My evening with Rachel Zoe, Fashion Stylist/Designer/Editor

On Wednesday night in SoHo, NYC I got to meet one of my favorite style icons ever!! Knowing people in this industry is always major, I received the invite/RSVP from one of my dear friends and was lucky enough to bring a plus one with me 🙂

The event was everything and more! Located in SoHo in the store of PiperLime.. The store was shut down and only the best of the best fashionista’s were there! Mingling, open bar with spiked hot chocolate, baked by Melissa signature cupcakes, and of course the main event- Miss Rachel Zoe. Rachel is the fashion editor for Piperlime now, so a lot of her clothing was in the store. I got to browse and shop the latest collection along with other amazing designer pieces.

Rachel did a styling segment and brought out models with her fave holiday season looks. She gave us all little tips and tricks for dressing up and out! It was “MAJE” But my fave part? Meeting her in person and take a quick pic! I told her she is such an inspiration to me and I was just thrilled to meet her! All in all, the night was perfect and I’m so happy I got the chance to meet one of my style icons!!! RACHEL!!! Go team Zoe! (Did I mention her hubby and entourage were there too? Brad is gorge! in person) 🙂

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Currently Channeling: Whitney Houston

Happy Birthday to the brightest star, Whitney Houston, may she continue to rest in peace. Today I nominate her for my Currently Channeling style segment. Every now and then I like to highlight some of my favorite style icons that continue to flow into today’s fashion. Music and fashion have always been intertwined, each one compliments each other. I love how fashion can be in everything and anything. It’s simply what you perceive it to be. You march to the beat of your own drum and Whitney was exactly the epitome of that concept.

Whitney was an amazing and talented individual who always had a fashionista vibe to her. From back in the day, I always remember her for her big curls and 80’s flashback brights. The original, creator, and innovator. She had her own look and that is one of the many reasons why I fell in love .. from “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” to “Heartbreak Hotel” she captured every one’s attention with her outstanding vocals and heartfelt messages. Continuing to vibe out to her today and everyday..

Currently Channeling..Lucille Ball

Besides being a hilarious actress, Lucille Ball truly emphasized the tailored and polished look of her times. Nicknamed the First Lady of Television and the Queen of Comedy she has truly paved her way in her industry. I get so much inspiration from her style, the tailored suits and fitted clothing..now if I can work on my getting her hairstyles down! Ugh, LOVE! With lovely pencil skirts, gorgeous glam dresses and lovely pant and skirt suits created Lucille’s favorite attire. A woman who adored being elegant as every woman should be, Lucille Ball managed to be very feminine in her outfits even though they were not at all revealing. Which is oh so lovely! Because her career lasted for decades, Lucille Ball adapted her fashion style to the present, always being trendy, stylish and elegant at the same time. Go Girl!

Currently Channeling: Coco Chanel

Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel (1883-1971) has always been a naturalista fashionista and inspiration in my eyes. A sense of class, poise, confidence, and elegance is what comes to mind when I think of the style icon.

 She was born in Saumur, in the Loire Valley of France, and survived an impoverished childhood. The difficulties of her early life inspired her to pursue a radically different lifestyle, first on the stage, where she acquired the nickname “Coco,” and then as a milliner. (One that makes, trims, and sells hats) Chanel opened up her first shop in Paris in 1913, followed by another in the resort town of Deauville. Selling hats and a limited line of garments, Chanel’s shops developed a dedicated clientele who quickly made her practical sportswear a great success. Chanel used a lot of jersey fabric, due to the low cost and her budget at the time, which surprisingly gave her shops the best boost. Women were finally able to leave their corsets behind and dress more comfortably. Chanel took great pride as a woman in designing for other women, and by 1919 she enjoyed huge success, with clients around the world. Soon after, she relocated her couture house in Paris to 31 Rue Cambon, which remains the center of operations for the House of Chanel today. (Which I will visit ONE day)

Following Chanel’s death in 1971, several of her assistants designed the couture and ready-to-wear lines until Karl Lagerfeld took over the haute couture design in 1983 and ready-to-wear in 1984. Lagerfeld, like Chanel at the time of her comeback, looked to past designs for the secret to his success. His designs incorporated signature Chanel details, tweed fabrics, colors, gold chains, quilt-stitched leather, and the linked “CC” logo.

 

Elegance is not the prerogative of those who have just escaped from adolescence, but of those who have already taken possession of their future.
– Coco Chanel
Fashion fades, only style remains the same.
– Coco Chanel
In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different.
– Coco Chanel
(via Krick, Jessa. “Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel (1883–1971) and the House of Chanel”. In Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000–. http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/chnl/hd_chnl.htm (October 2004)