Monthly Archives: January 2013

Justin Timberlake Collaborates with Tom Ford for New Album

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Posted on January 29, 2013 by

It’s been almost six years since Justin Timberlake has released a new album and he’s certainly making his comeback in style—in designer style that is. Timberlake’s new single, Suit & Tie, which is part of the album “The 20/20 Experience” features Timberlake in designs by Tom Ford.

The cover of the single (pictured below) serves as a teaser of the collaboration with Timberlake is dressed in a tuxedo with satin peak lapels and one of Ford’s signature bow-ties.

According to WWD, Ford commented on the partnership saying: “I adore Justin. He has innate style and enormous talent. It has been such a pleasure and honor to work with him throughout this entire creative process.”

The extra work hasn’t slowed Ford down, however. Earlier this month the designer debuted his Men’s RTW Fall 2013 collection for his label, Tom Ford, which he started after leaving Gucci in 2004.

The album, which is expected to be released later this year, also features another noteworthy collaboration: Jay-Z. Check out the video below featuring the musical and design talents of Timberlake, Ford and Jay-Z:

Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week – Editor’s Picks

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Posted on January 25, 2013 by

Aside from the usual fashion week round-up post, sometimes I’m so moved by a collection, or two, or three, that I want to focus on them in more depth.  The Paris Haute Couture collections that I fell in love with from start to finish were Jean Paul Gaultier, Ulyana Sergeenko and Valentino.

I would assume this has a lot to do with my own personal style, which is why certain collections speak to me more than others.  This is true for everyone as we all have different perspectives and expectations that may seem to mesh perfectly with the designers inspirations behind his or her designs.

Jean Paul Gaultier brought out the Indian gypsy that demands to be noticed.  The collection was colorful and voluminous – each piece was distinct in its own way, but together created a cohesive message.  Gaultier gave us everything and reminded us that he is a talented designer who knows how to change with the times.

The opening look, a belted amethyst and brown plissé jersey gown, was borderline boho-chic, just the way I like it.  Don’t be fooled though, these ladies were styled to the finest detail, living up to their “haute couture” expectations.

   

   

Ulyana Sergeenko took us away from reality to a land filled with fantasy and adventure.  Sergeenko told Harper’s BAZAAR, “The collection is inspired by well-known novels, among them the American classics such as Gone with the Wind, The Wizard of Oz, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Headless Horseman etc. The muse of the collection is Scarlett O’Hara, especially when played by Vivien Leigh in the famous Hollywood adaptation.”

Perhaps it was the the modern fair-maiden look that appealed to me or the sexy gowns that made the wicked witch look fashion-forward, but I found myself easily whisked away into the land of make-believe. It was quite heavy for a spring collection, but I could forget that as the Wonderland theme was light-hearted enough to make up for it.

   

Valentino.  Creative directors Maria Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli brought Italian elegance to Paris for Valentino.  The delicate nature of each design was effortlessly sculpted into a breathtaking collection of gowns in various silhouettes and shades of white, red, and black.  The floral theme of the week was evident here as well in a serene and seemingly meticulous fashion.  It was a beautiful, clean and well-executed collection that Mr. Valentino Garavani himself was proud of.

   

Photos by Giovanni Giannoni, WWD

Fashionable Loafers: The New Flat

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Posted on January 17, 2013 by

While the ballet flat has emerged as the go-to shoe for stylish women, another contender for slip-on style and comfort has emerged this season. Breaking out of the traditional menswear mold, loafers are stepping out in a myriad of colors, sizes, and price ranges.

Traditionally worn by men, loafers were introduced in the United States in the 1940′s. This season; however, is a witness to just how much things have changed as many of the styles being designed today focus on women wearers.

While the luxury fabric, velvet, is often associated with these slip-on shoes, designers are shaking things up with everything from studs and embroidery to tassels and tipped-toes.

The loafer’s low heel provides support and style as they can be wrapped in metal or fabric such as the case with these Charlotte Olympia embroidered velvet flats (right). The Charlotte’s Web flats take a cue from a mixture of trends, combining embroidery, rich velvet, and a stylish heel for an altogether eye-catching look.

Olympia isn’t the only one taking inspiration from the everyday. Even Marc Jacobs is taking a cue from canine couture with these shorty leather-appliquéd velvet loafers (below). Alexander McQueen has also added embellishments to the traditional, including sequin skulls.

We can’t go without mentioning Charles Philip Shanghai – he has mastered the lady-like loafer, combining textures like satin and prints which see pass the traditional and add a dimension of wonder and even some sparkle.  These smoking slippers combine the loafer-like tongue yet forgo the heel for stylish comfort at its best.

Some soles even unite the styles of the season, such as these Giuseppe Zanotti crystal-embellished striped grosgrain loafers, which nod to the classic look of black and white with a touch of sparkle for added flair. These Nicholas Kirkwood glitter-finished suede loafers combine the best of black and blue.

With its simple style, the loafer is the perfect accompaniment to a pair of trousers or dark denim. So step into something more comfortable for a day at the office or an easy day to night look.

Moves Like Wrangler

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Posted on January 17, 2013 by

Forget leather paneling, prints or waxed effects…denim has booked itself a trip to the softer side.  With winter’s chill upon us, our gams may be feeling as bone dry as the threads we typically squeeze them into.  One company, however, has tapped into what women really want out of their jeans.  Wrangler just launched the first ever pair of moisturizing denim with leggy Lizzie Jagger backing the campaign.

Denim Spa will consist of a line of skinny stretch denim infused with natural moisturizing oils and butters to fend off skinny jean dermal dehydration.  Miss Jagger, who tested and wore the jeans herself for this launch stated that “after a day wearing Denim Spa, my legs feel great – they come out feeling more silky than usual.”

Wrangler plans to sell three styles (or shall we say flavors?)…one in an Aloe Vera finish, which Lizzie describes as feeling “a little cooler than regular jeans,” along with an Olive Extract and a Smooth Legs version.  While the first two promise just what the line’s title suggests, the third is standing out as the most appealing since it boasts an anti-cellulite formula containing algae extracts, caffeine, and retinol.  We have no idea how this wouldn’t feel like wearing an oily coffee filter all day, but according to a test study by France’s Institut Adriant, 69 percent recorded a visible difference in the appearance of cellulite…so it could be worth the try.

This all sounds a little too good to be true…what’s the catch?  Well, the ingredients only really last you 15 wears.  But never fear, there are refills available!  So if you’re feeling dried out, too curious not to try, or are a super fan of slimming wraps you can snag a pair of your very own Denim Spa from ASOS on January 28 for $136.

 

“Love Me” Campaign from Smashbox Cosmetics

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Posted on January 16, 2013 by

Smashbox Cosmetics invites you to be a part of beauty and Oscar history.  To celebrate the new “Love Me” collection created with artist, Curtis Kulig, Smashbox has launched a Facebook app that allows you to create your own “Love Me” billboard that you can use as your Facebook cover photo.

The billboard you create on the app will go live on Hollywood Boulevard at the iconic Roosevelt Hotel in LA during the week of the Oscars, which airs on Sunday, February 24.  In addition to being seen in LA, your creation will be live-streamed online and seen by people all over the country and around the world.

Here’s how it works:

  • Visit the Smashbox Cosmetics Facebook page to design your ultra-personalized “Love Me” billboard by choosing from three templates inspired by Kulig’s limited-edition collaboration with Smashbox Cosmetics
  • Upload the photo you want to be featured in your billboard
  • Write what “Love Me” means to you in a few words
  • Wait for your email notification about what time your billboard will go live, which will include a link to a live-stream online

Your digital “Love Me” billboard will be broadcast during the week of the Oscars on a digital billboard on Hollywood Boulevard at the Roosevelt Hotel, across the street from the Dolby Theatre, the legendary venue of the Academy Awards.

Everyone who creates a billboard will also have the chance to win a product from the “Love Me” collection.  Kulig’s signature “Love Me” mark has been seen everywhere from LA to Tokyo, and this limited-edition collection features eye shadows, lipsticks, blushes, liners and lip glosses inspired by his vivid color palette and unique “Love Me” script.

To get started, visit the Smashbox Cosmetics Facebook page.

Red Carpet: Golden Globe Awards 2013

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Posted on January 14, 2013 by

The Golden Globes Awards aired last night and set the standard for the rest of the year in awards shows.

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosted, and though they both lost the award for best actress in a TV comedy series to Girls’ star Lena Dunham, they kept the laughs going from beginning to end.

As expected, “Argo” won for best drama, “Les Miserables” won for best musical or comedy,  and Anne Hathaway won best supporting actress for her role in “Les Miserables.”

Unexpectedly, Bill Clinton made an appearance to introduce Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln,” which was nominated for best drama.  Equally surprising was Jodie Foster’s sincerely, revealing speech after accepting the Cecil B. DeMille award.

The red carpet sizzled with one stunning look after the other and here at JBC, we’re always happy to see our clients’ designs featured on Hollywood’s leading ladies and gentlemen.  Check out some of our favorite looks below.  David Votano, JBCStyle’s luxury recruiter, points out: “It was great to see a lot of Armani on the runway in so many styles on both men and women.”

   

Stacy Keibler in Armani Privé | Jodie Foster in Giorgio Armani | Olivia Munn in Giorgio Armani

Robert Downey Jr., everyone’s favorite superhero, in Armani

   

Amy Adams in Marchesa | Michelle Dockery in Alexandre Vauthier | Anne Hathaway in Chanel

    

Claire Danes in Versace | Jennifer Lawrence in Christian Dior Couture | Taylor Swift in Donna Karan Atelier

   

Emily Blunt in Michael Kors | Jennifer Lopez in Zuhair Murad | Kerry Washington in Miu Miu

   

Nicole Kidman in Alexander McQueen | Tina Fey in L’Wren Scott | Zosia Mamet in Tony Ward Couture

That’s a wrap!  At least until The Oscars airs live on February 27!

Photo Credits: WWD.com

Not for Men Alone, London Men’s Fall Collections 2013

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Posted on January 13, 2013 by

The men’s fall 2013 collections are currently showing in London, and as a woman, I find myself thinking, “I would wear that.”  I’ve always been a fan of menswear looks for women so I’m not surprised with my interpretation; however, I have a feeling more women than usual will share my sentiments.

On the other hand, most men will find quite a few of the collections don’t appeal to them as such a sharp turn, no matter how inspirational and forward-thinking, is just too risky.

Discussing how certain pieces will appeal to both men and women can lead to labeling the conversation as one about the fashion industry’s new obsession with androgyny.  I’m choosing not to label it, and just let it be.  So, what is it?

It’s an innovative group of designers who see a fine line between man and woman as they design – although some may find it uncomfortable, sometimes it’s not too out of the ordinary.  For example, consider the two looks below from the Alexander McQueen show.  The skirt- or tunic-over-pant look is part of everyday dress for males in some countries.

 

For a more extreme example, I’m choosing to highlight Jonathan Anderson whose background in womenswear came through at the JW Anderson show.  He dressed his models in bandeau tops, sleeveless mini dresses, and frill-top riding boots.  Sounds like the contents of a woman’s closet – and it could very well be!  Anderson clearly went ultra-fem to open the show, but he did offer a few pieces that reminded us every now and then that we were viewing a collection for men, not women.  However, it takes more than an overcoat, a trench and heavy fabrics to keep the scale tipping more towards menswear than womenswear.

   

Rest assured, every collection wasn’t a gender-bender – there were plenty of options for the most masculine of men.  Visit wwd.com to view the collections in their entirety.

Anticipating Fashion Week

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Posted on January 7, 2013 by

Fashion week is only about a month away.  The anticipation to see what our favorite designers have in store for the 2013 fall/winter ready-to-wear shows is building and the ongoing hype around bloggers and influencers in the industry continues.  For example, if you didn’t know who the Man Repeller was by the end of last season, you’ve probably been living under a rock.

Which model(s) will be in high demand?  Who is the next blogger to go from obscure to influential?  Will newly placed creative directors spread their wings at their respective new fashion houses?  Will another designer change location or pull out of fashion week altogether? Who’s sitting in the front row?

These are the questions that we are most interested in having answered in the upcoming weeks.  From one show to the next, fashion week, once only open to buyers and press, is now a public show on display in real-time to the entire world thanks to social media and developing technology.

The actual items making their way down the runway are no longer the main focus.  Designers face criticism from everyone – an internet connection is all that is needed to state one’s opinion.

Yet they persevere – season after season – to bring us inspiration, fantasy and creativity in only a few minutes.  This year, ready-to-wear fashion week kicks off in New York on February 7 and continues through Valentine’s Day (that’s Feb. 14 for those who don’t celebrate).  London (Feb. 15-19), Milan (Feb. 19-26), and Paris Haute Couture (Jan. 21-24) and RTW (Feb. 26 – Mar. 6) follow close behind.  Let’s not forget about the gentlemen: Jan. 16-20 are the dates for the menswear shows in Paris.

We’ve already learned Tom Ford is showing his first major womenswear catwalk show in London and  L’Wren Scott is opting to show in London as well on Feb. 17.  Cacherel is not showing at Paris Fashion Week and Givenchy will skip the haute couture shows in Paris this January.

Let’s see… what else?  Raf Simons and Hedi Slimane will remain in the spotlight as this will be their first fall/winter 2013 ready-to-wear collections for Dior and Saint Laurent, respectively.

There is one man who can steal that spotlight… depending on what Balenciaga has in store for us with Alexander Wang as their newly appointed creative director.

We’re in for a whirlwind fall/winter 2013 season.  Again.

See you there!