Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Must Have: Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2012 Shoes

The Louis Vuitton runway last Paris Fashion Week was flooded with white and Easter egg inspired pastels, I can't say I cared too much for the Ready to Wear line except for this amazing white dress, but the shoes of this collection are to die for and I simply MUST HAVE them! Starting to save money now...

 {merci Style.com}

 These buttoned mules are borderline ankle booties. I love all the elements Louis Vuitton added, classic Mary Jane buttons and straps in sequence with a splash of metallic and a very please color combination.

And as Louis Vuitton does the accessories so well, I am loving this LV parasol. I never knew I needed one until I saw this delicate lace work pattern. Now I suddenly am craving a sunny 75 degree day to go strolling through the park in these shoes and this parasol. I must have both of these now...great.

What Spring/Summer 2012 Shoe 
are you dying for?

Monday, January 30, 2012

Fashion 101: The Journey of a Fashion Invitation

Mes cheris New York Fashion Week is right around the corner, and the fashion industry hits crunch mode this week. Long hours at the office or atelier, many Starbucks runs, all culminating to a beautiful Fall/Winter 2012 ensemble that kicks off the fashion week season for the world. Each invitation for a runway show is a labor of love, and much more goes into it than you might think, the journey of a fashion invitation is long and at times arduous, and here is it's story.

1. Save the Date
A Save the Date email blast is sent out to everyone for your show, hoping they will make space in their calendar to attend. This includes national, regional, and international press, fashion directors and executives of retailers, high volume bloggers, personal guests, family, and clients of the designer, and celebrities.

2. Requests
Then they reach out to you. Everyone from Anna Wintour to smalltime Joe Blogger sends their requests in to whichever shows they would like to attend that fashion week. Since shows at New York Fashion week often overlap in time and vary in locations, you have to request your ideal fashion shows to attend.

3. Process
Most brands utilise a Fashion PR Agency to handle the seating and press for their show. These PR professionals know everyone who needs to be in attendance in the fashion industry and does their best to seat them, and any celebrities as best as possible. So every request is sorted Yes, No, Maybe, and then replied back to the requester. *NOTE: this is harder than it sounds. You must process about 4,000 emails in roughly 3 weeks.*

4. Seat
The seating chart arrives from the printer, a large laminated blueprint of the floor plan for the show, ready to be filled with stickers of guests. These stickers get moved several times while you decide who gets front row, who gets booted for a more important member of the press, and who gets at standing ticket.

{Merci T Magazine}

5. Standing
Every fashion show at Lincoln Center has Standing Tickets. These tickets are a First Come, First Serve basis for the best spots. You stand in a large crowd at the back of the risers behind all the seats. And if you're lucky, an invited guest doesn't show up and you have to fill their seat!

6. Invitations
Throughout this process a design team has decided on the look of that year's fashion show invitation. The invitations arrive from the printers and you begin stuffing them in envelopes, stamping them, and sending them out to all of the fashion industry you would like to fill a seat.

{Merci NowManifest}

7. E-vite
The standing tickets get sent a matching e-vite for the fashion show which will have their barcode to check in at the front door.

Some of the invitees will log in to Fashion GPS right away and RSVP for every show they wish to attend. Some will respond and someone from the PR team will manually log in and RSVP for them. This keeps the fashion show list up to date, and allows the team to seat the event properly.

All of these steps are managed through Fashion GPS, the web based management system for the fashion industry. "Fashion GPS enables companies to create a virtual mailing list this is used to send and track invitations, RSVPs, media requests and attendance at fashion events, while simultaneously enabling the virtual management of seating charts and rapid check-in at events." This digital warrior organized and changed to entire fashion industry and is used on a daily basis by everyone.

 Who knew that one little envelope had such much work behind it?

Be sure to check out the Fashion 101: History of New York Fashion Week post and get pumped because the countdown to New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2012 has begun!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Fashionspiration: Neon Colors

On this bright happy Friday, I thought I would bring some bright happy Fashionspiration your way! I've seen lots of neon being worn around the office and its nice to have something other than fluorescent lights  to brighten the place up. Enjoy the colorful inspiration...

Source: rstyle.me via Jessica on Pinterest

Source: thegloss.com via Naomi on Pinterest

Source: scene360.com via Kate on Pinterest

Have a neon Friday!

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

I Can Pack for That: Vail

It occured to me that all the packing how-to posts I have done for travel fashion have been for warm destinations because that is the only place I want to travel! And how easy is it to pack for warm places when all your clothes are the equivalent of negligees? But I can pack for that too...How about a nice trip to Vail, Colorado? You twisted my arm.

I can pack for that...Vail

I can pack for that...Vail by fashiondiva304 featuring fur boots

Every celebrity seems to visit Vail, Colorado for their Christmas vacation...well that or St. Barths. I get the appeal, cozy cabins with grand fireplaces surrounded by a mountain range of grandeur. Plus, I still have to check "Learn how to snowboard" off of my Bucket List, so why not! 

The West sure is completely breath taking. So I suppose I can pack for that...if I must. Besides New York City is having a very unseasonable warm winter!! This time last year the snow was covering cars and didn't move for 5 months. This week, we are in the 50's! I will take it, and I will rejoice! 

Are you ready to be a ski bunny?

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Street Scene at Paris Couture Fashion Week

The fabulous are crawling out of hibernation for their early start to the fashion season. Paris Couture Fashion Week has arrived and I've never seen Paris so colorful. It really is exciting to walk the grounds of any fashion week, not only because of the shows, but the fabulous people watching around them! The street scene surrounding the couture happenings is just as inspirational and entertaining as the shows themselves...see for yourself!

Tommy Ton was on the scene to grab some amazing street scene photos as per ushe, of Paris Couture Fashion Week. I love how fabulous everyone is, and how every detail counts, every pattern pops, and every color is brighter than the next.

 Paris Couture Fashion Week will run January 23rd - 26th, not a full week, but they are also riding off the coattails of Men's Fashion Week, and then will have Paris Fashion Week F/W 2012 by the end of February. Quite a busy calendar.

Food for thought: Americana is back in a HUGE way. Whether Native American, Classic Prep Americana, or the sporty hip of Grease Lightening. I love seeing the world embrace the varied American history.

What is your favorite aspect of the 
Paris Couture Fashion Week street scene?

Monday, January 23, 2012

What I Did This Weekend: Snow in NYC!

It finally snowed in New York this weekend and what a beautiful snow it was. Light, short, and melting by the next day. Perfect. I was so scarred by the last NYC Winter that I was very wary leading into November, espesh after October's freak snowstorm. Alas, here it is January and we got our first (and little baby) snow in NYC! Therefore what I did this weekend was walk through Riverside Park my favorite NYC locals park and book a lot of veg out movie seshes with the roommie!

Riverside Park is on the Hudson River along the Upper West Side. It is by far the most quaint and remote park in the city, with I would guess 98% locals. This is where I go running...although what I did this weekend was merely spectate the snow in NYC....not run on it.

 Fun Fact: Riverside Park is where You've Got Mail was filmed. The whole movie was actually set in my neighborhood on the Upper West Side. As is, Will & Grace and How I Met Your Mother!

 I love watching old favorite NYC movies and discovering they are right around the corner from my apartment! That actually happened this weekend when my roomie and I watched Uptown Girls!

I had quite a productive weekend. I ironed all of my clothing alterations. My fashion friend and I have regular sewing nights which we grabbed one on Martin Luther King Day when we were both off of work. I then cleaned my room putting away my better fitting clothes and  I prepared my taxes for Tax Season 2012. To end the perfect weekend, I watched the NY Giants field goal kick their way into the Super Bowl! Since my dear Carolina Panthers are officially out, bless their hearts, I begin rooting for my NY teams. It's hard having a divided heart...

Congratulations New York Giants!

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