Yes yes... so what it's still frigid outside. We at Clarabella are trying our best to ignore that and look forward. To warmer days, to open-toed shoes, to brightly colored heels, big and bold jewelry. It's coming... It may take a moment, but it's definitely coming. To celebrate, we're hosting a pre-sale on our little Wunderbloc shop. All of our Spring/Summer '09 shoes are 15% off while still in pre-sale mode, bopping back up to regular retail as soon as they arrive in store. The first deadline to note? Tashkent (The Santia from Tashkent by Cheyenne is pictured at left) - arriving in store on Monday, March 2. We'll keep you posted on deadlines for Farylrobin and Mariana, but really... why wait? Grab that pair you love now while the sale is guaranteed! And daydream about those warm Spring days. We can't wait!!
I am so glad that Man on Wire won the Academy Award for Best Documentary. I just saw that movie last week and it was truly one of the best documentaries I have ever seen.
The story is about a young wire walker's journey to plan and ultimately accomplish the most improbable act--to walk between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, then the tallest building in the world.
The wire walker, Philippe Petit, had the dream of walking between the Twin Towers before their construction even began. He first saw their blue print in a magazine at the dentist's office, and it was love at first sight for him. Once the Towers were built, he began intensive and relentless research on their make-up and structure. He flew back and forth between France and the States countless times, and after six and a half years of planning, with the help from a group of friends (and accomplices), on August 7th, 1974, Philippe Petit flew as high as his dream would take him, and became the Man on Wire, 1300 feet above the ground.
His outrageous courage was contagious. Even though I had known the outcome of the story all along, I was kept at the edge of my seat, hoping and praying that he would succeed and astonish the world. Towards the end of the film Petit said, "To me, it's really so simple, that life should be lived on the edge." It was not the first time I heard someone say this, but it was the first time I didn't find it clich, because it came from a man that lived by those words.As I walked out of the theatre, I could not help but wish 50, 60 years later, I could also say that I have lived by those exact same words.
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The G Star Raw show has been described by one as post apocalyptic. Perhaps. I did see it as a preparation for a post war period whether it is war with the winter weather or a new government regime that will come to past - it is unclear. What you do need to know is that G Star Raw fall 2009 collection has the edgiest line of coats for both men and women. Short jackets with buckles everywhere; bombers; trenches with bold collars; and pea coats with some twist came out with almost every look. By the time the show was over, I felt as though I needed a G Star coat ... desperately.
The other trend that was rampant at G Star and all over the runway for the fall collections in general were the drop crotch pants. The trend rules for fall and it would be wise to pick up a few pairs for the spring. The G Star collection showed a more tough and rugged production of the trend and perhaps more reasonable for winter 2009/2010.
Along with being dangerously obsessed with these trends, the boots at G Star Raw are also worth checking out, and that is for both men and women.
At the end of the show, Benicio Del Toro made an appearance reading Joy Division's "Candidate". There was no models on conveyor belts or rising platforms at the G Star Raw show this season but Benicio's surprise appearance made up for it. Am I the only one that finds Benicio absolutely ruggedly gorgeous?
Stars at the show: Tyson Beckford, Zoe Saldana, Mischa Barton, Robert Verdi, and Carson Kressley to name a few.
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Hi all.With laptop in hand watching the results- eager to get to the big categories! So much to-do and build up, right? I appreciate Hugh Jackman's charm but after the musical number I grumbled (and have never been a musical theater hater) "Muscial Theater is dead." Am I the only one finding these musical numbers painful?
Moving on, since fashion is the real reason I stay up watching it all, must. weigh. in. One shoulders, glitz and sparkles (not just that Swarovski curtain), but I personally find myself drawn to the more muted colors- i.e. when Meryl Streep's daughter was introduced at arrivals, her olive colored strapless dress was so refreshing and elegant I instantly wanted to know more about her.
Other highlights on my list include Tilda Swinton (always a favorite) whose ability to look dressed up without being overly put together or stylized keeps me engaged in the sea of updo's and billowing gowns. As for billowing gowns, since they are unfortunately inevitable and I suppose appropriate, Natalie Portman is looking gorgeous in Rodarte who were the stars of the night; Reese Witherspoon looked amazing in Rodarte as well. Freida Pinto could never look bad, but was exquisite, as always in Galliano. I adore the folds on Marisa Tomei's Versace gown, and thought Penelope's vintage Balmain ensemble was gorgeous, although, as always, I cringe at the up-do. Tina Fey in Zac Posen is divine!
Look how sultry and lovely she is with loose hair in "Vicky Cristina" here. I would love to see this hair on the red carpet. Call me a neaderthal.
Anne Hathaway always looks amazing, but her dress is such a strange length. Not quite to her shoes, it feels oddly like the hemming job went AWOL. Revising this in the morning after, apparently the actress was wearing something different in the number she did with Hugh Jackman in the beginning- hence the AWOL hem.
As always, I want to hear about your favorites Wunders...Right now, Tilda Swinton is my number 1 but this is, of course, pre-review of photos.
Cindy N Gordon
New York, NY
Lacking time, I found myself rushing to get ready to go out for the evening. The frenzy usurped all creativity and blindly dictated my desire to wear all black. Whenever I reach this point, I feel pangs of guilt. It's the battle of knowing fully well that I can do better building an outfit, but ambivalently digressing instead. So I reached for my trusty black racerback dress and ankle boots.
Then came a snap decision... A compromise with my guilt-ridden fashion conscience. When I searched through my hosiery drawer, I immediately reached for my back seam tights. This selection mildly broke up the monotony of the all black outfit. The seamed stockings allowed for a subtle element of excitement versus the old standby.
These retro style hose look and feel very sensual and seductive. One cannot help but feel like a true woman when wearing them. If you feel like your ensemble needs some panache, try some back seam tights. It's surprising what a sexy line up the back of the legs can do for one's psyche!
To celebrate their Diamond anniversary Adidas have spared no expense in producing one of their greatest show-piece shoes to date. The classic Superstar gets the premium treatment, using the original silhouette in the finest leather. Adidas have incorporated real diamonds between the three stripes, and Swarovski crystals on the lace-locks, tongue ornament and lace tips.
Only available in extremely limited numbers, these shoes are an amazing show piece, and a great tribute to 60 years of making the finest of Sportswear.
Our first delivery of shoes should be coming soon so come and help us clean out our fall styles.
This weekend only, Sat, February 21st and Sun, February 22nd, all shoes and boots are
Including already reduced items.
Shoes for Lovely People pumps, Dru New York and Kathryn Amberleigh boots plus flats from Marble Ink are just some of our footwear you can choose from.
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Tonight wunders, I went to a rather unconventional fashion week presentation- Katy Rodriguez's collection, owner of Resurrection Vintage in LA and NY and now women's wear designer sold at Opening Ceremony, Neiman Marcus, and, of course, Resurrection Vintage. The shop owner/collector/vintage aficionado turned designer has altered her strategy for these trying times. Her aesthetic has always been inventive, downtown cool-girl chic of the Chiara Clemente, Jessica Joffe variety (both in attendance at the presentation tonight). Youthful and un-precious. Mussed up hair and killer gams a must- particularly with her latest fall collection. On display on the windy west side highway gallery where she debuted Fall '09 were some of the shortest, puffiest, most party ready frocks I have seen in some time. Certainly the kinds of dresses that little girls dream of wearing- but intwined with our current fantasies of being the coolest girl in the room as there were no pastels, no cupcakes, no color per se. A dark palette, mostly blacks and grays gave layers and layers of puffed skirts a certain level of irony- not to mention the photographs of mental institutions taken from several locales across South America greeting you before you got to the party dresses.
There is commercial appeal to her collection, despite her indie cred, Nicole Richie a tried and true fan. There is definitely a timeliness to her designs on an emotional level. A bit of a "fantasy be damned" quality, but with a nod to the nostalgia that is so vehemently being denied. It was a wisely edited collection and I am eager to see the way this designer develops in years to come. Count me a fan.
*pictured left, Katy Rodriquez Spring '09
The New York City uniform for our girls always has black in it. Some of us cant go without wearing black during these winter months. Lets step away from the all black look a bit with some geometric prints in black and white.
Our tunics go great with a belt and tights. The spaghetti strap dresses have pockets, and the ruffle tops have detailed zippers in the back which look great with skinny jeans and tons of jewelry.
These are easy pieces that let you step out of you comfort zone just a bit. Here are some celebrities showing us some looks.
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Transport yourselves to Hamilton's designing mind. His Spring collection-theme takes you someplace else somewhat futuristic, but keeps you grounded and approachable with bold minimalistic-stripes galore on super stylish blazers, long sleeve shirts and shorts, they feel so soft..soft on the eyes enough for you to appreciate how to transform your body with such determined luxury in drapery. He has an acute sense of layering, with a hint of an androgynous feel. He embarks you on a journey where you're on the go wearing his genius knee length stripped and solid shorts, stepping out in white and black elegant (in length) suede zip up boots with a resonating inkling for a subtle industrial stance. His clothes make u want to transform. To wear them is to make you buy into your own fantasy, strutting with a "you talking to me?" -confidence which you feel make you a part of a movement of progressive thinkers. You're on the go with Tim Hamilton, into the future which can also be reflective of the past. Dixie