Showing posts from February, 2009

This Week on Fashion Me Fabulous

Nathan Jenden, Central Saint Martins, Giles, Just Cavalli

London Fashion Week, along with the Oscars, has come and gone, and Milan's Runways are heating up. In case you missed them among the runway review craziness, here is a recap of this weeks regular FMF features:

--We wonder if you love or loathe these shoes and if you save or splurge on shampoo.
--Shop for the shoe of the week, cut-out shoes, vintage luggage, custom corsets on Etsy, and prom looks for under $100.
--This dress seems to be growing something.
--Check out comic finds on Etsy, and cool stuff on Ebay.

Check out our Oscar coverage:
--Jael Paris sums up Oscar Red Carpet Trends and FMF Favorites.
--You can still Rate Red Carpet Looks.
--Get a Red Carpet look for Prom.

In case you missed a favorite, here are the designer we covered for London Fashion Week:
--Sinha-Stanic, Graeme Black, Vivienne Westwood Red Label
--Peter Jensen, Nathan Jenden, Central Saint Martins
--Mario Schwab, Christopher Kane, Giles, Ossie Clark
--Danielle Scut…

Project Design: Comic Jewelry

Project Design is our own friendly competition where we put together collection of independent designers for you to rate on your very own imaginary runway.

Last week Project Design featured Comic themed clothing. This week, the theme is still alive with comic jewelry. Which piece brings out your comic side?

Wham Pow Comic Book Necklace by finestimaginary

Upcycled Death Pendant by lucie39

Superwoman Earrings by OverTheTop

I Won't Dream Earrings by Phaulet

QUE Blondie pendant by gangbusters

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Milan Fashion Week Begins

With knee socks, ruffles and pleats, Emporio Armani created a youthful, feminine collection with skirts, jackets, shorts and dresses to be coveted.

You wouldn't know it from the designs, but Just Cavalli is feeling the struggles of the economy. Due to finances, this collection may never see production. It would be sad to cast aside these cool ruffles. jackets and pants.

Missoni did what Missoni does best--knitwear. The collection began with icy tones, but layered knits and muted prints warmed the collection to a light sunny glow by the end.

If only the word "Cheap" in Moschino Cheap & Chic meant I could actually afford it. The collection showcased ruffles, surreal belts that didn't buckle and cute coats and dresses.

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Love or Loathe: Are You Busy?

Bright orange leather, snake skin, and striped wooden beads all on one sandal? These bold heels by Sam Edelman could be the key to a fantastic summer look, or they could just be ugly. They're $158.95 on Endless. What do you think?

Sweet Ebay Find!

In my search for a vintage cape coat, I found this great 1960s cape dress. The neutral khaki perfectly serves the fun asymmetrical cut of the cape and mini length of the dress. The button detail is super cute. With a good pair of boots, you could be a puddle skipping mod queen this spring. The ebay starting bid is $9.99 and the auction ends March 3rd.

$150 Challegne: Prom Under $100


Wrapping Up London Fashion Week

House of Holland offered of a collection of divided gradients starting dark at the top and fading toward the bottom with a white line in between each section of color. The colors didn't seem very fall-like either. Holland isn't the first designer to do this so it looks like we might be in for a cheerful Autumn.

As a graduate of Central Saint Martins, Mark Fast knows how to stand out. While the small but stunning collection lacked practicality, it set this designer up as a unique voice to watch.

Meadham Kirchhoff took biker chic to a new place with their fall collection full of embroidery, asymmetrical bomber jackets, and delicate fraying.

Peter Pilotto mixed lovely draping with bold graphic prints that made me wish my closet had more prints in it. Also interesting were the slouchy, over-the-knee boots the models wore.

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The Horror: Your Shoulders Are Sprouting

It's been a week of pretty dresses, starting with the Oscars and continuing through London Fashion Week. Now I'm going to ruin it.

Like last week's horror, this dress would have been perfectly fine had the designer resisted the urge to tack on useless flowers. I rather like the gold and silver combo as well as the beaded neckline, but those shoulder sprouts have to go. Not only would they drive me nuts each time they brushed me, but they also look like a complete afterthought. Did Urban Outfitters have too many dresses in this style, forcing Andersen & Lauth to desperately grab for attention?

Get the Look For Prom

With the Oscars over, many off us are finished with evening gowns until the Emmys. But high school students are gearing up for the full swing of prom season. If that's you and a celebrity dress piqued your interest, here's the look for less.

Newcomer Freida Pinto wore a stunning Christian Lacroix Haute Couture dress to the Golden Globes. While that mustard color will not work on most women, you could try this citron party dress by Penelope Couture at Neiman Marcus for $330. Pickups and folds are easier to wear. Look for a short and sweet bubble dress like this olive number by Dave and Johnny for $130.
Miley Cyrus's strapless Marchesa was a perfect blend of sweet and sexy. For a similar look focus on a simple column shape with bold gold details. This gown by Flip sells for $278 on eDressMe.
Taylor Swift's sexy and sophisticated black gown by Kaufman Franco had a leather strap detail around the bust. If you want a similar detail in your prom dress, try La Femme's cut ou…

Etsy Shop of the Week: Bonzie

Shop: Bonzie

Specialty: "Independent Irish Fashion Label with romantic vintage appeal"

Why We Love It: The clothing and accessories have an amazing vintage, steampunk, neovictorian feel. Much of it is also made of upcycled clothing too.

Prices: $52 for a wrap to $1700 for a bridal ensemble.

More Info: You can learn more about Bonzie on their blog or website.

Favorite Items: Custom Corsets $160 (pictured), Custom Boleros $160.

London Fashion Week Favorites So Far

Fall/Winter 2009 marks Mary Karrantzou's London Fashion Week debut. Her collection of dresses was small but strong with colorful, bottle-inspired prints. I can't wait to see her future work.
Roksanda Ilincic continued the shiny, big-shouldered trend from New York. Additionally, her collection included reptile embossed fabrics, ruffles, and lace. It's a lot of look. The pants are the most wearable thing here and can work nicely with an evening look. The dresses are hit-and-miss, but a young, confidant woman could pull them off.
Julien Mcdonald was chanelling the rock star spirit with body-conscious clothing, exposed zippers, sharp shoulders, and unraveled knits.

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Cut-Out Shoes


London Fashion Week Favorites So Far

I'm a sucker for black and red, which is what I found at Danielle Scutt. The collection explored these colors with various shapes and textures.

Texture, prints, lace, girly shapes. Erdem had it all. I love the red and black lace pieces.

Louise Goldin lets a girl know that she can be both cozy and tough with this leather meats knitwear collection.

Luella has been described as "Cute utilitarianism" this season. The shapes and styles are very wearable and fun. For some reason the gold and black dress (bottom left) make me think of Lily Allen. She would look cute in it.

Paul Smith Women played with color, print and shape in this collection full of these that actually look rather warn and cozy for fall.

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Save or Splurge: Shampoo

Hair care is an important part a girl's overall look. Bad hair ruins even the cutest outfit. And bad shampoo can ruin even the cutest hair. I've sampled shampoos that were too drying, which made my hair look like straw and shampoos that were too moisturizing, which weighed my hair down.

Most shampoos fall somewhere in between. However, their price ranges can be sky high. I know people who swear by salon shampoos. I can even tell when some of them have switched to a cheaper brand.

I'm just not one of those people. I use drug store shampoo. John Frieda's Brilliant Brunette (pictured) is perfect for my long curly locks. Some might even consider that a bit of a splurge because there are much cheaper drugstore brands. I tried a travel size one recently since my budget is ever tighter, but my hair lost a lot of it's shine so I'm back to John Frieda (I use the Volumizing Shampoo for Chestnut to Espresso, by the way) and searching for coupons to clip.

Do you save or splur…

London Fashion Week Favorites So Far

Mario Schwab showed a line of cocktail dresses with a geological theme and faintly shifting layers.
After a successful season inspired by dinosaurs and gorillas, Christopher Kane's latest effort feels conservative. The neutral plaid remind me of my father's old cardigan, and this designer has produced vastly superior knits in the past. The sheer dresses with contrast trim, however, manage to be both classic Kane and refreshingly interesting. While I had wanted something more inventive from one of my favorite designers, this "greatest hits" show will extend Kane's commercial appeal.
At first glance, Giles Decon's runway was not cohesive. Turns out, he also presented a collection of throwbacks to his previous shows. It was hit and miss, but parts of the looks were quite pretty.
Ossie Clark was a colorful, cheerful spot for fall fashion. The coats are perfect for combating cold-weather blahs. The vintage-style dresses and and fun prints demand the attention of a ce…

Get Ready, Set, Go! Vintage

Where: Get Ready, Set, Go! on Etsy

What: They call their inventory "luggage for the unique & the geek." Well, that's certainly me. The shop sells vintage luggage with a simple, original ink drawing on it.

When: Mostly 60s and 70s, but they occasionally sell cases from the 1950s or before.

How Much: $35-$75 depending on size

Favorite Items: hot pink train case by Samsonite $64.50
aqua suitcase with tree print $49.95 (pictured)

London Fashion Week Favorites So Far

It was all about vivid prints and colors and layered textures at Peter Jensen. The bold looks offer some brilliant pieces for fall.

Nathan Jenden showed intricate cut outs and stunning jackets in this collection full of strong looks.

Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design showed several student collections in the 179 look runway show. Not each image set below represents a collection, but these are some of my favorites from the women's looks in the show, which is worth 179 clicks to view.