We can't think of a better time than now to don polka-dot tights. With the holidays right around the corner, it's the perfect festive touch to any ensemble. We particularly love the way Kourtney Kardashian, Dita Von Teese, and Tara Subkoff showed off their dotted tights. Kourtney coordinated hers with a matching dotted blouse, Dita opted for small polka dots with a vintage Thierry Mugler dotted top and ruffled skirt at the launch of her perfume Apothia, and Tara sported hers with a fedora and boyfriend blazer. Draw inspiration from these ladies and get polka-dot tights if you don't yet have a pair. Then use them to spice up any of your holiday ensembles, especially your little red and black dresses.
>> Imitation's Tara Subkoff has flirted with film over the years, racking up bit parts in movies like American Pie and As Good As It Gets, but now she's taking the relationship to the next level — literally. Subkoff attended the 2011 Oscars — and the Vanity Fair Oscars party — at the end of February with King's Speech director Tom Hooper (who won best director), and they've reportedly been together ever since. [AVENUEinsider]
>> Designers are well-represented at the Academy Awards when it comes to gowns, but a few made the pilgrimage to Los Angeles themselves to have their own Oscars red carpet moment. Georgina Chapman, Valentino Garavani, and Tara Subkoff made an awards appearance, while Diane von Furstenberg, Carolina Herrera, Jason Wu, Tom Ford and the like hobnobbed later at Vanity Fair's after party.
>> After undergoing surgery for a brain tumor at the end of last year, Tara Subkoff is back on the scene with a new fashion venture: Imitation. The forthcoming line allows her to "bring back" her former label Imitation of Christ in "its most basic incarnation," she tells Harper's Bazaar, "easy-to-wear staples with an edge . . . I'm inspired by Coco Chanel and her use of jersey. I'd like to do that with Imitation. I want something as effortless as a T-shirt, but in dress, trench, and jacket shapes."
Subkoff added of her time doing Imitation of Christ: "The name got so big, and it appeared to be such a giant success, but like most things that are artistic and creative and amazing, it was never this financial powerhouse. It was an art project. It was rewarding to spearhead, and it was a great collaboration with Matt Damhave and so many other amazing people, but I had to work about four or five other jobs — a shoe collaboration with Easy Spirit and consulting for Sara Lee Apparel (which owned Wonderbra, Hanes, and Playtex) — just to keep the company afloat."
>> New York Mayor Bloomberg declared yesterday "Burberry Day," in honor of the lighting of the brand's logo atop its new US headquarters — watch a video of it going down here — and the weather complied with rain, appropriate for a brand known for their trench coats. "I was worried about the drizzle before, but now I love it," said Christopher Bailey, in town to celebrate. "It's all very English."
Christopher arrived to the unveiling last night with Lily Donaldson on his arm, who grinned and gushed about being "a Burberry girl" and "part of the [Burberry] family." He went on to explain what an honor it it is to have the Burberry logo lit in the first place: "It's one of only six grandfathered buildings in New York where you can do that, so it's a big deal for us to be able to affect the iconic Manhattan skyline, which I love."
The excitement seems to have made him chatty — he covered a range of topics, from admitting that he dyed his hair blue once to discussing advertising fees — like Mario Testino's, which runs $140,000 a day: "You’re buying talent. And I think talent never goes away with the changing economy, and talent is something we all need to keep nurturing."
Models (Hilary Rhoda, Helena Christensen) mingled with editors (Kate Lanphear, who apparently has dyed her hair black underneath, Amy Astley, Cecilia Dean) and it girls (Byrdie Bell, Alexa Chung, Julia Restoin-Roitfeld, Harley Viera-Newton), and the mix left at least one girl confiding that she didn't recognize Blake Lively — Lily Donaldson, who admitted: "I don't watch Gossip Girl. But you can't blame me. I don't even own a TV at the moment!"
The celebration seemed a success, except for skimping in one area. An alcohol shortage kicked in around 9:30 pm, leaving one guest unhappy: "That's the driest party I've ever been to." Same goes for Harley, Leigh Lezark, and Derek Blasberg, The Cut tweeted: "The party has run out of glasses, and the trio is displeased."
- Shutting up shop: Imitation of Christ is history — Refinery 29
- Runway rundown: Party Noire dresses — Fashion Indie
- Fashions at the American Music Awards were seriously baffling — Jezebel
- Shelly Steffee's luxe shapes — Coutorture
- 100 cheap party dresses for Christmas — Catwalk Queen
- Romanek Origami clutch — Bag Snob
- Eva Mendes in CC Skye: I want that! — Stylelist
- Tights, an ongoing obsession — Lucky Blog
- Battle of the fashion tomes: The Dress Doctor vs. Nina Garcia — Lemondrop
- PETA slightly accomplishes mission — Fashionista
- Economy to sap the fabulous from February Fashion Week — The Cut
- Prada Tessuto S tote — Purse Blog
>> Jessica Stam has no problem getting backstage at a show when she's working, but when she's attending? That's another story.
This morning, when Stam and Tara Subkoff tried to go backstage at Charlotte Ronson before taking their front row seats for the show, they were told by PR they're weren't on the list. "Jessica Stram? Stam? No, not on the list . . . Tara who? Nope, sorry."
Jessica, clearly less than thrilled — she was front row at Charlotte Ronson last year and is a friend of the designer — finally called in reinforcements, and was led backstage.
"Karmic and cosmic" is how Tara Subkoff describes her new position as the artistic director of FORM's Spring '09 collection.
FORM founder Jerry Tam, the first one ousted from this season of Project Runway, had ties with Subkoff in the past as her intern at Imitation of Christ. "It's so great to be able to support one of my first interns at such a crucial time," said Subkoff.
Despite FORM's angular past, the new designs are said to encompass softer lines that were inspired by the Rococo movement using gauze, cottons, and silks. The collection will debut during the upcoming New York Fashion Week.
The capsule collection is in stores now, and for those of you looking to get romantic come Valentine's Day, it's perfect. The color palette is red, black, and white, with an accenting heart print and quilted heart bag. All you last minute Valentiners out there — you know who you are — get yourselves to a store or Bebe.com, where the line is retailing $59-$189.
P.S. Tara's pal Chloe Sevigny is already a fan — she was spotted wearing a red ruffled heart print dress from the line just a couple of days ago.
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