Category Archives: Gucci

Michelle Obama Wears Alexander McQueen




Alexander McQueen’s brand will live on, according to Gucci Group, which has a 51% stake in the company via http://www.WWD.com. The celebrated designer, who committed suicide last week, decided that Alexander McQueen, the label, had transitioned from being the name of a designer to putting in place the building blocks of a brand” according to Gucci Group chief, Robert Polet. 


“That means that will be my legacy,” McQueen said, according to Polet. “That’s something I will always leave behind.”


With the Fall 2010 collection almost complete, the brand will present at Paris Fashion Week between March 3-11. Surely, the fashion industry will be awaiting the collection debut with baited breath.

In the meantime, fashion moguls like Betsey Johnson and Naomi Campbell have paid tribute to the fallen fashion icon in their New York Fashion Week shows and a tribute is planned to Alexander McQueen during London Fashion Week. 

Betsey Johnson tribute.

Tribute at Naomi’s Fashion Relief for Haiti Fund show.


First Lady Michelle Obama wore an Alexander McQueen printed blouse from the Spring 2009 collection to meet with ten students from London at the White House this morning. Mrs. Obama’s knowledge, thoughtfulness and sensitivity toward the Fashion World continue to amaze me. 

Check out a pic of the First Lady in Alexander McQueen below via http://www.Mrs-O.org. What a subtle and beautiful tribute to the late designer.


I am so sad about his passing, but grateful we have his “legacy,” of artful, inspired designs to look forward to. 

Wearing my beloved MCQ…for Target dress in solidarity.



Kisses,

Coutura



GLAM OR SHAM?: Mary J. Blige at the Grammys





A pop of color goes a long way on the Grammys 2010 red carpet. With Rihanna in white Elie Saab, Beyonce in Stephanie Rolland nude and Ciara in Givenchy black, Mary’s magical magenta Gucci gown brought some life and energy to the mix.


Her bold hue shined against her glowing brown skin and golden hair. Her subtle makeup and dazzling jewelry were the perfect accompaniments (I would’ve chosen a silver clutch over black though). But these aren’t the best parts.


The body-skimming silhouette showed off a toned, curvaceous figure that put even the young celebs to shame (It certainly put me to shame. Heading to the gym after this post).


And the detailed neckline, a theme at the Grammys (see Rihanna’s high neckline and Jennifer Lopez’s halter neckline) gave the gown some interest with its purposefully-placed cut-outs. It highlighted Mary’s pretty cleavage, toned shoulders and muscular arms in a way that was feminine and elegant. Love.


For her performance with David Foster and Andrea Bocelli as a tribute to Haiti, Mary J. Blige wore another stunning hue: a cobalt blue jersey gown with beaded detail from Roberto Cavalli’s Pre-Spring 2010 collection. Color looks good on her.





Check out her performance via my beloved hip hop site, Rap Radar, below:









What do we think of Mary’s boldly hued looks? Glam or a Sham?

Magazine Glam: Rihanna for W Magazine, Precious star Gabourey Sidibe for V Magazine’s Size Issue


Hey Glamazons!

I’m addicted to huge fashion glossies, among other things. So I’m thrilled to share with you the latest covers of two of my favorite mags, W Magazine and V Magazine.
As much as I love Rihanna, I have to start with V Magazine’s Size Issue. With all the buzz surrounding January’s V Magazine—and those incredible spreads, the cover has to be just as special, right? Right. With double covers featuring “Precious” star, Gabourey Sidibe (that movie was so touching) and Dakota Fanning (looking very Twiggy-like), the V Magazine editors have successfully relayed the message that every size is beautiful.
I especially love Gabourey’s cover. I’ve never seen her look more gorgeous and glamorous. It really goes to show that beauty has no size limit.
Collect both covers of the magazine – on newsstands NOW! Click here for more info about the covers.


And now for Rihanna, her February 2010 W Magazine cover and spread, shot by Craig McDean and styled by Lori Goldstein, is to-die-for!!! Seriously, the leopard-print Lola hat almost knocked me out cold when I saw the photo on my blackberry.
Wearing Gucci, Prada and Michael Kors in clean black and white shots, Rihanna solidifies her place as a high-fashion favorite. In python coats, leopard print hats and studded fingerless half-gloves, Rihanna continues to venture into bad-girl territory with her fusion of glamor, grit and goth.
I wonder if Anna Wintour feels she missed the boat by allegedly denying Rihanna the American Vogue cover after her nude photos hit the web. Oh well, looking hot is the best revenge, indeed!

Gucci dress. Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry earrings. Dior Fine Jewelry ring. Chanel Fine Jewelry cuff.

Michael Kors dress. Lola hat. Van Cleef & Arpels necklace. Gucci ring and bracelet.


Dior coat. Van Cleef & Arpels necklace. Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry tassel necklace. Bulgari bracelet.


Les Copains gloves.

Prada dress. Loree Rodkin earrings. Dior Fine Jewelry ring. LaCrasia gloves.

Click here for more pictures from Rihanna’s shoot.

Kisses,

Coutura


Compassion in Fashion: Gucci & FFAWN party with Mary J. Blige, Alicia Keys and Lebron James!


Hey Glamazons!

Mary J. Blige became famous singing about sorrow. Now, she’s using her painful experiences to spread joy to millions. Enter FFAWN, the Foundation For the Advancement of Women Now, which she founded with marketing pioneer, Steve Stoute. The organization seeks to inspire women to overcome difficulties and achieve success through scholarships, grants and programs. The cause is one close to the singer’s heart, as she has spoke candidly over the years of her resilient, unwavering spirit in the face of adversity. I commend her for using the pain of her past to encourage and inspire women to reach their own unique potential.

Just in time for Fashion Week, Mary J. Blige collaborated with Gucci Creative Director, Frida Giannini, to celebrate Gucci for FFAWN day on September 16th, where the 5th Avenue flagship store donated 10% of its day sales to Blige’s charity. To commemorate the special day, Blige hosted a ceremony at the Empire State Building, lighting the landmark in FFAWN’s colors, purple, yellow and white, and threw a private cocktail party that evening at the flagship store.

I had the good fortune of attending the latter. Guests, including Lebron James, Serena Williams, Alicia Keys, Estelle, Russell Simmons, Ryan Leslie, Vanessa Simmons, Dwight Eubanks and Estelle,came out in dazzling cocktail dresses and sharp suits to show their support.


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Powerhouses, Estelle, Mary J. Blige and Russell Simmons take a moment to chat on the red carpet.

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Ryan Leslie is the perfect gentleman in a dapper, all-black suit.

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Lebron James and Savannah Brinson make a handsome couple at the event. Love the houndstooth jacket, Savannah! [Sidenote: Go Cavs!]

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Beauties, Mary J. Blige, Serena Williams and Alicia Keys, sneak in some girl talk between posing for photos.

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Serena Williams poses with blogger and make-up artist, Beautylicious, inside the store.


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Dwight Eubanks and I give good face at the event. Love him!


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Vanessa Simmons and I take a picture after the event.

The oldest Simmons daughter chatted with The Glamazons about how she plans to design a clothing line for Pastry, her popular sneaker brand. She even modeled one of her designs, a black skirt with sparkly line details, for us at the event. We’re all about sparkle at the Glamazons (check out my leather and stone vintage necklace)! Vanessa, you better work! Can’t wait to shop the collection =)

Speaking of shopping, the Gucci flagship store was an ideal venue to host the event as since 1921, Gucci’s clothing, shoes, jewelry and watches have made women feel luxurious and beautiful. Creative Director, Frida Gianninni, continues that tradition with a limited edition black PVD twirl watch she designed specifically to commemorate the collaboration with FFAWN. Check out the watch below, which is available in Gucci stores and on gucci.com. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to FFAWN.

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Stunning.

With all the focus on shopping and party-hopping, it was great to see celebrities and designers put their energy toward a significant, worthy cause. It actually inspired me to clean out my closet, which is currently overflowing with never-worn dresses and jeans, and donate to the clothing drive at my grandmother’s church. Glamazons: how are you using your love of Fashion to give back to those less fortunate? Whether it’s the purchase of a Gucci for FFAWN watch or a clothing donation, every little bit helps.

Kisses,

Coutura

Photos: Getty Images.