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Monday, January 31, 2011


Sparkle and Pearl
While there's still some winter left, check out these incredible finds from SMP Style Circle.  Not everything lame or metallic went out with Liberace!  Okay, the jacket may be a few seasons gone and at first glance remind you of a disco ball but heck, don'tcha just love it?  And take a look at the shoes.  Valentino is proof positive when the right designer gets hold of sequins there's some real magic going on . . . .

Friday, January 28, 2011


The theme was Belle Epoque at the San Francisco Ballet opening Wednesday night.  Rolling out the red carpet for the cavalcade of couture, the most celebrated designer it seemed was Alexander McQueen living on through his art as social sceners paid him the ultimate tribute, by wearing his most dramatic pieces.  Above: Always nailing a grand entrance, Deepa  Pakianathan does it again wearing a cocktail length dress and booties by the late McQueen.   The skirt is extraordinary with gold painted feathers draped with silk screened fabric.  Says Deepa, "The print is very special . . . it looks like a tapestry with angels . . ." 
The ever elegant Yurie Pascarella in Alexander McQueen.  A real tour de force in winter dressing . . .
Suzy Kellems Dominik in a gown by Alexander McQueen.  The intricate gold shot embroidery and consistency of the pattern here  is indeed a work of art.
I've always thought Napa Valley fashion designer Karen Caldwell is the best billboard for her own creations. This piece, like most she designs carries the spirit of the great Edith Head. She is best known for incorporating simple lines in jewel and pastel tones. Her belts and sashes tied into pretty bows are definitely one of her trademarks.   

Everyone knows I'm a believer in exquisite hairstyling.  Thanks to Melissa Barber it looks like we might be moving into an era of grand and gala hair for nights out.  This is one of my fav looks for topping off an elegant gown.

Thursday, January 20, 2011


Blue and Purple
The mix of blue and purple always carries a peaceful mood to fashion and decor redolent of spring and birth.  Even the whimsical button florals have a certain serenity to them.  Thanks Helena over at SMP Style Circle for lending us your imagination today . . .

Saturday, January 15, 2011


Last weekend I was honored to be part of the grand opening bash for JonVey Salon in downtown San Francisco. JonVey hairstylists Cameron Hinke and Kao Vey Saephanh showed the full spectrum of their tour de force head chic along with fashion designers Alyssa Nicole, Justin Jamison, Erandeny Torres and Yours Truly here who provided all the silk and lace ooooh la-la . . .
Models in Amy-Jo Tatum and Alyssa Nicole
Aura O'Brien Photography

 Aura O'Brien Photography
I was glad to see a couple of my fav shooters wandering about the festivities capturing the whole thing in pictures, Aura O’Brien doing photography and Rainier Maninding, his up close and personal style photos and video.

 Aura O'Brien

 Above: Justin Jamison Below: Alyssa Nicole

Aura O'Brien
If you're local to the San Francisco Bay Area, Kao Vey Saephanh of Jon Vey Salon has specialized services for bridal hairstyling (including bridesmaids).  With an incredible range from classic and elegant looks to sultry siren hair, his finished styling always comes off original.  If you visit the 660 Market location, not only are hairstyling services available, there's a whole package for brides including make up and nails.  Can't make the trek in on your wedding day?  Good news! JonVey offers on site services as well and will come to you.  Check out the link . . .