Blue Christmas

"I'll have a blue Christmas, without you..."
Surely Elvis was not referring to fashion when singing the blues. But it's the perfect way to bring cool shades of style into the Christmas season. From a Target tree to a Tiffany's porcelain gift box, it all sings to the tune of a Blue Christmas.

All looks are from Fall 2009 collections.
Winter wonderful in a blue Dior coat with fur trim.

Sleek in Chanel's blue dress and Victorian inspired booties.

Power dressing of the 80s returns on the runway of Donna Karan.

Marc Jacobs also channelled the 80s with this strong-shouldered pleated design.

Blue also has a sweeter side to balance out the 80s powerhouses from Donna Karan and Marc Jacobs. Here, Erdem showcases romantic babydoll dresses.

Boho blue from Anna Sui.

A splash of color with blue-aquamarine tights from DVF.

Versace sparkles with blue sophistication.

Lovely in blue Balenciaga.

And finally, my feathered favorite. A whimiscally wonderful coat from Valentino. You can see Britney Spears wearing this amazing coat in the January issue of Elle.

Who wouldn't want to have a blue Christmas with these amazing styles to choose from?

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Baby it's Cold Outside

It's time to take a cue from Greta Garbo and wrap yourself in luxurious furs and cozy sweaters. But rather than walk around in a snuggy-like fur, try the sophisticated style of Clara Bow:

Modern day interpretations of the classic furs include this yummy cotton candy design from Oscar de la Renta's Pre-Fall 2010 collection.

A minty fresh style from Zac Posen Pre-Fall 2010.
Classic and lovely looks from Carolina Herrera Pre-Fall 2010 use fur as an accent on the coat and layers with soft sweaters.

Classic femininity is in the details of this Jason Wu Pre-Fall 2010 look. A belted waist to emphasize the figure, shimmering skirt, textured tights that elongate the legs with the black heels and a delicate bun. So lovely...

Another belted look, but this time with a bigger punch in firey red. Michael Kors Pre-Fall 2010.

Sweater dressing is perfected with these various designs from Chanel Pre-Fall 2010.
Boho, retro, disco...

Warm layers that are feminine without being so bulky that they overpower the figure. Diane von Furstenberg Pre-Fall 2010.

The classic style of Greta Garbo.

Sweaters definitely don't have to be boring. Pringle of Scotland showcases sweaters that are easily compared to art. Their 3D quality makes them sculptural in design, with the middle sweater mirroring an abstract painting.

Burberry reinterprets their classic trench in a red fur.

It may be cold outside, but that doesn't mean you have to discard great design when you can choose from these warm and fuzzy beauties.
As you get cozy in sweaters and furs, you can warm up to Jack Frost and happily sing "Let it Snow."

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From Russia with Love

The winter winds have blown in with the flair of Russia, thanks to John Galliano. Rather than fight the chill, simply bundle up with a style that ranges from sheer elegance and decadent jewels, to folkloric dresses and warm coats.

Temperatures may drop below freezing, but elegance is not to be lost. With the graceful beauty of a swan, the sheer fabrics flutter across the runway as snowflakes drift about.
Across the spectrum, folk fabrics make their appearance. Rich in reds and blues, the designs whisper of military undertones and folk fantasies.

Are you ready to travel across snowy tundras in these pom-pom decorated heels?

"Girl with Berries", 1879 by Vasili Timofevev

Galliano's fabrics showcase the history of Russia as they mimic the folk dress where beauty can be found in the details.

Are you ready for the Russian winter? For a little inspiration, try the classic film Doctor Zhivago. This cinematic treat transports you to another era with fabulous costumes, an amazing original score and a captivating plotline.

Stylishly prepared to weather the winter frost in wools and fur. And don't forget the jeweled headdress.

Welcome winter.
From Russia with Love...

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Merci Beaucoup

It has been about a week since Thanksgiving, but that's no reason to stop being thankful. Rather than limit my awareness of all that I have to be thankful for to a single day or time of year, I am embracing the concept of Thanksliving.

Everyday there is something to take notice of, appreciate and add to the list of blessings. So as I step forward with my new Thanksliving mentality, I want to begin with five things that may fall a bit outside of the traditional list. I am of course thankful for my family, friends, health, etc...but also these five wonderful things that affect all of us.

1. I am thankful that the Greeks not only provided an abundance of art and architectural advancements, but also introduced the classic garment that continues to thrive today...the toga. The style of draping, accentuating the body's natural beauty and simplicity of design remains relevant.
Ancient Greek Nike (Victory) Statue

2. I am thankful that Queen Elizabeth championed the concept of Girl Power before the term even existed. She built an empire that surpassed any man's and did so while leading the way as the Queen of Fashion. All the women wanted her red locks, porcelain skin and high forehead (achieved through meticulous plucking). Her corseted form with a flattened chest (to mimic a man's broad, flat chest), neck ruff and layers of clothing helped underscore her "can't touch this" approach to royal position.
Queen Elizabeth Ditchley Portrait, 1592

3. I am thankful that Madame Pompadour won over France's King Louis XV and became a key player in the court so she could give her gift of Rococo style to the world. The feminine decor of pastels, luscious fabrics, flying cherubs, ribbons and bows continues to inspire.
Madame Pompadour by Francois Boucher, early 1700s

4. I am thankful that Coco Chanel broke the rules and freed women from the confines of pre-existing concepts in fashion. Boundaries were crossed as she encouraged a style using menswear inspiration, casual fabrics and costume jewelry.
5. I am thankful that fashion is a wearable art form that underscores history as designers return to the stories and people of the past as they create their collections.

The soft flowing lines of the Greek toga:

Badgeley Mischka Fall 2007

Jean Paul Gaultier Fall 2005

Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2006

The frills and thrills that Madame Pompadour would have surely loved:
Dior Couture Spring 2007

John Galliano Spring 2008

Ralph Lauren Spring 2008

Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2008

Alexander McQueen Spring 2007

The many varieties of Girl Power that come through what we wear:
Alexander McQueen Fall 2007

A fitted form (like a corset), strong color palette and kick-butt boots.

Dior Couture Fall 2006
Armor-esque beauty.

Balenciaga Spring 2008
The seams alter the form so the top resembles the strength and rigidity of a corset. Gladiator boots emphasize the strength of the look.

Chanel Spring 2008
A neck ruff, padded shoulders and menswear style come together in this modern take on Queen Elizabeth meets Chanel.

To all these designers and inspirational women of the past,
Merci Beaucoup

Happy Thanksliving.

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