March 12, 2016 |
First lady Michelle Obama's breezy, winter floral strapless dress Thursday night was everything . Obama joined the hubby in hosting Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife, Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau, at a White House state dinner in honor of Canada. As a nod to our friendly neighboring country to the north, Obama opted for a Jason Wu - the same designer she chose for both inaugural balls. Wu was born in Taiwan, but grew up in Vancouver. This phenomenal silk gown is straight from Wu's fall 2016 collection that debuted on the New York Fashion Week runways in February.
January 3, 2016 |
Much to the dismay of our mothers, grandmothers, great-aunts, and old-school divas everywhere, bare legs have trumped stockinged ones for quite a few years now. But 2016 marks a leggy shift. The trendlet Look for panty hose to add the finishing touch to our tailored, midi-skirt looks this year. (And bodysuits, if we wear them.) Where does it come from? Knee-length nylons were introduced to women's wardrobes in the 1920s, when hemlines went from floor-length to just below the knee.
February 5, 2015 |
When Target's Ava & Viv collection hits stores this month, women who are young at heart and wear a size 14 to 26 will be pleased. True to this spring's fashion trends, Ava & Viv's 90-piece line is easy, breezy, sporty, and futuristic. The best looks include a heather-gray print blouse with matching wide-legged pants and a black jumpsuit that features a blousy bodice. Other cool items include tuxedo-stripe jogging pants, a chambray dress, solid V-neck Ts, and a floral bikini - everything I'd like to have in my wardrobe this spring.
March 4, 2014 |
Hollywood's brightest stars sparkled at Sunday night's Academy Awards in gowns fashioned from nude metallics and white shimmer, wrapping up a nearly flawless red-carpet season. The night's best-dressed prize goes to Naomi Watts, stunning in a white, cap-sleeved dress courtesy of Francisco Costa for Calvin Klein. Lupita Nyong'o was a close second. She looked like she was floating in the icy-blue, whimsical Prada gown that she said reminded her of Nairobi, Kenya, her childhood home.
December 26, 2013 |
Red-carpet highlights - like the dazzling Armani Privé gown Naomi Watts wore to the 2013 Academy Awards - are definitely worth noting, but fashion moments they do not make. A fashion moment is the ensemble that's the day's watercooler conversation, or perhaps the week's meme. It's a sartorial snippet in time that challenges our notion of style, makes us shake our heads, or nudges us to possibly tweak our own look. From Miley to Kim-ye, here are my picks for the top fashion moments of 2013.
April 11, 2013 |
Supermodel Cara Delevingne, the 20-year-old face of major fashion brands - think Chanel, Burberry, Marc Jacobs, and YSL - has young girls (and boys) touting her off-the-runway style: slouchy beanie hats, graphic T's, and super-skinny jeans. Take her tomboy minimalist charm and combine it with her ultra-girly looks, and no wonder she walks top designer runways for Diane von Furstenberg, Stella McCartney, Jason Wu, and Oscar de la Renta. In March, British Vogue named Delevingne model of the year.
March 7, 2013 |
NEW YORK - About 15 years ago, designer Thom Browne had his own ideas about how a suit should fit. So he shortened the arms and the pant legs, opted for a flat-front trouser, and shrank everything else. The rest of the fashion world jumped on Browne's exaggerated proportions, and by 2003, he opened a bespoke tailoring shop in New York's Meatpacking District. Browne was on his way to becoming the most influential menswear designer the world had seen in 20 years, his contributions to suiting as significant as Giorgio Armani and Christian Dior.
January 24, 2013 |
I can't help but wish first lady Michelle Obama had chosen a ravishing, ruby-red gown four years ago when she made her first twirl on the inaugural dance floor with the president. But this is not about me. It's about FLOTUS, and it was clear that Obama and her chosen designer Jason Wu were playing it safe back then with the white, one-shoulder gown. After all, we really didn't know either of them yet. Well, now we do. And play time is over. Obama flexed her bronze, muscled back in a stunning halter gown at the Commander-in-Chief Ball Monday night, to much applause - including my own. Watching from my living room TV, I stood up and clapped when Obama walked out to dance to Jennifer Hudson's screeching rendition of Al Green's "Let's Stay Together.
January 23, 2013
"IF BEYONCE'S weave thinks she can upstage me, she is sorely mistaken" - @FirstLadysBangs That's right, folks. First lady Michelle Obama's new hairstyle has its own Twitter account. It makes sense, since the hairdo, unveiled on FLOTUS' 49th birthday last week, was one of the most talked-about things on Inauguration Day. Even President Obama affixed his presidential seal of approval. Way to mix it up, Michelle. She did us proud. I was hoping FLOTUS would turn it out for the inauguration.
March 21, 2012
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