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Mad Men season 5 coming – are you fashionably ready or fashionably late?

23 Mar

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

How excited are you about Mad Men new season just few days away? I hope you have your outfit out and ready to be “walked”! “Bourbon Steak” at Four Seasons Hotel is hosting a viewing party. $75.00 includes cocktail party at 7, three-course dinner at 8, The_Movie at 9, and prizes! Tax and gratitude included. I’m trying to imagine the sea of colorful skirty dresses, beautifully styled hair and small purses. How good can you do, DC?

For reservations or more information, please call 202-944-2026 or email bourbonsteak.was@fourseasons.com

2 hour show premiere airs on Sunday, March 25, at 9/8c on amc.

I personally a little bit upset about Betty Draper migrating from Grace Kelly’s style to Jacky Kennedy’s, but well, I guess it’s only logical. Being now a mom of three and a politician’s wife, the crowd she is now swimming in has changed, too. So, as much as we loved her iconic feminine looks, we now have to wave them good-byes and greet a new, matured and polished Betty. Bye-bye, Birdie.

Luckily, you can now find  dresses with slight differences in skirts but same fabric/pattern/vibe, so the switch Grace/Jackie and vice versa is not so drastic. Here is a little teaser of amazing dresses, shift and prom, from Fever Designs in the United Kingdom who don’t deliver over the ocean! But, at least we can get an idea…

Emilia Shift Pink Dress and Emilia Prom Pink Dress

Emilia Pink Blossom dresses

Same pair in cream, SHIFT and PROM

Emilia cream blossom

Well, to get closer to earth, Target offers very MadMen dress just for $24.99 by Merona (also available in black and fresh raspberry):

While still in Target, here is one amazing by Jason Wu (sold out online, though, but you can try looking for it in the store!)

Judge for yourself how similar these dresses are, but… you can find one on Etsy HERE just for $55.25! Just one available.

Can’t help but share this amazing vintage 1967 Dior coat on ShrimptonCouture for $1,800.00

To jump in price range, here is something fab for just $56.00 by Ronni Nicole on Kohls:

Love this floral print dress, very Mrs.Draper! On Coggles for £221

Another floral vintage – blue sequined rose dress on Blue Velvet Village

And of course, what is 1950-60ss wardrobe without polka dots! On Mod Cloth for $155.99

In the same place you can find this stunner in cadmium blue, So Joan Holloway! Just for $47.99

There is also a dress Peggy Olson would wear! for $44.99

Anjou Clothing offers lots of vintage looking dresses, enjoy HERE

$105.00 will get you this colorful plaid sun dress on Vintageous:

Absolutely have to share this one – Emily and Fin for £30 – on Coggles

What have I forgotten… Oh, lace, of course! Here is this adorable salmon lace dress on Vintageous for $210.00

So, I hope you enjoy this new season of Mad Men, regardless the size of your wallet. Of course, there are tons of dresses, purses, shoes, glasses and jewelry out there, considering the hotness of this fashion era now, so I guess it just makes the hunt easier.

 
 

Hugo in Neiman Marcus

21 Mar

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

Join us for an evening of men’s fashion and mixology with Matt Birk, Baltimore Ravens Center and Brian Boye, Fashion Director for Men’s Health Magazine, on Thursday, March 29th from 6-8 pm.

They’ll be discussing Matt Birk’s work with his charity organization, HIKE Foundation, and we’ll have models presenting the new Hugo Boss Spring Collection. Jeff Faile, the mixologist at James Beard nominated Fiola Restaurant, will be here pouring a specialty concoction.

Neiman Marcus Mazza Gallerie
5300 Wisconsin Ave N.W.
Washington, DC 20015



 
 

Fashion Star – round 2!

21 Mar

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

Second episode of “Fashion Star” just finished and as usual, you can already shop for winning garments!

Have to note, I am sad for Ross (would love to have all his jackets especially pink plaid! so what the fabric it’s too thick – it can wait till fall!) and Orly with her cream dress with lace detailing on the bottom. Would wear that in a wink. Crossing fingers for them both next week!

Oscar should reconsider his profession, he would really do well as a stand up comedian (well, and do a part-time tailoring for night clubs). Although I have to admit, if not for him, there wouldn’t be much color on this show. Oh well, except for that turquoise tunic with a mouth on the back. What is it with designers who don’t know much about gravitation? If the garment is made of light fabric and has horizontal slits… what do they think will happen?

Ok enough about sadness! Here are the pictures and links where you can buy the winners!

First, plaid shift dress by Kara Laricks for $325.00 in Saks Fifth Avenue (available online now, will be available in stores Wednesday morning). Congratulations to Kara on jumping from “No offer”-s to a bidding war between buyers! She landed at $100,000.00 offer from Saks!

Second, amazing shirts by Nzimiro Oputa for $70.00 in Macy’s – available in stripes and white

Also in Macy’s, my favorite items of this week, dresses by Lisa Vian Hunter for $99.00 (available in pink and black&white)

Last, but not least, trousers by Sarah in H&M for just $19.95 (in blue and in white)

Happy shopping to you! And don’t forget to tune in for live web chat on NBC Washington next Tuesday at 10 p.m.!  The one from today is available to read HERE.

 
 

Elie Tahari’s spring fashions

19 Mar

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

Many Tahari’s fans concentrated in “Wear now” on Three in Saks Fifth Avenue Tysons this Saturday.  Freshest spring fashions (and in this weather it feels like it’s time for the fall trends) were presented in very brief but substantial fashion show the spectators got to absorb what’s on this season. Neutrals and subtle colors, nothing edgy, all very classy and feminine, as it always happened under Tahari brand. Sangrias and delicious fingerfoods were riding trays all around, shopping was active, and somebody won a clutch in a raffle!

Enjoy the pictures as usual.

Casey Jacket (middle) available here for $598.00. Grayson sleeveless dress (second from right) available here for $328.00

chocolates were amazing!

hair styles and massages were offered on site

fishy bites!

Lady in green! Alexis Bittar jewelry, Ellen Tracy jacket

Lafayette skirt!

Maurisa Turner Potts trying on Panama Maxi Dress, $348.00, available here

love this cuff!

Souny West of W salon; Brenna Dolan and Ryan Charchian of Cashmere&Tweed

The clutch that now belongs to lucky somebody! $298.00!

everybody's favorite dress!

Lisa Anderson's Dolce Vita shoes!

Enjoy the whole gallery HERE

 
 

Ella-Rue’s “Sweets and baubles”

19 Mar

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

Fashion lovers streamed to Ella-Rue, New Consigned and Designer Boutique, on Wednesday night for a “Sweets&baubles” party. Amazing designers’ steals, champagne and sweet treats, nail coloring and many other fun things were offered. Outside of the store there was a rack full of “$20 and under” amazing garments!

See some pictures from the event and how we made “dress up party” happen! Don’t forget to visit  a whole gallery of 37 images.

even outside it says "PARTY"!

Peeps!

Krista Johnson the owner hosting

"Baubles"!

Sweets!

Jewelry!

shoes!

Alice and Olivia trench coat $248.00

nails revamping!

Lolly Amons co-hosting

Necklace Ella-Rue is just $29.00!!!

Krista Johnson, the owner (right) with her dad

glamorous surroundings

Trina Turk dress, $158; Gucci shoes, $250.00; Thomas Wylde purse, $495.00; D&G shades, $120; Honesty bracelets, $67.00

purse up close

Lolly wearing Emmanuel Ungaro vintage (1970ss) dress, $220

Leifsdottir silk tunic/dress, $174; Nine West cork shoes, $58; Elaine Turner gold clutch, $168.00;Ella-Rue necklace, $29.00

Whole gallery of 37 images is available HERE

 

Shoe greenery on St.Patty’s day

18 Mar

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

I am not particularly in love with “color overkill” on certain days, like red on Christmas, yellow-ish on Easter and… green on St.Patrick’s day. But, to acknowledge you are still on the same boat, and for the “team spirit” it is fun to add some color elements. In this case, let’s talk about shoes! They are always fun to experiment with and hey, let’s face it, there are never too many, why not get another green pair?

So, here are some finding I dug (and had a great pleasure doing so) from various places. Hope you enjoy!

For $175.99, you can have those incredibly cute  LISA FOR DONALD PLINER heels over HERE on 6pm

Love these laced up with mesh detail MACEY flats from ASOS for just $44.76! Over HERE

For their traditional $39.95, JustFab offers these classic Paulette (you have to be registered with them to see):

Adore these 50-60ss POETIC LICENSE ORIENT EXPRESS (also available in other colors) for $99.00 on Zappos HERE

These adorable flops are perfect for running errands but still being a little bit elevated from earth. LILIBET WEDGE SANDALS, b.o.c. by BORN, on sale for $59.99 in Macy’s HERE. “Borns” are always so incredibly comfortable, I recommend having a pair in your car all the time just in case it was “kill the feet by shoes” day.

From casual to incredible we jump, look at these fantastic CHARLOTTE OLYMPIA wire-heel platform sandal from Neiman Marcus “just” for $2,395.00!!! HERE

Very elegant and classy, but still witty Kate Spade New York LATRICE COLORBLOCK SATIN POINT TOE PUMPS from Saks Fifth Avenue, for $298.00, HERE


And finally, cute “dessert” surpsise, green by all means, Vihreä alku Green start 2005, by Finnish designer Annie Rapinoja. I’m guessing, not to buy, not to wear, but just enjoy the piece of art and remember staying green. By all means.

Have a great St.Patrick’s celebration!

 
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January Jones on Mad Men season 5 premiere

15 Mar

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

It is better to be controversial than boring if you want to be talked about. Now being one of the leading stars of “Mad Men” series, and definitely a leading female character, one mustn’t worry about lack of attention. But, there can’t be too much attention. January Jones arrived to season 5 premiere of “Mad Men” in Roland Mouret black cutout dress – the only thing that wasn’t “Betty Draper”. The hair, the make up, the classy black pumps, and even coral nail polish all mirrored our fav “Birdie”. All, except the dress.

Love the color blocking, but the holes resembling a ski mask holes that robbers go to banks in, are just too much, in my opinion. She has much more prettier face up there and the one located on the belly is just pulling “the blanket” too aggressively. Reminded me persistently about bed sheet ghost made by Karlsson (Russian cartoon after Astrid Lindgren book). See the picture.

 
 

Fashion star debut, DC resonance

15 Mar

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

“Fashion Star” pilot aired yesterday on NBC and planted quite a buzz among DC fashion peeps. NBC Washington set up a web chat topped by Angie Goff, and co-supported by many DC fashion scientists. Hour and a half of the show, as well as a chat, was concentrated and rockety quick. Even commercial breaks on TV didn’t put off the bubbling conversation on the web.

Garments bought by Macy’s‘, Saks Fifth Avenue’s and H&M’s representatives, were instantly available for sale on stores’ websites, and by this moment some of them are sold out.

Show airs every Tuesday on 10/9c on NBC.

As Angie suggested, there might be Fashion Star viewing parties scheduled in the nearest future.

Nikki Poulos' maxi caftan dress, also in white, sold out on Macy's for $89.00

Zipper mini-skirt available in Saks Fifth Avenue for $350

Sarah Parrott's dress, also in black, sold out on H&M, was $19.95

Edmont Newton's dress, also in black, for $110.00 in Macy's

Lizzie Parker's tunic, plum, also in black and ivory, for $79 in Macy's

Blazer by Nzimiro Oputa, in H&M for $49.95

The remaining garments are available HERE, HERE and HERE

 
 

O’Neill studios salon party

14 Mar

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

By the end of first astronomical week, O’Neill studio will host 6th annual salon party! Event will take place on March 24, will feature over 60 artwork of many’s favorite

Maggie O’Neill,

Washington Redskins’ Chris Cooley,

Dominique Fierro,

Rodger Schultz,

Brittany Sims,

Karen Suderman

and Tina Palmer.

Live painting (and live pottering by Cooley!), DJ Big Des, yums by Lincoln, specialty drinks by Wooden Nickel Bar Company are offered to guests. All tickets proceeds benefit Research Down Syndrome, tickets $75 can be purchased in advance only, HERE.

What: 6th annual O’Neill Studios Salon party

When: Saturday, March 24th, 2012

7 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Where: Event House

1147 20th street, NW

Washington DC 20036

For more information contact: info@oneillstudios.com or (301) 585 1777

Kindly RSVP by March 22nd

 

Jimmy Choos spice up your feet and help the pups

13 Mar

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

Saturday afternoon lots of Jimmy Choos have been walked off by many passionate fashionistas in private reception room in Saks Fifth Avenue Tysons Galleria. The invite-only event attracted shoe lovers and media (one doesn’t exclude the other), for the trend presentation by Karen Sommer Shalett, Editor-in-Chief of DC Magazine, and a chance to win a pair of Jimmys! Light bites and champagne were served. Ten percent of sales benefited Washington Humane Society.

"I love you both but I only have one set of feet"

Karen Sommer Shalett andKristin J.Ikenson of DC magazine

from trendy...

...to sexy

bites on a plate

sparkles on a rd carpet

April Jones Firoozabadi of MyDCStyle (right) with a friend Sumita Pradhan

Sophie Pyle of "Guest of a Guest" hard working

Heather Shaw Menis of Saks Fifth Avenue and moi (thank you Sophie Pyle for the shot)