Archive for March, 2010

Going Wine Tasting in France?

March 3, 2010

A friend of mine is taking his 18-year-old daughter to France to get an early taste of some fine, fine wines during her Spring Break from college (lucky, lucky girl!). They are starting out in Paris and then going to some of the most spectacular chateaux in Bordeaux and surrounding areas. I sent him some ideas of what she could wear to travel light, mix up and accessorize, and attend some wine tastings:

I love the Boyfriend Jacket because it’s so versatile and can be worn over anything from dresses to t-shirts and jeans. I really like the ones that have fun linings so you can roll up the sleeves. The air will still be crisp in mid-March, so a jacket like this will be perfect!

I specifically picked out these black, gray and charcoal colors for dress options for the easy options and pack-ability. I also like the solid colors because they play up the draped effects and are so easily accessorized.

Ahhhhh, makes me long for the days I spent traipsing through France! Bon voyage!

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Project Runway’s Shirin Askari Does Dallas’s South Side

March 2, 2010

On Friday night, I had a fantastic opportunity to see one of the new rising stars of Dallas, Shirin Askari present her Fall, 2010 collection in our very own South Side on Lamar building. Shirin was part of the cast of Project Runway’s sixth season.

According to the press release:

While most of the cast from the sixth season of Project Runway chose NYC’s Fashion Week to host their debut presentation, Shirin decided to partner with The Fashionistas and house her first ever fashion show in downtown Dallas.

Askari, a Dallas native and recent graduate of the University of North Texas, auditioned for Project Runway after nixing plans to head to Europe due to knee complications. With just three days until the application deadline, Askari entered the competition. With a little luck and a lot of talent, she breezed through the interview process and was asked to join the show. After surviving the majority of the way through the sixth season (and famously having her first reality-show meltdown), Shirin was cut just three episodes away from the finale. She will now get her chance to showcase her signature designs (fresh twists on ladylike classics) very soon.

The show was a standing-room-only success! I was quite impressed with the colorful, structural, asymmetrical pieces presented. Here are a few of the photos that I was able to take from my iPhone:

Shirin Askari’s show was sponsored by The Fashionistas, a Dallas organization dedicated to supporting emerging designers, fashion photographers and fashion students in their dedication and love for fashion. Twice a year, the Fashionistas award scholarships to local design students and annually showcase their work.