Maternity Style, Commuting Shoes, Big Girl Style and the crazed world of Brad Boles
Commuting shoes, bus lanes, legendary ladies, and the anything goes but you… UN Lane!
The domino traffic effect…
Forget New York City when the UN is in session like it was last week! That and the fact that we New Yorkers become subjected to traffic backup for miles in the kind of grid lock not even found on a Cartier bracelet.
Think about my friend, the time-challenged Lauren Arpel. Crazy traffic makes Lauren dizzy, therefore she showed up in the WRONG Italian restaurant for a dinner I organized with my very own editor in chief Sharon Haver and the gorgeous Julie Anne Rhodes from The Roving Stove who was in from Los Angeles. Imagine the wrong Italian restuatant– oh sure, they all end in a vowell. Lauren is not even blonde!
Commuting shoes…oh, yes.
Now with all that traffic you see women racing around the streets and, of course, ill-fitting stilettos are not the most comfy to walk around wearing so they turn to the visually offensive fugly "comuting" shoes.
Ladies, why must you think tennis shoes are exceptable or a pair of rubber flip-flops with a business outfit?
Please leave the tennis shoes for just that… a tennis court! While you’re thinking tennis, don’t miss our own Sharon on The Tennis Channel‘s Take Five: fashion show this month.
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As you may have heard the ladies of THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW YORK CITY are back!
Filming started this week on Season 4 and, boy, what a season its going to be! Guaranteed they are going to be a lot of tennis balls flying!
Do you know which of the Housewives takes the bus? I do and let’s say its more about saving money then it is convenience.
The legendary Greta Garbo was famous for taking the bus and Sharon even once spotted her on the Second Avenue bus in New York! The ever timeless Kathrine Hepburn was also an old school city bus rider-, two style icon’s that we all could take a lession or two from. I’ve never seen a picture of them wearing tennis shoes have you?
Looking like a legend…
Remember Kathrine gave women the freedom to wear pants and still look feminine. This fall, Carolina Herrera has some of the best pants to flatter ladies with the long legs.
Pair that with a soft leather classic flats such as the iconic black and white Chanel. Grab a 35 cm black Kelly Bag with a scarf loosely tied around the handle and you to will look like a legend!
Pregnant and still having style…
Next to tennis shoes sending me over the edge would be pregnant women that simply give up on style when carrying. There is nothing more beautiful then a pregnant women. Alright, maybe that last month isn’t so glamorous, but up to that point there should be no excuses.
>> SHOP: Maternity Fashion
Fashionable maternity separates can be found at every price point, Pea in the Pod for example has some very stylish pieces. Just look at Claudia Shiffer working the look. After birth you girls tend to let things slip what’s this ponytail and sweatpants and flipflops!
Big girl style tips…
This week I turn to Suzanne. Do you remember her from last week! Suzanne is the eyeliner fiend! We are going to ask her a few question about looking stylish when you have big girl challenges…
>> SHOP: Plus Size Clothing
Brad: You’re a big girl and a glam girl too. What do you consider the hardest challenge when shopping for large-size clothes?
Suzanne:Finding flattering separates that coordinate and look contemporary yet comfortable when your over a size 16. A great handbag and elegant shoes can make or break a look.
Brad: When it comes to color what do you avoid and what do you feel complements you?
Suzanne:I’m drawn to dark colors like browns and black as well as charcoal grey in pants skirts, I like to coordinate a jewel toned blouses in a soft satan such as amethest, turquoise, or ruby, its great because you can go from day to evening with this look, just add a little more eyeliner after dark!I avoid light bright colors from the waist down, I’m looking to slenderize not emphasize. keeping the bright colors above the waist lights up my face!
Brad: Well, thank you for sharing with us!
Beauty comes in many forms I have dressed women of all sizes and shapes know your body type and what flatters you if you don’t know, bring you best gay friend along you’ll always get honest advice. Leave the trends for the girls in there twenties and if your really a size 6 don’t try and squeeze into a 2. Look to the legends if you need style advice. And avoid Manhattan when the UN is in session!
And how was your week? – Brad Boles
Photos: Rob Rich, SocietyAllure.com
Brad Boles landed in New York in the early eighties at the height of “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" and worked his way up the make-up artist ladder to fame with his work being featured on the cover's of countless fashion magazines, as well as editorial spreads. MTV was his playground working with the most celebrated artists of the time from Pat Benatar to Grace Jones.
When Hollywood came calling, he landed his first film doing Kim Cattrall’s make-up and went on to work with Reese Witherspoon, Gina Gershon, Sandra Bernhard, Karen Black, Billy Zane, Andrew McCarthy and more.
Brad was the creative director for Denise Rich for 12 years as her stylist and make-up artist, as well as designing her legendary parties for such luminaries as President Clinton, Patti Labelle, Natelie Cole, and Richard Avedon.
Later, Brad opened a store of exotic interiors in NYC in 2002 and then opened a store in Moscow! Brad also designed the Zarin Fabrics showroom with Jill Zarin thus leading to being on the “The Real Housewives of New York City” seen as Jill Zarin's gay husband. Brad is currently working globally on interior projects and has been busy doing interiors in New York City, The Hamptons, Moscow, Morocco, and Dubai.
He has shot the pilot for his own TV show produced by Nancy Glass Productions. Look for his coffee table book, "The Art of Extravagant Luxury" coming soon. Brad and Sharon Haver are developing a style book and series.