Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Tiffany & Co. hosted Forever In Fashion with Maria Pinto

On the evening of September 23, Michigan Avenue's Tiffany & Co. hosted Forever In Fashion; a celebration of Tiffany jewelry and styling by famed Chicago designer Maria Pinto. The 150 private guests were served champagne and hor d'oeurves while viewing a combination of jewels and models that both walked amongst the crowd as well as posed on jewelry casings. Styled in Maria Pinto's 2009 fall collection and stunning Tiffany pieces, the models exhibited the art of pulling together an iconic, yet modern look. Guests were joined by Maria Pinto herself, who readily gave styling tips on the showcased outfits. Such an exhibit of design talent could only result in a night filled with glamour!
-Alicia Nieto

*Photos by Alicia Nieto

Event Alert: Walk the West Loop and Shop. Sip. Save.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Sonia Rykiel to Design for H & M

The holidays are looking sexier! French designer Sonia Rykiel is the next collaborating designer for H & M. The collection, which will include a foray into lingerie by the designer, will launch this winter on December 5th, available at 1,500 stores worldwide.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

A Video Fashion Story: Dita Von Teese's New Wonderbra Collection

Dita Von Teese launches a new video for her Wonderbra Collection! Check it out.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Westfield Style Tour, presented with Modelinia

What: Whatever your fashion sensibility, you can find specific looks to suit your style at the Westfield Style Tour, exclusively at Westfield Old Orchard and ONLY over the weekend of September 25 – 27. Located in the L.L. Bean/Crate & Barrel Plaza near Bloomingdale's, the tour is an interactive fashion happening which connects celebrity stylists with shoppers to help you discover your own fashion personality.

Why: A weekend full of fashion programs and events, including fashion presentation, modeling, makeovers, entertainment including:

• Modelinia Style Sessions with celebrity stylists

• Fashion tips from Project Runway’s Christian Siriano, September 26th, 1pm

• MIX Style Star Contest with Melissa from the Eric & Kathy Show on 101.9fm THE MIX, September 27th, noon

• Hair style secrets from TRESemmé

• Beauty consultations and makeovers

• Chance to win a trip to New York Fashion Week

Modelinia Style Sessions

The centerpiece of the Westfield Style Tour is Modelinia Style Sessions, this interactive and complimentary, hands-on experience brings shoppers together with celebrity stylists. During the Style Session, you will receive a one-on-one consultation with a celebrity stylist who will help you discover your personal style, working with apparel and accessories from Westfield Old Orchard retailers. After identifying your personal look, each shopper will receive a customized "fashion recipe" that details apparel and product suggestions as well as discounts at participating Old Orchard stores.

Celebrity stylists scheduled for this weekend include:

• Rebecca Resnick, who works with Tina Fey, Mariska Hargitay and Jamie Lynn Sigler

• Nicole of Wendi & Nicole, whose clients include America Ferrara, Sheryl Crow, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Katherine Heigl

• Gali Barraza, who styles super models Jessica Stam, Jessica White and Julie Ordon

• Laura Solin-Valdina, who works with Naomi Judd and Deborah Norville

Style Closet fashions are provided by Aeropostale, Ann Taylor, A|X Armani Exchange, Ann Taylor LOFT, Bloomingdale's, Cache, Express, Gap, Guess, J.Jill, The Limited, Lord & Taylor, lucy, Martin + Osa, See Eyewear, Sunglass Hut, Swatch, United Colors of Benetton, White House/Black Market, XXI Forever and Zara.

Find out the full details at Factio Magazine.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Link it! Green Chic - Factio Meets Fabrice Penot, Fashiontribes has exclusive video of Vivienne Westwood and more!

Runway To Retail is part of an eco chic web linking group for the best in eco-friendly fashion and beauty!

Factio Magazine Meets Fabrice Penot, the Co-Creator of Le Labo at Barneys New York

College Candy gives Fashion Pulse Daily some tips on fashionably living the green life.

Vivienne Westwood dedicates her Spring 2010 Red Label runway show to rainforest protection, and Fashiontribes has the exclusive video!

My Beauty Bunny is giving away free Tropical Traditions tea tree oil and coconut soaps!

Posh Swaps finds some great sustainable shoes in her post Nina Dolcetti - a step in the right direction Get your Detox on!

Find out how Karissa at Prissy Green uses her bath and natural recipes to Detox and fight cellulite!

Quinta Trends talks to Indarra. DTX eco and high tech clothes

Runway To Retail checks out London as they are celebrating 25 years of fashion!

The Fashionable Gal reviews Yes to Carrots - a soothing skin care line that is cruelty free and uses organic ingredients.

Megan Fox on the Cover of Nylon for their "It Girl" Issue

[Image courtesy of Marvin Scott Jarrett / Nylon.]

Megan Fox has been on plenty of covers as of late - Rolling Stones, Wonderland and now Nylon for their "It Girl" issue. And, as usual she talks to editors and gives another great sound bite. “I think that I’m really overexposed. I was part of a movie that [the studio] wanted to make sure would make $700 million, so they oversaturated the media with their stars, I don’t want to be in magazines every week and on the Internet everyday. I don’t want to have people get completely sick of me before I’ve ever even done something legitimate.” Next, see her on Saturday Night Live this weekend, Saturday, September 26th.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Michelle Obama Replaced with Blonde Doll in Harper's Bazaar Japan

A recent issue of Harper's Bazaar Japan cover read “First Lady Chic” but when readers opened the magazine they discovered a blonde doll had replaced Michelle Obama. The doll was pictured in fashions that would describe Mrs. O’s style, however, there was no resemblance to the wonderful First Lady at all. In one picture the doll is even placed next to the picture of President Obama while he is giving a speech. The campaign is odd looking! One thing is clear - our First Lady has an impeccable sense of style.
-Jordan Harness

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

London Fashion Celebrates 25 Years!

London is in the midst of their own fashion week right as they are celebrating 25 years of fashion! Check out the video with Suzy Menkes of the New York Times as she discusses London style. Oh, and while you're at it. Celebrate their unique style by shopping our favorite designers at NET-A-PORTER.COM

Friday, September 11, 2009

Check out our entire New York Fashion Week coverage here!

#NYFW was in full gear and here is full coverage from your favorite designers.

Now we're off to London Fashion Week, while still exhausted from New York Fashion Week (Spring 2010 collections)! Check out our full coverage from the shows from your favorite designers - 3.1 Phillip Lim, BCBG, Carlos Miele, Nanette Lepore and so many more! Enjoy!

Click here.

Cole Haan Celebrates Fashion's Night Out with Maria Sharapova's New Line

Cole Haan's Madison Avenue store celebrated Fashion's Night Out in style last night where shoppers and tennis aficionado's watched the Men's Quarterfinals while sipping on POP champagne and enjoying sweets from Dylan's Candy Bar. Guests also got the chance to view tennis star Maria Sharapova's new line of accessories for the company!

Sarah Jessica Parker Supports Fashion's Night Out

With stores all over New York City (as well as worldwide- chic spots like Paris and London) supporting Fashion's Night Out, even Sarah Jessica Parker helped the cause by wearing the FNO '09 tee as she took her son James to his first day of school.

*photo by Flynet

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Gucci Gucci, Prada Prada

It's fashion week, of course we have a theme song!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Luxe Links! Luxury Stories from Around the Web!

A skunk fur handbag? Did Fendi go too far? Luxist weighs in on the controversial skunk fur handbag

Luxury Launches
you wear an outstanding neck piece that moves to reveal the hidden treasure.

Factio Magazine
could spend hours looking through hundreds of beautiful fashion illustrations by the talented young artist Danny Roberts and his blog Igor + André.

Millionaire property tycoon puts country estate on the market for £42m to fund divorce settlement
-domesticblog is viewing a nice country place for the kids...

New York Fashion Week is almost here! Runway To Retail takes a sneak peek behind the world of fashion and checks out how BCBG Max Azria gets ready for their shows.

Christian Louboutin Creates Mini Movie of Psycho

In celebration of opening a new boutique in L.A., Christian Louboutin hired his goddaughter Elisa Sednaoui and created a mini movie of Psycho. Enjoy!

Lindsay Lohan Artistic Adviser for Emanuel Ungaro

The rumors were true. Lindsay Lohan is the new artistic adviser for Emanuel Ungaro. After Esteban Cortazar left the Paris house in July, Lohan was tapped to head up the line. Mounir Moufarrige, Ungaro's cheif exexcutive said, "Odds are it could work. I think the noise level around Lindsay will be very, very big." The first collection with Lohan involved will debut during Paris Fashion Week this October.

The YSL Manifesto is eco-friendly and coming to the most fashionable cities!

The YSL manifesto featuring model Christy Turlington is coming, Saturday, September 12, 2009 and guess what? It features fall/winter '09/'10 and the copies are printed on eco-friendly material distributed in some of the most fashionable cities worldwide including Paris, Milan, London, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Seoul. The first 2,000 people to pass by will receive a copy in a custom-made cotton tote designed by Creative Director Stefano Pilati.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Tyra Banks Launches Online Magazine

Tyra Banks is adding digital media to her empire and will launch an online magazine today at 5 p.m. The site will have 6 staffers and will tackle topics including fashion, beauty, relationships, healthy living and more. You'll also be able to check out exclusive, behind-the-scenes video from America's Next Top Model and The Tyra Show. Check it all out at

W Hotels Entering the World of Fashion

The W Hotels are now entering the world of fashion. On September 10th, 34 designers will unveil their collections at a W Hotel, such as Foley + Corina, A.V. Max, Alex and Ani, and David Aubrey to name a few. This isn't their first foray into fashion as they've been sponsoring the VIP lounge at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week for several years. The company is even on the hunt for a fashion director. Personally, we can't wait to get our caftan at a W Hotel.

Friday, September 4, 2009

The Road to the Runway with BCBG Max Azria

New York Fashion Week is almost here! Take a sneak peek behind the world of fashion and see how BCBG Max Azria gets ready for their shows. The company runs three lines including Max Azria, Herve Leger, and BCBG. Lubov Azria, wife of Max Azria and designers says, " I'm not designing for anybody else. Those three lines, we give birth to them. So they're kind of like your three kids, you know what each one needs and wants and we kind of switch them as we go. For Herve Leger, she's more of that strong woman, the power woman, she loves looking sexy and confident. For Max Azria, she has to be more artistic, she's an artist. And BCBG, she's like the younger sister of Max Azria. She's kinda cool, she does her own thing and she doesn't really care. She likes wearing her older sister's clothes sometimes or her mom's and she puts her own twist on it."

Runway To Retail: Sarah Jessica Parker's Gold Aviator Sunglasses on Sex and the City 2

Sure, we're lusting over Sarah Jessica Parker's entire ensemble for the reprise of her latest role in Sex and the City 2. The chic white dress, the oversize, Egyptian-style necklace, but what we really want are those gold sunnies. We bet you do too, which is why we had to find out where to buy. They are Mykita & Bernard Willhelm's Franz Limited-Edition Aviator Sunglasses for $525 now on pre-sale at costume designer Patricia Field's online shop. They ship out September 17th.

Diane Cohen/Fame Pictures

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Link it! It's Green Chic, eco-friendly fash and beauty from around the web!

The Fashionable Housewife wants to know if you swap clothes or have ever attended a clothes swapping party? It's the economical way to refresh your wardrobe!

Mexico, one of our favorite eco-friendly travel destinations, is getting their very own top model! Factio Magazine checks out Mexico's Top Model coming soon!

Looking Sharp!
is going back to (grad) school with a chic and green bag.

My Beauty Bunny
is giving away free Kiss Down Under goodies!

Posh Swaps
at the environemental implications of synthetic clothing and clothing swaps

Thinking of dying your hair the natural way? Karissa at Prissy Green breaks down one of the most natural hair dyes on the market, and warns you! And while you are there, make sure check out her exclusive coupon for 30% off KORRES natural cosmetics!

Bravo's Real Housewife, Alex McCord was in Chicago to celebrate the opening of Second Time Around. Runway To Retail checks out the high-end consignment shop selling the best vintage designer merch.

Viva Woman
shares a simple homemade recipe for a DIY hydrating mask.

Shop Runway To Retail's Favorite Eco-Friendly Brands!

Organic Fashion by Edun

With every $45 Juice Beauty purchase, receive a free 4oz. Cleansing Gel (a $15 value) at While supplies last.

JUARA Skincare: Gentle and effective, while feeling luxurious to the touch.

L’OCCITANE has a Natural and Organic commitment to all of its products. Shop L’Occitane and Go Green! Everyday FREE Shipping!

Stella McCartney at NET-A-PORTER.COM

Elite Model Management is Looking for Plus Size Models

WHAT: Elite Model Management is Looking for Plus Size Models

WHEN: Wednesday, September 23rd 2009 – Anytime Between 4PM – 7PM

WHERE: Vive La Femme – 2048 North Damen, Chicago IL 60647

WHO: Looking for full figured women sizes 14-18 ages 18 and up

5’9 to 5’11 and who have a serious interest in modeling

*Bring two non-professional photos to be left with the agents

Contracts may be offered on site

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Event Alert: US Open Viewing Party on Cole Haan’s very own tennis court

What: Cole Haan’s Madison Avenue store will celebrate Fashion’s Night Out with international tennis champion Maria Sharapova, who intends to make an appearance to represent her chic new line of accessories for the brand. Arthur Ashe Stadium will come to life as Cole Haan hosts its very own US Open viewing party. Cole Haan welcomes all to stop by for some tennis themed fun and tasty treats from Dylan’s Candy Bar.

Who: Cole Haan & Maria Sharapova

What: Men’s Quarter Final Matches

Where: Cole Haan Madison Avenue Store

677 Madison Avenue

when: Thursday, September 10th

6 pm – 11 pm

Why: To celebrate Fashion’s Night Out

Elsa Benitez is the star of Mexico's Next Top Model!

Elsa Benitez

Get ready because Mexico's Next Top Model is coming, a spin off of the successful TV show, America's Next Top Model. The show's host was just revealed as gorgeous, Mexican model
Elsa Benitez. Winners will get a 4-year-$100,000-contract (in USD) with Shock Modeling and a cover and editorial in Glamour's Mexican edition. Now we just need to get practicing our Spanish!

Shop Our Favorite Eco-Friendly Brands!

Organic Fashion by Edun

With every $45 Juice Beauty purchase, receive a free 4oz. Cleansing Gel (a $15 value) at While supplies last.

JUARA Skincare: Gentle and effective, while feeling luxurious to the touch.

L’OCCITANE has a Natural and Organic commitment to all of its products. Shop L’Occitane and Go Green! Everyday FREE Shipping!

Stella McCartney at NET-A-PORTER.COM

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Luxe Links: 90210's AnnaLynne McCord, Cadillac's Escalade Hybrid, Gisele on Vogue, India and more!

AnnaLynne McCord
photo by Alicia Nieto

Factio Magazine talked to 90210's AnnaLynne McCord about fashion, her role on 90210 and her charity The Blind Project.

Diplomats help boost rates at worlds most expensive hotels
-domesticblog is happy for government spending, sort of.

[Luxury Launches] Ferrari F430 customized with complete crocodile leather interiors.

Luxist reviews the Cadillac Escalade Hybrid Platinum Edition
-Can an Escalade be green? Luxist checks out the hybrid Escalade

Runway To Retail checks out Gisele Bundchen's latest cover on Vogue India!

Ladurée and Christian Louboutin partner for Louboutin macaroons! MoMist checks it out!