Monday, September 28, 2009

and the emmy goes to...

so, the fashions at the emmys left me wanting something more. old hollywood glamour, long fitted dresses, jeweled embellishments...i felt like i was seeing a lot of the same thing. i wasn't really wowed. maybe i'm too critical, but really, i usually see something that takes my breath away. this awards show was eh, ho hum. my absolute favorite look was by far the weeds chick. mary louise parker. she stood out--in a good, well, great way. i think i loved it cuz it was short. and everything else was long and fitted with some grand tail like appendage at the bottom. this was awesome on her. she's hot and the color was amazing. i know blake lively's red number was critiqued by some, but i kinda liked it. i usually hate the color red, but i thought she pulled this look off well. and her hair was wacky but cool. that weird ponytail all funked up was different: there were a couple other dresses i thought were ok.
the three of them look glamorous...they stood out a bit. the first dress' color is great and i like the belted action, kate walsh looks stunning and i must say i think julia looks amazing in her blue number. but really, nothing to steal the show. i will say i was grossed out by a couple looks:
padma's purple dress is a nice color, and i have to admit i like the shredding bit on the shoulder, but why on god's green earth would you throw that blob of red flowers on the side? it looks like flowers you get when you win a horse race or something. that's what i thought of. it's just too odd for me.
and the award for the most unflattering fit dress goes to sarah silverman. eeeaashhh. what a trainwreck that is. drapey, ill fitting blob of wrinkly blue. yikes. bad call on that one.

um, are you kidding me with this one? do i need to say anything at all here? ugh, yuck. so, overall, i wasn't impressed.

while, i'm on the topic of formal dressing, jaxie, our line of accessories at fred...headbands, clips, etc...has expanded. check out the great new necklaces we are now carrying. perfect for dressing up your evening dresses:

these pieces are really stunning in person too. made with vintage jewelry--they are definitely statement pieces.

jaxie's new fall/winter headband line is deeply fabulous. stop into fred soon before they sell out.

check out jaxie products, fred and luscious on the morning blend:

with the chilly weather rolling in, now's the time to stop into fred for our selection of sweaters, scarves and coats. our fred fashion show last thursday at hotel metro was a huge success! check back soon for pictures of that great night!

Monday, September 14, 2009

edge of night

i've been living and breathing fashion the last couple weeks...with fashion night out last thursday, the big lela fashion show on saturday and planning our huge upcoming fred fashion show next week thursday, along with our ladies night this's been event after event. throw in the rachel zoe project, project runway, flaire's styling competition and it seems i don't have any time for anything other than fashion these days. i'm not complaining, but i will say it's making it hard for me to not want everything i see. i'm trying to be good and not spend, but really? how can i not when all the trends are constantly being shoved down my throat? haha, that was dramatic and harsh, but i really am battling my shopaholic tendencies lately. so far, however, i am sticking to my list. i'm not straying. at all. i'm proud of myself that way. but i can't keep my head on straight these days because all i want to do is shop. i think about material things morning, noon and night. is that shallow? perhaps, but i like to think it's part of my job to think about these things...well, that's how i justify it anyway. so, on rachel zoe, taylor has been wearing an army green military-esque jacket and i've wanted one for months now. she wears hers with a huge turquoise statement necklace. i saw a jacket styled with a heather grey vneck tshirt and a floral topshop skirt. so, this is next on my list to purchase. we're getting a super cute one in next week at fred that i'm dying to get. check out what i'm talking about:
they're casual for the most part..i used to have one in the 90s that i wore during my grunge phase, but this time around i'll wear it with skirts and dresses, not my ripped up jeans. i think that's what i love most about fashion right now for myself. wearing things unexpectedly. like a leather bomber or biker jacket over a cocktail dress. wearing this casual jacket with a high waisted floral skirt...wearing anything in an unexpected manner is what i'm about right now. take leather. yes, i'll wear it via my bomber and biker jacket, but how cool is leather when you wear it like this?:
you don't see too many leather cardigans, which is why i love that.
same goes for this leather tank top. and yes, there have been some cute leather dresses, but this leather dress just hasn't been seen too often:
so cute, minus the side boob shot. i'd wear a tank under it. even wearing this fancy cocktail dress with the faux leather bottom part is cool:
so, i'll be getting some leather or faux leather pieces that are unexpected this season. sequins are huge too, so i'm thinking i'll skip the sequin skirt or jacket, even though i love them, and go for something more unexpected like this sequin tshirt:
you get the point, wear the trends in a not-so-obvious manner. i'll continue to daydream, night dream, any dream about obtaining the remainder of my fall must have list. i'm happy to hear that some of my readers are making their own fall binders too. yay! i'm not alone. love it!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

taken out of context(ure)

my favorite part about fall dressing besides the amazing boots, is experimenting with textures. i feel my best when i'm comfortable, yet i don't want to sacrifice style too much. i saw this picture of a woman in a purple satin corseted balenciaga dress with a cozy looking wool/cashmere blend purple coat over it. i was inspired. i have my favorite fuzzy pale blue coat from fred and i had to get a satin dress to wear under it. so i did. minuet dresses at fred rule. they fit like a glove and are inexpensive, but look like a million bucks. the outfit kinda looks like this:
well, not really, but the strapless dress looks similar, but my coat is much fuzzier/cozier looking with a shawl collar. i love the way the fabrics play off one another. silky satin, which is fitted and sexy, worn with a warm and toasty fuzzy winter coat. i have always been a fan of mixing textures. like wearing leather with cashmere. i swear i'd wear it all through fall if i could afford to. mixing a leather skirt, or the of-the-moment leather legging type pants with a soft knit sweater. how perfect:
for me, i feel like i'm pulling off a rocker look, hard and edgy, but adding a feminine, or not so harsh sweater to balance it out. it works for me. and i don't feel like i'm trying too hard to be cool. same goes for my leg/footwear. i love playing with texture. textured tights, a sweater dress and a shoe of a different texture. i'm all about suede. i love suede shoes even though they're not that practical for this state and its wretched weather, but i love wearing tights with a pattern, a warm chunky knit sweater dress and suede shoes. all i need is a hot toddy or some cold weather beverage in my hand and i'm a happy camper.

yep, it's like comfort food for fashion. and honestly it's my favorite part of cold weather. wearing the clothes to keep me warm, but still looking good. so, that's all i'm thinking about now as the temps keep dropping a little, and the sun goes down earlier....cold weather..ugh, keep it. but bring on the mixed textures and cozy pieces of fall and winter.