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March 2012

@OscarPRgirl: Oscar de la Renta Fashion Pre-Fall Preview @NashvilleSymph Part II with #LAFW and #FashionStar highlights

By Joy A. Kennelly

As my client, Int'l Celebrity/Wedding Stylist, Nicole Janowicz, styles tonight's AW2012 runway show for    M I L A, the eponymous collection by Mila Hermanovski whose appearance on Project Runway (both as a finalist of season 7 and as a currently airing All-Star) and subsequent capsule collections have been shown to great reviews, I satisfied my longing to attend LA Fashion Week by watching the premiere of Fashion Star last night which was a blast.


(More on that in another blog.)

However, all the shows at LA Fashion Week and last night's Fashion Star simply pale in comparison to the recent Oscar de la Renta fall preview fashion show I was fortunate to attend as part of the Nordstrom fundraiser for the Nashville Symphony held recently in TN.

I have a degree in Fashion Merchandising and studied fashion at FIDM in Los Angeles back in the day which is why seeing one of my favorite all-time designers, Oscar de la Renta, was a special thrill. The company, established in 1965, currently produces a full line of women’s accessories, bridal, home decor and fragrances, in addition to its signature women’s ready-to-wear collection. 

To me, his design house is the epitome of all that is haute couture and it was certainly true that night.  After guests enjoyed the cocktail reception, we were all ushered into the symphony hall where we were welcomed by emcee, radio and television personality, Storme Warren. 

The boisterous crowd was soon quieted by members of the symphony performing a live intro to Coldplay's song, Paradise, conducted by Steve Kummer before transitioning seamlessly to DJ Javiere for the rest of the song. This back-n-forth between live music and DJ continued throughout the entire evening which was amazing to watch and hear.

Here's highlights of the daywear looks followed by my favorite, eveningwear. There were over 68 outfits presented and it was breathtaking to behold. Make sure to notice the intricate ankle and hair accessories because they enhanced each look.  Runway
Photo credits for the following images are Susan Adcock and Peyton Hoge who do an excellent job of capturing the essence of the show. It's amazing what a difference it makes when a professional shoots fashion since they realize the entire look is important.

Oscar-134oscar-134 Oscar-140oscar-140 Oscar-143oscar-143 PeytonHoge- Garnet silk strip dress-embroidered belt PeytonHoge-black silk star-checked tweed coat PeytonHoge-Silk Sweater with plaid steel pants PeytonHoge-exru cable sweater with ocean blue wool twill pants7 PeytonHoge-Garnet leather coat & silk blouse blk denim pants PeytonHoge-Blk & white dress PeytonHoge-Gold HoodieOscar-124oscar-124This last blouse was one of my favorites. The intricacy and attention to detail in the beading on such delicate fabric is phenomenal. I liked how the floral skirt accented by hosiery with polka dots and the striking jet black hair and porcelain skin of the model completed the look too.

We then began moving into eveningwear and these are more highlights of my favorites. Photo credits for the following images are again: Susan Adcock and Peyton Hoge.

PeytonHoge-Gold fringe dress

Oscar-176oscar-176 IMG_6906 7x10 300 dpi PeytonHoge-148I love these silver dresses. Each were so unique and so feminine. Very beautiful on either a blonde or a brunette too.

Oscar-216oscar-216 Oscar-218oscar-218Isn't this so gorgeous? Spanish inspired in my mind.


Here's the grand finale. Now imagine viewing all 68 designs to Coldplay's Viva La Vida song with a live symphony orchestra and you'll have a taste of what a Grand Finale this truly was.

The final dress is my absolute favorite out of everything. I think it would make a magnificent bridal gown, or statement dress for any red carpet appearance or high profile fundraiser where you want to stand out from the crowd.

Don't you agree? STUNNING!Oscar-220oscar-220I loved the rich jewel tones of all the rest of the gowns too.

PeytonHoge-195Side view. Notice the detail? This  is what sets haute couture apart from everything else.

PeytonHoge-Final Dress
Part III later where I will share Carrie Underwood's performance after the fashion show.








@OscarPRGirl Here's Part 1 of my @Nordstrom's @NashvilleSymph Fundraiser with Oscar de la Renta Fall Preview and @CarrieUnderwood #Fashion #Music

By Joy A. Kennelly

Recently I was privileged to cover Nordstrom's Nashville Symphony Fashion Fundraiser which featured five-time GRAMMY® winner Carrie Underwood and an exclusive presentation of Oscar de la Renta’s Pre-Fall 2012 collection this past February.

It was a beautiful evening start to finish. I'm breaking this into three parts because there is too much to discuss. Tonight, enjoy this coverage of the actual hall and start of the show. More to come soon!

We arrived at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center and were struck immediately by the beauty of the $123.5 million home of the Nashville Symphony. Although built to look historic, it actually opened as recently as 2006. Statue  Ingram Garden from Colonnade  Schermerhorn Symphony Center with Birth of Apollo statue_photo by Steve Hall of Hedrich Blessing  Show floor

Pretty soon the courtyard was teeming with Nashville society women excitedly chattering and drinking cocktails in the perfect balmy weather Crowd
as staff continued to set up the event inside.  Set up  Foyer2 (Please excuse the quality of some of these pix as my photographer has been MIA since returning to Atlanta and these were taken from my phone. The rest of the images are professional photographers who shoot for the symphony and Oscar de la Renta which I will credit accordingly.)

As the doors opened everyone came into the foyer and the excited chatter grew to a dull roar as guests visited with friends and learned where they were sitting.  Inside I recognized a Mary Frances hand bag one of the guests was wearing and made this woman's night.:)  Mary bag 

I was able to sneek a peak inside the hall prior to the show and was greeted by this stunning sight. The Symphony Center seats 1,844 in the Laura Turner Concert Hall and includes the 3,000-square-foot Mike Curb Family Music Education Hall. The floor is adjustable too which is why it looks different from the pictures above.

Start of runway 

End of runway Notable for its remarkable acoustics and distinctive architecture, this 197,000-square-foot facility has become an integral part of cultural life in Music City and is regarded as one of the finest concert halls in America.

Soon we were ushered inside and hushed into silence by Nashville Symphony musicians performing Coldplay's Paradise song live conducted by Steve Kummer which transitioned back and forth seamlessly to DJ Javiere and his music stylings all throughout the show. 

Proceeds from the Nordstrom Symphony Fashion Show will assist the Symphony in reaching more than 95,000 people through free community concerts; bringing world-renowned artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Béla Fleck and Emanuel Ax to perform for local audiences; providing barrier-free music education to thousands of students across Middle Tennessee; and supporting the work of today’s leading composers.

Led by Music Director Giancarlo Guerrero and President and CEO Alan D. Valentine, the GRAMMY® Award-winning Nashville Symphony has a growing international reputation for its recordings and innovative programming.  With 140 performances annually, the 84-member Nashville Symphony is an arts leader in Nashville and beyond, offering a broad range of classical, pops and jazz concerts; special events; children’s concerts and community outreach programs.

As a national and international ambassador for the citizens of Tennessee, the Nashville Symphony has received far-reaching acclaim for its 19 recordings on Naxos, the world’s leading classical label, and one on Decca, making the Nashville Symphony currently one of the most active recording orchestras in the country.  These recordings have received 13 total GRAMMY® nominations and six GRAMMY® wins — three for Joan Tower’s Made in America in 2008 and three for Michael Daugherty’s Metropolis Symphony in 2011. The winning categories include “Best Classical Album” (for the Tower recording) and “Best Orchestral Performance” (for the Tower and the Daugherty recordings).

Music education is a top priority for the Nashville Symphony. During the 2010/11 season, the institution reached more than 200,000 adults and children through its education and community engagement programs. These include the flagship initiative One Note, One Neighborhood, which provides comprehensive music education resources to students and teachers underserved public schools. Working in partnership with Metro Nashville Public Schools and the W.O. Smith/Nashville Community Music School, the Nashville Symphony doubled its reach through this program in the last year, serving East Nashville’s Stratford cluster and North Nashville’s Pearl-Cohn cluster with curriculum materials, professional development and individual music instruction, all offered to schools at no cost. 

Tomorrow Part II!

@NashvilleSymph & @NicoleJanowicz update: Style Fashion Week LA, @milahermanovski @BackstreetBoys @FAULTMagazine, @FIDMSanDiego and more...

By Joy A. Kennelly

I'm waiting on images from the amazing Nashville Symphony Fundraiser underwritten by the new TN Nordstrom featuring the stunning designs of Oscar de la Renta and the talent of one of my favorite country music stars, Carrie Underwood, to blog and write about this remarkable evening.

Talk about a night I'll never forget. I have wanted to see a haute couture fashion show since attending FIDM 20 years ago and to see Oscar de la Renta, the height of haute couture, in such a beautiful setting with one of my favorite singers was perfect. It was fun to see Tennessee society wearing his designs too. This city knows how to dress!:)

As soon as I have what I need I will be writing this event up here and elsewhere for your reading and viewing pleasure. Stay tuned. You will not want to miss this fashion write-up. Trust me. I have a feeling I will go back to Tennessee soon because I really love music and it's so close.

On another note, here's what my client, International Celebrity and Wedding Stylist, Nicole Janowicz, has been up to since I last wrote. So much going on!

We both are looking for interns so if you're located in either Los Angeles, CA or Atlanta, GA, please contact me via email which you can find in my bio section.Nicole Janowicz Head Shot - webIsn't she beautiful? Nicole just got this headshot done because she has been invited to guest blog for numerous sites and is starting to accept speaking engagements too. As soon as her writing is live, I will share the articles for your reading pleasure.

If you have a style or wedding blog and would like to have her guest blog for you too, or invite her to speak for your group or organization, please let me know in the comments, or shoot me a private email. Again, you can find it in my bio section. Thanks! She's very busy, but does consider all opportunities.

A side note, Nicole will not be participating in the SXSW event as a panelist, but may attend in another capacity. Stay tuned because things change very quickly around here.:)

Nicole is busy styling Designer, Mila Hermanovski's fashion show during Style Fashion Week LA on March 14 which we're excited about. Mila has beautiful 60's inspired designs and this should be a very fashion-forward event.

More details as soon as I receive them.

Look for Nicole during LA Fashion Week! She is attending the Stop Staring fashion show held at the Vibiana Cathedral in Downtown Los Angeles on March 12. The Vibiana is one of my favorite places to see fashion because it's always one of the better venues and is host to many amazing designers. 

Here's a peek at last year's event to give you an idea of how fun this is going to be:


If you're a fashion publicist, please send me an invite to your designer's show because Nicole would love to attend if she's available. This is one of the first seasons she's actually able to participate since she won't be traveling with the Backstreet Boys on their World Tour which launches April 1. If you're a fan, click here for more details and to buy tickets:

It was a tough decision to make because she's traveled on their last three world tours, but Nicole felt this was the time to expand her business to wedding styling and dressing other celebrities too. However, she is still styling the guy's entire wardrobe for this world tour and will continue to act as their personal stylist as she's done for the last five years.

They love her and she them. It's easy to see why because she's so easy to get along with and is always cheerful. Plus, she really understands each individual's sense of style and what looks best. She has world-wide connections to fashion designers and fashion houses which is why she's so good at what she does.

It's a real talent to be able to style such unique personalities as the Backstreet Boys into a cohesive band look for all their public appearances and performances which she has mastered since they frequently appear on numerous Best Dressed Lists.

Here's an example of an album cover she did for them. Aren't they sexy?:)

Backstreet Boys Bigger Cover

Nicole recently collaborated with famed Wedding Planner, Mindy Weiss, on Backstreet Boy, AJ McLean, and his bride, Rochelle Karidis' Goth-styled wedding at the Beverly Hills Hotel featured in In Touch Magazine.

Knowing the couple as she does, Nicole knew a traditional wedding look wouldn't fit the couple's aesthetic or wedding theme this is why she chose to style them as seen below. Color is the new wedding white!

Rochelle McLeanAJ's NEW BRIDE, ROCHELLE MCLEAN. Isn't she stunning in this Vera Wang gown? I think she looks like a rockin' Sleeping Beauty, don't you?

Nicole really understands her clients and what works for each individual personality and style. She has also styled two other Backstreet Boys' Brian Littrell and Howie Dorough's engagement pictures, weddings and receptions which were featured in numerous entertainment magazines.

Littrell Anniversary 4This was the 10 year anniversary celebration and vow renewal ceremony for Backstreet Boy, Brian Littrell and his lovely wife, Leighanne. Completely different look, don't you agree?:)

As Nicole continues to grow this side of her styling business she seeks to work with other high profile, accomplished and busy men and women who need help creating the perfect cohesive image for their engagement pictures, weddings and receptions. She works nation-wide too.

Here's a link to her website for you to learn more:

Fault Magazine has hired Nicole to style a six-page swimwear fashion spread which she is actually working on today and tomorrow. She did a similar spread while working as the Fashion Editor of LA Direct which you can see here: 

LA Direct Swimwear Editorial 1

LA Direct Swimwear Editorial 2 LA Direct Swimwear Editorial 3
If you're a student attending FIDM San Diego, you will have the privilege of hearing Nicole speak in person on April 9. Other speaking engagements to be announced as they are confirmed.

Nicole really enjoys styling musicians whether it’s a red carpet event, a world concert tour, an awards show, a music video, album packaging, or wedding, and was asked to style up-and-coming Artist, Sydney Rose, for her promotional package. As soon as we have images to share, I will do so.

You can refer to her website: for a complete overview of who she has worked with and what she has experience in styling for clients. Feel free to contact her directly for styling jobs, and contact me for interviews or collaborative opportunities. Thanks!

That's all for now! Have a great week.