If we wanted to be literal, the term “vintage” is used to describe clothing between 20 and 100 years old. Vintage clothing is a representative of the era in which it was produced, just like what you wear represents who you are. Vintage is also exemplified as a style, dressed up in a way that usually consists of a classic design and is accessorized in such a way that it hints at specific period of fashion. Also, every era of fashion had a different way of flattering the body, so virtually anyone could adapt to a vintage style and pull it off. For example, the 40’s were a time that was great for a more curvy shape because the tailoring was more defined at the waist.
Now we want to emphasize the fact is that there are limited amounts of vintage clothing; therefore you really need to know where to shop for it. The best local resources are always thrift shops, Salvation Army stores, and possibly charity shops in wealthy neighborhoods. Etsy is also a great resource for fabulous vintage finds. Many people love vintage clothing, but not everyone loves the fact that you have to go to secondhand stores to grab some of the best finds. There are many designers and boutiques out there that offer clothing that tailor to those who have a more vintage taste. One of those people happens to be Cameron Silver, world-renowned designer, red carpet trendsetter and owner of Decades; a couture vintage boutique that brought a new standard to everyday dress in Hollywood.
Silver’s boutique is the world’s leader in vintage and modern pre-loved luxury clothing and accessories. Decades is known for finding beautiful, timeless vintage and modern pieces like no one else. With his expert knowledge of the fashion industry, Silver has been able to obtain pristine and luxurious pieces from Alaia, Hermes and Dior vintage glamour. Most recently, he’s collaborated with Tommy Hilfiger, for whom he curated a capsule collection containing vintage pieces. Nine West also recently enlisted him to design a (wildly successful) capsule collection.
Now get this. Cameron Silver is coming to our area and bringing some prime pieces from his collection with him. On Wednesday, April 9th, the Montclair Arts Museum rings in their 100th Birthday with an afternoon of glitz and glam with special guest speaker none other than, Cameron Silver. The museum welcome’s Silver all the way from his L.A. hometown for a luncheon, lecture and vintage trunk show of his rare couture finds. East coast residents can enjoy this once in a lifetime opportunity to meet Silver and shop his collection in-person during this specially-curated event. Silver will take each guest though a century of fashion, which will include; his inspiration on choosing the right garments for his celebrity clients, his red carpet commentary and his most recent place in Hollywood as a Bravo hit reality television star on, “The Duke of Melrose”. If you have the chance to make it to the event, I wouldn’t miss out. For more information about that, you can visit www.montclairartmuseum.org and reserve a spot today!
The star-studded 2014 award season is coming to an end with the Oscars coming up this Sunday. Sure we love the movies, the actors, and the speeches. What we really love the most though is the glitz, the glam, and the fashion. The Oscars are known to be one of the best nights of Red Carpet Fashion of the year, where the men look dapper and the women look absolutely classy and fabulous. Being nominated for an Academy Award is the highest honor an actor could ever dream of receiving. The event in itself brings out the best in the entertainment industry, so there are no questions as to why everyone who attends will be looking their best.
In honor of the Oscars, we decided to take a look back at some of the best-dressed winners from the past 10 years.
In 2004, Charlize Theron looked absolutely flawless in her sparkly Gucci gown upon receiving the award for her role in Monster. The neutral color goes perfectly with her skin tone and the train was the perfect length to strut down the carpet in.
In 2005, Hilary Swank snagged the award for best actress in Million Dollar Baby, wearing Guy Laroche. Not many people can pull off the high neckline, but with the complimentary open back she had heads turning and people talking for days.
In 2006, Reese Witherspoon nailed it with her Vintage Dior gown. Not only did she “Walk the Line,” but she also walked her way onto every best-dressed list for that night. In our opinion, vintage never goes out of style, especially for an event like the Oscars.
In 2007, Helen Mirren kept it classy and fabulous in her Christian Lacroix gown. The pale, gold-beaded, custom-made piece fit her body like a glove. The neckline was able to enhance her beautiful smile as she claimed the award for her role in The Queen.
In 2008, Marion Cotillard looked like a beautiful modern-day mermaid in her Jean Paul Gaultier gown. White is a hard color to compliment, but the outlined fishtail fabric made it pop like no other dress before. Looking fabulous added to the amazing feeling of winning the award for her role in La Vie En Rose.
In 2009, Kate Winslet leaves everyone speechless in Atelier Yves Saint Laurent. Normally when it comes to these huge award shows, we prefer it when actresses don’t wear black, but this one shoulder satin-layered gown has us thinking otherwise. All we can say about this is, WOW. She won the best actress award for her role in the The Reader.
In 2010, Sandra Bullock won the esteemed best actress award for her role in The Blind Side wearing Marchesa. What better way to win an Oscar than looking like an Oscar itself? She looked absolutely beautiful with her straight hair, bold red lipstick, and minimal jewelry, all of which complimented the vintage beading on the dress. This quite possibly may be our favorite.
In 2011, Natalie Portman did not let pregnancy hold her back from looking stunning in Rodarte. The color choice was bold, but she pulled it off amazingly. The V neckline was able to shape her baby bump in all the right ways. She confidently walked down the carpet and then onto the stage to grab her award for her role in Black Swan.
In 2012, Meryl Streep was finally able to win an Academy Award for her role in The Iron Lady, where she wore a shiny gold gown by Lanvin. Remember how we said there was no better way to win an Oscar than looking like an Oscar itself? Well, we think Streep may have taken that notion a little too far with this one. The color of the dress does go well against her skin tone and she does look flawless, but this dress is not really one of our favorites. Iron Lady? More like the Goldmember!
To round things up, last year in 2013, Jennifer Lawrence not only won the award for best actress for her role in Silver Linings Playbook, but also the award for winning at life itself. She looked unbelievably breathtaking in the blush pink strapless Christian Dior gown. Although the large and heavy bottom may have caused her to take a tumble trying to claim her award, it didn’t matter because everyone was so taken back by how beautiful she looked. Her hair was pulled back perfectly to compliment the strapless nature of the dress and her makeup was flawless.
Anyone notice a trend in all the winner’s dresses? Aside from a few select standouts (Hilary Swank’s navy blue and Natalie Portman’s fuchsia) almost all of the winners wore a soft, neutral, often shimmery hue. Should this year’s nominees be taking note of this?! Whoever wins this year, I’m sure she will look absolutely stunning. Until then, we just really can’t wait to see what the Oscars will have in store for this wonderful night of Red Carpet fashion.
Philadelphia’s own PYT, today’s top burger innovators, have recently announced that they will be expanding their burger franchise. You heard it right. The inventors of some of today’s craziest and most fantastic burgers will be beginning their expansion by opening their doors in New York and DC. After over five months of negotiation, they decided to finally make a deal with Fransmart, the company responsible for franchising fan favorites such as Five Guys, Elevation Burger, and more.
Tommy Up, the mastermind behind PYT, has gained national attention for his outrageous burger creations. He has gone as far as making buns out of fried rice noodle cakes (Pho Burger), fired lasagna (The Lasanga Burger), and the all time favorite: The Bacon Shell Burger (exactly how it sounds). I don’t think any one could really expect anything less from a burger joint whose name stands for “Pick Your Topping.” They take the concept of the customer choosing whatever they feel necessary to go on their burger and reinvent then it by already having the craziest ideas already out there to choose from. As crazy as all the burgers sound though, they taste even that much better! PYT is Zagat rated and leaves customers who come from all over satisfied in the fact that they lived up to the hype and delivered a burger unlike any other.
So in honor of PYT Philly announcing that they are franchising, we decided to take the time out and give all of our “HIPsters” some of our thoughts on the best burger joints in our area.
Being known as America’s favorite burger chain, it should go without saying that Five Guys is one of the most popular burger franchises in the nation and for a good reason. If you are ever just craving a delicious burger, but don’t feel like going to a fancy restaurant or slumming to McDonalds, Five Guys is guaranteed to satisfy. With over 1,000 locations in 47 states you are sure to find one close by. We would love to recommend our favorite off the menu, but everything is just fabulous. What we do recommend though is always adding a side of fries. Five Guys gets their potatoes imported from a new location daily and they are always fresh, clean cut, and delicious. Oh, and don’t forget about the complimentary peanuts they supply. Who doesn’t love it?
Smashburger started off by asking themselves, “shouldn’t there be a place that burger lovers could call their own and feel pride in recommending to their friends and family?” Well that is exactly what this burger joint does for their loyal customers and the community as a whole. All of their handcrafted burgers are smashed, seared and seasoned to order. Whether you choose our Classic Smashburger or decide to create-your-own, you can always expect the great taste of that juicy burger you have been craving. They also offer a plethora of additional side order options and other meal deals. Our favorite burger from them happens to be the original Smashburger added with their fried onions, which are basically prepared to crispy perfection. And don’t be afraid to add a milkshake at the end of your order. We promise you will not regret it.
Shake Shack started off as a lone hot-dog cart in Madison Square Park of Manhattan and is now one of the most talked about burger places out there. That fact alone should speak for how amazing their food is. They have since expanded and have various locations in the New York City as wells as Philly, DC, and more. If you are ever in the city for a day trip or whatever the reason may be, it should definitely be the eatery of choice. Their whole menu will have your mouth watering at first glimpse, but everyone knows that the first time you go you must have a burger. Select any one out of their wide variety of options and top it with whatever your heart desires. We have yet to hear one bad review about the all time favorite burger joint therefore, they must be doing it right. There is really something special about this place and the food is just that added value.
Well now that our mouth is watering and our stomachs are left grumbling, it’s time to go out and visit one of these locations. We are so excited about PYT coming to the tri-state area and we will be the first ones in line when they open their doors in NYC. Now if only In-N-Out Burger could do the same and make its way to the east coast!
Although there is still snow on the ground and the temperatures are below the degrees of COLD, fashion forecasters only had spring on the mind. Fashion Week went by in a flash, but started off with a bang thanks to ready-to-wear designers and major shows from Carolina Herrera, Tommy Hilfiger, and – celebrating her 30th anniversary on top in the fashion business – Donna Karan. Just as we forecasted, we saw all the latest spring 2014 trends we told you to look out for. What we did not anticipate though was how HOT the white-collar trend was going to be.
Every designer you could possibly think of at the top of your head sent their models down the runway in what seems to be this coming seasons must have: The White Collar. Tory Burch, Phillip Lim, Carolina Herrera, BCBG Max Azria, Ralph Lauren, Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, and that’s only naming a few. Everyone who is anyone put out the white-collar look in his or her collection and for good reason. People are raving, especially all of us here at The Hip Event. Every designer obviously had his or her own take on this seasons hottest trend. One style that really stood out to us was Ralph Lauren’s business in the 60’s look. It is very retro-esk yet still modern and hot. A simple black knitted dress with a pop of white at the collar. This black mini is sure to be seen all over the place once the line launches in stores.
Other fun and inventive looks that took the runway by storm this past week were the metallic and 3D designs. Marc Jacobs added a dark dazzle to his line with a shiny knee length dress. The blue sequin stripes over a black lace really had heads turning and jaws dropping. Another eye-popping look was sent down the runway at the Altuzarra show. The idea of the dress is a more laid-back evening look draped with liquid gold and silver separates. This look really sent the metallic trend into full swing this season.
One more trend that seems to be sticking around another year is the floral print. With designers like Tory Burch and Tommy Hilfiger revamping the look to keep up with this seasons hottest trends, it’s no wonder the look hasn’t faded away. The look is all easy, breezy, and fun if you ask us and it is also definitely something keeping our minds on the fact that spring is just around the corner.
We hope you enjoyed Fashion Week as much as we did. Always remember ladies, keep calm and style on!
As women, we may not always take into consideration how much added pressure we put on men to look good. In today’s society, there is more pressure than ever for a male to look good because if a man isn’t well groomed, it is automatically assumed that he cannot take care of himself. If he can’t seem to look like he can take care of himself, how is he suppose to be the man to take care of another suitor? That is why proper male grooming has become such an important aspect of an everyday lifestyle and why exclusive male grooming salons are saving the day.
There are quite a few salons out there who cater specifically to the male beauty, but what possible motives does a man have to go out and get a full on beauty treatment? Some guys hear beauty treatment and it immediately sounds emasculating in their minds. Well here’s the catch; going to a male grooming salon will make a man more desirable because of how well put together he will come out looking. Buying the right clothes and having the right style is only half the battle. If the hair on your head as well as the hair on your face looks like a disheveled mess, no one is going to care about that Burberry collar peeking out of your perfectly tailored suit. Masculinity is changing to the point where spa treatments and beauty grooming are becoming part of the modern man’s regime. The rise in male grooming services is simply meeting the demand. A 2013 report by marketing firm JWT has found that the statistics for males seeking beauty and grooming treatments are on the rise because of the increased pressure they feel to look good. Aside from all the lavished accommodations that come with going to a grooming salon, you leave with the feeling of not only looking great, but feeling great as well.
So where can a man from our area go for a spectacular lifestyle change by jumping into the world that is Male Grooming? John Allen in NYC is this nation’s premier male grooming club. As the male grooming industry began to grow, so did John Allen’s. He has various salons all throughout the city of New York and due to demand he has expanded to locations in California and Toronto. From hair care to skin care, they do it all and all at the exclusivity towards the male. What they specialize in at John Allen is making the beauty industry more masculine by making a man feel like a better and more clean cut version of himself. By visiting their website you can see all the essentials that John Allen has to offer including membership packages and beauty products to maintain the look and feeling of a “real man.”
Want the same exclusivity in your own backyard? A brand new male grooming salon by the name of Dieci Uomo has just opened in Livingston, New Jersey. At Dieci Uomo they pride themselves in modern day masculinity, health, innovation, and exclusivity!
“At Dieci Uomo, which translates from Italian as the Dieci Man, our mission is to provide the ultimate male grooming experience by providing exceptional haircut and hair color services, hot shaves, hand & feet grooming, waxing, facials, and massage in a sustainable, sophisticated yet relaxed environment.”
What Dieci Uomo essentially offers is a modern day salon for men accompanied with a full menu of men’s beauty and grooming services that promote a healthy lifestyle. They have done everything possible in order to create an environmentally sound building as well as giving it the ambiance of a private club. This is not only perfect for those men out there who may feel too embarrassed to walk into just any regular salon and receive any ordinary beauty treatment. It is also perfect for those men who love that feeling of importance and exclusivity. What can me more maculating than that? For more information visit their website and don’t hesitate to sign up.
So if you are a man or know a man who is in need of a lifestyle change, the path towards male grooming is the way to go.
Start getting excited ladies because it’s time for the most wonderful time of the year! That’s right fellow fashionistas, Mercedes-Benz kicks off Spring Fashion Week in New York today, February 6, 2014. There may be another 6 weeks left of winter, but the fashion world is ready to start looking ahead.
Fashion Week is always full of the most amazing and jaw dropping styles and outfits we could ever dream of seeing. Here is what you should be expecting to see during this seasons NY Fashion Week.
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Next we have the multi-layered sequin and crystals inspired “see it in 3D” trend that will be hitting the runway. These are the outfits that will really have you taking a second look and wondering how on earth anyone could pull it off. Trust us, the models make it look so easy. Some designers sending this look down the runway include Prada, Marc Jacobs, Vera Wang, and Dolce and Gabbana.
You know what they say; April showers bring May flowers! And you know this season’s collection is going to include a new spin on the ever so popular floral trend. The designers adding a new twist and a stellar vibe to the floral trend this season include Emporio Armani, Thakoon, and Stella McCartney.
Who doesn’t love a good fringe? Fringes are fun and flirty and have a way of picking up any mood. This dress by Calvin Klein really does a great job at showing how fringe is making a comeback and not coming back quietly. It is definitely a trend for those with a more boho-chic kind of style, but soon to be for anyone with any kind of style.
Rise and shine ladies, literally. We weren’t kidding when we said glam was a huge part of this season’s trends. Metallic and glitzed out dresses are really a hot commodity and only going to get hotter. To prove how hot it is, designers such as Givenchy, Saint Laurent, Fendi, and Tom Ford are all sending models down the runway in this season’s hottest trend. These are also dresses you could actually imagine wearing yourself, which is a huge plus for any of us ladies.
We have talked style, now let’s talk color. A huge color you will be seeing many times strutting its way down the runway is a blush tone. The greatest thing about a blush-toned color is that it can look fabulous on virtually any skin tone. Designers showing off this trend in their collection this season include Giorgio Armani, Thorton Bergazzi, Carven, and Tory Burch.
There are so many more styles and trends to look forward to that it is blowing our fashion loving minds. Other trends to keep an eye out for include the fold, pop art, and game time (sporty). When you see these looks making their way down the runway you will know exactly which one is which. Our prediction is that the metallic look will be the biggest trend of the season considering all the hottest designers will be sending it out on the runway. We don’t want to give away too much before the big week starts, but now you know exactly what to look out for.
Let’s all be honest here. Yes it’s fun to watch all the actual award shows, but who really pays attention to every detail for the full three-hour time span. What we all really care about is what our favorite stars are wearing. What we want to know who’s going to incorporate the most glitz and glam as part of their ensemble, who looks the classiest, who looks absolutely flawless, and who looks like they didn’t even look in the mirror. We have really noticed that the celebs that make their way onto the best-dressed lists are those wearing particular colors this season.
Red, white, and glam! The hottest trends this red carpet season has fallen along the lines of old Hollywood glamour. Red gowns have really made a comeback this season, exemplifying a bold and classy look for those stars who chose to rock it in red. Red is the color of sexy and can only be fully pulled off by those who wear it confidently. Who really made a lasting impression this season though was 12 Years a Slave star, Lupita Nyong’o. She became a style icon the second her foot hit the carpet at the Golden Globes and it was all because of the stunning red Ralph Lauren gown she wore.
Next we take a look at the warriors in white. Whoever said you can’t wear white after Labor Day is clearly behind on the latest trends of the season. Popular stars that have been glowing in white include Jennifer Lawrence, Kerry Washington, and Beyoncé. Some people are really worried weather or not they can pull of a white dress. White is the color that definitely looks best on those with a darker tone to their skin, but don’t let it stop you if you are on the more paler side. J.Law is definitely more on the paler side and she looked gorgeous in her white Dior gown at the Golden Globes. Just accent the look with a darker toned lipstick and you are good to go.
Now what is really making the biggest statement in our minds this season is the glam. Did you see the suit of armor Taylor Swift graced down the carpet in at the Grammy’s this past weekend? The Gucci metal dress really had everyone taking and double take and definitely for a worthy reason. Other stars that have been glamming up the carpet are Rita Ora and Chrissy Teigen, both have which landed a spot on the best-dressed list of the season. Going glam may be a risky decision and it all depends on the event, but when it comes to a red carpet affair, glam is sure to make a lasting impression.
So keep your eye out on this trend because we still have the Oscars coming up and the Red Carpet is sure to be full of red, white, and glam.
According to Cosmopolitan’s Simone N. Sneed, a career strategist and social entrepreneur, there are five promising pieces of advice we could all benefit from using at work. Listed below are his findings to be a stronger link in your career chain.
1. Take advantage of educational opportunities.
“Does your company offer an employee assistance program? Take the initiative and reach out to your human resources department or your supervisor and ask him or her to walk you through all the professional development opportunities available to you. Whether it’s a free workshop that will teach you computer coding or reimbursements for college tuition, many employers want to keep hardworking people. Show them you’re worth the investment and stay sharp for future opportunities.”
2. Build better relationships with your co-workers.
“Just because you have a job doesn’t mean that you’re done networking. Most people spend at least 40 hours per week at work, so the people you work with are a huge part of your life. Use your time with your colleagues to build relationships, ask about their interests, and learn about their families. When you deepen your workplace connections, you increase the likelihood that your name will come up first when a new opportunity arises.”
3. Show off your other skills.
“The best way to keep your job is to prove you’re valuable. Maybe you were hired to manage the social media accounts, but you also have experience working in sales or volunteer management. These experiences can be great pathways to job stability. When a new project starts, offer all your skill sets, not just the ones you were hired for.”
4. Remember that your culture is an advantage.
“More than ever, companies are racing to catch up with the evolving American workforce and consumer markets. Your unique perspective as a Latina woman in America is becoming increasingly valuable. If your workplace has a multicultural affinity group, don’t just join it — lead it.”
5. Establish your own professional brand.
“It doesn’t matter if you are an advertising executive, an accountant, or a bank teller — you need to build your own brand. Keep your social media accounts up to date, start a blog or website about something that interests you, and always be mindful of how you portray yourself online, because many employers check your social media accounts.”
List provided by Cosmopolitan Magazine's Simone N. Sneed, career strategist and social entrepreneur.