Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Dress Talk: Black & Gold

Black and gold has got to be one of the most glamorous color combinations, especially when it comes to evening gowns. This particular Octavio Carlin piece is centered around that color scheme, shades of colors that flatter any skin tone. But what makes this special occasion dress even more spectacular is the novelty fabric that adds texture and dimension. The entire evening gown is literally made up of swirls of fabric, creating a much richer and more luxurious finish to the dress. These are the details that Octavio Carlin is known for. He uses simple silhouettes but he gives you that WOW factor with his use of exquisite fabrics and subtle yet intricate details. This designer evening gown can be purchased at the Octavio Carlin Atelier located at 309 N. Kings Rd. Los Angeles, CA 90048.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Our Favorite Fashions from The SAG Awards

Justin Timberlake in Tom Ford

Rose Byrne in Valentino
Jayma Mays in Georges Hobeika Atelier

Julia Stiles in Amen Couture

Katrina Boden Badgley Mishcka
Maria Menuonos in Randi Rahm

Nina Dobrev in Elie Saab
The Golden Globes just passed and we still have a few weeks to go until the Oscars. That can only mean one thing, the SAG awards! The Red Carpet was filled with a few prominent trends: Black was the color of the night, as worn by Tina Fey, Claire Danes, Anne Hathaway, Michelle Dockery and more. Neon shades also made a strong statement, as worn by Nina Dobrev, Alfre Woodard, and Lea Michele. And of course, no award show can escape the presence of sequins, as worn by Julia Stiles, Katrina Boden, & Nicole Kidman. We, of course, had to pick out our favorite fashions from some very notable celebrities, starting with Justin Timberlake in Tom Ford. Enjoy! 

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Expect Some Good Changes!

We hope everyone had a great weekend honoring & celebrating the life and contributions of Martin Luther King Jr! We've got some exciting projects and changes that will be happening at the Octavio Carlin headquarters so before you encounter them, we just wanted to give you a little heads up!

  1. We've been planning to add an online store to the website, which I know all of you have been waiting for. That is no longer the case. Instead, we are revamping our entire site so, the online store will be built into the new platform, not added! That means everyone in the country can now take advantage of the Octavio Carlin brand. 
  2. Our beloved designer, Octavio Carlin, is busily finishing up his Fall Winter collection. Expect a lot of glamour, per pleasant usual, and a lot more focus on evening & special occasion. 
  3. Expect some in-store events in the horizon where our loyal clients can preview new collections & exclusive pieces. 
That is it! We look forward to sharing what's to come with all of you! Have a great week!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Favorite Golden Globe Looks

We always look forward to the fashions at the Golden Globes, and there were definitely dresses that stood out amongst the rest. We saw a lot of plunging necklines, sweetheart silhouettes, lace, and sequins. Here are our favorites starting with Jessica Alba's peach gown from Oscar de la Renta. The color is what did for this gown-it's absolutely perfect for her skin tone. Lea Michele with her Elie Saab gown & Amy Adams with her Reem Acra number exemplified the beauty of sequin beading, while Nicole Richie showed off her eclectic boho-glam style on the red carpet. Jennifer Garner looked classic in her lace Vivienne Westwood gown and Kate Hudson was the star of the show with her fabulous dress from Alexander McQueen. What were your favorite looks?

Jessica Alba in Oscar de la Renta

Lea Michele in Eli Saab 

Amy Adams in Reem Acra

Nicole Richie in Naeem Khan

Jennifer Garner in Vivienne Westwood Couture

Kate Hudson in Alexander McQueen

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Our Favorite Fashions From Last Year's Golden Globes

Salma Hayek in Art Deco inspired Gucci

Michelle Williams in quirky Jason Wu

Lea Michele in sexy Marchesa

Evan Rachel Wood in a plunging Gucci number

Emma Stone looking ravishing in two-toned maroon

Kristen Wigg in a plunging jumpsuit

One of our favorite parts of the Golden Globes is seeing the fabulous fashion that walks the red carpet. Let's recap some of the top looks starting with Salma Hayek. Here we see the homage to Art Deco, with the geometric shapes and patterns. Michelle Williams always manages to grace us with her quirky style, and she does it so tastefully with this Jason Wu all-over velvet embroidered gown. Lea Michele is definitely turning heads with her glamorously seductive slinky dress by Marchesa. Just marvel at the bead work on that gown! Feathers are the main attraction for Evan Rachel Wood with her all-over feather dress by Gucci. Emma Stone steals the show with her plunging 2-tone maroon silk charmeuse gown. That belt and strong-shoulder detail add the perfect balance of hard & soft. And finally Kristen Wigg looks effortlessly chic in a nude jumpsuit. Who do you think will be best dressed this year?

Monday, January 7, 2013

Boardwalk Empire Does Fashion Right

If you thought 1920's fashion was just about beaded flapper dresses and feather headdresses, you are in for a surprise! Since the premiere of HBO's Boardwalk Empire, we cannot get enough of the array of glamour and fabulousness that this era has bestowed on the fashion world. Just look at some of the pieces the actresses wore that are adorned with feminine ruffles, delicate pleats, gorgeous Italian lace, luxurious silks, romantic silk charmeuse, & the ever luxurious fur trims! No wonder Octavio tends to get inspired by this era...its fashion is just timeless chic! 

Friday, January 4, 2013

Flashback Fridays: Meryl Streep

Image courtesy of Vanity Fair

Now that the holidays are over, what else can we look forward to? Why, award season, of course, and coming up on January 13th are the Golden Globes! Get ready to see a whole lot of fashion walk down the red carpet. In the spirit of Flashback Fridays, we want to travel back to 1982 to pay homage to none other than Golden Globe winner Meryl Streep for her performance in Sophie's Choice. Herb Ritts certainly captured her timeless glamour and elegance in this photo. She embodies the Octavio Carlin woman!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Octavio Carlin Does Custom Bridal?

Yes, he does! Aside from Octavio's exclusive Ready-To-Wear line and his custom-made evening dresses, he also loves to create wedding gowns for his clients' special day. Like his other dresses, the bridal pieces he creates have more of a contemporary feel, simple with clean lines, but with very subtle and intricate details. Think of his most memorable dresses and turn them into wedding gowns. Buy from the bridal collection or have Octavio make a dress just for you! Stop by the atelier today. 309 N. Kings Rd. LA, CA 90048.