Thursday, September 30, 2010

Shocking News: Brad Bids Farewell To Rachel Zoe & co

*Sourced and edited by Dayana Sobri,
30th September 2010.

Is the super talented Rachel Zoe heading to Doomsville without her assistant?

It’s the end of an era. Brad Goreski, Rachel’s one and only, has made the decision to leave Team Rachel Zoe, effective October 1. The split was amicable, according to People Magazine. Brad explained, “I love Rachel and she’s taught me everything I know. But there’s a point where either I do it now or I’ll never know what it’s like to spread my wings and soar.”

We feel you Brad, and we have to say we’re not entirely surprised. There was a lot of foreshadowing in last week’s episode of The Rachel Zoe Project. Speaking of which, how will that show go on without Brad or Taylor? And, um, how will Rachel live? She laments, “No one’s ever going to be Brad to me.”

No one will ever be Brad to us either Rachel, but we’re excited to see what he can do on his own. And we hope he has plenty of time to spend with his dogs and boyfriend. Plus, maybe this will be good for Rachel and Rodger, who had to have been at least a little jealous of Brad.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Shopping Guide: What Department Store Salespeople Won't Tell You

*Sourced and edited by Dayana Sobri,
29th September 2010.

Want in on some industry secrets some editors have learned from years of experience as salespeople in major department stores? Here’s your inside look at 17 popular store policies and procedures from behind employee doors that employees are not allowed—or inclined—to share with shoppers!

1. No More Panty Raids, Please

We spent an hour folding that panty table. Please don’t pull out every single pair to see if it’s your size. We likely have drawers below the table or hanging displays elsewhere where you can find your size. If you simply must touch the display, please leave it the way you found it if you want to stay on our good sides.

2. Remember, You’re Not at Home

Ask for help instead of climbing a ladder or using any stick-like object you can find to grab something out of reach. We’d like to avoid injury and a lawsuit, as well as have the opportunity to assist you.

3. Calm Your Kids

Your screaming children are giving us a headache! We can’t leave the floor if we’re annoyed with your child, so do us a favor and take a timeout in one of our convenient and accommodating Mother’s Rooms, where you can calm your child down in peace and privacy.

4. Don’t Ask, Won’t Tell

We won’t tell you when we’re working on commission, so when you ask us if your butt looks fat in those jeans, we will respond as a salesperson, not your BFF. Trust your gut and if you think you look bad even if we say you don’t, keep looking.

5. Ask and You Shall Receive
We can help you shop in different departments than the one you found us in. Just ask!

6. Modesty is the Best Policy

We don’t want to see you naked. Sure, it’s an understood job hazard working in the swimsuit or lingerie department, but please try not to flash us inside your changing room.

7. Excuse Yourself, If Necessary

We notice when you pass gas in the fitting room and then leave. It’s gross. Don’t do it. We have to spend up to eight hours in there after you leave. Also, our changing rooms are not your own personal trashcans. Bring trash out with you, or hand it to us to dispose of.

8. Size Matters to Us, Too

If our store doesn’t have your size in stock, we can call another store for you. Just ask us politely!

9. Kindness Begets Kindness
If you’re making a scene because we don’t have what you want on the floor, we might go into the back, wait a couple minutes, and come out to tell you we don’t have it there either without ever looking for it.

10. Skip the Line if You Want
You can bring your items to another department if my line is too long.

11. Don’t Phone Home

Hang up your cell phone if you expect good—or any—service.

12. Say No to Stains
We can send a stained item to our alterations department to see if it comes out before you buy it.

13. See if the Price is Right
If you’ve seen the same item sold at a cheaper price somewhere else, we can lower our price to match it. You’ll have to speak to our manager, but it’s worth a shot to get a better deal!

14. Try to Get a DiscountPolitely
Sometimes, we can give you a discount on damaged goods, as long as you catch us in a good mood and you’re asking nicely.

15. Just Say No to Credit

Say no to our credit card pitches if you know you won’t pay off the bill each month. Yes, we have a quota to meet, but our store cards might not have the best interest rates around.

16. Humor Us and You Might Score
We can ship your items to you for free if we’re feeling generous and you’ve been pleasant to serve. At certain stores, we’ll even hand carry your purchase to you if you need it ASAP. Similarly, if you’re shopping far away from home and don’t want to lug your items back with you, we can sometimes ship them to your final destination.

17. Wear if You Dare
We’ve seen that shirt tried on a million times, we’ve scrubbed deodorant stains off of it, it’s fallen on our dusty floor, and it may even be one that was recently returned. For you own sake, wash it before you wear it!

P/s: Wow,I can SO relate to how these sales people are feeling since I've worked as sales assistant myself.Believe me customers are our number 1 source of agony,pain and headache!Not to mention that standing on my feet for hours and hours the whole day is a killer,especially if you're doing a full-time shift!So next time you're out shopping,at least have some common courtesy to be nice and respect the sales people.They're human beings too,you know!Not just some slaves you can torture around.Of course,as a customer myself,I'd get irritated by how bad the Malaysian sales people are,they're rude,lazy,did not do a proper job when assisting customers,and worst (according to my experience) some of them would snicker at customers who walked in their store and then started to whisper at each other about how the customers look and would ignore the customers when they need some help.

*Article taken from Yahoo Shine.Republished with permission of Hearst Communications, Inc.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Sorry For The Long Hiatus!!! 2

Sorry for the long hiatus.There's been some technical glitches.Will be updating more news and stories soon! Stay tuned!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Fashion Getta Clue: Was Gabourey Sidibe's skin lightened for the cover of ELLE Magazine?

*Sourced and edited by Dayana Sobri,
16th September 2010.

The lighter and the darker............

Getty Images

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In the world of American fashion magazines, women of color have notoriously been underrepresented, pretty much since the birth of print. Ditto the plus-size population, who go almost entirely absent from the pages of big-name publications, as if they don't exist. So it was a boon for both groups this summer when ELLE magazine announced that full-figured African-American actress Gabourey Sidibe would grace the cover of its 25th anniversary issue.

For its special October edition, ELLE produced four separate covers, each one meant to celebrate a different mid-20's female star--in addition to Sidibe, 27, it included actresses Amanda Seyfried and Megan Fox and reality star/fashion entrepreneur Lauren Conrad. But here's where things got tricky:

While each of the other three (all oft-used, not to mention skinny and Caucasian) cover girls are shown off in full-body glamour shots wearing stylish clothes, Sidibe is cropped at the mid-chest, with a swath of ruched green fabric hiding her curvy frame. Plus, her skin appears to be lighter than in most photos of the actress that we've seen, which has stirred reactions on the web.

Was it all only a speculation by the unfair media,or is it a truth yet to be told?You be the judge.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Fashion Shocker: Lady Gaga's Outlandish Meat Ensemble

*Sourced by Dayana Sobri,
14th September 2010.

"I never thought I'd be asking Cher to hold my meat purse."

So Lady Gaga has never ever ceased to amaze us in every public appearance that she does,and if this 2010 VMA look of Lady Gaga doesn't shock you in disgust,I don't know what else will.The Meat Dress,which was designed and made by Franc Fernandez (he also did Gaga's headpiece in her Bad Romance video) also consisted of boots,hat and purse.The dress was cut together from what appeared to be slabs of raw meat.Gaga had stated in her interview session on Ellen Degeneres Show that she wore this dress as a political statement,referring to the gay issue that she has been supporting a lot.

Peta,being the typical animal rights organization,wasn't pleased as usual.They said,in response to seeing Gaga's outfit, "Meat is the decomposing flesh of a tormented animal who didn't want to die, and after a few hours under the TV lights, it would smell like the rotting flesh it is and likely be crawling in maggots -- not too attractive, really."

Would you dare wear this dress,dear readers?Yep,I don't think so.

Gaga's cover for Vogue Hommes Japan was taken by photographer Terry Richardson.

Gaga's cover for Vogue Hommes Japan was taken by photographer Terry Richardson,in the controversial meat bikini (pieces of raw meat strung together to create a dress-like design).

Monday, September 13, 2010

Fashion News: Designer Collaboration, Mulberry for Target

*By Dayana Sobri,
13th September 2010.

Ok,so the buzz has been around for quite a few months back and all fashionistas are pretty much talking about it right until now.Yes,for those of you not in the knowing,Mulberry is collaborating with America's favourite discount store,Target.The collaboration will be available at most Target stores and at October 10 through December 24, 2010.The bag was inspired by some of aesthetical British films. Even though the Mulberry x Target bag is appearing right after one of the most coveted bags were launched (the Roxanne and Alexa bags) it'll never be the same.

According to Mulberry,the range comprises 8 handbag styles and aims to evoke the spirit of the brand, rather than a compromise on quality. The key to the collection is authenticity – communicating the essence and character of the Mulberry brand. Fabrics such as denim and velvet allow the brand to be as true to its beliefs as possible whilst maintaining an accessible and democratic price point.Are fashionistas really be buying this?We shall see....

Friday, September 10, 2010

Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri 2010!

Hello dear readers! I would like to wish you a very Happy Eid-ul-Fitr!

Ketupat (Source: Wikipedia)

Will be blogging as usual on Sunday!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Stylist Profile: Eric Daman

*Sourced and edited by Dayana Sobri,
9th September 2010.


Whether you love or hate the plotlines on Gossip Girl, you gotta love the unforgettable style in each week’s episode. Headbands and bows play off designer dresses and haute handbags, making it one of the most talked-about fashion showcases since “Sex and the City.”

Enter costume designer Eric Daman. The styling genius behind “Gossip Girl,” Daman got his styling start with Patricia Fields on “Sex and the City” and doing high fashion editorials for tastemaking mags like Visionaire, The Face, and I.D. Now he’s got his dream job managing a power team of 25 stylists on “Gossip Girl” and Variety once called him “the world’s fiercest costume designer.”

Daman’s favorite trends for fall? Belted boyfriend cardigans and highwaisted pencil skirts. His favorite “Gossip Girl” character to dress? Chuck Bass. “It’s fun to push men’s fashion and let straight guys know that they can dress fashionably, too,” says Daman.


*s* (Photo above) Henri Bendel's window display was screaming "Gossip Girl", and the window display was decorated by Eric Daman.

* (Photo below) Various looks and concepts styled and created by Eric Daman for Revolve Clothing circa 2008.


*Images courtesy of Graphics courtesy of Chic Intuition Inc.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Fashion Miscellaneous (September)

*Sourced and edited by Dayana Sobri,
6th September 2010.

September Mood Board

*Fashion inspirations for September.

Best Dressed: Sandra in Zero + Maria Cornejo, Gwen Hits the Beach in Style, & Chloë Does Leopard Right

In this week’s best dressed Gwen Stefani keeps cool at the beach, Sandra Bullock looks amazing in Zero + Maria Cornejo, Chloë Sevigny gets in touch with her inner animal at an Emmy’s afterparty where Anna Paquin traded in her McQueen for a simple and chic LDB, and Drew Barrymore continued on her fashion mission (which was actually her press tour), looking like she stepped out of a Ralph Lauren ad.

Love is Blind. We are Not. Who’s the Boss?

Which leading fashion brand was noticeably absent from Vogue‘s September issue? The advertiser was trying to make a point about just how (not) relevant/powerful Vogue is, and pulled at the last minute.

Hint: It makes up for one “half” of a fashion’s biggest powerhouse.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Shop Style: How To Look Like Mary-Kate Olsen

*By Dayana Sobri,
2nd September 2010.

Marie Claire's September cover girl is inspiring a little weekend online shopping. Check out these 10 pieces to start channeling her look......

Shopping For - Mary-Kate Olsen

What fashionistas and fashionholics in this world who doesn't like Mary-Kate Olsen's quirky style?After all Mary-Kate Olsen is one of a few celebs who has got her own individual style sorted out,and no one else can pull the chic-frumpy-quirky look with grace and dignity quite like Miss Olsen herself.Not only that,after her career as an actress and went to NYU for further education,she moved on to be one of the fashion industry's most important icons,having her coffee table book published (alongside Ashley,Influence),launched clothing lines (The Row,Elizabeth&James,Olsenboye),and attending fashion events and sitting front-rows while rubbing shoulders with the most famous and fabulous.

The Essential Items For Mary-Kate Olsen's Look

1. Studded convertible handbag
2.Studded waist belt
3.Rectangular sunglasses
4.Flowy/oversized tunic
5.Black bangle set
6.Pop-out colour (preferably red)bangle
7.Platform snap booties
8.Skull print scarf
9&10.Silver rings

If these are not enough and you're too lazy scouring the racks and hit the shops,why not just shop for their clothing labels online? You'll definitely achieve the look better! Visit (Olsenboye), (The Row), and (Elizabeth&James).

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Chris Benz Discusses the Importance of Being Earnest…With Your Salespeople

*Sourced and edited by Dayana Sobri,
1st September 2010.

Back in the day, designers would visit each stockist, each season and present the latest collection to the shop’s salespeople. Some designers, like Michael Kors, still take this approach.

But it has mostly fallen by the wayside. Not so at Chris Benz, where the man himself and his vice president of sales, Kelly Stinnett, spent a good chunk of the summer trekking across the US to get salespeople at boutiques and department stores excited about the Fall 2010 collection.

Benz and Stinnett were also promoting their special capsule collection with Saks Fifth Avenue, which launched at the beginning of August. The duo presented each collection to the Saks sales teams from Phoenix to New York.

Now that they’re back,Chris discussed why this approach is so important to the success of a brand, big or small.

So, you’re doing this collection with Saks. Explain the motivation behind it!
Chris Benz: Our exclusive dresses collection was the brainchild of our Saks New York team, and was conceived as an opportunity for the Chris Benz brand to become a more far-reaching collection within the Saks Fifth Avenue family. We wanted to create styles rooted in historically successful bodies, all while maintaining the casual, American, and modern spirit of the collection. The styles highlight the ideals of our collection: color, ease, comfort, and carefree glamor, all at an attainable price point within the designer market.

You’ve been traveling from store to store and presenting the collection to employees. Didn’t designers used to do these run-throughs much more often in the past? They seem really beneficial. Do you think your sell-through is better because of it?
Spending time in stores, educating the sales staff, and making personal, earnest connections with customers is a huge part of our business. It’s absolutely tied to selling clothes, which at the end of the day is the goal for everyone involved in the fashion industry. For me, it makes all of our hard work worthwhile to convince a woman to try on something unexpected–an unusual color, proportion, or combination–and to see her light up when she realizes she looks beautiful.

It seems like you guys really have fun meeting with salespeople and customers. What are the advantages when it comes to creating the next collection? Do you use their feedback?
I am obsessed with meeting the salespeople and customers. It’s important to me to present them with as much of the emotion and detail that our team puts into designing and producing the clothes, so that they have as much personal connection to the product as possible. In a very real way, the salespeople are an extension of our team, and I believe that they should be treated as such. I insist that they try on the product, feel the fabrics, understand the construction and finishing, and comprehend the message of each garment.

And a random one: your clothes are so great because they’re ageless. Are your “average customers” totally different in each city? Would love to know who typically wears your clothes in Chicago v LA v Phoenix!

We have taken a lot of care to encourage a range of age and lifestyle in our customer. Although the Chicago woman might be an attorney or television producer, and our LA woman who may be an actress or realtor, they all have the same sort of spirit. They are carefree, excited by color and comfort, and outgoing. The synergy between the attitude of the Chris Benz collection and the temperament of its customer is very strong. In this way, there are Chris Benz women all over the world, and by getting into the stores we are discovering and building relationships with all of them while building a foundation for the future of our collection.

Chris Benz

The Colour Clasher