Thursday, July 29, 2010

FASHION'S NUMBER ONE FAN

DO YOU HAVE A PASSION FOR FASHION?
CBS ANNOUNCES A NATIONWIDE ONLINE CONTEST TO FIND 
"FASHION'S NUMBER ONE FAN"


With the Winner to Be Selected by CBS, Vogue, the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) and NYC & Company, and Flown to New York City for the Biggest Fashion Party in History: Fashion's Night Out 2010!

Fashionistas can upload a 30- to 90-second video of themselves explaining why they love fashion and why they should be chosen FASHION'S NUMBER ONE FAN at
www.CBS.com/FNO

The winner of FASHION'S NUMBER ONE FAN will receive the following prizes:
  ·  Two round-trip airline tickets to New York City for the winner and a guest
  ·  A five-night stay for two at the five-star Mandarin Oriental, New York
  ·  Two exclusive seats to Fashion's Night Out: The Show at Lincoln Center on Sept 7
  ·  The lucky winner will be driven in the all new 2011 Volkswagen Jetta for 

     Fashion's Night Out
  ·  Two tickets to a Fashion Week show
  ·  Exclusive Fashion's Night Out merchandise
  ·  Two tickets to Green Day's American Idiot on Broadway
  ·  One year's worth of Maybelline New York cosmetics in a signature makeup

     artist kit
  ·  A $500 Macy's electronic gift card, plus an appointment with a Macy's by 

     Appointment (MBA) personal shopper

Good Luck to Fashionistas Everywhere!
the team @
parkerandpaige

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Our Ultimate Closet: Summer Edition



We've Got 8 Summer Favorites that are ALL a Must-Have for YOUR Closet & 4 New Pairings of some of Our Favorite Pieces at parkerandpaige Matched-Up with some of Our Favorite Accessories of the Season to Complete Over 8 New Looks for YOU to complete a Wardrobe that Transitions Easily from Day into Night. 





SUMMER SPARKLES IN THE PENELOPE
To Shimmer Is To Shine...

Sequins have certainly not gone OUT of style this summer.
Get your fix with the Penelope for only $150 ($135 for Facebook Fans!).



For make-up try going back to basics with a semi-thick brown pencil liner, a palette of brown & pink eye shadows, and gobs of mascara - think a Robert Palmer Video - the beginning of the 80's smoky eye.


Tone it down with opaque tights to be demur about how you choose to shine.

OR Jazz it up by putting your bronzed bare legs into heels that demand attention. Try a bright color that will contrast well with the dress' black bodice, like these fancy numbers from Michael Lewis.
Talk about fun & flirty...



For make-up, try contrasting tones in your liner & shadows in shades of neon that's reminiscent of slap-bracelets.


AMBER, TIFFANY, COURTNEY, WHO??
Only a child of the 80's could appreciate names like the ones above (especially since so many of us carry them as our own). Bring back your own BATTLEFIELD OF LOVE with help from this pink strapless number by Suzanne Lay.


Go Prepster by adding this bright green button-up to your shoulders.
The color combo will instantly turn you into a walking ad for Lilly Pulitzer.


OR Try a more Hipster approach by baring your shoulders for the hot, summer sun & donning these Mary Jane like heels from Beyond Skin - an ethical fashion label based out of London that's in the business of creating handmade vegan shoes from recycled fabrics.



Complete the effortless look by throwing a messenger bag over one shoulder.


Whether "Hipster" is in or out, the Cross Body Bag is DEFINITELY STILL all the rage this season.


These are both off shopbop.
We thought we'd show you some in black & brown, and let You decide.


Either way, we've known from the start, IT MUST HAVE BEEN LOVE...



JUST LIKE PALM TREES BLOWIN' IN THE BREEZE...
The Palm Halter Dress from Red Doll is a classic favorite when paired with a bright, summer day.
It's silk chiffon fabric blows will leave you feelin' breezy on even the most stickiest of days.

Dress it down with your favorite flashback jean jacket - OPEN at the front - And don't forget to pop the collar & do a lil' sleeve roll, just for effect.

Pair your faded denim with the new peep-toe wedges from TOMS & you've just kicked it old school.


 

OR Dress it up with nude patent leathers, like these from Christian Louboutin, and the latest LV summer tote, and suddenly you're prepped for a hot night out on the town.
  


THE PEONY
The Fabric is flowy. The cut is classic. The color is crisp. The workmanship is wonderful. No wonder this floor-length evening gown must be specially orders & custom made. But Don't Worry - You're Worth It. And for $926 the Peony is Worth Every Penny...


Pair it with a shimmery clutch to get your shine on, or strikingly high heels to let the gown's fabric really flow as you strut your stuff.


Check out our finds below from saks.com: A Judith Leiber clutch & some more of the elegantly classic Christian Louboutin heels.


Any way you put it, to own a one-of-a-kind custom-made gown that you look jaw-droppingly handsome in will be a feeling you will ALWAYS remember (and cherish!).

And there you have it: A list that's to-die for. Hard-to-find must-haves. And total show-stoppers. ONLY at parker+paige.
Happy Shopping!
the team @parkerandpaige

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Friday, July 16, 2010

Designer of the Exquisite Corpse Cast in Season 8 of Project Runway

He passed the first time the network called him about their hit reality show, but it looks as though parker+paige's very own Michael Drummond is ready to take a chance & try his hand at competition once again, not at STLFW's Project: Design! (a competition he already won back in the spring of 2009), but to Heidi Klum's challenges on Project Runway.

Based in St. Louis, the locals are obviously very excited & proud.  Below are some excerpts from local press, breaking the news on this mini-superstar in the making -- 


St. Louis designers rock Project Runway Season 8
Congrats to Michael Drummond and A.J. Thouvenot, the adorable dynamic St. Louis-based designers who have been making a splash in local circles for years.
To know them is to know that they were made for reality TV -- in a good way.... 

And then there is Michael, whose destiny was foretold after he won a "Project Design," contest at St. Louis Fashion Week. One of the judges was "Project Runway" semifinalist Jerell Scott. Oh, yeah, and me. I sat next to Jerell and he honestly started raving about the Michael's clothes before we'd seen the third outfit in his collection.
Michael's line is called Exquisite Corpse and he's known around town for beautifully tortured knits.
Drummond was a crowd favorite although his aesthetic confused some. In a written statement about his design philosophy in the program booklet, Drummond explained, "I often try to make the garment a little frightening or ugly. I want my garments to look like they might walk away if you don't pay attention to them."

'Project Runway' will feature pair of St. Louis designers this season
By Jeff Small
St. Louis, MO (KSDK) -- Two fashion designers from St. Louis are about to hit the big time. Both designers will be competing on the hit show, Project Runway. A Washington University professor believes Michael Drummond has exactly what it takes to come home a winner. Costume director Bonnie Kruger has worked across Europe with Michael Drummond. "He creates things for people that just make them glow and when people put his clothes on it makes them happy," Kruger said. Kruger believes Michael Drummond used all of his many gifts to impress a tough group of judges to be selected for Project Runway...


The designer's casting video & closet tour are already viewable on Lifetime.com, as well as photos from "past Drummond Collections", but we've got the designer's current pieces (some of which were a part of Our Low 35 promotion this summer, and they are ALL available at facebook.com/parkerandpaige -- at least until the filming starts.  
Show airs July 29, 9PM ET.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Spring 2011: Menswear

Sure, we know what you're thinking: How could we possibly be talking spring of an entirely different year, when it is still the summer of 2010?  But regardless of whether or not its on your radar or not, the truth of the matter is, that you count on it to be on ours.  That's why we've been tuned in to hear the hottest gossip from fashionistas, and have been talking! (I mean, hell -- What else do we got to do?)  And the latest thing on the gossip train has been straight off the streets at New York Market Week.

Seems like neutrals are not only in for the gals, there gonna be chic for our gal pal as well -- 
Men's Spring 2011 Trend: By the Sea
Casual dressing infused with a seaside flair and a bohemian attitude is the unifying message for the spring collections being shown at New York market week. The must-haves are pleated shorter shorts,... to read more, simply click here.
Shifting into Neutral: Men's 2011 Spring Trend
From the Milan and Paris runways, designers are tapping into sandy tones and turning to neutral hues for the spring season.  To continue reading, click here.


In the way of menswear, we know many of our fans have become impatient over Mi Chiamo Eka (the much talked about custom tailoring from Ebong Eka in Washington, D.C.).  And although we all hate to be a tease (yeah, right! everyone knows it's fun every once in a blue moon), parker+paige has been pursuing the collections of some other up-and-coming designers to help salivate your palette for the shopping ahead...

The first is REIGN a collection from St. Louis-based designer (& STLFW Project: Design! Alum), Paul Gibson.  Reign is all about dressing the way you want to be perceived, and reigning supreme by way of unique personal style.  We got a hold of his latest look book via a photo shoot posted on Facebook, and perceived this Midwest designer to be a little bit more than H-O-T hot...

And the second, is a line we've mentioned before out of Chicago, because of it's participation in Gen Art's Fresh Faces in Fashion Chicago last fall.  But for some reason, we just can't get the name DORSIA off of our minds.  It's probably because of the amount of feedback we heard from the gents on Our Facebook Page, clamoring for more from this newbie designer.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Bravo's "The Fashion Show" Comes to St. Louis


Attention St. Louis fashion designers: Bravo's "The Fashion Show" hosted by Isaac Mizrahi is looking to do a local casting call, but wants to confirm 25 interview candidates first! If you're interested or know someone who is contact Beth Schlegel  with Fashion Group International of St. Louis TODAY!!




Checkout the FGI Facebook invite to read more about the dets by clicking here.