More loving leopard: Rebecca Minkoff Macey Oxfords

IMGP1253I feel like there’s a casual element to everything I design so that it never feels too stuffy or too dressed up and I definitely feel that I got that from my San Diego roots.”                       ~ Rebecca Minkoff, designer and native Californian

Designer Rebecca Minkoff started with a signature handbag, the “morning after bag.” Most people may not know this but four years before she launched her first handbag, she launched a 5-piece apparel collection. Since those early days in her career, she has developed a full-scale lifestyle brand. In yesterday’s second installment of  #shopthehangout with Google+ and in partnership with the CFDA, Rebecca Minkoff talked Continue reading

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DVF: “Fear is not an option”

The glorious Diane von Furstenberg

The glorious Diane von Furstenberg  – Image credit: Wikipedia, at the 2009 Metropolitan Opera premiere

Last night I had an intimate conversation with Diane von Furstenberg. It felt that way as I watched “Shop the Hangout with Diane von Furstenberg,” a new online shopping experience with Google+, in partnership with The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA). This was the first of what will be several future ‘Shop the Hangouts‘ with designers. Interviewed by Eva Chen, Editor-in-Chief of Lucky Magazine, the conversation became a global hangout as special guest, beauty expert and entrepreneur Michelle Phan and five women from around the world had questions for Diane. It was 40 minutes of pure magic. That’s because Diane von Furstenberg is wise and witty and wonderful. Here are some DVF thoughts, life advice and uplifting inspirations:

On the wrap dress: “A good thing is good forever … So many people have wrap stories … I decided that to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the wrap dress we are collecting stories and photographs. Continue reading

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New York Fashion Week, Part 1: The Beginning …

New York Fashion Week
Spring 2013
Arriving September 6 – 13, 2012

I love a good fashion story. And the creation of New York’s Fashion Week is a good story.  A story about how, in 1993 The CFDA, Council of Fashion Designers of America brought American fashion and American designers under the tents and into the mainstream of global fashion design. I watched PBS tell the story in a documentary called, The Tents: New York Fashion Week and I learned a lot about how it all started, from the early pioneers. Voices like Fern Mallis, former Executive Director of the CFDA and widely credited with the creation of NY Fashion Week, and designers and fashion editors telling the behind-the-scenes story. It started as 7th on Sixth at Bryant Park, but today Fashion Week and its tents live at New York’s Lincoln Center. It is big and bold and the place to be. Kicking off tonight with a fashion party called Fashion Night Out (FNO), the week runs through September 13th. But years ago it was just an brilliant idea. Here is a small collection of quotes from the documentary …

You felt like it was business; this was big business … The minute you took on that runway it felt like yours. Donna Karan, Designer

American designers push their creativity to be original … I cannot describe how privileged you feel when you see a designer’s designs on the runway. Glenda Bailey, Editor-in-Chief, Harper’s Bazaar

What we are selling is a dream not a garment. Stefano Tonchi, Editor-in-Chief, W Magazine

I believe in the power of theatre. Zac Posen, Designer

People want to be part of the world, part of the experience. Robert Verdi, TV personality and style expert

The great thing about New York is that it’s a fluid city. Hal Rubenstein, Fashion Director of InStyle Magazine

Stay tuned for more New York Fashion Week stories …

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