#Fashion Crush – Carmen Dell’Orefice (@CDellOrefice)

Carmen Dell'Orefice

Whoever said models had to be young obviously never heard of Carmen Dell’Orefice.

At 86, Dell’Orefice has had an impressive modelling career that has spanned seven decades. In 1946, at just 15, having just been signed, the New York City born Carmen Dell’Orefice landed her first cover of Vogue.  With her statuesque frame and her one of a kind features she quickly became a favorite of top photographers of the time like Richard Avedon and Francesco Scavullo.

Carmen Dell'Orefice on the October 1947 cover of Vogue

After all of her success, she was dropped by her agent, possibly due to her small frame which required medical attention.  Upon receiving her estrogen shots, Dell’Orefice’s new curves allowed her to make a resurgence modelling lingerie for $300 an hour.  Carmen modeled through the 50’s, however, after her second marriage to Richard Heimann in 1958, she decided to retire altogether from modelling.

Carmen Dell'Orefice

In 1978, a three time divorced Dell’Orefice found herself in need of money which restarted her modelling career. For the next two decades, she modeled for various campaigns and magazines.  In the 80’s and 90’s, Carmen experienced more financial loss after losing most of her money in the stock market. The rest of her money was lost in a scheme involving Bernie Madoff who was best friends with her boyfriend of 12 years Norman F. Levy. Upon Levy’s death in 2006, Dell’Orefice discovered that Madoff had scammed away almost all of Levy’s $244 million fortune.

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Despite all of her obstacles, Carmen Dell’Orefice always manages to carry herself with elegance and grace. She still models here and there though as of late most of her citings are out and about at parties. Her style is never any less than perfection still able to wear top designers and the finest jewelry. Carmen Dell’Orefice’s life can be a true testament that no matter how big the obstacle, it’s never too late to dust yourself off and reinvent yourself.

Written by: Dominique Bedell

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@artfreak88

19 Years of Fab Fashion! Carrie Bradshaw’s Hottest Looks!

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Who could have known back in 1998 that 19 years later we would still be talking about the influence of Carrie Bradshaw on fashion?

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The mega successful HBO series which lasted six seasons and catapulted Sarah Jessica Parker to super stardom often credited the fashion as the fifth character. Thanks to Patricia Field, who worked as wardrobe consultant for all six seasons as well as for both movies the wardrobe was as iconic as the characters. Though all four girls created different trends for the specific women they were representing, it was Carrie Bradshaw who’s creativity with her wardrobe garnered major attention.  With this week marking the 19th anniversary of the popular show we take a look back at some of Carrie Bradshaw’s most memorable looks.

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“Exactly where do you plan on wearing this?” Asked by her boyfriend Aiden as they were trying to make room for his clothes in her closet in season 4. At the end of the episode Carrie boldly donned the Roberto Cavalli outfit as a get back to him.

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Carrie Bradshaw

After Aiden helped her friend Miranda get to the hospital she went to the bar where he worked to thank him. Sporting this Gucci fanny pack, Bradshaw was casual but always chic.

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Carrie Bradshaw with friend Miranda

In this scene Carrie and Miranda visit a bridal shop to try on wedding dresses for fun, however at the sight of herself in a wedding dress, Carrie has a panic attack.  This playful, yet wacky outfit was the perfect juxtaposition to the traditional wedding dresses.

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Carrie Bradshaw

After her torrid affair with Big, which led to his divorce, a guilt-stricken Carrie decides to apologize to his wife in person. For this she opts for this Christian Dior newspaper dress which was so iconic, she donned the stunner again in Sex and the City 2.

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Carrie Bradshaw

After being invited to a bar opening by Aiden (or so she thought) post breakup, Carrie decided to bring him a thank you gift. “It’s a Mulberry bush because you’re on Mulberry St.” she playfully said to Steve, who as it turned out was actually the one that invited her.

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Carrie Bradshaw

One of my personal faves, Carrie sports this Prada dress and floor skimming fringe bag, as she and then boyfriend, Berger, head to a play starring Samantha’s boyfriend, Smith Jared.

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During the filming of season 5, as Sarah Jessica Parker’s baby bump grew, Carrie Bradshaw’s bags got bigger, such was this stunning blue Hermes Birkin she casually wore while out and about with her gay best friend Stanford.

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Carrie Bradshaw with friend Samantha Jones

Long live the 80’s. Carrie and friend Samantha Jones visit the Hermes store where they check out Birkin bags. Carrie dressed the part choosing to don an Hermes scarf adorned with an “H” ring.

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Carrie Bradshaw

In the Sex and the City movie, after months of being depressed about being left at the altar, Carrie picks herself up wearing this beautiful Dolce & Gabbana feather dress to a fashion show accompanied by her friends.

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Carrie Bradshaw

In the last scene of the series finale of Sex and the City, Carrie Bradshaw made her metaphoric walk into tv history as she and Big chatted on the phone. A scene which also showed for the first time Big’s actual name, John.

Written by Dominique Bedell

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@artfreak88

 

 

The Renaissance Meets Florence at Gucci (@gucci)!

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Not since those iconic Tom Ford years has the cult following of Gucci been so vastly favored.

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With their more than 15 million Instagram followers and $4.5 billion in sales of their covetable handbags, the Gucci revolution has reached every coast from Los Angeles to Melbourne, Australia. Since taking over the prestigious house, Alessandro Michele has single-handedly revitalized the house making Gucci one of the highest searched fashion shows every season. For resort 2018 Michele took from different eras to create a masterpiece of prints and gilded headpieces, which will surely become a hit in the coming months. The Palatine Gallery of the Palazzo Pitti in Florence, Italy meshed well with the retro style collection. A poncho trimmed in fur and covered in the Gucci monogram and a “windowpane” stitched dress with “Guccy” embroidered in pearl accents were reminiscent of the renaissance era and could easily fir right in during the days of King Henry VII.

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#Trending! Valentino (@MaisonValentino) Takes on Hip Hop

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Valentino has been at the front of the fashion curve since it’s international debut collection in 1962.

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The resort collections as of late has taken the fashion glitterati everywhere from Calabasas, CA at Dior to Koko, Japan at Louis Vuitton.  For resort 2018, Valentino designer Pierpaolo Piccioli decided to hold the show in New York City. It was befitting seeing as he looked to America for inspiration for his latest collection. One of his major influences was the Netflix show The Get Down.  A chronicle about kids growing up in New York City in the 1970’s, who stumble upon the burgeoning hip hop revolution.

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The hip hop revolution was evident in Valentino’s take on the tracksuit. Done in hammered silk, these aren’t the tracksuits of yesteryear. Some even featured a super flared leg, and others took on dress form. The velour material in which most track suits are made were used in the form of an evening gown. The wild and vivid colors are a staple for the Italian label, who never shies away from using colorful lace for dresses or in this case putting flower motifs on a yellow jacket. The aforementioned track suits were done tastefully in teal with either a green or white stripe along the length of the leg.

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The Valentino way has been it’s meticulous attention to detail. The intricate embroidery that graces the dresses and even his former partner’s Maria Grazia Chiuri, who is now at Dior, dresses are unargueably couture-like. Fur also made it’s way into the collection with some looks featuring floor-sweeping chubby fur coats. There were even fur bags which definitely challenge the notion that fur should only be worn during the winter months. There were many doubters of Piccioli over whether or not he could continue to churn out successful collections, given the departure of his longtime partner Maria Grazia Chiuri. This showcase proved that Pierpaolo Piccioli is here to stay.

Written by Dominique Bedell

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@artfreak88

 

#FashionCrush – Bella Hadid (@bellahadid)

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As daring as she is beautiful, Bella Hadid is one of the more fashion forward supermodels around.

Bella Hadid

Bella can easily be described as the exact opposite of her blonde, bubbly sister GiGi. With her dark hair and a piercing blue gaze, Bella exudes a sexy, sultry aura that can’t be rivaled by any other.  Since signing with IMG Models in 2014, her career has gradually blossomed and exploded all coming to a head in 2016 when the 20 year old was voted model of the year by Models.com.  Just one of many awards Hadid earned as she is highly ranked on numerous model lists as well as men’s magazines.

Bella Hadid for Dior

More recently Bella Hadid was chosen to be the face for Dior’s makeup line.  Among such company as Natalie Portman and Charlize Theron, her position as muse to such a prestigious house keeps her front and center on red carpets from the Met Gala to the Cannes Film Festival. Wherever she goes passersby and photographers are mesmerized by the gorgeous raven-haired beauty.  Almost always in black, her style is the antithesis of today’s time where maximal-ism is reigning supreme as everyone’s go to style choice. When walking the red carpet, Bella Hadid can slip into any piece of haute couture all while still keeping her cool girl charm.

Bella Hadid walking in New York

The fashion world took notice of her keen fashion sense when LA based fashion house, Chrome Hearts tapped Hadid to design a 40 piece collection which they debuted in Paris during Paris Fashion Week. The edgy yet fun collection had tongues wagging with every piece from the leather caps with sterling silver piping to the cashmere cardigans with pink fur and those always in fashion leather mini skirts.

Bella Hadid x Chrome Hearts Though it’s only been three years since Bella Hadid was signed she has skyrocketed and remained at the top of the fashion world. Having already before the age of 21, there can only be bright lights ahead.

Written by Dominique Bedell

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@artfreak88

#Trending! “RompHims!” Rompers for Men Are In!

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The internet has been popping all day thanks to the latest, and controversial, addition to men’s fashion, RompHims.

RompHims, or rompers for men, have debuted and it looks like nothing will ever be the same again.

Yes, perhaps we are being a bit melodramatic, but this is one piece of clothing we never saw becoming unisex. Whether you like them or not, currently they are the biggest summer fashion trend for man and the only look making any waves in the media.

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Honestly, when we first heard of the new fashion trend we were skeptical, but are now wholeheartedly behind it. The colors, styles, and designs these new outfits come in are really quite extraordinary. More importantly they have been reshaped, resized, and given masculine appeal. In our opinion, they look amazing. Check out a few more looks below.

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#Trending! Louis Vuitton (@LouisVuitton) Shows Us “Heaven On Earth!”

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Ask anyone in the fashion industry and they would tell you front row at Louis Vuitton is as hot a ticket as they come.

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Louis Vuitton’s creative director, Nicolas Ghesquiere is known for whisking his motley crew of fans to destinations far and wide.  For cruise 2018 Ghesquiere didn’t disappoint as he chose to present his collection at the Miho Museum in Koka, Japan.  The museum was designed by Japanese architect I.M. Pei and was intended to evoke Shangri-la or otherwise known as “Heaven on Earth”. The museum was the perfect backdrop for the Louis Vuitton collection which showcased an array of futuristic Japanese inspired looks that fused perfectly with Nicolas Ghesquiere’s signature aesthetic.

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