September 2009 archive

Paris Fashion Week Post 1

YAY! PARIS FASHION WEEK IS HERE! ARE YOU EXCITED!?!?!?!?

Gareth Pugh was very experimental and gray, but that was to be expected. He made these hats that reminded me of bat/owl wings. There were dresses and jackets and crazy stripes. It was crazy and really cool.

Rochas was full of colors and patterns. Spring is obviously the season for patterns. The fabrics looked rich and full. Even though they had shorts and dresses, the GAGA look was in full effect. It was all tropical.

Rue du Mail was very feminine and sexy in a very Parisian way. The silk dresses were amazing. I really loved the watercolor dresses. Everything was gorg.

My So-Called Life

Hey Guys! I know it has been awhile since I gave you all the inside scoop on school. I switched majors from fashion merchandising to fashion journalism. I am taking 3 fun classes.
  • Intro to Journalism: I am learning how to write like a journalist.
  • Style Icons in Fashion and Media: I am learning about the style icons that have influenced the fashion world.
  • Intro to Styling: I am learning to be a stylist…YAY! Fun!
These classes and their projects are very challenging and come with a lot of work, but I feel like I am really learning some great information. Come December I will have already finished my first year in grad school at Academy of Art University and I LOVE IT!

I feel like even though school is tough, I can accomplish anything.

Milan Spring Fashion Week Post 3

Gucci was another super sexy, super sleek show that you would totally expect from the Italians. Slim form fitting dress with awesome embellishments and crazy high shoes. This collection is for the crazy, confident girls.

Francesco Scognamiglio’s collection reminded me of the Italian collections from the 80s and early 90s. The dresses and the stars reminded me of something Gianni Versace would have made. The silhouettes were very exaggerated as well.


According to Fendi, big girls love lace,ruffles, and clear Lucite stripper heels. I’m down for that, but I don’t know if my ankles will join the party. To me the collection seemed like a mix between good girl/bad girl.

Photos from Style.com.

Highlights from the October Issue of Harper’s Bazaar

  • Diane von Furstenberg: Unwrapped

In this candid profile, the legendary designer gets personal about her loves, her career, and her style. Coquettish, strong and outspoken, Diane von Furstenberg opens up to Harper’s Bazaar about the secrets behind her prolific success and glamorous life.

Below are some quotes from the interview and the full story is available here:
On her career: “I have great satisfaction because the older I get, the younger my consumers are. And that’s kind of fun, and that’s kind of keeping me young and making me relevant.”

Her mission is… “To empower women. Why? Because I wanted to be an empowered woman, and I became an empowered woman. And now I want to empower every woman. And I do it through my clothes, I do it through my words, I do it through my money, I do it through everything.”
On her designs: “I like to think that my style and the clothes I design are effortlessly elegant and sexy. I think the word effortless is very important. I think that that creates an ease and a confidence, because I think there’s nothing more beautiful than a woman who’s confident.”

  • Tim Burton’s Magical Fashion:

The season’s dark delights are reimagined in a lush photoshoot, featuring iconic looks inspired by Tim Burton films. The glamorous styles featured include Oscar de la Renta, Nina Ricci and Alexander McQueen. Photo credit: Tim Walker. The full slideshow is available here:

  • Cheap and Easy Fall Fashion: Make Cheap Chic:

While the fall season has offered a copious number of fashion trends, it has also refreshingly heralded the return of easy elegance that can make a statement with simple styles and neutral hues. Harper’s Bazaar shares affordable finds and shows you how to transform inexpensive pieces into timeless treasures

Hunt for rich-looking fabrics, mixing textures with an emphasis on contrast – for example, a leather jacket teamed up with a silky dress or a Banana Republic satin trench, with an organic knit. Plus, make a masculine-feminine point with a tailored jacket over a striped knit dress. For more looks, please visit this site.

For more fall looks, straight from runways and in stores, please see Runway Report, Harper’s Bazaar annual bonus issue, a who’s who guide to the hottest new designers, biggest fall trends, must-have accessories and much more. This issue comes out on September 29th.

Avelle aka Bag Borrow or Steal Kate Spade Bag Giveaway

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Milan Spring Fashion Week Post 2

I have never heard of designer Albino D’Amato or his collection Albino before,but I figured I would give it a look. The collection was inspired by a safari and “Out of Africa.” The jackets and skirts were oversized, and the prints were orange and red. I like this collection a lot, but I think it would have been better off being presented for Fall 2010 instead of Spring 2010. It was just too autumnal for me.

Miuccia was obviously inspired by Lady Gaga. The pantsless look was featured in another runway show. There were patterns, shorts, and short jackets. Grey was a big color in this collection, but there were also splashes of blue, yellow, and white. It was an overall great collection. Would I wear it? No, but I can see people who love the Prada look totally buying it.

Blumarine was a beautiful collection that I could see lots of girls wearing on the beach. The long dresses, jackets, and shorts are just right for the Tropics. The Jamaican color scheme made me look forward to summer. There were tie-die in bright and cream colors, camo, and drapery. Anna Molinari designed a young and sexy collection.

Roberto Rimondi and Tommaso Aquilano designed a beautiful collection for Gianfranco Ferré that was light and airy. The colors ranged from white to nude to black. Everything was sheer with rough edges. Some tops had exposed bras. They also did this neat thing with the dress fabric where they pleated it and then folded and shaped it into what looked like elaborate flowers. Simply gorg!


Photos by Style.com.

Milan Spring Fashion Week Post 1

Milan Fashion Week has begun! Yipee! Are you excited. One more week left and then Paris. I wish I could be there instead of South Carolina. ERGH!

Dolce and Gabbana knew what they were doing when they made their D&G; collection. It reminds me of an Urban Cowboy look with brown boots and jeans, prairie lace and leather. I can see a lot of women wearing this come springtime. I also loved the sunglasses. I would wear those if they would only make the cute sunglasses with prescription lenses. Le sigh… I noticed in The Sartorialist’s pictures that Italians have been doing the jean on jean thing for awhile, so maybe it will catch on elsewhere.
Giorgio Armani was full of that tailored elegance that we always expect from him. The color palette of electric blues and hot pinks reminded me of Miami Vice. I love that show. Yay reruns. The taffeta and houndstooth were driving me mad. I would take a standing room only seat just so I could see the fabric move in person. I saved over 20 pics from the show on my computer. They look that great!
Moschino Cheap and Chic was definitely really cute. I love when people combine black and pink together. I also like the prints and graphic tops. The polka-dots, bows, and daisy hats were amusing . It was a really cute collection that I could totally see Blair wearing on Gossip Girl. That “Amore” necklace and duck leotard made me smile.

Photos from Style.com.

Are H&M and Zara Moving To The Internet?

From Handbag.com:

High street brands H&M; and Zara are to launch online stores next year.

Two of the UK’s most popular high street brands, H&M; and Zara, will next year set up shop in the world’s busiest market place: the world wide web.

The long-awaited move by both companies is a bid to satisfy customer demand and an attempt to offset the negative effects of the recession.

In the case of H&M;, which originated in Sweden, the plan was buoyed by better-than-expected third-quarter profits. According to drapersonline.com, H&M; has this year opened 85 stores and closed nine, with the total now numbering 1,840.

Spanish label Zara, meanwhile, is joining the digital revolution as part of a shake-up by parent company Inditex. Kicking off with online sales in the UK, Spain, France, Germany, Italy and Portugal, the initiative will eventually be rolled out globally.

Issuing the group’s financial report to analysts last week, Inditex’s CEO and Deputy Chairman, Pablo Isla, called the launch, “An important strategic step, in line with the Inditex Group’s constant daily search to offer the best service to clients worldwide.”

With both sites on-track to launch with the stores’ autumn/winter 2010 collections late next year, we’re trying not to get too excited just yet, but we can’t help but fantasise about how much more exciting our virtual lunchtime shopping trips are about to become.

Large picture: H&M;, autumn/winter 2009
Small picture: Zara, autumn/winter 2009

hm.com / zara.com

London Spring Fashion Week Post 3

Josh Goot’s collection of prints served as an optical illusion to my eyes. I don’t know much about this designer, but there was something about his clothes that made me say wow. I would totally have to wear the dresses, jackets, or pants separately. They look good on the runway together but out in the open is another story.

I didn’t see any gorillas at Christopher Kane, but I did see crisp suits, gingham plaids, and exposed thighs and bras. All the dresses seemed to have two side splits. Some dresses had portions of gingham and solid fabric, while other dresses had layers of multi-colored gingham. The color schemes was faded pastels, browns, and blacks. Then towards the end of the show he introduced a floral embroidery pattern.

I watched the live stream of the Burberry fashion show, and I was AMAZED. Everyone on the live chat and twitter were just going nuts the whole entire show. The platform shoes were crazy gorgeous and crazy high. All of the dresses,pants, and tops had some form of draping or ruching. The classic trench coats were too perfect. Christopher Bailey created the perfect collection with the perfect pastel spring collection. I can already see this collection being photograph and styled for editorials already.

Photos from Vogue UK.

Bad Bish

I haven’t done one of these is awhile so here goes Halle Berry at The Jay Leno Show.
DAMN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Work out plan starts now.
Photo from The YBF!

London Spring Fashion Week Post 2

So far I have spotted bigger models, more ethnic models, older models, and Supermodels during London Fashion Week. Who knew there would be so much scandal during LFW?

Antonia Berardi’s new collection was full of ebellishments, lines,structure, shapes, neutrals, and color. It was a crazy good collection of pants, jackets, lace, bustiers, and bodcon mini dresses.

Matthew Williamson was a light and airy collection of muted colors. There were chains and tiny mirrors in different shapes. The shoes were beautiful. High heels are still in. I also think it is safe to say that little jackets and skirts or minidresses go well together.

Photos from Vogue UK.

London Spring Fashion Week Post 1

London has always been one of the more experimental fashion weeks. I know some of the lines showing during LFW, but I am unfamiliar with quite a few lines. I am going to use this opportunity to branch out and review well known and lesser know brands. I have also been surprised by the number of ethnic models on the runways in London. I think it is an amazing start an hopefully others will get the memo.
I don’t know much about Gavin Douglas except that he is an exceptional designer who used mostly Black models for this show. The overall collection was great and very colorful with some accordion style dresses. I lloked at his other collections and I loved that it. I will be looking at him in the future.

Sass & Bide are back after a short hiatus with a beautiful collection of featuring the colors black, white, and gold. Some of the dresses looked billowy and Grecian as golden embellishments adorned the chest. The other element of the collection was completely structural and architectural. I always like their collections and am very happy to see them back.
PPQ was amazing. It was full of bright colors and ruffles. At first I wasn’t too sure about the collection, but once I looked at the slide show I was surprised at their use of patterns and color. The collection was full of things that I can totally see Topshop copying in a few months.

Ashish took us on a journey to Spikey Sequins land because they whole collection was full of tropical prints, maps, sequins, and spikes. This was another collection I wasn’t so sure about. I loved last season’s collection, but when I started looking through the slide show, my mind said, “EEEK!” Then the sequins shirts with the slogans on them caught my eye, as well as the sweatshirt with the built in fanny pack.

Photos from Vogue UK.

The Fat and Skinny Steals and Deals

Rupert Sanderson
Due to massive demand this year, we have decided to extend today’s opening hours to 8pm!
As space allows we will be adding new stock, so whether you were daunted by the queue yesterday, can’t get away early enough, or just want to come back for another look, we hope ‘Open til 8’ helps!

We’ll also be open from 10am tomorrow with exciting new stock added overnight and an all day BBQ too!

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Monday 9/21-Tuesday 9/22 – Jacquie Aiche Jewelry, Mara Hoffman & Meghan Fabulous

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New York Spring Fashion Week Post 8

New York Fashion Week has come to a close and I am bringing you my last reviews for New York. London starts tomorrow. I hope it is as great and wonderful as NYFW has been.

Proenza Schouler was full of color, patterns, prints, and embellishments. I like how they remade the blouse into a wrap dress kind of contraption. Everything was so bright and shiny and short. This collection is great for the girl who loves adventure.

Oscar de la Renta’s collection seems like it is for PS’s mom or older sister that also likes to have fun. The colors were beautiful and bright yet mature, and the fabrics were to die for. Some of the clothes had a safari look to them, while others had sophisticated embellishments. Both collections looked very commercial, and that is a good thing. People need to start buying again to support the fashion industry and the economy.

Photos from Style.com

New York Spring Fashion Week Post 7

Mulberry and Marc By Marc Jacobs were amazing. The colors and use of different patterns really makes you think this Spring is going to fun and whimsical. Mulberry’s collection is totally for the girly girl who loves bright colors and knows how to have fun. As usual, Mulberry’s accessories were AMAZING! I saw a gorgeous pink bag that was to die for. The shoes were great too. I really love the suede moccasin shoes. the collection also featured rosettes and prints.

Marc by Marc Jacobs was obviously created for the cool girls and boys. The mixing of patterns and colors was really interesting. I also liked how the girls had these cute oversized bows on their heads. Maybe designers are going through a Gaga phase. Several designers have used oversized bows and have had models go pantsless. Hmmm? Makes you wonder.

Well if Marc by Marc Jacobs and Mulberry were for the colorful cool kids, then Rodarte was for the goths. The Mulleavy sisters created garments with their signature swirls of fabric that they wrap around the body. Even though they had some browns,reds, and yellows, but the majority of the collection was black, black, and more black.

Photos from Style.com.

The Fat and Skinny Spring 2010 Collection

A few months ago I showed you the collection I had to design for class that was based on the movies Gosford Park and Easy Virtue. Now I decided to design another collection just for the heck of it. This collection is based on Mad Men and the Dutch Square Mall pinwheel logo from the 80s and early 90s.

This is the Fall 2009 collection

This is the Spring 2010 collection

New York Spring Fashion Week Post 6

If you haven’t figured it out already, the majority of my posts throughout this month will be fashion week related. This is the schedule for the remaining fashion:

Upcoming Fashion Weeks

London
September 18 – September 23, 2009
Milan
September 24 – September 28, 2009
Paris
September 30 – October 8, 2009

Back to New York Fashion Week, which ends on the 17th.

Zac Posen really did a great job of editing his collection. I think his mind is overly creative and flamboyant, which makes editing and figuring out what pieces work extremely hard. This collection showcases his flamboyance but it is magical. I love the silky fabrics, and the way he mixed all the colors together. I think bright colors and painterly/graphic patterns are really going to be big trends for the spring. I am also seeing a feather boa used as a coat/vest contraption too.

Chris Benz is another designer who got the bright colors/feather boa memo, as well. His collection looks easier to wear than Posen but it is still great. I also like how he mixed textures. There are ruffles, feathers, and solids. The ruffle and the polka dot was featured heavily in his collection as well sequins. Apparently that trend isn’t going away anytime soon ladies.

I remember yesterday when everyone at the Marc Jacobs show was twittering. They kept saying the theme is Geishas. Everyone let out a collective “HMMMMM…” Well I can tell that Marc’s inspiration was definitely Asian. The garments were ruffled, silky, and some were extremely geometric. I also liked how he did the exposed undergarment thing again, except this time it seemed more put together. The colors range from very muted neutrals to a deep blue and red. I can’t see myself wearing the clothes or the shoes from this collection, but I can definitely see the beauty in it…. I guess? I don’t it. I guess I just expect more from Marc.

Photos from Style.com.

New York Spring Fashion Week Post 5

Fashion week is still rolling on and everyone is patiently waiting for the big Marc show tonight. While you wait, check out my reviews of these collections.

Victoria Beckham’s collection was a little bit of the same from last time with a few changes. I think she is becoming more confident with her collection and herself. For those of you who don’t know, the reason she doesn’t smile is because she is really shy and trying to avoid people. According to a few tweets, she actually came out and explained her collection to people, so I think that is a great move for her. You are going to see the same 50’s housewife, Dior’s New Look, sharp geometric shapes, but you are also going to see a pattern splashed in there and some lacey cut out mesh fabric. Do I think the last two elements should have been added to the collection…NO, but she was trying to break up her collection. I can see some potential in the future. Overall it was good and I can see people buying it.

Diane von Furstenburg’s collection was more summer oriented than spring, but I loved it. I thought it was awesome how she mixed neutrals with neon colors. the whole collection was very tropical. The prints and fabrics really made you feel like you were on the beach. The model’s wavy hair and bright makeup make me miss summer already. I also applaud DVF for being one of the few designers to use ethnic women in her show. As president of the CFDA, she has to take stands on what she believes in. Hopefully other designer will follow suit. I doubt it though.

Erin Fetherston gets a big round of applause from me. I usually like all of her collections because they are youthful and unique, but there is only so much of the Minnie Mouse and Alice in Wonderland look, that she presents year in and year out, one can take. Well I think Erin got the memo. Her collection, while maintaining its youthful charm, is very much grown up. There are no Lolita’s here. The collection was inspired by her childhood in Japan, and I can totally see that in the floral prints, cut of the garments, and flowing gowns. This collection was one of her best because she actually took the time to mature.

Photos from Style.com.
THE RUPERT SANDERSON FACTORY SALE IS BACK – AND BETTER THAN EVER.

When: Thursday 17th, Friday 18th, Saturday 19th September (BBQ all day Saturday).
Time: 10am – 6pm.
Where: The Chapel Rooms, 24 South Audley Street, London, W1K 2PA
What: Samples & past season stock starting from £50!

New York Spring Fashion Week Post 4

It’s all about the DETAILS!!!
This is why I would love to go to fashion week. SEND ME INVITES! SEND ME INVITES! SEND ME INVITES! I need to see the details of the garments in the flesh. Both the Christian Siriano and Alexander Wang shows were full of little details that really brought the whole masterpiece together.

Alexander Wang delivered yet another knock them out the park collection. It featured his signature separates that look great dressed up or way down for the edgy girl who doesn’t care, but this time they were football themed. Maybe the fall football season was calling him. I don’t know or care because the collection was amazing. The purses looked like footballs, and the shorts looked like vintage football uniform pants.The leather used throughout the whole collection reminded me of football pigskin. I also liked how he had the models wear exposed underwear that were basically sport bras and panties. The capes, leather jackets, and sweaters are great to wear on a cool spring night. Wang’s shoes caught me off guard because they are not what you would expect from a football themed show, but I loved them too. They were leopard print shoes. OMG! I can hear Rachel Zoe screaming “I DIE!” right now.

Christian Siriano’s collection was just as amazing! His collection was totes for that girly girl who loves their outfits to have hats and heels with the purse to match. The color story was amazing as well. The colors ranged from warm oranges, to neutral creams, and then to cool blues. This was another Spring 2010 collection that featured the graphic print. Obviously everyone got the same memo that said “Graphic prints are going to be huge. You snooze, you lose!” I missed that memo, just like the US Postal Service missed my New York Fashion week invites. Siriano’s draping was fantastic, as usual. I also like the rough details on the hats because they were a nice contrast to the soft draping shown in his clothes. Oh and did I tell you that the uber hot shoes with the curved heels are totally supposed to come out in January for Payless, but will probs be toned way down. I am giving Payless the sad and happy face.

Photos from NY Magazine.

New York Spring Fashion Week Post 3

The Spring season is starting to look more and more like this season with shorts and brighter colors, which is ok…Whatever!



Cushnie et Ochs looked spacey and very bodcon like. I liked the collection and thought the color scheme was very springy. The only thing I didn’t like was the black dress with the hole near the crotch. You don’t want your cootchie to be all out in full effect. Uh no no!



Apparently Charlotte Ronson and Erin Wasson x RVCA were the shows to be at last night! Charlotte Ronson was very Olivia Newton-John meets Urban Safari! Erin Wasson was very Erin Wassony. I could only see my self wearing a few pieces. The rest I could see on model types, or people who want to be Erin Wasson.

Michelle Obama’s fashion designer of choice for that famous night, Jason Wu, had a darling collection. The colors and shapes and patterns just looked so feminine and chic. I loved every outfit which is rare, and the shoes were hot too. He is so talented, and I love that. I hope he doesn’t lose his mojo or becomes too big headed.

Photos from Style.com.

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