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Dagne Dover it! Get Your Bag Fix On! Interview with Founder/CEO Melissa Mash #Totes #Accessories #MustHave #Spring #Summer #Fashionista #DagneDover

I’m starting a new trend and it’s called Dagne Dover-ing it. Chic, Classy and surprisingly functional I was sold at multi-pocket.

MY life is fast paced and, happily chaotic.

I am constantly on the lookout for a bag that is going to fit into my mad lifestyle. Between jumping around town to catch fashion shows and showing up to red carpet events my life, and fashion sense, doesn’t leave room for the function I need. My bags are pretty and small, but too small to fit a lipstick, phone, business cards and anything else. Maybe I’ll bring a huge tote which is a huge bag of chaos, and looks tacky when sitting front row. Not to mention there is no room at crowded fashion shows.

I am constantly cramming my Girls Scout arsenal in my purse and have nowhere to fit everything. Let’s add the discomfort of rifling through my bag for simple things like my make-up and biz info, and I am left with the thing every woman fights every day. A mess.

Welcome to the lovely land of Dagne Dover Bags.

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With a streamlined look this tote screams perfected Parisian street style with the added look of luxury. Coming in five colors (for now, see below) including Cork/Limon and Cork (perfect for summer beach trips) Dagne Dover covers your stylish needs.

 

I prefer timeless chic to something that screams, “I am trying to be trendy”. I also prefer functionality to a black hole of a bag. Dagne Dover just fixed that.

The AMAZING Dagne Dover tote, has so much organization, my O.C.D. is taking a vacation.

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Yes. Dagne Dover is victorious in the functional department. The outside is a sleek exterior. The inside, the same. Pockets for everything from your electronics to your girl goodies. Water bottle, check, keys, lip gloss, check, phone, laptop, accessories and I’m ready for a 7 day work week of 24/7 shows and networking.

Looking for a little more compact, budgetista friendly Dagne Dover item. Shop no more. Here, we have my personal favorite. A compact version of the tote, the Tiny Tote.

 

Six colors give you a chance to pick one that fits your personality and still carry your note or kindle in comfort.

Worried about security? The have a convenient zip top, (travel security!) and a wallet attached for your convenience so you can grab the train and not lose money, your metro pass or your phone.

Thanks to the lovely people at Barring Eyewear who connected us, I got a chance to catch up with, and interview the brilliant CEO and founder of Dagne Dover bags, Melissa Mash and ask a little about the foundation and creation of Dagne Dover.

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What inspired you to create Dagne Dover bags​?

During business school my friends and I were struggling to carry all of our daily essentials in a bag that made us feel perfectly put together. Before business school, I had worked at Coach both in NYC and London. While I was in London, I was in charge of introducing the Coach brand to Europe. While managing the first UK store, customers would come in daily looking for a bag that fit their laptops, water bottles, keys, wallets etc. Women’s on-the-go lives required a lot of organization in order to stay on top of their game, and there wasn’t a brand that was made for the modern woman who’s out from 7am until 10pm. I wanted to create that brand that women could count on every day — no matter the weather, no matter the occasion. I wanted to create a brand that was just as focused on the interior design as the exterior design. That’s how the idea for Dagne Dover was born.

Where did the name ‘Dagne Dover’ come from’?

Dagne is a Nordic word for “new dawn” and Dover is Jessy’s last name! We wanted Dagne Dover to be a new dawn for handbags — to change what women expect out of their handbags.

What styles does Dagne Dover come in and which one is your favorite (currently)?

The Tote, The Clutch-Wallet and The Tiny Tote. I LOVE The Tiny Tote! I’m really into minimalist living, so that has also trickled into my accessories of choice. I like being hands-free. However, The Tote is our best seller, and definitely solves women’s biggest handbag problems. It’s what gets the most attention by editors, bloggers, etc. — it’s great for school, work, travel — really everything!

What makes the Dagne Dover bag special and different(i.e. in your eyes)?

Smart internal functionality in a beautiful bag.

Absolute PERFECTION!

Tell us about the Dagne Dover bag line.

While I was introducing the Coach brand to Europe, I would speak with customers every day, and their call-outs were always the same — they wanted a bag with a laptop sleeve, water bottle holder, a place to hold their keys, wallet, work ID, etc. All of those were incorporated into our first prototypes. Additionally, we did a ton of market research early on to make sure that our totes were solving women’s needs. We surveyed and focus grouped over 1000 women and men to learn about people’s biggest handbag frustrations. We’re still creating styles to address those call-outs, so keep your eyes peeled! You can sign up here to be the first to know about new styles.

Dagne Dover is run by three highly ambitious woman, and I love that, how did you come together?

I started working on the business in January 2011. Later on that year, I was looking for a talented designer that “got” the aesthetic I wanted to create (but obviously didn’t have the skills to do!). I had heard of Jessy since she had won the Coach Accessories Design Competition in 2011, and after we worked together, I saw that she was the designer to bring the Dagne Dover brand to life.

I’ve known Deepa since 2007! She has a background in the more operational, financial end of retail from her time at Club Monaco. When she was in her first year at Wharton and I was in my second year, I was running focus groups, and Deepa was hooked. I knew she was going to be a fantastic fit based on her expertise and relationship with her.

How long have you been selling Dagne Dover? They seem to be in high demand.

Yes, we started our pre-sale in March 2013. Word-of-mouth demand for our bags was so high that we were sold out for months in 2014. We relaunched the site in August 2014 after we switched factories and were able to produce more bags than ever before.

As a stylist and editor I’m always on the go and currently tackling fashion week, what do you recommend I carry?

I absolutely recommend The Tiny Tote. It holds a lot more than meets the eye. You can put sunglasses, a camera, Kindle and more in it. It has three compartments for all your lip-gloss  and make up options! It comes with a cute little card case for all your cash, cards and ID, and the key strap is perfect so you never leave home without your keys! (Editors note, I always forget my keys unless they are strapped to me with a carabiner which is the height of tacky)It’s perfect for a stylist, editor, blogger, or anyone who loves a good brunch bag for the weekends.

I travel overseas to the UK and Europe often, do you have something for in the Dagne Dover line for international travel?

Yes! The Tote is fantastic for travel (it fits perfectly under the seat in front of you!) and The Clutch-Wallet is great for a keeping all your essentials easily accessible. There’s even a secret pocket perfect for your passport and boarding pass!

I’ve noticed Dagne Dover bags sell out quickly, Do you plan on restocking soon​? I need something I can carry for sanity, and Dagne Dover is one my ‘must buy’ list.

Yes! We are constantly trying to keep up with what our customers demand! We’ll be introducing new colors next month and more units of the cork that everyone loved so much. We’ll have more core colors available on our website this fall, so definitely keep an eye out for those!

Are you going to be introducing new bags to the line and expanding? I’d like to see more styles.

Oh yes. This is the year of color and new silhouettes. We’re launching a higher-end leather collection, in addition to a bunch of new silhouettes since that’s what our customers want! Stay tuned!

Thanks again Dagne Dover, we’re dying to get our Mini-Tote in limited edition turquoise. We just couldn’t help ourselves. This was the perfect item to help ease our lifestyle and make our outfits pop!

Want your own piece of Dagne Dover?

Click the logo below and check out their website!

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Stylist Workshop by @TrendyMii and Fabric Fashion Show – Day 2 Come Do Q& A with @HeathyrWolfe @eburnsprepjerks ! #Stylist #QA #FAQ #Fashion #RedCarpet #FREE

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Save the date kittens! For two days Kiera Renee and her company TrendyMii will be putting on a conference for those of you interested in the fashion industry and becoming a celebrity stylist. This is full deal with how to workshops and what it takes to make it in the industry.

March 29th I will be on a celebrity stylist panel doing Q&A with the ever talented E Burns of Prepjerks. The man is also Christina Millian’s right hand.

Held at 424 N Beverly Hills Blvd by Lifestyle Beverly Hills, I will be there discussing, how to make it in this industry, and answering all your questions about the difference between styling clients on editorial, runway and red carpet.

Excited? Here’s the line-up;

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Trendymii brings Stylers Panel, a style conversation, to Lifestyle Bevelry Hills, produced by Fabric Fashion Show on March 28th and 29th at 424 N Beverly Hills Bvld.

Two days of learning to wrap up Los Angeles Fashion week, and kickstart your Spring. All hosted by Fashion Journalist Kiera Renee

Day 1:

Stylers Panel Presents:

LifestyleBH Presents:

Stylers Panel: Dress for Spring on a Budget
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Stylist
Marko the Curator – Using Ragdolls
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Kyla Gaile – using Ximena Valero
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Gianni Valentino- using ILF
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Designers/Boutique
Ximena Valero
Ragdolls Boutique
I Love Fashion LA Boutique

Live Tapping of webseries: Ximena Valero
Media Coverage: The LA Fashion, Incline Magazine, Trendymii

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Day 2

March 29th

LifestyleBH Presents:

Stylers Panel: I’m a celebrity Stylist
Powered by: Trendymii

Stylists

Eburns
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Heathyr Wolfe
@HeathyrWolfe

Booth

Apollo L Bowz

Special Meet and Greet with recording group Happy Pills

Media Coverage: The LA Fashion

This is a FREE EVENT! All you have to do it show up!

For Immediate Release: Glamour Fashion Week to Take Over International Runways in 2015-2016

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Glamour Fashion Week is the newest event in the fashion industry.  We are set to launch our first year on 2015.

Our goal is to set and accommodate a platform for our designers to show case they latest collection’s. We will be presenting, along with the designers, live performances, vendors, and events ensuring that Glamour Fashion Week will be an amazing event set for success.

Glamour Fashion Week will be a global event. We will start of in United States going through; New York, Miami, Atlanta, Austin, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. Then an international tour will take GFW through; Puerto Rico, Santo Domingo, Milan, Paris and ending in Dubai in 2016. GFW will be an all-inclusive package including airfare, food, hotel, lodging and transportation for certain international destinations. With packages like these, this tour will not only ensure Glamour Fashion Week an astronomical success, but also create many more years of Glamour Fashion Week in the future.

We have already collaborated with multiple media & entertainment companies. Working with the our director of GFW Richard Zacharakis is, EOTM Media Marketing, 809 Media Marketing, Dreams in Heels and Carla B PR. Their continued sponsorship and support will help make Glamour Fashion Week a monumental success.

Meet the directors of our fabulous Team; Producer and affiliate of RZ Promotions and head of Alaska Fashion Week  Dominick Liriano.

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Dominick has spent years on the fashion circuit producing AFW, and other events. Liriano created GFW stating, “I’ve been honored to helm Alaska Fashion Week for many years, but now it is time to dream bigger. Glamour Fashion Week is that dream.” To contact Mr. Liriano directly please e-mail: producer@glamourfashionweek.com

Our amazing Director Richard Zacharakis.

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Head of Glamour Fashion week and President of RZ Promotions: zacharakis@glamourfashionweek.com

Our dedicated Production crew will be here to answer any questions or concerns you may have as a designer, sponsor, entertainer, guest or vendor

Public Relations – Olga Maria: pr@glamourfashionweek.com

Press – Ernesto Tecco: tecco@glamourfashionweek.com

Hair and Make-Up – Kandace Denson: kandace@glamourfashionweek.com

Assistant Director – Heathyr Wolfe : heathyrw@gmail.com

Glamour Fashion Week will include a full-scale event that includes booths for vendors, a red carpet, sponsorship packages, a photo wall, multiple runways, multi-media views screens and more. Glamour Fashion Week will also be providing internationally renowned spokes models;

Angelica Guillen (Project Runway)

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Darling Moya

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And our international GFW contest winner Isjan Cortes

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For a list of the locations around the world, we are presenting Glamour Fashion Week check our website at, www.glamourfashionweek.com. Feel free to contact any of our representatives or find us, and like us at fb.com/glamourfashionweek.

Want to be part of Glamour Fashion Week? Feel free to contact us at info@glamourfashionweek.com.

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Stylist Diaries – Joy Villa and the Grammys, the Dress Heard Around the World

When people ask what I do I have a wide variety of responses. Writer, Editor, Superhero, fangirl, foodie, luchadora, pretzel vendor, fashionista, oh and that thing I do, Wardrobe Styling and Image Branding.

Sure I like pretty clothes that are nice and Michael Kors and Tom Ford are my heroes. But bring me a dress that is over the top couture insanity and I’m hooked. I want to work with it, love it and stick every client I have in it.

My client and friend Joy Villa is something special. She’s diverse, beautiful, 1000% vegan, a hardcore physically fit songstress. She is something special and her style is off the hook.

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Photo by Thorsten von Overgarrd, Nichole Ray Artistry doing Joy’s Grammy make-up

She called me ecstatic, she was headed to the Grammy’s in a few weeks and needed something as amazing, and over the top as her personality. I hooked her up with Andre Soriano, and magic happened. Joy chose the most amazing, creative thing Andre has ever sent down the runway, the couture cage dress made of snow fencing. AS a stylist I make sure that the dress they choose is the MAIN event, but always have other wardrobe choices for parties and after parties

During the fitting we chose three dresses all of which she wore like a supermodel. Stunning and sensual she wore the first, and sexiest to Jay-Z’s ‘Rocnation’ brunch.

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This dress was skin-tight and Joy looked beautiful while she mingled with celebrities.

But let’s look at what you really came here for, The third and most outrageous was the orange dress that made headlines around the world.

Joy and I had an AMAZING fitting with Andre.

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Up in the hills of Hollywood strange and beautiful things happen. At the fitting I met the beautiful Ruby Roxanne or Ruby Roxanne Designs and Hollywood Dolls.

Her partner in crime is ex-Pussycat Doll Kaya Jones. Her line is just what we needed for Joy to look gorgeous and we added Swarovski drop earrings and this leather and Swarovski bracelet;

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With Nichole Ray Artistry on make-up the day of Joy turned out an unforgettable Grammy look.

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Photo by Thorsten von Overgarrd and touch up by me

Love it or hate it Joy Villa rocked it at the Grammy’s and got center stage at the Grammy’s. (And to answer the burning question, yes I put pasties on her and she was not completely nude.)

 

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Apparently we rocked it because as much as she may have gotten some bad reviews we are trending at 81,000 hits in Asia and are on blogs in the UK, France, Germany, Poland, Czech Republic and all over the Philippines.

I want to say congratulations to my team, Andre Soriano (couture King), Ruby Roxanne Designs (Jewelry is everything), Nichole Ray Artistry (her skin was perfection), Thorsten von Overgarrd (one of the best photogs I have ever met) and especially to Joy Villa for rocking the red caret and her amazing energy the whole time!

Don’t know who Joy Villa is, but want to find out? Check out her Vagabonds video below;

Alexander McQueen SS 2015 Avant Art #SS2015 #Spring #Leather #Flowers #Flourish #WearableArt #McQueen

Sarah Burton has taken the Haus of McQueen and made it a fully functioning palais de genius since McQueen’s unfortunate departure in 2002. Her sense of style, art and the dramatic have become a beautiful beast with a dash of feminine mystique.

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This season the Haus of McQueen has brought laser cut garments, with an Asian inspired flower design and detailing in leather. With a flourish of kimono like dresses and garments that are reminiscent of the early 40’s, Burton inserts her own twist of the modern with cut out breast petals and dashes of embroidery. Add unique latex mask’s in a stunning representation that is truly, wholly, McQueen wearable art.

Check out the SS 2015 line below.

It’s Coming, LA Fashion Week Design Competition, October 18th! #LAFWDC #Yes #Judging #DomStreater #LAFW

In the last month Fashion land has gotten crazy busy. I forgot I had a blog, and started living la vida ‘Devil Wears Prada’. No life, lot’s of fashion business.

This includes getting swept up in my newest venture as….a judge. No not American Idol (Seacrest I’m waiting for your call), but in something just as crazy good.

Drum roll please…..

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TA-DAH! It’s LA Fashion Week Design Competiton!

Aren’t you excited? You should be. Here’s why LAFW Design Competition is going to rock your little designer socks.

LAFWDC is massive. Ten contestants will be showcasing their amazing work on the runway at Penthouse 1050. We have amazing sponsors from Runway Rythm, gift bags sponsored by the lovely SKINNY Bags, Es Kae Noir, Jay’s Party Cakes and celebrity host Ilisa Juried (Pussycat Dolls, BET Awards for Beyonce). Besides our 10 contestants, celebrity judge Dom Streater, winner of Project RUNWAY season 13, will be showcasing her collection. All in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles.

Oh, and I will be there judging the heck out of these designers. Food, celebrities, music and FASH-ION! What more could you want? Oh right, a link to the event.

Click HERE or the image below to order your tickets.

Did I mention we are almost SOLD OUT?!! Hurry kittens or get left seeing coverage here.

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Trend Report #NYFW Baby Pinks, Blues and Bolds #Day5 #Trend #SS2015

Thank god for Style.com and their runway reporting. They report every collection, designer and runway worldwide and those of us in the industry would be lost without them. Especially when we are on the wrong side of the country during NYFW. But business is business and while I hustle and shake in LA (new products, events and interviews coming up) I still have my eye on Fashion Week’s around the world. You, my faithful reader’s, need to be in the know Otherwise there will be mayhem and fashionistas wandering the streets assuming Crocs, and the Kardashian’s are fashionable (gag).

Let’s get started;

This fashion week has been a bluster of basics and classic, romantic notions bring out baby pinks and icy blue to the runway. Chic silhouettes we saw with a touch of mad men, have turned to classic romantics and A-Line sporty outfits with a dash of sex.

Flowing figures and classic summer sexy hit DVF, aka, Diane Von Furstenburg. Diane is a great go to for classy and clean career wear. I highly recommend if you want to look top-notch A list fabulous for a job interview or day time event investing. Her clothing is always perfection.

DVF came through again on the SS 2015 runway. Relying on stripes and checked material adding length and volume created a work worthy collection with a little extra leg, and flare that came as a sexy surprise to her normally subdued dresses.

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Angeline Jolie has inspired a leggy look recently in gown’s and I completely approve.

Though many opted for orange this year DVF took to emerald bring and this stunning yellow on model Lais Ribeiro.

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Ending the show in true runway fashion, model Naomi Campbell finished the spring collection in this flurry of tulle boasting orange, bright pink and white in an empire waist-lined, babydoll dress.

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Moving on to a personal favorite, Zac Posen. His collections always bring me back to embracing my sexy side and make me feel like a woman. His designs create a perfect figure on any woman and his use of textile is genius!

We find that this Spring/Summer season Posen’s simple, classical, feminine beauty reigned free with minimalist black’s and white.

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Adding the intensity of crimson orange to his collection Posen pair’s it with tight angle’s that create a thin and tall female form. Beauty fanatics, note the orange nail polish and lipstick Posen chose to feature on his models for dramatic flair.

ZacPosenOrangesuitAlekZac Posen continues to create the ideal of feminine grace in his collection by ending it with this beautiful gown fit for a queen in pure and simple white.

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Over at another NYFW favorit BCBG Max Azria chose a more floral and romantic feel with in his collection for Spring/Summer 2015. Fading from barely-there neutral pink to the palest of blues and back to pink again. BCBG Max Azria touched on an almost art nouveau feel with yards of flowing fabric.

BCBGblancapdillaA dash of floral mixed pink’s and blue’s on Miho Mijaljcic create’s a perfect mix of elegant for this maxi dress.

And back to baby blue…

BCBGMijoMihaljcic bcbgTayaErmoshkinaBCBGStashaYatchukThis Spring maxi dresses have dominated the runway, leaving skin bare with a combination of sheer panels, deep V’s and off the shoulder or one shoulder pieces. Glowingly graceful is taking hold with career women boasting tight silhouette’s and deep slit’s in their skirt’s and suits.

It’s all about adding a dash of sexy to your daily routine so if you thought of slacking on exercise this winter, fuggedaboutit. Skin is in, and we’re going girly.

Time to start shopping for those skinny and sporty dresses and skirts for next season. Leave the pants at home and don’t forget to pair some gold greens, yellows, pink and my personal favorite ORANGE in with your shopping. If you aren’t sure how to do color try adding a hint to your nails, lip color or accessories.

I’ll keep updating as we travel the runways around the world. Keep checking back for updates!

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;

 


 

Powerful Beauties in New Balmain Campaign #Rihanna #Naomi #Iman

Leave it to the french fashion house of Balmain to take three everlasting and powerful beauties to grace their new campaign. Partnering with W Magazine, Balmain presents one of the most striking covers of the year.

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The cover itself is stunning, but W mag and Olivier Rousteing, the new head of Balmain take things up a notch inside the pages of the magazine. Snagging the powerhouses that are Rihanna, Naomi Campbell and Iman, W magazine creates an overpowering editorial.

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Olivier Rousteing proves without a doubt (pictured above), at 27, he is beyond brilliant as the new head designer and creative director of Balmain. We can’t wait to see what he comes up with next. Bring it Balmain!

And Karl said,”It’s never too early to care about fashion”. Presenting North West in Chanel #BabyFashion #Kimye #NorthWest

When Karl Lagerfeld said , “It’s never too early to care about fashion.”, I don’t think this is what he envisioned.

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Baby Kimye, aka North West is looking darling in Chanel including her first garishly, over priced baby Chanel bag.
According to the nice people at the Huffpost, baby North is posing as a model for the CR Fashion Book.

I can just hear it; “With her mother’s good looks and her daddies ego North Strikes a fierce baby pose sans booties.This evening attire can be yours for around $20,000 dollars you were using to re-finance your house.”

OR you can just take in the cuteness people. Yeah, I can’t hate on North West. It is the one thing Kanye and Kim did right.

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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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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“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)

‘Series 1’ by Nicholas Ghesquiere for FW2014 #Genius #New #FW2014

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Nicholas Ghesquiere is a man who never stop’s amazing me. As a stylist and fashion obsessed follower the man, the designer, is what pure fashion genius look’s like. Thankfully, for his first editorial as the head of Louis Vuitton he does not disappoint.

Reigning in the talents of Annie Leibovitz, Bruce Weber and Juergen Teller this editorial is over the top gorgeous.

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Thank’s to the people at Style.com we are in the know. The editorial simply named ‘Series 1’ and according to their awesome writer’s, star’s the amazing talent of;

Charlotte Gainsbourg (Ghesquière’s longtime muse), Liya Kedebe, Freja Beha Erichsen (the Fall ’14 show opener), and Jean Campbell.

Breathe in the beauty and watch the editorial below

For more information on Ghesquiere new campaign from Style.com, click the link below;

http://www.style.com/stylefile/2014/06/nicolas-ghesquiere-annie-leibovitz-charlotte-gainsbourg-debut-campaign?mbid=nl_sn06252014

LAFW Design Contest with Dom Streater and Heathyr Wolfe #LAFW #Design #Competition

I know I have been missing in action. But while you were all snuggled into your beds by the fireplace I was braving LAFW in 6 inch heels. Although I left with a terrible injury (damn those heels), it was all worth it.

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Thanks to a wonderful meeting of minds, Pre and Post LAFW, I’ve been booked as guest judge with the effervescent talent known as Dom Streater. If you aren’t familiar with the crazy talent of Dom Streater she was the winner of Project Runway, Season 12.

Here’s the best part, we’ll be judging 10 contestants showing their designs on the runway and give $1,000 to the winner.

Ah, I see that I have your attention now.

So you think you deserve that 1k in prize money?

Go to LAFWDCflyer1 http://www.lafwdc.com and fill out an application.

We’re taking app’s until May, 30th. That’s 5/30 darlings.

Good Luck and see you on the runway!

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;

DKNY Beverly Hills Trunk Show #Today #Fashion #DonnaKaran

After lot’s of coughing, Nyquil and a million vitamins I have beat H1N1. Just in time too. NYFW invites are coming in, shows are lining up for LAFW and I need to get back to business in a big way.

SO here’s the deet’s for today’s too fab fashion event in LA.

In Beverly Hills (of course) DKNY is having a trunk show at the ever lovely shopping hot spot, Neiman Marcus of Beverly Hills. It’s going all day until 5pm PST so if you have car, and will travel, travel here;

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Not only do you get to shop the new SS 2014 line but you can meet someone amazing who makes it happen FROM DKNY, the amazing Shirley Warren. This is a great chance to hob nob, network, shop and later do the rodeo drive luncheon.

So what are you waiting for? A formal invite. You have one! No go!