Archive | January, 2011

Winter Hats and Their Partners

31 Jan

I will say this about winter- it may be cold (ok, freezing) out right now, but what a great excuse to wear hats!  And what a great excuse to look for hats, because one does not always have the excuse these days.

The following are friends and their hats.  I love you all.








Gary-Ellen (Mary Ellen and Gary)






Why Fringe Really Isn’t a Good Idea

28 Jan

I could get in trouble for saying this, but I really don’t like fringe.  At all.  On anything.  It’s tacky and strange looking and makes me think of bad westerns with a shootout at noon.

Why is fringe popular?  It has no practical purpose, so that means it’s meant to be decorative.  But what exactly is decorative about hanging unified scraps of fabric?  Doesn’t it just get caught in things?

Here’s a look that’s trying to take some inspiration from the ’20s.  How much better would this be without the fringe?

This is just tragic.

Maybe it’s an Elvis thing.

I don’t know.  I just don’t get it.

Snow Day Fashion

26 Jan

To celebrate such a wintery winter, here are some images for inspiration.  May your snowy day be as fantastic as these items below!

In the Nude

20 Jan

It’s taken me some time to get used to it, but that pale pink/cream/nude color seems really popular right now.  And I think I like it.

While watching the Golden Globes last weekend, it seemed like there were four colors on the red carpet: black, emerald, bright pink and red, and a million nude-ish dresses.  And instead of looking washed out, the women looked gorgeous.

Why does it work?  You have to chose the right color against your skin, of course.  The slightest shift in color can make or break it.  I am also wondering if it has something to do with all the embellishments.  The designs of these garments are never plain.  They have sparkles, ruffles, lace…

Also love this:

Nude color, deep scoop back, princess poof shoulders and sparkly. WIN.

A Bias for Vionnet

17 Jan

While hanging out with my roommate this weekend, we got into a conversation about dresses from the thirties.  I brought out one of my monster fashion books to look at pictures, as you do.  I quickly found images of dresses by Madeleine Vionnet.  Renee quickly found her true love.  And while she was cooing over the different dresses, I started remembering why Vionnet is so cool.

Madeleine Vionnet opened her own fashion house in Paris, 1912.  A few years later she completely revolutionized fashion by introducing a new technique, the bias cut.  Instead of cutting along the grain of the fabric, she cut on the diagonal, which created that slinky, form fitting look.  With some help from Marlene Dietrich, Katharine Hepburn and Greta Garbo, her fashions practically defined the ’30s.

Vionnet was forced to close her maison in 1939 at the start of WWII.  She continued to advise other designers, but stayed out of the public eye.

In 1996, decades after her death, the Lummen family reopened the label in Paris.  At last, in 2006 the house debuted a clothing collection, 67 years since Vionnet’s final collection.

Vionnet is not solely about re-launching a brand. Vionnet is about building a growing, disciplined, managerialized and highly profitable company around a splendid iconic brand with a fantastic heritage and a modern look.

Yellow Submarine

14 Jan

Ok, so this has absolutely nothing to do with fashion.  But I just got this toy yesterday and I’M OBSESSED.

Every tea infuser that I buy in the future must be this awesome.  There is no turning back.

My little tea obsessed heart is so happy right now.

It’s All in the Stomacher

12 Jan

One of my favorite parts about historic fashion is the attention to details.  Many of the items that have survived to today are pieces that were treasured, saved in the closet and passed down through generations because they were so intricate and beautiful.

One of the tiniest and most exquisite examples of this is the stomacher.  Worn predominantly from the 16th through the 18th centuries, the stomacher is an embellished, triangular or U-shaped scrap of cloth worn… wait for it… over your stomach.

But the stomacher is so much more than that.  It is really the centerpiece of the gown, if you discount the girls.  It’s sole purpose is to be decorative.  And since it is removable, you can fashion a new stomacher to make the dress completely new.

Here are a few different styles and forms.  Note the details!

And finally, the lady who made ribbon bows an extremely popular design – Madame de Pompadour.

I mean, you can’t talk about Rococo France without at least mentioning Mme de Pompadour.