Fashion

Best Dressed at The Grammy Awards

I adore watching the stars walk the red carpet for all the awards shows and especially love the Grammy’s because the dress code seems to be more fun. My picks for best dressed are listed below.

Gwen Stefani killed it in a black Versace jumpsuit with and fun sheer wave design in the bodice. Giuliana Rancic had an amazing long sleeve black dress by Steve Khalil that had peek a boo sleeves and a deep v front. Ariana Grande rocked Versace’s sexy, low back and silver mesh detailed gown. Taylor Swift funked it up with a high-low hemline gradient aqua blue dress by Elie Saab. These looks stood out to me and were really memorable. I love how fun they all were and well suited to each celebrity’s personality.

Award season is my favorite season here in Los Angeles because the town in buzzing with energy and I get to see the parties popping up all around my neighborhood. I love the shows themselves and hearing all the acceptance speeches, but the fashion is truly my favorite part.

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Who Wears the Pants??

Feminine dressing doesn’t always need to be in skirt or dress form. Zuhair Murad’s Spring 2015 collection proves that pants can be just a ladylike as the best dresses.

The intricate beading, tribal prints, sleek cuts, and deep v necklines of the line’s jackets and pants evoke the most luxurious, dreamlike, powerful silhouettes I have seen in a while. I am really drawn to the idea of wearing pants to a red carpet event in lieu of a party dress. Why let the men have all the fun? The beauty of wearing pants is the sitting situation, exiting a car, and cold shoulder problems of wearing a skirt are instantly solved. There is also something so great about the fluid lines and length of a well tailored suit that adds stature and presence to your overall look. The illusion of height is an added bonus as well. The 90’s were filled with boxy suits and over stuffed shoulder pads, but this dress take on the suit, with the right embellishments is a look that is here to stay. The jackets can even be worn over a plain sheath dress or with a tank and jeans for a night out with the girls. The possibilities are endless when working with perfectly fitted items. I have included my two favorite looks of dress versus pants below. You decide what works for you. image

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I’m Bringing Sexy Back…in For Love and Lemons

Planet Blue was having their amazing half off the entire store sale at the Venice Beach location. I of course made my way to the store and found one of the best dresses, the For Love and Lemons San Marcos backless white lace dress.

The San Marcos dress is a beautiful white lace dress with a short nude lining and a plunging backless design. The dress is classy with a surprise flash of sexy in the back. This particular dress would be perfect for a wedding rehearsal dinner, vacation, brunch, or date night. I wore it to a Golden Globes gifting suite. It is award season in LA and one must never be found without a dynamite dress to toss on at a moment’s notice.

After a successful outing in my new dress, I found myself yearning for another gem by the brand. I immediately hopped online and began researching the designers, best friends Gillian Rose Kern and Laura Hall, and websites or stores that carried the brand. The brand is based in Los Angeles and epitomizes ladylike rock and roll by strategically placed custom made lace and embroidery in their dresses. Their line reminds me of a sexy, mad hatter’s tea party hosted by Penny Lane and I want to attend. I am currently lusting after the San Marcos mini dress in red, Midnight mini dress in navy, and Night to Remember mini dress in all colors. I have included pictures of these dresses below and a few sites where you can purchase. Happy Shopping!

http://www.forloveandlemons.com   http://www.shopplanetblue.com   http://www.shopbop.com

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I Die For Tie Dye

Tie Dyed clothes have been around forever. Remember making them with your mom with buckets filled with colored dye, rubber bands and white clothing? The messy, easy way to get creative with clothing is cycling around again.

Living in Southern California, I also think of hippies and the Venice Boardwalk when I think of tie dye. But tie dye can be pretty and lovely if done correctly. Several brands do this well and my favorites are listed below.

Planet Blue’s in house brand, Blue Life has great options. Gypsy 05 has easy breezy dresses and Raquel Allegra makes the best gauzy tees and dresses.

Leave the dye alone and purchase your items from the sites below.

Planet Blue http://www.shopplanetblue.com

Raquel Allegra http://www.raquelallegra.com

Gypsy 05 http://www.gypsy05.com

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BCBG Max Azria Celebrates 25 Years

I was lucky enough to experience the perfectly curated retrospective exhibit of BCBG Max Azria’s past collections. It features red carpet looks donned by Hollywood’s elite and a look back at the collections to view the evolution of the brands from year to year. 

Upon entering the exhibit, I was greeted with lovely dresses and a timeline depicting the progression of the brand. Then there was a table with mannequins that showed the design progress of one look beginning with the inspiration of a men’s shirt to the transformation into a dress. There was a wall full of iPads showcasing the runway shows, with special recognition of the photographers such as Mario Testino and Patrick Demarchelier in conjunction with the models they photographed. The next area displayed favorite dresses over the years and guided me into the red carpet portion, which highlighted the dresses worn by celebrities for award shows. One notable dress was the green flowy dress worn by Angelina Jolie. 

It was on to the Herve Leger display which featured the signature bandage dresses. Some were embellished with fringe and jewels, while others were encased by leather harness belts.  The BCBGeneration room was fun, bright, and youthful and even had a special selfie nook.  The exhibit ended in a room with silver cutout flowers lining the ceiling and the walls plastered with photos from guests of events that have used the hashtag #bcbgmoments in their social media posts. The wall also enclosed several televisions that play the runway shows on a loop and a quote etched on the wall stating, “What is important in a DRESS is the WOMAN who is wearing it.” The exit of the exhibit lead to the glass doors of the Runway Archive Pop-Up shop where visitors can get deeply discounted items from past collections. 

Their design philosophy is “We design for a dynamic woman with a discriminating sense of style. It begins with a vision inspired by the evolving landscape of art and culture. That vision translates into colors, prints, silhouettes and finishes. With steadfast attention to fabrication, construction and fit, each collection comes together as a complete narative that inspires the wearer.”  The designs are meant to inspire “Living the Bon Chic Life.”

I have included pictures below that walk you through the exhibit and also feature my favorite parts of the retrosective. I have always loved these brands and it was such a treat to have a personal tour and see these dresses up close and out of the fashion vault. Many thanks to the BCBG team! You are all dolls. 

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