Category Archives: New York

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Live Broadcast #Day3 #MustStream #Awesome #NYFW

Yes I have been missing and yes I am still in California suffering the wrath and indignity of NOT being at NYFW. Actually I am gearing up for LAFW because there is a lot I am involved in and have to stay West Coast bound.

Since you, dear reader, aren’t there either but are most definitely craving the feel, insanity and sore feet,  I give you;

MERCEDES BENZ NEW YORK FASHION WEEK LIVE!!!

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Well almost.

That above is a screenshot your fearless fashionista took of the LIVE Herve Leger show.

What’s in store so far for SS 2015? White’s, brown’s, pinks/coral, neon with attention to metallic detailing. But I know how dead set everyone is on drawing their own style and details from the SS 2015 fashion season.

Ready to start viewing? Don’t worry between show’s they re-broadcast the good stuff and highlight’s so you won’t get bored.
Onward and forward darlings;

MERCEDES BENZ NYFW LIVE STREAM;

 


 

The Bare Truth with ‘The Bohemian Society’s’ Victor Wilde #FashionHouse #Couture #Art #LALife (@BohemianSociety)

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LA at a glance seems vapid at best. Movie stars with purse dogs, overly blond athletic men and women, juice bars and cleanses, power luncheons and a cadre of meandering, very lost tourists. One would never think that there is a massive and newly booming fashion industry and art collective in the land of twinkling stars and tinsel.

With the established Style Fashion week twice a year, the celebrity clientele, the art/runway shows, and Santee fashion district in DTLA, it’s beyond booming, it’s a massive industry on the West Coast demanding attention. Showcasing names like Rodarte, Band of Outsiders, Betsey Johnson, Rebecca Minkoff LA, and James Perse has brought an influx of ex-NY artists and designers to the palm dotted coast.

Being a stylist and writer leads you unbelievable places and doing surreal things. One of these was to the heart of Bohemian Society’s headquarters, and Victor Wilde’s kitchen. I had spoken with his amazing PR people on the phone, and they agreed to do a clothing pull for a charity shoot I was working on. Then they suggested I interview Victor Wilde, the creative director and designer of The Bohemian Society, while I was there.

Never look a gift horse in the mouth, instead run with it.

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Victor Wilde is the head fashion designer of The Bohemian Society. The Bohemian Society in the last 10 years, boasts a celebrity clientele, dressing supermodels and musicians and is distributed in several high-end Los Angeles boutiques, and worldwide through ASOS.

In his downtown LA loft, you can see his influences. Modern art, recycled and eco sustainable materials, with a heavy Japanese influence. When I asked about it, he admitted he’d, “been to Japan 7 times.” Being a traveler was the key to bonding with Victor. We talked about travel, the international influences on design, and I asked about his background fashion.

Victor Wilde grew up in a fast paced NYC in Brooklyn. “Growing up East Coast you have to be cool.” In Brooklyn that is no small feat. “Kids judge you by what you wear, how you look”, he said, and you have to ‘grow some balls’ quickly. Victor had a better eye than most at a young age for fashion, and in Jr. High School he was voted best dressed. Not bad for a young man barely emerging from his adolescence.

Being young and fashionable was not the only reason Victor progressed in his field. “People said I should to be in fashion. I started dating a model; she was working for one of the biggest wholesale/retailers at the time. People would come in to the store, and she would buy their clothes and sell them, and I thought, I can do better than that. I thought of The Bohemian Society.”

Unlike most designers Victor had no fashion or design background. He admitted, “I didn’t know what the hell I was doing. I started creating t-shirts, and within two weeks, she was showing my clothes in the window.”

 

Yet, Victor Wilde is an artist and his true love is artistic performance. I asked about the part of fashion he loved most and what he was moving towards. ‘(I love) the showiness, and the performance part of it.” His latest projects include working with the insanely talented Swedish film maker Jonas Akerlund, and albino supermodel Shaun Ross (Lana Del Rey’s ‘Tropico’, Katy Perry’s ET), on the ‘Beauty Defined’ project.

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Shaun Ross in Bohemian Society

In Akerlund’s last installment, the video explains how unique difference is always right, and others degrading natural and odd beauty were wrong. Supermodel Shaun Ross narrative is about his beauty while visually Ross parades through a throng of tourists on Hollywood blvd., in Bohemian Society couture.

This is a theme in Victor’s continuing vision for The Bohemian Society as well. With the fashion industry being a multimedia animal, this creates the perfect platform for Victor Wilde to create and produce his art. A vision of showing & creating, raw beauty.

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Timur and the Dime Museum in Bohemian Society

“My next collection will be highly based on interviews with people without any clothes. I paused, ”That’s actually really brilliant. I mean if you are going to get the bare truth…”.

Part of that is Victor’s choice to use and re-use eco-sustainable good’s. I noticed that the loft is decorated with vintage pieces of clothing, art and random finds. His Spring/Summer 2014 collection was made primarily out of the most amazing, ethereal looking WWII parachute material. How did it start and why use it?

“The recycled stuff I couldn’t afford stuff so my girlfriend and I would go out and steal vintage clothing and remake it”. I went to college in North Carolina and then moved to NY and became and performance artist. He explained he used what he had around him in art and design.

I asked if being eco-friendly was an important ‘part of his personality’. “Yes, it reflects part of who I am. I’ve been a vegetarian my whole life by choice. As child I refused to eat meat. My Mom actually used to chase me around the kitchen with chicken and beef”. Being an ex-East Coaster myself, there was much discussion about the horrors of East Coast unhealthy living.

As we speak more, he admits his most recent project was costuming an opera. Not the traditional kind of course, but a rock opera. “I was there for about a week. It played at a festival so it played only one day. “Really?”, I ask, “Yes, it was in Miami, but next year it’s in Brooklyn.”

His current collection for The Bohemian Society’s Fall/Winter collection 2014? “It’s named Wild at Heart. It’s Victor Wilde. A reflection of me, influenced by the Movie (“Wild at Heart” by David Lynch) and it’s sexy, and androgynous. “

Androgyny brings to mind Bowie immediately and we talk over coffee about that, music, Tim Curry and more art.  As far as I can tell, Victor Wilde is an artist, a designer, a costumer, a performer and a multimedia mad genius.

When I asked what he wanted to work on, “Anything that interests me”.

It seems with all of his interests, world domination may not be out of the picture.

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Keep an eye out for The Bohemian Society’s Fall/Winter 2014 line online and in stores. Bohemian Society is carried at;

-The Bohemian Society (http://www.thebohemiansociety.com/collections/all)

-ASOS (http://www.ASOS.com (http://us.asos.com/search/bohemian-society?q=bohemian+society)

 

-The Church Boutique in West Hollywood (http://www.churchboutique.com/)

-Farfetch (http://www.Farfetch.com)

-ORPHIC (http://www.orphicLA.com)

Lupita Nyong’o Devastates in New York Magazine #FashionIssue #Amazing #12yearsaSlave

Lupita Nyong’o is absolutely amazing. A classic actress waiting for her Oscar for her role in ’12 Years a Slave’, she is beautiful, talented and poised. At 30 she is a beacon in an industry that tosses and shut’s women down and kill’s careers at 20 something. Her role in ’12 Years a Slave’ brings about words like epic, emotionally raw and unbelievable. She is also and immigrant from Kenya. Lupita Nyong’o is a hell of a woman.

With her taste impeccable taste in clothing for award season, we have an all around fashion win for this bright star. This is why she has stolen the cover of the Spring Fashion Issue of New York Magazine. Wearing Stella McCartney Lupita Nyong’o stunned us with her natural beauty.

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To read the full interview at The Cut in NY mag titled

Lupita Nyong’o, From Unknown to “It” Girl in Less Than a Year

go here;

http://nymag.com/thecut/2014/02/lupita-nyongo-new-fashion-it-girl.html

And see the full gallery below;

 

Victoria Beckham FW 2014; Simplicity in Design #FW2014 #Beckham #KISSMethod

When it comes to the fashion industry we do not take kindly to celebrities turned designers. Our world moves faster than most, is fickle and is overly discerning leaving us hyper critical of our peers. Add the fact a ‘celebrity’ turns designer (see Kanye/Kardashion’s/Nicole Richie/The Olsen Twins) and we are down right bitchy.

As we move forward in the industry, we have embraced the celebrity/designer. Fashion about growth. This has opened the door to talent like Nicole Richie, Gwen Stefani of L.A.M.B and of course Victoria Beckham.

Beckham’s designs have always been simple, clean and easy to mix match. This can be a drawback. Earlier designs from her introduction around 2010 were outright plain, boring and according to Style.com ‘boyish’. Learning from past mistakes she has dropped the androgyny from SS 2014 to create a properly appealing ‘women’s’ line that is less futuristic and modernized. Victoria Beckham brought a new and fresh style with a sleek, feminine look. With elongated dresses and skirts, the sheer trend that adding touches of well placed print and embellishment of pleats, prints, leather trim and fur, she has drawn from an almost vintage look.

Victoria has surpasses her old design’s with excellent choices in emphasizing a silhouette, adding dash of the sheer trend, creating a line that would look classy on any woman.

Beckham has won us over with her FW 2014 collection using elegant style with timeless chic.

See full FW 2014 collection below;

Double the Fun with House of Eleven. SS 2014 Preview at the Falls in DTLA #PrivateShowing #CelebSightings #Bespoke

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Bespoke Listeni/biˈspk/ is a British English word that means a clothing item made to a buyer’s specification (personalised or tailored). While the term historically is applied to only men’s tailored clothing, it now generally includes footwear and other apparel, implying measurement and fitting.

Welcome to the world of House of Eleven. A bespoke clothing line that has not only won my heart, but is now No. 1 on my Xmas shopping list.

Started by the Silva Twins, Darcey and Stacey, around 2 years ago, this line has coming out as a ‘cut’ above the rest. They are winning over the fashion industry at large, but also, a HUGE celebrity clientele.

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Me and the Twins courtesy the fabulous Michael Bezjian/WireImage

The event was at the historic downtown LA bar/club, The Falls. When I arrived it was already packed. So much for being fashionably late.

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The crowd included everyone from local reality stars, to buyers, fashion TV and agency photographers. Some of the admirers and celebrities present were  Angie Everhart, Vianey Arana(Miss California Latina)and  Apollonia Kotero.  Caroline D’Amore showed up earlier and I missed her. She is the runway model who notoriously flipped off reality trash Scott Disick and a Jenner, for being drunk and disorderly in the front row of a runway she was walking recently. Besides being gorgeous, I love her for that, and wish I could have told her so.

I caught Jennifer Jimenez, RHOBH friend of Brandi Glanville, with my cell totally by accident.

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Caught off guard, I see you Ms. Jimenez!

However the reason I go to these is not the celeb heavy crowd. That is an easy draw in LA but I truly came for the clothes.

House of Eleven is beyond what I hoped. The Spring/Summer 2014 collection consists over piece’s with breathable leather in creams, grays, blacks, and some really nice splashes of coral pink. Everything is well-stitched, tasteful with an edge, includes sexy and playful leather trim and made for all body types. The thought of wearing leather during a hot day or night in Los Angeles seems unbearable. Yet, looking at the make of the design you see House of 11 has made it light and breathable, without sacrificing design.

SS 2014 Leather and Cotton long sleeve

SS 2014 Leather and Cotton long sleeve

I did get to corner the fabulous twins, Darcey and Stacey Silva, for a moment to grill them about the their line. Turns out this line is a true LA story.

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Born and raised here in LA, they began House of Eleven just a little under two years ago.

After only three fashion seasons, they are bi-coastal, with boutiques in LA and NY. I am beyond impressed to find out have incredible backing by; fabulous celebrity clientele, international recognition, work with amazing PR representation and are busy, busy, busy.

Here’s where the story brings the ‘awwwz’. They are single, hard-working moms, with NO previous design/seamstress experience, and are completely self-taught. With incredible designs that are double stitched, bespoke with perfect designs(leather can buckle and get wavy if seams are done badly) and lines for Women, Men and Children, you have to wonder how they do it.

Obviously, quite well.

After talking to Darcey and Stacey they handed me a lovely packaged ‘Hof11’ gift box with their cards. Way to sway this blogger ladies. I love gifts!

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Thank you ladies. You are amazing.

I met one of the CEO’s, Michael and we talked business,’Hof11′ background, and how badly I wanted his ‘Hof11’ shirt. Last, but never least, I was given a drink and double kiss from my fav PR peep’s at Genevieve/HSMPR.  If you haven’t heard of them you should. They are responsible for creating events for clients like VOGUE/CFDA FASHION FUND Finalist Presentation, Philanthropic Society Los Angeles’ (PSLA) 4th annual Autumn Party with Stella McCartney, and of course presenting these two bombshell designers from House of Eleven SS 2014 collection.

I have to thank them for putting on an amazing event and introducing me to the talented Silva twins. And House of Eleven my newest addition to my wardrobe this spring/summer.

Are you ready to shop and hit up House of Eleven? Click the picture below and head over. Christmas IS right around. Happy Shopping!
PS – They give you 20% off your first order if you sign up with them so save some dosh and do it. We LOVE a good deal!

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Lady Gaga Continues Her Epic Fashion Fail #BadDay #BadMonth #BadOutfit

With an epic performance at the VMA’s and ‘Applause’ kicking the charts in the nads I would expect a crazy, fun, pop art, gay friendly Gaga to bring the greatness to her persona. A new Andy Warhol-esque diva perhaps? Something that is totally ‘ArtPop’?

Instead the Huffpost revealed this.

Lady Gaga seen leaving her apartment in New York City
And This;
Lady Gaga seen leaving her apartment in New York City

Oh, snap with a side of incredi-fail. Gaga is starting to look like a drag queen at 2:30am, after partying at The Abbey in West Hollywood, on Halloween night, aka, not so pretty.

I’m not sure what’s worse. Is it the smushed wig under a turban only Elizabeth Taylor could pull off? It looks akin to something that grew under my fridge a couple of months back. Her boobs are so squished, it literally is starting to give me sympathy pains.

Maybe it’s the dress that is screaming K-town $5 special? Perhaps it is the stoner glasses left over from the Lennon does acid while doing Yoko era? Maybe it’s just the ‘I did to many drugs and need a 14 hour nap’ face? Perhaps, it’s the fact my roommate thought I was showing her another picture of the 50-60 something year old Angelyne (at least she has style). The only redeemable thing here is the shoes. They are plain and simple and truly DO NOT match the outfit and that’s why they work.

Yes, Gaga has truly hit the ‘Diva down for the count’ look. Didn’t she just tell Miley Cyrus that drugs ‘eat your soul’?

I remember the days of new, young, hot and svelte Gaga. She was wry, witty and uber, uber fierce with a side of fucking awesome. She made videos with hot piece Alexander Skarsgard and worked it in rubber better than any bitch.

What happened? We will never know. Here’s hoping Gaga brings back the fierce. Just in case you need to remember what that looks like here is the video for ‘Paparazzi’. Maybe she will read this and it will snap her back into shape.

Lady Gaga and Perez Hilton TwitFight Over NY Home #Diva-tude #BadBehavior

Well if this fight doesn’t just scream D-I-V-A.

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Lady Gaga seem’s to have a beef with the almighty fashion gossip queen known as Perez Hilton. Perez (legally known as Mario Armando Lavandeira, Jr.) is trying to move into her posh NYC building and she is having none of it. Stefani, er-Gaga see’s this as a stalker move and called Perez out on twitter of all places.

Lady Gaga Calls Out Perez Hilton On Twitter, Accuses Him Of Stalking

 

 

It could be a clashing of ego’s. Both of them think they are Cher or Barabara Streisand on the diva scale. I would call it just a bitch fight.This DOES look like a case of stalking for publicity, with a side of stupid.

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What me worry? (photo courtesy of NYTimes.com)

 

Here’s where it got nasty.

Perez Hilton sent her a rather nasty and threatening text/image of her to her cell, after her hip accident. Lady Gaga’s twitter said;

Perez sent me of me in a wheelchair w the words KARMA written across + Madonna pointing a gun at me.

Oooo. Bad Form Mario. We all know he makes a living off kissing and dissing but that is just uncalled for.

What ever happened to this?

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Lighten up on the hate Perez.

Even if Gaga is the 21st century diva, no one deserves that kind of nasty. Time to rethink that move.

Perez needs to stop with the dis, and start kissing celebrity ass again. We liked him much better that way.

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