Raf Simons To Replace Galliano

We’re a few days late but to merely blurb the latest news without a little digging is not our style. What you’ve heard is true, darlings. Tarred and feathered, John Galliano will not be lending his genius to Dior any longer. He has been replaced by Raf Simons who will assume his position as creative director. You might be wondering aloud “Who is Raf Simons”? He’s a Belgian designer whose background is rooted in menswear. He currently has a line of menswear bearing his name in various shops – Barney’s, Seven and multiple online stores (mrporter.com, parkandbond.com, sense.com and oki-ni.com to name a few) including his own. His latest, most noteworthy stint until now was at Jil Sander. I will never disrespect another artist’s vision but it’s certainly not my aesthetic and they produce those god awful elevator shoes pop star Robyn loves to wear. Ick. We don’t understand. The label was previously owned by Prada and yet there wasn’t one piece of the recent Jil Sander collection I wished to own.

I have to say that as a fan of Galliano and his work with Dior, I’m worried. Everything Simons has done lacks any trace of understanding the luxury of couture design. “Modern”, “basic” or “streamlined” is not what I associate with the house of Christian Dior. Simons makes SNEAKERS and polos. Boxy shirts and skirts for women… lots of solids or paisley… *sigh*. Apparently Simons has an affinity for making unexpected locations his runway but is that enough? Dior was theater – the clothes, music and themes transported you some place else.  For me, the jury is out on Raf Simons. There was a lot of talk about Marc Jacobs being a contender and a squabble over the almighty dollar. Whatever he wants, i say you give it to him. What do you think? #SaveDior

XX, Danielle

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Fierce Magazine Covers

So I’m going to out myself. I watched MTV’s “Laguna Beach” and “The Hills”. I know, I know – Believe me, I know. However, would you just take a look at the gorgeous photo of Lauren Conrad on the May 2012 cover of GLAMOUR?! The cover is a little cheeky with implied partial nudity but it’s tastefully done. The rest of the photos are more clothed; very weekend vacation in West Palm Beach. Whomever the stylist was they did a great job of making her more grown up and chic. No stupid hipster braid to be found. She just might be able to recover from MTV “reality” stigma. I’ll be honest, I skimmed it. Are magazines about words, really people? You want to see whose cellulite that was on the beach and who wore it better or what new products & scents are out. If it’s witty and almost satirical writing you desire, you come here. If my memory serves me correctly I believe the reality star formerly known as “L.C.” gives tips on being sweet AND sexy but not before appealing to the masses by divulging that she too, although rich, blonde and thin has body image issues.  ….That’s uh, that’s new and doesn’t make us scoff. Yeah…. Definitely flip worthy though.

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Also in flawless magazine cover news, Alicia Keys posted a sneak peek of her VIBE Magazine cover via her official Instagram. Mizz Keys looks bold – not exactly on trend considering we’re jumping into Spring but she’s giving good face nonetheless. Bold black lip, smokey eyes, high collar leather jacket while rocking a very Janelle Monae pompadour/French twist hair do. We LOVE it.

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XX, Danielle

Awakening The Sleeping Giant

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This blog, was started with the hunger for greatness. Started with the intent of bringing every girl (and boy) a fresh take on what’s happening in the fashion and beauty industry. Due to unforeseen economic strife and lack of inspiration, everything came to a screeching halt. What you haven’t seen is that the past few months we have been diligently working to resurrect the dream – expanding it. All upgrades and changes will be made known here, first. What can you expect? Well, for one, it won’t be a whole year before we blog again (even though we do share things on the Facebook page). There will be far more interaction – we’re going to blog and tweet harder than anyone has or ever will. Giveaways, tutorials and a little something extra we’re going to keep mum until it’s ready. So stay tuned. Your patience and dedication keeps the blood pumping in this operation.

XX, Danielle

Spring (Fashion) FWD

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It’s that time of the year again. Sandals are available in abundance and the color palettes are bright and vibrant. Feel free to pack away your apple bottom jeans and boots with the fur. (Yeah, I said it.)  Spring 2010 is all about candy-coated colors, neutrals and metallics. Try a bold lip like in the Prada ad above paired with a bronze/smokey eye or if you’re unsure how to use color in your new Spring wardrobe, go neutral with khaki, gray or white and add a pop of color with an accessory. Interested in snagging some of our picks? See below.

1. Yves Saint Laurent, Rouge Volupte lipstick in “Sweet Honey” (#4 ) – $34 This lipstick is a universally perfect neutral shade. It’s moisturizing but not thin or too runny. It also has a subtle shimmer to it which I love. It’s a splurge but any makeup that is long-lasting and has professional yet wear n’ go appeal is worth it.

2. Sephora by OPI in “Cover Me in Petals” – $9 This shade is not for the timid. In the recent issue of Cosmopolitan magazine, a survey answered by men said that they all preferred their girl’s mani/pedi in classic red. We say, shake things up. This color is an update of your staple red polish. It’s more of a blood orange. Try it out and let us know if you’ve turned some extra heads!

3. Fossil (watch) Women’s white resin bracelet –$95 On sale at Macy’s: $70 Even if you’re like me and you check your Blackberry for the time, after a point, it’s just the grown up thing to do. Make responsibility chic and opt for this cute and inexpensive watch from Fossil.

4. Kate Spade Tinsbury clutch – $70 – $200 This adorable clutch is a great example of “less is more”. This wicker/straw clutch comes in a few different colors; green, silver, gold, white and red. It’s not a new item but a favorite. Great for both Spring and Summer. Try eBay or a plethora of online stores.

5. Forever 21 Solid Floral Dress – $34.80 The perfect Spring dress – it’s a fresh shade of green with little peek-a-boo embroidered detail on the sleeves, pockets (all dresses should have pockets but that’s another story for another entry) and a removable sash. You could play the waiting game and try to buy it in a few weeks when it’s marked down to $10 but good luck finding it in your size or…. at all. Our advice? Go grab one now and dress it up or down. You’ll get your money’s worth.

Tip: Dress it up with a cute cardigan and heels or a jeweled flat. For a sexier night look, soft waves in the hair and a wide studded belt in place of the sash, heals and bangles will take it to another level. / Dress it down by pulling the hair back, some cute sandals, simple accessories and brown tinted aviators.

6. Vans “Era” sneaker in herringbone – $52 Seemingly a nod to old school Keds, these sneaks have a retro look and the metallic factor.

7. Blowfish (Malibu) “Life Gladiators” sandal – $39 @ DSW These sandals are identical to the ones I purchased last year (same manufacturer/company) and let me be square with you – the MOST comfortable gladiator ever. I also got a lot of compliments on them because they were unlike a lot of the mass-produced gladiators that were popping up all over the place. In this almost neutral tone, they’ll pair beautifully with most anything.

8. Betsey Johnson “Petal Pusher” demi bra swimsuit – $126 Keep the girls shelved high while working on getting your tan back in this adorable two piece.

9. & 10. Tory Burch metallic “Reva” clutch – $12 a week & Chanel patent flap handbag – $85 a week online at BagBorrowOrSteal. Not everyone can afford to mix high and low into their wardrobe, right? Wrong, my little Stylistas. You can use this site and feel like a celebrity even without celebrity money.

There you have it. Our take on Spring 2010!

XX, Danielle

It’s A Sad, Sad Day For The Fashion World.

When I started this blog, I’d hoped to never have this kind of news come about but Alexander McQueen – Born Lee McQueen has passed away. Only 40 years young, he was found in his London home and pronounced D.O.A. Working for Givenchy and eventually his own label both Alexander McQueen and McQ, he brought to fashion a kind of controlled chaos. Many designers push the limits of fashion but few do it well and an even smaller group do it flawlessly. At the top of the latter list was McQueen. It’s completely heartbreaking. It’s too early to know what caused his untimely death but as soon as that information is available, we will update.

May you rest in peace amongst angels… Lee ‘Alexander’ McQueen ( March 16, 1969 – February 11, 2010)

With a heavy heart,

XX – Danielle

Halston Puts SJP On Their Payroll

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In all seriousness, we love Sarah Jessica Parker and apparently so does Halston. Largely rumored is SJP’s draft to become part of the creative team for Halston’s less expensive line: “Halston Heritage”. Just what will she be doing? It’s anybody’s guess until the official statement is made. The Sex And The City actress had a previously failed attempt at launching her own line, “Bitten”. The clothing line was actually well designed and affordable. Check it out here!!!

We predict she’ll do well. With a once reputable house label who still stands on a piece of fashion history, this just might make both Halston and SJP relevant again in the world of ready to wear. I fail to recall which disgrace of a fashion blog had the gall to mention fear of the Lindsay Lohan effect. (You know, that whole House of Ungario travesty – which, nobody really cared about until recently.) To that blogger I say shame on you. Shame, shame, SHAME! That said, hopefully they get smart and seek out a larger chain of stores to carry the line. Macy’s or Nordstrom’s, por favor?

XX, Danielle

Fabulous Finds

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Good (very early) morning my little Stylistas! I hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving holiday. Thanksgiving is a time to get together and cheat without shame on your diet while surrounded by family and friends. One thing you should be eternally grateful for are the scads of clothing practically being given away the following Friday. For once on “Black Friday” I let other style starved patrons do the camping out. I did wander into a store or two later, however. I came across a fun little impulse purchase while standing in line at Old Navy that I wanted to share with you.

Love Keychain

Recognize it? Its a deliciously blatant knock off from the key chain that Jennifer Hudson gives to Carrie (SJP) in the SATC movie. Cute, no? Grab one (in either silver or gold) for yourself or for the ‘Sex and the City’ fan in your life. At just $3.50, it’s an adorable little stocking stuffer. I’d love to see or hear about any interesting finds or phenomenal deals you scored this weekend! Forward your info complete with photo to: Danielle’s E-mail and if I like what you’re workin’ with – I’ll post it.

XX, Danielle