FASHION FRIDAY ROUNDUP: 10.30.2015

Friday, October 30, 2015

Welcome to the 2nd edition of my weekly Fashion Friday Roundup! Here you'll find my thoughts on hot topics this week in fashion, style inspiration, and my go-to item(s) of the week!

INTERNATIONAL

ALBER ELBAZ EXITS LANVIN AFTER 14 YEARS
Photo from flape.com
This is the second week in the row, in which I'll be talking about a surprise exit of a creative director from a Fashion House.  However, unlike last week, where Raf Simons made a statement that he was leaving on his own accord, I've read that Alber's exit from Lanvin was not self-doing. Basically, he was asked to leave. It's pretty scary to think that after being with a company for 14 years you can just be "asked to leave". Where is the loyalty in the fashion community? What makes a brand ask their designers to leave? Is it different in aesthetics...how can you really be that different after 14 successful years? Elbaz stated in his FGI Award speech, as quoted in the NY Times, the following message.

“We designers, we started as couturiers, with dreams, with intuition, with feeling.” Then, he said: “We became ‘creative directors,’ so we have to create, but mostly direct. And now we have to become image-makers, creating a buzz, making sure that it looks good in the pictures. The screen has to scream, baby.”
It seems as if Elbaz is over the creating a buzz for the sake of making a buzz. Everything has to be overthought in a day in age where it can take a person 20 minutes to curate one Instagram photo. While fashion IS a business, and in order to succeed you need to have people buy your clothes and make money, I really feel that designers are being forced from their creative ideas to comply with company agendas, and when that happens, there's bound to be a dismissal, an exit,...a shift. Alber Elbaz is the third in recent news for exits following Raf Simons at Dior, and Alexander Wang at Balenciaga. Good Luck Alber! Here at Live Life in Style, we'll be rooting for you!



NATIONAL
REBEL WILSON FOR TORRID

I think it's great that my plus-size sisters of the silver screen are taking matters into their own hands to give us curvy girls options in fashion! Just because we're not the average size of American women, doesn't mean we want to look dowdy, and unfashionable! This year we saw the launch of Melissa McCarthy's clothing line, Seven7 and now Rebel Wilson will be launching her line for Torrid on November 1st!   Last Friday, Rebel & Torrid hosted a launch party for her collection at MILK Studios where guests were able to interview the start and get a first look at the collection. I for one and super excited for this collection, and hoping to add some of the pieces to my fall wardrobe! Where there any collaborations this year that you were excited about?  

MADE2MEASURE
IMG does it again. WME/IMG, in partnership with Apple, have launched a TV channel devoted to fashion programming called Made2Measure.  For those of us who used to watch the Style Network, we may be in for a surprise in regards to the programs planned to show on M2M. They Style Network featured a lot of reality tv shows, but Made2Measure seems to have left those off the table. So what should we expect? Talk shows, documentaries, runway shows, and fashion profiles.  I'm actually excited for it, but unfortunately I don't have Apple TV. I don't even own HD Televisions. yes I'm still in the old days of tube televisions. I'm hoping there will be some way to access the programming on itunes, etc....who knows? But if you want to invest in Apple TV, check out this article from Wired.com on which Apple TV to buy.






INSTYLE AWARDS
Monday this week saw the debut of InStyle Magazine's first ever InStyle Awards! (Here's hoping to one day receive an invite!).  The awards honored several influential names in fashion:
Gwyneth Paltrow: Style Icon
Zoe Kravitz: Best Dressed Breakout
Ansel Egort: Man of Style
Nicholas Ghesquiere: Designer of the Year
Charlotte Tillbury: Makeup Artist of the Year
Kate Young: Stylist of the Year
Serge Normant: Hair Stylist of the Year
Do you agree with Ariel and his teams picks? Yes or No?
LOCAL
HEART OF FASHION
Heart of Fashion hosted their kick-off party, on Tuesday, October 27th at Tootsies West Ave. Guests were treated to lite bites from Eddie V's Prime Seafood, and Cocktails from Deep Eddie Vodka. At the event, guests were able to purchase tickets for the inaugural Houston Fashion Week. Tickets can be purchased at www.heartoffashion.com and range from  $75 to $700. Vivian and her team are aiming to give back with this charity fashion week, and proceeds of the event will benefit 3 charities: Legacy Community Health Services, Meals on Wheels, & Butterflys and Bandages.
EDGARDO OSORIO FOR DRESS FOR DINNER
http://www.shopstyle.com/action/loadRetailerProductPage?id=429760838&pid=uid8276-24711174-80Aquazzura Shoe Designer, Edgardo Osorio was in town, for his first visit to Houston, I might add to support Recipe For Success's Dress For Dinner campaign. The Shoe designer sat down for a Q&A session with Joy Sewing to an audience that paid to meet the designer and have dinner with him afterwards. The event was held at Saks 5th Avenue and 5115 Restaurant. After a few questions from the audience, Edgardo agreed to auction of one of his shoes, and a signed sketch for a lucky audience member.  After the first shoe went for $1450, he auctioned off 3 more shoes each going for $1500! Thanks Edgardo for being so charitable and coming to Houston to hang out with us! I'll have more on this event in a full blog post later this week, but in the meantime, here's a picture of the designer with Joy Sewing.
STYLE INSPIRATION

This week's style inspiration goes to Chriss Zoe! She's one of Zoe's (of Zoe Fashion Plate) lovely daughters, and I follow both her and her sister on IG and Snapchat! They are so funny! Anyway I loved this look so much, that I decided to feature it as my style pick of the week! Be sure to follow Chriss Zoe on Instagram at @ChrissZoe.
Sunglasses: Dior
Top: ShopChrissZoe (Did I mention that she owns her own online boutique)
Skirt: Forever 21 (similar)
Heels: Steve Madden
FAVORITES
This week go-to item for me was a pair of Knee-High boots from none other than Payless! However I bought these circa many years ago, so I've linked to some other options of Knee-High Boots below:
KNEE HIGH BOOT OPTIONS

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