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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Erin Fetherston Designs for Juicy Couture

Back in November, Elle magazine reported that 29 year-old designer Erin Fetherston was going to be collaborating with the velour goddesses at Juicy Couture for a line called "Juicy Loves Glamour Girls by Erin Fetherston." Well, being a huge Erin Fetherston fan and a sort of anti-fan of Juicy Couture, I was curious to see if the floral-chiffon mind of Fetherston would work well with the L.A. rhinestone sweats of Juicy. Although it's not my favorite line on the planet, I think the collection is executed in a way that showcases both powerhouse's strengths and signature styles. Juicy said they brought Fetherston from New York to give the company a little extra punch and even gave her the title of "Creative Consultant." I think that Fetherston has added a little something extra to Juicy; however, I don't feel like the full capacity of this pairing has been reached. Perhaps they are intentionally playing it safe for skeptics like myself, or maybe they are even being reserved on purpose hoping consumers will want more. Below are a few of the better pieces in the collection. What do you think? Would you buy anything from this line?

Fetherston posing for Juicy Couture Ad Campaign in June 2010
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Slouchy Jacket
Cotton Top
Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Oohs and Awes for Yves Saint Laurent Easy Bags

With 2010 quickly wrapping up, it seems like every fashion blog is compiling a list of best-ofs for the year. I always have a hard time picking out my favorites of the year, but I can say that this year I've fallen in love with YSL Easy bags. If it weren't for the $1,000-$2,000 price tag, I'd definitely have my hands on one by now. Regardless, the classic appeal with a subtle signature "Y" across the bag makes these handbags a duality- part staple piece and part tribute to YSL as a company. Here are a few (the studded one is my favorite):

Monday, December 27, 2010

How to Successfully Wear Fur

The winter fashion scene reminds me of the middle school years- a brief awkward time stuck in-between two major seasons. It's short-lived, yet the confusion can be scaring for life if done incorrectly. Of course, winter 2010/2011 fashion trends are borrowing from it's elder fall 2010 runway highlights, while also eagerly grasping onto aspects of spring 2011 looks. It's sort of like a twelve year-old girl who is borrowing her high school sister's Chanel lipstick, while also wearing her 6th grade cords.

One such trend is the fur frenzy I've been seeing all over the mags- Harper's Bazaar, Elle, and Marie Claire featured fur looks in their November, December, and even January issues (at least the ones that have hit the press/I've seen). Fur is being belted, shagged, and even slapped on oversized collars like a built-in scarf. If you're like me and the only fur thing you've ever owned is a rabbit foot key chain that you one at the county feels like warm and fuzzy overload.

After doing some research, I've compiled this season's most popular ways to wear fur and have paired my findings with a few helpful tips of my own. Perhaps with a bit of organization and summarizing, we can approach the fur trend together with confidence. Here goes nothin'!

On the Runway

Before compiling two of my own examples, I wanted to include a collage of inspirational looks from the runway. Here are just a handful of the fur looks shown at fashion week:


Example 1: Fur with Leather

Remember all of the motorcycle looks on the fall 2010 runway? In October you couldn't leave the house without studs or leather in your ensemble, and now, all you have to do is add a dash of fur to your outfit and you are right in sync with the winter 2011 scene! Treat your fur like an accessory- look for tame coats that have fur collars and/or cuffs. Pair it with skin-tight leather skinnies, a loose t-shirt and a sleek ponytail for a cool downtown look.

My Example Ensemble:
Jacket- Mackage

Top- Son of John
Pants- Black Denim
Wedges- Chinese Laundry

Example 2: Sporting a Fur Vest

The influx of fur vests this year has been ridiculous. You can't step into a Forever 21, nor a local boutique or even Barney's without spotting a number of fur vests. I've seen a lot of them belted with long sleeves underneath; however, I prefer the open vest look. Trying to cinch all of that fur under a belt defeats the purpose of waist-defining accessories. In keeping with the fall-meets-winter trend theme, I chose a gray number since gray and camel are the signature colors of fall 2010. I paired it with a long sleeve in a muted print and filled the rest of the ensemble with neutrals and touches of gold.

My Example:
Vest- Kensie
Boots- Frye
Long Sleeve- Erica Tanov
Bag- Helena de Natalio

Runway Photos from:
Thursday, December 23, 2010

Wow, I Really Love Being a 20-Something

Recently I was perusing Noel Duan's blog and came across this chuckle-worthy little tid bit by Ryan O'Connell about what it means to be a 20-something. My 20's have undoubtedly been my favorite decade so far, and that's saying a lot- I'm going to be freshly 22 in January. I hope you enjoy this as much as I do (regardless of how old you are):

Be really attractive. Your acne is gone, your face has matured without having wrinkles and everything on your body is lifted naturally. Eat bagels seven days a week, binge-drink and do drugs: you’ll still look like a babe. When you turn thirty, it’ll become a different story but that’s, like, not for a really long time.

Reestablish a relationship with your parents. You don’t live with them anymore (hopefully) so start to appreciate them as human beings with thoughts, flaws and feelings rather than soulless life ruiners who won’t let you borrow their car.

Go from eating delicious food at your parents’ house to eating Ragu tomato sauce over Barilla noodles. Develop an eating disorder to save money.

Move into an apartment on the corner of Overpriced and Dangerous. Sleep on a bare mattress with an Ikea comforter. Your mother talks to you about buying a top sheet and a duvet cover but feel like you’re not mature enough to own something called “duvet.”

Read the New York Times piece, “What Is It About 20-Somethings?” Feel exposed and humiliated. Share it on your Facebook with the caption: “Um….” Your friends will comment “Too real” and that will be the end of that.

Work at a coffee shop but feel hopeful about your career in advertising, writing, whatever. Remember that you’re young and that the world is your oyster. Everything is possible, you still have so much to see and hear. You went to a good school and did good things. Figure if you’re not going to be successful, who the hell is?

Date people who you know you’ll never be able to love. See someone for three months for no other reason than because it’s winter and you want to keep warm by holding another body. Date a Republican just so you can say you dated a Republican.

Eventually all these nobodies will make you crave a somebody. Have a real relationship with someone. Go on vacations together, exchange house keys, cry in their arms after a demoralizing day at work. Think about marrying them and maybe even get engaged. Regardless of the outcome, feel proud of yourself for being able to love someone in a healthy way.

Start your twenties with a lot of friends and leave with a few good ones. What happened? People faded away into their careers and relationships. Fights were had and never resolved. Shit happens.

Think of yourself at twenty and hanging out with people who didn’t mean a thing to you. Think about writing papers, about being promiscuous, about trying new things. Think of yourself now and your face looking different and your body feeling different and how everything is just different.

Form the habits that will stick with you forever. Drink your coffee with two sugars and skim milk every morning. Buy a magazine every Friday. Enjoy spending money on candles, smoke pot on Saturdays, watch the television before bed.

Move into a bigger apartment on the corner of Mature and Gentrification and finally buy a duvet cover. Limit your drug-use. If you find yourself unable to do so, start to wonder if you have a problem.

Have your parents come to your place for Christmas. Set the table, make the ham, wear a sophisticated outfit, This will all mean so much at the time.

Think about having children when you stop acting like a child. This may not ever happen.

Maybe this is assuming too much. Maybe this is generalizing. Maybe society uses age as an unrealistic marker for growth. Maybe. Still feel the anxiety on your 30th birthday and think to yourself, “Oh shit, I’m no longer a 20-something.”

Monday, December 20, 2010

Images Without Words: Elise Digby by Aram Bedrossian in Bonnie & Clyde

Thursday, December 16, 2010

You should have put a (Melody Ehsani) ring on it

I've recently discovered the amazing creations of Melody Ehsani, and I couldn't feel more like a kid in a candy store when perusing her visually enthralling lookbook. I am particularly partial to the chunky rings that resemble brass knuckles in princess form. I love how she introduces her 2010 lookbook by saying "The following designs have escaped my head." Her focus on the artistic side of her designs is completely in-your-face in a way that I like. Her voice is strong and pays tribute to art deco and worldly inspirations.

I like how personal her jewelry is to her. Here's the "about me" from her website and a few of the photos from her lookbook that I really like. Enjoy!

Born and raised in Los Angeles in a traditional Persian family, like many of my cousins and friends I applied to go off to Law School after college, but I couldnt stay there. I decided to break with my culture and follow my heart into a field I was internally drawn The more I designed shoes and products, the more it felt like the right thing for me to be doing. So now I believe that design is part of what I was designed to do. I guess you could say that design is part of my divine blueprint. I believe that honoring my blueprint helps me bring to the world new patterns of behavior and equality for myself and for all women in the future. In my culture, a womans value and status are determined by her marriage. This is a difficult and challenging concept for many women in todays world. By following my calling and making shoes and products, I am helping women resolve these kinds of paradoxes. I want to become my true self and be a vibrant member of a family and a community. I want the women who wear my shoes to have the same opportunity for equality, wholeness, and self expression. My style is inspired by paradox, controversy, justice and pushing the envelope in showing that you truly cant judge a book by its cover. I design to upset the equilibrium. I design to inspire. I design to serve. I design because I was created to do so. A portion from each pair of Ehsani shoes purchased will go towards the advancement and education of women in our society.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Quotes & Couture XIV

"Technology is lust removed from nature."
Thursday, December 09, 2010

Oohs and Awes for Alexander McQueen Pumps

I have a confession to make. I've replaced my shopping addiction with shoe hoarding. Shoes are amazing because even if you pack on a few pounds or have no where to wear them, they will always fit and be there for you. Perusing through my shoe closet has become a religious experience, and I'm ready to trade my H&M and Steve Madden pumps for the real deal. Just give me a few years to rack up some money (give or take 20 grand), and I kid you not I'm going to put Carrie Bradshaw's collection to shame. I'm definitely going to start with a pair of Alexander McQueens. These Titanic Ballerina Pumps would be a good choice, I've been drooling over them since January 2010 and they never cease to amaze me.

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

I Feel like a Worn Snuggie, but I Refuse to Look like One

Ugh winter. My lips are two chapped gummy worms accompanied by the rhythm of chattering teeth. My skin is dry and is quickly losing its usual sunkissed sheen. My hair is matte black and brittle like the mane of a synthetic Barbie doll. When I wake up I'm greeted by a cool Arizona darkness that makes me want to stay in bed and avoid the desert elements. I have become a chapstick junkie, and if I could find an ivory tub filled with Hope In A Jar moisturizer, I would call it heaven on Earth.

Winter also means finals week--countless hours spent at the library where my brain melts and my eyes become baggy and heavy from staring at the computer screen. In the midst of writer's block I realize the weird noise I keep hearing isn't the stale heat whistling through the dusty vents, but rather my stomach. All I've had today is a cup of coffee with too much Sweet n Low and a handful of cashews. I'm not at my prime by any means.

Between the sudden weather shift and the dark cloud of homework lingering over my head all I want to do is wear sweats and complain. However, I know I shouldn't let my appearance go to the trash because as leading studies show, “The way you look directly affects the way you think, feel, and act . . . . When you dress down, you sit down—the couch potato trend. Manners break down, you begin to feel down, and you’re not as effective" (Kaplan-Leiserson).

So where can I find the motivation to keep up my appearance? Well, thanks to Zephyr at College Fashion, I have 25 reasons to get dressed up every day- including during this god awful drab time of year. I've chosen to include my favorite reasons in this post, but if you are feeling any of what I'm feeling you should definitely check out her article and/or compile your own list.

Here are my favorites from Zephyr's list:
  • Because life’s too short to blend in. Don’t settle for average.
  • Because fashion is a method of self expression. What are you trying to say?
  • Because you never know who you’ll run into. Brad Pitt at the grocery store? Hey, stranger things have happened.
  • Because you deserve to look your best at all times.
  • Because you’ll never improve your sense of style if your default look is “I give up”. Yes, that was a Seinfeld reference. But it’s true!
  • Because parties aren’t the only time to celebrate.
  • Because dressing up helps you make fashion mistakes and get past them. Mistakes happen to everyone and that’s how you learn what not to do – get them out of the way now!
  • Because it’s a test of your confidence. Dressing unconventionally forces you to develop the self-assurance necessary to stand out from everyone else.
  • Because fashion is one of the rare instances where art comes alive. What artistic statement do you want to make?
  • Because someday when you have a 9-5 corporate job and are required to wear business suits, you’re going to miss the freedom of dress you had in college. Experiment now! There’s no better time.
  • Because Carrie Bradshaw would not approve of your sweatpants and UGG boots. You can do better than that. And deep down, you know I’m right.
  • Because nothing beats the rush you feel when you look in the mirror and LOVE what you see.

Hope everyone powers through finals and/or the winter! If you have fashion affirmations or reasons why you get dressed every day, let me know with a comment!

Kaplan-Leiserson, E. (2000). Casual dress/Back-to-business attire. Training & Development, 54(11), 38-39.

Monday, December 06, 2010

Quotes & Couture XIII

"Buy less, choose well, and mix it all."
-Vivienne Westwood
Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Congratulations RemChic Giveaway Winners!

I'm really excited so many people entered the RemChic Giveaway! Congratulations to the winners: Danielle Zion, Sasha Piton, and Tina Renee Barker! I will be in touch early next week about mailing you guys your prizes, so be sure and check your e-mail. Woohoo! That was fun =)