Monthly Archives: April 2011

Vintage Chanel: iconic luxury

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear Chanel?

For some, it’s the image of Coco Chanel, the creator of the legendary fashion house; she has been credited for bringing women the sophisticated, elegant garments they enjoy today.

Others might initially think of the quilted handbag with chain straps: the evening bag of choice for chic women of the world.

Perhaps it’s the classic little black dress, a fashion staple which was brought back to life by Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld.

One thing we can all agree on is this: Chanel is, to this day, one of the most in-demand, celebrated, and adored luxury labels of our time.

These vintage designs are a testament to the fashion house’s quality, craftsmanship, and everlasting appeal.

Timeless pieces to covet:

1) Matelassé duffle bag: ideal for chic travels.

2) Clip-on flower earrings in orange and coral: a fabulous look for spring.

3) Evening bag with double clasp: the ultimate purse for all your elegant soirees.

4) Drawstring shoulder bag with gold hardware: the perfect choice for daytime.

5) Charm bracelet with pearls and the CC logo: a stunning mélange of vintage flair with a modern appeal.

Chanel accessories are passed down from generation to generation, as they are the epitome of class and refined glamour.

Your wish is our command. Time to indulge in the designer piece you’ve desired for so long.

Enjoy.

Spring trends: from the runway to BTR

Ah, Spring. Bicycles everywhere. The smell of freshly-cut grass. Music blasting from cars. And fashion, fashion, and more fashion.

You’ve stored away those ravaged, worn-in boots and you’re ready to go shopping, show some skin, and slip into some eye-catching, spring ensembles. One of the keys to having good style is the ability to pick and choose from various trends and create a look that is all you. Get started with help from these 4 trends.

Stripes:

The nautical look is inescapable right now. You might have heard it’s best to avoid horizontal stripes out of fear of looking wider, but worry not: this trend can be worn many ways. Stripes can be diagonal, vertical, and when paired with skinny pants, your silhouette will look fab. This hot tank from Dots and Dreams is a great example.

Biker chic:

It takes a rare breed to be able to pull off head-to-toe biker babe. For those of us who prefer hobos over Harleys, your best bet is to choose one bold piece and pair it with a demure dress. Burberry motorcycle jackets are definitely enough to instantly add some edge to your style. For a more wallet-friendly alternative, pick up this David Jones bag or these Gee’WaWa boots.

White:

Nothing says spring/summer more than rocking some white. Whether it’s a white-hot maxi dress that looks extra amazing with a nice tan, or a pair of crisp white slacks, this is one trend that everyone can adopt. I suggest investing in loose, capri-style pants. Perfect for relaxing weekends and casual days.

Nudes:

Safari, nude, beige, however you want to call it, it’s everywhere. From killer nude pumps to full on desert-themed dresses, the trend is major. I just love this particular sand-colored dress from Insight. Perfect for the office, or even date night, this is one versatile piece that fits 20-something ladies as well as more mature women.

There you have it. 4 looks for you to rock this minute. Add your own flavor to the mix and make this your most fashionable season yet!

Prom: a night to remember

It’s one of the most memorable events in a young girl’s life. It’s a time she gathers with her best friends, remembers her high school years, and gears up for her exciting future.

But we all know it comes down to one really important thing: finding the perfect dress.

One that reflects your super style, is age-appropriate (we hear you moms), and most of all, absolutely fabulous!

Gigi Designs by La Femme has the dresses that will cause all the others to stare, admire, and be a little jealous of course. Pair with a gorgeous clutch and a killer pair of stilettos, and you’re ready to get the party started!

My top picks:

Jessica gown in emerald with beaded straps and an empire waist, which would look great paired with the Julie clutch.

Cleopatra gown in black with side cut-outs and snake pendants. Pair it up with this dazzling Rachel evening bag.

Elizabeth gown in yellow featuring a plunging neckline and side slits. Pair with this Fiona bag with flower detailing.

Sophia gown in black and white. Very Oscar glam! Match with this stunning Eva evening bag.

BTR wishes all of you a happy and safe prom. Take lots of pictures and know that you’ll look great in every shot thanks to these stunning looks!

Shop the dress event here and the clutch event here.

Winter Kate by Nicole Richie: a fab line by a fashion maven

She made her debut as a controversial troublemaker on one of TV’s most successful reality shows, somehow survived years of trash-talking tabloids, and emerged from it all with flying colors as a flourishing fashion designer. It’s a classic story of designer rags to riches for Hollywood’s elite.

And it’s a far cry from The Simple Life.

Nicole Richie has long been celebrated for her sense of style, so it was only natural that she build a career in fashion. Her latest line, Winter Kate—named after her daughter Harlow’s middle names—encapsulates Richie’s signature vintage-slash-ethereal allure. It’s a real treat for those of you who love retro fashions with a touch of fine elegance.

Winter Kate picks

The Devi Silk Jacquard Turtleneck Dress. A luxuriously silky creation that screams vintage glam with its ‘30s-inspired sleeves and its ‘60s-inspired length. It’s upscale elegance from a bygone era.

The Lucy Silk Crepe Dress. Put a new spin on your little black dress with this sumptuous wrap-around mini that features a flattering V-neckline, feminine sleeves, and a timeless appeal.

The Victoire Silk Chiffon Dress. Its halter neckline is a throwback to the ‘50s, while its silk chiffon construction and delightful floral print give it a subtle bohemian flair. The perfect pick for a summer luncheon.

The Kimono Silk Chiffon Dress. A floor-length design with a vintage sensibility for the classic lady whose sense of style epitomizes poise and grace. Pair with pearls for a night of fine dining.

The Dixie Silk Chiffon Tunic. Available in red (my favorite) and blue, this light, fluid top can serve as a cover-up with leggings, or as a statement-making mini dress.

And there’s a lot more where that came from. Delight in opulent silk chiffons, satins, and crepes, burnout velour designs, and an altogether stunning collection. Winter Kate by Nicole Richie is a worthwhile indulgence.

Mother’s Day tips from Kris Jenner, momager extraordinaire

She’s the mama of all celebrity mamas. She is a self-proclaimed momager. And she’s a force to be reckoned with when it comes to her mighty Kardashian clan.

She is none other than Kris Jenner, mother of TV glam girls Kim, Khloe, and Kourtney.

Lucky for us all, Kris took time out of her busy schedule to share some expert tips on what to get deserving moms this Mother’s Day. (After all, she speaks from experience.)

Q: What’s the best Mother’s Day gift you’ve ever gotten?

A: The best Mother’s Day gift ever was my first Mother’s Day—and I had the birth of Kourtney to celebrate (she was born on April 18). That was the best ever: the gift of being a mom for the first time!

Q: Have your daughters ever surprised you?

A: My girls surprised me by taking me to Disneyland one year about 10 years ago with the whole family. It was just my day doing something I adore with my entire brood!

Q: Jewelry is always a big hit on Mother’s Day. What tips do you have for men shopping for their wives and/or mothers?

A: If you listen to your wife or mom all year long, I am sure you will get an idea of the perfect gift for her. Jewelry is a big hit—something I always LOVE getting because I’ll have it as a memory forever. It’s timeless. I can tell you a story or a precious memory about every single piece of jewelry I have ever received. It means so much, and shows that someone really wanted to make the occasion special for you.

Q: Jewelry aside, what fashion items make good Mother’s Day gifts?

A: I love shoes and handbags!! So to any of my kids out there listening: a beautiful Chanel handbag is always an amazing surprise! LOL!

Q: Our members are big fans of home and kitchenware. What unique gift ideas for the home could you recommend for Mother’s Day?

A: One of my favorite gifts to give is a waffle maker with all of the trimmings from William Sonoma. They wrap beautifully and it’s the gift that just keeps on giving!

Q: What’s the most important thing to remember when shopping for a Mother’s Day gift?

A: Pick a gift that you know your mom or friend or wife will really use and enjoy—something really special and personal. I think either something she has been really wanting, a special hobby or interest, or a memory that she will never forget. Make it a day that she will enjoy, and MOST IMPORTANTLY, tell her you love her, because at the end of the day, that’s all that really matters! Happy Mother’s Day, everyone!

So what should we take away from this casual Q&A with Mama Kardashian?

  • Jewelry makes an awesome gift
  • Shoes and handbags: also awesome gifts
  • Kris likes homemade waffles and encourages everyone else to make them
  • Mother’s Day is about making moms feel special and loved

Duly noted.

For fabulous jewelry, footwear, handbags, home décor, and beauty products that are sure to make her smile, shop the “All About Mom” events happening all week on Beyond the Rack!

BTR is FULL-FIGURED & FABULOUS

Well, it’s about time.

Starting today, BTR is finally going to cater to the curvy women in the house who crave fabulous plus-size fashions.

How, you might ask, do we plan on kick-starting this brand new initiative? With a spectacular lineup of events including elegant Onyx Nite evening gowns, trendy Seven7 jeans and apparel, and sexy Grenier lingerie—just to name a few.

And what better way to launch the FULL-FIGURED & FABULOUS campaign than with an exclusive interview with More Magazine’s very own Fashion Features Editor, Susan Swimmer.

Q: We often feature designer gown events. What evening gown styles best flatter a full-figured silhouette?

A: There are so many gowns to choose from, but you have to choose wisely. One-shouldered styles are very on-trend, and very flattering on all shapes and sizes. And I love the way a deep V flatters the bust line. Stay away from shiny fabrics, embrace small prints, and look for uncomplicated silhouettes (avoid bows, ruffles, layers and the like).

Q: Sure, black is a safe and slimming color, but we think bold is better. What’s your take on bright colors and floral prints this season?

A: This is a great season for bold color, and I implore everyone to wear a hue that flatters their skin tone. Tropical brights are especially hot right now—coral, fuchsia, turquoise—and they are especially great when worn to frame the face, or when used in accessories. Going into fall you’ll see a lot of gorgeous jewel tones.

Q: Feeling sexy starts with the right lingerie. What criteria should plus-size women look for in their intimates?

A: My best advice when shopping for intimates is to get the size right. Go to a bra shop that offers a fitting—you’d be amazed how many women are wearing the wrong sized bra—and try on different styles until you find what works on you. Buy a few good, supportive bras in different colors and fabrications, buy a sexy bra and panty set, and by all means, buy shapewear!

Q: Which fabrics and fits are more flattering for curvy women?

A: Look for fabrics that move with your body (avoid stiff silks) and show off your shape. I’m not a fan of bulky fabrics (brocades, velvets), and I’m not a fan of shiny fabrics (satin).

Q: What top 3 spring-summer trends should our plus-size members look for this season?

A: There are lots of trends I love. Animal prints are very strong this season—a classic that always flatters. Look for newer takes in colors (like navy, dark green, and gray). I also like the whole minimalism trend because clothes are sleek and uncomplicated. Lastly, look for touches of florals and stripes—best in accessories—to add a pop of interest to any outfit.

Now that you have the full story on what’s what in plus-size fashions, break out your credit card and start building your dream wardrobe today!