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Henri Bendel – Colette Malouf & Count Me Healthy

9 May

Text, Vivian Kelly

Henri Bendel = the Ultimate Accessories Emporium

Colette Malouf’s Night Fever Collection – wire mesh headband

We went over to Henri Bendel’s to attend a press event for Colette Malouf’s new spring 2012 “NightFever” line of hairpieces and jewelry. Colette wasn’t  there, but her PR Rep could not have been nicer and we played for a while trying on different headbands and a gold mesh bracelet from the “Night Fever” collection I’m in love with now.

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Tadashi Shoji Fall 2012 Backstage- “Shanghai” Collection”

19 Apr

Text and Videos, Vivian Kelly

SHANGAI

This City served as a source of inspiration last season for society designer, Douglas Hannant. This season, designer Tadashi Shoji drew inspiration from past and present Shanghai to deliver a beautiful collection that stars such as Olivia Spencer, will continue to love and wear.

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Enjoy!

New URL! Come on Over – Miss YOU!

21 Mar

Hi All!

In case you missed it the first time around, this is the new URL so when you come here – please get rid of the “wordpress” part of the address – you don’t need it anymore.

Here’s the new URL to bookmark : )

THE NEW URL IS: http://www.thefashionexaminer.com

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I’m posting every other day as usual and lots of good stories for spring 2012.

THANKS!

Cheers,

Vivian Kelly

New Location! Come on Over to our new Web Address

7 Mar

Hi All!

In case you missed it the first time around, this is the new URL so when you come here – please get rid of the “wordpress” part of the address – you need it anymore.

THE NEW URL IS: http://www.thefashionexaminer.com

Your subscriptions are GREATLY valued and p/s click the SUBSCRIBE button after entering you email on the new site and you’re good to go!

I’m posting every other day as usual and lots of good stories for spring 2012.

THANKS!

XO  Vivian

New Address! The New & Improved Fashion Examiner

25 Feb

Hi Everyone!

Exciting news, I’m now under my own URL which will be going live tonight.

It is:    http://www.thefashionexaminer.com

This version is THE NEW and IMPROVED The Fashion Examiner.

Thanks for following and this change would not have been possible without YOU all following me.

Looking forward to bringing you much more fun and fashion and style info.

Vivian Kelly

xoxo

Rafael Cennamo’s Transformative Gowns -Dresses WithThe Power To Make You A Princess

22 Feb

Text, Vivian and Laura Wood

Rafael Cennamo's Sapphire Blue Siren Gown, the fall 2012 Collection

Every woman would like to be a princess or a queen and Venezuelan designer, Rafael Cennamo, knows that.

Rafael Cennamo at his Fall 2012 Presentation, sourced from www.examiner.com, photo, Getty Images

He even crowned some of his models in his NYFW Presentation at the Lincoln Center Box venue.

The teased hair with the circlets is modern days take on the gigantic wigs Marie Antoinette and her ladies wore to Court as well as the cover of  Jo Mannings My Lady Scandalous [The Amazing Life and Outrageous Times of Grace Dalrymple Elliott, Royal Courtesan] a book I can’t wait to start reading tonight.

Rafael Cennamo Metallic Mesh Cocktail DressRafael Cennamo Embroidered Tulle Gown - The West's Idealized Version of a Princess

PR guru, Paul Wilmot, had expressed enthusiasm for this designer some months back, and  he has never steered us wrong, but this collection exceeded all expectations.

True, we’d checked-out images of Taylor Swift and Gwen Stefani in R.C. and they looked good, but what we saw in the Box was on a whole different plane; it was transformative dressing at its best.

We fell in love with Rafael Cennamo when we spotted the blue metallic mesh turtleneck cocktail dress with its discreet illusion panel. The effect was Modern Day Chinese Princess.

The moonlight metallic embroidered tulle gown was the Western idea of what a princess should look like. The embroidery and its placement was reminiscent of a bejeweled bodice and underskirt like Queen Elizabeth I wore in royal portraits.  As if that weren’t already enough, the sapphire blue backless gown with draped sleeves worn by a beautiful Asian model knocked us out.  We can’t image that this dress wouldn’t wind up on the Red Carpet. We hope that someone snatched this one up and that we’ll see it Sunday at the Oscars when into ABC to watch.

Below, a shout-out to the people on the team who helped  Rafael  create these modern day princesses

Styling – Danielle Nachmani

Hair – Matthew Curtis / TRESemme

Make-up – Rogelio Reyna / Bobbi Brown

Nail Care – Kelly Baber / Jessica

Hats – Yestadt Millinery

Jewelry – Jacob & Co.

Casting – Maurilio Carnino / MTC Casting

Costello Tagliapietra’s Flattering Fashion for the Modern Woman: The Fall 2012 Collection

21 Feb

Text, Vivian Kelly and Laura Wood

Reported by Laura Wood – Thursday, Feb. 9, Milk Studios, NYC

This season the guys had a lot of prints [for them] using their eco-friendly airdye technology. The first look came out and I knew that I was at a Costello Tagliapietra and I felt that although the colors were strong, they would suit a lot of colorings. The plunging V-neck and flutter sleeve were easy-sexy and that’s what you go to C.T. for.

Look #5 from the fall 2012 Collection, photo by Alessandro Garofalo/GoRunway.com

Look #5, the Costello Tagliapietra fall'12 Runway Show

Look #5 was an easy transitional reversible coat in chartreuse and orange, perfect for when you can’t just go out in your dress and meet even extend to chillier summer days.

Although some of the prints included editorial eye-popping colors, Laura loved the sophisticated print of look #8. The skillful construction minimizes what you want to hide and maximizes the curves you want to highlight.

Costello Tagliapietra Look # 8 The Perfect Dress

Costello Tagliapietra Look #9 - the Medieval Hooded Theme

In look #9 they address the hooded theme of the season. After looking at this coat, we can’t wait to throw-away our hats. The hoods are reminiscent of the ones people wore in Medieval Times which were a hooded cloak, not to be mistaken with a sweat shirt hoodie.

Although Vivian loved the skinny pants we agreed that #15, the high waist park pleated trouser is a necessary wardrobe staple whether you’re a size 2 or 12.

Costello Tagliapietra Look #15 The Essential Bark Pant

They offered five evening gowns, and our favorite was look #26 – a lavender sheath with beautiful draping and just enough sheen to be glamorous without being overdone.

Costello Gown Look #26, Our Favorite Evening Option From The fall '12 Collection

Bravo Costello Tagliapietra! You did it again.