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The OpuluxeLtd.com™ Style Muse of The Year is ……The Forever Alluring Shala Monroque!!!

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Style Spotlight – Shala Monroque via [redcarpetfashionawards]

Shala Monroque is a fashionista who shouldn’t be under the radar.

The fashion writer, Editor-at-Large for Pop magazine and blogger has impeccable taste.

She’s not afraid of fashion often wearing bright bold pieces, but she can also been seen wearing more timeless classic pieces like the look above.

I love how she accessorizes with stand out pieces to add a touch of pizazz to some of her looks.

Like most fashion editors footwear is vitally important. Her Prada studded heels are still one of my favourites of that Spring 2010 season.

Her trademark has to be her turbans. She’s been donning this head-wear long before they were deemed cool.

This simple strapless LBD is instantly transformed with Shala’s Delfina Delettrez skeleton hand belt and black satin Prada turban.

I love the dark smokey Grace Jones-esqe make-up Shala wears here, as you’re more likey to see her without much make-up.

Her shortened modified Miu Miu dress suited the sexier look she was going for which she paired with bronze platform heels.

With her trademark turban and statement necklace, this Miu Miu maxi print dress is transformed into a more ethnic look.

Not many people would pair a Prada turban with a Rodarte Fall 2009 mini dress, but Shala is bold enough to do just that.

Love her Prada heels.

Shala does seem to favour Miuccia Prada’s work as you can see from her love of both Prada and Miu Miu.

Here are those stunning chartreuse Prada heels I referred to earlier, which she wore with a Prada ensemble.

Her love for Prada heels continues as she goes from an edgy look wearing Christopher Kane.  Her sophisticated look of a red dress was paired with a mustard bag, and my favourite was this chic Prada look.  I just love that tiered skirt.

Credit: Style.com, Jak&Jil & Getty

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Shala Monroque + Industrie Magazine

via [bryanboy]

The incredibly chic and gracious Prada Ambassadress Shala Monroque (who I first met at the Miu Miu show in Paris a few months back) hosted an intimate soiree for the very smart folks over at Industrie Magazine at her apartment in New York last week.

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To be honest, it’s been quite awhile since I was last captivated by someone’s beauty, both in and out. With her tall, lithe figure, amazing bone structure, beautiful skin and high-voltage infectious smile, Shala Monroque is STUNNING! She’s the woman who lit up the room, the woman you’d want to know… assuming you didn’t know who she was. THANK YOU SHALA FOR YOUR EXISTENCE!!!

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Thank you Shala and Industrie Magazine for the lovely evening.

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Girl of the Month: Shala Monroque via [WhoWhatWear]

When trying to articulate the style of bon vivant Shala Monroque, a few bon mots come to mind: daring, vivacious, sophisticated, cosmopolitan, eclectic, well-traveled, elegant, and unique. In a rather dizzying pace, Monroque, whose post as editor-at-large of Dasha Zhukova‘s incarnation of Pop magazine, has made waves on the international party circuit for her fearless taste and boundless joie de vivre. Whether Monroque is reporting on the Amelia premiere at the Doha Film Festival in Qatar (her very inspiring blog is a must-read), dancing the night away at a speakeasy in St. Petersburg, or hosting a fashion week fête attended by the jet set and art world elite, one thing becomes very clear: Shala Monroque’s wonderful wardrobe is a collection of great beauty and her artfully crafted ensembles have made quite a bold impression! 

Speaking of fashion week, it seems as though no one racked up more invitations (and best-dressed nods) during the S/S 10 season than our gorgeous GOTM. Spotted outside of the Miu Miu show in Paris (above, far left), Monroque looked magnificent in a head-to-toe Prada ensemble. This particular outfit highlights one of our favorite aspects of Monroque’s artistic assemblages: her fearless approach to incorporating color and patterns into her picks. (Though our subject du jour claims to be experiencing a post-fashion month shopping hangover, she did cop to having a serious velvet crush this season.) We love her bright yellow printed skirt and the way it plays off the Mohawk-inspired heels from Prada’s F/W 08 collection and tribal beaded necklace. Try Loeffler Randall‘s Loop Skirt ($325) and Jenni Kayne’s Roll Sleeve Tank ($350) with Fiona Paxton’s Metallic Necklaceicon ($375) or the Beaded Collar Necklace ($58) from French Connection.

Monroque offered yet another great skirt-and-top outfit at the Museum of Modern Art’s 41st Annual Garden Party last May in New York City. Though her Prada tiered skirt and chemise aren’t bold and bright, the satin and cashmere combination certainly showcase Monroque’s deft ability to weave luxurious textures into one killer look. The aforementioned pieces are no longer available for purchase, so try Theory’s Carmela Sweater ($100) tucked into Forever 21‘s Exposed Zip Mesh Skirt ($29) for a close approximation. Though Monroque’s jeweled sandals are from Prada’s S/S 09 collection, make sure to achieve a similar final polish via snakeskin platforms like Chinese Laundry’s Tied Python T-Strap Sandals ($80) and lots of faux-pearl baubles—Monroque’s are from H&M—but any costume jewelry piece will do the trick!

Of course, what is a sophisticated social without a few strong and standout frocks? Fortunately, in Monroque’s case, we’ll never have to know, as she has a wardrobe packed with directional dresses from daring designers, such as these two stellar examples from Rodarte. The cobweb Hand Knit Dress she wore to a Mike Myers-hosted benefit late last year (second from left) has been an editorial and celebrity favorite; we like how Monroque styled it with a wide black belt and ombre ankle boots. Make sure to try ASOS’ Loose Stitch Knitted Dress ($68) for a look-a-like alternative and pair it with Georgina Goodman’s Riva 1 Booties ($665) to achieve Monroque’s enviable ensemble. Last but not least, we have another cleverly crafted Rodarte design, specifically their Rafia Fringe Dress ($2500) from the spring collection. This plum-colored creation, which she wore to sit front row at Narciso Rodriguez’s S/S 10 show (far right), incorporates organic material such as fiber tassels, as well as bold colors and patterns too, and is the perfect piece to steal the show. And though this exact style is not yet in stores, we think Anna Sui’s Ditzy Floral Print Dress ($374) or Vena Cava’s Mandala Dress ($495) would be equally vibrant additions to your holiday rotation. Just make sure to slip into a pair of complimentary hued heels, like Nine West’s Fuchsia T-Strap Platform Sandals ($79) and you will be the object of outfit-centric attention everywhere!—KM

Photo of Shala Monroque from Getty Images.

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Shala Monroque: Girl About Town via [harper’sbazaar]

The chic art maven takes her singular style to the streets. Check out some of our favorite candid shots of Monroque on the fashion party circuit. By Anne Monoky



“I don’t have a high threshold for pain,” jokes Shala Monroque. No, the slender 31-year-old isn’t speaking about exercising or medical procedures; she is talking about her heels. “I have to have comfortable shoes,” she insists. Her preference? Well, Monroque hasn’t been named the proverbial queen of the kitten heel for nothing. In fact, the striking St. Lucian has been wearing the barely there heel for several seasons now, long before they were deemed in style again for fall. Such daring decisions have grabbed the attention (and admiration) of the fashion world, gradually landing Monroque on the It-girl map. 

Proenza Schouler dress, by special order. proenzaschouler.com. Dannijo necklace, $595. Miu Miu shoes, $990. Hermès bag, Monroque’s own.

As venerable designer and close friend Miuccia Prada puts it, “She has an incredible sense of fashion, and, more importantly, it’s all very instinctive and natural. It’s really a gift.” Unlike her boyfriend, art mogul Larry Gagosian, whose more reliable style she describes as “preppy — he has worn the same look his whole life,” Monroque is continually pushing the boundaries. 

Monroque in artist Tom Sachs’s studio. Miu Miu sleeveless coat. Prada shoes.

She wore full midcalf ’50s-style skirts before Marc Jacobs sent them down the runway, turbans before Mrs. Prada reinstated them, and cat’s-eye sunglasses before Alexander Wang made them cool again. And for fall, she has her very discerning eye on a specific set of runway looks that she is coveting: the belted autumnal trenches at Dries Van Noten, the vivid glow-in-the-dark linear outfits from Balenciaga, and the fun, flirty party dresses from Giambattista Valli. 

Chris Benz jacket, tank and pants. Marc Jacobs shoes.

As for accessories? She can’t get enough of Fendi’s animal-print-lined Peekaboo bag or the luxurious snakeskin heels from Lanvin. And while her out-on-a-limb fashion sense may be innate, Monroque is banking on another theory. “Ironically, some of the outfits that receive the most attention from the fashion crowd are the ones that are a little off,” she admits. See, this girl on the go hates to pack and is actually quite bad at it, often forgetting key components of her ensemble. So she improvises. 

3.1 Phillip Lim cardigan. Louis Vuitton skirt. Tory Burch necklace. Delfina Delettrez cuff.

For best friend and fellow fashion favorite Dasha Zhukova, Monroque’s innovative style can be summarized with a simple anecdote. “One time, Shala was hosting a party for a designer whose clothes she didn’t have in this particular remote location,” says Zhukova. “In order to be politically correct, she found a random piece of fabric, belted it, and turned it into a cute minidress.” 

Trying on a chapeau at the Hat Shop in SoHo, New York. Prada dress. Yestadt Millinery hat. Delfina Delettrez cuff.

Such occurrences are de rigueur for this jet-setter, who spends less than six months a year on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, where she lives. Instead, she’s in Paris, sitting front row at the Valentino couture show in a leggy lace number; in Rome for the opening of the Maxxi museum (“It’s unbelievable,” she reports back); or off in Colombia for an intimate dinner party honoring young designer Esteban Cortazar. 

3.1 Phillip Lim blouse. Rodarte skirt. Tory Burch necklace.

But international expeditions aside, New York City still holds a special place in her heart. She arrived in the city 10 years ago, and after several jobs (she was a maître ‘d at 60 Thompson’s eatery, Kittichai), she found her footing as both a Pop magazine editor at large and blogger and as an art consultant. Through the latter, she has forged strong bonds with artists like Taryn Simon, Ellen Gallagher, and Tom Sachs, who opened his awe-inspiring studio for Monroque’s photo shoot. During which, for effect, she slipped on a pair of jeweled Miu Miu stilettos, Cinderella-style. As is true for any ardent follower of fashion, if the shoe fits and is divine, she’ll wear it. 

In Giambattista Valli.

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Shala Monroque: Fashions Newest Muse Speaks via [Divalocity]

As one of NYC’s hottest “Uptown Girls” who is now reaching fashion icon status with her elegantly-chic look. Shala Monroque, writer and Editor-at-Large for The Pop Magazine has been rising to the top of the fashion heap for the past three years. With her ever-changing coif and sophisticated lady like vibe, the fresh faced beauty and St. Lucia native is making her mark as a writer and a modern-day muse. 

This fashionable beauty is all over the web and her chameleon like traits are getting her noticed. Whether this fashion renegade is jetting off to Paris, France or to St. Petersburg, Russia on choice assignment’s for her job or off to the many art exhibits, she’s often found in NYC where she is a part of the cultural scene.

I was interested in talking with Shala to find out a little more information about her, so I got up the nerve and asked her for an interview. As the saying goes, ask and you shall receive and she was gracious enough to allow me to interview her. No, I didn’t fly to NYC, which would have been great, but I conducted the interview the way we do them in these modern times-over the phone or via the web.

I’m sure there will be more from other individuals in the future because she is now, one to watch. And everyone wants to know who is this Shala Monroque? She’s not a singer. She’s not an actress. She’s not a model, but she sure looks like one.

Fashions newest muse gives us a taste of who she is.


Shala in front of one of artist, Richard Princes,
Naughty Nurse Paintings.


Shala looking fabulous in Valentino.
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Divalocity: “Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to interview you.
First of all, how are you?”

Shala: “Very well, thank you.”

Divalocity: Give us a little history about yourself. What is your occupation and where were you educated? It doesn’t matter where you attended school, I just want to show women that they can do and be anything that they set out to be with or without a higher education, just as long as they have the desire and determination to succeed. We tend to concentrate on the superficial of women and dismiss their intellect and accomplishments and I want to show them that how we think and act counts first before how we look.

Shala: I grew up in St.Lucia and went to secondary school there. I’ve attempted college, and I’m still in the process of slowly getting a degree. It’s taking forever but I’m also learning a lot by travelling as well. That works for me. I’m not going to advise anyone against pursuing higher education, I would encourage it. I’m very curious and have lots of questions and so its possible I may keep going to college for life.

Divalocity: Vogue magazine and other’s are labeling you as a socialite, do you consider yourself only a socialite? If not, please elaborate about the various philanthropic endeavors that you are involved in.

Shala: To quote Whitney Houston, “I’m every woman, its all in me” I would hate to think that I am capable of doing only one thing, its just not me. I’m very fluid and enjoy being in various environments. It’s a good way to learn. I’m currently not involved in any philanthropic endeavours. I haven’t been moved that way yet, not that I don’t care but I like to do things genuinely. I sometimes donate to Doctors Without Borders.

Divalocity: Who are your fashion influences and icons?

Shala: I don’t know that I really have any. Everybody influences me. The list would be too long.

Divalocity: I believe that Haute Couture is an art form and should be protected and preserved for future generations to see. Do you feel that there is a relationship between fashion and art?

Shala: Art speaks, fashion speaks. That’s the relationship between the two.

Divalocity: Who are some of your favorite designers? You seem to have a penchant for fabulous accessories and I love how you play them up, who are some of your favorite handbag designers?

Shala: Right now, I’m over the “It Bag” phenomenon. Actually I was never really into it. I am not into “it-anything” for that matter. I like what I like no matter what anyone thinks. That said, I am into Hermès now because they are classic bags that are very utilitarian and chic. Some of which have been around for decades.

Divalocity: I saw the pictures on The Sartorialist Blog of you taken during PFW and every one commented wanted your Birken bag.

Divalocity: Who are your favorite artists? Which do you prefer, Modern Art or that of the Old World Master painters?

Shala: Difficult to answer, so I’ll stick with Picasso for the moment because he can never be erased. I’ve learned that sometimes the paintings I hated most are the ones I’ve come to love the most.

Divalocity: Where do you see yourself five years from now?

Shala: I don’t really look at life that way, especially now. My motto of the moment is “Inshallah” God willing, what will be will be et cetera.

Divalocity: What words of inspiration can you give our readers?

Shala: “This too shall pass”

Divalocity: Jet-setting from place to place seems like a glamorous lifestyle, please tell my readers how important it is for women to travel the world and learn about other cultures.

Shala: Travel is important to learn about the world. But I also know people who have zero interest in travelling and are quite happy. So its all about knowing oneself and what one wants out of life. I’ve always wanted to travel, I was always curious and so that has led me down this path but before I could physically travel, I travelled by way of books and its also a great way to see the world. Read, read, read, ask questions, its like travelling through the minds of others.

Divalocity: What are some of your favorite cities in the world?

Shala: Paris, Rome, Venice, Marrakesh, and of course, New York City.

Divalocity: What simple health, fitness and beauty tips can you give us to continue looking fabulous?

Shala: I’m the worst person to ask that question. I’m all about a healthy mind, a curious mind, intelligence, these are the things that are beautiful to me.

Divalocity: What are some of your fashion words to live by and words of inspiration that get you through tough times?

Shala: It’s not that deep. Always Wear Confidence.

Divalocity: You are so right and that’s one of my favorite accessories.

Divalocity: What are some of your favorite home essentials that you can’t live without? Do you bring a touch of home with you when you travel?

Shala: Music.

Divalocity: What are some of favorite shopping destinations and why?

Shala: Souks, because there’s just so much to see. Prada because of the whole environment, the music, the art, you sometimes walk into a Prada store and every single person is dressed alike right down to the red lipstick. I like that sort of madness. But in general I love to shop, I always have and suspect always will. Growing up as a child I would save the bus fare just to walk around “town” and window shop. I could have told you where to find anything.

Even when I moved to New York and had no money, I loved walking into expensive or 99cent stores just to see what was going on. One can tell a lot about a people by the merchandise of their stores. Like I could tell there were Chinese living in Harlem because at Pathmark they sold chicken’s feet. I look at shopping mostly from that angle. So mostly its shopping for ideas and information.

Divalocity: You are indeed a style chameleon when it comes to everything about your style and there’s never nothing routine about it. When I first your picture in the NYSD, I was in awe of you because you wore your hair natural, now with many women of African descent embracing their beautiful hair, what is your favorite way of wearing your hair and why? Women of African descent have various ways that they can wear their hair styled and always have, I just feel it’s refreshing to see a woman self-define what she deems as beautiful by embracing who she is.

Shala: HAIR. The one constant is that my hair is always changing. Mainly because I’m easily bored. I had my hair short and natural then because at that point wanted one less hassle in my life. But then I wanted to look less like a boy and more “feminine.” Only black people truly understand the difficulty of black hair, and also the pride that black people take in their hair.

I have a book that documents the various hair-styles from Africa for maybe two hundred years, and basically black people have always had fun with their hair. None of these hairstyles are new. Afros, cornrows, Mohawks, dreadlocks, weaving, its centuries old. I don’t know why people take it so seriously. For black people hair is like the “It Bag” or a blank canvas, same thing.

Divalocity: How can I score an invite to NYFW, my daughter and I have been dying to get there forever?
Shala: I have to think about that one for a bit. I go because of work. Maybe you can do it through your blog, get a press pass.

Divalocity: I’ll do just that and I’ll start writing the PR’s of the designer shows that I want to see.

Divalocity: Again, thank you for your time and the wonderful opportunity to interview you.

Shala: Thanks.

Divalocity: There you have it ladies and gentlemen. Shala has given us a little information about herself and she seems to be just as down to earth as ever. She’s what I call, “Living Well” and that’s what we all should strive for because we deserve it.

You can read more about Shala’s adventures in the art world, travel and fashion world at her blog.

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Closet Crush: Shala Monroque via [clutchmagazine]

– By Audra E. Lord

There’s no question that the editor-at-large of Pop Magazine is a visionary. Just take a look at her personal style. Her coveted fashion sense is best described as classic meets edgy—a sophisticated yet eccentric blend of tailored designer pieces (think pencil skirts and flirty A-line dresses) and bold statement-making accessories (chunky necklaces and animal-print clutches with unexpected pops of color). She has definitely been on our style radar for a minute. This is one crush that’s not going anywhere. Check out her blog here!

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You Should Know : Shala Monroque via [fashionbombdaily]

by Claire

Hey Guys!

Today I wanted to profile a new Fashion Bomb worthy stylista on the scene, Shala Monroque:

Shala Monroque Fashion style

The young editor-at-large of Pop Magazine (and girlfriend to famously wealthy art mogul Larry Gagosian) has been busy on the party circuit, meriting a place as one Style.com’s Top Party People of 2009 and Who What Wear’s Girl of the Month, thanks to her fearless style, sick shoe collection, and indisputable beauty. We thought it was high time to see what all the buzz was about, and we weren’t disappointed!

Shala Monroque Fashion style

For international fashion weeks, Shala brings out the boldness in vibrant colored skirts and simple shirts, punched up with tribal heels and chic statement necklaces.

Shala Monroque Party

Shala Monroque Fashion style

At fashionable fetes she keeps the flavor going in fun mini dresses set off by cute feather adorned stiletto sandals or slim cut airy separates with interesting details.

Shala Monroque Fashion style

For more casual engagements, she skews towards simple in solid colored blazers worn over conservative shifts.

Shala Monroque the Fashion Bomb

But whatever she wears, it’s clear: homegirl is fierce!

If you want to channel a bit of her essence, do so with these fun picks:

She might give Genevieve Jones a run for her money on the socialite scene!

What do you think of this new Fashion Bomb addition?

If you need more Shala, check out her blog, Shala the Pop, here.

Photo Credits: Jak & Jil & Getty.

Fashion Bloggers To Watch: Our September Picks! via [stylecaster]

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Take a sartorial cue from some of our favorite online fashion bloggers of the moment. 


From left to right: Stylorectic, Froufrouu, Factory Style, 4th and Bleeker, Le Flassh

With Fashion Week approaching at a terrifying speed, editors the world over are gearing up for yet another test of their endurance, stamina and undying love for fashion – despite everything it puts us through eight weeks out of the year. But this upcoming season of back-to-back shows begs the question – will rising fashion bloggers feel the same pressure to perform? For their sakes, we hope not, but as the trend of seasons past has proven, blogging babes are quickly creeping into frazzled Fashion Week veteran territory. 

We won’t deny it though, we love a blogger just as much as the next, and these five are our favorite gals of the moment. We’d be glad to share a spot with them front row. From Alexandra Spencer of 4th and Bleeker’s model-off-duty style to Dajana of Le Flassh’s laid back Aussie cool.

Stylorectic: The Austria-based blogger behind Stylorectic has a head of two-toned hair to match her Chloe Sevigny meets Lady Gaga meets Alice Dellal style.
Froufrouu: We first fell in love with Nadia when she posted her head to toe outfits to our Daily Mirror section, and have followed her blog religiously ever since. While always chic and elegant with that European infused je ne sais quoi, Nadia’s wares are often a surprising mix of finds from places like H&M, vintage stores and ebay rather than big name designers.
4th and Bleeker: Maybe it’s the fact that Alexandra Spencer actually DIYed her very own pair of “Penny Lane pants” or perhaps it’s that she’s so gorgeous clothes can’t help but look good on her – but the stylish 21-year-old behind 4th and Bleeker is the shit. Period.
Le Flassh: At first glance, you might be fooled into pinning Dajana of Le Flassh as a laidback cool Cali girl, but alas – stylish Aussie’s are everywhere these days, and we’re always pleasantly surprised by their presence. Dajana’s ability to be a style chameleon makes her blog especially inspirational for girls who like to dress to their mood.
Factory Style: Italians are just born with it so it seems, and Valentina from Factory Style is no exception. Hailing from Vercelli, Italy, she’s not afraid to mix it up with an eclectic downtown vibe one day and a more classic look the next.


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FASHION FRIDAY: FALL 2010 – AN AFFAIR WITH COLOR

Pardon me if today’s Fashion Friday feature sounds more like a book of love letters. I have a weakness for Autumn, no other season is better. The turning of autumn leaves gives me comfort and reaffirms that change is good. The crisp Fall breeze is a relief from sweltering Summer and offers the best clothing no other season could. In your wardrobe and in your home these color combos are a guaranteed bet, the effect they have on you will be one you will never forget…

Orange spice and graphite, it’s been a year since we’ve last connected. In Fall you are still first on my mind, the others are rejected.  Orange spice, your warm hue invigorates me and Graphite, you add instant sophistication when you appear. Chic, timeless, and dependable your style is so clear. Welcome back, I’ve missed you my dear.

fashion: elie tahari / interiors: tobi fairley

…with a side of dijon is what I said to the server, but it doesn’t mean you play second fiddle. It’s just that you bring such strength that I can only handle a little. Your potent hue gets me notices when I walk into the room.  The men all pause and the ladies do, too! At home you signify style even if I have none. You’re so confident, when along side other colors, that you are an accent to every one. Oh, how I love a secure hue. Welcome back friend, I sure missed you.

fashion (1-r): versace, chris benz, versace / interiors: christina murphy

Cranberry and Caviar what can I say. You make him fall to his knees with your seductive sway. The passion you display is only for mature eyes to see, your deep reddish hue even makes me a little flirty. How dare you look so sexy especially on a high gloss wall? You give me a license to thrill when we are together each fall.

fashion: akris / interiors: christina murphy
I hope these love letters didn’t leave a rosy tint on your face. Knowing you would read them, I left it in good taste. Which colors do you love in the Fall? You can have many lovers without feeling guilty at all. You’re in good company so go ahead share with us. I promise we won’t judge you on your color lusts…

SPECIAL GUEST: CHIC CHOCOLATE

Today’s Fashion Friday post is brought to you by Sondra of Chic Chocolate. Creatively chic and soulfully styled, Chic Chocolate is a top fashion resource for fashionistas, stylistas, and urbanistas in Washington, DC and beyond. She graciously accepted my Room to Runway Challenge by presenting these amazing fashion and decor matchups using two of Fall 2010’s hottest colors.

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photo credits:tranquiltownhouse.blogspot.com, style.com, neiman marcus
One way to have fun this fall is to indulge in feathers. You will find soft, wispy ostrich feathers on everything from headboards, skirts, shoes, and even lingerie. Accessorize your home with feathers by adding accent pillows dyed in scrumptious colors of chartreuse and fuchsia. Find these and more at Horchow.com or Calypso St. Barth.
photo credits: furniturestoreblog.com, style.com
Black and gold is a classic color combination that signifies tremendous wealth and opulence. Making brazen appearances on the runway and in our rooms, get a wild hair and try a golden fixture or a molten 24K dress.
photo credits: ehomee.com, style.com
According to a recent Pantone report, some of the hottest colors for Fall 2010 will be “Lipstick Red” and “Orchid Purple.” Both colors were dominate on the runway of designer Carlos Miele Fall 2010 RTW Collection. Reds and purples signify deep passion. Not just relegated to clothing, be daring enough to try these emotionally charged colors in your home decor as accents in a neutral room.
photo credits:  house and garden, style.com

Recording artist, Prince, was the inspiration for Balmain’s Fall 2010 RTW Collection. A regal color, purple and its various hues, look fantastic on just about any complexion and shockingly beautiful in your home.  Add a spark of purple, ultraviolet, aubergine, or eggplant to your home as seen in this festive table setting.

How will you incorporate these hot Fall colors in your home and/or wardrobe?

FASHION FRIDAY: CHAMPAGNE ON THE BEACH

Last night my husband and I shared our daydream of a vacation without the children. His dream took us to the French Riviera, my daydream didn’t require much other than champagne and a beach. Once his daydream turned into a real slumber, my mind drifted to South Beach’s most luxurious hotel, The Tides. Designed by present-day legend, Kelly Wearstler, the decor has a monochromatic palette of neutral hues and muted metallics much like pieces in Tory Burch’s Summer/PreFall 2010 Collection.

[1.] Yarn Ziron Dress/Tory Burch  [2.] Percy 2 Sequin High Wedge/Tory Burch  [3.]Keswick Caning Wide Bangle/Kate Spade  [4.] Tides Suite/The Tides South Beach

Wanting to “explore the mix of embellishment and texture, of unexpected pairings like sequins with chunky knits or light tweeds” Tory’s inspiration behind her line sounds like a description of The Tides’ interior. Just add the words relaxation and elegance, sand and surf…there is no better combination.

The bangle (#3) from Kate Spade has an intricate golden weave pattern inspired by french bistro chairs. Reminds you of the same pattern seen in the (#4) vintage dining set…experiencing a little déjà vu?

There are two more combinations I think you will enjoy…

[1.] Ensemble from Tory Burch Spring 2010 Collection [2.] Ballet Flat/Tory Burch [3.] Link Bracelet/Tory Burch  [4.] Premier Oceanfront Suite/The Tides South Beach
[1.] Linen bustier dress/J.Crew [2.] Graphic cut-work sandal/Karen Millen [3.] Mixed pavé cable link bracelet/J.Crew  [4.] Coral Suite/The Tides South Beach
Is anyone else as smitten as I am with champagne hues and luxurious beach interiors? Have you ever vistied The Tides?

SPECIAL GUEST: THE PEACH PROXY

Today’s Fashion Friday post is brought to you by Kelli Flournoy of The Peach Proxy.  Her much anticipated blog has recently gone live and shows the everyday fashionista how to transform her wardrobe into a unique expression of the latest trends. She graciously accepted my runway to room challenge with this post entitled Double-Duty Denim. Please welcome Kelli to the blogosphere!

photo credits: mikkel vang for house beautiful; RED VALENTINO Stretch Denim Dress
In what ways have you been inspired to bring denim into your home’s decor?



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Lady Gaga’s Birkin Bags Are Cooler Than Yours via [Styleite, ThatVice, and Fashionista]

The fashion world just had a heart attack—again. It wasn’t enough for
Lady Gaga to stop hearts when she scribbled on her white Hermès Birkin
with a black marker. This time, the pop singer has been photographed
toting around a haphazardly studded Birkin. In an industry where the
Birkin is worshipped and the five-figure bags often have a waitlist,
this is tantamount to sacrilege. Source 

We suppose if you’re Lady Gaga, just owning an Hermes
Birkin
bag isn’t interesting enough — you have to do crrrraaaaazy
things like doodle
on it
or, we don’t know, attack it with a nail gun.

While last time she customized her Birkin we wondered
if Gaga meant it as some sort of commentary on the superficiality and
impermanence of fashion, but this time around we think she did it just
because it looks cool. Good for her.

Say it ain’t so. On a recent trip to
Tokyo, always one to raise eyebrows, Lady Gaga, took her antics to a
new extreme. The pop star stepped out in an Hermes Birkin bag, you know
— the $5,000 purse with a mile-long waiting list – that she had
scribbled all over with a black marker. The writings read “I love small
monster, Tokyo love.” Background – Gaga refers to her fans as
“monsters.” We’re wondering if there’s more to the antic than meets the
eye – perhaps a statement on how ludicrous the fashion industry is?

Terence Koh Defaced Lady Gaga’s Birkin


These pictures, “courtesy of
Terence Koh,” show the artist going to town on Lady Gaga’s white
Birkin last week. Whether the initial scribbles came from Gaga or Koh we’re not
sure, but he managed to cover the rest of the bag with Japanese
characters. It should be noted, however, that his own remained
pristine. Another shot, after the jump.




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Fashion Designer Spotlight: Mark Fast, The Knitwear King via [worshipworthy]

Mark Fast has been one of my favorite newer designers for the past
couple of seasons. Having just graduated Central Saint Martins in 2008,
the Canadian-born knitwear designer has been a rising star in London.
Unbeknownstly but cleverly so, he stirred up a bit of controversy when
he decided to use plus-sized models in his S/S 2010 runway show.

I was further impressed by him when he declined to lend clothes to
Lady Gaga, his soft-spoken voice stating:

“My work is about a lifestyle. It’s not fast-food fashion. It’s
not about trends, it’s about classic, it’s about the body, it’s about
beauty. Maybe that gets lost in the picture with certain celebrities.”

With no disrespect to the Fame Monster, his clothes truly deserve to
shine for themselves.

For more info, visit <a onclick=”javascript:pageTracker._trackPageview
(‘/outbound/www.markfast.net’);” href=”http://www.markfast.net/&#8221; target=”_blank”>Mark Fast

Mark Fast’s new affordable line “Faster” is available at <a onclick=”javascript:pageTracker._trackPageview
(‘/outbound/www.shopcurve.com’);” href=”http://www.shopcurve.com/&#8221; target=”_blank”>Curve

And joining in with the rest of my favorite London-based deisgners,
he is the latest one to design his first ever Topshop collection, which
comes out in April/May. Can’t wait!

-Sophie



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“The September Issue” Movie Trailer in HD

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via [YouTube]

Anna Wintour will attend the NYC premiere of "The September <br/>Issue."  An insider says Wintour is being “completely controlling” <br/>in regards to publicity, which she stars in but didn’t produce.

Anna Wintour, the legendary editor-in-chief
of Vogue magazine for twenty years, is the most powerful and
polarizing figure in fashion. She is usually hidden behind her
trademark bob and sunglasses.

An insider says Wintour is being “completely controlling” in regards
to publicity for her flick, which she stars in but didn’t produce.
Perhaps she should spend more time managing her mag: Ad sales at Vogue
are down 36% from last year.