Archive for February, 2010

February 22, 2010

Shall we dance?

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February 21, 2010

Picture Perfect

I just fell in love with the  beauty of the black and white photography of Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin.

I think you will too.

Click here and then on the cover shown above when the link opens.

February 21, 2010

Black Gold

If you were trying to wrap your head around New York Fashion Week or the Vancouver Winter Olympics (or both), you could justifiably conclude that the designers and Olympians who turned in the strongest and most memorable performances or were marking a career milestone (or both) did so in black.

On the Fashion Week scoreboard, Joseph Altuzarra, a relative newcomer, produced a star making collection early in the week, mixing goat fur, wool and leather to stunning effect.

Then the fur and feathers came flying at Chado Ralph Rucci, in a sensational   American couture quality show.

For her 25th anniversary, Donna Karan produced an impeccably tailored (and styled) collection that demanded to be worn right now. (If you were Demi Moore, you got your wish!)

Altuzarra Fall 2010                              Donna Karan Fall 2010

Fall 2010 Chado Ralph Rucci and Vera Wang

On the Olympic side, Evan Lysacek became the first American gold medalist in figure skating since Brian Boitano in 1988. In as flawless a performance as has been seen at the Olympics in recent memory, Mr Lysacek, who looks and is built much like a men’s runway model, outclassed the rest of the field in no small part due to the beautiful costumes designed for him by Vera Wang.

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Ms Wang is not the only high profile designer to lend a high fashion hand to the men of the Olympics. For the Opening ceremonies, Dean and Dan Caten, the Canadian twin brothers behind the label Dsquared2, designed the sleek black suit for rocker Bryan Adams and the wool double breasted topcoat with an astrakhan collar for the French Canadian singer Garou.

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Italo Zucchelli’s collection  for Calvin Klein was arguably the best men’s collection of the week.  GQ.com acclaimed it as  “confident, forward-looking, and fist-pumpingly masculine.”  Unlike much of the Olympics, the show was steamed live.   Mr Zucchelli is among the first major designers to embrace the technological changes that will drive the  future of “fashion week.” But with this collection in particular, he makes you long for the time in the future where he, and let’s just say,um, not Polo Ralph Lauren, designed every Olympian’s uniform. The cut and innovative fabrication of the clothes make a strong case that here is what any truly chic Olympian this side of Jean Claude Killy would want on his back in the new millennium.

And if Mr Lysacek is in the market  for other elegant looks off the ice, I’d suggest he take a good look  at the Fall collection of Yigal Azrouel.

Calvin Klein

Calvin Klein

Yigal Azrouel


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February 19, 2010

WHO DAT? Women’s Wear Daily, February 11

“It’s a must-have item, so if you’re updating anything, it’s your jeans.”

– Tom Kolovos, stylist, NBCchicago.com

THE SKINNY (AND STRAIGHT) ON JEANS

Denim Storms Into Spring ’10 In Strong Silhouettes

Mashing up two trendy items to create a hot front page is not just about “TomKat,” “Brangelina,” or “Bennifer.”

Take jeggings: though the name might sound like some sort of home improvement tool, they are actually one of the most in-demand looks in denim right now (jeans + leggings = jeggings). Also to be found in spring’s chic denim circle: skinny jeans that puddle at the ankle — stopping just above the foot to show off an exquisite statement shoe, be it a sky-high heel, a funky sneak or fun flat — as well as straight-cut boyfriend jeans that are rolled up at the bottom.

Denim, the go-to item that remained strong right through the recession, is still the cultural favorite. Rather than upset the apple cart, retailers and designers are simply putting the tried-and-true classic through yet another revitalization.

“It’s a must-have item, so if you’re updating anything, it’s your jeans,” says Tom Kolovos, a Chicago-based stylist who contributes to NBCchicago.com, and pens “On Style/Off Topic.”

On average, women have eight pairs of jeans in their wardrobe, according to the Cotton Incorporated Lifestyle Monitor™ survey. Nearly half of all women (48%) say they have purchased the same number of jeans in the last 12 months as in the previous year, and 20% of Monitor respondents say they have purchased more.

“When the recession hit, people wanted to know, ‘What’s the easiest and cheapest way for me to update my wardrobe,’ and I’ve been saying it’s by getting a new pair of jeans,” Kolovos says. “People live in them. It can be dressed up or down. It’s the most important thing in your wardrobe.”

It is also important to retailers: women’s denim is an $8.4 billion business, according to The NPD Group, Inc./Consumer Tracking Service. Here in the U.S., total denim dollar volume sales for the 12 months ending November 2009 were $16.8 billion, up 3.6% from the same year-ago period.

Denim has remained a strong category because most women pull jeans on four days a week, and those aged 13-24 wear them five times a week, according to the Monitor survey.

At top brand Levi’s, directional silhouettes that women feel good wearing is key, says Erica Archambault, spokesperson.

“I think it will continue to be about the skinny, the jegging and the boyfriend,” Archambault says. “But it’s all about being comfortable, and for that jeggings are just rolling off our shelves. They’re great because they look like a jean, but feel like a legging since there’s so much stretch to them. These also have great recovery so they don’t end up falling around your ankles. And the boyfriend look is looser, but rolled up and paired with a great, sexy heel and going out top is really flattering and trend-right,” Archambault adds.

Most women (75%) buy denim at least once a year, and 41% pick up new jeans every six months or less, according to Monitor data. Among 13-24 year olds, 72% make new denim purchases within six months, as do nearly half (48%) of women ages 25-34.

The category remains so vital that new lines and interesting partnerships continually crop up. Just recently, J Brand was acquired by Star Avenue Capital, which is part of a partnership that includes powerhouse talent agency CAA. In another move, mogul twins Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen announced they are adding premium denim to their Elizabeth & James label.

Although those two announcements deal with the higher end of the market, women spend about $35 on average for jeans, according to the Monitor survey.

Archambault says Levi’s sweet spot is $58 to $68. “With what’s been going on in the economy, people still want great finishing and fit, and extras like selvage denim, but they don’t want to pay the $250 price tag,” she notes.

Kolovos says the denim trends this spring will be “longer and looser tops with the skinny denim — I’m a huge fan of the Always Skinny jean from Gap — and form-fitting tops and cropped jackets with the boyfriend bottom.”

As for color, Kolovos says spring will bring plenty of gray and white, as well as light pastels, with deeper colors like electric blue reserved for the younger set.

Levi’s is offering destructed styles that have a well-used look about them; modern interpretations of tie-dyes that have a soft, watery appearance; and light indigos with soft, salt-washed color.

Says Archambault, “Spring’s look is loved and worn-to-perfection jeans.”

This story is one in a series of articles based on findings from Cotton Incorporated’s Lifestyle Monitor™ tracking research. Each story will focus on a specific topic as it relates to the American women’s wear consumer and her attitudes and behavior regarding clothing, appearance, fashion, fiber selection and many other timely, relevant subjects.

February 15, 2010

Hollywood’s Sexiest Singles

According to OMG! these are Hollywood’s sexiest singles.

I usually find such lists silly but since I ran across it, I found myself agreeing and I thought I would pass it along, especially in case you were feeling sorry for yourself for being single on Valentine’s Day (also known as Groundhog Day, for some of us!).

Anyone you think is missing?

Here, I’ve singled out two of the consistently best dressed among them.

Chase Crawford

Reese Witherspoon

Click here for the full list from OMG!

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February 15, 2010

Fall 2010: Victoria Beckham

If you like a beautiful dress, then you will love Victoria Beckham‘s  flawless Fall collection. She will be wearing the evening gown below to the Oscars. I assure you, you will see every one of the dresses in this collection on chic A-listers around the globe.

Click here to see the entire collection on Style.com

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February 13, 2010

Fall 2010: Yigal Azrouel

Four of my favorite looks from one of my favorite designers

Photos from Style.com

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February 11, 2010

*Dresses I’d like to see at the Oscars, part 1

Yves Saint Laurent

Monique Lhuillier

Armani Prive

Christian Dior Haute Couture

Naeem Khan

Marchesa

These were a few of my favorite dresses shown before Fashion Week, which starts February 11th. I will keep you posted on more of my new favorites in the weeks ahead. All images from Style.com

February 8, 2010

SEPARATED AT BIRTH?

Snow days have a way of making you think of snow jobs.

Do you think  Snookie from “Jersey Shore” and Sarah Palin look like they were separated at birth? Retarded as it may sound, I don’t use a teleprompter or scrawl notes on my left palm, so I don’t have an answer, off hand. Maybe you could help?

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IGNORE WHAT IT SAYS ON THE PODIUM UNDER THE MICROPHONE.  FOCUS, PEOPLE!


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And before you answer, please note that on “Jersey Shore, life is all about GTL. Gym. Tan. Laundry. In Sarahmerica life is all about :  Gym. Tea. Laundry.

Dirty, dirty laundry. Whatever you think of Snookie, she’s never charged anyone $100, 000 for a hand job.

TomKolovos.com

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February 4, 2010

What could happen if gays were allowed to serve openly in the miltary

John Phillips could be heard from beyond the grave: “Dude, you’re completely crossing the line.” Middle schoolers  could collectively be heard muttering to themselves: “Dude, that’s so gay.”

The dude to whom they could justifiably be referring  is Senator Saxby Chambliss of Georgia who, despite the recommendation of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff  Admiral Mike Mullen that the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy should be eliminated, opposes allowing gays to serve openly in the military.  Senator Chamblis  thinks that eliminating the military’s  restriction on homosexuality as a condition of service in the 21st century could put us but steps away from a brave new world of  “alcohol use, adultery, fraternization and body art.”

Really? This from a member of the party of Bush who spent 8 years with a guy named Dick on his ass.  Sure, you might expect a more sophisticated world view from a guy in the US Senate than from the guys on ” Jersey Shore” but the situation reveals that Saxby may know more about Snooky than he knows about nookie.

Not that the Senator needs my help, but here’s a more comprehensive but still incomplete list of social undoings that could result from repealing don’t ask, don’t tell:

Your Toyota could suddenly accelerate for no reason

A black man could become president

Taylor Swift could win a Grammy

John McCain could marry an heiress to an alcohol distribution fortune

John Edwards could make a sex tape of himself making love to his pregnant mistress before he repeatedly denies to his terminally ill cancer stricken wife that he was the father of the baby

Men who have posed naked as a centerfold for Cosmopolitan magazine could be elected to the US Senate

Sandra Bullock could win an acting award

Sarah Palin may become John McCain’s running mate after being found on You Tube and vetted on Google, all in the span of two weeks

Women who look like they didn’t make the cut to be onstage as The Pussycat Dolls  could find themselves in consort with Tiger Woods

John Edwards could take the word of a woman, who is unproblematically willing to have sex with a married millionaire, that he doesn’t have to use a condom because she’s incapable of getting pregnant

John Mayer could complain that he is not getting enough sex and extol the theraputic powers of masturbation while posing on various magazine covers showcasing his tattoos

Timothy Geithner , Larry Summers and Ben Bernake could actually be in bed with the financial institutions they are supposed to be regulating

Rihanna could suffer a brutal beating from Chris Brown, leave him, go back to him, leave him for good because she wants to be a role model for young girls, pose naked for the cover of GQ, get a few more tattoos  and then release the  single  “So Hard,” the video for which looks like a trailer to  Chi Chi La Rue high concept porn

The Northern Ireland brokered peace agreement, decades in the making, could be at peril because the 61 year old wife of of one of the political leaders may have a torrid seven month affair with a dead family friend’s 19 year old son and then fail to report that she and her husband funneled about $80,000 to the young man to open a coffee shop/internet cafe

ABC financial news correspondent Bianna Golodryga could become at least the third woman with poor judgment to jump into the bed of  Peter Orszag, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, who is being sued by his first wife for non payment of the divorce settlement as he simultaneously becomes engaged to Ms Golodryga before the pregnant ex girlfriend he promised to marry gives birth to his fourth child

Sarah Palin’s new  curly updo hairstyle could resemble that of Jethrine on “The Beverly Hillbilies”

Your Toyota could make other Toyota owners  very uncomfortable especially if you’re in such close proximity that they can see yours coming up the rear

US Senators who pretend to shower the masses with the naked truth could be more careful about bending over to pick up the soapbox they want to stand on

TomKolovos.com