What Does Fall Mean In Terms Of Jewelry?

This is the first post from one of TFAS’s new interns. Her name is Angelena, and she has a blog called Hipster Scum. She will be writing about jewelry and other fashion related things. I hope you like her posts and the other intern’s posts.
This fall seems to be following a scheme of seven major trends some we were expecting and maybe some that were a little more unexpected. Naturally when we think of fall we think of mother earth and it definitely shows with the current trends rearing their heads for fall. Every time fall comes around I get really excited because majority of my favorite accessories are fall related in origin. Plus I’ve always been a girl to pay homage to mother earth. 

So without further rambling here are the current trends that are topping the charts in the jewelry department according to Savvy Anne. Anne Rush is currently a professional design director in the  fashion jewelry business in NYC. She has directed fashion jewelry lines for Kenneth Cole, Monet, Sigrid Olsen, Liz Claiborne, Ellen Tracey, and Jennifer Lopez, and others. Definitely a jewelry insider and one you can trust to point you in the right direction


Bold Statements and Mixed Media
The ever so popular statement necklace has been super hot for quite some time now and it definitely isn’t slowing down. Although spring focused on pastels and brights and not necessary gargantuan necklaces fall is calling for bigger. Also the more mixed media the better. Whether it’s mixing textures, patterns, types of gems or jewels, or even just mixed metals the more eccentric the mix the better. So use fall as the opportunity to think outside your comfort zone and go big or go home.

Strong Motifs
Any kind of motif you can continually carry on through your outfit in other means like accessories, other jewelry, or prints on your clothing is a strong statement for fall. There are several important motifs for fall but don’t follow trend motifs only pick some of your favorite and work your outfits around the motif. Whether it be snakes, elephants, a fluer de lis, keys, flowers, birds, scarabs, or what have you express yourself through your motif and have fun with it!

Metals (my personal favorite)
Metals are pretty much always popular but we’ve been seeing an outbreak of hardware all year this year. Remember to coordinate the finish of you metals to the mood you want to portray. A plated finish evokes traditional status and any burnished plating gives more of a vintage or antique feel. The one thing in particular I always try to do is mix metals. Whether its copper, silver, and gold or antique finishes with other types of jewelry like pearls take the opportunity to find the combinations you like best. And don’t be afraid to find some eccentric choices.

We’ve seen more than enough play with fringe over the summer due to the hippie boho trends that come peeking through. This is also translating over into fall. Whether its leather, chains, or fabric let it be known that fringe is not leaving anytime soon. I’ve even seen a few fringe necklace made of human hair! Completely amazing. So coordinate your fringe to the feel you want to portray in your outfit. Leather and chains usually read as edgy or rock and roll while nicely finished chains can be paired with an basic or clean cut look. This is also the perfect opportunity for you to try and make a fringe DIY project for yourself becau
se they are incredibly simple. Barely any homework required.

Earrings have been pushing the limits of fashion this year with pretty outlandish designs. They seem to be getting bigger and bigger as time passes. But don’t forget about our little friends the post earrings. They need love too. If you go for bulk this season try for bulk without weight. Filligree stampings and layering of chains help build size and body without adding too much weight to your poor earlobes. And color is also very important. Remember to stick with fall colors trends this season which will be mentioned in the net category. And remember when wearing larger earrings too many accessories seem to make oneself look gaudy so I always use the rule of thumb as explained by Coco Chanel. “Before you leave the house look at yourself and take 1 things off”. And you’ll never commit another accessory faux paus again.

Fall Jewelry Color Palettes
Fall always focuses on taking colors and palettes from the earth. Deep greens and rich purples paired with teal or fuschia are failsafe color palettes. But don’t limit yourself there. I’ve seen a lot of jade greens, deep blues, hot reds, and ochre yellows. So there’s literally a color for everyone. I personally love greens, blues, and purples. And don’t forget to find nice metals to match. Gunmetal plates and worn gold are great settings for these failsafe colors.

Jewelry Sets
American women love matching jewelry sets (personally I don’t know why because I hate to match). So definitely invest in a few for fall. Especially metal sets because if need be they can be mixed at your leisure. And remember to create trios. For every necklace there should be a great bracelet or earring to match. Whether it literally matches or complements another piece when it comes to color or style. I won’t be providing examples for this one only because I want you to take your own path here. So don’t be scared to try new combinations this season. Anything goes this fall and we should take advantage of it!

Photos from:
Jewelry Business Blog
Design Boom
Winifred Grace
Barneys New York



Brazil Finally Gets A Plus Size Magazine

I think this is a great idea for Brazil. I hope the magazine does extremely well in Brazil. The cover model is the beautiful Fluvia, and you can’t go wrong Brazil’s top plus size model export. The magazine’s mission, of building self esteem, is one I can stand behind.

From the press release:

First Plus Size women’s magazine in Brazil 

On the cover Fluvia Lacerda

In early June 2010 will be a novelty at all newsstands in Brazil.
Publisher Digicamp which is in the market for more than nine years with
the Tour Guides will launch a new magazine for female.
The Beleza Em Curvas (Beauty  os Curves) is a new concept of women’s
magazine is the first publication of the Plus Size segment in Brazil.
There you will find several themes of the feminine as: Fashion, Beauty,
Health, Welfare, Gender and Behaviour. Interviews with people from
different areas and renowned celebrities.
The editorial fashion is one of the main points of the magazine, which
each month will bring a model wearing the clothes of the main garment
above the dummy 46.
The goal of the magazine is to show the readers of this universe that
actually exist Plus Size women, like them and that can and should show
to all people who are happy the way they are. And prove to herself that
the self-esteem is fundamental to good being of any person.
With national (Brazil)distribution and dedicated to the public between
20 to 50 years for class B and C. Beleza Em Curvas magazine takes a lot
of information to serious journalism and with plenty of entertainment
for readers, and of course always emphasizing self-esteem.

twitter: @belezaemcurvas
Site: www.belezaemcurvas.com.br
Facebook: Beleza em Curvas

Next Week On Billion Dollar Babes

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Billion Dollar Babes- They have been having some great sales recently. Don’t miss out! 

 Here’s what we have coming up next week at BDB:

Monday 8/2: Estate Jewelry: A Collection to Covet, Tarina Tarantino, Allen Allen, Swankie Blankie
Tuesday 8/3: Heys USA Disney Collection, Disney Couture Apparel, Disney Couture Jewelry
Wednesday 8/4: Cartier & Tiffany Vintage Accessories, Collective Concepts, Tricia Fix
Thursday 8/5: Danielle Stevens Jewelry, DermaNew
Friday 9/6: Celebrity Trend Watch: Animal Instincts – with Betsey Johnson, Torn by Ronny Kobo, Moss Mills and more

All of our sales begin at 8am PST/11am EST and last for 48 hours.  

Remember That Announcement I Said I Was Going To Make Last Week…

Well Here It Is…..
From Freelance Folder
The Fat and Skinny is a work in progress. Since this blog has changed from hobby to graduate school thesis project, more changes are coming. I am trying to turn TFAS into an online fashion magazine/blogazine.
As you may have noticed, I get a few guests posts on the blog every now and then. I am trying to branch out by having more writers on the blog.
I am looking for fashion journalism interns.

The Fat and Skinny on Fashion is looking for interns that know how to blog and probably have their own blogs, love fashion,love to take style photos of their outfits or the outfits of others, and love to write. If you need college credit, great! If you don’t need college credit, that’s fine too. Unfortunately this internship is unpaid, but you do get clips. The internship starts as soon as possible. 

Since this is obviously an online internship, TFAS is seeking writers from around the world.

Topics TFAS is looking for:
International Fashion News
Domestic Fashion News
Straight/Plus Size Fashion
Top Model News

Please send your resume, 1 or 2 writing samples, or your blog address to the following address thefatandskinnyblog[at]gmail[dot]com with the subject title “The Fat and Skinny Internship.”

If you want to be a guest post writer, let me know at thefatandskinnyblog[at]gmail[dot]com.

Great News Coming For Plus Size Fatshionistas!

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From RackedNY: 
Saks Fifth Avenue is about to become the only major retailer in the city to carry plus-sized womenswear by names like Chanel and Dolce & Gabbana. Coming very soon to the department store’s super high-end third floor, fall and winter plus-sized pieces will be mixed right in with existing stock—most of which would formerly have only been available in sizes ranging to a 10. Stock will reach size 14 across the board, and in some cases—depending on the brand—will go up to a size 20
From Worn Through

Honestly I think this is a great idea. Finally people are waking up and seeing that plus size women want nice clothes too. They are going to have extended sizes from brands like from Akris, Armani, Carolina Herrera, Escada, Donna Karan, St. John, Oscar de la Renta, Max Mara, Valentino and Michael Kors, Yves Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen, Fendi and Roberto Cavalli. If all goes well in the New York store, then they will roll this out to other stores across the country. Hopefully other high-end stores will take note.

Columbia Area Fashion Shows

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In the past two months, I have been to two local fashions shows. The one in June was produced by UK Models and the one I went to this weekend was held by FFS. It was called the 2nd Annual A GLAM AFFAIR Fashion Show. The June UK show featured some local emerging designers like SC Exotic Creations by Shefeka Carter. The FFS show was a blast from the past with clothes representing different decades and a set of vendors like Tweedlebeads Jewelry, Imagine This accessories store, makeup from Avon and Mary Kay, and a slew of others.

Topshop.com Is Acting Brand New!

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Topshop.com got an extreme makeover this week. I had been trying to catch the new look all this week, but it only launched early for certain people. Today is the day that the new design has rolled up for others. I love the light clean look. Before I felt the page was too dark and heavy.  I also did not like the weird sidebar that they had. Clothes and other items are listed at the top. I feel that is more visually pleasing since your eyes like to look across more than sideways. Topshop, I’m a fan.

Congratulations Crystal Renn!

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From Madison Plus:

Crystal Renn has been ranked in the Top 50 Women Models on Models.com! Crystal came in on the list at #36 and is the only model that is above the standard model size of 0/2 to make the ranking. This is a defining moment in not only her career but for all models. Models.com introduced her on the Top 50 list with the following summary…
“With back to back issues of Vogue Paris, serious rotation in V magazine, a Gaultier campaign this season and runway presence for Gaultier and Chanel the message is clear. Crystal Renn is simply put, an extraordinarily good model.”
Check out Crystal Renn on Models.com here.
What do you think of Crystal ranking on the Top 50? Do you agree with ranking #36?

If You Are A Talented Fashion Designer Check This Out!

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This was one of my favorite things at Charleston Fashion Week when I went there in March. If you think you’ve got the talent or you know someone who does, enter the contest.



Charleston Fashion Week Now Accepting Online Applications For The 2011 Emerging Designer Competition

(July 21, 2010) Charleston, SC – Accredited with launching the careers of regional fashion designers and models, Charleston Fashion Week® is proud to announce it will be expanding the 2011 Emerging Designer Competition to include applicants from beyond the Southeast. The five-night celebration of the region’s fashion and design communities scheduled for March 22-26, 2011 is now welcoming online submissions from residents of Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia for the highly successful designer competition.

Organizers of the fifth annual Charleston Fashion Week® have expanded the criteria for submissions to further advance the successful competition and double the number of semifinalists accepted to debut their fall collections. Pioneering this change, CFW Creative Director Ayoka Lucas adds, “This was an organic decision that will inevitability enhance the quality of collections shown and increase media attention for the 2011 semifinalists.”

The 2011 Emerging Designer Competition: East will showcase Fall collections from 16 aspiring designers throughout the five-night event. A panel of fashion experts will pick a nightly winner to move on to Saturday’s finals, and the chance to walk away with a prize package to include: a free runway show during CFW 2012, a $20,000 website from F22 Designs, and a cash prize. Further details regarding the 2011 prize package will be announced later this summer. Past judges of the CFW Emerging Designer Competition include Elle magazine’s Anne Slowey; designers Cynthia Rowley, Mychael Knight, Carol Hannah Whitfield, and Logan Neitzel; and former Lacoste CEO Bob Siegel.

Former Charleston Fashion Week® Emerging Designer Competition contestants include 2009 winner and swimwear/resort designer Marysia Reeves; 2008 finalist and Project Runway participant Carol Hannah Whitfield; and 2010 winner Larika Page. For aspiring fashion designers, it is time to dust off the sketch pads, start up the sewing machines, and apply online by visiting www.charlestonfashionweek.com. Deadline for submission is 11:00pm EST on Friday, October 1, 2010. 

A Walking Contradiction

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Peep-toe booties seem like a contradiction, but they really aren’t. In fact, I am happy they are one of the big trends for this fall. I used to hate them. I didn’t understand why anyone would want to wear an open toe bootie, especially in the fall. These boots, believe it or not, actually look good as a transition piece between seasons and … here’s the shocker… they look great with tights. Make sure you pick the right tights though, you don’t want to look like a granny. I would go for a white or black tight, nothing too sheer.


Community Events

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Christmas in July Brittons Fish Fry
July 24 10am-6pm
Bring in canned goods for Harvest Hope Food Bank 
10% discount on clothes

Shoestring Diva
 Swap Event Promotes Community Service and Fabulous Clothes
Live life to the fullest, but on a budget at Columbia’s first cocktail swap event, Diva Swap 2010. 
Diva Swap is a fun, charitable way to swap your gently used items for new-to-you items.  Items to be swapped include clothing, accessories and shoes.  Join Columbia’s most fashionable women on August 6, 2010, from 5:30pm to 8:30pm, at the Embassy Suites as they swap the night away with live music, delicious food and free swag bag gifts. 

Diva Swap is not your ordinary swap event.  It’s a fabulous way to network and give back to the community.  Diva Swap is the perfect reason to de-clutter those closets for charity.   Swap attendees are encouraged to bring more than one item to swap so that additional items will be available for donation to local charities and shelters.   

Diva Swap swag bag partners include Yogen Fruz  in Village at Sandhills and Aloette of South Carolina.  Both companies have signed on to provide free coupons and products for all swap attendees.  Tickets are available online via http://divaswap.eventbrite.com.  For more information, visit www.shoestringchronicles.com or email [email protected]  

RSVP for the 2nd Annual A GLAM AFFAIR today!







OR ONLINE AT www.ffsaga2.eventbrite.com




Vogue Africa Rejected By Conde Nast

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Cameroonian photographer Mario Epanya used his artistic talent to draft several models for his Vogue Africa project–a campaign that used fictional covers to depict the magazine’s potential.  

Epanya argued that the magazine would be an homage to African women and promote the development of African fashion. Although the covers were full of stunning images and punchy headlines, critics felt that Africa did not need Vogue to feel validated especially with magazines like Arise and Canoe.

Epanya recently announced that Condé Nast rejected the proposal for Vogue Africa. “DEAR ALL. The Wait is over. Condé Nast said NO to an African license of VOGUE. So this is the last cover. Enjoy, but it’s a beginning of something,” he personally posted on his Facebook page.

Vogue is currently published in 18 countries and one region. Condé Nast has not officially commented on their decision.


I am so upset by this decision. Other countries and regions have a Vogue magazine dedicated to them. Why can’t Africa have one?  There are a few fashion mags coming out of Africa. I actually read Arise and love it. There are also quite a few designers coming out of Africa. The fact that Vogue Africa is a no go after Mario’s beautiful campaign is totally disheartening.

Barneys NY Warehouse Sale Is Coming… Save The Moolah Now!!!

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I get emails from Barneys New York, which is totally bad news bears IMHO because I don’t need to spend money because I don’t have any. YEP! I said it!  So imagine my surprise when I got the email today advertising the major major majorly awesome Warehouse Sale! If you live anywhere near New York (August 19-September 6), Los Angeles (August 5-August 15), or San Francisco (July 29-August 8) please check it out. Word to the wise though:

  1. Only bring a wallet or small handbag. When I went to the sale in NY, I had to give them my bag and take a ticket. If I had anything of value in my purse I had to haul it and store it in a giant clear trash bag. Security is tight.
  2. Prepare to see celebrities. They like to save too. I totally geeked out in silence when I saw Sofia Coppola.
  3. Wear comfy flats and comfy clothes, so you can try on different items without having any problems. Most people were trying on clothes on top of their clothes because everything is so tight and secure in the space.

Julianna Rae Is Feeling Mighty Generous!

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Julianna Rae, the luxury lingerie brand that makes real women feel beautiful, is giving a silk lingerie travel bag to your friends!  Simply, click on the link below to enter in your friends email address and they will receive a beautiful silk lingerie bag in the mail (a $38 value.) It’s that easy!  If you sign up three friends to receive the gift, you’ll receive a lingerie bag for yourself too!  And as an extra bonus, you and your friends will receive a unique promotion code of 25% off any order.
It’s a win-win, so head to http://www.juliannarae.com/shared/referafriend.cfm and get busy gifting!

The CFDA and Vogue Finalist Have Been Announced

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From Style.com: 

Breaking news: The Council of Fashion Designers of America and Vogue have announced the ten finalists for the seventh annual CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund awards.

The fund was established to help emerging American design talent find continued success in the fashion business, and the winner of the competition (which kicks off at the end of July and culminates in mid-November) is awarded $200,000 and a yearlong mentorship, while the two runners-up receive $50,000.

“Fashion is probably the only industry in the world where its fledgling talents are expected to be as creatively adept at running a business as they are at design,” says Editor in Chief Anna Wintour. “Many, clearly, are not, and it’s through the support of the Fund that these promising designers will be able to build a future for themselves—and for American fashion.”

The Ten Finalists:
ALTUZARRA – Joseph Altuzarra 
EDDIE BORGO – Eddie Borgo
CHRISTIAN COTA – Christian Cota
ROBERT GELLER – Robert Geller
PRABAL GURUNG – Prabal Gurung
MOSS LIPOW – Moss Lipow
LODEN DAGER – Oliver Helden and Paul Marlow
PAMELA LOVE – Pamela Love
GREGORY PARKINSON – Gregory Parkinson
BILLY REID – Billy Reid

Over the next few months, stay tuned to vogue.com for full coverage of the journey of this year’s finalists, plus coverage of previous CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund awards.

 I just want everyone to know that I have some news regarding fashion internships and guest writing spots coming soon. If you are someone that needs clips, or is someone looking for a fashion journalism internship stay tuned…