine mentioned me in conversation with someone else. When the other person remembered me they said, 'oh yeah, the guy who wears the bow ties'. People know my [signature piece]."
Your signature item could be a tie, bow tie, hat, glasses, belt, shoes, etc... If you have a hard time stepping out of the box and figuring this out, Jermaine's the one to call!
Also when accessorizing, your tie should match your socks. "If you have on a nice, rich, rust color tie, make sure your socks are the same. Also, I always tell my clients 'make sure your shoes are shined'. That is important."
Make Sure Your Breath Is Fresh!
"People don't think that fresh breath is a part of fashion, but it is! It really is." Jermaine is right! Don't think people won't notice if you breath is kickin'! He suggests you carry Listerine strips or mouthwash as well as a small bottle of cologne to help keep it tight and keep it right all night long.
Moisturize your skin!
"Make sure you keep your skin moist. I recommend Black and White Skin Soap." Come on Fellas, this is not so much to ask. You don't have to go through the task of makeup and getting all dolled up. Just have a clean and soft, touchable face! Jermaine also suggest you use an astringent on your face. This will help cleanse the oil out of your pores and shrink them to give you a fresh smooth look. You can find the one that works best for you in your local drugstore.
No Man Bags!
Jermain mentioned, "a lot of guys are into the man bag trend. We Do Not Like That!".
Well sorry guys, Jermaine says no! Personally this doesn't bother me, but just make sure it is actually a bag! These man purses (and they do exist) are out of line!
Use this quick list to remember what's hot this season:
Colorful Shoes (red, orange, rust, painted look)
Peacoats (Wool, belts)
Low hair cuts or shave it bald
Hats with brims for the older crowd (30+) and caps for the younger crowd
Ascots (quick and easy way to go from casual to high fashion swag)
If you need help tailoring your specific look this season you know where to go!
Jermaine L Anderson
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
I hope you enjoyed watching the Golden Globe Red Carpet with me this past weekend! Next up are the Grammy Awards! Tune in again to review the best and worst dressed with me on January 31, 2010 @ 8 p.m. ET/PT.
Also, something I am exciting about, there will be a 3D tribute to the King of Pop, MICHAEL JACKSON during the award show! Starting January 24th Target stores will be providing 3D glasses to the public for free so that we have the the full experience of the show!
"Inspiration for the tribute blossomed from a meeting between Ken and Michael just one day prior to the pop star's untimely death. During their encounter, Ken was treated to sneak peek at the 3D spectacle Michael had planned for "Earth Song" during his highly-anticipated tour. The singer told Ken that "was the most important…piece in the whole show because of the message of 'Earth Song'; the message about the environment and the message about preserving the environment."...Continue Reading!
Calling All Emerging Serious Designers!
Any aspiring designers who are interested in showing their designs in a major fashion show during New York Fashion Week can contact me via my Facebook inbox, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This will be an exciting show featuring my designs this February. The event is right around the corner so let me know if you are interested!