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Fashionista’s Annual Spring Summer 2011 Must-Have Items Shopping Report

Posted in Fashion with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 17, 2011 by Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

It’s that time of the season when all the hottest accessories that hit the catwalks back in autumn 2010 now the long wait has ended, and they are all in the store. But you’ve got to be quick off the mark, because they’ll be sold out quicker than you can say ‘must have’. But where to begin? We’ve boiled down the key trends in the theme of your vacation spot location and picked out our favorite pieces for you. Ready, steady, shop!

Nautical Girl at Côte d’Azur

Tory Burch “Barite” Embellished Tee
Available at Nordstrom.com
Burberry Twisted Cord Necklace
Available at Net-A-Porter.com
Sonia by Sonia Rykiel – Striped Chiffon Dress
Available at Saks Fifth Avenue.com
Yves Saint Laurent Deauville Canvas Wedge Sandles
Available at Net-A-Porter.com
Lauren by Ralph Lauren “Kael” Ruffled Tank
Available at Nordstrom.com
Anya Hindmarch Junie Canvas Bow Tote
Available at Saks Fifth Avenue.com
Carmen Marc Valvo Strapless Sequin-Stripe Dress
Available at Bergdorf Goodman.com

Christian Dior Spring 2011 Haute Couture Show Pays Tribute To The Beauty of René Gruau Fashion Illustrations

Posted in Dior, Fashion, Haute Couture with tags , , , on January 29, 2011 by Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

I am so in love with Dior’s Spring 2011 Couture show! It was inspired by Monsieur Christian Dior’s favorite fashion illustrator René Gruau. He was famous his fabulous Ad campaigns back in the 1950s for House of Dior, glamorous yet minimal brush strokes, just a dash, swift, decisive strokes of gouache, charcoal & pen, it captures of all the beautiful embroidery, shapes of Monsieur Dior’s creations.

The Magic of Fashion Illustrations & My Favorite Illustrators – Rene Gruau & Alfredo Cabrera

Posted in Art & Music, Dior, Fashion with tags , , , , , on March 21, 2010 by Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

It’s another cold spring night in San Francisco bay area, as I am relaxing on my sofa, sipping some hot Jasmine pearl tea from my favorite Le Palais des Thés, I was flipping through some of the art books I’ve collected since I was a fashion student at Parson School of Design back in 1992 in New York City, there I came across a book of my favorite fashion illustrator Rene Gruau.

Before the adobe photoshop, illustrators and other computer art programs, a fashion illustrator is the key person to translate a designer’s vision from the runway to the general public! To me, Rene Gruau was the greatest fashion illustrator! With his trademark use of his powerful minimal lines, a gash of bright lips or a wash of color, Gruau’s style combined seductive sophistication with classic beauty, grace and sensual elegance. He had captured the spirit of haute couture & the glory days of Parisian high fashion with his pen and brushes.

Rene Gruau was born in Italy in 1909. In the 1940‘s and 50‘s Gruau became a favorite of the haute couture world, working with Femina, Marie-Claire, L’Officiel, L’Album Du Figaro and other “high-style” magazines. Some of Gruau’s best work can be seen in the dramatic visual statements he rendered for Christian Dior, Balenciaga, Elsa Schiaparelli, and Hubert de Givenchy. In 1948 Rene Gruau left for the United States to work for Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue, before becoming the exclusive artist for FLAIR. He also produced stunningly beautiful advertisements for the LIDO, MOULIN ROUGE and BEMBERG. His illustrations had totally influence on modern day fashion advertising and photography.

After enjoying Gruau’s beautiful illustration book, it reminded me to check out the blog (Mamie N Baby) from another one of my favorite fashion illustrator, Alfredo Cabrera. He is a seasoned fashion designer whom had designed for Geoffrey Beene, Polo Ralph Lauren, Victor Alfaro also had lend his talented fashion illustration skills to ad campaigns & window displays to Henri Bendel, Missoni, Gianfranco Ferre, Tommy Hilfiger, Hollister and many more famous fashion houses.

I love how “free” and “easy” the lines flows in his illustrations! The women in his sketches all has this effortless high fashion elegance feel to it and translate glamour in a casual and approachable way that you can totally relate to!

He currently an Asst. Professor at Parsons School of Design teaching the lucky few students how to draw beautiful fashion illustrations and his long anticipated book “ 101 Things I Learned in Fashion School” with Matthew Frederick will be release on May 20th, 2010. I can’t wait to get a copy of this book!! It’s now ready for pre-order from Barnes & Noble – Click here or Amazon.com – Click here. If you are into fashion illustrations, then this is a must-have book for you!

I hope you enjoy these beautiful illustrations as much I do and inspire you to pick up a pencil and start sketching! Oh! don’t forget to visit & subscribe to Alfredo Cabrera’s blog! Click here to visit his fabulous “Mamie N Baby” & enjoy his fashion illustrations.

Until next time, be well & look fabulous!

XOXO

Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

Film Noir Meets Fashion – Lady Dior Cannage Bag Film

Posted in Dior, Handbags & Accessories with tags , , , , , , on March 21, 2010 by Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

Dior has done it again! Besides their fabulous clothing & accessories collections, even their AD campaigns are now captivate our imaginations! Directed by Olivier Dahan , featuring French actress Marion Cotillard, Dior has released a mini film of its own – a lady James Bond adventure. For this ad campaign, Dior has invited 2008 Oscar winning French actress Marion Cotillard as its advertisement spokesperson as well as the famous photographer Peter Lindbergh to take shots. Taking a fancy to Marion’s noble temperament, so Dior selected her to be the model who can match with the new Lady Dior Cannage Bag perfectly.

“Chapter 1: A Lady Noire Affair”. The film shows off the men in perfectly pressed Dior Homme suits, and Marion Cotillard rushing up the Eiffel Tower in amazing black heels, distinctly shaped “Diorette” sunglasses and the Lady Dior Handbag. Dior has cleverly put their best selling handbag on display with a short film and the episodes will continue. I’ll be blissfully await the next video made in New York “Lady Rouge”.

Below you can view “The Lady Noire Affair”, which was released in May. Do not expect to get all the answers right away. If you pay careful attention there are clues provided. So who will save lady Dior? We will have to wait and see.

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It’s said that the reason why this bag is so famous is kinda related with our familiar Princess Diana. “In 1995, at the Cezanne Art Exhibition sponsored by Dior Corporation, the former French First Lady Bernadette Chirac sent Princess Diana a new model of Christian Dior bags as a gift.” Then Dior immediately named this unreleased bag “Lady Dior” – gracefully to the name extremely. And Diana also liked this bag so much that she carried it in many important official occasions, then this bag has fired up.

This latest Lady Dior Cannage Bag 2009 is crafted by the soft supple suede which sends out a light lambency, patterned with cannage embroidery and logo cannage jacquard lining. With unique cannage geometric surface and two hemicycle handles, it’s also attached with silver Dior logo metal hard ware and the metal protective feet. Besides, there is an open top with protective flap closure on top and a zipped pocket inside. Available in two colors: black and brown. And as usual, Luxe-Gift.com we are always trying to bring anything fabulous to our customers, so we’ve this uber fabulous Lady Dior bag in size small for our lucy customers! Click the link here to visit our online boutique (Luxe-Gifts.com)

– Black lambskin w/ hand stitched “Cannage” embroidery
– Silver-tone metal DIOR Logo charms
– 12″ double sturdy handles with 4″ drop
– 32.5″ removable shoulder strap with 17.5″ drop
– Red logo jacquard lining with side zip pocket
– Carried in the hand or worn with a strap as shoulder bag
– Protective metal feet at bottom of the bag- Size: 9.5″W x 8″H x 4.5″D
– Made in Italy

Come check out our online designer boutique (Luxe-Gifts.com) and experience the magic of Lady Dior !

Untill next time, be well and look fabulous !

XOXO

Alan + Mei-Mei the pug 🙂

Dior Granville Satchel Tote Is a Must Have Bag !

Posted in Dior, Handbags & Accessories with tags , , , , , on March 13, 2010 by Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

I’ve always love Christian Dior’s fashion, and their accessories are just fabulous! They are must have for all the fashonistas! Today when I browse the Dior official site, I found the newly released Dior Granville Collection & there comes a Dior bag that I just need to have it!

Available at Luxe-Gifts.com

You must be wondering why this bag is named “Granville”? well, Monsieur Christian Dior was born in Granville, Normandy. I find the hand stitching of the “cannage” detail so beautiful! because they are slightly irregular and they’re 3 dementional. The detail is achieve through pin tucking the leather so it is actually a part of the bag rather than applied, so the intersections of the lines are a bit off. You would think this is a flaw but it is done so well that it is just a perfect example of DIOR’s superior quality and worksmanship.

Of course, silver-tone hardware completes its luxurious totality, which you can find on the loops and on the hanging DIOR charms. It has a zip along the top, and the hour-glass shape can actually be folded over, just like on other convertible bags we have these days. This gives you an option of whether carrying it as a handbag through its top handles with rings or as a shoulder bag through its detachable strap.

What I love the most is the multi compartments inside of the bag! The interior of the bag was divided into 3 large compartments by the big fully top sip center divider pocket compartment. so you can fit all of your stuff in and still looking stylish & fabulous!

Here is a photo of Demi Moore carrying the LARGE size granville

Even tho Ashton is super hot but I still can’t keep my eyes off Demi’s fabulous DIOR Granville

We hope you enjoy the review of this fabulous DIOR Granville satchel/tote bag, and if you like the bag, we’ve just received the size Medium Granville directly from DIOR and now available at our very own online store Luxe-Gifts.com ! come check out the bag, it will be the best investment purse you’ll ever get!

Untill next time, be well and look fabulous !

xoxo

Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

Fabulous Dolly Parton – A Modern Day Fairy Tale

Posted in Christian Lacroix, Dior, Donna Karan, Fendi, Oscar de la Renta, Peter Som with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 13, 2010 by Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

Dolly Parton is one of those American dreams & fairy tales that came true. This is not the typical beautiful princess or a poor girl married into royal family & live happily ever after kinda fairy tale. In fact, it is totally opposite!

I admire Dolly Parton for many reasons. Her flameboyant fashions, great sense of humor and cheerful personality, She sing, act and even has her own theme park ( Dollywood )but most impressively, she single handedly formed and funded the Imagination Library program which provides free monthly books to all Tennessee children ages 5 and under. Also I love and admire her marketing genius when it comes to personal branding.

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It may appear that Dolly’s life is all rhinestones and glitter, she often jokes that ” It costs a lot of money to look this cheap! ” LOL!
Dolly Parton was born and raised dirt poor in a one room shack right outside of the Great Smoky Mountains in Sevierville, Tennessee. Music was large part of her childhood. Performing as a child on local radio stations and at the Grade Ole Opry, Dolly incorporated traditional elements of East Tennessee Folklore into her popular music. At age 63, she is worth 400 million dollars. How did she get that rich? Talent baby!! and always believing in herself! (Of course her huge boobs helps also haha)
Well we all know God blessed her with some extra ordinary bosoms!! and her flameboyant clothes, super big hair, long press-on nails and heavy caked-on makeup all adds a special charm to her over the top persona.
Dolly Parton’s hit song, “I Will Always Love You” & “Nine to Five” the song and movie is high on my list also.
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Click on the media player below to hear her famous song ” 9 to 5 “, sing-along, don’t be shy LOL!
9-to-5-video
In the 1960’s, Dolly used her fame to bring tourist attraction to her hometown of Sevierville through what is now known as Dollywood. I’ve so many friends whom visited Dollywood & all rave about how much fun it was! click on the photo below to visit Dollywood official website
But with all of her successes, she has never forgot give back to her hometown & children all over the world by single handedly formed and funded the Imagination Library program which provides free monthly books to all Tennessee children ages 5 and under.
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How’s this made her a class act? If you are aged zero to five, Dolly Parton will mail you a book each and every month! The awesome literacy program, which Dolly spearheaded in her own community in 1996, has spread to more than 500 cities across North America. The first book each child receives is The Little Engine that Could, and then kids can eagerly await their monthly treasures, carefully selected by Dolly and a team of experts, and provided by Penguin Books.
Dolly funds the project herself, through proceeds from her cookbook, theme park, and donors, and through fundraising work for literacy. Head to http://www.imaginationlibrary.com to make a donation, or to get involved. Or, consider using Dolly’s inspiration and commit to some kind of book club for your niece, godchild, or an underprivileged neighbors! With a very little effort, we can all help a child to unlock the magic of imaginations from reading.
She is also currently active in raising money for a $90 million dollars for hospitals and cancer centers in her hometown of Sevierville, Tennessee. Dolly is a perfect illustration of a girl building herself up from rags to riches, and her selfless success is part of the foundation of modern Sevierville.
The sum of all this is: Dolly Parton made all those millions due to talent, a drive to succeed in the music world, and her never ending belief in herself. To me this is a modern day fairy tale!. where the “Princess” is not the typical “classic beauty” but her own unique beauties shines through her sense of humour, bold & driven ambition and outshadowed ALL the disney princess with her heart of gold ! We love you Dolly!
So, now I am all about Dolly now, I decided to shop the stores and find some fabulous items that reminds me of “Dolly Chic” !
Christian Lacroix – motorcycle cowboy boots is so over the top, it just screams “Dolly Parton” ! $2200
Christian Lacroix Motorcycle-Style Boots
Every stylish cowgirl all needs a leather jacket! so why not rock it with
Oscar de la Renta – Motorcycle Jacket: $3490
Black leather with metallic embroidery. Spread collar with silvertone stud detail; asymmetric front zip. Long sleeves with silvertone studded cuffs. Available at Bergdorf Goodman
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Oscar de la Renta Jacket
We all know how much Dolly loves the color of PINK! so why not pick up this super chicFENDI – Colorblock Patent Platform

Nero (black)/Ciclamino (hot pink) patent leather. Light goldtone hardware. Crisscross instep with self buckle closure. Platform sole. Open toe. 4 3/4″ covered heel. Made in Italy. Available at Bergdorf Goodman(Click on photo to see more detail)
Fendi Colorblock patent platform

Bright color is an essential for Dolly’s closet, why not wear your favorite torned vintage denim jacket over this super fabulousPeter Som – Pixel-Print Dress ($1295) & Smoke Ring Fur ($290)

Available at Bergdorf Goodman
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I just love the studs and design on making a traditional boots but have an open toe and cut-out openings!Prada – Cutout Studded Bootie – $990
Gray shiny crackled leather. Silvertone stud detail at black trim. Cutout detail. Peep toe. 4 1/2″ covered heel. Leather sole. Made in Italy. Available at Bergdorf Goodman

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Prada Cutout studded bottie
Dolly know to show off her best “assets” ! haha. and most of women all have beautiful shoulders no matter if you are a little heavier at the bottom or not having the perfect small waist, but by showing off your beautiful shoulders, takes the eyes directly to your beautiful face and away from your “problem area” so to speak. so I just love thisDonna Karan – Belted Cold-Shoulder Dress – $1995

Available at Saks Fifth Avenue

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Donna karan Belted cold-shoulder dress
When you look at Dolly’s outfits, it’s never just a simple dress! instead, it’s filled with details and “All that jazz” haha, so this beautiful suede shoes reminds me of all the ruffles, glittery gold & crystals jewels dolly does it best but this could be the “tone down” version of “Dolly Chic”DIOR – Drape Bootie – $1090
Black calf suede with tonal snake-embossed leather trim. Available at Bergdorf Goodman
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Dior Drape Bootie
Ok, boys & girls, thanks for reading this super long blog! and we hope you enjoy it! clock on the video player below to see a TV special about Dolly Parton! …. and remember…. Larger than life is just the right size !!
untill next time, go shopping! and find your “Inner Dolly” !

xoxo

Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

Dolly-video

Christian Louboutin’s Shoes are so hot, it cause collisions!!

Posted in Barneys New York, Christian Louboutin with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on March 13, 2010 by Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

Ok girls, we all love those super high heels( 4″ or taller is better! ) & bright red sole shoes by Christian Louboutin! and have you seen these uber fabulous new collection? They are so hot, they cause collisions!

” Barneys Trash – Silver $995 “

PVC coated couture trash peep toe pump with metallic leather double platform and elastic sling back. 140mm thin covered heel. Signature red leather sole. Available in Silver. Made in Italy. Each shoe is a one-of-a-kind design, using a unique selection of Barneys’ materials, and is Exclusively @ Barneys New York!

And if you are into 80’s chic like lady gaga or whenever you feel like 80’s fab, wanna dress up in gold and put the show “Dynasty” to shame, then this is a must have for you! It’s so “Subtle”, it’s perfect to wear for everyday occation or go to church 😛

” Very Galaxy – Fuchsia or Gold $1295 “

Mirror metallic leather platform peep toe pump. 120mm thin covered heel. Signature red leather sole. Available in Fuchsia. Made in Italy.

I just love this uptown chic downtown sporty ” Dillian ” Shoe! fall & winter is just around the corner, what would be more chic than dressing up your winter coats with this fabulous shoe!

” Dillian – Available in Color: Blush, Brown & Red $1850 “,/B>


Nappa leather snub toe covered platform maryjane with ruffled instep and four adjustable buckle straps. 120mm thin covered heel. Signature red leather sole. Available in Blush. Made in Italy.

Now go get your AMEX black card ready and rush to Barneys and buy buy buy !

xoxo

Alan + mei-mei the pug