Anna Sui, Eugenia Silva, & Whitney Port at the Second Annual WSGN Global Fashion Awards

Last night, fashion elite from across the globe came together for the second Annual WSGN Global Fashion Awards. Honoring everyone from established designers to marketing to teams to design students, the black tie affair was held at breathtaking Gotham Hall in New York City. Sponsored by Swarovski, the Global Fashion Awards have already picked up momentum since their inauguration last year. With over 2,000 submissions from all over the globe, new and established talents alike were reviewed by a panel of 35 influential fashion experts including June Haynes (Senior VP of retail Valentino USA), designer Lisa Ho, Simon Keen (Executive VP of Design, Banana Republic), Dolly Jones (Editor, Vogue.com), and Graeme Fidler & Michael Herz (Creative Directors of Bally).

The night began much like another awards show I attended in April — by interviewing Robert Verdi, who was emceeing this show as well. Robert has been up to a lot since we last spoke. He’s still hosting his radio show, but confessed, “I’m very jealous that I’m not on the Studio 54 Channel.” However, he did get a chance to attend the coveted Studio 54 party this past Wednesday night, and confirmed it was as wild as expected. “It was a fun party. Such a disco. One night only!” Additionally, he’s working on his own accessories and sunglasses line: “I’m launching a jewelry line on November 17th and I’m also launching a sunglasses collection on HSN in February.” We then discussed his amazing spiked Christian Louboutin shoes and how he stalks the hors d’oeuvre trays at parties, of which he said, “I’m a tray chaser. Not a tranny chaser. A tray chaser.” Thanks, Robert, you win the award for Most Outstanding Quote of the Night!

Next I got to chat with Anna Sui, who was presenting an award to Barbara Hulanicki, winner of Outstanding Contribution to Fashion. “I just got back from Toronto from touring for my fragrance and makeup line,” she said. “I just introduced a bedding collection which will launch next year for exclusive accounts and I’m working on my collection for next year.” Where can we find the collection? “I can’t say yet, but it will be for exclusive accounts.” Naturally, Anna travels a lot, so we discussed some of her favorite and most memorable travel experiences: “I work a lot in Asia and Europe, so I travel back and forth a lot to those places, so I like more exotic places [for vacation]. This summer I went to India. I’ve traveled to Egypt and Russia. I just like going to places that are more historic and exotic than just the regular capital cities. At one point I only went to London, Paris and Tokyo and now I like to travel to less expected places.” So what new designers does Anna like? “I’m waiting for the big change. I think [the industry] is changing right now and I think there’s someone who is really going to break through and really knock everyone’s socks off.”

One of the best dressed attendees of the night was Spanish model Eugenia Silva, who graced the room in a muted mint green Gucci dress with asymmetrical sleeves, a Giorgio Armani metal box clutch, and gold Jimmy Choo stilettos. If you thought Eugenia was beautiful externally, she’s also an active philanthropist. “Right now I’m working on the worldwide A.I.D.S fight and a benefit gala on December 1st,” she said. “We are becoming the biggest event in Spain. It’s the third year we’re organizing the event. Last year we got more than 700 thousand dollars. You know, in America, it’s very easy to do, but in Spain it’s very hard, so we’re proud that it’s growing so much. I’m also working to benefit kids in Mexico with Eva Longoria and Antonio Banderas for a gala in Spain. It’s called the Star Light Gala. Last year we got a lot of celebrities to donate money and it all goes to schools for kids in Mexico.” On the modeling end, she works every day and has a blog on Spanish Elle.com. She also dabbles in film: “I have a production company here in New York. My partner is Frida Torresblanco, one of the producers of Pan’s Labyrinth. We’re starting to shoot our first movie in Chile in January. Right now, I’m behind the camera, but you never know.” Given Eugenia is a blogger now, I wanted to know if she was on Twitter: “I don’t want to show too much. I am tweeting. I like it. I think it’s useful but people also get really addicted and also say things they shouldn’t!”

Lastly, I found my way to Whitney Port, who was there to present the Most Influential Designer in Footwear and/or Accessories. Port has launched her own clothing line and is enjoying a successful career in fashion since bursting onto the scene via MTV’s popular reality show The Hills. She wore a stunning floor length cobalt blue Matthew Williamson backless dress paired with Marc Jacobs heels. She accessorized with a crystal encrusted box clutch. In regards to her clothing line, she said, “I just launched my Spring/Summer 2012 line. It’s a lot of florals. Cute, feminine, funky. My favorite piece is an oversized boxy sweater.” And what about having her own accessory line? “Yes, I would love to! That’s definitely something I’d like to do in the future” So how does the jet-setting young designer handle her busy schedule: “I have an amazing support system. I have a big family and great friends who keep in check. I guess I’m a hard worker by nature so I sort of thrive on it and enjoy it.”

With that, we were all ushered into the main ballroom for the awards ceremony, where we were treated to a three course dinner and plenty of wine. Gift bags were stuffed with a We <3 WGSN bag, a Swarovski crystal encrusted flash drive, nail polish by Butter, a giftcard by LDF Floral and Event Design, a Pantone notebook, an Anisa makeup brush, and a copy of Salt Magazine by Swarovski. And like every good award show, charity was present. Trekstock was there to bring awareness to young people with cancer. The charity fundraises through music and fashion to raise awareness and help fund research for youth suffering from cancer. Other sponsors included Lycra, Drapers, TNT, Gerber Technology, Fashion Monitor and World Retail Congress, amongst others.

Net-a-Porter won big, taking home both Best Etailer and the Swarovski Elements Winner of Winners ultimate prize. Breakthrough winners included Michael Cinco and Pretty Green. Favorites like TopShop, H & M,, and Opening Ceremony also won their categories. See the full list of winners and categories here.

A Night of Fashion & Charity: The 33rd Annual American Image Awards

Last night, the 33rd Annual American Image Awards honored the marketing geniuses who help build companies like UGG and William Rast into the global brands they are today. All of the proceeds from the event went to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, a total that was said to reach around $1.1 million. The show was hosted by TV personality Robert Verdi, who I had a chance to chat with on the red carpet. Verdi, who was decked out in seriously shiny patent leather Sergio Rossi shoes and a Piaget diamond encrusted watch, bragged, “I’m really, really rich. I can afford sex and diamonds!”

But mention of his McQueen sunglasses caused the flamboyant style to get serious. “I wear them everyday to honor him,” Verdi said. “He was such a brilliant talent and it was such a devastating loss.”

Next, I spoke with Colin Dyne of William Rast, winner of Brand of the Year. William Rast is Justin Timberlake’s clothing company, and has become a major label since its birth six years ago. Dyne was sporting William Rast jeans and a shirt and jacket from J. Lindeberg, partner company to William Rast. He said he was “honored” to be awarded with Brand of the Year after such a short time. He also said he and Justin Timberlake hang out all the time and that he’s an “amazing partner” in the company. Great jeans and hanging out with Justin Timberlake all the time? Duh, winning!

After a couple near-misses I finally found Donna Karan, easily the busiest woman of the evening. (Her company’s CEO & Chairman, Mark Weber, was being awarded Man of the Year.) I gushed about how she’s my favorite designer, and she gushed about how I was her favorite reporter. Well, sort of. What she actually said was “I wish my daughter felt that way! She wore Donna Karan, so I started DKNY for her. But before that, she had to wear Donna Karan. She used to rob my closet!” Then she went on to say, “I just opened my spring collection from Urban Zen. It’s buy now, so it’s not ahead of season, it’s in season. And that’s something I feel really strongly about. For the customer to be able to buy in the current season.”

Presenters included Whoop Goldberg, Susan Plagemann of Vogue, and Mike Milken. Other Winners included Neiman Marcus for Retailer of the Year, UGG Australia for Footwear of the Year, and Ruben & Isabel Toledo for Fashion Maverick. See full details about the annual American Image Awards and The Apparel and Footwear Association here.

Cheers to Life & Fashion in 2010

It’s been an incredible year for fashion. We’ve seen new stars explode and old one’s go belly up, but one thing is certain, it’s time to celebrate. I hope someone has taken the liberty of making rum-spiked apple cider because it’s time for cheers! Cheers to family, fashion, shoes, love, accomplishment, and life. And in case you need help getting into the holiday spirit, cheers to a few of these jolly goodies that will make you smile—like this Kate Spade Gold “Cheers” Necklace for $75. Happy New Year, everyone!

Lauren Moshi Happy Face Tee, $84 image

Philosophy Cheers! Bubble Bath, $16 image

Betsey Johnson Toggle Bracelet with Charms, $125 image

Deal Alert: Barneys is Practically Giving These Manolos Away

Here is a killer deal! I came across these stunning, deeply discounted Manolo Blahnik Cuticula heels for only $359 at Barneys. I was sure they were only available in size 5, then discovered they have practically every size from 6 to 10! Get on them now—discounted from $895, these beauties are sure to go quickly.

Shop the deal here.

Pump It Up: The Best Heels of 2010

As the year winds down and we prepare to say so long to 2010, it’s time to go back and reflect on some of the greatest heels to hit the streets this year. From favorites and legends such as Jimmy Choo, Christian Louboutin, and Manolo Blahnik, to newly minted Designer of the Year Brian Atwood, our feet have seen some incredible shoes in 2010. As our obsession with footwear continues to grow, heels are getting higher, sharper, and sleeker, and we are more willing to wear them than ever! There’s no doubt 2011 will bring even more addictive styles and we will spend our paychecks willingly. All hail the mighty stiletto and thank you for an incredible year of smoldering, back-breaking beauty! First up, these Christian Louboutin Tahiti Flower Shoes, $1095.

Jimmy Choo Marine Crystal Sandals, $1995 image

Manolo Blahnik Satin Embellished Pumps, $945 image

Brian Atwood Maniac Pumps, $580 image

Do the Dot

We all know polka dots are a big upcoming trend for 2011. Notably Giles Deacon’s Giles collection gave the polka dot a modern new look, combining yellow over black and brown for the S/S11 line. But there are some pieces lurking around from other designers who are on this trend and flying under the radar. Why wait until spring? Get ahead of the game with these fun dotted pieces. While everyone is going for sequins and sparkle for New Year’s, why not mix it up? I love the modernized yet ’60s feel of this Laundry by Shelli Segal Polka Dot Mesh Dress for $195. Do your own thing and do the dot!

Can’t be the price on this TFNC Polka Lace Bow Back Dress, $41.38. image

Go classic with this Sonia by Sonia Rykiel Polka-Dot Cotton and Silk-Blend Dress, $495. image

And my absolute favorite polka dot piece of all time: Marc Jacobs Embroidered Dress, $1500. image

It’s Cozy Time

Anyone else at the “done” point? You know the point where you are running on fumes and so ready for a holiday vacation that you can’t get to the airport fast enough? I think we’re all there. The holiday rush, excessive shopping, endless parties, and putting in extra hours at work to get it all done before the new year is extremely taxing. It’s time to relax, kick off your heels, bust out the hot cider, and escape for a while. 2011 is lurking and ready to challenge you, so don’t forget to take advantage of the downtime. Hopefully, you already have all the cozy goods to get you ready for relaxation, but if you don’t, here are some more ideas. Like this exact replica of Audrey Hepburn’s Holly Golightly eye mask in Breakfast at Tiffany’s (I own this and it’s adorable!). So tell everyone to take a hike, turn off your phone, put the laptop away, and remind yourself to chill out.

Get your man on these Feetness Massage Socks, $7! They have a built-in guide to show you what pressure points to massage. image

Drown out city noise, chatty in-laws, and crying babies with this portable HoMedics Sound Machine, $19.99. image

Yes, I actually own these Nick & Nora Sock Monkey Footed Pajamas ($23) too and wear them with pride! I can vouch that they are probably the best pajamas ever created. image

ShopStyle Saves Lives

It’s only fair that I do a piece on ShopStyle after all they’ve done for me. I really have no idea how I pinpointed and sifted through dozens of sites on the internet in the past to find exactly what I was looking for. All I remember is that it was grueling and time-consuming when I was trying to shop online. Now with ShopStyle I simply type in what I’m looking for in the search box and it directs me to dozens of sites that sell the item. Genius! I think it may possibly be the best shopping site ever created.

On top of their incredible search engine, you can browse tens of thousands of “community looks”—stunning ensembles created by members of the site. Pinpointed searches, dozens of sites to choose from, and interactive styling, what’s a shopper not to love?

Adorable Affordable Handbags

It’s holiday crunch time, ladies. If you’re still putting your wish list together, now is the time to add on a handbag—or two. At these prices he’ll be glad to buy you two or maybe three depending on how good you’ve been this year. We all know a good handbag is an investment piece. I’ve never drooled over an accessory more than a beautiful bag. They’re even more enjoyable when received as a gift. I especially love the Marc by Marc Jacobs line. They’re quality and affordable, even at retail price—like this Marc by Marc Jacobs navy textured bowling bag for $360. So I’ve scoured the interwebz for some of the best deals. You can save yourself some time and just slip the note under his pillow tonight. Hurry, we only have 24 hours left!

Sara Berman Cand Leather Messenger Bag, $275 image

Elie Tahari Metallic Leather Shoulder Bag, $349 image

Christian Louboutin Miss Alpha Leather Handbag, $626 image