Fashion Week El Paseo

Fashion Week thaws out from NYFW’s deep freeze as it hits Palm Desert next month for FASHION WEEK EL PASEO. 

Saks Fifth Avenue, Lloyd Klein, Anthony Franco, Sue Wong and a slew of Project Runway alums (Mondo, Seth, Gordana, April, Fabio and of course Palm Springs’ golden boy Michael Costello) are all slated to hit the runway. Tickets are available at

Since it’s FLASHBACK FRIDAY and all…let’s take a peek back to last year’s scene on and off the runway!

Under the big white tents…


Ole! Sexy matador style from Anthony Franco


Sharp-dressed man at Anthony Franco


The men totally stole the street-style show. I mean, how amaze are these two? Love!


Gorgeousness from Michael Costello! Would’ve totally taken it on PR with this collection. Just sayin’.


The Project Runway crew taking a bow.


So sweet! A parade of mini-models at the She She Boutique show.


It’s not fashion week without a little swag. This goodie bag courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue.


Fashion diary: Solange Knowles

Welcome to the islands! I adore these photos of Solange Knowles spotted wearing my Kushcush Lovey one-piece in Ikat while on holiday in Jamaica. She looks modern and hip while epitomizing vibrant island style. British Vogue captured the look for Day 24 of her style diary. Loveeeee it.



The candid shots Instagram style (photos Solange Knowles via Twitter):

The Lovey romper one-piece (with a built in support bra!) has a vintage vibe and can easily go from day to night. Available in bold ikat print as seen on Solange at ($167). Or go understated chic in solid navy, available at ($158).



How cute is she! The vibrant Ikat print with tones of fuschia, orange and purple is perfectly at home on a tropical getaway or an inspiration that spring is soon to come! For a little less is more, try the Bali string bikini in the same bold print, available at ($145).


FITNESS {magazine}

One of my favorite styles of my 2011 collection has been getting a lot of love from retailers & the press this season. I love this sophisticated wrap halter maillot because it’s a fantastic fit and oh-so chic on women of all shapes, ages, sizes and heights! Check out the ‘Lauren‘ (named after my adorable 3-year old niece!) as seen in Fitness and Real Simple magazines this month!

The Lauren in Coral: As seen in Fitness magazine! A bright pop of color to this standout style. Shop online at! $154.


The Lauren in Navy: As seen in Real Simple magazine! Timeless and classically chic in dark navy. Shop online at Saks Fifth Avenue! $154.



Fashion on film: “Bill Cunningham NY”

Now playing: Bill Cunningham New York. Wow, I cant say enough great things about this heartfelt, funny & inspiring documentary of the original street style photographer, Bill Cunningham. The film takes a peek behind the lens of a fashion industry legend who inspires and moves us in the process. Untainted by money & the superficial, his unapologetic decades-long love affair with fashion reminds me of why I got into the industry in the first place. LOVE love love….

Giveaway: WIN A Book and a Bikini!

There are few things I’d rather be doing than relaxing on the beach with a good book. And while it may be cold outside (or an absolute tundra as the case may be), my 2011 swim collection and a sunshine-y new paperback are about to hit stores. To celebrate, we’re doing a giveaway to get you into an utterly optimistic state of beach bliss!

Win a fabulous Kushcush “Milla” bikini and a copy of the adorably inspiring book Meeting Your Half-Orange by Amy Spencer!

On Harper Bazaar’s “Hot List” and #1 on Star Magazine’s “Must List,” Meeting Your Half-Orange: An Utterly Upbeat Guide to Using Dating Optimism to Find Your Perfect Match is an inspiring and charming read that reminds us to look on the bright side in life and love. Although I’ve been blissfully married for 10 years, I love the message in the book (so did Glamour, Cosmopolitan UK and Jillian Michaels!) and found many areas of life to apply the book’s power of positive thinking. Read for a healthy dose of optimism or share with your single girlfriends. And for a daily dose, check out Spencer’s blog at

If you don’t have a beach trip planned yet, well, what better way to look forward to one than with a HOT new bikini (hello, healthy body inspiration!) and an optimistic book to read on the sand. Kushcush has been worn by Kim Kardashian, Jessica Biel, Nicole, Ritchie, Audrina Patridge and Nicky Hilton. And if you win the giveaway, it will also be worn by you! This “Milla” style is part of the Spring 2011 line and flattering on all body types – so good, the style made the UsWeekly Buzz-o-Meter because they thought so, too!


Contest runs from Tuesday, January 11th to Friday, January 14th at 12 midnight.

To Enter: Comment below with one thing you “love” about yourself or your life. Maybe you love your friends. Or your job. Or your quirky sense-of-humor. Or your freckles. Or, uh, maybe you love your taste in bikinis and dating books. That’s it. Just tell us what you love in the comment box below and you’ll be entered to win!

Every Kushcush bikini reads “Love Your Bikini ” on the tag. Now it’s your turn… tell us what YOU love!

Happy thoughts and best of luck!



Note: Contest is only open to residents of the U.S. and Canada. One entry per person. We’ll choose the winner from comments on and in a random drawing. Be sure you are using a working email with your comment, as we’ll be notifying you via email after January 15th if you’ve won to get your address and bikini size.