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Saturday, September 13, 2008

Akira Fubuki

New York S/S09: Marchesa

Marchesa has always produced pretty dresses on the runway, but this collection blew me away. It is every girl's dream wardrobe! There were sweet and cute cocktail dresses that are youthful and glamorous. I love how even though the shapes are so simple, the designs are so unique- in a good way. The silhouette is familiar, but I've definitely not seen these dresses before! There were elegant evening gowns, complimented by heavy oriental embroideries. I've never liked the whole fringe thing, because I think it looks creepy- like Cousin "It." But this black dress is definitely an exception to the rule. It looks more like a black waterfall flowing down her legs.
Then there were exquisitely beautiful pieces that just makes you want to stop and stare. And admire. They are more like pieces of art than ready-to-wear, further perpetuated by their method of presentation- with the models standing atop white cubes like sculptures (must be tiring for the models!). Indeed, I believe that most of these pieces are one of a kind. I wonder what they'd sell in their store then...
This dress is my absolute favourite. I love the barely there lilac shade. I love the orchids strewn artistically down the dress (it is apparently made of feathers!). I love the artistic folds of the top, contrasted with the frothing lilac waterfall that is the bottom. Everything. I can just stare at it all day!
And this comes in a close second. The sharp contrasting black and white color with the soft layers of the skirt creates the perfect balance that is absolutely striking!

The SS09 collection was definitely a feast for the eye!

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New York S/S09: Marc by Marc Jacobs

Yay! The Marc by Marc Jacobs S/S09 collection is bright in a tasteful and fun way -just like it was a few collections back. After a few seasons of dark and murky colours, it's good to see lighter colours. It's just so much easier to buy the light-coloured pieces when they hit stores.
Marc's signature cute, girly dresses! Loves them! Look at the layers -this collection's dresses seem to have another layer under the skirt. And I'm so glad the dresses aren't long because maybe I've been corupted by The Hills, but shorter (-not indecently short of course,) dresses seem so much easier to wear and buy now!
Simple layering. The styling is great as usual. There are so many young, stylish pieces in these outfits. Don't they make you just wish it would be spring again?

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The Fashion Bomb does Baby Phat Spring 2009

So last night intern Adriana and I made our way to our last show of the season, Baby Phat:
...Kimora was celebrating her 10th year of runway shows, and we were pumped to be in the building!
Packed with New York's finest, the show is always exceedingly entertaining, thanks to a bass driven soundtrack, lithe models, and funky clothes. Though the show aimed to start on time, people took a while to get to their seats, so I seized the moment to snap a few pics. Caught up with Lala...
..who was wearing a LaRok skirt and YSL sandals, and finally met Serena Williams!!!
She was in a major rush to get to her seat, but was gracious enough to take a quick picture with me. Had to do it for mom!!!
Finally, the show began, and other notables like Carmelo Anthony, Danity Kane, Alexis Phifer, Ice T, Coco, and Maxwell filled in the front row:
The collection offered a melange of themes, mirrored in thigh skimming belted Safari dresses, Seventies era jumpers, maxi dresses and hippie-esque headscarves, Western style fringed suede vests, and Mideastern turbans:
Eye catching yet simple, Kimora's collection was fashioned to fit her target demographic of around the way girls with a splash of spunk. I myself was drooling over the models' blinged out rings, bangles, and necklaces that glinted in the spotlight:
...I'll take five!
All in all Baby Phat reflected the fun mix of couture and culture that Kimora has been bringing for the past 10 years. No Fashion Week could be complete without it!
After the show was the afterparty, and Adriana was tuckered out so we parted ways...
I went with my buddy to the Plaza Hotel for a continuation of the festivities:
...the celebration was grand, and the Plaza's ballroom was packed with partygoers sipping champagne and snacking on ice cream from Cold Stone Creamery.
Kimora was out of reach, but I was juiced to finally meet Dee + Ricky (creators of the lego pins for Marc Jacobs)...
...and we toasted to the end of Fashion Week. Now it's time to rest up!
Hope you enjoyed Adriana and I's coverage of Fashion Week. Let us know!
Oh and I took my Flip Video with me to the show and caught some Real Style...stay tuned for that on Monday.
*My dress and earrings are from Pieces, medallion necklace by Jenny Dayco.
*Special Thanks to: Carlos, Jerome, Leanne, Stephanie, and Tamar!!!

Friday, September 12, 2008

Akane Oda

Midday Mail Bombs!

So while I'm sure all of you are *loving* the fashion week rundowns, I know you still want your regular Mail Bombs!
....the'terns and I have been crazed this week, but we've solved just a few for your viewing pleasure!
First up, Tiffany says, "So I was getting my daily gossip fix over at YBF and stumbled across this fabulous outfit worn by Rihanna..."
"...If you could help me find similar pieces to recreate this look I would be so grateful."
Get Rihanna's look by combining the following high and low end items:
1. United Bamboo Shawl Collar Jacket, $545. 2. Forever 21 Sunglasses, $6. 3. Delia's Boy Solid Tank, $6. 4. Geren Ford Denim Stretch Twill Zip Back Skirt, $114. 5. Liz Claiborne "Idol Pleasures" Stretch Bracelet, $35.
Next, Jay says, "I was wondering if you could tell find me similar shoes to the ones Tatyana Ali and Elise Neal are wearing??"
If you want a strappy look with ankle details, go with this $179 Rio Leather Sandal...
Next, faithful Bomb reader Whitney says, "I was wondering if you could find a similar dress to the one Janet is wearing??"
Get in control with this $170 Lauren Ralph Lauren Duke Luxe Jersey Dress:
Miriam says, "I know this is jewelry, but it still counts as fashion mail bomb emergency!! Jordan Sparks wore this chain linked earring at the VMA’s, and I am in LUUUUV with it!!!"
"... I can’t seem to find anything like it anywhere, so can you help??!! I hope so!"
Adriana stepped in, saying, "It looks like Jordin is wearing Pantera's Feather Ear Cuff..."
"... which you can find at Lisa Kline for $1,125.00. If you want a more affordable alternative try this $40 Earwrap with stud..."
"...from Bajoran." Thanks Adriana!
Nathalie E says, "Claire and Crew: I saw Jada Pinkett Smith in this fabulous dress on Letterman last night and I have to have it for an event I've got coming up..."
"... Could you help me with some budget friendly alternatives to this fabulous dress?"
Aramide and I conspired to find you these affordable options:
1. Rachel Pally Black One Shoulder Dress, $99. 2. Vince One Shoulder Cotton Dress, $94. 3. Arden B One Shoulder Pencil Dress, $118.
And we had a few party related queries!
Nazly says, " I was wondering where I could find a bag like this one?"
".... Also where are her shorts from?"
It looks like Maya of Boxing Kitten is wearing a vintage Gucci bag along with shorts and top of her design. Find vintage Gucci's on Ebay, and pick up a Boxing Kitten outfit here.
Lastly, Gina says, " I am curious to know the designer of the skirt and suspender combo worn by Enyinne of Uptown Emerging Designer's Market at Fashion Bomb's second anniversary gala."
"Moreover, where can I purchase the exact or similar ensemble???"
Enyinne says, "That is from Adeleke's collection - The Olori Collection. That particular design is available by request only right now but you can email Leke at"
Also, pssst, songstress Keyshia Cole was also spied wearing an Adeleke dress recently...
Get with it!
That does it for today.
There were a *ton* more that we didn't get to, but check back in next Friday, you might be pleasantly surprised.

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The Fashion Bomb does Zac Posen

So last night after Reem Accra, I tucked into the Zac Posen show in the Tents.... was a celebrity swapmeet with Jada Pinkett Smith...
...ALT, Venus, Serena, and Anna... well as a host of other celebs, including Rachel Zoe, Patricia Field, Joy Bryant, and Nina Garcia perched on the front row.
I heard a guy behind me say that he wished to run down and take a picture with the Williams sisters, but was afraid of bodyguards. In the end he decided to stay put....I did the same!
After a bit of hubbub, the show finally started. What can I say? I was impressed:
...Zac showed what he does best: alluring cocktails and fluid gowns, amply ready for any red carpet...
..dominated by flowy fabrics, Zac kept the crowd entertained by balancing neutral white and black with pops of leopard print, yellow, and peach, and throwing in the occasional tailored jacket for good measure:
While he lost me for a second with a couple frothy frocks...
...overall, Zac hit this collection out the water, and I saw many lithe little numbers trendsetting sirens would pluck for an awards show or any other high flashbulb event:
While I hesitated to snap pics before the show, I two-stepped my way backstage afterwards to see what I could see.
I bumped into Joy Bryant, who is tall, thin, and beautiful:
...she was in the middle of telling her friend that she had just 'thrown something on', but her frill laced outfit was very apropos.
Also said 'hey' to old friend Alexis Phifer..
...who is seriously making me want to pop on a red lip.
And of course, had to sidle up to the man of the hour...
...Zac Posen himself! He was super busy receiving accolades, but took a moment to cheese with lil ol me!
With all that excitement, I was done for the night, but no worries: I'm getting my gold stilettos out for the Baby Phat show and afterparty tonight! Should be a good, fun ending to an eventful fashion week.
Stay tuned!
*Shouts to Inaje, Janelle, and Lawrence! You're the bomb!!!
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