Archive for January, 2012

Why You Won’t See One-of-a-Kind Haute Couture during NYC’s Fashion Week

Ralph Rucci 2012 Couture

One may see an haute couture gown during such fashion bonazas as the recent Golden Globes or the coming Academy Awards, yet it is a rare few designers who construct actual couture gowns. Many dresses at these celebrity events may be gorgeously crafted with luxurious fabrics, yet they do not qualify to the rigid standards [...]

Vera Wang: An Amazing Body of Work

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Vera Wang is at it again! The designer and mogul continues to inspire women and men of all ages with her innovative, high-quality and lust-worthy designs, not only under her own design label, but with luxe and affordable collaborations with Kohls, Zales, and David’s Bridal, to name just a few. With fragrance, home décor and [...]

Vivienne Tam – The Yoga Master


One of our favorite highlights from the Mercedes-Benz NY Spring-Summer 2012 Fashion Week was getting to preview Vivienne Tam’s exciting new yoga clothing collection, which features garments made from hemp and organic cotton-blend fabrics that also offer natural deodorization and UV protection. This new, ultra-fashionable sportswear line is the result of a partnership between Vivienne Tam and the [...]

Stylish “Song-birds”

LoS Madonna

Since the introduction of lightning-fast internet, microblogging and smart phones, news is available for public consumption seconds after its real-time occurrence. Unfortunately, in Hollywood, that means girls in the limelight are under constant scrutiny. One sartorial misstep and blogosphere goes wild. Whereas singers were once evaluated solely on their musical abilities, the age of information [...]



With Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week fast approaching we thought it would be a perfect time for Lives of Style to highlight a celebrity who exemplifies the best of style, fashion and elegance–always receiving rave reviews for her impeccable red carpet gowns and happens to be the first South African to win an Academy Award for Best Actress [...]

The CFDA’s Impact, Fifty Years Later

From its inception in 1962, The Council of Fashion Designers of America has played an integral role in the exposure, promotion and subsequent success of fashion designers in the United States. The fashion trade organization grew from the need for respect and recognition for American designers and in its five decades, it has come to [...]

Shades of Beauty – Contour and Highlight Your Way to Perfection

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Made popular by the late Kevyn Aucoin, and Kim Kardashian’s makeup artist, Mario Dedivanovic, contouring and highlighting the face has become a makeup artist staple. Why do we contour and highlight? We use contouring to recede certain areas, while we use highlighting to push certain areas forward. It is important to remember that the two [...]

Orange is Spring’s Colour du Jour

Jason Wu Spring 2012 Look

Spring 2012 is exploding with red-hot colors–as tangerine, coral, peach and orange burst on to the scene with fresh, eye-catching and eye-catching results. The catwalk was filled with flame-colored looks and everyone from Jason Wu to Chris Benz featured models flaunting stop-in-your-tracks red-orange lips. Colorful make-up and beauty products can complement bright looks for Spring–bringing [...]

Funky Fabric and Innovative Fashion


Kombucha tonic has been popular due to its beneficial health properties. Gwyneth Paltrow drank the beverage daily in preparation for Iron Man 2 and Lindsey Lohan popularized it last year as the explanation for her botched alcohol test. Kombucha has been recommended as an alternative energy drink for all the busy staffers needing a boost [...]

Wooed by Wu: A Pre-Target Mini-Retrospective

Wu Look 6

Since mega-retailer Target announced Jason Wu as their next designer collaborator, the fashion world has been aflame and the recently-released Wu Look Book has only fanned the fire. True to his aesthetic, Wu pieces in the Target collection are timeless— classics that we can imagine wearing now and years down the line. Wu’s polished, feminine, [...]

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