Red and White Ball Philadelphia 2014

This past weekend was the inaugural Red and White Ball, attended by more than 400 individuals from Greater Philadelphia.  It is the black-tie gala benefitting  The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society® (LLS)’s mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.  All raised funds go towards innovative, life-saving cancer research and patient programs.

A lucky winner went home with our Event Styling: Gold Level package from the Silent Auction. Nathaniel Dodson came along for the wonderful evening and got some great footage of the night.  Here are some amazing pictures.  Enjoy!

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AHA Heart Ball Philadelphia 2014

This past weekend was the Philadelphia Heart Ball, attended by more than 700 individuals from Philadelphia’s corporate, medical, pharmaceutical and social communities.  It is the annual black-tie gala benefitting the American Heart Association’s life-saving mission of building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

A lucky winner went home with our Event Styling: Gold Level package from the Silent Auction. BG Productions came along for the wonderful evening and got some great footage of the night.  Here is a teaser video and some amazing pictures!

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Favorites From Fashion Week NY – Fall 2014

We compiled a designer breakdown of our favorites from Fall 2014, just for you!  It took forever, and was difficult to condense the multitude of looks into 4 top looks, even cutting some designers out, but definitely well worth it.  At best, it will help you discern what designer style suits yours the best.  At worst, it will be fun to look at.

And… Here’s what you can do now to be 3 seasons ahead: go find all the winter white in your closet, and layer it!  Additionally, keep adding that special something that only you love, even if it’s not “in style”, a la fashion week.   Trends fade, so your unique style is what sets you apart from the rest, and what gives you confidence to be your best self!

 

 

photo credits: mbfashionweek.com

 

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amfAR New York Gala 2014 Best Dressed

The amfAR Gala was held at Cipriani Wall Street in New York this week.  amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to the support of AIDS research, HIV prevention, treatment education, and the advocacy of sound AIDS-related public policy.  Here are our favorite dresses from the black carpet amfAR Gala 2014 (click to enlarge):

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From left to right: Emanuela de Paula, Hannah Bronfman, Jessica Hart, and Nicole Trunfio.

HERE’S WHY THEY WORK:

Emanuela de Paula – The dramatic sharp plunge neckline is balanced by the broad shoulders and the flowing bottom half of the gown.  She kept her hair and jewelry understated to give the dress it’s due credit. The garment gives the idea that it’s daring because of the top half that is open and baring a lot of skin, yet it remains grounded, put-together and classic because of the flowing bottom half, simultaneously. Simple and effective.

Hannah Bronfman  – The white looks amazing on her caramel skin. The back of this dress (not shown) is criss crossed, merging together with a beautiful, big white bow.  The picture does not do justice.  The New York DJ and entrepreneur kept it simple with her hair back, gold jewelry, and gave a statement burgundy lip for a little added spice. She made it comfortable, yet fitted enough to flaunt her fabulous figure.  Much love and success to you!

Jessica Hart – She looks edgy, professional, sexy, and classic all rolled into one. The Louis Vuitton tuxedo top is incredible – it has feathery shoulders, glass beaded embroidery, textured contrast, is fitted, and  has nothing underneath! It flaunts her skin, gives a punk vibe,  and is super interesting and bold. The Victoria Secret model’s bottom half completely balanced the look with simple and classic black tuxedo pants and black pumps, which pulled the top half together very professionally.  She topped it off with a punk style high twist in her hair and burgundy lips. She kept her jewelry very limited with just one gold bracelet to let the outfit stand out. Best of all, this look has my favorite aspect: POCKETS!!

Nicole Trunfio – This Australian model is wearing a beautiful and interesting Gabriela Cadena black gown. It has a v-shape cut with drop shoulders and bell sleeves. It works because the volume of the retro bell sleeves is countered by the very-fitted waistline.  If there were no fitted waistline, there would be too much volume, resulting in a figure swimming in fabric.  Additionally, the skin-baring neckline is balanced by her tousled long waves. Her makeup is kept neutral, there is no jewelry and everything is all-around simple and classic which enhances the interesting cut and design of this gown.

Stay posted for Fashion Week updates next week!

 

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Grammy Awards 2014 Best Dressed

Here are our favorite dresses from the Grammy Awards 2014 (click to enlarge):

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From left to right: Taylor Swift, Chrissy Tiegen, Ciara, and Violaine Etienne.

HERE’S WHY THEY WORK:

Taylor Swift – Gucci Première gown –  This heavy metallic-link gown is so classy and simple, it brings the bling effortlessly. It works because it balances a fairly casual design (it has short sleeves and a crew neck collar!) with high-wattage, detailed material.  Her hair was kept back and up in a pony to showcase the neckline. If it were down, it would be too busy for the pretty detail. She kept it monochromatic with Jimmy Choo Mariah sandals and Lorraine Schwartz simple earrings and ring. Although she has a very slim figure, this could work on a curvier figure as well because of the belting at the waistline, so long as it’s tailored to perfection.

Chrissy Tiegen  – Johanna Johnson gown –  This strapless, front-slit gold metallic gown is low on the neckline and chest area with very sharp lines, but it’s completely balanced by the dramatic flowing train on the other end.   Since the gown is so bright and reflective, it makes a statement on its own.  Everything else was smartly kept very simple with Neil Lane earrings, Kotur clutch, Casadei sandals and neutral makeup. At-a-girl for adding some personality with a cool side braid and curled waves.

Ciara – Emilio Pucci gown – This is an excellent example of what to wear pregnant.  The slinky  long-sleeved gown is intricately detailed with gold beads and sequins.  The Moroccan design on the gown is super amazing, and leads the gaze to the pattern more-so than the figure. The deep plunge in the neckline offsets the roundness of her belly to elongate her silhouette instead of widening it.  Since her dress is very busy and the premier showcase in itself, everything else is kept simple including her glowing makeup.  The gown fits perfectly, and is tailored beautifully around her baby bump. The coloring goes well against her caramel colored skin and light blonde hair. Well-done.

Violaine Etienne – She is pictured here with Jonas Akerlund – This is an atypical best-dressed because it is not a long gown; rather a short cocktail dress, but here’s why it works:  The Grammy Awards is known for its musical and creative artists and  fashions, and the attire is left to the discretions of the guests; albeit black tie. That being said, if the personality of the guest is more subdued and quiet, the little black dress will undoubtedly work in this situation especially if the person does not want to take attention away from their guest.  The lace plunge neckline is embroidered with a detailed floral pattern all the way up to the neckline for formal conservativeness, but has enough edge and spice to go as low as her stomach.  Her hair is kept high off her face to showcase the detailing around the neckline. Her purple evening sandals make this look unique, edgy and interesting, but because the design is simple, it creates a classic, and stunning appeal with an air of nonchalance.

 

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