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FIRST LOOK! Rachel Roy and Estelle’s Jewelry Line


Hey Glamazons,

Estelle’s first foray into Fashion, alongside celebrated designer, Rachel Roy, has come with much fanfare. Since we announced the collaboration in August, breathless anticipation for the debut of their jewelry line has only mounted—and with good reason.
Rachel Roy is a bright star in the Fashion industry with an eponymous line loved by Michelle Obama and a wildly popular diffusion line for Macy’s.
Estelle is a stylish songstress whose fun, futuristic fashion choices won her a collaboration with shoe/handbag designer, Johnathan Kelsey and a spot designing a H&M t-shirt for AIDS prevention.
With Estelle’s fearless fashion sense and Roy’s exquisite eye for detail, we all expect great things to come from their collaboration. Their debut piece (below) doesn’t disappoint. Showing traces of both Estelle and Roy’s style, it’s bold, beautiful and delightfully feminine.

Ever the social media maven, Rachel Roy has a special treat for her Facebook fans. They’ll get the chance to shop the collection before it hits the general public through a pop-up Facebook store. The petal ring (above) will be sold exclusively through the Facebook store, which will run for three days starting February 9th.
The full collection will include a wide range of conversation pieces from stunning necklaces to gorgeous rings, ranging from $34-50.
Tell me what you think of the ring, Glamazons. Are you excited about this collaboration? Will you shop the collection on Facebook?
Kisses,
Coutura

Barbie Wins Best-Dressed in CFDA Designer Duds

Truth: Though I died for Chloe Sevigny’s ravishing ruffled Valentino dress at the Golden Globes and was reborn in Diane Kruger’s marigold Jason Wu gown at the SAG Awards, my Best Dressed award goes to…Barbie.
Not only has she been around longer than any Hollywood celeb (51 and still looks fab), but she’s a fashion favorite, having been styled my very favorite shoe designer in the world, Christian Louboutin.
Now, 12 of the CFDA’s best designers are following suit, lending their superb talent to create fashion-forward Barbie dolls: Betsey Johnson, Rachel Roy, Isaac Mizrahi, Alexis Bittar, Justin Giunta, Tory Burch, Lorraine Schwartz, Philip Crangi, Devi Kroell, Kate Spade’s Deborah Lyood, Monica Botkier and Albertus Swanepoel.
As part of the CFDA’s partnership with Mattel, each designer was asked to add their signature touch to a Barbie doll in a Little Black Dress. (See my favorite above by the legendary Tory Burch).
With layered statement necklaces and sheer, dramatic skirts, the designers did that and much more. Check out some of the designs below. Barbie has never looked more fabulous.
Betsey Johnson – glamour meets goth in a sheer lace skirt and Minnie Mouse bunny ears!

Rachel Roy – polished and ever so chic, Barbie’s ensemble inspired a top from Rachel Roy’s Fall 2010 collection. Roy also noted the look mirrors the pieces First Lady, Michelle Obama, wears from the Rachel Roy line via Stylelist. Tres chic!

Justin Giunta – It’s no secret that my favorite jewelry designer is Justin Giuta of Subversive Jewelry who is now design director of jewelry for Tory Burch. He makes wearing jewels a stunning, ornate experience as evidenced by Barbie’s statement necklace here.

Isaac Mizrahi – Isaac Mizrahi is always classically chic with a studded minidress in black, a perennial fashion favorite. A light pompadour and slingback pumps are elegant, understated touches.

Monica Botkier – The Botkier woman is a diva in an embellished v-neck dress with a pink tie belt, a lavishly-wrapped scarf and that famous IT bag. Just fabulous!

Lorraine Schwartz – Beyonce’s go-to brand for the red carpet, Lorraine Schwartz serves up bling unlike any other jewelry designer. Her Barbie lets the Accessories take center stage with sparkly earrings, bracelets and details (that ‘B’ for Barbie charm would make Kimora proud) that scream Hollywood glamour.

Deborah Lloyd of Kate Spade – Designed by Deborah Lloyd of Kate Spade, Barbie’s pearls, pumps and pink polka dot tote radiate Upper East Side sophistication.

Alexis Bittar – Alexis Bittar’s entire lucite collection is strikingly beautiful. It dazzles as an accent to Barbie’s glittering one-shoulder embellished dress and poufy red hair.

Devi Kroell – Leave it to Devi Kroell to dress Barbie in three statement-making, awe-inducing pieces: a studded fuschia bag with chain handle, a gorgeous, embellished cuff and those amazing metallic show-stopping shoes. Gorg!
These one-of-a-kind Barbies will be auctioned off on Ebay from January 28th at 10pm until February 7th, with a starting bid of $100. Proceeds will benefit the CFDA’s scholarship programs and educational initiatives.
Glams, pick your favorite!
Kisses,
Coutura
Images Courtesy of Mattel.

Rachel Roy and Estelle are Headed to Africa


Hey Glamazons!

Accomplished designer, Rachel Roy is arguably having the best year ever. She debuted her eponymous line for Macy’s, RACHEL Rachel Roy, to critical acclaim and commercial success. She collaborated with fashionable singer, Estelle, on a jewelry collection, which makes its highly-anticipated debut in 2010. And most recently, she nailed the photo opp every designer hopes for when Michelle Obama wore her pencil skirt while announcing the First State Dinner. Pretty amazing, right?

Her latest venture is even more commendable. Marrying her two loves, fashion and charity, Rachel Roy announced via Facebook that she will travel to Africa with Estelle and her daughter, Ava, to provide impoverished women with the opportunity of a lifetime. She will include handmade clutches and bracelets from Rwandan and Tanzanian natives, many victims of genocide and abuse, in her newest RACHEL Rachel Roy collection. Roy believes that the opportunity to participate in an international market will give these women the resources they need to stop the cycle of abuse and poverty, and to provide for themselves and their families.

As Roy announced via Facebook, her mission is a collaboration with Fairwinds Trading, an organization which gives victims of poverty, abuse and genocide the opportunity to participate in international commerce: “Through Fairwinds Trading these women are able to earn an income by creating exquisite handmade goods which are sold in the U.S. I am grateful to play a role in helping to change their lives by providing jobs & offering their handcrafted pieces through RRR,” Roy said.

Check out a few of the handmade pieces below. Rachel Roy (@rachel_roy), Estelle (@estelledarlings) and Roy’s daughter Ava will document next month’s trip to Africa on Twitter.


I find the beautiful designs and noble cause really inspiring, and can’t wait to live vicariously through their pictures and anecdotes. What do you think of the pieces?

Kisses,

Coutura


Fashion’s Night Out with Rihanna, Beyonce, Jay-Z, Estelle & Pharrell

Whew.
Fashion’s Night Out was even more exciting and exhilarating than I expected. My only complaint is that it should have a whole week! It was IMPOSSIBLE to hit every event I wanted to in one night…and in 3-inch heels! I must say though, my friends and I made the most of the night. Let me start at the beginning.
After getting Minxed, I returned to the office for a run-through for our still life shoot the next day. Disaster ensued. Our boss wanted all new clothing samples and I literally had hours to get them all in. Fashion’s Night Out was looking less and less likely but…when there’s a will, there’s a way.
While Rachel Roy tweeted about the shaggy fur vest that was flying off the shelves of her pop-up store (follow her at @rachel_roy), I packed, did inventory and sent sample requests in under 15 minutes. I slipped on my military jacket, Dereon black booties and leopard print clutch and hit the road.
Here’s my friends, Patrice, Sandrine (who has an amazing art, fashion and lifestyle blog you have to check out!) and I hitting the road for Fashion’s Night Out!
FIRST STOP: BILLIONAIRE BOY’S CLUB
We hopped in a cab downtown to the Billionaire Boy’s Club flagship store in Soho. First of all, Fashion’s Night Out in Soho felt like Halloween night for the fashion set. Everyone was dressed up and out on the town. There could have easily been a party outside – people were everywhere traipsing through the streets in heels and shades. The line in front of BBC in particular wrapped around the corner as “Faux-Rells” (our term for Pharrell wannabe’s) littered the streets decked out in head-to-toe in BBC gear. One girl from Arkansas had been waiting on line for four hours to get a glimpse of Pharrell. 
Inside, lucky shoppers enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and cupcakes, and chatted with the N.E.R.D. frontman as he worked the register. Kid Cudi made a guest appearance to the delight of the crowd that spilled onto the Soho streets and hung out with his fellow artist friend once inside the shop. Very cool! 
Pharrell headed to Billionaire Boy’s Club.
SECOND STOP: RACHEL RACHEL ROY
We made it through the Kid Cudi fan crowd out alive and sauntered over to the Rachel Rachel Roy pop-up store to check out the collection. If you are a true Glamazon fan, you know I am in love—wait, obsessed—with Rachel Roy’s new collection for Macy’s. Seriously. I’ve been talking about the pop-up store since the preview in May. My favorites from the collection, like the watercolor dress I adore, were all on sale for unbelievable prices. Even cooler? She hosted a twitter contest for a free pair of peace earrings. The first ten people who showed her tweet about the earrings won a pair! So glam!
While guests waited for the ladies of the hour, Rachel Roy and host, Estelle, we were treated to Good Humor ice cream outside the shop (did I mention my two favorite loves are dessert and fashion?). 
My friend Patrice loving her free ice cream!
Once they arrived, looking beautiful of course, they chatted it up with shoppers and fans then just lounged and took in the scene. Here’s a picture they tweeted from Rachel Roy’s account (twitter.com/rachel_roy). I personally love the two of them together and cannot wait for their upcoming jewelry line
Just as we were preparing to head out, in walks Iman looking statuesque and flawless. Everyone in the store went crazy as no one was expecting a guest appearance from the famed model/mogul, who was as gracious and sweet as ever! We had a wonderful time hanging out with them, but there was so much more to see! 
THIRD STOP: INTERMIX
We hit the Soho streets again only to run into a mob of fans chasing Vogue Editor-in-Chief and September Issue star, Anna Wintour down the street. I’ve never seen an impeccably-dressed fashion editor run so fast in my life. I’m sure after she got to safety, though, she was pleased with the great success of Fashion’s Night Out in NYC and all over the world (I heard London gave us a run for our money!). Congratulations, Queen Anna! Congratulations.
Inside Intermix, the diva of all divas was spotted hitting the dance floor. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, Rihanna, was partying inside the store in a hooded black dress, gloves, a spiky bracelet and these uber-cool studded sunglasses. Of course, she added a fierce red lip. Does it get any hotter than that? I don’t think so!
Once outside, we decided to hit up the Rocawear 25th Anniversary party uptown and as we went to hail a cab, we caught a glimpse of stylist to the stars, June Ambrose, modeling in the storefront window of Alexander McQueen! It was hilarious!!
LAST STOP: ROCAWEAR PARTY
At last, the final party of the night. We hit Rocawear’s 10th Anniversary party to celebrate the great success of the brand and rub shoulders with our fellow industry fashionistas and fashionistos. We ended the night partying to tunes from Jay-Z’s new album Blueprint 3 (LOVE Empire State of Mind with Alicia Keys) and shooting the breeze with Fashion’s elite. And as I’m rapping at the top of my lungs, who walks by? None other than Jay-Z dressed head-to-toe in black and wearing signature stunner shades. We even spotted Beyonce on the scene supporting her hubby! Unbelievable. 
Wow. I had no idea when I blogged earlier about Fashion’s Night Out, that I’d be shopping and partying with some of the hottest stars in the music biz. It was an amazing night and I loved every minute of it – can’t wait until the next one! Glamazons, what was your favorite moment of Fashion’s Night Out? Who was your favorite star sighting? And let me know what great pieces you bought at the events. 
Kisses,
Coutura
Photos: theybf.com. 

A Day in the Life: Vogue September Issue Premiere


Hey Glamazons!

Just in time for Fashion Week, The September Issue, premiered last night at the MOMA museum in NYC. The documentary followed Vogue for nine months as they created the September 2007 issue, which sold 13 million copies and weighed in at 2 kilograms. Whoa. As every magazine junkie knows, the September issue is the single, most important issue of the year for fashion books. And as fashion books go, Vogue is the bible.

I’m always curious to compare the behind-the-scenes chaos at other magazines to ours as the closing of any issue—especially September—finds me sleep-deprived, depressed, hungry, drained and lifeless. I’m sure they’ll be plenty of insider magazine moments that relate to my everyday existence from nerve-racking, finger-biting meetings with the editor-in-chief to celebrity tantrums and breakdowns on photo shoots. Rumor has it there’s a lot of tension between Anna Wintour and Vogue stylist and former model, Grace Coddington (who reportedly argue about whether the photographer’s stomach (below) needs retouching; aren’t the sickly thin models enough?!).


Critics promise that’s it’s filled with more drama and controversy than “The Devil Wears Prada.” Can’t wait to see it! A who’s who of the fashion industry saw the film yesterday at the star-studded premiere and naturally, they were dressed to the nines. On the guestlist? Fashion royalty Marc Jacobs, Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera, Phillip Lim, Rachel Roy, Tory Burch, Zac Posen, Jason Wu and Vera Wang. Celebs Chanel Iman (and boo), Renée Zellweger, Sienna Miller, Cassie, Diddy and Diddy’s car.

Check out the red carpet pics below and let me know if you’re planning to see the film when it opens in NYC on August 28th and everywhere else September 11th.

Queen Anna Wintour hit the red carpet with Sienna Miller wearing a Thakoon dress

Renée Zellweger looked sickly in Carolina Herrera.


Fashion gods, Carolina Herrera and Oscar de la Renta

Rachel Roy always looks so regal and radiant. And love that Michael Kors statement, chain-link necklace.


A newly blond Jessica White. What do you think of the hair color? Not a fan. The bandage
shoes are glam though (Just bought a pair of Manolos like it I can’t wait to rock during Fashion Week!!)

Diddy being very divo on his car – he knows how to make an entrance.

Chanel Iman looks every bit fashion goddess in a Versace mini (and loving the neon heel on those sandals). She brought her boyfriend along – so cute!

Diddy, Cassie and the adorable Zac Posen, whose fashion show made my life last season.


Yes! Cassie is winning these days! The black jumpsuit with plunging neckline and killer pumps are
so tough-luxe! The neon pink nails add the perfect, feminine touch. Love it!


Still don’t know how to feel about that cut though…it just looks odd.


Kisses,

Coutura

Photos: Vogue.com. Concreteloop.com.

Fashion Scoop: Estelle to Create Jewelry Line with Rachel Roy


Our beloved British belle and designer du jour are joining forces for a jewelry line, according to Rachel Roy’s Twitter page and WWD.

Judging from the accessories in Roy’s expertly-designed line for Macy’s—and Estelle’s phenomenal taste in jewelry, we’re in for some beautiful pieces! To be honest, I’m not surprised. Estelle’s been flirting with the Fashion world since designing a handbag with Johnathan Kelsey and most recently, her fab t-shirt for H&M.

Here’s the tweet:

I’m excited to be working with @EstelleDarlings on a jewelry collection, which will debut in Spring 2010. –RR

Rachel Roy also enlisted the British pop star to host the opening party for her New York pop-up shop during Spring 2010 Fashion Week (which I fully plan to attend btw). Sidenote: The store, which is located on 111 Spring Street, will be open starting September 10th. Rachel Roy shoppers can snag clothing, footwear, jewelry and accessories from the Rachel | Rachel Roy Fall collection in the 1,800 square foot space for a limited time only via WWD.

Quite honestly, I couldn’t think of a better pairing. Are you all excited for the collaboration? (Let’s just pray that the jewelry is moderately priced…)

Estelle has fashion sense to spare. I saw her wearing this gorgeous necklace at the Fall 2009 Zac Posen show. She told me via Twitter it was Balenciaga. Glam!

And here are some stunners from Rachel | Rachel Roy. I love that RR’s jewelry always makes a statement, whether it’s alluring Bohemian beauty or edgy, attention-grabbing chic.





Kisses,

Coutura

NEW! Rachel Rachel Roy x Macy’s Fall Collection Lookbook!

As faithful Glamazon lovers know, I’ve been drooling over the Rachel Rachel Roy fur vest, sequined blazer and paint-splattered clutch since I went to the launch fete last May. Now, on the brink of the RRR debut in 500 Macy’s stores THIS WEEK, Rachel Roy has posted the Fall Lookbook online. Scroll down for our fave spreads from the lookbook (and see the rest on her Facebook fan page). Oh and read my review of the collection (plus pics) here.
Warning: my entire paycheck might be splurged in one shopping trip – don’t judge me, I’ve been waiting for the day I can afford Rachel Roy since it launched in ’05! To all my equally frugal & fierce shoppers dying of anticipation, what’s the look you can’t wait to get your hands on?! Oh and make sure to post here after you shop and tell me which items you added to your wardrobe.



Happy Saving!
Kisses,

Coutura

Photos: thefacebook.com/rachelroy