Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The Rachel Zoe Collection

Whether you love her or hate her, Rachel Zoe sure knows what she's doing in the world of fashion. The long time stylist to the stars has FINALLY designed her own collection and it's fabulous!

First things first, if you don't know who Rachel Zoe is, here's a little background...
1. She is primarily a stylist for celebrities such as Cameron Diaz, Anne Hathaway, Nicole Richie and Demi name a few.
2. She is the co-writer of the New York Times' Best Seller: Style A to Zoe: The Art of Fashion, Beauty and Everything Glamour.
3. She has her own reality T.V. show, The Rachel Zoe Project. Up to it's 3rd season, the show follows Rachel and her team as she styles celebrities and colaberates with different desigers.
4. She has just designed her first collection The Rachel Zoe Collection available this coming season.
5. She has her own website The Zoe Report where she advises on everything stylish from fashion and accessories to lifestyle.

If you want to know what's 'in' and fashionable, follow Zoe. She has certainly proven she knows what she's doing as her career grows with every new project she has. She has no formal fashion training so it is even more impressive that she has done so well. Her new collection comes to light just as she reaches the end of her first pregnancy with her husband of 15 years, Rodger Berman.

I'm so glad that she has designed her own range. We can now benefit from her talents!

Her new collection is very fashion forward but also very wearable. Zoe has designed pieces that are very versatile. You could wear one of her outfits to the office or out to dinner and then one of her cute dresses out at night to a stylish event. I would love to spend a fortune and replace my whole wardrobe with her gorgeous collection.

Here are some pieces that I have selected as my favs.


Wednesday, February 16, 2011

And this years colour is...
According to the big guns at Pantone the new 'it' colour of 2011 is Honey Suckle. I'm not too sure about this one but knowing me, the more I see it around, the more I like it. For some reason the colour gives me a flash back to the 90's! (In my opinion one of the worst decades for fashion). But, if you are in the fashion industry you need to take note of colour trends as much as style trends, they are just as important.

This colour is certainly out there and not for the shy at heart. It has already been seen on the red carpet this year on the likes of  Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Bosworth, Rachel Bilson, Kim Kardashion and Claire Danes. 

Keep in mind that Honey Suckle is not the only trend this season and has to be matched with other colours! Pantone has created this chart of the other colour trends this Spring (northern hemisphere). You won't have to search far to find these colours as most stores follow these charts. The general rule is - the cheaper the store products, the longer you'll wait for trends to find their way into the store. If you live in New Zealand like myself, you probably won't see these colours in stores until Spring at the end of the year as we follow the northern hemisphere in terms of fashion.  

If you (like most of us) can't afford a new wardrobe every season, find accessories to modernize your outfits. Wear a black dress with Honey Suckle earrings, belts, headband or lipstick. Nail polish is also a great, cheap alturnative to buying a new wardrobe.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Animal Obsession

The fashion world is fully obsessed with animals at the moment and I think I might just jump on this bandwagon! Every runway show or spread in magazines has animal prints or fur splashed across their models. Not only are animals appearing in clothing but also in accessories and home deco. Things like leopard print bracelets and fur throw rugs are making their way into every stylish household. Here are some of my favourite animal print items.

1. Cosabella Anouck Soft Bra

2. Fendi Vertigo leopard-print leather bootie

3. Jimmy Choo animal print sunglasses

These are some of the big names and if you're like me, you don't have a spare $1000 to spend on a new pair of designer shoes! Watch out for bargains at your local mall because they will be following these treads too this season.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Argh Laptops!

My laptop is dying!

I didn't realize how essential my computer was until I couldn't use it. For about two weeks now it has been nothing but a pain. It doesn't stay on if it's not in safe mode and even then, some days it crashes after 5 minutes. Andy (the boyfriend) has run every anti-virus/registry cleaner under the sun but nothing has worked. So now the decision is to wipe the whole laptop. All my files have been moved to our new external hard drive so hopefully I won't lose anything.

It's very hard to write a blog when your computer's running so slow you can't do any research or upload pictures. I can't do anything but design clothing which is all fine and dandy but the things I need to learn are all computer based. Things like researching current designers, trends, how to build a website, tax and registering a business in New Zealand. So you can see my little predicament. Anyone who has had computer problems and isn't a technical expert knows it can be very expensive to get one fixed (or buy a new one) so I'm really hoping that I don't have to buy a new laptop and this wiping thing works!

My normal weekly blog may suffer a little but bare with me, all will be back to normal soon (crossing fingers and toes)!