The Emmy’s and Michelle Pfeiffer

Michelle Pfeiffer, Getty Images

I watched the red carpet arrivals at last night’s Emmy Awards just in time to see the ageless beauty, Michelle Pfeiffer. I haven’t seen Michelle Pfeiffer in a while, and she made a stunning return. At 59, she was inspiring, looking very soft and elegant in a gossamer Oscar de la Renta dress – and very much herself. It was my favorite look of the evening.

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Oscar Zoe!

Rachel Zoe, courtesy The Zoe Report

Rachel Zoe, courtesy The Zoe Report

My hope for the Oscars’ Red Carpet is that people bring it, that they’re not scared, that they take chances, they do something adventurous and not predictable, and just have a lot of fun.” ~ Rachel Zoe

Rachel Zoe speaks and I listen. Zoe, editor in chief of The Zoe Report, is speaking out about her predictions for the Oscars’ Red Carpet. The Oscars air this Sunday and Zoe is ever the fashion force. She calls out designer names Giambattista Valli, Armani Prive, Givenchy, Chanel, Oscar de la Renta, and Dior.

Dressing major a-listers for Awards Season on her original show, The Rachel Zoe Project, was the first time I saw Rachel Zoe. At the time she was a well-known celebrity stylist from Los Angeles, and the show captured her day-to-day life; it was the first time I saw the inner-workings of a fashion stylist and I was hooked. And now years later, Zoe is the editor in chief of The Zoe Report, returning to her roots on The Red Carpet!

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Shopping Wise and Hitting the Target

My new bucket bag from the Adam Lippes for Target Collection

My new bucket bag from the Adam Lippes for Target Collection

I have come a long way as a Target/designer collaboration shopper. This summer when I heard that fashion designer Adam Lippes (former designer for Oscar de la Renta) was launching a plaid collection with Target I planned carefully. I took my time reviewing the look book, noting only the things I would actually want to wear. It turns out there was one thing: the black and white plaid bucket bag. The quality looked high end and at $39.99 it was a great price. When the collection launched, I ordered it online to make sure that it wouldn’t sell out, followed by an early morning visit to Target to see it in person. This time, there were no lines and no hassles at the store; I found the bag easily, brought it home, and canceled the online order. Everything about the purchase was calm and controlled.

I continue to try these collabs because I do find special pieces. But I now understand that just owning a piece is not enough – I have to really see it working in my wardrobe. I guess that is what is called, shopping wise.

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A Plaid and Plentiful Target Collaboration with Potential

Adam Lippes for Target Collection

Adam Lippes for Target Collection; photo, Target

Who is Adam Lippes and why is his Adam Lippes for Target Collaboration a potential fashion favorite? A luxury designer who began his career in fashion at Polo Ralph Lauren and then moved on to Oscar de la Renta as one of the youngest creative directors in the designer fashion world, Mr. Lippes eventually launched his namesake line. Eight seasons in, he is known for his clean lines and wearable pieces. All of which he will bring to the upcoming Target collaboration in stores and at Target.com just in time for fall on September 27.

There have been many Target collaborations and we may be wary of yet another, but there is something about this plaid and plentiful offering that reminds me of the earlier collaboration with fashion megastar, Missoni. Continue reading

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Oh, What a BABE!

Barbara 'Babe' Cushing Mortimer Paley , Vogue, 1946

Barbara ‘Babe’ Cushing Mortimer Paley , Vogue, 1946

Whatever she wore, she wore in a way you would never forget.” ~ Oscar de la Renta

I vaguely remember hearing her name, but I had no idea that there was such a Babe in American fashion history. Barbara “Babe” Paley (1915-1978) was a fashion influencer and true style icon; I began reading about her and her two sisters Minnie and Betsey Cushing in the book, “The Sisters,” by David Grafton. And then the flood gates of my mind opened and I couldn’t know enough about this statuesque socialite and much-loved personality. Born to wealth and prominence as the daughter of a Boston neurosurgeon, Babe and her two older sisters (under the guidance of their socially ambitious mother) made marrying- well their careers and gained further popularity in high society circles. It was here that Babe Paley with her striking good looks, bone structure, and model figure, entered the stratosphere of high style and became universally admired for her fashion sense. Continue reading

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