Friday, February 27, 2009

Schoolhouse Rock- How a Bill Becomes a Law

Given the current economic crisis in our country, I thought it more than appropriate to post this classic School House Rock piece. Say it with me:
"I'm just a bill.
Yes, I'm only a bill.
And I'm sitting here on Capitol Hill.
Well, it's a long, long journey
To the capital city.
It's a long, long wait
While I'm sitting in committee,
But I know I'll be a law someday
At least I hope and pray that I will,
But today I am still just a bill."

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Holy Sit! (pun intended)

People in France sure do love Yves Saint Laurent, so much so that the rich shelled out a whopping $484 million at a recent Christie's event where the late designers belongings were auctioned. The worst of it? Robert and Cheska Vallois paid a unimaginable $28.3 million for a 90-year-old armchair designed by Irish designer Eileen Gray. The chair, named "The Dragons," was estimated to sell for 3.8 million. What a sell! But what can you do with a nearly $30 MILLION chair? I bet the last thing they'll use it for is sitting.

And I thought we were in a global recession...

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Oscar Fashion (will finish manana)

The show had several hits and misses, but I'll give the producers credit for trying something different, and raising those all important ratings. I stayed up about an hour longer than I usually do when watching the Academy Awards, so they did something right.

While much recognition goes to Sean Penn, Kate Winslet and Penelope Cruz, like many women (and men), I was more interested in the gowns than the awards. Here are the real winners:

Penelope Cruz in vintage Pierre Balmain

The undecided stuff:

Sarah Jessica Parker on the red carpet in Dior.

Frieda Pinto in John Galliano and Jimmy Choos.

The bad stuff:

Perfect for an Addams Family wedding

Miley Cyrus is wearing a Zuhair gown. Too bad the tiered skirt looks like an aquatic fungus.

Grandma went wrong.


slumdog Kiddies: Ashutosh Lobo Gajiwala,Azhar Mohammed Ismail,Tanvi Ganesh Lonkar,Rubina Ali Qureshi,Tanay Hermant, Ayush Chheda and Mahesh Khededar. So cute.

Indashio and Fashion Indie...and back to Indashio

Okay, so I am going to do a weekend review (it's Tuesday, I kno...but whatever). On Friday I attended Indashio's (Glam God) Five Years in Fashion Fall 2009 Show at the Samsung Experience store in the Time Warner Center with my Spelman sister, Christian McKenzie. The event space was innovative, but there were only two rows of chairs to accommodate the 200+ attendees. Not a very good look. I immediately took someone's seat and started reading WWD with a look on my face that said, "I dare you to say something to me." I definitely had my cute (read: uncomfortable) shoes on and had no intention of standing. I won't get into the rest of the mess--like Indashio's people, who were acting all kinds of ghettolicious at the entrance, or the wristband confusion...or the "models" wearing the sponsor's bedazzled wifebeaters and seated in the front row. The worst of it was that there were hardly no clothes on the models, just pasties, thongs and body paint. I get that some of the paint jobs were emulating his more popular pieces over the years, but really, a fashion show typically invites more than a handful of clothing. If someone begs to differ, please hit me up directly. Still, Indashio must have a spectacular publicist because this show looked worse than a freshman debut at a third tier HBCU, but managed to attract an array of media folk. I hear Richie Rich was there and Terri Steven (Project Runway 5) sat two seats from me. She did not look impressed.

After that I headed to the Fashion Indie closing party at Citrine. Fashion Indie was supposed to hold their own week during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, but a disparaging article in the New York Observer--and a resulting lawsuit--put the breaks on that. Nevertheless, Daniel Saynt, President of Indie Fashion Week (and otherwise gorgeous guy), put together a well attended and swanky affair; an excellent way to tell the NYO to kiss it. The event was co-sponsored by Pop Beauty, so I took home some great lip gloss and a glitter stick. I stayed there for a few hours before heading to the Indashio after party at The Dream Hotel...where I stayed with bestie Talisha for about half an our. I'll upload some pics when I come back. gtg!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Olivia Palermo and Her Icky Poo Weave

Source: MTV

Olivia Palermo walked by me before attending the Ports 1961 show and for all y'all out there who think she has perfect hair, guess what? Olivia Palermo's got the perfect weave. I don't know how much a pack of that hair cost, but it stays looking amazing on The City. But I think OP needs a black girl in her circle to be like, "Girl, your track is showing," because her tracks were all out there. I'm mad I didn't have my camera on me. But nevertheless, she's gorgeous and rich, so the weave is a small infraction to her overall fabulousness.

Tori Spelling: A Nice One

Tori Spelling was the guest of honor at the Christian Siriano show. (well, or the most famous person there). She was nice enough to participate in the following conversation:

Sierra to Tori: I love your jacket
Tori to Sierra: Thanks, it's faux.

Short, but it was nice of her to stop and respond. Who doesn't like a compliment?

Fashion Week, Thursday, Feb 19: Brian Reyes, Ports 1961 and Christian Siriano

I just got home and I am dead tired. As much as I like to poke fun of those who can't stand upright in their heels, I'll be first to admit that I had several footing blunders today in my efforts to step up my shoe game and rock the socks and platform wedges look. So while I sit here typing, I'm also tending to my tender tootsies.

This morning I went to the Brian Reyes show. Rachel Bilson, Olivia Palermo and Ivanka Trump were also in the house. I must say that was my favorite collection of them all (thanks Stephanie for making it happen). Very wearable, chic and intelligent. The line featured many belted looks, and slashes on the back and decolletage. The only problem was that the models shoes continued to come off. It was a bit confusing because so many models had to stop and take their shoes off that I wasn't sure if it was part of the show--it wasn't. During the finale, they all held their 5-inch Manolo Blahniks.

But aside from that, the show was superb. I love the entire line. Here's my favorite looks:

Brian Reyes

Ports 1961
I couldn't get in to Ports, so I watched it from the screens. ***Sigh***. But the line is very ethereal. It's Egyptian inspired, but to me it looked like the wardrobe for the Childlike Princess in The Never Ending Story.

She would like it.

Christian Siriano

Siriano was packed to the brim, and although his "Five Divas" must have cancelled, that didn't stop every one else from trying to attend his show. The looks were very signature Siriano--heavy ruching, exaggerated shoulders and Victorian-era headwear. I loved the mixture of texture, but the coats--which were otherwise immaculate--looked like they were made of fleece.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Desiree Rogers v. Terri Vaughn

Desiree Rogers, the new White House Social Secretary, and all around socialite/business woman, has hit it big time. She's been seen all about NYC, sitting next to Anna Wintour at Thakoon, Carolina Herrera and Donna Karan. Some blogs were fuming about her wardrobe repeats, but I think she's fab all around. Now if only I'd taken a picture with her when I sat next to her at an event at Spelman last year. ***Sigh*** I stare at her business card on the regular.

....Oh, but doesn't she bare a striking resemblance to Terri Vaughn? If you can shake the Lovita Alizay Jenkins-Robinson vision, the physical similarities should be obvious. So don't none of y'all hit me up with the "how dare you compare them" emails/posts.

Fashion Week: Wednesday, Feb. 18. Michael Kors and 3.1 Phillip Lim

So me and my new partner in crime, Sanam, went to Michael Kors today. It was usual classic American, with bits on neon to spruce it up. A little boring if you asked me. Still, I was feeling this fab hunting check pressed wool trench coat that Arlenis Sosa modeled, and this smoke cashmere herringbone jacket and scissor skirt, worn by Natasha (below). (Note: Arlenis was Spring '09's golden girl. Who takes the sugar-free cake this season?).

But as far as Chanel Iman's get up is concerned--and y'all know I love this child--I think she's looking a bit avian, no? When you buy a coat that cost as much as this one, it shouldn't look like it's going to moult.

Pick which bird you think best rivals her coat:

Hawk Or Owl

Anyway, here's some inside pics taken by Sanam:

And Kanye decided to show up at 3.1 Phillip Lim. I'm salty I couldn't get into this one, but at least the homie did.