Category Archives: Fashion

Type-tastic Louboutins

Tell Me Tell You Boots

You can spot a pair of Louboutins from a mile away by their signature red soles (something most fashionista’s drool over). Well now not only can you flash firey shoes, but offer reading material too. The latest Louboutin’s – Tell Me Peep Toe Pumps and Tell Me Tell You Ankle Boots – use leather and cut outs to make a design out of typography on the shoes. Brilliant! As a designer, I’m always looking for new and creative uses of fonts, but this one takes the cake recently. I’m hoping this is one trend that will trickle down the fashion line and prompt other designers to start using type as a sculptural element in shoes. If only these shoes weren’t too high (I have a 3″ heel cap) and too expensive … sigh.

Looks like Spring

Essie Spring LineI knew we were getting out of the winter blues when the trees started budding and Essie released its spring color line up for nail polish! Now I would like to clarify that I do not follow seasonal colors avidly, but saw these swatches in a magazine add and fell in love. The Art of Spring collection has a great mix of punch and femininity; very refreshing after the darker moody hues of the previous season. Eventually I’ll make my way over to Ulta to get my hands on my favorite, Tart Deco. Though it will probably take some serious restraint not to get them all … Continue reading

Farewell McQueen

I am still in utter shock; today we lost a fashion icon. Alexander (Lee) McQueen was found dead in his London home this morning. The paramedics were called but he could not be resuscitated and currently there are rumors of suicide. The guardian.co.uk has more details about this tragic loss. I know his family and company have expressed their devastation and will be joined by the fashion industry and admirers in mourning the late designer. He has definitely been one of my favorite designers for years with his innovative clothing that took a risks like few other out there and always presented us with something new to ponder. I think Alexandra Shulman, the editor of British Vogue sums up my feelings on this sad sad day. “McQueen had influenced a whole generation of designers. His brilliant imagination knew no bounds as he conjured up collection after collection of extraordinary designs. At one level he was a master of the fantastic, creating astounding fashion shows that mixed design, technology and performance and on another he was a modern-day genius whose gothic aesthetic was adopted by women the world over. His death is the hugest loss to anyone who knew him and for very many who didn’t.” Lee McQueen and his creative genius will be greatly missed.

Hot Mess!

Apron by Hot Mess!

Apron by Hot Mess!

I am a huge fan of handcrafted and eco-friendly gifts (as I’m sure many of you are), often trying to craft my own or at least buying them on sites like Etsy. Today I have to give props to my girlfriend, JC, for rocking out some seriously impressive gifts this holiday. Slaving over the sewing machine, she has created a whole line of custom made aprons  (called Hot Mess!) using second generation fabrics and topping them off with adorable tags (telling the wearer how to wash and “to get best results to pair with heels and lipstick”). My apron is pictured here (left) – made specially from a dress fabric I had designed – is something I will enjoy cooking in for a very long time!  You can check out more of her aprons on JC’s blog, Variousnsundry – where she also stashes her other up-cycled creations.

SJP’s American Artist

Now that the latest season of Project Runway has wrapped, more than surviving the switch from its original network (Bravo) to Lifetime, what will us artsy, competitive, reality junkies watch next? Bravo once again may have the answer … there is a buzz right now in the reality TV world that Sarah Jessica Parker will be starting a show with the network. American Artist is the tentative name for what sounds like the artist olympics! The show will be challenge based, providing contestants with art projects from all disciplines, thus forcing the aspiring “creatives” out of their comfort zones to see who is the “best.”

I must admit as an artist I’m not entirely sure how I feel about this show concept, but out of sheer curiosity I’ll probably watch. How about you?

Oh la la Coco

Coco Avant Chanel

image credit: Sony Classics

I’m so happy that films about fashion have been coming out one after another recently. Valentino, The September Issue, even a Lifetime movie about Chanel. Now there is another addition to the line up, Coco Avant Chanel, a docu-drama from Sony Classics. The fabulous Audrey Tautou returns to the screen in the role of Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel in Coco Avant Chanel. Currently its only playing in NY and LA, but keep an eye on your local theater because it should be coming soon. Watch the trailer and get excited – I’ve already got a date with my girls to go see it next week!

All Shapes & Sizes

image credit: CNN/ Glamour Magazine

Watch the Video

In a previous post (Fashion Faux Pas), I had mentioned that Glamour Magazine had done a feature on plus sized models. Well today, CNN’s Campbell Brown interviews the editor in chief of Glamour, Cindi Leive about the feature and future of the female figure in fashion.

Where do you stand? Leave a comment!