Monday, February 4, 2008
Labels Play it Very Safe Amid Economic Slowdown," David Wolfe, creative director of the Doneger Group, which forecasts fashion and retail trends, states that designers are inclined to "play it safe and also make it exciting" as retailers need to focus more on their bottom line. In reflecting what Ms. Roland must have had on her mind when designing for next fall, he also exclaims that "the idea is to produce very luxurious versions of ordinary clothes." Kathy Deane, President of Tobe, a global fashion consultanting business agreed, stating that "that's partly because consumers are looking for clothes that will last." Pamella Roland's certainly will. Applause to you, Ms. Roland, you are not only a fabulous designer, but also a fabulous business woman. What is your ticker symbol, because I want to be long your collection?
Saturday, February 2, 2008
Thursday, January 31, 2008
Kudos to Marc Jacobs for last Fall's collection as he used hats to top his clothes that otherwise, could have been a bit dowdy, but the hats made everyone want to look like his models. There was nothing more chic on the runways. I loved this looks so much I had to put in all of these images- I just couldn't help myself.
So please, please, Marc, please don't forget how great we make your clothes look and other designers, please take note!!!
Thursday, January 24, 2008
I would like to thank Mr. Valentino for an enormously fabulous 45 year career as a gifted artist whom understands women, perhaps more than any other designer. He took his final bows on the runway last evening, showing an incredible collection. His clothes are overwhelmingly beautiful and impeccably draped and tailored. The photograph to the right is a young Mr. Valentino in his workshop in Via Gregoriana in the early 1960s.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
I’m 50 percent on strike. Meaning, half of my career, as a Vogue writer, I am merrily continuing with. The other half, as a screenwriter adapting my novel, The Debutante Divorcée, for HBO, is kaput, for now. Amy Harris, a television writer who lives on my block in GreenwichVillage, reminds me
that “We gotta go picket!” In a way, I am excited at the prospect—I’ve never
protested before.What do you do? Blow whistles like the French? Throw eggs
like the Welsh miners? And what on earth does a Voguette wear to a picket?
The fact that she actually believes that her opinion should be taken
seriously on any level is appalling. Her naivete is so overt that she probably
has no idea the cause of the strike. Any idea of fashion connected to this cause
is absurd and she is a disgrace to both professions. As a member of both AFTRA and the Screen Actor's Guild (SAG), I am embarrassed that she was a must-join for a guild of which I am affiliated and as a professional and studied actress/artist and guild member, I wholly support. I am extremely offended by her comments and are grateful to those who condemned her comments on their website. Her ingenuousness as an artist/writer of any sort is glaring, making anyone not want to read her book or screenplay. Go back to lunching on your husband's dime, Ms. Sykes.
Sunday, January 20, 2008
We could start with the pairing of television and model scouting. Has Bravo/NBC heard of ratings? They will be at the bottom as "Make Me a Supermodel" is so bad and most of the models are so average and ill-suited for couture, my brain melted when I forced myself to watch half an episode. But let us stick to what is most important: the collections. As in every season and every collection, the already three mentioned adjectives usually apply and this season is no different. I cannot help but to be a little distracted with the bad when style.com, "the online home of Vogue" is highlighting some of the very worst in their "trend report." I pray none of their highlighted pieces for Spring 2008 will become a trend, ever. The silhouettes are bad, as are the hated neon colors of the eighties.
What about the ensemble from Thakoon highlighted in the "trend report." Overall, I like the collection, but this is one of the bad. This looks like a cheap knock-off of a Zandra Rhodes pattern and if anyone were to find it in one's closet, they would think that they paid too much money for something from the eighties they never wore (or never should have) and it should be thrown out. Please don't send this one to the Salvation Army. It is cruel to think that anyone should be wearing it. This clam-digger trend must stop!
The only trend I see in these two ensembles is a fascination with clowns.
Friday, January 18, 2008
The press is ready,
The models are not,
Designers are working around the clock.
I started this blog today in the name of dress.
And in the names of the historically fashionable,
Marie, Eugenie, Babe, Audrey, Grace, C.Z.,Nan, Lee and Jackie,
Surely, not to forget our Brits, Diana, Twiggy and Penelope,
We must march forth together into this journey
Seeking everlasting style and good taste throughout eternity.
As this is the first editorial of my blog, the following ladies are a few of my favorites. Their style is iconic as they are a constant measure for living and dressing gracefully. I hope you will agree and enjoy my site.
Here is Mrs. Paley as photographed by Horst P. Horst for Vanity Fair, 1946. Referring to Mrs. Paley, Bill Blass stated, “I never saw her not grab anyone’s attention, the hair, the makeup, the crispness. You were never conscious of what she was wearing; you noticed Babe and nothing else.” Her dear friend, Truman Capote complained that “ Babe Paley had only one fault, she was perfect. Otherwise, she was perfect.” I agree, she
did indeed dress perfectly.
Another photo that I could not resist to record in my blog, is that of Audrey in 1958 at a dress fitting with Hubert de Givenchy taken by Howell Conant standing in front of a Turner. He took some of her most famous photographs, as well as for Princess Grace. Simply "S'wonderful."
Princess Grace with Prince Rainier shopping in
London's West End, 4th December 1959
pool. This is why she is pictured in the Preppy Handbook.
Jackie and Lee walking the
streets of swinging London in Courreges.
Nan with one of her favorite designers, Yves Saint Laurent. He is also one of mine. Growing up in the 1970s and 80s, YSL, along with Mr. Valentino, best epitomized the glamour we remember from 1975-85 period.