Couture, Red Carpets, Fashionable Foundations… Just Your Typical Day in the Life of a Chic Philanthropist
Board member. Chairwoman. Underwriter. Charity hostess. Just a few of the myriad chic hats worn by philanthropist Jean Shafiroff, to say nothing of the giant-closetfuls of fancy frocks like this glam silk & sequin number for her portrait by Iké Udé for Art Southampton 2012, a modern art fair held in NY’s summer playground of the rich & fabulous, the Hamptons. “The dress reminds me of the Chrysler Building in New York City,” explains Shafiroff. “It takes on the shape of the wearer. Its intricate fabric, glamour and historic New York elements make it especially unique…I wonder if this fabulous Art Deco landmark was the inspiration for the design of this magnificent Carolina Herrera gown?”
(And because you’re wondering, the spiked plastic & silver cuff was swag from a charity ball & the chandelier earrings are by Van Cleef and Arpels.)
While her board memberships include The New York Women’s Foundation, JBFCS, French Heritage Society, Lighthouse International Advisory Board and Southampton Bath & Tennis Club Charitable Fund, it’s Shafiroff’s involvement with The Couture Council which should make a fellow fashionista’s heart sing. Shafiroff hosted & underwrote The Couture Council’s private tour of IMPACT: 50 Years of the CFDA at the Museum at FIT. And in September of 2011, she was one of many underwriters for the Daphne Guinness exhibit at The Museum.
It’s hard to succeed, let alone survive, as a fashion designer. So every little bit of help counts. That’s why fashion competitions that award emerging designers with money, access to fabrics and factories, and mentorships with established industry vets, are so important.
In the US, the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, started in 2003, gives three promising new designers money and business mentorships with the best in the biz. Ten years earlier, the British Fashion Council established NewGen to showcase and financially support new talent. And just this year, the Woolmark Fashion prize, one of the oldest in existence (design icons like Karl Lagerfeld and Yves Saint Laurent won it in the ’50s), was revived. Sophie Theallet took home the US prize and an International winner has yet to be announced.
While it might be less known here in the states, the Festival International de Mode et de Photographie held every year in Hyères, France is perhaps the most prestigious of them all. Past winners include such talents as Viktor & Rolf, Gaspard Yurkievich, Felipe Oliveira Baptista, and Henrik Vibskov. Over the past 20 years, Karl Lagerfeld, Riccardo Tisci, Ann Demeleumesteer, Raf Simons, Cathy Horyn, and most recently, Yohji Yamamoto have served as jurors. So when you win, it’s kind of a big deal.
Every week, I scour the web to find inspiring outfits on your favorite celebs and help you recreate their looks! This week, I was inspired by Blake Lively, Sophia Bush, and Jenna Dewan. Read on to see how you can get their looks for yourself.
Look 1: Blake Lively’s Gossip Girl Style
Back in May, we gave you a sneak peek at the brand new Limited Edition goodies on offer over at Coast, when they released some beautiful images of Elettra Wiedemann, model and daughter of former face of Lancome Isabella Rossellini, showcasing the special new collection.
Antoinetta Top £70, Daiva Corsage £40, Rula Bracelet £40.
Ever since we clapped eyes on this lust worthy offering, we’ve been dying to get it into our wardrobes, and this week we can. The collection has landed exclusively online and in London’s Oxford Street store. For those who live outside the capital or even those who do, we think the best place to score the hottest pieces is, yep you guessed it, online.
Incoming search terms:
- coast fox dress
The HP ENVY 4 Ultrabook | Click photo to enlarge.
With the fall semester rapidly approaching, it’s time to start thinking about back to school shopping. And whether you’re attending college for the first time or returning for another year, there’s no back-to-school purchase more important than a good computer.
To celebrate back-to-school season, our fabulous friends at HP let us test drive one of their hottest notebooks, the HP ENVY 4, and we’re officially smitten.
Admittedly it’s not a nice topic just a day following her wedding, but maybe, just maybe, with a little marketing luck, we’ll get them out of hiding, releasing some pictures from the ceremony & the party?
Anyway, it’s always a pleasure to see the very talented Natalie Portman, so let’s see what this new advertorial stint is about. Natalie Portman, much like her Black Swan co – star, Mila Kunis, signed a collaboration deal with Christian Dior. While Mila is promoting their Miss Dior bags, Natalie takes care of the beauty business.
Incoming search terms:
- miss dior portman
Chanel Makes Its Olympic Debut on Track Star Sanya Richards-Ross, Karl Lagerfeld Has No Comment (Yet)
US track star Sanya Richards-Ross took home the gold in the women’s 400 meter yesterday in London. Proving to be one of the most stylish athletes to hit the podium in these Olympic games, Richards-Ross paired her gold medal with some gold Chanel earrings. She went with a pair of classic double-C logo studs rather than a more sparkly pair from Chanel’s current joaillerie collection–a good choice as those gold CC’s match her gold medal perfectly.
And she didn’t skimp on her hair and nail art either. Check out that side french braid and those patriotic tips. Track and field athletes have never shied from expressing their personal style on the field (see: Flo Jo, the original nail artist) and we can’t wait to see more.
Karl Lagerfeld reportedly said some nasty shit recently about Pippa Middleton being a butterface so we’re hoping the Kaiser approves of Richards-Ross and her Chanel love.
Spotted out in Los Angeles, Katy Perry looks relatively normal in her black tee and hat worn with an amazing pair of Joe’s Jeans. Katy sports Joe’s The High Water Jeans in Sepia for her afternoon out.