Have an account?

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Michael Costello Spring 2017

This season's runways were in full bloom. Sure, you can go with pastels, but Project Runway alumni Michael Costello went for a richer, darker palette for spring 2017. The silhouettes were unabashedly sexy with many of the dramatic dresses with leg slits at navel height. I can imagine daring starlets having a great red carpet moment (or malfunction) with those.

Deep wine colors, sparkling off-black and beautiful little embroideries made this formal collection a winner. Costello was clearly aiming for dressing entire celebrity families. Handsome Tyson Beckford made his way down the catwalk as a teaser to the impending menswear collection. His suit a shimmering brocade. Two children's wear looks also came down the runway, once a young girl another a toddler. Could this be an attempt to pander to the Kardashians and Beyonces of the world?

I loved the gigantic flower crowns. I have seen too many wimpy music festival ones the past few years. The styling of this show made each model look like a Goddess of the wine harvest. The full-on glamor of the capes, satin jumpsuits, sequin gowns are a celebration of the bombshell and hourglass figures. His boutique in Los Angeles is just calling out to any celebrity who will have him. I am just happy to see my favorite colors being featured through spring and summer. Congrats to Michael Costello on Spring 2017

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

NY Bridal Week: Rita Vinieris Bridal Fall 2017

It's fall, so the rustic, barn wedding is de rigeur again across the country. Rita Vinieris chose such a setting way on the West Side of Manhattan at one of the few venues that could actually convey this atmosphere at La Venue. The Rita Vinieris Bridal collection for Fall 2017 went all out in fantasy and extravagance. 

The aged wood planks were part of the original train tunnels that made up the Highline that brought goods in and out of New York. The wood even *smells* rustic, I suppose it carries all the of transit and clubland history in the planks. The industrial look of exposed lighting and pipes was an effective contrast to the romantic wedding confections that swept down the runway. There were huge ballgowns of full lace, satin or tulle skirts. Frothy capes in tulle and feathers were wrapped and floated across the catwalk. Extra-long trains trailed to dramatic effect along the dark, rough wood. 

While the "cold shoulder" look is a huge trend in sportswear for spring 2017, Rita Vinieris took the idea and made it a tribute to vintage silhouettes of the past for fall 2017. Off-the-shoulder gowns were nods to everything from the 1930s to 1980s. 

I appreciated the champagne that preceded the show. I was rather surprised I didn't receive a rosemary garnished mason jar of some sort. Maybe I look at too many wedding planning Pinterest boards. Happy Autumn nuptials to Rita Vinieris Bridal Fall 2017.
All photos by Mariana Leung
Also on Ms. Fabulous:

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Stylish Event Tip: Olives From Spain

spanish gourmet
I love the fall and all of the parties that come with it. Taking a break from Bridal Fashion Week, I got to indulge in Spain's tastiest exports at the Spain's Great Match event in Manhattan. I was able to explore the various wine regions of Spain and the rich wines, sherry, and Cava they produce. The big star of the event? Olives From Spain. I never knew they were so versatile.

Rushing between photo shoots, I was ecstatic to try the delicious offerings at the Spain's Great Match event. I am currently planning a huge party at the end of the month and searching for great nibbles that are appropriate for Halloween. I needed food that looked good, tasted better and easy to prepare. The most surprising bite of the event was the combination of black olives, oranges, and fresh mint. Not only did these have seasonal colors, but the flavors were also terrific and paired perfectly with Spanish wine.
olive orange mint
Olives are an ancient food whose domain spans Europe, Africa, and Asia. It is not a surprise then that a significant range of global cuisines use olives. They encompass a full range of tastes in salty, sweet, bitter and sour for the perfect umami element in your dish. I learned that olives are generally classified by when they are harvested and how they are processed. There are many varieties of olives, but only a few types are actually eaten as a table olive instead of being pressed for olive oil.

I loved all the Spanish cheeses of the event, starting from Manchego to Iberico. Another tasty combination that paired well with Rioja wines were the big green olives tossed with marinated red peppers and stuffed with Cabrales cheese. Stuffed olives are one of the easiest hors d'oeuvres you can put together for your event. You can stuff them with cheese, pimientos, anchovies or really get creative with them. The Olives From Spain site has an extensive list of recipes from top chefs, most of them are easier than they look.
cabrales olives
If you need a bit of escapism this week, grab a bottle of wine and a lovely board of cheeses, Jamon Iberico, and delectable olives from Spain to make a night of it. If you are coming to my next party, you know what will be in store!
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Olives from Spain.
To learn more about Olives from Spain please visit their website at http://olivesfromspain.us/

Saturday, October 8, 2016

NY Bridal Week: Reem Acra Fall 2017

lace wedding dress
reem acra bridal 2017
Who doesn't love a garden wedding? Reem Acra delivered an incredibly romantic collection for NY Bridal week. Embroidered lace was used to sexy effect on bodices and skirts to show embellished hints of skin. The delicate beading and tiny sequins were also embroidered to emulate lace motifs decorating the skin. The patterns took on a tattoo effect to highlight those parts of the body.

There were Reem Acra's signature sculpted gowns. Tightly fitted bodices flared out into big tulle peplums or sweeping ballgown skirts in anything from silk organza to silver metallic brocade. The designer wanted this collection to be her secret garden. There were more whimsical touches from that secret garden, like butterflies, ribbon bows and silk flowers that decorated the runway looks.

The models were styled with intricate braid creations with flowers woven in. The makeup was soft with pale eyes and nude lips. A few of the bridal looks were accessorized with lace wrist cuffs.

The Reem Acra Fall 2017 bridal collection was one of my all-time favorites from the designer. She has had some more sultry or exotic collection in recent seasons, but this season brought me back to the pure fantasy wedding gowns that I fell in love with in bridal magazines.
all photos by Mariana Leung
Also on Ms. Fabulous: 

Friday, October 7, 2016

NY Bridal Week: THEIA Fall 2017

Easy breezy. Theia designer Don O'Neill brought his bridal collection for Fall 2017 back to its roots. He wanted his bride free of contrived themes. He designed many of the looks specifically for the destination bride. This meant lighter, crushable looks that could be rolled up in a suitcase and flown to the beach.

Seeing the detailed wedding looks, you wouldn't think they were luggage-friendly. There were multiple looks of lightweight, soft lace. Silk mousseline and silk chiffon were also breezy and light. Don O'Neill also has a talent for taking popular sportswear silhouettes like this season's wide-legged jumpsuit and upgrading it into an elegant bridal look with lace or draped crepe.

Embroideries were kept light and delicate. Glass beading and nude colored linings were mean to emulate sand and sea glass. Don O'Neill got married himself near his hometown in Ireland the past summer. His destination wedding served as part of the inspiration as it was also near the beach. There was a bit of aspirational design here, though, the runway looks were meant for sunnier skies than the rainclouds he had on his big day.

The beautiful flower crowns with pearl accents worked in that topped the models' hair were full of mermaid chic. Fittingly, they were a collaboration with newlywed husband and creative director of Fleur de Pascal. I noticed the looks of the show were named after various beach beauties, like Ariel from The Little Mermaid and Venus of Greek mythology, rising from the sea in a giant clamshell.

Theia isn't the first designer this season to reset and refresh the collection down to its roots. Simplifying and creating clean fashion design so it can be perfected is a wonderful movement that I am seeing from the top designers this season. Forget the wedding, I just want to run away in a gorgeous THEIA dress at the prettiest beach I can find.


Friday, September 30, 2016

#NYFW: Vera Wang Spring 2017

Vera Wang is the queen of all things bridal in this country. Aspirational brides can shop for her gowns, China, stationery, lounge wear and everything else possibly related to their nuptials. This is why Vera Wang fans were surprised with an avant-garde sportswear that paraded down the runway.

Celebrities are often in beaded Vera Wang gowns on the red carpet in rich colors while romantic brides are draped in yards of luxury fabric. On this catwalk, the designer went minimalist. Fabrics in ivory and black, crisp or translucent or draped. Sleeves were super long. The look was more up-and-coming renegade designer at MILL Studios rather than the Godmother of weddings.  Wang clearly wants a break from her look to explore a fresh start as a designer. I wonder how much of that encompasses other aspects of her life as well.

The show did include a few embellished, evening-appropriate pieces. The silhouettes were still pared down and minimalist with the black and white palette. However, there was a running Pearl embroidery pattern that included varied pearl sizes in an organic design.

I think it is healthy for all creatives to refresh and reset their work. Surely not all designers look as good as this show did. I wonder if Vera Wang's fans agree. Then again, how often do you need to get married?
Photos by Mariana Leung

Site Meter