Category Archives: Fall 2010

Prada Says Butts, Boobs and Hips are In for Fall

Forget Prada’s sexy librarian trend. What’s really hot this season are breasts, hips and butts…on the runway.


While high fashion has all but ignored a woman’s natural curves, opting for the real-life mannequin look, Miuccia Prada has fully embraced our humps in her latest show—and it’s about time.


Don’t get excited. We’re not talking about curves of the Brick House, 36-24-38 kind (sorry, Melissa Ford). But models like Lara Stone, Doutzen Kroes, Catherine McNeil, Miranda Kerr and Alessandra Ambrosio, and their relative hip, breast and derriere fat, are still a breath of fresh air on the catwalk. Rose Cordero, who covers the new issue of French Vogue, brought some much-needed color to the runway.


The collection, it seems, was structured for a voluptuous woman as well. The A-line skirts and dresses are perfect for women with hips and butt. The raised waists only further highlighted womanly, hourglass silhouettes. 


And the breasts. Ruffles and pointy bras enhance the chest area. While models everywhere are cringing, real women are ecstatic about what this means for the future of fashion. Miuccia Prada is a trendsetter and if all goes well, it’s only a matter of time before more fashion brands follow suit. Check out the collection below:






































Either Miuccia Prada has been hanging out with Beyonce, or the curves phenomenon (seen previously in the V Magazine Size Issue and Vogue Curvy) is really in full swing.


Regardless, I’m happy to see that a little bit of fat is in fashion. (I’m looking proudly at my shape in the mirror as I type this.)


What do you think of Prada putting curves on the runway? Do you think the “trend” will endure?


Kisses,


Coutura

New York Fashion Week Trend Report

Hey Glamazons!

So you stocked up on Red Bull, threw on your fur, strapped on your Louboutins and survived Fashion Week chaos alongside Ferocia and I. And we love you for it!

After the last show at Bryant Park ends (which was Tommy Hilfiger, fyi), the “Empire State of Mind” song fades and the models change into regular duds and go home, it’s time for editors to pick the trends of the season. Well, those who are unlucky enough to not be attending the London and Paris shows (I always laugh at the scene in “Devil Wears Prada” where Emily is dying to go to Paris Fashion Week. That’s so me!).

Here’s a preliminary roundup of the standout trends we saw at New York Fashion Week. Tell us what’s your favorite and what you’d never wear in a million years!

-FUR

PETA, don’t hate me. From colorful fur coats at Zac Posen to fur-trimmed jackets at Marc Jacobs, fur is the most luxurious way to stay warm next Fall. And the opulent material is no longer just for coats.

Fur-trimmed booties, purses and blouses were everywhere on the runway, like the fab fur-trimmed gloves at Brian Reyes. Designers like Marc Bouwer showed faux, PETA-friendly alternatives, which offer a guilt-free way to be lavish. Check out our faves:

Zac Posen
Michael Kors

Marc Jacobs

Stephen Burrows

Marc Bouwer

Boy by Band of Outsiders

Brian Reyes

-MILITARY DETAILING

When financial strife hits, fashion responds with clothes for work in strong, utilitarian silhouettes. The sharp shoulders of the 1940’s were an answer to the financial strife of the Great Depression and the need for women to work during World War II.

With recession-induced panic spreading at a fever pitch, and today’s war on terror, there is no better time for fashion to embody a brave, valiant spirit. Military looks accomplish just that. From Deola Sagoe, who presented at the Arise Magazine fashion show, to Vivienne Tam, power ruled the runway for Fall. Salute!

Deola Sangoe, Arise

Nanette Lepore

Vivienne Tam

-VELVET

Rich, opulent textures made their presence known on the Fall runways, but none was as important as velvet. The fabric was reborn in silhouettes that ranged from short and sexy (Alexander Wang) to long and luxurious (Nanette Lepore). A velvet blazer at L’Wren Scott offered a practical way to wear the look for day. Whether going to the office or hitting the red carpet, there are plenty of ways to rock Fall’s fabric du jour.

Alexander Wang



Marc Jacobs
Rachel Roy

L’Wren Scott

Nanette Lepore

-WIDELEG PANTS

Though cigarette pants, tights and even some leggings were a staple on the catwalk, everyone’s talking about the reemergence of the wideleg pant.

Fluid, oversized pants made a triumphant return to the runway paired with everything from suit jackets to knits. The new twist? Experimentations with color at Malandrino (orange) and 3.1 Phillip Lim (gold) that refuse to go unnoticed.

Rebecca Taylor

3.1 Phillip Lim

Charlotte Ronson

Malandrino

-PATCHWORK

DKNY promised to present patchwork in their Fall 2010 sketch, and boy, did they deliver! The patches from Grandma’s quilt got a modern and sophisticated update on chunky sweaters at Yigal Azrouel and short, fitted dresses at DKNY. Rodarte had a particularly artful spin on the trend with colors and prints all weaved into one stunning blouse. Grandmas, don’t try this at home.

DKNY

Rodarte

Yigal Azrouel

-CAMEL

While designers didn’t shy away from an occasional pop of color, most collections were rooted in understated tones, like gray and camel. The latter is a warm and rich staple that looks clean and sophisticated without feeling drab. Michael Kors showed almost an entire collection of camel looks (in line with his safari theme) while newcomer LaQuan Smith‘s collection presented the neutral color alongside oceanic tones of blue.

Zac Posen
3.1 Phillip Lim
Michael Kors
Boy by Band of Outsiders

LaQuan Smith

-LEGS!!

I don’t like pants, and apparently, many Fall 2010 New York Fashion Week designers share my sentiment. More than ever, several collections skipped pants altogether sending dresses, shorts and skirts down the catwalk.

Of course, I find this thrilling but it presents a dilemma: how does a sexy girl brave the cold with her legs out during the Fall? Designers like Alexander Wang and Elie Tahari have the perfect solution: legwarmers and thigh-high boots…for the fashionista who wants to stay warm while looking hot.

Alexander Wang

Elie Tahari

Vera Wang

L’Wren Scott

Rag & Bone
-GRAFFITI PRINTS
What once was a pastime for urban rebels has become a legitimate work of art. Heralded for its gritty yet artful flair, graffiti prints are being embraced by designers like Tory Burch and J Brand for Proenza Schouler
Coupled with trend-focused silhouettes, 90’s-esque graffiti looks make a chic yet creative statement that shoppers are sure to love. And city girls, like me, who loved graffiti all along will be happy to wear their support on their sleeves, literally. See our top looks below:

Tory Burch

Proenza Schouler

Proenza Schouler

Diesel Black Gold

What do you think of our favorite Fall New York Fashion Week trends? What are your favorites? What are you tired of seeing? What would you never be caught dead in? Discuss.

Kisses,

Coutura

Fashion Week: Tracy Reese Gets Edgy for Fall 2010

It’s official. The Tracy Reese uptown lady has left the tea party and headed to the gritty downtown streets. The designer, whose line is synonymous with all things airy, elegant and dainty, has a new daring attitude for the Fall 2010 season.


The dark turn, which incorporated touches of black lace and dark shades, did nothing to take away from Tracy’s ubergirlie style. Instead, downtown girl edge was weaved effortessly into her posh and prim aesthetic, most brilliantly in a pink tulle A-line dress paired with black lace tights, a black statement necklace and booties by Highline United for Tracy Reese.


Though silhouettes were a little more form-fitting than previous seasons, pieces like a sky blue printed dress and a pink cardigan with sparkling embellishments were still quintessential Tracy. Texture and print was a prominent theme with plaids, jacquard, fur trim and tweed jackets taking centerstage. Reese also gave the fashionista plenty of ways to stay warm this Fall: black leg warmers, fingerless opera length gloves, chunky scarfs and cozy cowls.


At the show, models like Georgie Badiel and Gracie Carvalho stormed the catwalk to One Way’s “Cutie Pie” with plenty of sass to match the tough luxe fashions. The beauty looks were equally edgy: wild, curly ponytails, smoky eyes and lace fingernails! Tracy Reese tweeted that the nails weren’t Minx, but rather lace overlay on top of polish. I LIVE for them.






The crowd, including Julia Stiles, Kristen Bell, Adrienne Bailon and Michelle Williams (who looked gorg in a Tracy Reese trench, floral dress and leather gloves), erupted in applause when Tracy took to the runway at the finale.



Tracy did the impossible with this latest collection: she made being a girly girl cool again. I, obviously, am obsessed with the look! Check out the pics below and let me know what you think of the new bad-ass Fall 2010 collection. Should Tracy stick to pretty and posh? Is the new edgy direction a breath of fresh air? Discuss.


Kisses,


Coutura





Backstage Beauty: Badgley Mischka Fall 2010

Hey Glamazons! If you were as smitten by the movie Avatar as I was, then you should be super excited to hear that it inspired a backstage beauty look.
Surprisingly, it was the chic and elegant Fall 2010 collection designed by Badgley Mischka (and not someone more racy and edgy such as Diesel or Marc Jacobs).
Lead hairstylist Peter Gray (for Redken) said that this year, the designers decided to produce a diffusion line (much like Versace did with the line Versus); meaning that the show would be split into two. Half of the show consisted of the classic Badgley Mischka (ie elegant red carpet gowns) and midway through, the look went a bit edgier. Gray explained that he thought it would be great if the hair look could change as well.
*Side note: If you’re reading this and thinking, that’s impossible, think again! He really did it…the guy is a hair genius!
The first look was what he called “princess hair.”
“[The designers] showed me these pictures from movie Avatar of the vines on the ground and all the jewelry comes from this idea of interlinking vines on the ground,” he said. “We kind of roped the hair and twisted it and it formed sort of this ropey vine and they liked that.”
Then, Gray said his thoughts immediately turned to how to transform the “princess hair” into “warrior hair.”
The key? It’s all in the base.
“We started off with a good base, like a layer of foundation on the hair,” he explained. “This is the key to create anything with versatility. People expect hair to sort of behave on its own, but it’s just like skin; you’ve got to moisturize it and tone it. You’ve got to cleanse and condition the hair and get it in good enough to make it do what you want it to do.”
The base in this case was Redken’s Layer Lift 007. The hairstylists applied it to the hair, blow dried and then brushed back the sides of the hair tightly into what Gray dubbed as “panels.”
“It’s very, very tight with a high ponytail underneath the crown,” he said. “We’re separating the top area and then flat ironing the hair underneath we’re getting it nice and straight.”
Gray also explained that the tightly pulled back panels added a nice eyelift and gave the girls cheekbones which created more room for lead makeup artist Charlotte Tillbury (for MAC) to work her magic.
These extraordinary new extensions called Easy Hair were also being used on the girls to add more volume. (Extraordinary only because each strip of hair contained this strip of sticky tape on the back of it. You simply peeled off the top layer and stick it in your head. AtotheMazing!)

“The combination of using the Layer Lift 007 and the extensions together kind of gives you nice fat hair,” he said. “The hair floats and it doesn’t look all heavy. I didn’t want all of the hair just hanging down; I wanted something sexier.”
So how did it all work? The models hit the catwalk with the twisty updo. Then halfway through the show, the hairstylists dropped the hair and pulled out the flat irons. (They even had outlets placed next to the runway entrance so they could start flat ironing the hair down as soon as the model left the runway!)
“This is the good thing about people that are collaborative,” he explained.
One thing that Gray didn’t want to see on the runway? Models looking what he described as “old” in the dresses.
“One thing that I notice about young starlets on the red carpet today is that they try and look too old; too grown up,” he said. “At 20, 21, why should you be looking like a 45 year old woman? Wear your hair young! And, at 45, you should be looking younger. Loosen up and go for it; have some fun!”
Makeup artist Charlotte Tillbury described the makeup look as very “computer generated.”
“Everything is very contoured and highlighted,” she said. “It’s a very sort of feline look; but in a natural way, not like a freak.”
Lead manicurist Deborah Lippman used a silver sequined nail shade on the models from her line called Marquee Moon.
“It’s a futuristic sequined silver; a silver that has a lot of pigment,” she said. “It has a frost in it and as an added bonus you get big chunks of sequins. You might get one on one nail and then 10 on the next. That’s the way it’s supposed to be: deconstructed, easy, free.”
Model Arlenis Sosa getting her makeup done. While doing so, she shared with me that this was her second season to walk in the Badgley Mischka show and she was really excited. Her fave shows thus far to walk in were DVF because of the all the color and Carolina Herrera because of the elegant and chic designs. “Everything is going well and I’m just happy to be here,” she said while smiling. Just love her to pieces she’s so sweet!

Models about to change out for the show.


Love, love, love this dress!!

A cute cocktail frock that I also liked.

I need this jacket in my life!!!

GLAM OR SHAM?: Kim Kardashian for Bebe Fall 2010

Hey Glamazons!

Like we warned you weeks ago, Kim Kardashian’s designs hit the runway for the first time as a part of the Style 360 Fashion Week series. A young crowd, including Rob Kardashian’s ex, Adrienne Bailon, watched as a parade of chic, ubertrendy looks came down the catwalk.

The styles, which ranged from a pink one shoulder dress to a black wrap jumpsuit, were a bit safe and dated—but keep in mind, these designs are for a mall store as opposed to a high-end fashion brand. The look stayed true to Bebe’s signature style (form-fitting, sexy, young, trendy) while appearing as if each piece was designed specifically for Kim Kardashian’s body. Curves were exaggerated with petal draping and cinched waists, and the silhouettes were all body-skimming and flattering.

The color palette was monochromatic with blacks and grays, interspersed with vibrant pops of pink. All the trends of last season were incorporated into the collection: sheer, cut-outs, one shoulder, statement necklaces, jumpsuits, white blazers, blah, blah, blah. The shoes—some platform sandals, some booties, all open-toe—troubled me.

Kim wore a hooded sweatshirt dress under a leather corset with matching black gloves. In my opinion, it just didn’t seem to fit her style (it was more bad-girl than L.A. socialite chic) but her body still looked amazing (is that Quick Trim?! wow!). Oh and did we mention J-Wow from Jersey Shore was there (sideeye)? Check out the looks below and give your verdict:







Glam or a Sham?


Kisses,

Coutura

Photos Courtesy of OK Magazine

Fashion Week: Betsey Johnson Fall 2010





A robber wielding a black pistol. A gambler wearing bandanas and a gun holster. A saloon girl showing her backside to a crowd full of onlookers. Did I mention I’m talking about a fashion show?


Betsey Johnson turned Fashion Week into a tale of the Wild, Wild West, complete with love, sex, romance and guns. Walking in stilettos atop a hay-filled runway, models, including the newly-thin Kelly Osbourne (please hit me up with diet secrets!), were transformed into a gang of robbers, gamblers, bandits and saloon girls. Though the fashions were fitting of a Western battle, the looks were still brilliantly trendy and wearable.


The Western bad boys embraced the menswear trend with top hats, suspenders, tuxedo shirts, camouflage-colored dresses (with gun prints!) and striped looks. The fair ladies wore fur-lined frocks, corseted silhouettes, ruffled dresses, hot pink jumpsuits (so sexy and flirty! I need one in my closet) and prairie skirts. 


The makeup was just as adventurous and effortlessly sexy. Backstage, the head makeup artist, Sarah Lucero for Stila, chatted with me about the inspiration behind the look. “The inspiration is Brigitte Bardot in a French Western film [Las Petroleras] that Betsey was inspired by,” said Lucero. “It’s all about that smoky, blacked out eye. Lashes are very straight and exaggerated. It’s like a doll eye.”

To create the sexy 60’s look, “the skin was kept bare with a matte foundation using Stila one step makeup and a peachy pale lip.” To get those sexy, smoky eyes, “apply eye shadow in Chinois all over your lids as a base. Use Espresso on your lids and crease and Ebony to line your upper and lower lash lines.”  Finish the look with “black cream liquid liner and loads of mascara.”
I thought this sign was soo cool and had to snap a picture! Betsey rocks my world.
No Brigitte Bardot look is complete without sexy, voluminous hair. Sebastian Professional lead stylist, Thomas Dunkin, described the look as “60’s cowgirl with pigtails and lots of volume.” To recreate it, “spray Sebastian Professional Volupt Spray” for volume and texture. Blow dry hair and “set it with rollers,” for height and body. Channel your inner cowgirl by separating hair into “loose, messy pigtails.” The pigtails should be “sloppy and asymmetric. Nothing too perfect,” Dunkin added.
Models hanging out backstage.


The finished look.
While messy pigtails are the perfect hairstyle for the saloon girls, the models dressed as “bad boys” chose mustaches for their hair look. The gangleader was a sexy Kelly Osbourne, who walked with puppy in hand wearing a menswear-inspired look, a bandana and a pistol. The theatrics didn’t end there. 

In a special tribute to Alexander McQueen, a model walked the runway holding a “Long Live McQueen” sign. So beautiful and touching! 
And to celebrate Valentine’s Day, the models spelled out “LOVE” in sequins on their backsides.

Betsey Johnson, however, stole the show with her signature cartwheel at the finale. The icon wore a striped black and white suit (with a sequined heart on her butt) and a mustache. She was trailed by a parade of models carrying giant hearts.

It was clear the audience, which included my personal style star, Fefe Dobson, and Melissa Joan Hart, was thoroughly entertained by Betsey’s free spirit. And boy, did we need it. Dealing with Alexander McQueen’s death and the weight of the recession, the fashion industry can definitely use Betsey’s fun-loving energy, now more than ever. Nothing like guns, garters and cowgirls to lift the spirit! Check out pics of the collection below. 
Kisses,
Coutura



















Fashion Week: Zac Posen Fall 2010




The Fashion Gods love me. The day after Valentine’s Day, I woke up to an email inviting me to cover backstage at the Zac Posen Fall 2010 show—and started jumping for joy. This was better than chocolate, champagne and a dozen roses, since I’ve been smitten with the young designer for as long as I can remember. (Anyone who reads this blog is fully aware of my love for Zac…and yes, in case you were wondering, he knocked my boy toy out of the park and took the title for my Valentine this year).

I flew to the Altman Building on 18th Street faster than you can say “Posen” and was ushered downstairs and through a long corridor to backstage. The scene was chaotic with hairstylists, media, celebrities, models and make-up artists all scrambling hurriedly in preparation for the show. Check out Ferocia’s rundown of the backstage beauty looks here and some pics I snapped backstage of the scene below.

Sessilee Lopez getting her makeup done.

Zac Posen and head MAC makeup artist, Stephane Marias

Zac Posen greeting Alek Wek backstage.

The man of the hour, Zac Posen, showed off his charming, boyish good looks as photographers snapped away minutes before the show—which was styled by his true Valentine, boyfriend Christopher Niquet. Meanwhile, celebrities like Miss J of America’s Next Top Model, Veronica Webb and legendary supermodel, Pat Cleveland (whose daughter Anna walked in the show and is Posen’s new muse) chatted and smiled for the photogs.

Veronica Webb interviewing Miss J for her talk show.

After leaving the backstage area and securing a spot in the Standing section (Yes, I stood in my studded boots with a sprained ankle to see the show. Clearly, I’m a fashion addict), I mingled with friends until it was finally time for the show to start.

Celebrated hip-hop violinist, Miri Ben-Ari, stood to the left of the runway and gave a rousing rendition of songs by rapper, Styles P of the Lox, and Run DMC. While Ben-Ari’s electric violin filled the room, backed by a thumping beat, Alek Wek, Sessilee Lopez, Anna Cleveland and Coco Rocha (who closed the show), stormed the catwalk. I love that Zac directed the models to bring some life and personality to their strut, smiling and flirting with the crowd as they walked. Sessilee Lopez even modeled with her hands on her hips, swaying them from side-to-side. (I met her backstage and she’s a sweetheart! And totally, my new favorite model. She KILLED the Arise show, which I’ll fill you in on later). All in all, it made for a youthful, fun, flirty show!

The front row was just as star-studded with industry legends, Sex and the City wardrobe stylist, Patricia Field, American Vogue’s Anna Wintour and Grace Coddington, The Washington Post’s Robin Givhan and Elle Magazine’s Joe Zee absorbing the fashions. Oh and a Glamazon Blog fan, Joy Adaeze of www.fashiondivalicious.blogspot.com  made sure to say Hi to us at the show. Check out her fabulous blog! 

And now for the Fashion: The collection was fresh, vibrant and lavish with luxurious, colored furs, bright, flouncy skirts, swing coats and sleek pantsuits! The 40’s style trousers were a study in exquisite tailoring and proportions. The colors were vivid and energetic with hot pink, purple and mustard hues invigorating muted camel tones. Posen experimented with texture with fur booties (a trend on the runway!) and velvet dresses and suits.

While his Fall 2009 collection (which I also had the pleasure of attending) centered on opulent, lavish gowns, Fall 2010 is decidedly wearable by comparison. My educated guess is Zac ventured away from more elaborate designs in an effort to curb recent financial troubles, as chronicled by the February 3rd New York Times article blasting the designer’s business management. With a new collection for Target on deck, and the affordable line Z Spoke, Zac should be back to economic stability in no time.

What do you think of the collection, Glamazons?! Do you miss Zac’s gowns or are you on board with his new “wearable” looks? 

Kisses,

Coutura