Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Blogging is fashionable!

It certainly has been a while since our last post, I am not going to lie! I would love to keep this updated regularly to get everyone more aware of the fashion related events we have going on, are attending, and the amazingly creative group of designers we are working with.

What's been new: We opened our showroom! We now operate a showroom and designer studio on Newbury Street in Boston. The studio officially opened on August 1st, soft and will be open, grand, in September. We are currently housing four ready-to-wear designers and have a few spots open for more talent. We only accept designers under a juried process but are always open to seeing new lines and collections. We aren't limited to sole apparel designers and have relationships with the industry as it pertains to jewelry, shoes, and handbags as well! For more information:

Monday, March 28, 2011

Current Obsession: Modern Shades of Grey

When looking at resources and pulls for our most recent fashion show at The Liberty Hotel I turned to Modern Shades of Grey to provide the earrings to coordinate with the designer's collection. I selected Modern Shades of Grey because the collection of earrings is eco-friendly in that they create gorgeous fashion forward jewelry using vintage beads-- perfect to match Yellow Clover's vintage inspired womenswear!

As I am obsessed with tassels, I selected many of the styles which featured long dangles. The earrings were an eclectic mix of pink, pastel jade green, and blue. Though I had seen Modern Shades of Grey before, I previously associated the brand with their funky shredded scarves and less with their delicately feminine jewelry.  When I picked up the fifteen styles from the designer I was instantly hooked and felt the need make a home for them in my own personal jewelry drawer. Part of the intrigue: each bead and style has a past history which seems to never go out of style! Check out some of my favorites below:

Light jade green and pearl tassels brightened up this dark vintage ensemble
Black and silver beaded tassels dangled off these vintage blue and cream beads
One of my most favorite pairs, these "rose gold" toned earrings were runway striking
My favorite pair, hard to place on the model and see them "go"!
Pink and gold drop stones featuring rose gold and pearl tassels
I modeled my second favorite pair, a speckled blue stone with green and gold byzantine beads
Designer Sarah Prost paired a black and white pair with her Yellow Clover ensemble

Check out the brand's website to see current offerings. They are always adding new styles based on the newest "finds" so check back often. Remember: each item is unique, get yours before it's gone!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Welcome back...

I am sure you are thrilled at our outburst of blog posts lately, sarcasm. What can I say, I am easily distracted by a slew of sales appointments, fashion shows, and random busts of sunshine mixed with frigid overcast days!

Some exciting news of late: we took on a new team member and I am super excited. With an eye for style, knowledge of all things social media, and overall awesomeness he will be a great addition to team CKP.

Now on to the good stuff: Fashion OC.

Last night we styled a fashion show at The Liberty Hotel for their Fashionably LATE series. The collection of clothing was from Yellow Clover by sarah elizabeth's A/W 2011 line which previously rocked the runway at StyleWeek. Though technically fall the audience at Fashionably LATE seems to embrace the now and so we paired the items with bright shoes in almost every color of the rainbow as well as crystal necklaces in yellow, pink, apple green, mauve, and ocean blue to give it a spring feel. Hair was styled in messy side braids for that laid back picnic look and some models even rocked hippie style beaded headpieces, OC. We also paired the collection with earrings from Modern Shades of Grey, earrings made from unique vintage beads--perfect for the designer's one-of-a-kind, vintage vibe.

The event was packed and the venue told us it was the busiest event they had seen in some time. Of course the models had to balance some changes to their regular routine (the escalators were out of order forcing them to change their catwalk route) but still rocked it like no other. Dynasty Models Nilsa, Sarah Miller, Jennifer Kutt, Anasophia Gartner, and Colby Radomski were amazing, vintage inspired dolls.

A recreation of the dress now owned by Alex McCord of The Real Housewives New York
A leather skirt and leather inset jacket
One of Yellow Clover's most popular items, perfect year round
Vintage wool shift dress
A plaful jumper made from silk linen with chandelier buttons styled with a headpiece made by yours truely
Posting for a photo with the designer Sarah Prost in our new Yellow Clover dresses before the finale
One of two finale gowns styled with a headpiece made from Swarovski crysyals
The closing hooded gown featuring attachable waist skirt, OC
 The closing models from Yellow Clover by sarah elizabeth for Fashionably LATE

Thank you to Todd Lee Photography

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Turning heads

With celebrities like Leighton Meester's Blair Waldorf and Ryan Seacrest's Kardashian Klan, the headpiece trend has been revamped as a trendy way to adorn ourselves and revive tired hair. Nicole Richie's custom designed piece turned so many heads (pun intended) it went into production, selling out within days of their first availability. To lower demand, Nicole Richie's House of Harlow line is offering the "Khloe" piece which has been noted most commonly on her monologues during her series. The brass seven strand coin headpiece was available to ship end of February for nearly $500 at Shop The Trend Boutique.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

chains, chains, chains!

I was made for this necklace by Magdalena Stokalska, I am totally OC! It is purrrfect for pairing with a plunging neckline or even a t-shirt/turtleneck. This runway style necklace is the most fabulous and easy way to take your look from day to night. Seriously, stash this in your car and toss on with your tee when you find you don't have time to run home and change before grabbing that drink.

Though I will warn you, I may have to break into your car!

DvF apologizes for hiring 15-year-old model-- why exactly?

I remember skimming Twitter and seeing a headline from The Cut saying "Diane von Furstenberg apologizes for hiring 15 year old model." I clicked the link which failed to load on my phone (sometimes the graphics take too long and it just times out) and pondered why she would apologize for that, aren't most models underage? Resting in bed this afternoon from a foot injury, I decided to skim The Cut and saw a follow up post in regards to the DvF issued apology, here is the sitch:

The CFDA advises designers on procedures for hiring models to ensure they are healthy in an effort to limit the amount of eating disorders, etc. Of course designers are not required to follow this guideline but it is a well-intentioned effort from the CFDA, of which Diane von Furstenberg is the president. Apparently Furstenberg penned a letter this season advising designers to not hire models under the age of 16, a whoops when she found out one of her models turned 16 next month. From her apology:

One of the guidelines, as you know, is not to hire models under 16 in addition to making sure that all of them are properly fed.
Well, it is to my horror, that I discovered last Friday that in spite of me repeating that to my production and casting people, one girl slipped through the cracks. One girl who will be 16 in March walked my show last week!
I was horrified and terribly embarrassed. From now on I will instruct my casting people to demand ID’s. I encourage you to do the same.
Please accept my apology. I am trying to be a good leader and set an example…so please please accept my apology.

What do you think? Should more designers adopt these suggestions? After all the model in question, Hailey Clauson, is the face of Gucci and has walked for Z Spoke by Zac Posen, Calvin Klein, and Adam the season prior not to mention Lanvin, Versace, Hermes, and Miu Miu to name a few more of the big names on her resume.  Would not hiring young girls help with the image and health?

at least she LOOKS older than 16!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Milly OC: A/W 2011

Milly by Michelle Smith debuted the labels Autumn/Winter 2011 collection towards the end of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. Guests walked into the Stage venue and were greeted by a soft backdrop which looked like a cozy tree lined avenue fresh from a new snow. Keeping in theme, the first model stepped onto the runway as if she were strutting across the Upper East Side in a wool hat, knee high boots, leather gloves, and a sophisticated cape coat and pleated skirt; the cape coat featured slits at the arm which showed off the shape of the body as well as bright yellow flash of color to compliment the outfit as the model moved her arms.

This season the Milly sophisticate is all about sherbet orange matched with reds, fuchsias, and other jewel tones including emerald green. One ensemble paired together sherbet orange, salmon, fuchsia, and red with black accents in a bright, sunny cohesive look against the grey and muted snow covered backdrop. The collection also featured black, camel, and mixes of charcoal and grey. Fluted skirts and pieces that move were at the core of the collection as many items featured subtle ruffles, long pleats, sheers, and even some lace which danced down the runway. Adding to the lux color palate, Michelle Smith added in Mongolian lamb, tweed, corduroy, and plaid patterns to offset the delicate nature of the collection.

In terms of cohesion, Mily’s Autumn/Winter collection was aspirational; it told the story of the ladies of the Upper East Side mixed in with retro undertones which kept it contemporary. Milly’s collection is not necessarily geared towards the Brahmin of New York; though it touches on the lifestyle of the most affluent neighborhood of the city, it is more reminiscent of Blair Walforf’s Olivia Palermo. From young adult to contemporary middle aged woman, the collection offered a lifestyle along with fresh, cheerful fashion for this upcoming winter.

I love you, Tins, but your head is in all of my shots!