Last Call Neiman Marcus Designer Shoe Sale this Wednesday

March 31st, 2012

This Wednesday, tell your boss you caught the Ebola virus. Lie to your manager and tell ‘em you contracted a deadly case of Montezuma’s Revenge. Tell your kiddos mommy needs a time-out or she’ll have an EPIC meltdown. Give your husband a deep-tissue back massage. Beg your dad for some early birthday dough. You know, do whatever it takes to make it to Last Call Neiman Marcus because on Wednesday, April 4th at 9 a.m. there’s a super duper DESIGNER SHOE SALE, SHOE FREAKS. Yep, scoop up Christian Louboutins, Blahniks, YSLs and Pradas for next-to-nada. See you there! Psst: Get to the stores early — there’s a line. Every. Single. Time.

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Black Balled

March 30th, 2012

This past week has been a blur of sorts. I managed to get my act together this a.m. compliments of two cups of Dunkin Donuts coffee, so enjoy some pics from the Blacks’ Annual Gala where monies raised benefitted The Consequences Foundation. I wore a mix of high and rock-bottom low in the form of a  Haute Hippie marabou vest, Target tank and Calvin Klein sequin skirt. Here I am with gal pals Mary Anne Salvat, Mary Jo Shore and Tara Gilani.

Here’s the lady of the hour, Real Housewife of Miami Lea Black with THE COLLECTION’s Ken Gorin. Lea took the stage for the auction and can work a crowd like no other! Lea was able to finagle Queen Latifah and Tony Bennett performances — pretty amazeballs.

Love Tara Solomon’s sequin shorts, fishnets and pearls for days. And here’s AC Slater AKA Mario Lopez who taped an EXTRA segment. He’s actually ridiculously cute in person. Must be those darling dimples.

Here’s another Real Housewife of Miami, Alexia Echevarria, with her hubby, Linda Flanagan and Ken Gorin. They don’t call Alexia “Cuban Barbie” for nothing. She is the epitome of every-hair-in-its-place perfection. New cast member Joanna Krupa and returnee Adriana De Moura were also in attendance but my faves Marysol and Elsa Patton were notably absent. Waah, waah.

I’m obsessed with MIAMI mag’s Anne Owen (in a sweet way, not a stalkerish-I-want-to-lock-you-up-in-my-basement-kinda way, FYI). Pictured alongside Lazaro Arias, Anne can rock blunt bangs and bob à la Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction which is an impossible feat, really. Totes jelly.

I spy my besties Lorena and Gil Dezer checking out a Maserati up for auction.

Here’s the crew I ended up leaving with — Maile Gamez, James Wark and Luisa Jimenez. We wound up poolside with DJ Questlove grooving to Nirvana. Only in Miami, folks.

Photos by World Red Eye

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Yigal Azrouel and I have a Chat

March 28th, 2012

When it comes to ultra feminine and modern designs, Yigal Azrouël has got it in the bag. The Israeli-born designer of French-Moroccan descent launched his eponymous women’s wear label in 1998 to critical acclaim and by 2000 began participating in New York Fashion Week. Best known for his feminine designs and expert use of draping, self-taught Azrouël paid Miami a visit today at Saks Bal Harbour for a personal appearance.

Dressed in a mix of high-and-low (Yigal moto jacket, American Apparel Tee, Ralph Lauren jeans and Hollywood shoes from Tokyo), I kinda sorta maybe fell in love with the design wiz — I mean, really, with those come-hither looks and ridiculous talent, who wouldn’t? Here’s our chat.

Your atelier is located in New York’s Garment District and you source 70 percent of the collection locally, why is this important to you? I like to cook my own food, if you know what I mean.  I also want to support our local economy.

Why are your creations the perfect fit for Miami woman? Miami has a wonderful energy. The women here are very sexy and trendy.

You are here today to show us your separate, under-the-radar line, Cut 25. Describe Cut 25 for those not-in-the-know. Cut 25 is my younger, trendier collection. It’s named Cut 25 because it started with 25 pieces, my lucky number is 25 and the letter Y is the 25th letter in the alphabet. I was also born on August 25.

Share with us something most people don’t know about you: I am the youngest of eight children!

When in Miami, what is your go-to restaurant? I enjoy Carpaccio at Bal Harbour Shops and recently ate at Cecconi’s at Soho House which was very good as well.

Where do you like to shop when in the Magic City? I really like walking around the Design District.

Ooh, do we forsee a future Design District Yigal Azrouël standalone store? Ha ha! Maybe.

Where are you staying on this particular jaunt? The St. Regis Bal Harbour. It’s amazing.

If you weren’t a designer, what would be plan B? I would have been a surfer. Most definitely.

Electric Blogarella, The Fashion Poet, Yigal and moi

Oooh…a Saks Bal Harbour first — drum roll please — a Blogger’s Twitter lounge. Loved that! Follow me @MariaTettamanti.

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Oh, Baby. A Gander into Arabella Maria’s Nursery

March 28th, 2012

The Wordy Girl is an aunt again! Sound the celebration alarm! My sister, Vivian, gave birth last week to Arabella Maria (don’t you just love her middle name? Duh, of course you do) last Thursday and I’m over-the-moon for her. The big sis lives in McLean, Virginia (just a stone’s throw from D.C.) and I asked her to share Arabella’s sweet digs with your crazy kitty cats. I love the hand-painted pinstripe walls and darling bedding, chandelier, butterfly mirrors and rug from Pottery Barn Kids. Something tells me Arabella is going to adore it, too.

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Brian Atwood to Unveil First-Ever Handbag Collection on Gilt

March 27th, 2012

It appears my imaginary boyfriend Brian Atwood is up to new shenanigans. And by shenanigans I mean he’s CREATING A HANDBAG LINE. Yes, totes big dealz. For realz. And his debut is an unconventional one as well. Atwood’s first-ever handbag collection will launch exclusively on at noon on March 28. Is your alarm set? Consider yourself warned.

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