Red Carpet Rundown: The Emmy’s

Alrighty! So the Emmy’s were last night and sadly I didn’t watch. I had homework and Doctor Who to catch up on. Oh and laundry. Anyhow, the fact that I didn’t watch the Emmy’s will not stop me from giving my two cents. So let’s roll!

Heidi Klum

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Fabulous. Color, cut, and styling are marvelous. Only Heidi could make me turn back on my extreme hate of double slit dresses. Bravo.

Zooey Deschanel

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I want to like this dress (color is fabulous) however

A) It looks like her limo drove off with the front of the skirt caught in the door

B) The bodice needs a good yanking up. Either the dress needed to be better fitted to her or she needs some good ol’ double sided tape, because it looks proportionately wrong.

Julianne Moore

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This was terribly underwhelming for me. That’s a whole lot of yellow and the fit of the bust is strange. I had read that it was a two piece look (Dior couture) and in that case it looks like the skirt starts right under the bust which looks good on very few people and doesn’t seem to be doing so here.

Claire Danes

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At first I wasn’t all that crazy about this look. It appeared way too casual and the top was a bit too drapey for my tastes. Note that the first time I saw this it was a straight on shot and I had no idea she was pregnant. So for that I give Lanvin a high five. From this view, it’s nice, and those shoes are just downright loco. My one issue is the super heavy liner. Way too much. Can’t even see her eyes.

Juliana Marguiles 

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Wonderful silhouette and I love the print, but on a ball gown it looks sort of like a granny’s couch sort of print. On a day dress it’d look fabulous, but red carpet? No. Her hair is also way way way too pulled back.

So that’s it for now, have to go and get some food and then drape some stuff. Yipee! Tune in for more!

Photos from Style.com

An Explanation

While I know I apologize all of the time for my inconsistencies in posting, I feel that this period of absence deserves an explanation. I’m unsure as to whether or not I posted this here or not, but I am in New York City at the Fashion Institute of Technology. I am studying Fashion Design in an extremely challenging and competitive accelerated program. It’s pretty much a full time job and nearly all of my classes are design related. That being said, I’m not sure how much I’ll be able to post on here. I’m not “quitting” or “signing off” but I just wanted to let my readers know that I will post to the best of my ability, and that that may or may not be consistently. 

Anyhow, I love it here. The small bit that I’ve seen of the city is beautiful, vibrant and diverse. I do miss seeing the actual sun and sunsets and all but it’s okay. 

Sadly, I have been observing fashion week from my computer instead of at the tents (is it still plural?) and Fashion Night Out was more like Fashion Night in the basement of my dorm working on draping homework (party, right?) But I have been to H&M (made a magnificent purchase) and I made a very brief stop in Mood (may revisit for a post). Oh and I made several trips to whole foods and K-Mart! Yipee!

Regardless I haven’t been sightseeing because I have been throwing myself into my work, and while it is extremely challenging and testing I love it. I love every second of it. Even though there is a lot of personal second guessing, I am where I am meant to be. I am where I have always meant to be, and it feels just right. 

Last week I watched this amazing documentary. Beautifully shot, and beautiful in its message. This part really struck a chord with me and I wanted to share it.

Style Cents: Suit up! (Sort of)

I’m on a roll now! Well, maybe. Anyhow, I thought I’d break out the good ol’ style cents again and see how things fare.

Since I’ve covered your regular casual beachy look and a more after 5 look, I thought I’d try to round things out with a more work appropriate look. Work wear has a special place in my heart because that’s kind of where the first spark of real inspiration came from, at JFK airport on my way to South Korea. That’s a story for another time, but suits and work attire were a large portion of what I sketch before I knew how to design, and it’s also a large part of what I am hoping my first line will include (more on that bit later). So here we go:

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Cotton shirt
$32 – topshop.com

Dorothy Perkins long jacket
$39 – dorothyperkins.com

A Wear pencil skirt
£8 – awear.com

American Apparel patent leather high heels
$16 – americanapparel.net

Wallis white handbag
$35 – wallisfashion.com

Madewell golden necklace
$48 – madewell.com
Outfit total: $147.50
 I love this outfit, and I kind of want it for myself–not that it’s different from the other two looks,  but that is really cute. All of these pieces are wonderfully versatile.
If you’re the type who loves structure and guidelines, like myself, to help you through picking an outfit, here’s a great one:
If you have a looser top, go with a more fitted bottom. If you are wearing a more structured top go with a looser bottom.
Let me explain. This does not have to do with fit, but rather silhouette. Let’s say you’re wearing a flowy, sort of bohemian top. Best thing to pair it with? Boot cut or skinny jeans.
An A-line skirt? A fitted blouse, or a nice knit top.
Of course this isn’t an ALWAYS sort of rule. It’s just a good way to start thinking, and a great thing to remember when you’re either too tired or in too much of a hurry in the morning to try on every item in your wardrobe.
With that rule in mind, the top, while it is a more fitted bodice has a peplum (that skirty thing at the bottom) and thus an a-line or fuller skirt would de-emphasize said peplum. To maximize peplum drama, but still keep it sophisticated and work appropriate, a black pencil skirt was chosen.
While this look is great and the skirt and top could easily stand on their own, jackets are fabulous and can really help to add oomph to an outfit. I chose this one because A) color is awesome and achromatic black an grey workwear makes me kinda sad and B) It’s simple, doesn’t detract from the rest of the outfit, and the collar has a marvelous elongating effect.
The purse and necklace are sharp, and add some retro flavoring to the outfit.
The shoes are actually vintage, and I’m not sure exactly what it is about them, but they look absolutely fabulous with them.
So that’s it for now, I should have the second part of this article posted sometime in the next week or so.
Sew on!
Emily

Inspiration from Architecture: Cathedrals

So last week I was touring with just possibly the awesomest choir ever through North Carolina. During this trip we got to stop at the Chapel at Duke University (which is stunningly gorgeous). I was just sitting after a wonderful dinner and decided to take a look at them when I remembered something.

When we got to Duke chapel I was super pumped because I had taken Art History during my fall semester. So I was ready to astound and impress with my expanded architectural vocabulary because it’s a rare opportunity. I mean, how many other times can you properly apply the words “tympanum” or “engaged columns” in proper conversation? And those are the easier ones. Try talking about groin vaults. I double dare you.

Gorgeous no? Well, I’ll be completely honest, I wasn’t that impressive with my architectural vocabulary. I think I got some points for mentioning tympanum and trefoils, but that was about it. There were two reasons for this; A.) I was pretty speechless and was busy taking as many photos as I could for photo inspiration and B.) I probably wasn’t paying so much attention to that section of that day of lecture.

I know, I’m a terrible student and all, but anyone who’s been through an Art Hist. can tell you it’s test of the human will. I mean slides and a dark room AND it was right after lunch. This particular incident I had just gotten instructions for my portfolio from FIT. I had my sketchbook out and while attentively listening I began to sketch.

This was the result. It’s got a monastic feel, but it’s still sexy modern and a little bit strange. The geometry of the dress–the boning in the corset, the severity of the tulip skirt, the cut of the capelet–is what is truly informed by the architecture. Even the color palette, though not really intentionally, relates back to stained glass back then.

After that, I took that aesthetic and ran with it. I had also recently watched the classic 1980’s Flash Gordon (highly recommended for anyone interested in costume design, beading, or good ol’ cheesy over the top 80’s scifi with an awesome soundtrack by none other than Queen.) Here’s the rest:

It’s funny. For the longest time I found designers’ ability to create fashion from art and architecture puzzling. I mean, I was inspired by other designers’ fashion, or even period clothing, but art and architecture was a whole other story. But now, I really dig it.

So that’s the end of this bit, I’m working on a few more posts, possibly a look for less and a sewing bit, showing what I’ve been up to since last time, and some extra fun surprise stuff!

Sew on!

Emily

Fashion Cents #1 Part 2

Alrighty then. Let’s tackle part two.

So this look is more of an “evening” look. Basically whereas the last look was more of a casual look, this is more dressy.
Let’s take a look:

Fashion Cents #1 Evening

Dorothy Perkins jade dress
$27 ;- ;dorothyperkins.com

H m jacket
£25 ;- ;hm.com

Michael Antonio patent heels
$48 ;- ;zappos.com

Miss Selfridge oversized clutch handbag
$42 ;- ;missselfridge.com

MTWTFSS Weekday silver jewelry
$12 ;- ;weekday.com

Forever 21 flip sunglasses
$5.80 ;- ;forever21.com

This look could work for a wide range of events, like a cocktail party, an evening out for drinks, even a dinner date. Crazily enough, the grand total for this look is about $174, which is actually cheaper than the day look. This is really sharp. The contrast between the dress and the jacket is absolutely pitch perfect. The white bag is a great addition as well further promoting the sleek modern look of it. The heels are the most expensive items in the look but they can easily be substituted for white stilettos or sandals. I’ve also seen some fabulous color blocked heels at places like Target and such.

So that’s the end of my first fashion cents post. I really enjoyed doing this so expect more posts soon!

Also, your feedback is greatly appreciated, so please comment!

Sew on!

Emily

 

Fashion Cents: Color Blocking

This is the “new idea” I discussed in my last post. To be completely honest I have no idea how this will take shape. I’ve created a sort of framework for this post, but we’ll see how it goes!

So as I mentioned in my last post, being stylish on a budget seems like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. It’s just a matter of perseverance, thinking carefully and keeping an open mind.

Today’s trend is color blocking. Color blocking is where blocks of color and/or fabrics are sewn together in one garment. The fashion industry has a tendency to lump this in with wearing bright, saturated colors together. This post focuses largely on the latter.

Why this trend? Color blocking is a sound investment. Historically, unless there’s a war or some other disaster, color is in. Color also makes an impression. Imagine you’re walking down the street. Eight people pass by you wearing neutrals and then one person passes by you wearing bright yellow pants. Who, or for that matter what will you remember the most? You betcha. Banana pants.

So here’s the first look:

Fashion Cents #1 Day

Miss Selfridge sheer top
$26 – missselfridge.com

H M short jacket
£30 – hm.com

Wallis cigarette pants
$42 – wallisfashion.com

Nine West cross body handbag
$39 – ninewest.com

H M straw hat
£7.99 – hm.com

The total ends up being $195, which is a little steep for what I was planning but a lot of these pieces are most likely solid investment pieces.

Investment pieces are items that are worth putting the extra money into because

A) They are well made and will “stand the test of time”

and/or

B)They are so versatile that they easily fit in with your wardrobe and will be worn on a regular basis.

A well-made white button up shirt, a nice basic black blazer, a cashmere cardigan and a simple comfy dress are all investment pieces. For me, I find the easiest trick is to look at the piece you want to buy and think about how many times you’re going to wear said piece in a month, or depending on the garment a year, and then divide the price by that. What you get then is a price per wear. I know personally this helps me make plenty of clothing decisions.

So. About this outfit.

I wanted to kick this off with a daywear look. I really love this look because I can see it in all sorts of places. I can see it being worn as work wear, I can see it being worn for a casual date, a day at the park or even going sight seeing.

What I really love is that each of these pieces can be worn with other things commonly found in one’s wardrobe. The jacket can add a pop of color to a little black dress or a white t-shirt or tank top.The shirt can be worn with denim or black shorts, or even a coordinating skirt, and khaki pants go with virtually anything.

So this post is already miles too long so I’ll continue with our evening look in the next post.

Sew on!

Emily

Starting Something New

When I started up this blog, it was primarily about my sewing and creative endeavors in fashion. As of late, however the primary focus has shifted to the Red Carpet. In fact, virtually all of my posts seem to focus on this or runway reviews. Not that it’s a bad thing, but it’s all feeling kinda stale to me. I’m going to keep doing those, but I don’t want to just do that.

So yesterday, over the course of a rather wonderful day, I came up with an idea for a new blog post. I mean, the idea’s been floating around in my brain for a while, but now that I’m back on the blogging wagon, I’m finally going to do it.

I love designer clothes. I remember walking into the Nordstroms here and nearly dying of glee as I ran my hands across an Alexander McQueen dress, seriously marveling the engineering marvel known as a Herve Leger dress, practically drooling over the Proenza Schouler bags and eyeing the Gucci and Chanel boutiques–feeling unworthy to be in the presence of dresses I dreamed of and admired in magazines.

However, being a college student, I am not one of those fortunate enough to own such magical articles of clothing–but I make do. I raid clearance racks, shop at a wide variety of stores, and scour the internet ceaselessly.

Many people are intimidated by high fashion because of the prices. They feel like what’s on the runways and what’s in stores are two completely different things–but they are so tightly interconnected.

So I’ve decided to take some hot bankable trends (things that even when they fade into obscurity still hold value) and translate them into looks for the rest of the world. All of the pieces are under 50 dollars, and most of them are in USD or from US sites (although thanks to some spiffy Word Press gizmowidgetygadgetydoodad I found out I have international readers! Awesomesauce!)

As anti-climatic as this may be, the next post will be my actual “Fashion Cents” post. Expect it possibly tomorrow

Until then,

Sew on!

And here’s a pretty interesting video with Isaac Mizrahi.