Jun 30, 2012

Guest post: NYFW Fall 2012-Reem Acra

Nakima Benjamin is a New York based fashion stylist and creative consultant. She has a knack for describing the look and feel of the slinky clothes that saunter down the runway. Ms. Benjamin was on hand at Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week and lent me her expert eye while attending several fab. shows. Check out Nakima's reviews of Reem Acra's Fall 2012 collection! 

The Reem Acra show was a delight.  Acra seamlessly delivered glamour, elegance, and chic in one collection.  I particularly loved the leather dresses shown in the beginning because they epitomize an unfussy, chic, and modern way of dressing.  The long, sleek, pin straight ponytail worn by each model was consistent with the theme.  Despite choosing a very limited color palette consisting mainly of neutrals (black, gunmetal, gray, brown, champagne), Acra kept the pieces interesting by using great textures.  There was lace and leather and bocle and silk charmeuse...oh my!  Acra is a smart woman because her texture-play prevented the collection from feeling boring and heavy.  The lace and leather look is a perfect example of the way in which texture can transform a potentially blah all-black look into something mesmerizing.  So, Acra had me at hello with the opening dresses and she managed to hold my attention the entire time.  Although, I must admit that I have a strong attraction to anything with sequins, glitter, sparkly embellishment or the like so it wasn't much of a challenge.  Even so, the dropped waist shift dresses, embellished mini dresses, and statement gowns made me wish it would never end and that I wouldn't have to say goodbye.

Photos from style.com

For further information on Nakima's fashion editorials and advertising campaigns and to view samples of her work, go to her website - www.nakimabenjamin.viewbook.com.

Jun 28, 2012

Cupcake Nails

I think my love of all things beauty runs in the family. Here's another genius creation by my gorgeous, talented, and generally awesome cousin Julia.

Life Gets in the Way of Blogging! BOOOO!

Dear friends,

I've been MIA. Apparantly blogging, working full time, and planning a wedding don't mix! My apologies. I'll be the blogger I was once the wedding planning ends and the marriage part begins! Bear with me!

The Beauty Buff