It's Monday. Time to kick start your week and a new month. Tomorrow is April 1, so get a jump start with the energy of the New Moon in Aries. It's the perfect time to set your dreams in motion. Make a plan, make time for it, stop thinking about - Just. Do. It.
How chic is Alexa Chung?! I'm a tough critic when it comes to capturing a fresh cover girl look. But the British model and 'It Girl' is stunning on the cover of Italian Glamour's April issue. Wearing Dolce & Gabbana, her signature vintage chic is captured perfectly by Patrick Demarchelier. Seriously sultry makeup and a loose up do complete the effortlessly chic look. Scroll down for a few more looks from the shoot.
Eva Mendes style is vintage chic. And her fans and vintage lovers alike are now over the moon. The actress has launched her Spring '14 collection for New York & Company - and there is a pop-up shop at the Beverly Center. I attended the launch event and am loving the looks of the collection inspired by pieces from Mendes' very own closet. Pretty dresses, polka dots, floral prints, acessories and vintage silhouettes are chic - and all at an affordable price. Here are a few shots from the Beverly Center pop-up shop opening - be sure to stop by and shop the collection.
Jen Awad was inspired by Sophia Loren to create her Fall '14 collection. Here are a few snaps from her presentation at Concept Fashion Week. My pics are a little soft, but I think it adds to the dreamy feeling of the collection. I'm loving Awad's vintage chic look this season and I'm sure many a Hollywood starlet will too....
Blame it on Hedi Slimane. Grunge is alive and well on the LA nightlife scene. LA's cool kids are always out to make a fashion statement, and they were right on trend at Monster Energy's 9th Annual Music Saves Lives kick off party last night at The Park Showroom in downtown LA. Attendees including Chelsey Ibarra and Amber Sinne (pictured above) came dressed ready to rock out to bands such as Andrew WK, Oh, Be Clever and more. The look was decidedly '90s grunge meets rock n' roll chic with fur vests, leopard prints, leather jackets and plenty of plaid. Styling tip: Tie a plaid shirt around your waist for of-the-moment chic.
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L.A. has a new crop of designers, and Louiza Babouryan is ever so chic. I was delighted to be invited to preview her Fall collection at Alchemy Works this week. The designer, who launched her collection three years ago, took inspiration from her high school days as an art student in the '90s to create her Fall collection. It was chalk full of poet style tops, bohemian chiffon dresses and hand knit sweaters in a palette of black, white and cream."It’s basically what I wore back then, but made in more luxurious fabrics," said Babouryan. "It’s a mixture of what my mom made me, some vintage finds and hand knitted sweaters." The designer added that the craft of fashion design itself also really inspires her work. She grew up watching her mom make clothes from scratch by taking measurements, chalk drawing and cutting the patterns. While Babouryan's silhouettes are very classic and timeless, the patternmaking and finishes are very progressive. "You would be surprised at how they’re constructed," she explained. Some of the patterns are made from shapes such as circles, triangles or even three yards of uncut fabric. "I love challenging myself that way – going through the back door basically," she said. As you can guess, it was well worth the trip to downtown LA's Art District to view Babouryan's chic designs. As an added bonus, I was able to check out the curated selection of art, accessories and lifestyle goods offered at one of LA's newest and coolest concept stores. Alchemy Works, which opend in November, is owned by Apolis founder, Raan Parton's wife Lindsay, and is located on Third Street just a few storefronts down from Apolis. The gallery, retail store and event space has a tasteful selection of SoCal-inspired wares with a vintage aesthetic. From Almond longboards to Will Adler prints, Stephen Kenn leather totes and a 1959 Fiat, the store's unique products make it a downtown destination. If you haven't been to the Third Street and Traction intersection recently, I highly recommend going. There are many new stores and great restaurants to explore. Scroll down for more images of Babouryan's collection as well as some of my favorite finds from Alchemy Works.
The iconic British denim brand presented its latest collection at the Soho House in LA, and I was invited to preview its latest looks. Of course, I now feel I need an entirely new wardrobe. MiH, which is known for its '70s chic aesthetic, took a '90s grunge meets tomboy turn this season. And the look is so right now. There were ever so cool boyfriend jeans, a washed leather skinny, a chic velvet suit, comfy cozy sweaters and sophisticated plaid tops and dresses. But what I loved the most were its chic coats and leather jackets. Outerwear is a new addition to the collection and they are the perfect blend of elegant luxury meets relaxed sophistication. I especially love the oat colored peacoat pictured below. Scroll down for more of my favorite looks and a sneak peek at the Fall '14 lookbook which was shot on a rustic horse ranch. It couldn't make me feel more nostalgic for my childhood riding horses at home in Colorado. If only I had this wardrobe back then! Enjoy.
To check out the Spring '14 MiH Jeans collection click here.
Last night I attended the Decades launch event to celebrate the arrival of an insane collection of vintage Moschino. And now....I am obsessed. So much so that I created a collage on Polyvore! No doubt with Jeremy Scott's arrival as Creative Director this season, Moschino is now the new "It" Brand. I speak Moschino, now you can too. Here are some fun pieces to shop!
When Adriano Goldschmied is in the audience, you know you can expect a stellar fashion show. That was the case at Özgür Masur's show at Concept Fashion Week. The Istanbul-based designer, who is famous in Europe for his glamorous designs, turned out a collection that was nothing short of chic. And the details are all created by hand. Here are a few images more details soon.
Concept Los Angeles held a full day of runway shows over the weekend - and there were many talented designers to discover. LA's fashion landscape is everevolving and this season I felt a significant shift forward with the level of design talent. There were several new faces, a few from out of town, and others who evolved their collections to new levels. San Francisco-based Camelia Skikos showed graphic brights while Wayward's moto nomads were the epitomy of menswear cool. Jen Awad's collection was inspired by vintage Sophia Loren chic, Mike Vensel ventured into new territory adding plaid to his signature black and Istanbul-based Özgür Masur's collection of evening gowns were red carpet glamour with a capital R. Here are a few highlights from the event including some of my favorite snaps on the runway and from behind-the-scenes. Stay tuned... I'll be posting more coverage from individual shows throughout the week.
Picture above: Camelia Skikos
Özgür Masur, photo: Jourdan Miller @LoveJourdan
Camelia Skikos and models
Mike Vensel, photo: Jourdan Miller @LoveJourdan
Wayward designer Sam Adegoke
Concept Founder and designer, Mike Vensel and models, photo: Jourdan Miller @LoveJourdan
Trying on shades at the Mykita press preview is like being a kid in a candy store. Here is one of my favorite looks for Spring. A chic pair of pink mirrored lenses from the Mykita X Bernard Willhelm collab. The Berlin-based eyewear company has been doing many designer collaborations as of late including Bernard Willhelm, Montcler, Damir Doma - and more. So VeryVeryChic! Scroll down for more images and a look at the current collection.
Once again, Furne One created a show stopping haute couture collection which closed Style Fashion Week in Los Angeles. I was lucky to be front row for the presentation at L.A. Live and capture some amazing shots of this collection! The Dubai-based designer, who is best known for designing for celebs such as Katy Perry, J-Lo and Nicki Manaj, was inspired by the Victorian era and Geisha Girls to create this beautiful collection. Always one to merge fantasy with fashion, Furne took his audience on a journey into eras of a by-gone past. I can only guess that society's strict rules from the eras of these two vary different cultures created this unusual and yet, intriguing combination. Victorian women and Geisha Girls wore beautiful, yet restrictive formal clothing - and women were servile to men. But no matter the meaning or where the influence came from, these clothes are exquisite. Hand beading, intricate pleating and floral appliques are just a few of the details that Furne executed with precision. Silhouttes were a combination of sophisticated Victorian shapes and Japanese kimonos and fabrics icluded silk, lace and decorated with Japanes floral motifs. And did I mention the oh, so cute teddy bears? Though extremely sophisticated, Amato added a child-like innonence and a touch of Harajuku kitsch. You can't talk about this runway show without mentioning the hair. Stylist Kaz Amore created these increcible towering hair pieces, which I was told took nearly five hours to complete. Now that is an incredible feat. Scroll down for front and a few back views from the runway show. AND I've included a few of the campaign shots from the Amato Haute Couture site. So VeryVeryChic! Enjoy the eye candy.