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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.

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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. πŸ™
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.

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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Vogue Italia Is Moving Forward

Apparently I am ranked number 259 on this European site called Wikio in the fashion category, and my New York Fashion Week coverage got Google indexed really high last week. Soooo go me I guess. My hard work is finally paying off. Yay!

I don’t know if you guys have noticed, but Vogue Italia has a new website and they dedicated portions of it to Black and plus size fashion lovers. They both feature videos, editorials, and news. I don’t know if this is a gimmick, but I like it. These two sectors are voices that need to be heard. I perused the Vogue Curvy site last night. I love how they use actual plus size bloggers for video segments. Gabi from Young, Fat, and Fabulous has been recruited to do some videos for Vogue Curvy. Good luck Gabi! Today I explored Vogue Black and really liked it. There were some interesting features on there that got me really excited. Go check them out.

HEART BREAKING FUCKING NEWS!!!!!!

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Lee Alexander McQueen, 17 March 1969 – 11 February 2010
Photo from the London Daily Mail
I am crying right now. I am totally beside myself with grief. Why? According to the London Daily Mail Alexander McQueen, aka one of my fashion designer idols, is dead. He committed suicide and his body was found today. I am crying right now. I always thought that one day I would get to meet this tailoring genius. I know he was extremely upset at the passing of his mother last week. My mother always says it takes a very strong person to kill oneself. I just wished he could have pushed through the pain, but you never truly know what he was going through. I hope we can all remember him for the great things that he has done during his time on Earth. Let us think of the time he sent a hologram of Kate Moss down the runway. Let us think of the time he put a model on turntable and spray painted her dress with robotic arms, and let us not forget his beautiful Spring 2010 show from last fall. You will be missed. 

McQueen is Dead! Long LIVE McQueen!

 

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A Year In The Life Of The Fat and Skinny

On January 3rd of last year, I started The Fat and Skinny on Fashion as hobby. It was just a blog to show my life,photography, fashion news, and just plain fashion and beauty things that I loved. Since then I have completed my first year of fashion graduate school at the Academy of Art University. I switched majors from fashion merchandising to fashion journalism. I graduated from Columbia College with a degree in business administration.

I completed one internship with fashion website Stylehop.com, another one with the Columbia Urban League, and started a fashion journalism internship with the online plus size magazine Gemini Magazine. You can see one of my articles here on page 24/25. I went to my second presidential inauguration, yapped about my love life or lack of one, got tired of writing about the recession’s effect on the fashion industry, held some contests, attempted to review some fashion shows that I never went to but hope to go to some day, made 2 videos, and struggled to find my blog’s voice and design. Oh and I discussed shoes. Lots and lots of shoes! All in all I think 2009 was a pretty good year for me and my blog.

 

Here are some of my favorite posts from 2009:

The Best of Bad Bish
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My Review of Faith 21

One of my many attempts to show you my photography skills

Clothes I designed for school

One of My Videos

These are a couple of my attempts to open up to my readers
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Here are two of my advice/words of wisdom lists
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The epic Alexander McQueen show

Oh and the very short first post!

Fall 2009 Haute Couture Season

Fall 2009 Haute Couture Season has come and gone. It was so quick, but what do you expect when you only have 9 couture designers. I was very impressed with all the collections this season. Usually I find something or another that does not suit my eye, but I was surprised by the looks. On a sad note, this fall’s Christian Lacroix collection may be his last because his company filed for bankruptcy. They are trying to restruture it, but I read on one website, the other day, that they basically fired most if not all of the staff. πŸ™ Since I liked all of the collections. I have decided to show you what I feel are the 3 best looks from each collection.
Photos From Style.com

Valentino Fall 2009 Couture
Jean Paul Gaultier Fall 2009 Couture
Givenchy Fall 2009 Couture

Chanel Fall 2009 Couture
Armani Prive Fall 2009 Couture
Alexis Mabille Fall 2009 Couture

Elie Saab Fall 2009 COuture
Christain Lacroix Fall 2009 Couture

P.S. Here is a little video from New York Times The Cut on the making of a Chanel Couture:

THANKS JEN!

Hey everyone! I am so excited to bring to The Fat and Skinny something new. I MADE A VIDEO! Ok so this is the first video, and I was pretty nervous. I need media training ASAP! bwhahahahahah! I am just testing the waters here, so bear with me. Thanks dad for being an awesome camera guy!

I would like to thank Jen from Jen’s Fashion Plus for giving me these pretty blouses. I need more work clothes, so this was great! I am wearing the black and white kimono shirt, and my lovely mother is wearing the black and white leopard print belted blouse. We really love these blouses because you can wear them for a night out with the girls, to church, to work, etc. Plus they are really cute. I can’t wait to wear my shirt to work, and mom really loves ruffles so you know she is extra excited. LOL!

Photos From Jen’s Fashion Plus.

Jen's Fashion Plus

P.S. I totally think I said the wrong address in the video so here is http://stores.shop.ebay.com/jens-fashionplus .http://www.youtube.com/get_player