just. wow.

kelly wearstler’s accomplished quite a bit–playboy “playmate of the month”  turned big time interior designer and now, fashion designer as of spring 2011.  of course, being married to brad korzen of viceroy hotel group doesn’t hurt either.  my company has worked with her studio on a few viceroy properties and i’m especially a fan of the the 7th floor of department store bergdorf goodman.  i forgot to visit the last time i was in nyc, but i will make sure to go this february when i’m there.

she’s really translated her hallmark whimsical style into fashion apparel successfully.  but her marketing team especially is doing a fantastic job.  the  upcoming look book shot by jamie beck of from me to you fame featuring kelly framel of the glamourai notoriety in malibu is just stunning.

i apologize for the many photos, but there are a lot.  and there are so many good ones.  and what would a nod to jamie beck be without a cinemagraph?

shot on pacific coast highway

and speaking of jamie, how cute is this post on her other half?

the missoni for target nightmare

so after much anticipation, the missoni for target collection is finally here.  i’ve been eagerly looking forward to and posting about this for some time now and have been at the ready to pounce for today’s launch.  the target style social media team previously said it would go live online to shop at midnight but at the last minute changed it to searchable by 4 am est and shoppable by 8 am est (whatever that means).  i had planned to hit up the brick & mortar store when it opened but when i found out that online would have the most selection and what was being carried at the stories would vary, i quickly changed my strategy.  as of 11 pm pst 9/12 i had been checking in repeatedly and it was discovered you could buy about 11 items though the target mobile site.  nothing i had wanted and with some mob mentality i waited it out until 2 am after a reassuring tweet it would take hours i thought it’d be safe to sleep–or nap rather.  i woke up at 4:30 am only to find that the entire collection was not only already up, but some of my most coveted items, like the loop toss pillow, were already sold out.  i browsed like mad and added anything that remotely interested me into my cart.  unfortunately, it was now about 5 am, or 8 am est, when everyone was expecting the site to go live and the servers crashed.  with 23 items in my cart and not having seen everything, i was locked out.  my friend had been smart and checked out a few times but she had also started earlier.  in my 2 measly hours of sleep, i had missed out.

i waited and waited, watching the facebook and twitter pages like a hawk and constantly refreshed my cart waiting for the site to come back up.  over 3 hours later and still nothing.  finally when the site came back, i made 2 massive orders but it was still a waste of time.  i could’ve slept a full night, gone to work and bought everything i did today without any of the sacrifice i had done.  the items that i wanted that were sold out, had sold out when i had napped, and weren’t back in stock.  and i don’t think anything in my cart had sold out.  i’m sure i’ll be returning a lot later (well, i better be…i spent over $1,000), but i’m happy i got most of the things i had blogged about before, like the martini glasses and tumblers, scarves, and framed art prints.  there was way more online than what was shown in their supposedly complete look book and now as i blog, i realize i didn’t check out the stationery items at all.  i didn’t see a category for it.

anyways, onto the gains and losses.  not shown in the look book, but my very favorite purchase so far (i hope saying that doesn’t jinx me and get it canceled):

isn't it gorgeous?! ::swoon::

i bought this quickly as i didn’t want the site to crash again and thought it was pretty cute.  after i finished checking out, i was able to look at the detail photo and i’m blown away but how nice it looks.  i really hope it comes with everything pictured and is as nice as it looks in the photo.

this is the best photo i could find since target crashed again.  i’ll update it later. ETA: UPDATED!

and here are the shaker and pillows i wanted but failed to get:

martini shaker.

toss pillow in colore loop. i want you so bad!

multi pillow set in red medallion. online only.

ok, seeing as how i only got 2 hrs of sleep and am pretty pathetic, i’m going to bed now.

behind the scenes | margherita missoni + target

great video with margherita missoni sharing the rich family history behind the label and the inspiration for the collaboration with target:

i spy some home items that i didn’t see in the supposed complete look book!

missoni for target complete lookbook

the complete lookbook was posted on their facebook page.  in addition to the pieces i liked and posted previously, i also like these:

sweater

skirt, even if it's plain

kimono top thing

bottom right, like happy socks

the striped one

top right brush bag

clips

bobby pins

these are for girls, but i like them better than the women's version

another pretty pillow

love these

fiery!

frame on the right

art prints

cute stationery

still cute

as i expected, it’s mostly the house wares and accessories that i like…and the stationery!  i think i’ll pick up at least one scarf, the shaker/martini glass/tumbler set, the pillows, the frame, the set of art prints, and some stationery.  what’s everyone getting?

the collection hits stores september 13th…this will be a popular one.

missoni for target lookbook preview live

pieces i like from the preview:

to see the rest of the lookbook preview, check out the post from all the way up here, which is apparently the official outlet for all missoni for target news.

i’m definitely going to get some scarves and that loopy pillow.

versace for h&m preview

the highlight of yesterday’s versace men’s show at milan men’s fashion week actually had nothing to do with the men–it was donatella versace herself, taking a bow, in a versace x h&m dress.

this may come as a surprise, since she has previously stated in a 2008 new york magazine interview, that although she respects other big designers for collaborating with mass market chains to create an affordable line, that she wouldn’t do one herself, “because i work very hard to put the versace line in the luxury section.  i think to put the versace line in h&m would confuse the brand.”  perhaps, to avoid the confusion, it’s being billed as “the iconic collection” rather than a diffusion line.  this will go nicely with the deal versace struck with lady gaga, winner of the cfda’s 2011 fashion icon, to wear only versace in the next several months.

when asked about the collaboration,  donatella said, “I am thrilled to be collaborating with H&M and to have the opportunity of reaching its wide audience.  The collection will be quintessential Versace, perfect for H&M and Versace fans everywhere.”

“Versace is one of the most important brands of recent times and their collection for H&M will be glamorous and flamboyant – everything Versace stands for. Donatella Versace is sharing with us iconic designs from the archives. This is such a celebratory collaboration and is perfect for the festive season,” says margareta van den bosch, creative advisor at h&m.

donatella will raid the archives of the fashion house that was originally started by her brother gianni in 1978 and reinterpret the designs for today.

the collection will roll out first on november 17th (in 300 stores & online) with women’s (around 40 pieces), men’s (around 20), and home collections.  followed by a pre-spring collection on january 19th exclusively in countries with h&m online sales (austria, denmark, finland, germany, holland, norway, sweden, and the uk).

per the h&m press release:  “The womenswear collection will be dominated by dresses that express the spirit of the [awards] season, featuring studded leather, silk and colorful prints, and accessories including high heels and costume jewelry. The men’s collection will focus on sharp tailoring, including the perfect tuxedo, as well as belts and jewelry for men. For the first time in a designer collaboration at H&M, the collection will include homeware pieces including pillows and bedspread.”

hotel missoni

i’m pretty excited that my firm’s working on hotel missoni belek, antalya in turkey.  we have some amazing designs and projects, but unfortunately i can’t afford to stay at any of these luxe hotels.

to give you an idea of what it might look like, here are photos from the other hotel missoni properties.

hotel missoni edinburgh

hotel missoni kuwait

hotel missoni belek, antalya isn’t slated to open until 2014.  other locations in the works are oman (2013) and brazil (2014).

i normally find missoni clothing too loud and 70’s-looking but i’m loving how it looks as an interiors palette…especially the vibrant colors and patterns.  now i’m really excited for the target collaboration.

and here’s a sneak peak to that!

over 400 products, priced all the way from $2.99 to $599.99…thankfully, most are supposed to be under $40.  i’ll be counting the days until september 13th.

book worm

i was in anthropologie at lunch today and found so many interesting looking books.  i definitely want some of these.

these cloth-bound penguin classic books are very appealing.  they’re beautiful…too bad i’m not especially fond of any of these.  i really like the designs for the children’s classics:

these titles are available at anthropologie for $16.99 each: anne of green gables, the secret garden, the adventures of robin hood, peter pan, the adventures of huckleberry finn, and the wind in the willows.  maybe i should get the secret garden…i think i enjoyed that when i was young; i actually already have a copy but this one’s so much nicer.  actually, screw that, i just looked these up on amazon.  as expected, they’re cheaper and have more titles.  i love the fairy tales from hans christian andersen…even if they have sad endings.

there’s also a series with classic literature for the older audience.

anthropologie has sense & sensibility, little women, the sonnets & a lover’s complaint, wuthering heights, and pride & prejudice.  and of course i’m off to see what else is available as none of these titles thrill me either.

my first new york: early adventures in the big city looked interesting too:

it’s a collection of tales recounted by notable figures (actors, artists, etc.) of their experiences in the big apple.

another one that got added to the wish list is a personal style book by amanda brook with a foreword by diane von furstenberg called i love your style: how to define and refine your personal style.

i didn’t actually see these in store but they looked promising:

and since we’re on-topic, i finally got my own collection of the harry potter series.  harry potter is one of my favorite books and i have never had any copies of my own.  i started reading it in early high school and borrowed them from friends.  since i started reading when the series was still new, i had to wait each year for the next sequel and often forgot the details of previous books.  so it’s been a longtime personal goal to reread the series back to back, which i did this past christmas holiday.  and i purchased this box set but haven’t actually read any yet:

these are the british press version so it has the original spelling and text.  this is a special edition that comes with the original illustrations and an embossed signature from j.k. rowling.  it’s interesting to note the subtle differences between the bloombury and scholastic editions.  for example, did you know the original title for the first book is actually harry potter and the philosopher’s stone?  they changed it to the harry potter and the sorcerer’s stone in the us.  apparently they thought that kids wouldn’t be interested in something with philosophy in the title.

stackable giraffe family

i just saw these pots in the new anthropologie catalog and i love them.  they’re so adorable!  i like giraffes and when they’re stacked, they remind me of my “piggy back” art print from artist rachel deacon.  i actually do need a pot for my mini gerbera daisy plant at work but i wouldn’t want to orphan the baby and i wouldn’t know what to do with the others.  i need my own place already!  i have already added it to my amazon future home wish list but i wish i could have instant gratification.

anthropologie giraffe stack pots, taupe

"piggy back" by rachel deacon

the set of 3 stackable giraffe pots is being sold at anthropologie for $128 and is available in taupe (pictured in this post) and rainbow.  there’s also an elephant version.