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As you may have seen earlier this week on my Twitter page, I have been chosen as one of the 30 blogger correspondents at the WWDMAGIC conference this coming February!! For those of you who aren’t familiar with the event, MAGIC is a three day fashion extravaganza held in Las Vegas at the convention center. The show is credited as the leader in introducing both new and already established brands to industry executives. Attendees are exposed to over 20,000 product lines from around the globe as well as numerous seminars and fashion events. It is my first time ever attending and I couldn’t be more excited to have been chosen! With my fellow bloggers, I will be running around the show reporting on key trends, doing reviews of new hot brands that will be streaming live, participate in style-offs and panels, and spending time in Teen Vogue’s first-ever blogger lounge. For even more information concerning the event, like a complete list of participating brands, check out the WWDMAGIC website.

I’ve already started thinking about my outfits and unfortunately I don’t think this is a time where I’ll be able to get away with wearing killer shoes. Comfort is key! I plan on running around for three solid days so e-mail me or post a comment if you request I visit any particular brands that you’d like to know more about… Would love to hear some suggestions! I can’t control my excitement, thank you again Teen Vogue and WWDMAGIC!

Last March an incredible retrospective of Yves Saint Laurent’s career opened at the Petit Palais in Paris. I was interning at the Yves Saint Laurent foundation for two weeks at the time and was lucky enough to have my dates coincide with both fashion week AND the opening of the exhibit. The first night was an absolute madhouse of excited fashion lovers and even some intrigued designers – including Jeremy Scott and Olivier Theyskens – and for days after every time I drove by there was a line around the block of people waiting to get a glimpse of Yves’ genius up close. Not only were there over 300 couture looks but sketches and personal photographs. Additionally, one of my favorite features was the replica they did of Mr.Saint Laurent’s famous desk:

Yves Saint Laurent's Desk

Yves at Work

Unfortunately the exhibit closed in late August but if you didn’t happen to see it in person, here is some footage I took the day before the opening when we went for a preview during work (hence why the place is practically empty)… It was heaven!

Can’t wait to hear your comments… Part two coming soon!

I’ve been getting so many comments regarding the two videos I previously posted of Iiza preforming at the Chanel after party… So I thought it was time to show you the band that came out later in the night. Forgive me because I can’t remember their name (I had written it down and have no clue where I put it) so please, if anyone knows feel free to tell me! He was really good, a total shift from the performance earlier. You can see Alexa Chung dancing right in front of the stage and dare I say Karl was even boogying down a bit…

A few pics from the night… I was wearing a 3.1 Phillip Lim dress, Lanvin Necklaces, and the gloves are Chanel – they could probably be awarded the title of my #1 favorite most prized possession… I only bring them out on very special occasions.

Visionaire Magazine recently paid a very special tribute to the late Alexander McQueen. As the one year anniversary of his passing quickly approaches it was perfect timing for them to publish one of their ever-famous ‘Bookzines’ honoring his great career; three different limited edition installments of these books are published every year by the Visionaire team and always vary in theme. In the past, they have done pieces on Comics, Comme des Garçon, Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott and Marc Jacobs, Artist Toys and Mario Testino. This is the 58th volume of the collection and is entitled Spirit in honor of McQueen. Only 1500 copies of the limited addition compilation were produced and I was lucky enough to receive no.404 as a gift from a dear friend, and fellow fashion lover! The casing of the box-set is a beautiful creme satin complete with antique gold metal applied beading. The Visionaire site describes the fabric as “metalized brocade form his Spring/Summer 2010 show,” but to me the casing is much more reminiscent of his Fall 2010 collection. Inside, there is a group of 20 images, all individually printed on “paper embedded with wildflower seeds. When planted, watered, and given sun, the pages blossom.” Check out the short video tour below and be sure to see my favorite piece of the series shown in the last few seconds!

Here are skans of all the images from inside the collection…

So sorry everyone for my lack of posting over the past few days… I took a trip with my family to celebrate my mom’s birthday – it was so much fun – but I had little time to do anything else! But I’m back, and with the final clip from Victoria Beckham’s spring presentation, which has seemed to be very popular!.. The third dress in this series was my favorite of the whole collection. You can’t see as well in the video, but it was a washed out pattern that had a very fine, wax-like coating on top to keep its shape. It moved so beautifully and had such amazing detail up close… Also, Victoria’s first season of bags from this show hit stores… The white matte croc will forever be a favorite of mine!!

I thought I posted this video long ago and have been wondering why no Gaga fans have been glued to their computer watching it (as I still am 8 months later). Nevertheless, part two of her performance at the MET gala is here now… She did a four song set so expect songs three and four soon; along with her very funny shout out to Ms. Anna Wintour… I’m saving the best for last.

… Speaking of the MET gala, I just saw the movie Black Swan and I think it would be a shame if an amazing and powerful organization – like the Costume Institute – doesn’t try to get their hands on the Rodarte costumes from the film. Every piece was so beautiful and intricate, they all deserve spots in the MET’s archive… Harold Koda and Andrew Bolton, if you can hear me, please take note!!

Here’s the second part to my day spent with Roxanne Lowit… Isn’t the freeze frame below of Alek Wek amazing! That photo was taken backstage at the Fall 1999 Couture show… In the back of the Backstage Dior book they have a reference for each photo… So helpful!

Thank you everyone for all the great comments and tweets!… I’m still learning about twitter so my apologies if I’m a bit slow, but keep them coming!

This past September I was lucky enough to be given a tour of the Milk gallery space in New York by famed fashion photographer Roxanne Lowit. She was exhibiting prints from her book entitled Backstage Dior which is a collection of her favorite images from all her years photographing behind the scenes. If you haven’t checked the book out you really must… It is one of my favorites, truly incredible! She has spent so much time putting this great collection together and it was such an honor being able to see the space with her. What was even more fun is hearing her describe the photographs along with her many stories… Here is part 1!

Here are some additional shots of the gallery space and a few more of my favorite images from the book!…