Style expert Robert Verdi visited us on POPSUGAR Live! this morning to chat about all the excitement at New York Fashion Week. Robert, who is thankful it's not called "Fashion Month," dished on the biggest trends he sees emerging he front row. Plus, he tells us which celebrities have current trends down to a T.
New York Fashion Week rages on in the Big Apple! Today on POPSUGAR Live!, Allie Merriam reports from the Empire Hotel with the latest from the tents. We go behind the scenes at Kate Spade New York with Brad Goreski, talk with Carine Roitfeld about her new documentary, Mademoiselle C, and chat with style expert Robert Verdi about what's in and what's out on the front rows.
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Will Awards Season Red Carpet Dressing Finally Get More Interesting in 2011? Celebrity Stylists Think So
>> Will the impending red carpet awards season finally take things up a notch? Last year's Golden Globes saw Cathy Horyn bemoaning the "soggy n’ safe red carpet," and decreeing: "Most of the dresses last night offered little more than a paper-doll variation on styles of the past few years."
It seems that celebrity stylists agree, according to articles published in both the New York Times and WWD yesterday, and are ready to switch things up. Jeanne Yang, who has three 2011 Golden Globe nominees among her clients, told WWD: "The days of the beaded, silvery, gown-y thing are kind of done. I don't see anyone wanting that." And stylist Robert Verdi noted: "Women were so safe on the red carpet that it looked more like a Miss America contest. They were always one wave away from having a sash on.”
Stylist Jessica Paster, who pointed to Dior and Dolce & Gabbana as examples of where she sees the red carpet looks going, added: "A lot of the spring collections had vibrant, beautiful colors. Hopefully we will see a lot of that, plus softer silhouettes." In other words, out with the neutral-colored, strapless, body-hugging gowns of red carpets past.
The Times highlighted Kate Bosworth's recent Spring 2011 Jil Sander look of white tee and long green skirt and Elle Fanning's choice of Rodarte earlier this week as indicators of the tides of change. But stylists aside, maybe Christian Siriano put it best on why things are bound to change: "Everybody got so bored that nobody cares about being on the worst-dressed list. The attention span is so much shorter that even if someone does wear something over the top, everybody forgets two days later — which is bad for us designers, but good for them.”
Robert Verdi and I go way back. I first met him when I attended my first New York Fashion Week, when he was still host of Full Frontal Fashion on Metro TV in New York. The year was 2000 and he was asking my stylish roomie and me about our outfits. For Fashion Institute of Technology sophomores, that's a big deal. Plus, he went to F.I.T. too so we just gabbed and gabbed. Verdi is still very much around styling Eva Longoria, interior designing for the stars, hosting television shows and speaking to us about our next first lady's style at the Juicy Couture 5th Avenue store opening party. He's not the gushing type, and he spoke a bit about the Jackie O comparison people have been making. Nonetheless, interesting stuff. Listen up!
“Here’s the skinny: She looked like a lava lamp [after Obama's acceptance speech] and we all know that. I didn’t like that light bright dress and I think she could have made a better choice. I like that she wore an American designer, I think she should continue to wear American fashion and speak the style of the nation in her public appearances and then move towards an international flavor."
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This week's Life & Style magazine checks in with celebrity home-style guru Robert Verdi to get his top five home trends for Fall. With the exception of animal prints — will they ever stop making a comeback? — I'm really excited about all of these looks, especially the yellow accessories.
The Life & Style spreads also features some other must haves; I'm really loving the cheerful citrine Anthroplogie Backyard Wine Glass. Here are Verdi's five Fall trends to watch.
- Animal-print pillows and area rugs add a sexy but tasteful touch.
- Organic wood baskets are great for stylish storage!
- Yellow accessories, like lamp shades and candles, brighten up any room.
- Lacquer is chic in small doses and very trendy for fall. Think breakfast trays, vases, vanities, and end tables.
- It's all about upholstered headboards, which look softer than four-poster beds.