<![CDATA[Champagne Glitter - Fashion]]>Fri, 26 Feb 2016 17:45:04 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[It's Almost Here: VSFS 2014]]>Thu, 13 Nov 2014 21:32:09 GMThttp://champagneglitter.weebly.com/fashion/its-almost-here-vsfs-2014 If you've been on Victoria Secret's All Access website lately, you might have noticed a countdown clock in the top right corner, which at this moment in time reads "26 Days, 6 hours, 17 mins, and 5 seconds."  This clock serves as the countdown to one of the biggest fashion events of the year, the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.  The VSFS has always been held in New York, but on December 2, 2014, all our favorite Angels will strut down VS's new London runway.  The show will air on December 9th at 10PM on CBS.   
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One of the most exciting parts of the VSFS is the one-of-a-kind fantasy bra.  Just this week, VS announced that this year, we will see two fantasy bras on the runway!  One will be worn by Adriana Lima and the other by Alessandra Ambrosio.  Both bras cost $2,000,000, and they were designed by Mouawad.  They contain over 10,000 jewels each and are handset in 18K yellow gold.
VS also made news this week when they released their Models list.  All of our favorite angels are back for another year on the catwalk, but the list did surprisingly lack two high-profile names: Cara Delevingne, who has walked the VS runway for many years, and Kendall Jenner, who was expected to make her VS premiere after an incredible year in modeling and being a featured model in Russel James' book, Angels.  Delevingne and Jenner have instead chosen to walk in Karl Lagerfeld’s Chanel Métiers d’Art Show, which will be held in Austria on the same day.  Suki Waterhouse was also expected to walk for VS after posting an Instagram in angel wings, however she is not included on the lineup
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Now the question on everyone's minds is, who is performing??  The past few years have seen some amazing performers, including Justin Bieber, Rihanna, and Taylor Swift.  Victoria Secret is known for always going above and beyond, and we can't wait to see who they've chosen this year!

Update (11/18): The performers have been announced! This year, Taylor Swift will be returning to the VSFS runway with Ariana Grande and Ed Sheeran by her side!  Ari and Taylor are definitely great picks, as they reflect the fun and girly style that Victoria's Secret is all about! It's going to be interesting to see how Ed Sheeran does on the runway!  Now, we're even more excited to see the show! 
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<![CDATA[The Life & Legacy of Oscar de la Renta]]>Sat, 25 Oct 2014 19:40:09 GMThttp://champagneglitter.weebly.com/fashion/the-life-legacy-of-oscar-de-la-rentaOn Monday night, iconic fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, 82, passed away after a 6 year battle with cancer.  Best known for his gorgeous evening dresses, de la Renta had an impressive clientele base ranging from first ladies to red carpet fashionistas.

Oscar de la Renta was born in the Dominican Republic in 1932.  At the age of 19, he left his home country to study painting at the Academy of San Fernando in Madrid, Spain.  As a side job, he drew sketches of clothing for fashion houses and newspapers.  The wife of the U.S. Ambassador to Spain saw de la Renta's sketches and commissioned him to design a dress for her daughter.  This dress, which appeared on the cover of Life, was de la Renta's entrance into the fashion industry.  He became increasingly fascinated with a career in fashion design and quickly landed an apprenticeship with Spanish couturier Cristóbal Balenciaga, who served as de la Renta's mentor.  In 1961, de la Renta left Spain to work as a couture assistant for Lanvin in Paris.  Two years later, de la Renta moved to New York City with the hope of breaking into the Ready-to-Wear industry. 

He was quickly hired by Jane Derby, an American designer, and when Derby passed away in 1965, de la Renta took over the label.  He thrived in the Ready-to-Wear industry, however in 1993, he became the lead designer for haute couture for Balmain, making him the first Dominican to design for a French couture house.  
Oscar de la Renta's designs were unique in the sense that they were always classic.  Every piece that he sent down the runway was well made and well designed.  He had an incredible sense of what was in and what women wanted.  He was undoubtley a master of fashion, but more than that, he was a truly genuine person. "I looked up to Oscar...There's not a woman's life that he didn't touch," said Donna Karan.  Fransisco Costa of Calvin Klein said, "He lived full-on.  Everything was important to him.  The scent, the color, the way he set a table, the way he entertained, the way he greeted people."  It is clear that de la Renta impacted his peers, but perhaps what Anna Wintour said about the iconic designer was most profound: 
"There is much being said that his passing marks the end of an era.  Not true. He was the most democratic man I knew and he would have lived happily and defined any era. He was happy dining with the rich and famous, for sure, but equally happy playing dominoes with his devoted staff. His designs reflected his extraordinary personality: optimistic, fun, sunny, romantic.”
Oscar de la Renta was truly one-of-a-kind, and his style, class, and legacy will be remembered for years to come.  

Here are some of his most memorable designs over the years:
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<![CDATA[Coming this Holiday Season: Baz and Barneys]]>Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:23:04 GMThttp://champagneglitter.weebly.com/fashion/coming-this-holiday-season-baz-and-barneysNothing says "Happy Holidays" like decadence and glamour!  We'll be seeing a lot of that on Madison Avenue this holiday season as Baz Luhrmann, famed director of The Great Gatsby and Moulin Rouge, partners with Barneys New York to design their holiday windows.  
Luhrmann is known for incorporating dazzling visual extravagance in his films. 
With the help of his wife, the costume designer Catherine Martin, Luhrmann will create a magical wonderland full of "fantastical characters, woodland creatures, ice skaters, snow owls, and candy canes."  Not only will we be seeing Luhrmann's creations in the window of Barneys, but the Manhattan-based department store has announced that it will be carrying a line of holiday gifts, such as ornaments, toys, and accessories, that are inspired by the Baz Dazzled theme. The artwork will also be seen on Barneys shopping bags and in-door displays starting this November. 
This isn't the first time Barneys is introducing an exciting collaboration for their holiday windows.  In past years, they have worked with Jay-Z, Disney, and Lady Gaga.  But, there's something special about Luhrmann's eye for color and design that makes waiting for the holidays seem nearly IMPOSSIBLE!  After all, the theme of the collection is based on his motto: "A life lived in fear is a life half lived." 
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<![CDATA[How Much is Too Much? Chanel Edition]]>Sun, 07 Sep 2014 20:44:53 GMThttp://champagneglitter.weebly.com/fashion/how-much-is-too-much-chanel-editionKarl Lagerfeld, head designer and creative director for Chanel, is known for always going above and beyond.  Last March, his Autumn/Winter 2014 Paris fashion show made headlines with it's Supermarket Chic theme.  Lagerfeld showcased his collection on gorgeous models strolling through a supermarket that sold everything from cereal to soup, branded with the iconic double C logo.    
Lagerfeld's goal with this eclectic theme was to showcase the idea that Chanel, while a high-end luxury brand, can be worn in every day life at a location as simple as a supermarket.  While this certainly isn't practical for most people, it does highlight the beautiful simplicity that makes Chanel so timeless. 
Beyond the haute Ketchup and eau de Chanel was a small accessory that many onlookers didn't even notice: Chanel headphones.  
Six months later, we are finally hearing more from Lagerfeld about this trendy accessory.  Chanel has partnered with tech company Monster to create the perfect pair of headphones... for $5000.  Ana Colon of Refinery29 calls these headphones "basically like a Chanel handbag for your head."  While the sound quality is certainly exceptional, it's hard to justify paying $5000 for headphones, even if they are Chanel.  The functions of these headphones have been compared to Beats by Dr. Dre, which retail from $250 to $500, a much more reasonable price point.
There's no denying that these headphones are a work of art.  Covered in the signature black quilted leather and embossed with the Chanel logo, they scream "trendy"... but, they also scream "unnecessary."  We will certainly be seeing these around come holiday time, as they are expected to hit stores this fall.  But, can Chanel get away with a $5000 tech product, or is it just too much?  
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<![CDATA[Rebecca Minkoff Joins Wearable Tech Industry]]>Mon, 01 Sep 2014 15:49:59 GMThttp://champagneglitter.weebly.com/fashion/rebecca-minkoff-joins-wearable-tech-industryRebecca Minkoff is now the latest designer to step into the world of wearable tech, and her timing couldn't be better!  With Fashion Week quickly approaching, everyone who's anyone in fashion will be heading to NYC!  Minkoff is planning to introduce two wearable tech products at her fashion show.  One item is a bracelet that serves as a portable phone charger.  This product will retail at $60.00.  The other item is also a bracelet, however this bracelet alerts the wearer when she receives a call or a text.  This product will retail at $120.00.  
I love the idea of a bracelet that serves as a portable charger.  It's a fantastic way to add style to a product that is typically mundane.  And the price point is perfect; backup phone chargers can typically range from $60 to $200.  It will be interesting to see the amount of charge this bracelet can actually hold and how well it really works, but it's definitely fashionable!
The second bracelet is certainly a cool novelty, but not as practical as a portable charger.  While the specific details have not yet been revealed, I'm making the assumption that this bracelet will function similar to the "Ringly," which uses Bluetooth and an application to connect the wearer to her smartphone.  When dealing with wearable tech, the price can make or break the success of the product.  For what this bracelet promises, $120 is a fair price.  Most of Minkoff's bracelets retail around $70.   
These bracelets, along with a stylish gold portable charger, will be introduced at Rebecca Minkoff's fashion show on Friday, September 5th.  I'm so excited to see these bracelets in action!!
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<![CDATA[Anna Wintour Does the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge]]>Mon, 25 Aug 2014 17:46:01 GMThttp://champagneglitter.weebly.com/fashion/anna-wintour-does-the-als-ice-bucket-challengeIf you haven't heard about the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge by now, you seriously need to take a few minutes and scroll through your Facebook or Instagram.  What began as a small campaign to raise awareness for ALS (also known a Lou Gehrig's disease) has become a worldwide sensation.  The challenge officially became trendy last week when Anna Wintour, editor-in-cheif of Vogue, accepted her daughter's nomination and did the Ice Bucket Challenge.  Typically, the dress code for this is a bathing suit, but of course, Wintour wore a stunning floral dress.  And somehow, her signature bob withstood the icy water.  In addition to posting the video, Wintour made a donation to The ALS Association, and she nominated tennis player Roger Federer and actor Dominic West to take the challenge!! Check out the video here: 
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<![CDATA[Emma Ferrer For Harper's Bazaar]]>Sun, 17 Aug 2014 23:14:43 GMThttp://champagneglitter.weebly.com/fashion/emma-ferrer-for-harpers-bazaarThis September, we will see an awfully familiar-looking face on the cover of Harper's Bazaar.  Could it be?  Another reanimation of Audrey Hepburn?
Nope.  But it's pretty close.  Emma Ferrer, the 20-year-old granddaughter of Audrey Hepburn, is making her modeling debut this fall in the September Issue of Harper's Bazaar. And to make things even more interesting, the photo shoot was done by Michael Avedon, the grandson of famed photographer Richard Avedon.  
Ferrer, a ballet student at the Florence Academy of Art, has no interest in pursuing an acting career as her grandmother did.  Ferrer does, however "carry her spirit" through the photo shoot.  She mirrored some classic photos of her late grandmother, and Harper's Bazaar put the poses side by side: 
This photo shoot is nothing short of fantastic, and what it's incredible that Ferrer was able to land a September issue as her first cover.  For the full article and more pictures, click here.  
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<![CDATA[Bloody Bottoms...On Your Nails?]]>Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:16:43 GMThttp://champagneglitter.weebly.com/fashion/bloody-bottomson-your-nailsEvery fashionista aspires to own a pair of Louboutin shoes.  They might be incredibly expensive and uncomfortable, but the red sole is an undeniable symbol of elegance, elitism, and class.  But this week, Christian Louboutin announced a new line of products that will make his designs a little more affordable: nail polish.  Louboutin plans to launch is nail polish at a mere $50 a bottle. Sure, that's a lot for a bottle of nail polish (I think $7 for a bottle of Essie is expensive), but compared to buying his $2000 shoes, fifty dollars doesn't seem so bad.      
Christian Louboutin is never ordinary, so naturally, the fashion world is expecting a lot from his nail polishes.  He's already revealed the incredible structure of the bottle, which was inspired by his Ballerina Ultima, the highest heel he's ever designed.  So far, the only color that has been revealed is his signature crimson red (called Rouge Louboutin) to complement the soles of his shoes, but in an interview with Vogue's Plum Sykes, he described how his other colors should be worn: 
"He has strong views about which colors work with which shoe. If I were wearing his aqua-colored, glitter dégradé party shoes, for example, he would advise nails painted with his pale-turquoise Batignolles. With fall’s Luciana platform, designed with a latticework of patent leather across the toes, he recommends Whatever, a navy. For the Pense à Moi shoe, a fantastic fuchsia-and-orange satin concoction, he says wearing the dark-violet Lova would look very YSL. You can always, he says, match your nail color to a stone in a ring, or the setting. With gold settings, he warns, never wear crimson nails, and with emeralds, a pale pink like Madame est Nue would be chic." 
I am so excited for the release of this nail polish!  I know the colors are going to be beautiful and thoughtful, but I'm hoping the quality matches the price.  Louboutin never fails to amaze me, and I'm sure his venture into beauty will be a success! Rouge Louboutin can be ordered directly from the Louboutin website.  The only other retailer that has been revealed thus far is Sephora, who has already loaded Rouge Louboutin onto their site.  It's not currently available for purchase, but you can sign up for an email to be notified when it's available.   
I think I'm looking forward to the release of this nail polish so much because of the beautiful story behind it.  When Christian Louboutin first began designing shoes, he knew something was missing.  He painted the sole of one of his designs with his secretary's crimson nail polish, and the signature red sole was born.  Now, he says, "I am giving back to beauty what the shoes took from the nails many years ago."
The rest of the collection is set to launch on August 6th, and it will include 31 colors.  
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<![CDATA[It's Pronounced "Vehr-sah-cheh"]]>Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:05:06 GMThttp://champagneglitter.weebly.com/fashion/its-pronounced-veer-sah-chehYou know when you hear someone say "vehr-sah-shee" and you're like "no, it's vehr-sah-cheh."  Well, earlier this year, i-D created an alphabet of the names in fashion that are the most difficult to pronounce.  This video is fabulous, and it covers everything from Azzedine Alaïa to Zegna.  So next time you're wondering how to pronounce Givenchy (hint: it's ji-von-shee), check out this film: 
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<![CDATA[What Are You Wearing Right Now?]]>Thu, 24 Jul 2014 03:19:00 GMThttp://champagneglitter.weebly.com/fashion/what-are-you-wearing-right-nowIn your head, answer that question.  If you said something basic like "jeans and a top," then you've come to the right place... (read on to find out why). 

I am a huge fan of Leandra Medine's blog, The Man Repeller.  One of her staff writers, Amelia Diamond, posted a hilarious article today, entitled "What Do You Look Like Today?"  You have to read it for yourself, but basically, it details an alternative way of describing clothing.  So instead of saying "Today, I'm wearing a halter top and skirt with Converse," you could say "I look like a 1990s Britney Spears going to a high school soccer game who got caught in a rainstorm after reading the forecast for LA instead of NYC."  That paints a pretty good picture, right?  Read Amelia's fantastic article here. ]]>