TRAGIC BEAUTY: McQUEEN

A documentary film about the designer ALEXANDER MCQUEEN

What can you say about a terrible genius, seer and fashion icon who had already become a legend in his own time before he sadly ended his life? To watch this film is to enter the life, times and mind of the creator who has not only brought fashion to its knees in England but re-imagined a storied and conservative couture house GIVENCHY in Paris and things were never the same, again.

The film could have focused on the sensational aspects of his life but instead the director chose to share McQueen’s emotional life that was a privilege to watch as you knew you were seeing something personal and very real; its terrors, ups and downs that are the fashion world. Of course, you also can see why the pressures were so extraordinary as well. This was a time when fashion in the late 90’s and early 2000’s was exploding on the world stage. Fashion brands were so powerful and lucrative that they tended to eat designers for lunch. The power of a brand and its demands for constant perfection and a schedule that pushed human creators to their extreme; Mr. McQueen was caught like a fly in a gilded amber stone and simply could not get out.

From a design point of view there is much about McQueen that is bordering on the distraught genius, the prophetic seer, the disturbed artist that brought people to their knees in the fashion world. He simply went outside of the box and out of the building in his ideas of what fashion was, or could be. Was it ugly, beautiful, ornamental, powerful, empowering or simply insanity? These are the questions you want to ask when you view and experience this film that has a uniquely curated vision.

What you will take away is some sadness, a dose of sheer awe, and of course, a unique appreciation for a young man who was simply gone too soon. For this, we are all at a loss and I can understand how his affect on those around him has been profound indeed.

Black is the New Red: Red Carpet Looks for 2018

What we know for sure:  Black Tie or formal gowns will never be the same again.  The ladies of the Golden Globes showed us that the meaning of solidarity is both as a fashion statement and a statement of support.  The actress who did not show up in a black or black inspired gown at the Golden Globes, didn’t get the memo.  In case you missed it, the wearing of black at the Golden Globes launched the “Times Up” movement for the men in  Hollywood and in fact, the world (timesupnow.com) and as we head into the awards season the movement will continue in one fashion statement or another.  Think of this as another version of the “Pussy Hat”.  Here are some of our of our favorite looks from the Golden Globes. Emphasis on the big gown, cultural, elegant and almost death-defying with the accompanying jewels is what we all look forward too.  Even Pants made their way onto the carpet, and well, we couldn’t be more pleased.

The Wardrobe Mistress

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8 Steps to Cleaning your Closet like a Stylist

What if you had a private stylist to come to your house and review your closet to help prepare for the holiday seas0n?  Would your closet measure up? Even if you don’t have a private stylist (like most celebrities do) don’t worry, we’ve got the 8 steps you need to prepare for the holidays.  For doubters out there, we have cleaned a number of celebrity closets over the years and the rich and famous are no different from you or me:  they have things they can’t part with, things they can’t fit into and even those things they bought on a whim, that literally shouldn’t leave the house. Woe to the celebrity who leaves their house without a closet review!

  So, Take heart and use our steps to clean and organize your closet like a pro!

  • Step 1- Start by Sorting out clothes you know will not fit and that may not even like anymore. Set those aside.  These things will go to charity. 
  • Step 2-Separate the Seasons in your closet. Put the Current Seasonal clothes together in the front of the closet with past seasons in the back.  
  • Step 3-Review the Current seasonal pieces to see if they are still on trend: Are they classics, Trendsetters, or just plain boring? 
  • Step 4-Separate all the skirts, blouses, jackets, and other pices into groups in your closet so you can easily mix and match the separates. 
  • Step 4-Review your Lingerie, Hose or Foundations: Are you prepared for a daily work-out, hot date, workday outfit or holiday event?
  • Step 5-Shoe Review: Dump out worn, torn and otherwise past due shoes that don’t update or improve your seasonal pieces.
  • Step 7-Color Trends: Separate your current seasonal pieces into color groups: any trending colors missing? Some to remove? Update or Give Away?
  • Step 8-Accessories Review: Bags, belts, scarves, jewelry and more! What works, what should go, and what are the classics to keep forever. 

Now that your closet is cleaned out, and there is a huge pile on your floor, bag it up and choose a charity for your donations ! If you can give your used wardrobe away to help others, its perfect for the season of giving and also your taxes for 2016! 

Wardrobe stylists like closets that are well organized,  filled with both key pieces and classics, transitional items and trends.  

Bon Chance!