Tuesday, March 31, 2009

"Little Joe" by Gail Elliott

Remember 1980's model Gail Elliott? Well, she is still modeling twenty years later and looking better than ever! That is her in the top picture wearing her own designs. She started her line in 2002 and states that her inspiration came out of her experience as a well traveled model. the line was initially launched as a range of beautiful slips and camisoles that served not only as clothing to lounge and sleep in , but could be worn out as well. Like the pieces worn in the picture above. The collection was a big hit and Gail expanded the direction of the line to give her customers a broader range of styles. From silk and cotton dresses, tops and skirts, to knitwear in cashmere and fine wools, a woman can create an entire wardrobe from the line or add a few pieces to update. Elliott say that she always designs with herself and her friends in mind. As women who travel widely and work hard, they look for clothing that is flattering, feminine, versatile and luxurious. These elements exist in each piece of her "Little Joe" by Gail Elliott collection. Gail's designs have attracted the likes of Cindy Crawford, Naomi Watts, Sharon Stone, Jessica Simpson, Elle McPherson, Helena Christensen, Natalia Vodionova, Yasmin Lebon, Ashley Judd, Molly Sims and Elizabeth Hurley who are all passionate followers of the line. The items worn by the model are pieces from her current line. She also has a passion for candles which can be found on her website littlejoe.com.

Lee Angel for HSN

Longtime jewelry brand Lee Angel now has a new lower-priced line on HSN. I have long followed the line and love their unusual statement pieces. Their pieces for HSN, are a little more, "middle of the road", I'm sure to appeal to the majority of consumers. The pieces are beautiful none the less. I love the mix of brilliant crystals and stones.

Fashion News

A fall preview of shoes from jeans-maker Seven for All Mankind. I love the brown bootie and black sandal!

Serena Williams has joined the ranks of other designers who are selling their items on HSN (The Home Shopping Network). She unveiled her signature fashion and accessories collection at the Tennis Center during day three of the Sony Ericsson open in Miami. She will make her "debut" on HSN on April 30th.

According to WWD this is Zac Posen's first ad since becoming a designer. He consented to created the ad to be included in the indie magazine Fanzine 137. I love it!

Nicole Richie inks a footwear deal with Modern Vintage to manufacture shoes for her new Houses of Harlow 1960 brand. Here they are, as they leave La Conversation Cafe in L.A. Leading is the President of Modern vintage Rick Cytrynbaum.

According to WWD magazine, with consumers looking for a way to save money, 8000 consumers were polled by Big Research to weigh in on where they shopped the most for shoes during the month of February. I must say, I was very surprised by the outcome. Following are the top ten stores and their percentages:

1. Wal-mart 10.9%
2. Payless 10.2%
3. Kohls 5.7%
4. DSW 3.4%
5. J.C. Penney 3.1%
6. Famous Footwear 2.3%
7. Macys 2.3%
8. Foot Locker 2.1%
9. Sears 1.8%
10. Target 1.7%

"Bottoms up"

There is nothing like a dress with a little "flourish". I personally love a dress that has some hem detailing. it draws the eyes from the bottom to the top. The beauties featured here do just that. The designers from top to bottom are:

1. Preen
2. Lela Rose
3. Notte by Marchesa
4. Jason Wu
5. Chloe
6. Camilla & Marc
7. Camilla & Marc
8. Stella McCartney
9. Alice & Olivia
10. Aquascutum
11. Aquascutum

Friday, March 27, 2009


Due to a drab and rainy day....with a chance of snow, I wanted to brighten my mood a bit and feature some color. Instead of Pieces from Matthew Williamson's colorful, spring clothing collection, I chose his unique and colorful accessories.