Fashion Your Seat Belt

Made in Hawaii. Educated in Los Angeles. Thriving in New York. My life and inspirations on a platter. Bon Appetit.

Marching Band.

From the buoyant display of Billie Holiday references to the old school homage by way of ATARI, Scott Sternberg’s latest outing for Band of Outsiders put the ‘high’ in High Voltage. I’m going to definitely need those turban knit hats come Fall.

My congratulations again, to Chelsea Mak

 Hell on Heels.

The shoes at Prabal Gurung could kill. No really. The heels were literally built from steel and could quite feasibly kill a bitch.

Call it, a new revolution. An onslaught of militant models marching down the runway, fully equipped with equal parts style and feminist theory. The real highlight for me, obviously, was the parade of wearable weapons exhibited south of the knee.

Killer.

Time Out.

Time Out.

Waiting to Exhale.

Vibrant hues, eclectic patterns, resplendent smiles. Solange’s music video for the incredibly infectious, “Losing You”, has everything it takes to feed my sartorial soul and more:  DVF, Opening Ceremony, Kenzo, J. Crew, Suno and a totally kick ass late ’90s vintage Moschino “brick wall” pantsuit…  Shwing!

Not since Apple’s 1997 “Criminal”, has a video so tickled my fashion pants into euphoria. Hands down the biggest fashion video of the last decade.

MARA HOFFMAN.

MARA HOFFMAN.

Power Couple.

Power Couple.

Joseph Altuzarra | Fall 2013

Pink Panther.

Pink Panther.

Black Beauty.

Black Beauty.

Fur Sho.

Fur Sho.

Mrs. Carter.

Beyonce literally reflected light last night. A fervid display of blood, sweat and tears — her body did things you only read about in J.R.R. Tolkien novels. At one point, I seriously thought she was going to burgeon two sets of wings and fly away.

The real shocker? Queen B materializing on stage in a custom, laser-cut leather ensemble by 34-year old American designer, Rubin Singer. At first I thought, “the fat American Idol winner?” and then I thought, “what a great look”. Commanding, provocative, body conscious and fun — essentially the perfect outfit for the occasion.

Apparently Kelly and Michelle were there too, but I still can’t seem to find them.

High School.

High School.

Indelible Cate.

It is commonly accepted that Hollywood, like High School, exists primarily on a hierarchy of popularity; and if this holds true, then consider Cate Blanchett to be Serena van der Woodsen at the absolute head of her class.  With her regal posture, porcelain skin and aristocratic cheekbones, Catherine the Great could look pulled-together on the last day of her period in fluorescent lighting. I mean, the girl basically wears everything in her sartorial arsenal with admirable, impenetrable confidence, as if to say, “If you do not like this, it is YOUR PROBLEM.”

The Australian-born mother of three clearly has pedigree genetics on her side — barely needing to paint her face and typically tossing her flaxen blonde hair into a casual chignon before heading to the parlor.  It also doesn’t hurt having full carte blanche to the elite worlds of fashion, beauty and accessories.  But whether she’s flaunting chic sophistication at film premieres, rocking playful whimsy at Cannes or bringing the fully-loaded glamour guns at the Academy Awards – Blanchett always has a marvelous sense of occasion. Her Givenchy number at the 2011 Oscars literally slipped me into cardiac arrest.

A few of my favorite looks from the fashion industry’s most beloved leading lady. The Prom Queen, Valedictorian, Head Cheerleader and Student Body President all wrapped into one.

Grounded.

Grounded.