.emmys2012 best looks.

The Emmys came and went with a blur of big dresses, heartfelt speeches and admittedly clever commentary from Jimmy Kimmel. From the sequins to the dramatic trains to my “honorary mention” below, read on for my favorite looks from the Emmy Awards 2012.

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This gown is breath-taking. While certainly a bit mermaid-esque it remains classic and spectacular. I am in love with Julianne Hough in this Georges Hobeika dress.

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Sarah Hyland’s Marchesa look was the perfect gown to wear while accepting Emmy Awards – which Modern Family did extensively! She looks like a modern Greek goddess and her soft styling hits the mark.

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Padma Lakshmi’s tangerine Monique Lhuillier frock looked stunning with her skin. The gown showed off her amazing body which she paired perfectly with drop earrings and loose waves.

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One of my two top favorite looks of the night. Edie Falco is simply flawless in this Stella McCartney gown. She is so toned and tan the cut-outs look made for her fit bod. Though the metal belt was most likely scorching on the 125 degree red carpet!

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I loved January Jones’ somewhat gothic Zac Posen dress, though not all critics felt the same. The sharp lines on the train are remarkable, but she completely lost me on the hair and make up.

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Emily VanCamp blew my mind in this billowy J. Mendel number. The diamond accessories, especially the bow bracelet, were absolutely stunning. The whole look is soft and romantic.

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Julianne Moore’s look was slammed by some but I love this canary yellow complimenting her red hair. It was her first Emmy attendance, and she won for her role in Game Change (well deserved!) I thought she looked smashing. But with all the celebs and reporters bemoaning the heat, I can’t imagine Julianne was very comfortable in her Raf Simons gown.

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I am normally hesitant with a high-low dress, but this Monique Lhuillier number has a gradual length change so it isn’t utterly consuming. I think Ginnifer Goodwin looks fantastic in these Louboutin ankle-strap sandals; they look made for this gown without being too matchy. Ginnifer’s pixie cut showed off her earrings and let the dress shine.

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Kristen Wiig joked in a red carpet interview this evening that she told her stylist she wanted to look “ghost-like” for the Emmys, and this is what they came up with. In actuality this Balenciaga dress is beautiful with a vintage flair. I especially love her accessories including nude pumps, a matching clutch and medium-long necklace. Bravo, Kristen.

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And finally, my honorable mention: Rico Rodriguez. This adorable tween played a big part in the awards show by appearing in multiple clips with his mom before and after commercial breaks. He obviously loves his Modern Family cast mates and always remains polite and kind. I’m crazy about this kid! He looked adorbz in his thick-framed glasses, wing tip shoes and tux. But the best part? His bow tie from co-star Jesse Tyler Ferguson’s new line Tie The Knot, where all proceeds of the bow tie collection go towards the fight for marriage equality.

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.emmys2012 trend alert: sequins.

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Sequined, sparkly metallics made their way down the red carpet for the 64th Annual Emmy Awards this evening (staying on trend with other with other glittering fall looks). I love the neckline of Kerry Washington’s above look, and the champagne-colored sequins keep the gown from being too loud.

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Sofia Vergara’s mermaid-inspired Zuhair Murad gown was a beautiful color that glistened in the sun. I liked the small cut-out and unusual neckline, and it fit her brilliantly.

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Amy Poehler’s plunging neckline was an unexpected amout of sass. This Stella McCartney gown hugged Poehler’s body perfectly. Despite being covered in sequins the clean lines and simple train keep this garment from being overwhelming. I thought her “$2 costume ring from my child’s costume chest!”  was a sweet gesture.

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Lucy Liu’s armor-inspired Versace gown was one of my favorites from the evening (though she did confess to Ryan Seacreast that she had pliers in her bag, just in case!). This gown is original, well-made and memorable. I loved it!

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Nicole Kidman took a straight-from-the-runway approach in this Antonio Berardi gown. While it’s the only dress on my list to be half-bedazzled, the gleaming sequins on the top this garment are what make it a show stopper.

.nyfw2012 trend alert: brights.

If I had a band the name would undoubtedly be Anné and the Brights. I simply adore bright colors. I  can oft be caught in nearly-neon clothing. Take one step into my “beauty office” (aka massive walk-in closet) and welcome to a color explosion.

I have a penchant for mixing colors like royal purple, kelly green and powder blue. These combos may not work on everyone, but my biggest fashion rule is “go confidently!” If you feel like you’re wearing a costume it’s going to look that way. Oppositely, if you can grab a couple favorite pieces from your closet and find they look marvelous together, you will be unstoppable.

Bright trends come and go with each passing season. I hope this never changes! Read on for some of my favorite bright looks for SS2013 and leave your comments below.

Farah Angsana

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Farah Angsana uses bright bolds in formal wear for unusual, exquisite results. The gowns are soft, flowing and perfectly draped. Both of these dresses have dramatic volume while remaining perfectly tailored. I love how these statement colors compliment the gowns without being distracting.

Whitney Eve

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Whitney Eve is still gaining feet in the fashion world, but this SS2013 collection was more sophisticated than it’s debut Fall2012 line. While I find most of the garments cute and wearable, they can be a bit too trendy (dare I say – expected?!) I was tickled with the SS2013 collection, especially the Harem pants and over-sized jacket above. The proportions are perfection and Port muted the colors while staying current with brights.

Vera Wang

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Does Vera Wang buzz your brain to “bridal?” Think again! While I absolutely melted over this red bridal amazingness, Wang brought her chic aesthetic to the entire SS2013 collection. I love the quiet patterns and dainty sheers mixed with the brights. Her flawless execution makes each neckline, hemline and everything in between look perfect. The nude shoes, dewy makeup and tousled updos let the clothes speak for themselves.

Tracy Reese

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Tracy Reese stayed with the azure-hued theme while choosing resort wear  over formal style. The shape of this dress in interesting to me (it resembles a jumper, which are always favorites of mine!) This look is perfect vacation chic.

Rachel Zoe

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Stylist-turned-designer Zoe has proven she has serious taste. While her clothes tend to be more subdued (all the more attention for the accessories!) they are each beautifully made. I love the simple details in the top of this dress. While Zoe didn’t take it quite as bright as some (ahem, DVF) this garment is still a showstopper.

Dianne Von Furstenberg

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“She’s always buzzing just like neon, neon…” DVF took it there and I am loving it! From the canary-colored shades, green-pink clothes to the deep blue shoes, this is one of my very favorite looks from NYFW2012. I want to wear this, now. The sleeves and plunging neckline mixed with the shiny fabric might be too much for some fashionistas but certainly not for me! The high-waisted shorts are flattering and sexy. The whole look shouts confident cool. A++!

.nyfw2012 trend alert: sheer.

New York fashion week is undoubtedly the end all, be all in the fashion world. I absolutely adored absorbing the coverage everyday. Backstage frenzy – from hair and makeup to accessories to nearly-naked models tottering around in heels while scrambling into the next garment – seriously, I can’t get enough.

This blog focuses on one particular trend: sheer. While each of the designs below are strikingly different, they each combine a sheer material with an unexpected textile to create an original design.

What’s your favorite way to add sheer into your everyday wardrobe? Leave your comments below and stay tuned for more of my NYFW2012 favorite trends!

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The LA Times referred to BCBG Max Azria’s collection as “bondage boudoir.” Um, yes please. I’m a sucker for hard + soft combos, and though not a leather fan I simply swooned over these looks. The black lace remains edgy while keeping the sparkly sheer counterpart from leaning too feminine.

 

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Rebecca Minkoff kept her sheer looks combined with pops of bold color and a big dose of crisp white. I would kill for a pair of the grey shorts to the left! The suited up, business casual vibe comes off in the high-collared tops and muted prints, which keeps the sheer from being to sexy for everyday wear.

 

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I saved the best for last! Marchesa can do no wrong. The undisputable formal wear queen Georgina Chapman seamlessly mixes old Hollywood glamour, modern sex kitten and chic aristocrat styles into a flawless execution. Everytime. The unique and inspiring looks above prove Marchesa’s ability to show something innovative with every collection.

.mondo guerra for SEE eyewear.

Monday night was the launch party for Mondo Guerra’s collection of glasses for SEE eyewear. SEE has a unique concept for eye glasses – they defy typical (outrageous) designer prices by choosing emerging designers with exceptional talent. SEE is extremely choosy with the frames they carry and are unapologetic in their quest for perfection (who doesn’t love that?!). I chatted with SEE founder Richard Golden and he explained the company to me in more detail. They only allow 5 pairs of each frames to be produced – meaning you’re not going to catch other peeps running around in your frames (major score!)

As a specs-clad gal of 23 years, the discovery of SEE eyewear is especially fabulous for me. I have every pair of glasses prescribed to me since 2000, but I typically default to my beloved Warby Parker frames. I’ve rocked them for 11 months and as Golden told me, “they’re cute, but we can do way better.” Not only is this true (I swooned over bright blue AND leopard print pairs the whole night) but the fact I won’t see 100 other people running around SF with my glasses is enough to make me whip out my well-abused Amex right there.

As if the discovery of “fashionomically correct” frames wasn’t exciting enough, enter even better news – Mondo Guerra. For all my other Project Runway-addicted readers out there, it’s undeniable Mondo is one of the most influential designers to come off the show (not to mention my personal favorite!). He won hearts on Season 8 when he announced being HIV positive after the pattern-making challenge (one of his most gorgeous pieces). He was robbed of the 1st place winner spot on that season (in all my years of Project Runway I have never seen/heard such outrage from other fans regarding the winner vs. runner up!). However, Mondo came back with an absolute vengeance and wowed audiences with his designs on Project Runway: All Stars. Nabbing the winner title he received the biggest prize known to the show ($100,000 cash from L’Oreal Paris; $100,000 dollars in technology and office space from HP and Intel; the chance to sell his collection with Neiman Marcus stores; an editorial spread & one year guest editor position for Marie Claire magazine; and a sewing and embroidery studio provided by Brother International – GO MONDO!)

Mondo’s eclectic, polished style is known to portray bold colors, black and whites, multiple patters, checkers, polk-a-dots and color blocking. It’s no surprise Mondo and SEE make such a perfect match; he’s a long-standing client of SEE eyewear (he owns over a dozen pairs!) and both are advocates for AIDS research. A portion of all sales from “Mondo by SEE” eyeglasses will be donated to amFar, an international organization dedicated to ending the global AIDS epidemic. SEE eyewear is a large supporter of the AIDS community having contributed to the AIDS walk in Detroit for a decade, to name one organization. Given the fashion and the cause, I can’t wait to get my hands (and eyes) on a pair of specs from Mondo’s SEE collection.

The event was well-attended by SF’s fashion finest. Representatives from Refinery29 and The Examiner were in attendance, among many others. I decided to wear a cropped plaid jacket à la Mondo (well-thought out, since he loved it and we talked extensively about autumn plaid!) and draped myself heavily in Sasha Maks Vintage, my staple for fashionista events. The zebra necklace brought much excitement and conversation (so many people commented on it!!) but I really loved the textured and faux pearl bracelets. Deck my wrists in chunky gold and I am a happy lady!

Though my heart is still swooning over meeting one of my favorite designers, the whole overall event brought a lot of talent. I look forward to seeing more, and stay tuned for my feedback of NYC fashion week (can’t wait to dissect what’s been coming down the runway!)

.sf fashion week.

Caity of Moi Contre la Vie, Sasha of Sasha Maks Vintage, Anné Jude of annejude.com

Sasha of Sasha Maks Vintage

San Francisco Fashion Week has taken the city by storm and I’m loving every minute of it! I started at the Factory for their Fashion Social, which is an ongoing fashion mixer located in various boutiques to showcase local fashion and targeting fashion entrepreneurs and fashion tech product developers. Marketing and PR for Fashion Social is by Owen Geronimo and  SFFAMA/Fashion+TechSF. Please click here for more information on the SFFAMA.

I love the Factory’s concept, which uses The Evans Group (based out of Los Angeles) to support independent and emerging designers. As their website states, you can observe the process of apparel  manufacturing as you shop – bonus! The Factory asks its guest “Do You Know Where Your Clothes Were Made?” and if purchased with them, you certainly do. I admire owner Jennifer Evans passion behind supporting independent design and love the exposed brick, lofty-feel of the retail space. I highly recommend a trip to SOMA to check out what The Factory has to offer!

My next party took me to a Pop-Up Sale for Fashion Night Out at 5 Claude Lane. There were many wonderful vendors, including my personal fav Sasha Maks Vintage and local hat designer Miko Fabulous. This mixer provided great opportunity to mingle with the SF fashion crowd and scope out upcoming fall fashion, and the turnout was terrific!

My final stop was at Kurt Geiger, at their US flagship location on Stockton Street. The drinks were flowing and the crowd was shopping as soon as we hit the entrance. Everyone inside was having a ball, and I ran into a few familiar faces. There were some massive shoe sales going on, so quite a few lucky ladies and gents were scoring kicks at a fraction of their value. It was a perfect place to end the party.

Tonight Fashion Week continues as I head to the Palace Hotel for the launch of Mondo Guerra’s eyewear collection for See. Mondo just may be my very favorite Project Runway contestant of all time (not to mention the All Star winner!) so I am thrilled to see his collection tonight. Plus, as a specs-wearing gal I am always on the hunt for quirky frames. Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post with all the deets!

Jennifer Evans and Allison of The Factory Label

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.home beauty tips.

We’ve all been in a tight pinch before. Last minute hot date requires silky strands, asap – no time to run across town and buy a hair mask. Or perhaps at midnight, after a couple glasses of red wine, you begin inspecting your teeth and become paranoid they aren’t gleaming white anymore. Or maybe you splurged your month’s savings on a new designer for H&M launch and can’t afford your $30+ exfoliant this week. Whatever the reason, we’ve all needed quick beauty fixes.

Below are my at home beauty remedies for common ailments. Some take some getting used to (raw eggs are just always gross, period) but I promise – if you run out of firming mask and need smoothing before baring your clavicle, there is no better solution. Please keep in mind different skin types have different reactions, so listen to your body should it protest a new DIY treatment!

Aspirin Face Mask & Exfoliant Crush a few aspirin very finely. Mix with a few drops of aloe or honey. Smooth over face and let sit for 10-15 minutes. Rinse with warm water, gently using the grains to exfoliate your skin. The anti-inflamatory will reduce redness, though it can be slightly drying. Moisturize well after.

Eggwhites Skin Firmer/Brightener Simply remove the whites from the yoke, smear over your face, let dry and rinse off. That’s it. I still struggle with egg whites on my face, but try on your neck/chest/shoulder area before wearing a strapless dress and see a world of difference!

Olive Oil Moisturize Great for any part of your body – hair, skin, nails, lips, feet. I love to dab on my legs when wearing a short dress or let it seep into my hair during a hot Bikram yoga session.

Peroxide Teeth Whitener Strengthen and whiten teeth by rinsing with straight peroxide twice a day. Your teeth will look and feel better, without the cost of mouthwash.

Honey Bath Soak Create a silky feel and fragrant aroma when adding half a cup of honey to a running warm bath.

Avocado, Olive Oil + Honey Deep Conditioning Hair Mask 2 ripe avocados and 1 tablespoon other ingredients. Apply to damp hair and leave for 20 minutes. Rinse thoroughly then shampoo and lightly condition. Your hair will be soft, shiny and begging to be touched.

Lemon Nail Repair Brighten and moisturize dull nails by soaking in warm water and rubbing them individually with lemon wedges. Remove polish before soaking.