Monthly Archives: April 2010

Dressing Mrs. Obama for Success, Then Going Out of Business

The designer Maria Pinto, whose creations were worn by Michelle Obama, explained why her shop abruptly closed.

New Bridal Shows: Monique Lhuillier, Kenneth Pool, and Kelima K

From left: Monique Lhuillier, Kenneth Pool, and Kelima K.

Designers showcased their newest bridal creations this month during Bridal Market. Monique Lhuillier showed off sleeves, Kenneth Pool tried embellishments, and Kelima K added delicate flowers to simple silhouettes. See these and more in our latest runway slideshows. Click “view full screen” to see them up close.

Monique Lhuillier
Kelima K
Kenneth Pool

Earlier: Oscar de la Renta, Vera Wang, Carolina Herrera, and More

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Filed Under: put a ring on it, christos, kelima k, kenneth pool, monique lhuillier

Thierry Mugler Quit Fashion Because It ‘Was Not Enough’

Thierry Mugler, 61, on why he quit fashion: “The reason I quit fashion was that I had had enough of spending my time always being on my knees, making other people look amazing and fabulous. I used fashion to express myself as much as I could. But at some point, it was not enough.” [NYT]

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Georgina Chapman Steps Out in a Drop-Waist Maternity Dress

Last night, Marchesa designer Georgina Chapman attended Chopard’s 150th-anniversary party in New York wearing a drop-waist dress with a lace overlay and tiered lower half. She is almost six months pregnant.

Do you like her maternity dress?

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Filed Under: look of the day, designers, georgina chapman, marchesa

J.Crew Releases Nail Polish With Essie; Scientists Use Stem Cells in New Face-lift Method

• Scientists have developed a new face-lift method using stem cells from patients’ own fat. The twenty-minute procedure costs $11,000. [StyleList]

L’Oréal face Freida Pinto: “My definition of beauty is universal: good hair, good skin, and a good personality.” [What's Right Now/InStyle]

• Essie has teamed up with J.Crew to release two new nail polishes, a dusty pink and an opaque orange-red. The spring shades are available in J.Crew stores starting this week, and sell for $8. [Lucky Right Now/Lucky]

Love magazine posted a photo of Louis Vuitton’s fall 2010 runway-show cast, showing its models sans makeup. Not surprisingly, all of the bare-faced ladies still looked amazing. [HuffPo]

• Mary J. Blige said she went through six different variations of the scent before finalizing the notes of her new fragrance, My Life. But it was a challenge: “Every day they would bring me blotters to test — after a while, everything started to smell the same, so I had to pull back.” It launches July 3 on HSN. [WWD]

Filed Under: beauty marks, beauty, fragrance, louis vuitton, makeup, mary j blige, nails, plastic surgery

Michael Bastian Wants to Create Womenswear

Michael Bastian wants to launch womenswear. “I would really like to explore who the girl in my guy’s life is. I don’t want her to be his little sister — she ain’t going to be wearing khakis,” the CFDA-nominated menswear designer said. He has nothing against khakis, though, since his current spring collection for men features plenty of them. Also off the table for womenswear: ties. “A woman in a man’s tie, I hate that,” he said. “It’s just such a costume.” [Moment/NYT]

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Filed Under: branching out, cfda, menswear, michael bastian, womenswear

Karl Lagerfeld Will Be in Town During Fashion’s Night Out

Karl Lagerfeld will be in New York City on September 10, the same day as Fashion’s Night Out, to receive an award. The Couture Council of the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology will honor the designer with the Fashion Visionary Award at a benefit luncheon. Valerie Steele, director of the Museum at F.I.T., said the panel of judges chose him because “he is not just incredibly respected within the fashion world, but also known to everybody and instantly recognizable.” The award ceremony is during the day, which means his evening plans have yet to be determined. Hopefully, Anna Wintour can lure him to go out and promote New York Fashion Week. If not to the public fashion show, or Macy’s in Queens, than at least to one of the two Chanel stores or the Fendi shop in town.

Karl Lagerfeld’s Honor… [WWD]

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Filed Under: fashion’s night out, anna wintour, karl lagerfeld, museum at the fashion institute of technology, valerie steele

Social Q’s: The Case of the Back-Seat Bag

Advice for the socially awkward for situations like possible theft among friends, using speakerphones in dressing rooms and other issues.

A Night Out With | Slash: The Guitarist Slash Prepares to Take the Stage in Los Angeles

Before performing with Fergie, Slash talks in the dressing room with his wife, Perla Hudson, left, and her friends Greta Detrick, seated, and Lina Priest.After a few jitters and a surprise backstage visit from Tom Cruise, Slash is ready to get down with Fergie and the Black Eyed Peas.

Kelly Cutrone Does Not Take ‘LOL’ Lightly

Kelly Cutrone, People’s Revolution owner and star of Bravo’s Kell on Earth, has more advice for those aspiring to break into the fashion industry, beyond her book If You Have to Cry, Go Outside … and Other Things Your Mother Never Told You: “Do not Facebook the owner of a fashion agency asking for a job. I’ve said this before and yet people still Facebook me. The messages often contain grammatical errors, they don’t make sense or they are littered with acronyms like LOL. If you do Facebook the owner, have something interesting to say and use a spell check.” Well, then. Abbreviations or emoticons don’t even stand a chance. [Guardian UK]

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Filed Under: quotables, facebook, kell on earth, kelly cutrone