Rental Recommendation: Valentino; The Last Emperor

Giancarlo Giammetti stands discreetly at a coffee shop in the Rome airport terminal. He orders an espresso, discreetly summons his bodyguard to pay, then waits impatiently in his tan traveling coat and dark suit to board his private plane. He, a chef, a valet, two butlers, five pugs, and a maid are waiting for one of Italy’s most famous men: Valentino Garavani.

Matt Tyrnauer’s film, Valentino: The Last Emperor, chronicles the daily life of the two men and their incredible talents: fashion and business. Valentino’s creative eye has allowed him to design thousands of dresses for everything from the runway to the closets of Jackie O and Audrey Hepburn. And even in the midst of his retirement, the man who humbly claims that he “is a disaster at everything else in life” remains an international icon, just as he has been for the past 45 years.

Baby, It’s Cold Outside

Hermes is headed straight into winter with their latest ad campaign shot by Eric Valy.  You can expect nothing but the absolute best from this French fashion powerhouse – and their latest Winter 09/10 ad campaign is a testament to this. Shot at Sweden’s famous Ice Hotel, the campaign features Brazilian top model Raquel Zimmerman (if anyone can make climbing ice blocks look stylish it’s her) looking wintry lovely in an Hermes fur-lined cashmere coat and sensational lace-up booties – even the reindeer is adorned in an Hermes scarf! Bundle up – looks like it’s going to be an Hermes winter. 

What do you think? 

(Santa’s “dream” sleigh)

Holiday Wish List

These holiday gifts are sure to please everyone on your nice list. From the most gotta-have-it-now jewelry to high powered technology, shoppers beware: this holiday shopping is far from stressful! What’s on your list?

Style Icon: Betty Draper

Want to know where you can find me on Sunday evenings around 9:00 PM? I am in front of the TV watching (swooning over is more like it) AMC’s Mad Men. This show has plenty going for it, including more than a few Emmys and some of the best writing on television, but I just can’t seem to take my eyes off Betty Draper. The perfectly-coiffed housewife represents iconic 1960s glamour.  She has a look that channels Grace Kelly and Sandra Dee – decidedly feminine, elegant and charming. In fact, in an interview with Glamour magazine, Janie Bryant, Mad Men’s costume designer, says she gathered her inspiration for Betty’s character from her own grandmother and none other than Grace Kelly. This lady knows how to keep it together: she may be married to a philanderer and trapped in suburbia but you’ll never see a blonde hair out of place on this Betty.
Let’s be honest, we’re never going to look like Betty. You can go ahead and file her under: “Women We Wished We Looked Like … But Never Will.” However, that doesn’t mean we can’t try! To get Betty’s ultra-femme look, think poufy and pretty – graceful dresses with fitted bodices and full-circle skirts, and of course, matching sweater sets. While Betty Draper might have been circa 1960, with a few slight updates, she is totally fall 2009. Check out these sites to dress like a Draper:

Check out the Etsy shop Sohomode for custom made vintage-inspired creations

Isn’t this a perfect LBD for Betty? Find it at Shrimpton Couture
The belted shirt dress is a Betty-wardrobe essential. Find it here
Catch the madness on tonight’s Season 3 finale on AMC.

Model Muse: Smitten with Stam

Known for her cat-like, icy blue eyes, Jessica Stam is one of today’s top models. You might recognize her from countless magazine spreads, runway shows and ads for Marc Jacobs, Miu Miu, Dolce & Gabbana and Valentino, to name a few. Did you know that the Marc Jacobs’ highly coveted “Stam Bag” was inspired by her? I have always been a huge fan of Stam’s – there is just something eerily fascinating about her look that draws me to her. I wanted to share this editorial from last month’s Numero Korea featuring the gorgeous Stam. If you weren’t crazy about her already, you will be after seeing these.

Smitten, yet?

Welcome to November

November, already? The clocks are turned back an hour and the leaves are slowly disappearing from the trees.  Sometimes the month of November gets lost. The minute we put away our Halloween costumes we begin thinking about Christmas. But before Christmas comes Thanksgiving (yes, the holidays are indeed upon us!), and before December comes November.

1. Thanksgiving

Family? Check. Food? Check. Thanksgiving has all the right elements. Turn on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (and the Dallas Cowboys in the afternoon) and grab a seat at the table!

2. Color Fix

Keep the orange I mentioned last month in your wardrobe but how about adding some yellow? While most of us steer away from the mustard-colored hue, it could be the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving outfit.

3. NARS Holiday Collection
The NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencils are a favorite of mine and for the holiday season they have come out with two new versions of the deluxe pencil in Pop Life and Toundra (nothing completes a holiday ensemble better than red lips, right?). And don’t forget your nails! NARS is introducing Rouge Andalou: the perfect candy apple red nail hue. The Holiday Collection is available this month at NARS counters nationwide, or if you don’t feel the need to try on the colors you can purchase the collection online.

4. A Thankful Table
For the most part, Thanksgiving revolves around the dining table, so it’s important that the table be decorated (with more than just food). One of my favorite places to draw inspiration from for fabulous tables is Tablescapes: Setting the Table With Style. This book has a tabletop for every occasion  – and some great decorating ideas for your Thanksgiving table! How will you decorate yours?

We all know Martha does it best
It doesn’t have to be over-the-top. Less can certainly be more here. What about lining the dining table with Moravian star lanterns? You can purchase these enchanting lanterns here.

5. Giving Thanks

November is a month to be thankful. Tell your family, friends and all those who matter to you just how thankful you are for them. You can express thanks in all sorts of ways. How about sending a card?

You could tell them in writing with this adorable card from Little Brown Pen via Etsy?

Yes, November is a month to say thanks and we’d like to start right here: thank YOU, dear readers, for continuing to read this little project of ours. We appreciate you!