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Paris was Worth the Wait: Chanel and Alexander McQueen

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Posted on October 3, 2012 by

For the fashion fiends, the unspoken thought going around is that for some unknown reason, this round of fashion weeks seemed to drag…and drag.  Today, Louis Vuitton, Miu Miu and Elie Saab are among the shows that mark the final day of Spring RTW 2013 Paris Fashion Week.

As part of the final few, Chanel and Alexander McQueen helped bring fashion week to a much-needed climax.  The two very different houses can’t be compared to each other; however, in their own signature styles, they stood out and brought back all the warm, fuzzy fashion week feelings.

    

Chanel

Karl Lagerfeld, the man of many talents, does it yet again.  For Chanel RTW Spring 2013, Lagerfeld continues to raise the bar for himself and his fellow fashion designers who play in the same field, but may or may not have figured out the formula for greatness as he has.  To reinvent Chanel would be disastrous, there’s no need to do so because Chanel is timeless.  The challenge – that Lagerfeld accepts so well – is to continuously refresh the brand with each collection that speaks to the generations of women who adore Chanel for its past, present and future.

The Grand Palais des Champs-Elysées served as the venue of choice with a surreal blue and white runway complete with 13 giant white wind turbines to set the mood.  The collection included over 80 looks, most of which were perfectly streamlined, complete with wide midriff jackets, corseted underpinnings, jumbo clustered pearl necklaces, and plenty of florals, prints and colors to choose from come spring and summer.

Alexander McQueen

Sarah Burton continues to do right by Alexander McQueen with one captivating collection after the other. This time around, her inspiration was the bee, the flying insect that is quick to sting if it feels threatened. But to be stung by the Queen Bee is delightful in this scenario where Burton holds the keys to the honeycomb she describes as “a matriarchal society where the females rule.”

The honeycomb provided the shape for the form-fitting silhouettes that were anchored at the high waist. The bee made an appearance every now and then in embroideries. Colors were honey-toned yellow, gold, and copper with black and red to add the deep, dark depth that makes for the total Alexander McQueen experience. Underpinnings, cage- and corset-like, went in or went out, no restrictions in this regard.

To view the collections in their entirety, visit WWD.com.

 

Chanel – Resort 2013

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Posted on May 24, 2012 by

Versailles, France – Dwellers of the fashion world gathered from near and far in the garden of the Chateau de Versailles for a show that only Mr. Karl Lagerfeld could produce.

Once the home of France’s Sun King, Louis XIV, the waterfalls of the estate were the perfect backdrop for the Chanel 2013 Resort Collection where Mr. Lagerfeld entertained the audience with pieces that inspired an “off with their heads” Victorian feel.

Ever the neutral politician, the timing for the show was ideal as the evening before, François Hollande was sworn in as the first French socialist president in 17 years.  If there wasn’t a reason to celebrate, there is now.

For The Hunger Games fans out there, the collection would have every Capitol citizen, Effie Trinket being the first, in line to purchase the clothes right off the model’s backs!

To begin, the graveled runway burst with the playfulness of eighteenth-century jackets, corseted, ruffly dresses, fichu necklines and pastel patterns.

 

    

While we marveled at the detail used in the black and white pieces, it was the airy tiers of fabric enveloped in a shade of mint green that made this dress (far right) really steal the show.

         

Don’t fret men, the assortment included a little something for you as well. Check out the splashes of old world fantasy seen in the details of these cropped pants suits and also in the suit worn by Mr. Lagerfeld himself.

        

Chanel Resort 2013 may not be the most ready-to-wear, but its lighthearted charm and distinctive details certainly made it a pleasure to view.

 

Meet Jackie C

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Posted on May 2, 2012 by

Name: Jackie Conner

Title: Talent Acquisition Manager

Location: New York, NY

Recruiting specialty: Anything and everything within fashion, but design, buying, PR/marketing and e-commerce positions are my faves

I became a recruiter because … I actually wasn’t sure if I wanted to be a recruiter, but once I met with the team at JBC I knew they were a company I wanted to be a part of!

Favorite designer: Chanel

Celebrity crush: Ryan Gosling and Jesse Williams [Dr. Avery from Grey’s Anatomy]. Oh and Conan O’Brien … don’t ask

Favorite place in NYC: Love everything about the West Village

Best interview tip: Research the company, position, and the person you are meeting with. Be confident, and make sure you show interest in the company and have some questions prepared.

Favorite accessory: My new engagement ring!

Dream vacation: Greece or Thailand

Sweet or salty: Both

In my spare time I … Am hanging out with my amazing black and tan King Charles Cavalier Stella, trying new restaurants, reading, shopping, and working out

Favorite item in my closet: My Helmut Lang camel leather jacket

Restaurant I would recommend: Upstate Craft Beer and Oyster Bar, Northern Spy, and The Standard Grill are some of my favorites

Favorite music artist/band: Third Eye Blind … I heart 90’s music … embarrassing, I know

Guide to Spring: Pretty Pastels Love Bold Brights

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Posted on April 30, 2012 by

Spring has sprung with a variety of milky pastels and neutrals ready and waiting to have a naughty fling with the bright colors from the forbidden side of the color wheel.  Letting all the colors play together equals a stylish you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below, a little color-combo inspiration worth experimenting with for spring.  From your fingers to your toes, these designers found the right balance between pastels and brights:

Spring Pastels and Brights

Pretty Purples and Corals

Phillip Lim worked a soft, lime green into his RTW Spring 2012 Collection.

         

Cool Chocolate Confections

Diane von Furstenberg balanced light and dark chocolate with cool blues and warm neutrals.

         

Peaches and Cream and a Splash of Yellow at Chloé (left) and Prada’s Pastels Play with Bold Red and Black (right)

         

J. Crew’s Bright Yellow and Blue Try Lavender’s Calming Effects (left), Chanel’s Minty Structure Meets Playful Nude and Balenciaga Toughens Up with Metallics and Black

         

 

Chanel TriBeCa Film Festival Dinner Celebrates Artists and… Kim and Kanye?

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Posted on April 26, 2012 by

Kim and Kanye.  Are they?  Aren’t they?  These questions may have finally been officially answered on Tuesday at the TriBeCa Film Festival Artists Program dinner hosted by Chanel.

Held at Odeon, celebrities and guests gathered to take part in the festivities honoring the filmmakers and artists of tomorrow.  Twitter was a-buzz at the sight of Kanye and Kim Kardashian side-by-side.

The “couple” hasn’t officially announced whether or not they are an item; but they’re not denying it either.  Way to steal the spotlight Kimye, K-West, K-Dash-K or whatever.

 

 

 

The high-profile guest list also included stylish ladies Alexa Chung and Leelee Sobieski.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now, and more importantly (hopefully), let’s discuss the details of the event…

The annual event, in its seventh year, honors filmmakers in the form of a display of original artwork contributed by acclaimed artists.

This year, the following contemporary artists donated a mix of paintings, photographs, etchings, prints and sculptures – Peter Dayton, Walton Ford, Stephen Hannock, JR, Kim Keever, Clifford Ross, Nathan Sawaya, Cindy Sherman, Hugo Tillman, Kara Walker, and Stanley Whitney.

The exhibit, which was free and open to the public from April 5-25, will be displayed at the Tribeca Film Festival Awards Ceremony this evening to the winners of the 2012 TFF jury competition.

 

 

 

 

 

Meet Kuryn

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Posted on March 27, 2012 by

Name: Kuryn Margalit

Title: JBCStyle Junior Recruiter

Location: New York, NY

I became a recruiter because … I love meeting new people, forming new relationships, and hearing what people want. I want to help individuals everyday who have the same love for fashion as I do; I get tremendous pleasure out of that.

Favorite designer: Chanel

Celebrity crush: Trent Ford, Ryan Gosling, Channing Tatum … the list goes on

Favorite place in NYC: My new NYC apartment

Interview horror story: I have had quite a few

Best interview tip: Be confident. Look up the company and practice.

Favorite accessory: My iPhone

If I could be an animal I would be … My golden retriever Josie. She has the best life.

Dream vacation: Greece and Thailand. I also would love to go back to Europe and go to all the places I did not get to see while I studied abroad in Barcelona. I love traveling!

Sweet or salty: Pretzel M&Ms are my absolute favorite!

In my spare time I … Play with my golden retriever Josie, shop, and hang out with friends and family

Fashion or Beauty Tip: Always love and respect yourself

Favorite item in my closet: Black Chanel bag and pearl necklace

Restaurant I would recommend: New to NYC so I need to know all the amazing places to go!

Favorite music artist/band: Coldplay, DMB, and the Goo Goo Dolls

Favorite Quote: “The most exciting, challenging and significant relationship of all is the one you have with yourself. And if you can find someone to love you well, that’s just fabulous.”

Meet Jessica

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Posted on March 8, 2012 by

Name: Jessica Kleinwaks

Title: Talent Acquisition Executive, JBCStyle

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Recruiting specialty: Anything within the fashion world … Buyers, Account Executives, Retail Sales Associates and Managers, Designers, etc.

I became a recruiter because … I love fashion, sales, and helping people

Favorite designer: Chanel

Celebrity crush: James Marsden

Favorite place in LA: Any of our fabulous beaches!

Best interview tip: Always bring extra copies of your resume

Favorite accessory: Handbags

If I could be an animal I would be … A monkey. Don’t ask why, I just love them!

Dream vacation: Italy

Sweet or salty: Salty

In my spare time I … Watch baseball (GO GIANTS), shop, go to the beach, and spend time with friends

Favorite music artist/band: Lil Wayne, Nickelback, Tim McGraw

Favorite quote: “Dress sharply and they’ll remember the outfit, dress impeccably and they’ll remember the woman.” - Coco Chanel

Mr. Lagerfeld-Let Us Count the Ways

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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. 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.

 

Meet Robyn

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Posted on February 24, 2012 by

Name: Robyn Rosenbaum/R²

Title: JBCconnect Business Development

Location: New York, NY

Favorite designer: Chanel – Classic Beauty

Celebrity crush: Ryan Gosling!!!

Favorite place in NYC: Central Park

Best interview tip: Ask questions (if you’re interested)

Favorite accessory: My time piece

If I could be an animal I would be: Dog for sure!

Dream vacation: Paris, France with someone special

Sweet or salty:  SWEET

In my spare time I … Kickbox, dougie, and stalk people on Facebook

Fashion or Beauty Tip: The man makes the clothes

Favorite item in my closet: Louboutins and a little black dress

Restaurant I would recommend: Katz’s Deli on the LES (I’m such a Jew)

Favorite music artist/band: Old school hip-hop and classic rock

Favorite quote: “To me, Fearless is not the absence of fear. It’s not being completely unafraid. To me, Fearless is having fears. Fearless is having doubts. Lots of them. To me, Fearless is living in spite of those things that scare you to death.” ― Taylor Swift

Meet Nikki

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Posted on February 9, 2012 by

Name: Nikki Belinkie

Title: Talent Acquisition Executive, Freelance Division

Location: New York, NY

Recruiting specialty: Coast to coast freelance

I became a recruiter because … I love meeting new people, networking and helping people. I work quickly so the fast pace of freelance recruiting suits my personality perfectly!

Favorite place in NYC: Union Square … I live here because I love it so much! The farmers market on weekends is the best.

Best interview tip: Be yourself. If you can’t be your true self … you probably don’t want to work there anyways!

Favorite accessory: My custom Mon Monogram Louis Vuitton Neverfull bag! It fits everything and I love that it is personalized with purple lining and my initials.

If I could be an animal I would be … Our JBC mascot Rylee Zaslow. I am obsessed with her!

In my spare time I … Shop and eat. I am a compulsive shopper and I love trying new restaurants.

Favorite item in my closet: My classic black Chanel flap bag. It is timeless and will never go out of style.

Restaurant I would recommend: Palma in the West Village. The food is amazing plus they have a garden and farmhouse in the back … you would never know you are in the middle of NYC!