What a fantastic Wednesday. As I pulled up to the valet at Smashbox Studios in West Hollywood, Calif., I strolled down the green grass runway to enter a whirlwind of fashion at the 2010 GRAMMY Style Studio. As I walked in, I got that fantastic rush when you know that you're about to be inspired!
Music filled the background with buzz and energy; the tall white walls displayed projections of music videos, red carpet memories and GRAMMY footage of years past. This event set the stage for an amazing week of fashion, and here is just a glimpse of what I saw.
Nicolas Jebran made an amazing visual impact as I first walked into the Style Studio. Nicolas had pulled together a vignette of red dresses and accessories that made me marvel at how these four gowns, while all sharing a similar base color, had so much unique beauty! Nicolas' inspiration for this collection was a samurai warrior on a journey from China to Mexico, via India. His collection mixes different fabrics and metals, and this combination definitely brings out your inner "couture" warrior.
Next was Theia by Don O'Neill, another colorful collection. With Theia, however, we shift from samurai warriors to Greek goddesses as the source of inspiration. This collection was inspired by Don's passion to bring out the inner goddess in every woman. The flowing fabrics and couture beading embody a very feminine style. On of my Theia favorites was the rose-gold, short sequin cocktail dress, guaranteed to look hot on the red carpet! Another Theia pick was the pink ombré gown with tiny appliqué flowers stitched over the entire dress, a huge trend for spring 2010!
Next on my route was designer Shady Zeineldine, creator of Shadz Haute Couture. I fell in love with the incredible fabrics and details Shady used to create gowns that looked almost edible! The beautiful textures were brought to life with his fantastic use of colors. The green strapless gown was exquisite!
Then I turned to Halston Heritage, which I loved. And I loved it even more that the price points are affordable, bringing a little Halston to every girl! With strong design influence from Sarah Jessica Parker, this line is flawless. It pulls together classic retro Halston silhouettes, from bright sequin jumpers to gorgeous silk blouses and cocktail dresses that make you want the warm weather to return!
Next, I visited Behnaz Kanani, whose shoes are the epitome of luxury and craftsmanship. Each design is special and made in very limited runs or made to measure. The exclusive designs have coined the term "sensuous walk pieces." Behnaz is involved in the entire process, from design to research to production, and she personally ensures that each style is made with the utmost attention to detail. Behnaz finds her inspiration in history, architecture and marine life. Her pieces are sought after by many celebs, from Jennifer Aniston to Carrie Underwood.
Remember jelly shoes? Well, I also had the pleasure of visiting with representatives for the designer Melissa, the innovator of the jelly shoe from Brazil. Melissa is still at work, but this time with a high fashion twist. Collaborating with design icons such as Vivienne Westwood, J. Maskrey and architect Zaha Hadid, she has created a whimsical and flirtatious line of shoes. Whether it be a quirky Vivienne Westwood sling-back heel or a sleek black Zaha Hadid bootie, Melissa has designed a shoe for everyone.
Stay tuned for more fashion updates as we count down to the 2010 red carpet! Today, I am off to the GRAMMY rehearsals at Staples Center and cannot wait to see the performers prepare for Music's Biggest Night!
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