Saturday, December 19, 2009

Filling my ears with Pleasure

By: Vera Gushansky
I made a couple music videos for youtube to promote STRAPLESS. Check them out!! For music lovers I put up a couple popular House songs, and for fashionistas, the songs are paired up with a few editorials.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Tutu Loo!

By: Vera Gushansky
An emerging fad: the fashionable tutu!
On the runway: Miu Miu
Our way:
Live in an urban area? Well you're in luck because you can find a much cuter tutu at any local flea market or vintage store.
Los Angeles Locals:
★The Melrose Flea Market: Every sunday at Fairfax high school parking lot.
★The Rose Bowl Flea Market: Once a month on the second sunday of every month. Located on the Rose Bowl parking lot.
★Vintage Stores: Hidden Treasures (topanga canyon), SLOW (Melrose Ave.)
How to wear a tutu:
☆Pair a white tutu with a vintage cashmere sweater and motorcycle boots. Or you can swap the cashmere sweater with a blazer.
☆Pair a long tutu with opaque tights and flats. Then throw on a lace onesie with a cotton cardigan to keep you warm.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Editorial Obsession

By: Vera Gushansky

"Already Famous" Photographer: Steven Meisel
Styled by: Grade Coddington // Model: Sasha Pivovarova // Vogue USA 10

Model Style - Agyness Deyn

By: Vera Gushansky
Agyness Deyn is undoubtfully one of the best dressed models. Love her look as much as I do? Well here are a few key looks to follow in order to simulate her style:

Should-pad Jackets:
How to wear them:
Team baggy jackets with skinnies or short skirts to give your frame shap. Don't wear with baggy trousers- you'll drown out your shape. Team fitted, belted jackets with absolutlely anything!
80's Flashy Colors:
How to wear them:
Die-hard fashionistas can dare to match fluo-coloured bright pieces with dark basics. Examples: pink jacket with black skinnies, yellow skinnies with a white tunic and orange dresses. If you're not convinced the bright look does it for you, opt for bright accessories: a red bag, turquoise trainers, orange belt or yellowscarf can instantly jazz up an outfit.
How to wear them:

Stripes can either look like the last word in chic or like you've just stepped out in your PJs. To avoid making a faux pas of Titanic proportions, be original: mix horizontal and vertical stripes, wear jackets and blazers over stripy tees, and team long stripy dresses with high heels. NB: horizontal stripes weight down and widen the frame, so be careful with these. If you're curvy, vertical stripes lengthen the silhouette, so go for these for a slimming, lengthening effect.

Contrast Colors:

How to wear them:

The secret to clashing in style, ie without looking like a clown, is chic. You can get away with if it you keep it stylish, so always opt for fitted cuts: pretty belted jackets, straight-legged trousers, masculine waistcoats and heels to set your look off.

The Masculine Style:

How to wear it:

In small doses, with girly outfits. Examples: masculin blazer with flowing dress, trousers with braces and a silk shirt, and a shirt-and-tie ensemble with a feminine skirt. Colour-wise, go for grey, black and navy.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

♫ Obsessed with: Phoenix ♪

By: Jade Jorda

These artsy French dudes know what's up in terms of Indie Rock. Their lead singer Laurent Brancowitz, before joining Phoenix, collaborated with two other guys that you might have heard of... Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo. Doesn't ring a bell? How about Daft Punk? Yeah, now you know what I'm talking about ;-) They're new single 1901, from the 2009 album Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, is being heard everywhere from a Cadillac TV commercial, to the New York I Love You trailer. Probably heard it blasting a couple of times from my car too. I LOVE IT! I am also obsessed with Lizstomania - Classixx Remix (thank you Jason!!!) that makes my heart flutter everytime I hear it.

Here's a little playlist to make you listen to what I'm talking about:

They also gave people a free concert with a concept they called "A Take Away Show". While strolling through the streets of beautiful Paris, they stopped at a few places and performed for the people around them for the simple pleasure of sharing their music. I love these guys. I wish I had been these people around, look at their faces they're pretty funny. A Take Away Show is in three parts. Watch them being followed around in the city of lights:

Part 1

Part 2
Part 3
And finally, here's some of their photography that they posted on their blog. I chose these because I thought they related well to the topic of music but there are plenty more that are really interesting.

These are great tunes to listen to when you're shopping for the holidays and waiting in the long lines. Enjoy! ;-)

Blogger Alert: Susie Bubble

By: Jade Jorda

Susie Bubble - Recently found her blog and I love it !! I'm sure you'll love it too. She's one of my inspirations now. From England, her style is undeniably unique, her words are quirky, and she approaches fashion with intellect. Check it out.
A few pictures of this little lady, who made an appearance in the December/January 2010 issue of TeenVogue and who's been named "Blogger of the Moment" in August 2008.

Susie is definitely in her own cute fashion bubble. ;-)

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Gucci For UNICEF

By: Jade Jorda

It all started in 2005 when Frida Giannini created an exclusive accessories collection dedicated to the Gucci Campaign to Benefit UNICEF. In 2007 she created a special product to further pursue the brand's commitment to one of the most prominent non-profit organization which only relies on contribution from governments and private donors. This year Giannini commissioned acclaimed author and illustrator Michael Roberts to write a book titled Snowman in Africa, a sequel to his 2004 Snowman in Paradise which will only be sold in Gucci stores and on 100% of the $25 that the book is worth will go towards UNICEF. A medium-sized Joybag featuring illustrations from the book, as well as an elephant-and-snowman-printed canvas wristlet, a coin purse, another version of the bag and other goodies will be available now through December 31st and 25% of the retail price will go towards the organization that helps thousands of kids yearly. So think about it, this year you could be helping someone in need and at the same time treating yourself to the bag of your dreams. Isn't that part of the holiday spirit? ;-)

Milan Makeup S/S 2010

By: Vera Gushansky

Dolce and Gabbana

Alice In Wonderland

By: Jade Jorda


I recently stumbled upon these gorgeous photographs, from the 2003 Vogue editorial shot by Annie Leibovitz, one of my favorite photographers, inspired by Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland. I unfortunately never read the book (I know, I know...) but it is my favorite Disney animated film. Favorite movie and favorite photographer in one editorial. WOW! I am soooo happy to have found these. Check them out they are absolutely stunning. I'm sad I couldn't find bigger ones. Watch for designers such as Tom Ford, John Galliano, Karl Lagerfeld and more who role play as some of the book's characters. The story, with a fashion twist, goes like this:

Curiouser and Curiouser
Beyond nonsense verse and coming-of-age fables, Lewis Carroll's true passion was photographing moody young beauties. Olivier Theyskens, in the guise of Carroll, captures model Natalia Vodianova as Alice Liddell. Natalia wears a Rochas iridescent blue-flower ruffle dress specially designed by Theyskens.
Photo: Annie Leibovitz

Down the Rabbit Hole
Faster, faster, faster she fell! Chasing Tom Ford's White Rabbit, our Alice disappears down the never-ending dark passage. Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent Gauche sky-blue silk-satin dress.
Photo: Annie Leibovitz

Drink Me
How was Alice to know the innocent little bottle would make her grow to such a size? As Helmut Lang watched from the wall, she curled her legs up and hoped the designer's organza minidress wouldn't be crushed by her startling height. Dress from the Helmut Lang made-to-measure studio.
Photo: Annie Leibovitz

Advice from a Caterpillar
Clad in Marc Jacobs's ruffled chiffon minidress, Alice found herself engaged in an infuriatingly roundabout conversation with a mushroom-dweller. Where am I? she wondered...and how have I gotten here?
Photo: Annie Leibovitz

Pig & Pepper
It was a queer-shaped little creature, and held out its arms and legs in all directions, “just like a starfish.” Chanel Haute Couture embroidered satin jacket with a draped satin skirt and cream leather boot pants. The Chanel designer wears Chrome Hearts necklaces and belt.
Photo: Annie Leibovitz

The Cheshire Cat
“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?” Alice asked sweetly of the cat with a grin as devilish as anything she had ever seen. “ That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” replied our Cat, Jean Paul Gaultier. Blue silk-jersey draped dress by Gaultier Paris.
Photo: Annie Leibovitz

Tweedledum and Tweedledee
“If you think we're alive, you ought to speak,” said the one marked DEE. Alice, in a Viktor & Rolf multilayered silk dress, stared as the Tweedle duo spouted nonsensical tongue twisters. Rolf Snoeren, left, and Viktor Horsting wear matching suits and bow ties of their own design.
Photo: Annie Leibovitz

The Mad Tea Party
“No room!” The March Hare and Mad Hatter shouted. “No room!” But Alice plunked down, desperate for some biscuits after a long day of living backward. Christian Lacroix Haute Couture dress with painted and sculpted mink dickey over a lace top and frilled lamé skirt. Stephen Jones (right), wears a custom-made hat of his own design. Lacroix, as the March Hare, is at far right.
Photo: Annie Leibovitz

Who Stole the Tarts?
“My name is Alice, so please Your Majesty,” the young girl, draped in Dior Couture, said softly. “ You make me giddy!” screamed the Queen. Dior Haute Couture by John Galliano hand-painted polka-dot dress. Galliano as the Queen of Hearts, wears a Dior Haute Couture coat and is accompanied by his King, Alexis Roche.
Photo: Annie Leibovitz

The Mock Turtle's Story
“What is his sorrow?” Alice, in Atelier Versace, asked the Gryphon. “Once,” sighed the Mock Turtle, “ I was a real turtle.” Atelier Versace layered silk-tulle and chiffon-organza dress lined in lace. Donatella Versace and Rupert Everett are in Versace.
Photo: Annie Leibovitz

Through the Looking Glass
Wrapped in ocean-blue Balenciaga couture, Alice perched on the mantel, longing to escape into the shadow world, as her black kitty purred nearby. Balenciaga by Nicolas Ghesquière crystal pleated chiffon dress and grey ankle boots. Shot on location at the Château de Corbeil-Cerf.
In this story: fashion editor, Grace Coddington; hair, Julien d'Ys/Island d'Ys; makeup, Gucci Westman.Set design by Mary Howard. Prop fabrication by Jean Hugues de Chatillon.
Photo: Annie Leibovitz

That makes me smile :-)


And I am reaaaallllyyyy looking forward to March because well... I'll just show you why.

You've got a very important date, March 5th 2010. ;-)