Irina Shabayeva

Some of my favorite pieces from the Season 6 Project Runway Winner, Irina Shabayeva Spring 2012 show at the Audi Showroom on Park Ave. Loving the translucent gel trench, knit shawl, and body conscious cocktail dresses with cutouts and lace up ties. These looks are great for a night on the town with all of your gal pals. 

Anne Fontaine-Forest Day

Today, Oct. 20th is definitely the day to shop Anne Fontaine. At all Anne Fontaine stores 50% of worldwide retail sales will be donated to the  Anne Fontaine Foundation. The Foundation is dedicated to saving the Mata Atlantica Forest, a multi-variational forest in Brazil along the Atlantic coast. The Brazilian Atlantic Forest has one of the richest ecosystems in world, also one of the most endangered with only 7% of the forest remaining. Help the Anne Fontaine Foundation plant one million trees in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest over the next 5 years! In New York City checkout the Rockefeller Center location at 610 Fifth Ave. Nr. 49th. On a side note the Anne Fontaine bag shown below is made out of plastic bottles! 

Maynard

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/29442312]A Look at a new and exciting line, Maynard. Maynard is created by designer Donna Potter and stylist Jia Li. The line is sexy and strong, a balancing act between the masculine and feminine, old and young. My favorite picks are the Rayon Knit with Powermesh, Jumpsuit and the Washed Silk Iomud Tunic. Take a look for yourself, and find your favorites. 

Kai-aakmann Spring 2012 Showcase

According to Sunwoo Lee, Kai-aakmann's line has a military element, but it is not as strong as last season's line. This season is more about soft tailoring with nice surprises like pleating in the back, opaque sleeves, and canvas twill against delicate chiffon. There is also a lot of great summer kints. The Men's line is more about color and fun.

Jean Michel Cazabat

On Wednesday, October 12 I was invited to the exclusive grand opening of Jean Michel Cazabat's boutique located on 350 Bleecker St. in the heart of the ever so stylish West Village. Jean Michel is known for making beautiful and sexy footwear beloved by fashion insiders. He began his career as a Buyer and Creative Director of the iconic French shoe brand Charles Jourdan. Now, with his first US boutique Jean Michel is creating a movement of his own. The store is said to be inspired by his own Soho loft, and I have to admit I felt quite at home on the red plush ottoman. The night was magical with the French DJ setting the tone, models passing the bubbly, and A-listers such as Singer Maxwell, Designer Naeem Khan, Bergdorf Goodman's Linda Fargo, and Vogue's Darling Shala Monroe filling the crowd. What a success, what a night to remember!

Camilla Franks

During Fashion Week I had the pleasure of meeting Australian Designer, Camilla Franks. She is absolutely lovely, and if you adore Kaftans she is the designer for you. She uses beatiful prints creating lively and exotic pieces that are so easy to wear. I think Camilla is just Fab! I am a fan of color, loose fitting clothing, and Camilla Franks.

Nomia

First look at  the 29 year old New York based designer Yara Flinn's, Nomia Spring 2012 Collection presented at New York Fashion Week. I'm loving the modern yet feminine collection. The soft materials are draped to perfection creating a strong and sophisticated presence. These pieces are so urban chic! I'm dying to pull for a photo shoot.

Arise Magazine

New York Fashion Week , Arise Magazine Fashion Show and some of the beautiful people who attended the event, and yes I was one of them!  Omarion and Brother O'Ryan

Models Armando & Fernando Cabral with Borther (I wish I knew his name, Ok I'm a little Lame. Research Assistant Please Apply!)

Nyasha of The Logo Show, The A-List with Stylist Jorge Rubalcava

Fashion Expert, Hariette Cole

The Kardashians at Sherri Hill

Kim and Kourtney Kardashian sitting front row at the Sherri Hill Show  at the Trump Tower in support of their little Sis, Kendall Jenner taking to the catwalk during New York Fashion Week. The clothes were ultra glamorous, a model slipped in front of Kim, and I think my camera was a little star struck. I wish the pics were a bit sharper, but whatevs! Oh and I spotted Hoda Kotb and Kathy Lee. xo Q

Distinguished Cravat Summer/Fall

Checkout Distinguished Cravat. Giving us a 1920's feel with a modern twist. Just in time for Father's Day. More looks here! [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=YaCZ-43R0Bc]

Distinguished cravat by Kate Ross Shirts by Kevin Stewart film by Nnamdi Ward Photo by Mari J Brooklyn

Eloisa

This weekend I had the pleasure of raiding Lauren Barney's & Selena Mccartney's shoe collection, and let me tell you it rivals Imelda Marcos's infamous  3,000 pairs of clodhoppers. These ladies are the owners of Eloisa, a shoe haven and business where they lend out vintage/designer shoes to stylist and designers alike. They both began their careers in the shoe business as designers, and started collecting shoes for the pure joy of it. So if you are looking for a vintage pair of Charles Jordans or the latest Chanel chain wedges these are the ladies you should be running to, and I mean fast. Checkout the interview! This should make any shoe loving diva green with shoevy...Shoe Envy!

Lauren Barney (on the left) & Selena Mccartney (to the right)

What is Eloisa? How did the two of you come up with the name and how did you meet?

WE'VE WORKED TOGETHER FOR 6 YEARS AS WOMEN'S FOOTWEAR DESIGNERS FOR CALVIN KLEIN, AND HAVE BOTH BEEN IN THE BUSINESS FOR NEARLY 10 YEARS.  THROUGHOUT OUR TIME WORKING TOGETHER, WE FOUND THAT SHOPPING VINTAGE WAS THE MOST INSPIRING TO US.  WE DECIDED FROM THEN WE WANTED A VINTAGE BUSINESS OF OUR OWN TO PROVIDE INSPIRATION TO OTHER DESIGNERS AND STYLISTS.  ELOISA WAS SELENA'S GRANDMOTHER, SHE NEVER KNEW HER.  SHE WAS A SEAMSTRESS WITH LITTLE MONEY, BUT SHE LOVED FASHION.  SHE COULD LOOK AT A DRESS AND COULD CREATE THE PATTERN FROM SCRATCH ALMOST EXACTLY. SHE HAD 10 CHILDREN AND WANTED TO KEEP THEM FASHIONABLY DRESSED SO SHE LEARNED HOW TO IMPROVISE.

How long has Eloisa been around?  

WE'VE BEEN WORKING ON THIS PROJECT FOR OVER A YEAR, AND HAVE BEEN ACTIVELY UP AND RUNNING FOR ABOUT 5 MONTHS.

Where do you find your pieces?  

WE TRAVEL CONSTANTLY IN THE US AND EUROPE MOSTLY.  SELENA IS FROM TEXAS, AND I'M  FROM OHIO, SO WE TEND TO NAVIGATE THOSE AREAS VERY WELL.  BUT MOSTLY, WE TRY TO FIND THE SPOTS NO ONE GOES TO...THE OFF-THE-BEATEN TRACK PLACES.

What should a women look for when finding the perfect shoe?

SHE SHOULD ALWAYS TRY THE SHOE ON FIRST. IF IT MAKES HER FEEL SEXY...BUY IT!

Which is more important fashion or comfort?

FASHION IS MORE IMPORTANT. COMFORT IS A PLUS.

Do you pick the outfit or the shoe first?  

THE SHOE!  THE OUTFIT NEEDS TO COMPLIMENT!

I heard a famous fashion person walked through the Eloisa doors and took a sneak peak. Who was it? I have to know. 

WE'D LOVE TO KISS AND TELL, BUT WE HAVE CLIENT CONFIDENTIALITY WITH ALL OUR CUSTOMERS.  LIPS ARE SEALED.

Which do you prefer, the stiletto, the kitten heel, the flat, the platform, or the now trending wedge?

WE DON'T DISCRIMINATE BUT IF WE HAD TO CHOOSE RIGHT NOW FOR ME IT WILL BE THE WOOD WEDGE OR PLATFORM.

S: FOR ME IT WOULD BE THE HIGH WEDGE. I'M LOVING MY NEW CHANEL CHAIN WEDGES!! I TOOK A NAP IN THEM THE OTHER DAY.

Do you have any style icons?

TO BE HONEST, NOT ANYONE IN PARTICULAR, NO. WE'RE BOTH LIBRAS SO WE CHANGE OUR MINDS

OFTEN AND ARE NOT DEAD SET ON ANYONE OR ANYTHING. HMM....

Where do you find style inspiration magazines, blogs, or what? Can you name a few?

ALWAYS MAGAZINES. I HOPE THEY NEVER GO AWAY. AS FAR AS BLOGS GO...OF COURSE YOURS QUENTIN!!!

WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE WITH BLOGS WE'RE LOOKING AT ALL DIFFERENT LEVELS. MEANING, COMMERCIAL AND NON-COMMERCIAL FOR OUR CLIENTS.

LAUREN LOVES TO LOOK AT HOME DESIGN BLOGS AND PHOTOGRAPHY BLOGS. SHE'S GOT A GREAT EYE FOR FINISHES, TREATMENTS, AND COLOR. WHEN WE WERE DESIGNING TOGETHER SHE COULD ADD ONE MINOR DETAIL, AND IT WOULD CHANGE THE WHOLE LOOK OF A SHOE.

FOR EX:http://www.designspongeonline.com/

S: I TEND TO LOOK AT STREET STYLE BLOGS. I'M MUCH MORE INTERESTED IN WHAT RANDOM PEOPLE ARE WEARING THAN WHAT THE SAME PERSON IS DOING EVERYDAY.

FOR EX:http://thelocals.dk/

WE BOTH LOVE..

http://www.nowness.com/ WHICH KEEPS US IN TOUCH WITH FILM, FASHION, ART, DESIGN, ETC.

http://www.refinery29.com/ KEEPS US GROUNDED ON WHAT'S ACTUALLY OUT AT RETAIL AND WE FIGURE OUT WHAT THE EVOLUTION OF THAT MAY BE.

http://www.seaofshoes.com/ WE LOVE THE COLORS AND SHOE SHOTS IN THIS BLOG!!

AND WHO DOESN'T STILL LOVE http://thesartorialist.blogspot.com/

ALL IN ALL WE GET THE MOST INSPIRATION FROM TRAVELING. IT JUST SEEMS IF SOMETHING LOOKS RIGHT TO US, WE INVEST OURSELVES IN IT. WHETHER IT BE A HANDBAG, A PIECE OF JEWELRY, A HEEL, A PATTERN....WE DON'T GET TOO DEEP INTO IT AND WE DON'T TURN OUR NOSES UP TO ANYTHING. WE ARE FAR FROM PRETENTIOUS CREATIVES.

Who is your favorite shoe designer of any era?

CHARLES JORDAN AND NORMA KAMALI ARE TWO FAVORITES.

Check them out here. eloisavintage.com