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Heart Truth: Celebs Kick off NYFW with Red Dress Collection


Infamous for kicking off NYFW, every fall fashion week season, The Heart Truth Dress Red Dress Show premiered this eve at Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. With celebrities as models, A-Listers walked the runway in the name of healthy hearts reminding women everywhere of their role in the fight against heart disease. This years lineup included Kelly Osbourne, Kendall Jenner, Kris Jenner, Kylie Jenner, Toni Braxton, Jillian Michaels, 

Norma Kamali Cut Out for Fall 2012: OMO and KamaliKulture Presentation

Norma Kamali at her Fall 2012 presentation

The most unexpected Fall 2012 fashion week presentation award goes to Norma Kamali. She generally has as an innovative angle to every show — or really anything she does. Usually, it’s some type of digital or social media angle, however this time it was something completely different and unexpected…  Jumbo faux cut-out models instead of live models. Then on opposite ends there were projections of the models wearing the clothes and dancing around.

Showcasing both her Fall 2012 OMO collection on one side and her new KamaliKulture (priced under $100!) on the other. While artistically I loved the installation and ambiance of the room. I found it a little challenging to really examine the clothes. Naturally, considering they were made out of paper (or plastic?) –but for me so much of these presentations is getting to see the fabric and how it moves on a live body.

That said, I’ll just have to wait for Fall 2012 like the rest of the world to get up close and personal with the collection.

The Fall 2012 OMO collection

Fall 2012 KamaliKulture collection

LOVE this coat

Can’t wait to see this skirt in person

I dunno about the race car-esque number…

Style Coalition Fashion 2.0 Awards Announced

Last night the Style Coalition Fashion 2.0 Awards brought together the top social media influencers to recognize and honor the most innovative fashion brands in the online community. Attendees gathered at the SVA Theatre in New York City to announce the winners and celebrate the new fashion frontier. Hosted by Robert Verdi, with a keynote address by Norma Kamali the night was a splendid celebration of inspirational achievements.

Yuli Ziv, Norma Kamali, Robert Verdi. Photo Credit: Style Coalition

Once again the big winner was New York-based fashion label DKNY, taking home awards for Best Twitter and Best Blog by a Fashion Brand, both of which are run by Donna Karan International SVP of Global Communications, Aliza Licht.

Winners were determined entirely by public vote, following an open nomination round. Other winners included Bergdorf Goodman picking up Best Facebook beating tough competition from Burberry, Dior, Gucci and Oscar de la Renta. Best Website was awarded to Marc Jacobs; Tiffany & Co. took home the award for Best Mobile App for its engagement

Black Friday/Cyber Monday Deals

Here it comes, the most anticipated shopping weekend of the year as we get ready for Black Friday and Cyber Monday.  Happy shopping!

All deals are from Friday 11/25-11/28 unless otherwise noted.

DL 1961 Premium Denim launched their new blog and are offering 25% off their entire site with code INDIGO25 on DL1961.com

Gilt Groupe – when you invite friends and family to Gilt, they will receive 20% off their first purchase and once they make their first purchase you’ll receive 20% off your next purchase as a special thank you. Additional great blockbuster deals available throughout the weekends. gilt.com

Lands’ End Canvas is offering 30% off everything + free shipping with Promo Code: DRUMSTICK. canvas.landsend.com

Piperlime – 20% off their entire website and free shipping. piperlime.gap.com

Bobbi Brown – From 11/22-11/29 enjoy 3 of Bobbi Brown’s best-selling treats (a sample size of Intensive Skin Supplement, Everything Mascara and Crystal Lip Gloss), plus free shipping on all orders. bobbibrowncosmetics.com

VS Pink – on 11/25 VS Pink is offering $25 crew neck hoodies. And from 11/29-12/7 they are giving away a free PINK Nation Panty with any purchase. victoriassecret.com/pink

Hanky Panky – Up to 50% off boyshorts, panties, camil and tops plus free shipping on all orders 11/24-11/29. hankypanky.com

Lady Gaga in Violent Lips

Violent Lips – 50 % off their entire website on Friday and Monday, plus free shipping. Don’t forget to check out their new Blue Glitteratti shade (as pictured on Lady Gaga). violentlips.com

Norma Kamali – up to 75% off original price merchandise in-store only. normakamalicollection.com

WOODLEY & BUNNY – 15% off your entire purchase in-store and online at woodleyandbunny.com

ESPRIT is offering 40& off their entire store and website from 11/21-11/29. With an Early Bird special of

Abdi Assadi Talks Intuition at Norma Kamali’s Wellness Cafe

Abdi Assadi. Check out his book, Shadows On the Path

Fashion designer/icon, Norma Kamali is on a wellness kick. Well more then a kick, it’s a way of life. I mean look at her, she’s definitely doing something right (it’s probably the Organic Avenue diet and all of those Physique 57 fitness classes). Back in September she hosted “Conversations”, a dialogue on wellness solutions with notable speakers including, Twyla Tharp, Horst Rechelbacher, and Abdi Assadi, which I was very lucky enough to be apart of.  She’s additionally has been hosting various wellness events at her store (sign up for her mailing list to stay informed). Her latest, featured a speech by Abdi Assadi, spiritual advisor, acupuncturist, and author of Shadows On the Path, on intuition.

Abdi Assadi, Norma Kamali

I was first turned on to Abdi Assani over a year ago by my former roommate (and best friend) Mike, who ordered me his book, after I was going though some distress. Probably some ‘what’s my purpose in life crisis’ or freak out over my 16th breakup with my boyfriend at the time. If you’ve ever met Mike, you’d probably recognize his endurance level for any type of bullshit is at 0.05% –and even then, he’s probably only tolerating that much out of friendship. Mike was one of the lucky individuals who got through Abdi’s waitlist, and gets to see him professionally. An endorsement from Mike has more value to me than 3 Michelen stars, so needless to say, I’ve been

Meditation with Abdi Assadi

Tonight, I attended a group meditation session lead by renowned spiritual counselor and Shadows On The Path author, Adbi Assadi. I’ve written about Abdi in the past, he was one of the panelists at Norma Kamali’s “Conversations: A Dialogue on Wellness Solutions” seminar I attended at the Museum of Modern Art.

The session began with us using sage to smudge away negative energy on another member of the class; followed by Adbi leading us in a through a meditation sequence. I had a very rough week –I was out of commission due to an injury (hence I’ve a little quiet recently) and it felt really good to finally get out today and be apart of something so relaxing and mind opening.

To be apart of his next complimentary meditation session in New York City, sign up for his mailing list on http://abdiassadi.com/

The Wellness Cafe at Norma Kamali

I received an invitation from Norma Kamali to visit her new Wellness Café.  Located at the Norma Kamali flagship store on 56th Street, I was no stranger to the café considering I used to work around the corner.  Tucked in the back of her store, it was an olive oil haven.  Filled with all types of pastries and snacks (all olive oil based); I was a sucker for the lavender shortbread.

I had heard during New York Fashion Week Norma made some adjustments to her life and was adding more raw and vegan elements into her diet. The café is an extension of Kamaili had thus evolved with her.  I was excited to see the changes to the café, and even though I knew the olive oil base would always prevail, I had a feeling this would be the demise of my beloved shortbread.

As some of you know I’ve been on an oil kick for sometime now, olive oil, macadamia nut oil, argon oil, coconut oil, essential oils . . . you get the point.  What began as something I only used on my body has now fully been integrated onto my face and hair as part of my regiment.  I’ve also been on a recent health kick (or at least trying to be), the downfall of months of traveling and abiding by the ‘there’s no calories on vacation’ rule.  And to that all I can say is it’s all fun and games until bathing suit season.  So perfect timing for this invitation, I would be in good company, and I can use all the inspiration I can get!

So through the entrance, past the mannequins to the back of the store I go.  Aesthetically it’s still very much the original café, however