Friday, December 19, 2008

CRUSH: The World at Your Fingertips

Jewelry designer Matina Amanita uses architectural influences and wanderlust to take individuality to a whole new level with the launch of a new collection of cocktail rings named ‘Globetrotter.’ Inspired by her world travels to fashioned landmarks such as the Shibuya Triangle in Tokyo, each ring reflects a different, city, country, or landmark and features vertical stacks of gold, silver, and precious gemstones. My favorite pick: the ring reminiscent of New York’s Chrysler Building ($660). These statement pieces define elegance and convey a world savvy sense of style. Visit

LOOK BOOK: Grown-Up Dakota?

We all remember the little Lucy Dawson from the I am Sam (2001). My how much little Dakota Fanning has grown up in front of our eyes. But looking at her newest movie trailers for Push it’s hard to believe that she’s only 14 years old!

A-LIST: Say My Name

Shakespeare may be the first to question, “What’s in a name?,” but in the fashion world of celebrity supermodels, design houses, and haute-couture clothing labels, last names reign supreme. Tracking the star players requires skills, and as the fashion scene becomes increasingly international even the most up-to-date fashionista can get tongue tied. Thanks to a helpful audio guide on, you can listen to the proper pronunciation of more than 40 designer names such as Hervé Léger, Trussardi, and Loewe. Start with these five designer names avoid butchering the best of the world’s designers:

1. Givenchy (zhee-von-shee)

(Hubert James Taffin de Givenchy, Designer)

2. Bulgari (Ball-gah-ree)

(Sotirio Bulgari, Founder)

3. Jean Paul Gaultier (Go-tee-ay)

(Jean Paul Gaultier, Designer)

4. Christian Louboutin (Loo-boo-tin)

(Christian Louboutin, Designer)

5. Hermés (Heir-mez)

(Thierry Hermés, Founder)