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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Pick of the Week: Lux "Leather" Jacket

Occasions for which this expensive pleather jacket from BCBGMaxAzria is perfect:

- Being a spy with some sort of shady KGB past.
- Speeding on a motorcycle before coming to some sort of spin stop and shaking your long hair out of the helmet.
- Throwing over your homecoming dress when you have to go into the sewer to hunt vampires.
- Alternately, being a vampire (but not one who sparkles because no one needs that).
- Seducing Sam Winchester.

Point is, this jacket very much looks like it belongs on an action star, preferably one with a grey moral code or secret identity. It's not leather, which makes the price feel like cheating. But when you see this jacket pop up on a tough-as-nails detective with her own personal demons when the season premieres start, you are welcome for already finding it for you.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Etsy Shop of the Week: RetroFolie

I went to the Renaissance Festival last weekend. This is only the second year I've gone, and it's great fun. I've been slowly assembling costume pieces. I'm just beginning to learn to sew, and I'm not made of money so my costume is all clearance clothing I try to assembly to work for the time. We've gone on Pirate weekend both times so that's helped me fit in better. What I would really like is a corset. I'm pretty picky and haven't found one that's perfect yet, but these corsets from RetroFolie on Etsy make me want to forget my list of requirements and time period desires in favor of one of these art-inspired beauties:
Alfons Mucha Corset, $290
Alfons Mucha Corset, $290
Each corset is it's own work of art.
Byzantine Mosaic Corset, $290
Byzantine Mosaic Corset, $290
They run around $250 to $350.
Birth of Venus Corset, $270
Birth of Venus Corset, $270
Custom corsets are also available.
Alfons Mucha Corset, $290
Alfons Mucha Corset, $290
RetroFolie's website has a ton of information about the corsets and corset care.
Confession of Love Corset, $290
Confession of Love Corset, $290

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Altuzarra for Target

First, a public service announcement from Donna and Tom.

I've been working 50 hour weeks for a month doing more than one person's job. Becca's in the same boat. We're so tired, but now that it's almost over, it's time to treat yo self! The Altuzarra for Target collaboration coming September 14th is just the ticket. I love the orchid prints. That crane embroidered sweater will be mine. How did they know burgundy is my favorite color? These five pieces will be in my closet asap.

The collection also includes a few suits (love the velvet one but I doubt my hips will let me go there), trench coats, snake print pieces, professional blouses, shoes, boots, a faux fur jacket, a pajama set, and a couple maxi dresses that could moonlight as gowns. Most of Target's designer collaborations skew young, but these pieces feel like they were made for a stylish woman in her 30s who has her life together and really doesn't care about what One Direction is doing. That would be me. If you do care what One Direction is doing, nothing here screams mumsy. The pieces are perfect for a party or a job interview for the new grad.

Most of the dresses run around $50, separates $30-$45, accessories $25-$35. The trench coats are the most expensive items in the collection at $89. How will you treat yo' self?

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Emmys and VMAs by the Numbers

The VMAs were Sunday and the Emmys were Monday. The fashion at these two event could not have been further apart, so I'm going to mash them together in one post. Why? Because the VMAs demand wildness, sex and questionable taste and the Emmys a tricky best-dressed-classic-yet-modern dance. Yet it's almost all boring and predictable. (Thank you Teyonah Parris and Kate Walsh for injecting the weekend with some memorable style!)

Let's do some fashion math. We're trying to solve these questions: How much sex does a pop star have to sell if all the other pop stars are peddling the same sex? Can any outfit be shocking when it all feels so staged? What is it about actresses that makes them cling to fashion safety? Is it because singers are selling their personality to the crowd but actresses are selling a blank slate to a casting director? Being on a worst dressed list -- always a possibility if you're trying something new -- doesn't seem to affect a singer's sales. Does it affect the roles and actress is offered?

7 Ladies in Red
Christina Hendricks, Mindy Kaling, Rita Ora
January Jones, Kaley Cuoco
Uzo Aduba, Julia Louis-Dreyfus

1 Unexpected Resurfacing of Kim Kardashian's Wedding Dress
Claire Danes
3 Women in White-ish
Sofia Vergara, Iggy Azalea, Danielle Brooks
4 Times Bright was Right
Kate Walsh and Anne Boleyn took standing lessons together.
Teyonah Parris, Kerry Washington

3 Dresses That Could Be Bed Sheets 
Kate Mara, Jessie J, Julianne Hough

4 Tummy Windows
Lucy Hale, Michelle Dockery, Miley Cyrus, Ariel Winter

3 Attempts to Try Something New
Taylor Swift in a print romper, Kesha in a beautiful gown
Lena Dunham, who could have pulled this off with a properly fitted top.

2 Baby Bumps
Hayden Panettiere, Kelly Rowland
4 Dresses We're Stealing
Allison Williams, Julia Roberts, Teyonah Parris (np), Kate Walsh (np)

2 Gwen Stefanis
Which is your favorite?

2 Bad Nostalgia Trips
Katy Perry loving Britney Spears and Amber Rose's NSFW (and not pictured) homage to Rose McGowan.

It seems to me the relative dullness of the Emmy red carpet is a two pronged problem rooted in money. First, our culture has this weird thing now where it's considered tacky if a celebrity buys a dress. Seriously. Hayden Panettiere felt backlash in January for buying a Tom Ford she liked after the house wouldn't loan her a dress. Remember when celebrities used to auction off their red carpet dresses for charity? Constantly borrowing clothes means stars have to jockey for position. The brightest stars get first pick and probably more fittings. (This also contributes to stars trying to fit in a sample size.) And if you have enough wattage, you can get a contract with a fashion house to face their perfume or skin creme or bags. That's $20-$30 million a year for light work, plus a major house will shower you with gifts. But land yourself on Vogue's worst dressed list enough and the fashion houses won't consider you as a brand ambassador.

Tasteless popstars? Well, that's just tradition.

Image source: IMDB, Vulture

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Project Runway S13 E3: 20 Years

Week three brings a look back and ahead. To celebrate 20 years of Marie Claire, the designers were challenged to predict what fashion would be doing 20 years from now. But first, we got to see what our judges and host were doing 20 years ago. Heidi was just starting out in modeling. Nina was running around getting coffee and belts at a fashion magazine. Tim was 12(!) years into his stint at Parsons. Zac was 14 and just started to get into fashion. (I was 9 and very concerned with the sorry state of clothes available to most of my dolls, Also, I really wanted this outfit for my American Girl doll, Samantha).
The future turns out to be a bit underwhelming according to most of the designers. Amanda had immunity after last week.  She wanted to follow up with some thing grand by taking risks. However, before declaring her safe the judges called her out on her rather disjointed look. To see hers and the rest of the safe designers' looks click through the slideshow below:

Emily created what she called an Ewok hoodie. I want it. WANT! (Sadly, the picture doesn't show it, but it's awesome) It has this powerful cocoon effect. I think the characters in the sci-fi novel I'm writing might wear stuff like this. The jumpsuit was cool too. It could almost be standard issue and accessories by the people on the space station. I like it. This was my second favorite look. It took third place.

My favorite look took second place. Kristine has been pretty quiet so far, but I think she's one to watch for. She was very smart with the piece. The top is leather and the jacket is neoprene (again, not really in the picture) so neither had to be finished, which allowed her to get a crisp look on a one-day challenge. This set her apart from many of the struggling designers who had epic finishing problems. She gave her future girl a lot to work with by making layered separates out of very durable fabrics that could be remixed. She should have won (watch the episode if you haven't because this jacket is great).

Like really. She should have won or Emily. Sandhya won. She created this retro-futuristic piece right out of the Jetsons. I love retro-futurism. I love the Jetsons. (Their doorbell is my text message alert tone).  I even appreciate that the judges acknowledged this very risky design choice. It's well executed and wonderfully crazy, but it crosses the line of cartoon-ish and costume-y. I was sad to see it beat out the other top two designers.

Sean really just failed to execute a mediocre idea. There isn't much more to it than that. His concept was safe and it work wasn't polished. I liked his unconventional look. I wish he would have channeled that energy. He deserved his spot in the bottom, but I'm glad he isn't going home yet.

Alexander had what looked like a cool look, but trashed it when it didn't fit his model. I wish he would have found a way to use that top as a vest or something because the sad potato sack he sent down the runway was, well, sad.

However, Alexander was saved by that fact that Angela was still on the show. Her mini-suit was the saddest of all. I hope women in the future won't be forced to wear mini skirts, old lady pink and jackets that need sleeves when they work on the space station stock exchange. This is not a power suit. This is not the kind of look that results from "leaning in." This is now the future I want to live in. The judges sent Angela home. This really isn't the place for her. She doesn't work quickly enough or loudly enough to get noticed in the fast paced world of reality TV.

What do you think of the winner and loser of this challenge? Leave a comment telling us what you were doing 20 years ago and what you think fashion will be like 20 years from now. I'm hoping for a 3D printer that will print a new look for me every day, and I can recycle that material each night to be used for the next day's outfit. (No more laundry!--or limited laundry. I hate laundry.)

Bags for Fall 2014

A reader with a lust for bags asked us what will be the hottest handbag trend this fall. Honestly, nothing will be the trend. A few years ago, the runway was full of bags you could stuff the models in. This season, it's all over the map from clutches to backpacks, minimal to rococo. The only thing that will create a trend what we all decide to buy. While I'm sure young cool kids will be all about drawstring bucket bags to go with their grunge revival look, I'd like to suggest structured bags as the non-hipster look for Fall 2014. Unlike bucket bags which always look casual, a structured bag offers a counter point to the slouchy weekend wear that's currently popular. Plus, they look right with the long skirts and simple tops that are in season. If you're worried about looking too prim, buy a bag in an unexpected color, in a print, or with a whimsical detail.
Top: black and white woven bow bag, Betsey Johnson on Amazon $98
neon yellow cross-body, ASOS $43.56
teal top handle bag, Sydney Love on Amazon $40
Middle: green heart punch bag, Betsey Johnson at Mod Cloth $98
beige leopard trim bag, Macy's $80.99
lilac bow satchel, ASOS $42.56
Bottom: colorblock envelope satchel, BCBG on Amazon $276
graduated stud bag, Betsey Johnson at NM Last Call $54
red kiss lock bag, Lulu Guinness for J. C Penney $59

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Project Runway S13 E2: Movie Magic

Apologies for the delay in recaps. I'm blaming the fact that my hometown was briefly underwater last week and we've been cleaning. OK, enough with the excuses. On to the Runway.

The usual thoughts:
  • I hate team challenges
  • I hate when they combine unconventional materials with team challenges because I would rather see what they do on their own.
  • I hate when they are judged in teams
  • I hate that teams happen this early in the season.
  • Immunity should not be offered prior to a team challenge. 
  • I really hate team challenges.
For week two the designers headed to the movie where they picked up strange move-related materials. Overall, this was a pretty good week for the runway. Most of the designers really tried use the most unconventional materials in interesting ways. One new feature I like is showing a vote on who the designers think will win and go home. They predicted Fade would win and Angela would go home. They were wrong on both accounts. Heidi told Team Blue that Sean and Fade lost a chance to win because Angela's look wasn't up to snuff. (I hate team challenges). Team Purple (Mitchell, Char, Kini) and Team Green (Samantha, Emily, Alexander) were simply safe. Click through the slide show to view the safe looks:

Team Silver (Kristine, Amanda and Korina, pictured below in that order) were the winning team. They were cohesive and sharp. They used materials in interesting ways without be repetitive or showing the safe look three times. The designer who got the returning vote--Amanda--took home the prize. This is a pretty decent outcome though I would have still liked to see how Fade or Sean would have done against her look if things had been separate.

Team Red (Hernan, Sandhya and Carrie, pictured below in that order) were in the bottom. Really, Sandhya sabotaged here, which isn't cool because she had immunity. She wasn't going home, which is why I think there should be no immunity in team challenges. They ended up with three looks that were basically the same. Sandhya was the worst and should have gone home. Overall, they did not fit together. I would have liked to see Hernan go over Carrie. She was mostly trying to survive. Hernan was the mastermind and Sandhya was the problem. However, Carrie got sent home. I'm sad. I would have liked to see more of her.

What did you think of this outcome? Who are you cheering for after this episode?