Monday, January 26, 2009

Angelina Jolie wears Maxazria to SAG Awards

Maxazria Spring 2009 Collection, PH: Ed Kavishe/
Angelina Jolie PH:Jason Merritt / Getty Images, Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images

Angelina Jolie has been a big fan of flowy frocks lately for award shows.

She chose a blue Max Azria dress for the SAG Awards and another silver Max Azria number for the Critics' Choice Awards.

And while the sparkly silver gown she wore for Globes looks similar, Angie pointed out to E!'s Giuliana Rancic that she's actually only worn Max Azria twice. (Her Globes dress was Atelier Versace).

She also told Giuliana she's dressing for comfort these days...but we think these dresses could also easily hide a baby bump if Brangelina decides to add to their brood.

Do you think Angie's new red carpet style is a hit or miss? Weigh in below.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Inuaguration of President Barack Obama -In Pictures

Obama's Inaugural Speech, January 20, 2009

Obama's Inaugural Speech, January 20, 2009
My fellow citizens:

I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors. I thank President Bush for his service to our nation, as well as the generosity and cooperation he has shown throughout this transition.

Forty-four Americans have now taken the presidential oath. The words have been spoken during rising tides of prosperity and the still waters of peace. Yet, every so often the oath is taken amidst gathering clouds and raging storms. At these moments, America has carried on not simply because of the skill or vision of those in high office, but because We the People have remained faithful to the ideals of our forbearers, and true to our founding documents.

So it has been. So it must be with this generation of Americans.

That we are in the midst of crisis is now well understood. Our nation is at war, against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred. Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some, but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age. Homes have been lost; jobs shed; businesses shuttered. Our health care is too costly; our schools fail too many; and each day brings further evidence that the ways we use energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet.

These are the indicators of crisis, subject to data and statistics. Less measurable but no less profound is a sapping of confidence across our land - a nagging fear that America's decline is inevitable, and that the next generation must lower its sights.

Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are serious and they are many.

They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this, America - they will be met. On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.

On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics.

We remain a young nation, but in the words of Scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things. The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free, and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness.

In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned. Our journey has never been one of short-cuts or settling for less. It has not been the path for the faint-hearted - for those who prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame. Rather, it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things - some celebrated but more often men and women obscure in their labor, who have carried us up the long, rugged path towards prosperity and freedom.

For us, they packed up their few worldly possessions and traveled across oceans in search of a new life.

For us, they toiled in sweatshops and settled the West; endured the lash of the whip and plowed the hard earth.

For us, they fought and died, in places like Concord and Gettysburg; Normandy and Khe Sahn. Time and again these men and women struggled and sacrificed and worked till their hands were raw so that we might live a better life. They saw America as bigger than the sum of our individual ambitions; greater than all the differences of birth or wealth or faction.

This is the journey we continue today. We remain the most prosperous, powerful nation on Earth. Our workers are no less productive than when this crisis began. Our minds are no less inventive, our goods and services no less needed than they were last week or last month or last year. Our capacity remains undiminished. But our time of standing pat, of protecting narrow interests and putting off unpleasant decisions - that time has surely passed. Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America.

For everywhere we look, there is work to be done. The state of the economy calls for action, bold and swift, and we will act - not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth. We will build the roads and bridges, the electric grids and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together. We will restore science to its rightful place, and wield technology's wonders to raise health care's quality and lower its cost. We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories. And we will transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age. All this we can do. And all this we will do.

Now, there are some who question the scale of our ambitions - who suggest that our system cannot tolerate too many big plans. Their memories are short. For they have forgotten what this country has already done; what free men and women can achieve when imagination is joined to common purpose, and necessity to courage.

What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them - that the stale political arguments that have consumed us for so long no longer apply. The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works - whether it helps families find jobs at a decent wage, care they can afford, a retirement that is dignified. Where the answer is yes, we intend to move forward. Where the answer is no, programs will end. And those of us who manage the public's dollars will be held to account - to spend wisely, reform bad habits, and do our business in the light of day - because only then can we restore the vital trust between a people and their government.

Nor is the question before us whether the market is a force for good or ill. Its power to generate wealth and expand freedom is unmatched, but this crisis has reminded us that without a watchful eye, the market can spin out of control - and that a nation cannot prosper long when it favors only the prosperous. The success of our economy has always depended not just on the size of our Gross Domestic Product, but on the reach of our prosperity; on our ability to extend opportunity to every willing heart - not out of charity, but because it is the surest route to our common good.

As for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals. Our Founding Fathers, faced with perils we can scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man, a charter expanded by the blood of generations. Those ideals still light the world, and we will not give them up for expedience's sake. And so to all other peoples and governments who are watching today, from the grandest capitals to the small village where my father was born: know that America is a friend of each nation and every man, woman, and child who seeks a future of peace and dignity, and that we are ready to lead once more.

Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.

We are the keepers of this legacy. Guided by these principles once more, we can meet those new threats that demand even greater effort - even greater cooperation and understanding between nations. We will begin to responsibly leave Iraq to its people, and forge a hard-earned peace in Afghanistan. With old friends and former foes, we will work tirelessly to lessen the nuclear threat, and roll back the specter of a warming planet. We will not apologize for our way of life, nor will we waver in its defense, and for those who seek to advance their aims by inducing terror and slaughtering innocents, we say to you now that our spirit is stronger and cannot be broken; you cannot outlast us, and we will defeat you.

For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus - and non-believers. We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this Earth; and because we have tasted the bitter swill of civil war and segregation, and emerged from that dark chapter stronger and more united, we cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve; that as the world grows smaller, our common humanity shall reveal itself; and that America must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace.

To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect.

To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society's ills on the West - know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy. To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.

To the people of poor nations, we pledge to work alongside you to make your farms flourish and let clean waters flow; to nourish starved bodies and feed hungry minds. And to those nations like ours that enjoy relative plenty, we say we can no longer afford indifference to suffering outside our borders; nor can we consume the world's resources without regard to effect. For the world has changed, and we must change with it.

As we consider the road that unfolds before us, we remember with humble gratitude those brave Americans who, at this very hour, patrol far-off deserts and distant mountains. They have something to tell us today, just as the fallen heroes who lie in Arlington whisper through the ages.

We honor them not only because they are guardians of our liberty, but because they embody the spirit of service; a willingness to find meaning in something greater than themselves. And yet, at this moment - a moment that will define a generation - it is precisely this spirit that must inhabit us all.

For as much as government can do and must do, it is ultimately the faith and determination of the American people upon which this nation relies. It is the kindness to take in a stranger when the levees break, the selflessness of workers who would rather cut their hours than see a friend lose their job which sees us through our darkest hours. It is the firefighter's courage to storm a stairway filled with smoke, but also a parent's willingness to nurture a child, that finally decides our fate.

Our challenges may be new. The instruments with which we meet them may be new. But those values upon which our success depends - hard work and honesty, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism - these things are old. These things are true. They have been the quiet force of progress throughout our history. What is demanded then is a return to these truths. What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility - a recognition, on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation, and the world, duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character, than giving our all to a difficult task.

This is the price and the promise of citizenship.

This is the source of our confidence - the knowledge that God calls on us to shape an uncertain destiny.

This is the meaning of our liberty and our creed - why men and women and children of every race and every faith can join in celebration across this magnificent mall, and why a man whose father less than sixty years ago might not have been served at a local restaurant can now stand before you to take a most sacred oath.

So let us mark this day with remembrance, of who we are and how far we have traveled. In the year of America's birth, in the coldest of months, a small band of patriots huddled by dying campfires on the shores of an icy river. The capital was abandoned. The enemy was advancing. The snow was stained with blood. At a moment when the outcome of our revolution was most in doubt, the father of our nation ordered these words be read to the people:

"Let it be told to the future world...that in the depth of winter, when nothing but hope and virtue could survive...that the city and the country, alarmed at one common danger, came forth to meet [it]."

America. In the face of our common dangers, in this winter of our hardship, let us remember these timeless words. With hope and virtue, let us brave once more the icy currents, and endure what storms may come. Let it be said by our children's children that when we were tested we refused to let this journey end, that we did not turn back nor did we falter; and with eyes fixed on the horizon and God's grace upon us, we carried forth that great gift of freedom and delivered it safely to future generations.

Michelle Obama wears design by Isabel Toledo on Inauguration day

Designer Isabel Toledo PH: Ed Kavishe/
The dress and matching coat were made of a combination of fabrics—lace over wool, both of a slightly shiny, pale green-gold hue that Ms. Toledo dubs “lemongrass.” The designer incorporated a pashmina lining and handquilted cotton into the construction of the dress for warmth, since Mrs. Obama would be wearing the ensemble outdoors during the swearing-in and inaugural parade. (Mrs. Obama paired the ensemble with green patent-leather Jimmy Choo heels that were custom-ordered through Chicago boutique Ikram, according to the high-end shoe label.)

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Emma Stone Wears Cynthia Steffe at the Golden Globes

January 12th 2009

Actress Emma Stone was spotted wearing a beautiful black dress by Cynthia Steffe at this years Golden Globes.
We caught up with the actress at the Instyle Gala after party looking very chic.
You can find out more about Cynthis Steffe by requesting info at
Brand Building Public Relations.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Peter Som pulls out of Fashion Week

A look from Peter Som Spring 2009 Collection, Photo by Ed Kavishe/
Designer Peter Som, who announced yesterday that he is ending his joint venture with investor Creative Design Studios, is exploring options for the fall season. Mr. Som has already canceled his runway show, which would have taken place during fashion week next month in New York.

Fashion Week Face-Off: Justin Timberlake vs. Barbie

PH:Getty Images
It has been confirmed that Justin Timberlake will be staging at show at Bryant Park during New York Fashion Week. Right around that time another sexy lady Barbie will be celebrating her 50th Anniversary all week with a runway show of her own. Noted designers Anna Sui and Vera Wang are among those slated to send creations down the catwalk in the doll's honor, and Christian Louboutin has created custom Barbie-pink shoes for the event.
The dapper dude and demure doll aren't the only stars heading to the tents...
Despite several major designers dropping out of this season's festivities—Wang, Betsey Johnson and Monique Lhuillier—there will still be plenty of star power. In addition to J.T. and Babs, the week kicks off with the Heart Truth's Red Dress Collection, which typically sends celebs down the catwalk in stunning scarlet confections. The Fall 2008 show featured Liza Minnelli, Sara Ramirez, Jenna Fischer, Allison Janney, Ashanti and Heidi Klum, to name a few.
Earlier in the week, season four winner Christian Siriano is planning to show off his latest collection inspired by Egypt.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Sneak Peek: Nastia Liukin Models for Max Azria

PH:Courtesy Alexei Hay for Max Azria
After winning a gold medal in the 2008 Bejing Summer Olympics, Nastia Liukin has become a fixture on the fashion scene. From front row seats at New York Fashion Week to collaborating with Vanilla Star Jeans for a junior girls’ clothing line to guest starring on Gossip Girl, the teen gymnast is leaving her mark on the fashion world– and now, there are the pictures to prove it! Debuting in her first high-fashion campaign, Nastia poses for dance-inspired photos for Max Azria, the runway line under the BCBGMAXAZRIA brand. “For the Max Azria campaign, we wanted someone iconic –- someone timeless. We met Nastia at our runway show, and she was everything we were looking for. The Spring collection was inspired by movement and Modern Dance; she was perfect. It was meant to be, and the magic just sort of happened,” says Lubov Azria, Creative Director BCBGMAXAZRIA. Nastia’s pictures will be used for a lookbook, in-store imagery and online us. We will be watching for Nastia to reclaim her front row status this Fashion Week begining February 13. Tell us: What do you think of Nastia modeling for Max Azria?

Justin Timberlake to Show at Bryant Park This Fashion Week

Photo:Amanda Schwab/Startraks
The tents at Bryant Park may be losing superstar designers like Vera Wang and Monique Lhuillier to other venues this season, but Justin Timberlake is bringing sexy right back into the famed fashion venue. According to WWD, the star designer’s William Rast line will be making its Bryant Park debut on February 16. This show follows his acclaimed runway presentation, along with design partner Trace Ayala, at Roseland Ballroom last September. And of course, we’ll be bringing you the full scoop on the William Rast show and so many more when Fashion Week begins on February 13.

Tim Gunn: Project Runway to Film at Fashion Week

Friday January 9, 2009
Even though a legal battle is currently keeping Project Runway off the air, Tim Gunn says they're still filming.

The show's resident fashion guru told New York magazine Thursday that Project Runway is scheduled to tape at NYC's Fashion Week on Feb. 20.

See what stars were at the front row of Fashion Week last year.

"I'm making my home visits to the finalists starting on Sunday," Gunn added. "It's an incredible season. It really is. And I just want people to see it. And I want the designers on the show to get the exposure."

Find out what's up with your favorite Project Runway designers.

Where they'll get exposure, however, is still unclear.

In April, Lifetime announced that The Weinstein Company, which produces Project Runway, signed a five-year deal to switch networks beginning in November. Bravo's parent company NBC filed suit in New York Supreme Court claiming they did not have a chance to avert the deal.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Badgley Mischka to Lower Prices

In anticipation of the fact that consumers may still be reluctant to shop in the second half of the year, Badgley Mischka is working to lower its prices for its Fall 2009 pieces in order to encourage purchases.

Neil Cole, chairman and chief executive of Iconix Brand Group, Inc., which owns the label, would not comment on what the percentage decrease in retail prices could be but noted that Badgley is hammering out details this week.

The line, designed by Mark Badgley and James Mischka, is sold in high-end stores like Neiman Marcus.

“We realize the world is different,” said Mr. Cole, whose firm also owns, licenses and markets brands including Candie’s, MUDD and Joe Boxer. “People who are pretending that nothing’s going on are not thinking properly. We have to react and give the consumer great value for great fashion.”

source: WSJ

Trend Report: Exaggerated Belts

Thursday Jan 8th 2009
Waists got accessorized for Spring 2009
More and more designers chose to accessorise waist with oversize belts from the Spring 2009 Runways.
From Anna Sui to Tibi, the trend seemed to be picking up more and more throughout the spring collections.
Here are some of our favourite looks

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

New York Fashion Week -Monique Lhuillier, Naeem Khan Decide Against February Runway Shows

Naeem Khan F/W 2008
Two more designers, Monique Lhuillier and Naeem Khan, have decided against staging runway shows at New York’s fashion week in February.

Eveningwear designer Ms. Lhuillier, who has staged shows for 500 to 600 retailers and press at the New York fashion week tent in Bryant Park for at least six years, will instead debut her Fall 2009 collection in a more intimate showroom setting, says Paul Wilmot, whose public-relations firm Paul Wilmot Communications, represents Ms. Lhuillier. Mr. Khan, whom Mr. Wilmot’s firm also represents, will also skip the tent next month in favor of an informal presentation.

The designers join a host of labels that recently announced that they would do presentations instead of runway shows in February in order to save money or cut costs during the recession. Designers Vera Wang, Betsey Johnson, Temperley London and Carmen Marc Valvo announced in December that they would forgo their usual 1,000-guest shows at fashion week in favor or smaller presentations.

Runway shows at the Bryant Park tent typically cost upwards of $100,000. But Mr. Wilmot says Ms. Lhuillier and Mr. Khan didn’t change their plans because of the economy. He says he’s unsure whether either designer will spend less by staging a presentation instead of a runway show as it would depend on details such as the type of venue rented. He noted that there was the possibility of trimming costs at a presentation by cutting back on the number of models used (and therefore also spending less on hair and makeup) because the more informal format might allow each model to wear more than just one or two outfits.

“We just wanted to do something different, shake things up a little bit – it’ll sell the clothes differently,” he says, adding that the presentation format will allow press and retailers to chat with the designers and examine the clothing up close. “Before, there’s that one degree of separation — the press and the buyers get a different sense of the clothing when they’re flying past you on the runway as opposed to being able to stand next to them and having the fashion designer talk about the clothes.”

Mr. Wilmot says he isn’t worried about losing press coverage or retailers not stopping by – he notes that a presentation,which will last two hours and allow guests to drop in at any point, allows fashion week attendees to squeeze the event into their busy schedules. “It’s a much easier time slot to finagle,” he says.

Source. WSJ

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week New York

IMG Fashion announces partial list of designers headed to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week
Monday, January 05, 2009
(NEW YORK) IMG Fashion has just announced a partial list of the designers showing at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, which will take over Bryant Park from February 13-20, 2009. The event kicks off with The Heart Truth's Red Dress Collection 2009, which is followed by Yigal Azrouёl, Duckie Brown, Charlotte Ronson, BCBGMAXAZRIA, Nicole Miller, Academy of Art University, Venexiana, Lacoste, Georges Chakra, Andy & Debb, ADAM, Barbie, Verrier, Monarchy, Lela Rose, Hervé Léger by Max Azria, Calvin Klein Men's, Terexov, Diane Von Furstenberg, Akiko Ogawa, Erin Fetherston, Miss Sixty, Iódice, Carolina Herrera, Carlos Miele, Tracy Reese, Luca Luca, Donna Karan Collection, Yeohlee, Tony Cohen, William Rast, Cynthia Steffe, Badgley Mischka, Matthew Williamson, Pamella Roland, Diesel Black Gold, Dennis Basso, MAX AZRIA, Tibi, Thuy, Nanette Lepore, Michael Kors, Richard Chai, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Milly by Michelle Smith, Anna Sui, Tommy Hilfiger, Rebecca Taylor, Calvin Klein, Custo Barcelona, Zac Posen, Project Runway, Ralph Lauren and Tadashi Shoji. More participating designers are expected to be announced in the upcoming weeks
You can view current and past collections from these designers on

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Madonna to Star in New Louis Vuitton Ad for Spring 2009

Marc Jacobs teams up with Madonna for the New Louis Vuitton Spring AD
Madonna will be featured in the New Louis Vuitton Spring 2009 AD that can be viewed on fashion magazines world wide starting this February.
The Ad was shot by none other than the great Steven Meisel.
What do you think of the ad?

Fashion Wire Press Top 10 Picks from the New York Runways Spring 2009 Collections

Our friends from have released their top 10 looks from the Spring 2009 Collections from the New York Runways
Here they are, please let us know what you think.
You can email us your top 10 picks at
You can view all these looks from their respective collection on Fashion Wire Press