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By brooke watson · November 8, 2008 · 0 Comments ·

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Nowadays everyone is walking around with little canvas bags. It’s the “thing” to do, you know, looking out for the planet, doing your part, etc. A friend and I were chatting the other day about all the free advertising this new “ecotrend” has produced. Now the women with LV’s, double C’s and Big D’s are also walking billboards for Whole Foods (ok, I admit it, I have about 4 Whole Foods bags… my fav is the Sheryl Crow design), TJ Maxx (The New IT Bag), Stop and Shop, you name it. It’s like we’re all branded. Our shoes, our clothes, our bags, our sunglasses…. it’s like enough already!

In the spirit of poking fun and making a statement I created this bag/ logo for myself and my friends to make fun of all the corporate-branded people out there… it got enough compliments and/or strange looks that I decided to offer it here. I wanted to keep stock for myself, but I hardly have time to grocery shop ....I know I wouldn’t be able to keep an inventory, etc., so I enlisted the help of CafePress. That way it’s all secure and easy to buy. You can also get t-shirts there. Everything is $25. I'm working on some more ideas, so be sure to check in with the Shop page from time to time!

My web guru is in the process of helping me open a "real" on-line store. I envision: T-shirts, Bags, and the occasional piece of local couture.
If you want to be a part of the Urban Socialite online shop, email me (best to use designer@urbansocialite.com ) and we can chat.

I promise I will be better at answering my emails. Seriously!

AZFN

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By brooke watson · November 8, 2008 · 0 Comments ·

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I'm off to the gym, but not before I give you some great fashion to start off your weekend.
As you can tell I've been playing around with the site theme. I actually really like this one because I can change the background pattern as often as I want (I know, I know, I change site themes like I change outfits before going out on a Saturday night!!)-- anyway hopefully this will keep me content for a while. Today's designers Anzevino & Florence have a great collection that features eye catching designs and a cool interpretation of east meets west. From the site:


It’s all about juxtaposition for the fashion duo Anzevino & Florence. With William Anzevino hailing from the east coast and Richard Florence from west, they find inspiration in opposing forces. Who else could find commonality between Warhol and Thoreau? But they do so convincingly, distilling both down to the exaltation of the ordinary.


The two artists met in 2000 and stumbled into fashion when they were commissioned by the Andy Warhol Museum to develop a line of t-shirts using his images. The line, which featured obscure Warhol paintings, film stills, and quotes created a sensation and propelled them to create their own brand which was immediately picked up by such fashion heavyweights as Barney’s New York, Ron Herman, Lane Crawford in Hong Kong and Ships ltd in Japan.


Their designs continued to feature artwork, this time their own, along with nature-inspired patterns, and Anzevino’s clever, cryptic sentences, and Florence’s asymmetric and architectural lines. It was a natural progression for them to open a store on Hollywood Blvd last December. The store, equal parts art gallery and retail boutique, also reflects their confluence of organic vs. synthetic, with large salvaged tree trunks, exposed brick and Anzevino’s paintings adorning the walls.


Sometimes catastrophes become trophies is the brilliant title given to their latest collection which is a foray into the realms of high fashion, featuring unique silhouettes out of supple fabrics. The interactive, modular outfits, made with ultra comfortable fabrics like Modal and Bamboo are inspired by fencing garb, architecture, and tree bark, says ANZEVINO and FLORENCE.


A Kucoon you won’t want to shed!

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By brooke watson · November 7, 2008 · 0 Comments ·

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I woke feeling inspired... which is always a good thing. Especially on a Friday.
I know I have tons of emails to respond to and designers to post... you know how I can be though. For all of my amazing qualities, flightiness is not one of them!
Anyway today's designer is Cali-based Kucoon. I am officially obsessed with Andrea Spratt's inspired designs. Usually I have no problem picking what picture to post to represent a brand... but in this case I literally wanted to post the whole portfolio. Her stuff is off the hook! Her partner Sheila B. Andrea has created a lovely jewelry collection and the combination of the two creates a creative, unique and ethereal beauty. Kucoon is for the girl with a flair for the theatrical and who wants to create a little magic in her world. The brand uses organic elements like cotton, leather, feathers and crystals juxtaposed with the unexpected frivolity of stripes, ruffles and lace in their collections.

Speaking of ethereal beauty, you have to check out MAC's Cremesheen lipstick collection. The stuff is amazing. So rich and creamy and lasts all day! I may not be a modest person, but I've been wearing the shade for the past two weeks straight! Love it!

Song of the day: J-Boogie’s Dubtronic Science “Revolution”

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By brooke watson · November 7, 2008 · 0 Comments ·

Today's song of the day is inspired by last night's conversation and dedicated to T!

Great online Sample Sale!

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By brooke watson · November 6, 2008 · 0 Comments ·

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Check out clothespin's sample sale for awesome deals on some of my favorite brands, including Sublet!

Organic (as opposed to a feather) Boa

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By brooke watson · November 6, 2008 · 0 Comments ·

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Still dealing with post-election craziness?! I definitely am!!
I am in the process of changing the layout of my website yet again. Like a true fashion-fiend, I like to change things up and try out different looks. Please stick with me if you happen to click on the site mid-transformation!

Quickly, the designer of the day.  If you're headed over to Istanbul anytime soon, be sure to check out Boa, a great organic clothing line founded by designers Seray and Sena in 2007. Be sure to scroll down for all of their haute designs!

VOTE

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By brooke watson · November 4, 2008 · 0 Comments ·

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Deck the Halls With Costumes… Halloween or otherwise…

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By brooke watson · October 31, 2008 · 0 Comments ·

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Happy Halloween!
When I was a kid this used to be one of my favorite holidays. My mom always went the extra mile with my costumes... and I definitely "assumed the role" of whatever I dressed up on any given year. It was an awesome transformation. I guess things don't really change that much when you get older... I mean... doesn't the thug feel more like a thug when he puts on baggy jeans, a white-t and a hoodie? Doesn't the socialite feel more like a socialite when she puts on her Louboutins and her DVF? And doesn't the goth kid feel more deviant when he runs the gel through his hair and paints his fingernails black?
We all have who we are... and then we have who we present to society. Sometimes they're one and the same... but more often than not, I think, we augment that perception with the way we dress. The simplest choice in outfit can be the difference between "she looks respectful" and "she looks like a.... woman of loose morals" or "he looks approachable" and "I don't even want to ride on the same subway car as that guy."

I mean, when you really think about it... more than just about anything, the way you chose to present yourself (a large part of that being how you dress) determines how people are going to perceive, interact, and sadly, in some cases, judge you. In turn, those interactions are going to have an effect on you... like they way you end up seeing yourself and the way you end up feeling about yourself on a given day... or about yourself in general.  It almost begs the question... what came first? Who you are or who you chose to present?

Hmmm... I kind of went off there didn't I? I have a little Tobin bridge road trip I have to prepare for so I guess I'll have to finish this thought later.
Before I go, I thought I'd leave you with fashion-favorite Kevan Hall. Always putting his signature look ahead of the trends, this natural-born designer creates gorgeous gowns you are sure to love! About KH:

Detroit-born Kevan Hall's fashion creativity emerged early. By the age of seven, he knew he wanted to be a fashion designer. After attending Cass Technical High School in Detroit, where he studied fashion design, he won first place as "Designer of Tomorrow" - a scholarship sponsored by the Los Angeles-based Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. While studying in California, he made a vision-enhancing trip to Europe, where at the houses of Cardin, Dior and most notably, Givenchy his lifelong love of luxury and haute couture was once again sparked. Upon graduation from the Fashion Institute, he received the Peacock Award for “Outstanding Fashion Design".

In 1982, Hall with his wife and partner, Deborah launched Kevan Hall Couture. His collection melded a more relaxed couture look with sensible pricing that pleased retailers like Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, I. Magnin and other fine stores nationwide.

Hall was nominated in 1988 by fashion retailers and the press as one of California’s Top Designers. In 1989, he was not only included in the “Soul on Seventh Avenue” show sponsored by Fairchild Publications, but was also chosen by the NAACP to receive their “Great American Designer” award. In 1990, his participation in the national Absolut Vodka campaign featured in Vanity Fair underscored his broad-based appeal. In 1992, he was honored by the Center of Performing Arts in Southern California with a 10-year fashion retrospective. For many, this would be a career capper. For Hall, it was only a stepping stone as he branched out into motion pictures, acting as costume consultant on 1997’s “Gridlock” and “Eve’s Bayou” (the most successful independent film of the year).

Redefining glamour for a new generation is an interpretive art. Redefining the hallowed house of Halston into the next millennium was an even more challenging task. But Kevan Hall--who stepped into the prestigious position of Design and Creative Director from fall 1998 - spring 2000 revived the dormant brand to its former glory. His sleek eveningwear was worn by a distinguished coterie of celebrated artists- including Celine Dion, Sharon Stone, Angela Bassett, Charlize Theron, and Salma Hayek.

In 2002, he launched his own signature, Kevan Hall Collection with a fashion philosophy that emphasizes purity of style, incomparable tailoring and sensuously draped streamlined silhouettes; Hall has a natural design sense of sophisticated elegance and uncluttered modern design. Hall’s designs have been embraced by fashion retailers and the press. In 2001, Absolut Vodka honored Hall by showcasing his spring collection in their “Tribute to African Designers” worldwide tour. His lovely atelier in Los Angeles was featured in the July 2002 issue of Interior Design magazine. It confirmed his keen eye for design and impeccable color sense. Also in 2002, Hall won the 47th Annual Gold Coast Fashion Award in Chicago as “Designer of the Year”. In 2005, Hall was awarded “Stylemaker of the Year” by Life & Style Magazine for his ‘drop-dead glamour’ as seen on the red carpet with Felicity Huffman, Vivica A. Fox, Virginia Madsen, Garcelle Beauvais, Debra Messing and Renee Zellweger.

Hall has made guest appearances on national TV shows such as Inside Edition, The Better Half, SoapTalk, the Jane Pauley Show and Extreme Makeover where he discussed fashion‘s current trends. He has given lectures at the Norman Lear Center of the University of Southern California and for the Costume Council at the Los Angeles Museum of Modern Art on his inspirations and influences when designing his collection.

With his own Signature collection, his philosophy of fashion has remained true to those early days. "I enjoy the process of design from concept to execution," he states. "But the most gratifying part is seeing a design come to life on a beautiful woman." Rejecting trends and fads in favor of a lasting signature look, Hall's hallmark of glamour with a modern sensibility is a priceless gift to the welcoming world.

Minty Fresh Super Sale

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By brooke watson · October 30, 2008 · 0 Comments ·

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I can't believe how fast October flew by. I have all this crazy stuff scheduled for November that I've been putting off... yikes! Time to get focused.
I had more to tell you about this morning. Some random insights.... but I'm already about an hour behind where I'm supposed to be.

Anyway....I couldn't let an other moment pass without telling you about MINTs amazing sale (info. courtesy of  the beyond trendy ladies at Billion Dollar Babes...) . MINT by Jodi Arnold is that fabulous art-inspired, ready to wear, women’s contemporary fashion brand that I told you about just about a year ago.... From now until Nov. 3rd, enjoy 60% savings on MINT Jodi Arnold Fall items and a 35% savings on Winter! If that’s not enough to curb your shopping fix, then receive the limited edition Graphic Circles Tee with purchases over $750.

The dress above that I LOVE is down to $202 from $506. Christmas parties, here I come!

Grovel for Gravel

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By brooke watson · October 28, 2008 · 0 Comments ·

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For whatever reason I could NOT sleep last night... I always get a little cabid-feversih this time of year....
Hence the 2am phone conversations/ emails about capitalism, physics and the American Dream...

Anyway,  I'm ready to pack my pink and green suitcase and jet off somewhere without explanation. One place that's always fun to visit (and that a group of us is considering,) is Montreal. If you happen to be there or happen to be going there, be sure to check out one of Quebec's hottest young designers, Eve Gravel.

Her designs are fun, flirty, with a kind of refined edge. I love stuff that can go from the office to a night out without much fuss...
You can buy her stuff at one of my favorite online shops, Mudshark (I wrote about them a while back).

Anyway I would write more, but her clothes speak for themselves and seeing as I'm dealing with a random bout of insomnia I am somewhat dragging and need to figure out all that is today.