Monday, September 27, 2010

Smoke Break

Note from the author. I do NOT condone smoking in any way or form. I do NOT smoke. However, I thought it would be cool to have a cigar to go with this ultra-gorgeous smoking jacket...or rather, my version of a smoking jacket ;)

Thank you!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Fashion's Night Out in Soho [Amongst a Sea of New Yorkers!]

Fashion's Night Out was great! Lots of energy in the streets of NYC! This is why I love that city. Never a dull moment. In the city where I reside, I only heard of one store participating in FNO activities, but there were so many options in NYC. It kinda made it hard to choose, but Soho was a no-brainer. Shops, and shops, and shops GALORE! The streets were flooded like it was New Year's Eve at Time Square. I actually had to wait in a line to get OUT of the subway...#Madness!

Once I met my party, we basically hopped from shop to shop. At first I was on the search for cocktails! I got there kinda late, so most stores had run out of them. Bummer. But I eventually found some!
First store was Prada. Even beyond the Swarms of people inside, I could feel the luxe-ness in the air ;)
Just a glimpse inside the main lobby of the Prada store. People everywhere.
Posing for Prada
Keri & I

Winter Wonderland by Prada!! While I was taking this shot, I was kindly told by a very large security personnel that no pictures were allowed to be taken. #YIKES! I quickly snapped and moved on ;)

We moved on to J. Crew, lots of boutiques, Michael Kors, Zara and the list goes on. Forever 21 had the best music. I heard from a few drunken friends that Nike had the best drinks. Open bar, I heard. I missed out on that one!

To conclude, FNO was really created to help bring business to retailers in the midst of this dreadful recession. Vogue's version of a bail-out plan, I guess! So, I'm proud to say I helped the fight by actually making a purchase! Steve Madden was giving away scratch off cards, and mine was for 40% off. Love my new ankle booties, and I've already gotten tons of compliments. Good purchase.

More Pics Below
"Shopping" at Michael Kors (lol)

My FNO look!

Stylish female DJ's on the 1's&2's in most stores!

Crazy packed in the Steve Madden store. Don't know if I would have made it working in there all night. But, I'm sure they made 1 HECK of a commission check! Took a minute to get my shoes to try on, but they were pretty quick considering the circumstances!
Harajuku girls promoting Gwen Stephani's fragrances in a pink truck on the street...cute!

Had Fun. Can't wait til next year!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

William Tempest Fashion Show {Backstage Exclusive!}

I got a last minute opportunity to work the William Tempest show at fashion week and I was so excited for another wonderful experience.  William is another designer that I'd never heard of, but won't forget. His clothes were exquisite! This was his first showing at New York fashion week, and I have a feeling it won't be the last. He's already made ties with Victoria Beckham, a fellow Brit who has worn his clothes in the past. I definitely saw a few pieces in this collection with her name all over it!

I must note. One thing that was very different about fashion week this year at it's new location, Lincoln Center, is that some venues were for presentations and instead of runway shows. This particular show was a presentation set-up. The models basically rotated in still positions. Interesting, and I guess it worked for some designers, but for me personally...I don't think there's anything better than a moving garment on a lite runway. However, this may have been a less expensive alternative for newer designers or jewelry designers like one other presentation I worked. I miss Bryant Park, but there are some great things about Lincoln Center, namely the huge space and chic atmosphere.

Soft draping organza's and chiffon's meet structure in William Tempest's “The Sirens’ Song” collection. His designs were inspired by crustaceans of the sea and such. I will show in detail below!

Umm...let's begin with the make up, because it is too lovely to be overlooked! When I saw the models in make up backstage I couldn't see where they were going with this look, but I learned a while ago to never doubt a skilled artist! In this photo, the make up creates an ethereal siren/sea-creature look...I love it!

Now back to the clothes. The structure and shapes were great!

This was his show piece. →      When I saw it on the rack, I said..."I'm dressing this model!" Secretly, I was just wishing I could wear it myself, but I since I couldn't, I did what I could! lol But, let's talk about the print. He did this print on several dresses in nude and coral. At first, I thought it was just some design, but if you look closely you'll see how it's tied to the theme of the collection.

The print is a woman's form with crab-like claws. They really put some thought into achieving this theme. I think it's kinda cool! Not just some digital print.

And on to the draping. He did a few jumpsuits that were pretty gorg!



Backstage was actually a bit relaxed, at least for a fashion show, but I guess the lack of runway show made things easier.

Me backstage during the show....I was a little fatigued from the 5:30 AM call time and the 1 1/2 hours of sleep I'd gotten the night before! All in the name of fashion!
~Fearless Passion~

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

New York Fashion Week [Through my eyes!]

So, I've taken my precious time to do a fashion week post, but I was definitely in the building so my experiences must be shared!

Let me begin by saying that this time around, I really began to notice how anal and sometimes even ridiculous "fashion people" can be. However, I do understand that people are super tense because they are resting tons of money on less than 15 minutes! In short, everything had to be PERFECT!! AND, some random person (or persons) is always there to put in their two cents because of their silly little position/status/rank! lol

I worked 4 shows and got to attend 1 as a guest, so fashion week was pretty eventful and fun for me!! The first show I worked was "Edition" Georges Chakra. I'd never heard of this designer before, but after witnessing his work, I'll never forget! I expect to see at least one of his gowns on a red carpet next award show season! Check it out some of my favorite looks

I loved the weaving he did on the bodice of most of the dresses. On the runway, these dresses came ALIVE as the fabric flowed like water. It was so gorgeous! The colors were great. I only had 1 issue, and that was with the last gold dress on the left. The woven bodice was thick, and the loose flowing fabric at the bottom hung like dead weight a little off of it...I would still wear it any day, though! ;)

I also worked the Prabal Gurung show. Very interesting. I almost freaked when Rachel Zoe walked in, but luckily the "groupie"thing isn't my style! I was working after all... The show was full of lots of little chic dresses, feminine suits, and a few separates. There was lots of texture, but the photos don't really do the clothes justice. Maybe the white runway background wasn't the best choice for this particular show, but here are some looks.

Sorry for the picture OVERLOAD, but I just want to share the world with you! Lol, and I apparently have a problem with editing!
I love how he used the graphic print that you see in coral above to the right. He used this print and one other blue print on several dresses. Gorgeous nude/gold suits and tailored, yet feminine trench coats were seen and loved as well!

Stay tuned for more fashion week posts!
xoxo -Ivey

Friday, September 17, 2010

Street Style at the Tents

The best style is personal style! To me, it's an art-form when a person can take an obvious outfit combination, and mix & match the items to create drastically different looks that you'd never think of on your own. Personal style is key, which is why I look for individuals with unique style at the fashion week tents. Here in America, fashion week in NY is the mecca of fashion, and you get such a great variety of personal styles to fill your fancy.

Jacket-Australian designer, Camilla & Marc
(The shoulder detail gives me LIFE!!)
Shirt and shoes-BCBG
Denim shorts-Paige

Sweet & Chic

Jacket-Urban Outfitters
Dress and shoes- All Saints

Dress-forgot where she got
Express necklace
Belts and shoes-(Two doubled-up belts) by Forever 21

Jet Setter

Shirt an leggings- H&M


Dress by Naeem Kahn
I love that she mixed silver & gold! A big (F you) to your mother's fashion rules!
Nude pumps can pull any look together.
P.S. She does have two arms; one was behind her back ;)
Micheal Kors Bow tie
Zara bag


Ahhhh.....Refresing! I love a good turban!
Turban by BCBG

Celebrity Edition

I got the pleasure to capture the style of June Ambrose (celeb stylist)
 I'm a big fan!! See how she inspired me here.
She's wearing her signature shades...
 The sequin harem pants, she said, were by June Ambrose...! I smell a fashion line debut?? Who knows!
It would be FAB tho!

Fashion week was an amazing and BUSY week for me...more to come!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010


Get hip to what music celebrities are doing in fashion & see my featured article at:

"Music Celebrities in Fashion"

P.S. Who's ready to see what the Americans can bring to the world of fashion?? I know I am....New York Fashion week is almost here, and I'm so ready to be inspired :)

Stay Tuned!