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Project Runway: IIMUAHII Couture Interview

How many people can say that they’ve been on a successful reality television show? How many people can say that they’ve designed a collection and watched it slink down the glimmering runway of New York Fashion Week? How many people can say that they’ve collaborated with an international pop group?

Elena Slivniyak can!


{Momoiro Clover Z (“MCZ”) Gunn Collaboration}

This Project Runway alum and creator of IIMUAHII Couture has left reality TV & her first Ready-To-Wear collection behind to focus on her passions – Couture & Avant-Garde designing and costuming.

Since she left the set of Project Runway Allstars this past Summer she’s gone from one major project to the next. And luckily all of that hard work is going to pay off as she works on the costuming for an amazing new film project.

But don’t worry, you can see her designs in motion before that blockbuster hits theater in the Momoiro Clover Z Gounn collaboration – Check out the music video here.


I walked into the IIMUAII studio armed with pages of research, interview questions, and more than a few butterflies.

However, the soft-spoken, laid-back beauty that greeted me was so straight forward and easy to talk with all my careful planning immediately flew out of my head.

Don’t worry though, even if I didn’t ask a single question that I’d prepared, I did learn some interesting things about Elena & IIMUAHII during our long chat.

  1. Elena draws a great deal of inspiration from the Far East and cites Japan and traditional samurai costuming as something that always fires up her imagination. Another source of inspiration for this creative force? Science Fiction!
  2. IIMUAHII is a friend to both the planet and animals. The studio produces eco-friendly, low-carbon pieces, and not only are they partnering with the animal safety non-profit Big Dawgs Rescue right now, they also only use faux fur for their collections.
  3. And of course no designer interview would be complete without asking who their dream customer would be. And for a woman who has already dressed celebrities like Tyra Banks & Kelly Roland and singing sensation Lady Gaga, that’s not an easy question to answer! So who is Elena’s dream customer? Madonna!
So what am I most excited about when it comes to IIMUAHII’s bright future? I’m dying to try out the Koji Multi-Purpose Handbag as soon as possible. Seeing the pictures from the photo shoot and the prototype in the studio has only whet my appetite for the real thing!
What question would you ask your favorite Project Runway designer?
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What I’m loving right now…

I definitely go through phases when it comes to the inanimate objects in my daily life – Everything from the beauty products I use to the accessories I wear to the reading materials stacked on my nightstand. Whether you call it a rut or finely tuning your routine, I’m sure you know precisely what I mean.

So here are some of my current (new and past) loves…

{The love of my life, my new Givenchy bag – See Skulls & Givenchy for photos from the first MCLV Style post featuring this bag!}

{My newest mascara acquisition – I’ve mentioned my love of Benefit’s BADGal and Chanel’s Inimitable mascara in the past, but I also like to rotate in a drugstore brand now and again, and I’ve been thrilled with the results of Maybelline’s One by One Volume Express}

{As far as I’m concerned you can’t have enough fun, statement jewelry: Spiked Bracelet – Asos.com & Purple Beaded Necklace – Zara}

{In my opinion the only positive thing about the end of Summer are September issues!}

{SWOON! I’ve been a fan of Moroccan Argan Oil for a while so when I saw this L’Oreal Precious Oil Treatment I jumped at the chance to try it – Not only does it smell like a dream, it’s visibly nourishing}

{It’s official – I’m in love! Skull adorned Steve Madden smoking slippers}

{Fashion Books & Vintage Jewelry. Left: The Little Black Book of Style by Nina Garcia & vintage pearl collar. Right: Parisian Chic – A Style Guide by Ines de la Fressange & vintage Vendome tassel necklace}

What are you loving lately? What can’t you get enough of? Have you gotten any fun new pieces or exciting accessories to update your wardrobe or prepare for Fall/Winter 2012/2013?

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Links You’ll Love


Are you getting back into the kitchen after a busy Fall? Want to make more home cooked meals and stay out of pricey restaurants? Want to eat healthier food? Here are some tips & tricks of the trade to get you back into the kitchen and up to speed.

Spicy Chipotle Shells & Cheez from Happy Healthy Life – I’m making this as soon as humanly possible, I love recipes that use chipotle and I love mac n’ cheese!

Are you intimidated by Kettlebells? It might be time to face your fears – 7 Reasons to Try Kettlebells Now & The Super Slimmer You Haven’t Tried from Prevention.com. You can also read about my experience and check out some beginners exercises with them here.

In the mood for some winter comfort food? How about red enchiladas? How about healthy red enchiladas? Thought so. 🙂 Hungry Hungry Hippie has you covered!


Ready for a gorgeous Winter Wonderland? Check out Tatler’s Russian-themed spread over at TLo. I LOVE the way they styled the Armani (pictured above) – you can’t even tell that it’s the same dress!

Kate Bosworth’s Mulberry look at a recent Chateau Marmont event was picture perfect, low-key elegance with a hippie twist. Army green dress, studded pumps and an adorable boho twisted hairstyle. FabSugar covered the look here and WhoWhatWear covered it here.

You may not think of Heidi Klum when you think of budget shopping, but the Project Runway host has some tips to share.

Jessica Hart Debuts Her Capsule Collection with Pencey – Seriously cute dresses and easy separates that can be thrown together for breezy, summery looks. Soft fabrics, floral prints, fun cuts – See the collection here.

Do you love headbands, graceful updoes, chic pony tails? WhoWhatWear has some great Holiday Hair Accessoriesto help you create the best looks this holiday season, or you can check out Fashionology’s 7 Holiday Hair Ideas Straight from the Runways.

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Style File: Olivia Palermo

I have to confess that when I was googling Miss Palermo’s look from her guest stint on Project Runway (which I only knew about because TLo posted pictures here) I had to look her up on Wikipedia because, here’s the confession part, I had no idea who she was. I’ve seen pictures of her and seen her mentioned in magazines, but I didn’t know what she did or what her role in fashion was.

So just in case there are others of you out there who don’t watch TV, she was on a reality show called The City a few years ago, but the more interesting facts are that she worked for Diane Von Furstenberg and in the accessories department of Elle. Jealous! Can you imagine meeting DVF?

What do I love about this outfit? She picked a great, stand out piece and made it the central focal point and while the rest of her look is well put together, she lets it stay in the background so it’s not too busy. And being in the midst of a gold jewelry obsession myself, I really liked her accessories.

Well done!

Rather than break out each individual part of this look, I’ll give you the skirt itself and then breakdown the other major pieces.

The Tucker maxi skirt in Stacking Doll Polka can be found here at Piperlime. Normally $310, it’s currently on sale for $217. This skirt is great because its fresh and fun, but still completely in keeping with both the 70’s and the polka dot trends for fall. Just look at the Marc Jacobs Fall 2011 RTW show here.

Left: Carin Western Sleeveless Blouse - $100 (on sale) @ Asos.com, Center: Jones New York Long Sleeved Low Bow Blouse - $100 @ Amazon.com & Right: Tinley Road Bow Tie Blouse - $500 @ Piperlime.com

Left: Cleopatra Layered Gold bar Necklace - $80 @ Charm & Chain, Center: Herringbone Chain & Coin Necklace - $90 @ Express & Right: Gypsy Soule Circle Chain Multi Strand necklace - $35 @ Zappos.com

Left: Peugeot Women's Watch 711G - $60 (on sale) @ Endless.com, Center: MARC by Marc Jacobs Polka Dot Dome Ring - $80 @ Neiman Marcus & Right: Kate Spade Idiom Bangle - $60 @ Kate Spade

This is such a fresh, fun look that I’m definitely planning on putting something similar together for myself. Maybe for my birthday wine tasting weekend in Sonoma…? If so, I’ll take pictures. Promise! 🙂

You can also check out past MCLV Style File looks below:
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