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Iconography: Joan Didion

Friday, January 16th, 2015
Didion And Corvette

In an original and highly applauded move, Céline recently unveiled an ad campaign starring Joan Didion, arguably the most celebrated female writer of our time. Joan Didion is the original manic pixie dream girl, an immortal intellectual icon with panache oozing from every invisible pore.


Céline designer Phoebe Philo has long since perfected the achingly austere aesthetic of unattainable cool and simple sensuality. Yet by using an (let’s come out and state the obvious) ELDERLY writer as the model of her luxury fashion label’s latest campaign, Phoebe Philo has truly banked on the benefits of a bold, unprecedented, defiantly untraditional move.


And it paid off. Everyone, and I mean everyone, is talking about Céline. Academics, artists, college students, anyone with an opinion and a laptop is gushing over Joan Didion: model.


For the last 5 years at least, Céline has solidified its status as THE trend setting high end label. Céline has the street cred of a new Designer darling, the respectability of venerable fashion houses, a continuously cohesive aesthetic, and strong sales from Season to Season. I suspect that rival Designers are currently scrambling to snatch up their own intellectual icon for next year’s campaign. Unfortunately for them, Didion is one of a kind.


Hair Decor: 7 Styles Straight From The Spring 2015 Runway

Saturday, October 25th, 2014

Maximal impact, minimal effort
This week was the first time I grabbed a light jacket on the way to work, and I plan to mostly embrace Autumn’s cool aura with sophisticated and somewhat somber ensembles. Key word here is “mostly”. Serious fashion is maximized by a touch of levity, a whimsical flourish to add cheeky personality to even the most serious fashion statement. And what better place for fun flair than the tippy top of your hair? I got the idea from the Paris Spring 2015 Fashion Shows, where ornamental accessories added a touch of irreverent opulence to many a model mane. Inspirational items included a simple gold ring (Céline), graphic comb (Lanvin), gilded headband (Valentino), or a few fresh floral blooms (Dolce &Gabbana). The Spring of 2014 will forever be known (in my mind at least) as the Season of Guido Palau, who lovingly fastened gorgeous custom pieces into place at all three of those fashion houses. With Palau on the forefront, there’s a breath of fresh innovation flowing from the east and set to make a mark out west. 

Let’s break down the key details of Spring 2015’s designer hair decor. 

1. Celine


On the Celine Spring 2015 runway, hairstylist Guido Palau accentuated models’ casually textured hair with golden barrettes personally designed by Celine Designer Phoebe Philo. Slender golden circles neatly held hair in chic half back hairstyle that offered a glimmer of glamour as each model turned and walked back down the runway. “The hair is pulled half back, which is a very classic style,” Palau explained to Allure Magazine, “We sprayed freshly washed hair with Redken Windblown, a texturizing spray, to add natural-looking movement… Then we placed the hair in this beautiful gold ring, which elevated the quite simple hairstyle into something super-rich. It’s kind of amazing what a hair accessory can do.”  Even cooler, these hair pieces are almost identical to the signature hardwear on Celine’s latest it-bag offering, a strappy leather pouchette forged of brown and black leather.


2. Lanvin: Combs In Chignons


AtLanvin’s 125th anniversary show, Palau tucked gold combs beneath classic chignons to “give them a bit of glamour.” The low placement and understated sophistication lent the hairstyle a graphic, structured edge. “It’s a nice way of using a hair comb,” Palau told Allure Magazine, “It gives the look a little bit ofchicness and glamour, and it also makes a simpleknot feel more special.” Simultaneously elegant and modern, the hairstyles at Lanvin beautifully straddled the fine line between honoring one’s fashion roots and looking forward to the next big thing. Best of all, these neat knots are easily replicated and accessorized by fashionistas from LA to NYC. Lanvin looked forward and reminded us that good taste will never go out of fashion. 



3. Valentino: Mermaid Tiaras


“It’s almost like she’s been in the sun for the first time,” Palau sad of the modern mermaid hairstyles he created for Valentino’s Spring/Summer 2015 Fashion show, “There’s a real softness to conjure up the spirit of the summer, with waves and a center part that hangs slightly over the ears.” After spraying damp strands with texturizing spray, the model’s hair was scrunched and set with a blowdry.Then, Palau curled sections at random and then gathered the hair into a deconstructed, beachy half ponytail. Good hairdressing aside, the real genius was once again in hair accessorization, this time with a gold shell studded tiara Ariel would have almost certainly gone mute for. This Season’s muse was The 18th Century Custom of a ‘Grand Tour’, or finishing school/summer vacation abroad hybrid during which elite young ladies would spend months promenading glamorously through Italy. I’m especially smitten with the way Palau wrapped pieces of hair around the accessory, as if human and ocean came together as one long-submerged wonder. 


4. Dolce & Gabbana: Ruby Blooms


“Feminine, soft, pretty—this is how girls want to look,” Palau told reporters backstage at the Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2015 Show. Dolce & Gabbana’s latest collection is Spanish inspired, specifically by Kingdom of Sicily’s rich aesthetic during Habsburg rule stretching from 1516-1713. Palau accentuated the designer’s matador red dresses and gold-embroidered flats with fresh ruby roses and carnations. After blowing it smooth, Palau gathered the model’s hair into romantic gatherings that sat low and a little loose. Those gorgeous, saturated blooms were randomly added along with lacquered ornamentation to strike the perfect balance of whimsy and passion.


5. Fendi: Crocodile Tail Hair


More “fierce” than “feminine”,  the Lagerfeld-designed leather flowers at Fendi Spring/Summer 2014 were attached to “crocodile tails” and pinned on top of the models’ messy, sexy ponytails. Yes: crocodile tail hair. Dreamt up by hairstylist Sam McKnight (presumably to give Guido Palau a run for his money), the crocodile tail begins as a low-slung, vastly volumized ponytail with tons of semi-messy texture. Then came the oversized leather flower dripping down into long tail shaped flap and ending just above the hair tips.

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6. Bottega Veneta: Floral Combs


“It’s almost like gym hair,” Guido Palau said of the undone knots he created for Bottega Veneta’s Spring/Summer 2015 Runway Show. After working his usual texturing/blowdry magic, Palau wound the length of the model’s hair into a loose, après-sport bun with unfinished ends and a few face framing flyaways. The chic concoction was topped by delicate, jewel encrusted floral combs for an intoxicating hint of femininity.


7. Missoni: Patterned Turbans


For the Missoni Spring/Summer 2015 Runway Show, hairstylist Paul Hanlon topped sleek buns and ponytails with the label’s signature color saturated scarves. Missoni has long been a bastion of modern bohemia, and the inspiration for Spring’s sensual hairstyle is no exception. Novelist Zadie Smith was the muse for the bold faux-turbans Hanlon fashioned out of winding scarves and padded topknots seen on some of Missoni’s runway models. He began by winding the scarves an inch back from the forehead, and into a customized conical headwrapping that rested tightly over ballerina buns. “There’s a 1940s chic to it,” Paul Hanlon said of his creation “plus it’s great for the eyes!”. 


Wedding Planning in NYC Recap

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

I spent last week in my hometown of New York City, planning my fabulous September wedding and revisiting old stomping grounds. As per usual, I was so immersed in a whirlwind of meetings, friends, and family that taking pictures fell to the wayside.

Here are the few snaps I remembered to take!

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My first stop after landing in NYC? A hot dog stand. Specifically, the hotdog stand by Ciprianis uptown, where I met with my Wedding Planning Dream Team/Bridezilla Wranglers for the very first time. Sustenance is vital, right?

Even though we’d never met IRL, I felt an immediate sense of camaraderie with the dynamic couple tasked with creating THE PERFECT WEDDING and was please to find two boys who could keep up with my rapid discussion of everything and anything Bridal.

Working with me requires to think fast and move faster (to deal with my uber hyperness).

Swift and smart is straight up how I roll. Rapid roll if you will. Anyways, after our Ciprianis meeting date, I’m confident that these boys can roll with.

I Wore: Thakoon leather shorts, vintage black cotton tank, Celine Trapeze purse, and an inexpensive panama hat from a cart in The Grove.

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After Cipriani’s, I made a beeline for familiar territory: Astroland.

When I tell people I’m from Brooklyn, they tend to think of hipsters, leather jackets, and artisanal vegetables. While I adore those things (except for vegetables) and modern Brooklyn’s electric buzz, they bear little resemblance to the Brooklyn of my childhood. I grew up just a couple blocks from Coney Island and memories of my youth are dotted with days spent happily gallivanting through Astroland’s nostalgic charms.

Last week’s jaunt to Astroland held special significance because it was the first time I’d visited Coney Island since Hurricane Sandy ravaged the beloved landmark. I wasn’t sure what to expect.

After being pretty much destroyed by Hurricane Sandy and a ton of happenings with some of their rides being sold off, Astroland had a modern facelift along with rebuilding what the storm swept away. Happily, I found my beloved Coney Island and Astroland restored and renewed.

I’m Wearing: It’s later in the same first day of my NYC Trip, so I’m in the same leather Thakoon Shorts with Loeffler Randal boots, a vintage striped shirt, and Saint Laurent Cross Body Bag.

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Here I am halfway through the NYC trip and totally Normcore.

This day was by far the craziest and busiest day of my already insanely packed NYC Trip. Which is why you see me here, out on the town, in Nikes and denim overalls. Somehow I went through an entire day without getting the chance to run home and put on something more appropriate.

Oh well. I was comfortable and Ben already put a ring on it.

I’m Wearing: Topshop overalls, Nike sneakers, Vitamin A crop top, and my Saint Laurent bag.

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I went to High School with these ladies so when we kick it, I regress in the best way possible.

Where I come from is incredibly important to my identity, so I make keeping in touch with old friends a major priority. Fortunately, my teenage BFFs grew into fabulous women. We celebrated our joyful reunion by bouncing around to all our favorite spots in Meatpacking.

I’m Wearing: a really awesome loose muscle tank by Iro that you can’t really see. Actually, now that I look at this picture, it looks like I’m wearing a Priest collar. Monseigneur Marina!

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Stylehaüs carries lots of VEDA so I visit the VEDA showroom every time I’m in NYC. VEDA does leather better than virtually anyone, and anyone who even remotely knows me or my style can clearly see that I’m a leather lover times infinity. Maybe it’s the New Yorker in me?

Whatever the root, at any given moment during absolutely any season, I can’t resist stocking stylehaus with the ultra chic, uber luxe leather jackets.

I’m Wearing: Superfine jeans (I have them in virtually every color and three pairs of them in black), Converse kicks, and VEDA’s newest crazy covetable leather jacket. Obviously I went straight home and ordered some for stylehaus/me.


Best surprise ever: I ran into my Great Uncle & Aunt at what I like to call ‘Russian-Chella’.

Basically it was a mini festival filled with Russians watching Russian ballet performances, and listening to Russian singers. It’s pretty fantastic and a great sliver of the Brooklyn Russian community I spent my childhood immersed in.  And how adorable are they… they are normcore without even knowing it ;)

I’m Wearing: an H&M tank, vintage Levi’s cut off denim shorts, my trusty Nike sneakers and Saint Laurent bag, and Celine sunnies.