The 1st Red Carpet Best Dressed List for 2014 — People’s Choice Awards!!

OMG, so excited!! Why? Duh! It’s award season, which means it’s time for red carpets galore! I look forward to posting all of my own best-dressed lists. So here is my first list for 2014, for of course the 2014 People’s Choice Awards, so enjoy!

91638b72-7843-4aa7-9d76-c656409cbf06_NinaDobrev-PeoplesChoiceAwardsNINA DOBREV: So 1st up is the lovely Vampire Diaries actress Nina Dobrev. Even though only half of the fitted Jenny Packham dress is decked out with sparkles, Nina is fully shining in this look. She perfected the finishing touches for the look with some shiny silver accessories — a Raowulf clutch and Charlotte Olympia sandal heels.



Greer might be a little new to the red carpet scene, but she wowed in this gold lace applique dress by Mikael D, which was cut at the knee. She also added the perfect accessories to complete her look with a nude pair of Rene Caovilla heels and a bronze Liebeskind Berlin clutch.

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What red carpet is complete without a LWD! Yes, if there is a LBD, we can have a LWD! J. Hud rocked this stark white gathered BodyCon dress by KAUFMANFRANCO. She completed her looked with a pair of ankle-strapped Manolo Blahnik heels, Neil Lane earrings, and a Samsung Galaxy Gear bracelet.



Certainly of the 2 hosts that evening, Beth was the one that stole the red carpet show for me. I love this black and white color-blocked floor-length Guilietta gown. She looks effortlessly chic and all of the accessories and finishing touches/details were cohesive with the overall look. Her Deco-inspired jewelry by David Webb complimented the look well, not overshadowing, as did her black heels by Rene Caovilla. Her coral lip and soft smoky eye were also on point and was done by Mark celebrity makeup artist Jamie Greenberg. As hosts though, you get more than one try to knock a look out of the park, so to speak, and neither Kat nor Beth disappointed.


In the 2nd picture, as you can see, the two ended the night with some classic glam looks, an off-the-shoulder draped Black Halo floor-length gown on Kat Dennings and a white lace, deep V-neck Naeem Khan mini on Behrs.

kat-dennings-2-600x450Great looks continued, as seen in this 1st pic, with Kat wearing an royal blue peplum dress by Oliver Tolentino Couture and Beth rockin’ her smokin’ legs in this crystal-embellished fit-and-flare Kate Spade New York mini. Her legs had the perfect glow thanks to St. Tropez’s Bronzing Mousse and Gold Skin Illuminator.

In the 2nd pic, Dennings looked amazing in this sleek Ted Baker jumpsuit in black, with a keyhole neckline. While Beth, again rockin’ her golden stems, looked great in a gold hand-beaded Dilek Hanif mini



I don’t have any designer information for Allison, but that won’t stop me from including her on my list! She looks great in this lacy LBD and black sandal heels. I think she might also be using the tiniest clutch ever!

best-dressed-pca-12zac-efron-michael-b-jordan-peoples-choice-awards-2014-03Don’t the guys from the soon-to-be-coming out film That Awkward Moment look great?!? Miles Teller, Zac Efron, and Michael B. Jordan all look so sexy and handsome! Michael is wearing a navy Lanvin suit, while Zac’s navy suit is by George Clinton. Great job guys!!

The 40th Annual People's Choice Awards - Press RoomJUSTIN TIMBERLAKE: I do have one other guy to add to my best dressed list, none other than JT. He stuns in all black, more specifically, his Tom Ford suit.



And last, but not least, one more LBD, but sadly also one more that I am missing designer information on, grrrr!!, but nonetheless still worthy of a best dressed mention — Shaun Robinson! This long-sleeved bodycon LBD is just great and I love that the bodice is done in leather, nice touch!










Intrepid by Ao’c: Fashion, But with a Cause

INTREPID by Ao’c had a big year in 2013 and I think & hope 2014 will be even bigger! I first learned about INTREPID when I attended Nolcha Fashion Week’s Fall 2013 presentations back in September — check out that post here! The founder and designer behind this burgeoning fashion brand is Aerin O’Connell. It’s so admirable that this brand is making time to focus on both growth and giving back!

Intrepid logo Black                                                                                         62-682x1024INTREPID collaborated with More Than Me Foundation with TUNIC FOR CHANGE. For a low price of $29.99, you purchase an eco-friendly tunic made of 100% hemp, each with unique embroideries. All of the proceeds go to benefit the More than Me Academy. The foundation works with community leaders to identify the girls who are at the highest risk of being sexually exploited to ensure that education and opportunity, not exploitation and poverty, defines their lives. They pay tuition, provide school lunch, and work with the school and community to get the job done!

mtm_tunic_backSo INTREPID recently presented a collection, a mix of R2W & eveningwear, at probably one of the coolest locations ever for a fashion show — SkyWalk, Grand Canyon, AZ. This was in late 2013 for the J. Autumn Skywalk Fashion Show by Jessica Minh Anh. This was a very symbolic collection for the brand; it was truly from-the-heart. Aerin said she was able to create from such a different realm with this collection. She looked at all of her past experiences and this was about a transition, a time for freedom, perfectly symbolized with the release of a dove!

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J Autumn Fashion Show by Jessica Minh Anh - Intrepid by AOCThese looks all have such richness in the color tones and would look stunning on the red carpet! It was so hard to choose a few faves so the plus-side, you can see way more images! I had the same vibe when I saw the various looks presented during Nolcha Fashion Week. Again, I loved the colors here! I also loved the great mix of chic, elegant, and casual day-wear looks.


This look is probably my most fave of the collection. It’s simplistic, but very chic. It would transition so easily from day to night.

PBN_2389-sINTREPID experienced a great deal of press from this show because not only was Jennie Garth in attendance, but she also walked in the show!! Jennie looks great in this fitted look and I love sheer long-sleeves, great touch! Check out the full video of this runway presentation here.


But of course this isn’t the only great INTREPID press; there is more, from US Weekly features to celebrity sightings such as with Olivia Munn. The brand is definitely making moves and you can keep up-to-date by making sure to Like on Facebook or Follow on Twitter. For additional contact information you can also check out the brand’s customer service page. Fashion Nexus wishes INTREPID by A’oc the best of luck in 2014! I can’t wait to see you present again!!










PRAS This Week — 2 Worlds Collide

And just what are those 2 worlds? Duh! — Fashion & Commerce. So this week each designer had to create a RTW look, which would be sold to benefit a charity — Save the Garment Center. The look would be sold as part of the Milly Spring/Summer 2014 collection. This was a true test for the designers, to create a stunning design that would would encompass their own design aesthetic, but to also work within Milly’s collection’s theme, Urban Tribal. But also, the design needed to be commercially feasible, so made for under a budget of $400.

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The designers were off to sketch for their 2 day challenge. No mood trip this week because the designers would work with Milly’s custom made fabrics. Michelle Smith, Milly designer, was there to meet and greet. She made sure to remind the designers about keeping within the price/cost structure. She also provided a bit more details for designing in that the look needed to be for the Milly customer — feminine but with edge. Before any fabrics could be cut though, the President & CEO of Milly, Andrew Oshrin, had to 1st approve each design.

Elena was all about these Milly fabrics, NEON!! During her consultation, the major adjustment was keeping the white leather to smaller portions. Korto also felt she best fit the Milly aesthetic in working with the tribal aspect. Her consultation was probably the most drastic — she chose the most expensive materials so she had to shorten her look from a maxi to above the knee! Seth Aaron’s consultation focused on an expensive zipper, but he agreed to edit it down. And finally, there was Chris, whose consultation seemed to go the most smoothly, but clearly that didn’t work so well for him this week!

pras03-ep9-episode24The designers were off to work! Korto felt some early struggles since she was only working with a small amount of her expensive fabrics. We saw an early Elena freakout as well because she ripped her leather while working on a sleeve. It was then time for the 2nd work-day and this week, Zanna time also included Michelle.

Seth Aaron’s visit probably went the best. Elena had started work on a possible 2nd dress because of her leather rip, but that concept was quickly struck down. Michelle was unsure if with Korto’s look, if the 2 very bold prints were really working well together. Chris had gone from a dress to trying to make separates work. Michelle’s concern was this would be over-budget because you are working with 2 samples, 2 zippers, etc. So how did each designer fare then on the runway?

pras03-ep9-episode27This week was so odd because we had all 3 of the regular judges (yes! Georgina was finally back!), plus 3 guest judges. The three guest judges were the lovely Kristin Chenoweth, the comedic Nick Cannon, and Milly designer Michelle Smith. Could 6 minds really come together? Duh — NO! I don’t think any were completely on the same page. But ultimately, for this week, the winning look had to be the one that Michelle most wanted as part of her collection. I think from the critiques that it was most clear she loved Seth Aaron’s look, making him the winner this week.


I agree! I think this look best fit with the Milly aesthetic. I do wish between the 4 designs, there was a bit more color or enjoyment with a fun print, but Seth’s look did at least have a small pop of color. I also thought with this look that I could see Seth’s aesthetic in it as well. It’s clear that since his original PR win, he has learned the business side of fashion. Job well done! Seth will be in the finals!


The look is available for purchase now, $398!

The next finalist is Elena. I don’t think this look was horrible, but I didn’t think it would have worked well with the Milly vibe. I was also very upset that we heard all during the 1st part of the episode about Elena’s love of neon, but she didn’t really showcase that with this stark white look. And no, I don’t count working with neon when you can unzip the garment to see it! But she is a clear judges’ fave this season so it came as no surprise that she made the finals.


This left us with Korto and Chris. But before the judges could make a final decision they had them do one more challenge. The judges couldn’t decide who to send home with the Milly creations. The judges loved the back of Korto’s dress, but the front left them disappointed. I agree. I wish that she had just made the dress out of the belted and back portion and then belt it with maybe a solid black or bright color. But the back was gorgeous. The judges liked Chris’ look, but Georgina said something strange about not knowing who Chris was as a designer? That is kind of odd since you brought him back as an All-star and also, Georgina has been absent most of the season. Maybe if she had been there she would know more! The bodice area also had some fit issues so that worked against him as well. This left these two to battle it out with a final challenge.


pras03-ep9-episode6 pras03-ep9-episode9The final challenge was to select 3 looks from previous challenges and remix them to create 1 new outfit. This new outfit had to be a dramatic new look. The sucky part was they only had 1 hour! Only Alyssa, Georgina and Isaac would make the elimination decision this time around. And so Korto & Chris were off to work, while Seth and Elena were cooped up in the waiting room, going stir crazy!


Korto’s new look consisted of the following — the pants from the menswear challenge to make her skirt; the back of her jacket from the punk challenge; and the neoprene & details from the insect look challenge. She created a structured vest with a pencil skirt. The skirt had a zipper going down the front. My major issue with this look is that it didn’t read Korto. I also thought it was kind of boring, nothing special. But I knew deep down the judges would not send her home so I’m not sure why they went thru this extra hassle this week. The judges didn’t even discuss the decision, they just wrote a name down. So all in all, just a very odd way to send Chris out this week!


Chris’ look consisted of the tulle from his eveningwear look, to make his fitted & tethered skirt; the belt & clutch from the Bonnie & Clyde challenge; and the top portion of this look was from the black fabric used from his punk challenge look. The look was not perfect, but he only had 1 hour! But it definitely read as a Christopher Palu design. I was sad to see him go, but we are finally at the last episode now, the finals! So who will win PRAS season 3? I know who I think the judges will pick, but I want to see if it’s at least well-deserved!













Slater Zorn Update: Major Collaboration with Ciner, Long-Running Costume Jewelry House

1574e287a682ec48735e53674726367fA few months back, I took the time to introduce my readers to an innovative fashion brand for the fashionable sports enthusiast — Slater Zorn. There is no reason you can’t look your best while enjoying the thrill of a sporting event. Slater Zorn offers a wide variety of color options so that you have no problem matching your look with that of your given team’s colors. There is also a wide variety of items to shop from, for both men (shorts options also available) & women (dress options also available) — from shirts/tops to sweaters to accessories.

Speaking of accessories, Slater Zorn’s fashionable women clients will now have even more jewelry options to choose from! SZ already offers some great pieces from their collaboration with Pono by Joan Goodman, a brand best known for regular feature on hit TV shows, The Good Wife, Girls, and more. But now, SZ is teaming up with the 120-year old costume jewelry house, Ciner. So rest assure, there are plenty of great fashionable jewelry options available to top off your game day look!

image004The collaboration is entitled “In Team with Ciner.” This stadium style brand encompasses 30 pieces for the launch of its capsule collection. Each piece is beautifully crafted and all made right in NY! This exclusive collection became available on November 1st so feel free to shop around now! Slater Zorn is all about Loyalty meeting Luxury so this collaboration can definitely be described as Loyalty meeting Luxury meeting Heritage since Ciner has been in the jewelry business for 120 years!!

Ciner has some well known collectors, such as Queen Sophia of Spain and Elizabeth Taylor. Ciner was founded by Emanuel Ciner in 1892, but is still currently ran by Emanuel’s granddaughter Pat Hill. Pat is also Ciner’s President. Pat explains the creative process for this collaboration as using “Ciner models that have been specially reworked in the spirit of Slater Zorn.” She adds — “We have manipulated our pieces in a unique way that unites sport & style, creating an accessible look for fashion savvy sports fans.” Work began earlier in 2013 and here are the core pieces to the collection:



HARLEQUIN HUDDLE CUFF — HALF ENAMEL                        IMG_8769_large

These cuffs are gold-plated hinged bangles with hand-painted enamel & glass beads.

THE FRIENDSHIP BRACELEThandcrafted artisan silk cord bracelet

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TEAM’S CIRCLE LINK TOGGLE BRACELET — gold-plated bracelet with Swarovski crystals


The necklace is made of Bohemian Czech glass beads.

Capsule item prices range from $175 – $200. These are some amazing items and perfect timing for the Superbowl, the start of college basketball, or even local winter sports league your children might play in! Enjoy!