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Snooki Is Headed To The Altar


Posted on March 7, 2012 by

In what sort of wedding dress do you envision Jersey Shore’s most popular meatball reality star waltzing down the aisle?

For inspiration, New York Daily News asked five talented designers to dress Snooki for her big day. This is made especially challenging because of her unique stature; coming up short at 4’9″ and weighing in at only 98 lbs, many silhouette’s will not flatter her figure.

Not to mention the baby bump.

Club-kid turned designer Richie Rich imagines a “boardwalk inspired, cocktail, cotton candy confection.” [Featured above right]

Ann Yee, a Brooklyn-based designer, took Snooki’s ‘big’ personality into account when sketching a short, fitted dress complete with leopard print details. Yee adds: “Obviously since she loves showing off her body, she’d probably want to show off her baby bump as well. I’d definitely make it tight for her to show that off too.”

Season 2 Project Runway finalist Kara Janx has a vision of bedazzling Snooki’s gown with I love Jionni on both sides of the bodice.

Designer Zang Toi takes a real unique twist, stating that Snooki should stay true to herself by wearing a wedding dress version of her signature bathing suits.

Rising star Cheng-Huai Chuang would go the girly route by using pink tulle and chiffon for an over-the-top, fabric-heavy design. Chuang states that this dress will allow Snooki’s attitude to shine through while still keeping it classy and elegant.

Here’s a look at all of the designs:

Alexander McQueen-Fall 2012 RTW


Posted on March 7, 2012 by


For Fall 2012, Sarah Burton chose to look to the future with a collection meant to exude positivity and optimism.

An illuminating contrast from past collections designed by Alexander McQueen himself, the assortment managed to provoke similar reactions as viewers entered the eternally breath-taking world of the house of McQueen.

Take a journey with Burton and follow the models as they cascade down the runway, eyes shielded by futuristic wrap-around visors, waists cinched elaborately by sculptural metal belts and wrists and ankles cuffed in fluff, be it feathers or fur.

Every dress moved outwardly and swayed with each step.  From luminous whites, to pale shades of pink, bright reds, soft lavenders and finally jet black, each piece seemed to be extensions of the bodies they adorned.

The outward extension could be symbolic of Burton’s sights on the future of the brand which will go on with the goal of preserving the emotional connection between garment and consumer forged by McQueen.

Wearable?  No, but the runway looks serve as inspiration for a commercial collection that is available and is  sure to aid in the aspirations to move forward.


See the collection in it’s entirety here.

Mr. Lagerfeld-Let Us Count the Ways


Posted on March 6, 2012 by

Lately we’ve seen an increase in job descriptions that have become what we like to call “slash jobs.”  Also known as wearing many hats, slash jobs entail more than your average bullet list of job requirements.  To survive in today’s economy and remain relevant, one must be willing to branch out and be unafraid to dip your toes in pools outside your area of expertise.

Karl Lagerfeld is a good example as he’s got his toes in almost every pool possible.  The man likes to dabble and we can respect that.  He’s everywhere and he’s continuing to add value to his name, his work and his legacy.

Let us count the ways.  Our top five favorite things that Karl Lagerfeld does:

1. Designer Turned Political Cartoonist

As of last Friday, March 2, French magazine Elle will publish a series of political cartoons by Mr. Lagerfeld.  As the French presidential election approaches, this designer feels the need to send a message.

“L’Oeil de Karl” will be published every Friday until election time.  The sketches will offer an unbiased slant on the political climate.  The first sketch features each presidential candidate wrapped up in scarves in their party’s colors.  The caption reads, “Couvrez vous bien et attention aux extinctions de voix.” This translates into the could-be subliminal message: “Wrap up warm and be careful not to lose your voice.”


2. Karl Lagerfeld for Hogan-Studded Glory

In 2010 Diego Della Valle, founder, president and chief executive of Tod’s, the company that owns  Hogan, enlisted Mr. Lagerfeld to create a capsule collection with the intent of increasing brand awareness and visibility.  The designer created a line of footwear for the spring/summer 2010 season and started a relationship with Hogan that continues today.

In his fourth collaboration with Hogan, he placed a personal touch on the Fall 2012 collection of Karl Lagerfeld for Hogan.  This season he went to work on the original “Interactive” sneaker designed by Della Valle by adding embroidery, raised studs and paisley to the leather sneaks.  The footwear was made to coordinate with the handbags and the outwear stayed true to the sparkles and studs vibe.


3. Eponymous Needs To Be Used In A Sentence

Once you become so skilled in your craft that you can successfully launch your own online company, under your own name, doing what you’ve been doing for years, you’ve reached Mr. Lagerfeld’s level.  Last month, went live and so the world of Lagerfeld grew to offer product personally influenced by the man himself.

The new line, Karl, is available exclusively online and features apparel, footwear and accessories.  Catering to the new breed of edgy, stylish and social media savvy clientele, Karl represents its namesake with street-couture designs and attainable luxury prices.


4. Chanel-Coco Would Be Proud

Of the many designer labels and couture houses, only Chanel can boast a heritage so glamorous and deeply committed to timeless fashion that it has stood the test of time and continues to thrive.  At the helm of the house of Chanel stands Mr. Lagerfeld dressed in black, shades on, cut-off gloves intact and the infamous silver ponytail.  Nothing more needs to be said as “Chanel” plus “Karl Lagerfeld” speaks volumes.


5. Fendi-In Case You Didn’t Know

Italian luxury defined: Fendi.  What many may not realize is that the man behind the brand is none other than Mr. Lagerfeld.  He joined Fendi as a designer in 1965, launched the house’s first ready-to-wear fur collection in 1969 and in 1977 he launched ready-to-wear collections for men and women.

Under his creative guidance, Fendi expanded its product line to include denim, fragrance, and gifts.  Going strong for over 40 years, the partnership between house and designer remains a success.  Fendi’s Fall 2012 RTW collection demonstrates the innovative and forward-thinking work of Mr. Lagerfeld.  Futuristic silhouettes, luscious furs and supple leathers were structured in Fendi fashion with a couple of special touches made to be gazed upon.


For your never-ending, determination to impact and innovate the fashion world and beyond, Mr. Lagerfeld, we name you Employee of The Month.  Congratulations.


Beauty Review: Make Up For Ever La Bohème Baked Eye Shadow Palette


Posted on March 6, 2012 by

Make Up For Ever La Bohème Baked Eye Shadow Palette

What it is: A palette featuring baked eye shadows in six pearly shades for creating a range of soft, romantic looks. 

Enriched with mineral powders and a high concentration of pearl, La Bohème Baked Eye Shadow Palette includes luminous shades with a lightweight texture and a silky feel.

The perfect palette for completing your boho chic look, shades range from vibrant greens, coral, and purple to neutral brown and beige.

The great thing about baked eye shadows is that they can be used in two different ways for a variety of looks; brush on dry for a natural-looking result or wet the shadow before applying to intensify color.

Where to get it: This gorgeous palette retails at $39 and is sold exclusively at Sephora.

Meet Meri-Leigh


Posted on March 6, 2012 by

Name: Meri-Leigh Hollowell

Title: Talent Acquisition Executive, JBCStyle

Location: New York, NY

Recruiting specialty: Sales and Production

I became a recruiter because … I love fashion and I love those who create fashion

Favorite designer: Rebecca Taylor

Celebrity crush(es): Ryan Gosling, John Mayer, Drake, Vince Vaughn … just to name a few

Favorite place in New York City: The path around the reservoir in Central Park 

Best interview tip: Less is more. Don’t overdo the hair, makeup, perfume, or accessories. And RELAX.

If I could be an animal I would be … My English Bulldog, G – she lives the good life!

Dream vacation: The Amalfi Coast in Italy

Sweet or salty: SALTY

In my spare time I … Play with my puppy, “G”; cook; paint my nails; watch movies

Fashion or Beauty Tip: Use your straightener to curl your hair – it creates natural waves rather than Shirley Temple ringlets. And red lipstick will ALWAYS make you feel prettier.

Favorite item in my closet: My Jeffrey Campbell clogs

Restaurant I would recommend: Locanda Verde in Tribeca and The Meatball Shop in the LES, open till 4am

Favorite music artist/band: Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Florence+ Machine, John Mayer, DMB, Sleighbells

Favorite quote: “Be present.”

Lori Zaslow: Meet Your Match[maker]


Posted on March 5, 2012 by

Get to know Lori Zaslow, the bombshell behind Bravo’s new series, Love Broker, and you’ll find a woman whose foundation is built on family, friendship and an unwavering entrepreneurial spirit.  Project Soulmate, the boutique matchmaking company she co-founded, is the inspiration behind the show.

Speaking of soulmates, Lori and her husband Bryan have been happily married for about twelve years.  They have two children: Ithan and Dylan, seven and five respectively.  To complete the family portrait, enter two lovable canines: Pax Buster (12 ½ year old Cavalier King Charles) and Rylee Madison (1 ½ year old Chocolate Labrador).

As she continues to realize her dream of helping others find true love, Lori is not one to forget how it all began.

Her relentless pursuit of fostering meaningful connections stems from twelve years in the fashion industry as an Executive Recruiter. Since 1998, Lori has spent nearly every moment working with top talent and clients. From New York City to Los Angeles, Lori possesses the innate ability to recognize the needs of her clients.  In 2006, inspired by Lori’s passion for professional matchmaking, Bryan launched JBCStyle, a fashion recruiting agency.  As an unlimited source of optimism, dedication and industry knowledge, Lori helped pave the way for JBCStyle to become the success it is today.

Lori co-founded Project Soulmate in 2009 with Jenn Zucher, her childhood best friend from camp.  Project Soulmate gave Lori the opportunity to bring real people together in the name of love.  She spent the past three years working tirelessly to help the men and women of New York City find their perfect match. Lori believes in forming lasting relationships built on the principles of honesty and integrity.

Lori’s vision for Project Soulmate is to provide a premier matchmaking service with a personal touch.  With an open mind and an open heart, Lori’s true passion is to help each client find his or her soulmate.  She puts her all into her own relationship and has been known to do the same for her friends, family and clients.  To be in Lori’s world is to be a part of her expansive network in which she will give her all.


           JBCStyle is one branch of the powerhouse of companies that have taken the recruiting industry by storm with the main goal of creating the perfect match between talent and company.  With a focus on the fashion and retail industries, JBCStyle has roles in apparel, footwear, accessories, handbags, beauty, home, action sports and more.  Launched in 2011, JBCconnect caters to the advertising and marketing industries.

Love Broker Series Premiere


Posted on March 5, 2012 by

The wait is finally over and tonight all eyes will be on our favorite matchmaker Lori Zaslow for the series premiere of Love Broker on Bravo TV.

The first episode of the series follows Lori’s newest client, 40-year-old David Fischer aka “Fish”, who appears solidly stuck in his early 20s but claims to be open and ready to finding “the one.”

Here’s a sneak peak of Episode 1:

Lori will also appear on Watch What Happens: Live with Andy Cohen, Bravo’s late-night, interactive talk show that features guests from the world of entertainment, politics, and pop culture, tonight at 11PM.

We know we’ll be watching … will you?!

Alber Elbaz-Lanvin’s Darling Celebrates 10 Years of Success


Posted on March 2, 2012 by

Appointed as creative director of the house of Lanvin in 2001, Alber Elbaz has remained a constant at his designated “house” as we’ve seen other designer labels play the game of musical chairs with their creative directors.  As a steady figure, he positioned Lanvin to become one of the most coveted labels in the industry.

Tonight, Elbaz will celebrate ten years with a party that will take place after the Lanvin show at Halle Freyssinet.  To say “Elbaz will celebrate” may be a misstatement as the man himself, true to his personality, is not one for tooting his own horn.  He is constantly looking for ways to become better in his role and isn’t the type to become too comfortable.  Sounds like the ideal candidate for any role.

One of the reasons he is so adored by dedicated fans worldwide may be his “it’s never enough” demeanor and endearing tendency to reveal his self-doubt.

Ten years is truly a feat worth celebrating; but can we talk about the Lanvin business in numbers?  Business is good.  Two major successes last year include a 24 percent increase in sales and a collaboration with H&M that caused madness at the storefronts of participating stores hours before opening time.

An additional celebration is scheduled for April 26 in Beijing where Lanvin will showcase recent women’s and men’s collections in one huge, all-encompassing fashion show.

The Morocco-born, Israeli-bred designer moved to New York at the age of 26 and soon began working for Geoffrey Beene.  In 1996 he was hired as the creative director of Guy Laroche and two years later he left for Yves Saint Laurent to design women’s ready-to-wear.  After being fired from YSL three seasons later, he spent a season at Krizia in Italy and then took a one year leave from the fashion industry before he found his home at Lanvin in 2001.

A well-respected journey of a man who sets the standard for tenure in the fashion industry.  His connection with women is evident in words and seen in his designs:

“I think that I was very alert to women, and I am seeing more and more that women are changing.  Their lifestyle is becoming more and more difficult on a daily basis.  So I was trying always to simplify their life…Women need something a little bit more easy in their wardrobe, instead of thinking every morning what goes with what, they just zip it in and at night zip it out.  This is how I kind of evolve.  I am thinking of something and, boom, I start to work around it.”

In a conversation with WWDs European editor, Miles Socha, “Elbaz Reflects On a Decade at Lanvin.”  Read the full interview here.

JBCStyle | Top Ten LA Events


Posted on March 2, 2012 by

March is often thought of as the most depressing month of the year. Stuck in the drab weather between winter and spring, no days off … so to spice it up a bit, we’ve compiled a list of our top ten ‘must see’ events happening all around LA this month. And there’s plenty more where these came from!

1. Kate Spade Traveling Tour Bus And Pop Up Shop, Featuring The Vivian Girls

When: March 2nd & 3rd from 7-8PM
Where: The Grove, 189 The Grove Drive
Admission: Open

2. Simply Stylist LA Event

When: Saturday, March 3rd 1-9PM
Where: W Hollywood, 6250 Hollywood Blvd.
Admission: $20 – $200

3. Richard Bunnkall Book Launch and Reception

When: Sunday, March 4th from 5-7PM
Where: Pasadena Museum Of California Art, 490 East Union Street
Admission: Open

4. Low End Theory

When: Wednesday, March 7th at 10PM
Where: Airliner Lounge, 2419 N Broadway
Admission: $10

5. Doin’ It For Love – Benefiting PETA

When: Friday, March 9th from 7:30-8:30PM
Where: Wishire Ebell Theatre, 4401 W. 8th
Admission: Ticketed event

6. LA County Irish Fair and Music Festival

When: March 10th and 11th, 10-6PM
Where: The Fairplex in Pomona, 1101 West Mc Kinley Avenue
Admission: Free to $28

7. Style Fashion Week

When: March 12th through 16th
Where:  Vibiana, 214 South Main Street
Admission: Open

8. Coeur Accessories Show

When: March 12th through 14th
Where: Cooper Design Space, 860 South Los Angeles Street, 11th Floor
Admission: Open

9. LA Fashion Weekend

When: March 16th through 18th
Where: Sunset Gower Studios, Hollywood
Admission: Ticketed event

10. Los Angeles Beerathon

When: Saturday, March 31st at 12PM
Where: 2341 E. Olympic Blvd.
Admission: $55

JBC Style | Top Ten | Mixtape


Posted on March 2, 2012 by









We’re breaking in March with a gust of (some) new, some old favorites.  Add this to your weekend sounds!



1. Rhye – “Open”












2. Evy Jane – “Say So”












3. AlunaGeorge – “You Know You Like It”










4. Wild Belle – “Keep You”












5. Work Drugs – “Blue Steel”












6. Bonobo – “The Keeper (Banks Remix)”












7. Poolside – “Harvest Moon”












8. Mr. Gnome – “House of Circles”












9. Games feat. Annika Zee – “Bridge & Law”












10. Kavinsky – “Roadgame”