Let's start with the good news. Dolce & Gabbana had several lovely striped looks. Breezy, summer on the Mediterranean wonderfulness.
That's really all the positive I have to say. From there, it launched into some of the ugliest prints I've ever seen. It's like they found 16-year-old Casey, the best artist in Mrs. Feeser's art class, to draw conquistadors and Africans who happen to look like potatoes.
Casey was also clearly still inspired by her summer basket weaving class. Lucky for us she got a glue gun for her birthday and was able to glue all sorts of beads and foof to these thousand dollar dresses. If she couldn't fit all the baubles on a dress, Casey just made loud earrings.
All joking aside, this show really angers me. No doubt, you've heard the phrase, "She even look good in a burlap sack." That's because poor people used to wear burlap sacks. My aunts, growing up in Kansas during the Dust Bowl and then waiting out the Great Depression on a southern Indiana farm, wore dresses made from burlap feed sacks. Material was too precious to throw away. So seeing a designer who sells $6,000 gowns making a dress that looks like a feed sack pisses me off. That's not smart design; it's just crass.
I love Miu Miu's harlequin themed show from Spring Summer 2008, especially this sweetly sexy striped mini dress. Kensie created a cute green version that's more wearable for everyday life. It's $118 at Macy's and perfect for spring. Now if I could find an inexpensive version of that show's teacup heels...
Why We Love It: Winter. Blarg. It snowed yesterday. It will probably snow today. I'm so done. I want to wear pretty shirts and not freeze to death. These skirts from Sandee Royalty make me think of spring, and anything that makes me thing of spring is super happy right now.
One of my college roommates sent me a book called You Can Wear It Again: A Celebration of Bridesmaids' Dresses by Meg Mateo Ilasco. I must admit I uttered those words to my bridesmaids. The best burgundy fabric we could find was a butterfly brocade, so we ended up making Chinese-style tops (no strapless, backless bra required) and gold skirts. My roommate (on the right) actually wore the top until the zipper died, so maybe I wasn't quite as delusional at these other brides.
The pictures in "You Can Wear It Again" can be a whole lot of fun with a gabby group of girl friends. I plan to cover the pictures in snarky post-it notes and pass it to becca (who will not make me wear satin polka dots and a floppy hat) to do the same. When it makes its way through all our friends, we'll have a great collection of comments.
Just click with you want a better view of these horrors committed to fabric and friendship. Note to brides: It is unfair to make your sisters, cousins, and b…