Death of a Destined Designer

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49 Year old L’Wren Scott found dead of apparent suicide in her Manhattan Apartment

  Sad news StyleStars when genius dies. Ok L’Wrenn Scott  designs were primarily window shopping for me. Super expensive. Averaging $2,500, but you could get a few pieces for maybe a little more than a grand on sale.

 Her amazing lady like dresses tailor made for the stars. Red Carpet ready.  Perfect bodies, perfect dresses.. but perfect lives???
Stars in L'wren Scott desses

stars in L'Wren Scott dresses

  Apparently not. Since reports are the hot designer destined for even more greatness (She even dressed our elegent first lady Michelle Obama) was not happy in the end.

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  She was a towering figure. The former model was more than 6 feet tall-  Dwarfing her famous long time boyfriend Mick Jagger. But as we all know pain is pain, no matter how well dressed it is.  And my StyleSister Natasha and I, just wanted to mourn a life and show you the incredible dresses that came from the imagination of a mind  and a spirit who didn’t believe things would get better if she would just hold on one more day.

   Below are the dresses she created… just Fabulous.

Vanessa

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L’Wrenn Scott – Floral Print – Stretch silk $2,900

 

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L’Wren Scott Bento Box Lacquer $2,147

 

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L’Wren Scott Dress in Sapphire $2,250

L'WREN SCOTT Lace/Leather Dress in Black

L’Wren Scott Leather/Lace  Dress $3,399

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L’Wren Scott Bead- Embellished Crepe Dress $2,395

 

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L’Wren Scott Snake Jacquard Sleeveless Dress $1,592

Obessed with the DRESS!

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Hi StyleStars!
I have lost my mind. I’m so obsessed with dresses.
Textured purple Dress $178 Cachet
Textured Purple Dress $178 Cache’

This is brand new for me. Ok here is the backstory. I was strictly a suit girl. If not a suit then definitely a blazer. I never left home without one. Back in the day it was required anchor wear. Check out the throwback photos.
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So now that those days are over. I had to move fast and re outfit my closet with dresses. And I love them. In all flavors. There are the leather accented ones.
Black Faux Leather Ponte Dress $158 Cachet
Mall favorite Cache’ has the cutest dresses -like ever! So I know by now you have something with faux leather on it. This leather trim number is $158 dollars.
I’m all about the Sheath Dress. Check out these dresses. There are The Cutouts, The Zip Fronts, The Asymmetrical ..love it! love it! love it!
Cobalt Cut Out Jacquard Sheath Dress $79 Cachet
Here is the Cutout. I recently bought a teal cutout dress. The particular one is from Cache’ on sale at $79.
Blue Zip Front Dress $188 Cachet
This pretty robin’s egg blue zip front is just waiting to bloom on a pretty spring day. It is $188 at Cache’.
Red Asymmetrical Neck Dress reg $158 on sale for $79 Cachet
And the Asymmetrical is sexy classy at $79 again on sale at Cache’.
I’m especially obsessed with unique takes on the dress. Color Block dresses were all the rage. Here is another twist using color. We all know about ombre hair, match it with the Ombre dress.
French Connection Ombre Jersey Dress $148
This flaming hot Ombre dress is by French Connection $148.
And 40 never looked so good. Diane Von Furstenberg’s iconic wrap dress turns 40 this year.
Diane von Furstenberg Tallulah Long Sleeve Woven Print Wrap Dress$445 Neimans
This is Furstenberg’s Tallulah. $445 Neiman’s. It is so chic and covers all flaws. No one wraps better! But Michael Kors is giving the wrap innovator a run with this number below.
Michael Kors Jersey Faux-Wrap Dress in Paprika was $1,295 now $453 Neimans
Michael Kors Faux wrap in Paprika. Even sounds delicious.

Cobalt animal Print Wrap Dress $158 Cachet
And this wrap dress has a twist. It’s got it all: metal accents, animal print, and a of course a body-hugging wrap. It is also more affordable StyleStars at Cache’ for $158. Funny I haven’t shopped in Cache’ in a while. Now my rare mall visits won’t be complete without checking in- and heading straight to the sale rack. Oh and one more thing about my dress obsession, it is mistake proof fashion. You slip on a cute dress and you are done. Flawless Fashion all in one. You grab, zip, and go. It’s polished, neat, and with the right fit extremely sexy. Oh yes I’m dress obsessed and can’t wait to step into spring dressed in a dress.
Thakoon Sleeveless Plunging Open Front $490 Neimans
This Thakoon plunging number for $490 at Neiman Marcus was a New York Fashion Week favorite.

The countdown is on– less than 3 weeks till the end of this winter from hell. In the meantime StyleStars get those dresses ready.
Ciao
Vanessa

Death of A Friend

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  I got the news and was shocked, but sadly not surprised. After all, she was more than 90 years old. I was already in mourning. I still had not gotten over the passing of another friend.  Daffy’s died in the fall of 2012. I was at the funeral. Now that was hard.  My StyleStar sister Natasha and I really took it bad.  That’s because I was an active shopper at Daffy’s.  Loehmann’s was another story.  Like an aunt who had been a humdinger in her day, I saw the wear and tear around the edges years ago.  I of course still respected the legacy.  

  My first introduction to designer clothes came  from Loehmann’s.  I still have Adrienne Vittadini’s in my closet, and Dior and Anne Klein. I “lived” for the BackRoom.  And who can forget those crazy communal dressing rooms.  I remember the dressing room attendant screaming “Ladies don’t let Loehmann’s clothes drag on the floor”.  Then some stores installed private dressing rooms, then they MUST have gotten new buyers, then they started NOT  being as stylish.  There were times I went into my local Loehmann’s and walked right out. The stuff looked used.  After undergoing several reorganizations, the clothes did get a little better. The BackRoom at my local store was moved to the front of the store and consisted of a about a dozen “racks” of clothes. Like the flamboyant aunt who drank martinis and had fancy boyfriends I began to see she wasn’t laughing so carefree anymore. Her lipstick liner was crooked, wig looked worn, and those fancy boyfriends who were still alive, turned old and mean.  So now what? I haven’t gone yet to “get a deal” I frankly doubt I will find anything. But I will go say goodbye.

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  I just read today that the Loehmann’s name has been purchased by some investor and there is talk of re-creating it  on-line or selling sections to other stores. If you are on the mailing list you will probably get an email.  Daffy’s is doing the same thing. I get Daffy’s emails selling these overpriced pillows- annoying.  Ugh. It is not the same.  It will never be.

 

Vanessa

UPDATE Hi StyleStars after writing the above post this afternoon, I decided to go to my local Loehmann’s. Just a day or so after the news broke the store was already picked over. The staff was even dissembling displays! The lines were long and the dressing room chaotic. There was even the beginning of an incident when one woman didn’t wait her turn for a private dressing room. Well in the end it was worth it. I got a dress for 70% percent off.

Incredible find

Incredible find


Now that is a deal! Oh Loehmann’s I will miss you. Stay tuned my StyleStar sister and I are planning a trip to the best Loehmann’s in the tri-state- located in Chelsea. May have to bring a box of tissues. We will update if shopping is insane.
Vanessa

A Passion for Fashion!

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Hey Style Stars! This is a fashion fantasy about two besties who have this dream. Cameras are clicking.. It is New York Fashion Week. Photograhers are yelling over here.. over here… and snap!.. this picture appears in Vogue under the heading “The Newest Hottest Designing Duo”.

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Designers Tempestt and Blair of Lola&Clarke

Meet Tempestt Ware and Blair DeLorge. And although they are not the featured designers at Fashion Week yet, they will be. They have been preparing for their close up for years behind the sewing machine and deep under the books. They met at Virginia State, where Blair got her bachelor degree in Textiles and Apparel. Tempestt changed colleges and got her bachelor’s at Virginia Commonwealth University in Fashion Merchandising.
Then Blair went on to get her MBA and Tempestt is pursuing her MA in Fashion Journalism and Editorial Imagery. I said all that to say they really know what’s up and they got their business thing together.

But Style Stars all that talk unravels like a loose thread on a cheap garment if their designs are not to die for – so are you ready?

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Bam! Tempestt and Blair have decided to call their fashion line Lola&Clarke. Cool right. Well as Blair tells me the name brings a ying and yang just like them and like the women they design for in creating their line. Take their tailored jacket matched with their faux leather shorts- It is dead fly.

DCF 1.0

You can see their fashion philosophy. The seriousness of the jacket along with the playful femininity of the hot as hell faux leather shorts.

Oh the ideas they have are crazy. Their thing is beautifully crafted clothes at an affordable price. And if there is anything we Style Stars love is getting nice quality pieces on a budget. Blair says there is no one filling that space. Either the nice things are so expensive and the inexpensive pieces so– well you know.

So that is why they are on a mission. They want to raise money- and bring to the world what it has been missing. They are raising cash for the inaugural line and trying to meet a November 17th deadline. Check out their video link below.. And Style Stars soon we will be rocking Lola&Clarke.

DCF 1.0

Vanessa

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/lola-clarke-debut-collection/x/5027466

I Love Shoe!! I Really Do

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Giuseppe Zanotti  Leather Zipper Trimed Pumps $795
-Giuseppe Zanotti pump with a twist- it has a zipper $795

Hey Style Stars before you slip your tootsies into boots permanently for the season– I want to pump it up for pumps. I love this shoe!!! It is classy and a classic. But like all things fashion, the prices for a leather pump are all over the place.
Prada Capretto Leather ponted toe $650
The pump above is a Prada going for about $650.
Manolo Blanik BB  Point-Toe Metallic Pump, Black Titanium $595
And in my opinion the pinnacle of the pumps – The very chic Manolo’s in Black titanium cost $595.
Vanessa in Aldo's $59
But Style Stars you know I found a pair for a fraction of the cost- the Aldo pump for $59 dollars. Love it!
And here is a twist on the plain pump- get fancy style stars– with these Jimmy Choo’s jewel pumps. It is ‘just’ $3,250!
Jimmy Choo Tia Pointy-Toe Jewel Pump $3250

And while we are on the subject of my favorite shoe style– The pump! Let’s hear it for Christian Louboutin. Yay!
Christian Louboutin Patent Rolando $795
I love a nude pump. Now these are the pumps made famous by Kate Middleton- The Duchess of Cambridge.
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She bought her kicks from L.K. Bennett for $300.
I have a pair– see. I purchased my Style and Co. nude pumps from Macy’s -on sale of course.
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The “nude” pump blends with your skin tone and elongates your leg. Super sexy. Well of course it did not blend with everyone’s skin tone– until now!
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What is your shade? Leave it to Louboutin- who made news by announcing his new color collection where he will offer the nude pump in a variety of shades. Now brown girls can have that long-legged look too.
Louboutin So Kate -Brown:$645
So for about $625 dollars you can pick a pump in your favorite flavor. Yummy!!
Vanessa

Falling in Love with fall Fashions

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Okay style stars. I recently gave you a brief look into of some of the fall fabulosity on the streets, in the stores and that was seen on the runways for fall 2013. But, I must confess, I can not stop finding more great fashions for this season. So, I decided to update my style stars more often. As soon I see it, (only those worthy of course), I will give the tea immediately. So, here it is!

black leather pants with black leather top and white cape jacket. Gorgeous! mixed media top and black and white trend

black leather pants with black leather top and white cape jacket. Gorgeous! mixed media top and black and white trend

Mixed Media trends

Well style stars, this is one trend I must say is my favorite and I’ve been doing this for years. It’s combining textures, patterns, and even hardware to our wardrobe. The leather and stretch cotton or jersey wool dresses which are so hot this fall(check out previous blog on my cobalt blue dress) is another mixed media look. So, instead of going shopping, I searched my closet and found this fabulous bag that has this fall’s mixed media look.

Leather grey bag with medal accents

Leather grey bag with medal accents

Black and white

black/white animal print sweater dress

black/white animal print sweater dress

I so love the black and white trends this fall. I went shopping in my closet and found this Adrienne Vittadini animal printed black and white sweater dress. I bought it last season and never wore it. Crazy right? Now, I’ve checked off two of this seasons hottest trends: black and white color pattern and animal print. Yes, animal prints are still hot.

Here are a few more black/white fall trends

black/white houndstooth pattern coat

black/white houndstooth pattern coat

Plaids

Sensational plaids fall 2013

Sensational plaids fall 2013

And, plaids are hot. At first, I remembered my Catholic school plaid uniform blouse. Not cute! So, I was apprehensive about this trend. After checking out a few things, I must say I think this can be a cute trend for fall. Think sexy school girl or haute lumberjack. Here are a few plaid finds. Remember, for this particular trend, I would not spend a lot at all. It’s a little risky not as timeless as black and white.

Okay I’m done for now, but I will be back. Fall has just begun style stars.

Natasha

It’s Fall..Are you ready…Fall trends I adore

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cobalt blue leather dress

cobalt blue leather dress

Well, much to my surprise, I woke up the other morning and it was 53 degrees outside. Fall had knocked on my door and I was not prepared to answer. Luckily, I still have time to transition from summer looks to the fabulous Fall finds I see in various magazines. I will go over some of my favorite Fall trends for 2013 that I feel are worth searching for. Remember style sisters, fashionable does mean max out your credit cards. So, shop with caution because trends do come and go.

Cobalt Blues
For years I have gotten caught up with the dark colors once the season changed. It's so refreshing to know that color is here for Fall and cobalt blue is a must. While searching on line for new stylish finds, I found the perfect dress that can be worn during many seasons. It includes two hot Fall trends. It's a cobalt blue leather dress. Genuine leather runs down the center and back. Gorgeous!  

The best part is I paid under $100 for a real leather dress. The designer is AQUA and it’s not available any longer, but this brand has many affordable leather and faux leather must haves. The main thing to remember is color is the key this Fall. Cobalt blues, navy, and jade are great options to pull yourself away from an all black ensemble.

Boot trends
Designers have really given us many different options for footwear. And, I’m so glad. Platforms are still here, but they’ve taken a step back to this seasons stacked heel boots. The heels are thicker and appears more durable for the urban stylish walker. You can find stacked heels boots on the Ann Taylor and Zara website. Affordable and fashionable.

Stacked heel boots

Stacked heel boots

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Pink and grey
This is truly one of my favorite color combinations. And, it’s the other color must have for the season. A pink coat with grey leather boots or heels will add sophistication and femininity to any outfit. I will certainly wear this Fall trend with a smile. Well, style stars, I really could go on and on. But, I just wanted to give you a few of my favorite fall trends. So, shop, save, and be savvy! on_0376-450x675

Your style sister,
Natasha

Fashion Week Giving Me Life!!

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Hi StyleStars!!

New York Fashion Week is  always FAB-U-LISSSS and my style sister and I went to one of our favorite shows.  It was the Emerge Show which features the up and coming designers. The location was off site in the Wall Street area. Okay so the house was packed. The evening started with a tribute to the legendary Queen of the Catwalk Pat Cleveland. Who as you can see working it above- is still Fierce.

Emerge Fashion Show

Ok dim the lights.. pump the pulsating beat– and let’s go.

First up- designer Danny Nguyen

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Beautiful- flowly– pretty in peach.. take a closer look.

Designer Danny Nguyen

It shines, shimmers.  Nguyen is from Houston and wowed the New York crowd.

PRSVR Leather romper

Real hot was PRSVR who rocked the runway with wearable leather.

PRSVR Leather

Of course StyleStars, my sister and I couldn’t wear everything in this line, but there are pieces that are perfect for us.

PRSVR Red Leather shirt

PRSVR RED LEATHER SHIRT

828 Collection Suzette Opara

Suzette Opara gave us elegant sexy femininity with her The Eight Twenty Eight Collection. Loved her fluffy. This designer originally from West Africa, but based out of Chicago had several pieces we would definitely wear.

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Dhakmani gave us the sexy of the show! Her SwimWear was incredible. It is totally yacht lounging gear.  Loved most of the pieces. Very unique, very unusual.

Dhakmani SwimWear

All in all we always love the Emerge show and look forward to it twice a year during the holy days of February and September which is fashion week.

Thanks Nikkia for the VIP seats.

And the night wouldn’t be complete without the StyleStarSisters hanging out with bestie Terri (in the middle) who surprised us at the show.

StyleStars night of the Fashion show

Now can’t wait for February!!

Fashionably yours,

Vanessa

(oh most of the photos were taken by me.. got to love the pictures taken by the iphone)

Summer White Party …Dress code required!

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The lovely hostess Sheila D and fabulous niece, Evelyn

The lovely hostess Sheila D and fabulous niece, Evelyn

Dapper men at Sheila D's White party

Dapper men at Sheila D’s White party

Lovely ladies who attended Sheila D's White party

Lovely ladies who attended Sheila D’s White party

Sheila D's White party. Style star sisters, Vanessa and Natasha

Sheila D’s White party. Style star sisters, Vanessa and Natasha

Hey Style Stars, well you know it’s summer when you get an invite to a white party. And, this particular event was hosted by Sheila D, an event and party planner who exudes great style and confidence no matter what she’s wearing.  My style sister and I knew we could not miss this once a year Sheila D Harlem event.

Ugh, what do I wear. So how do you stand out among the collage of white canvasses at an all white party. It can be hard sometimes to showcase your individual style out when a dress code is required. But, I must say I loved the challenge. I believe that accessories can become your best friend. A bold necklace, colorful or fancy shoe, or purse will highlight your style when faced with a color restriction. I opted to wear a fitted Nicole Miller collection high-waisted skirt and a light silver beaded top. Ok, I strayed a bit. But, I still stayed within the guidelines of the color white. This is a great idea for my style sisters to choose like colors so you don’t stand out for the wrong reason. Don’t show up with a red dress. Ugh. Check out all these beautiful ladies white dresses. You will see the great individual style.

Of course, we can not leave out the dapper dudes that attended the event. There were beige palettes and bow ties. Very chic indeed.

It’s no surprise that Harlem has always been at the forefront of fashion. From the well tailored ladies of the 1940’s and the gentlemen who only wore their pants cuffed with their suits, Harlem always had effortless style. And, this White Party showcases the individual style of its Harlem patrons. Classy, sophisticated and yes sexy.

Your Style sister,
Natasha

Prom Night: A Night to Remember or a Night to Forget

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My niece Margo found the perfect prom dress! She and her boyfriend  AJ were fabulous! They discussed colors ahead of time and decided a Red/White theme would be the right combination. Check them out. So cute.

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 Margo and AJ planned for months. She shopped for the perfect dress.  It was a magical night. But for some girls Prom night has been a night to forget instead of a night to remember. I have to be honest  Style Stars,  it has been a while since I had to think about prom dressing, but I’ve noticed this past season prom dressing has been full of controversy and making headlines.

  Have you heard about the teen from Washington state.  Brittany Minder was banned from her prom. Why?

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Well Brittany is well endowed and school officials felt her dress was too low cut revealing too much clevage. Not just Washington, two teens in Cleveland Ohio were also not let inside the party hall- same reason too much boobage. (By the way, Brittany eventually put on a wrap and stayed covered up on her big night).  And in New Jersey there was a ban on strapless dresses at a school dance. School officials cited the fear of wardrobe malfunctions as the reason.  A couple of parents even sued, but a judge sided with the school district: Dresses must have at least one strap.  A ruling that upset parents  especially those who already purchased strapless dresses for their daughters. Prom dresses are not cheap.  Some Style Stars spend hundreds of dollars on a prom dress.  Of course I would find a bargain! But Style Stars need to worry about more than money when it comes to prom fashion.

Vanessa