Thursday, December 15, 2011
Friday, December 9, 2011
Upper Left, "Victorious" Victoria Justice & Ariana Grande. Upper Right, "Mad Men" Bryan Batt.
Lower Left, Hank Baskett & Kendra Wilkinson. Lower Right, Patricia Fields.
This year's Divine Design Sale's Opening Gala, for Project Angel Food, took off with a blast.
With this much stars from film, television, food, and fashion, it is hard to believe that this is a Beverly Hills holiday tradition. Twenty years going strong. Now, stronger than ever.
Since stars are just like everyone else, cost-conscious but with an eye for quality products and under the pressure of shopping for everyone in a limited time, this scribe simply asks them, "What do they want for Christmas?" Or, what they're looking for at the Divine Design Sale with it's continuing deep, daily discounts of fresh designer goods, supporting a worthy charity that nourishes the stomach and soul of sick people in Los Angeles.
Some of the responses are short and witty while others are deep and meaning, in the keeping with the holiday spirit.
Bryant Batt of "Mad Men" is looking forward to shopping and browsing the Kiehli's pop-up boutique inside the old Robinson-May Department, now the de facto location of the Divine Design Sale Marketplace. Perhaps, have some refueling sips of Ketel One Vodka during the shopping marathon.
"Reno 911" Niecy Nash was just honest and straight-forward, "Everything because my husband brought his wallet."
Divine Design Sale stalwart, womenswear designer, David Meister, cannot get enough of it.
Kendra Wilkinson's other half, Hank Baskett, was true and deep about what he wants for Christmas, "Just my family to be happy. As long as I wake up and see my son and see my wife...that's all I ever want. I'm not a needy person. As long as I have family, I have everything. The rest is all details." However, he is keeping an eye out for little boy's clothes.
2011 Woman of Style Award goes to "The Help" Viola Davis.
Patricia Fields is not the only fashion luminary. "Mad Men" costume designer, Janie Bryant tied up the line up of stars, wrapped up in Christmas trio of red, green, and gold.
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
On November 29th, the day before the airing of the Victoria's Secret Runway Show on CBS, South Coast Plaza displays the $2.5 Million Fantasy Treasure Bra. It is their Gorgeous Push-Up Bra embroidered with 3400 precious gems of white and yellow diamonds, pearls, cirtrines, and aquamarines, set in 18 karat white and yellow gold.
A mermaid inspiration, the centerpiece tassel adorned with two exquisite white diamonds, over 8 carats each, and two yellow 14 carats diamonds. Overall, the bra features 142 carats of diamonds.
Due to the intricate engineering of the scallop bra, they have to inspect 10,000 stones worldwide for the right color, size, and shape. It took master craftsmen, of London Jewelers, 500 hours to chisel the gems.
Following in Gisele Bundchen's, Heidi Klum's, Adriana Lima's, Marisa Miller's, and Claudia Shiffer's footsteps, Miranda Kerr is one of the latest Angels to have the honor to model a multi-million dollar, gem-encrusted bra that Victoria's Secret presents every year.
Before the official airing of the fashion show, Victoria's Secret throw an exclusive viewing party at the Segerstorm Center for the Arts in Orange County.
Miranda Kerr and two of her fellow Angels, Alessandra Ambrosio, and Lily Aldridge, hosted the viewing party, coated in violet French macaroons, rock candy, red velvet cake pops, and strawberry popcorn.
The Fantasy Treasure Bra is one of the highlights in the company's Christmas Dreams and Fantasies Catalogue.
Thursday, November 24, 2011
What has been an online-only operation for two years, the founder, Christopher "Paco" McCauley, realized he needed to open Franklin + Gower headquarters into an atelier to better fit customers' needs for customized blazers, sassy shorts, and swim trunks.
In addition to snappy clothes made with traditional preference for quality fabric and built with respect for crafted construction and modern fit, he want to bring back quality service in order to deliver quality clothes.
By giving customers a personalized, hands-on experience, McCauley is not only bringing East Coast Prep heritage for quality fabrication with West Coast dashing casual hipness, he is giving customers the hands-on experience of English tradition tailoring of personalized fittings and customerization by adding and mixing collar and cuff linings, lapels, trims, and pipings.
At 6671 West Sunset Boulevard, Suite 1510 in Los Angeles, this is where American heritage (The McCauleys have been in the apparel business since the American Revolution War) and bespoken fittings meet modern-day Californian contemporary sportswear.
To experience couture sportswear, one has to call (866) 323-0213 or (323) 308-1141 for an appointment first, once it is set, you are set.
Paco's wife, Sally Horchow, is the model of the new and true Modern-Day Preppy Lady, a sharp purple "Look at Me" Blazer, simply accessorized with a pocket scarf. The ladies' jackets have a more tailored tuxedo construction to skim over a woman's more shapely torso with shorter 3/4 quarter sleeves to better fit a woman's shorter arms for an ease of movement and comfort.
Katie Holmes is the latest celebrity to join Franklin + Gower's growing legion of celebrity fans, whether it's Robery Downey, Jr. trotting around in trousers with customized piping to Katie jaunting around town in this jaunty red corduroy blazer, Franklin + Gower is the pioneer of "Haute Hollywood," where Hollywood Hip meets Bespoken Tailoring with East Coast quality.
Customers can sip from the Tiki Bar/Changing Room while trying on samples and prototypes to get a general idea of what she or he is looking for in an outfit.
From there, a stylist can jot the basic construction style then go over with her or him swatches of shell, lining, lapel, and collar linings, cuffs, trims, and piping choices for any size and body shape.
Before they know it, they can have a one-of-a-kind blazer that is unique her or his own.
The ladies samples/prototype rack of tuxedo blazers and shorts is on the left side of the atelier...
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
The lesson learned in the episode of "Plenty of Fishes," in Season Three of VidBlogger Nation: New Jersey? Champagne burns.
This is one of numerous projects; Rocco Leo Gaglioti is juggling, in addition to hosting and producing "Fashion News Live" and "Miss Deaf International" Beauty Pageant.
In developing storylines for each and every episodes of Comcast's VidBlogger Nation: New Jersey, Executive Producer and Creative Director, Marc Scarpa and host/tour guide, Mr. Gaglioti, will get together and brainstorm twenty-four ideas then narrow them down into a manageable set of twelve storylines. One storyline sets the theme for one episode. A set of twelve plots represents a season for Comcast's VidBlogger Nation: New Jersey.
When Mr. Scarpa came on board to produce Comcast's local, insider travel show, VidBlogger Nation, utilizing social media, he was hunting for hosts/local goodwill ambassadors that will take the viewer deeper into more intimate, cultural settings in a particular locale. Each VidBlogger host showcases the uniqueness of each locale, whether it is a state, a region, or a city, spread out across the nation.
In searching for the appropriate host for VidBlogger Nation: New Jersey, Scarpa approached Gaglioti about being the host/guide for the Garden State. Despite being born in Winter Park, Florida, Gaglioti spent this childhood summers and vacations in New Jersey with his extended family. Both want this show to be the antidote to "The Jersey Shore." Redeeming the state in a good light, they want to showcase the full spectrum of the state, from the mountains to the local farmer.
They also use cultural events and unique settings to put the glamorous Gaglioti in a different light, away from the flash and dash of "Fashion News Live." This is Rocco being Rocco, set in various quirky situations that happens all the time in the normal life of the Garden State, from doing yard work for "The Real Housewives of New Jersey"s Kim G. to hunting for pumpkins on a farm.
In the "Plenty of Fishes" episode, utilizing Comcast's OnDemand Dating, Gaglioti goes on a series of blind dates. In the face of having champagne burning his eyeballs, he eventually continues onto a second date with another woman in the following episode.
In another episode, his most nerve-wrecking one, he did stand-up in a local comedy club and endured being heckled, a comedian's necessary evil.
This is where Gaglioti proves he is a good guy.
He knows, from his career trajectory as a model to TV host and producer, being out there then interviewing celebrities or putting himself in all sorts of situations...on television. It is not easy as it looks.
Gaglioti always goes out of his way to make everyone comfortable, in front of the camera and behind it. He is consistently conscious about being in somebody else's shoes.
He constantly repeats, doing a television show is a team effort, crediting his crew for making him look good and making the shows look easy. None of his shows are a one man show. He needs his team. He really gives credits to his camera operator/video editor/associate producer, Juliana Shadlen. He wouldn't be where he is without her.
"She works with me on everything I work on. Doing these shows is a group effort."
"It is my team that built me into a brand. If it weren't for my first show, "Fashion News Live," Comcast and Marc Scarpa wouldn't be asking me to host VidBlogger Nation."
As a favor, Gaglioti returned to the runway for Polish designer, Eva Minge during this past recent New York Fashion Week. Even though, he retired the runway almost a decade ago, after strutting the catwalk for Giorgio Armani, Vivienne Westwood, and Jean Paul Gaultier. Despite, being asked the day before...without time to train, he went ahead anyway, opened then closed the show. "I'm a giver."
As another form of giving back, Gaglioti co-produces and hosts the Miss Deaf International Beauty Pageant. In two years running, they already live streamed to an audience of 40,000 viewers worldwide.
As a son of a deaf woman, he knows first-hand the demoralization and the degradation of being handicapped and being a woman.
With his mother as the president of the organization and his brother co-executive producing,
they are using the show as a platform to empower deaf women, not just recognizing their physical beauty but for their inner beauty, boosting their self-esteem through classes developing their talents, skills, and education. Subsequently, they return home as role models.
None of this, whether it be "VidBlogger Nation: New Jersey" or "Miss Deaf International," would had happened, if it were not for his first baby, "Fashion News Live." If it were not for his first online television show, Marc Scarpa would not have approached him to host "VidBlogger Nation:New Jersey."
Being tagged, "Staple of New York Fashion Week" by Getty Images; Gaglioti lists the distinctiveness of each fashion weeks he covers...
Fast paced New York Fashion Week may be the Holy Grail of fashion weeks with A-List celebrities from fashion and Hollywood but Miami Fashion Week is more laid-back. Fashion shows starting in the afternoon and the atmosphere is hot and sexy.
Paris Fashion Week is risque and very European.
Milan Fashion Week, surprisingly, is where a lot of New York designers have their textiles and clothes made. The style there is flashier.
Los Angeles Fashion Week is for the upstart, risk-taking designers. A smaller market but new things are bubbling up.
Peru Fashion Week is the most startling. How the designers incorporate their culture and heritage into their textiles and tailoring, it brought his associate producer, Ms. Shadlen, to tears.
Speaking of New York, Gaglioti covered the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, airing on CBS on November 29th at 10pm. Ruffling through all that pink and joking, "Lingerie-the most expensive piece of clothing for the least amount of time wearing.," he always interview CEO, Sharen J. Turney. "They always put on a good show."
Having run the gamut from modeling to hosting television shows, they all have one thing in common; Gaglioti constantly putting himself out there. What advice would he give to someone aspiring to be a media personality or celebrity?
"Good one. My advice...because when you put yourself out there...make sure you are really ready. I've been called 'f*ggot.' I've been called every name in the book." He is one of the very few heterosexual males in a very feminine industry. "Your taste in style has nothing to do with your sexual preference."
"It is easier to be mean. Apollonia Kotero (of Prince's "Purple Rain" fame) told me this very early in my career, 'Gaglioti, you can't read every comment. You can't respond to every comment because people are just plain jealous. Just focus on your work and move on.' People love to rag because you put yourself out there. Don't get caught up in it.' Focus on the good and the fun stuff-who wants to be miserable?"
He reminds people that it takes a team, a crew of people to make him, actually everything to look good. He cannot do this all by himself.
What keeps him going, regardless of envious people or having accolades, such as Gen Lux Magazine tagging him, "The Next Ryan Seacrest," are his team and fans worldwide...and the chance to do some good in the world, discovering fashion talent, showing a state in a good light, or enabling deaf women.
As Gaglioti mentions, why be miserable when you can focus on the good stuff?!"
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
With October aka "Women's Health Care/Breast Cancer" Month and Halloween passing on, it is time for the guys, specifically, Men's Health Care Month..."Movember."
Banana Republic arrived just in time to attire the natty gents for Autumn.
Shot at Medlock Ames Winery in
The foundation is the layering of necktie, button-down shirt, and pullover or v-neck sweater. A new white shirt is the reset button for your wardrobe. It's the most essential of the essentials and few things look better right out of the package. This Fall, as always, Banana Republic offers a range of white shirts to choose from. Soft washed textured white for him. The pattern that the Scottish call tartan and American call plaid has become the most classic item to incorporate into the your menswear look. Whether it's a touch of plaid with a tie or making a bigger statement with a shirt, it's just that simple jolt of pattern and color that can freshen up your Fall look.
For Fall, Banana Republic's Creative Director, Simon Kneen did variations on the tried-and-true blazer. There's the Safari Blazer and there's a blazer with a shawl lapel. A tweak here and there.
Tweed is a trend that will never leave us. Men can wear it as a blazer, separate pants, together or wear with a plaid shirt or herringbones-it goes with just about everything. Women will be swooning over our tweed wide legged cuff pants-paired with our range of harvest colored cable sweaters to add that pop of color to your Fall wardrobe.
Sperry Topsiders teamed with All-American Penfield for a tweed-worthy collaboration.
High tops, sneakers, and deck shoes in cozy herringbone and camoflauge loafers for the "Prep-neck," Southern preppies who are proud of their Southern heritage by marrying their love for classic shoes and hunting-mixing fashion with functionality.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Want to put some extra "oommphh" to your Halloween costume?
Tired of the Hollywood, mass-manufactured "tramp" in that shrink-wrapped package?
Or, your kid is one of many "princesses" because you and your family friends bought the same costume at the same chain store?
Inspired by a recent outing to Cirque du Soliel's "Iris" and Los Angeles County Museum of Arts' Tim Burton Exhibition, let the artsty "Arriviste" help you out.
Take a cue from Cirque costume designer, Philippe Guillotel, in whipping up some breathtaking costumes.
The celluloid skirt or the "Zoetrope Skirt" is, in fact, a Praxinoscope tutu to represent the early Twenties' beginning of the movie industry. Basically, he turned film strip into a skirt...but this "Zoetrope Skirt" spins like a movie reel as the stills animates or moves.
Mr. Guillotel built it from carbon fiber and metal covered in lightweight foam. This cage skirt enables the performer to control how and when the skirt spins, the same way a movie projector reel controls the speed of a film spool as the images move. Of course, Mr. Guillotel does not go into deep details about the machinery or the motor but you can use hoola-hoops and some celluloid film to form your own Zoetrope Tutu.
Simpler but no less intriguing is the "Ze Hybride Cameraman." It consists of a corset, harness, and a large wooden treasure/cigar box as the movie camera headpiece over black turtleneck and trousers.
But no costume is complete until you paint on the right makeup. Actually makeup is the easiest and cheapest part of Halloween or any "fancy dress"/costume party. You can buy basic foundations and brushes from the neighborhood drugstore or chain store for under $10; or if you really want to take care of your skin, you can go all out with M.A.C.'s light and breatheable but protective and durable Styledriven foundations in three shades:one light, one medium, and one dark.
Monday, October 24, 2011
To commerate the bigger, better, and more efficient Los Angeles Fashion Weekend under The Gallery LA's Mikey Koffman with Redlight Public Relations, the veteran Angeleno fashion designer, Anthony Franco launched it with an unconscious nod to the upcoming Halloween holiday, a collection drench in evening purple and autumn pumpkin.
He took the jack-o-lantern out of the squash then made this shade of orange chic in both womenswear and menswear.
Pumpkin is no longer a vegetable or a pie filling or an Halloween decoration, it is fashion.
Inquiring about how he came about for his sixth and final Los Angeles showing before splitting for Mexico City or Vancouver, Mr. Franco and his partner took a break in Mexico to recharge and refresh their batteries. They were welcomed by the perfect sunset.
The color palette and the patterns came from the ombre of colors of pink, red, and orange from the sky and the ocean blue...and the inky night.
The ocean waves also influence the textiles and the construction-a lot of flowing fabrics and ease of movement.
For the women, the gowns are built everything on corsets. That is the foundation and in keeping with the history of haute couture.
He is really into tailoring. Since he is has combined both womenswear and menswear into this collection, Anthony wants a cohesion to tie them together.
For the men's blazers, he used silk nubby or double-spun silk.
On the catwalk, Mr. Franco incorporated crystal bodice or jewel-encrusted wide, clinched-waists to deflate the puffiness of the billowing chiffon gown, giving them shape. For the men, he kept the nubbiness of double-spun silk for that neccessary roughness for Fall but kept the weight light and crisp due to silk's nature.
The pumpkin was balanced out with the bewitching violet from the Mexican sunset and evening sky. The best example was this stunning chiffon dress with the ruffled collar and the plunging V neck. The chiffon breezes with the wind, just like the ocean waves. This dress was outstanding enough to be profiled on the red carpet...with Mikey trying to take a bite out of it.
Without him knowing it, Mr. Franco took the kitsch out of Halloween Night's colors then subdue them down into a sultry palette, resembling a Van Gogh painting.
Thanks to The Gallery LA's operating the tent and the catwalk and Redlight PR managing the red carpet, Mr. Franco's last Los Angeles show was as elegant and smooth-rolling as the ocean waves. This is the respect and unfortunately, the final good-bye before he moves onto new markets.
Mr. Franco may move onto wider horizons but do keep your eyes on Los Angeles Fashion Weekend. With cooperation from Hollywood's top fashion agencies, it morphs and improves each and every time. A contender to IMG's long-ago LA Fashion Week?
Thursday, October 20, 2011
As "Busting Out" ridicules the sexualization and functions of breasts, the production has raised $50,000 for breast cancer research and care, especially when they did a skit on mammograms.
Broadway veteran, Emma Powell, sets out to demystify them then shows what real breasts are like underneath. By peeling off the sexual appeal, she hopes people will feel comfortable about them and take better care of their health.
If you want to see real-life, middle-aged women making hoots over their hooters, "Busting Out" is at the Hayworth Theatre on 2511 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90057.
Monday, October 10, 2011
Tracy Reese detoured from her usually demure self and went bold and hot, reaching back into the Seventies, mining Glam Rock and Disco for fake furs, sultry wrap dresses (homage to DVF), and tunics.
MAC did the coordinating eye makeup for these fashion shows for a year now, bolding stating this trend, "Discotheque."
Thanks to collaborating with Lady Gaga's stylist, Nicola Formichetti and her makeup artist, Bill Brasfield on their sizzling latest limited edition collection, "Posh Paradise," David Bowie's aka Ziggy Stardust's lightning bolt of an eyeshadow strikes back.
Lady Gaga's theatrical makeup brings back the zany fun of playful cosmetics and paint, but this is intricate makeup painting that can be a little daunting for most. All right, it can be time and money consuming for those on the go.
MAC is here to simplify the "lightning bolt" to accessorize your "fierce" self.
Using the Mod Sixties' "The Modernist" nude and sculptured face as the base, MAC jazzes it up by builing "columns" in darky, moody colors. One column inside the inner eye lid corner then another column on the outer corner to the temple.
With a stiff eyeshadow brush, you can design the outer shadows of a empty "zigzag" center where the iris is located.
Using an iridescent eyeshadow from the glittering, gem-inspired Posh Paradise Collection, you paint in the lightning bolt, zigzagging across the center of the eyelid. Recreate the similar effect on the lower lids, line the inner and outer corners with the same smoky color then line the center lower lid with that same neon eyeshadow.
Balance the look with a bold lipstick from the Posh Paradise Collection for that feminist Disco Diva look.
If you go a little wilder with these techniques and the makeup, you already have your Halloween makeup, either as a cross-dressing Glam Rocker or as an "Mad Men" extra.
A dramatically cost-saving holiday look. Now, get on with your fierce self!
Thursday, October 6, 2011
In an ode to "Mad Men," "The Playboy Club," and "Pan Am," set in the early to mid-Sixties, Pink Tartan and MAC paid homage in Mod clothes with Space Age technology.
Kimberly Newport's Pink Tartan Spring 2012 Collection was buoyed by bouffant hair and nude and smooth makeup and complexion.
According to NPR's "All Things Considered," this is Girl Power in a Girdle, controlled, polished, and focused. Perfection as a shield.
The crisp, swingy A-Line trapeze dresses, the silver pailette sheath dresses, and curveous and streamlined cocktail dress with cut-outs in shiny satin and mod polka dots proudly flashed the mid-Sixties. The silver was influenced by the Space Age and Race. The naughty cut-outs signals the upcoming Feminist Movement, beauty and sex as strenght and liberation.
In keeping with the Mod Sixties' yearn for Spage Age technology, MAC implemented state-of-art chemistry in concocting durable and adjustable but lightweight products for that ideal suede skin with sculptured features that could never be achieved in the Sixties but was idealized then.
MAC's senior makeup artist, Ms. Callahan discovered that one of the prevailing trends on the runways of New York, Paris, Milan, and London was the natural face refined back to the Sixties' more matte and sculptured appearance, a matured take on the natural face.
Ms. Callahan coined this Mod Sixties' makeup, "The Modernist."
Perfekt Beauty's founder and CEO, Richard Anderson, taught this holistic fashionista this classic technique of using three foundations to bring out the cheekbones. The middle range foundation matches the all-over skin. One shade darker contours the cheekbones. One shade lighter to bring out theose cheekbones.
With the basic of products from Styledriven and MatchMaster, "The Modernist" look is attainable and easy. Essentially, "The Modernist" is built on using those 3 related skintone foundations from MatchMaster and using Styledriven cream eyeshadows and lipstick for a semi-matte but durable color.
Four products for a prim and proper look without the caked-on powder: two MatchMaster foundations, one shade dark and one shade light. Maybe, one or two products to add a touch of color to the cheeks or lips.