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Happy LaTe New Year…let us get started.

I took a much needed break to be mummy. Fashion didn’t stop but I did pause my journey. So now it’s time to get back to fashion basics. The journey continues…

Fashion Straight Up! Easter GIVEAWAY TIME!

Ok, so I publicised this on Twitter this morning and now it’s time to ring the news on the blog!

I woke up this Good Friday and felt like doing something nice.

Help the FashionStraight Up! twitter reach 1000 followers and I’ll give away a SHOP BOP gift certificate to one lucky follower.

It’s really easy.

Click the link Below hit follow and we will be one step closer to the giveaway.


Shopbop is a fave e-tailer featured on the blog and it's so exciting for me to be able to gift one lucky follower with this certificate.

Guess Celebrates 30 years with Schiffer’s supermodel Awesomness

Henry Holland to mentor on Rihanna’s UK fashion show

I guess this is really sweet news for her fans but kinda redundant for the fashion world so if you haven’t heard Rihanna is bringing a fashion show to the UK.

Nicest I've seen her look in a long time...wearing Alexander Wang.

Ok, well maybe in the US these shows are popping up everywhere thanks to Ms. Heidi Klum and the fabulous Project Runway franchise. Although an over saturation of a good thing is never ever “cute”.

rihanna in holland's suspender tights back in 2011

Apparently the show will be looking for a design star for a 10 week stint and the winner will design an outfit for Rihanna’s tour in London or some shizz like that…. booo-ring. I’m sorry Rihanna is completely awesome when it comes to producing great studio albums but is she really an authority on fashion? My jury is way far from a verdict on that. Oh, she has plans to be a designer I guess we’ll be seeing a lot of the word #cake in her clothes if her twitter timeline is anything to go by.

Best part of this show is Henry Holland the famed London contemporary designer who will be having co-hosting duties. Love him and everything I’ve ever seen him doing live has been FUN!

British designer Henry Holland

Here is his two cents on the venture via www.Vogue.co.uk

“I’m really excited about this new show,” said Holland. “I think it’s a great concept and a brilliant opportunity and platform for designers and stylists. A chance to work with Rihanna and some great mentors across the music and fashion industries is definitely something I wish I had been lucky enough to be able to do when I was starting out.”

“It’s a tough industry to crack so it’s going to take more hard work than they can even imagine as well as masses of creative flair and a genuine love of fashion,”

Alberta Ferreti Macy’s Impulse Collection

“The collection I created is fresh and bright, featuring light summer clothing that evokes the spirit of my beautiful country and is at the same time true to my style.”

Alberta Ferretti as told to Womens Wear Daily

Alberta’s aesthetic is feminine, ethereal and flirty. It is impossible not to appeal to women. I love her clothes and I know Macy’s is the underdog with their designer Collections but the truth is they are getting the best designers. I don’t even know how this managed to slip me. I mean, Doo Ri!

The Alberta Ferreti Impulse Collection is targeted to a fairly mature demographic (26-29) which is a good thing as most collaborative lines are targeted to a much younger demo.

Target for example constructs junior sizes which I find so absurd especially as their marketing targets an older audience!

The line ranges from $49-$119 and includes sweaters, satin dresses, party dresses, day dresses, peasant blouses basically what we have come to expect from Alberta as a designer but in affordable fabrics and prices.

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Mischa Barton did this……..

Former The O.C starlet…should I have just left off ‘The O.C’ and wrote former starlet? I keep thinking that I should, you know? BECAUSE what has she really done since?

Ummm…apparently start an overpriced website with her mom selling everything but kitchen sinks. Maybe kitchen sinks are coming next based on the current catalogue?

It’s called Mischa’s Place and the price is really on the higher end of the spectrum not luxury quality but it pretty much costs the same as merited brands like J.Crew, Rebecca Minkoff, Tracy Reese and Tibi.

I have to admit I like one single dress.  See below:

What is baffling to me…is where is her brand appeal? I understand celebrities expanding their portfolios to  include fashion not necessarily because they are passionate about it but manufacturers seeing dollar signs and encourage this folly. It starts with the obligatory perfume, perfume set and then next poof they are designers! Saturating the market and making the start hard for talented, driven creatives like myself who are then force to whore themselves out to reality television programs in order to gain exposure. (I am not whoring myself out to anyone or any entity, btw. My day is soon and you guys will be the first to hear of my design projects when all is well and sorted.)

Mischa’s Place maybe an extraordinary success or a failed venture only time will tell. One thing is for sure she is no style icon and they should take that out of her biography stat.

Jennifer Lawrence’s Bold Interview Germany Cover

Jennifer Lawrence looks great in this black Dolce and Gabbana body suit.

Honestly, I still think she should replace Natalia Vodianova as the face of Calvin Klein’s perfume Euphoria. She already has a great relationship with the house.

Hunger Games mania has officially gripped the United States and her star quality is undeniable. Here is a link to the interview and if you can read german awesome if not use google translator and find more about the in demand starlet.

Katniss wearing a gorge Paco Rabbane metal link dress.

The photos were taken by the photographer Matthias Vriens-McGrath and styled by Elizabeth Stewart. Paco Rabanne and Giles round out the most interesting metal dresses worn by Jennifer in the shoot. I’m reading around about a modern-glam grunge interpretation but all I get from these photos are futuristic warrior princess.

Jennifer wear Giles for Interview Germany photoshoot

To each his own opinion, I suppose.  She still looks bombshell amazing, as usual.

Kenneth Cole Collection: High Price, Higher Design

I was very aware of the Kenneth Cole Line as a matter of fact I’m pretty sure every American is very aware of the Kenneth Cole Line. It is what I consider perfect workwear. It just blends seamlessly into your daywear wardrobe for great office looks. I know I keep saying office but to be honest I always envision his main line as geared towards working professionals like Liz Clairborne back in their heyday.

Upwards and onwards for the KC brand it seems for the philanthropic designer is coming out with a new higher priced line made in super luxury fabrics. Black is still the DNA of the brand but a few splotches of blue and marron have found themselves into the mix. Prices start at 400USD and it pretty much climbs from there.

Here is a look of my faves from the offering of both womenswear and menswear with a few accessories sprinkled in. Enjoy.

Karl Lagerfeld and His Recently Salacious Mouth

I have found from experience that as people get older their mouths get looser and their opinions more frequently given. Not the greatest thing in the world at least I tell you from the get go this is my opinion I don’t care. I guess Karl feels the same as I do because he has been throwing a tonne of opinions around the journalistic community for the fashion lot to sop up.

I’ll give you the most interesting thing he has said and the most ridiculous.


Chanel Tweed suits from the 1960s era.

Karl is claiming that famed designer Oleg Cassini and a well known favourite of former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’ copied the “Chanel” pink tweed suit worn the day her husband was assassinated. Apparently this was a source of debate for a long time. I never suspected it was a line-for-line copy either. How cool? Though it may have been a copy made at an independent atelier in New York using Chanel materials but it appears not to be the Oleg Cassini atelier. I hope someone from the Oleg Cassani design company shoots down these accusations Karl has made fast. I know the house is still in operation and makes gowns for David’s Bridal.

Jackie O. wearing the debated Chanel suit.


Fashion critic Robin Givhan, a Pultizer journalistic prize winning lady, wrote an article claiming two fairly TRUE statements about the lovely Karl. She made mention to the fact that he was overrated and merely suggested he was spread to thin. The latter statement I tend to agree with immensely.

Robin Givhan

Karl, however, took grave offense to these statements and went off on a tangent on the editor and Newsweek publication proclaiming them both to be dead.

Monsieur Lagerfeld said:

“First of all, Tina Brown’s magazine is not doing well at all…She is dying. I’m sorry for Tina Brown, who was such a success at ‘Vanity Fair,’ to go down with a shitty little paper like this. I’m sorry.”

I’m sorry? HAHA! He can just suffer from the foot in mouth disease at times. This year it’s been pretty regular.

Newsweek responded however saying they are doing quite well, NOBODY’S DYING and if you read between the lines like me that Karl is just a bitter old man.

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