More Designer Collaborations to Add to Your Calendar

There is one thing the fashion world is not suffering from, and that is the lack of designer collaborations. This week two new collaborations were announced that may be some of the most exciting yet!

Isabel Marant for H&M:

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From the designer that introduced us the hate-it-or-love-it trendy wedge sneakers, Isabel Marant brings her French attitude and influence to the widely loved and affordable department store. Starting in November at select H&M stores and online, Marant will design a collection featuring clothing and accessories for women and teens and for the first time, men.

For every fashionista wanting to emulate Parisian chic at a not-so Parisian budget (including this fashionista) will surely flock to H&M for every piece in Marant’s collection.

Sarah Jessica Parker for Nordstrom:

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Whether we like it or not, Sarah Jessica Parker will be synonymous with shoes. Thanks to her character Carrie on Sex and the City, SJP got to wear some fabulous and fabulously expensive heels. So it only makes sense that the best dressed woman to ever appear on TV get her own clothing line, or at least her own shoe line. You may remember SJP’s short-lived collaboration with the now debunked Steve & Barry’s. I still have a pair of black studded wedges from the line (called Bitten) because they are still a classic style with an edgy twist. Even though Bitten didn’t last, her approach and keen eye never go out of style.

What’s even more exciting about the project, is her teaming up with George Malkemus, CEO of Manolo Blahnik for the line, called SJP. We can’t help but remember the infamous episode of “The Lost Manolo’s” from Sex and the City.

The collection will also feature handbags and trench coats and will be sold exclusively at Nordstrom stores beginning in early 2014. Are you as excited as we are to see the SJP line?

Will you be rushing to stores for these two designer collaborations? What are your DREAM collaborations? Let us know.

How to Dress for Wedding Season

As of the Memorial Day Holiday weekend, it is officially wedding season. With all the various formalities and times of day, you want to make sure you show up dressed appropriately. You want to get stares from other guests for looking chic, not for looking under or over dressed! Here’s a simple guide to make sure you look second best, next to the bride of course!

Informal Day:

Alice + Olivia Conry Bell Sleeve Dress

Alice + Olivia Conry Bell Sleeve Dress

This Alice + Olivia flowy and feminine dress is perfect for a wedding on a beach or a backyard bonanza. Pair it with a strappy pair of sandals, bangles and a clutch to finish the look. Wear natural looking makeup for the daytime and your hair down to complete the informal dress code.

Informal Evening:

Diane von Furstenberg Erin Dress

Diane von Furstenberg Erin Dress

I personally attended a wedding in this category the other week, and as odd as it may sound, this category probably gives you the most wiggle room for experimenting. You want to take a step up from the Informal Day category, but not go to full on Formal.  Pair your flirty dress with strappy sandals or wedges, and a statement necklace or earrings (not both ladies!). Opt for a clutch for an evening soiree opposed to a bulky purse.

Semi Formal Daytime/Evening:

Alice + Olivia Kylie Ruffled Peplum Dress

Alice + Olivia Kylie Ruffled Peplum Dress

With the semi-formal dress code, a cocktail style dress is your best bet for daytime or evening. And despite old traditions, wearing black to a wedding is completely fine. Just spice it up with fun accessories.  High heeled pumps, statement accessories and a fun clutch is best for a semi formal event. Make up should stay fairly natural looking, and hair could stay down.

Formal or Black-tie:

Rebecca Taylor Pacific Blue Ruffle Gown

Rebecca Taylor Pacific Blue Ruffle Gown

With the formal affairs, your job is to dress to the nines. A cocktail length dress with embellishments is suitable, but more widely acceptable is a floor length gown.  Pile on classy accessories in silver or gold, and wear your hair in loose curls or an up-do.

With all the above, location of the wedding is also an important factor. A church wedding versus a country club ceremony could impact the style of your outfit.  But keeping all those extra details on the back burner, hopefully these suggestions help you with your styling for the many weddings you’ll be attending this summer!

Any extra tips and tricks you have for modern wedding guests? Let us know in the comments.

xoxo, Courtney

The Most Commonly Mispronounced Names in Fashion

Every time I watch a red carpet event I hear celebrities say the names of the designers they are wearing and I wonder if there is a ritual they go through on their rise to stardom. If I had the choice, I would much rather take a 3 unit course on “Pronunciation of Modern Day Designers” instead of “Intermediate Spanish”. But alas, I got a Bachelors out of it, so I can’t complain. I picture us mere mortals sounding like Elizabeth Berkley in Showgirls, wearing “Ver-sase”. I can’t blame her though, there are some names that are tongue twisters. So below are a list of some commonly mispronounced names in designer fashion so next time you are being interviewed by Ryan Seacrest on the red carpet, or chatting with fellow fashionistas, you’ll know a few things.

Anna Sui: Anna Swee

Badgley Mischka: Badge-lee Meesh-kah

Balenciaga: Bah-len-see-aga

Balmain

Balmain

Balmain: Bahl-mahhhn

Christian Lacroix: Christian Luh-qua

Christian Louboutin

Christian Louboutin

Christian Louboutin: Christian loo-boo-tan

Giambattista Valli: Gee-am-bah-tease-ta Valley

Givenchy: Jee-von-shee

Hermes: Er-mez

Herve Leger

Herve Leger

Herve Leger: Air-veh Leh-jay

Jean Paul Gaultier: Zhon Paul Go-tee-ay

Lanvin: Lahn-vahhhhn (similar the the drawn out pronunciation of Balmain)

Louis Vuitton: Louie Vwee-tahhhhn

Maison Martin Margiela: Maysohhhn Martin Mar-jhell-ah

Marchesa

Marchesa

Marchesa: Mar-kay-sah

Monique Lhuillier: Monique Loo-lee-ay

Moschino: Mos-key-no

Olivier Theyskens: Oh-liv-ee-ay Tay-skins

Proenza Schouler

Proenza Schouler

Proenza Schouler: Pro-en-zuh Skool-er

Rochas: Row-shah

Thakoon: Tuh-koon

Versace: Vur-sah-chee

Yves Saint Laurent

Yves Saint Laurent

Yves Saint Laurent: Eve Sane Laurennnn

Personally, I feel so…French (more than I already am) every time I say Yves Saint Laurent. I could say it all day. And now we all can. Properly.

Any designer names that trip you up that you would like to add? Any I missed that you think should be on the list? Let me know in the comments!

xoxo, Courtney

Met Gala 2013: Best Dressed

This year’s Met Gala, as you have probably heard via social media, had a punk theme. It was Punk:Chaos to Couture. Some of the stars channeled their inner rock stars, while others just chose to look glamorous instead. While I appreciate celebrities dressing their very best at the Oscar night of Fashion, I was a bit disappointed that more of them didn’t embrace the theme. Everyone loves a theme party. Below are our choices for best dressed of the night:

Emma Watson in Prabal Gurung

Emma Watson in Prabal Gurung

So it may not be the most “punk” of them all, but man, did she own it. And that’s pretty punk.

Amber Heard in Emilio Pucci

Amber Heard in Emilio Pucci

So I think maybe I didn’t like the punk theme… here is another best dresses pick that wasn’t entirely on theme. But I couldn’t help it. Amber Heard totally stood out in the crowd in her sequined bright red dress with loose curls. She looked stunning.

Anne Hathaway in Vintage Valentino

Anne Hathaway in Vintage Valentino

You could hear a collective gasp in the room (figuratively) when Anne Hathaway walked in the room. The most obvious reason being her normally brunette mane was now a harsh blonde. It is rumored that she dyed it specifically for the Met Ball. What dedication. Her dress enhanced the whole look, and she looked incredible. Everyone can now forget about the Oscar dress fiasco. Kinda.

Blake Lively in Gucci Premiere

Blake Lively in Gucci Premiere

It’s Blake Lively. She can do no wrong in my eyes. Except maybe forgetting to bring Ryan Reynolds.

Taylor Swift in J Mendel

Taylor Swift in J Mendel

Taylor Swift is clearly taking a note from Gwyneth Paltrow’s style book. Nude side panels and all. The dress is impeccably cut and worn, but Taylor styled it too…”nice”. Yes, nice. Her hair needs to be more fierce to compliment the dress, because right now the two don’t match. But other than that, it’s a step up Taylor.

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Rooney Mara in Givenchy

Hi. My name is Rooney Mara and I knocked all of you out of the water. Perfectly combining the punk theme and pure elegance, Rooney Mara wore an edgy, white Givenchy gown and stole the spotlight. The high-low hemline, hard edges, buckle detailing and dark make up was so cool I forgot about that other white dress (natch, gray hair) making headlines… that’s you Nicole Richie.

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Thoughts? It was a diverse evening. What were your favorites and least favorites?

xoxo, Courtney

The $91,500 T-Shirt

The $91,500 crocodile Hermes shirt - Spring/Summer 2013

The $91,500 crocodile Hermes shirt – Spring/Summer 2013

Hermes has been making headlines recently for the launch of a Crocodile t-shirt, for men. The shirt was shown as a part of their Spring/Summer 2013 collection. As high-end designer fashion goes, women don’t shy away from spending a pretty penny on items like leather jackets, dresses, and handbags. Let us not forget the same brand bares the famous Birkin bag that starts at a mere $10,000 a pop. But this reptilian t-shirt is for men. I don’t know about you ladies, but the most expensive t-shirt in my boyfriend’s closet is a cool $25.

There’s no doubt that the $91,500 price tag is ludicrous. In some states, that’s the price of a house. In all states that’s nicer than most cars on the road. But even in a business where creativity is encouraged and admired, one has to take a step back and realize when they have gone too far. But maybe I’m wrong. Maybe crocodile t-shirts are in for men, and they want to spend their 2-years’ salary on a shirt. On second thought, maybe not.

xoxo, Courtney

L’Amour for Nanette Lepore

One of our favorite designers, Nanette Lepore has joined the popular trend of creating a less expensive line in collaboration with a department store. Her L’Amour line with JCPenney is geared toward a younger audience (think Forever 21 prices but with Lepore’s signature bright prints and sheer fabrics) which is a new venture for the designer.

Here are a few of our favorite pieces from the collection:

Sleeveless Drape Back Blouse $17 / Stars & Stripes Jeggings $25 / Bralette $17 / Embellished Shorts $20 / Button Front Scallop Shirt $17 / Chiffon Skirt $20

Sleeveless Drape Back Blouse $17 / Stars & Stripes Jeggings $25 / Bralette $17 / Embellished Shorts $20 / Button Front Scallop Shirt $17 / Chiffon Skirt $20

We can’t believe all these pieces are under $25! These items are going quick so make sure you pick up your favorites online or in stores!

xoxo Courtney