Gossip Girl Star Leighton Meester In Sofia Vintage

Gossip Girl star, Leighton Meester, shopped at Chicago’s premier shopping destination, Sofia Vintage at 1165 North Clark Street, Suite 400 on Friday, January 1st. Leighton was in town for her performance at The Underground and was dressed head to toe in Sofia Vintage’s finest fashions for the red carpet including a sexy long sleeve open back, black lace top with trendy olive colored trousers.

Leighton in Sofia Vintage from the red carpet at The Underground (photo credit Rob Grabowski)

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charity: ball 2009

On Monday morning December 14th, 2009, in preparation for charity: water’s annual gala, their team ran their numbers and realized that in just over three years, they’d raised enough to give 970,000 people clean and safe drinking water. Their gala was only hours away. Their staff was nervous, excited, scared, exhausted and happy. They knew that when the 4th annual charity: ball was over, they just might be able to serve their first million people. A milestone for sure. 

Watch the sneak peek from the charity: ball 2009 hosted by charity: water.

Shortly after 9 p.m. the evening’s host, Adrian Grenier, took the stage and spoke about his dedication to ending the water crisis. Founder Scott Harrison recapped the year and gushed with thanks.

Interview With Daymond John

I’m so excited to share with you my interview with Daymond John founder of FUBU and star of ABC’s The Shark Tank. As a New Yorker myself the name FUBU rings many bells but mostly Mr. Daymond John and FUBU are a success story that inspired Marta all these years.

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A success story, an industry leader, a young entrepreneur, a man who has reached and surpassed new heights of commercial and financial success – just a fraction of classifications used to describe Daymond John. Over the last 18 years, Daymond has evolved into one of the most successful fashion icons in business today. Known as the “Godfather of Urban Fashion,” Daymond is also regarded one of the most sought after branding experts and motivational speakers in the country. Having graduated from waiting tables at Red Lobster to being the CEO of a multi-million dollar enterprise, complete with sky rise offices in the Empire State Building, Daymond John is living “the American Dream.”’

In this interview Daymond John talks to Marta Walsh about his beginnings in fashion. What made FUBU take off. His passion for inspiring others and giving back. His encounter with President Barack Obama. Why did he decide to join ABC’s Shark Tank. Gives advice to aspiring entrepreneurs. Describes his personal style, philosophy about beauty, and talks future plans.

Marta Walsh: When did your fascination with fashion and style begin?
Daymond John: It goes as far back as when I was 5 or 6 years old. I used to watch my mother put patterns of clothes on the floor and I helped her cut them with scissors and sew them all together. My own interest for fashion and style grew when I was 13 and around the time when Hip Hop began to emerge in Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and New York. The new music genre also translated into a change in how people used to dress on the street, and that was very inspiring to me.

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Emily Blunt In Marchesa Dress

Emily Blunt wears a Marchesa silver silk wool lace overlay dress with waist bow and sculpted star shoulder at “The Young Victoria” Los Angeles premiere, Thursday, December 3, 2009. Do you love?

About Marchesa: Co-founded by Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig, the company’s namesake and muse is the noted eccentric European style icon Marchesa Luisa Casati. The collection, designed by Georgina Chapman, is available in the United States at Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and specialty stores nationwide. Internationally it can be found at Harrods in London, Holt Renfrew in Canada, Joyce in Hong Kong, Alothman in Kuwait and other prestigious stores worldwide.

Karina Smirnoff Sizzles in Leslie Greene Jewelry

Leslie Greene Jewelry Photographed on ‘Dancing’ Pro Karina Smirnoff!

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Karina Smirnoff has sizzled on the stage with her Latin dances on ‘Dancing With The Stars,’ and now international dancing champion, Karina Smirnoff is heating up the fashion world in jewelry by famed designer Leslie Greene. Smirnoff wears the “Jovia” Ring and “Morandi” Earrings with such sophistication and ease, showing that pieces from Leslie Greene’s Sterling Silver collection can make any woman shine. We’d make a bet that all eyes are on Smirnoff wherever she goes!

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The Leslie Greene “Morandi” Earrings retail for $835, and the Leslie Greene “Jovia” Ring retails for $530. Both are now available at the recently launched Leslie Greene e-Boutique, www.lesliegreene.com .

Blessed & Cursed

Blessed & Cursed is a luxury denim company known for creating fashion that expresses individuality and originality. With Japanese fabric and Italian washes, Blessed & Cursed utilizes a specialised pattern technique ensuring the silhouette, as well as the fit, will give the body a slim elegant look. Women and men of all shapes will find in Blessed & Cursed jeans a new favorite.

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Celebrity Fans: Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes, Adrian Brody, Ashton Kutcher, Demi Moore, Mariah Carey, P.Diddy, Thomas Kretschmann, Michael Ballack, and many more.

Blessed & Cursed

Blessed & Cursed also offers accessories that can be teamed up with its jeans, such as leather and jeans jackets, vests, tanks, belts and other accessories.

Designer: Nicola Eibich

GRETA Beverly Hills’ Longest Lasting Boutique

Several hundred Hollywood stars, fashionistas, philanthropists and civic leaders dropped by Beverly Hills’ longest lasting boutique, GRETA, on Wednesday evening (November 18) from 6 – 9 pm for a first look at Sachin + Babi’s Resort 2010 collection, available exclusively in Beverly Hills at the fine women’s apparel establishment located at 141 S. Beverly Drive.

Celeb stylist George Blodwell and LA models wearing Sachin + Babi Resort 2010

The moment the red carpet rolled out, Beverly Hills Mayor Nancy Krasne proudly presented boutique owner Greta with a special commendation from the BH City Council recognizing the wonderful woman who has stayed in business on South Beverly Drive for 48 years. Michael Papajohn (“Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”), Chelsea Gilligan (Miss California Teen USA), Jazmin Whitely (MTV’s “House of Jazmin”), Judy Tenuta (star comedienne), Ben Mittleman (“Dying the Live”), Amanda Luttrel Garrigus (E!) and famed celebrity stylist George Blodwell joined the dozens of long-time Greta clients and friends enjoying fine French and German wines, delectable hors d’oeuvres from Mako and informal modeling by the most gorgeous professionals from LA Models.

Greta and Jazmin Whitley of MTV’s House of Jazmin.

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