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.
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.
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.
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. Karl.com-If 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, Karl.com 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.
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.
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.
Lori will also appear on Watch What Happens: Livewith Andy Cohen, Bravo’s late-night, interactive talk show that features guests from the world of entertainment, politics, and pop culture, tonight at 11PM.
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 WWD‘s European editor, Miles Socha, “Elbaz Reflects On a Decade at Lanvin.” Read the full interview here.
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!