NYFW SS14: Tadashi Shoji

It’s NYFW!! For the first time in a year I’m actually able to cover it! That’s one of the perks of graduating. I’ve decided, with these circumstances, that I would dust off the old blog and get her back up and running. I’m making an initiative for myself, to use social media to its full potential to promote myself as a fashion designer, blogger, and vlogger (my youtube channel is boldlysewing).

So yeah, fashion week. It’s happening. Let’s look and some pretty dresses and I’ll tell you what I think.

Let me preface this with the fact that I love Tadashi Shoji. His work is always stellar. I was actually extremely fortunate to get to see his show last season and it was a dream.

Style.com‘s review had a great quote from him, “You don’t have to wear big shoulder pads and dark suits to be a powerful woman.” So much love for this quote. You can see this throughout the collection.

Overall, this is one marvelous collection. It’s like opening up a box of lacy, flowery and plaid macarons (someone needs to get on that. Plaid macarons would be amazing.).

Let’s break it down with some highlights:

From Style.com

From Style.com

This is going to sound like a ‘duh’ statement, but I like to start with the first look. In a fashion show the first look should be, in many ways, the thesis statement of your collection. I should be able to tell you exactly what the rest of the collection is going to be about from this first look. What do you see? Really look at it and see what you think you’ll be expecting from the rest of the collection. First off, there’s the sea foam green. That clues us into the color scheme. There’s the top, in that sheer plaid. That gives us another hint, and then there’s the metallic sheen of the dress. So what can we expect to see? Pastels, metallics and plaids. Overall I think this look is cute. It doesn’t quite muster up to the rest, but it’s still very pretty.

from Style.com

from Style.com

This is very cute. Love the lace, love the colors. I could see Michelle Obama or maybe even (and this may just be the model) Michelle Dockery wearing it.

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From Style.com

I can’t decide whether I like or dislike this. I feel like theres a bit more sheer to actual dress than I would prefer. The waistline should be more defined and then the should be a bit shorter.

Style.com

Style.com

This is fabulous. I want this dress. My favorite piece in the entire collection. Don’t need to say much more. Bravo.

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I want this one too. So cute, and I want those sandals too.

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From Style.com

2nd favorite dress in the collection. It’s so pretty and ethereal. Those shoes do not belong though. Should have gotten an extra pair of those white sandals

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From Style.com

This would make for a great press event/premiere dress. Love it.

Here are some more of my favorites:

From Style.com

From Style.com

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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

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

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.

Met Gala Part 2

I’m sorry about my abruptness with the last post. I had 49 photos in my folder for this post, and that was from the 150 photos style.com had. I knew I had to hurry because it had already been a week–anyway, I’ve gotten a very good night’s sleep so here’s a bit more info.

The Met Gala is for the Costume Institute’s new exhibit Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations. Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada, though from different periods, share a lot of similarities. That’s the reason for all of the Prada on the red carpet. I kind of want to go and see this, but it closes the day I move in at FIT (yup got accepted!) so that probably won’t work.

Anyway we got some looks to review!

Hilary Swank in Michael Kors

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I love this dress! The neckline could be a teeny tiny bit lower, but other than that, it just looks lovely. The color was a smart choice and she looks like she’s loving it too.

Hailee Steinfeld in Miu Miu

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This is adorable. Not in that condescending way, I love it. It seems like the younger actresses are pressured, or atleast feel as though they have to wear the more mature looks, but for a fifteen year old, this isn’t just appropriate, it’s elegant and classic. High five for Hailee! I actually kinda secretly want it for myself.

Christina Ricci in Thakoon

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It looks like she got in a fight with a bolt of silk, and lost. Joking aside, The color seems wrong for her skin tone. Maybe just a shade or two lighter or darker. The main dress part is very nice. I would get rid of the train thingy though.

Kristen Wiig in Stella McCartney

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I really liked this look too. Great color, great silhouette. Shoes are meh, but the dress is great. It’s funny, as obsessed with long flowy evening gowns as I am, I really love the mid calf dresses on the Red Carpet. Emma Stone wore one during the red carpet season that I really loved and I like this one as well.

Brooke Shields

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I like it. The print and the color are an interesting choice. I don’t quite know what else to say about it.

Jessica Stam in Dior Haute Couture

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I loved this look several years back and always wished someone would wear it on the red carpet. It looks absolutely captivating. I’m not quite sure what’s going on with her hair, but I’ll turn a blind eye because that dress is epic. I also love the more casual looking bangles with it…so awesome!

So that’s it for now, I think I need a break from all of this red carpet stuff, so I’m going to have lunch, and then maybe I’ll tackle a resort collection or something.

Red Carpet Doctor Checking Back In! Jessica Chastain

Allons-y everybody! It’s right in the middle of Red Carpet season and I’m behind on my posts! I’m going to be doing so many posts I’m just going to go postal! I swear, that one was funnier in my head. Anyway, I’ve been having a smidgen of difficulty because I haven’t seen a lot of the films nominated and there’s a lot of new people this year.

Today’s patient is Jessica Chastain. She’s one of the aforementioned new people. I never saw “The Help” (It’s still on my list) but after a few minutes on Google image search after seeing the Golden Globes and she had piqued my interest. She has had a few hits and a few misses but there’s certainly room for improvement.

Let’s take a peek at her record.

From Style.com

I love the dress, it’s just the combination of all of the elements. The dress, hair and makeup (especially the hair and makeup) really age her. She’s just shy of 30. Crazy, right? I’ve always been vehemently opposed to the faux mullet style and it seriously is not working for her. I love the dress, and it could have worked with different hair. Perhaps in a loose bun or left down and wavy. The issue with the dress is that it doesn’t translate to camera. The best dresses look good in person, in photos, on film, even in black and white. Her bracelet also doesn’t do her any favors, it kinda throws off the line of her arm.

From Style.com

Okay. Now we’re getting somewhere. At least with the hair. The proportions of the dress are funky and it sort of flatters her, but not as much as it could. It kind of reminds me of foundation garments like a slip or something. She does look like she’s comfortable in it, which is always important.

What does the Red Carpet Doctor prescribe?

From Style.com

This is from Elie Saab latest Pre-Fall collection. It has delicate details (like her Golden Globes dress, but it will look absolutely stunning on the red carpet. It would also accentuate her lovely hourglass figure. While blah beige and blush tones were prominent on the RC, yellow was a runner up for the hottest color. While this isn’t yellow, I have a feeling that we’ll be seeing more at the Oscars, probably pastels and this will be right on trend.

Every outfit needs accessories–

JCRCD

Yves Saint Laurent high heel shoes

£735 – harveynichols.com

Clutch hand bag

£60 – coast-stores.com

Erickson Beamon facets jewelry

£579 – harrods.com

Victorian jewelry

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I really love the idea of vintage/antique-y jewelry on the RC, and this goes perfectly with a 1920’s inspired look. I kept things simple and delicate to keep with the look of the dress as well.

That’s another case closed! Stay tuned for another post ASAP!

Sew on!

Emily