Sunday, October 25, 2009

I'm In The New York Daily News, Dahlings!


Today's New York Daily News has an article about people who want to be on reality television, including moi. (It is my dream to have a makeover show called "You Have No Taste!") Here is a link to the Internet version:

It has a lovely photo of your faithful correspondent, but the full newspaper article has a full-length shot of yours truly, along with Bucky the Wonderdog! (Sorry for the poor quality, but newspaper has a way of scanning badly. As does my assistant.)


Elisa & Bucky the Wonderdog

Friday, October 23, 2009

Maybelline's Colorsensational Tour


During Fashion Week, Maybelline set up a booth in the main lobby of the tents in Bryant Park. I visited several times and was given some marvelous lipsticks (this is NOT a paid post). The young ladies there were very helpful; particularly when I forgot to put any lipstick in my makeup kit and arrived at the tents in a panic. They gave me two shades that matched both my coloring and my outfit, one for daytime and one for "after five".

The location is the South Street and Pier 17 downtown, from 11-4 pm, and admission is free. The first 100 visitors will receive a free lipstick, and Maybelline is offering makeovers, fall fashion tips, and the guests include editors from top magazines.

For more information, go to:
I hope to see you there!

Elisa & Bucky the Wonderdog

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Gorgeous Plus Size Vintage Coats At The House of Style!


I may not be feeling tremendously creative these days. However, I can shill some of my goods in the meantime.

First, and ending SOON, is this amazing, freshly cleaned, like-new vintage dark brown unsheared beaver hooded ski jacket, size XXL:

Also ending soon is this luxurious cashmere princess seamed coat, with a genuine broadtail lamb collar. By Ronnie Sophisticates, size XL:

And in my store, there is a vintage 1950s evening coat in lipstick red, with rhinestone buttons and a shadow stripe design! It's priced to sell, so do please take a look:

There will be more coats listed this week, so remember to check back often!

Elisa & Bucky the Wonderdog

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Collector's Weekly Interview with "Mad Men" propmaster!


My dear friend Melissa sent me this link to the Collector's Weekly interview with Mad Men's meticulous prop master, Scott Buckwald!


Elisa & Bucky the Wonderdog

Can You Tell I Have Writer's Block?


I have had writer's blog (or dictation block, since I generally dictate this blog-thing to my assistant). Even though there are a plethora of things to write about...Wilbur Pack's Market Week party, Project Runway, Balloon Boy... I find my voice temporarily stilled.

So for now, I'll go for a cheap laugh from somewehere else:

epic fail pictures
see more Epic Fails

Thank you,!

Elisa & Bucky the Wonderdog

Monday, October 12, 2009

Preparing the Menu for My "House" Viewing Party


The first rule of entertaining is: invite interesting guests. The second is: unless it's a birthday or anniversary, have an interesting central theme. The third is: abundant food and drink. Later tonight is the "Instant Karma" episode of House, and so I though I would share my party menu with all of my wonderful readers. If you have any suggestions for future viewing parties, please do send them on in the "Comments" section.

(I should note that for "Project Runway" I only serve Krug and caviar. Otherwise it tends to get messy when people start arguing over who sent the ugliest garment down the runway.)

Jack Daniels for House fans
Cosmopolitans for Wilson fans
Australian chardonnay and Foster's Lager for Chase fans.
Mimosas for Cuddy and Cameron fans
Plain water for Foreteen fans

Vindaloo curry in honor of Stacy and Kutner
Asian fusion chicken in honor of Amber
Sweet and sour pork for Huddy shippers
Toothpicks for 13 fans
Jasmine rice for Cameron fans

Babka for Taub fans
Lemon creampuffs for Hameron shippers.
Dark chocolate mousse for Foreman fans
Vegan brownies for Cuddy fans
Fudgecake for Hilson shippers

My guests will be arriving soon--must dash!

Elisa & Bucky the Wonderdog*

*his favorite character is Evil Nurse Brenda

Friday, October 09, 2009

Guest Blogger: "The September Issue" Film Review


My dear friend Sumana Harihareswara, (say that five times fast), is a technology executive who does the sort of work I don't understand and can't possibly explain. And she is a delightful person. Now this might have you thinking, "Is our faithful correspondent in a parallel universe? Is she high? A technology executive, delightful?"

Fear not, cherished readers, my sanity is intact. Sumana brings a perspective to the arena of fashion that I find refreshing, since those that toil in the fields of style tend to suffer from, shall we say, an atrophied sense of irony. Everything, from what hemline is in to what shoulder treatment Diane Von Furstenberg is using, is so deadly serious.

In any event, we attended the film, The September Issue, together, and her review is well worth reading. It sums up much of what we discussed afterward. (The link to her blog, Cogito Ergo, Sumana, is on the right.)

And by the way, the hats for the $50,000 photo shoot set in the 1920s were made by the amazingly talented Ellen Christine of Ellen Christine Millinery. She supplied much of the wondrous headgear I sported during New York Fashion Week!



Elisa & Bucky the Wonderdog

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Project Runway's One-Hour Macy's Commercial


I think Tim Gunn dies a little inside every time he has to say, "And use the Macy's accessory wall." Somehow Tim Gunn and Macy's don't seem to belong in the same sentence. (On the other hand, the Tommy Hilfiger New York Fashion Week show was eerily like watching the Macy's Better Sportswear Department take the runway. I mean, a khaki trenchcoat? Yes, yes, designers have to give the buyers what they want, but how much effort does it take to be that unoriginal?)

This week's challenge was to design two looks for Macy's in-house brand, INC, using only the color blue. Moreover, the designers had to split into teams of two. All ten designers had to pitch their ideas to a Macy's executive (who was also one of the judges), and she chose the top five, who could then pick their partners. Team challenges are obviously even more stressful that the regular challenges, plus for some reason, the designers are continuously being forced to come up with their looks in one day. What is this, Survivor? Are they going to make Nicolas eat bugs??

Althea chose Logan as her partner (and despite his chemistry with Carol Hannah, they did seem to make a love connection as they worked). Christopher chose Epperson, and they got along very well, so they did not get a lot of a camera time. Louise chose Nicolas, which was not a good idea. The man hates ruffles. Despises ruffles. Wishes ruffles had never been invented. And if memory serves, everything Louise has sent down the runway has been a little shift dress decorated with--you guessed it--ruffles.

Irina chose Gordana for her partner, and they did not get along. Let's just say they made Louise and Nicolas look like they were on The Bachelor. I can't remember how Carol Hannah and Shirin made out (pardon the pun), so they were probably too boring to log much footage other than B-roll.

Christopher and Epperson fell madly in love with their creations, while Nicolas obviously wanted to set fire to the two hideous dresses he and Louise designed. Surprise! Little dresses with ruffles! Really bad ruffles this time. It's the same when somebody cooks when they're angry--the food tastes awful.

Then came the judging--and the Duchess himself, Michael Kors was BACK! Looking as orange as a ripe Halloween pumpkin, and twice as bitchy. (Oui, it's a bit of a stretch to say a pumpkin can be bitchy, but I've known some nasty root vegetables in my time.) The other judges were Heidi, the Macy's exec, and some female fashion editor who was not Nina Garcia. This is getting truly tiresome. However, Heidi's bloodlust level has gone up every week, and she was practically slobbering at the thought of ripping a designer a new one. She clearly loved intoning "One--or more--of you will be out," since she said it twenty times during the episode, probably even when she was not on-camera.

As for the looks, this was one of the most uninspired runway shows of the season. Perhaps Project Runway should concentrate less on sleep-depriving the designers and give them some interesting challenges for a change.

Team Irina turned out an uninspired maxi dress that, with exception of some spangles on the top, looked like thousands of maxi dresses I've seen in New York and East Hampton this year.

Gordana designed a beautiful draped top with a ruched waist, despite Irina constantly shooting down her ideas.

Team Althea produced a suit with a skirt that was so tight it rode up as the model walked.

As mentioned, Team Louise produced the closest thing to vomit on the runway that I've seen yet.

Team Carol Hannah turned out a strange loopy-loooking blue blouse with a high waisted skirt, and a tunic top with leggings.

Team Christopher was devastated by the judges' sheer hatred of Epperson's shiny shirtdress and Christopher's teal-blue tunic top with a banded bottom over the leggings. When they were in the bottom three (obviously with Team Louise), Epperson was aghast, but Christopher completely lost it. Sobbing like Bette Davis during both the initial and final critique.

Christopher's tears probably saved his hide, as only one--not more--of the designers were out. And it was, of course, Louise who got auf'd. Just once, I'd like to see one of the designers bite Heidi when she's kissing them on the cheeks. Christopher ran bawling off the stage.

Irina's looks-like-everyone-else's maxi dress won the challenge. As a friend I was watching this with said, "Where is the site that I can go to for WTF was on the runway?"

I could not have said it better myself. Thank you, Sumana.

Elisa & Bucky the Wonderdog

Sunday, October 04, 2009

Lindsay Lohan's New Ungaro Line A Flop--Surprise!


To no one's surprise, Lindsay Lohan's new line for Ungaro has been called an "embarrassment." For the full WWD review, read here:

That has made my day, personally.

Elisa & Bucky the Wonderdog

Saturday, October 03, 2009

Pardon My Absence...


My deepest apologies, but at time life gets in the way of the most important things, i.e. this blog-thing. I will be back as soon as possible. In the meantime, I wanted to allay any worries about my whereabouts.

Elisa & Bucky the Wonderdog