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Thursday, September 25, 2014

The problem with beauty standards is not us versus them.

I've been dancing around to Meghan Trainor's hit song "All About That Bass" for weeks. It's a great song. Sax, dancing, and perfection. As a girl with the booty, booty, it's nice to be reminded that I'm fine not flawed. Give it a listen if you're unfamiliar (or if your obsessed with the song like me).

But could we not use the phrase "skinny bitches"? Some girls are fat. Some girls are skinny. Some girls are in between but feel fat because of beauty standards and also wrongly assume that fat is an insult and not just a descriptor like brunette. Either way, the amount of weight on your body does not dictate your value, your attitude, or your heart. (In fact, it doesn't even say as much about health as we'd like to think.)

I long for the day when women bucking beauty standards is done without belittling the choices of other women. Ahem, Taylor Swift.
Tumblr fixed Taylor Swift's "You Belong With Me." Thanks, Tumblr.
When movies and music and all other media tell us we need to be one way, they are trying to take the power of choice away from us. We don't get that back by taking power from other women. It doesn't matter if they are telling us not to be soft or to lose your virginity by sixteen or to be a size two. No one fits any of the images put out there, so we're all in that same boat of being told we're flawed, wrong, and misguided. Can we all agree that fixing beauty standards won't happen by snapping at other women for wearing heels, not wearing makeup, or being small chested?

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Pick of the Week: Cute & Comfy Rain Boot

I've been searching for a cute rain boot for about seven years. Most traditional rain boots don't go up to a size 11. Also, most rain boots run narrow in the calf. I've finally found a pair. They are cute, they lace up. They are high quality so they won't crack like the last pair I had. And, they are comfortable--so comfortable! These Tretorn Plask Lace boots come with a removable massage insole that make them a joy to walk in. I nabbed mine when they were on sale for $60, which they aren't right now. (Currently they are $110 on Amazon unless you want the red ones for $48!) Keep an eye out because I'm sure they'll come around again.

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.)