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Fashion Icon Friday: Robert Verdi

He is the embodiment of the idiom, ‘jack of all trades,’ and probably is probably one of the most sought after personalities in TV and entertainment.  Robert Verdi seems to have done it all.

Born to a dressmaker and chef, no one knew that Robert would launch his career as a trained goldsmith.  With his vivaciousness, engrained business savvy and eye for beautiful things, he received a degree from FIT and allowed his life to take him into Manhattan’s most cherished fashion retailers — Bergdorf’s, Bloomingdale’s, Barney’s, and Bendel’s.  In the 90s, Robert set his sights on a career in TV with such shows as Full Frontal Fashion, She’s Got the Look and Surprise by Design, expanding his skills into interior design and the greater fashion realms.  He even starred in a self-titled series, The Robert Verdi Show.

Today, you’ll find Robert continuously intersecting fashion, events, and social media through his company Robert Verdi Inc.  Here he’s created one of today’s hottest spaces for the creative crossings called, 'Luxe Laboratory' where brands go to throw parties, grow connections, and make an impact.

Tech Crush Thursday: Mattias Swenson
As the world reacted to the thought of life without Google Reader, there is a small office in Sweden that celebrated. After receiving the shutdown notice, Co-founder and CEO, Mattias Swenson, called his brother (and co-founder) Daniel to tell him to build an importer. Overnight Daniel built an importer that allows users to move all of their feeds from Google Reader into Bloglovin’. In just 30 hours, Bloglovin gained over 13,000 new members.
Launched in 2008, Bloglovin serves as a platform to help people discover and follow blogs. The Stockholm based company, with the recent spike from Google Reader, now has over 2 million users. With a beautifully presented feed-reading experience, Bloglovin’ is the go-to for blogs in fashion, food and interior design. Members include some of the biggest names in blogging including Fashiontoast, The Sartorialist, and The Blonde Salad.
The Swenson brothers also recently introduced an annual award show, The Bloglovin Awards, which honors top bloggers for their creativity and following, among many other things. Past winners include Leandra Medine of The Man Repeller for Blog of the Year in 2012, and fashion “it girl”, Olivia Palermo, was named newcomer of the year also in 2012.

Tech Crush Thursday: Mattias Swenson

As the world reacted to the thought of life without Google Reader, there is a small office in Sweden that celebrated. After receiving the shutdown notice, Co-founder and CEO, Mattias Swenson, called his brother (and co-founder) Daniel to tell him to build an importer. Overnight Daniel built an importer that allows users to move all of their feeds from Google Reader into Bloglovin’. In just 30 hours, Bloglovin gained over 13,000 new members.

Launched in 2008, Bloglovin serves as a platform to help people discover and follow blogs. The Stockholm based company, with the recent spike from Google Reader, now has over 2 million users. With a beautifully presented feed-reading experience, Bloglovin’ is the go-to for blogs in fashion, food and interior design. Members include some of the biggest names in blogging including Fashiontoast, The Sartorialist, and The Blonde Salad.

The Swenson brothers also recently introduced an annual award show, The Bloglovin Awards, which honors top bloggers for their creativity and following, among many other things. Past winners include Leandra Medine of The Man Repeller for Blog of the Year in 2012, and fashion “it girl”, Olivia Palermo, was named newcomer of the year also in 2012.

Wish List Wednesday: Casadei Iconic Blade Pumps
Ok, take a moment, and revel in this super sexy, super sharp, super chic collection of footwear.  Worn by the likes of Zoe Saldana and obsessed over by Oscar Award winning actress Jennifer Lawrence, Casadei has maintained the chicness for which they’re known and definitely taking it up a notch by replacing the heel with a blade-like stem. Get this: the “blade” is made of real steel!
Embracing the colors of Spring and embodying an edginess we can’t get enough of, these pumps start at about $790 and go to about $950.  They come in more colors than those shown, including nude with an orange lacquer blade and vibrant animal prints with Swarovski crystals and a black lacquered blade. Add these to your wish list immediately! 

Wish List Wednesday: Casadei Iconic Blade Pumps

Ok, take a moment, and revel in this super sexy, super sharp, super chic collection of footwear.  Worn by the likes of Zoe Saldana and obsessed over by Oscar Award winning actress Jennifer Lawrence, Casadei has maintained the chicness for which they’re known and definitely taking it up a notch by replacing the heel with a blade-like stem. Get this: the “blade” is made of real steel!

Embracing the colors of Spring and embodying an edginess we can’t get enough of, these pumps start at about $790 and go to about $950.  They come in more colors than those shown, including nude with an orange lacquer blade and vibrant animal prints with Swarovski crystals and a black lacquered blade. Add these to your wish list immediately! 

Fashion Icon Friday: Elle Macpherson

Her nickname is “The Body,” and rightfully so. Elle Macpherson is still one of the most stunning women in modeling and entertainment. Born Eleanor Nancy Gow, this Australian lingerie goddess did not stop at the photo shoots, she has gone on to be the founder and creative force behind a number of business ventures.

Her rise to fame began in New York City when she signed with Click Model Management, which helped her land the covers of Elle (how fitting), GQ, Vogue, and Playboy. Eventually her body gained her superstardom when she first appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated’s annual Swimsuit Issue in the 80s. She helped mold a new outlook on supermodels by catapulting their image to celebrity.

Today, you’ll find her overlooking her businesses, which include a lingerie collection, Elle Macpherson Intimates, and a number of TV series, that includes NBC’s hit show, Fashion Star.

Wish List Wednesday: Charles Philip Shanghai Spring/Summer 2013 Slipper Collection
These slippers are about one thing and one thing only: cool elegance.  As you make your way back from SXSW and realize that you miss warm weather more than you thought, stock up on these bad boys and reassure yourself the thaw will be heading our way soon.
Made from the finest fabrics and coolest prints, we’re confident that the entire Spring/Summer 2013 Slipper collection will take you from your workday to the weekend with ease.  (They even come in metallics and snakeskin prints!) So, join Charles Philip and the rest of his small army of shoe aficionados in celebrating the freshness and beauty from around the world in this globally-inspired slipper collection for Spring!

Wish List Wednesday: Charles Philip Shanghai Spring/Summer 2013 Slipper Collection

These slippers are about one thing and one thing only: cool elegance.  As you make your way back from SXSW and realize that you miss warm weather more than you thought, stock up on these bad boys and reassure yourself the thaw will be heading our way soon.

Made from the finest fabrics and coolest prints, we’re confident that the entire Spring/Summer 2013 Slipper collection will take you from your workday to the weekend with ease.  (They even come in metallics and snakeskin prints!) So, join Charles Philip and the rest of his small army of shoe aficionados in celebrating the freshness and beauty from around the world in this globally-inspired slipper collection for Spring!

Fashion Icon Friday: Erin Wasson

It’s 1997 and a polaroid of “this skinny girl, all legs and short, curly hair” comes across the desk of Tammy Theis, then staffer at Fashion!Dallas and today co-founder of Wallflower Management.  This was the picture of current supermodel bombshell, Erin Wasson, and because we’re all about Texas this week, we’re giving an extra special shout out to the beauty from down south.  

She was born and raised in Irving, Texas and found superstardom in her mid-teens with campaigns for J.Crew, Tiffany & Co. Rolex, William Rast, and Michael Kors, amongst others.  She even followed in the timeless footsteps of the greats before her and modeled for Max Factor.  Still early in her career, there isn’t much to say about the blonde sex symbol, but one thing’s clear: she’s here to stay, expanding her career now into the film industry where she appeared as Vadoma in the 2012 horror flick, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.  So we’ll be watching, and for now, we’re giving her all the credit in the world to become the icon we know she will be.

Got a little bit more time?  Check out this piece from the Esquire video series, Waking Up Next to a Beautiful Woman: Erin Wasson.

Tech Crush Thursday: Jennifer Darmour
Here at TWF we are all about the collision of fashion and technology. It’s what we do and it’s what we love. So, you can only imagine how excited we are about the recent movement of wearable technology. Enter Jennifer Darmour, Founder of electricfoxy & Interaction designer at Artefact. Jennifer’s personal project for wearable technology started while a grad student at Art Center College of Design. She’s developed the award winning Modwells concept, a personal wellness modular, and has gone on to create many other tech integrated textiles. Keeping to the healthy theme, Jennifer has also revolutionized the way we work out with her project, Move. “For wearable technology to become mainstream, it needs to move beyond the gadgets and really improve people’s lives.” Move is designed to bring together form and function in the gym. Attractive clothing with sensor-packed technology, along with a mobile app and cloud storage, work together to read your body’s position and muscle movement. The program determines if your form is correct, while providing real-time feedback. A trainer built into our workout wear? Yes, please! Jennifer’s latest project, Zip, focuses on bringing together fashion and music. The garments have built-in music controls, as well as many other tech-focused features. 
If you’re heading to SXSW, be sure to check out her wearable technology event!//
Got a little time? Check out these other fashion tech startups participating at SXSW!

Tech Crush Thursday: Jennifer Darmour

Here at TWF we are all about the collision of fashion and technology. It’s what we do and it’s what we love. So, you can only imagine how excited we are about the recent movement of wearable technology. Enter Jennifer Darmour, Founder of electricfoxy & Interaction designer at Artefact.

Jennifer’s personal project for wearable technology started while a grad student at Art Center College of Design. She’s developed the award winning Modwells concept, a personal wellness modular, and has gone on to create many other tech integrated textiles.

Keeping to the healthy theme, Jennifer has also revolutionized the way we work out with her project, Move. “For wearable technology to become mainstream, it needs to move beyond the gadgets and really improve people’s lives.” Move is designed to bring together form and function in the gym. Attractive clothing with sensor-packed technology, along with a mobile app and cloud storage, work together to read your body’s position and muscle movement. The program determines if your form is correct, while providing real-time feedback. A trainer built into our workout wear? Yes, please! 

Jennifer’s latest project, Zip, focuses on bringing together fashion and music. The garments have built-in music controls, as well as many other tech-focused features.

If you’re heading to SXSW, be sure to check out her wearable technology event!//

Got a little time? Check out these other fashion tech startups participating at SXSW!

Wish List Wednesday: The Frye Company Taylor Over The Knee Boots
We are SO ready for SXSW!  Have you been reading our blog?  We’ve got you covered on everything you need to know as you head down south — we can’t get enough of all the tech collabs that are about to go down!  And with all that excitement comes a push to start surveying our Western-inspired gear.  We have to look the part, right?  We searched and searched and needed to look no further than these sick Frye Company Taylor Over The Knee Boots.  They’re the perfect mixture of traditional western inspiration with a fashion forward spin.
How much are these bad boys going to set you back?  Oh, just $428, but, c’mon, they’re totally worth it — you’ll be wearing these beauts at the SXSW festivities for years to come!

Wish List Wednesday: The Frye Company Taylor Over The Knee Boots

We are SO ready for SXSW!  Have you been reading our blog?  We’ve got you covered on everything you need to know as you head down south — we can’t get enough of all the tech collabs that are about to go down!  And with all that excitement comes a push to start surveying our Western-inspired gear.  We have to look the part, right?  We searched and searched and needed to look no further than these sick Frye Company Taylor Over The Knee Boots.  They’re the perfect mixture of traditional western inspiration with a fashion forward spin.

How much are these bad boys going to set you back?  Oh, just $428, but, c’mon, they’re totally worth it — you’ll be wearing these beauts at the SXSW festivities for years to come!

Fashion Icon Friday: Jean Shrimpton

"Model of the Year." "World’s highest paid model." "Most Photographed In The World." "Most famous model." "The It Girl." "The Face." Those are all the accolades that have been received by none other than Jean Shrimpton, which is a far stretch from her former nickname of "the shrimp."  Perhaps the most interesting facet to this woman’s career is that little is actually known about Shrimpton’s personal life and yet she was on the minds of millions around the world for nearly two decades and beyond.

Born and raised in London, Jean quickly gained attention because of her wide doe-eyes, wispy eyelashes, and sexy pouty lips.  In the 60s she was at the top of her game gaining heed on the global level and quickly becoming the most sought-after face in the fashion industry. This guaranteed her a string of public romances that only fortified the world’s celebration of Shrimpton’s prowess.

Her fame and intoxicating good-looks are definitely what has made Jean Shrimpton a who’s who in the fashion books but it is her intense and fierce career that definitely made her iconic.

Fashion Icon Friday: Natalie Wood

Probably best known for her role in West Side Story as Juliet like character, Maria, Natalie Wood got our attention because of her known tirelessness and the innate ability to make audiences fall in love with her characters time and time again.

Wood made her film debut in 1943 at the age of about 7 years old after she was discovered by director, Irving Pichel and immediately garnered the attention of Hollywood and the world.  Little did America know that she would have a career that spanned 40 years catapulting her to the top of the entertainment industry’s food chain. Other titles she’s best known for include Tomorrow is Forever, Miracle on 34th Street, Rebel Without a Cause (where she co-starred alongside another fashion icon in his own right, James Dean), The Searchers, and The Great Gatsby.  Because of her talent, fame, and fortune she was able to surround herself with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Elizabeth Taylor, Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Christopher Walken and even the infamous Rock Hudson.

Today, Natalie Wood lives on through her daughter, Courtney Wagner, and the dreams and aspirations of young, rising stars.  Katy Perry, for one, recently told People Style Watch that Natalie Wood is one of her fashion icons because she’s one of the few women in Hollywood that was able to “adapt and evolve and change.”

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