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When TV Stars Collide

First of all, the Emmys are not like the Oscars.  Yes, they are both award shows and fabulous celebrites attend, win awards, and then throw afterparties, but they are by no means equal.  I love T.V., a lot, however I find that they do not dress as well as their silver screen counter parts.

You don’t see Rachel Zoe freaking out about what her client is going to wear to the Emmys, it just doesn’t happen.  Maybe it is because you can win an Emmy year after year and it isn’t a huge deal, Jon Stewart has like 6 of them.  But rarely do you see n toting 6 Academy Awards.

That said there were some beautiful dresses.  My favorite (and yes this could be because of my addiction to anything McQueen and the fact that we share the same birthday) was Anna Paquin’s black Alexander McQueen dress.  While the bottom part of the dress wasn’t entirely fabulous, the top of it, in all of its gold sequined glory was incredible.

I also thought that Claire Dane’s Armani Prive dress was beautiful, however it was quite safe.  It fit her perfectly and was all in all a great couture dress.

January Jones loves to get people talking about what she wears (or doesn’t wear).  Her blue Versace dress is no exception.  I didn’t hate it.  I loved the fact that she tried something different, and the color was amazing.  The little cones on the bodice were tacky, but she didn’t design the dress, so the criticizing for that should go to Donnatella.

And while it wasn’t my favorite, I do think that Tina Fey needs some recognition because she did look quite elegant in her Oscar de la Renta.

But other than those dresses I thought everything was pretty lackluster.  All Oscar de la Renta or Carolina Herrera, nothing fun, young, or interesting.  Take Lea Michele (whom I adore) for instance, she wore a dress made for someone twice her age.

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A Little Shopping Excursion

I’ve been told a few times I am a good shopper.  Like, really good.  The other day was a perfect example of this.

While exploring the many little towns of Connecticut I found a pair of Franco Sarto shoes on sale.  They were originally about $160 and they were on sale for $49.  They were also, regrettably, a size 8.  I am a 9.5 (ish-I can squeeze my feet into anything).  But these shoes were too good to give up so I slid them on carefully and walked around the store about a hundred times deciding which was more important, the well being of my feet or having great shoes.  I decided on the shoes.  When I brought them up to the counter to pay, they turned out to be $30.  It was meant to be.

Still elated from my shoe purchase, we head into another store, this time a designer consignment shop.  The first thing I see when I walk in the door is an amazing silk Giorgio Armani strapless top.  The original consignment price was $100, then marked down to $50 on top of which it was 40% off, leaving it to be $30.  The top was probably $650 to begin with.  Oh and the best part?  It fits perfectly.

Then I found a sheer blue and white silk stripped Michael Kors blouse, which I happened to be looking for, and a darling silk blue and pink polka dot dress with a Peter Pan collar and buttons up the back.  It is so Parisian chic!

Michael Kors shirt $20

Silk Dress $15

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Bring on the Couture!

The next few days will be entirely devoted to something I hold very close to my heart, couture.  This is the greatest art form in fashion, it is the medium in which fashion designers are their most creative and experimental.

First a definition to clear up a few misconceptions.

Haute Couture:  French for “high sewing” or “high dressmaking”.  It is custom fit clothing of the highest quality with the most expensive and luxurious fabrics and more often than not hand sewn, always with extreme attention to detail by the best and most experienced seamstresses.  The term is protected by law in Paris and defined by the Chambre de commerce et d’industrie de Paris. And only companies listed by this elite group are technically allowed to call their designs “haute couture”.

The end.  No Juicy Couture or Romeo and Juliet Couture.   Only four designers are not French, and others show their collections as “Guest Members”.  The members come and go, like Donatella Versace, Lanvin and Yves Saint Laurent no longer show couture collections but the houses once did.

There are also jewelry and accessories designers included in the group, but not too many.

The most famous current official members are:  Anne Valerie Hash, Chanel, Christian Dior, Christian Lacroix, Givenchy, and Jean Paul Gaultier.  And the four foreign members are, Elie Saab, Giorgio Armani, Maison Martin Margiela, and Valentino.

The shows began this week in Paris and I have compiled my favorite looks from the collections.  Some I found absolutely amazing (Dior and Givenchy) and others were underwhelming (Chanel) but each of them offered exquisite craftsmanship and beauty, which is rarely seen anymore with our fast-paced, over efficient, busy world.

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Day.18.

Whatever tickles your fancy

We all know I love award shows and red carpets so it is only fitting that I dedicate this day to the Cannes Film Festival 2010.

Along with fashion and clothes and things of that nature I am also slightly obsessed with movies (and TV, and theater…).

I try to see as many foreign films as I can, and I usually get most of my newest movie obsessions from the Cannes Film Festival.

But I also get my fashion fix.  Below are my favorite ensembles of the festival so far (it still has another week), hopefully I can be there myself one day.

Carey Mulligan:  I love how classy and bright she is, in my opinion she leaves all of the other “starlets” in the dust with her great dress choices and elegant ensembles. (Plus I love her boyfriend, Shia LaBeouf)

Carey Mulligan in Azzaro at the premiere of "Wall Street 2"

Carey Mullian in Prada in Cannes

Carey Mulligan in RM by Roland Mouret

Cate Blanchett:

Cate Blanchett in Pre-Fall Alexander McQueen

Lea Seydoux: I think she is one of the best newcomers in the movie industry.  I thought she was great in Inglourious Basterds and her fashion choices are very interesting, and of course very French, which is much needed.

Lea Seydoux in Louis Vuitton

Lea Seydoux in Jean Paul Gaultier

Kristin Scott-Thomas:

Kristin Scott-Thomas in Armani, pictured here with Tim Burton

Salma Hayek:

Salma Hayek in Gucci

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Bad Romance

I’ll be honest.  I don’t get it.

I’m not going to try to come up with some excuse for the two of them or try to fathom why they like each other’s work so much, because I really just don’t understand.

(I would, however, love to sit in on a meeting between the two of them, I’m sure it is absolutely hilarious.)

Of course, I am talking about Giorgio Armani and Lady Gaga’s recent love affair.  Which I have cleverly deemed a “Bad Romance”.

When I think of Armani I think, Italian, gray, luxurious fabrics, classic, eternal, stylish.  None of these, in my opinion, relate to the entertaining Lady Gaga experience that I suppose has grown out of being a fad.

She does entertainment art, is brash and loud, ever changing, bright and colorful, and very shocking.  But apparently Giorgio is infatuated with her, maybe it is his old age (he is 75) or he is trying to appeal to a younger audience, but whatever it is I find it strange.

I love partnerships (see Givenchy and Audrey Hepburn, Karl Lagerfeld and Emma Watson) but I am not enchanted by this one, rather confused.

Below are some of the ensembles he custom designed for her.  When will this romance end?

Red Carpet Dress for the Grammy's 2010.

Grammy Performance Ensemble

Grammy Audience Outfit

Bodysuit for the MET Ball

Black Lace Ensemble for the Controversial American Idol Performance

Armani's Sketch for the American Idol Performance

Armani's Sketches for Lady Gaga's Monster Ball Concert Tour

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Opening Ceremonies

Large blockbuster movie premieres will start to pick up soon, with the summer months drawing near.  The Iron Man 2 premiere is one of these such events.  The two female stars, Gwyneth Paltrow and Scarlett Johansson both decided on white Armani, an interesting choice in my opinion.  Paltrow has gotten a bit of bad press over her short-suit ensemble but I think it completely reflects her laid back/fashion forward lifestyle.  Johansson’s short white dress is nice and very sculptural, a departure from her usual busty affairs, but we did see a lot of this look at the Oscar’s so I wish she picked something more original.

Gwyenth Paltrow

Scarlett Johansson

Personally, I think the best premiere, however, went to the ladies who attended the New York City Ballet Spring Gala last night. True, it could be because I have an obsession with Lanvin and everything Alber Elbaz does (same goes for Matthew Broderick), but I think what Portman and Parker picked out were more colorful for one, and honestly more beautiful.  Portman is wearing a dress from Lanvin which fits her amazingly and is perfectly styled and Parker is wearing Elie Saab Haute Couture and a jacket by L’Wren Scott.  It looks very vintage and classy, not a bit over the top.

Natalie Portman

Sarah Jessica Parker

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