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Monday, April 14, 2014

Red Carpet Winners - MTV Movie Awards

 It was a sea of boring simple black dresses, the Red Carpet stars of last night's MTV Movie Awards were the ones that took risks and brought the out the color; lots of colors.  Lupita Nyong'o has been the hands-down winner of red carpet dressing this year and won the night again.  She wore a quirky arts project of a dress by Chanel that on anyone else, would have been silly, but had every fashion fan squealing instead.  The bright turquoise shoes, gun metal eye shadow and nerd glasses later on in the evening completed the best look of the awards.

Another art inspired look was worn by Jillian Rose Reed of MTV's Awkward.  While the strapless fit could have used a good tailor, the flared silhouette and painterly print was lots of fun.  I loved how the palette complemented her bright red hair.  The dress was from Angelys Balek. 
 Yes, I said there were a lot of boring black dresses.  The one exception was the Alexander McQueen gown worn by Nicki Minaj.  The rapper shocked fans and skeptics alike with a gorgeous, elegant makeover.  Her sleek hair, sexy cat's eye makeup was toned down from the looks we are used to, but the figure hugging black dress and teasing pattern along the side certainly did not reduce her impact and proved less can be more, even for Nicki.  The sculpted gold jewelry made her look like a queen.

Shailene Woodley always looked like the good girl with tasteful dresses and strong, tough characters.  It was great to see a more playful, sexy look last night.  The deceptively simple color of olive green was given a high fashion twist in Balenciaga's leather two-piece ensemble.  Those magnificent strappy heels? They are from Jimmy Choo.

Honorable mention goes to newlyweds Linda Perry and Sara Gilbert.  They had a great couples ensemble.  They wore similar, but not matching outfits.  Linda in charcoal suit with satin shawl collar with weathered t-shirt and rock n' roll pendants and belt buckle.  Sara also in rocker chic with leather blazer and hardware necklace in a different length.  The couple demonstrated the proper way to dress appropriately for the occasion and to complement each other.


Photos from Rich Polk/Getty Images for MTV,REUTERS/Danny Moloshok
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Friday, April 11, 2014

Bridal Week: THEIA White - Spring 2015

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theia wedding dress
Ethereal, enchanting, mystical or mesmerizing? THEIA White's Spring 2015 bridal collection was inspired by the Goddess Danu, a legend of designer Don O'Neill's homeland of Ballyheigue, Ireland. 

The mythical Goddesses of Don's ancestors were said to be seen moving across the bay in a "swirling veil of mist".  You can see that muse in the light tulle and delicate lace trailing the brides on the runway.  Flattering mermaid silhouettes are a given for this theme, as are the slinky draped long gowns that look like they envelop a statue.  Hand-embroidered and beaded gowns elevate each dress into art.  

Despite the ancient inspiration, the THEIA collection takes some modern interpretations of bridal fashion.  The silver lace and crystal gown offer an alternative to classic white.  The cropped top and full skirt is a fresh way to incorporate current fashion trends with traditional fabrics.  The short, meticulously beaded dresses are perfect for the bride ready to dance.  Many of the dress backs had unusual, but flattering cutouts (need to show off a tattoo?) 
crystal bouquet
I have to say, I was also totally in love with the crystal head pieces that worked as a veil alternative.  The elegant flower bouquets from Fleur de Pascal were given a luxurious upgrade with  crystal floral arrangements that created a dimensional sculpture to be held.  This was also a great way to accessorize a simpler gown for a bride who isn't comfortable with a big and showy frock.

 Sure, you can be a princess on your big day, but why stop there when you can be a THEIA Goddess? Beautiful job Don O'Neill!


Photos by Craig Bannerman
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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Street Style Circa 1900's

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1900s fashion

Before Bill Cunningham and Scott Schulman, there was Edward Linley Sambourne.  Street style documentation is not a recent phenomenon as most of us believe.  Sambourne was an illustrator and amateur photographer who was obsessed with fashion and clothing details.

He often worked with a model in his studio or with members of his family.  He loved military uniforms, national dress of different cultures, classical style or costumes of all kinds.  In addition to his studio work, he often took photos of women on the streets of London and Paris, mostly without their knowledge.  Bypassing the creep factor of the hidden camera aspect, the photos offer an intriguing look at the style of real people in that era.

Hats are big and flamboyant.  The stitching, pleats and folds are beautifully detailed in what initially looks like just a simple garment.  How much do you love the delicate petals texture of the sleeves o the woman on the left?  What I found notable was that fashion plate illustrations of that era, women had demure postures, or often looked like they were under the protection of a man. The real women of these photographs however, are confident, striding with purpose, reading, socializing with each other, but always impeccably accessorized.

You can read more about Edward Linley Sambourne at the Library Time Machine site.

Photos from Edward Linley Sambourne’s fashion blog 
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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Power Dressing - Game of Thrones Style

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Tonight's the night when the most addictive, sexy, violent, geek-worthy show returns. HBO's Game of Thrones is a trendsetter in hair, makeup and fashion despite its historical and fantasy elements.

The stories of the characters are told in their dress and styling.  With Kevin Alexander as head of hair and costume head Michele Clapton, you can see where each of your favorite women is in their lives just by looking at their outfit or hair.

Cersei's public and private personas are shown in her relaxed wavy hair versus her elaborately braided looks.  Braids also show Daenerys initial innocence evolving into her allegiance with the Dothraki and eventually as leader.  Sansa's hair gets worse and worse as the Lannister family keeps chipping away at her with the exception of the staged wedding to Tyrion.

Fashion-wise, The Lannister family stay united in the stark, red and golds of their family colors.  Heavy leather and velvet evoke the weight on their family, the portrait collars on Cersei framing her face and ego.  The extra heavy layers on Sansa's dainty frame indicate the burden the family has buried her under.
GoT  wedding dress

Margaery Tyrell though, shows her own independence in the blue hues of her wardrobe, with subtle golds as a nod to her upcoming nuptials to Joffrey.  The plunging necklines are also there to seduce him away from his mother.  Michele Clapton designed Margaery's evolving character to show in the creeping briar rose and thorns to indicate her ambitious social climbing.  The wardrobe of Margaery shows increasingly rich fabrics also to show her increasing influence.  Both in Sansa's and Margaery's upcoming wedding, the designer indicates that costume fans should pay close attention to the embroidery, where the character's entire life story is woven into the motifs.  

Photos: Helen Sloan/HBO,Keith Bernstein/HBO
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Friday, April 4, 2014

DreamWalk with Heidi Klum

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Are comfortable high heels an urban myth? Together with Heidi Klum, Dr. Scholl's launched DreamWalk, a line of products aimed to make he most fashionable footwear more friendly.

It is no secret that the Manolo Blahniks and Louboutins of the world look fierce.  However, even designer Jimmy Choo admitted that his shoes were not meant to be worn more than 2 hours.  Countless medical studies back that up, yet in the fashion world, sexy shoes are here to stay.

So here is where old-school footwear specialists Dr. Scholl's comes in.  Some of the new helpers include High Heel Insoles. These make stilettos more comfortable via gel arch supports that take the pressure off the ball of the food and wicking fabric that keep feet dry.  There are DreamWalk Sole Expressions Heel Liners that prevent blisters and help fit. There are lots of cushions, creams and files to help your feet after taking those shoes off too.

As a supermodel and tv host, Heidi Klum has definitely spent plenty of hours in painful shoes.  The launch event even had monster-like representations of how bad shoes feel (which actually would make for fun footwear).

I know I can't part with my favorite pumps.  At least I know I have allies to keep me sane.
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