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Miley Cyrus Steals the Grammy

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I’m not normally a fan of Miley Cyrus, but I might start changing my tune. She was absolutely flawless at Clive Davis’ Pre-Grammy party. Her shimmery slip dress paired with a pink Calvin Klein 2014 Pre-Fall jacket was like a little slice of heaven. And the hair! Obviously I’m a fan of the pixie so I’m very glad to see she’s decided to keep it. The platinum color worked perfectly with subtle makeup. She looked elegant, sexy, and very put-together. Now this is a Miley I can get behind!

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January 27, 2014 · 10:02 am

In The Navy

When I was in junior high, a mere thirty years ago, wool pea coats were all the rage. They kept us very warm, looked cool (especially paired with penny loafers), and went with all of our “Preppy Handbook” outfits. They had a “new” feel, but have actually been around for centuries. Originally worn by European, and then later, American sailors, the pea coat is known for its broad lapels, double-breasted fronts, and large buttons. Amazingly, they were first featured in American newspapers as early as the 1720’s. Yes, pea coats truly are timeless and classic.

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Fashion icon, Jane Birkin, rocking the pea coat in the sixties

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Ali McGraw in “Love Story”

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A very modern take on the pea coat

This fall I needed a new coat for a trip to Chicago. I tried on oodles and could not find one I liked. And then I thought, “What about a pea coat”? I haven’t worn once since junior high (and really wish I would have held on to mine). I found a fabulous black one from Calvin Klein. It’s a wool-cashmere blend (so it’s not so itchy) and I love it! I feel very sophisticated and put together in this jacket and it really works for almost every situation. Here are my top five picks for this versatile wonder.

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Top Left: Laundry Faux-Fur-Collar $320
Top Right: Miss Sixty Faux-Leather Trim $225
Middle: Calvin Klein Wool Cashmere Blend (my choice) $129.98
Bottom Left: Kenneth Cole Reaction Wool Blend $140
Bottom Right: London Fog Wool Blend $140

all available at Macy’s

So, if you’re in the market for a new jacket, try the pea coat. You won’t be sorry (and they’re all on sale for the holidays)!

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Affordable Minimalism

Remember in the 80’s when Brooke Shields rolled around on the floor saying “No one gets between me and my Calvin’s”? Well, I do. And I know I ran right out and bought a pair of Calvin Klein jeans. As a matter of fact, my sister and I got quite a few pairs from our second cousin Lisa and we’d have our grandma sew the legs so tight we could barely get them over our ankles. Memories…My point is, Calvin Klein knows how to design for a woman and decades later he has masted the art of minimalism. Keeping it simple has never looked so good.
Francisco Costa, a designer behind the Klein brand, has a fantastic limited-edition capsule collection available now at Macy’s. For me, it was love at first sight. I was immediately drawn to the simple, yet chic designs and colors. Costa, a native Brazilian, was inspired by architect Paulo Mendes de Rocha’s imaginative and daring designs, and found them the perfect backdrop for his incredibly chic and minimalistic style. I bring these dresses to all of my clients and amazingly, they look fantastic on almost everyone. Made of viscose, crepe, and jersey, they flow over the body and give a sexy yet subtle silhouette. And with all different sleeve and length options, there is a perfect choice for every body type. Here’s a look at my top three choices.

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Short-sleeve viscose crepe dress $155

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Long-sleeve jersey v-neck t-shirt dress $135

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Sleeveless jersey belted mock-neck dress $119.99

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The entire Francisco Costa for Calvin Klein is available exclusively at Macy’s

This collection can take you to any event you may have this summer. And at prices under $200, you get top designer fashion for thousands of dollars less than his couture. And in my world, that’s a bargain.

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The Little White Dress

We all know how important the “little black dress” is. It’s the one article of clothing that will get you through any social event on your calendar. But now that it’s summer, maybe we should switch things up and try a “little WHITE dress”. Yes, the old rules dictate you should only wear white Memorial Day through Labor Day (and we are now in that time frame), however, I do believe the white dress can be worn all year long with the right accessories and other pieces in your closet. White is classic, crisp, and chic, and looks fabulous with a tan. Here are some celebrities rocking the LWD.

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Jessica Stam is stunning in Marchesa

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Tali Lennox in this season’s hot trend-the shirtdress

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Gabrielle Union is perfection in this three-quarter number

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Caroline Sieber shines in an almost kimono-looking ensemble

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Cameron Diaz is chic in this white jumpsuit

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Vanessa Hudgens personifies glamour in this gown from Philosophy di Alberta Ferritti

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Ashley Madekwe in adorable in this shift from Zara

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Rachel Bilson opts for couture Chanel (love this one)

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Natalie Portman in a darling LWD

Every designer and retailer offers a LWD this time of year. Here are some of my favorites in stores now.

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From left to right:
Lucca Couture Chiffon Tie Top Baby Doll Dress $69 from Urban Outfitters
Warehouse Metallic Lace Shift $83.50 from ASOS
Johann Earl for Urban Renewal Surplice Dress $59 from Urban Outfitters

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Knit Lace Dress $98 from Banana Republic
Scallop Lace Tube Dress $98 from Arden B.
Amie Maxidress in whisper gauze $69.99 from J. Crew

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Sunny Repose Dress $98 from Anthropologie
Calvin Klein Sleeveless V-Neck $99.50 from Macy’s
Pleated Bodice Dress $79.90 from Express
JNBY Asymmetrical Hem Tshirt Dress $80.90 from Nordstrom

There are so many great options for the LWD. It is the perfect summer staple and will quickly become your go-to item for all occasions. Paired with flip flops or heels, this dress is sure to be a hit.

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Style Inspiration-The Ladies of Cannes

The Cannes Film Festival was the week and the stars were out in force. This is my favorite festival because the ladies turn on the glamour and there were so many stunning looks it was hard to narrow it down. Kristen Stewart, Diane Kruger, Naomi Watts, and Diane Kruger really stole the show (in my opinion). Here are my picks for most amazing looks at Cannes.

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Kristen Stewart in Reem Acra. This is my number one overall look. Kristen is fiery in red and looks sophisticated, glamorous, and grown up.

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Georgina Chapman. The woman behind Marchesa shows why she’s a top designer. Truly fabulous!

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Naomi Watts in Calvin Klein. Simple, classic, and chic.

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Eva Longoria in Marchesa. Wow! My favorite dress of the entire festival. The train is divine, the detailing is fabulous. It’s a dress that completely gobsmacked me. And Eva’s hair and makeup absolutely compliment the design.

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Diane Kruger in Giambattista Valli Couture. This color is perfection on her. The dress is ethereal and chic. Her hair and makeup are right on the money too.

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Eva Herzigova in Dolce and Gabbana. This is “Old Hollywood”. The beading is spectacular. Imagine all the hours it must take to create such a masterpiece.

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Jada Pickett Smith in Alberta Ferretti. I really like this dress on Jada. The silhouette is beautiful and the overall look is very soft and feminine. Sometimes I think she can look too hard, but this is gorgeous.

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Jessica Chastain in Giorgio Armani. Simple, elegant, and flawless. She has never looked better.

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Naomi Watts in Marchesa. The detailing-speechless. The feathers are exquisite. The sheer bottom is a delight. She is a star!

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Kristen Stewart in Balenciaga. This is a great dress for her. It’s a little edgy but still feminine. Whoever she has for a stylist is certainly earning their paycheck. I love seeing Kristen look like a lady.

You can certainly see why Cannes is spectacular. These ladies know what works for them and how to dress for the occasion (and they have amazing stylists). This just goes to show that glamour isn’t dead.

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Style Inspiration-Janie Bryant

I have been a huge fan of costume designer Janie Bryant since the days of HBO’s “Deadwood”. This is one of my all-time favorite shows and a big reason why (besides the incredibly talented actors and writers) are the costumes. When you watch this show and look at the wardrobe, it’s as if you can smell and feel the dirt and grime of the old west. It takes a very talented designer to capture that feel and it’s no surprise she won an Emmy for her work. Currently she is the costume designer for AMC’s “Mad Men” and has designed collections for Banana Republic, Maidenform, and Nailtini. Her own style is one of elegance and class, but more than anything, it’s her talent that inspires me.

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An example of how the character of Alma Garrett (portrayed by Molly Parker) went from paper to person.

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The creation and final product of Seth Bullock (portrayed by Timothy Olyphant)

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The cast of Mad Men

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Janie with vintage fur. I love her necklace!

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At her book signing with Magda Berliner. I think this white dress is so fun. I’m a big fan of banded bottom dresses.

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Totally working a strapless sequin jumpsuit.

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I like this print a lot and the blue shoes are gorgeous.

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2011 Costume Designer Guild Awards in Jovani. This is an incredible dress. It almost looks like a suit of armor up top. It’s a little too much for me, but the details are amazing.

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2010 Costume Designer Guild Awards in Sherri Hill. Again, the detailing is exquisite.

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8th Annual Costume Designer Guild Awards in Valentino. This really flatters her figure and the gathered side is fun.

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Mad Men season 2 wrap party in Calvin Klein. The simplicity of the asymmetrical dress is pure Calvin and looks phenomenal on her.

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2005 Emmy Awards in Valentino. The lilac color is so subtle and I adore Grecian style dresses.

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Don’t you wish this was your closet?!?!

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I really like all the different textures in this ensemble. One wouldn’t automatically think to put these pieces together, but boy does it work.

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Janie’s book, The Fashion File, is full of great tips and advice. Available at Amazon

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For more information and inspiration, please visit Janie Bryant

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The Best Of The SAG Awards

The SAG Awards were Sunday night and the stars were out in full-force. I think this is my favorite awards show. Firstly, it’s only two hours. Secondly, there is no host, and thirdly, it’s just to honor actors. It seems more fast-paced and laid back, and that makes for much more enjoyable viewing. The ladies of the red carpet looked amazing (of course) and I had a lot of favorites. In my opinion, this show had the ladies looking better than ever!

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Kelly Osbourne in Badgley Mishka gown with Dena Kemp Palladium diamond bubble ring. She really looks great, and this dress really shows off the figure she’s worked so hard for.

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Julianna Margulies in a custom-made Calvin Klein Collection gown with Marcy Miller drop earrings. This dress is fabulous. She really just gets better and better.

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Kristen Wiig in a Balenciaga gown and clutch. I adore the simplicity of this gown. It’s a wonderful silhouette for her and the choker is a great touch.

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Tilda Swinton in a custom-made Lanvin goddess gown and Fred Leighton diamond bracelet. Wow! Usually she goes for a very androgynous look, but this evening she looked like a beautiful woman.

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Sarah Hyland in a vintage-inspired Temperley gown. She is always adorable, and I love how she stays age-appropriate. It’s going to be fun watching her grow into her womanhood.

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Octavia Spencer in a Tadashi Shoji gown with Irene Neuwirth jewelry. This dress really looks incredible on her body. It’s so fun to watch her-she’s having the time of her life.

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Michelle Williams in Valentino with Fred Leighton for Forevermark jewelry. She looks so amazing in red and this is fun yet sophisticated.

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Kyra Sedgwick in Pucci. She really does get better with age. She looks fabulous, sexy, and very comfortable with herself-something that definitely comes with more life experience.

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Natalie Portman in Giambattista Valli Couture gown with Harry Winston jewelry. She is just such a classic beauty. This color is so rich and elegant.

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Julie Bowen in Temperley London gown with Martin Katz jewelry and Judith Leiber clutch. This is an interesting choice. At first I didn’t really like it, but it grew on me. She’s taking some risks and you have to give her credit for that.

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Emily Blunt in Oscar de la Renta with Lorraine Schwartz jewels and a Swarovski clutch. I love this color on her and the cut is very glamorous.

And now for my favorite-it’s a tie. These two ladies blew me away. They both looked so elegant, so sophisticated and so absolutely stunning, I just can’t decide between them.

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Rose Byrne in an Elie Saab Couture Jumpsuit. Not many people can pull off a jumpsuit, especially on the red carpet. But paired with Chanel fine jewelry and a Lena Erziak clutch, she made it sparkle and shine. The hair and the makeup really complimented the jumpsuit. Simply fabulous!

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Zoe Saldana in Givenchy Couture drop-waist gown. They need a new word for how stunningly beautiful this dress is. I could die, it’s that good. The crystal embellishments on the sleeves and the neckline are spectacular. The hair and the makeup are divine. She is gorgeous.

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