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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





Fashion Week: Robert Verdi Lounge with Ginger & Liz

By the end of Fashion Week, editors are the walking dead in Louboutins and Jimmy Choos. As fun as it looks, trekking from show to show without a second to breathe, eat or sleep is not for the faint of heart. The Future of Fashion lounge, hosted by TV personality and style expert, Robert Verdi, was the perfect antidote for stressed writers, bloggers and even celebs.

Nestled in the center of the Fashion Week circus, the Luxe lab was transformed into a fashion and beauty oasis, with makeup, hair and nail applications and cocktails courtesy of the new Absolut Berri Acai. Celebs, like June Ambrose and Miss J, who I ran into getting his nails did, stopped by to take a much-deserved break between shows and mingle with the creme de la creme of the Fashion world.
But that’s not the best part. Robert Verdi’s lounge is the perfect place to discover the new and the next in Fashion and Beauty. Robert Verdi has the earned the moniker, the gay Oprah (Goprah) for his penchant for finding the best and brightest brands in the biz. (P.S. While chatting, we realized we went to the same high school in New Jersey! He’s so my gay boyfriend in my head but I digress…)
Once you get the Robert Verdi stamp of approval, it’s a known fact that you’re on your way to a whirlwind of success. And that success is well-deserved. Each brand he embraces has something special about them—whether it’s a fresh take on makeup packaging or innovative shapewear technology that’s nowhere else on the market. 
Robert Verdi’s nail lacquer line of choice? Ginger & Liz. The haute nail polish brand, which I covered on The Glamazons in November, was founded by model/author, Liz, and entrepreneur, Ginger. With sassy names like “Put a Ring on It,” “Swagger,” and “Boss Lady,” each color is rich, chic and fashion-forward. 
Celebrity nail artists like Kimmie Kyees (Rihanna, Britney Spears, Katy Perry) and Tracy Lee (who works at Damone Roberts salons) say the quality of the Ginger & Liz line is just as great as the color choices. While hooking up my mani, my nail tech said “the polish is thick and only needs a few coats, and lasts longer than most nail polishes on the market.” And she’s absolutely right. A week later, my nail polish hasn’t chipped at all. 
From the conservative career woman to the fashion-loving risktaker, there’s a color for everyone. I chose the new, gorgeous unnamed gray color that everyone’s talking about (Tweet @gingerandliz with name suggestions!) and for my ring finger, I picked the amazing taxi yellow hue, “Caution.” 
Me getting my nails done. Yes, I’m always on the phone.
Finished product—isn’t it amazing? The gray color and “Caution” are a match made in heaven.
The adorable “Liz” of Ginger & Liz with multicolor nail polish. I’m so proud of their success (P.S. I knew they were gonna be huge!)
Miss J painted each nail in a Ginger & Liz hue to match his fierce multi-finger ring. Werk!
June Ambrose posted a Twitpic of herself getting a cute Ginger & Liz mani at the lounge.
While sipping on Absolut Berri Acai (which mixes amazingly well with everything from juice to champagne. Trust me, I’ve tried), I checked out the Jouer Cosmetics makeup stand, which is a French line of chic and modern cosmetics. The intelligent packaging for Jouer, which means “play” in French, allows you to do just that. You can attach different shadows to customize your portable makeup palette. Fabulous!
Once Beautylicious and my nails were hooked up and faces were beat, we snacked on the delicious Popcorn Indian Kettle Corn (see below, yum!) and checked out the fashion brands. Robert Verdi featured the new Maidenform bra that adds two cup sizes to your bustline and ShaToBu shapewear, the innovative brand that burns calories while you wear it! I need ShaToBu in my life pronto to get right and tight for the summertime. 
Check out some pics of us hanging out at the lounge below! Fun times.
Beautylicious and I looking pretty and sipping Absolut Berri Acai and lemonade earlier in the week.
Here’s this adorable model I met at the lounge! I had to take a pic with him. Fierce.

His cut was some kind of amazing.
Kisses,
Coutura

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 EXCLUSIVE: Behind-the-Scenes Video of Marc Bouwer Fall 2010



Marc Bouwer is more than a designer; he’s a visionary. The talent behind red-carpet gowns for Beyonce’, Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey and Rihanna, Bouwer is the first designer to ever host a virtual runway show. Now, Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, Alexander Wang and Isaac Mizrahi are all following suit. (Sidenote: I got an invite to Isaac Mizrahi’s show this season! Super excited!).


Marc Bouwer is also a pioneer in his passionate campaign against animal cruelty. In 2002, he was the first designer to present a collection completely devoid of animal products. The groundbreaking collection was sponsored by PETA, who later honored Bouwer with the PETA Humanitarian award. 


I was honored to land an exclusive invite to the taping of Marc Bouwer’s Fall 2010 virtual runway show. Famous for his eye for detail and sophisticated draping techniques, Bouwer has been one of my favorite glamorous, red-carpet designers. And let’s face it, he has amazing hair.


Between dressing Victoria’s Secret Angel, Candice Swanepoel, and chatting with the director, Carl Byrd, Marc took a moment to speak with me about the inspiration behind his Fall 2010 collection (chocolate!), his affinity for faux fur and the young, sexy starlet he’d love to dress.


Check out our behind-the-scenes video and read the full interview below. Don’t forget to visit http://www.marcbouwer.com on February 18th at 9AM EST for a front-row seat to the debut of Bouwer’s stunning collection.





Coutura: What was your inspiration for the new collection?


Marc Bouwer:  I envisioned a beautiful woman wearing these avante garde clothes walking through a celestial universe and thinking about a past lover. The colors were inspired by a velvet box with a burgundy ribbon that you open up and inside are chocolates in metallic wrappers, hence the jewel tones, the turquoises, purples, burgundies, golds and silvers. Then you unwrap them and there’s this gorgeous, dark chocolate. It’s a rich, sensual experience.

Coutura: Chocolate and lovers? Sounds perfect. I see metallic is a strong theme in this collection, which is different than what you’ve shown before. In what other ways is Fall 2010 different than your previous collections?


MB: A little more avante garde and futuristic. Fashion is moving in that direction but it’s not just about padded shoulders. It’s all about extending the sleeve—a tight silhouette with explosions in the neck, the sleeves, the hip or the back, in architectural angles. And now that I have three different lines [his eponymous line, the moderately-priced Marc Bouwer GlamIt! and M by Marc Bouwer, a line on QVC], I can afford to be more experimental and spend a little more money with my Marc Bouwer Collection line.


Coutura: You’re adept at changing with the times and the virtual runway show is an example of that. Why did you choose to host a virtual show instead of a traditional show?

MB: We were the first to have a virtual show because I wanted to give the whole world a front row seat: school kids, mothers, editors and celebrities. [Traditional shows have] become a celebrity circus and I’m not so concerned about getting celebrities to my show—they wear my clothes. I want everyone to see it. The disadvantage to putting on a live show during Fashion Week is that it’s very expensive, costing $300,000 and more; and editors and journalists can’t always make it.


Coutura: You’re also a pioneer when it comes to anti-fur activism and I’m really proud of what you’ve accomplished, including your PETA humanitarian award. Fur is a huge trend on the runway this season. How are you combating that and offering an alternative in your collection?


MB: People need to become aware of the process: when animals are killed to make fur, their skin is ripped off of them while they’re still alive and they’re thrown in corners to die. If you want that look, technology has given us a way to recreate it. I have a faux fox jacket in my latest collection. To spread awareness, I always speak out at interviews and to celebrities.

Coutura: Speaking of celebrities, Beyonce looked gorgeous in your dress at the launch party for ‘Heat.’


MB: Thank you. She’s beautiful. She also wore one of my dresses in Paris.


Coutura: You’ve dressed so many beautiful ladies, Angelina Jolie, Halle Berry, Sarah Jessica Parker. What celebrity would you like to dress that you haven’t yet?



MB: I’ve worked with so many. Even the young girls like Taylor Swift and Rihanna. I’d say Megan Fox. And I always wanted to dress Nicole Kidman and finally, we did.


Coutura: Congratulations! I love Nicole. Well, I’m sure celebrities and editors will fall in love with this new collection. Thank you for speaking with us.


MB: My pleasure, thank you for coming. 

Don’t miss the show: Marc Bouwer Fall 2010 airing February 18th at 9AM EST on http://www.marcbouwer.com.



Fashion Week: Heart Truth with Heidi Klum, Kim Kardashian and Reggie Bush!

Hey Glamazons!
After the Ports 1961 show, I took a much-needed break to eat, recharge and get ready for one of the most fabulous, fun shows of the season: Heart Truth Red Dress Collection.
The runway was adorable: glittery chandeliers hung above it and at the end, there was a set fit for a candy striper. Too cute for words!
My fabulous friend, Sandrine (check out her blog, La Dolce Vita, and upcoming blog, Date City) and I managed to get into the second row! Here’s a camera phone pic of us before the show. Loves it!
Before the show started, Superbowl winner (Who Dat!), Saints running back, Reggie Bush, tried to slip quietly in his front row seat. Little did he know, one row behind him sat the girl who’s been harboring a secret crush on him (it’s the dimples) for years…yours truly. I walked up to him to get a picture (strictly for blog purposes, wink) and he was super sweet about it. Yum.
Okay, so I had to acknowledge his fineness though I know he was there to support his girlfriend Kim Kardashian (whose crazy family I watch every Sunday so no shade at all to her, happy for them, I swear!).
Though Reggie caused a mini commotion (someone behind me asked, is that 50 Cent?), once the show started, all eyes were on the beautiful celebs.
Here’s the rundown of designers/stars plus pics!
A pregnant Bethenny Frankel was charming in Isabella Oliver. The entire time she was holding her stomach and smiling from ear-to-ear in a ruched strapless dress.
Felicity Huffman came out to applause in Oscar de la Renta. She looked stunning and stopped to hug her husband.
Estelle was gorgeous in an elaborate Zac Posen gown. She broke into a rockstar pose at the end of the runway. So fun!
Joan Collins walked out in Stephanie Rolland. The crowd erupted in applause and everyone was trying to snap a picture.
I just love Jordin Sparks’ energy! She showed off a new svelte bod in a form-fitting Badgley Mischka number.
Kim Kardashian wowed in a Marchesa gown that highlighted her famous curves. Her make-up and hair was elegant and refined. She stopped to blow a kiss to boyfriend Reggie in the front row. So cute!
Kimora Lee made an appearance wearing a short, sequin dress from her new line, Kouture by Kimora. Yes, it’s spelled with a K. She looked beautiful and stylish, as always. (Sidenote: I was surprised to see her since rumor has it that Baby Phat isn’t showing this season?! Somebody explain).
Raven-Symone hit the runway in Tadashi Shoji—and can I say she was super-fierce? She even kicked her shoes off before walking backstage! Don’t hurt nobody (No seriously, that could’ve flew into someone’s face).
One of my personal favorites was Regina King, who sauntered down the runway in a curve-hugging dress from Tracy Reese (she’s in amazing shape) to Alicia Keys’ “Put it in a Love Song.” I love that when the music suddenly stopped, she paused, broke into a pose and kept moving once it played again without missing a beat. Now that’s fierce!
Robin Roberts walked out to applause in a one-shoulder J.Crew Collection dress that showed off her toned shoulders and arms. She’s such a strong figure, battling breast cancer and covering hard news like the earthquake in Haiti, without losing her fun, cheery disposition. Everyone was inspired by her and cheered her on down the runway.
Can we stop pretending Heidi Klum is a human like the rest of us? She came out looking impossibly gorgeous in a John Galliano gown and sleek blonde hair. She’s all the more striking in person.
All the ladies walked out under red heart confetti at the end, danced and posed for a picture under the Heart Truth banner.
All in all, it was a superfun show for a better cause: spreading awareness about heart disease. Visit http://www.hearttruth.gov/ for resources about the disease and what you can do to help.
The Heart Truth Red Dress Collection show always lifts my spirits and was a great way to end a sad day in Fashion. Oh and as if the show wasn’t entertaining enough on its own, I saw my girlfriend in my head, Wendy Williams, and ran into the hilarious Robert Verdi (pictured below with the amazing Elaine) and Micah Jesse (check out his blog, he cracks me up!) after the show. Fun times!
Now off to bed for a full day of shows tomorrow. Stay tuned!
Kisses,
Coutura
Pictures: Style.com. Ybf.com. Instyle.com.

Fashion Week: Ports 1961 Fall 2010 with the cast of MTV’s "The City"

Hey Glamazons!

So in just two weeks, Ferocia and I have walked into two tapings of MTV’s “The City.” Coincidence? I think not. Clearly, we need our own reality show! (MTV, call us). Just kidding, sort of.

The Ports 1961 show was quite the production behind-the-scenes with Whitney Port, Roxy and our good friend, Joe Zee taping for the reality show hit. The crew filmed them walking into the Promenade at Bryant Park (where the show was held) and absorbing the beautiful fashions.

And beautiful fashion, it was! Across the runway, Ferocia and I were in love with every exquisite piece. As I reported earlier, designer Tia Cibani took inspiration from “the relationship between discovery and invention.” To that end, the collection was rooted firmly between “the classic and experimental.” The menswear detailing, feminine shapes and rich color palette embraced tradition while the architectural silhouettes, innovative textiles and digital prints were surely a nod to the future.

My favorite pieces boasted stunning glazed jewelry in the form of a necklace or a jeweled detail on the shoulder that radiated beauty. Since Ports 1961 always delivers tailored, classic pieces, it was lovely to see Cibani incorporate the futuristic style du jour without sacrificing the brand’s signature look. And the hair?! Big, fussy, wild curls that were to-die-for! The models looked free, modern and cool. Check out pics below.

On a more solemn note, the show started with a moment of silence for fallen fashion icon, Alexander McQueen. The whole fashion world is mourning the loss of a great talent. Check our tribute out here.

Stay tuned for more!

Kisses,

Coutura