- On being a bombshell: Being a bombshell is about embracing yourself and feeling confident. There are things you can do to help you feel confident like wearing the right lingerie and choosing the right swimsuit for the beach.
- On finding the perfect swimsuit: Number one is that you have to find something you feel comfortable in. It's not about showing more or less, it's about you feeling confident with what you're wearing. I love triangle-shaped tops and bottoms, the smallest ones possible because I hate tan lines.
- On her favorite pieces from the VS bombshell collection: The collection is all about being sexy and embracing your sensuality. The balcony bra is my favorite; I love the shape and colors and it's very Brigitte Bardot. The miraculous is good for nightwear, it's very va-va-voom.
- On her Summer essentials: A stringkini, eyeliner, flip-flops, a pair of cute shorts, and VS bra and panties.
- On Summer vacation plans: Miami, with my family!
Prabal Gurung, Joseph Altuzarra, and Dana Lorenz of Fenton / Fallon took a moment to chat with FabTV about being nominated for the prestigious CFDA Swarovski Award. Watch our video to hear about their style secrets and biggest fashion moments – including what it was like dressing the First Lady of Fashion!
I rocked my votes and now the 2010 CFDA Fashion Award nominees are in. We have to wait until June 7 to learn the results, but without further ado, here they are: Donna Karan, Alexander Wang, and Marc Jacobs for Womenswear Designer of the Year. In the Menswear Designer of the Year category are Tom Ford, Michael Bastian, and David Neville and Marcus Wainwright of Rag & Bone. Fab favorite Alexis Bittar will be competing against Marc Jacobs and Proenza Schouler’s Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez for Accessory Designer of the Year.
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Last night, the CFDA gathered around the stone at a town meeting where industry leaders discussed the future of the fashion industry. The debate was whether fashion shows should be targeted towards consumers or the industry. “We design for the consumer, and right now, I believe the consumer is completely confused,” said Donna Karan. Basically, who is going to purchase a wool coat — even if it's the most amazing coat ever — in August? That said, designers faulted the recession, discount-driven shoppers, the vast difference between runway looks and in-store merchandise, and the constant pumping out of collection after collection.
“We should truly focus on the problem and the solution. The consumer has been trained to buy on sale. The clothes in stores are not in season, so she is confused. Why should she go out and spend money early in the season, when in fact come September and October, when the season actually changes, the next season is there and it’s called resort? We are putting all the energy into something that the consumer isn’t really getting, because by then it’s on sale,” continued Karan. On a sillier note, Anna Wintour, suggested putting together a committee that could create rules for when stores could discount merchandise stating, "We have friends in the White House now.” That's most likely not going to happen but the issue remains, should the fashion industry cater towards the consumers or the industry?
Here's how it works: On Sept. 10, participating retailers across the nation will host a special shopping soiree from 6-11p.m. offering guest appearances from designers such as Alexander Wang and Rachel Roy, bubbly, music, and hors d'oeuvres. "To put it bluntly, if people don't shop, people lose their jobs," said Vera Wang. That's some real talk.
The list of participating retailers are still under wraps until Aug. 17 but we do know that all 40 Neiman Marcus doors across the country will participate in the festivities along with select Bloomingdales, Bergdorf Goodman, and Barneys locations. You can also show support for the cause by purchasing this artsy tee — proceeds go to the National Sept. 11 Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center.
As expected, the 2009 CFDA awards ceremony brought out a bevy of dazzling models, designers, and celebrities — make sure to vote on our love it or hate it polls! While most came to party, others eagerly awaited the announcement of this year's winners. Let's see who took home the cake . . .
- Womenswear Designer of the Year: Kate and Laura Mulleavy, Rodarte
- Menswear Designer of the Year: Tie between Italo Zucchelli, Calvin Klein Collection, and Scott Sternberg, Band of Outsiders
- Accessories Designer of the Year: Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez, Proenza Schouler
- Swarovski Award for Womenswear: Alexander Wang
- Swarovski Award for Menswear: Tim Hamilton
- Swarovski Accessories Award: Justin Giunta, Subversive Jewelry
- International Award: Marc Jacobs
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When funny girl Tracey Ullman received this message from Diane von Furstenberg, "Hello, it's D.V.F. You have no excuse this year, Tracey. Call me back," she knew she would be hosting the CFDA Awards in June. You may not know this, but Ullman is a huge fashion lover; combine that with her comedy and it's no wonder von Furstenberg chose her. As for entertaining the CFDA crowd, Ullman said she's tempted to prod designers on how they feel about invented celebrities — touché. "You can imagine," said Ullman, "Oscar de la Renta being shown a picture of Lauren Conrad, and saying, 'Oh, if only we can get her to hold our purse!'"
When CFDA president Diane von Furstenberg asked creative director Trey Laird to "Capture fashion — do something fabulous," for its 2009 CFDA nominees photo shoot, Laird took it to a whole new level. Instead of using models, he decided to feature the designers wearing their own work — hence Jason Wu in his green gown. The photos, shot by Craig McDean at Milk Studios, feature all of the nominees sporting their creations in fun ways; for instance, Proenza Schouler’s Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez donned their handbags as boxing gloves, and Marc Jacobs sported bunny ears. Cool!
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Change is coming. For the first time in history, the CFDA is giving away a Popular Vote Award. Starting today, everyone can vote for their favorite women and men's fashion designers such as Narciso Rodriguez, Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte, and Alexander Wang, to name a few. The winner will be revealed on June 15 at the CFDA Fashion Awards. Oh, every time you vote, you'll be entered to win two tickets to a New York Fashion Week runway show. Awesome. Polls close Tuesday, June 9.
The Council of Fashion Designers of America announced the nominees for the 2009 awards and it's filled with some of our favorite designers. Marc Jacobs, Narciso Rodriguez, and Jason Wu will be vying for a womenswear award while Calvin Klein Collection’s Italo Zucchelli, Michael Bastian, and Scott Sternberg for Band of Outsiders compete for the menswear accolade. The CFDA will also be honoring First Lady Michelle Obama with a special Board of Directors tribute. Winners will be announced on June 15 at the CFDA gala held at the Lincoln Center in NYC. May the best designer win!
For a complete list of 2009 CFDA nominees, read more