It is a revolution. The OLD fashion rules are changing. For instance… “long hems are for evening…” or “… white is only for summer.” Not anymore. Fashion is about your shape, your mood… your personal style.

Let’s build you up...

  • Do you have an important presentation? Take the tired pant suite... lets wake it up. Wear a longer, more fluid skirt or pant. Lean, lanky whites command respect. A contrasting sandal wedge gives you the forward thinking edge in the room.
  • Impress your new boss with a professional & detailed look of a button-up, mixed with a longer, small symmetrical print skirt, revealing a little personality.
  • If you are on the petite side, try a little red dress, in the new trendy tiered silhouette; it can give you the illusion of legs that don't quit. Need to “office it up?” Add a soft cotton or silk jersey blazer.
  • How about something a little “artfully romantic?” Full cotton ruffled skirt paired with an unexpected “zoomy” top in textured organza or silk. Interest is the key; look like someone everyone needs to know.
  • Feathers are BIG BIG BIG. Flaunt your plumage with a short hemmed skirt; this won’t overwhelm your petite frame. Add tights & wedge booties for those cooler nights.
  • Take a longer tiered skirt, paired with a structured cotton sateen jacket; keeping the volume contained, as to not overwhelm your slight frame. Add some great platforms to underscore your confidence. This is especially nice for you of taller stature.
  • Don’t be afraid to mix & layer opaques with transparents; flirty but not reveling is key. Don’t want to invite the wrong attention.

Think beyond the rules… it is more about pushing your limits & highlighting your personality & style. Fashion should be fun… not frightening.

Out & About in New York City

This visit was equally exciting as the last.

Qi | Asian Eatery
Taoist Macrobiotics & Hindu Ayurveda gastronomical philosophy inspired cuisine, the belief that the quality of food can contribute to our health, well-being & happiness. I personally believe this is absolutely the truth, even if I do not practice it 100%. Think about it, why would it not contribute to the vitality & longevity in the modern world? Not only was it pleasing to the palette, the elegant presentation enhanced the already hip atmosphere & the moderate lunch price point will give you the much needed holistic experience.

DOMA Café & Gallery

I was walking back from my appointment with Elisa Palomino & thought I would give it a try. Cozy, not overly crowded, book filled café. My velvety smooth late was D-LISH, paired with the house made granola square, soft with pleasing bursts of fruit. If you get a chance it is an ideal reading spot or people watching and mingling with the local color.

Joe the Art of Coffee

Another incredible & visually stimulating with fabulous quality espresso, at five boutique-coffee locations. Most recently featured in Time Out NY & Huffington Post. I sat my stylish-self down at the one near Parsons, The New School for Design. Joe In addition to espresso-based drinks, a single-cup, drip-coffee bar dispenses a rotating selection of brews, while baked goods from native New York companies like Ceci-Cela & Donut Plant provide just the kind of breakfast this coffee addict needed. And for real bean aficionados, Joe offers classes, such as coffee's history, while sampling some fresh seasonal brews at Coffee 101. Sign me up!!

This downtown chic restaurant features exotic flavors of modern Asian cuisine with creativity, drama & impeccable service. The dishes come out as they are prepared, so the experience is family style. The concept is very communal & harmonious. There were so many items on the menu I want to try, I definitely will be going back.

The Jazz Standard
An extraordinary lineup of world-class artists, warm hospitality & pitch-perfect sound. From classic jazz to funk, R&B, blues & more. I had the privilege of experiencing Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society. The freshest, outside the box of big band ideals. Paired with the menu from Blue Smoke Barbecue, and if you know me... you know I LOVES my BBQ. #NYC #FOODIE #JAZZ

Elisa Palomino Debut Label Collection

A longtime collector of Twenties and Thirties kimonos, Elisa Palomino brought the era to life with a feminine lineup of delicate tulle embellished flapper dresses and beautiful Asian floral motifs. Elisa used to design for Moschino Cheap and Chic; she also worked for John Galliano, Dior, Cavalli and DVF, before she decided to launch her own label.

Her label debut collection tells a story of romance in ravishing pinks, chic crèmes, moody mauves & caramelized apricots. Emphasizing light as air textures with feathers & snipped organza petals on silk jersey & chiffon. Contradicting with heavy knits, supple leathers & fox furs. While all at once overwhelming; individual silhouettes are quit cunning, in the art of show off… but don’t tell. #NYFW Elisa Palomino

Jeffrey Fashion Cares 2010

Last night, Jeffrey Fashion Cares 2010 brought together fashion’s most fabulous for a dazzling evening of cocktails, a silent auction, and haute couture on the runway, on the Intrepid Aircraft Carrier. Leading International Fashion & Luxury companies came together with New York City’s charitable and social communities to benefit four of the most worthy non-profit organizations that improve the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS and members of the LGBTQ community.

Over the past 17 years Jeffrey Fashion Cares was established to heighten awareness of the plight of people living with HIV/AIDS and members of the LGBTQ community. Raising over $9 million for our communities’ most important charities & non-profit organizations.

It was the biggest night ever, 1240 attendees; that is over 400 more than last year. With a silent auction of at least 100 items & a bidding auction hosted by Christie's on 5 luxury vacations,raising $550k for the community. It was fun & a big success.

Do You Know Your ABC’s of Skin Care

Vitamin A topically applied, helps with fine lines, wrinkle and overall better skin health. Prescription products, from your Licensed Esthetician or Dermatologist, like Retin-A and Renova are most effective. A non-prescription Retinol may also be used, however it may take a bit longer to see the desired result.

Vitamin B also topically applied can aid in moisture retention & healthy glow. Vitamins B-3 (niacin) and B-5 (pantothenic acid) have become popular additions to skin-care products because of their ability to assist in retaining moisture. B-3 offers a milder alternative to acidic exfoliates like glycolic & salicylic acid, which some may feel too be harsh for their complexions. B-5 is a more common skin-care additive, and is widely recognized for its (along with Vitamin E) moisturizing ability. It's also good for those with sensitive skin, as some creams made with Vitamin-E have been known to cause irritation.

Vitamin C
medical grade & topical, is a proven prescription lightener to improve dull, tired-looking skin. C serums are proven to help maintain normal cell turnover, neutralize free radicals at all layers of the skin. C greatly repairs damaged cells, builds collagen, L_Ascorbic acid is essential for cross-linking collagen molecules, lightens and brightens skin, reduces inflammation, decreases water loss in skin and helps sunscreen, acting as an additional protection factor from UVA & UVB rays and sun damage.

Don't forget D...

Vitamin D is a powerful antioxidant and anti-carcinogen. Basically, the sun’s rays contain ultra violet light that acts on unprotected skin (no sunscreen) and allows it to manufacture Vitamin D. Although this is a very easy way to get Vitamin D into your body and reap the benefits, sun exposure must be controlled. Too much sun exposure will lead to skin cancer and premature skin aging. Five to ten minutes of daily summer sun exposure on unprotected skin such as the face, hands, arms, and back will provide enough ultra violet light exposure to produce the required amount of vitamin d for the body.

Fact: The sun is just as strong ALL year round. As the FDA recommends you should be protecting yourself all year around. Anytime of the year it is suggested that you avoid prolonged sun exposure without protection. While on any skin care treatment or system, you can participate in normal outdoor activity, however, your skin may be slightly more sensitive to the sun & heat protection as normally suggested allows for us to increase the cell turn over in the summer months to prevent the damage from occurring as much as possible.

The Art of Craftsmanship Revisited: New York

While in New York, I had the privilege to attend a joint presentation by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton Inc. & Parsons The New School for Design.

The Art of Craftsmanship Revisited: New York
This new initiative celebrates the authenticity, creativity & craftsmanship that has inspired & defined the luxury industry for years.

The students competed to create fashion ensembles & documentary films inspired by the work of local artisans and the world of LVMH. This is the first phase of this project. Parsons students collaborating across the disciplines of fashion, art, media & technology, have created a new vision for Artisanry in the 21st century.

I have to say it was inspiring. The students created the needed materials to fulfill their vision. I was so impressed, there is a spring of talent coming out of that school.

Sometimes it is about creating something amazing out of nothing.


Skin Defense

It is important to protect your skin from harmful UV rays, no matter the climate you live in... sunny or cloudy. The following are recommendations from my Licensed Esthetician, varying in price & content.

Skin Ceuticals
Ultimate UV Defense SPF 30
This true broad-spectrum sunscreen contains 7% transparent Zinc oxide (Z-Cote®) to help protect against the damaging effects of UVA & UVB rays. Cosmetically elegant and moisturizing Ultimate UV Defense is ideal for daily use & perfect for high altitudes.

iS CLINICAL SPF 20 Powder Sunscreen
Uniquely combines micronized Zinc oxide and transparent Titanium dioxide to provide the finest & safest physical UV protection. This self-dispensing, convenient powder sunscreen is easy to use and excellent for all ages, including children. Great for travel, sports, or over make-up. SPF 20 POWDER SUNSCREEN is available in translucent & sun medium shades. Excellent for post-procedure application.

Neutrogena Helioplex® Sunscreen Technologies
While SPF measures UVB protection, there's a rating system called PFA that measures UVA protection. The higher a sunscreen's PFA value, the better its UVA protection. In some sunscreens, UVA protection begins to break down the moment your skin is exposed to the sun. Neutrogena developed Helioplex® technology to help provide long-lasting UVA protection. With an unbeatable PFA owed to Helioplex® plus the highest SPF available, Neutrogena Ultra Sheer® SPF 100+ offers the best UVA/UVB protection there is.

TIP: After applying to you face, per your Licensed Dermatologist or Licensed Esthetician recommendations, apply to the back of your hands. They take a beating with the sun glaring at them as we drive to & fro. They will be the first to give away your age.

Fur & Fur Alike

Fur conjures controversy world wide, but there is no doubt it makes a statement. Chanel made a splash in “fantasy fur” (sounds more magical than faux… right?) Karl Lagerfeld delivered an over the top “Polar” collection. Other designers have incorporated fur into their Fall Winter 2010 collections as well. Viktor & Rolf, Yves Saint Laurent & John Galliano to name a few.

So what is in your closet? Is it a real “live” fur or “fantasy” fur? Either way, if this piece is just slumbering in the back of your closet, wake it up!!! You may not feel comfortable wearing a full on fur or fur like coat; but would you wear is it as a sash, or utility belt? Maybe update a military like jacket, by adding pieces to the collar or cuffs. Even a military styled cap; add a fur band or cover the bill. OR take a measured swath & add leather ties to create a cuff for you wrist or a longer piece for a belt.

Are the wheels turning? Have your tailor help you so it looks quality. Let the fur fly. #PFW

Tag... You Are It

Graffiti printed apparel is nothing ground breaking, but, it is whimsically inspiring & I am seeing a resurgence for both women & men. This trend may not be something that you would fill your closet with, however you may want to keep your eyes open and select a piece or two.

For instance, a top can rejuvenate existing bottoms or jackets that you feel are growing tired in your current wardrobe. Or you may find that comfortable Maxi Dress that will carry you from spring, summer & transitional fall with a jacket or cardigan/shrug. With the multi-colors, you can mix up accessories & create many looks.

Guys, we can pick up a t-shirt to wear from spring & layer it under a long-sleeve button down or casual jacket trough fall. Don't splurge on the large printed blazer or pant... they really become a "one time wear" item.

Have some reckless... legal FUN!!!

[1] Balenciaga Fall Winter 2010
[2] Moschino Cheap & Chic
[3] Just Cavalli Mens Graffiti T
[4] Fendi Graffiti Rain Boot
[5] Top Shop Maxi Dress by Unique

Featured Friday Article

Support Yourself
I recently had a friend over for dinner. Rather than bringing the usual hostess gift – wine or dessert – she brought her newly enhanced breasts. Talk about “show and tell”! I got to see and, yes, touch them. (Please note that she insisted: her feeling is since she spent several thousand dollars that, by golly, she wanted everyone’s “first-hand” opinion). They were very nice and definitely worth the money and trouble. But I just about died when I saw her bra! I’m sorry but how can you take out an equity line of credit on your house to buy new boobs and not put them in a proper bra? The bra was the wrong cup size and I must have pulled the back strap about six inches. That’s how stretched out it was. You should only be able to fit your hand between your bra band and back.

Think of it the same way you would buy jeans: you buy your jeans so that they just fit you, knowing that after a while they give and conform to your body. Same thing with bras. It should fit you snugly, but comfortably, on the first hook. As the bra ages and gives, you gradually move the hook to the middle then the last. Once you hit the last hook and it’s gets to be too big, then you’re ready for a new bra.

Naturally, I chided her but I also offered to go bra shopping with her. It still confounds me that well-dressed women who see nothing wrong in laying out several hundred dollars for a new blazer or designer shoes or bag STILL have the same underwear they wore in college, let alone think they are still the same bra size they were in college! It was time to be properly fitted, especially considering my friend’s new dimensions.

The very best place to be fitted is a local lingerie or bra boutique. Just about every large to mid-sized city has one. The staff are absolute experts and you get a one-on-one experience. Plus, their selections are usually better and can accommodate more than the most common bra sizes. (I was in the shop I patronize once and a woman with a 30G bust was there and they had her size in stock. A 30G!!) You can almost always get a bra custom fitted, if necessary. If you have one of these boutiques in your area, consider yourself lucky and patronize them. You’ll never go anywhere else.

Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom also have very well-trained bra fitters but please note that they fit bras very differently. NM fits by measurement using a tape then calculating cup size. You are then fitted in one or two styles appropriate for your breast shape and tissue (soft vs. firm, otherwise known as real vs. fake). I find it quite efficient. Nordstrom, on the other hand, fits you by “eye”. Meaning the bra fitter does not measure you with a tape but instead gauges your size by eye then has you try on a few predetermined “fit styles” they select for you. It’s time-consuming and not for the impatient but you will finally get a properly fitted bra. I have been fitted both ways and both were correct (32C demi-cup). I would skip Victoria’s Secret altogether. From my experience and the opinion of many others, their fitters are not as detail oriented and the quality of their bras is not very good.
A good quality bra runs about $75. You only need 2 or 3 with one of them being a convertible bra that can also be worn strapless. With proper care, they will last for several years.

*Tip: Once you are correctly fitted, buy just one bra at the store. Then go home and buy your additional ones online from lingerie shopping sites such as (my favorite), or Not only will you save on tax but you can always find an online discount coupon as well as free shipping. Your best bet is to find a favorite site and sign up for their emails. I always stock up during their special promotions.

As for care, the two most important things to remember is to “stack” your lined/padded bras, cups up, in your drawer (unlined ones can be folded in half). This is important because if you crease or bend the foam in the cup, it will NEVER go back, even after washing. Do the same thing when packing. Speaking of washing, beware of Woolite. It is notorious for eating up elastic. You must hand was in a very gentle detergent such as Forever New or Dreft Laundry Detergent for baby clothes. Never, EVER wash your bra in the machine, even if you put it in a lingerie bag on the gentle cycle.

They will be ruined in no time, trust me.
So get a couple of girlfriends and go treat yourselves to a bra fitting and a new bra this month. You won’t be sorry and you’ll look and feel terrific!

For more from The Style Coach

Ask Robert

Today Lyndsey W. from Arizona asked “… I have an event tonight; I need to be professional, because I am networking, yet approachable. What do you recommend?”

Robert Says… Be the person to get to know.

Wear something that makes you feel empowered & comfortable, without breaking the bank. People can tell when you’re not comfortable & will most likely avoid you. Party-goers don’t want to engage “Connie Complainer” if they don’t have to.

No matter what your shape, find a silhouette that enhances your assets & hides your flaws. It could be in your closet or at JCrew, Anthropology or that boutique around the corner. In this transition from winter to spring, I would recommend colors like grass green, jade or emerald, midnight blue, lapis, magenta, cantaloupe, melon, soft grays and of course black.

So let's build you up…. say you have a strapless black & white print dress that you love & is super flattering to your shape; pair that with a black heel, maybe with an interesting detail. It is still cool at night, so a soft cashmere shrug that covers your shoulders & maybe at least ¾ of your arms would be warm & hide the back of your arms.

Next, add a super interesting necklace, cuff and or clutch. Having that interesting piece that has a pop of color will invite conversation to you.

Top it off your nail color. If your nails are short & feminine don’t choose a matching color to your clutch or necklace. It says… “I am trying too hard.” Get a fresh coat of your everyday favorites. Even if it is super different… again great conversation starter & says you’re an interesting character & you might be someone fun to get to know. If your nails are longer & more “vamp,” chose a softer, more elegant of your favorite shades. It says smart & sophisticated… another person to get to know.

[1] February Forever Dress $44

[2] Cropped Shrug $15

[3] Luiching Kam Me Pump $78

[4] Sondra Robert’s Rose Box Clutch $115

[5] Gem Forest Bib Necklace $198 & Morning Mist Post $28

Fast Fashion

Fast fashion is a term used to describe clothing collections which are based on the most recent fashion trends presented at Fashion Week in both the spring and the autumn of every year.These trends are designed and manufactured quickly and cheaply to allow the mainstream consumer to take advantage of current clothing styles at a lower price. This philosophy of quick manufacturing at an affordable price is used in large retailers such as H&M, Forever 21, Zara, and Top Shop. It particularly came to the fore front during the vogue for "boho chic" in the mid-noughties. Recently however, these retailers have been in pending lawsuits over violations of Intellectual Property or Trade Dress rights. Target is becoming more well know for contracting quick designs from designers like Anna Sui, Isaac Mizrahi, Rodarte and many other well-known emerging designers.

While I think it is great to give everyone access to a designer or trend, I am always wary of the dilution of the brand or label. By dilution I mean less unique or coveted.How less special would that Louis Vuitton bag that you saved & saved for be if they decided to sell them for half the price at H&M; of course the quality is not the same, but outwardly looks the same. It would make me want to put it in my closet for a while, till the craze faded... now you know.

Tightly Trending

I wanted to give you a leg up (get it... LOL) on what's trending for Fall Winter 2010.

[1] Rodarte romantic overture defined by delicate colors, glorious knits and yards of traditional Mexican lace — girlish elements grounded in an earthy craftiness. Sheer silk narrow pants were worn like tights under wrap skirts and densely woven sweaters [2] Trias Hand knit ombre tights, in shades of cocoa, charcoal & ink [3] Chaolu Lab, “The place where the pleasant scent is generated” & some cool light tights, sheer on the front & back & opaque on the sides [4] Mikio Sakabe a heavy hand knitted layering tight/ legging, depending how you want to wear them. [5] Balenciaga by Ghesquiere, new tights come in every shade… with a twist. They are opaque on the front & transparent on the sides.

Many of the above will be available for purchase from the respective online or boutique locations. TIP: if the pocket book does not allow, look for the Fast Fashion versions, they will be popping up all over the place as we get closer to season. #NYFW #JFW