I am always looking for some new arm candy, and lo and behold I found some! Meet Koret Handbags. It seems this company has been around since 1929 and yet I am beyond unfamiliar with them. In any case, I have quickly fallen in love with their city style bags. The collections are very New York, with names like Park Avenue, Columbus, Chelsea, Soho, and more. It retails for anywhere from $69-$249. The sleek sophistication and yet edgy touches really work well with any outfit. I can easily see myself carrying their collection as an everyday bag to add a little oomph.
Unfortunately, wearing a big designer name doesn't ensure a red carpet win for some celebs. I was disappointed in these stars because either they didn't go with their gut instinct and listened to their stylists, or really thought this was the look for them. No matter what, I heart them for their talents!
The Fashionisette's "Blahs and Whatnots" goes to:
- Scarlett Johansson in Elie Saab: I thought the look was too old for her.
- Leighton Meester in Burberry: Again, a look that was too dated for her. I expected a little more from Blair.
- Michelle Williams in Valentino: I adored the pixie cut, but the daisies on the gown? No deal.
- Julianne Moore in Lanvin: Omg! This was Lanvin and I could not even love. *sighs* Plus, the gown showed wrinkles, which is just unfair.
- Tilda Swinton in Jil Sander: I totally see Tilda being a Jil Sander lady...but this was just downright ill-fitting.
- Helena Bonham Carter in Vivienne Westwood: I think Helena just wanted to be talked about in the spectacle she came in. 2 different shoes, wacky hair, and the list goes on. Whatever look she was going for and public response, mission accomplished.
Winner of the "Blahs" goes to: Helena Bonham Carter. (hands down!)
*for all of the Golden Globes 2011 pictures, thanks to Fabsugar, CBS, LA Times, and Harper's Bazaar.
Last night there were some stars that made me side eye. These were the looks that just missed the mark...meaning they could've been red carpet winners but they fell just a little short of accomplishing that. So for these celebs, I gave them the side eye (and also a little squint)...
The Fashionisette's "Side Eyes" goes to:
- Christina Aguilera in Zuhair Murad: the fit was nice, and the gown wasn't too bad, but I think she missed the mark on hair and make-up totally.
- Jennifer Lopez in Zuhair Murad: J.Lo is so pretty and has a fierce shape, but last night she could've done without the sheer overlay. Loved that she chose white. But between the make-up and that sheer piece, I thought she was on Skating with the Stars and not the red carpet. But with the least amount of tweaks, she could've been a winner.
- Natalie Portman in Viktor & Rolf: *sighs* I was a little disappointed in Natalie's look...especially since we are all coming off of the Black Swan high. I know she's sporting the baby bump and has that mommy glow, I don't think her gown pick was the best. The color was nice, but I definitely could've done without the red flower accent.
- Sandra Bullock in Jenny Packham: I'm not really sure if it was the dress or the bangs...but I wasn't head over beading in love with Sandy's look.
- Christina Hendricks in Romona Keveza: she is curvy and voluptuous to the max (in a good way), and the red on red looked superb, but I think the ruffle detail was a little much, especially for someone so top heavy already.
- January Jones in Versace: is that Jessica Rabbit on the carpet? Loved her hair and make-up...but I think her dress was a little much. The top half of the dress is not as glamorous as the bottom half, so I was disconnected.
- Heidi Klum in Marc Jacobs: She looked great!! Just I thought this was an awards show and not the beach resort. Sorry Heidi, but your look has to say auf wiedersehn.
Winner of the Side Eyes goes to: Jennifer Lopez in Zuhair Murad.
I may not be a guest on E!'s Fashion Police but I definitely saw some amazing red carpet looks last night for the 68th Golden Globes Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in LA. (As Ryan Seacrest rubbed in the east coasters faces, the weather there was a hot 80 degrees. Remember those days NYC-ers?) Of course on the red carpet, with every outfit win, there is like two outfit "what were you thinking?" Surprisingly, there weren't too many devastations, so I was pleased. Now, I only watch this award show strictly for the fashion. I watched about an hour of the actual award portion, but quickly switched to DVR during. I watched my pre-carpet and carpet arrivals on E! and must say that Kelly Osbourne kicked off the carpet win for me. I loved her vintage look with that gorge Zac Posen gown and Neil Lane jewels.
The Fashionisette's "Fashionies" goes to:
- Kelly Osbourne in Zac Posen
- Olivia Wilde in Marchesa (and Louboutins!)
- Jennifer Love Hewitt in Romona Keveza (I was a little on the fence with her look, but she's a winner.)
- Piper Perabo in Oscar de la Renta
- Julie Bowen in Tadashi Shoji (loved how she said she wears Spanx for everything!)
- Halle Berry in Nina Ricci (I know some didn't like her look, but it's Halle, she looks gorge, and the frock was hot!)
- Lea Michele in Oscar de la Renta
- Carrie Underwood in Badgley Mischka
- Anne Hathaway in Armani Prive
- Eva Longoria in Zac Posen
- Melissa Leo in Marc Bouwer
- Emma Stone in Calvin Klein (although the color kind of washed her out, esp with the blond tresses, the simplicity of it wins.)
- Claire Danes in Calvin Klein (effortless elegance)
- Angelina Jolie in Versace (green is her color)
- Amy Adams in Marchesa
- Catherine Zeta Jones in Monique Lhuillier
- Mandy Moore in Monique Lhuillier
- Julia Stiles in Romona Keveza
- Mila Kunis in Vera Wang
- Elisabeth Moss in Donna Karan (she needed a little more make-up or oomph)
- Sofia Vergara in Vera "Wong" Wang (she can do no wrong to me. I <3 her accent, personality, and her curves confidence. By the way, she had me laughing everytime she said Vera's last name, hence the quote marks.)
My winner of the night is: Piper Perabo in Oscar de la Renta.
Back in the day for me, it was all about rocking the Brandy braids. Well, here Brandy (posing with Terrence J) sported her Moesha days look at BET's The GamePremiere Party. (By the way, I could not be anymore excited that the show is back!!) I think this is a good look for Brandy, since it was her signature at one time. A break from front-lace wigs was definitely needed. She looks pretty and fresh and it takes me back to yesteryears.
New year. New network. If you were like me and didn't have major New Year's plans, then you were also anticipating the January 1st launch of Oprah's network, OWN. I woke up alarmed, thinking I had missed some BIG launch, only to find out it was launching at noon. But the previews left me intrigued and curious enough to want to see more. I haven't been watching everyday, since it seems some shows are just repeating over and over, I already have some faves.
I am loving Master Class, and the first show was with rap superstar and media mogul Jay-Z. I thought his story and commentary were captivating and he held my attention the whole hour. However, I think what left me disappointed was Oprah's commentary in between. I think partly of what I was looking forward to with this network was Oprah's opinions and cutting-offs behind. But in this show, Oprah has managed to weave herself in somebody else's story. Personally I can do without what she appreciated and what she walked away with...and just let the audience walk away with the lessons that apply to them from the person being featured.
I am a sucker for organizational shows and Enough Already with Peter Walsh gives me my fix. I really like seeing people being so open to showing America how they live and asking for public help. It's a great show to watch, and it puts you in the right mental space to make sure your living space is right too. I caught a glimpse of Ask Oprah's All Stars and from what I saw, it's something I could get with. I am a huge fan of Dr. Oz, and publicly wish he could be my doctor, and Suze Orman, while I think there's something off with her, her type of zany and money smarts is still okay with me. As a young businesswoman, sometimes I just need her straightforwardness and vision. I just like Dr. Phil because of his accent. I guess he gives good advice, although I never watch his show, so I can't really speak on him. But the show I absolutely heart is Season 25: Behind the scenes of The Oprah Show. I love seeing what it takes to put on a show and love seeing the real Oprah - off camera per se. I didn't catch Your OWN show yet...so maybe you can tell me what you think.
All in all, a 24 hour Oprah-based TV network is alright with me. Although, I kind of expected a little more from her. While I hate to say this, I don't think she has any real "ethnic" based shows or media personalities. My mom thought she could have had a show with Dr. Lisa (from the CBS show The Doctors), helping women with OB/GYN questions, women's health, going through menopause, body changes, vitamins we need, etc. I have to say, I think that would've made for great TV. We don't have enough real women's health and lifestyle shows. It's great that Oprah tapped into reality TV, something I didn't think she would, but I am not sure how much I really want to see the O'Neals, the Judds, and Shania live life on TV. I give O an A for effort in targeting celebs that wouldn't typically get chosen for reality TV.
Iread that OWN’s premiere averaged 1 million primetime viewers opening weekend. Then on that Sunday dropped to 822,000. Monday fell to 394,000, followed by Tuesday hitting 315,000. I am sure this is nothing to worry about, since the network is still new...and it's backed by Oprah. Believe me, I am as big a fan of her as anyone, so I hope it doesn't sound like I am being too critical. Either way, OWN kind of owns me right now.
I hope you all had a safe entry into 2011! It's the end of one decade, and the start of another one. If you remember, I was holding a Twitter name contest for myself and had 2 fabulous entries!! [The Contest.] It was so hard for me to choose. But ultimately, I chose the winning name by @chocl8fasnhPR. She chose @FashnShoe_PRez. I thought it really worked because it combined my love and career in fashion, shoes, and PR, while still keeping my "Prez" in the name.@magsandfashion definitely made it hard to choose, since she had a fabulous one as well. But, in case I ever decide to change...I will keep her name in the archives. Congratulations Nicole (@chocl8fashnPR) for helping to give me a new Twitter name! You are the proud winner of the fabulous prizes below: