Ring in the New Year with sparkle!! I've been obsessing over metallics this season. From bedazzled Starbucks cups to Repossi's chic jewelry and an ultra luxe Lanvin tome, they are so very very chic! Here are a few of my favorite finds that will dress up you and your home for the New Year.
Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas!! Here are a few of my favorite fashion Christmas cards including Lanvin's animated holiday video. And yes, I made a #SelfieChristmas card of my own! Best wishes to you and yours for the Holidays.
Styling on set requires a chic wardrobe. So, I was excited receive this fabulous cape from my friends at G-Star RAW for Christmas! The Fall collection's military-inspired look is so my style. I rocked this outfit while shooting at Milk Studios in LA just before the holiday. Thank you G-Star for helping me to capture the season's trending military chic look!! Scroll down for a few more pics.
G-Star RAW cape, American Apparel leggings, Cole Haan boots
What can you expect at a BCBGMAXAZRIA Spring preview? A whole lot of chic. I stopped by the company's Sunset Blvd. office last week and discovered everything from Monet inspired prints in the BCBG Runway collection (pictured above) to tribal chic bandage dresses at Herve Leger. From sexy waist cinchers and intricate patterned knits to lovely lace gowns, the workmanship was exquisite. I am now obsessed with a Herve Leger leather moto jacket with zipper trims and edgy ruffle detail. The matching briefs were recently custom made for Beyonce. SO VeryVeryChic!! Scroll down for a look at the the Spring collection.
So excited to be featured on Simply Stylist! Recently, I caught up with the lovely Sarah Pollack Boyd, founder of the uber popular stylist website, who asked me to be part of her ongoing "Meet the Stylist" column. I am honored to be featured amongst the "Who's Who" of fashion and celebrity styling - Elizabeth Stewart, David Thomas, Tara Swennen, Samantha McMillen and Cameron Silver - just to name a few. In addition to formerly being the Fashion Editor at Apparel News, I've been lucky to style and write for top publications such as STYLE.com, BritishVogue.com and Surface and style celebs such as James Franco, Brandon Boyd (Incubus) and Coco Rocha (The Face). It was fun to do a mental recap of my career in the "Meet the Stylist" Q&A. Scroll down to view a few of the questions from the interview and to view the full story, click here. And....for an insider's look at Simply Stylist's "Meet the Stylist" interviews in a full Glossi layout, click here.
Such an honor! Thank you Sarah!
SS: Tell us the story behind your favorite wardrobe item.
Jayne: I have several, so it’s hard to narrow down, but I love my Prada heels and Aris Geldis necklace. Another favorite item is a vintage fur coat that was a gift from a family friend. I actually traveled to Phoenix, AZ to pick it up. Whenever I wear it, I feel very glamorous, and I’ve had compliments from stylish fashionistas – Janie Bryant and Arianne Phillips included. It was definitely worth the road trip!
SS: What is your favorite era for fashion?
Jayne: I’m a fan of the ‘30s. The clothing of the era is feminine, elegant and very chic – especially the eveningwear. I love a gown cut on the bias! I also enjoy the ’50s and ’60s as women really knew how to dress.
SS: What was your big break?
Jayne: I’ve been lucky to work in all aspects of fashion styling and costuming from tv, film and commercials to fashion editorials and celebrities. But so far, a significant breakthrough was assisting Joselle Yokogawa at Apparel News. When she left the company, I was hired as Fashion Editor – a position I held for ten years. While there, I met nearly everyone in the fashion industry in Los Angeles as well as had the great fortune to travel and cover events and fashion weeks in New York, Sydney, Paris, Tel Aviv and Shanghai. Now that I am freelancing again, I’m hoping the best is yet to come!
SS: Whose closet would you most like to raid?
Jayne: Carine Roitfeld. The former Paris Vogue editrix is incredibly chic and wears couture, yet maintains an edgy aesthetic that is true to her signature style. Also, I’ve seen Anna Dello Russo’s closet featured on Jak & Jil – and I have to say, I would definitely like to raid it. She is fabulous.
SS: Who are your favorite designers?
Jayne: That’s a difficult question as I have many favorites – and it changes as I discover new designers each season. But right now, I love Peter Pilotto and Mary Katrantzou – their prints are exquisite. I’m always inspired by Alexander McQueen, Lanvin, Givenchy and Margiela, and wish I had vintage Halston, YSL and Balenciaga hanging in my closet! I’m also a fan of many LA-based designers including Cerre, Raquel Allegra, Clover Canyon, Skingraft and BCBG Max Azria. I’ve covered the swimwear market for years and Mara Hoffman, Zimmermann and Cia.Marítima are at the top of my list.
A political leader, activist and humanitarian, Nelson Mandela is one of the most inspiring leaders of our time. Not only revered and loved in South Africa where he was the first black South African to hold office, he gained international recognition for his successful struggle against the country's apartheid stystem and won countless awards including the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993. Although a controversial figure who served 27 years in prison, he lived by his convictions and as President of South Africa facilitated great change in his country and the world. Indeed his legacy and words will live on and continue to inspire humanity. While it's hard to choose just one quote from his arsenal of inspiration, here are two that continue to inspire me. I hope they inspire you.
For more of Mandela's inspiring quotes click here.
Barbie dolls, toys, watercolors, child's play.....Found Art. I found this doll and toys thrown out on the sidewalk today. They were sitting on top of an old tv - outdated and cast to the side. And somehow there is still beauty there with objects perfectly arranged like an art project - dismissed by a child who lost interest. And so goes life. So I stole the shot.
Getting dressed for holiday events in LA calls for a bit of Old Hollywood glamour. Here is a look I wore to the recent Decades X Bea Szenfeld event. When I spotted (pun intended) the leopard stairway at the Decades boutique, I couldn't resist a photo opp! I'm wearing a vintage leopard coat, Leith black dress and Report Signature crystal covered booties. C'est chic!
Have you noticed all of the ultra cool videos being created on Instagram? Here is one of my recent favorites. Barneys New York created this chic video featuring Fendi's wild zebra-print calf hair booties for its holiday #GIFGuide. Trimmed with dyed mink fur, it has a mirrored, geometric block heel - so glam, very wild, and very, very chic. Put your fashion inhibitions aside and go wild....it's the weekend.
Bea Szenfeld’s fantastical designs are couture masterpieces – made of paper. The Swedish designer’s “Haute Papier” designs are created by cutting, folding, and stitching pieces of paper together by hand – a technique she insists anyone can do. Clearly, Szenfeld is incredibly humble and she is also incredibly sweet. I was lucky to meet her at the Decades X Bea Szenfeld private preview where LA’s fashion elite fete’d the cutting edge designer and her Spring ‘14 collection. Stylist B. Akerlund hosted the event at Decades boutique which drew celebrities Rose McGowan, Fergie and '60s icon Peggy Moffitt as well as denim guru Adriano Goldschmied. The event kicked off a month long window installation which will display Szenfeld’s original art works through Jan. 2. It’s a rare opportunity to view this not to be missed, collection as this is the first time her work has been viewed in the US. Szenfeld, who could easily be touted as one of the world’s most innovative designers, has an impressive resume to boot. She has worked with Stella McCartney and Swarovski and her one-of-a-kind abstract paper creations have been worn by musicians and performers – most notably Björk. While attending the party, I caught up with Szenfeld to learn more about her work and her visit to LA. Scroll down for the Q&A and more pics from the event.
Q&A WITH BEA SZENFELD:
How did you learn this technique of working with paper?
It’s something I did as a child. I was cutting and folding paper, but it wasn’t art it was just a childish thing. Then one day I got bored with fashion - it’s so boring. Everything has to be expensive. Everything you have to hang it on the hanger because otherwise you cannot sell it and stuff like that. It was so boring. I felt so trapped. I thought if I take away the fabric, maybe something else will happen to my designs. So, I tried different materials and then paper and I thought yes, this is it. This is us.
What do you call the technique?
Haute Papier. But the techniques are different because it’s folding, it’s cutting, its putting things on the string - paper crafting. It’s so simple, everybody can do it. They can come here and copy my stuff.
Are all of your clothes made of paper?
If I can decide and wish I would do everything by paper. Yes, that’s my favorite way to work.
What was your inspiration for this collection?
The inspiration was to do the clothes or garments, but not to think about fashion so much. I didn’t want thin waists or to show how beautiful a woman’s body is. I wanted to make sure that I thought about the sculpture and surfaces and to think outside the box - to do something different. Also, the handcraft was really important. Everything is done by hand - there’s no machines. Also, the inspiration was [the process]. Normally a designer will do a lineup with 40 looks or 30 looks or whatever it is. For me, I did three garments at a time. Then, I was like “Hmmm ok, what else can we add?’ And then [I added] three more and so on. I built up the collection that way.
Who are your customers?
Mostly they wear it for music videos or red carpet stuff. And some people they order like ‘I want this garment, but in this and this color,’ and then I start to make it, folding it and so on. So, mostly custom, but sometimes people are like no, I want this as it is right now [and they buy it].
What was it like to work with Björk?
She is the sweetest person on earth. She is really, really nice. And she has a good ear. If I said to her, ‘This is really fragile,’ she was really very careful when she wore it. Because some people don’t care. But she was really, really sweet. I’ve been a fan for such a long time. [since] when she started singing Icelandic songs... She has given me so much inspiration. So it was my turn to give it back to her. It was amazing.
Did you work with Björk on her latest tour?
No, I wish. [She had] the big hair and stuff. She doesn’t follow one person. She really takes whatever feels… I like the way she works with different artists and upcoming fashion designers.
What inspires you in general?
I like when things are simple and sweet. So I can’t say this is this, this or that. My biggest inspiration is Martha Stewart. Nobody believes it. I love her. I’m on her blog and stuff everyday. She’s amazing. She’s a strong woman, been in jail, done that, but still folding papers. I love it. And everything can be done with your hands. There’s no fuss, no craziness… just do it.
Who are some of your favorite designers? Do you look at fashion for inspiraiton?
Yes, yes, I do of course. The biggest guru is Margiela. I love. Whatever he does, it’s amazing and we are loving it. Every piece he does it’s like, 'It’s so good, why didn’t I come up with this?' Also, Jeremy Scott and Vivienne Westwood.
What have you been doing on your visit to LA?
Crazy shopping. Oh my god, we’ve been shopping so much. But mostly vintage - that’s what I’m after.
What were your favorite stores?
American Rag. And we went to this crazy place called I think Lemon Frog Shop on the way to Pasadena in Echo Park. Small place. And I was like oh my god, it was so much vintage and good prices. Ooooh I love. Also, we went to Pasadena on Sunday, [and] we went to the Fairfax Swap Meet - lovely, lovely. I bought, what do you call it? Police trooper boots for my boyfriend. Ooooh, yeah, leather. We don’t have that in Sweden.
Have you ever showed your collection in the US?
No, this is the first time. When I had my commercial collection, I sold in Opening Ceremony in New York, but that was back in the day. But this is impossible to hang on a hanger, so I cannot sell it in a store.
Are they are selling these pieces at Decades?
Yes, yes, one piece has already sold. The lion stole. It’s crazy. I mean who is going to have a paper lion? I’m clapping my hands. You want a lion stole? Good for you.
Jason Wu is holding his first ever sample sale - and the prices are tooooo good! Expect a fashion frenzy for a chance to pick up some of Wu's coveted pieces. The fashion darling has dressed Michelle Obama, Julianne Moore and Jaime King in his classicly chic feminine designs, and with ready-to-wear and accessories at up to 80% off, it's like Chrsitams come early. Get your beauty sleep and get there early, rest assured women will be standing in line to get their Wu on. If you're in NYC, put this one on your fashion agenda!
December 15th to December 17th
Sunday: 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Monday & Tuesday: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
225 FIFTH AVENUE (between 26 and 27TH Street)
New York, NY 10010
JASON WU SWEATER: Original Price: $795 Sale: $160
JASON WU HANDBAG: Original Price: $1,795 Sale: $359