Saturday, October 31, 2009

Sookie Stackhouse: A Halloween Costume Waiting To Happen

She's sweet, she's feisty, she's the apple of a vampire's eye.

Sookie Stackhouse!

Who would have thought that a gal who shops at Wal-mart could cause a media sensation.

Style is style--it has no price tag.

So, wanna be Sookie for Halloween? It's easy: a white tee, black short-shorts, an apron and a ponytail--that's it!

Throw in a southern accent and a hot vampire and you can be one of the hottest couples on television today: Bill & Sookie
Have a safe & happy Halloween everyone!

Sunday, October 25, 2009


They call it the 'Fashion Malfunction' and it can strike at anytime.

From fashion models....

Kate Moss, hanging out:

Naomi Campbell, sweating it:

to movie stars......

Sophie Marceau, getting some fresh air:

Barbra Streisand, (hopefully) looking for cover:

to the overrated....

Fergie, leaking all over:

Tara Reid, just being herself:

Fashion can hurt.

Friday, October 23, 2009

The 1930's: A Beautiful Contrast

When I hear someone mention the 1930's, visions of The Great Depression and Prohibition start dancing in my head.
Lately though, I've been thinking about Amelia Earhart and how great it's going to be to see her life on the big screen. Not to mention the fashion!

Take a look at some of the movie stills:

While this decade was a harsh one, the ironic thing is, it was a fantastically gorgeous time for fashion.
In the 1930's, there was a return to the more feminine, lady-like style of dress. For this is the time when the bias cut became the supreme method of producing elegant, flowing evening gowns.

Apparently, there's only one woman to thank; Madeleine Vionnet--one of the first designers to use the Cross Cut Bias Method.
Some say she invented this while others say it was done as far back as the medieval times. Whatever.

Below is a picture of THE 30's girl herself, Greta Garbo wearing her draped evening gown.
Have you seen the film Atonement? If so, you'll remember that stunning emerald green dress that Ceclia (Keira Knightly) wore that night while she got it on in the library with Robbie (James McAvoy). HOT, HOT, HOT! (I'm talking about the dress, for the most part)

It helps that Keira weighs about 10 pounds. Any larger than that, she couldn't pull this dress off as this dress is made for the waif, not the Pamela.
The dress was designed by costumer, Jacqueline Durran. A perfect example of the quintessential 1930's evening gown.

The daywear was altogher different--a sharp contrast to the glitz of the evening wear.

Up until the 1930's, wealthy women didn't really need practical day clothes. However, as their lives became more busy, they needed a chic yet pratical wardrobe--something they could move it! Dare I say, something comfortable.
They owed this to Coco Chanel (she believed you didn't have to be uncomfortable to be fashionable) because you can definitely feel her in every image of daywear of the 1930's:
Here's Greta Garbo doing casual. This outfit is so timeless.

Gorgeous Katherine Hepburn and the menswear influence on womens daywear:

Which brings me full-circle to Amelia: a fashion icon but she probably never knew it.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Spring Forward!

I'm in love with most of the Spring 2010 collections. In fact, they keep me up at night, dreaming of warm weather, fake tans and open-toe shoes.

One of my favourites for Spring 2010 is Akris. Absolutely sublime this year because they do minimalist so bloody well! Clean, Swiss lines=dreamy.

You think it's easy to do Minimalist Chic? Well, you're wrong. It's very difficult to create clothing with muted tones and shapes, all the while, keeping things edgy and modern.

Look at some of these designs from Akris and you tell me; are you feeling fresh as a daisy? I know I am!

Crispy whites!

Gorgeous Greys--so wearable!

Fluidity--are you in love yet?

Cate Blanchett needs this dress. It's sooo her.

Albert Kriemer is the designer. He also designed his first ever handbag line for the house--the results are just as lovely as the clothing.
He has some tough competitors though--Jil Sander and Balenciaga are the main ones.

Friday, October 16, 2009

The Professional

Let's dissect Natalie Portman's style, shall we?

She didn't always know how to dress. In fact, in this photo (dated 1994), she looks like Leonardo DiCaprio. Poor thing. She was new to Hollywood--it wasn't her fault.

As she became more well-known, her style moved to more 'Girl Next Door' which we all know is a nice word for 'mediocre'. And Natalie is far from mediocre. Thank God this phase didn't last long--she deserves better! She's deserves Couture!
Then, in 2005, something changed. She was filming V for Vendetta (which by the way is an incredible film) and decided to go all the way for her character: she shaved her head. And the result was magnificent!
You see, when you have a face like this, anything is possible. You can pull-off just about any look. She's stunning.
As her hair grew out, it only made her more stunning. Here she is, all-out casual at a New York Knicks game in 2006:
Currently, this gorgeous creature is only getting better with age. Honing her style as she breezes through Hollywood, making us all jealous in the process.
Here she is at the Cannes Film Festival (2008) wearing Givenchy Haute Couture:
This dress is perfect for her: fresh and lite but also very sophisticated. She looks less like a little girl playing dress-up and more like a lady.

Here she is in Rodarte for the Venice Film Festival that same year. I LOVED her in this dress even though Rodarte is not one of my favourites.
Here's that same dress on the runway--it looks totally different on the model:
What do you think? Nat wears it better?

Of course she does!

Here she is in a GORGEOUS Lanvin dress at the Toronto International Film Festival this past September:

Dare I be cheesy and say she's 'Prett In Pink!'
I can't wait to see her at the Oscars this year--hope she attends! Love watching her work the red carpet. She's total, utter gorgeousness!

AND, I would like to point out that even her feet are gorgeous:


Wednesday, October 7, 2009

A Fashion Superhero: Alexander McQueen

What more can be said about Alexander McQueen? He’s creative, artistic and can cause a fashion revolution each time he shows his work.
His Spring 2010 RTW collection brings a new meaning to the word ‘inventive’.

Shall we start with the shoes? Yes, let's!

Bottoms Up!

If you want to see the models walk in these things, follow the link below to the complete show:

It really was quite impressive to watch these skinny-ass models wobble around on these stilts. Serves them right. I'm glad McQueen punishes them for his art. 'You better WORK, bitches!' is what I hope Lee says before his shows.
The third pair are my favourites. Look at all the details on the shoe. You know full well that a lot people poured their blood, sweat & tears into those shoes. Details like that don't happen with machinery--it's all hand-work, baby.

And the clothing? Well, spectacular. I loved the sea-reptile prints. Surreal.

The blue tones are my favourites....

Look at the details. He pays attention to everything which invokes a feeling of pure fashion joy when I see his designs.

He's totall embraced technology--his prints are computer-generated.

The thing about McQueen is, you never really feel like you're just watching a fashion show. It's more like a fashion production.

I love this guy. If I ever meet him, his people will probably have to take out a restraining order against me--I'll fucking lose it!