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It’s 2011: Are You Guilty of Using These Worn-Out Fashion Phrases?

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

Image by Ron Barrett via NYTimes.com

THE YEAR IN STYLE: Worn-Out Fashion Terms by SIMONE S. OLIVER

(Originally published for New York Times Fashion & Style section on December 30, 2010*)

Leave it to fashionistas to try on new buzzwords like they’re going out of style. Whether it was our bromance with heritage brands, or the shellacking that some collaborations took, 2010 saw no shortage of P.R.-driven catchphrases and trendy terms. As with all fads, it’s time to put some to rest.

Click here to see the full list of terms and read the article in its entirety.

(*Irrelevant Sidebar: Being that one precious cherub doesn’t return to school until next week, posts will be sporadic – at best – until then…)

Rachel Comey: Dressing For The Expected

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Photograph by Kava Gorna via The New York Times Style Magazine

By CHELSEA ZALOPANY for The New York Times Style Magazine

(Originally published on November 16, 2010)

The designer Rachel Comey and her boyfriend, Sean Carmody, are two months away from having their first child, and the mom-to-be is bumping up her wardrobe accordingly. “The maternity trend seems to be not buying any clothes,” Comey says with a laugh. “That excludes the flea market, because it’s been fun to shop and try on shapes that I wouldn’t normally try on now that my body is so different.” Comey, who is known for her flirty prints and cool shoe designs, transformed a thrift shop cat suit into a pair of cool trousers. Day wear has become jumpsuits, overalls and stretchy knits, especially knit dresses paired with a sharp tailored blazer from Ellsworth for a more defined shape. “With my changing body and changing lifestyle, I am also changing my need for clothing to be practical for a woman’s body at any stage,” she says. We are looking forward to see how this new sensibility plays out in Comey’s next collection. Great expectations indeed.

Marysia Swim’s Classic Swimsuit Designs

Monday, June 28th, 2010

Marysia Swim Demi Plie One Piece $176, Ballerina Top $97 and Bottom $98 (Squire Fox)

“Icons Marilyn Monroe and Brigitte Bardot famously posed in fuller-cut swimwear and came off sexier than any bikini-clad Sports Illustrated cover girl could. If you want to channel that retro style at the beach, try posing this summer in something from Marysia Swim.”

(Originally published on June 13th, 2010 by Max Padilla, Special to The Los Angeles Times. Click to read the full article.)

LASM Styles The Hollywood Housewife!

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

I recently styled The Hollywood Housewife for an upcoming event, and she decided to write her take on a day spent being ‘Styled By A Stylist.’ Here is her account of our lovely albeit busy day spent shopping on a budget!

Styled By A Stylist

(Originally published on April 21, 2010 at Hollywood Housewife)

I have always styled myself. Doesn’t everyone? I have often envied celebrities or women who have someone to help them look their best in clothes, but it has never crossed my mind to seek out this service. I wouldn’t even know where to find such a person. And then I met L.A. Stylist Mom on twitter. By sheer coincidence – and the odds of this are so slight – we discovered we live in the same neighborhood. The same canyon, practically a stones throw away from one another. It was clear we must become best friends immediately.

Coffee and lunch dates kept getting postponed, but when she posted about offering her style consultations, I just knew we had to get together. As it happens, I have this event coming up and I want to look my best. I’m always willing to shake up my personal style a little bit. You don’t have to be completely style-clueless to benefit from using a professional stylist, I’ve learned. A refresher course, or just someone to force you out of your personal style box, can be an advantage to your wardrobe. After I took a deep breath and told her INeedSpanxThisWholeThingMakesMeNervousIWantToFeelPretty, she agreed to style me for The Gorilla‘s documentary screening at the Tribeca Film Festival this weekend. Let the neuroses begin.

In our email exchanges, I told her that “I’m kind of a Blair in real life, but for this event I want to be a Serena.” She got my reference with no explanation (Blair and Serena are characters on Gossip Girl, please keep up) and started shooting me ideas. I started feeling comfortable that she understood where I was coming from, so I said calming things like, I can get over-stimulated much like an infant. You may have to hold my hand through some of this. Tapering scares me. There’s a cookie place in the mall in case I melt down. She couldn’t wait to meet me!

'Serena'

We met at a coffee shop in our neighborhood.  I pulled up five minutes late eating Oreo cakesters and drinking my morning Dr. Pepper.  I think first impressions are so important. We started jabbering before LASM even physically got in my car and we didn’t stop for the next four hours.  As a person, she is beautiful and open and easy to talk to and as a stylist she made me feel beautiful and not stupid.  Which, in this scenario, was a fete of large proportions. Our first stop was a large, discount designer chain that I had previously ignored on shopping expeditions.  What a mistake that was!  LASM showed me the truth behind this store.

I set a budget before we tackled the styling.  For a special event, I like to buy something new.  My habit is to splurge on one major item (the dress, a pair of shoes, etc.) and stay very reasonable for the other items. This means I usually have one high quality thing, while the other pieces might only last a season or two. My budget for this event was $500.

LASM started pulling stuff off the racks for me right away.  I stayed with my own shopping M.O. which meant I wandered, and felt the fabric, and checked my phone a lot.  A few minutes in, LASM mentioned that the dressing room in this particular store was community. A community dressing room. So then I started dreading, and sweating, and nodding distractedly at everything she held up for my approval.  I’m not particularly modest, but a community dressing room on a day that was already giving me hives, was almost more than I could handle. For the record, my nervousness had nothing to do with LASM.  This control freak just finds shopping to be a very personal thing, so letting someone else take the reins is what was putting me on edge.  But I wanted to do this, and I was thankful for her help.

'LASM'

Here’s something the LASM does that was so interesting to me: She pulls everything for the outfits. Into the community dressing room we go with shoes, necklaces, jackets, and heaps of clothes to try.  LASM had a “look” in mind for me from the start, so the different outfits she pieced together were sort of similar, but each had their own pros and cons.  While I changed into the first option, she arranged neatly on the wall each complete style (accessories included), so we could evaluate them before I put them on. I couldn’t believe the shopping difference with those two techniques: bringing in every piece to try at the same time, and arranging them for evaluation and for easier mix-and-matching. Before I even tried on the first thing, I had learned a ton from LASM about shopping and style.

The “look” she had chosen for me was a little rocker-chic.  I was going to an outdoor BMX event, after all. The look included leggings.  One pair was stretchy denim.  Those are called “jeggings.”  These jeggings had stirrups.  I almost died when she handed them to me.  But, they were actually cute on.  Another huge benefit to using a stylist: I was trying on things I would never, I repeat never, have picked to try on for myself. And here’s the kicker: they looked good.  I thought I looked cute.  Different than my normal self.  And that’s what we were going for, right?

LASM was so complimentary.  She never once made me feel foolish or ugly. Her attitude was not, “You need as much help as you can get!” but more that she wanted me to look and feel my best.  I asked her to help me step out my fashion box a little, but I got the impression that if you wanted to stay with your own style, she would also be really good at enhancing what you’ve already got going on.

At this first store, we got everything but shoes. My splurge was a buttery soft gray Marc Jacobs leather jacket.

'The Outfit'

The other pieces were black leggings with small buttons at the ankle,

'The Leggings'

a black racerback silk shell with a detailed pocket,

'The Racerback Shell'

and two chunky necklaces to be worn at the same time.

'The Necklaces'

(I’ve always like that multiple-necklaces-at-a-time look, but never had the guts to pull it off. LASM picked two necklaces that were similar in length and style and layered them expertly.  She advised me to wear the simple black earrings I already owned.) The cash register read $520, just over my budget.  We had planned to go to the mall in search of shoes, but now that the numbers were in we scrapped that and went to PF Changs.  All this crazy shopping can make a girl ravenous.  We decided on shoes I already owned to complete my outfit.

It was a successful day all around.  After just a few hours with a professional stylist, I had a complete outfit for my special event and had picked up new ways to shop and style myself for the next time. *BONUS* that I felt as pampered as a celebrity and made a new friend. It’s not reasonable or necessary to use a stylist daily, but for a wardrobe overhaul or a special event, I highly recommend it.  If you’re interested, you can get more information on LASM‘s style consultations here.  If you don’t have a budget for something new, she can consult using your current wardrobe.

Check back late Saturday to see me in my new style for the film festival.  I’ll be the one in the leggings trying to look breezy.

Could this be the death rattle for L.A. Fashion Week? You be the judge…

Friday, March 19th, 2010

Los Angeles Fashion Week Events

There is no true lead event in L.A., but BOXeight and Los Angeles Fashion Weekend are planning functions – if you can get in. Also: Gen Art, Project Ethos, Concept events.

Originally published on March 14, 2010 / By ADAM TSCHORN, Los Angeles Times

Ever since the five-year partnership between events producer IMG and Smashbox Studios ended in October 2008, Los Angeles Fashion Week has languished without a lead event. Groups of every stripe have rushed in to fill the void, culminating in last fall’s fashion month, which nearly spanned October.

Five months later, the fashion feast has turned to famine, and most of the groups that have staged runway events in past seasons have dropped off the calendar — including the organizers of Downtown Los Angeles Fashion Week.

(Click here to read the article in its entirety.)

R.I.P. Alexander McQueen

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

Image Courtesy of Racked NY via VogueParisLive/Twitpic

Alexander McQueen, Designer, Is Dead at 40

By ERIC WILSON for The New York Times

Published February 11, 2010

(Click here to read the full article.)

Guest Blogger: The Curvy Fashionista Talks Plus Size Fashion 101

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

Tara Lynn Photographed by Sølve Sundsbø For V Magazine (Via vmagazine.com)

Tara Lynn Photographed by Sølve Sundsbø For V Magazine (Via vmagazine.com)

Where To Go To Fashion Your Curves

Plus size fashion is a phrase that oft eludes the curvy fashionista, especially when your fashion taste buds crave a Marc by Marc Jacobs, Diane Von Furstenberg, or better yet, something more than casual options so halfheartedly fashioned for our curves.

Yet, there are options! Depending upon your style, lifestyle, or occupation, over the past years, plus size and fashion have married to bring you fashionable options for the discerning plus size woman, who wants a little more in her life than Lane Bryant, Torrid, and Ashley Stewart.

So what are these options? Well, depending upon your tastes, I have rounded up just a few of the best lifestyle brands and designers that cater to your curves:

Lingerie

Wear to Work

Special Occasion

Denim

Each designer and retailer listed provides contemporary plus size fashion options for you and your curves.  For a more detailed list of fashionable resources, you can find more plus size designers listed on my blog, The Curvy Fashionista, as well as international designers who deliver to the United States.

See? There is hope and there are resources!  With your support and feedback, plus size fashion can only foster more and more resources for you and your curves! Keep it Curvy. Confident. Chic!

Marie Denee

The Curvy Fashionista

Marie Denee is the founder and Editor-In-Chief of The Curvy Fashionista. For the latest in contemporary plus size clothing, please visit her on line boutique, Marie Denee.

Just One More Reason To Love Paris – Merci!

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

Photo Courtesy of Ed Alcock for The New York Times

Photo Courtesy of Ed Alcock for The New York Times

“Merci is a kind of one-stop shop for a stylish life, from showpiece items to well-chosen takes on life’s smaller needs.”

by DAVID COLEMAN

“As a new year and a new decade arrive without a new source of income, it’s almost painful to think about a new place to shop…”

(Click here to read the full New York Times article.)

Film’s New Romantics…

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

Aline Weber and Nicholas Hoult star in Tom Ford's "A Single Man."

Aline Weber and Nicholas Hoult in Tom Ford's "A Single Man" (Photo Credit: Eduard Grau/The Weinstein Company)

“This year’s big holiday movies evoke style and place with dazzling costumes.”

By Booth Moore

(Click here to read the entire Los Angeles Times article.)

NYT Fashion & Style: The 80′s are back…again.

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

1980's Street Fashion Courtesy of Bill Cunningham/The New York Times

1980's Street Fashion, Courtesy of Bill Cunningham/The New York Times

“Yes, the ’80s are back, with big shoulders, neon and Hammer pants. Is this fashion’s idea of a stimulus?”

(From the New York Times “Right Round, Baby” by Guy Trebay. Click here to read the full article.)

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