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: Bonkuk Koo

There are times, my dears, when fashion moves far beyond the runaway or the street and becomes something much more like high art.

Seoul Korea-born and Fashion Institute of NYC educated Bonkuk Koo is one of those designers. His is the kind of creative mind whose imagination stretches past the confines of the ordinary.

“I want to make a dress which can be exhibited in her living-room rather than kept in her closet, “ say Koo on his blog. And boy, does he deliver!

Bonkuk Koo makes dresses inspired by the storm-tossed waves of the Hudson river, the intricate detailing of an antique guitar, by leaves in the wind, flower petals or geometric patterns.

These dresses that look more like sculpture and make the ladies wearing them – look as if they stepped from a dream.

Oh Bonkuk Koo, Olive loves you!

Hand-cut, crafted with care, each of his fantastical pieces is stunning look at what miracles can be achieved with mere scissor, thread and fabric. This young fella is a talent on the rise, my darlings! So keep your eyes open wide for his utterly unbelievable creations!

I attended his show this morning at New York Fashion Week – A total breath-taker! Here are a couple pics from Stoli. More pics to come soon XOXO

 

 

Live Olive: Ready to Report FNO

Oh what to wear, what to wear? I am bustling about today, getting a fire-engine red mani-pedi, putting my hair up in smooth and elegant bun and standing in front of my shoe closet, pondering the life’s great question; which pair to show off this evening?

Because my dears, this is a very special evening. I am all a flutter inside with butterflies, as it is only a few mere hours before I host my very first ever, (and hopefully not last!) Fashion Night Out event!

So, should I don my sparkly Jerome Rousseau’s? My feathery Chrissie Morris’? And don’t even get me started on what to wear from there. Each and every one of the designers who will be by my side tonight are incredible in their own right.

Maybe I should bring an outfit from each and make a quick costume changes every 10 minutes?

These are the dilemmas a gal like me has!  But really and truly, I think I’m going to enter with one outfit and exit with another, just to be amazing – twice!

But don’t think for a minute I’ve gotten too wrapped up in myself not to remember the most important thing about tonight and that is to help the fine folks of the Garment Center keep designer duds made right here in the Big Apple!

But also, I DO have to look divine…I will be sure to keep you all abreast of the fabulousness occurring this evening.

Don’t forget to follow me, as I’ll be tweeting away!