Today is National Wear Red Day!

Today is National Wear Red Day®, a day of action to show support for women and heart disease awareness and promote the Red Dress as a national symbol. On the first Friday in February each year, women and men across the country unite in the national movement to give women a personal and urgent wake up call about their risk of heart disease.

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of American women over the age of 25. In fact, one of every three women dies of heart disease, and a woman suffers a heart attack every 90 seconds in the United States. Every woman should know her risk for heart disease. Early diagnosis is key, and that’s why it is very important to know your risk.

I’m participating today in National Wear Red Day by showing off my favorite red dress!

Join me in wearing red today and visit The Heart Truth to learn more about your risk for heart disease.

Olive Goil: Michelle Vale

One of the very best things about hosting/attending Fashion’s Night Out in NYC this year was discovering fresh young talents who are continuing to push boundaries with their work. That said, I fell completely in love with Michelle Vale, who kicked off her handbag line in 2006. Beautifully crafted, utterly luxurious and boldly beautiful, Miss Michelle’s pieces are just what every gal dreams about.

She explains that the inspirations behind her amazing line as evolving out of her commitment to quality design and the deep love she has for her hometown.

“We are proud to be one of a very small handful of designers who are made in New York City,” she says, “This has always been and will always be very near to my heart. I am also proud that we offer women the unique ability to completely customize their own look by offering hardware components in both silver and gold. Our collection allows women to modify the color of hardware they want to wear on their bag and to change the way it is carried at any given moment. With fashion moving to a more polished and elegant look, the perfect bag now exists to help define that image.”

You go girl!

I took a trip down to Michelle’s showroom to see the gorgeous green purse (I have been admiring), for myself! Check out Michelle Vale’s delicious accessories! You will NOT be sorry.

 

Olive Goil: Daisy Fuentes

It has been a whirlwind my darlings, and I have been swept up in the beautiful chaos! NYC Fashion Week is drawing to a close, but I cannot let the week go by without sending out props to the beautiful Miss Daisy Fuentes, who just debuted the a gypsy/boho-influenced, lace and loverly line of wearable, wonderful clothes.

I attended her opening night shindig and show and had to many times wipe away the drool, as I stood in gape-mouthed awe, eager to get my little hands on this hot collection.

Paisley maxis, smoky colored swimwear, all gold and bronze and laser cuts, Miss Fuentes is a woman of firsts – first major Latina model, VJ, entrepreneur, designer and general Jane (or Juanita) of all trades.

On the eve of her Fashion Week debut, she shared her advice to gals like me around the globe,  “Stay focused, but keep yourself open. Your destiny may have bigger plans for you than even you can imagine. Listen to the people who’ve gone before you and find a mentor.”

Wise words, aren’t they? Not only is Miss Fuentes gorgeous, but she is also smart, humble, focused and with a flair for designing duds that make a lady look gorgeous without hurting the pocketbook.

Okay my dears. It is Friday and the afternoon is waning. I am happy, weary and still swooning over the sights and sounds of the past event-filled week. I’ll dish on more fabulous things soon, but until then – over and out from NYC.

Olive Loves: New York Fashion Week

Where do I begin? There is so much to tell my dears, and still so much yet to happen! As you know I am in the midst of Fashion Week wonderfulness here in my hometown of the Big Apple and having the most incredible time.

It’s been a flurry of hosting and chatting and socializing and gaping at a barrage of absolutely fantastic outfits and people!

The event last Thursday with Caravan for Save the Garment Center went absolutely swimmingly! I was just in heaven, up at the Sky Bar gallivanting with costume designers and celebrities and rockers and  DJs and fashion stars, looking out over the sparkling city and all of that fun,  for a good, good cause.

I know you are all wondering what I ended up wearing that night and here goes – for footwear I wore my adorable Jerome Rousseau’s and received so many compliments my head just may swell! As for wardrobe and other accessories, I snuck into the dressing room ever so often to switch out my ensemble so that I could showcase each and every one of the lovely talented designers who were at the party that evening.

What else? Well, it was wonderful, just that. I think the photos tell a better story than I!

Some other notable mentions of grand things to come… we’ll have an interview with the fine folks who head the Save the Garment Center initiatives in just a few days…and one of my fav filmmakers, Maximilla Lukacs (you may remember her from a diary entry a few moons ago!), is premiering her fashion film right her in NYC this week for designer Orla Kiely, so don’t miss out on that!

In the meantime, my dears, stay tuned as I cover the fashion show runways, cavort at after-parties and cocktail hours, and all and all feel like a pretty princess. I’ll be hosting and attending a bevy of events over the next few days, so please, please keep reading my lovelies, as there are plenty of juicy entries to come.

Farewell from fashion week!