Monday, March 9, 2015

Big Sister Boston Draws Big Names and Even Bigger Bucks

Big Sister, Jessica Burday and Little Sister, Syleena

Boston tastemakers took to the catwalk last week to help raise some serious coin for the Big Sister Association of GreaterBoston. The mentoring organization partnered with Boston Common magazine, Bloomingdale’s and a host of notables for their 5th annual Make a Statement Fashion Show at the Revere Hotel. 

Delectable canapés and flutes of Whispering Angel rosé circled a sold-out crowd of more than 350 that included State Representative William “Smitty” Pignatelli, clothing designer Michael De Paulo; social butterfly Abby Cushman; and style bloggers Kimberly Gioioso and Jessica Hennessy of The Haute Mamas.

Boston Ballet dancers opened the evening and were followed by a welcome from Deborah Re, CEO of Big Sister Boston. Models sported designer pieces curated locally by Bloomingdale’s in Chestnut Hill and Crane & Lion, a fitness apparel brand. In addition to members of the Big Sister community strutting under the spotlight, the star-studded stage welcomed former U.S. Senator Scott Brown and his wife, Gail Huff; posh pair Tonya and Ben Mezrich; baseball babes Jason and Catherine Varitek; Boston Common’s Lisa Pierpont; and Bianca de la Garza. 

Dining Playbook's Jenny Johnson commanded emcee duties alongside Gary Tanguay of Comcast SportsNet. The duo kept the crowd under control as a slew of sought-after prizes went up for bid. On the auction block: an African safari, two tickets to see piano man, Billy Joel at Fenway Park this summer and (my personal favorite) a chichi dinner party for a dozen friends courtesy of the Catered Affair – I’d like a seat at that table. If you scored this mouthwatering swag, call me. 

The fashion fête raked in more than $140,000 and proceeds will help “Little Sisters” achieve their full potential by fostering positive mentor relationships with “Big Sisters.” If you missed the event, it’s never too late to lend your support here.

Boston Ballet

Bianca de la Garza

Lisa Pierpont

Gail Huff and Scott Brown




 
Tonya and Ben Mezrich

Catherine and Jason Varitek
  
Jessica Diaz // Ms. Fit for Society
 

Kimberly Gioioso, Jessica Hennessy and Rue Le Chat

Photos // Yuri Vaysgant

Monday, March 2, 2015

Claire Underwood's House of Style


In honor of the season three release of House of Cards a mere 72 hours ago, I'm talking all things Claire today. I've been mesmerized with the minimal-chic-power dressing of Robin Wright since her Netflix debut as Mrs. Frank Underwood in 2013. I just can't get enough of the well-tailored, Washington, D.C. wardrobe she so elegantly sports in seasons one and two. A consumer of clean lines and architecturally-sound pieces, the pixie-haired goddess rocks a shift dress and man-tailored shirt like nobody's business.  

Claire has offered us a promenade of high-end, form-fitting staples and left many suffering from serious closet envy. Her monochromatic mile of black, navy and grey in the likes of Narciso Rodriguez, Ralph Lauren, Theory and Burberry has left me salivating. And if you haven't yet begged for a glass of Champagne to quell your thirst, then this may not be the fashion show for you.

Neutral tones aside, the one pop of color that has
continually appeared on-screen in past seasons has come in the form of red bottoms. Just thinking about the suede Louboutin boots Claire sported in season two makes me weak in the knees. Remember the episode where she had a mini-cry sesh on her staircase (looming over the endless souls she'd stepped on to get to the top)? Then, with the blink of an eye, she hoisted herself onto her scarlet soles (see what I did there?) and walked away as if all was well in the world. Icy indeed, but that's classic Claire. It's easy to hate her, but I'm sure we'd all love to live in her closet. 

Can you just imagine her carrying a crimson Céline calfskin tote?! The accessories don't run that wild this season, but expect to see an off-the-shoulder pale blue-lilac suit for the presidential portrait (a gorgeous piece) and a burgundy suit in a key Air Force One scene. I'm welcoming this wardrobe refresh because there are times when you just need to make a statement. But then again, this is Claire Underwood we're talking about and no statement (bold or otherwise) is necessary when you're the First Lady of the United States…or playing one on TV for that matter.

With Wright's personal stylist, Kemal Harris, at the helm as Claire's costume designer, we can expect inspiration from the late Katherine Hepburn, Lauren Bacall and Carolyn Bassette-Kennedy. This D.C. dame's famed black dresses and Louboutins have taken a backseat as a new First Lady look is revealed. In a recent interview with Today.com, Harris said this about the new look

I wanted Claire to have the chance to be vulnerable and feminine without losing her true self. Her character has been fighting her way to the top for the past two seasons, looking focused and streamlined in her protective armor of strict, sharp tailoring. I softened the collars of her blouses, added kick-pleats to the pencil skirts, opted for softer sleeves on jackets and used quite a few full skirt options. Colors include pale lilac, deep green, burgundy, raspberry and lots of blue. I made a concerted effort to avoid black in her wardrobe.

What do you think of Claire Underwood's style? Love it? Hate it? Tell me!






images via Glamour.com