Do Get Your Panties in a Ruffle

This spring it’s okay to get your panties in a ruffle—in fact it’s trendy! Well, at least for your outerwear. Spring/Summer 2011 brings us all the fun flirtiness of ruffles and frill. Expect to see lots of tulle, ribbons, and lace. Spotted on runways for Valentino (pictured), Anna Sui, Azzaro, Emilio Pucci, and D&G, feminine ruffles will be all the rage this upcoming year.

You’ll see plenty of ladylike styles in neutral/pastel colors with tiered ruffles, floral prints, delicate lace on chiffon, and flowing fabrics. Girly girls unite—this is our season!

There Are Never Too Many Sequins On New Year’s Eve

As the year draws to a close, many of us are scrambling to find the best possible plans for the last night of 2010. Whether that includes a giant sweaty loft party in Brooklyn or a low-key table for two at your neighborhood dive, I know you’re going to want to look your best. And if you’re like me, that includes sequins. Arguably the only night of the year that sequins are encouraged (if not expected), there are now plenty of options for getting your glitter fix. After the jump, check out our favorite sequined items (such as this Parker sequin dress for $297), and don’t be afraid to wear them all at once. That’s my plan, anyway.

D&G sequin crepe mini skirt, $187.50. image

BCBG two-tone sequin clutch, $128. image

Topshop gunmetal sequin shorts, $70. image

Madden Girl glitter heel, $54.99. image

Model Diary: Spending the Weekend Shooting for Russian ‘Glamour’

Let me start off by saying that I’m still quite a nobody in the fashion world. Yes, I work as a model, but I don’t identify as just that. I worked my ass off in university and graduated with an honor’s degree in English literature, and decided to take a year (or two) off to model full-time, to travel and make money for grad school and other life investments. This past weekend I flew to LA to shoot with Josh Jordan for Russian Glamour. I booked the job Thursday night, flew out Friday evening, and took the redeye back on Saturday. (I’m still feeling guilty about my carbon footprint.) We shot the entire story at the Chamberlain Hotel in West Hollywood, and since we were quite a big team—about 11 or so—we really usurped the place. Poor guests were driven away from the rooftop pool due to our invasion, and others couldn’t walk through the lobby without profuse apology for interrupting our shoot. They didn’t need to apologize: we were the ones interrupting them!

Josh was working with natural light, so we had to shoot as quickly and relentlessly as possible. Since we were two models, one of us was always on standby while the other finished. The story featured the best Spring 2011 pieces from every major design house, including a soft rose Pucci dress embroidered with tiny mirrors and a Chanel short tweed suit with matching boots. My two favorite looks, though, were the long, bright yellow, floral D&G dress and this ensemble from Anne Valerie Hash, which combined tulle and silk in muted earth and sea tones.

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Being in LA for the day made me very aware of New York’s ever-looming winter, but I’m happy I didn’t stay for longer. I’m not a big fan of sunburns and automotive transportation. It’s nice to be back in New York, where part of the joy of drinking coffee is warming up one’s hands, and where I can get some great reading done on the subway. Off to do that now, on my way to castings.

The Craziest Men’s Wear to Hit the 2010 Catwalks

You know what looks really dope on a dude? A gold, sleeveless turtleneck. Especially when paired with really long hair and big gold bracelets. Or at least designer Rick Owens sure thinks so! His designs weren’t the only wackadoo creations strutting down the runways in Milan and Paris this week– a week dominated by death and apocalyptic imagery. Blood and references to global decay were widespread and remorseless. See for yourself as we round-up the craziest, most unsettling looks from the Milan and Paris.

(‘DiggThis’)1. Jean Paul Gaultier image Perhaps moved by Lady Gaga’s suicide-themed VMA’s performance or maybe Manny Pacquiao’s recent victory over Miguel Cotto (link: http://www.mannypacquiao.ph/), Jean Paul Gaultier sent a series of bloody boxers down the runway. That’s right, a bloody nose, should JPG get his way, may be FW10’s hottest accessory. (The choice seemed in especially poor taste given that Chris Brown was sitting front row.)

2. Adam Kimmel image For those with a serious gambling problem, Adam Kimmel has solved one’s primary problems: what to wear, and how to facilitate gambling at all times. Here, a cape and card table become one. It’s card shark meets Houdini.

3. Henrik Vibscov image Leave it to Henrik Vibskov–a Copenhagen-based provocateur and lover of the avant-garde–to get downright creepy. Call it hostage chic, but given the bandaged up finger nails and fashionable blindfolding, the look is not necessarily what I’d call aspirational.

4. Dsquared image Dsquared” This stunner opened the Dsquared”show this season. Call it Adam Lambert-meets-the Crow. I can’t quite see this look strutting down 7th Avenue… that is, unless it’s Halloween or the gay pride parade. In that case, it’s fierce.

5. Moncler Gamme Bleu image Sweatpants may be making waves on men’s wear runways for FW10, but over at Moncler Gamme Bleu, which is currently being designed by high-water loving Thom Browne, the designer introduced something even cozier. Blankets and sleeping caps of which Ebenezer Scrooge would have approved: genius!

6. D&G image One look at the first style sent down the runway at D&G and it appears as though Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana may have taken this season’s memo about layering a little too seriously. There is nothing attractive about a marshmallow of a man (even if such an attractive, well styled one as this) coming down a runway… a ski slope, on the other hand, is a different story. My heart goes out to this undoubtedly very overheated mannequin.

7. Alexander McQueen image Alexander McQueen sent this number down his FW10 runway, unfortunately without much explanation. However, whether it’s a statement about swine flu, or even a throwback to SARS, something about the skeleton knit and face-mask combo doesn’t exactly scream sexy.

8. Rick Owens image A master of minimalism, darkness and, above all else, leather, Rick Owens is a preeminent force in fashion. However, this sleeveless gold turtleneck number with matching wrist guards seems to fall somewhere between Star Trek and the ambiguously gay duo. Gotta love the hair though.

We Like to Watch: Melonie Diaz of ‘Nip/Tuck’

In early 2008, Melonie Diaz flew to Park City, Utah, for her coronation. With a schedule-busting four films in competition, she was ready to accept her crown as the queen of Sundance. “It was incredibly flattering, but incredibly tiring. I was supposed to present at the closing awards, but being up at seven doing press every day and then going to bed at four, I got sick!” says the diminutive actress of her whirlwind experience at the festival. While there, she was promoting Michel Gondry’s Be Kind Rewind (with Jack Black and Mos Def), Andrew Fleming’s Hamlet 2 (opposite Steve Coogan and fellow Sundance royal Catherine Keener), American Son (co-starring Nick Cannon) and Assassination of a High School President (featuring a pre-breakdown Mischa Barton).

Almost two years later, the versatile firebrand is about to embrace her softer side, playing a devoted fiancée this fall on the final season of FX’s outré plastic surgery soap Nip/Tuck. And after a successful detour to Los Angeles for a Hollywood test drive (she lived right under the Hollywood sign, an arrangement she describes as “surreal”), Diaz is back in her native New York, finding her way around an industry notoriously narrow-minded about minorities. “A lot of the parts I get offered are for hood girls—the Mexican chola. Anyone who’s met me knows I’m more complex than that,” she says. Anyone who’s seen her in the urban melodrama Raising Victor Vargas and the radical feminist romp The Itty Bitty Titty Committee knows it, too. The latter picture even gave her an unexpected demographic of devotees. “The lesbians love me,” she says with pride. They’re not the only ones.

image Dress by D&G. Dress on chair by Prada.

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Photography by Kate Orne. Styling by Christine De Lassus.

Top picture: Dress by Prada.

Hair by Nelson Vercher for redken @ Rita Hazan Salon NYC @ Judy Casey. Makeup by Christopher Ardoff @ Art Dept. Photographer’s assistant, Justin Tellian. Digital Tech, Chad Meyer @ Visionon. Stylist’s Assistant, Wilson Mathews III. Equipment Fotocare LTD. Location Cooper Square Hotel.