Thursday, August 30, 2012

Max Kibardin: Ful Speed Ahead

Fresh off his early 2012 stateside debut, Milan-based designer Max Kibardin is lending a little flair to his vertiginous soles. Together with Chicks on Speed for their second collaboration to date, the designer has created a limited-edition platform evening sandal that will be a part of In Synthesis, an exhibition opening today in Australia aiming to empower female artist collectives and communities, in which Chicks on Speed is participating. “They’re musicians, they’re artists, they’re designers, they’re modern with a special point of view and they have a special aesthetic as women,” Kibardin told of his partners on the project. “This is the shoe they’ll use for different exhibitions and performances. It was a way to embrace their artistic needs and about creating something unique for them.”

And while the shoe is rendered in one of Kibardin’s signature open-toe shapes, the customized print was born out of a chance bar encounter in Tokyo. Chicks on Speed’s Alex Murray-Leslie met local Tokyo artist Ossan, and soon Ossan had created an animated interpretation of Murray-Leslie’s new song “Clonomatic,” due out on their new album in 2013. That animation is why Kibardin continues to pursue intriguing collaborations. “It’s always interesting to see my brand from a new view—this kind of collaboration allows me to see my brand differently.” That, and it satisfies a creative outlet beyond sales. “Sometimes you want to do something just for fun, something independent from the commercial part of the business. You want to create something just for the sake of being creative.”


Getting To Know Diana Vreeland

Fashion icon (among other things) Diana Vreeland is the subject of a new documentary (The Eye Has To Travel), authored by Lisa Immordino Vreeland who is the wife of her her grandson Alexander. In the September issue of Harper's Hazaar, Lisa shares some interesting tidbits about her grandmother-in-law. I've included some of the most interesting.


  • The pillows in her home were infused with perfume via hypodermic needles.
  • Before becoming a fashion editor, Diana had a lingerie shop in London. Legend has it that Wallis Simpson seduced Edward, then Prince of Wales, while wearing one of Diana's nightgowns. "Mom's store brought down the British Empire," her son Frederick once joked. She often had her own nightgowns tailored, with up to three fittings on a single one.
  • She always had her dollar bills and her tissues ironed before putting them in her handbag.
  • She ate the same lunch everyday: a whole-wheat peanut butter-and-marmalade sandwich , washed down with scotch. "Peanut butter is the greatest invention since Christianity," she said.
  • She rarely left the house before noon, and often conducted serious business from her tub.
  • The only thing Diana loved more than fashion was reading, and her favorite book was Moby Dick. "My life has been more influenced by books than by any other one thing," she said.
  • Diana's signature color was red, but she never found the perfect shade, which was, according to her, "the color of a child's cap in any Renaissance portrait."
  • She had her custom-made shoes shined for years before she ever started wearing them. And once they entered her rotation, she had the leather and soles shined everyday.
  • She approved of jeans but only on the right body: "I think blue jeans are the most beautiful things in the world, and they can be as tight as you can wear them, but only if you look well and have long limbs."
  • Paris's Hotel de Crillon reserved her personal bed linens for her frequent visits.
  • She loved surfing though she'd never been on a board.
  • Diana's kabuki-like blush was a signature that not everyone understood. A kindly flight attendant once offered, "here, honey, let me rub in your rouge for you."

Harper's Bazaar magazine

Ward Ivan Rafik Captures Actress Ni Ni in Dior Haute Couture for Vogue China September 2012

Such elegance!

The New Look, The New Lady – Lensed right after Raf Simons’ debut showing of Dior Haute Couture, photographer Ward Ivan Rafik used the same venue with its million flower set to capture stunning Chinese actress Ni Ni in the designer’s exquisite gowns. Stylist Candy Lee dresses Ni Ni in spectacular selects for the September issue of Vogue China, with the actress’s flawless make-up and pulled back tresses adding just the right amount of polish to top off her impressive wardrobe.


Cintia Dicker by Christopher Schmidt for Plaza Kvinna September 2012

Cintia is truly a vision! Looks one and four are my favorites.

The Cintia Story – Brazilian beauty Cintia Dicker (Marilyn NYC) covers the September issue of Plaza Kvinna in striking images lensed by Christopher Schmidt. Styled by Christian Classen, Cintia shines in strong, luxurious selects from Michael Kors, Valentino, Gucci, Donna Karan, Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, Emilio Pucci and others. / Production by Gabriel Rey


Monday, August 27, 2012

The Moon & Stars

Surely you didn't think that I could resist buying something else from the T.J. MAXX jewelry counter! My eyes caught these two necklaces and it was a done deal....they look great layered together.

Whenever I see a combination of the moon and stars, I'm reminded of the parting words of the late Ed McMahon (when he hosted Star Search), "always aim for the moon, but even if you miss, you will be among the stars."

Rose gold-filled CZ pendant, $24.99; 18-kt gold-filled CZ pendant, $19.99

"All Cuffed Up"

I've been searching the stores for spiked and studded cuffs for quite some time. While I've run across many,  I wanted one made of good quality leather with a little extra detail. Yesterday, I stopped by T.J. MAXX and there they were! (God I love that store!)  I'm heading out in just a bit, and will be wearing Natasha's version layered with gold bangles.

Natasha, $19.99; Vince Camuto, $16.99

Nathalia Oliveira is Military Glam for Elegance Netherlands September 2012

True classics!

Naughty Marine – Tapping into the fall trend of military-inspired cuts, the September issue of Elegance Netherlands features Nathalia Oliveira in army chic looks with a feminine touch. Photographed by Andoni & Arantxa with styling by Ellen Mirck, Nathalia dons the designs of labels such as Alberta Ferretti. Chanel, Max Mara, Bally, Ralph Lauren and Salvatore Ferragamo. / Hair by Loris Rocchi, Makeup by Claudia Marchetti, Stylist’s assistant – Ortal Assis


Ajak Deng by Julia Noni for Obsession Magazine

The clothes....the Accessories!!!!

City Dweller – Fall fashions get a futuristic makeover with Julia Noni’s (Chris Boal Artists) latest work for French publication Obsession Magazine. Noni captures model Ajak Deng in looks from the likes of Chanel, Balmain, Prada and Balenciaga with techno chic accessories styled by fashion editor Barbara Loison. An urban backdrop serves as the perfect contrast to the standout ensembles.


Vlada Roslyakova Rocks The Haute Couture Collections for Vogue Netherlands September 2012

Haute Couture – Highlighting the fall 2012 haute couture collections, the September issue of Vogue Netherlands enlists Alique for a high impact shoot starring Vlada Roslyakova. Styled by Martien Mellema, the Russian stunner marvels in the designs of Chanel, Givenchy, Jean Paul Gaultier and Armani Prive amongst others. Transformative hair and makeup by Jerome Cultrera and Irena Ruben complement the stunning looks.


Accessory Stylings: Paula Cademartori

Paula Cademartori

The young designer from Brazili, but now Milanese, celebrates the opening of new space in Via Mascagni, a headquarters Paula Cademartori which comprises also the showroom.

 "We are very excited to have my own space in the heart of Milan, a city which I feel very close," says Paula, who anticipates some news for next season. “My fifth collection - S / S 2013 – will feature a mix between refined materials and colors, expressing on the one hand the never ending passion for monochrome intensity, on the other hand there will be the color-block tension, both trademarks of the brand". The collection will be enhanced by the signature metal buckle, which has engraved the initials PC as a necessary footnote on the page, which continues to tell a story of Italian craftsmanship, timeless design and elegance. The icons that are distinct from the beginning the style of Paula Cademartori are exquisitely reinterpreted through fine materials and refined details. From the more wide model as Elizabeth, Faye and Silvye, to the small ones, until the silhouette day & night: each form is built with a clear sense of proportion and function.

The new collection S / S 2013 will be showcased during the Milan Fashion Week at the Grand Hotel et de Milan and also at Premiere Classe in Paris. The brand is expanding and is now being distributed in markets such as Russia, China and the United States. From September, among other news in retail, a selection of exclusive Jungle Flower bags will be on sale at 10 Corso Como store in Milan. The line is distinguished by the image of the petals and leaves embroidered and declined "on demand" on each model through a sophisticated lizard and suede patches. Precious bags under the sign of Made in Italy craftsmanship.