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Chain Me Up!

Mar 31 0 Comments

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Coco Chanel once said “Always take one thing off before you leave the house.” R.I.P.  dearest Coco. Chunky chain necklaces are all the rage right now and I recommend anyone leaving the house wearing one ADD one more. I have chosen some of my favorite chain necklaces below, and although shown singularly, I recommend with any of these necklaces combining two, three or even four of them at once. This look is best worn with something simple underneath. Wear your chunky chains with a white tee and a leather jacket during the day or a simple black dress in the evening. If you start to add too many other trends to the mix, you might start to look like Flava Flav!

Well Done, Ladies.
How NOT to Look: Flava Flav
ACB

Amaresinh

BCBG

Belle Noel by Kim Kardashian

Cara New York
Chanel

Chanel

Chanel

Chanel

Chanel

Dannijo

Dannijo

Dannijo

Dannijo

Donna Karan

Eddie Borgo

Emanuele Biocchi

Emanuele Biocchi

Falconiere

Falconiere

Fallon
Fallon

Fallon

Fallon

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Fallon

Fenton

Fenton

Fenton

Fenton

Fenton

Fenton

Givenchy

M. Haskell

Oscar De La Renta

Pamela Love

Roberto Cavalli

Roberto Cavalli

Roberto Cavalli

Sharon Wauchob

Tom Binns

Tom Binns

Tom Binns

Trina

Urban Outfitters

Vivienne Westwood

Dynamic Duo: Liam McMullan & Aesha Waks

Mar 31 0 Comments
He talks the talk, she “Waks” the walk… Who am I referring to? Aesha Waks and Liam McMullan, but of course. This avant-garde coupling is not your typical duo, yet despite their age difference (Aesha is Liam’s senior) they compliment one another in an almost fairytale-ish (albeit a Louis Carroll-type tale) way. If you can ignore the crazy stories you may have read about them in page six and actually take the the time to get to know them (*two of the most humble people I must add), it makes you wonder if it’s the rest of us that are just crazy and Liam and Aesha are actually the ones to take notes from when it comes to a healthy relationship. 
Liam and Aesha represent a unique new era in New York; their individuality in both spirit and style has already begun to make them iconic in their own right and poster children for today’s downtown New York scene that is just as passionate about partying as they are about painting.
Liam, a tall, gangly, handsome blond chap with hair like a fuzzy young duckling, for years had a reputation as being a “boy about town with the ladies” so to speak. But like a bolt of lightening, it took one effervescent dubiously genuine and uncannily beautiful Aesha Waks to come down and sweep Liam away. Within months of meeting one another on an NYU film set, the two already had matching tattoos and became engaged. Crazy as it may sound, this was nearly two years ago now (right around the time that I met the couple) and even to this day, despite the public gossip and tribulations they’ve been put through, I can tell you that these two are more in love and more in-sync (mind you, on a completely different level) than any other couple I know. 
 
Liam and Aesha may very well be the closest thing to an Edie Sedgwick and Bobby Neuwirth of our generation (and I don’t say that simply because McMullan himself spent time in The Factory with his father Patrick). Interestingly enough, the role of whom is Edie and whom is Bobby in this relationship is often blurred. Aesha’s fragile yet bold and unique physique (particularly enhanced by the recent pixie cut she let Liam give her) often lead people to mistakenly believe that she is simply shadowing Liam’s wanderlust happy-go-nutty path. Truth be told however, while Liam may be the one with the spotlight (or his father’s flashbulb) directly shone on him, it is Aesha who wears the skinny jeans in this relationship (metaphorically speaking). 
Aesha has the confidence to let Liam shine when he is out socializing at various soirees around the city and DJing at nightclubs with his posse of followers because she is one of those rare breeds of women that, despite her frail stature, has a strong enough sense of self that not only does she have trust, respect, and faith in Liam, but better yet Aesha has so much creative ambition and unique conquests of her own that she simply doesn’t have the time to play the role of arm candy. I believe that it is these very qualities in Aesha, her confidence and ambition, that are largely in part what has made this dynamic duo so successful. Conversely, I believe that Liam’s wild imagination and laissez-faire attitude towards life inspires and empowers Aesha to achieve her (and what have now become THEIR) dreams.
 
I must note of importance that I use the word “their” when describing the dreams that Aesha and Liam share because although so many of their projects are shared (since there is always a new project every time I speak with one them, for the purposes of this article it was simply too hard for me to remember them all so I asked them to remind me of a FEW), it is important to note that they also both have very individual ideas and careers that they still maintain in those solo moments they have that are few and far between. Aesha counts past, current, and future projects as “acting, singing, book writing, song writing, professional dance choreographing, designing, motivational speaking, and modeling” to name a few, while Liam counts “DJing, writing, sketching, photography, acting, and making music” as part of what keeps him busy. 
The most interesting part to me though? What they do together. Given that they both have some much going on in their own careers, one would think that they should open a Warhol-inspired “Factory” for the new generation of voyeurs such as themselves and their friends…oh wait, they are already working on that (*side note history fact: it was Mr. Andy Warhol himself who gave Liam’s father Patrick McMullan his start in the world of photography). While in the process of location scouting for The Factory 2.0 (which temporarily holds makeshift ground at Patrick’s downtown apartment), Liam and Aesha have started a band called “Danger” which they describe as having a “1960’s rock feel” to it (which would only be appropriate, really). Given that Liam and Aesha do nothing half-way, it was only suiting that Danger’s first performance was an opening for singer Bebe Buell at the Hiro Ballroom. DangerUS is also the name of the rock star-meets-superhero clothing line that both Aesha, Liam, myself, and another friend have dabbled with for awhile. Whilst at home (and Aesha can snag Liam away from the video games), the two have written a movie script called “Zombie High” that they are presently shopping around. Liam plans to direct the film and the two plan to both act in various parts. The creativity doesn’t end there; there are the comic books they collaboratively draw and write, the health and diet book they are working on publishing, the collage series they have produced and are curating for their own upcoming exhibit (typical Aesha and Liam style, their first piece already sold to legendary 80’s pop artist Donald Beachlor), and they spend much of their time (seriously) doing charity work particularly for the homeless as well as underprivileged children.
What’s next for these two? Well last time I asked that I found Liam in a tree he had climbed taking photos and Aesha discussing the meaning of life with me. So to be honest, I really can’t tell you what is next. The Aesha-Liam style isn’t a “what’s next,” rather, it’s a “what isn’t next?!” The two have chosen to live life on a path that is anything but straight, making it not always an easy one to follow. But if their pasts are of any indication, as they continue on their future path it is bound to be of great originality and success…a path we should all be so lucky to stroll (or skateboard) along on once in awhile.

Be The Link

Mar 30 0 Comments
I am proud to officially announce my debut appearance in a nationwide campaign to prevent HIV called “Be The Link.” (www.be-the-link.org)
The project, founded by contemporary photographer Andy Tsagaris, is the first of it’s kind to combine photographic art into a canvas of unique expression by uniting 250 contemporary prominent figures: including world champion athletes, fashion designers, news/media figures, recording artists, gourmet chefs, CEO’s, television personalities, business moguls…and more! The diversity of the people who form the links highlight a disease that is blind to it’s victims age, race, or economic status.
Actress, Model, Socialite and Columnist Lydia Hearst-Shaw
Columnist, Magazine Editor, and Philanthropist Peter Davis
 In an upcoming exhibit, the photographs will be displayed sequentially, each photo transitioning to the next. Guests will follow a long course of walls, where they will experience the transition within the exhibit following the chained participants. 
Actress Tara Reid
Fashion Designers Malan Breton and Loris Diran
 The official gallery opening is still under works, but for more information not only about the event but about HIV, Tsagaris’ personal mission, how to help, and to check out other “link” members,  please visit http://www.be-the-link.org/#!__links/alexa-winner

Girl Crush: Iekeliene Stange

Mar 30 2 Comments
For most women it’s Angelina Jolie. My girl crush? Supermodel Iekeliene Stange (EE-kuh-LEE-nuh). Everything about Iekeliene drives me absolutely insane. The eyes, the hair, the nose, the CHEEKBONES, the style. Even in interviews, Iekeliene has such a down to Earth attitude about her it’s hard not to fall in love with this alien-like goddess.
Originally from the Netherlands, Iekeliene was scouted in Rotterdam and soon thereafter signed with agencies Women and Marilyn. To boot, Iekeliene also has a degree in multimedia design and has exhibited her photographic work in a solo exhibition in Berlin. 
Apart from her striking looks and wicked style, Iekeliene is famously known for opening Marc Jacobs’ Spring 2007 runway show and kicking off her sandals midway down the catwalk because they were too uncomfortable (instead of the usual aghast when a model falls, the crowd actually applauded that she had the guts to kick her shoes off before letting herself lose her balance). Needless to say she became the face of Jacobs’ campaign shortly thereafter…
Iekeliene’s otherworldly facial features are only enhanced by her phenomenal street style which she describes as “Tokyo influenced.”
I always (well, usually) believe that imitation is one of the greatest forms of flattery. To channel the Iekeliene look, I’ve put together some signature “Iekeliene” pieces that I think not only she would rock, but I would wear as well.
Karen Walker The Village Sunglasses, $210, http://www.gargyle.com/karen-walker-eyewear-the-village-black.html
Modekungen Perfect Leather Jacket, $243, http://www.modekungen.se/en/leather-jacket-perfect-13803
Bring it Pom Scarf, $89, http://www.modcloth.com/Womens/Accessories/Hats+Scarves/-Bring-it-Pom-Scarf
Alexander McQueen Tree Print Leggings, $635, http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446388503&site_refer=AFF001&site_refer=AFF001&siteID=Hy3bqNL2jtQ-XR.0ZAgizGSA4iWR6ye4vA&LScreativeid=828832501096&LSlinkid=15&LSoid=221103&LSsid=Hy3bqNL2jtQ
Calypso Pocahontas Bag, $395, http://www.calypsostbarth.com/Pocahontas-Bag-p-18128.html
Eyescream Floral Lace Shorts, $38, http://www.yesstyle.com/en/eyescream-floral-lace-shorts-white-one-size/info.html/pid.1024110288
Free People Studded Vintage Converse, $29.95, http://www.freepeople.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/products.detail/productID/dc8ca815-f307-40e3-b0f7-05f3e9ef56c9/categoryID/61efe1df-e5f3-4e64-820f-9dd0cb72e5b2

Marc by Marc Jacobs Bow Enamel and Brass Stud Earrings, $48, http://www.net-a-porter.com/am/product/110074?cm_mmc=LinkshareUS-_-ProductFeed-_-Marc_by_Marc_Jacobs-_-Jewelry&siteID=Hy3bqNL2jtQ-61ci5VRh8Ivp485CujHHWg
Topshop Cream Fringed Waistcoat, $90, http://us.topshop.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?beginIndex=0&viewAllFlag=&catalogId=33060&storeId=13052&productId=2300016&langId=-1&sort_field=Relevance&categoryId=208638&parent_categoryId=208580&pageSize=9
 
Huija Colorblock Hi-Top Sneaker, $88, http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=20739538&cm_mmc=Performics-_-Affiliates-_-Polyvore-_-Primary

Mayser Black Bowler Hat, $160, http://www.stylebop.com/product_details.php?id=140001
Alexander McQueen Folklore Fin Mini Dress, $2,995, http://www.alexandermcqueen.com/us/en/shop/Womenswear/Spring-Summer-11/Dresses/P-FOLKLORE-FIN-MINI-DRESS.aspx

Chanel Vintage Mini Flap Bag Belt, $3,200, http://www.aloharag.com/highseas/product.asp?s_id=0&dept_id=5866&pf_id=PAGPABIOJHPMACJF
Orla Kiely Milano Cotton Dress, $360, http://www.orlakiely.com/usa.cfm/clothing/SS11%20Knitwear/11SK-MIL745/15553/_/
 

Rick Owens Metallic Biker Jacket, $2,950, http://www.kirnazabete.com/metallic-biker-jacket-4
Topshop Knitted Multi Crochet Blanket Flower Kimono Cardigan, $140, http://us.topshop.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?langId=-1&storeId=13052&catalogId=33060&productId=2328590&categoryId=208589&parent_categoryId=208579

Mary Katrantzou Alcatraz Blouse, $1,250, http://www.barneys.com/Alcatraz-Blouse/501170931,default,pd.html?utm_source=GAN&utm_medium=Polyvore&utm_campaign=Primary
Thierry Larsy Obsessy Transparent Red Sunglasses, $375, http://www.openingceremony.us/products.asp?menuid=2&menuid2=4&productid=30362
Christopher Kane Neon Lace Keke Jacket, $1,560, http://www.net-a-porter.com/product/111196?cm_sp=we_recommend-_-111196-_-slot3
House of Harlow 1960 14KT Gold Large Feather Row Cuff, $110, http://www.shopthetrendboutique.com/hoofha1914go86.html?source=pjn&subid=2845

Spring it on! 80 Must Have Shoes for This Season

Mar 29 0 Comments

The key terms you should know when choosing your spring shoes (AND as categorized for you below):

RED-Y TO WEAR:
A splash of red or even just a hue to make an otherwise dull floral dress come to life.

SHOW SOME SKIN
Don’t be afraid to pull out your lizards or croc’s (as in the animal) this season…they like the heat too!

FUN IN THE SUN
Play around with fun shapes and unusual colors. Remember, keep it simple on top if you go bold on the bottom.

CAMO CHIC
Another trend I’m still not over. Work these shoes with cut off shorts or loose boyfriend cuffed up jeans.

KEEPING IT CLASSIC
Staple pieces for any season. Need I say more?

WALK THIS WAY
If you just can’t do the heel thing, these are some fantastic alternatives when walking around.

WALK AWAY YOUR WINTER BLUES
Tis’ the season to be blue (thank you Prince William for the lovely Sapphire that rocked the world). Lucky for the rest of us we can pull from those sapphire tones and just like denim (or even with denim) a great blue platform can compliment nearly anything.

PUNK ON POINT
Still not over it. Think foot bondage and you probably got it right.


MARCH INTO METALLICS
This season metallics are showing up everywhere. Just be careful not to overdo it. If your going to go for a metallic shoe, compliment it with a metallic headband or nail polish – keep the rest soft.


Alexander McQueen
Christian Louboutin
Charlotte Olympia
Christian Dior
Trussardi 1911
Christian Louboutin
Nicholas Kirkwood
John Richmond
John Galliano
Nicholas Kirkwood
Marc Jacobs

Christian Louboutin
Christian Louboutin
Lanvin
Chrissie Morris
Christian Louboutin
Charlotte Olympia
Theodora & Callum
Versace
John Galliano

Pierre Hardy
Anastasia Bice

Charlotte Olympia
Aperlai
Manolo Blahnik
Camilla Skovgaard
Christian Louboutin
Donna Karan
Christian Louboutin
Brian Atwood
Miu Miu
Giuseppe Zanotti
Valentino
Casadei
Charlotte Olympia
Aperlai
Nicholas Kirkwood
Roger Vivier
Christian Dior
Christian Louboutin
Sergio Rossi

Giuseppe Zanotti
Rene Caovilla
Giambattista Valli
Rene Caovilla

Tom’s
Manolo Blahnik
Christian Louboutin
G.P.C.
Hunter
Jeremy Scott for Adidas
Dioniso
Missoni
Christian Louboutin
Kate Spade
Yves Saint Laurent
Aperlai
Gucci
Nicholas Kirkwood
Nicholas Kirkwood
Christian Louboutin
Christian Dior
Christian Louboutin
Christian Louboutin
Versace
Alexander McQueen
Rock & Republic

Lanvin
Camilla Skovgaard
Rock & Republic
Alexander McQueen
Iris Van Herpen for United Nude Shoes
Alexander McQueen
Charlotte Olympia
Yves Saint Laurent
Iris Van Herpen for United Nude Shoes
Camilla Skovgaard
Diego Dolcini
Yves Saint Laurent
Charlotte Olympia

The Fashion Zodiac

Mar 28 0 Comments
As some of you may know, I’m slightly (errr…very) obsessed with astrology. A lot of what you read about regarding the matter is terribly hokey and time and time again skeptics will say, “but yes, that can really apply to anyone.” However, after doing my usual nighttime scouring of Youtube I came across some astrological videos from Linguaspectrum Astrology that I really think are pretty dead on in terms of accuracy. If you can get past the cultish monotone voice in the video’s below, focus your eyes and ears for about four minutes/sign, and ignore the uncanny resemblance to the “Mindhead” scenes from the movie Bowfinger, you might find yourself pleasantly intrigued. If it’s as simple as learning a bit more about yourself or you take it to the next level and begin to explore and challenge the under-workings of different designer’s mind’s given the sun signs they were born under, I think you might actually be able to take away something very interesting from this…Too bad I didn’t think of exploring this for a college essay…I’m curious for you thoughts on this one.
Eddie Murphy in Bowfinger…”Keeping it Together”

ARIES

Vivienne Westwood
TAURUS
Donnatella Versace
GEMINI
Sonia Rykiel

CANCER
Oscar De La Renta
LEO
Betsey Johnson

VIRGO
Karl Lagerfeld
LIBRA
Donna Karan

SCORPIO
Calvin Klein
SAGITTARIUS
Gianni Versace

CAPRICORN
Diane Von Furstenberg

AQUARIUS
Christian Dior
PISCES
Alexander McQueen
Myself
***Note of Interest: Mr. McQueen and I share the EXACT same birthday, March 17th.
  

GisHELL

Mar 27 0 Comments
Let’s forget the fact that Gisele is one of my favorite models of all time, and that I’d walk in front of a moving car for a Balenciaga Leather Biker Jacket, but man did Nicolas Ghesquière screw up the S/S 2011 ads. Ghesquière describes Gisele’s new look for the campaign as being about “individuality,” and many in the industry point out how she is simply riding the wave of the androgynous trend, but this is the first time (and I hope the last time) that I must say Gisele simply couldn’t pull it off. Put Iekeliene Stange, Ruby Aldridge or hell even Tom Brady in there and the ad’s would’ve been beyond, but given that Gisele rhymes with bombshell for a reason, and that as a new mother she should be flaunting her femininity, I’m going to have to give two very big thumbs down to this entire campaign. 

Four Girls, Three Dresses, Two Photographers, One Cause

Mar 27 0 Comments
Just had an amazing photo shoot for designer Alisha Trimble. Alisha and I are both on the committee for “The Red Party,” an evening to benefit Habitat for Humanity with cocktails and mingling while simultaneously putting on a fashion presentation. The catch? All the designers (and attendees) must wear red! All designers involved are making three pieces specially for the event, and Ms. Trimble and I have been collaborating on her third look which I will be wearing (you’ll see it later!). Check out the invite below for further details.
As such, as I was getting fitted by Alisha for my dress, we decided to make a day of it and put together a full on photo shoot at NYC’s The Polar Lounge giving viewers a sneak peek of her capsule collection. NEXT model Tereza rocked the clothes like no ones business, I styled and creative directed the shoot, Rachael Lynsey Rubin did the hair and makeup and also teamed up with burgeoning west-coast fashion photographer Sarah Love as they both simultaneously shot the looks. Amazing girls to work with, amazing cause to work for, amazing day.
Photographer: Sarah Love

Photographer: Sarah Love

Photographer: Sarah Love

Photographer: Rachael Lynsey Rubin

Photographer: Rachael Lynsey Rubin

 
Photographer: Rachael Lynsey Rubin

It’s My Party & I’ll Cry if I Want to!

Mar 27 0 Comments
Actually I didn’t really want to cry. I had an amazing birthday this year and it feels like the years keep going faster and faster. I feel so blessed for all the friends who showed up and supported me at my amazing party at The Chelsea Room (thank you RothschildLynn PR!), for my buddies at 1Oak for throwing me a sick after-party, and for those who sent long distance happy wishes as well. Of course, what would a birthday be without the perfect dress? Well, it just wouldn’t be one. This year’s choice? An amazing Gemma Kahng Couture red silk dress from her latest collection. For more details on the dress and the evening, check out my lovely friend Tia Walker’s blog, “The Quest for It” http://www.thequestforit.com/the_quest_for_it/2011/03/happy-birthday-alexa-winner.html or visit Gemma Kahng’s own site, http://gemmakahng.com/. For the rest of you, here’s some fun shots of the the evening. Remember, go big or go home ; )
Liam McMullan, Thierry Guetta A.K.A. Mr. Brainwash, Me

 Allison Harvard, Celia Ammerman, Me

Me, Anna Rothschild, Mr. Brainwash

Aesha Waks, Liam McMullan, Me, Anna Rothschild

Mr. Brainwash and I

Me

The Illest, Me

Me, Adrianna Beer
Megan Marie Dodge, Me, Jennifer Csengody

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