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Savage Beauty: 2011 Met Gala

Last night, the annual Metropolitan Museum's Costume Institute Gala hosted by Vogue's Anna Wintour, honoured the work and memory of the late Alexander McQueen. The exhibition titled "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty", will celebrate the designer's extraordinary contributions to fashion and will feature over one hundred ensembles and seventy accessories from his prolific nineteen-year career. Often termed "the Oscars of fashion", fashion fixtures such as Salma Hayek, Daphne Guinness, Naomi Campbell, Sarah Jessica Parker and Anna Dello Russo all wore McQueen to yesterday's gala. McQueen designer Sarah Burton, who created Kate Middleton's instantly iconic wedding gown was also in attendance. I will definitely be making my way over to the Met as soon as the exhibition gets underway, and I advise any of you who may be in NYC to do the same!

"Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty" will be at the Metropolitan Museum from May 4th through July 31st 2011. Enjoy!

Miranda Kerr - Marchesa

Blake Lively - Chanel Couture

Emma Stone - Lanvin

Sarah Jessica Parker - Vintage Alexander McQueen

Penelope Cruz - Oscar de la Renta

Into The Gloss

Hey everyone,

Apologies for the absence, but I'm back now with lots of exciting news and musings to share with you over the next few weeks! As spring finally dawns upon us, I for one can't wait to see what changes take place in fashion and how many amazing looks I will surely be obsessing over in the upcoming months. First things first however. I'm not sure how many of you are interested in perusing beauty blogs but I had to share this new treasure I recently got introduced to.

Into The Gloss is a beauty blog that was created by Emily Weiss in September 2010. If that name rings a bell, some of you may remember Emily as the "super intern" from New York who came to Teen Vogue in LA for a few days and scared Lauren Conrad to the bone on reality show The Hills.

Now, Emily is a stylist and beauty extraordinaire in the industry, and in a sea of fashion blogs Emily has managed to carve an unrivaled niche for herself. Into The Gloss is fresh, and has this cool, editorial lay-out that had me hooked in a heart beat. It provides readers with content that ranges from "inside the industry to the street", and she basically shares information on all things beauty with an insider's perspective. She fills readers in on the inspirations, regimens and products used by editors, stylists and models, as well as the up-and-comers who are shaping our idea of modern beauty. I'm totally loving Into The Gloss and you all should definitely check it out!


Style Crush: Christine Centenera

Fashion Editor for Harper's Bazaar, Christine Centenera, knows a thing or two about a killer pair of heels. I am totally obsessed with her style!  She's got that disheveled chic thing down to a perfect science. Apparently she is ‘a self-confessed sucker for anything with studs, metal detailing or patent leather. Preferably all three at once’. My kind of girl!

It was almost impossible picking my favorite look, but I definitely think that the Alaia suede ruffle booties paired with the simple cashmere dress is pure perfection. Whether she's rocking a strong shoulder blazer, leather jacket, or the latest cutting edge designer heels, she sweats style and always makes it work.


Year in Review 2010: Walk on the Wild Side

Happy holidays!!

Apologies for the absence, however finals are all done and dusted, and I'm now officially a Parsons graduate! Yay! :)

It feels great to have successfully completed one of my goals and the last couple of weeks have been extremely hectic with job hunting and interviews as I prepare to embark on the next stage in this industry.

2010 is quickly coming to an end, and this year many editorials and campaigns took a walk on the wild side with animal prints taking center stage from brands such as Dolce & Gabbana, Roberto Cavalli and Salvatore Ferragamo. As a big fan of leopard print (in moderation), I found a few of my favorite images from campaigns and editorials that caught my attention this year. Whether out for a night out on the town, or to liven up a simple day time outfit, 2010 was really the year for leopards to show their spots!

Did you love or hate the animal print trend? What were some of your favorite looks or trends this year?

Carmen Kass for Elle Spain - October 2010

Street Shot - Jak & Jil Blog

Missy Rayder for Harper's Bazaar Spain - November 2010

Gisele Bundchen for Roberto Cavalli Fall 2010 Campaign

Naomi Campbell for Vogue Russia - April 2010

Harrod's Fashion Director, Marigay McKee - Street Shot - Jak & Jil Blog

Masha Novoselova for V Magazine Spain - April 2010

Rachel Zoe for Brian Atwood

Just a short post as I'm currently in the middle of finals, but I had to share these beauties with you all. In the words of Rachel Zoe herself, these shoes are BANANAS!! I am obsessed with these fall boots from Rachel Zoe's collaboration with Brian Atwood.

What do you guys think? Aren't they amazing??

Fashion and Video Technology: The New Advertising

I have been inspired by the growing trend of beauty and fashion companies who are releasing atmospheric short videos, as a way to grab social media attention. For companies such as Dior, Chanel and Prada to name a few, this is the new method of advertising as it engages people much more than still photos. Some of these videos will strike a significant emotional chord with viewers, and in turn make them want to associate with the brand by purchasing and wearing the clothing. Each of the following images, is taken from videos created by various brands who are realizing the importance of this technology and using this way of interacting with the consumer to their advantage. For anyone who loves the care-free, glamorous,  jet-set lifestyle that defines St. Tropez, definitely check out "Remember Now" by Chanel. Enjoy! xx

Click here to view this year's top fashion films according to Business of Fashion.

"Infinite Reflections" by Nars Matte

Marion Cottilard in "Lady Blue" by Dior

"Remember Now" - Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel

"Dancer in a Daydream" - Christian Louboutin

"Lanvin for H&M Promo" - Alber Elbaz for Lanvin

Burberry 3D A/W 10 Campaign

"Viva Vena!" - Vena Cava

"Chronology" - Net-a-Porter

"The Love Thing" - LOVE Magazine

Prada S/S 10 Campaign

"First Spring" - Prada

"Poem" - Stella McCartney

Christina Ricci in "Four Play" by Donna Karen


Yellow Fever

Anyone who knows me well, knows that I am a HUGE fan of colour. With the fall weather now in full swing in New York City, I am officially craving a bit of colour to brighten up the dreary, winter days ahead. I decided to create a mood board with images showcasing the colour yellow. To me, yellow is the ultimate feel good colour. In my mind, it denotes happiness, joy and best of all summertime! To many, it can seem a bit overwhelming as a colour because of its high visibility, but I think its extremely versatile in fashion. Yellow was a prominent colour used in collections throughout the Spring/Summer 2011 shows, such as Michael Kors and Moschino Cheap and Chic. Although it can work well on its own, I think its best as a companion to other colors. For example, it can be used to perk up a subdued palette of cool blues and greys. Wearing yellow with neutral greys and a dash of black, can create a high-tech look, and very pale yellow can work well as a neutral colour alongside darker or richer colours. Enjoy! xx

WGSN Street Photography Project

Here's my finished project for the WGSN street photography contest. For those who don't know, WGSN is a trend forecasting agency and each year they hold a contest for all students at Parsons taking the New York Trendspotting class. The winner gets an opportunity to interview for an internship at WGSN in New York, and will attend The Global Fashion Awards at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel on November 10th. The task was to take photos of a trend that we are seeing in the streets which appeals to us, and use either editorial images, art, look-book images, blogs, vintage fashion or anything that we feel supports the trend we have identified. I chose "Modern Oversized" as a trend, and my supporting images were mainly editorial images. What trends do you identify with and have been seeing a lot of on the streets recently?

I hope you enjoy the report!



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