Friday, September 15, 2006

Fashion Week Faux-Pas

My friends, I have been remiss. Fashion Week has passed and I have said nothing.

BUT...that doesn't mean I haven't been paying attention....

Things I'm loving:

De la Renta: I could just wallpaper this post with his spring line. As opposed to the contorted silhouettes he gave us this fall, all of this clothes are beautiful and look extremely easy to wear. Classic skirts and summer dresses floated down the runway. Don't even get me started on the gowns. Also, De la Renta definately wins for hair and make up in my opinion.

Zac Posen:

Vera Wang:For more full coverage than this neglectful bloggeress can provide, check out coutorture

tags: Chicago Fashion ; Fashion Week ; Oscar de la Renta ; Zac Posen ; Vera Wang ; Coutorture ;

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Bad-Asses Do it Better

So, I just wanted to do a little pre-projrun post. And I just want to express my love for a certain contestant...named Jeffery.

My friends laugh at me, because I always seem to side with the badasses in this competition. Don't get me wrong, I love the Danny V's and Michael Knights, but my heart goes out to the Santinos and Jeffreys (ProjRun, overproduced much?).

I couldn't have loved Jeffrey's outfit from last week more. I mean, this dress was Haute, and different and interesting in color choice and tailoring. Talk about his recyclable dress...amazing and interesting and different. Plus, I love his rock n' roll inspiration. We've talked about my audiophilia right?

That said, Jeffrey is my top pick. I always love who everyone hates, but I think that bad-asses do it better.

tags: Chicago Fashion ; Project Runway ; Badasses ; Daniel Vosovic ; Santino Rice

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

There's a Thin Line between Suggestive and Skanky

I went to the club this weekend. I just say that I went to the club because it doesn't matter where it was, it was a club, in Chicago, which is not saying much. I'm not a big clubber; house music, over priced drinks, and hyper- muscular guys in tight oxfords are typically not my bag. I do not want to date a tanorexic man. No thank you!

While at the club, I began to think to myself about the fine line between slutty and skanky. Everyone needs to be a little slutty sometimes but it's important not to cross that line, the skank line. It's like the difference between the Jennifer Lopez and Lil' Kim.

So, yes, most of the girls at the club were skanky. Skanky doesn't require execution, it's thoughtless hoochiness...slutty is well, fashionably suggestive.

So okay, i'm going to toot my own horn here. I went to the club looking like a lady. Dark, trouser jeans, with a nude short sleeve, silk tunic top. Pretty coming, even hotter going...the top was backless, coming together with a drawstring at the waist. You could see my little tattoo, but nothing too revealing, just...suggestive.

The bartender on the other hand walked in wearing nothing but a short red trench coat, knee high patent pleather boot. The coat was then taken off to reveal some sort of hot pant jumpsuit that was bursting with fake boobies. I thought she was going to strip for sure.

If anyone thinks that you are any sort of lady for hire, you've become a skank.

Moral of the story: Be a lady, be classy, be sexy, be suggestive...just don't be skanky

tags: Chicago Fashion; Club wear; Jennifer Lopez; Lil Kim

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Karl Lagerfeld Turns my Century

I was contemplating writing this blog on the insaney of fashion's current anachronism when I came across the most beautiful and fun fashion spread I've seen this fall.

Interview Magazine is great. It is a cultural completist's dream, full of music, literature, film, and fashion's biggest and smallest stars, served up in a sexy, avante-gard manner.

To the point my darlings, I was flipping through the pages and found a spread entitled "The Gibson Girl" photographed by none other than Karl Lagerfeld!
Not only am I a history buff, and a fashion history maniac, but KARL LAGERFELD's photography is gorgeous, capturing the timelessness of the Gibson Girl's austere flirtation.

100 years later, she is back wearing Chanel, Rochas, Dior, Lanvin, Ralph Lauren, and Alexander McQueen. The Gibson girl of today embraces the propriety of the gilded age, but finds a sexiness in her new empowerment.

Chicagoan's this autumn, take a hint from your forbears:
"If you want to lead the fashion, In an independent whirl, Walk with a bend in your back, and they'll call you a Gibson Girl" -Music Hall Song Lyric

Chicago Fashion ; Karl Lagerfeld ; Gibson Girls ; Interview Magazine

Friday, September 01, 2006

Please Don't

Dear Chicago,

My eyes hurt!!!!

Today, i saw a gold, sequined fanny pack! OUCH!

I also saw, a lady who was not skinny enough to squeeze into skinny pants. FAT GIRL IN SOME SKINNY PANTS!

Please remember my friends, that being trendy and being stylish are two different things. We all love looking at the beautiful models whose thighs don't touch rocking the trends, but if your body doesn't fit it, don't partake.

We all want to look our best; to tap into our inner sexy girl, to be a hotty with a body. But if you highlight the worst part of your body by wearing clothes that call attention to them, then you won't be.

We have classic pieces for a reason! Audrey and Katherine had a few things right.

Also, can we all smile and say thank god that low rise pants are over. Phew.

tags: Chicago Fashion ; Skinny Pants ; Fanny Packs ; Style ; Low rise pants ; Audrey Hepburn ; Katherine Hepburn