Monday, April 30, 2007

Hot Trend: Pinafore Dresses, Couture in the City Fashion Blog

Kirsten Dunst (source)

Jessica Simpson

Nicky Hilton and Hilary Duff (source)

I have some seriously mixed feelings about this new trend of jumper dresses...not that it's anything new. What was once a staple on the playground is now celebrity couture, and is reminiscent of last seasons' tube top/shorts jumper ensemble that everyone was wearing. What gives? How much longer can I stand it? Why must Hollywood fashionista's turn little girl togs into trends?

So here's the deal; my love hate relationship for jumpers runs deep. I love that they are so casual and cute; but I hate that they are so casual and cute. It seems odd how La Dunst and the Duff try to pair them with such frumpy shoes...I think that Nicky Hilton got it right in the shoe department. This look definitely calls for open toed shoes or sandals.

Which brings me to my other point; this is NOT a red carpet look. La Dunst and J. Simp do this look right by wearing them casually for fun in the sun and shopping sprees (although I think that we can all agree that Simpson could use a little more support...).

I love the giant buttons, I love the contrast piping, and I love the casual fun, but I think that I'm just sick of seeing these things dressed up already. Anyhow, tell us your thoughts on little girl style turned grown-up fashion pinafore dresses before this look is so last minute.

MENS: What To Wear: Neon Belts, Couture In The City Fashion Blog

Forget the dull old-fashioned belts to match with your shoe. Try a new way, the accessory that adds instant rock and indie cool! Let's view life in cartoon motion with these neon belts. MIKA!

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Bright neon belts with a perforated design from TOPMAN
100% Bonded Leather.


Sunday, April 29, 2007

MENS: What To Wear: Below 3 Pounds,Couture In The City Fashion Blog

When i mentioned 3 pounds,i'm not talking about Nicole Richie's Body Mass or Paris Hilton's chihuahua.I am talking about the TOPMAN final clearence sale! Items are going for 3 pounds or less!!

Scoop Neck Tops:
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Long sleeve plain jersey top with scoop neck shape and chest pocket.
100% Cotton.

Skinny Ties:

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Red gingham ultra skinny tie 100% Cotton

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Black Leather Tie With Skinny 3.5cm Blade Width

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Friday, April 27, 2007

Fab Fashion Blogs Friday

Friday Fashion Hotlist | Treats from The April Sampler [Omiru]

Gift Ideas: CCC Gifts for Mother's Day [Moms Buzz]

Patch of Freedom - Nippies [The It Lists]

Celebrity Style: Hilary Duff [FabSugar]

Casual Chic - Dinner Night Out [Shopaholics Anonymous]

Dolce & Gabbana - Corseted Tulle Dress [I HEART LUXE]

A Bit Hazy [Style Critics]

Eye Creams for Every Budget [Lipstick Powder 'n Paint]

Thursday, April 26, 2007

This Week in Life & Style, Couture in the City Fashion Blog

What's new this week at Life & Style? Does Brad really want Jen back? Get all the greatest gossip inside!

What a difference a week will make...this weeks' hottest celeb trends feature lots of denim, white and yes, still knee high boots in the middle of spring. Big white bags, cinched waists and lots of layers are the hottest trends going right now.

Still not sure about what to wear for prom? Looking for a great formal look for your bridesmaids dresses? Whatever the occasion, sweetheart necklines are super cute right now! I absolutely love Nicole Richie's little white number...this is the perfect look to add a little oomph to a minimal bust, and speaking of...

Boobs are back in a big way! (Not that they ever really went anywhere...) Super model and super mom Heidi Klum knows the value of a good push up bra. Life & Style has the scoop on where to get the hottest new bras in colors and styles you will love.

Wanna steal your fave celebs style? Life & Style has some fabulous suggestions for dresses to fit any shape. Whether you are curvy like America Ferrera and Beyonce or petite like Vanessa Minillo, Life & Style has the perfect shopping guide to help you find a great spring dress.

One of the biggest trends going this spring is the infamous colored jeans. Not for the timid, anything goes with colored jeans from neon blue to white, red and everything in between. Though I wouldn't mind trying my hand at a red pair, I don't know if I would be so brave as V-Becks, or Mrs. Victoria Beckham, to you. Life & Style tells you where to find yourself a technicolor pair.

What better way to top off a pair of those bright jeans or to add sparkle to a white spring dress than a pair of cute flats! Life & Style has the latest info on the best selling flats this week and where to get them. Check out Life & Style for great fashion tips, celebrity news and more!

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

We <3 Electric Ladyland! Couture in the City Fashion Blog

Sky Yellow Flower Dress $152.00

Cosa Nostra Black Woven Collared Layered Dress, $990.00

McQ by Alexander McQueen $911.00

Love celebrity style and clothes that you can't find just anywhere? Then you have to check out Electric Ladyland. This chic boutique and online store offers denim, dresses, jewelry,intimates and more that any fashionista would die for. They cater to a number of celebrity clients and the couture market and offer fabulous pieces for all tastes and styles.

Whether you are looking for uber trendy pieces (like bejeweled skull and crossbone heels by Pedro Garcia), every day wear (like hot and comfortable jeans from Rock and Republic) or classic and feminine pieces (like dresses from Alexander McQueen) Electric Ladyland.

Electric Ladyland caters to fashion forward guys as well, and offers hot denim and graphic tees from 7, True Religion and more.

The next time you are in L.A., stop into Electric Ladyland for some cute baubles and cool togs, or cruise their website for a complete listing of all their great looks.

Couture in the City Gets a Nod from The Wallstreet Journal and Glam.Com!

Read All About It! Couture in the City get a mention in the Wall Street Journal.

Web Network Offers Reebok Flexibility

Glam Media Stresses
Customized Campaign;
Willing to Experiment

April 25, 2007; Page B10

When Reebok launched a new line of shoes and apparel endorsed by actress Scarlett Johansson last month, it took a different approach to Internet marketing. Instead of buying ads on mass-audience portals like MySpace, as it had done for past campaigns, Reebok struck an exclusive online deal with fashion and lifestyle Web concern Glam Media. featuring a promotion for Reebok's new Scarlett Johansson line of shoes and apparel.

Glam worked with Reebok International, a unit of Adidas AG, to put together a marketing campaign aimed at young women that ranged from the traditional -- banner ads -- to less-traditional promotions that looked more like editorial features, such as interactive quizzes about Ms. Johansson and mentions in Glam blogs.

And the ads didn't show up just on Glam has assembled a network of roughly 300 similarly themed blogs, Web sites and magazines that it links to -- broadening Glam's reach. Glam's female-oriented network drew 10 million unique U.S. visitors in March, making it the second-largest women's online property after NBC Universal's iVillage, according to comScore Media Metrix.

"You are not just hitting one portal; you have thousands of these other sites. By showing up incrementally on these other sites, you are getting more bang for your buck," says Marc Fireman, head of digital marketing for Reebok.

Glam Media is one of several emerging Web networks that offers advertisers the chance to run narrowly targeted and heavily customized ad campaigns -- with customized the operative word. Lots of Web firms, of course, help advertisers target specific groups of people on different sites. What makes Glam and other networks, including female-oriented properties SheKnows and Sugar Publishing, stand out is their willingness to devise new marketing formats, ad executives say.

"They will bend over backwards for you. That's refreshing from a marketer's standpoint because sometimes you just feel like the partnership isn't a partnership on these big deals. It can be like pulling teeth," says Martin Reidy, president of Modem Media, an arm of digital marketing concern Digitas, itself a unit of Paris-based Publicis Groupe.

Modem Media worked with Glam to develop a campaign for Kraft Foods' Crystal Light low-calorie drink. Crystal Light is sponsoring an "Instant Color Therapy" quiz on Glam, where visitors can find out which color best fits their mood. Selecting "warm and cheery" for a mood reveals an array of orange apparel: a string bikini, an embroidered tunic, flip-flops -- and peach tea Crystal Light. This is the first time Modem has run a campaign for one of its clients on Glam, and the company says it is pleased thus far: The quiz is among the most popular on the site.

Glam has also shown it is willing to blur the line between editorial and advertising by, for instance, getting its sponsors mentioned in its network of blogs. While bloggers have editorial control over their sites, they're often receptive to anything that looks like news in the fashion, style and beauty areas. For example, Glam Media announced yesterday the launch of a handbag designer competition with Hearst Magazines' Marie Claire. During the day, a number of blogs noted the news with links back to the contest's site. In the Reebok campaign, the Glam-affiliated fashion blog "Couture in the City" recently posted an item about the Glam exclusive "Scarlett Hearts Rbk Giveaway."

Glam Media's founder, chairman and chief executive, Samir Arora, says Glam wants advertising that is both useful and entertaining, an approach he says isn't that different from the fashion magazine world. "Does [advertising] deter you from picking up Vogue? No. It actually enhances the experience," he says. "The key is in understanding when ads are desirable."

Mr. Arora, a Web entrepreneur who is also chairman of venture capital firm Information Capital LLC, started Glam in 2005 after noticing that most online advertisers focused on targeting males through search advertising. Women were underserved by new media, he believed.

To be sure, some brands are hesitant to associate with smaller networks that lack an established reputation. Instead, they are sticking with more-established sites such as iVillage, which was launched in 1995. "These smaller networks have a little bit of growing to do," says Cari Weisberger, senior partner and group director for WPP Group's Media Edge.

Hanes Comfortique event in Los Angeles with Jennifer Love Hewitt

Hanes® Comfortique ‘Pops Up’ on Hosted by Jennifer Love Hewitt on Melrose Place, April 18th.


Jennifer Love Hewitt, Amber Valletta, China Chow, Alicia Witt, Michelle Stafford, Mehcad Brooks, Donovan Leitch, Tara Subkoff, Evan Ross, Antonio Ruffino, Kristen Kline, Michael Des Barres, James Gooding, Mike Brown, Chudney Ross, Samantha Ronson, et al.

Jennifer Love Hewitt hosted a private, preview party to celebrate the grand opening of Hanes
Comfortique, the company’s first “pop up” boutique designed to showcase ComfortSoft® intimate apparel.

Guests enjoyed music spun by Celebrity DJ Samantha Ronson, chic comfort food & ‘comfortinis,’ and an exclusive fashion show from Celebrity Stylist, Jennifer Rade. Models strutted their stuff wearing the latest spring looks – from red carpet to everyday wear – recreated in sheer/clear fabrics and layered atop

Hanes bras and panties to “clearly” demonstrate that today’s stylish look start with a great foundation.

In honor of the Hanes Comfortique, the company will make a donation to the Step Up Women’s Network, a non-profit organization dedicated to direct service programming for underserved teen girls, women’s health education and advocacy, professional mentorship and development for women, and social networking.

Hanes is a leading brand of intimate apparel, underwear, sleepwear, socks, shoes and casual apparel. Hanes is a flagship brand of Hanesbrands Inc. Hanes products can be found at leading retailers nationwide and online direct to consumers at

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Bizarre Fashion Styles of the Rich and Famous, Couture in the City Fashion Blog

Lindsay Lohan and Mischa Barton (source)

Here's what I will never understand: if you are young, beautiful, rich, famous and have a rockin' bod, wouldn't you want to dress to the nines? I mean seriously, wherever you go, you know you are going to be photographed, right?

I gotta give Mischa snaps for her salute to Fleetwood Mac/70's revival look, but I think that we all know that the high waisted jeans are right up there with pleats and acid wash.

Lindsay, on the other hand, was photographed earlier that day looking stunning in a black and white ensemble that was chic and yet casual. It frankly made her look more mature than she probably is. So my question would be...why go out for a night on the town looking like you lost your top at a frat party and just borrowed the flannel of whatever guy you were hanging all over that evening?

Sigh, I'll never understand...anyways, what do you think of Lindsay's "boyfriend couture" and Mischa's "70's mom-jeans revival?" Is it totally awesome that they march to the beat of their own drummer with their fashion-forward looks, or will they be looking back at these photos in ten years and smacking themselves in the head?

Marie Claire and Glam Media are looking for the Next Great Handbag Designer

Marie Claire and Glam Media have joined forces to create a competition for aspiring handbag designers. Starting today aspiring designers can submit their handbag sketches on, where the fashion community will vote for their favorites. The lucky winner will receive a trip to New York, a one-night stay at a posh New York hotel, and the MOST EXCITING part of all she or he will be a Marie Claire "accessories editor for a day." Additionally, the final 8 bags will be auctioned off on with all the proceeds going to charity.

Be discovered at

Monday, April 23, 2007

Kate Moss for Topshop, Couture in the City Fashion Blog

Kate Moss, and a sneak peek at her new line for Topshop, coming out May 1, 2007 (source)

It's of the most notable style-icon's of our era has designed a line of togs exclusively for uber chic boutique Topshop. Everything that Topshop does is golden and up to the minute (read: super trendy), like for instance, right now you can find the very popular amongst celebs primary colored jeans you've been hearing about.

It is my sad duty to report, however, that Kate's line appears to be a little bit of a snoozer. I expected something a little more avant-guard I guess...instead I got menswear meets glitter. Seriously...think trousers, button up shirts, tailored vests and sequined dresses. all seems like its so last season.

Anyways, if you are amongst the many that think Kate is the living end when it comes to fashion, check out her new line at Topshop available May 1...I know that I'll be skipping it, unfortunately, but who knows? Maybe there will be cuter lines by Kate on the horizon...

Friday, April 20, 2007

Fab Fashion Blogs Friday

Q&A: How to Choose a Petite Prom Dress [Omiru]

Celebrity Style: Kate Moss [FabSugar]

April “it” Girl - Avril Lavigne [The It List]

Tools: 2 Kitchen Gadgets to Have [Mom's Buzz]

Awesome Aqua Dress [Shopaholics Anonymous]

Karen Walker: Hector Frames [I HEART LUXE]

Walk Of Fame: Jaclyn Smith [RealSelf Blog]

Celeb Denim Trend - Skinny White Jeans

Jessica Donates Ferrari To Dad [Style Critics]

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