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The glam was back this year at the Oscars, and thank goodness for that!

Also, the range of great gowns was just rich! That much is obvious from all of the favorites I have listed here. I liked all of these dresses.

Here are a few of my favorite looks in no particular order:

Rachel McAdams in a great Elie Saab strapless gown from the Spring 2010 Haute Couture collection.

Photo by: RE/Westcom/starmaxinc.com 2010 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED 3/7/10 Rachel McAdams at the

Demi Moore in a nude colored silk organza gown with tons of ruffles from Atelier Versace.

82nd Annual Academy Awards - Arrivals

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New York Fashion Week (Feb. 11 to 18) is off to a red hot start. Thursday night was the Red Dress 2010 Collection by The Heart Truth featuring 20 celebrities wearing 20 different red dresses designed to “celebrate the Red Dress as the national symbol for women and heart disease awareness.”

See the photos and decide which is your favorite dress!

Heidi Klum in John Galliano:

The Heart Truth Red Dress Collection Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2010

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Rachel Zoe is in the da house! The diminutive stylist bundled up in sleek black boots, furry black hat and a giant white coat to brave the New York City snow storm. She even tweeted about it.

Zoe is in town to review Fall 2010 collections at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City from February 11-18.

The celebrity stylist will also be working outfitting the superstars who will be walking the runway for Naomi Campbell’s Fashion for Relief — a charity fashion show and auction — that, this year, will be benefitting mothers and children of Haiti. It takes place February 12.

Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson will be hosting the charity fashion show, which promises to “feature internationally recognized designers, celebrities and VIPs.” The donated garments, including from designers Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen and Dolce & Gabbana, will be auctioned online at NET-A-PORTER after the event.

It’s been a few years since a Julie Frederickson got unceremoniously tossed out of the Bryant Park tents for daring to interview Anna Wintour.  To Anna’s credit, however, she answered Frederickson’s questions.  It was the publicist, Kelly Cutrone, who went ballistic and tossed her.  My how things have changed!

As you know, OpenFashion.com has been on Twitter and Facebook for the last few weeks following the fashion week shows happening in New York, London, Milan and Paris. The shows, the clothes and the buzz are exciting and fun to keep up with.

However, once the shows got across the pond to Europe, the innovation kicked up a notch.

It started with Burberry Prorsum broadcasting live from London Fashion Week.

Screen shot from the live Burberry Prorsum show

screen shot from the live Burberry Prorsum show

Then in Milan Twitter simply blew up when Federico Marchetti, the CEO of an Internet site Yoox.com, and bloggers  BryanBoy, Tommy Ton, Garance Doré and Scott Schuman got the front row at the D&G show.

Today Alexander McQueen had brilliant webcast of his Paris Fashion Week Spring Summer 2010 runway show today at 2:15pm Paris time. He paired with SHOWstudio, which is headed by photographer Nick Knight.  SHOWstudio is known for incorporating innovation into how they present fashion to the world and just opened a space in London a few weeks ago.

In an interview with WWD, McQueen talked about wanting to break new ground in how the public views fashion by making it more accessible.

“I want to break new ground in the way the public sees and understands fashion,” McQueen told Women’s Wear Daily, fashion’s top trade journal. “I want to generate something for a wider audience,” he added, acknowledging he is embracing new media such as Twitter with great passion. Weary of seeing snippets of his shows on YouTube, he joked, “Really, what I’m aiming for is world domination.” (quote from star.com: Alexander McQueen brings once-exclusive show online)

If you missed it, the webcast link is up on McQueen’s website: Alexander McQueen’s Plato’s Atlantis Spring/Summer 2010 webcast.

Hopefully, it will stay up so that everyone who wants to see if gets a chance. It’s a great 17 minutes.

screen shot of the beginning of the McQueen SS10 show

screen shot of the beginning of the McQueen SS10 show

screen shot of the end of the McQueen show

screen shot of the end of the McQueen show

You can follow McQueen on Twitter at @McQueenWorld and SHOWstudio here @SHOWstudio.  Both McQueen and SHOWstudio get top marks for innovation. The runway setup and video cameras on rails just made it all a great show.

Burberry and McQueen aren’t alone. Others are planning to join this web trend.

  • Louis Vuitton has been promoting its planned October 7th show very aggressively on Facebook: Louis Vuitton Women Spring/Summer 2010 Live Fashion Show on Facebook. Last I checked, there were over 46,000 people who’d RSVPed that they’d “attend”.  Since we all know 46,000 people won’t be there in person, that means all of these people have indicated they’ll watch the webcast.  People will have 24 hours to view the show.  Then, I guess, the video will be taken down.

LV Live on FB

Let’s see how many make the time to tune in tomorrow live.  There were so many people trying to view McQueen’s show that there simply wasn’t enough bandwidth and many didn’t have a chance to view it live. If the response to the Vuitton show is similar to McQueen’s the same thing might happen.

We’re witnessing the democratization of fashion, and that’s incredibly exciting!

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Now it’s been days since the end of New York Fashion Week.  In fact, London Fashion Week has come and gone, and Milan Fashion Week is two days in.

However, people are still talking about the Spring Summer 2010 Rodarte show.

Here is the video from Style.com. The video includes Kate and Laura Mulleavy, the sister duo designers themselves, talking about how they “destroyed” the fabrics and only then were they beautiful.

It’s not conventional beauty but beauty created from torn and scarred things, which, honestly, is a bit more beautiful because it’s been distressed.  I think of it as the beauty you see in the eyes of a woman who has suffered through something horrible, but the photographer catches something about her that makes her radiant.  Think of a picture of Aung San Suu Kyi who is being held under house arrest in Burma aka Myanmar.  She is pretty, but there is a tortured beauty about her that’s moving.

Image courtesy of the Nobel Peace Laureates Summit website

Image courtesy of the Nobel Peace Laureates Summit website

It’s a beauty you have to reflect upon a bit to appreciate.

The New York Times’ fashion blog The Moment put together all the rave reviews for the show:

  • “The ravens rose at Rodarte. With a smoke-filled runway beneath them, models wore outfits resembling the contradictory symbol of darkness and survival.” (Associated Press)
  • “A spectacular and the original display.” (Fashion Week Daily)
  • “Urban warrior princesses, patchworks Amazons whose ragged finish and spaghetti-like entanglement of materials was shockingly new.” (Fashion Wire Daily)
  • “The most dramatic, intense and striking craft work came from Rodarte, where the sisters Laura and Kate Mulleavy create clothes with a story literally woven in.” (International Herald Tribune)
  • “The Mulleavys, Kate and Laura, know a little something about playing dress-up.” (Los Angeles Times)
  • “A glimpse of devastation with a shot of futuristic glamour that we can only hope to adorn ourselves in once the world ends as we know it.” (Refinery 29)
  • “Married primitivism to the sisters’ ongoing interest in futurism.” (Style.com)
  • “Filled with ripped and wrapped dresses made of fabric distressed in a half-dozen ways, this dramatic collection wowed.” (StyleList)
  • “Somewhat bizarre thought-processes resulted in some bizarrely beautiful clothes.” (The Daily Telegraph)
  • “Some wonderful pieces with a daring that would scorn a reality-TV style show.” (The New York Times)
  • “True to form, there was little — let’s be honest, nothing — in the collection that could be worn to most offices. These are clothes for artists, special events and collections. It’s hard to imagine that they could even be dry cleaned. Yet they get you thinking.” (The Wall Street Journal)
  • “Those Rodarte girls sure know how to work a theme.” (Vogue.com UK)
  • “If spring was another feather in the caps of Rodarte’s Kate and Laura Mulleavy — and it was, no question — the plumes would be black.” (Women’s Wear Daily)

The pictures and video from the show has great designs with intricate craftsmanship.

These sisters are on a roll! In just they won the women’s wear designer of the year award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America. They’ve also announced an upcoming line for Target and, let me say, the Target designer lines always seem to work well. They will also work with William Morris Endevor to develop collaborations and publishing products. It’s going to be interesting to see how they’ll leverage the cult following that they have now. However, I’ve no doubt that they will.

Here is the complete show from Swarovski TV in two parts.

Part 1:

Part 2:

You can watch the full video of the show on their website: Rodarte (it’s a few clicks to get to it – basically video and then Spring 2010).

Here are pictures of every look in the show from Style.com: Rodarte Spring 2010 – Complete Collection

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Christian Siriano fans! Rejoice!

The word on the street is his SS10 show was fierce!  However, are we surprised by this?

We discovered him when he was a contestant on the Project Runway.  During that show he came off as fierce as his designs.

The great thing about Siriano’s work is the range of what he’s creates.  You can find his designs in high end department stores like Saks Fifth Avenue but also in budget conscious shoe stores like Payless Shoe Source.

The buzz is that Christian truly came into his own with this collection and matured with this collection.

His Spring 2010 collection was inspired by Mediterranean travel.  Many of the pieces in this collection were made with an aerial shot of the Italian coast in both ocean blue and fire red.  I liked the colors more than the neutrals.

However, this shimmery tan suit caught my eye.  I think it’s just lovely.

My favorite pieces were the vibrant blues like this beautiful flouncy dress:


Very nice work Christian!  We can’t wait to see what you come up with next.

You can see more shots from Christian’s SS10 show on Coutorture.com, at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week site or here:

You can also find the Christian Siriano shoe collection at Payless.com.

I’m partial to these great ankle boots from last season!

Christian Siriano for Payless Slither Boot

Christian Siriano for Payless Slither Boot

So what do you think of Christian’s SS10 collection?

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New York Fashion Week is coming up oh so soon and to jump start the week-long festivities on September 10 is the much talked about Fashion’s Night Out.  The retail initiative will be keeping NYC stores open until 11 to encourage people to shop and support the fashion industry.  With this big night in fashion and many events being held all over the  Big Apple, it can get quite confusing.  While there is no way you can physically make it to all of them, here is a list of some the biggest events you won’t want to miss if you’re in the city.

1. INTERMIX – Soho, 98 Prince Street

With Savannah and Sienna Miller from Twenty8Twelve

2. BCBGMAXAZRIA – Flagship Store, 461 5th Avenue

Featuring  a runway show

3.  DKNY – 655 Madison Avenue

Featuring model Coco Rocha

4. Bergdorf Goodman – 754 5th Avenue

The high-end department store will be designer and celebrity central.  Narcicso Rodriguez, Victoria Beckham, Donna Karan, and many others plan to make an appearance.

5. Teen Vogue’s Bleecker Street Block Party – Bleecker Street between 7th Avenue and Bank Street

Special musical guest appearance from Gossip Girl’s Taylor Momsen.

6. Opening Ceremony Shop

See Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte and the Proenza duo.

7.  Anna Wintour in Queens – Macy’s Queens Location

Last but not least, Vogue’s Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour signing t-shirts?  A must-see for sure.

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At yesterday’s celebration of 10th Anniversary of the Body by Victoria collection in New York City, Victoria’s Secret Angels Marisa Miller, Alessandra Ambrosio, Emanuela de Paula and Lindsay Ellingson announced that the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show will be back in the fashion capital this year.  The four supermodels also made an appearance on The Early Show to discuss the big news, their favorite bras, and body image.

The fantasy fashion show will feature all the gorgeous supermodels on the catwalk in the holiday-inspired lingerie, and also musical performances and behind-the-scenes coverage.  ” The sexiest show on earth” will be filmed in November, but air in December.  Will you be tuning in?

Disney has developed a fashion channel to feed through YouTube that is inspired by the tweens on their multitude of Disney channel shows. Loaded with a strong dose of the amazingly popular Jonas Brothers’ music and
looks, the show features all tweens prancing the catwalk in front of a young crowd.

The clothing features plaid patterns and layered looks of vests over unlikely dresses or frilled tops.

It’s typical Disney complete with fingerless gloves, gaudy plastic jewelry and bohemian patterns that mix and match.
The models of course are all kids from the Disney channel. The buzz is spreading fast as the video has all ready been viewed over 13,000 times on Youtube.

This is the first time Disney has made their fashion case directly to the tween audience over the internet and previewing the clothing which will be retailed at Target, JC Penney, Kmart, Sears, and Wal-Mart. The Youtube channel also has a Mickey Mouse Fashion Show playing.

Their target demographic is aimed at young adults who are still trapped in their child hood determined to wear a Mickey Mouse clothing line in their teens. Kelsey Ramos, blogger for the LA Times, chides Disney for overexposing its brands. “And who knows, it wouldn’t surprise me if next we saw Twitter updates about Disney food trucks selling Disneyland food around L.A.”. Come on Kelsey can you sing M-I-C-K-E-Y?

The Columbian designer
company Caffe has announced its intentions of taking the US by storm or by bikini!   Caffe swim wear was debuted at the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Swim.   The line made a big impression on attendees and fashionistas world wide.  They brought a Bohemian styling penchant that most designers are catering to this year.  The suits colors which were circa 1960 are also a very popular choice especially with young adults who are their major target market.   Leaning more to floral patterns gave a distinct vintage look.  Many of the Hollister crowd would find the Brazilian style very attractive.

The international flavor in styling and the delivery of those products has continued to escalate over the past several years.  Since there are so many outlets available thanks to the internet designers who may have been obscured in the past, now are on an open world stage.  What’s great is trends are set and followed much more quickly than before.  You can see a suit that was on the catwalk one week showing up in your favorite boutique just a few weeks later.  I call it insta-fashion!  The American market is still the one of choice despite the recession of the past year. 

(Source:ApparelNews)