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Laid in Leather

As the the idea of freezing to death become more and more possible, those fashion obsessed will surely wear inappropriate clothing for the temperature suffocating us. 

By as the sartorial rules imply, leather continues to dominate the street style blogs, and it does not show any signs of slowing down.Image

Im going to take one leap of logic but I doubt many of us want to look like a 2013 leather version of the whole Brittany Spears and JT debacle SO most of use will pair a leather piece with a Non-leather piece ( I recommend mohair). But most will choose other black pieces. or even better DUAL FABRIC PIECES!

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So with the Diarrhea of post christmas- days sales here are some deeply lessened-in-price-but-invaluable-in-our-hearts leather pieces and companions to make it rain with yo’ dolla bills. 

If you fancy some military-as-shit leatha’ pants, these Mickey Q’s beauties  (at 70% off I might add!) will satisfy your somewhat questionable thirst for mid 19th century pants. 

But Quick! Before you hear the siren call that is someone yelling at you “Is that a girl dressed as Thomas Jefferson?!” So quickly you throw on this DUAL MATERIAL WARMING

 

But have no fear as New Years festivities are here, Leatha’ is heya’! And to keep things as simple as they can, we have a ensemble brought to you by dem’ lambs and if you sex it with a jacket-device with a larger than life shoulders areas, youre golden.

 

 

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Because it’s fall and you  might not know what to wear.

If you are like me, you are living in a metropolitan city, and confused on what to wear. Monday morning…it’s finger tip freezing cold, monday evening it’s raining… basically mother natures totally trippin’ yo.

In the past week it has alternated between being tear freezing cold to relatively less cold. Fun. No matter how ambitious you are for sartorial choices for the following day, you’re always less reluctant to wear the skirt with tights when a pair of wool pants just seem so much more appealing and ehhmm warm .

Then scarves, wools coats on wool coats on sweater on flannel on pants on cold soul is practically the uniform pour moi.

And the real question formulates itself: how can one possibly looks sups cool when it’s actually too cold outside to tell the difference between self generated coolness and that of the weather variety?

Oversized everything helps with this sartorial slump, but I’m curious what gets you guys through the abominable snowman months? Coats? AND WHAT ABOUT OUR FEET?! Or maybe swimsuits are your thing? Let me know!

Dress on pants on fall

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Tights? No! leggings? NO! Pants? yes! With the summers and spring’s obsession with the ankle, especially through the rolled up pants and the cut pant the industry has welcomed or rather invited the shortened pant into the fall season’s list of acceptable clothing. And along with that, the Mary Poppin’s skirt had its moment, it had a brief but strong moment during Paris Fashion Week…it must have been the parisian air. And both of these trends are being admitted into the Fall list of trends.

But, not without a little adjustment. The new thing down the street style-street is the skirt sur la pant. 

Now if you have ever had to wear a school jumper, you know the attempt to try this trend in the winter months. If your mother was anything like mine, my mother was the torturer of my legs when she would put on my little tights by pinching my legs up until the sixth grade to make sure the tights were well spread over my scrawny legs.

Haa, child abuse aside, there was a year of my life I attempted to pull off the pant under jumper trend, my mother hated it therefore I loved it. 

I don’t know what about the flare pants under the somewhat A-line, plaid, pleated skirt made me think that I was some ultra trendy eight year old girl. But needless to say, the current wave of skirt over pant looks a lot more chic than my fourth grade attempt. 

But enough of my fourth grade attempt to be the next Alexa Chung, what do you think about this trend? Will you be pairing your cut pant with your Mary Poppins Skirt? Or is either trend just enough? LET ME KNOW.

An Industry on the Verge

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The fashion industry is the neglected middle child; a somewhat spoiled, constantly picked on child yet privileged through age, by being one if the longest most consistent industries, and young and clever in innovation. November’s Elle magazine cover, featuring Melissa McCarthy, has caused quite a bit of controversy on the internet, and has implied that the industry is anything but neglected. The cause of controversy was the clothing styled on cover girl Melissa McCarthy, which many argue was not flattering enough.

The activists of the controversy assume that Elle magazine is favoring the ultra skinny and slim actresses by dressing them in ultra-fitted, revealing clothing. Activists also believe cover girl Melissa McCarthy is being discriminated against, and suggest that by outfitting her in an oversized menswear style wool coat, they intend to hide her body shape. This opinion is about as absurd as trying to get through mid-town without seeing any tourists.

This is not the first accusation thrown at fashion magazines. The fashion industry constantly has fingers pointed towards it for various reasons: from being too exclusive and serious to being too broad and leaking into other industries. From embracing unfitted clothing, like boyfriend jeans and oversized wool coats, to advocating ultra-revealing clothing that caters “to only one body type”.  This begs one question: What exactly is the problem that people have with the fashion industry?

Every year designers like Tom Ford, Alexander McQueen, Versace, Comme Des Garcons and many other fashion houses are scrutinized for creating clothing that are “impractical”, “un-wearable”, “useless” — critics wait for the next fray in the fabric to pull on and unravel.

Last year’s controversy over Jil Sander’s “Vasari” paper bag which retailed for $290 was under international ridicule. Publications all around the world covered it, mocked it, and finally condemned it along with the fashion industry. Some remarked that the industry “was begging for it”.

The six-inch heels are always the victims of public scrutiny, the clothing as well and even bags. But the one  thing that really doesn’t make sense about these controversies; is that fact that these people are advocates of the very exact thing they are condemning in fashion industry, in other aspects of social media and culture.

Public scrutiny of the fashion industry, has in some way, had more and less of an impact in the past decade. In some ways the fashion industry has become a little softer and less intense than previous decades  in terms of design style and model requirements. A lot of this reform is due to social media, which has allowed many outsiders, and the general public, a glimpse into the world of high fashion and, in essence to, form an opinion about it. In that way, the public has forced the industry to adapt and become a part of everyday life.

But public opinion has encouraged the fashion industry to, or attempt to, establish itself as an industry of its own, advocating that it isn’t the fashion industry’s job to fix the nation’s self esteem issue, although the industry has nodded in that direction in some aspects.

One of the reasons the nation is particularly in favor of pointing a finger at the fashion industry is the fact that, to most of the general public, the industry seems somewhat frivolous. To many people, the industry is full of anorexic, six foot, snobby daddy’s girls running around New York blabbing about hemlines and last night’s Project Runway and their size zero Balmain leather pants and Loubs.

Whilst the industry isn’t quite that simple; to a point, the industry is somewhat frivolous when you look at it in comparison to something as monumental as curing cancer, but so does the cell phone industry.

But what is ironic is that people condemn the fashion industry for its $290 paper bag- bags and it’s oversized and ultra tight trends but advocate for these trends on celebrities, intellectuals and other people in the public eye. Everyone expects celebrities, and even government officials like the First Lady, to be fitted in the tightest, on-trend clothing on the red carpet, and other public events, maybe because they see the clothing is necessary to supplement these people’s talents, and that it’s necessary to emphasis the person’s talent or fame.

Some people believe that the fashion industry judges people by what they are wearing rather than who they are. And quite frankly, if you didn’t already know, that’s their job. The industry is not focused on people, its focus on clothing duh.  The common misconception about the Melissa McCarthy controversy is that the industry and the magazine intends to hide some of Melissa’s features rather than emphasizing or embracing them as beautiful.  In reality, the goal of the industry and the magazine is to make a women feel as confident as possible by using clothing, and in doing so, the designers place emphasis on the clothing and style that makes women, and even Melissa McCarthy, to look and feel beautiful.

Melissa McCarthy feels comfortable in the coat she was wearing.  If she did not feel comfortable or beautiful, she would not have allowed Elle to use the picture, nor would Elle  have chosen her as their cover girl if they did not believe she was portraying the “Elle look”, which includes looking beautiful and being confident in what you’re wearing (yes, you can have it all).  While it was a more conservative look, it is in fact much more of fashionable look, seeing as oversized wool coats are a huge trend and it being a much more “slept in” styling

This whole debacle proves that the issue is not the coat, or the actress, or the magazine, it is society. For all we know. If this picture was shown on a PSA telling people to stay warm during the winter months, it wouldn’t not have gotten the attention it has.  In today’s society, we have a particular complex for favoring the underdog or the minority, when we feel like it. We defend the overweight but prosecute the obese. We scrutinize the frivolous but neglect the significant.

Society neglects the middle child that is the fashion industry, but expects it to behave and come along on family outings.

Model Behavior

e8194423f91824fa6af5386325396d37We all loved the designs and designers that walked down the runway the past couple weeks in New York, London, Milan and Paris but what most of us don’t notice are the girls that carry those designs down the runway; Models. Of course we all know the iconic supermodels, some which have been blown to such a degree we sometime forget they were ever models to begin with, Kate Moss, Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell and Lisa Taylor. But we cant forget the iconic models of our own time, most of which are know for more than their long legs.

Karlie Kloss: The 6’1’’ soon-to-be Harvard graduate started her career at the age fourteen when she was discovered in St. Louis Missouri in a charity fashion show. The Chicago- born model came back to the big city to launch her career posing for a Scene Magazine but was quickly sent to New York to begin her career on the runway. Kloss quickly gained popularity for her mile long legs and amazing personality and became a Victoria Secret Angel, Juicy Couture ambassador and partied with every designer under the New York Fashion Week tents. But the model is not just known for her modeling ability, she is also the founder of Karlie’s Kookies, which are a dairy, egg and glutton free kookies and all the profits go to provide meals for children in need.

Erica Beha Fredriksberg: The 25 year old Danish model was discovered in her native country Denmark by modeling agents passing by. The 5’ 10’’ model made her debut in 2005 when she opened for Miu Miu, Louis Vuitton and Prada then continued to walk in Paris, Milan and London in Ready to Wear and Haute Couture for every brand from Chanel to the GAP. She’s the face of multiple campaigns from Hermes to Balenciaga to Isabel Marant. “The queen of cool” namesake has also been attributed to multiple fashion items from the Jill Stuart and Chloe Freja hangbags to Alexander Wang’s Freja Lace up boot.

Daria Werbowy: Saving the best for last, and my current obsession, me and along with every designer and fashion editor are obsessed with Daria Werbowy. The Polish-Ukrainian-Canadian model has definitely won the genetic lottery, growing to an skyscraping 5’ 11’’ at the age of fourteen. The model never seriously considered modeling but after been launched into the industry by a schoolmate’s mother she was determined to make it work. The model joined Elite Model Management and traveled from Canada to London to Greece but failed to achieve international success. After her first runway season was disrupted and canceled but the 9/11 attacks in New York City them model returned to Canada. After several months the model returned to industry in hopes of funding her school education. Werbowy soon became known for holding the record for opening and closing the most shows in one season. The 29 year old model is most known for her Lancome and Celine campaign, but is also known for her work with Valentino, Chanel, Missoni and almost ever other major fashion house. The model is also know for her rare exclusivity, after taking a sudden break and sailing most of the time during that break, the model is determined to make her campaigns work for her by allowing her to maintain a level of un-commitment since many brands cant afford for her to walk away

Each and every model has a unique and special story attributed to their success. Many models do more than was has been mentioned above, and the new wave models aren’t quite as.. dramatic as previous generations of model but many do attempt to make more of an impact than just walking down the runway wearing designer clothes.

The Soaring Hemline

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Our modern age today doesn’t really like to look back at maybe…less modern times (i.e. slavery, the red scare etc.) But one era that is still looked back on and is relevant today is the 1920’s a.k.a the Roaring Twenties. Flapper dresses, three- piece suits, bow ties galore, kitten heels  (gasp) and not to mention the most scandalous of all: exposure of women’s… ankles (double gasp). Champagne glasses and champagne hemlines were sky high, Americans were practicing a much more liberated lifestyle, to say the least, in comparison to the stuffy collars and Victorian dresses of late 1800’s.

With it being 2013, its certainly is a long way from the stuffy 1800’s or the liberated 1920’s but, unlike the political mood towards foreign policy during the 20’s, we still care. With dozens of designers making collection after collection taking inspiration from the revolutionary era, some could say we still aspire to dress like the glamorous and scandalous era. Movies, too, are constantly attempting to resurrect the era with movies like Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris,  David Fincher’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and most recently Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby.

 

With the fashion industry mainly being directed toward women, designers are constantly aiming to put out a collection that will, obviously, make women feel confident and just as liberated as the women of the 1920’s felt. So naturally designers are constantly looking to the 1920’s for inspiration.

All- American fashion designer Ralph Lauren put out a twenties drenched collection in the Spring/Summer 2012 season. I imagine this particular inspiration may have been prompted by The Great Gatsby film originally scheduled to be released the summer of 2012, but hey stuff happens. With the original release date in May and Downton Abbey’s third season in April, once again, the 1920’s era resonated with our era.  But with the release date post-poned to Christmas and then this May; Americans were restless, not unlike the era, for F. Scott Fitzgerald’s literary masterpiece to feast their sore eyes and Leonardo DiCaprio isn’t too bad either.

 

 Lauren’s collection was embellished, highlighted with accents of fur, silky, feminine, masculine, breezy but substantive. And there were hats.  With Lauren originally designing the costumes for the original The Great Gatsby movie after the inception of his brand in the 1970’s,  ol’ Ralph fully embodied the hopeful Jay Gatsby when his designs initialed un petite resurgence in the Jazz Age and kick started his career. Bringing a whole new meaning to Fitzgerald’s romantic words “Can’t Repeat the Past? Why of course you can!”

Leonardo DiCaprio plays the handsome, pink suit wearing, smooth-as-silk, Jay Gatsby who is madly in love with the charming Daisy Buchanan, played by Carey Mulligan, who’s voice is “full of money”. But like all things, Daisy is married to the ruthless, blue-blooded Tom Buchanan played by Joel Edgerton. And then there’s Nick Carraway, played by Tobey Maguire.

The movie proceeds to show the story of Mr. Gatsby pursuit to win over his old flame, Daisy. Borderline obsession never looked so good Gatsby always wears three-piece suits because he’s classy like that. Daisy wears lavish, drop-waist dress with a twist. Jordan Baker wears very simplistic, preppy clothing. Tom wears like Gatsby, three piece suit, but wears a much more thicker material, much like his personality, think wide lapels thick knotted ties.  Nick wear very simple clothing, much like Jordan.

All of these designs, are designed and made but the one and only, Miuccia Prada.  If you weren’t dying to play opposite Leonardo DiCaprio, you are now.

Some criticize America’s interest in the 1920’s in the Jazz Age is frivolous and, quite frankly, stupid due to the massive amount of corruption, both criminally and morally in the U.S, that is unnecessary.  But I beg to differ, although there are some less glamorous trait’s of the 1920’s, the glamorous traits are monumentally significant. Women’s liberation  and style forever affected our style today, because I dare say, without the 20’s we’d be wearing corsets today.

 

“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”

Is this a Trend?

mad-men-glasses1-620x350Esquire Magazine’s Everything we know is wrong: Why we love Mad Men article has proven to be one heck of insight in to the world of Fashion, just as much as insight into the HBO television show.

Mad Men popular with the somewhat romantics of the modern age, and definitely those who, for lack of a better word, are “trendy”. Cut creases and cigarettes galore is exactly what all of us wish we could do, except for the harmful side affects we all are very well aware of now.

That very paradox is exactly is the main attraction of the HBO show. In direct words from the article: the reason we love the show is because “we get the joke.” We are fascinated by the show because the show performs all the stepping stones to the modern world we see today. In a world where we have the Anna Wintours’ and the Sheryl Sandberg’s, we see the Peggy Olson’s baby steps into the world of Old Fashioned’s and Lucky Strike’s.

We also are attracted to the show because we see ourselves in the same place or predicament as the characters. Don Drapper is constantly looking for the next big thing. They were all looking for the “trend”. What people want, what everyone needs and how to sell people what they think they want. Capitalism and Consumerism were the names on the label.

And then there’s Fashion; where Chanel and Proenza Schouler are the names on the label.

Establishments like Vogue, Net-a-Porter, Style.com and Women’s Wear Daily are modern day Don Drappers’. Anna Wintour’s job description is: Sell people what they want and be the best at it. But she ( and all these establishments) need to know what the people want and to take it one step further, tell them what they want.

Anna Wintour’s massive quality that cut her through the cut-throat world of Fashion was the fact that she gave people what they didn’t know they wanted. She established the Trend.

But the major problem is that one person does not create the trend, the trend is the supernatural being establishing and editing itself. Much like every twenty-something year old in this age. Constantly innovating, editing, embellishing, fiddling making ourselves the most perfect fit for our age.

And that’s it. Don Drapper and all of us, are constantly victims to this art. That’s we love it so, the setting changes but the themes stay the same.

“The characters, like the audience obsessing over them fifty years later, are locked in the parochialism of their movement, slaves to the trend.”

Rebecca Minkoff Spring 2013 Jewelry featuring The Man Repeller

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