Monday, April 30, 2012

Vergara in David Meister

"Modern Family" star Sofia Vergara shined at the 2012 White House Correspondents' Dinner wearing a black textured brocade strapless cocktail dress with beaded waist from the David Meister Signature collection.  

Friday, April 27, 2012

What To Wear to Prom

Prom Dos and Don'ts

Attention Prom attendees and chaperones: Don't do it! Don't succumb to the current (inexplicable) trend of neon colors for this year's prom.

And while we're at it, here's a few more don'ts: don't wear uncomfortable shoes, don't go "just to go," don't go with someone you don't really like (and for heaven's sake don't get into a fight at the prom), don't drink alcohol (it's not worth it -- and vomit stinks; really stinks).

Finally do not - - and this serious -- do not "coordinate" your outfit with your date OR your friends. You will live to regret it. You will.

And now, here's a sort-of random selection of prom dress selections:

Way-In Strapless Sequin Chiffon Trane Gown
Shimmering sequins coat the bodice and hips of a chic strapless dress finished with a glamorous cascading chiffon train and tulle rosette.
Side zip with hook-and-eye closure.
Approx. length from center front to hem: front 29"; back 64".
Padded bust, with boning.
Polyester; dry clean.
By Way-In; imported.
Was: $118.00 Now: $58.90 50% OFF

Way-In Fleurette Trim Strapless Tulle Dress 
Floaty tulle forms the bright skirt of sweet, strapless dress topped with a lace and Fleurette accented sweetheart bodice.
Back zip closure.
Approx. length from center front to hem: 27 1/2".
Polyester; spot clean.
By Way-In; imported.
Was: $98.00 Now: $48.90 50% OFF

As U Wish
A vibrant watercolor print washes a glamorously gathered one-shoulder bodice and a full skirt with plenty of unique chic.
Back zip with hook-and-eye closure.
Approx. length from shoulder to hem: 34".
Lined, with tulle in skirt.
Polyester; hand wash.
By As U Wish; imported.

Adrianna Papell Tiered Chiffon Gown
Fluttery layers sculpt the faux surplice bodice of an ethereal dress, while a shutter-pleated waistband tops the cascading swirl of chiffon that forms the layered floor-length skirt.
Back zip with hook-and-eye closure.
Approx. length from shoulder to hem: 60".
Lined bodice.
Polyester; dry clean.
By Adrianna Papell; imported.
Special Occasion.
Six colors

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JS Boutique Empire Waist Ombré Jersey Gown
Jewel-encrusted trim highlights the sweetly pleated, bandeau-style bust of a spaghetti-strap jersey gown, featuring a gradient ombré effect across the voluminous, full-length skirt.
Hidden back zip with hook-and-eye closure.
Approx. length from shoulder to hem: 60".
Fully lined, with padded cups and side boning in bodice.
Polyester/spandex; dry clean.
By JS Boutique; imported.
Special Occasion. $178

La Femme Sweetheart Neck Sequin Cocktail Dress
Allover sequins gleam against the mesh overlay of a strapless cocktail dress, with a surplice sweetheart neckline and waist-narrowing, wrap-ruching along the bodice.
Hidden side zip with hook-and-eye closure.
Approx. length from top center front to hem: 26".
Fully lined, with padded cups, rubber gripper and boning in bodice.
Polyester; spot clean.
By La Femme; imported.
Special Occasion. $278

Laundry by Shelli Segal Strapless Charmeuse Gown
A gorgeous column of silk charmeuse is fashioned with a strapless sweetheart bust, beautifully ruched and set off with a fan-shaped ray of gathers that ease the fit through the bodice.
Side zip with hook-and-eye closure.
Approx. length from top center front to hem: 52".
Fully lined, with padded cups and boning.
Silk; dry clean. By Laundry by Shelli Segal; imported.
Available in six colors $295

La Femme Strapless Chiffon Dress
Fluttering tiers of chiffon fashion the skirt of a flirty strapless dress with a dramatically longer hem in back. Sparkling beads highlight the ruched Empire waistline and sweetheart bodice.
Side zip with hook-and-eye closure.
Optional, nonadjustable straps.
Approx. length from top center front to hem: front 27"; back 52".
Fully lined, with padded cups, rubber grippers and boning in bodice.
Polyester; spot clean.
By La Femme Fashions; imported. $258

Way-In Sequin & Tulle Party Dress 
Shimmering sequins cover the sweetheart bodice of a vintage-inspired party frock finished with a full tulle skirt and crochet floral trim around the waist.
Back zip with hook-and-eye closure.
Adjustable straps.
Lined; with boning and padded cups.
Polyester; dry clean.
By Way-In; imported.
BP. $118

Sean Collection Embellished Strapless Tulle Cocktail Dress
Beads, sequins and paillettes create rich, dimensional shine on the fitted sweetheart bodice of a strapless frock with a poufy tulle skirt set off by a wide, satin sash.
Hidden back zip with hook-and-eye closure.
Straps included.
Approx. length from top center front to hem: 26".
Fully lined, with padded cups and boning in bodice plus tulle crinoline in skirt.
Polyester; dry clean.
By Sean Collection; imported. $218

Sue Wong Embellished Chiffon & Mesh Babydoll Dress
Tiers of ruffled chiffon float down the short skirt of a winsome babydoll dress topped with a sleeveless mesh bodice lavishly embellished with beads, sequins and embroidery.
Hidden side zip with hook-and-eye closure.
Approx. length from shoulder to hem: 35 1/2".
Fully lined, with padded cups in bodice.
Polyester/nylon; spot clean.
By Sue Wong; imported. $418

Eliza J Embellished Metallic Satin Strapless Dress
A glittery broach tops the folded bow at the banded Empire waist of a metallic-satin party frock patterned with whimsical, tonal jacquard dots.
Side seam pockets.
Optional, adjustable straps.
Removable broach.
Approx. length from top center front to hem: 28 1/2".
Fully lined, with padded cups and boning in bodice.
Polyester/metallic fibers; dry clean.
By Eliza J; imported. $118

Aidan Mattox Strapless Chiffon dress
A colorful feather print brightens a strapless chiffon dress shaped with a ruched crossover bust and finished with a deeply asymmetrical hem that dips to the floor at the back.
Hidden back zip with hook-and-eye closure.
Approx. length from top center front to hem: 26 1/4"; from back center front to hem: 50 1/2".
Fully lined, with rubber grippers, boning, padded cups and bra closure in bodice.
Polyester; dry clean.
By Aidan Mattox; imported. $295

Pisarro Nights Beaded Mesh Gown
Opulent beading imbues a mesh-overlaid dress with vintage glamour. The full, dropped-waist skirt is balanced by deep V-necklines in front and back.
Hidden side zip with hook-and-eye closure.
Approx. length from shoulder to hem: 52".
Fully lined.
Rayon; spot clean.
By Pisarro Nights; imported. $198

Calvin Klein Sequined Waist Satin Gown
An inset waistband glittering with pavé-set sequins adds to the glamour of floor-length satin gown with a pleated bodice. Wide shoulder straps crisscross at the back for support and a touch of drama.
Back zip with hook-and-eye closure.
Approx. length from shoulder to hem: 60" with 5" train.
Fully lined.
Polyester; dry clean.
By Calvin Klein; imported. $198

Accidentally In Love Sequin Strapless Party Dress (Juniors)
Golden sequins pattern the sweetheart bust of a short party dress designed with a ruched satin sash that emphasizes the frothy, multi-layered tulle skirt.
Back zip closure.
Approx. length from top center front to hem: 25".
Fully lined.
Polyester; hand wash.
By Accidentally In Love; imported. $98

Adrianna Papell Beaded Bodice Chiffon Dress
A densely ruched sash at the Empire waist sets off the full, floaty skirt of a short chiffon party dress adorned with a twinkling collection of beads and sequins.
Hidden back zip with hook-and-eye closure.
Approx. length from shoulder to hem: 36".
Fully lined.
Polyester; spot clean.
By Adrianna Papell; imported. Orig. $198, now $88.90

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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Fiona Apple's First Album in Seven Years

Fiona Apple's Latest

On June 19, 2012, Clean Slate/Epic Records will release Fiona Apple's first album in seven years. The GRAMMY®-winning artist will launch a summer headline tour that evening at the State Theatre in Ithaca, NY. The run, which will include performances at The Governors Ball Music Festival on New York City's Randall's Island (June 24, 2012) and Nashville's historic Ryman Auditorium (July 13, 2012), will conclude at the Hollywood Palladium in Hollywood, CA on July 29, 2012.

Like Apple's 1999 record, When the Pawn..., the new album's title is a poem:


"Every Single Night," the collection's first single, will be available beginning Tuesday, April 24, on the iTunes Store, where fans will also be able to pre-order the album. The cover for THE IDLER WHEEL... will feature an illustration by Apple.

"Whet your appetite for a new Fiona LP (yes!) with this tasty, arresting new ballad, which she busted out during a SXSW show," said Rolling Stone, placing "Every Single Night" on the "RS Playlist" while The New York Times marveled at how it "seesawed between lullaby and vehement chantey."

"Every Single Night" was one of three new songs Apple introduced on her recent sold-out spring tour - her first outing in five years. New York Magazine's hailed her performances as "mind-blowing" while the Village Voice called her "a lightning-rod presence" and the Philadelphia Inquirer observed: "the word performance doesn't seem apt. There's nothing pat about what she does."

"Fiona Apple has control. That's clear from the moment she took the stage," said The New York Times. "She has always been part blues woman, part dark cabaret singer, part illicit rock confessor. Her songs limn the erotics of danger and also the pains of disappointment, drawing equal strength from both."

Check out Apple performing "Every Single Night" and "Anything We Want," another track from her upcoming album, at:

Apple made her debut at age 19 with 1996's Tidal, which is certified triple Platinum. Rolling Stone named her Artist of the Year in 1997 and in 1998 she won a GRAMMY for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance for one of the album's singles, "Criminal." When the Pawn...followed in 1999, and was hailed by Entertainment Weekly as "the work of an original." Extraordinary Machine debuted in the Top 10 of The Billboard 200 and appeared on numerous critics' best-of-2005 lists.

Fiona Apple - Summer Tour

Date    City/State/Province  Venue                                                 On Sale Date/Time

 6/19     Ithaca, NY                   State Theatre                                       4/20, 10 AM
6/20     Baltimore, MD            Lyric Opera House                               4/20, 10 AM
6/22     Mashantucket, CT       MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods       4/20, 10 AM
6/23     Holyoke, MA               Mountain Park                                     4/20, 10 AM
6/24     New York, NY            Randall's Island              on sale now
The Governors Ball Music Festival
6/26     Washington, DC          Warner Theatre                                     4/13, 10 AM
6/27     Upper Darby, PA         Tower Theatre                                     4/13, 10 AM
6/29     Danbury, CT                Ives Concert Park                                4/20, 10 AM
6/30     Boston, MA                 Citi Performing Arts Center                 4/14, 10 AM
7/1       Portland, ME               State Theatre                                       4/20, 10 AM
7/3       Montreal, QC               Olympia Theatre                                 4/21, 12 PM
7/4       Toronto, ON               The Sound Academy                            4/20, 10 AM
7/6       Cleveland Hts., OH      Cain Park                                             4/21, 10 AM
7/7       Detroit, MI                  The Fillmore Detroit                           4/27, 10 AM
7/10     Chicago, IL                  Chicago Theatre                                  4/21, 10 AM
7/11     Indianapolis, IN                       Murat Theatre                                     4/20, 10 AM
7/13     Nashville, TN              Ryman Auditorium                               4/21, 10 AM
7/14     St. Louis, MO               Peabody Opera House                          4/20, 10 AM
7/16     Minneapolis, MN         Orpheum Theatre                                4/14, 12 PM
7/17     Kansas City, MO          The Midland by AMC                          4/20, 10 AM
7/20     Denver, CO                  Paramount Theatre                              4/20, 10 AM
7/21     Salt Lake City, UT       Kingsbury Hall - University of Utah     4/21, 10 AM
7/24     Vancouver, BC             Orpheum                                              4/20, 10 AM
7/25     Seattle, WA                 Paramount Theatre                              4/20, 10 AM
7/26     Portland, OR                Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall              4/20, 10 AM
7/28     Oakland, CA                Fox Theater                                         4/15, 10 AM
7/29     Hollywood, CA                        Hollywood Palladium                          4/27, 10 AM



1.         Every Single Night
2.         Daredevil
3.         Valentine
4.         Jonathan
5.         Left Alone
6.         Werewolf
7.         Periphery
8.         Regret
9.         Anything We Want
10.       Hot Knife

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Blake Lively in Georges Chakra

Blake Lively, center (between Billy Baldwin and Sheila Kelley), in Edition by Georges Chakra

On the ‘Despicable B’ episode of Gossip Girl – Blake Lively’s character Serena Van Der Woodsen - wore a beautiful Wedgewood blue gabardine cocktail  dress with black grosgrain detail from Edition by Georges Chakra.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Get Riley Keough's "Bedhead" Look

Celebrity Stylist, Nicole Blais created a Bedhead Insprired Look
For Riley Keough at her Tribeca Film Festival Premiere of “Jack and Diane”

How to get the look: Apply KeSARI Indian Oil Hair Serum from the ends and up to the roots of wet hair. Blow-dry the hair straight with a flay nylon/boar bristle paddle brush. After sectioning the hair, take a flat iron and curl the sections by clamping the iron at the roots and flipping over the hair (this motion is similar to how you would use a pair of scissors to curl a ribbon). By alternating directions while creating the curls it will give the hair a messy, imperfect wavy texture.  Once the waves have cooled, turn the head over and shake out the waves while brushing through with fingertips. Finish off the look with a light hairspray for hold. (A good tip for blondes like Riley is to spray the hairspray onto your hands and gently smooth any fly-aways up at the top of the head down so you avoid a sticky, greasy looking part).
KeSARI Indian Oil Hair Serum with Triphala Radiance™ Silk Complex  ($31.50, available at

Monday, April 23, 2012

Actress Annable in Meister Gown

House actress Odette Annable wore David Meister’s gold floral sequin lace 3/4 sleeve evening gown with bateau neckline and defined waist to Fox's House Series Final Wrap Party.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

TV Land Awards' Tribute Show

Celebrity icons from television, film and music joined TV Land and host Kelly Ripa were featured at the “TV Land Awards” 10th Anniversary celebration, which returned to New York for the second year in a row. The event, which premieres on TV Land on Sunday, April 29, 2012, at 9pm ET/PT, honored Aretha Franklin (Music Icon Award) and the casts of “Laverne & Shirley” (Fan Favorite Award), “One Day At A Time” (Innovator Award), “In Living Color” (Groundbreaking Award), “Murphy Brown” (Impact Award) and “Pee-wee’s Playhouse” (Pop Culture Award).

Memorable moments included an opening sketch (with 13 costume changes) by second-time host Kelly Ripa, who started the show descending from the ceiling, dressed as Catwoman.

“Murphy Brown” co-star Faith Ford danced like her alter ego on the show, Corky, while Jim Carrey gave a speech when accepting the Groundbreaking Award with his fellow cast members of “In Living Color.”

The “TV Land Awards” 10th Anniversary also featured performances by Music Icon Award-winner Aretha Franklin singing her hit songs “RESPECT,” “Chain of Fools,” “I Came To Lift Him Up” and “Ombra Mai Fu,” (some of which will be posted on

To close the night, the “In Living Color” Fly Girls danced out the show with Kelly Ripa to The B-52’s “Rock Lobster.”

The tribute awards included the following:


“Laverne & Shirley” still lives in the hearts of viewers everywhere and was the recipient of this year’s Fan Favorite Award, which goes to a series that’s an All-American classic. Presented by Katie Couric, “Laverne & Shirley” stars Penny Marshall, Cindy Williams, Michael McKean and David Lander accepted the honor.


(L-R) 'Murphy Brown' creator/executive producer Diane English, actors Candice Bergen, Faith Ford, Grant Shaud, Joe Regalbuto and Charles Kimbrough speak onstage at the 10th Annual TV Land Awards at the Lexington Avenue Armory on April 14, 2012 in New York City.

Receiving the Impact Award this year was the cast of “Murphy Brown” – Candice Bergen, Faith Ford, Grant Shaud, Charles Kimbrough and Joe Regalbuto – as well as show creator Diane English. Presented by host Kelly Ripa, The Impact Award is given to a series that offered both entertainment and enlightenment with comedy that reflected reality.


The Groundbreaking Award, given to a series that breaks down barriers in television, was presented to the Emmy® Award-winning series “In Living Color” by Whoopi Goldberg. Accepting on behalf of the show was creator and star Keenen Ivory Wayans, as well as Jim Carrey, Tommy Davidson, Shawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans, Kelly Coffield Park, Kim Wayans, T’Keyah Crystal Keymah, David Alan Grier and former Fly Girls Carrie Ann Inaba, Laurieann Gibson, Lisa Marie Todd, Deidre Lang and Michelle Whitney-Morrison.

The Emmy® Award-winning children’s series "Pee-wee’s Playhouse” has been a staple in pop culture for over 25 years and fittingly received the Pop Culture Award. Paul Reubens, the actor and comedy icon who created the character of Pee-wee Herman, accepted the award on behalf of the series from presenter Mike Myers.


The Music Icon Award was given to celebrated musician and “Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin, who brought down the house with four of her hit songs and accepted her award from presenter John Legend, who serenaded her on stage.


Presented by legendary comedienne Fran Drescher, star of TV Land’s “Happily Divorced,” the
Innovator Award was given to the cast of “One Day at a Time.” Valerie Bertinelli, Bonnie Franklin, Mackenzie Phillips, Pat Harrington, Glenn Scarpelli and Richard Masur accepted the award on behalf of the series.

Now celebrating its 10th anniversary, the "TV Land Awards" pays tribute to classic and contemporary luminaries of television, music and movies. The 90-minute telecast hosted by Kelly Ripa features exhilarating musical performances and reunites some of the most iconic celebrity TV casts.

Previous honorees include Regis Philbin, Michael J. Fox, John Travolta, Bill Cosby, Mike Myers, Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Garry Marshall, the cast of "Glee," "Desperate Housewives" and the hilarious sitcoms "Cheers," “The Cosby Show,” “Family Ties,” “The Facts of Life,” "Everybody Loves Raymond," "Bosom Buddies," "Welcome Back, Kotter," "The Dick Van Dyke Show" and "M*A*S*H." Past presenters include Academy Award©-winner Halle Berry, Barbara Walters, Justin Timberlake, Ray Romano, Steve Carell, Billy Crystal, Sharon Stone, Robin Williams and Academy Award©-nominee Robert Downey, Jr., to name a few. Past musical performers include Liza Minnelli, Stevie Wonder, Blondie, Diana Ross, Willie Nelson and Lionel Richie.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Norah Jones: The Latest

Norah Jones has premiered her new album Little Broken Hearts with an NPR Music Exclusive First Listen. The album—which was produced by Danger Mouse and will be released by EMI’s Blue Note Records on May 1, 2012—can now be streamed in its entirety for a limited time ahead of its release at the NPR Music website. "Always more versatile than most people think,” says an NPR rep, “Jones fits all of this smart material to perfection, marking her second decade as a star while making her sound cooler and more unflappably sophisticated than ever."

In addition to appearances on CBS Late Show With David Letterman (May 2), ABC Good Morning America (May 3), ABC The View (May 7), and The Rachael Ray Show (May 9), Jones will also be taping an episode of VH1 Storytellers that will air on June 8. VH1 Storytellers is a VH1 original series in which singer/songwriters perform and tell stories in front of an intimate audience about their lives, lyrics and careers.

Jones will be releasing an exclusive 7” single for Record Store Day featuring two tracks from Little Broken Hearts that were remixed by TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek. This limited edition release will be sold on the Record Store Day website on Saturday, April 21, with proceeds benefitting ART from the ashes (AFTA) in their efforts to aid the recovery and restoration process in Bastrop County, Texas, which was devastated by wildfires in September 2011. AFTA is a non-profit arts organization that supports communities devastated by natural disaster through the creation of art.

Jones will tour extensively in 2012, performing at a mixture of festivals, amphitheatres and theatres in the U.S. and abroad. See below for a full list of tour dates or visit for ticketing details.


May 25 – Olympia Theater – Paris, France
May 26 – Alte Opera – Frankfurt, Germany
May 28 – Carre Theater – Amsterdam, Netherlands
June 1 – Royal Festival Hall – London, United Kingdom
June 2 – Royal Festival Hall – London, United Kingdom
June 20 – Murat Theater – Indianapolis, Indiana
June 22 – Mud Island Amphitheater – Memphis, Tennessee
June 23 – Fox Theater – Atlanta, Georgia
June 24 – Ryman Auditorium – Nashville, Tennessee
June 27 – Wolf Trap – Vienna, Virginia
June 28 – Mann Center – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
June 29 – Kodak Hall – Rochester, New York
July 1 – Bank of America Pavilion – Boston, Massachusetts
July 2 – Oakdale Theatre – Wallingford, Connecticut
July 3 – Central Park SummerStage - New York, New York
July 6 – Massey Hall – Toronto, Ontario
July 7 – Montreal Jazz Festival – Montreal, Quebec
July 14 – Lucca Festival – Lucca, Italy
July 16 – Neumunster Abbey – Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
July 17 – Stadtpark – Hamburg, Germany
July 19 – Dalhalla – Rattvik, Sweden
July 20 – Moldejazz Festival – Molde, Norway
July 22 – Pori Jazz Fest – Pori, Finland
August 7 – Santa Barbara Bowl – Santa Barbara, California
August 10 – Hollywood Bowl – Los Angeles, California
August 12 – Harvey’s Outdoor Arena – Lake Tahoe, Nevada
August 15 – Les Schwab Amphitheater – Bend, Oregon
August 17 – Edgefield Winery – Portland, Oregon
August 18 – Marymoor Amphitheater – Seattle, Washington
August 21 – Red Butte Garden – Salt Lake City, Utah
August 23 – Red Rocks – Denver, Colorado

Monday, April 16, 2012

Brooke Shields and founder Lyss Stern

Actress Brooke Shields and Lyss Stern, founder of, above, at the Third Annual Notables Family Party, at New York's Carnegie Hall, held Saturday, 14 April 2012. Attendees report there was not a dry eye in the audience of the sold-out performance when the Kermit The Frog sang his signature song, "The Rainbow Connection." The 3:30 p.m. show was described as "The magic of the Muppets comes alive as The New York Pops pays a musical tribute to Jim Henson's great legacy through song and puppetry." Shields was the honorary chair with co-chairs June Ambrose, Jennifer Maanavi, Stern, Caroline Rocco Dennis, Christin Barringer Rueger, Amy Tarr, Sarina Sassoon Sanandaji, and host Mary Wible Vertin. Post concert, from 4:30 to 6 p.m., guests were treated to a family party in the Rohatyn Room featuring dinner, crafts, cookie-decorating, and other Muppet-themed activities for children.  All proceeds raised from the Third Annual Notables Family Party will directly support Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, which serves more than 300,000 children, students, teachers, parents, young music professionals, and adults each year.