Wednesday, September 29, 2010

La Joie de la Mode Must Have: City Style

This is a book every fashionista and fashionisto should own! City Style: A Field Guide to Global Fashion Capitals ($20) is your personal tour guide into the world's most fashionable cities. A chapter-by-chapter study of the signature style culture of each fashion city. New York, Paris, London, Milan, Tokyo, Stockholm, Sydney, and LA are all apart of this amazing book! Narrated by the each city's stylish citizens, who give the readers a behind-the-scenes look of their cool locale. This book as it all, designer interviews, local destinations, city symbols, fashion events and much more. I can't wait to get my copy!

Banana Sandwich: A Bra that Can Save Your Life?

Emergency Bra... Yup, that's right I said (typed) Emergency Bra! This half bra half gas mask was created by Ukrainian doctor Elena Bodnar, this bra is similar to the typically bra we buy. However this one has "special powers", it can transform into a personal protective respiratory device if necessary. Talk about being overly prepared for a disaster, this product get a "yeah" and a "no" from me. I like this product very much, but I also think it's sort of ridiculous to be that paranoid and that ready for an attack. Most people I've spoken to believe, why not buy a bra that serve the same purpose and that can save your life with this important function.

I guess we should be calling this, "The Real Wonder Bra". The best thing about this creation, I would have to say is that it can be quickly split into two masks, one for the bra wearer and one for a bystander. So, during a crisis I guess a stranger won't mind breathing deeply into your sweaty bra... and what if you have more that one person around you? Would they have to share or would one of them have to die? Just playing devils advocate.

What are you thoughts?

Fashionista News: Brad is Leaving Zoe!

BA-NA-NAS! This Friday, Brad Goreski will leave his Fashion Director position at Rachel Zoe Inc. Goreski, 33, told People magazine “I love Rachel and she’s taught me everything I know, but there’s a point where either I do it now or I’ll never know what it’s like to spread my wings and soar.” To be honest, I was getting really annoyed with Brad anyways, so I don't really care if he leaves or not. And I have a feeling that he won't be a struggling stylist (like the rest of us), he will do well and might even get his own show (I predicted it first!). Now I want to move to Los Angeles to apply for his job!

Fashion Calendar: September 29th~ September 30th

  • Bloomingdale’s and Estée Lauder host a worldwide social-media event to kick-off the 2010 Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign, benefiting the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Attendees can participate in conversation during the event via Twitter and create individual video pledges. The best videos will be compiled and shared on Estée Lauder’s BCA channel on YouTube. 1000 Third Ave., nr. 59th St.(212-705-2000); 5:30 p.m.
  • Join Courtney Moss and Gigi Mortimer, the designers and co-founders of the luxury accessories brand Glamourpuss NYC, at Saks Fifth Avenue as they show their fall collection. The designers will also share their fashion tips for the new season. 611 Fifth Ave., nr. 50th St. (212-753-4000); 4–6

  • Join 7 For All Mankind at Bloomingdale’s for a denim customization event. Choose to embellish, distress, or color your denim with your 7 For All Mankind purchase. 1000 Third Ave., nr. 59th St.(212-705-2000); 5–8

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Fashion Calendar September 22nd~ September 24th


  • Meet jewelry designer Joan Hornig when she presents her collection during a trunk show at Bergdorf Goodman. One hundred percent of profits from Hornig’s line of necklaces, bracelets, and earrings benefit the charity of the shopper’s choice. 754 Fifth Ave., nr. 58th St. (212-753-7300); 11–5.

  • Head over to Desigual for the store’s Undie Party, where the first 100 people in line wearing just their underwear will score a free ensemble. 594 Broadway, nr. Houston St. (212-343-8206); 7–noon. Doors open at 10 a.m.

  • Purchase any ReVive skincare product while shopping at Barneys and receive a complimentary ReVive facial. 660 Madison Ave., at 61st St. (212-826-8900); 11–5. To schedule an appointment, call 212-833-2534.

  • Gorilla Perfume by Lush fragrance gallery, a three-day exhibit that includes food, drinks, and scents. Sniff one-off creations and browse new Gorilla fragrances at the on-site pop-up shop. Through 9/25. 54 Crosby St., nr. Broome St.; {Through Friday (noon–9) & Saturday (11–5)}.

  • Q&A with Project Runway's Tim Gunn and watch a free fashion show of Liz Claiborne's fall collection at JCPenney. The first 100 guests who spend $65 or more will take a photograph with Gunn and receive a signed copy of his new book, Gunn's Golden Rules: Life's Little Lessons for Making It Work. The first 300 attendees will also receive free canvas tote bags. 901 Sixth Ave., at 33rd St. (212-295-6120); 6pm
  • Stop by Henri Bendel as Eduardo Arriagada, one of Chanel’s premiere makeup artists, unveils the house’s holiday collection and offers beauty consultations to shoppers. 712 Fifth Ave., at 56th St. (212-247-1100); 11–7. To book an appointment, call 212-904-7983.

Friday, September 17, 2010

La Joie de la Mode Introduces: Kobi Levi

We here at La Joie de la Mode are always looking for the funkiest fashion out there. And we stumbled upon this wacky shoe designer by a great friend (thanks), shoe artist Kobi Levi from Tel-Aviv, Israel has been designing shoes for years. His wearable sculptures show off his fun and artistic side. What do you think? Would you wear them?

Fashionista News: Guess Ad's Debut

Here are the new Guess by Marciano ad's for Fall/Winter 2010. Enjoy!

High-End Photography

Shot at the famous Beverly Hills Hotel, Model Jenny Sweeney and photographer Andrew Yee create a fabulous throwback editorial with the help of stylist Damian Foxe for the pages of How To Spend It magazine. If your loved the Louis Vuitton Ad's and are obsessed with AMC's Mad Men you'll love this editorial!

Fashionista News: Elle Accused of Lighten Skin!

'Precious' and 'The Big C' star Gabourey 'Gabby' Sidibe appears along with Lauren Conrad, Megan Fox and Amanda Seyfried on the October issue on ELLE magazine. However, that is where the similarities STOP. With Sidibe's cover she is the only one photographed from the chest up and appears lighter then her average skin tone. While Conrad, Fox and Seyfried are shot practically full body. In a statement released to the media, ELLE states "each of the women were shot in different ways and for different reasons," which to me is not good enough excuse to why Sidibe's cover looks that way! They go on to say, in regards to the digitally lightened cover that “nothing out of the ordinary” had been done to the pictures.

“We have four separate covers this month and Gabby's cover was not retouched any more or less than the others” it read.

“We had 25 cover-worthy subjects in our portfolio and we chose Gabby because of who she is.

“We shot this as a story of exuberant young women changing the world. If you take a look at the portfolio, each of the women were shot in different ways and for different reasons."

This is not the first time lighten allegation have been in the media. Do you remember Beyonce's L'Oreal 'Whitewash'? So, what do you think? Is the media making it a bigger deal? Or has the fashion industry taken a huge step back?

Elle Accused of Lightening Gabourey Sidibe’s Skin [NY Mag]

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

High-End Photography

Has a model covered in dirt and make up ever look so good? I think not! In the latest issue of GQ Russia Style, sexy male model Clement Chabernaut strikes a pose for photographer David Roemer. And might I say, he strikes it well. Enjoy, I know I did!

Fashion Calendar: September 15th~ September 19th

Bloomingdale’s celebrates the arrival of Pippa’s affordable line of workwear with styling tips, beauty consultations, and gifts with purchase. 1000 Third Ave., at 59th St. (212-705-2000); 5:30–7:30.

Stop by Devon Shops to meet interior designer and author Florence de Dampierre as she signs copies of her book, French Chic. 111 E. 27th St., nr. Park Ave. South (212-686-1760); 5–8. RSVP by e-mailing

Check out the fall collections from Donna Karan, Yves Saint Laurent, and Maison Martin Margiela as each of these lines hosts a trunk show at Bergdorf Goodman. 754 Fifth Ave., nr. 58th St. (212-753-7300); 1–4.

Meet jewelry designer Anne Woodman as she presents her collection during a trunk show at Henri Bendel. 712 Fifth Ave., at 56th St. (212-247-1100); F–S (10–8), Su (12–7). (Until 9.19)


  • 10/1 Marmalade Vintage may have closed the doors to its Lower East Side store in July, but former owner Hannah Kurland is bringing her collection of secondhand dresses, shoes, and accessories to a Marmalade pop-up shop within indie boutique TG-170. 170 Ludlow St., nr. Stanton St. (212-995-8660); 12-8.
  • 10/31 Students can show their college I.D.s at Bliss and receive 20 percent off any spa service, including facials, manicures, pedicures, and waxes.
  • 11/13 The Museum at F.I.T. presents “Eco-Fashion:Going Green,” an exhibit featuring more than 100 garments, accessories, and textiles that explores two centuries of ethical and environmentally friendly fashions. Seventh Ave. at 27th St. (212-217-4558); T–F (12–8), S (10–5). Admission is free.