Friday, December 30, 2011

Year In Review: Our Favorite 2011 Fashion Trends

2012 is so close that we can already hear the kazoos blowing. But before you arm yourself with a fist full of confetti, we wanted to take a trip down memory lane to recall our fashion trend faves of 2011.
It's a no-brainer that colorblocking was hands down the most popular (and we might add, the most fun) trend of the year. While mixing and matching is nothing new for many fashionistas, this trend caused quite a frenzy. Bright pinks, blues, oranges, and teals were definitely our favorite showstopping hues of the year, especially when piled on top of each other! Pairing two and even three bold colors together would be something some "matchy-matchy" folks turn their noses up to. But from the runway to the street, colorblocking amplified the fashion scene, and will more than likely push its way into 2012.
All year long, bold and bright tribal prints were worn by celeb and hipster fashion mavens alike, making 2011 fashion truly upbeat thanks to this chic trend. From Native American-inspired ponchos to flirty Congo beat dresses, the tribal print trend surely added some spunk to wardrobes everywhere.
While in the past, sporting something you found in your brother's closet would almost instantly classify you to be a tomboy, 2011 was definitely a year of blurring the boundaries of women's fashion. Letterman jackets were an especially hot item this year, adding the perfect element of cool to just about any look.
This year served as one of the most influential when it comes to DIYing. The grim days of the economy were especially a drag for the fashion industry, which propelled many to make their own fashion essentials. We all know that trying to imitate even the chicest of runway trends can cost a pretty penny, which is why we adore this year's most innovative accessory: the headscarf! What better way to look fab--even on an unfortunate bad hair day--than with a sassy turban to complete your look? Fashion savvy gals everywhere rocked this easy trend effortlessly.

We can't wait to see what is in store for 2012 fashion! We wish you all a safe and fabulously fun New Year!

Posted by: Kameron Simpson

2012 Fashion: Retro to Dominate

As we bring 2011 to a close, I thought I’d write about what is predicted to be the hottest trend for 2012:  the return of the renaissance of the 1920s and 1950s!

While I blogged last week about Tangerine Orange being the chosen IT color of the year by Pantone, we’re also going to be seeing a mass return of pastels and candy colors like gold, coral, lilac, cream and silver (Alexander McQueen Summer 2012 show anyone?).

According to executive vice president of fashion and retail trend consultants Tobe Report, Catherine Mollering said consumers can expect to see “exotic safari looks, candy colors, flattering 50s-style dresses and touches from the 20s” next year.  We’re talking drop waists, waistcoats, and beaded chiffon dresses. 

Oh!  And don’t forget the cloche hats!  I think we also have the increased wave of British fashion obsession on Kate and Pippa Middleton to thank!

Want to see it in action?  Take a look at the highlights video form the Ralph Lauren Spring/Summer 12 collection above!

Posted by:  Spankie Valentine

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Victoria’s Secret Supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio Pregnant

This woman does it all!  Supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio not only graces some of the most coveted high fashion runways, looking stunning in just about anything you can put her in, but she’s now creating a 2nd angel bun in her oven!

The 30-year-old glamazon broke the news to Brazil’s Istole Gente magazine, saying, “I’m going to be a mom.” 

She’s 4 months along and does not yet know the sex of the child.  This will be the 2nd baby, with her 3-year-old daughter Anja already bearing her mother’s lovely looks.

We wish the best to Alessandra and her longtime fiancé Jamie Mazur!

Posted by:  Spankie Valentine

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Bebe’s Bridal Line

Bebe is launching a bridal collection!!!  When March 2012 hits, fashion retailer Bebe will release a line featuring the full package:  bridal gowns, bridesmaid dresses and accessories to match!

Who’s the brains behind this Bebe revolution?  Designer Rami Kashou, Project Runwy runner-up and a Project Runway: All Stars contestant. 

There will be 10 styles featured, but you’ll only be able to get your hands on the collection at 4 stores, sadly.  Oak Street in Chicago, Rodeo Drive and Aventura in Los Angeles, and Soho in New York.  But don’t fret, you can shop online wherever you are!

Prices range from $950-$2,500.  Will you be shopping the line?

Posted by:  Spankie Valentine

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Ashley Greene the New Face of DKNY

Twilight actress is just lighting up the silver screen anymore!  Ashley Green is the new face of DKNY, and the new campaign showing off her first photos for the company just released.

What does the lovely Miss Greene have to say about her new job?  “It’s easy to talk about how thee clothes work for my lifestyle, whether I’m in New York, L.A. or traveling for work.”

Check out some pics from the campaign.  What do you think?

Posted by:  Spankie Valentine

Friday, December 23, 2011

Princess Diana’s Dresses on Display at Kensington Palace

She was dainty, mild natured, and oh-so elegant.  And now, 5 of Princess Diana’s most famous dresses will go on display in an exhibition at Kensington Palace starting March 26, 2012.

The display will showcase the black silk taffeta gown by Emanuel that Diana wore to her first official engagement with Prince Charles back in 1981.

People will also have a chance to see an ivory silk dinner dress and a fuchsia silk chiffon dress, both by Catherine Walker.  A black silk shift dress by Versace, and a black and white cocktail dress by Bellville Sassoon will finish the collection.

What are your thoughts?  London anyone?

Posted by:  Spankie Valentine

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Jennifer Hudson’s Diva Outfits!

Jennifer Hudson is the visual definition of a diva.  She’s got style, class, confidence, and a flare for the fashionably dramatic.  New York hosted this year’s VH1 Divas Celebrate Soul this week, and Jennifer Hudson’s 4 wardrobe changes didn’t disappoint. 

On the red carpet Miss Hudson rocked a beige Francesco Scognamiglio mini dress with decorated thigh high boots, and then followed up on stage in a fuchsia sequin gown by Dolce & Gabbana.  She finished the night with 2 looks by The Blonds – a stunning and glittering Swarovski crystal decked gown, and a red corset dress.

She looks fab!

Posted by:  Spankie Valentine

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Mission Impossible: How Paula Patton Got In Shape

When you think of Mission Impossible girls, you probably think of the same standards of Bond girls:  impossibly gorgeous from head-to-toe, curvaceous, and full of attitude.  But do you think of new moms?

Paula Patton, the new secret agent named Jane, who stars alongside Tom Cruise in the new movie “Mission:  Impossible – Ghost Protocol,”  had just given birth 5 months prior to shooting the film, and she had to get in shape… stat.

Patton talked about doing “capoeira, karate, boxing, circuit training… for two-and-a-half hours a day.”  She said not only is her reaction time in life quicker post training, but also she’s feeling a little tougher all around.  We don’t blame her! 

Check out some pics from her film, which comes out today!

Posted by:  Spankie Valentine

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Prediction: Orange to be 2012’s Color Of The Year!

Color says a lot about an individual, and is the basis for that canvases that create our fashion.  Every year Pantone announces the next year’s top color based on what they predict consumers will need and want.

For 2012, orange is the hue of choice!  Pantone studies runway shows, consumer habits, pop culture and fabric shows in their decision. 

Leatrice Eisman, the Pantone Color Institute’s executive director said recently, “There’s an element of encouragement with orange…that we want to move on to better things.”

That works for me.  Will you be shopping this vibrant hue?

Posted by:  Spankie Valentine

Monday, December 19, 2011

Britney Spears’ Engagement Ring!

Yes, you heard right!  Britney Spears is getting married!  Her talent manager and agent boyfriend Jason Trawick just popped the big Q on his 40th birthday last week in Vegas. 

Designed by jeweler Neil Lane, Trawick slipped a round white diamond ring around her finger, which features about 90 small round diamonds along the band.  After the party, soon to be Britney Trawick tweeted, “Tonight was one of the most magical nights of my life.”

Congratulations to the happy couple!

Posted by:  Spankie Valentine

Friday, December 16, 2011

Katy Perry’s New Purr–fume Revealed

Katy Perry has got something else to sing about.  Her new perfume, playfully named “Meow” was just unveiled in West Hollywood. 

While showing off her new haircut, Katy Perry promoted her new fragrance with an appearance at The Grove in Los Angeles.

The Purr-fume arrives in a light pink hue in a glass bottle adorably shaped like a cat.  It begins with a peach nectar scent, moves to apples, and wraps around notes of jasmine blossoms.  Just in time for those last minute holiday gifts, will you be grabbing a bottle?

Posted by:  Spankie Valentine

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Vera Wang to Design Men’s Tuxedos

You all know her name… Vera Wang has dominated to wedding dress market since I can remember, and with good reason… her dresses are stunning.  To wear the Vera name down the isle is to wear elegance and sophistication.

So many may be thrilled to hear that Miss Wang is finally confirmed to dress the men on the other end of that isle!

To be officially announced tomorrow, Vera Wang has signed a deal with The Men’s Warehouse to make tuxedos with Flow Formalwear, the same manufacturer who produces Mike The Situation Sorrentino’s line (confusing, I know).  The manufacturer is also responsible for Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein.

So now, couples can rock the wedding march in matching Vera! 

Posted by: Spankie Valentine

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Hits H&M Today!

“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” hits theaters worldwide December 21st.  But that’s not the only place it’s hitting.

The GWDT collection for H&M has finally unleashed in stores today.  All looks are inspired by Lisbeth Salander’s character, who plays the anti-heroine woman, chic in her own dark and unassuming way. 

The collection will feature pants, tops, boots and accessories, designed specifically to capture a weathered and aged look.

Will you be shopping the collection?

Posted by:  Spankie Valentine

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Taylor Swift Turns 22!

Happy birthday to the lovely miss Taylor Swift!  Today she turns a “whopping” 22 years old.  Hard to believe looking back at what she’s accomplished to date, and looking forward to what is to come in her blossomed career.

Taylor Swift is the youngest star to be chosen for Billboard’s “Woman of the Year” enchanting fans worldwide with her down to earth musical approach.

So rather than sing the usual round of “Happy Birthday” melodies, we thought we’d celebrate with a few photos of her through the years in some of our favorite looks!  Enjoy.

Posted by:  Spankie Valentine


Monday, December 12, 2011

Elizabeth Taylor’s Jewelry Sold at Christie’s!

Of the many fashion icons of the world, Elizabeth Taylor was and will always be one of the truly magnificent and special ones.  And her life-long love affair with jewelry is one of her most enchanting legacies. 

Elizabeth Taylor once told a journalist, “My mother says I didn’t open my eyes for 8 days after I was born, but when I did, the first thing I saw was an engagement ring and I was hooked!”

We can see why!  Her collection, to be sold at Christie’s in New York on December 13 and 14, contains pieces from 1950s gold charm bracelets to the Loree Rodkin sapphire set given to her by none other than Elton John. 

And let’s not forget Richard Burton.  Her long time love gave her many gorgeous pieces.  And with estimated values ranging from $5,000 up to $3.5 million, they make for quite an extraordinary collection Here are some photos to enjoy!  (Images courtesy: Christie's)

Posted by:  Spankie Valentine

Friday, December 9, 2011

Karl Lagerfeld Previews His Karl Collection!

For those of you who’ve been patiently waiting yet itching to see a peak of the soon coming new Karl Lagerfeld line, Karl, then your wait is over… er… rather, closer to being over!

Karl Lagerfeld’s Karl collection will make its grand debut on Net-a-Porter on January 25, 2012.  And while you have to wait a bit longer before a lookbook preview is released, you now can drool for a solid 23 seconds while watching this video just released to preview the collection.

Shiny blazer?  Check.  Sexy, sleek clean lines?  Check.

Savor every second… it’s all too short!

Posted by:  Spankie Valentine

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Mariah Carey: the New Ambassador for Jenny

In recent news, Jenny (formerly known as Jenny Craig) announced that Mariah Carey would be the new ambassador and gorgeous face for the company.

Mariah Carey has reportedly lost 30 pounds in the past 3 months using Jenny, and she’s got the brand new bod to prove it.

Check out this provocative and fun new ad campaign, recently aired on TV.  What do you think of the new Mariah?

Posted by:  Spankie Valentine

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Rachel Zoe’s Jewelry Line for QVC

Reality star and stylist Rachel Zoe just released a few new pieces for her collection “Luxe Rachel Zoe” for QVC.

Just in time for the holidays, Rachel’s collection features oversized statement piece rings, chunky necklaces, and drop dangle earrings.  Prices range from $36-108.  Will you be shopping the collection this season?

Posted by:  Spankie Valentine

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Grammy Nominations: Adele, Beyonce, Taylor Swift - The Fashion

Last week the Grammy nominations came out, and in celebration, a huge concert was held at the Nokia Theater, featuring performances from The Band Perry, Lady Gaga and Sugarland. 

Whether or not your favs were nominated, one can still ogle over the fashion that adorned the stage and the red carpet.  So let’s take a look at the beauty of Adele, the pinks of Katy Perry, and others!  Enjoy!

Posted by:  Spankie Valentine

Monday, December 5, 2011

Madonna Will Perform Super Bowl Half-Time Show

It’s confirmed!  Madonna will be gracing the stage for the Super Bowl XLVI half-time show February 5, 2012, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.  Teamed up with choreographer Jamie King and backed on stage by the team from Cirque du Soleil, the Material Girl will ignite football fans everywhere.

This will be the first time that Madonna has performed in on of TV’s highest-rated slots.  So if you weren’t already planning to watch for the game, er, commercials, perhaps you’ll tune in for the show. 

Will you tune in?

Posted by:  Spankie Valentine

Friday, December 2, 2011

Holiday Gift Ideas: Makeup Bag and Cases

So far our holiday gift ideas have included solid perfumes that wear as designer jewelry and home décor, and designer dog collars.  Now I’d like to suggest something practical and equally fabulous: designer makeup bags.

(Below left: Henri Bendel $48 / right: Jane Marvel $24)
(Above left: Smythson $220 / right: Stephanie Johnson $35)

Think about it, you and your girlfriends probably grab your makeup every day, more than most other items.  Why not store it in something gorgeous to look at.  Keeping makeup in a designer bag not only keeps items easily accessible, but simple to throw in a bag and travel with. 

I’ve picked some of my favorites, from high end to affordable price points.  Enjoy!

Posted by:  Spankie Valentine

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Holiday Gift Ideas: Designer Dog Collars

When it comes to coming up with fresh and exciting gift ideas, we often think of beauty and gadget ideas for our friends and family, forgetting about the beloved 4 legged friend. 

(above left: $98 / above right: Kenyan Collection $70)
(below left: Found My Animal $43 / below right: Sister Parish Design $60)

Most dog owners are bona fide dog lovers, and why not surprise them with something fashionable and designer that will make that special pooch look fab?  Here are some of my favorites!

Posted by:  Spankie Valentine