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I Just Met Christian Siriano at New York Fashion Week!

Fifteen minutes ago, after picking up my press pass at Bryant Park, I decided to kill some time back at the hotel before covering backstage at the Barbie show. Just as I’m leaving, I spot a familiar face…and before I my mind could even process what was happening, I blurt out, “OMG, it’s Christian Siriano!”

He turned around, obviously a little scared that some stranger is screaming his name on the street. I quickly collected myself and told him what a huge fan I am. I had to check myself, so I didn’t say anything really lame – like using the word “fierce” ten times during our 45 second encounter. Although I may have let it slip that I stalk him on Twitter.

Long story short, even all bundled up and in a rush to get to wherever he was going, he still looked fierce, fabulous and flawless!


Where Oh Where Have the Footed Tights Gone…

Picture this…

It’s Thursday night and I’m this close to leaving for New York Fashion Week…I’m driving around suburban Philadelphia looking for some simple, black tights. The ones with feet. Remember those?

This week, I hit up all of my fave discount stores looking for inexpensive black tights. The display at TJ Maxx was so haphazard and sparse that it took me all of three seconds to determine they didn’t have what I was looking for. I almost laughed at the selection at Marshall’s…pretty pitiful. I got momentarily giddy at Daffy’s when I saw an entire wall of tights. Unfortunately, Daffy and I have different definitions of the term “tights.” Daffy’s seems to think that leggings and tights are the same thing; and I was perturbed to find that none of Daffy’s black “tights” had feet.

Did I miss the memo? Since when did a basic pair of tights become so the proverbial needle in a haystack? Call me old fashioned, but I want some damned tights, with feet. None of this newfangled, no-feet nonsense. I bet there’s a a guy (with a foot fetish) behind this whole legging trend.

Anyway, my next stop was Express. The store was nearby and I had a $25 gift card – so I decided to do a drive by. And you know what? They wanted to charge me $16.50 for one pair of black tights! Oh, no no no. Homey don’t play that. Even with their “buy one, get one half off” deal, I would have maxed out my gift card – and still have had to reach in my pocket.

Determined to find the elusive simple, black tights for under $6 (which is what I’m used to paying) – I dropped by Burlington Coat Factory today…and was blown away at what I found. A hot mess…that’s the best way I can describe it. I saw trouser socks, pantyhose, athletic socks, knee highs, gold lame leggings, and these sweater leggings with a ruched seam at the bottom (which were hella cool – but not what I was there for). What I didn’t spy was my black tights. So, as a last resort, I dug into a hodgepodge of hosiery on the clearance table – and found several pairs of black tights. Problem was that they didn’t have any kind of packaging. In fact, they looked like some lady undressed in store and left a souvenir on the sale display. There was a $3.99 price tag stuck to them – with no indication of size or brand. Just some sad looking tights.

Long story short (too late), I ended up at Macys – and bought two pairs of Hue tights for $20. Serves me right for waiting until the last minute.

I Went Backstage With Lela Rose, Now You Can Too – Thanks to Stila and!

Last September, I went backstage at the Lela Rose Spring 2009 show – to get the skinny on hair and makeup. Ted Gibson fashioned roughed-up braids and cornrows to complement the collection’s African-inspired theme. And makeup artist Tina Turnbow used Stila products to transform each model into “a very adventurous, outdoorsy woman on safari.”
Now, Stila and have teamed up to create a kit that allows real women to achieve Lela’s runway look.

Stila Backstage with Lela Rose and contains the key products used by every artist backstage at the Spring 2009 show. Stila Sun Shade 02 was used to bronze the models’ cheekbones; this bronzer is known for its amazing buildable color, which makes it a makeup artist favorite – season after season. Cranberry Lip Glaze popped the models’ pouts. For the eyes, Starlight Eye Shadow let the lids shimmer with a champagne glow, and a coating of Major Lash Mascara in Brown helped to create a balanced, feminine face.

Stila Backstage with Lela Rose and is a $77 value, but you can snap one up for only $34. Exclusively sold at

Bryant Park To Get All Dolled Up: Barbie Comes To Fashion Week

February 14th, Barbie takes Manhattan. For the first time ever, 50 designers will come together under one “Tent” for Barbie’s first-ever runway show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York.

Yesterday, the brand released the official line-up of 50 celebrated designers who will showcase one-of-a-kind, adult-size creations inspired by the renowned fashion doll. The epic fashion event will celebrate the past, present and future of fashion, with Barbie as the muse.

Each of the 50 models will wear Christian Louboutin pumps in iconic Barbie Pantone 219 Pink. “I guess I always had a little ‘girlie side’ who liked Barbie,” Louboutin said. “Barbie needs to wear great shoes because every girl needs to wear great shoes.”

The show is part of a year-long, global celebration of Barbie’s 50th anniversary that includes pink carpet events, marquee partnerships, retail celebrations, must-have products and numerous tributes in design, fashion and more.

Participating designers include: Alexander Wang, Anna Sui, Baby Phat, Badgley Mischka, Betsey Johnson, Bob Mackie, Calvin Klein, Carmen Marc Valvo, Catherine Malandrino, Diane von Furstenberg, Donna Karan, Erin Fetherston, Kenneth Cole, Marchesa, Michael Kors, Monique Lhuillier, Naeem Khan, Rachel Roy, Reem Acra, Tibi, Tommy Hilfiger, Tory Burch, Tracy Reese, Vena Cava, Vera Wang, Vivienne Tam and Yigal Azrouel.


Jason Wu Calls Michelle Obama’s Choice of His Dress "Thrilling, Emotional and Inspiring"

Jason Wu hit the fashion lottery tonight. In December, the 26-year old Tawainese-American designer submitted three dresses to Michelle Obama for consideration, but considered himself a long-shot. Wu had no idea that Michelle Obama had chosen his one-shouldered, embellished, off-white gown until the President and First Lady took the stage at the Neighborhood Ball. “I found out tonight…along with the rest of the world,” Wu told CNN.

“It’s thrilling, it’s emotional and it’s inspiring. For a young designer, I couldn’t ask for anything more than this. It’s my dream come true.”

Wu said he created the dress to reflect the first couple and the new administration. He wanted to give Michelle a gown with a “dream-like quality.”

On inauguration night, Wu won’t be celebrating his newfound celebrity. He doesn’t have time. With New York Fashion Week only three weeks away, he will be burning the midnight oil – working on his Fall 2009 collection.

When asked his thoughts about Michelle Obama’s status as an emerging style icon, Wu said, “She’s versatile. She can do it all. She is amazing. She has her own sense of style and there’s nothing better than that.”

Thoughts on Michelle Obama’s gown?

Take A Brow, Michelle Obama: Your Softer Arches Are Just The Change You Needed

If you’re like me, you can’t get enough of Michelle Obama. Her fashion and beauty choices keep me entertained, on my toes, and taking copious notes.

Last Fall, while at New York Fashion Week, I got to talking with the Bobbi Brown. Bobbi was sporting an Obama ’08 pin, so we started chatting about Michelle’s makeup and favorite Bobbi Brown products. Towards the end of the conversation, I asked Bobbi her opinion of Michelle’s eyebrows; I told Bobbi that, though Michelle can do no wrong in my eyes, her arches could use some softening. Bobbi smiled and nodded, adding that if she was Michelle’s makeup artist, she would give Michelle a less angular arch.

Around the same time, Michelle Obama’s actual makeup artist, Chicago-based makeup artist Ingrid Grimes-Myles, was getting the same criticism about Michelle’s brows.

“When she started getting that feedback—I have a rule: When three or more people give you feedback, that means hundreds are talking about it—then what I began to do is bring them down and train them down,” Grimes-Myles said.

If you take a close look at Michelle’s current brows and compare them the ones she sported at the Democratic National Convention, you’ll notice that the arch is less exaggerated.

The Chicago Tribune has a great article about Michelle’s brow evolution, which includes some tasty beauty tidbits (Michelle loves MAC lip pencils and gloss).

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