Friday, March 30, 2007
Diane von Furstenberg is suing our friends at Forever 21. According to WWD, Diane von Furstenberg’s Studio filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Forever 21 Retail Inc. late last week in Manhattan federal court. According to legal documents obtained Tuesday, the company alleged Forever 21 has sold dresses that infringe on its Cerisier and Aubrey designs.
Forever 21 had better be careful it seems DVF aren’t the only ones with cause for concern. Head over to Invade My Closet to view more “Catwalk Copies.” The similarities are nothing short of uncanny!
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
It’s that time again. It’s officially spring and the sun is starting to peek through the clouds. I’m in desperate need of some new sunglasses. I like to buy a new pair every year but I have a Jackie Onasis pair that I love to death and I'll still be rocking them this summer. Aviator sunglasses are still 'in' but they really are no hard and fast rules when it comes to sunglasses fashion. It’s much more important to find a pair that compliment your face. See below for ideas.
Middle: Sexy Sunglasses, $34.99, www.hotkiss.com; RW-R862 by Rocawear, $50, www.rocawear.com; Sparkle Aviator, $49.99, www.guess.com
Bottom: Brown Wraparound Ribbon Sunglasses by Christian Dior, $162, www.bluefly.com; Oversized Rimless Sunglasses by Dior, $350, www.saks.com; Logo Sunglasses by Prada, $245, www.neimanmarcus.com
How much should you spend on sunglasses? It depends on how well you treat them. I had a friend once who blew close to $300 on a Burberry pair and she broke them within the month… oh the pain! I won’t spend more than $50 and I’m super careful. I just don’t have the ability to run done a city bus!
Monday, March 26, 2007
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Sunday, March 25, 2007
Attention all trendy, glamorous, urban-sophisticated females. Are you looking for the season’s hottest looks at even hotter prices? Mahogany Soul’s online boutique is for you. Founded by Adrienne, a 25-year old Louisiana native, Mahogany Soul presents its own interpretation on the latest trends and offers them at affordable prices. Take the Frenzii line pictured above. The adjustable dresses can be worn a several ways giving you numerous styling options in just one outfit! Also check out their “U Plunge Bra,” it’s perfect for your low cut v-neck dresses. Visit www.mahoganysoul.net now to see Mahogany Soul’s other lines. (MySpace Page).
Too much fabulousness last week! First up are everyone’s favorite twins, Tia and Tamera. They were spotted during LA fashion week at Eduardo Lucero’s Fall 2007 show. Love the green on Tia and her shoes are hot!
Also attending Mercedes Benz Fashion Week was Garcelle Beauvais looking typically radiant. I heard the Kevan Hall collection was fresh and elegant. Love his dresses!
Congratulations to Vanessa Williams who recently received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Can you believe she was once amidst a Miss USA scandal? She’s come a long way. Vanessa’s dress was perfect for the occasion but what was up with her hair?
Sanaa Lathan is too cute! This outfit is so, “I’m fabulous but not ‘cause I’m trying to be!” I just caught “Something New” on cable and fell in love with Sanaa even more… classic beauty!
Thursday, March 22, 2007
Community service for most is a time for self-reflection and perhaps unearthing the demons that put you in that situation in the first place. For Naomi Campbell, this is another opportunity to show off her 3-inch stilettos, given to her gratis courtesy of her designer friends. Now I’m not suggesting that Naomi should show up at the New York City Sanitation Department Depot looking all raggedy, but if all you’ll be doing is mopping and sweeping floors, are the trilby hat, excessive jewelry and fur coat necessary? Yay for the fabulous outfits. Nay for personal growth!
Credit: YBF for the photos.
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Beauty Night Out is an exclusive beauty event that offers savvy women an evening of spectacular shopping, outer pampering, cocktails, and product samples. Indulge and splurge on spa treatments, massages, mini-manicures, boutiqe shopping – all in a fun, upsale and carefree atmosphere.
Throughout the evening, guests can sample beauty products, fashion, health products and services, sip on delicous drinks and treats and leave with the “must have goodie bag” of the season.
When: Thursday April 26, 2007
Where: Embassy Suite Hotel
900 10th Street, NW
For more information click here. Tickets cost $35 in advance and $45 on the door. You must be 21 to attend the event. I suspect free champagne will be flowing! A portion of all ticket sales will be donated to Dress For Success.
I present you with Universal Designs! *note - I do have problems with a couple of their links but there's still enough to see how fabulous they are.
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Necklaces: Find It In Your Necklace, $14 & Lincolnshire Pearled Coin Necklace, $10, both from www.alltherageonline.com
Tights: Levante Fishnet Tights, $9.49, www.mytights.com
The boots are only available in the Topshop store so U.S. readers will not be able to get them but you can easily find an alternative. Wear with a short necklace and a longer pendant. I’m loving pendants right now, H&M has a good and cheap selection of pendants.
Monday, March 19, 2007
Why should only royals and the artist known as Prince get to prance about in purple garments? Nothing says “look at me I’m special” like a jewel-purple dress paired with gold heels and diamonds. The ladies above are already enjoying the benefits of this regal hue. From violet to plum, every variation is bound to make you shine. All you need now is your crown…
I can’t imagine wearing a purple dress with anything other than metallic shoes, maybe black. Also invest in some chandelier earrings to add a little more sparkle to this regal look. The last dress comes in sizes 10 to 32 visit Kiyonna.com. Meanwhile the dress from EDressMe.com is a copy of a dress Kiera Knightly wore in 2005. I loved it then and I love it now.
Sunday, March 18, 2007
Spring is the perfect season to show off your girlie-girl side. Think light chiffon, delicate prints and plenty of frills. But don’t just concede to stereotypical feminine lace or colors like baby pink. Be bold and opt for greens, bright reds and even add edge to an outfit with some denim (a la Genevieve Jones). Also play with hemlines. Not everything has to be short to be feminine. Long, flowy dresses and skirts are perfect for spring. On another note, I wish Jennifer Hudson had looked this put together on the Oscar’s red carpet. I wonder if Mr. Talley and Ms. Hudson are still friends...
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Jeans: Daphne Low-rise Skinny, $24.99, www.delias.com
Shoe: Elegine, $99.99, www.aldoshoes.com
Bracelet: Plastic Bangle with Filigree Embellishment, $3.99, www.girlprops.com
Bag: 2-Pocket Lock Satchel by Merona, $24.99, www.target.com
Can you believe this top is just $62?! I love it. It also comes in dark navy but I love this green. Wear with or without the belt and add a simple black bangle if you can’t go without jewelry. This outfit is perfect for Happy Hour.
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
If you're a fan of Who Wants to be a Superhero then you definitely don't want to miss this show. Feedback and about 20 members of his Fan Club, Tech Support including me, will be there.
Dates: March 24-25
Monday, March 12, 2007
Capitol File: First and foremost, and while it’s not polite to discuss a lady’s age, a very happy birthday to you—and dare I say, this is a big birthday. How did you celebrate?
CF: You were born in the Bronx, your father was a successful real estate broker, but otherwise we know little about your family. Describe a normal day in the life of Kerry Washington, growing up an African American in the Bronx during the 1980s.
CF: I’m curious about your parents’ naming you “Kerry,” because my daughter has the same name, which isn’t too common.
CF: Tell me more about your mom.
CF: So you remained in New York City, graduated from the famed Spence School in 1994, and then Washington comes to Washington to attend Washington—enrolling in George Washington University. Don’t tell me it was politics that attracted you to the nation’s capital?
CF: Speaking of politics, and don’t worry, this is the last political question—
CF: Well, I can’t help but notice that you graduated from GW in 1998, the same year the Monica Lewinsky scandal unfolded a few blocks from campus. How did you react to President Clinton and Miss Lewinsky’s escapades?
CF: Where did you live in Washington, and where would we have found Kerry Washington on a Saturday night?
CF: So you rose from Foggy Bottom onto the world’s stage. And only a few short years reveal a long and impressive list of credits. Do you feel you’ve arrived at your full potential as an actor, or is that giant, self-fulfilling role still out there?
CF: Who hasn’t been talking about this year’s Oscars, including Forest Whitaker’s incredible portrayal of the cruel but at times jolly Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland? And behind every madman stands a better woman—in this case Idi Amin’s “first lady,” a role you played most impressively, and with an African accent, no less.
CF: It’s true, you also played the wife of singer Ray Charles in the 2004 film Ray. And you yourself have been nominated for an NAACP Image Award, as well as a 2007 Black Reel Award as best supporting actress for your role in The Last King of Scotland. It’s worth noting that the Black Reels benefit the Foundation for the Advancement of African Americans in Film. What is the state of African Americans in the industry today?
CF: I see you’re a member of the V-Counsel, an esteemed group of advisors to V-Day, the global movement to end violence against women and girls.
CF: I agree with you. And I couldn’t help but peek into your fan site, and I literally lost count of how many ways your devotees describe your beauty—my favorite is “beautiful brown bombshell.”
CF: Speaking of which, you’re involved with the Creative Coalition, the political advocacy organization for the entertainment industry.
CF: OK, how about a big finale? Surely an actress of your caliber can hold a tune, so in the spirit of your DC alma mater, let’s sing one of GW’s most cherished songs. I’ve changed one name, but nobody will notice. All together now . . . Hail Alma Mater, To thy spirit guiding, Knowledge thy closest friend, In its strength abiding, Pledge we fidelity, Ne’er its place resigning, Hail thee Kerry Washington.
Charge: Frill Neck Blouse by Matthew Williamson, $780, www.net-a-porter.com
The first signs of spring are upon us and what better way to welcome the new season than by wearing the freshest color around? I find mint green so flattering for most skin complexions and the ruffles make this kind of blouse so light and cute. Team with matching eyeshadow, cropped jeans and flip flops for the perfect casual spring look.
Sunday, March 11, 2007
The next generation of artisans have fully revived Harlem’s spirit. Starting in the 1980s during its redevelopment, interest in Harlem was reignited and people moved into the increasingly trendy neighborhood. The N Boutique represents what modern day Harlem is all about and is the destination for New York fashionistas looking for something different. The 4000 square feet store carries designer brands by Nicole Miller and Tracy Reese as well as slightly more affordable lines like Miss Sixty and Diesel. However, this boutique also carries one-of-a-kind pieces from Harlem-based an local designers. Visit www.nharlemnewyork.com for more information.
N Harlem New York
114 West 116th Street
Store Inquiries: 212 961 1036