Dress to Impress: Alexander McQueen Kimono See the Entire Outfit!


Kimono Outfit


Alexander McQueen Abstract Floral Print Kimono Gown (Front & Back): $3,147.75
Jimmy Choo Hoops Lace-Up Leather Pump in Red: $950.00
Givenchy Antigona Leather Evening Envelope Clutch Bag in Black: $1,395.00
Manolo Blahnik Gothisi Satin Buckle Clutch Bag in Red: $1,595.00

*All of these can be found at NeimanMarcus.com*

I adore this Alexander McQueen kimono that I found while perusing NeimanMarcus.com!  I absolutely love the Japanese and Asian cultures so when I find a piece that pays homage to these cultures, I just have to have it!  Alexander McQueen has outdone itself with the abstract floral print kimono both in its practicality and luxury.

I chose the Jimmy Choo pump because I wanted a pop of color at the feet.  Of course, you could wear black as well, but I love these Jimmy Choo Hoops Lace-Up Leather Pump because they are almost as interesting as the kimono itself.  I created this outfit to be a conversation piece and no boring pump was going to do!

I love both the Givenchy and Manolo Blahnik clutch evening bags.  Either one would go beautifully with the kimono because neither one would overshadow it.

This outfit is perfect for the symphony.  It’s also perfect for an upscale party to benefit the symphony, ballet, or a charity.  You would certainly be the talk of the party in this ensemble.  The number of occasions for this outfit are limitless as it is so stylish, you’ll want to wear it everywhere!

When putting pieces together, think about where you want them to standout. Like in the outfit above, the kimono and shoes take center stage while the clutches (either one) take a back seat.  You may find a more neutral outfit where you want to showcase your bag instead.  Other outfits demand that your shoes be on display.  Take each piece separately and determine its place within in the outfit.  That is the best way to not overdo it.

Karl Lagerfeld’s “Once and Forever” A Short Film Starring Kristen Stewart


Once and Forever, the short film by Karl Lagerfeld, premiered during Chanel’s pre-fall collection in Rome on December 1st.  The film, which stars the tremendously talented Kristen Stewart, is more about what it is not than what it is.  Kristen Stewart, the film’s star, doesn’t actually play the part of Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel.  She plays an actress who is portraying Coco in a biopic.  Also appearing in the film is Geraldine Chaplin, daughter of Charlie Chaplin, who plays on older version of Coco Chanel.

“The final image of Chanel is not her youth, her lovers, her beauty—it’s the old lady,” Lagerfeld told Harper’s Bazaar.  “People who know the history of fashion know, but the public doesn’t see the woman, who she really was. That’s the story of the movie.”

A Chanel brand ambassador since 2013, Kristen Stewart will also star as the face of Chanel’s 2015-16 campaign.  However, in Once and Forever, the actress channels the late designer’s look in a number of period costumes.  Wearing her brunette hair in a straw hat while wearing glamorous gowns, she captured the essence that was Coco Channel.

In a recent interview with Women’s Wear Daily, Lagerfeld called Kristen Stewart “one of the greatest actors of her generation.”  In an interview with Vogue, Kristen Stewart described the vintage Chanel couture pieces she got to wear in the film as “jaw-dropping.” She also talked about how it was like working with Lagerfeld on set. “Karl is supremely natural and thoughtful, which rubs off on an actor, always…that confidence,” she said. “His interest in cinema is clear and working with him in that way was inspiring.”