Met Gala 2016 | Manus v. Machina

Here are my favorite looks from last nights Manus v. Machina themed gala.

  1.  Bella Hadid  Givenchy

  2. Karlie Kloss  Brandon Maxwell

  3. Kate Upton  TopShop

  4. Kylie Jenner  Balmain

  5. Kendall Jenner  Versace

  6. Naomi Watts  Burberry

  7. Jourdan Dunn  Balmain

  8. Naomi Campbell  Cavalli Couture

  9. Nicole kidman  Alexander McQueen

  10. Bette Midler  Marc Jacobs

  11. Kate Bosworth  Dolce & Gabbana 

  12. Alicia Vikander  Louis Vuitton

(this is such a cool theme, but a lot of designers left me feeling uninspired. A lot of the attendees looked as if they were attending a cocktail party, not THE MET GALA! )

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Alida Boer | Maria's Bags

   Recently, I had the pleasure of meeting Alida Boer. She is a former Miss Guatemala, current philanthropist and handbag designer. Boer is the beautiful woman (inside and out) behind Maria’s Bags. A business that she has won many awards for gives back to the women and town of Pastores in Sacatepequez, Guatemala. Boer is passionate about her culture and having the voices of the people of Guatemala being represented in each design. Maria’s Bags are so rich in color, the hand-crafted patterns are so intricate and every bag is nearly a one of a kind.  “Every huipil textile represents a different village and tells a different story. The huipil are what the local ladies used to wear before there was a civil war, that was followed by a great deal of discrimination, which lead the women to stop wearing the textiles that identified them” says Boer. The making of this sort of textile is very intensive and was soon to be a lost art. Boer has being training the women with the help of experienced designers the skills needed to give the huipil textile a new life (hence Maria’s Bags). Boer further explains the importance of the textiles and the sense of identity they give to the people of Guatemala. The women who work on these textiles are masters of their crafts. Boer is an avid supporter of the women passing down the art for the generations to come. “A portion of the proceeds from Marias Bags goes to a school in Guatemala to provide the children with free education and meals”. With over 500 women in her network Boer is able to provide fair wages that help build and support the families and communities of the women.

Boer has a flagship store in Guatemala, and is stocked in many retailers in Latin America.

For further inquires contact Alphonso@showroomseven.com

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Tips & Tricks | Wardrobe Organization w/Sasha

My good friend Sasha de Oliveira' has a long history of working in luxury retail and fashion. Sasha has a perfect eye when it comes to 'product placement' and organization. She has organized the closets of many people in need of her skill from athletes, their wives to wall street tycoons. Recently, Sasha landed what many young fashion girls would call their dream job; U.S. brand ambassador at the one and only Balmain store in the United States opening in Soho this spring. That all being said it was only natural for me to have her revamp my closets and have her share some tips and tricks with you.

TIPS and TRICKS by: SASHA DE OLIVEIRA'

1. The most important thing to do before you start on the 'organizing' is go through everything and put aside anything that you're not wearing. You should be able to wear everything you have hanging up. Your closet is not the place for hoarding. Basically Purge.

2. Hangers play a huge role. All your clothes should look expensive even if it is just a plain white t-shirt. Whether the hangers are velvet, chrome or cedar/wood they should all match. I hate when people leave the dry-cleaning hangers or plastic wrap on their clothes, take five minutes to take the clothes out of the plastic and on to a proper hanger.

3. Categorizing is key and this is where my eye for merchandising comes into play...keep like items together and coordinate from there. Example: keep all your blazers together then place them by weight/color (dark to light) /tones, then do the same for knits, button-downs so on and so forth. Your heaviest knits should be neatly folded and strategically placed. Your closet should look like a store. If you have a shoe wall then neatly align your shoes, if you do not have that luxury then line the shoes you wear the most along the bottom of your closet. You don't walk into Saint Laurent and see all the clothes, shoes and handbags randomly thrown together with no cohesiveness so your closet shouldn't look like that either. 

Follow these rules and your clothes will thank you for it.

xx

Sky and Sasha

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Golden Globes Best-Dressed

I love award season in Hollywood. The gatherings are so glamorous. The Golden Globes were last night. I watched, like most of you, from the comfort of my sofa (glass of wine in hand). The best part of shows of this sort, is of course, the fashion. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley leads in this best dressed list wearing..........

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley wearing Atelier Versace; Jennifer Lawrence in Dior Couture; Heidi Klum wearing Marchesa; Jenna Dewan-Tatum wearing Zuhair Murad; Kate Bosworth wearing Dolce and Gabbana; Brie Larson wearing Calvin Klein; Laverne Cox wearing Elizabeth Kennedy; Taraji P. Henson wearing Stella McCartney; Sophia Bush wearing Narciso Rodriguez; Viola Davis wearing Marchesa. 

 

Image Source: Getty / Jason Merritt

 

People | Carolyn Bessette

Not only was Carolyn Bessette wife to the irresistibly handsome John F. Kennedy Jr. or daughter-in-law to the socialite of all socialites respectfully (a woman of impeccable taste herself) the former first lady Jackie O, Bessette is the woman who defined understated cool. Narcsio Rodriguez designed her wedding dress (fact) and I like to believe Manolo named his signature sling-back pumps after her (however this is probably not true therefore do not quote me on it) because the shoe is a perfect representation of her style (plus it is named Carolyn'e'). Her effortless style has influenced many designers and self-proclaimed fashionistas alike. Bessette was the "it" girl of the 90's. Her perfect white-blonde locks; bare face with bold red lips; white button downs; neutral color palettes; wide leg crop denim and oversized birkins, never looked as if she was trying, yet she was always the best dressed in the room. The late Carolyn Bessette defined minimalism and her influence on fashion, whether you know it or not, is more alive than ever.

xx

 

(Photos are for informative/reference/educational/inspirational purpose only and are not mine)

Sample Sale | The Row

This is the reason why I moved to New York! (not really but its a huge plus). Pre-having lived here I believed sample sales to be urban myths, how Carrie Bradshaw spent her Saturdays, and something to daydream about but definitely not real. Well, I can tell you sample sales are not an urban myth but very, very real. It is easy to get carried away and buy stuff that isn't so great because the deals are often just that good so I tend to avoid them like the plague; I am a firm believer in quality vs. quantity. However....if it is a designer/clothing line that I have no trouble or remorse paying full retail for then you can count on me being there. The Row is great because the silhouettes are timeless and simple, which is good because that means the items are usually "seasonless". If you are looking to invest in some staple pieces then The Row is one of the few ways to go. For the past couple of days they held a sample sale and I went twice.....Yes, it was that good! (all pictures are mine unless stated otherwise)  xx