March 2010 archive

Bad Bish

Photo From Clutch Mag. Check out the rest of the pics here.

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Charleston Fashion Week Rock the Runway Model Competition

The model competition was really good. they had over 500 models try out and they narrowed it down to 10 men and 10 women. I had my favorite for the men and women. One of the male models I liked won, Antwuan Whitney. The female model who won,Caroline DeBruhl , wasn’t on my radar, but I looked at her photo and saw why the judges picked her. I honestly didn’t remember her on the runway. You can see all of the finalists here.

Also Larika Page won the Emerging Designers Competition, and Barbara Beach won the People’s Choice. You can find out more about them here and here. Here is the post I wrote on the contest.

Shoes for Samantha

 This is a great project that some of my friends from high school are doing. Please HELP if you can!

Shoes for Samantha

Start Time:
Monday, March 22, 2010 at 8:50pm
End Time:
Friday, April 30, 2010 at 11:50pm
Location:
a mailbox near you

Description

As you may or may not know, my dear friend Samantha is stationed in Lesotho (South Africa for those of you who have never heard of it. Don’t feel bad – neither had I) for a 2.5 year stint with the Peace Corps. Recently in her blog she wrote about a track team at her school. Sam was a HUGE runner in high school and at Clemson and the only person to this day who has ever succeeded in convincing me to run anywhere (which is a feat in and of itself). Track season in Lesotho is almost over but she’s talking of coaching next year. The problem? Her students desperately need shoes. Sam writes, “The debatably 400 meter track had two mild inclines and was dirt smeared with shards of glass. My students ran barefoot!” After reading this, I knew I wanted to help.

So, I’m writing to ask if you have any old running or athletic shoes, if you’d be willing to donate them to Sam’s students in Lesotho. Any size will do. I sent out an e-mail last week and got an overwhelmingly positive response, including some from a couple key people who are stepping up to help in organization. Because of them, we have four “collectors” for your convenience. Contact the following people and they will work on making the easiest exchange possible:

If you live in Columbia or Myrtle Beach, SC contact Stephanie Warren at stephaniewarrenmb@gmail.com.

If you live in Clemson, SC contact Hannah Oakley at hoakley18@gmail.com.

If you live in Charleston, SC contact Claire Sparks at cwsparks@edisto.cofc.edu.

If you live in Denver, CO or don’t live in SC at all, contact me, Rachel Sparks at rachel.denise.sparks@gmail.com.

The projected ship date will be May 1, so if you could get your shoes to one of us by then, that would be wonderful. If you want to help but don’t have any old shoes, we will gladly accept any monetary donation you are willing to give to cover shipping costs. It will probably be easiest to mail all money to me so that I can get it to our collectors evenly. Also, invite all your friends to this event. You never know when a stranger might want to help out, but they can’t help if they don’t even know about it!

Thanks so much, Rachel

CH-CH-CHANGES at Conde Nast!

From The New York Times:
Stefano Tonchi to Edit W Magazine
By STEPHANIE CLIFFORD

11:50 P.M. Updated with comment from The New York Times and Condé Nast.

Stefano Tonchi, the editor of T: The New York Times Style Magazine, has been appointed editor of W, the fashion magazine published by Condé Nast.
Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images Stefano Tonchi

The news was expected to be announced at a staff meeting for T employees at 11:30 this morning, where members of the magazine were crowded into a sixth-floor conference room.

Mr. Tonchi will begin as editor in chief of W on April 12, said Maurie Perl, a Condé Nast spokeswoman. She said she did not yet know whether Mr. Tonchi would be taking other T editors and writers with him to W. “It’s very exciting,” she said. “He’s returning to us.”

Mr. Tonchi joined The New York Times as style editor for the company’s magazine in 2003. He had previously been a fashion and creative director at magazines including Esquire, and the Condé Nast publications Self and L’Uomo Vogue.

“Stefano created a strong franchise for The New York Times and we expect to name a new editor soon to build upon his success,” said Robert Christie, a spokesman for The New York Times, in an e-mail message.

Mr. Tonchi did not immediately return a call for comment.

You can read the rest here.

Charleston Fashion Week Day 3

Thursday was my last day of fashion week festivities. I wish I was ale to stay the whole week, but maybe I will be able to do that next year. Some of the collections that were that night were either a hit or miss with me. Oh well. That is how it should be. You can’t love them all. Oh and notice how my video skills got slightly better by the end of my time in Charleston. LOL!

Eden Boheme-
This store featured really cute and feminine clothing from the store’s owners(Lucinda Race and Anna Lassiter) and other brands like Wink and Sass & Bide. I really loved some of the short sets and jumpsuits.www.edenboheme.com

Tommy Bahama-
Tommy Bahama is not my cup of tea. My dad likes this brand, but I just can’t get into it. I mean how many palm leaf covered shirts can you make.www.tommybahama.com

Copper Penny-
Copper Penny was another cute boutique that I liked. Everything was fun, hip, bright, and trendy. The styling of the model’s was really good. http://www.shopcopperpenny.com

Hampden Clothing-
I really loved this store too, so much so that on Friday, before we left, I just had to check it out. Everything here is very edgy because they carry lines like Opening Ceremony and Alexander Wang. I see why Marie Claire named this boutique as one of the top 50 store nationwide.www.hampdenclothing.com

Seeking Indigo-
This boutique had ethinic, tribal inspired clothing that wasn’t my cup of tea, but still thought were pretty. They feature exclusive pieces from kavita Bhatari and Gunjan Rahul. If you are into Indian inspired clothes, this is the store for you. http://www.seekingindigo.com

Pearl-
Pearl was a very chic boutique. If you are looking for womanly, beautiful clothes by Jason Wu, Erdem, and Thakoon, this is the place to go. They have everything to make your wardrobe last from day to night.www.shoppearlonline.com

Mary Porter Couture-
Mary Porter is a local designer who has been making clothes for over 20 years. Her evening wear and bridal dress were gorgeous. Every time a look came out, people would gasp. The collection reminded me of those old movies with Greta Garbo and Ava Gardner.

Pictures from Charleston Fashion Week

Here are some pictures I took at Charleston Fashion Week. It is lengthy, but I hope you enjoy.

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Mychael Knight-“Carte Blanche” Collection

I went on the Charleston Fashion Week website and found the pictures that Fashion Wire Press took of Mychael Knight’s new collection. I think these pics look way better than my video, so I made a slideshow featuring them. I also took a break from posting because I needed to rest after leaving Charleston and finishing my midterms. Since spring break is this week, I will hopefully catch up on my French lessons,blog reading, and other things I didn’t have time to do. OH last but not least! I am glad you guys and gals have enjoyed to new content! :)

Charleston Fashion Week Day 2

Hello everybody! I am still in Charleston enjoying the festivities. Last night I met the lovely Candace from Dollface Style Scoop and The Shop Tart. I really enjoy meeting the people I talk to online because it so so so cool to put a face to the name. The fashion show last night featured different brands and boutiques. Plus Project Runway alum Mychael Knight debuted his first full collection since the show last night.

* Please note that my videography skills suck as always, and there is another sideways video section, but it is my fault this time because I thought the video would know to switch it back. Oh well. I’m learning! :)*



Monkee’s of Daniel Island-
The eclectic boutique blend funky rock and roll chic with a soft, feminine edge. I love the yellow eyes and lips on the models. I might actually try that. You can find them at http://www.monkeesofdanielisland.com.

Banana Republic-
This classic store showed the equally classic looks that it is known for. Ladies it you are looking for a great button down, some khaki pants, or a great spring sweater. Check BR out in a mall near you.

Sucker Jeans-
I was a little skeptical of this local line when I first heard about it, but being from the South I automatically love seersucker. I’m happy to say that the line didn’t disappoint me at all. Buy a pair for yourself or your favorite guy before summer starts. Check them out here.

Thera M-
This Daniel Island boutique showed some crazy cute girly pieces from Leifsdottir, Mara Hoffman, Ali Ro, and Anlo. Check them out at http://www.shoptheram.com.

House of Sage-
House of Sage is a new boutique that features laid back, yet really stylish clothes from brands like French Connection and Mavi. The clothes reminded me of LA or SoHo in NYC. Visit House of Sage here.

Palm Avenue-
Palm Avenue is a Lilly Pulitzer shop. I love Lilly Pulitzer clothes. One of the things I like to do with this brand is search for the word Lilly written in tiny letters that they hid in the fabric. It is like searching for Waldo. I really like the Palm Beach feel of the clothes. The store even features a Lilly print with skulls on it. Super cute! Shop here.

Mychael Knight-
Last night was the first night he debuted his full collection since PR and it was worth the wait. While I think he did a good job on PR, I think he still had a ways to go to improve his skill and taste level. Yesterday’s collection, entitled Carte Blanche, showed a new Mychael Knight. One that you didn’t see on Project Runway. One that had the power to show whatever he wanted to show. The striking white and black collection was full of elegant architectural pieces and jackets and leggings to die for. It was very space age and futuristic. I wish him much success.

Charleston Fashion Week Emerging Designer Contest

Hey everyone! It is raining here in Charleston aka The Chuck, but I am having a last. I opted to skip the interview session today so I could bring you an update on the fashion show from last night. It was CFW’s answer to Project Runway. Eb and I had a blast looking at what each designer created for the show. Sorry if the camera is a little shaky, and sorry for the one shot that was sideways. I don’t know why my camera did that. If you know how to fix that, please help me out. The panel of judges are Mychael Knight, Gordana Gehlhausen and Carol Hannah Whitfield from Project Runway, Elysa Lazar, Ashley Reid, Ayoka Lucas, designer Cynthia Rowley, and Anne Slowley who judges the last segment of the competition. I hate that I am going to miss her.

Don’t forget to click the READ MORE link below!!

OK! Let’s get started.


Uriel Zamora-
His show was amazing, no TRESMAZING! He was inspired by one of my favorite artist, Roy Lichtenstein, so he created these sculptural looks that reminded me of Lady Gaga and Beyonce. I wish the judges had picked his line to move on. :(
Barbara Beach- One of the finalist that is moving forward in the competition
I wish I had her footage but my camera actually ate some of her footage so again I am confused at what happened. Sorry about that, but she showed cute and preppy childrenswear. The kid models look adorable.
Anna Lassiter-
Her collection was so Boho chic, but it was done very well. I could see this collection selling. In a major store.
Hannalei Taylor-
Her clothes were really cute, fun, and girly. The plaids and lace reminded me of her interior design past.
Larika Page- One of the finalist that is moving forward in the competition
Her clothes were so amazing. I am so happy for her because her collection was scultptural, elegant, wearable, and classy.
Chelsie Ravenell-
He showed a line for men and women. It was very preppy meets urban, but not in the Pharrell or Kanye way. It was a mix of downtown skate and basketball(two of the designer’s pastimes) inspired deconstructed looks. I thought it was OK, but it could have been better. I heard one of the judges, whose name I shall not say, say what was right on my mind. I thought to myself, “How do you create looks for an original collection if you are just going to destroy and spray paint Levi’s?” He didn’t make those jeans. OHHHHHHHHHHHH!

Jamie Lin Snider-One of the finalist that is moving forward in the competition
She is a Las Vegas native living near Charleston. Her bio said that she likes to create looks that bring “a city edge to Charleston’s sophisticated, Southern charm.” What I saw were not edgy, but elegant clothes inspired by the past. The only thing I didn’t like, where the cheap shoes that were too big for the models’ feet. They all stumbled, slipped, and walked slew footed down the runway. That took away from the beauty of her clothes.

Julia Faye Davison-
I am not gonna lie. I was intrigued to see what she would create, but thought I would probably not like it because she said her collection was a mix between two cultures. It was a reverse Pocahontas themed collection based on “a regal Englishwoman and a proud-spirited Native American man [who fell] in love”. Umm… yeah. Color me surprised! I actually liked it. The best thing about the men and womenswear collection were the paneled and fringed leggings.
The three finalist have to take a certain number of white button down Oxford shirts and create a garment inspired by Alexander McQueen.
The main show of the night featured contest judge and Project Runway finalist Gordana Gehlhausen. Her GOGA collection featured some incredible hand knitted dresses and lots of lace and ruffles.The whole collection reminded me of a women who was into Anna Sui when she was younger, but wants the same look just a little more subdued.

My First Fashion Week Experience! Part Deux


OK so after the interviews, Elizabeth from Charleston Scene, Mikelle, and I went to Cynthia Rowley’s store. Cynthia Rowley was extremely classy, humble, and nice. Really nice. I told her how I was a big fan of hers, and that her brand was the first pair of designer heels that I bought back in high school. She told me that I was sweet and had beautiful skin. Then I melted.to.the.floor. The store was full of so many interesting people. I loved it so much! Check out some of these people.
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Me and Cynthia Rowley
Some awesome man and Cynthia Rowley
This is the cool lady that let me take her picture. Check out the dude behind her too.
Isabella Blow Doppelganger.

I wish I had gotten all of her hat. There was a floral stem with leaves shooting out of the top. I honestly wish I could have gotten the whole outfit. She was beyond amazing. Makes me wish people dressed like that in South Carolina everyday. Oh did I mention that I saw a woman with a orange ostrich mini Kelly Hermes bag. Swoon!
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My First Fashion Week Experience! Part One

This has been the most amazing experience. I really have to thank God for coming through. Mom and I got to Charleston about midday, but we couldn’t check in our hotel right away. Then when we tried to go to lunch but my car battery died. We called AAA and got a jump. I came back in the hotel checked in and started some homework. One more week until Spring Break and I can’t wait.

I went to the Press Lounge for the  Emerging Designer Competition:Southeast Finalist interviews, and I met one of my Twitter friends Make Me Over Eb and her designer friend Miikelle Fowler. It is so nice meeting the people I talk to online. After the interview session I actually joined in on Eb’s podcast. You can check that out here. Back to the interviews. All of the designers were late checking in, but that was OK because it gave me time to talk to Eb, Miikelle, and Elizabeth from Charleston Scene Magazine.

Don’t forget to click the READ MORE link below!!
Whatever. The designers were late, but I chatted with my new friends so all was good in the world. Once the designers showed up, they completed a press junket interview session along with  Darcy Shankland (Editor-in-Chief of Charleston Magazine), and Ayoka Lucas (CFW Creative Director). Charleston Magazine’s Charleston Fashion Week is doing a Project Runway type runway competition.  All of the designers that were interviewed were very talented and so different. There was also a children designer in the mix.  Out of the ones who moved ahead after the fashion show they have to complete a final design challenge. I hate that I will miss it this weekend, but I am only here until Thursday.

I asked both Darcy Shankland and Ayoka Lucas about adding plus size fashion designers into fashion week. They both enthusiastically said “COME! COME!” So if you are plus size fashion designer, come to Charleston Fashion Week. They would love to see you. We also got to interview Mychael Knight from Project Runway. He is showing tomorrow and staying in the same hotel as my mom and me. I can’t wait to see what he produces.

Eb, Ayoka, and Mychael Knight

Don’t forget to check out part deux!

It’s a 2fer!

I am still packing for my trip to Charleston, and I haven’t gotten that far yet. I am so behind. While I pack, check out these awesome pants and maxi dress from ASOS and ASOS Curve respectively.  I wish they would add the pants to the ASOS Curve line.

$34.19

Vila Self Tie Jersey Trouser

  • - Soft jersey trousers by Vila
  • - Gathered tie detail waist and peg shaped cut
  • - Tapered slouchy design with twin back pockets


$85.47

ASOS CURVE Animal Kimono Sleeve Maxi Dress

  • - Lightweight maxi dress by ASOS CURVE
  • - All-over animal print effect and v-neckline
  • - Draped angelwing sleeves and empire line, also available in main range

Hello Everyone! :) This Is The Post That Never Ends! ;)

Thanks for being so patient with me. I am still in the midst of midterm week(s). I don’t know why my teachers never settle on having one week of midterms. URGH ERGH!!! Whatever! I am also still about what seems like three weeks behind on my blog reading except for a handful of blogs that I have had a chance to look at. I am so stressed out right now that sometimes I just have to back away from everything and go play Farmville (SMH!) to relax. I also get so tired at night, but I can’t sleep because I have things to do. I was chatting with some bloggers earlier this week ,and I cut my chat session short to go to bed. Instead of going to bed, I ended up taking my clean clothes out of my hamper and cleaned up my room before finally going to bed three hours later at 2 AM. By that time I was wide awake. 
Photo by CrazyFrogLeg
I spent all of Friday night writing two term papers. I didn’t finish until 7:20 AM Saturday morning. Ay- yi-yi! So now all I have to do is study for my Crossing Borders test. Wish me luck and pray for me PLEASE! This is a fun class but sometimes the philosophical and anthropological topics we go over go right over my head. I still like the class and recommend it to any AAU grad student that has to take a GS requirement course.
Photo from Style.com
I don’t know if you guys looked at the rest of Paris Fashion Week. I probably won’t get a chance to do my last post that I had planned with everything coming up, but I must say that I was saddened and happy that Alexander McQueen’s company went ahead with the presentation. The small collection was a beautiful send off to one of the Masters of Design. It was as if he knew his own fate like Biggie and Tupac predicted their own fate. Either way I hope he is in a better place as cliche as that sounds. I just want him to be happy wherever he is in this universe. I loved every piece he created even in this last collection. He was one of the few designers that could consistently present great work. I remember talking to my cousin Alexa about wedding dresses a few years ago. I told her I would either want one that favored Grace Kelly’s dress or one that was medieval in nature because I love the Middle Ages. She laughed and asked me if I wanted a Renaissance Fair costume. NOT THE CASE! I think I finally have an awesome example to show her. Check out my girl Tanya D in this dress from McQueen’s last collection. This is the perfect example of what I would want.
Sorry this post is so long, but there are so many things I have to talk about. This week, as in tomorrow, I am going to do something really exciting. I am scared, nervous, excited, and a number of other emotions all in one. Yippee! I am going to Charleston Fashion Week. I am only going to be there for three days, but I can’t wait. I finally got the OK for my media passes, so I hope to bring you some extra fresh, extra original content with photos, interviews, and hopefully some videos too. My life plans and goals are finally being set into motion after that minor setback from a month ago. I said in September of 2009 that I would go to Charleston Fashion Week in March 2010 to get my feet wet, and then I would go to New York Fashion Week in September of 2010. One down, one to go! If you don’t already, follow me on Twitter @TheFatandSkinny for all the updates from the shows. Hopefully I will try and remember to use their hashtag, #CHSFW.
I also hope to show you the Christian Siriano for Payless shoes that I bought sometime later this week. I received them early because I wanted them to come in fast. They are really hot and fabulous! I can’t wait to show those shoes later.
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Swamped

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I am swamped with school work, life, allergies, and other crazy things. I am taking a brief blogging break. Be back soon with some surprises.

Bonne Chance

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Is Ungaro Moving On?

According to The Cutblog:

Lindsay Lohan did not attend the fall 2010 Emanuel Ungaro show in Paris this morning. “She’s not involved in this collection,” Ungaro owner Asim Abdullah told WWD backstage. Lohan has been attending shows and events in Paris, however. Last night, while the Oscars went on, she turned up at the launch party for Turkish Vogue.

Paris Fashion Week & Other Stuff

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Before I get into fashion week, I just want to say, please go see Alice in Wonderland. It was a very good movie. While watching the movie, please don’t focus on the book version because it follows the book, but it doesn’t follow the book. I don’t want to give too much away, but you will understand what I am talking about once you see the film. Also if you are a super geek like me, you will be uber happy to know that the preview for the new Tron movie, Tron Legacy is shown during the previews.
Paris Fashion Week has been really impressive. I expected it to be this way though. I love Paris Fashion Week. I rarely find bad clothes or bad collections during the fashion week there. I have been perusing the style.com and other sites looking for pictures of the collections, and they have been amazing. John Galliano created another equestrian themed collection for Christian Dior. It feels like a more ready to wear version than the last couture show, but that doesn’t mean it is more toned down. Issey Miyake was very United Colors of Benetton looking to me. The colorful coats and knitwear look very exciting for fall. Lanvin was very dark and featured amazing draping and tight silhouettes. Roland Mouret was very structural, but I’m not surprised. The way is shapes his fabrics makes it look like geometry is his best friend. Yohji Yamamoto showed some of the best knitwear and menswear on the planet. This is what Alexander Wang should have showed. Tim Hamilton’s collection was small, but very wearable. It reminded me of something Karen O would wear on her day off. Photos from Style.com. I hope you all have a great weekend. I am now going to attempt to write an essay on Rick Owens with a broken A key.

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