Friday, January 30, 2015
 Flower Couture: Chanel Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2015

The Look: Flower Power! Karl Lagerfeld spun a Flower Web of Couture showcasing beautiful suitings, dresses in a collection that yelled "Spring!" and had all the details exemplified by the artistry of Couture. Lots of hand sewn silk flower petals with sequins and sublime tweed and boucle, as always. The final wedding gown--by the way--took 15 women one month to make. And you wonder why something like that would cost in the regions of $200,000+ .

Colors: Electric blue, red, creme, pea green, black and white, rose pink,

Trends: Fringed tweed, maxi skirts, mid-leg booties, lots of flower for Spring/Summer 2015, cropped jackets, dirndl skirts.
 Caped Goddesses: Stephane Rolland Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2015

The Look: Architectural Seventies-inspired Caped Goddesses. Gold latex, sequins, crepe and organza volants.

Colors: Black, white, mocha, nude.

Trends: Seventies chic. Shapeless Columns. Caped ensembles=Sheikha Mozah of Qatar's closet! Fishtail gowns, Ball gowns.
Bamboo Girls: Armani Prive Spring/Summer 2015

The Look: It's the 10th Anniversary of Armani Prive. Asiana Couture. Japan influences. Swarovski jeweled crystal bamboo sticks. Luxe, Haute Holiday in Asia. Look for lots of Armani Prive from this collection at the upcoming Academy Awards Red Carpet.

Colors: Bamboo green, off-white, creme, royal blue, black, gunmetal blue

Trends: Prints, bamboo motifs, plisses, silk gazar jackets, culottes, pants, skirts
Thursday, January 29, 2015
 Curves Sexy: Atelier Versace Spring/Summer 2015

The Look: It was all about the exploration of curves for Donatella Versace and the Atelier Versace collection for Spring/Summer. This is the Haute Couture "arm" of the business, catering to it's very, very wealthy clientele--mainly Russian Billionaire's Mistresses, Wives who can afford the $40,000+ price tags (that's just the price of a cocktail dress, darlings!) and of course, the red carpet (that's free!). As always, the "SEX" was ampted up with figure-hugging gowns, dresses and suitings (if you could call them that, they did included jackets!).

Colors: White, Electric Blue, Red, Black.

Trends: Curved seaming, curved necklines, curved EVERYTHING! Bell bottoms. See-thru vs. solid. Lots of one shoulder.
Pairs Style: Pairs Costumes Highlights--2015 Prudential US Figure Skating Championships

Ice Dance Cha Cha: Ice Dance Costume Highlights--2015 Prudential US Figure Skating Championships

In my last post HERE, I discussed my personal Costumes Highlights: LADIES and MEN from last week's 2015 U.S. Nationals of Figure Skating which were held in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Both the Pairs and Ice Dance did not disappoint in terms of costumes and things to talk about so, let's get started...
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Hey Ladies: Costume Highlights seen on US Figure Skaters Ashley Wagner, Polina Edmunds and Gracie Gold--2015 Prudential US Figure Skating Championships

Oh Boys: Men Costume Highlights on Jason Brown, Nathan Chen and Adam Rippon--2015 Prudential US Figure Skating Championships

This past week and weekend were the ever important US Nationals of Figure Skating--the 2015 Prudential US Figure Skating Championships, to be more precise--held at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro North Carolina.

These are like the "Miss USA" of international figure skating (you KNOW I had to go there!), where results from these championships determine the US selection criteria for the 2015 World Championships as well as 2015 Four Continents Championships.

OK, now that we got that out of the way, time for the FASHION, I mean... COSTUMES! 
Ashley, Gracie and Karen...Let's begin with the LADIES and after them, I'll discuss the MEN:
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
 Crowned: Miss Universe 2014, "Miss Universe Colombia" Paulina Vega Dieppa--Miss Universe 2014 Finals, FIU Arena Doral/Miami Florida

After a 56 year gap--and many times being in the Semi Finals or Top Five, Miss Colombia finally gets a crown: The 63rd Miss Universe was crowned last night at the FIU Arena at Florida International University in Doral/Miami Florida and the winner was 22 year-old Paulina Vega Dieppa of Barranquilla, Colombia. Even though five of the last seven Miss Universe winners have hailed from Latin America, Vega is the first Colombian in 56 years to win what is arguably, the most coveted crown in international beauty pageants. The last Miss Colombia to win Miss Universe was Luz Marina Zuluaga in 1958. 

 Perfection Part One: Miss Universe Colombia Paulina Vega during the Swimsuit Competition--Miss Universe 2014 Finals FIU Arena Doral/Miami Florida

Paulina Vega is the daughter of a cardiologist and a student of business administration as well as a model. The 1.78 m (5' 10") tall was Miss Atlantico 2013 and then Miss Colombia 2013. And Beauty Queens are in her DNA; Paulina is the granddaughter of Elvira Susana Castillo Gomez who incidentally was "Miss Atlantico 1953" (the same Colombian Department Paulina represented).
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