The glamour of the red carpet is the ultimate union of Hollywood and Socialite America. Awards shows always seem to make me believe that by this time next year, I too could be walking the red carpet in a couture gown and millions of dollars worth of jewels complete with a personal bodyguard to follow me around making sure no one steals them.
That being said, there are a few amazing celebrity looks that went down the red carpet last night that I’m particularly obsessed with. First and foremost, my #1 Best Dressed is Jessica Chastain in a classically beautiful Alexander McQueen. It seems McQueen can do no wrong when it comes to huge events and I think it’s so cute that she brought her Nana. I’m going to have to learn how to wear a cape correctly because Gwyneth Paltrow couldn’t have looked more regal in a white Tom Ford gown. I also adored Cameron Diaz in Gucci. Her dress gave an elegant burst or color on the red carpet both the hair and accessories went perfect with the dress making her look like every actress should at the Oscars.
Other huge 2012 Oscar obsessions of mine include the gowns of superstars Viola Davis, Angelina Jolie, and Penélope Cruz. Viola Davis looked wonderful in Vera Wang. The green looked incredible on her and I loved that she kept her hair natural. Her personality and natural beauty truly shined through. Angelina Jolie upped the sexy factor on the red carpet in a black Versace. The red lip was the perfect touch to this look. Penelope Cruz dazzled like a red carpet Cinderella in Armani Prive. Truly red carpet royalty.
Think all those genuine Louis Vuitton bags and Louboutin heels you see all over the city are first generation? Think again. Aspiring Socialites everywhere are discovering the wonderful world of consignment. reFINEstyle.com is an online marketplace of pre-loved designer fashion and accessories. Curated by a hand selected team of sellers across the country, an ever-changing selection of consignment merchandise is offered to the fashion-minded buyer at greatly reduced prices. Buying designer goods from a respected consignment website is a lot better than buying from eBay. In fact, I don’t suggest buying designer goods, especially bags from eBay. Unlike on eBay where it is basically the luck of the draw, reFINEstyle.com works with reputable sellers vetted by the website that only supply the real thing.
Having bought used designer goods myself, I can tell you that much of this so-called “pre-loved” couture, looks as if it has never been touched. The Dallas-based website founded by former HR exec, Megan Masoner, (I love it when fashionistas start their own businesses) has an ever-changing selection of over 800 premier brands. Sales last between 7-14 days. Buyers on reFINEstyle can either “bid” on items or select the “buy it now” option for the price listed. G3 sales (“Going, going, gone!”) allow for the possibility of scoring great deals on items whose prices are reduced up to 15 times over the course of the sale. So start strategizing now on how to navigate this dynamic site full of designer treasures. It’s every Aspiring Socialite’s best-kept secret.
P.S. – This $2,000+ Chanel probably wasn’t the best choice to display affordability, but it was so cute that I had to use it. However, they do actually have a lot more affordable pre-loved designer bags.
Ever dreamed of living in a designer bag? How about driving around in one? Well, your dreams may have just come true. In an elegant fusion between Italian fashion and automotive, comes the Fiat 500 Gucci Special Edition. This car, that I have renamed the “socialite mobile” launched at Milan Fashion Week. It comes in black and white and has all the features of any great designer handbag including superb craftsmanship and signature brand recognition. Shampoo and conditioner in one may be lame, but the Italian bag and Italian car in one is genius idea, especially for people like me who take their accessories very seriously. I dream of someday having the Gucci Fiat along with my Vespa transport me from place to place in a fashionable eco-friendly way that is bound to turn heads.
Living in New York City is amazing and I truly love being able to walk everywhere, but sometimes I really miss the open road. There is something about getting in your car, starting it up, and going wherever you want as music from you ipod blasts through the speakers that makes you feel as if you own the world.