Monthly Archives: April 2012

Daphne Guinness + David LaChapelle = Inspiration

I believe that it important to remember that we live in one of the most exciting era’s of Fashion. The 21st century has brought us some of the most important Fashion icons since Coco Chanel.

I wanted to share some of the mad genius that is being devised now with two of my favorite and most important influences. David LaChapelle and Daphne Guinness.

David LaChapelle’s imagery is creationism at it’s best. Color, vivid imagery and a twisted mind has set him apart and brought him to the forefront of both art and photography.

Daphne Guinness, although the heiress of the Guinness fortune, has become an icon in Fashion as a model, collector of couture, designer, creator of her own make up line for MAC and best friend of the late Alexander McQueen but continues to inspire.

Together they conceived one of the most stunning photos I have ever seen.


Guinness Submerged herself repeatedly underwater for up to two minutes in order for LaChapelle to get a perfect shot.

The imagination is limitless. Dream big darlings. This proof you can always exceed even your own expectations with inspiration.

NYC Red Carpet K.I.S.S. (keep it simple sexy), or DIY

New York? Fashion mecca. It represents style, icons of fashion, NYFW and business, business, business. It is voguish and ALWAYS well put together. It is modern, without being crass.

It is what is in, makes red carpets glow and is easy to do at home. We’ll call it DIY NYC Red Carpet.

Using the NY Tribeca Film Fest as an example I will share 2 easy ways to ‘bring it’ like you are straight from the big, bad apple and just stepped out of a limo.

Pure and Simple

I recommend using caution with all white outfits. There is the chance it can make you look uncomfortable and dirt/accidents can kill your fresh look. Leelee does prove how stunning it can be. By adding a bright red lip and emphasizing her waist line (figure is everything w this look), it’s a WIN.

Try a blouse from Banana Republic’s ‘Madmen’ collection and add full skirt to recreate this. Stay away from tiered skirts ladies. Your figure gets lost, and are best left for fiestas and country casual

Color Blocking

This is a great look that has shown up on the runway’s for the last year and a half. It’s not going away and can be worn any season.

Colorblocking CasualLily Cole, Color Blocking Casual

Easy to do and not leaving the runways any time soon color blocking is everywhere. Lily Cole chose this with a casual flat and it’s stunning and easy on the eyes.

For red carpet DIY, choose a neutral colored dress with color in the blocking. It’s easy to decide where your burst of color shows and keeps things interesting. Pair it with a neutral or metallic heel and it’s easy to turn this in to a day/to night event outfit.

It’s  easy to overdress. In New York you need to bring the classic sophistication without looking like a loud party girl, LA Style. Too many accessories and an outfit that screams too much is too often a fashion foul. We try more when it should be less. These are just a few easy ways to go with my K.I.S.S. method (keep it simple sexy) for the Fashion Capital of the US.

This proves that over doing it, is best left to the Lady Gaga’s of the world, or that special look known as LA style.

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