Anna wins Bravo’s Fashion Show, Season One

Anna McCraney took it home last night on Bravo’s The Fashion Show. This was the show’s first season, and is Bravo’s answer to the loss of Project Runway.  Hosts Isaac Mizrahi and Kelly Rowland had the dubious task testing the waters for this new Bravo venture, and whether viewers enjoyed the duo seems varied, to say the least (although I’ve adored getting to know Isaac, who shows great potential for more TV time).

With the innovative designs Anna created for Real Women of All Sizes to wear I’d say she deserved the win. Here’s a look at the winning designs that you can buy at :

Designer Bio…

Anna moved to New York City after graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2000. She immediately launched her knitwear line, Annabelle NYC, creating unique and wearable garments with quirky details and bright colors that sold at boutiques around the country and abroad. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Anna has consistently challenged the fashion industry standard, holding distaste for the principles that money means power and thin means beautiful. She has put together numerous downtown, do-it-yourself, theatrical fashion shows throughout Manhattan and also served as head clothing designer for Dolce Vita. Annas personal designs have been worn by stars Rachel Bilson, Shannon Doherty, and numerous MTV VJs, among others. She currently teaches Fashion Merchandising at Wood Tobe-Coburn, a small college in New York City, and is focused on re-launching own line.

Published in: on July 24, 2009 at 6:32 pm  Leave a Comment  

A bit of Pucci to start you off

Known for his exuberent silk prints, Emilio Pucci’s riotous colors aren’t for the fashion timid — they earned him the moniker “The Prince of Prints” after all. Check out some ebay finds I grabbed today to get you started. Many of the auctions below close in less than a week, so don’t procrastinate.

Women’s Tunic Dress — Size Small. It’s got a few days left to auction, so watch it if you love it.

Women’s Marilyn Print Dress — Size Small, and new without tags (NWOT)!

Women’s Silk Leggings — Size 8/Medium vintage wear, still in great condition and definitely on-trend.

Men’s Bow Tie — How Brad Goreski, no? These start around $100 but this auction is still sitting at just 99 cents.

Pucci Silk Scarf — Red, black and white color scheme makes it uber versatile. Vintage piece, but in very good condition.

Pucci Small Silk Handbag — This print style reminds me of Pucci’s works from the 80’s, but harkens back the 60’s.

Here’s a hint when shopping for Pucci vintage items, look for the “Emilio” hidden somewhere in the print. It was his signature detail for all of his lines.

If you grab one of these items, be sure to post a comment and share your victory here!

Published in: on July 24, 2009 at 4:31 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Recessionistas, rejoice!

“Fresh,” “funny” and “inspirational” are blase descriptives, so instead I’ll let you pick the monikers to describe this blog which I created as a way to reach out to other fashion addicts who aren’t located in New York, Paris or Milan, but still yearn for the excitement and exuberance of the fashion world.

Is couture only for the elite? The price tags might be, but I’m a self-confessed ebay addict and lover of fashion (especially vintage) so although I don’t have oodles to spend, I’ve spent years making every penny count when investing in my wardrobe and myself.

So I’m not rich, and I’m not in New York. And I bet you aren’t either. And that’s why I started this blog.  The online world is my shopping mall of choice, so wherever I shop, you can too. Check back for updates on fashion finds that the discriminating recessionista can indulge herself in. Ebay won’t be the only online shopping outlet I’ll be scouring to find your killer deals and steals, but it will be featured often, so check back frequently to stay current on auctions, stores’ sales and the most current deals and absolute steals.

A woman needs more than clothes on her back to be her best. Makeup, perfume, beauty products, at-home spa treatments… I intend to tell you about my every great find. No paid endorsements, just an actual user’s opinions. Your contributions are welcome, so comment frequently (speak up, kittens!) and keep reading.

Published in: on July 24, 2009 at 1:47 pm  Leave a Comment