B. Michael Exclusive New Collection at Macy’s

B. MICHAEL, LEGENDARY FASHION DESIGNER, AND COSTUMER FOR WHITNEY HOUSTON IN THE UPCOMING FILM SPARKLETO LAUNCH EXCLUSIVE NEW COLLECTION AT MACY’S 

B. michael AMERICA RED Showcases the Designer’s Signature Style—
Available in Ten Macy’s Locations by August 15 Including Macy’s Lenox in Atlanta

 

New York, NY – July 31, 2012 – Macy’s, the iconic department store, has partnered with another legendary New York original, fashion designer, B. Michael, for the launch of his new collection, b michael AMERICA RED.  Set to debut in ten Macy’s locations across the country by August 15, this highly anticipated collection of Made-in-America dress and jacket ensembles showcases the lauded designer’s signature haute-couture style, and re-imagines it for the ready-to-wear customer.  The result is an exemplary display of bold style combining a modern approach to silver-screen glamour with a simple, yet sophisticated, look.

“I am excited by the opportunity to share my point of view of Advanced American Style with a broader audience.  We are especially pleased to have Macy’s as the retailer to launch the collection — the quintessential American Department Store.”b michael AMERICA RED takes inspiration from the dramatic looks that the designer created through his collaboration with costume designer Ruth Carter for Whitney Houston in the upcoming film SPARKLE, which will be released nationwide on August 17, 2012. Priced between $155 and $400 the collection features dresses, some with sleek jacket options that seamlessly transition from daytime to evening.  These easy-to-wear pieces offer a contemporary spin on the designer’s signature aesthetic with clean lines, retro-inspired feminine silhouettes, dramatic sleeves and striking necklines providing a modern and versatile twist.  Neutral tones and solids figure prominently in the color palette, with bold prints making an appearance in key pieces.

“We are extremely excited to launch the b michael AMERICA RED collection at Macy’s,” said Tim Baxter, Macy’s executive vice president, Fashion and Product Office. “B. Michael is an extraordinary talent with a keen eye for fashion and sophisticated design. We are thrilled to introduce this truly inspired collection to our customer just in time for the fall season.”

A former account executive for a Wall Street firm, B. Michael decided to pursue his creative side, launching a successful millinery line after designing for Oscar de la Renta, Louis Feraud, and Nolan Miller for the hit TV series Dynasty. The designer, under the guidance of Eleanor Lambert, debuted his first couture collection in 1999, and has shown his collections to wide acclaim stateside, as well as in Asia. His designs have been featured editorially on high profile superstar actresses, and leading sports stars have also been spotted sitting front-row at his runway shows wearing B Michael. He counts prominent music and screen personalities among his numerous fans.

New York, NY – July 31, 2012 – Macy’s, the iconic department store, has partnered with another legendary New York original, fashion designer, B. Michael, for the launch of his new collection, b michael AMERICA RED.  Set to debut in ten Macy’s locations across the country by August 15, this highly anticipated collection of Made-in-America dress and jacket ensembles showcases the lauded designer’s signature haute-couture style, and re-imagines it for the ready-to-wear customer.  The result is an exemplary display of bold style combining a modern approach to silver-screen glamour with a simple, yet sophisticated, look.”I am excited by the opportunity to share my point of view of Advanced American Style with a broader audience.  We are especially pleased to have Macy’s as the retailer to launch the collection — the quintessential American Department Store.”b michael AMERICA RED takes inspiration from the dramatic looks that the designer created through his collaboration with costume designer Ruth Carter for Whitney Houston in the upcoming film SPARKLE, which will be released nationwide on August 17, 2012. Priced between $155 and $400 the collection features dresses, some with sleek jacket options that seamlessly transition from daytime to evening.  These easy-to-wear pieces offer a contemporary spin on the designer’s signature aesthetic with clean lines, retro-inspired feminine silhouettes, dramatic sleeves and striking necklines providing a modern and versatile twist.  Neutral tones and solids figure prominently in the color palette, with bold prints making an appearance in key pieces.“We are extremely excited to launch the b michael AMERICA RED collection at Macy’s,” said Tim Baxter, Macy’s executive vice president, Fashion and Product Office. “B. Michael is an extraordinary talent with a keen eye for fashion and sophisticated design. We are thrilled to introduce this truly inspired collection to our customer just in time for the fall season.”A former account executive for a Wall Street firm, B. Michael decided to pursue his creative side, launching a successful millinery line after designing for Oscar de la Renta, Louis Feraud, and Nolan Miller for the hit TV series Dynasty. The designer, under the guidance of Eleanor Lambert, debuted his first couture collection in 1999, and has shown his collections to wide acclaim stateside, as well as in Asia. His designs have been featured editorially on high profile superstar actresses, and leading sports stars have also been spotted sitting front-row at his runway shows wearing B Michael. He counts prominent music and screen personalities among his numerous fans.b michael AMERICA RED will be carried in the following Macy’s locations by August 15:

 

Macy’s Herald Square, New York, New York          Macy’s Pentagon City, Arlington, Virginia
Macy’s State Street, Chicago, Illinois                   Macy’s Metro Center, Washington DC
Macy’s Union Square, San Francisco, California    Macy’s Center City, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Macy’s South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa, California Macy’s Lenox Square, Atlanta, Georgia
Macy’s Dadeland, Miami, Florida                         Macy’s Somerset Collection, Troy, Michigan

About Macy’s
Macy’s, the largest retail brand of Macy’s, Inc., delivers fashion and affordable luxury to customers at more than 800 locations in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam. Macy’s stores and macys.com offer distinctive assortments including the most desired family of exclusive and fashion brands for him, her and home. Macy’s is known for such epic events as Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks® and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®, as well as spectacular fashion shows, culinary events, flower shows and celebrity appearances. Building on a 150-year tradition, Macy’s helps strengthen communities by supporting local and national charities that make a difference in the lives of our customers.

Fall 2012 Fashion and Beauty Trends

 As Summer comes to an end, it’s time for “fashion girls” to start looking at new trends for Fall 2012. From cosmetics to boots, there’s something new and exciting happening in the industry.  With an array for fabrics, textures, colors and prints, we can create our own individual style.

And one thing I love about transitioning from hot to cold weather, is the ability to hold on to your favorite pieces as well as incorporate new items.  Let’s take a look at what’s showcased from the runway to help us pull together a great look!

 

 

Fall 2012 Fashion/Beauty Revenue 

 

COSMETICS:

1.  Red and Plum for Nails, Lips, and Eye Colors (Bordeaux, Burgundy, Cabernet.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.   Black and Gray Smoky Eye

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.  Wing Tip, Eye Lids (Dramatic Eyes)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.   Short Manicured Burgundy, Blue, Silver,and Cream Nails; as well as the reversed French Manicure

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FASHION AND ACCESSORIES:

1.  Cobalt Blue Accessories and Shoes

 

 

 

 

2.  Lady Like Clutch Bags

 

 

 

3.  Plum Inspired Clothing

 

 

 

4.  Reptile Inspired Prints

 

 

 

5.  Leather, Leather, Leather

 

 

 

 

 

6.  Winter White Glamour

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7. The Chunky Heel

 

 

8.  Knee Boots (worn with Socks)

 

 

Source: via Jazmin on Pinterest
 
 
 
 
 
NYFW Fall 2012 Trend Report
 
 
 

Photos were posted from Harper’s Bazaar, Instyle Magazine, Glamour Magazine, and Pinterest

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The Universal French Braid

The French Braid is one of the hottest styles for summer.  I love this style because it’s universal for all hair types. Whether your hair is straight or textured, the French Braid is the perfect protective style for a busy girl that’s on the go!  And if you’re on pinterest, there’s so many creative styles when braiding your hair which makes it fun, trendy, and effortless.

To help us create the French Braid (at home) I have embedded a video from youtube that gives us one by one steps.  You will also find inspiration from SLF Pinterest Board titled Beauty and Hair.

 

Pinterest Board: Beauty and Hair Inspiration 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Naomi Campbell and Schon Magazine Cover

As fashionistas, we know that Naomi Campbell looks GREAT wearing everything and GREAT on everything!  This month, Naomi was featured on the cover of Schon Magazine.  Schon Magazine is a bi – monthly publication that features creative works in the area of fashion, photography, illustration, and writings.

Naomi looks stunning (as always) on the cover wearing an all white jumpsuit, with a pink glitter background.  As a fashion icon, she doesn’t hold back on this cover.  Glitz and glam are all things we love at Style Life Fashion!

 
 

Weddings: What Should I Wear?

With so many weddings approaching, women everywhere are asking themselves, “what should I wear to this wedding?”  And this is a common question because you want to look elegant without appearing as if you’re apart of the bridal party.  Clearly, there is a fine line between wearing a cocktail dress and a sequin gown.

But most importantly, you also want to follow those “timeless” guidelines such as not wearing white (obviously the conservative bride will wear white) and don’t wear black (if it’s not a request from the bride and groom.)

Lastly, one must also take into consideration the time of the day when searching for attire.  Short dresses can be worn for informal/semi formal daytime weddings.  But if the wedding is in the evening, generally it’s considered formal, as well as black tie or even white tie, long dress can be worn with extra glamorous accessories.

Either way, finding something to wear to a wedding can be lots of fun and a great excuse to dress up!

  

PERFECT WEDDING ATTIRE 

 

Wedding Bliss Part 1

Warehouse summer mini dress
$81 – johnlewis.com

Lipsy metallic sandals
$51 – lipsy.co.uk

 

Wedding Bliss Part 2

 

Wedding Bliss Part 3

AX Paris party dress
$47 – axparis.co.uk

Yves saint laurent lipstick
bloomingdales.com

 

Happily Ever After Shoes

Platform shoes
celebboutique.com

Wide shoes
$34 – clothingattesco.com

L.K.Bennett strappy sandals
$195 – lkbennett.com

 

 

 

Style Life Fashion: Lilliana Vazquez Quick Beauty Tips

Style Life Fashion had the opportunity to speak with stylist, Lilliana Vazquez.  She gave us quick beauty tips that will keep our face looking fresh, achieve a beautiful smile, protect our hair and skin, and discussed a few summer trends.

Lilliana Vazquez

 Sponsors:  Arm & Hammer, GG Gatbsy, Jonathan Products, and Nair 

 Quick Tips with Lilliana Vazquez: 

 

Best summer style for EVERYONE: Nude Wedge Shoe

 

Freshen up your summer look with a great smile!  Arm & Hammer White Toothpaste  helps to prevent stains

To look our best and have smooth skin, ladies can wax at home with Nair Products  especially their Roll On Wax

Ladies can avoid damaged hair by using Jonathan Products in the shower to restore those lost minerals

Volumizing products can eliminate humidity problems with hair in the summer. Great products, to eliminate humidity, can be purchased from G G Gatsby.com

 

Wardrobe updates include brights, neons, and prints. One can pull off this look my keeping the rest of your look simple and classic

About Lilliana Vazquez:

Lilliana Vazquez is a sought-after resource providing fun, trendy and budget-conscious style advice to readers, viewers and listeners around the world. Lilliana is a regular television contributor and is also the founder of the wildly popular fashion blog, The Cheap Chica’s Guide to Style.

A well-known stylist, Lilliana is committed to empowering women through fashion by teaching them how to dress for their figure, lifestyle and budget. Lilliana has been in the industry for almost 10 years where she was worked at top fashion magazines, as an accessories designer and as a fashion consultant.

 

 

 

 

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Celebrity Chic Style

Aside from my love of fashion shows, trend watching, and product testing, I also enjoy staying abreast of current celebrity styles.

As someone in the fashion industry, it is important to know what celebrities are wearing because designers and boutiques will send current trends to those in the industry.  In addition, fashion stylist will also try a new concept or look to help establish an entertainer.

Either way, many of us understand that fashion “trickles down” to the mainstream audience. From that point it is up to us to select something we like and make it apart of our “personal style.”  Thank goodness for fashion boutiques that help us look sophisticated, chic, and trendy!

Celebrity Chic Style 

Zoe Saldana ~ Very cute top with ruffle waist and belt

Olivia Palermo ~ The color contrast is lovely

Emma Stone ~ Sequin top and tailored black slacks

Michelle Williams ~ Lace up bodice

Style Life Fashion: Dean Banowetz Interview

Style Life Fashion had the opportunity to speak with Celebrity Hairstylist, Dean Banowetz. This was a great opportunity because Dean shared tips on revamping your hairstyle; how to use quick and easy tools while demonstrating three looks that we can use at home. Click on the link below to join Dean as he educates us on summer style tips.

dean banowetz About Dean Banowetz:

From a farm in Iowa to the bright lights of Hollywood, Dean Banowetz, also known as “The Hollywood Hair Guy”, has made his name as a key player in the world of celebrity hairstyling. With a wealth of knowledge and experience, a detailed eye and an individual approach to styling, Dean has carved a niche for himself as one of Hollywood’s go-to hair stylists.

After attending Cosmetology School in Iowa and later spending time training under Susan Lipson at the “On Set Motion Picture Hair Academy,” this Hollywood hair mogul landed the prestigious role as EXTRA host, Leeza Gibbons’, personal hair stylist. Following his debut on the scene, Dean’s outstanding work took him to the set of American Idol, to style host Ryan Seacrest’s hair, as well as the show’s talent. Today, Dean devotes his time to his career as a full time Hollywood Hair Stylist getting his A-list clients including Jennifer Hudson, Carrie Underwood, Ellen DeGeneres, Leeza Gibbons and Ryan Seacrest red-carpet ready. Dean’s devoted clientele count on him to get their tresses in tip-top style for high-profile events such as The Academy Awards, The Golden Globes, SAG Awards, Grammys and much more.

In addition to developing a loyal celebrity following, Dean has also spent time sharing his expertise on top-rated television shows including the Oprah Show, Tyra, Soap Talk, The Wayne Brady Show, Fox News, NBC’s Today Show, Dateline, EXTRA, Entertainment Tonight, Inside Edition, Access Hollywood and most recently Shear Genius. His beautiful work has been featured in fashion and beauty publications worldwide including Vanity Fair, Details, People Magazine, Us Weekly, Newsweek, TV Guide, Shape, Italian Vogue, Glamour and Redbook.

Trend watch: Chunky Bold Necklaces

We are falling in love with chunky, bold necklaces this season! Learn more about the latest trend below:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I love with this necklace and pumps! Seafoam Green, new summer shade.

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Additional Necklaces

Compliment Your Figure: Enhance Your Style

Over the past year I have taken a break from fashion blogging because I gave birth to my second son.  Since that time, I have managed to return back to my pre – preggers clothing with some hard work and dedication.

But aside from living a healthy lifestyle, one of the key elements for looking fantastic after any MAJOR life change is by complimenting your figure.  In simple terms, I have mastered how to create body illusions with lines, color, and texture.  

Prior to my blogging life, I was also a fashion merchandising teacher.  I have decided to share some information (used from a lesson plan) that can benefit any fashionista.

Enhance Your Style

{Alicia Keys wearing Vertical Lines}


1.  Vertical Lines make you look taller and thinner.

2.  Horizontal Lines make you look shorter and rounder.

3. Shiny Textures add weight; while smoother textures help you to look smaller {don’t forget to consider where this texture will be worn.}

4.  Clothing Accessories should be in proportion to the body.  Example, a petite woman should never carry a handbag that’s half her size! Never!

5.  Create rhythm with colors, trims, and designs that will help pull the eye to areas that are most attractive.

6.  Place emphasis on your BEST features!

Jennifer Lopez placing emphasis on her legs 

With those tips, you are guarenteed to be gorgeous for any occasion.