Fashion’s Night Out 2011: More than Fashion, It’s a Party with a Cause

It’s been awhile and I’m so excited for Fall Fashion 2011. Not only do I receive all my favorite fashion magazines in three times the normal size, but Fashion’s Night Out is on September 8th. There’s no better way to kick off Fall Fashion Week, then with a precursor of a fun filled fashion party at your favorite retailer.

I can’t believe there was a time when Fashion’s Night Out was only in NYC. I’m so glad it’s now international.  What a great way to pull a community together for fashion’s sake. I like to go to my local Fashion’s Night Out (Costa Mesa or Newport Beach, CA) where I see, touch and feel and maybe try on the latest designs from some of my favorite designer collections with a cocktail in hand. It’s a great fashion moment. It’s a fun night out to chill and see the Fall Fashion first hand.

Don’t forget FNO Collection. What’s a fashion night with out a capsule collection?  FNO has a collection of T-shirts, Totes, Hats where 40% of it’s proceeds go to New York City AIDS Fund in the New York Community Trust.  I’m spying this bag for my next FNO purchase.  The totes available in more colors, click here to see the entire collection:

Photo Credit: Fashion's Night Out Fashion's Night Out Collection Tote in Cognac & Black, Retail $50.

Hope everyone checks out Fashion’s Night Out in your town.  Here’s link to see what retailers are participating in your town.

There’s nothing like a fashion party with a cause.

Sunglasses: Puurfect Pair

It always amazing how every summer I need a new pair of sunglasses. It took me forever to figure out how not to leave them on the table at a restaurant and to always and I mean always keep them in a case in my handbag to avoid any scratches. Now wearing the same pair all summer just seems boring.  Sunglasses are the perfect way to update your look. After seeing Scartlett Johannson wearing this amazing pair by Tom Ford I knew I had to find a pair of cat eye sunglasses.

Scarlett Johannson wearing Tom Ford "Nikita" Sunglasses

I took a moment to think about how the cat eye sunglasses craze began and it brought me to one of my favorite movies featuring my favorite style icon, Audrey Hepburn. In the film, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Audrey Hepburn plays Holly Golightly.  A single woman living in NYC who appears to be the ultimate party girl, who dresses the part in almost every scene. She wears these amazing pair of sunglasses that are big, yet has a cat eye look.

Cat Eye Inspired Sunglasses: Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany's, 1961

My search finally ended when I found this puurfect pair by Alexander McQueen. The two-tone gives it a bit of edge and the cat eye shape is modern and not over kill. What do you think about this pair? Would Holly Golightly wear these?  They also come in other colors.

The Perfect Cat Eye Look. Holly Golightly would be proud. Alexander McQueen Sunglasses, $325. :


Jumpstart Your Summer: Go Tropical

Summer is here and with June gloom finally subsiding in Laguna Beach, I can finally get my spirit of summer back.  However, it’s hard to when every fashion magazine is all about Fall 2011 Collections and trends or the Fall 2012 Collections from Paris.

In order to jump start my summer, I go to the tropics for inspiration. I’ll be wearing looks inspired by last Summer/Spring 2011 Collections and this amazing painting by Maria Bertran. She’s a Laguna Beach artist inspired by the tropics and this dress by Cynthia Steffe.  Is it just me or can you see this model walking down the beach wearing this beautiful strapless Maxi dress? (Please note, to go tropical fruit is not always part of the theme)

Thompson Court by Maria Bertran

Cynthia Steffe Spring/Summer 2011 Collection

Haute Couture Fall 2012: Chanel Lighting Up My Life

Karl Lagerfeld’s Chanel Haute Couture Fall 2012 Collection pays homage to Madimoiselle Coco Chanel and with more tweed essentials than previous seasons and elegant gowns styled from yesteryear of the 1920’s.

Accessories were also vital to the collection and the long fingerless mesh gloves looked amazing.

Look from Chanel Haute Couture Fall 2012 Collection. Notice the Long Fingerless Gloves and the Sheer Boots

All the Shoes Aglow at Chanel Haute Couture 2012 Collection

The finale was my favorite part of the show.  As models rejoined the circular stage, suddenly the lights dimmed and the shoes were all aglow.  I guess I’m a sucker for little gimmicks. Love. Love. Love.

There’s nothing like a Chanel haute couture show to remind you that there really is nothing like a Chanel haute couture show.

Americana Style: Navy Blue Stripes

I’m true believer in blue.  I have loved the color blue ever since my best friend in elementary school decided she loved “purple”. It’s a color I have come to love and learn how it’s classic color for Americana style. I’ve found myself drawn once to black’s more sophisticated counterpart, navy blue with Resort 2012 Collections.

Stripes are back again and navy blue is the perfect color for this classic theme. For Resort 2012, designers put together stripes with navy blue inspired by nautical themes and while other designers go beyond.

(From Left to Right: Jen Kao, The Row, Yves Saint Laurent)

Some collections kept the nautical trend but with a twist like,Yves Saint Laurent, Douglas Hannant, while others went for more sleek and modern version, Jen Kao, and Mary Kate and Ashlee Olsen for The Row. opted for this trend, clearly all of them took a little research time, to find out about the history of this timeless trend and off course surely, after all the investigation they might have done, this pieces conducted their collections to hit the nail for Resort 2012.

Navy blue is a classic and timeless color and when paired in stripes it’s the perfect  must have this season and in 2012.

Looking Forward to Fall 2011: Louis Vuitton A/W 2011 Ad Campaign by Marc Jacobs

First, I need to say I’m not a Louis Vuitton girl by any stretch of the imagination, but when it comes to Marc Jacobs, this man is AMAZING!  I am a fan of his creativity and innovation in the Fashion World and what he has done with a brand that is classic, yet modern.

The new ad campaign for Louis Vuitton’s Fall/Winter 2011 Collection is out and the ads are just as amazing. A mix low brow and high brow.  The High: Beautiful women in expensive cars who appear to traveling. The Low: The young beautiful women in expensive cars wearing hats embellished masquerade inspired masks and handcuffs. Very naughty. What’s not to love?  I haven’t mentioned the fashion, yet!

The models in the ads, are the best of the best and look amazing wearing the new Louis Vuitton collection of apparel, handbags, and shoes!  It’s late June and Laguna Beach is besieged with clouds and I am so thankful for Marc Jacobs reminding me what I have to look forward to in Fall 2011.

(Middle) My new Favorite Model Rockin' Louis Vuitton: Nyasha Matohonde and Gertude from Denmark on the right.

If you love the photos, check out the Behind the Scenes video for Louis Vuitton’s Fall/Winter 2011 at Grazia Daily.