The untimely death of The Fashion Master of the Universe, Alexander McQueen - whose last collection was a riot of color, a celebration of life exploding onto the scene - has seemingly inspired gray skies for as far as one can see this fall in retail stores nationwide.... I personally have had a difficult time at the keyboard, as the genius of McQueen was so wonderful each season, that the certainty that the world will never again see such wild creativity has left so deep a void as to be without words. As elegant, tasteful, and sophisticated this fall season's palette of neutrals may be, still to me, it's as if the whole fashion world is mourning for Alexander McQueen. Fall Fashion Week begins in New York City in a matter of days, one can only hope that color makes it back in homage to AM, and a rebirth of hope.
Cota has been worn on the red carpet before, but not on such a luminary as Carrie Underwood, known for her fashion hits and misses. Cota, a Mexican-born designer who studied under Angel Sanchez (no red-carpet slouch himself) won the Fashion Group International's Rising Star Award in 2009, and debuted his eveningwear four seasons ago. 'Uptown Chic meets Lord of The Rings Shelob' best describes the slightly overwrought look of black cage-embroidered cocktail dress over a fitted white sheath. Hit or Miss? You decide. Check out video below...
A visual feast of beautiful gowns on beautiful women landed in stores a la the cover of Vogue November 2009. Photographed by Annie Leibovitz: Nicole Kidman, Marion Cotillard, Penelope Cruz and Kate Hudson. Fashion unites women around the world. Now we have proof! Vogue, long considered the fashion bible of all fashionista's continues to deliver the goods.
All the women are starring in Rob Marshall's movie-musical Nine. This fab four join Fergie, Judie Dench, Sophia Loren and Daniel Day Lewis, among others, in what might be the musical movie of the decade.
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Spring 2010 by Viktor & Rolf on the runway. The kindest cut of all. Music by Roisin Murphy
The fantastical shoes shown on the Paris Fashion Runway which accompanied Alexander McQueen's evolutionary dresses, almost a species unto themselves.
A rare look at the high priestess.Watch CBS News Videos Online
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Carlos Miele's use of color and fabric for Spring 2010 possibly inspired by his work with Sting at The Rainforest Foundation. In conjunction with this year's New York Fashion Week, Miele hosted a private party to raise funds for the organization, entitled 'SAVE ME' with Vanity Fair's photographer/illusrator Micheal Roberts. Interesting to note, Carlos Miele was the designer that launched Gisele Bundchen on the catwalk. Miele's eye for the beautiful is indisputable.
Styled as a class act in this gorgeous silver/nude illusion one shoulder, Taylor Swift lives up to her image as she responds to Kayne West's outrageous behavior at the VMA awards on Sunday, where he grabbed the microphone away from her to tell her she should have lost to Beyonce. Taylor's official comment on the situation is only praise for Beyonce Knowles. The ever-classy Knowles dedicated her award time to Swift and asked the country music star return to the stage to give her speech again, this time without any interruption.
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Saks is throwing it down that luxury is not dead. After a year-long renovation, Saks Fifth Avenue celebrated the unveiling of the new designer floor in their New York flagship, home to 49 of the world's finest designer collections. The dinner co-hosted by Charlize Theron and VOGUE served as the floor's official debut and included special guests Blake Lively, Anna Wintour, Rachel Zoe, Oscar de la Renta, Zac Posen, Vera Wang, Tarraji B. Hensen, Alexis Bledel, Christian Siriano, Carolina Herrera and Bruce Weber.
One-of-a-kind cocktail dresses created exclusively for the launch were on display by some of the floor's renowned designers such as Marc Jacobs, Alexander McQueen, Vera Wang, DIOR, Zac Posen, Oscar de la Renta, and Jil Sander.
The 50,000 square-foot new floor houses 49 designers who define fashion including 23 designer shops, the complete collection of Louis Vuitton, and a new Fifth Avenue Club – the private shopping environment with spectacular views overlooking Rockefeller Center. Long live luxury!
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Off the runways, onto the stage, one shoulder styles are dominating in the USA and around the world. Miss Kosovo Universe rocks a silk taffeta creation in the Evening Gown competition, just prior to being named to 2nd runner up, in the Atlantis resort, Paradise Island, Bahamas, at Miss Universe 2009. Miss Universe is a NBC/Trump property, and was televised around the world on both NBC and Telemundo. Miss Kosovo is rumored to have signed a modeling contract with Trump Model Management in New York City. Gown available at La Casa Hermosa.
MISS FLORIDA TEEN USA 2009 TOP FIVE FINALISTS - GOWNS ALL AVAILABLE AT LA CASA HERMOSA
Robin Fleming, La Casa Hermosa quoted in Seventeen - first rule be true to yourself. Pageant contestants sometimes only have a few minutes to get ready in between rehearsals, interviews with judges and photo opps, not the usual hours you would expect them to have, so they have to get it right! Seventeen got the scoop from the pros and competitors alike at the Teen Miss USA pageant on how to always look your best. First, you have to pick the perfect dress. "The rule of thumb is always be true to yourself," says Robin Fleming, a style consultant and owner of La Casa Hermosa in Florida (she's been dressing contestants for years and even gave away an evening gown to every girl that participated in the Miss Teen Fantasy Camp!).
"Imitation may be the best form of flattery, but it's not the winning look. It's just you trying to be someone else. We're always looking for a very personal angle in putting someone together. Also, discover your body type, and refuse to buy garments that do not flatter your figure." Jessica Nowlin, Miss D.C. picked a dress that suits one of her interests. "I'm fascinated with mermaids," she explains. "My evening gown reminds me of The Little Mermaid. It's flowy — it's almost like the ocean is following behind me." Don't go overboard with accessories, warns Robin, who recommends picking only one or two bold items. "I think the bigger the better, but less is more."
All hail the 'return of investment dressing'. If you don't want to be a conspicuous consumer during these down times (bad bad bad) you can selectively acquire an expensive item while explaining to all your friends that you bought it because it will last a lifetime (good good good) for now anyway. Go green by recycling the investment dressing concept for the new recession. Safer than the stock market.