Monthly Archives: May 2010

News Flash|The Bra, Alexander McQueen

The Bra

2010 marks 100 years since the invention of the bra! Round up the girls for a big night out and wear lingerie inspired outfits to celebrate woman’s best friend.

Alexander McQueen

Sarah Burton has been named the new Creative Director of Alexander McQueen. She will now be in charge of the creative direction and development of all collections.

Burton said, “The creation of modern, beautifully crafted clothes was at the heart of Lee’s vision. I intend to stay true to his legacy.”

She was formerly the head of design for the label’s women’s wear line since 2000 and has been with the label, working alongside McQueen himself, since 1996. She was responsible for completing McQueen’s final collection, which was shown at the Fall 2010 Paris Fashion Week to much applause.

Best of luck to Ms. Burton!

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Last week’s trip to Shanghai and Beijing

Memorial Day weekend trip to Nassau, Bahamas!

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Red Carpet Report|Sex and the City 2 Premiere

The much anticipated Sex and the City 2 came out today!

Unfortunately, I won’t be able to see it until next weekend.. I plan on making it a huge girls’ night out with dinner beforehand and a crazy night of dancing afterward.  Until then, here are some photos from the SATC 2 Premieres in New York City and London.

Our favorite girls at the New York City Premiere

Sarah Jessica Parker in Valentino

Kim Cattrall in Naeem Khan

Kristin Davis in vintage Jean Desses

Cynthia Nixon in Carolina Herrera

The girls at the London Premiere

Sarah Jessica Parker in Alexander McQueen, with a black armband to show respect to the deceased designer. She also wore McQueen to the 2008 Premiere of the first SATC film.

Sarah Jessica Parker in a Philip Treacy headpiece

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Mission|Graduation

Well graduation has come and gone and I don’t really feel any wiser, just far more tired and a little panicked about what to do for the rest of my life… On a more interesting and fun note, here’s breakdown of what I wore to graduation:

Commencement Ceremony and Graduation Lunch

I purchased this BCBG dress a month ago on a whim. I was popping into the mall to purchase a replacement for my dying Blackberry and made the mistake of parking at a department store entrance. The BCBG section was right inside the entrance and I walked out with this dress and some other items – and no phone (had to run to meet my boyfriend for dinner). The perils of parking in the wrong spot – on the bright side, I got a graduation dress!


The night before the ceremony I realized I hadn’t gotten shoes and was relieved to find out I’d owned a pair that matched. I paired it with a pair of classic Gucci Hollywood open toed pumps with light gold and crystal horsebit metal detail on the toes. I threw on an oversized pair of diamond stud earrings in a vintage design that complimented the crystal detail on the belt of the dress and a diamond tennis bracelet.

Graduation Dinner and Party

I paired it with bright silver leather slingback open toe pumps from Christian Dior, giant silver bangles, and simple black and white diamond hoop earrings.

I was happy about the way I look and thankfully both dresses were comfortable to be in all day and night.

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Red Carpet Report|Costume Institute Gala 2010

Monday night was the Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. It is the most exciting red carpet of the year, better than the entire awards season. Unlike the Oscars, which is a formal event celebrating film, this is a gala celebrating fashion. The most extravagant, stunning, avant garde red carpet styles of the year can be found at the Met on this day.

However, this year was a total disappointment and bore. Even the most exciting red carpet fashionistas showed up wearing dresses too drab and forgettable for even a movie premiere. There were a couple of show-stoppers but far too few for an event known for its glamour! The most disappointing thing about the night was that Lady Gaga didn’t grace the red carpet! She had to skip it to prepare for her performances during the gala. I don’t have photos of her performance yet, but I’ll post them if I get my hands on any!

Here are some looks from the Costume Institute Gala:

Best Dressed

Mila Kunis in Vera Wang

The actress looked stunning in a Vera Wang confection of tulle. I absolutely love the texture and overlay of colors and how it was balanced by the overall simple silhouette. The dress fits her perfectly and her simple make up and earrings complimented it beautifully. By far my favorite of the night.

Maggie Gyllenhaal in Louis Vuitton

I love the unexpected choice from this actress! From the fall collection, this dress has just the right amount of drama without being over the top. I like that she opted not to accessorize so as not to overwhelm her whole look.

Blake Lively in Marchesa

I love the color, I love the one-shoulder, I love love love this dress. Amazing how much drama you can pack into such a short dress. Blake pulls it off beautifully with simple hair, make up and jewelry, the perfect tan and her long legs. I really don’t know about the shoes though, but it doesn’t distract from the dress.

Nicole Richie in Marc Jacobs

This dress screams Nicole. The liquid silver drapes over her beautifully and she let the dress speak for itself by keeping accessories to a minimum.

Gwen Stefani in L.A.M.B.

The dress is 100% punk-rock glamour and 100% Gwen. The shimmery fabric combined with the soft tulle gives it that wow factor whereas the black bra showing through gives it that rock edge that Gwen is known for.

Camilla Belle in Jason Wu

By far the most beautiful of the night – I could not stop looking at this picture! Although it is not the most interesting piece, it suits and fits her perfectly. The  off shoulder sleeve that gives this fairy tale dress an unexpected edge and the red, tinged with pink, compliments her skin tone beautifully.

Melissa George in J. Mendel

Not too many people can pull of this mustard yellow, but she does it beautifully. I like that it’s a modernized Old Hollywood style. The draping is impeccable!

Emma Watson in Burberry

The face of Burberry’s ad campaign glowed in a custom dress by the design house. White ruffles usually translate into something looking like a hybrid between a overzealous bride and a girl pretending to be a fairy tale princess. But the center slit, the stark, solid white fabric and the constrasting black accessories combined with the one shoulder and placement of ruching and ruffles turn this dress into a wonderfully age appropriate and modern look.

Honorable Mentions

Donna Karan in her own design

The draping on this dress is amazing and flatters her figure beautifully. I love the single kimono sleeve. I wish she’d accessorize more interestingly though, perhaps with white diamond earrings and cuff, and a sleek crystal box clutch instead of that slouchy white bag.

Naomi Watts in Stella McCartney

The eye popping color and the burst of fabric at the shoulder adds interesting drama to an otherwise simple, and somewhat dull, dress. She really should not have paired the cranberry color with fire-engine red lips though!

Kerry Washington in Thakoon for Gap

I love the color and asymmetry of this dress but I can’t help feeling there is something missing from this look – some drama perhaps? I think I would have loved this look at a movie premiere but not for the Costume Institute Gala.

Lilly Collins in Chanel Haute Couture

The 21-year old daughter of Phil Collins looked beautifully age-appropriate in this short, forest green dress. The jeweled shoulder is a great substitute for jewelry!

Worst Dressed

Carey Mulligan in Miu Miu

Did she just throw on a pair of black tights on her way over to the gala from tea with her in-laws? Though the lace and color is pretty, this dress is far too casual for a gala. And what’s up with her school girl loafers? I expected far more from the Best Actress nominee who wowed at the Oscars.

Renee Zellweger in Carolina Herrera

Usually the collaborations between this actress and designer don’t disappoint (remember the beautiful white origami bow dress she wore to the Oscars a few years ago?) But this dress makes her upper body look like an inverted triangle. The bows on the dress tell the story – X to this!

Eva Longoria Parker in Marchesa

Again? I’m all about to sticking to what works but can she please stop wearing strapless column dresses with dramatic trains? And this is one of the lesser fashionable uniforms of hers. The beading is interesting but stops well before the end of the train, making it seem like she’s dragging around a tablecloth behind her. And that hemline is not flattering and not suitable for such a flat train.

Rosario Dawson in Giambattista Valli

I don’t even know where to begin with this one. Her make up, hair and lack of accessories make her look like she just rolled off the beach and threw on this cupcake confection of a dress. The black contrasts far too much with the lavender. The lavender itself needs more in terms of silhouette or texture or drapery to make it interesting. The bodice makes it look like she just got orange halves bolted to her chest and cuts her off at the waist at a strange point. And the little girl bow with the crystals? No… just, no.

Rachel Bilson in Louis Vuitton

She must have accompanied Carey Mulligan to tea with her in-laws. And the color! A huge disappointment from a usually fashion-forward celebrity.

Leighton Meester in Marc Jacobs

The Gossip Girl star looks like she just came from Woodstock – and waded knee-deep in mud to do so. The upwards degradé of sequins could have been interesting on say, a white, gray or black dress, but not on a puke green-yellow, flower-printed dress. The dress ages her and manages to make her amazing bod look shapeless.

Joy Bryant in Marchesa

Why is she wearing mops on her shoulders? Over a printed tunic t-shirt? With another large mop on her legs? I guess she was planning to help the cleaning crew after the gala ends. The dress probably would have somewhat worked as a one shoulder dress with only one shoulder mop or without the leg mop as a short dress paired with fierce heels.

Liv Tyler (center) and Kate Hudson (right) with Stella McCartney, in her designs.

Apparently, quite a few people went to tea with their in-laws/grandparents. Liv Tyler wears a dress far too young for her and far too boring for anything more than a cocktail party. Kate Hudson looks pretty but the color, the cut and the hair is overall boring and drab.

Zoe Saldana and Diane Kruger, both in Calvin Klein with Francisco Costa, creative of Calvin Klein.

Though Zoe looks beautiful, I expected much more drama, excitement, glamour and fashion from the actress that has topped every best dressed list this year. Diane’s dress…. *sigh* boring, boring, boring, unflattering and matronly. Not even a bareback to shock as she turns around! Wearing such a simple dress gives you the opportunity to go bold and crazy with accessories which she didn’t do!

Most Surprising

Kristen Stewart in Chanel Haute Couture

The usually grim Twilight starlet has impressed me lately. She surprised me at the Oscars in a dramatic Monique Lhullier and surprises me again here in Chanel Haute Couture. I’m not sure about the slicked back hair and the see-through skirt makes her look even paler, but the asymmetric neckline, the beautiful folds of the dress and the sky high heels shows me her taste is improving.

Most Interesting/Unusual

Katy Perry in CuteCircuit

The night’s most interesting dress was by far Katy Perry’s. The pop singer wore a gown that lit up and changed colors throughout the night. She wanted to add a bit of fun to the red carpet as “fashion can be a bit stuffy,” she explained. It was fun, interesting and unusual indeed. I’m not sure how I feel about the lights, but when you take away the neon, the dress itself is quite pretty.

Photos from Style.com, InStyle.com, and WWD.com

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Mission|What to Wear: Graduation

My graduation is looming close and along with the usual companions it brings – finals, paper, projects, goodbyes, parties, final thesis – it also brings the question: what to wear? My schedule for the graduation day itself includes:

  • Commencement Ceremony
  • Graduation lunch: just me with family and close friends @ a restaurant
  • Graduation dinner: co-hosting a catered dinner party with my best friend (also graduating) @ the function room of one of our condo buildings.
  • Graduation party: until the wee hours of the morning @ a nightclub

So I will need at least two outfits: a daytime look for the ceremony and lunch, and a nighttime look for the dinner and party. I’m still looking for the perfect outfits and in searching, I’ve come up with some factors to consider when picking out graduation outfits:

  1. Graduation robe:
    Your outfit will be underneath a robe for the entire ceremony and you will be walking across stage in front of hundreds, maybe thousands, and photographed in that robe. So pick a dress with a clean silhouette because anything with a lot of volume will look really strange underneath the robe. For my undergraduate graduation, I wore a beautiful strapless, knee-length dress with a stiff, slightly trumpeted skirt (it had tulle underneath). It looked really awkward underneath my robe – at knee height, there was this slight outward bulge. I looked like I was smuggling a small hula hoop!

    Pair with bronze or nude accessories for a more classic look or dark wooden accessories for a funkier vibe (BCBG)

    Always allow a print dress to speak for itself and keep accessories to a minimum. Pair this with a neutral shoe and jewelry with clean lines (Diane von Furstenberg)

  2. Parents
    It is best to dress in a classic look on the more conservative side for the ceremony. You will be meeting many of your friends’ parents for the first time and a classic, conservative look will make a better impression on the parents than an outfit that the parents found distasteful.
    I had a very diverse group of friends in undergrad, most of them from Latin America and the Middle East, which are both religious and conservative cultures (at least in their parents’ generation). Knowing I would meet their parents, I picked something beautiful and classic, rather than sexy or trendy.
    If parents are not a good enough reason to dress more conservatively, think about it this way: it will be very embarrassing to show your children/grandchildren a photo of you wearing a cap, gown and skin-tight mini-dress with a plunging neckline or something overly trendy and dated. A classic look is timeless and always beautiful.

    Let this flower print speak for itself and pair it with nude or white sandals and simple jewelry (Tibi)

    Keep this simple or amp it up with brightly colored shoes (BCBG)

  3. Weather and time of year
    Think about the weather and time of year not only in terms of comfort for yourself, but also in terms of appropriateness. For a spring graduation, go for a lively color palette in light fabrics. Bold primary colors work well also as long as you keep the silhouette simple. Strapless, sleeveless, short sleeved, halter or something with straps work well for a spring setting. I would go for a dress or a top and skirt as opposed to pants or shorts because it is appropriate for the occasion and it will be the coolest (in terms of temperature, not awesome factor!). I’d advise not to wear dark colors – it’s a happy occasion so wear happy colors!
    I graduated in Florida and the ceremony let out just past noon – just in time for photos under a blistering sun directly over our heads. I wish I had picked something a little lighter as the raw silk of my dress was a little thick and the tulle made my sticky legs itch. Thank goodness for the strapless bodice!

    This would look great with big earrings and bangles and simple, strappy black sandals (BCBG)

    Accessorize with oversized wooden jewelry and cork shoes (Milly)

  4. Pictures!
    Needless to say, an abnormally large amount of photos will be taken on this day. Make sure your outfit is photogenic. Sometimes drapes, folds and prints might look amazing in person but not on camera. I’m sure many of you have seen celebrity red carpet mishaps where the dress photographed see-through and embarrassing pasties/underwear or worse, private parts, were revealed under the flash of the camera or sunlight! Graduation is an important milestone in your life so you want to be able to show your photos proudly in the future without being disappointed or embarrassed about your choice of outfit. Photo-proof your outfit by taking photos of yourself.

    This beautiful dress can stand on its own - just add a bracelet and you're good to go (Lafayette 148 New York)

    Balance bright, solid colored dresses with dark accessories (BCBG)

  5. Food
    I am a hearty eater who always ends up looking slightly pregnant after a meal so I’m debating whether I should limit my food intake at lunch and dinner or find a dress that will conceal a stomach bulge. I’m opting for the latter at lunch and the former for dinner, since I will be going straight to the club after dinner and I am slightly vain 🙂 . However if you are not as vain as me, you will have to consider the fact that you will have a bloated moment after dinner. Instead of a form fitting dress, try an empire waist dress, a slightly unstructured or flowy dress,  or even separates. Also, I’d shy away from white – you don’t want to accidentally spill food and have to go clubbing with a food stain on your beautiful outfit! I usually won’t wear white out partying either because oftentimes, partying can be messy with cranberry vodkas in the hands of drunken dancers!

    Pair this romantic dress with a long strand of pearls or go bold with coral or turquoise accessories (Rebecca Taylor)

Ethereal, girly and demure (Yoana Baraschi)

Girly and flirty with a subtle floral print (Yoana Baraschi)

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Globetrotting Stilettos 101

After much consideration, I’ve decided to start a blog that combines two of my passions: fashion and travel!

I am a graduate student pursuing an MBA who recently began to pursue a graduate fashion degree online. I will be finishing my MBA this summer and am in a turmoil about whether to pursue my fashion degree full-time or do it part time as I launch myself into the “real world.”

I am blessed to be able to travel often and plan to take a few months off after graduation to travel before beginning …. the rest of my life, I suppose. So hopefully, I will have plenty of inspiration for this blog!

The posts may be about fashion, travel, being fashionable while traveling, traveling for fashion, where to shop while traveling, what the current fashion trends are in certain travel destinations.

I hope you enjoy reading my blog as much as I enjoy writing it!

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