Archive for July, 2008

Politics and Fashion a glamorous combination???

July 31, 2008

Carla Bruni – Supermodel turned First Lady of France

Politics and Fashion let’s have a look at who’s wearing what and who’s got the media (and with that by default the public’s) vote…  we’ll have a quick look through the Fashionista Contenders, the Fashionista Underdogs and examine each Fashionista’s Style Credentials …  

The Fashionista Contenders:

Team EuropeFrench first Lady Carla Bruni- Sarkozy Vs. Sarah Brown British first Lady

Team USA First Ladies in waiting – Michelle O Bama Vs. Cindy McCain

Fashionista Underdog:

Cindy McCain for being a republican (it’s kind of untrendy because of the whole Bush thing!) & not as young and hip as her rival – Michelle Obama.

 

Sarah Brown she may be England’s first lady but she’s no English rose in the eyes of the press, she just does not have the French Chic Je ne sai quoi  that comes so effortlessly to the First Lady of France who is incidentally not French but Italian…

Fashionista’s by Style credentials:

1.       Michelle Obama’s Style   in a word – chic and affordable!

 

Style credentials:

 

She is very much the modern woman, successful career, darling children and charismatic husband. She is the American Dream as she fought her way into the Ivy League all the way to Harvard from a deprived childhood in Chicago …

 

Included in the Vanity Fair International Best dressed list 2008

 

Vanity Fair called her “our commander in sheath” giving her style the official stamp of commercial approval

 

American women follow her fashion lead – Ricco had been designing dresses for more than 20 years, but it wasn’t until Michelle Obama sported Ricco’s black-and-white leaf-print shift — sold at the White House Black Market Store, for $148 — on “The View,” and women across America went wild for it. She is credited with making the dress sell out within hours. Ricco, who wasn’t watching “The View” when her design made its TV debut, had no idea, Obama would be wearing it. “Apparently she just bought it off the rack,” says Ricco. “I didn’t realize until people started calling me, and then I watched the show on Youtube.” Source: NYDailyNews.com

 

Seal of approval from the press as Michelle has had more positive press coverage than Cindy

 

 

2.       Cindy McCain’s Style – in a word – prim and proper!

 

Style credentials:

Cindy is a cross between Second Wives Club meets Gossip Girl, look wise she does look rather Barbie-esque but that’s selling Cindy short she has overcome 7 miscarriages and an addition to painkillers after a stroke, she is a strong woman that stands by her man no matter what.

 

Excluded from Vanity Fair list – Cindy McCain was left off the coveted roster as she must’ve felt like, well, sheath, from the snub.

 

Negative press – Cindy McCain made news for all the wrong reasons while getting a private peek at Oscar de la Renta’s fall line (her bodyguards were left to stand outside the designer’s studio in the heat which gave the story away). Cindy came across as too pampered and it became a down-to-earth versus high maintenance story played out in the headlines! (more…)

Welcome to Fashion Reality the long time coming anti-fur backlash as featured in French Vogue

July 31, 2008

Anti –Fur Backlash featuring Raquel Zimmermann

Fur is always controversial and the French Editor of Vogue knows what she’s doing when she created this editorial piece…  it’s daring, sexy and racy and it’s been a long time coming…  Welcome to Fashion Reality the long time coming anti-fur backlash as featured in French Vogue, photographs by Mario Testino (who else) and featuring Raquel Zimmermann and styled by Carine Roitfeld (La Editor and Style Connoisseur) for the August 2008 issue of Vogue Paris … Viva Carine Roitfeld! The editorial creates powerful images of woman fur lovers that lash back at anti – fur protesters with camera shots to enhance the frame and dominance of femininity with a polished stylised look, there’s a whiff of 80’s glam to this shoot, the glossy red lips scream … I’m a power blonde 80’s ball crusher cum man eater…  other shots are of semi nude models in cupboards with only their skyscraper heels with only their fur to protect their modesty the models look positively Lolita in them… Source: Almost Fashionable (for a fashionista’s love of fur) & Fashion Mag Daily (for more pics)

 

A Boho Summer … cut off shorts Now and Then!

July 30, 2008

A Boho summer Styled by Rachel Zoe

A Boho summer Styled by Rachel Zoe

I love this photograph of Nicole Richie she looks stylish, loaded and chic. This was taken when she was still being styled by Rachel Zoe (Then). I must confess, I don’t particularly care for Nicole Richie as I feel that she is undeserving of her fame and style credentials because it seems that she’s always riding on someone else’s coat tails. Also her biggest claim to fame is losing weight which is super sad.

Nicole Richie Boho Summer Cut off Jeans

This is Richie photographed on Malibu beach during the 4th of July celebrations (Now).

The Tassel Dress Caroline Sieber (Stylist) Vs. Anna Wintour (Vogue Editor)

July 30, 2008

Caroline Sieber (Stylist) Vs. Anna Wintour (Vogue Editor)

Caroline Sieber (Stylist) Vs. Anna Wintour (Vogue Editor)

When I first saw this photograph of Anna Wintour in her little tasseled dress I was a bit surprised that she wore something that so clearly did not suit her. The dress is cute and chic however it makes Anna look rather large boned especially in the hip area. While her stylist counterpart Caroline Sieber looks completely chic! It just shows that even the most experienced fashion lover get’s it wrong. (more…)

Has the time come to create a virtual International Best Dressed List within the Fashion Blogging Community?

July 29, 2008

Bruni-Sarkozy appears in the September issue of Vanity Fair with a front cover shot by renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz.Bruni married the French president after a three-month romance that began when they met at a Paris dinner party

Some people are born to be Fashion conscious (here’s looking at the Goldsmith’s & Lauder’s of the world) it was not decided by them personality per se it’s something that was beyond their control an extra bonus if you wish it sort landed simply and softly into their privileged laps like front row tickets to the Christian Dior show or the LV bag that they sling casually over their shoulders. They come from a legacy of style and grace where opulence and decadence reside and their clothing is simply an extension of that privilege. (Nearly 20% of Vanity Fair’s best dress list consists of Royalty!)

Then there’s those that are more interesting the individuals that are the fashion lovers, movers, shakers and makers of the fashion industry those that used their passion with such force that they created fashion movements, revolutions or looks that will always inspire us or be used as a knowledge base for further exciting designs.

These individuals serve as reference for What is? What was and What can be?

Here’s looking at YSL for introducing the tuxedo suit for women, here’s looking at CoCo Chanel for making the tan chic and the LBD a statement piece. Here’s looking at Dior’s revolutionary silhouette – the small shoulders, voluptuously curved torso with nipped – in waist and long full skirts. Here’s looking at the unnamed designer (to my knowledge) who created the stiletto heel in Italy in the 1950’s.

Real style is created though the love and desire for fashion, a list is just an exercise in who’s the flavor of the month or in this case flavor of the year.

I think that the time has come to create a virtual International Best Dressed List within the fashion blogging community. This idea really makes sense to me so much so that my keyboard has a life of it’s own….

Wow there’s no stopping this idea…

Criteria could be as follows:

·         Criteria for entry – to have your own personal fashion blog that is updated regularly with fashion postings and pictures of that illustrate the blogger’s fashion style and dress sense – these photographs will be used for the basis of judging the list.

·         The judging will be done solely on fashion and dress sense and not aesthetics of the individual, however the individual should dress in a way that highlights their best features and expresses their personality.

·         Accessories can also be photographed and included and photographs should only consist of photographs taken by the blogger thereby eliminating unfair advantage of using for example a BF that also happens to be a professional photographer and/or experienced photoshop genius.

·         Judging will not be based on how many designer labels are cramped into a blog instead it’s about how chic the blogger looks for their personal fashion budget!

·         Perhaps different categories could be established for example. Rock chic, vintage style ect.??? This allows for acknowledgement and celebration of different styles.  

 

 

Keep it Chic

 

An Ode to Dior Fall 2008 Collection!

July 28, 2008

Dior Rocks!

How I the love the Dior Fall 2008 collection let me count the ways…

I love the sexy cowboy-esque hats, I love the box jackets, I love the chic and sexy eyeliner, I love the buttoned up blouses, I love the prints and colour, I love the black and white ensembles, I love the glamour, I love the voluminous hair, I love the large square sunglasses … I LOVE YOU DIOR !!!

Raquel Zimmermann and Anja Rubik.

 

Sure it may seem bizarre to do an Ode to Dior Fall collection even a bit odd and untimely. Yes, I know we’re currently experiencing the middle of summer (it’s hot and I’m looking at fur with a holiday to shop and pack for – cause inevitably I’m going to have a look at my wardrobe and shout I’ve got nothing to wear) but it all started when I was surfing the blogosphere and I stumbled upon the make-up looks for the Dior 2008 Collection which just pulled my into style.com and the rest is history.   (more…)

Have I found Nicole Richie’s sister?

July 28, 2008

Lily Donaldson

Here I was minding my own business when I stumble across Nicole Richie’s Doppelgänger  

Lily Donaldson has an uncanny resemblance to Nicole Richie don’t you think?

Chanel Extra Jumbo Quilted Bag

July 28, 2008

Reality Show - French Vogue

Chanel Extra Jumbo Quilted Bag it’s Classic Chanel fabulously chic and effortlessly cool!

Source: Vogue Paris August 2008

Mary Kate Loves the Chanel Jumbo in Red as she hot legs it around town running from the paparazzi!

Feminism and gal pals!

July 27, 2008

You know, what’s almost fabulous is the idea of feminism and gal pals. The reason why I say it’s almost fabulous is because in theory your girlfriends have your back and there’s no competition it’s just love and support and let the fun times roll. In theory feminism has given us the answers, in reality it’s gone over board and has resulted in alienting many young women. Living in the real world you know women have become super competitive, at times highly aggressive and would easily be two faced towards another woman without a care. Women have become more like men and are unsure of what being a women really means or how to act. (more…)

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July 27, 2008

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