New York Fashion Week is coming to an end and Tao & Lola have had a ball in the Big Apple! Jetting to New York (because fashion should always get you out of school) the pair sat front row at their favorite designers’ shows and, of course, attended lots of A-list after parties. One point that remained with the duo as they flitted from show to show, was the ever evolving eye of the American designer. One of their personal favorites? Ralph Lauren! From his classic, sporty aesthetic to his love of Western regalia, he truly creates special pieces for all walks of life.
Born Ralph Lifshitz to Jewish parents in the Bronx, he decided to change his name at the tender age of 16. He told Oprah, “When I was a kid, the other kids would make a lot of fun of me. It was a tough name. That’s why I decided to change it.” The name he chose will forever be synonymous with American style. In 1967, Lauren began designing men’s neckties, branding them under the name “Polo” and selling them at large department stores, including Bloomingdale’s. Lauren then expanded his designs to a full menswear line. Just three years later, in 1970, Lauren was awarded the Coty Award for his menswear designs. Following this recognition, he released a line of women’s suits tailored in a classic men’s style. In 1972, Lauren released a short-sleeve cotton shirt in 24 colors. This design, emblazoned with the Polo logo, became the brand’s signature look- Source. The rest, as they say, is history.
Stop into C.Mad’s to shop our collection of classic Americana from Native American turquoise to iconic Ralph Lauren pieces!
As New York Fashion Week rolls on, one of the younger couture designers, Zac Posen, strikes a chord with the C.Madeleine’s crew.
Zac Posen designs for the modern, feminine, strong willed woman. His sharp tailoring mixes with immaculate design and a true love for dressing women to the nines combine to create pieces that have been coveted by the fashion world even before he graduated college or had his first show! Barely 20 years old, a dress he made for Naomi Campbell changed hands from the super model to may an A-list actress, quickly building a buzz for the young manhattanite. Posen’s work has gained respect for its increasingly streamlined aesthetic of forties-inflected tailoring, mermaid-esque gowns, and itty-bitty cocktail frocks. -Source.
Posen continues to turn heads with his amazing gowns that seem to be permanently glued to red carpets everywhere. Celebrities flock to him, with his client list ranging from Kate Winslet to Beyoncé. “It’s very strong women [who wear my line],” Posen said of his customers, “extremely confident and self-assured and powered [women].”- Source.
Tina is styled in a deep green Zac posen peplum cropped jacket, Helmut Lang leather skinny pants and classic black Louboutin patent leather pumps. All pieces are available in store.
Donna Karan, known as DK to some, has had her hand in womenswear since the 1970s when she worked for (and quickly moved up the ranks to head designer at) Anne Klein. After over 10 years at the helm, Karan started her own namesake line focusing on easy pieces that flow together in multiple ways. A true New Yorker, she understood completely the value of quick paced yet chic dressing in the city that never sleeps and beyond.
Years later in 1988, Karan created DKNY which which she has called the “pizza to Collection’s caviar.” Focusing on lower price points, the DKNY empire grew into denim and menswear lines that are still synonymous with street-chic today.
Tina is styled in two quintessential Donna Karan looks: The Donna Karan mustard yellow wool coat and pencil skirt set is paired perfectly with a mock-turtleneck Kenzo knit top and brown leather booties. A flowy, ruched midnight blue silk dress is belted by a golden DKNY leather belt and Giuseppe Zanotti bronze heels. All pieces are available in store.
Continuing our American designer series for #NYFW, our next spotlight is on Vera Wang.
Few designers have been so widely coveted by TV shows, movies, and A-list celebrities as Vera Wang. The Chinese American New York City native has designed countless wedding gowns for everyone from Chelsea Clinton to Jennifer Lopez and managed to stay on the lips of basically every main character on Sex And The City in between it all. Transitioning from figure skating (she started at the tender age of 8) to creating sparkling skating outfits seemed only natural for this highly intelligent designer.
Continuing to elevate her passion for design, she eventually won the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) Womenswear Designer of the Year in 2005. Vera Wang incorporates pure fantasy into her Bridal collections, as well as her couture and ready to wear, providing each and every woman something truly special. Timeless and classic with a whimsical edge, she has been a pop culture favorite for decades. Her roots firmly planted in fashion (she was the Fashion Editor for Vogue in the 1970s before working with Ralph Lauren), she continues to grow her brand and create pieces for the quintessential American woman.
Tina wears a black chiffon sleeveless gown adorned with all over beading and a delicate, modest train. This gown is available in store.
New York Fashion Week has arrived, and with it a legion of American Designers who are all worth a mention. First on our list is the iconic Diane Von Furstenberg!
When you talk about American Fashion designers, more so, when you talk about women of this century, you have to mention Diane von Furstenberg. This princess (yes, at one point she donned a crown) turned fashion designer has done as much for the way modern women wear clothing with her liberating jersey wrap dress in 1970 as Coco Chanel did at the turn of the century when she introduced the concept of casual chic to corset-bearing women everywhere.
While her famed dress has a legion of fans around the world (she has stores in 55 countries), the designer often cites her love/hate affair with the hourglass making, toss-it-on style. “She paid for all my bills…” she said to LA Weekly, “but sometimes I ever resented the wrap dress because whenever my name is there, it’s always ‘Diane von Furstenberg, the wrap dress’ and I always say ‘but I do other things too.'” That, she most certainly does. This, the 40th Anniversary of DVF, has been a big one. The designer celebrated with her much buzzed about “Journey of a Dress” exhibit in L.A., continues to lead the CFDA as president and, as of this year, Forbes listed her as the 68th most powerful woman in the world.
Tina wears two iconic Americana looks. The 1970s DVF two piece graphic set is paired with nude YSL heels to let the outfit do all the talking. The green DVF horseshoe print dress is styled with black and tan leather cowboy boots. All pieces available in store.
Leave it to these two to squeeze one last pool day into Summer! On the final Sunday before Labor Day Tao and Lola grabbed their college-mate Tina and broke out the kiddie pool (the dogs aren’t much for the beach.) Tina showed up dressed to the nines in a halter top and mini skirt set by Pucci, a sequined Prada carryall, and a wide brimmed purple straw hat. Never the ones to be outdone, the doggies donned chic sun visors and Tao’s signature sunglasses have morphed into very apropos swimming goggles. Lola may be destined to wear white after Labor Day, but some fashion rules seem to bend for this stylish pair.
Tao and Lola definitely enjoyed their summer. From ritzy dinners to last minute vacations across the globe, these two really took advantage of the long, sunny days and hot, sultry nights. But September is just around the corner and it’s about time these two went back to school- college, to be exact. No stranger to private schools, the duo are especially excited for the style freedom of higher education.While Lola’s got her mind set on showing off all her new clothes, Tao is not so excited for his advanced trigonometry and economics classes. At least they’ve already got the perfect study buddy for Fashion 101 (as if they needed a lesson in style). The trendy trio strolled into orientation class like the coolest of the cool kids while their peers could only take notes.
Tao is wearing a vintage cravat- a decidedly more mature look than he’s been donning these last weeks. Lola looked fab in matching black bows and an extra fluffy coat. Tina is styled in a Clueless-esque bell sleeve white button down shirt, 1980s pleated plaid skirt, white knee socks and vintage Chanel pumps. The ultimate back to school staple, however, is the Jean Paul Gaultier black leather backpack. The over the shoulder style is perfect for days spent in and out of school and is available in our Miami showroom.
It’s been a couple weeks since Miami Spice started, so Tao took Lola out to eat somewhere quite special. Lola enjoyed her seared New Zealand elk tenderloin with parsnip mousselin while Tao noshed on grilled Texas Nilgai antelope with apricot agri-doux. Once the table was cleared and the delectable praline chicory coffee soufflé and warm beignets were just a faint, delicious memory, it was time to bring out the real dessert. The maître d’ walked over an opulent cluster necklace along with a rare Judith Leiber minaudière, direct from the vaults. Lola was seeing Michelin stars. When Lola stepped out, Tao decided to surprise her and took both home in a doggy bag.
Miami Spice is an annual culinary event with epicureans flocking to Miami from all over the globe. C.Madeleine’s is the epicenter for vintage lovers everywhere, with an ever evolving mix of high fashion, couture, runway pieces along with unique, one of a kind treasures. So, we thought it was perfect to bring these two worlds together, and serve up some seriously glamorous cuisine. Lola is sitting pretty in a vintage rhinestone rope necklace while Tao kept it classic in a vintage velvet bow tie and Armani round shades (that only he can pull off indoors.) Tina was styled in an amazing black Thierry Mugler jump suit, vintage rhinestone belt and Carlo Zino pavé choker.
These two have a real eye for exotic fashion! Tao and Lola embarked on a last minute trip far, far away to pick up some goodies for their extensive wardrobe. Immediately they were taken aback by otherworldly designs made of the finest silk and beads. Mysterious potions and spices filled the air as they mulled over their next purchases. Shimmering gold and jewels were tempting, but they were more intrigued by beaded purses tucked into a vintage velvet suitcase (which they also bought.) Exploring enchanted lands surely paid off as they jetted back to the states with a new assortment of sartorial delights in tow.
This week’s installment of The Misadventures of Tao & Lola was as fun for them as it was for us! Lola is no wallflower when it comes to the camera lens, so she was on her best behavior draped in a vintage indian bib neck piece. Tao has become the breakout star (wrapped in gold and black silk) and is effectively over his photo shoot jitters. We mixed vintage and contemporary- juxtaposing authentic Indian Saris, Middle Eastern trinkets and wooden sculptures with luxurious handbags by John Galliano, Etro, and Christian Louboutin. Snag a great bag at C.Mad’s and book your next flight!
Oh, these two! You’ve got to admire great taste when you encounter it. Tao and Lola, the tenacious twosome here at C.Madeleine’s recently snuck out of doggy daycare for a sunny Sunday picnic! Not only did they hide away in their favorite woodsy corner of Miami, they brought along a bottle of Moët with two flutes and carried it all in a jumbo Chanel purse! These pooches were certainly not roughing it. Before getting caught, they enjoyed basking in the sunshine and chasing a few butterflies.
On this week’s installment of The Misadventures of Tao & Lola, the furry models got to spend a day in the park. We, of course, had lots of treats on hand. Lola looked fabulous in a 1960s fringe choker while Tao looked dapper in a white collar and turquoise bow-tie. The cheery mood was set to perfection with a pastel printed Chanel tote, available in store, as well as a chilled bottle of Moët & Chandon. Pinkies up!