Monday, June 30, 2008
A 20 year-old model jumped to her death in Manhattan in an apparent suicide yesterday. NY Post reports:
"Ruslana Korshunova, 20, whose face has graced the cover of French Elle and Russian Vogue, apparently jumped from her ninth-floor apartment in her Water Street building in the Financial District just before 2:30 p.m. 'I heard what sounded like a gunshot or a bomb or an explosion,' said a stunned Con Ed worker talking to a cop nearby [...] Cops said there were no signs of a struggle in the one-bedroom apartment, where she lived for only two months. And the balcony from which she plunged had construction netting around it that appeared to have been deliberately ripped."
Known as 'The Russian Rapunzel' for her long, flowing chestnut locks, worked with the elite modeling agency IMG, (which boasts top models Heidi Klum and Kate Moss) and had been featured in ads for Marc Jacobs, DKNY, Vera Wang and Christian Dior.
Friday, June 27, 2008
Speedo unveiled their red, white and blue performance swim suit designed specially for the Olympic Games in Beijing. Japanese designer Rei Kawakubo for Comme des Garçons said of her creation "I was interested in expressing the energy and the power that comes from the spirit, embodied in the meaning of the calligraphy, together with the will to win for one's country, symbolized by the iconic flag of the U.S.A.,". The suit will be available to all members of Team USA and individually made for each swimmer's fit needs.
A collection of limited edition Giorgio Armani pens have been added to the Armani accessories repertoire.
"A handwritten note is today more than ever a sign of etiquette, elegance and sophistication," the designer said. "To carry an iconic pen is therefore a symbol of character and style."
The first 199 piece series entitled the Regal Collection will be available starting this month, to be sold individually or in special edition sets featuring ink, envelopes, Armani letterhead, and a handcrafted black lacquered box ($2,922.00). The sets are perfect to write letters home when you are staying in his new Armani residence apartments in Rome, Milan, or Dubai.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Diane von Furstenberg and H.Stern have collaborated to create some stunning new watches. Named the Sutra Collection, this 9 piece collection is inspired by organic crystal shapes, described by H. Stern’s Creative Director Roberto Stern as “bold, jewel like, glamorous, and sexy”. Innovation meets chic design when some of the diamond studded faces are attached to interchangeable gold chain, satin, or ostrich bands making each watch a little more personal.
Skineez Skincare-wear is a new line of moisturizing/slimming "shapewear" debuting at Macy's. The $68 Skineez are made of fabric that contains microcapsules of caffeine, retinol, and other ingredients that supposedly moisturize the skin and reduce the appearance of cellulite. After 8 to 10 washings, the garment comes with a spray you can use to add the microcapsules back.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Super socialite Tinsley Mortimer was seen dressed on the set of Gossip Girl in the Hamptons this past week. We all know the show's actors are in their early 20's, but acting like a high-schooler when you're actually in your 30's should just be called denial. And what of her acting potential? An insider noted to Page 6: “A Tinsley reality show was shot by MTV. But they couldn’t use any of it. It’s collecting dust. She looked good but she just got dressed and went to parties every day and didn’t have anything interesting to say. It was incredibly boring. The project is dead.” Nice try Tinz, but it looks like someone needs a lesson in aging gracefully. XOXO, Gossip Girl.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Singer/songwriter/actress/dancer/record producer can now add designer to her long list of careers. Janet Jackson is to launch her own lingerie line before the end of the year. “I’m working on it,” is all she had to say at the Versace men’s wear show last week.
The timeless black and white color palette of the new Louis Vuitton Empire Watch Collection is the result of 12 years in the making (the idea for LV watches was first announced in 1997!) by Marc Jacobs. On the subject of the necessity of watch in an age where cell phone clocks prevail he says, "watches are jewelry and become part of a lifetime collection, like an heirloom. A cell phone can't be part of a look or silhouette the way a watch can". Bravo, Mr. Jacobs.
Monday, June 23, 2008
Herban Essentials Towelettes are the perfect way to wipe off a sticky summer day once you get into appropriately air conditioned surroundings. Refreshing scents of Lemon, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, and Lavendar leave you feeling like you just stepped out of the spa, rather than the ten concrete blocks you just marched down. Pick some up at your nearest Whole Foods.
Introducing the latest, priciest fountain of youth (in mist form): Vinita Rejuvinating Elixir. With contents made from crushed diamonds, pearls, and 24 kt. gold extract, this Elixir promises to hydrate, firm, and add luminousity to aging skin. How much does this bottle of youth cost? $300 at Saks.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
The Luxury Institute has released their list of designer brands accorded "the highest social status by affluent customers''. Topping the list is Bottega Veneta, an obvious outcome of their subtle elegance. “You know it if you’re in the know. It’s for people who aren’t looking to impress others” quoted the Luxury Institute's CEO. Of the brand's consumers, he said “they have self made financial fortunes and do not want to be seen as an ostentatious, avaricious group”. Interestingly enough, Bottega was only the 24th of the top 25 most familiar luxury name (Number 1 was Calvin Klein which also happened to be number 25 on the social status scale). Other classic brands with lasting social-status value were successively, Valentino, Prada, Chanel, Hermes, Giorgio Armani, Versace, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, and in the 10 spot, Louis Vuitton.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Your sweats are about to be injected with a shot of cute. Victoria’s Secret announced today that sub-brand Pink is launching a line of college collaborated clothing (under the official name of VS Pink Collegiate Collection). 33 colleges, including Harvard University, will carry sweatpants, hoodies, t-shirts and tote bags all branded by their school logos and Pink starting on July 1. The goods will be available in 375 points of sale including Victoria’s Secret stores located near college campuses, college bookstores, and VS catalogues. Other notable schools on the roster include Texas A&M, University of Arkansas, University of Miami, and University of Oregon.
Monday, June 16, 2008
Hogan’s Olympia sneaker, which was originally designed for the 2004 Olympics, is being revamped for the Beijing Games this August. In honor of the 08-08-08 start date there will be 888 pairs of the ultralight shoe made available for sale. They ivory sneaker has a gold band with red and green contrast stitching and will be available in Hogan stores worldwide.
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Watch brand IWC is teaming up with soccer phenom Zinedine Zidane to create a limited edition watch. He will also be the global ambassador for the brand, known for its sporty, vintage-style timepieces. A launch party in Paris on Monday will be the official debut of the 1,000 piece watch collection.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Yves Behar, designer at stylish bluetooth leader Jawbone, presents the best of the best in wireless headset devices. Jawbone has been on the radar since their 2006 inception, providing earpieces that are innovative in both technology and style. Invisible buttons and sophisticated lines give the typical bluetooth earpiece a chic, sexy look and patented technology that separates speech from ambient noise makes the Jawbone the best piece available to eliminate real world noise. Its newest version boasts all the latest tech updates, is 50% smaller than its original (making it the lightest ear piece you can get) and is available is rose gold or matte black finishes. Available at Barney's next week for $130.
Feeding 80’s music fans of tomorrow, Lindsay Lohan has a new leggings line out called 6126. Named after Marilyn Monroe’s birthday, the line includes a large range of knit, cotton, and screen print footless tights and legwarmers. Also featured is a new foot accessory called the ankle glove, which seems somewhat self-explanatory. Available at Fred Segal or Revolve Clothing, the prices will range anywhere from $50-200.
Monday, June 9, 2008
Talk about multitasking: Michelle Vale's Pique clutch comes with a silver chain strap, gold chain strap, and can also be clutch appropriate, offering a girl three bags in one. The bag's versatility solves the detailed problem of matching your jewelry to your purse, and at night it can be used as a sexy clutch, perfect for summer social events.
Rangers player Sean Avery caused a lot of buzz when he decided to become a Vogue magazine intern these past few months. Just as he started to fade out of the spotlight, he jumps in again with the announcement that along with Lauryn Flynn, the previous director of celebrity services at Calvin Klein, he will start his own fashion company. No news on details yet, but with their combination I can guarantee fashion world will be buzzing as soon as news comes out.
Friday, June 6, 2008
Barbie gets a modern twist from her new collaboration with fashion retailer Mango. Known Stateside as MNG, they have created a t-shirt line for Barbie appropriately titled “Barbie by MNG Jeans”. The six-piece line launches worldwide and will even be available online for $25-29 a pop. Edgy and casual, the shirts were inspired by the 50’s 70’s and 80’s, giving Barbie lovers a broad range of styles to choose from.
J. Crew launched its first “Just Ask Desk” at its Rockefeller Center Store in NYC this week. At the desk, you can make appointments with personal shoppers, arrange private shopping parties, pre-order Collection pieces, order monogramming, preview swatch pieces for bridesmaid dresses, and order clothes that aren’t carried in all the stores. The concierge will also hold coats, umbrellas, and packages making your shopping experience more comfortable. To go even further in the luxury concierge experience, the Just Ask Desk will even provide directions, make restaurant reservations, and give advice on Broadway shows around the city.
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Over 100 authentic, vintage Christian Dior pieces will be on sale at Yoox.com this week. The precious collection was produced between the 1940's and 1980's and includes a strapless haute couture gown from the late 1940's that Christian Dior apparently created himself!
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
I rarely post on things that have no story behind them other than "I want it because its pretty" but when it comes to this Michael Kors watch, I'm weak. Its rose-hued chain link, stainless steel band, mother-of-pearl dial and Swarovski crystal time slots make it feminine yet strong, sophisticated with a little edge. Its the ultimate Bond girl watch for spring, and lightens up the trendy black-strapped wrists we watched last season.
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Monday, June 2, 2008
Stay super organized with the Purse Mate from Joey Junior, a polyester sleeve with compartments for everything you need. Not only does this keep everything out of the abyss, but it cuts your time of changing purses in half! It even comes in 2 sizes, tidying up big purses and little purses alike.
I've always walked in flats and changed into sky high heels at the office (or just out of the rain) thinking I was saving my feet any long term damage. However, a new study shows that ballet flats, which seem to be comfortable, are making the foot work much harder than it should! "They give absolutely no support whatsoever in the arch," says Dr. Rock Positano, Director of Non-Surgical Foot & Ankle Service at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan. He goes on to say that 30% of knee, hip, and back injuries stem from foot strain cause by improper support. Wearing unsupportive shoes such as flats or flip flops can lead to inflammation of the Achilles tendon as well as tendon strains throughout the knees and legs. Ouch! What are we left with now, moon shoes?