Hanging out with Rachel Zoe and friends

Rachel Zoe

Rachel Zoe

A leather-and-glamour version of coffee talk, yesterday marked the final installation of Shop the Hangout in partnership with Google + and the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America), with special guest, Rachel Zoe. It was 40+ minutes of pure live fun and RZ love, with Joe Zee, Brian Atwood, Shopbop Fashion Director’s Elle Strauss, Molly Sims, and The Glamourai’s Kelly Framel. Several weeks ago, Diane von Furstenberg kicked off the Google + Hangouts, opportunities to meet the designers and shop their collections online. Today, and for at least another 24 hours, you can shop Rachel Zoe’s entire collection on Shopbop and save 15% on all items by using the code: RZHangout.

The conversation was a little bit of everything; sharing fashion trends and hearing about Rachel’s collection, but mostly, it was a chance to sit in on a fun chat among friends. No doubt Rachel Zoe is admired and well-loved as is her design collection. As Elle Strauss said, “our Shopbop customers are obsessed with Rachel Zoe … it’s wearable glamour essentially and they just love your signature styles … literally, they just fly off our shelves!

This is what happens when coffee talk meets glam!

 

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Channeling Carolina Herrera

Channeling Carolina Herrera: Wearing a shirt from the CH Carolina Herrera White Shirt Collection and a vintage Carolina Herrera sweater vest

Channeling Carolina Herrera: Wearing a shirt from the CH Carolina Herrera White Shirt Collection and a vintage Carolina Herrera sweater vest

Jury Duty isn’t all bad. Sure, there is a lot of waiting, but much good came from my day: I met two new friends, Donna and Maalika, with whom I shared the hours of waiting; I made headway reading Billy Crystal’s new book, Still Foolin’ Em, which had me laughing and crying the entire time (I highly recommend it); and on my chair I discovered an old Elle Magazine, which contained fashion treasures and inspired me to channel one of my all-time favorite designers, Carolina Herrera.

In the spring of 2013 Carolina Herrera introduced the CH Carolina Herrera White Shirt Collection. She has been designing classic white shirts since her first collection debuted in 1981 and has featured at least one white shirt in each of her collections, since. Continue reading

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Creative Ambassador at Large …

Simon Doonan  - Photo Credit: Getty Images

Simon Doonan – Photo Credit: Getty Images

… of the New York store, Barney’s. That is Simon Doonan. Cheeky, charming Simon Doonan. Last night I was lucky to be in the audience in NYC at the 92nd Street Y for his interview with Fern Mallis, as part of her ongoing series, Fashion Icons with Fern Mallis. Simon has written a book called The Asylum, which he describes as a love valentine to the fashion industry and its crazy but ever-so-fiercely loyal community. Continue reading

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Ingrid Talks Punk

Elizabeth Hurley (with Hugh Grant) in her famous safety-pin dress by Versace - Photo credit: Getty Images

Elizabeth Hurley (with Hugh Grant) in her famous safety-pin dress by Versace –                       Photo credit: Getty Images

“Safety pins and spray paint and vulgar slogans, oh my! The punks of New York and London in the 1970s were out to upset the status quo and shock the bourgeois sensibility of the establishment–and if they horrified their parents, too, I’m sure that was just icing on the cake.

So what does it mean that within a decade or so, the couture fashion houses of Versace and Yves Saint Laurent–and lots more–co-opted the signature elements of punk fashion and made high-end designs out of them?

That’s the theme of “Punk: Chaos to Couture,” the show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, which ran from May 9 and just closed this week. As an art historian with a love of fashion, I wanted to be sure to catch the show before it closed. Continue reading

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Cristobal Balenciaga

Cristobal Balanciaga - copyright Lipnitzki/Roger-Viollet/The Image Works

Cristobal Balanciaga’s Paris Portrait – 1927 – copyright Lipnitzki/Roger-Viollet/The Image Works

Isn’t that a beautiful name? Doesn’t it just ooze glamour and roll off your tongue? I never knew much about him except that there was a beautiful handbag designed by Balenciaga introduced a few years ago. Mary Blume (a native New Yorker who lives in Paris) has written a book that brings his story to life: The Master of us All, Balenciaga: His Workrooms, His World. After reading the book I am touched to see how someone so intensely private could become so successful and revered; it reminds me of the power of genius. Allow me to share with you some facts about Cristobal Balenciaga:

– he was very private and he avoided photos of himself, he never gave an interview in his years as a designer, he never took a bow at the end of a collection, and he remained a mystery throughout this life Continue reading

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Ella Enchanted

Princess Ella

Ella with her princess nightgown

Princess Ella's magic slippers and magic mirror

Princess Ella’s magic slippers and magic mirror

Princess Ella lives in the castle next to me. She is almost three years old but don’t let her young age fool you. She is wise and fair and joyful and everything a princess should be. When I asked Ella how it feels to dress like a princess, she said, “It’s so beautiful!”

We must never underestimate the power of magic.

 

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Looking Tony

Cyndi Lauper on the red carpet at the Tony Awards - Photo credit: Getty Images

Cyndi Lauper on the red carpet at the Tony Awards Photo credit: Getty Images

Broadway’s Big Night Arrived. Last night’s Tony Awards sparkled in Radio-City-Music-Hall-Red. A highlight for me was seeing a few of the actors from my adventure with WOR’s Joan Hamburg broadcast at Sardi’s, including: Judith Light, winner in the category Best Performance by an Actress in Featured Role in a Play, Alan Cumming, a presenter, and Jane Lynch, who performed.

The evening’s fashion moment came when Cyndi Lauper won Best Original Score for the hit musical Kinky Boots. I thought Cyndi looked chic in all-black with lace detail, with touches of gold hand candy and earrings providing just the right accents: as always, she was an original. When presenter Jane Krakowski (another fashion favorite) bowed down to Cyndi as she accepted her award, it was an emotional and sweet moment.

Jane Krakowski and Cyndi Lauper Photo credit: Reuters

Jane Krakowski on stage with Cyndi Lauper Photo credit: Reuters

 

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Scatter my ashes at Bergdorf’s

Bergdorf Goodman

Bergdorf Goodman – courtesy of Bergdorf Goodman website

I love a good story; I especially love the story behind the story. It’s the reason that I started writing this blog. Because I believe that we all have a story and that magic happens when you look behind the curtain. And I love to peak – especially when it’s about fashion! A few months ago I saw a documentary about the legendary editor Diana Vreeland; today I watched an intriguing documentary – more of a love story – about New York institution and luxury department store Bergdorf Goodman. Scatter my ashes at Bergdorf’s tells the story of Bergdorf Goodman; why designers want to showcase there, why people want to shop there, and why employees love to work there. And oh yes, there is a little history about the two men who started it all …

New York tailors Edwin Goodman and Herbert Bergdorf joined forces and founded a luxury store, Bergdorf Goodman, in the Garment District in 1901. The business moved in 1914 to Rockefeller Center and again in 1928 to its present location, 5th Avenue and 57th Street, the corner of luxury-and-everything-elegant-in-New York. The site was originally the location of the Vanderbilt Mansion, which occupied the entire city block. When Andrew Goodman inherited Bergdorf Goodman from his father, he took the department store to its almost-mythic heights. Too much, you ask? Those interviewed contend that we need stores like Bergdorf Goodman to foster the American Dream.

Top fashion designers both domestic and international, including Oscar de la Renta, Michael Kors, Diane Von Furstenberg, Karl Lagerfeld, Fendi, and Giorgio Armani, shared their voices and love for Bergdorf Goodman. But it is the stories of the internal Bergdorf family that I found the most inspiring: a family that includes senior vice president and highly influential buyer Linda Fargo, creator of its world-renowned windows David Hoey and spot-on, outspoken personal in-house shopper Betty Halbreich. These intimate glimpses give Scatter my ashes at Bergdorf’s its true appeal. Amy Fine Collins, special correspondent to Vanity Fair describes the glamour and allure of this one of a kind icon: “Bergdorf Goodman has decades and decades of accumulated history. Every nook and every cranny is a story.”

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The Goodman Family. Courtesy of

The Goodman Family. Courtesy of Entertainment One Films US

 

 

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Fringe!

Accessorizing: daytime

Accessorizing: daytime

Today was my day for wearing fringe: Lissus Fringe by Daniel Silverstein, 100%NY. A great accessory can add dimension and drama to your wardrobe, take you from day to night, from casual to dressy. And add a little whimsy.

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Accessorizing - evening

Accessorizing – evening

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Kentucky Woman

Rene Dailey, Wilmington NC at the 2013 Kentucky Derby  Photo Credit, David Goldman - AP Photos

Rene Dailey, from Wilmington NC,  at the 2013 Kentucky Derby                                                            Photo Credit: David Goldman – AP Photos

Kentucky woman she shines with her own kind of light – She’d look at you once and a day that’s all wrong looks all right – And I love her – God knows I love her – Kentucky Woman …”  song and lyrics by Neil Diamond

The Kentucky Derby is an American tradition and one of the few times that we collectively dress with pomp and circumstance. Splendid hats rule the day and we get to be like our British friends across the pond. This particular chapeau caught my eye!

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