Monthly Archives: April 2012

{Music Mondays | Grimes}

Recently discovered Grimes, Montreal electro-pop artist (aka Claire Boucher). Surprised and delighted to find her genius, unique sounds.
The buzz: “Late-night driving songs, hangover antidotes, exotic lullabies … They are atmospherically intoxicating and often quite catchy” – obscuresound.com.

Listen more: http://www.myspace.com/boucherville.

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{British Designer Zaeem Jamal’s Boutique Opening on Melrose}

A few weeks ago I was delighted to attend British designer Zaeem Jamal’s boutique opening on Melrose, his boutique in the United States.  While the Zaeem Jamal collection offers stunningly beautiful pieces, I was more impressed by the meaning behind each piece. Zaeem and I had a chance to speak for awhile at his event, where he explained each piece had a story and purpose; from the color, cut, materials and concept.  Zaeem is well traveled, cultured, spiritual and explained he wasn’t satisfied as just a designer, which is why he was inspired to find meaning from each collection.  Read below to find out more.

One of my favorites, and a lovely one for spring, is the Crown Chakra Gown, from his Colours of I collection. Zaeem describes, ‘The pure silk chiffons and crepe layers on this dress feel amazing on the skin, and the silhouette  is stunningly flattering and sexy with the side cut outs, backless cross neck and front low v-neck (which can be deepened), but also  elegant and flowy with its draped pleating. At the center, intricate Swarovski crystal embroidered curves are set around a citrine gemstone which is intricately sewn on by hand – we follow this for all our gemstones and crystals so we don’t need to damage them by drilling.  The dress – its vivid yellow colour, silhouette and citrine stone are all reflective of the solar plexus chakra – the stone is even set in this position. The chakras are basically our energy centers, and the yellow solar plexus chakra is associated with optimism, self-esteem, charm and stimulation. If you wear this dress, you can’t help but feel really happy, alive, vibrant and radiant!”

While I love a great bold yellow, his white pieces were so angelic and beautiful, I couldn’t keep my eyes off them.  White is associated with soul radiance.  White is the culmination of all the colours of the spectrum and stands for purity, essence and radiance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Read more with  Zaeem Jamal and our interview together below.  His dresses will transform the way you feel, from weddings, to red carpet, to a night on the town , they are versatile and to be adorned. Also be sure to view his entire collection here: http://www.zaeemjamal.com.

SWP: When did you realize you want to be a fashion designer?

I was born and raised in London but have a range of influences in my heritage and for the last few years have been living between LA, London and Dubai!  I remember the first time someone asked me when I was young what I wanted to be when I grew up, and I said “a fashion designer or the Prime Minister of England…’ I managed to keep up both dreams by studying at the London School of Economics and summer schooling at the London College of Fashion, but after a stint in the corporate world, I had to admit my true calling was fashion and so made the shift.

SWP: The concept of spirituality is very much implemented in your brand, could you explain the concept and reason behind it?

The desire to inject soul and purpose into the dynamic world of fashion and couture is achieved by weaving energy-enhanced crystals with luxury silks and beautiful, wearable designs.  Whilst in today’s world it is often implied that the spiritual and material worlds are very separate, in fact they can be combined. The concept of this in fashion is that whilst a piece of clothing can be aesthetically beautiful in terms of its design, silhouette, colour, print, embellishment, fabric etc, other elements can also be added to make it beautiful in the deeper sense in terms of the way it makes the wearer feel. For example our ‘Colours of I’ collection introduce the concept of energy centers (Chakras) using specific colours and precious gemstones that help enhance the energy of the wearer. The Angels collection (SS12) has dresses designed around each Angel conveying the resonance – for example the Angel Michael  inspired gowns reflect his properties of being the protector and the way we have designed the sequins panels as well as matching draped stoles, makes you feel protected as you walk along with of course his signature dark blue colour…

SWP: Your new collection is inspired by Egypt can you tell us more about it?


The Ancient Egyptian civilization was one of the most powerful and knowledgeable cultures of all time, perhaps even the most. Autumn/Winter continues the journey for the brand with an exploration into the magic and mystery of ancient Egypt. Inspired by hieroglyphics and depictions of Deity and Royalty from mystical monuments along the Nile Delta, the collection encompasses luxurious designs for today’s discerning woman, offering key pieces from sheer chiffon dresses and silk gowns through to stylish separates. Each piece has been designed to reflect the Zaeem Jamal design principle; incorporating balance, poise, purpose and grace.
In keeping with the fashion trends of Queens and nobility who reigned over the Egyptian Dynasties, fluid silk gowns in alabaster white sweep the floor in sumptuous heavy silks featuring beautiful, gilded necklines. Each dress is diffused in a blanket of sequins and hidden symbols, creeping deliberately onto cuffs, wrapping around waistlines and entwined around necklines.

Breathtaking embroidery bursts onto serene column dresses in an explosion of colour from carmine red to Egyptian gold, whilst individually placed stones are cleverly incorporated into designs, symbolising strength and serenity.  A cascading colour palette of Egyptian lapis lazuli blue and emerald green flashes across carefully considered shift dresses. Intricately hand embroidered with over 800 hours of metal thread work, each dress portrays a strikingly modern interpretation of the traditional Egyptian border design and motif.

Cleopatra inspires the finale dress channeling a sense of youthful glamour, with a strong sense of spirit the collection is fit for a Queen.

I have to say I truly so many trips last year to Luxor especially working on this collection, experiencing the magic of Egypt, its heritage, and culture.

SWP: Why do you create what you do?

“We recognize the demands on time and energy that life puts on us, especially our clients in the public eye, and so our goal is to create fashion that gives a much needed lift in order to enable women to shine from the inside, out. We want to inspire women to be creative and enlightened with their style, looking at both external glamour and internal beauty, and we hope to awaken their relationship to each piece as a reflection of an aspect of their core being, and an opportunity to shine.  We do not offer a wardrobe of clothes but a wardrobe of experiences…’

 

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{Sephora’s GoesTangerine}

Photos: Style Wax Poetic

Sephora, who we all love for our one-stop-shop for our makeup and beauty needs, has partnered with global color authority Pantone LLC, to debut the first Sephora + Pantone Universe beauty collection featuring the 2012 Color of the Year pantone® 17-1463 Tangerine Tango.

We are ecstatic about the collaboration and a better color could not have been chosen.  Tangerine Tango a bold, fresh and on trend, lending flatter to most skin tones. This color transforms any look with playful textures that effortlessly compliment eyes, cheek, lips and nails.

To celebrate the recently launched line, Sephora and Pantone launched a Pop-Up Color Shop at The Grove in Los Angeles, allowing makeup lovers of all kind to oogle and test out the new collection. Style Wax Poetic was invited to an exclusive press event where Sephora artists gave a helping hand on how to wear and incorporate the new looks.

Nail polish addicts will drool over the Color of the Year Nail Color Set ($24) How amazing is the glitter one?! A total must have this summer.

Color of the Year Lip Gloss Set ($20) An easy and perfect pop of color to add in to your daily makeup regime. Perfect for day or night, the office or a date. Tangerine Tango and its many shades is the ideal bold color for your everyday life.

 Any courageous Burning Man fans out there MUST buy the Tangerine Tango Faux Lash Set.

To see the full collection, visit your local Sephora store or shop online here.

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{Music Monday: C-Horse}

Photo by Johnny Scott Gramercy

The red lights burned brightly at The Colorado in Pasadena on a Monday night, one of C-Horse’s favorite dive bars to get a drink and unwind after practice.

Songwriter and front woman Cecilia Enriquez formed C-Horse in 2007 as an outlet for her 60’s inspired pop songs. What started as a one woman band and a Myspace music page soon became a humble, talented band of four.

In 2009 the band became who their fans see them as today and although their choices in music crisscross, its Enriquez’s lyrics and the bands melodies that bring them together, “We all have a distinctive taste in music, but at some point we all intersect and come together,” says Courtney Olsen, C-Horse’s drummer.

“There is something for everybody [in C-Horse],” says Lindsay Mancha, who plays bass in the band. The music attracts people who grew up in the 60’s who like The Beatles and the Rolling Stones, but also younger, indie audiences who likes pop music inspired by the 60’s, she says.

“I’ve heard our music being describes as ‘magical mermaid music’,” says Olsen.

Before keyboardist Mack Marquard joined the band, Enriquez says that one fan called C-Horse a, “female version of The Beatles, the featles.”

When it comes down to it, C-Horse is a group of people who share the same passion for music, “We’re four people who enjoy making music together,” says Mancha

“Anybody can appreciate the songs, we don’t fall in to a specific category and that allows us to reach a broader audience,” says Olsen.

This summer C-Horse will be releasing a 7” inch with two new songs, which includes Tongues. The band also hopes to do some touring along the west coast, their next show is tomorrow, Tuesday April 24 at the SliverLake Lounge.

What followers can also expect is their favorite C-Horse songs polished, says Marquard along with new merchandise.

“There is a lot involved in being in a band then people realize,” says Olsen, “but as artists it’s important we make time for things like this in our lives.”

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{Celebrate Earth Day with 30% Off Eco-Friendly & Socially Responsible Raven + Lily}

Earth Day is approaching and Raven + Lily, an eco-friendly and socially responsible lifestyle brand dedicated to empowering women, is part of the growing fashion industry that recognizes they can produce beautiful products while treating mother earth with kindness, rather than cause harm. Their handcrafted products which includes scarves, jewelry, paper goods and bath products, are made from upcycled and eco-friendly materials.  For example, bullets and vintage coins are melted down and repurposed into eco-friendly, beautiful jewelry! This brand is being recognized quick and this weekend is a perfect time shop. They are offering 30% off from today to Sunday – just enter ‘earthday’ at the checkout.

In addition to creating beautiful eco-friendly products, Raven + Lily is equally dedicated to making a positive difference in women’s lives and empowering them through design – currently collections from Ethiopia and India. Their paper collection is crafted by women in Northern India, where they print press and stamp delicate images on handmade, recycled paper, created entirely from paper and cotton waste from the textile industry. Newspapers, cotton rags, old army tents, and denim jeans have a whole new purpose.  Soaps are made with love using organic and natural ingredients and wood jewelry is handcrafted form locally sourced wood. Marginalized Muslim women from this region gain employment and sustainability for themselves and their families by crafting stationery and journals from these materials.  In the mountains of Northern Ethiopia, farmers supply bead makers with artillery shells from former war conflicts that are found on their lands for Raven + Lily’s beaded jewelry collection.  Raven + Lily’s partnership helps employ women from this area and also provides HIV care and educational opportunities for their whole family.  These women skillfully create their exclusive jewelry designs in a loving, community environment. What was once intended for harm now brings hope and positivity.



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{What to Wear | Coachella}

Are you ready for Coachella?  ThreadSence has ALL you need for this weekend’s music festival or that summer vacation up the the coast of California. Ahhh, that does sound nice.

ThreadScene’s Souls of Mischief’s Spring/Summer collection is complete with flowy dresses, floral shorts, fringe, ankle boots, western inspired earrings, and much, much more. View more images from their collection below and bring these looks to life by shopping ThreadScene.com. We’re all getting excited for Summer! x

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{Create the Look}

What better way to welcome spring in to your life and closet then with a floral skirt and neon socks! The fact that florals are a hot trend for spring and summer is nothing new, but it’s how you wear and pair this lady-like print that makes it fun to adore season after season. This look below is a perfect example of how to make florals fun and bold. If you’re going with a floral skirt, have it pop by pairing it with a top a little more muted like a crisp white button down, a neutral colored bag is the perfect accessory to complete the look and for a little fun, why not add a pop of neon! The neon socks will give a very youthful and fresh taste to your look, edit to your choosing <3.

1. American Apparel Neon Ankle Socks $9

2. Rachel Zoe Jane Leather Satchel $450

3. Banana Republic Linda Floral Skirt $80

4. J.Crew ‘Perfect Shirt’ $70

5. Aldo Gerl Handbag $40

Photos: American Apparel, Neiman Marcus, Banana Republic, J.Crew and Also Accessories. Photo of girl Vanessa Jackman

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{For You + For Home}

 

Whenever shopping for yourself or decorating for your home, it’s natural to make sure you stay true to your style. In a perfect world, you want your friends to look at an accent in your home and say, “that’s so you!” It’s funny how fashion inspires home decor and vis versa. A perfect example is this pair of edgy Smith tie dye pants and this CB2 tie dye rug. Talk about two peas in a pod! This black and white tie dye combo gives an edge to a well known bohemian print. Do you or your home need a little tie dye in its life?

Photos: Urban Outfitters and CB2

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{Arm Party}

Via Farfetch.com

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{Pop of Neon}

Illuminate your look with a touch of neon. A little way goes a long way, so a pop on the heel, clutch or blazer is all you need. Jason Wu took inspiration this spring season from graffiti artists, with his solid strapless neon number. Cut25 add a neon tank top to black silk shorts, styled with a tribal feel. Oscar De La Renta (middle right) and Christian Siriano also presented neon collections, Oscar added a fringe flowy feel and Christian with a tight maxi. We’ve selected a few of our favorites to incorporate the neon trend into your wardrobe. Pair it with neutrals like nudes of blacks for a complete classic and on trend look.

1. Clare Vivier Neon Stripe Clutch – $155
2. Forever 21 Skirt – $15.81
3. Rag and Bone Neon Skinny Jeans – $187
4. Topshop Dress
5. Maison Boinet Contrast Loop Belt in nude -$92
6. ASOS Pumps – $78.78
7. T by Alexander Wang Skirt = $145

images via Stockholm Streetstyle, Vogue.com, Grazia.it

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