Solange Gets Married…&& Slays.

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Congratulations are in order for Solange Knowles & Alan Ferguson who tied the knot this weekend in New Orleans.

From the pictures, it looks like the event was a very dapper affair. All guests were instructed to wear white, which made for a stunning visual.

Always one to eschew tradition, Solange and her video-director husband arrived to the ceremony on painted white bikes decorated with flowers. That ride would have been tough in a wedding dress but the singer had no problem by rocking an off-white Stephane Rolland jumpsuit with plunging neckline.

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The couple looked just as stunning during the ceremony with the groom in a shades of white Lanvin tux and the bride in a custom design by her close friend Humberto Leon for Kenzo. Solange’s cape is just everything!

A perfect red lip and gold cuffs completed the ‘fit. (Curious to know what red lippie Solange was wearing!)

Vogue got the exclusive photos on the wedding and shared these words from Solange: “Everyone I worked with on the wedding are friends who I love,” said the bride via email earlier today. “Everything was a labor of love.”

Photographer Rog Walker captured the highlights of the day. From his portraits, it’s easy to see there was a lot of love to go around. The guests looked so chic in white and of course big sister Beyoncé and mom Tina Knowles were in attendance for the nuptials as well.

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And that is how you slay at your wedding!

Source: Vogue & POPSUGAR

Academy Awards 2014. Oscars Red Carpet Love.

Last night was the culmination of awards season. All eyes were tuned to the Oscars red carpet and the following show. Basically a marathon of fashion, suspense, and laughs. Ellen definitely brought the funny in an unconventional way. Of course I had my favorites on the red carpet….keep scrolling to find out who I loved.

Sandra Bullock in Alexander McQueen.

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Sandy brought a classic elegance to the red carpet. This stunning midnight blue McQueen gown is beautifully draped. The sweetheart neckline is just right. The Lorraine Schwartz jewels are simple yet fun. I love how her hair is swept to the side. An overall good look for Sandra B.

Kate Hudson in Versace Atelier.

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Kate is slaying this red carpet y’all. And she was just a presenter last night! She upstaged most of these nominated actresses with this gorgeous retro reminiscent gown. Kate Hudson wears white on the red carpet like no other. (correctly, ladies. take note.) The plunging deep-v balanced with the strong shoulder open back cape detail?! What?! Killed. It.

Olivia Wilde in Valentino.

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Pregnant women take note. This is how you do a red carpet when rocking the baby bump. Olivia Wilde just looks so good in this Valentino 2014 Pre-Fall black & white number. The open back and white peek-a-boo detail set the black off so nicely. I love this mod look that is  so definitely modern. Hair and jewelry are nice compliments to the dress. Her eyes are set off by the retro chic cat-eye. She looks comfortable too so mom & baby win!

Lupita Nyong’o in Prada.

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Lupita does it again! This time in a stunning Prada gown custom-made for her by Muccia Prada. Lupita described the dress as Nairobi blue as it reminds her of the blue skies of her homeland. How can you not love this color on her? She was definitely the princess of the night with her headband and flowing skirt. She danced with Pharrell, paid for a pizza in Clarins lip gloss, and won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role in ’12 Years a Slave’. What an amazing night for her. Can’t wait to see what else is in store for Lupita!

Green Envy for Lupita Nyong’o::BAFTA Awards 2014

Okay, okay. I am officially on the Lupita Nyong’o bandwagon.

I’ll admit that she has looked stunning basically *every* time she has stepped onto a red carpet. I’m never one to get caught up in the hype so I’ve been waiting so sing Lupita’s praises (since ANYONE who is even remotely into fashion has been doing so).

But this green gorgeousness from the BAFTA’s on Sunday, February 16th made my jaw drop.

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Lupita kills the competition in this Christian Dior couture gown from the Fall 2013 collection.

The train. The flawless fit. The captivating color. #love

Not only is the dress amazing, but her makeup and accessories are perfect. The slim gold belt goes perfectly with the Ana Khouri cuffs that are more superhero chic than wonder woman-esque. She completed the look with a red lip and an emerald smoky eye that I am a huge fan of.

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As a rising fashion icon, Lupita Nyong’o continues to win and wow on the red carpet.
Now if only she could take home an award for her supporting role in ’12 Years a Slave’, that would be the icing on the cake!

 

Collab Alert :: Nike x Riccardo Tisci

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Air Force 1s making a comeback? Givenchy designer/creative director and Kimye BFF Riccardo Tisci is doing his part to make sure that happens with his upcoming collaboration with Nike. The line will be called Nike RT (RT for Riccardo Tisci) with a launch date of March 1st. The initial launch will feature the kicks in a white colorway and a black version will follow on April 1st.

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Vogue spoke with Tisci about the collaboration for their February 2014 issue which is on stands now. A preview from the mag shows Joan Smalls (obsessed with her!) draped over Riccardo’s shoulders showcasing what we can expect from the collection. I love how creative the shot is and love the hair & makeup on Joan. Can we say beat?

“The shoe is universal yet somehow very personal,” said Tisci. “I travel all over the world, and I see people wearing the Air Force 1, and they wear it in so many different ways. And so I was thinking, what is the essence of the Air Force 1? And how do I take that essence and make my own statement? For me the Air Force 1 is not about gender, it’s not about a particular city, nor is it about a certain style. The community decides. It’s democratic. It’s love.”

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Luckily for AF1 aficionados, Vogue describes the collection as staying “true to the cool urban roots of the original”. I’m loving the revamp of this classic that was so hot in the early 2000’s.  Maybe we can get Nelly and Paul Wall to do a remix? Actually considering snapping up a pair of these high-fashion Air Force 1s. Hopefully the sneakerheads will be out in full force to support this collab.

PORTER. Net-a-Porter’s dive into the print world.

Online luxury giant Net-a-Porter is taking a step out of the digital world and into the publishing one. This Friday, the company will debut Porter on newsstands across the world, 60 countries in all, as the magazine is uniquely positioned as a global edit in English.

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The cover star is a glowing Gisele Bündchen, whose natural radiance shines. Styled by Alex White, the cover and editorial feature was shot by Inez & Vinoodh. Porter will be produced 6 times a year and live on newsstands for 8 weeks rather than the monthly features from most publications. Another difference is the price at $9.99 an issue or $48 for a yearly subscription. American Vogue is $5.99 in comparison.

The current magazine landscape is crowded one, yet experiencing decline as readers turn to the digital arena to get their fix. It makes you wonder why such a pioneer in luxury e-commerce would take this route. Natalie Massenet, founder and executive chairman told BoF, “We’ve talked about how the Net-a-Porter Group is actually not just a retail company, but it’s a media company. And if we’re a serious media company we couldn’t ignore one of the most important existing media, which is print. We said if we’re going to do a print magazine, let’s do a great print magazine… and then the wizardry of the Net-a-Porter Group comes behind the scenes in shopability, personal service, customer care, globalness.”

The inaugural issue will be about 65% editorial content and 35% advertising. Companies are excited about the global tilt that Porter will have. Advertisers – including top luxury brands like Chanel, Dior, Saint Laurent – have responded positively. “What we’ve done is talk to brands about a global buy — it’s a very good value print buy for what you are getting globally,” said publishing director Tess McLeod Smith. This vehicle will allow for a partnership with brands that have resisted selling on Net-a-Porter.com, and also allow access for those brands to the Net-a-Porter customer. Without overtly pushing product the glossy will push consumers to the e-commerce site, as well as to the e-commerce and brick-and-mortar stores of advertised brands. The price of an ad in Porter will cost a brand $57,000 but will offer both a print and digital presence, in addition to links back to the brand’s own e-commerce websites.

So what do I think? I’m excited about the debut of Porter. I’ve always admired the way that Net-a-Porter does things in the luxury space. With their innovation, they have created a huge following of high spenders. This is another innovation for them, as they put their spin on the print publishing world. The big buzz right now is for companies is to make the shift to become omni-channel and this is the Net-a-Porter Group’s way of doing it. I love the cover and can’t wait to get a peek inside.

There have been a lot of great articles and interviews on Porter, check them out here: BoF, Wall Street Journal, Telegraph

Haute Covers :: Vogue China, Jan 2014.

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Natasha Poly graces the cover of Vogue China for January 2014. The magazine just celebrated 100 issues with their December 2013 edition. Natasha Poly is just more proof that models have (what I like to call) “baby bounce back” as she just welcomed a baby girl earlier this fall. The emerald green frock paired with the bold gold bangles and simple makeup come together for a stunning cover. Patrick Demarchelier captured this Russian beauty & new mom. Violet Orchid may be the Pantone color of the year for 2014 but emerald isn’t handing over its 2013 crown just yet. Can’t wait to see more from the supermodel Natasha who is back in action!

2013 Primetime Emmy Awards Recap. Favorites.

The 2013 Primetime Emmy Awards took place this weekend, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris. In typical fashion, I didn’t watch the show (which didn’t get rave reviews anyway) but of course I tuned in to watch the red carpet. Overall I was pretty underwhelmed. There were a few standouts that I really enjoyed but most stars played it safe or missed the mark.

The red carpet looks I enjoyed:

Rose Byrne in Calvin Klein Collection.

Rose Byrne in Calvin Klein Collection.

This is what I’m talking about. Crop-top on the red carpet, done right. I love this two-piece look from Rose Byrne. The color is perfect, accessories simple, skirt length just right, and body on point. I love this look from head-to-toe. Understated, effortless, and still chic. She was easily my favorite of the night.

Kate Mara in J. Mendel.

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Kate Mara was an (edgy) vision in white. I love her in this J. Mendel dress right off the runway from the Spring 2014 collection. She is working that high slit and the hair and makeup are right on. The straight bob with the deep part and the nude smokey eye pull this all together.

Lena Headey in Alessandra Rich.

Lena Headey in Alessandra Rich.

I’m not super familiar with ‘Game of Thrones’ star Lena Headey but I really like her look for this event. Black often reads boring on the red carpet but I like this lace creation from London-based designer Alessandra Rich. This see-thru lace number is a risk, one that I think paid off. L.A.M.B. white pumps and a cool ring from Tina Thor complete the look.

Tina Fey in Narcisco Rodriguez.

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My first thought when I saw Tina Fey on the red carpet? “Tina Fey has found her sexy!”. Gone are the boring black tea-length dresses and stuffy up-do’s. Kudos to Tina and her stylist for stepping outside the box and showing those curves (that we should have seen awhile ago). This cobalt blue is perfection and the halter neckline is so great on her. The loose waves and Fred Leighton jewelry are great compliments to the dress.

Sweatshirt Chic.

As I type, it’s currently 98 degrees in good ol’ Texas…yeah, at night! That’s what you sign up for a Texas summer. That being said, I’m not exactly sure why I’m even thinking of sweatshirts…but I am. (fashion girl brain, always months ahead) While I can’t wear them now, I’m getting excited for the day I can wear sweatshirts. And I’m not talking oversized, ex-boyfriend’s college sweatshirt, I’m excited about the endless options of sweatshirts and sweaters in the most luxe fabrics in sporty cuts.

For some reason, the Givenchy Fall/Winter 2013 collection popped into my head, reminding me of the super cool Bambi sweater that Ricardo Tisci sent down the runway. I need to somehow get my hands on this sweater. You can dress it up with a chic lace pencil skirt, wear it casual with a leather biker jacket, or make it playful by pairing it with sequins. It’s quirky but one of those iconic pieces that is fun to have in your closet. Hopefully it’s not sold out (here) before I can afford it.

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Amanda Seyfried looks amazing in the ad campaign for the Givenchy Fall/Winter 2013 collection. The berry lip and nonchalant hair tucked into the Bambi sweater are just perfect. This shows you how well Ricardo Tisci does gypsy goth.

Here are some other options for sweatshirt chic come fall!

Rebecca Taylor Leopard PulloverRebecca Taylor Leopard Pullover, $350.

Haute Hippie Chiffon Sleeve Sweatshirt

Haute Hippie Chiffon Sleeve Sweatshirt, $195.

ASOS Neoprene Sweatshirt

ASOS Neoprene Sweatshirt with Zip Sleeves, $64.

Currently Crushing. Stella McCartney Julienne Dress.

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Stella McCartney hit it out of the park with this one. I mean, is this not the most amazing dress? The whole thing is definitely my cup of tea. It’s orange, a little sexy, has mesh panels, an open back…what more can a girl ask for?

I need it.

 The Julienne dress is Look 2 from the Stella McCartney Spring/Summer 2013 runway collection. I love the whole styling of the look–the shoes are Stella’s Valerie Plexi Wedges in Nude. Even the makeup compliments the dress, the bright aqua liner on the lower lash line is a subtle, yet fun contrast to the orange of the dress.

Julienne is a satin micro-plisse with superfine pleats (you have to zoom to see). The colorblock contour reveals a sheer mesh panel.

Neiman Marcus Fashion Director Ken Downing chose this dress as one of his top picks of the season. “I love Stella McCartney’s ORANGE dress from her runway in Paris so much, I made it my Spring Art of Fashion® pick!” — Neiman Marcus Fashion Director Ken Downing

Shout out to New York Magazine’s online blog The Cut for posting this dress in their “To Consider” feature. Definitely considered a new favorite!

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#PrayforBoston

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My heart goes out to all who are affected by the bombing at the Boston Marathon today. It makes me feel some kind of way that someone would plan and plot an attack like this. The images from the scene are full of sadness and filled with the weight of pain. When I saw the CNN alert on the bombing, I just felt like my life, my job is so insignificant. It’s one of those things that puts life into perspective. I don’t know anyone in Boston, let alone anyone who would be running a marathon but I feel a deep sorrow for everyone impacted, even the families of the victims, first responders, doctors and staff at all of the hospitals.

The frequency of these tragedies is beyond sad.

If nothing else, pray for Boston.

“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” – John 14:27