Tag Archives: The Fashion Examiner

Victoria’s Secret Angel Candice Swanepoel: Part 1

28 Mar

Text and Video, Vivian Kelly

The Victoria’s Secret Very Sexy Tour was as well organized as a military operation. As a blogger, I waited with the other bloggers invited, perched on a ledge,  two yards away from VS Angels Candice Swanepoel and Erin Heatherton. Each of us had 3 minutes with the Supermodels.

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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

Your subscriptions are GREATLY valued. 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.



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.


XO  Vivian

John Crocco Does it Again – His Winning Formula for Perry Ellis

16 Aug

Text, Vivian Kelly

Once, not so long ago, I had mentally lumped the men’s brands who showed at New York Fashion Week into two broad categories: “fashion” [makes my blood boil] and “clothes” [dullsville].

In the “fashion” camp were: Duckie Brown, Siki Im.

In the “just clothes” camp: Nautica, Perry Ellis.

I’m going to remove Perry Ellis from this category and for now, place it in the in-between one along with John Varvatos – a definite step up, style-wise.

A week or so ago LaForce & Stevens sent me an email highlighting the latest Perry Ellis Campaign. At first glance, not a lot of color, nothing revolutionary, but I rather liked it and decided to share it with friend, Mark Behnke, the Men’s Editor of Fashion Tribes.

Mark, bless him, always has an opinion and knows his men’s fashion.

In response to my query [“Sooo, what do you think?]”, he replied,

“I really like the way John Crocco is working in small ways to make Perry Ellis a line for the stylish cool dude in his late Twenties to Early Thirties. The designs each season get a little more forward without going over a line that a Perry Ellis wearer wouldn’t cross. By having some identifiable faces as reps of Perry Ellis is another step in that direction.”

I like the company’s M.O. – small steps, but always in the same direction, just like the turtle in the French Fable, ‘The Tortoise and the Hare’. In this instance, the small step was to use three models rather than just as one, as they’d done for years. Add to that that the trio – Arthur Kulkov, Thiago Santos and Parker Gregory do actually “mark a shift in the direction and composition of Perry Ellis advertising.” Let’s just say that not every guy who sh0ps Perry is a WASP and it’s great that the company acknowledges the American male shopper’s changing demographic in such a public way. Thumbs up to John Crocco and Charles DeCaro, Creative Director of Laspata DeCaro, who directed the shoot [see video, below].

Click here to watch their behind the scenes video.


If John Crocco continues like this, he may well win the race to carve out a bigger piece of the pie of the men’s market. For now, I’m looking forward to seeing what Mr. Crocco unveils at the upcoming NYFW show.

Stand-out Prints – A Great Print is Hard to Find – the CIA Maritima Swimshow at the Raleigh

12 Aug

Text, Vivian Kelly

A good print is hard to find. Everyone TRIES but few succeed. Here’s a handful of designers who have succeeded: Diane Von Furstenberg, Lilly Pulitzer, Mara Hoffman, and Benny Rosset for Cia. Marititma.

This season, the suits at Cia. Maritima were teeny tiny – a requirement for any self-respecting Brazilian beach babe – no news there.

What grabbed my attention were the wild tropo-ethnic prints in fucshia-pink and cobalt-poison green on the bikinis AND the specially designed microsoft computers we got to view at the Microsoft party in the Raleigh’s penthouse.

For more on Cia. Maritima’s latest offerings, read my review of the Microsoft showcase and the Cia Maritima show on The Fashion List.

MBFW SWIM 2012: THE DINEILA BRAZIL PRESS PREVIEW- A Hot hot hot Capsule Collection

9 Aug

Text, Vivian Kelly

The Raleigh Penthouse
Miami, FL

This capsule collection was the result of swim designer Neila Rudden teaming up with Sports Illustrated hottie, Chrissy Teigen, to create a colorful collection for DiNeila Brazil’s Swim 2012 offerings. It’s good to have an actual model involved in design process, as they are hyper-aware of the fit, having actually worn the clothes in question. Teigen’s hand in, helps explain the excellent fit of the sleek one-pieces the handful of models showed off as guests sipped on cocktails and bopped to the music DJ Nektar played throughout the presentation.

As it turns out, the DJ is also a talented new accessories designer – check-out the fabric, crystal and bead chokers the models are wearing. I wouldn’t have known, but luckily Miami friend, Karelle Levy [designer of KrelWear and the fantastic “Quickie Couture” – I’ve always got the gray vest she made me in my car] was with me, giving me inside info just like this. I made a note to connect with Nektar at a later date and see more.

For the rest of the runway coverage of this outstanding capsule collection, read on at The Fashion List.

Aloha! Until tomorrow.

The Swim Anywhere Swim Show at the Gansevoort, Miami Beach

3 Aug

Text, Vivian Kelly

The Gansevoort
Miami, FL

The SwimWear Anywhere show was not what I had expected, based on the show I attended last year at the Raleigh Pool. It probably wasn’t what PR Deborah Hughes and her team expected either, thanks to a huge tropical rainstorm that actually flooded a section of the check in tent at the Raleigh. The show was scheduled to take place on the Gansevoort’s rooftop but was relocated to the adjacent ballroom, due to the sheeting rain. The bright side was that the show got a nice size crowd due to the delay and an extended cocktail hour.

Click below to see my video with Swim Anywhere’s Creative Director and Co-Founder, Rosemarie DiLorenzo.

To read the complete write-up, please visit The Fashion List.

On tap for the rest of this week:   MORE more more Miami Fashion Week Swim coverage and hot shopping at Tootsie’s – Miami Beach Style, and RAMBO’s Beauty Pick of the week.