Best Of Fashion

Patriotic Play

Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer, and the time when one of my  favorite color trios starts popping up everywhere.  While I love a good mix of red, white, and blue, I also love to change things up.  During my recent creative retreat in Palm Springs,  I decided to get a head start on a patriotic summer look by pairing the new “Praireigh” Maxi from Laine by Lauren Collection with a starry navy top, and substituting the classic red with a pop of bright orange. Swapping orange for red, or even teal for navy, is a great way to channel your inner ‘American girl’ without looking like a flag.  Shop Praireigh HERE.

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Skirt: Praireigh Maxi Skirt – available here. | Photos by ULE Digital

Spotted: The Landry Dress

There’s one word that I always use to describe my personal style:  feminine.  Sometimes I lean a little bohemian, sometimes more conservative–but always feminine. So while enjoying my recent creative retreat to Palm Springs, I decide to embrace my obsession for classic, lady-like silhouettes in the new “Landry” dress from Lauren Elaine Black.  I love the timeless cut paired with a bold, playful print- and the open back is perfect for hot summer days (or nights). SHOP “Landry” here.

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Photography by ULE Digital. |  Shop the Lauren Elaine “Landry” Dress  here.

 

BELLARA: Mini Lookbook

Dazzle in this magical ball gown of layered tulle, french lace, and Swarovski crystal and pearl detailing with a dramatic open back design. SHOP BELLARA here.

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(Model: Dylan Marie Quigg | Photo Credits: KEE Photography and ULE Digital )

PANDORA: Mini Lookbook

Unlock your inner goddess in this hypnotizing off-the-shoulder gown of ruched chiffon with crystal and pearl detailing. SHOP PANDORA here.

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(Model: Alyx Jade | Photography: ULE Digital )

Belles of the Met Ball

Ah…the Met Ball–the Oscars of Fashion.  Personally, I loved this year’s theme –celebrating American couturier Charles James,  and encouraging ball gowns and bustles galore.  I’m sharing 3 of my favorite looks below – categorized by ‘Most Exciting’, ‘Most Appropriate’, and ‘Best in Show.’

MOST EXCITING:  Emma Stone

It’s not easy to pull off a head-to-toe hot pink look with red hair…and on top of a red carpet. But Emma Stone blew me away in her Thakoon ensemble, finished with gorgeous metallic makeup and accents.  Her look was exciting and unique– and definitely stood out amongst a sea of debutante-worthy gowns.

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MOST APPROPRIATE:  Sarah Jessica Parker

Sure, it’s over-the-top, but it’s the MET BALL. Given this year’s theme, it’s absolutely perfect.   And only SJP could pull off this decadent Oscar de la Renta creation, complete with a red John Hancock.

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BEST IN SHOW: Hayden Panettiere 

I love a look that isn’t afraid to embrace ‘pretty.’ Classic ball gown with a deliciously modern pastel twist.  I love this Dennis Basso gown paired with an effortless updo.

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ASTRA: Mini Lookbook

Float in this ethereal chiffon capelet dress with french lace detailing and dramatic open back. SHOP the new ASTRA dress here!

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(Model: Dylan Quigg | Photography: ULE Digital | Cover Photography: KEE)

 

Spring Florals

Tomorrow is Easter, and in my world of fashion that means two things: First, it’s officially appropriate to break out the White (although here in California that’s a silly, outdated “rule” that I never ever follow.) And second– it’s time for a spring floral overload.  Easter and florals go hand and hand, and with everything coming up roses, here’s a look at a floral-inspired fashion editorial that I’ve fallen in love with.  A good floral print dress is timeless, but combining florals with feathers and pastels and lady-like shapes is inspired and ethereal.

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This editorial, from the July/August 2013 issue of the Wall Street Journal Magazine, stars Model Andreea Diaconu as photographed by Lachlan Bailey.

Breakfast with Tiffany

I love a good red dress. Give me a little red dress over a little black dress any day.  There’s something so feminine and powerful about red, and it commands attention like no other color.  So in the spirit of Valentines Day,  I’m excited to release one of my absolute favorite new dresses– the little red “Tiffany” dress.   I can never get enough of the 1950′s inspired silhouette, and  topped with polka dots and an oversized bow, this dress is perfect for the ‘Sweetheart’ season.  Dress it up with classic stilettos, or go comfortable in simple ballet flats. Given it’s name and vintage style, I couldn’t resist paying a little homage to the 1961 classic while spending some time in Pasadena.  SHOP “Tiffany” here.

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Photography by ULE Digital. |  Shop the Lauren Elaine “Tiffany” Dress  here.

 

Best Dressed: Alyssa Campanella at the 2014 People’s Choice Awards

I love a good challenge.  So earlier in January, when my good friend and favorite “muse” Alyssa Campanella asked if I could design her a special gown for the 2014 People’s Choice Awards- I jumped at the chance.  Not only is Alyssa a Designer’s dream, but her style is very similar to my own.  The challenge?  A four day deadline.  Alyssa+Campanella+Arrivals+People+Choice+Awards+CIyIzutzn36l

Luckily, Alyssa knew exactly what she wanted.   Something elegant, romantic, and effortless.   The result: an ethereal, iridescent custom gown  fit for a modern-day princess.

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I’m so happy with the end result of this gown.  And it’s also very exciting to see Alyssa toping many of the season’s  ‘Best Dressed’ lists!

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And a special congratulations to CW’s “Reign” for winning Favorite New TV Drama at the People’s Choice Awards!

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PERSEPHONE: Mini Lookbook

Seduce in this sleek mermaid-cut sweetheart gown of metallic brocade.  Shop the “Persephone” and download a copy of the mini-lookbook here!

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(Model: Sabyr Omens |  Photography & Post by ULE Digital )