Is it just me, or…?

Published in: on February 21, 2011 at 4:13 pm  Comments (3)  

Is Rach preggers?

Wha- wha- what? It was chasingbunnies, the Bravo Ho knitter with the celebrity radar set on kill, who spotted this…

Rachel Zoe is pregnant?

Or is it all just spin control?

Everyone’s talking about it, regardless.

I sent her a Mazel Tov tweet on the chance the rumor is true. If it is, I pray that she was in a position to release this information voluntarily, since these things can sometimes leak earlier than a family is ready to discuss. At three months along, with the first trimester behind her, some celebrity moms do decide to come forward with the news at that point in their pregnancy.

I would love to hear Rachel and Rodger are ready to expand the familia, most wonderful news if it is indeed the truth. No official word from the Zoe Camp seems to have been released at this time. Let’s not forget today is Brad’s last official day in the company as well. Perhaps a new chapter in her life is just beginning?

Published in: on October 1, 2010 at 2:05 pm  Comments (2)  
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Jean Paul Gaultier for Target

I am so excited for March 7th to get here. That’s the release date for Jean Paul Gaultier’s collection to hit Target… yes, you heard me correctly, Target.

How does the lead designer of Hermes, THE luxury brand, end up on the racks of a discount store? He’s certainly not alone, Gaultier is just the latest in a series of designers reaching out to discount stores for design collaborations. Target has had Isaac Mizrahi, Alexander McQueen, and Dana Buchman already. Jimmy Choo released their shoe and bag collection with H&M last Fall. 

Some say reaching to a lower income price point is just a sign of current economic times, others say it leads to the inevitable and unfortunate professional demise of the designer himself. Has the Great Recession killed luxury?

To me, I see the fashion industry struggling to remain relevant when mortgages are tanking and unemployment teeters near double digits. Which is ironic, given that fashion is becoming a larger focus in pop culture (hence the shows I talk about here… Project Runway, Rachel Zoe Project, What Not to Wear, Kell on Earth). Is fashion just fantasy meant for escapism? Or is it relevant to the Common (Wo)Man?

And, exactly what vision of American discount fashion will the distinctly French-ified JPG have? From the website, “My collection with Target pays homage to the wide range of personalities that make up the diverse styles of American women,” said Jean Paul Gaultier.  “From ingénue to rock ‘n roll, this collection celebrates women of all ages and a host of distinctive, iconic American styles.”

… Can’t say I’m fond of the “I forgot my pants” look above, but the yellow halter dress below is adorable! I wouldn’t chose to pair it with the tattoo sleeves (or the tattoo leggings) though.

Prices are said to range from $17.99 to $199.99 and it’s a short run, only until April 11th, so don’t dawdle. I plan to learn from my Payless-Christian Siriano experience, and will order anything tasty directly from the website online. It’s hard to say what the local stores will actually receive.

Published in: on February 25, 2010 at 7:26 am  Leave a Comment  
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Goodbye, Alexander McQueen

On Thursday, February 11th, 2010, Lee Alexander McQueen’s lifeless body was discovered in his London flat. Early reports name suicide by hanging as the cause of death, although no official reports have yet been filed.

He was only 40 years old, and decades of fame & fortune, celebrity status, and professional accolades could not save him from becoming the victim of his own pessimism. It is impossible to know what pushed the designer into such tragic action, but the recent loss of his mother, just one week prior, might have been more than the designer could bear.

Perhaps it is easy for others (critics, editors) to dispense with their judgmental opinions in a field as precocious and changeable as the fashion business. But there are no external judgmental words as heavy as that which we say to ourselves, internally. The demon of self-doubt who constantly rails inside the artist’s head, screaming the banshee cry of, “Failure! Failure!”, drowns out the laughter and clinking of glasses at dinner parties, and the sycophants who crow compliments, all the while scanning the crowd to find next season’s rising star to hook their wagon to next.

McQueen’s accomplishments include being named “British Designer of the Year” four times (between 1996-2003) and his outlandish and theatrical vision of fashion earned him the moniker, “L’enfant terrible”.

Godspeed McQueen, and I hope your soul is smiling now, at last. I imagine the angels’ will delight to have their white wings sprayed with paint by robotic arms. Thank you for bringing your “Dare to be Different” philosophy into our world, and now into great beyond.

Published in: on February 12, 2010 at 11:57 am  Leave a Comment  

Jay Loves Germs

 Jay, Jay, Jay… you are so weird. And we love you for it.

 Jay’s selling new fabrics at his website, and if you’re particularly handy with a sewing machine (which I aspire to be someday) you might find this rather interesting! Let’s talk costs first… $9.50 a yard is reasonable, but I had trouble finding the fiber content (cotton maybe?).

 “Germania” is McCarroll’s new fabric line, and the classicist in me harkened back to wonder, “Why would Jay do a line of fabrics based on ancient Germany?”

 NO! Silly me, it’s not an antiquated reference to Germany at all. It’s Germ-Mania, as in Jay is loving on germs. Is this the true motivation behind naming his site “The Colony”? Ok, maybe not. But it would seem the hot air balloon inspiration phase of Jay’s career (circa 2006-7) is officially over, the Wonderland theme came next (and is still available as of today!), but this Fall, while the rest of the world is muttering, “Swine flu,” while washing their hands, Jay has embraced his inner amoeba to take a whimsical look at the life of germs.

 Here’s what Jay has to say… “Somewhere in the valley of bed bugs bugging and kooky crawlers crawling lies a place called GERMANIA where facemasks and hand sanitizer are strictly prohibited. Come celebrate an infectious good time care of your hosts the nerggles, the gwarbbles and the gablobs. Who says all germs are bad? Being clean is boring. Get a little dirty with GERMANIA.”

 Love ’em? Or hate ’em?

Published in: on November 16, 2009 at 9:07 am  Comments (2)  
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Siriano, PR’s Golden Child

I have to give it up to Christian Siriano.

He has thoughtfully cultivated his mere 15 minutes of fame from winning Project Runway in 2008 into a burgeoning career, nearly two years later. What other PR winner can boast of this kind of longevity? Is it too soon to call him a household name? 

I’ve been meaning to take time to talk about PR’s Golden Child for months now, but every time I consider it… he’s already on to the next thing.

His Payless deal we’ve covered, his Victoria’s Secret makeup deal as well. Yes, he showed his Spring 2010 collection for NY’s Fashion Week, while releasing his first book, Fierce Style.

 He’s even landed the highly coveted spot on Oprah to show off his new collection, and the gowns are delicious. Lots of “structure, with movement” from the tiny petals, generous folds and gathered draping of luxurious fabrics that create the ultimate “fantasy” experience, by the designer’s vision.

 This one is striking, featuring a print Siriano describes as his creation born from the inspiration he gained from the Amalfi coast. The skirt billows in waves as she walks, an effect that he thoughtfully created with crinoline.

 But this one is my favorite, and Siriano describes it as using the volcanic inspiration of Pompeii in its design. The structure, silhouette and print? Love love love!

 He’s designed a card for Starbucks and he’s designing a gown for Heidi Klum, according to his Twitter tweets.

And by the time I hit “Publish” for this blog, he will have already inked another deal… yes, he is that damn hot as a commodity for the current consumer market. You go, boy!

Published in: on November 12, 2009 at 1:26 pm  Comments (1)  
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Are you an angel in the making?

The small print reads, “To enter you must be a female U.S. resident, 18-30 years of age, 5’8″ or taller in bare feet and be able to be in NYC from October 29-December 3, 2009 to continue to compete in the Search.”

Entry deadline in October 24th, so if you’re ready to be a VS angel, get right on it girls!

Published in: on October 20, 2009 at 10:47 am  Leave a Comment  
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Fashion’s Night Out

The hype was hyped, the buzz was buzzing all day yesterday… so was Fashion’s Night Out a success?

I don’t know, I live thousands of miles away.

Bitter? Who me?

What it was: “In the United States, American Vogue has joined with NYC & Company, the City of New York, and the Council of Fashion Designers of America to enliven again the consumer spirit that churns the economy and boosts the local industry of America’s fashion capital, New York City.

“The first evening of New York Fashion Week, Fashion’s Night Out will encompass festivities galore— from inventive window displays to model and celebrity appearances. Champagne may flow; hors d’oeuvres may be passed. Rumors of musical performances, downtown barbecues, shoe capsules, limited-edition rings, and sweepstakes abound. Apparently there will be makeovers, brow bars, and haircut stations at sundry spots, too.”

How the creators describe the evening’s events: “We’ve invited every fashion retailer across the five boroughs to encourage the fun of fashion again—flagships, tiny boutiques, massive department stores, young designers, mainstream chains, and niche luxury names alike—by keeping its doors open late on the evening of September 10 and to implement creative customer experiences welcoming all. Over 700 retailers and designers across New York City are confirmed participants in Fashion’s Night Out.”

More? Click: 

I don’t want to talk about it any more, I’m pouting.

(All quotes are from the shared link.)

Published in: on September 11, 2009 at 11:09 am  Comments (1)  
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Siriano for Payless MIA now?

The drama never ends, did they run out of stock that quickly? Now, if you click the links given in our previous blogs, you get an error page regarding the inventory no longer being available.

And more PR has spun the mythic date of September 8th as the new target date for his line to launch online, and in stores.

Am I the only one going… huh?

Maybe they’ll put together more than the four measly, previous looks to try to get a proper launch going this time? More booties, please?

At this point, I’m just curious what will really come of it all. It’s gotta be good; Payless shucked out the advertising bucks for the full page in September’s Fall Fashion issue of Vogue. Which, by the way, says is available online and in stores right now.


Published in: on August 28, 2009 at 7:26 am  Leave a Comment  
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Siriano for Payless, redux

Color me disappointed.

First, the buzz is the Christian Siriano shoewear line will hit Payless stores in August. At the beginning of the month, I visit one of the smaller stores in our town and ask about the Siriano line. The salesgirl shrugs, “Designers only get sent to the mall locations, or not at all. Try online.”

M’kay. Checking online every week  through August and still I find nothing until….

Eagerly, I click and what do I find to my dismay?

Four styles of shoes, four measly styles that are loosely based on the runway show shoes that Siriano debuted in February ’09. Very loosely, if you ask me.

 The Strut Pump, $34.99

The Sandstrap Peep Toe, $34.99

 Also available in shiny black, $34.99

 And the Slither Boot, $49.99.

Oh sure, more styles are supposed to be added but given this preview of what’s to come…? I’m just not feelin’ it.

What do you think?

Published in: on August 20, 2009 at 6:25 am  Comments (2)