Charlotte Ronson, Michael Carl, Shoshanna Gruss
Housing Works, the largest community-based AIDS service organization in the United States, hosts a monthly “Editor’s Choice” series where fashions elite come together to shop in the name of charity. For August’ installment of the popular Editor’s Choice series, Allure Fashion Director and Housing Works Board Member Michael Carl hosted “Last Days of Summer” at the Tribeca location.
The one-night-only charity shopping event featured carefully curated items by the fabulously handsome Michael Carl and featured one final dose of stylish warm weather clothes before we start bundling up. The soiree was co-hosted by fashion designers Charlotte Ronson and Shoshanna Gruss, who both donated items to be sold at the event. “I’m so excited to host my first Housing Works event as a board member in the company of Charlotte and Shoshanna,” Carl said. “We’re going to celebrate the summer while raising money for Housing Works’ mission to fight AIDS in New York.”
Upon entering the store I immediately spied a pair of Manolo Blahnik Carolyne slingback heels in dark gray. At the low price of $60, I grabbed the classic alligator embossed heels and tucked them away in a safe place so nobody could steal them away. Marie purchased a Shoshanna bikini for $40 and a pair of Charlotte Ronson wedge heels with tassel front for $65. Jen gets the award for most hilarious purchase of the night with a Bollywood dance fitness video. Also, they sold new havaianas flip flops for a mere $5.
The real jewel among the selection was an Arrogant Cat sequin mini dress with cut-out back, high neck and draped sleeves for $60. Famespy intern, Alise, emerged from the dressing room in the crystallized dress and my jaw hit the floor. Our youthful teenager looked like she was about to walk the red carpet and was immediately transformed from innocent Minnesota teen to the quintessential New Yorker. She looked spectacular and was ready to hit the town to show off her new find. It just goes to show that you never know what you’ll find when you dig through the racks of one of NYC’s best thrift shops.
Shoshanna attended the event clutching the Alexander McQueen Knuckle Duster bag and had me drooling. The powerful showpiece is an attention getter and something that is visually pleasing that I would be open to displaying in my house like fine art. The skull and Swarovski crystal-embellished knuckle duster clutch mixes goth-chic with high fashion glamour making it the only accessory you need for a night out.
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Perez Hilton’s new fashion blog, CocoPerez, just launched and now the “Queen of All Media” will focus on celebrities and their fashion (or unfashionable) choices. The content is truely Perez Hilton, but fashion focused. This especially hilarious tee shirt is featured on the site. I can only imagine whats to come.
The Hi/Lo Show features 2 energetic sisters, Chrissy & Patty, who are as close as can be but couldn’t be more different when it comes to spending money. Chrissy (Hi) will show viewers whats splurge-worthy and focus on investment pieces, while Patty (Lo) provides ideas on how to look fabulous while being afforable and inexpensive items that give you bang for your buck. The show will focus on fashion, beauty, entertainment, gift ideas, etc. Check out their weekly video blog at www.fameball.com.
Chrissy & Patty of The Hi/Lo Show
The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) will display the ensemble designed by Isabel Toledo and worn by First Lady Michelle Obama on Inauguration Day in its upcoming mid-career retrospective of the designer’s work. This will be the first time that the sheath dress and matching coat are on public view.
Michelle Obama’s inaugural wardrobe is making the museum rounds. Her inauguration ball gown, designed by Jason Wu, is in the possession of the Smithsonian where it will be on display. Now, the White House has loaned the First Lady’s Inauguration Day dress and coat, designed by Isabel Toledo, to the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) for an exhibition of the designers work. ”I absolutely adored my Inauguration Day ensemble designed by Isabel Toledo, and I am happy it will be part of the exhibit so that others can appreciate the creativity and craftsmanship of one of America’s great female designers,” said The First Lady in a statement.
In addition to the famous Inaugural dress, the exhibit will highlight 70 other looks chosen by Toledo from the mid-1980s to the present, along with mannequins and drawings by her husband, Ruben Toledo, with whom she works and collaborates.
“Isabel Toledo has long been admired by fashion insiders but unknown to the public at large,” said Valerie Steele, director and chief curator of The Museum at FIT. “When Michelle Obama wore Isabel Toledo’s beautiful golden ensemble for the Inauguration, suddenly everyone in the world saw what this great designer can do. We are absolutely delighted that Mrs. Obama has agreed to lend this now-historic ensemble to the museum’s forthcoming exhibition, Isabel Toledo: Fashion from the Inside Out.”
This will be the first time that the First Lady’s historic look will be on public display. Although Toledo knew the dress and coat she designed for Michelle Obama was a possible choice, the decision to wear it was a well-kept secret. Toledo, who calls the color of Obama’s outfit “lemon grass because its yellow and not green”, was as shocked when Mrs Obama stepped outside that morning, launching her creation into the fashion limelight and overnight becoming a household name. Obama has been known to embrace lesser known designers and the fact that she chose non-celebrity designer Toledo’s dress, in an unusual color, was a departure from the typical standard followed by former First Ladies. This unique approach to dressing has set the tone for Obama’s term as Fashionista-in-Chief.
The exhibit opens on June 17 and runs through September 26.
Oscar de la Renta visited “The View” this morning to clarify his comments and amend his statement from last weeks interview with WWD, where he remarkedon Michelle Obama’s choice of attire to meet the Queen of England and said the now famous line, ‘You don’t…go to Buckingham Palace in a sweater.’
De la Renta, an icon of luxury fashion, caused a media firestorm last week when his comments regarding the First Lady’s choice of attire to meet the Queen of England made headline news. ”I think I understand what [Obama and her advisers] are doing, but I don’t think that is the right message at this particular point….I don’t object to the fact that Mrs. Obama is wearing J. Crew to whatever because the diversity of America is what makes this country great. But there are a lot of great designers out there. I think it’s wrong to go in one direction only.” This morning he appeared on ABC’s “The View” so he could clarify his statements about the First Lady’s fashion choices and explain his intentions. “To Dress Mrs Obama is an extraordinary privilege. They made me look bad, my words were ill chosen words. I did say a lot of wonderful things, they picked those words”.
De la Renta went on to say, “Our industry is going through a difficult time and Mrs. Obama has a great opportunity to represent American fashion. She is highly visible and there has never been a First Lady as well received as Mrs. Obama.”
While MObama has been applauded for embracing lesser known designers and more affordable fashion lines, it is surprising that she hasn’t selected looks from the heavy hitters of American fashion such as de la Renta, Vera Wang, Calvin Klein, Donna Karan and Ralph Lauren to name a few. It will be curious to see if she embraces these designers after this storm passes.
“The City” is currently shooting next season’s episodes and Whitney Port has been filming at p.r. firm People’s Revolution, her previous employer, and not Diane von Furstenburg. Does this mean Whitney has left DVF?
Page Six is reporting that Whitney Port, who on the season finale lost a promotion to DVF co-worker Olivia Palermo, has left the fashion company and returned to her previous job at p.r. firm People’s Revolution.
Viewers were shocked when Whitney’s DVF colleague, Olivia Palermo, received a promotion to work as a publicist for DVF in London. This came after Palermo accepted credit for an Elle Magazine cover shoot which Port had actually selected the final cover look. Tension had been brewing between the 2 fashionista’s all season and came to a head on the finale episode when Port confronted Palermo on this issue, with Palermo denying any wrong-doing.
Scenes for the shows second season are currently being filmed at People’s Revolution, who’s owner Kelly Cutrone has always been a mainstay in Port’s professional and personal life. An MTV spokesperson said, “We are currently shooting the next season of episodes, and since the show is in production, we don’t comment on upcoming story lines.”
Fashion Icon-in-Chief! That is what Michelle Obama has been dubbed by style bible “Vogue” and who can argue with that. Escorting the President to the United Kingdom on official business, MObama has once again wowed the fashion press with her fabulous choice of designers as well as high /low style.
MObama has really embraced J. Crew for polished basics at a reasonable price point. She and hew daughters sported the label on Inauguration Day making the J. Crew site crash within hours. Once again, she relied on a J. Crew ensemble to meet Prime Minister Gordon Brown & his wife, Sarah (photo above). As usual, MObama stole the show wearing a sparkly J. Crew cardigan in a refreshing mint green color. This was a breath of fresh air considering the dull, dark clothes she was surrounded by. And I LOVE that she wore sparkles during the day. It has been said that MObama’s use of sparkles in the daytime (see inauguration dress) was inappropriate but I absolutely loved it and embrace her carefree and stylish approach to dressing.
To meet the Queen of England, The Fashion Icon-in-Chief decided on her go-to choice’s for Inauguration Day: designers Jason Wu and Isabel Toledo. MObama hit the ball out of the park with a Jason Wu coat and an Isabel Toledo dress topped with an Azzedine Alaïa cardigan. Timeless, flawless and classic, her appropriate choice of dress kept her looking professional yet stylish.
Michelle Obama has grabbed the attention of the fashion world and we can’t wait to see what she comes up with next.