Monday, February 28, 2011

"It's my turn now!"

Another Academy Awards show has come and gone leaving anyone who cares about the movies chattering. At least until we start talking about the 2012 Oscar contenders. While in my humble opinion there were absolutely no shockers, I was still happy to see Natalie Portman and Colin Firth win their respective awards and King's Speech win best picture (even though I haven't seen it yet, but Social Network, in MY humble opinion, wasn't deserving of it).

Click HERE for a list of all the winners.

What surprises me most, and maybe I'm just a naive fan, is how much flack Anne Hathaway and James Franco are getting for their hosting performance. OK. I completely agree that James Franco offered pretty much nothing to the show (except the entertaining Inception-inspired opening), I really believe Anne Hathaway did a great job as a young, first-time host. Yes, she was a little overly excited at times, but wouldn't you be? She was oozing personality, and yes, maybe she was a little too fan-girl, but who cares! Let's be honest. Did James Franco really need to be there? I don't really think so... Anyway, I thought the show was entertaining (and the set was BEAUTIFUL) and I don't care what anyone thinks about that!

Now let's talk FASHION!

Anne Hathaway, with the help of Super Stylist Rachel Zoe "SHUT IT DOWN" (to quote Ms. Zoe) with all 8 of her looks last night. From the Red Carpet to the After Parties. In an effort to not go on and on and on, even though I could, I will break down my favorite 5 of the 8.

On the red carpet in vintage Valentino Haute Couture and Tiffany jewels.

During the telecast in Oscar de la Renta and Tiffany jewels.

During the telecast in Giorgio Armani Prive and Tiffany jewels.

Both during the telecast and at the after parties in Atelier Versace and Tiffany jewels.

Opening the show in Givenchy Haute Couture and Tiffany Jewels.

I knew she'd look incredible and I'm so pleased with what they chose. Plus, I'm still trying to wrap my brain around how she had so many different hair styles over such a short amount of time.

Now let's breakdown my top 5 red carpet looks.

Mila Kunis in (one of my favorite gowns from the Paris Couture shows) Elie Saab Couture and Neil Lane jewels.

Sandra Bullock in Vera Wang and Harry Winston jewels.

Natalie Portman in Rodarte (who designed the costumes for Black Swan) and Tiffany jewels.

Gwyneth Paltrow in Calvin Klein Collection and Louis Vuitton jewels.

Jennifer Lawrence in Calvin Klein Collection and Chopard jewels.

And because I'm feeling especially generous today, here are my honorable mentions:

Michelle Williams in Chanel Haute Couture and Harry Winston jewels.

Mandy Moore in Monique Lhuillier and Harry Winston jewels.

Hailee Steinfeld in Marchesa (which she helped design!).

Goodbye award season. It's been fun. See you in September for the Emmys!

Until next time... xo

Title quote: Nina Sayers, "Black Swan"

Friday, February 18, 2011

"Fashion is not about utility. An accessory is merely a piece of iconography used to express individual identity." "Oh! And it's pretty."

New York Fall 2011 Fashion Week has come to a close (queue end credits music now). There were so many amazing shows and so many amazing street style slide shows, I absolutely couldn't get enough. A lot of themes kept popping up: 70s, reds and other jewel tones, super luxe fabrics, Arizona Muse in pretty much every show, etc, but I guess that's to be expected for fall.

While I loved many of the shows, there were 5 that really stood out to me. Let's check them out!

Ralph Lauren
I've always been a huge fan of Ralph Lauren. There's just something so classic and chic about every collection he puts out. The tailoring and styling is consistently impeccable, and I loved the subtle red, coral and jade details in the accessories of each look. From separates to gowns, each look is something I'd love to have in my wardrobe.

Click HERE to see the entire collection.

Prabal Gurung
Based on one of my favorite characters/crazy bitches in literature, Great Expectations' Miss Havisham, Prabal Gurung's fall collection was super interesting to me. He's been all over the red carpet lately, so I was very excited to see what he'd show for Fall. I really liked the harshness of the accessories (the black leather gloves and black geometrical tights) and the lady-likeness of the fabrics (chiffon and handmade lace) and draping. Plus, a big color on the runways this season, I loved all the different shades of red intermixed with blacks, whites and grays.

Click HERE to see the entire collection.

Monique Lhuillier
Monique Lhuillier's shows are usually the ones I look forward to the most each season. She creates the most beautiful pieces that every woman would kill for. And it's not just her unbelievable evening wear that I find to be so stunning. There's also something so chic about her tailored suits and cocktail dresses. And again, color of the season red was splattered throughout the show, showing up in the most incredible places.

Click HERE to see the entire collection.

Michael Kors
30 years in the fashion business has done nothing but make Michael Kors better, if you ask me. His collections are always so "him" and this show proved that if you have an aesthetic that works, and you can be defined by, why change it. Every piece is so completely wearable and should make its way into every womans' wardrobe. The neutral color palette just works and the luxuriousness of all his fabrics make each look look rich. And hey, let's be honest. Don't we all want to look rich most of the time?

Click HERE to see the entire collection.

Carolina Herrera
From the rainbow backdrop to the bold colors on the runway, Carolina Herrera's show reminded me of why I love ladylike fashion. Her simple separates, beautiful wool and fur coats and her dreamy evening gowns with their eye-pleasing jewel tones and watercolor prints, really addressed the woman she is dressing. For me, I find Carolina Herrera's clothes as aspirational - should I become the successful, stylish woman I would like to be, ideally many of her pieces would find their way into my wardrobe.

Click HERE to see the entire collection.

There you have it. Goodbye New York Fashion week. Until we meet again in a few months. At least we still have London to keep our sartorial minds busy for the time being.

Until next time... xo

Title quote: Doug and Lilly, "The Devil Wears Prada"

Thursday, February 17, 2011

"We underestimated the power of the Biebs." "He's clearly a mini God."

I am very pleased to say that Glee won me back over this week. As I'm sure you could tell from my last Glee related post, I was starting to worry that the show had run its course, but alas, those crazy kids reminded me why I do really love the show.

Let's break it down, shall we?

Sue was up to crazy antics, as per usual, but they didn't annoy me as much this week as they have been. Her "Sue-icide" attempt was pretty clever and I'm glad it gave a reason to get Emma some more screen time. I've been missing her lately!

I LOVE that Glee tackled Bieber Fever. Who better than pretty boy Sam to make the girls swoon over a hair flip. Way to reel Quinn back in! I was dying over the guys in their hoodies and Bieber hair-dos and the girls swooning over them. Finn's "WTF?" face during the performance was classic.

Brittany helping Rachel with her comeback was pretty great too. I loved that she was able to make Rachel's "sexy school girl librarian chic" look the new trend, going so far as to becoming one of my favorite bloggers/street style photographers, Scott Schuman's "Trendiest Teen in America."

Finally, I have to admit I didn't realize how much I loved the big performances at the end of each episode until I realized how much I'd missed them this week. Even though I wasn't a huge fan of the song choice, it was still refreshing to see New Directions all together for the finale of the episode.

Speaking of songs, here are the few that were my faves of the week:

I'll leave you with a question. What happened to Vocal Adrenaline? I understand that they're not the only other Glee club (outside of the Warblers) but aren't they New Directions MAIN competition? Why is Sue becoming the head coach (or director or whatever) of Oral Intensity? I don't even really remember who they are.... Anyway, looking forward to next week. I'm glad to have re-caught the Gleever.

Until next time... xo

Title quote: Puck and Mike, "Glee"

Monday, February 14, 2011

"Do you practice losing at the Grammys, too?" "No, at the Grammys I always win."

The music world is such a strange place. A strange place that I would give my right arm to be a part of, that is! Musicians, in my opinion, have always been the zaniest of all the popular artists, and the Grammys is the one night a year that we get to see them all together. Plus, I'm always amazed that I forget every year just how popular country music is.

Now, I don't think there were that many surprises, but what do I really know about music. The blogosphere is all aflutter because Justin Bieber lost Best New Artist to "unknown" Esperanza Spalding, but let's get real for a minute. Yes, Bieber is a talented 16 (or however old he is) year old. And, yes, I do have a few of his songs on my iPod, but come on. Did anyone REALLY think he deserved that award? If it's the MTV awards, that's one thing, but this is the Grammys. Britney was WAY more popular Christina back in 2000, but Christina won because she's a more talented musician.

Other than that, the winners didn't really shock me, or anyone it would seem. Like I said, I always forget how much America loves their country music so Lady Antebellum sweeping their awards didn't really surprise me. Plus, I actually like that song (shocking, I know!).

For a list of all the winners click HERE.

Of course, beyond the winners, most of us watch the Grammys for the performances (I can't find decent videos to share of these, so please link me in the comments if you have some!!). There were a few that really blew me away, so let's give them the shout outs they deserve!

Christina Aguilera, Martina McBride, Jennifer Hudson, Florence Welch and Yolanda Adams' Aretha Franklin tribute.

Bruno Mars, B.o.B. and Janelle Monae's throw back performance.

Eminem, Rihanna, Adam Levine, Dr. Dre and newcomer (who I LOVED) Skylar Grey's Eminem/Dr. Dre medley.

Mumford & Sons, the Avett Brothers and Bob Dylan's folk medley.

And finally, (just because it was so fun and I love her) Cee-Lo Green and Gwyneth Paltrow's "Forget You."

Lady Gaga was just OK, even though I LOVE her new single, it really was nothing different than the norm. Muse, who I've seen live and still will say they're one of the best live shows I've ever been to, underwhelmed me a bit as well. Oh well. They won awards so I don't think they'll mind that I wasn't blown away by them.

Now that I've gone over the highlights of the show, let's talk about what's really important: the fashion. While the Grammys always prove to be a night of outlandish style (did Katy Perry think she was still performing at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show?) and out there looks (was that egg pod really necessary, Gaga?), there are always a few starlets that stick with the (relative) norm and shut it down in some amazing 'fits. Let's take a look at my favorites, shall we?

Selena Gomez in (my favorite designer of the moment) J. Mendel.

Lea Michele in Emilio Pucci.

Kelly Osbourne in Tadashi Shoji.

Jennifer Lopez in Emilio Pucci.

I think that just about sums it up. A lot of great performances, a lot of crazy fashion and some folks got to walk away with trophies and bragging rights. One more BIG award show is coming for us soon. What will we do when they're over for the year???

Until next time... xo

Title quote: Joey and Rachel, "Friends"

Friday, February 11, 2011

"My mama told me when I was young, we are all born superstars."

Hey little Monsters! New Gaga track out this morning!! I'm pretty much obsessed with it so you should be, too.

Give your ears a treat here:

I'm totally digging the 80s vibe of it.

And for those of you who missed it, Nicola Formichetti enlisted Lady Gaga to create the soundtrack for his Thierry Mugler Paris Couture week show a few weeks back, where she remixed the upcoming single. And it's AMAZING!

Check it out:

Mark your calendars for May 23 when Gaga's new album hits the street. Can't wait!

Until next time... xo

Title Quote: Lady Gaga, "Born This Way"

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

"I don't wanna die yet. At least not until One Tree Hill gets canceled."

Well Gleeks, the kids at McKinley High are back from sabbatical and leave it to New Directions to come back with a bang. Or should I say the Cheerios are back with a bang? Regardless, after a long absence we were finally treated to not one but TWO new episodes of Glee this week. Including the post-Super Bowl, football themed episode.

As per usual, there are songs now in heavy rotation on my iPod BUT I have to say, the past few weeks have been a little bit meh, in my opinion. Since I'm a glass half full kind of gal, I will start with the GOOD of the past two episodes.

The Good
Post Super Bowl episodes are always a spectacle, and Glee held its own among past shows. Rachel and Puck's duet of Need You Now and New Direction's Thriller/Heads Will Roll mash-up were both highlights of the episode.

And lucky us, we only had to wait two days for a new episode, so that's always good! This week's other new episode may have been the cheesiest holiday Valentine's Day-centric, but I have to say, it was definitely more entertaining than the Super Bowl episode. It was fun to see scheming jealous Santana and Puck wooing newbie Lauren. Plus, one of my favorite songs of the moment was covered wonderfully by Rachel.

The Bad
Other than that, not many great things to talk about, sadly. I'm HOPING Glee hasn't jumped the shark because that would be pretty unfortunate. Why has Kurt pretty much vanished behind Blaine and the Warblers? Where have Emma and Terri been? Since when are Rachel and Mercedes BFFs? Are they really already recycling the Finn/Quinn/Rachel love triangle?

Don't get me wrong! I am definitely not ready to throw in the towel on Glee. I'm HOPING that the coming weeks will remind me why I fell in love with the crazy kids of New Directions. Like I said, I'm a glass half full gal so I'm very confident that that will be the case!

Until next time... xo

Title quote: Brittany S. Pierce, "Glee"