Several guys served some serious red-carpet swag at this year’s Golden Globes, especially Daniel Glover in his sienna brown velvet Gucci suit. Eddie Redmayne made my heart swell wearing a very tailored black double-breasted tux, while Sterling K. Brown’s blueish black tuxedo deserved top honors.
(photos: Steve Granitz/WireImage, Frazer Harrison/Getty)
Other men’s fashions that stole the limelight were Milo Ventimiglia, in blue + black Ralph Lauren Purple Label tux. Questlove was perfect in his original take on tuxedo dressing thanks to Reem Acra’s black tuxedo with a navy shirt, steel gray eyeglasses, finished off by black + white kicks. And Ryan Gosling continued his old meets Hollywood appeal like his film ‘La La Land’, in a Gucci white tuxedo jacket highlighted by a red boutonniere + black pants.
(photos: Neilson Barnard/Getty, Steve Granitz/WireImage, Venturelli/WireImage)
Surprisingly, rather than turn to Greenery, Pantone’s 2017 color, yellow, another on-trend color for Spring, made its mark at the Golden Globes yesterday. Variations of the color made these’ actresses pop!
(photos: Neilson Barnard/NBCUniversal)
Leading the pack was a preggers Natalie Portman in Prada, Tiffany jewelry + Jimmy Choo shoes, channeling Jackie as in her latest film of the same name, with poise + elegance.
Kerry Washington nailed it in a Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda yellow lace dress with embellished sleeves + side black sash. Viola Davis, in a Michael Kors Collection one-shoulder dress, covered in bright yellow sequins with Harry Winston jewelry +a Judith Leiber bag looked perfect, especially as the presenter of the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award to Meryl Streep who made a powerful acceptance speech. ‘Game Of Thrones’s’ Maisie Williams looked exquisite in her simple form fitting dress with train + simple black minaudière with a crystal encrusted handle.
Picking up where they left off last year, Equinox’s 2017 release of their “Commit to Something” campaign series shot by fashion photographer is meant to push you into the gym while promoting a cause for pause.
Now you might be wondering what does imagery including a woman playing the harp with bloodied fingers or a man covered in bees have to do with working out? Well, it has to do with the idea of ‘committing to something’, the basic premise of hitting the gym to be your best. Without dedication, you will not gain the results you want including doing as many reps while lifting those kettlebells or running on the treadmill as if your life depended on it, at a very steep incline to target those glutes. But the themes Klein chose to portray say a lot about his understanding of social commentary like the legalization of marijuana with model Jessica Stam inside a cannabis grow center + the rise in narcissism brought on by social media.
Elizabeth Nolan, Equinox Executive Creative Director told WWD, “It’s certainly no secret that Steven [Klein] is a fearless creative with a strong point of view on social issues, so it was a no-brainer to continue telling the commitment narrative through his powerful lens,” adding “This year’s imagery goes even deeper to showcase his greatest strengths as a storyteller, collaborator + cultural steward.”
Said to be displayed in Equinox locations worldwide, Klein told WWD, “It is examining the physical body through a vehicle of current social norms.” But his image of Samantha Paige, which proudly displays her double mastectomy scars, is Klein’s favorite out of all in the series. “It is brave + daring on both Equinox’s + Samantha’s part, to show a woman that decided that the physicality of having breasts, was not important to feel good about yourself. Today people are over-consumed with their exterior physicality.” But it’s this irony that makes you ponder how a gym ad campaign series such as this can transcend + highlight aspects of your life that affect it other than just how toned or muscular you are.
With NYE around the corner, what better way to party into 2017 than wearing gold?! Sure, metallics have always been an obvious ‘go-to’ for welcoming the new year but then there’s that Mercury in retrograde bad luck biz we all need to consider too. Since Mercury rules communication, clear thinking, truth + travel, when the planet goes retrograde or backward, all those things follow in the same direction.
Gold, often associated with the sun, a symbol of happiness, success, attainment, prosperity + true friends, are all worthy opponents to deflect this supposed unforeseen bad luck. But don’t feel pressured to be shining like an Oscar statue either, as you can do it in doses.
Alexis Jae in Metalmorphosis 005 by PAT MCGRATH LABS
Pat McGrath’s Metalmorphosis 005 Kit, also available at Sephora, is a four-piece set complete with a silky cream pigment, a metallic pigment, a mixing liquid to liquefy pigment, a black dual-ended eyeliner + gold sequins, of course, perfect for making your eyes more inviting to stare into when the ball drops!
Or, you can wear this button down shirt from Zara, to look like you’re wearing a sheet of melted gold
if not, this short H&M dress, covered in twinkling gold sequins.
For low-key alternatives, try carrying your party essentials in Topshop‘s OZ Small Plush Crossbody Bag with all-over gold tassel detail + a long gold chain strap
(photo: Harper’s Bazaar Spain, INGEBORG MAKE UP NYC | LA)
Yesterday, the world lost legendary China Machado due to cardiac arrest. She was 87 + still working all the way up to the end as seen here modeling her own designs.
(photo: WWD| China Machado modeling her own designs)
Born Noel De Souza Machado in 1929 Shanghai, China’s life reads like a work of fiction.
Her privileged childhood years as the daughter of a prominent banker came to a halt thanks to the Japanese occupation of 1941. This forced her family to seek refuge in Buenos Aires where her transformation began. Here, is where Machado picked up nickname China, pronounced Cheena, for her almond shaped eyes, which she kept going forward.
(photo: Richard Avedon)
She then met world famous bullfighter Luis Dominguín while working as a stewardess for Panagra Airlines. They ran off together when China was 20, exposing her to a lot including love + pain. “It was a very fast-living life,” she told WWD in September. “You’re traveling all over the world. He knew everybody.” Eventually, China lost him to none other than Ava Gardner. “I cried for two years over a man,” she said. “Never again.”
(photo: Richard Avedon)
After Dominguín, moving to Paris set her path towards fashion. Her roomie was a friend working as a runway model + China heard Balenciaga was hiring. Unfortunately, he was away when she arrived but sent to Givenchy who snatched her up right quick. China, of course, was surprised saying, “I never thought I was good looking because I didn’t look like anybody else, ” but that was the beauty of China’s look.
Eventually, New York came calling when Oleg Cassini spotted her in a 1958 Pierre Cardin show + asked her to walk in one of his shows. If that’s not interesting enough, the day she arrived she met Diana Vreeland, then the editor of Harper’s Bazaar. “The next day, almost, I was in Dick Avedon’s studio,” she said. “He made my career. Avedon broke all the race barriers. We were friends for 50 years.” In fact, Avedon told her years later how controversial her famous cover photo was, needing to give Harper’s Bazaar magazine’s executives an ultimatum: run the photo or he’d break his contract with the magazine. This made China the first non-Caucasian model to appear on the cover of a major fashion magazine + the stardom of her iconic supermodel status.
(photo: Daniele + Iango, i-d)
China later became Harper’s senior fashion editor then fashion director, while at the magazine for 11 years. She then started modeling again in 2013, working with the likes of Bruce Weber, Nick Moore, Brigitte Lacombe + Steven Meisel, a sign of fashion’s fear of aging fading into a thing of the past. Her last photo shoot, only last month, was with Steven Klein for a Ray-Ban campaign, another example of how China was not quite done making her mark.
Here’s a clip of China Machado in HBO’s documentary ‘Saving Face’, where she describes her modeling career. If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s a must see for anyone in love with fashion + the supermodels that made it that much more interesting.
China overcame many obstacles + reinvented herself time + time again, with razor sharp cheekbones + grace, leaving us with much inspiration to keep striving for more, no matter what, especially if you’re different!
China, you will be missed while making heaven more glamourous.
Although the idea of giving someone a jacket or coat as a holiday gift might seem a bit much for most, “Why not?”, is my answer! Just think how much you’ll be remembered next time your friends, siblings, parents or special someones are in dire need of one + you’ve now provided them with a new option, especially with such a cool selection to choose from below. You can thank me later!
1-In this red off-centered ZIP UP HOODIE JACKETby FENG CHEN WANG|VFILES with frayed trimming, drawstring + buckle details, + a center pocket you can add more swagger to your look 2-Nothing will gain you more admirers when wearing this FAUX FUR VARSITY JACKETby OPENING CEREMONY with its leopard print, slanted front pocket + two-tone ribbed collar, cuffs, + hem 3-This army-green LAYERED QUILTED WOOL AND SHELL PARKAby SACAI|MR. PORTER is both functional + stylish made from quilted wool + sporty shell, with its high collar, elasticated cuffs + adjustable hem that keeps drafts out 4-J-KILL QUILT LINED BOMBER JACKET by Diesel|NORDSTROM is a bomber with a geometric pattern sure to be a simple ‘go-to-always’ item for any occasion 5-Channel your inner Jedi in this loose fit RAINCHO HOODED WATERPROOF COAT by NORWEGIAN RAIN|MATCHES FASHION in breathable fabric that’s also windproof, with adjustable wide dolman sleeves, cashmere fleece-lined throat latch + a skinny canvas belt 6-This navy CASHMERE WOOL COATby ZARA is a true classic with oversized check pattern + back slit 7-‘STUREBY’ PADDED COATby STUTTERHEIM|FARFETCH is a stunner in bright orange
8-You’ll be sure to add sparkle to any look with this SEQUIN MARABOU FEATHER JACKET by TOPSHOP 9-Grey always compliments any look especially when it’s a FAUX FUR COAT WITH OVERSIZED COLLAR AND BELTby ASOS 10-Nothing is more exciting when clothing comes accessories ready like this OVERSIZED DOUBLE-BREASTED COAT by A.W.A.K.E.|MATCHES FASHION complete with raw edges, + punctuated with optional self-fabric flower + red high-shine faux-leather bunny brooches 11-You’ll gain many more stares wearing this wool color blocked KATE LONG COATby REJINA PYO|SINCERELY TOMMY 12-It’s all about sexy when it comes to this quilted OTIS VELVET ROBE JACKETby KIMCHI BLUE|URBAN OUTFITTERS cut long with a notched collar + tie-belt at the waist, finished with low patch pockets at the hip 13-This green SLEEVELESS PADDED COATby MSGM|FARFETCH with ruffled bottom would make your look that much more spectacular
In the spirit of the holidays, no book holds more truth in what lies behind what you choose to buy someone as a gift more than Monica Rich Kosann’s book ‘A Possession Obsession: What We Cherish & Why’, published by Glitterati Incorporated. Known as ‘the eyes of Bergdorf Goodman’, Linda Fargo asks “Do we possess or are we in turn possessed?”, which then made me ponder that question as my eyes panned a room in my home + contemplated which possessions I held dear or rather, which possessed me? Without any forewarning, memories began to flood my mind of where + when I was that made that single dangling earring or rose gold paper clip so special. But it’s items as random as these that bring forth to question the obsession of such possessions or any, for that matter?
As Kosann notes, “Possessions tell stories about their owners + the lives they lead,” which still holds true even after the owner is long gone to then be resurrected with a new bio to call its own, thanks to its new beholder. What’s amazing about the possession obsessions captured here, besides being owned by the many different celebrities, ranging from famous designers to writers, is the backstory that answers the “Why?” that made their chosen object so dear. Kosann then goes the extra mile to better capture each heirloom surrounded by some of her subject’s other possessions, giving the reader a more intimate gaze into that person’s much-faceted personality if not privacy, granting their anecdotes more depth in the form of answers to specific questions.
All of the subjects were asked the same five to nine questions including how they came to own their possession + how they live with their heirloom. But other questions try to investigate this topic in greater detail by asking whom in their lives influenced their personal style + taste, which can explain further why their chosen possession is such a standout compared to others, to describing their ideal day, which lends to the idea of how this heirloom is a ‘fit’ with said owner’s personality.
Obviously, you might gravitate to some more than others in the book, depending on how close your heirloom is to theirs, or simply how much you admire a particular celebrity. The subjects are also asked to recall what was the most memorable gift they’ve ever given or received, which puts the subjects’ taste + style under deeper scrutiny. This then prompts a storm of thoughts of how their life or that of their gift recipient’s will resonate with this new addition in it?
Consequently, a place to shop for history + unique appeal would often contain antique + or vintage pieces, so, of course, Kosann asks her celebrity subjects what is their favorite haunt for such. Yet stylist + skincare cult Rodin Olio Lusso creator Linda Rodin answered it best with, “Anywhere + everywhere. A treasure is beckoning me from all sorts of places.” And can’t that be said just about anything, as the greatest ideas can come from the oddest of places?
Monica Rich Kosann’s book ‘A Possession Obsession: What We Cherish & Why’, published by Glitterati Incorporated would make the perfect gift for anyone interested in beautifully shot intimate portraits of celebrities + what possessions have made them obsessed to possess them. To begin YOUR obsession, purchase a copy at Glitterati Incorporated.
With the holiday season upon us, what better way to make an impact than with a beautiful + unique piece of jewelry as the perfect gift?! And to help you out just a bit, I’ve picked out these pieces below to help you score high marks + big smiles.
1-SPUR EARRINGS YELLOW by Hannah Martin are sure to stir conversations with their iconic spur shape from the ‘It’s Only Rock N Roll’ collection 2-SINGLE LETTER CHOKER by The M Jewelers is both on trend yet timeless + the kind of piece you’d never want to take off 3-DOUBLE POWER BRASS NECK CUFF WITH FLUORITE by Laurel Patrick|No.6 Store is perfect to accentuate any collar bone with brass + natural polished green fluorite crystals 4-HAVANA EARRINGSby Lizzie Fortunato|Ann Mashburn make a statement with handmade red beaded tassels + labradorite stone tops 5-LADYDAY DROPS by FARIS captivate with their bronze flower-shaped uneven drops suspended from circular silver studs 6-MAYA (SILVER) by OUTLETTE JEWELRY with their honeycomb shaped mesh say just enough in the simplest way possible.