Category Archives: Designer Spotlights

Designer Spotlight: B.DeS.

Any girl can wear a mini dress but it takes a special one to rock designer Brittany DeShields’ dresses. Launched in 2008, the self-taught designer’s femme fatale-esque Spring 2011 Collection captures the tough yet feminine, the sexy yet glam side that is difficult to accomplish in most ready to wear dresses. Made for the über confidant and sassy woman, DeShields’ spring collection is full of “look at me” dresses that are right for the modern day woman. It’s perfect for going out at night or channeling Lady Gaga on karaoke nights. Either way, you won’t be lost in the crowd, that’s for sure.

If you want to shake things up this spring these color block minis and retro inspired body suits should be your go-to outfits this season. Even though DeShields is just starting out, her design aesthetic and impeccable tailoring speaks volumes and I’m eager to see what she has in store for us through her clothing line, B.DeS. I’m convinced that it won’t be long before we see her creations on pop icons the likes of Nicki Minaj and Rihanna. To get your own visit: http://www.ilovebdes.com and don’t forget to get daily fashion tweets at @B_DeSClothingCo.

 

Fashion Spotlight Interview with Vicky Tsai, Founder of TATCHA

Vicky Tsai

 

If you told me that one day I would be able to try a 300-year-old beauty secret of the Japanese geisha’s I would think you were crazy. But lucky for us, Vicky Tsai, the founder of TATCHA is planning to unleash these ancient beauty secrets, one by one. Her first is the must have TATCHA Aburatorigami blotting papers, a product that many have quickly grown love since its launch last year. Vicky Tsai shares some of her own beauty secrets with Fashion Spotlight and helps us understand why modern women don’t always need a glam squad by their side to look beautiful.  

Fashion Spotlight: How did TATCHA come about?  

Vicky Tsai: I inherited my love for all things beauty from my mother who owned a beauty boutique and loves to share time honored Asian beauty secrets.  It wasn’t until I began travelling throughout to Asia as an adult though that I realized the richness and history behind these beauty secrets that I had grown up with and yet taken for granted.  Rediscovering my beauty heritage coincided with the birth of my first child, a daughter, which dramatically changed the way I thought about what I put into and on my body.  My experiences have led me to appreciate a different approach to life and beauty — that less is more.  Today, I am on a humble quest for less.  I yearn for enlightenment, simplicity and authenticity in my life and in my beauty rituals.  TATCHA is my way of sharing things I learn and find along the way.  

FS: What’s the one beauty product every woman must own?  

VT: Aside from TATCHA’s beauty papers (wink wink), I think that every woman looks irresistible with fresh, supple lips.  I used to do the moisturizer / baby toothbrush routine but now use those brilliant little Sara Happ lip scrubs.  So brilliant.  

FS: What’s your favorite place to vacation?  

VT: Kauai is my favorite place on earth because of the beauty of both the landscape and the community.  There’s such a positive energy there that I find grounding and uplifting at the same time.  

FS: Who’s your style icon?  

VT: Mineko Iwasaki, one of Japan’s most celebrated geisha.  She was not only exquisite to behold but the absolute embodiment of her art.  I don’t walk down the streets of San Francisco trying to rock a forty pound kimono, but I draw such inspiration from the geisha’s stylistic artistry.  

   

  

FS: What beauty regiments do you live by?  

VT: I live by my cleansing ritual.  If your complexion is flawless, everything else is icing.   

FS: What’s next for your brand? Do you plan on expanding the TATCHA line?  

VT: Absolutely.  Far Eastern beauty secrets date back thousands of years.  I can’t wait to share more with women in the Western World through TATCHA.   

FS: What’s your beauty obsession of the moment?  

VT: Aside from those Sara Happ lip scrubs for irresistibly supple lips, I am obsessed with the butter London Jelly collection.  They are like lip gloss for your nails and can be layered with your favorite nail lacquers to add a new dimension of color – all while being body friendly (a rarity in the nail category).  

Designer Spotlight: Hemma

With a rich history dating back to the reign of Chief Akenten in 17th century Ghana the exquisite Kente cloth was only used to dress royals. But now thanks to Cindy Gaston and Edna Bissoon this rich ethnic fabric is available to you with a modern twist through their elegant contemporary line: Hemma. When Gaston and Bissoon studied abroad in Ghana in spring 2007 they originally had plans of pursuing careers in law and medicine but bitten by the fashion bug and inspired by the beautiful kente textiles the pair decided to partner up and form their own clothing line which was launched in November 2007. The collection, although made from authentic kente woven on handmade wooden looms, is incredibly modern and fresh with structured jackets, corsets and dainty shorts with a bold color palette that will look good on anyone. Kente textiles are definitely one of a kind that each color and pattern incorporated into each garment has its own meaning.

During their time in Ghana the duo also spent their time volunteering as teachers at La Yahoushua, a local middle school. Gaston and Bissoon are so committed to their students that 5% of sales are donated to this middle school. Hemma is available online and also sold at Albertine and Darling boutiques in NYC. Perfect for spring, don’t forget to mix one of these cool prints with a pair of white pants or skirt for that feminine yet posh look.

Designer Spotlight: Catherine Angiel

What do you get when you fuse rock with fashion? The badass sophisticated jewelry line from Catherine Angiel. A staple on the red carpet, Catherine has a loyal celebrity following that includes Lindsay Lohan, Pete Wentz, Ethan Hawke, Courtney Cox-Arquette, Paul Rudd, Felicity Huffman, Cheryl Crow, Candace Bushnell, and many more. Catherine’s designs have an alluring effect —  the unconventional materials like the black and raw cut diamonds used in her designs and the inspiration she draws from tattoos and graffiti can be widely seen in her eclectic creations.  In fact, her jewelry is so popular it can be seen in the Indie film, The Guitar and you are bound to find one of her bold designs featured in the newest issue of Marie Claire magazine.

Catherine Angiel

Catherine has been a designer for a very long time, but it’s all her unique inspirations and love for music (and banging out beats on her drums), that help her craft these incredibly modern and bold designs that catch eyes everywhere. Currently she has six collections and they range from Dangerous to Delicate to Glam. These beautiful pieces all tap into a part of Catherine’s unique personality and you can see the passion and thought behind the collections.  My favorite pieces are the black rose cut diamond ‘glam’ ring, the diamond briolette ‘waterfall’ earrings and  the black rose cut diamond ‘journey’ necklace. Everyone needs a chic statement piece to complete their wardrobe. If you want to be something more than a bit daring check out Catherine Angiel’s jewelry — you won’t be disappointed.

Designer Spotlight: Morelle Handbags

When you think “fashion”, the place that least comes to mind is Amsterdam. Katie Grigoratou, the designer of Morelle Handbags is finally putting it on the map.  This extrodinary city served as a huge inspiration for Grigoratou and it shows — her latest collection of from-day-to-night bags are surprisingly luxurious and stand out on their own with any outfit. 

Grigoratou’s story is like that of many aspiring designers.  Having always loved to design and sew, she started making bags with inspirations she drew from the historic city of Amsterdam as well as everyday situations in her life. Grigoratou started selling her bags on Etsy and after having mega success on the site officially launched her line in 2008.      

Grigoratou’s mission was to design functional quality bags that would still stand out in the middle of a busy city. Her obvious love of color can be seen in her Spring/Summer 2010 line which  is filled with über-practical  bags in beautiful shades of peach, orange, aqua and roseberry among others. Morelle handbags are also produced with lavish Italian leathers that are naturally tanned and vegetable died with no chemicals — producing quality handbags while being environmentally friendly is also extremely important to Grigoratou. Whether you plan to go for a casual brunch on a summer Sunday or a dinner date on a snowy Wednesday, Morelle handbags will always make a great addition to your wardrobe and a fun indulgence for yourself — none of the bags are over $300.  And if you are ever in Preveza, Greece don’t forget to visit their first shop opening soon.      

Morelle Handbags

Fashion Spotlight Interview with Jacqueline Rose of Lamixx

Every girl needs a classic white tee or a sexy-slash-girl-next-door-slash-killer cocktail dress to complete her wardrobe. Lamixx, a new vintage inspired label offers an über-chic take on such styles that’s playful, comfy and affordable in today’s economy. After a short hiatus, Fashion Spotlight lured the talented Jacqueline Rose of Lamixx away from her busy schedule to chat about her inspirations and just what exactly makes Lamixx too-cool-for-school.

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Fashion Spotlight: How did you come up with the name Lamixx for your line?

Jacqueline Rose: Through a conversation with my mom. She said something that sounded like it and I thought it sounded unique. So I blended “La “ and  “mixx” and it was made.  Pronounced in one word Lamixx (lah-mix)

FS: Your designs are very simple and chic. What inspires you?

7th ave effortless fold-over sleeve harem jumpsuit, $48

7th ave effortless fold-over sleeve harem jumpsuit, $48

JR: Inspiration comes from everywhere, I always stay open minded to everything that comes through my life.  Life at times can be overwhelming so when I design it gives me the opportunity to bring simplistic, natural, unique cuts and styles to life.

FS: Who is the ideal Lamixx customer?

JR: I would say the Lamixx customer is everyone and anyone who stays true to themselves, and is not defined by the world but redefines herself. Lamixx clothing represents a timeless and effortless look, it is for the girl who is on the journey of life and is looking forward.

FS: I adore the Boy-Friend Top you designed. What’s your favorite piece in the collection?

Vintage Inspired Wool Flap Dress, $62

Vintage Inspired Wool Flap Dress, $62

JR: Thank you, I would have to say the wool flap dress.  I love the wool flap dress because it’s cute, sexy, vintage inspired, and unique all wrapped into one.

FS: What is your design process?

JR: The Lamixx process of design was to use natural breath taking colors, unique cuts, and classic vintage inspiration with a touch of modern.

FS: What’s next for Lamixx and you as a designer?

JR: Only time can tell, but with lots of hard work and dedication, I am looking forward to lots of inspiration and some unforgettable looks.

FS: What’s it like to be an up and coming designer in this economy?

JR: It’s definitely a challenge in these times, but sometimes during hard times great things come out of it. Expect the unexpected…

FS: If you weren’t a designer what would you be?

JR: I would have to say a teacher or counselor of some type. I have always had a love to help others and guide others.  It’s a tale of two worlds…but now a day we girls can do it all.

FS: What do you like to do in your free time?

lim ella double contrast fitted dress, $39

lim ella double contrast fitted dress, $39

JR: Love to travel, drink coffee and just relax, read a book or magazine, take a bike ride or jog. The list can go on… only if there was more free time.

FS: Which celebrity would you like to see wearing your designs?

JR: It’s hard to narrow down but my pick would be Angelina Jolie.  Classy and in a league of her own.

FS: What is your personal style?

JR: My style goes hand in hand with Lamixx style.  Classic, chic, comfortable, wearable, effortless, timeless, vintage inspired mixed with modern.

FS: What is the one fashion item you can’t part with?

JR: Hmm..it’s hard to narrow it down.  I would have to say the low v-neck, basics for me go along way.

Sexy Boyfriend Sheer Buttonup Top, $58

Sexy Boyfriend Sheer Buttonup Top, $58

FS: What in your opinion is every girl’s must-have fashion accessory?

JR: Must have accessory would have to be the piece that gives her the extra smile when she’s getting ready.  For me that would be hoop earrings, I never leave without.

Designer Spotlight: Antoinette Lee Designs

There’s something about Antoinette Lee’s fabulous handbags. A little bit retro and a little bit vintage, these fun and flirty bags are the perfect statement piece for this summer. Having started designing at the age of fifteen, not only is Lee a talented designer, but an authority in what women want. Her versatile bags—with a touch of New York City glamour—suit any personality and occasion.

Lee uses quality leathers, suede and hardware that make her designs durable and unique. With a neutral/muted color palette and the debut of her Luxe line, Lee’s Spring 2009 collection was received extremely well—particularly among young Hollywood fashion royalty such as Blake Lively, Lauren Conrad, Hillary Duff, Nicole Richie and Hayden Panettiere to name a few.

Lee’s vision of making each handbag to be the main focus of an outfit doesn’t seem to be much of an issue—check out the designer’s Stella and Besa totes as an everyday bag and the gorgeous Lua and Mia to accompany you on a night out on the town.  You’ll be the envy of every girl no matter where you go!

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