Mandy Moore at Fall Fashion Week

Posted 12 March 2017 at 8:50 PM | Comments (0)

Has Mandy Moore always been this much of a fashion plate? Somehow I never noticed until now.

Mandy Moore at New York Fashion Week Fall 2017 Marchesa

Mandy Moore at New York Fashion Week Fall 2017 Lela Rose

Favorites from the Oscars 2017

Posted 27 February 2017 at 10:16 PM | Comments (0)

This may be the first time in history that my three favorite award-show looks were all somewhat neutral. No eye-popping colors here, just drippingly exquisite metallics.

Academy Awards 2017 Red Carpet Fashion: Emma Stone, Olivia Culpo, Jessica Biel

Emma Stone. I admit that this woman rarely does wrong in my eyes. She commits to every look 100%, and she does it confidently and elegantly. Her red carpet looks are always interesting and edgy, yet beautiful and timeless. She is a fashion girl, that’s for sure. When the camera panned across her last night, for a moment I thought, “Oh no, Emma looks a little boring!” A second later I got a closer look and that oh no turned into dayum. How could I ever doubt her? She kills it every single time. The fact that the look is simple and not overdone is a bonus, and I’m embarrassed that I so quickly misjudged it.

Olivia Culpo. I really don’t know anything about this woman’s talents or acting credentials, but her look was killer. There was so much balance—sharp fringe on the dress, sharp fringe on her bangs; dark hair and dark clutch; delicate dress, delicate bow. I want to seriously congratulate her stylist on a job well done. I would also like to congratulate Olivia Culpo on something, but I don’t really know what to congratulate her on, other than being a total stunner at the Oscars.

Jessica Biel. This woman is so statuesque that I imagine her to be at least six feet tall. Take that body, that posture, and pour her into a gold gown? She might as well be the mascot of the night. (Or always.) I can’t get over that gorgeous Kaufman Franco gown and what an insane idea it was to pair it with that feathered necklace! That had to be the best fashion risk of the night. The whole look was so, so good that it hurts me a little bit. I need a minute…

Academy Awards 2017 Red Carpet Fashion: Ginnifer Goodwin, Dakota Johnson, Ruth Negga

Alright, I always like to make some honorable mentions, and crazy enough, all of my second favorites were like modern Victorian gowns. They are so modest for Hollywood, aren’t they? My feeling is that we’ve overdone bare skin, so the pendulum is swinging in the other direction. Fascinating idea, isn’t it? How far and how long will its reach go?

Ginnifer Goodwin. She is usually quite interesting on the red carpet and not afraid of taking risks. I thought the dress was awesome but would have liked to see something else in the styling; the—green?—earrings weren’t my favorite, and neither was the dark red clutch. Even the hair felt a bit too horizontal next to such a horizontally-inclined gown. I still thought she looked fantastic.

Dakota Johnson. I know some people hated this gown, but I thought it was so marvelous. (Who decided that a dress needs to be tight or bare to be acceptable? Anyone? Anyone? That’s what I thought…) From some angles, the dress looked too roomy, I know, but when it was right, it was really right. I just wanted to do something to her hair. Her long bangs and waves would have been great here.

Ruth Negga. Loved the dress, loved the color, love the woman. I also love that she stays true to her artist self when she dresses for the red carpet. Though I wasn’t a big fan of the headband or the earrings, overall it cast joy into my eyes. That’s what red carpet fashion is really about.

Cast joy into my eyes, people!

Spring 2017 Runway Trend: Fallen Shoulder

Posted 7 February 2017 at 11:24 PM | Comments (0)

Bare shoulders have seen a lot of daylight, as halter, off-shoulder, and cold shoulder tops have made it to every trend guide in recent years. I suspected that the next big thing would be one-shoulder, but its direction has taken me by surprise.

It’s not the clean, deliberately asymmetrical, one-shoulder look that I was wearing in the late 1990s or early 2000s. It’s messier, off-kilter. It doesn’t look like it was planned by the designer as much as it looks like it was unplanned by the wearer. Like, “Whoopsie, the wind keeps exposing my shoulder! Oh well, hee hee.” If you look closely, it is obvious that these tops were designed for exposure, but at a glance, you would never know. They give the impression of an unintentional fallen shoulder.

Some of you may think this trend is reminiscent of the 1980s. However, back then, the fallen shoulder look was more casual. Some of these looks, on the other hand, are crisp, structured, or businesslike. They’re buttoned-up shirts gone rogue.

From Victoria Beckham, Self-Portrait, Tome, and Monse:

Spring 2017 Runway Fashion Trend: Fallen Shoulder, One Shoulder, Asymmetric Shoulder

Some of the looks were no more than pretty tops hanging off the shoulder, which I might be able to pull off in an age-appropriate way. That will be determined at a later date. Like maybe after snowmaggedon.

From Prabal Gurung, Chloé, Tome, and CG:

Spring 2017 Runway Fashion Trend: Fallen Shoulder, One Shoulder, Asymmetric Shoulder

The dresses really struck me. Designers went for one cold shoulder, or one lost sleeve. Again, for a moment, you don’t realize that these looks are intentional. You want to hand the woman a safety pin.

From Tibi, Hellessy, Vetements, and Self-Portrait:

Spring 2017 Runway Fashion Trend: Fallen Shoulder, One Shoulder, Asymmetric Shoulder

Even in evening wear, shoulders were falling. I honestly don’t think I could pull this off. Maybe I could if I was a model going to the clubs in NYC, but otherwise a cocktail dress with one fallen shoulder reads hot mess. Not to say I don’t like the look… because I actually might.

From Brock Collection, Prabal Gurung, Rodarte, and Victoria Beckham:

Spring 2017 Runway Fashion Trend: Fallen Shoulder, One Shoulder, Asymmetric Shoulder

And there you have it. My first runway post in over a year. If things go as planned, I will have a big, trend-research project coming up, which means more runway trends are coming your way. I swear this hasn’t turned into a renovation blog.

Cheap Jeans vs. Expensive Jeans

Posted 24 September 2015 at 8:44 PM | Comments (0)

Refinery29 published this infographic, illustrated by Isabel Castillo Guijarro, to explain the difference between a $200 pair of jeans and a $20 pair. I have never been proud of my fast fashion purchases and this only affirms, well, partly, my guilt, and mostly: how much things need to change. (Click the image to enlarge.)

How a $200 Jean Becomes a $20 Pair, Illustrated by Isabel Castillo Guijarro

Favorites from the Emmys 2015

Posted 21 September 2015 at 11:43 AM | Comments (0)

I was mostly underwhelmed with last night’s red carpet, but these three gowns were exciting. Just what awards show fashion should be!

Emmy Awards 2015 Red Carpet Fashion: Claire Danes, Jaimie Alexander, Kerry Washington

Claire Danes. Several online publications called her gown “unflattering.” If you’re someone who believes in one ideal female body type, perhaps you would think so; I, however, do not fall in that camp. To me, her Prada dress was stunning in every way, and it showed off her perfectly cute shape.

Jaimie Alexander. I actually don’t know anything about this woman, but wow, she looks fierce in Armani Privé. The whole look is almost too severe, but surprisingly, it works—in a glamorous badass kind of way. Now I need to watch something she has been in to see if she lives up to last night’s fierceness.

Kerry Washington. This Marc Jacobs dress basically stole the show. More and more, I am realizing that Kerry Washington is a fashion plate of the highest degree. Her taste for edgy and high-end fashion matches her class and intellect, which is great for her (and unfortunate for all those who bumble along when they stand next to her).

I like to make mention of the other looks that almost made it into my top three. In this case it was Ellie Kemper, whose Naeem Khan dress was pretty phenomenal but the overall look felt a bit boring. Big hair would have worked here. Maisie Williams was just perfect in Ermanno Scervino. Perfectly dressed, perfectly accessorized, perfectly made up, perfectly pink. There was nothing to dislike. And Natasha Lyonne, who is not generally on my fashion radar, really surprised me. While it doesn’t exactly look expensive, her fringed, hippie-chick look was very now and very refreshing. She either knows what’s hot in fashion, or else she was grateful to finally find something that suited her taste. I may never know.

Emmys 2015 Red Carpet Fashion: Ellie Kemper, Maisie Williams, Natasha Lyonne

Anthropologie’s Adira Beaded Hoops

Posted 31 August 2015 at 9:44 PM | Comments (0)

Earlier this month I mentioned looking for a pair of beaded, teardrop-hoop earrings. Well, I found them. The perfect pair was at Anthropologie.com and on sale for $29.99, plus 30% off all sale items and free shipping.

Anthropologie Adira Beaded Hoops

Behold, the Adira Beaded Hoops. I can’t wait for them to arrive in my mailbox.

Skinny Neckties at Chloé Pre-Fall 2015

Posted 5 August 2015 at 11:35 PM | Comments (0)

Chloé presented one of my favorite pre-fall collections. I really want to replicate the skinny necktie look and just need to figure out how I am going to do it. With ribbon? Or sew my own? I only have a couple of blouses that this would work for, but I am determined.

Skinny Neckties at Chloe Pre-Fall 2015

Skinny Neckties at Chloe Pre-Fall 2015

Skinny Neckties at Chloe Pre-Fall 2015

*Images from Style.com.

Teardrop Earrings

Posted 3 August 2015 at 11:11 PM | Comments (0)

Bohemia always rises again in the fashion world, and to be perfectly honest, I wasn’t ready for its return this time around. I had been enjoying the mod, the minimalism, and the normcore of recent seasons; they felt fresh to me. For the new Bohemia, it felt too soon.

Then, last spring, I bought a pair of black flared jeans and a rust-colored peasant blouse and never wanted to take them off. I came around. Really came around. I have now spent the entire summer in sweeping, glamorous, printed maxi dresses and am already planning my Bohemian purchases for the fall.

All how to accessorize all of those new purchases? With a pair of teardrop earrings. Time to put away my minimalist studs and go all out with my Bohemian look. For fall 2015, my favorites are beaded.

Teardrop Earrings

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An LBD with Asymmetry

Posted 20 August 2014 at 3:33 PM | Comments (0)

I am rarely a proponent of the Little Black Dress. There’s nothing inherently wrong with the concept, but I love color too much. Yet lately, as designers continue to gravitate toward neutral colors and simpler silhouettes, my devotion to color is gently waning.

Pieces that have especially caught my eye are this black Osman jumpsuit from the spring 2014 runway, and this black dress that Karlie Kloss wore to the Vogue Foundation Gala on July 11. Both are a kind of simple LBD but with an eye-catching dose of asymmetry.

Osman Spring 2014 Runway Black Jumpsuit with Cutout

Karlie Kloss July 11, 2014 Vogue Foundation Gala Little Black Dress

No, No Kimono

Posted 9 July 2014 at 10:16 PM | Comments (1)

Advertising is creepily powerful. Even though I have zero interest in flowing kimono jackets, super-cropped tops, and wide-brimmed hats, the styling of this photo is so good that I feel like I need this outfit, now. I’m not even doing a good job of talking myself out of it—every time I look at the model’s smooth skin and perfect eyebrows, I have to ask myself, “Wait, why don’t I want a kimono?”

Urban Outfitters Ecote Crinkle Square Kimono Jacket 2014

Well played, Urban Outfitters.