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Haute NYE Looks For The Kim (Kardashian), Kate (Moss), Jennifer (Aniston) and Cameron (Diaz) in all of us…or What are Kim, Kate, Jennifer and Cameron wearing on New Year’s Eve?

In Celebrity personal appearences, Fashion Blog, Fashion news, Fashion trends, Hollywood Update, New Years Eve Fashions, Style and fashion trends, Uncategorized on December 29, 2009 at 5:45 am

Who are you going to be for New Year's Eve??

…So like every other new year’s holiday it becomes a battle in your head.

The familiar refrain begins such as

 I -don’t- have- plans- yet…I- am- not sure- what- everyone- else- is doing- yet battle,

the I- don’t like -any- of- the- options- being-presented objection,

then there’s I- hate- new years- but- I- don’t- want- to- stay- home- watching- Kathy Griffin- trying- too- hard-to- be- controversial arguement,

Ms Griffin and Mr Cooper NYE 2008. KG seen here in strategic comtemplation on how she can steal the moment/evening/week from AC thereby extending her fame a few minutes more by employing gratutious controversy and vulgar jokes. Compelling reason enough to leave the house.

and the ever popular I- am- fat- from- all- the- holiday- food- cookies- candy- sprinkles- gingerbread- eggnog- lattes- and- have- no- idea- how- I- will- shoehorn -my- body- into- anything,

and finally my personal favorite the I- hate- new- years- but- I- like- the- clothes- so- I- need- to- build- an- event- around -the- dress- I -need- a- good- excuse- to- buy….

 Familiar?? I for one have uttered each of these statements silently in an obssessive duel between my practical nature that knows better than to expect really cool things to happen surrounding this holiday and my A type personality which in the past has taken matters in hand and has either thrown parties even  Diddy would admire or I have made sure I am off to NY or some foreign country to see what they’re doin for New Year’s Eve…

For the record, come on… we’re women. We re genetically predisposed to overthink and overanticipate this holiday. Ive worked my way through the 12 steps to getting off this holiday addiction… but I confess I still fall off the wagon now and again. This year its Sam Edelman’s SKY HIGH  black suede platform pumps encrusted with black, grey and clear crystals  …Georges V anyone??? Look, I can quit anytime I want…

So… dear friends who are struggling I have a few thoughts on NYE glamour for each of the style icons we have covered in the “Who is your style icon” exercise on this very blog…

Who do you want to be when the big ball drops??!!? Here’s a few ideas to get your glamour girrrrrrrl to come out and play!!

Lil Kim / Big Kim (Kardashian) Styles for “The Bombshell”

Go for the Gold...leggings and gold, 2 big trends that go great together!

The Iconoclast (left) The Bombshell (right) these 2 friends showed upto shop for NYE looks and within 10 minutes it was clear they had found THEIR iconic looks for the evening! Dress and skirt by Laroc. It's hard to see here but the clothing is comprised of metalic pailettes which shimmer and flutter alluringly! Definately a party showstopper!

Kate (Moss) Chloe (Seveigny… enough with the Kardashians pleez!) and SJP.

 Channeling The Iconoclast

a great dress deserves great boots! The high low textural contrast between this shimmering Jenny Han dress and strong leather shoe boots strike just the right note of rebellion...

For the Kate Moss boho sensibilty, apres ski lodge party for 2 or anywhere in the midwest...

Options for The LA Woman…

Studded leggings a boyfriend blazer and plaid...Grunge Moderne....

Metal chain top and Goth leather jacket courtesy Nikki Sixx and Kelly Grey of Royal Underground.

Going to the Key Club Re opening on New Years are you...here's a hott idea that will give you access uhm maybe even all access...Metal Chain Top and Goth Leather Jacket courtesy Nikki Sixx and Kelly Grey of Royal Underground

Lest we forget, Dear Modern Classicist, this holiday is yours! Between all the highly dramatic LBDs, restrained but luxurious use of sequins, paillettes and feathers, my dear, this is a Holly Go Lightly Holiday on parade! Here are but a few examples of moderrn chic that pay serious homage to Grace and Audrey…  

A little David Meister in the evening is a very good thing!

Holly Go Lightly redux by Marc Jacobs. A girly yet ultimately sophisticated sheath and a field if organza rosettes on the sleek but softly tailored skirt. Ladylike refinement for the urban fashionista...

Finally Styles Cool Sister, Ms Casual Chic vis a vis Jenn, Cam and Cindy are the impossible chic epitome of american style. Here’s how it looks when this girl goes out on the town…

Easy, Breezy and Flirty Fun for the Boho Casually Chic Girlie Girl. A sensous Milly LBD! I see shoe boots or the gorgeous flat heeled coach riding boots with this one for a little contrast...

This is a Cameron Diaz style for the quirky but casual girl. This is actually more dramatic and delicate in person. The fact that I am completely distracted and annoyed by the fact that this model’s legs are so long and thin that she has a gap as wide as the Holland Tunnel between her thighs is not helping my mood one bit…the black nets are tacky too… Cindy or Jenn would wear perfectly tanned bare legs, gorgeous pedicure and effortlessly chic sandals as the perfect accessory but then again it’s 70 in so cal right now : )

This is shown as a top but it really shines as a shimmery simple chic shift best worn alone (think Cindy Crawford getting married barefoot on the beach, only different or as a great layering piece under a simply elegant boyfriend jacket or evening coat.

So there you have it , a few moments of sanity for a very tricky holiday. Best advice? (not that you asked) Be comfortable and be very much your gorgeous self ! It’s a long night (life) so you might as well wear what shows you to your best advantage, your personal style and confidence!

For shopping info on these looks and more contact me here…your cyber stylist is at your service and wants the details on your NYE!

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Beauty Tips from Makeup Artist Kabuki

In Fashion Blog, Fashion news, Fashion trends, Style and fashion trends, Uncategorized on December 2, 2009 at 1:21 am

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Check this out! Invaluable info for getting that incredibly-glowy-20-y-o-skin with- great blood-red-pouty-lips-and-perfect-smokey-eyes-look! Kabuki is in demand as the go to makeup artist for the top designers’ runway shows. See below how he creates a that “perfect lighting” in any light illusion for the recent Dennis Basso runway show!

Beauty Tips from Makeup Artist Kabuki.

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The Sartorialist Conquers LA: Scott Schuman’s Book Signing Party

In Fashion Blog, Fashion news, Style and fashion trends, Uncategorized on October 23, 2009 at 7:00 am
photo of Scott's booksigning at Collette, Paris

Image of Scott's booksigning at Collette, Paris

Photo courtesy of The Sartorialist

Book Cover. Image courtesy of The Sartorialist

 

Famed street style photog Scott Schuman, famous, even among fashion’s elite ( Mario Testino contributes a jacket quote that proclaims Scott’s blog as “the place to see and be seen”) named by Time magazine as one of  The Top 100 Design Influencers for chronicling inspiring images daily on his internationally renown blog  The Sartorialist has been making the book-signing rounds from Paris to London to New York to Milan and made his way to Los Angeles, specifically Barney’s and the Beverly Center.  Both events were Thursday, October 22. A Book Signing Party was hosted from 8pm-10pm on the viewswept  rooftop of the Beverly Center at the Terrace Lounge.

Scott Schuman's appearance at Barney's LA earlier on Thursday

Scott Schuman's appearance at Barney's LA, Thursday afternoon

The line started outside the venue at the velvet rope as some of the most stylish people Ive seen in LA in a very long time waited patiently for entre. (Thanks to my spontaneous networking skills and shameless name-dropping I mentioned event producer and trendsetter Susie Vance’s name so as to sail by jealous onlookers and into the big event).

 I thought I’d wandered into midnight at Skybar as waves of sexy remixes courtesy of the dj whose name I was remiss in getting set a sensual, loungy feel and Simon LA provided fabulous food and drink. Large, illuminated, photo displays of some of Scott’s fashion spottings from the book framed the terrace and became photo ops for the party attendees … the effect was California Chic meets New York Glamour.  The Sartorialist book was available briefly at Traffic Men and Traffic Women (the paperback $25, the Bespoke edition $175) in the mall however they sold out in the first hour.

Leigh, Paris photo courtesy of The Sartorialist blog

Leigh, Paris. Image courtesy of The Sartorialist blog.

Man of Style, Milan

Man of Style, Milan. Image courtesy of The Sartorialist blog.

 

Woman in white Paris. Image courtesy of The Sartorialist blog.

Woman in white Paris. Image courtesy of The Sartorialist blog.

The atmosphere was a mash-up of red carpet exuberance meets clubby overindulgence and posturing mixed with polite restraint by the literary devotees waiting in  orderly silence for their books to be signed. Schuman signed each book and greeted each fan graciously and with great interest.  He mingled briefly due overwhelmingly to the long line of fans waiting for a moment with the maestro. He signed up to the appointed 10pm cutoff after which event security made it obvious the party was over.

 

Effortless Chic: Man in Florence. Image courtesy of The Sartorialist blog.

Effortless Chic: Man in Florence. Image courtesy of The Sartorialist blog.

Lauren Hutton @ Calvin Klein. Image courtesy of th enew release The Sartorialist.

Lauren Hutton @ Calvin Klein. Image courtesy of the new release The Sartorialist.

 

Woman of Style New York. Image courtesy of The Sartorialist blog.

Woman of Style New York. Image courtesy of The Sartorialist blog.

I left the event wishing for the opportunity at some point to see Scott in a completely different context. One where he might speak to the process of capturing spontaneous examples of style. I would also love to hear his observations on the fashion industry he left after 15 years in order to reconcile the gap between that industry and ultimately the audience it serves who typically have little in common with 6 ft tall supermodels from Brazil. Until that day, a signed copy of this graceful tribute to the art of fashion and the gift of style will suffice!

 

Book available at Amazon.com. See the review below, courtesy Amazon.com

 
Scott Schuman just wanted to take photographs of people on the street who looked great. His now famous blog (‘the bellwether American site that turned photo blogging into an art form’ – “New York Times”) was an attempt to showcase the wonderful and varied sartorial tastes of real people – not only those of the fashion industry. The book is a beautiful anthology of Scott’s favorite shots from around the world. They include photographs of well-known fashion figures as well as those shots of the anonymous passerby whose imagination and taste delight the viewer. From the streets of Rio to Beijing, Stockholm to Milan, these are the people who have inspired Scott and in turn, inspired designers and people of all ages, wages and nationalities with an interest in fashion. Intimately designed and created with Scott, the book is a handsome object in its own right, in full color on hand-picked, quality paper. –This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Iconic Images of Style…Who is Your Style Architype?

In Fashion news, Fashion trends, Style and fashion trends, Uncategorized on September 23, 2009 at 2:33 am

 

“It's our hearts and brains that we should exercise more often. You can put on all the makeup you want but it won't make your soul pretty.” Kevyn Aucoin

“It's our hearts and brains that we should exercise more often. You can put on all the makeup you want but it won't make your soul pretty.” Kevyn Aucoin

Kevyn Aucoin was a genius.

So is my sister. When I was 14 and having a really tough time defining myself and gettting no love from the who’s who in high school biotches my sister gave me sterling advice. She asked me who I wanted to be and what that would look like. After which I was to find a picture that mirrored that vision as closely as possible. Thus began my love affair with styling and fashion for fashioning a new identitiy. Clothes do make the man… and women it would seem. I remember to this day my  “picture” It was a woman channeling a Bianca Jagger-Marissa Berenson-Halstonian- smokey eyed-dark haired-celebutante. Wearing an ivory YSL shirtdress style cocktail dress that was open to her navel, she looked alluringly beautiful and mysterious. Surpirsingly it was a quietly confident and sexy image she projected. Sexiness is definately a slippery slope and can tumble into overt trashiness with one false move. In short elegance and sexiness can be a difficult achievement. This image managed both beautifully… Definately a woman with a story! This image is with me still and has informed my personal style for many years and many style incarnations. bianca in YSL

Kevin Aucoin had it right. His re-imagining of celebrities and regular people alike into dramatic beauties using the glamor of a 30’s moviestar template was revolutionary for the conventional wisdom of the “natural look” movement. He was shaving hairlines and adding hair extensions long before it was a TMZ topic. His genius was at once before it’s time and yet reminiscent of the studio system of hollywood beauty. It is a concept worth exploring to define a direction and harness personal style.     

Many of us unconsciously express more than one iconic style. Sometimes all the same time! Who are you really and what makes the most of what you’ve got? The list of beautiful women of style is by no means complete but it is helpful imagery for discovering the woman within. Who is your dominant Style Icon? As your Lifestylist in residence I am available for a personal appointment or at this blog to style your best look! Send your questions or pictures here and I’ll post them along with clothing suggestions in keeping with your iconic style!

 

 

 

Audrey%20Hepburn%20(Sabrina) “I never think of myself as an icon. What is in other people’s minds is not in my mind. I just do my thing.” Audrey Hepburn

 

The Modern Classicist – “Fashions Change, Style Remains” Coco Chanel.  

Whether it’s a crisp white shirt paired with black leggings and ballerina flats or a vintage Givenchy ball gown, some looks are as chic today as when Audrey Hepburn first taught us a thing or two about style when she burst on the scene 60 years ago. This look is defined by luxe fabrics, exquisite design, flawless fit and unexpected drama which makes it modern. Timeless elegance, like the woman who wears it, is unforgettably glamorous.

 

Women who exemplify The Modern Classicist:

 

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Anne Hathaway

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Michelle Obamamichelle

Charleze Theron

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Donna Karan

Anna Wintourwintour

Angelina Jolieangelina jolie

 

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Ivanka Trumpivanka

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nicole Kidman

Jackie Kennedyjackie-o

Natalie Portmannatalie-portman-picture-6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Cultivate your curves- they may be dangerous, but they won’t be avoided.” Mae West

 

The Bombshell- Va Va Voom and then some!kim-kardashian-gold03204

This woman is a star and she knows it. Generally not known for restraint, this look can be as individual as the woman who wears it but always gets a response! From glamorous bombshell to high voltage sex kitten, in jaw dropping excess or stunningly dramatic style she is a sex goddess personified!

 

Women who exemplify The Bombshell:

 

Kim Kardashian

Katy Perrykaty-perry

Mae West

Scarlett Johansenscarlett-johansson-moet-chandon-ads-06

Bridget Bardotbridget-bardot-bikini-thumb

Tina Turner

Anna Nicole Smith

Sophia Loren

BeyonceBeyonce+1gt6

Jennifer Lopezjlo gold

Mariliyn MonroeMARILYN

Selma Hiyaksalma-hayek5

Kimora Lee Simmonskimora

Most of the “Bond Girls” and all of “Hef’s Girls

 

 

 

“Fashion is very important. It is life enhancing and like everything that gives pleasure, is worth doing well.” Vivian Westwood

 

The LA Woman- You know who you are!

 This is a sexy hybrid of The Bombshell and LA Rockstar most at home on Hollywood Blvd and Melrose Ave. As timeless as a leather bustier or thigh high boots, this woman wears sexy pleather dresses from downtown sample sales, hats of all kinds and long scarves paired with Diesel Jeans and Chrome Bones jewelry…The sartorial daughter of Keith Richards and Deborah Harry.

 

Women who exemplify The LA Woman:

    

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CherCher

Vivian Westwood

Rosanna Arquetterosanna-arquette-picture-2

Kate Hudsonkate_hudson

Gwen Steffani

Luci Luilucy_liu_2606044

Drew BarrymoreDrew-Barrymore_1

Dita Von Teeseditavonteese

Diablo Cody

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.” Coco Chanel  

 

The Iconoclast- Fashion’s wild card!

A moving target on the edge of fashion’s latest trends. This woman is a style chameleon who uses fashion as creative expression and invention. First on a trend or a trend setter in her own right, you never know who she will be from one day to the next. Be it daring and edgy, ladylike refinement, exaggerated sculptural proportions or boho chic, the world is her stage and she is the leading lady of groundbreaking fashion!

 

Women who exemplify The Iconoclast:

 

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Little Kim

Victoria Beckham

Coco Chanel

Kate Blanchettecate_blanchett_400x300

Hallie Berry0e3dc93ab24c9196_Halle-Berry

 

 

Katherine Hepburnkate hepburn

 

 

 

 

Patricia Fieldpat field

Madonna

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Olsen TwinsBooks Olsens

Chloe Sevegnychloe sevigny

Kate Mosskate_moss_above_knee_boots

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 “Once you figure out who you are and what you love about yourself, I think it all kinda falls into place.” Jennifer Aniston

 

Ms. Casually Chic – Style’s Cool Sister!

This woman pulls off fashion’s greatest illusion, fun, sporty and effortlessly chic. You know her. She has the perfect relaxed fit cargo pants and layered t-shirts, slightly disheveled yet on trend hair and fresh looking, natural makeup applied over lightly tanned, glowing skin. Think Jennifer Aniston running errands in Malibu. Its hard work looking this relaxed, but you’d never know it! She can look like her sister the Modern Classicist for special events but is at her sexy best when she’s wearing her boyfriend’s white shirt!

 

Women who exemplify Ms. Casually Chic:

 

Jennifer Anistonjennifer_aniston

Cameron Diazcameron_diaz68_47f64dfa2f52a-t

Cindy Crawfordcindy crawford

Giselle BunchenGisele_Bundchen

Elle Mc Pheresonelle

Meg Ryan

Jennifer Garnerjennifer-garner2

Jessica Albajessica-alba-1

Farah Faucett in Charlie’s Angelsfarrah


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Not Your Mama’s Hudsons Part II: Georgia May Jagger Has All The Right Genes

In Fashion news, Fashion trends, Premium Denim, Uncategorized on September 9, 2009 at 3:37 am

Wowsa!!!

Haute off the presses, (so hot it doesnt even have audio yet…) here’s a preview of the eagerly awaited new ad campaign for the Hudson Jeans reinvigorated fall collection. Featuring 17 year old Georgia May Jagger and her boyfriend son of Eurythmics’ Dave Stewart, it proclaims “She is London and London is Her.” It’s a new level of chic and decadence for the brand which has always enjoyed a loyal if not slightly sedate following…Put on your crash helmet that’s all about to change…

As an aside, Big Daddy Mick is allegedly dubious about the newly inked multi million dollar spokesmodel deal and rather affronted but the er..overt nature of the campaign. Mama and Model of 70’s Super Icon Behaviour Gerry Hall is reported to have some simple advice to her newly minted supermodel spawn…”be nice to everyone, even if you don’t like them…”

Somewhere Marianne Faithfull has to be in hysterical laughter at the irony of it all…and the beat goes on…

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Breaking News: Anna Wintour Morphs Into Pug…

In Fashion news, Fashion trends, independant films, Uncategorized on September 6, 2009 at 7:01 am

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My life as a pug…Ms. Wintour was discovered padding about her NY townhouse by staffers. Sources speculate overexposure to chemicals used to dye furs unusually noxious colors could be at cause or Ms Wintour was too close to her cheval mirror while casting last week’s hexes on her employees. Wintour’s staffers were unavailable for comment as it was confirmed many were headed to Belize for an impromptu Labor Day getaway.

… In a seemingly unrelated story Valentino: The Last Emperor on DVD drops Tuesday 9.08.09 …
Valentino with his models, his designs and his infamous pugs at his Atelier in Rome

Valentino with his models, his designs and his infamous pugs at his Atelier in Rome

VALENTINO THE LAST EMPEROR is a feature-length film on the legendary designer Valentino Garavani in the wake of his exit in 2008 from the company he founded in Rome more than 45 years ago. Produced and directed by Matt Tyrnauer, Special Correspondent for Vanity Fair magazine, the film is an intimate, engaging and very funny fly-on-the-wall exploration of the singular world of one of Italy’s richest and most famous men. The film documents the colorful and dramatic closing act of Valentino‚Äôs celebrated career, tells the story of his extraordinary life and work, and also explores the larger themes affecting the fashion business today. But at the heart of the film is the unique relationship between Valentino and his business partner and companion of 50 years, Giancarlo Giammetti.

P.S. The Pug mascarading as Anna Wintour is actually Alex, winner of the Valentino:The Last Emperor best dressed Pug Contest. For more details on all Pug contestants or to enter the latest Win a Valentino Gown contest go to the official movie site http://www.valentinothemovie.com

The DVD VALENTINO THE LAST EMPEROR brings you even closer to the maestro’s world of high fashion. In addition to the original feature-length film, the disks include bonus material: Three mini-features covering the unique world of haute couture and the unmatched highlife of Valentino and Giancarlo Giammetti.

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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BONUS MATERIAL

Dressed: a fashion documentary about life

In Fashion news, Fashion trends, independant films, Uncategorized on August 13, 2009 at 4:55 am

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In a time when so many of us are starting from zero or finding it necessary to completely redefine our identity, values or what is really worth the fight, I offer the soon to be released documentary “Dressed” www.dressedthemovie.com . It’s the extraordinary true story of fashion designer Nary Manivong who at 14 became homeless and the sole support of 2 siblings in Columbus OH. Living a life without benefit of security, education or resources Manivong surmounted every obstacle. Driven by a desire and a talent for spotting good design, he began a self guided education of vintage clothing in shops on the streets he called home. Creating a line of modern designs with gestures to an 80’s sensibility he emerged in 2005 as a significant and original voice in NY fashion.

Dressed chronicles the trajectory from abject poverty to the beau monde of fashion’s elite and the arduous process of preparing his second line for premiere during Fall ‘09 Fashion Week. It provides narratives on the knife’s edge existence of self -financed designers by highly regarded industry insiders who agreed to be part of this project such as Simon Doonan, Nanette Lapore and Mary Gehlhar, Author and VP Brand Strategy Gen Art.

 This richly drawn portrayal of courage, passion and determination is not allowed the luxury of a Hollywood ending. After his 2005 NY triumph, as orders were pouring in, Manivong’s sole investor pulled out. It remains to be seen how all this will play out. What we inherit is a documentary with no promise of redemption, fueled only by the talent and character of an anti hero trusting that he can draw upon his experience to begin the process of reinvention… yet again.

 Dressed is a testament to the strength of human spirit in the face of overwhelming circumstances and a powerful metaphor for a nation in the process of reinvention.

http://blog.dressed-themovie.com/

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Hello World!

In Fashion Blog, Fashion news, Fashion trends, Uncategorized on August 13, 2009 at 3:22 am
What's new Kate??

What's new Kate??

 

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...Not much Edie...

Zipper is an ongoing dialog and homage to all that’s new in fashion, culture, real estate, travel, trends and lest we forget, trash too.

Zipper chronicles the connective trail of creative expression that when meshed together, creates a strong and cohesive whole. There is logic and progression to all invention. One can see origins of Valentino and Edie Sedgewick in the most ubiquitous designs of Banana Republic. To paraphrase the venerable Keith Richards ’nothing is really new in music, it’s all been done before dearie…’

To see the future of pop culture trends is to mine inspirations of the past. To seek the best in design from any era and every medium, to appreciate the transformative quality of pure design and invention and to make it modern and accessable…that truly defines the art of living well… and that’s what this ol’ hedonist is all about… dearie!

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GEORGIA JAGGER: THE NEW FACE OF HUDSON

In Fashion Blog, Fashion news, Fashion trends on August 5, 2009 at 2:59 am

If you’ve seen the cover of WWD today then you already know: Georgia May Jagger – the youngest daughter of Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall – is officially the new face of Hudson Jeans. Yeah.

http://hudsonjeans.com