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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”

Rock On Balmain Girl. Rock On.


Posted on March 2, 2012 by

In 1945 Peter Balmain founded the Parisian label on the principles of haute-rocker style and a fine attention to detail.  As of 2011, with Olivier Rousteing as creative director, the House of Balmain thrives through his efforts to connect the label’s heritage with its ongoing affair with rock and roll glamour.

Adding a second notch to his runway belt for Balmain, Rousteing sent a collection down the runway for Fall 2012 RTW that proved his efforts worthwhile.  A unique blend of embellishments and embroidery were used in simultaneous fashion on jackets, tops, pants and dresses.


Every piece was touched by various methods of details formed into geometric shapes and extravagant patterns.  Ornamentation of the silhouette was key and never did we see the notion of “more is more” make as much sense as it did at Balmain.  Rousteing found a happy place this season where he managed to mesh every jewel of inspiration into a successfully executed assortment.


A few more of our favorite looks included ultra-slim embellished pants, velvet in it’s sexiest form and finally, the dark vibe of fashion week wouldn’t be complete without at least one shapely, all-black ensemble.



JBCStyle | Top Ten Surprising Fall Trends


Posted on March 1, 2012 by

Spring hasn’t even officially begun on our calendar, so it’s strange to think about the next winter from now.  But fashion designers are perpetually ahead about a year at a time…get a sneak peak at some of the more unconventional trends we’ll have to look forward to, come summer’s end…









1.  Under Pants

No, we don’t mean wearing your skivvies out and about…this fall, try layering your skinnies (as in pants) underneath a pencil skirt or a dress.











2.  Linebacker Shoulders

Hut, hut, hike!  Guys, look handsome and tough in an extended shoulder, or even with shoulder pads if you’re so bold.











3. The’Murse’

You couldn’t possibly look girly, just smart, with some of the briefcases, totes and oversized clutches for men peeking out for fall.











4. A Sleeve of their Own

Sleeves are taking charge of their identity with contrasting textures and colors.











5. Dramatic Monochromatic

Autumn is full of bright, falling leaves…blend in with just one tone, from head to toe.











6. Asian Persuasion

The Orient is trending for fall with beautiful silks, kimono style jackets, and Kabuki prints.











7. A Suit of a Different Color

What’s a black tie event?  Forget your trusty black suit…it’s time to splash it up a bit.











8. Play Ball

Baseball caps were all over the runway for Fall/Winter 2012…in sleek leather and wide brims.











9. All Bound Up

Accessorize with bondage-inspired hip, waist and shoulder belts to make any outfit look fierce.











10. Annual Shorts

Who says shorts are just a Spring/Summer look?  As long as you layer, you can look cool and stay warm for the upcoming seasons.

JBCStyle | Top Ten NYC Events


Posted on March 1, 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 NYC this month. And there’s plenty more where these came from!

Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987) Candy Box, c. 1983

1. Warhol: Confections & Confessions 8 x 10 B+W Photographs

When: Friday, March 2nd from 6-9PM
Where: Affirmation Arts, 523 West 37th Street
Admission: Open

2. NYC Vegetarian Food Festival 

When: March 3rd & 4th at 10AM
Where: Metropolitan Pavilion, 123 W. 18th St. 5th Floor
Admission: $20 – $30

3. Youthquake! The 1960s Fashion Revolution Exhibit

When: March 6th through April 7th
Where: The Museum at FIT, Seventh Avenue and West 27th Street
Admission: Open

4. Emerging Designers Spring Trunk Show 

When: Wednesday, March 7th from 6-9PM
Where: Fashion Center BID, 209 West 38th Street 2nd Floor
Admission: Open

5. Look At Me: Fashion Photography: Documenting the Evolution of the Modern Woman

When: Tuesday, March 13th at 6PM
Where: The Museum at FIT, Seventh Avenue and West 27th Street
Admission: Open

6. St. Patrick’s Day Parade

When: Saturday, March 17th at 11AM
Where: Fifth Ave, from 44th St to 86th St
Admission: Open

7. The Sixth Annual Broadway Beauty Pageant

When: Monday, March 19th at 8PM
Where: Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th St
Admission: $25 – $50

8. Whitney Biennial 2012

When: March 1st through May 27th
Where: Whitney Museum of American Art, 945 Madison Ave at 75th St
Admission: Free – $18

9. Uptown Showdown: Fashion vs. Comfort

When: Monday, March 12th at 8PM
Where: Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th St
Admission: $12

10. The Secret Policeman’s Ball

When: Sunday, March 4th at 7PM
Where: Radio City Music Hall, 1260 Avenue of the Americas
Admission: $55 – $505

Meet Amanda M


Posted on March 1, 2012 by

Name: Amanda McArthur

Title: VP Talent Acquisition, JBCStyle

Location: Seattle, WA

Recruiting specialty: The majority of my days are dedicated to Buying, Planning, Design and Development. My past recruiting experience includes IT, Marketing, and Creative.

I became a recruiter because … I LOVE talking to and meeting new people! When I first got into recruiting I remember sitting in my manager’s office and telling her that I finally know “what I want to do when I grow up”. I love the fact that I can make a difference in the lives of the people I work with and make my hiring managers lives easier by finding the perfect new addition to their team. I know it sounds cliché but I love it, and I think people notice when you have a genuine love for what you do.

Favorite designers: Alexander McQueen and Kimberly Ovitz

Celebrity crush: Vin Diesel (with tattoos)

Favorite place in Issaquah: On a kayak paddling Lake Sammamish

Best interview tip: Don’t sell yourself short, but check your ego at the door

Favorite accessory: Diamonds

If I could be an animal I would be … Panda, Manda the Panda

Dream vacation: Cabin on the water

Sweet or salty: SALTY

In my spare time I … Hike, go riding on the back of my husband’s street bike, snuggle with my kiddos

Fashion or Beauty Tip: Nude heels go with almost anything

Favorite item in my closet: Vintage plaid vest and pant suit

Restaurant I would recommend: The Pink Door in Pike Place Market

Favorite music artist/band: Fleetwood Mac

Favorite quote: “Confusion is a gift, because it makes you think. Of what is in the future, and what has come to be. What you’ve left behind, and what you have yet to see”.

Beauty Review: BADgal Lash Mascara


Posted on March 1, 2012 by

Benefit BADgal Lash Mascara 

What it is: The BADgal line of mascaras from Benefit is full of a rich, sexy formula complete with an oversized brush for building thick, beautiful and bodacious lashes. 

The hunt for sexy, full lashes seems to be never ending and that’s where Benefit’s BADgal Lash Mascara comes in. The famously big, luscious brush coats lashes with a super black formula resulting in a sultry, voluminous look. For an exotic twist try the deep plum shade which makes almost every eye color pop.

Where to get it: Retailing at $19, Sephora also offers a mini tube for a mere $9. The perfect sidekick for a night out, simply toss it in your bag and off you go.

So keep on batting those eyelashes baby, because this mascara won’t let you down. It’s as bold as you want to be!

Mad Men’s Anticipated Return


Posted on February 29, 2012 by

Mad Men fiends rejoice!  There is a fix on our horizon, to cure this uncannily long withdrawal period.  In less than a month, our favorite double D will be gracing our televisions once again…and we couldn’t be any more excited.  Honestly, it’s been so long since the last episode that a refresher marathon is in order.

We do recall one huge happening right before the season ended, however.  Playboy Draper proposed to his kid-friendly, legs for days secretary, Megan.  Giving up the straight and narrow with Faye, only to land back with another ‘mother figure’ for the kids who knows nothing of his identity.  We were all left stewing, perplexed and perhaps a bit disheartened at the fourth season finale.

So now that we’re heading back in, anything goes.  All we have to read into for the next month are two promotion posters…the first, depicting Don Draper’s reflection on a store display window (displaying a rather familiar scandalous scene with mannequins).  The second, simply a single man falling from nowhere…and looking quite like the dapper ad man, himself.

Creator, producer, and writer Matthew Weiner had this to say about the fifth season’s imagery:

“This is a dreamlike image,” Mr. Weiner said, likening it to work of the Italian artist Giorgio de Chirico, who specialized in surreal, mannequin-like figures. The image is “a nonverbal representation of where my head is at and where the show will be.  By the end of the season, I guarantee you’ll know what it is about.”

The season begins on March 25th and will be a full two hour movie (er, episode).  So tune into AMC and let’s all give in to the temptation that is Mad Men.

DiorMag-Online Magazine by Christian Dior Launches Today


Posted on February 29, 2012 by

The House of Dior adds a new member under it’s well-designed French roof with the launch of DiorMag, a digital magazine set to be the online voice of the brand and its products.

The first headline event to be highlighted this Friday is the company’s fashion show which will be live-streamed for the first time with Twitter coverage provided by blogger Susie Bubble.

According to WWD, DiorMag will kick off with eight articles and aspires to update online content almost daily.  The name of whom the company has enlisted as editor in chief is yet to be revealed.










Editorial content is intended to entertain, inform and enlighten readers with news regarding everything Dior.  Current events and happenings from 30 Avenue Montaigne as well as history of the brand, the man behind the brand and the company’s heritage will be shared via the new online platform.

An excerpt from today’s article: “Avenue Montaigne, 29th February, 2012″

This magazine is yours. Christian Dior called his autobiography Christian Dior and I. Here, it’s Christian Dior and You. Dior is yours.

We’ve noticed and appreciated an increase in the the fashion industry’s ongoing love affair with social media and live-streaming.  As more designers embrace the digital world, new readers, viewers and fans are being engaged and loving everything the industry has to offer.