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This or That~SAG ’11

Hey guys, I know this isn’t how I normally do the opinion post I do, This or That. However, last night was the 17th Annual SAG Awards & I must admit the fashion was better than it was at the Golden Globes 2011. Leave a Comment, weigh in your opinions on the gowns below.

 

Best:                                                      Worst:

January Jones                                                                           Helena Bonham Carter

Natalie Portman                                                                       Nicole Kidman

Mila Kunis                                                                                Hailee Steinfeld

Julia Stiles                                                                                Christina Hendricks

Kelly Macdonald                                                                       Lea Michelle

Hilary Swank                                                                            Kim Kardashian

The Breakdown:

The reason some of the worst dress have made the list based on the design or fit of the gowns worn.

EX: Lea Michelle (usually nicely dressed) Did she wear a beautiful dress?-YES! now, Did it fit her like a red carpet gown should?-NO! For me, the top half of the gown was ill fitting, her shoulders are a little too wide to make this look good.

Nicole Kidman did nothing right but her make-up. From the back she looks like someone’s granny who wants to be sexy.

Hailee Steinfeld only made the list because she’s young & the stylist should be able to translate that into her look instead of making her dress in a colorful WILD WILD WEST themed “gown” (if you can call it that).

Kim Kardashian looks so short in this Marchesa gown, Kim, who  usually looks svelte  & tempting looked rather compact & plumish.

Christina Hendricks, I love love love on “Mad Men,” however, who told her it was cool to show up in her uber fancy robe?

Helena B. Carter, yet another favorite of mine looks like she showed up to the “Day After Prom” party. She went into her little nieces closet & saw the tag thought,”hmm…Marc Jacobs, can’t go wrong!”…..BAD IDEA?/GOOD IDEA?->NO! BAD IDEA! ABORT! ABORT!

Leave your comments & opinions! Thanks

Quote of the Day: 31 Jan. ’11~Paul de Man

“Fashion is like the ashes left behind by the uniquely shaped flames of the fire, the trace alone revealing that a fire actually took place.”~Paul de Man

de Man was a Belgian-born deconstructionist literary critic and theorist.


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L’Histoire de Mode~Japanese Street Fashion pt.1

This is going to be a three part history series for the next few days in which I will go over the main branch, Japanese Street Fashion, then move onto Harajuku Fashion & then onto Lolita Fashion.

 

Japanese Street Fashion Collage

 

The Beginning:

Japan began to emulate Western fashion during the middle of the

19th century. By the beginning of the 21st century it had altered into

what is known today as ‘street fashion’. The term ‘street fashion’ is

used to describe fashion where the wearer customizes outfits by

adopting a mixture of current and traditional trends. Such clothes

are generally home-made with the use of material purchased at stores.

At present there are many styles of dress in Japan, created from

a mix of both local and foreign labels. Some of these styles are

extreme and avant-garde, similar to the haute couture seen

on European catwalks.

The rise and fall of many of these trends has been chronicled by Shoichi

Aoki since 1997 in the fashion magazine FRUiTS, which is a notable magazine for

the promotion of street fashion in Japan. More recently, Japanese hip-hop,

which has long been present among underground Tokyo’s club scene, has influenced

the mainstream fashion industry. The popularity of the music is so influential that Tokyo’s

youth are imitating their favorite hip hop stars from the way they dress with over-sized

clothes to darkening their skin with ultraviolet rays, usually done by tanning.

Many Japanese youth believe that tanning or being darker is a freedom of expression they

are unable to experience in their circumscribed social role as ‘Japanese’. The idea

of darkening one’s skin to more closely resemble an American hip-hop star or

ethnic group may seem like a fad, but this subculture, the black facers,

do not particularly set themselves apart from many other

sub cultures that have emerged as a result of hip hop.

 

The motives driving the pursuit of fashion in Japan are complex.

Firstly, the relatively large disposable income available to Japanese

youth is significant. Many argue this was made possible through youth

living at home with their parents, reducing living expenses. In addition,

the emergence of a strong youth culture in the 1960s and 1970s that

continues today (especially in the Harajuku district) drives much of

the striving for new and different looks. The rise of consumerism to an

important part of the “national character” of Japan during the economic

boom of the 1980s and even after the bubble burst also contributes

to the feverish pursuit of fashion. These factors result in the

incredibly swift turnover and variability in styles

popular at any one time.

 

Japanese Street Fashion:

If you like this post, then come back tomorrow for Part 2: Harajuku Fashion.

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Quote of the Day: 30 Jan. ’11~George Santayana

“Fashion is something barbarous, for it produces innovation without reason and imitation without benefit.”~George Santayana

 

Santayana was a Spanish American philosopher, essayist, poet, and novelist.


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Quote of the Day: 29 Jan. ’11~ Jean-Luc Godard

“Beauty is composed of an eternal, invariable element whose quantity is extremely difficult to determine, and a relative element which might be, either by turns or all at once, period, fashion, moral, passion.”~Jean-Luc Godard

 

A French-Swiss film director, screen writer and critic. He is often identified with the group of filmmakers known as the Nouvelle Vague, or "French New Wave".


L’Histoire de Mode~Harem Pants

Harem Pants:

Harem trousers are women’s baggy long pants tapered

at the ankle, with side flaps on the hip that button at the waist area.

Harem pants, which originated in India, are like a cross between

a skirt and a pair of skinny jeans. The legs, from the knees down,

are fitted. The crotch area is loose and baggy as if it were cut to be

a skirt. Traditional harem pants can be extremely large and baggy,

with a very wide and full fit, very roomy, loose fitting, oversized,

puffy, spacious, with elastic in waist and at ankles, and with the

crotch below the knee almost to the ground. Harem pants are

commonly worn with a pleated skirt – a short skirt that covers

the top portion of the harem pants. Both harem pants and pleated

skirts are commonly used in belly dancing. There are resources

that show various forms of pleated skirts and explain how they are created.

They’ve also emerged as a “modern” version of harem pants made

popular in the late 1980s with MC Hammer. They are intended to be made

more fashionable and less fabric requirement. Similar pants are also known

as dimije, tshalvar, schalwar, salwar kameez, kaccha, patiala salwar,

shintijan, sirwal, sharovary, Turkish trousers, aladdin pants, balloon pants,

drop crotch pants, pantaloons, zouave, pluderhose and pumphose.

Samples:

Also called “diaper pants,” “genie pants” or “Aladdin pants.”

 

Fall 09 Balmain


Quote of the Day: 28 Jan. ’11~Mary Quant

“Fashion is a tool… to compete in life outside the home. People like you better, without knowing why, because people always react well to a person they like the looks of.” ~Mary Quant

 

Mary Quant having her hair done by stylist Vidal Sassoon, who originated her hairdo, known as the bob, a short, angular hairstyle cut on a horizontal plane.


L’Histoire de Mode~ Pannier

c. 1720

Pannier Hand Drawn Instructions (click photo to learn to make your own)

Pannier (clothing):


Are also known as side hoops are women’s undergarments

worn in the 18th century to extend the width of the skirts at

the side while leaving the front and back flat. This provided a

flat panel where boldly scaled woven patterns or rich embroidery

could be fully appreciated.The style originated in Spanish

court dress of the 17th century,familiar in portraits by Velázquez.

The fashion spread to France and from there to the rest of

Europe after c. 1718-1719, after some Spanish dresses had been

displayed in Paris. By mid-18th century it had been developed into the

robe à la française, which ensured that a woman took up three times

as much space as a man and always presented an imposing spectacle.

At their most extreme, in the French court of Marie Antoinette,

could extend the skirt several feet at each side. By the 1780s, panniers

were normally worn only to very formal gowns and within court fashion. The name

comes from panniers, a French term for wicker baskets (paniers in current

French) slung on either side of a pack animal. It is also

the name of a GWR 0-6-0 Tank engine with an iconic

rectangular boiler.

Samples:

Court dress 1779 worn over extremely wide panniers.

Court ladies in a view of Vienna by Canaletto's nephew Bernardo Bellotto, c. 1760