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In The Bag

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Novelty handbags have been around for years satisfying the personalities of seriously ridiculous souls. However, they’re not for everyone! Some think they aren’t sophisticated enough, or too silly (I feel sorry for them) Anyway, back to the handbags. This season is full of fun little oddities guaranteed to produce a bit of lighthearted amusement for all (most).

The first picture is a skillfully crafted, leather handbag in the shape of a house. It’s complete with hand-stitched windows, a door (notice the stud door knob), a front porch and metal roof that opens from the top. This masterpiece sat on the shelf in one of my accessory vendor’s showroom for years. Every time I’d see it, I’d beg Jay to sell it to me. He’d always come back at me and say how it was a one-of-a-kind piece and how he’d never let it go. It was a really expensive sample that he was trying to source for production overseas, blah, blah, blah. Throughout the years, I never stopped asking and he never stopped rambling on with the same old spiel.

And then one day (after about 7 years), I walked into his showroom and he said, “Do you want to buy my house?”  I thought I had died and gone to handbag heaven! It was one of  the happiest days of my life! He was cleaning out his showroom and practically gave it me. (I love that guy!) I don’t take it out in public often because I don’t want anyone to follow me home and steal it, so I keep my dream home locked up.

The second and third pics are of novelty handbags we carry right now at Roadkill Ranch & Boutique. The Wizard of Oz novel-like bag opens as a book and comes with a removable chain strap, so it can be carried as a clutch. The lipstick bag opens from the top and is the perfect little accessory for any pop-diva.

The fourth pic is from Kate Spade. She’s one of my favorite designers, I love how she mixes just enough whimsy and sophistication into her designs for fun, fashionable fantasy.

The fifth pic is a spin off of Lucky Strike cigarettes by Charlotte Olympia (also another one of my top favorite designers). She offers a similar mix to Kate Spade, but infuses a bit more of an edge, still keeping it classy and never trashy. I love the spiderweb logo that gets stamped on all of the creations.

Pick up a piece of fun this season and embrace your inner ridiculousness. And, who cares what others think? Normal is boring.

xoxo

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OH MY GAGA!

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At Christie’s Auction House in NYC last week, Lady Gaga dropped $295,000.00 on three pairs of worn Alexander McQueen shoes! The shoes ironically were worn by the star herself in her Bad Romance video and on the Red Carpet, but she never owned them, until now. The armadillo soles were handcrafted in Italy from wood and python skin and have become an iconic look for the pop star.

It must be nice to drop over a quarter of a million dollars on crazy-couture shoes. And no, I’m not jealous (fingers crossed behind back). Although I do have to say, it wasn’t a completely irresponsible spending spree; the money raised from the auction went to benefit UNICEF’s relief efforts in Nepal. Thank you Miss Gaga, that was very Lady-like of you.

She considered the late designer a friend as well as a tremendous source of inspiration and support. Lady Gaga released this personal statement to V Magazine describing her cosmic revelation of the shoes and her personal relationship with Alexander McQueen.

“There is no diamond, no award, nothing I ever wanted more than a memory of my brief friendship with McQueen. I am sad every day that I enter my closet, knowing he is not here anymore to dazzle the world with his beautiful, dark, limitless, brave mind. These shoes are the only tangible piece I have left of our work together. They came to me this morning, after a dream I had again about him. As the dream goes, I enter my closet and his clothes are no longer there. I’m tortured. The loss is deep. Mourning in my own way constantly, why he is gone, he was so talented. I hate the empty space, not only in fashion, but in the creative consciousness that fizzled when he passed. This morning I got the call I would now be the caregiver to 3 pairs of armadillo platforms, just like the kind I wore in the “Bad Romance” video, the shoes from his crescendo collection “Plato’s Atlantis,” the ones that made everyone gasp from the front row because they had NEVER seen something like them before. I was reminded this morning that he is still here. He is everywhere. In every store window. In the designs of commercial mainstream retail, fashion, in music, in the heart of every young designer that wishes he could be as free and as fearless as McQueen was. I cried all morning, convinced he was with me. Convinced that I’m loved from somewhere far beyond the eternal body and mind, outside of all the chaos. He wanted me to have them. They made their way back to me. I am here today not just because of my talent, but because he believed in me. My weird brand of art pop manic expression of my emotions was the part of me he knew he taught me. I will be grateful long after I pass and join him wherever it is they put souls like us. Long live McQueen.”

I really do believe what’s meant to be will always find a way, just like these shoes found their way back to Lady. So, trust in the mystery of your journey and believe in the power of your dreams.

The first pic is of the coveted shoes.

The second pic is Lady Gaga wearing the shoes in her Bad Romance video.

The third pic is an Instagram photo Gaga posted from her New York balcony after she brought the shoes home.

The fourth pic is of her and her fiancé Taylor Kinney on their way to her performance with Bono.

Photo Credit: Getty Images, Lady Gaga

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The Rose

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One of my favorite movie lines is from The Devil Wears Prada.  Meryl Streep, who plays Miranda Priestly, the tyrant magazine editor, asks her staff what they’ve come up with for spring. “Well…they’re showing a lot of florals right now, so I was thinking..”

Miranda: “Florals? For spring? Ground breaking.” She replies in her usual, sarcastically-irritated and far from amused voice.

It’s just so typical and expected of the fashion world to do flowers in spring and trees and leaves in the fall. However, this season, there’s a new twist with roses for fall. Although it’s not completely groundbreaking, it is a fresh take on the “love” flower.

A single red rose has always been symbolic for expressing deep affection to someone. It’s been used in poems and writings for centuries that pertain to emotions (remember Bette Midler’s song The Rose?).  And a multitude of roses? Well…that’s just pure bliss!

The first pic is from the Alexander McQueen runway show. The collection is full of heavy fabrics emblazoned with roses. Designer Sarah Burton calls this collection The Spirt of the Rose. She describes it as, “A flower that begins with a tight bud that opens into a lush bloom and then eventually collapses back onto itself in gorgeous decay.”

The second pic is of Roadkill Girl Sydney Beaver in our House of Fame dress, Jeffrey Campbell glittered Mary Jane shoes and our rose stud earrings. We surrounded her with all of our rose hair clips for a dramatic statement.

The rest of the pics (including the rose-encrusted sunglasses) are from the Dolce and Gabbana runway show.

Look for heavier weighted fabrics like wool, faux-fur, velvet and paper-thin leather parading the rose. Add sheer overlays and lace layering pieces for ultra-feminine style.

And just because it’s not spring, doesn’t mean you can’t express yourself in a deeply emotional and purely fashionable way by wearing a rose (or twelve).

I’ve attached Bette Midler’s beautiful ballad, The Rose, for your listening pleasure. (Duet with Wynonna Judd.)

Photo Credit: Getty Images, Infinitas, Roadkill Ranch, Savannah Kaefer

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My Muse

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It wouldn’t be right to resurrect my blog without reiterating my undying love for Marc Jacobs. After a two year blog-hiatus, I had to ask myself a few questions to make sure I still felt the same way about him.

1. Do you still think he’s a genius? Ummm…YES!

2. Do you still think he sets the trends for the entire Fashion Industry? Ummm…YES!

3. Do you still think he’s adorable? Ummm…YES!!!

4. Do you still have fantasies about being stuck in an elevator with him? Ummm…YES! (Only to pick his brain of course.)

5. Do you still dream about walking down the aisle with him? Ummm…YES! (The aisle of one of his runway shows.)

OK, it’s still there!

This season Marc has commissioned  Cher to be one of the new faces for his fall collection. The 69-year-old, mega-superstar has successfully reinvented herself once again by modeling. (She’s also on the cover of Love Magazine this month.) He brilliantly swings the pendulum on this and adds 14-year-old Willow Smith in the same collection, showing us age has no bounds in fashion.

The collection is very dark in tones, rich in texture and polished immaculately, evoking a feeling of strength and power. Inspired by the late Diana Vreeland (a fashion hero for Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue and special consultant at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art ), Marc says, “The collection is a garden of hell. That’s what fashion is, this paradise that’s sort of hellish in a way. You love it ’til you hate it, you hate ’til you love it!”

Look for faux fur details, nail heads and grommets embellished on clothing, and sleek, polished accessories.

I’ve attached the short video below of the runway show and Marc talking about his 2015 Fall collection. It’s so much better to hear about this masterpiece in his own words. It’s short and worth a watch (or two, or three). Wink! Wink!

Happy Monday! Stay stylish and stay creative!

Pic 1. Cher

Pic 2. Willow Smith

Pic 3. Cher and Marc Jacobs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala.

Photo credit: Getty Images and Marc Jacobs

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Fiorucci Forever

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Elio Fiorucci, the creative genius behind the Fiorucci fashion label and retail stores, died on Monday in Milan at the age of 80.

Fiorucci was the “IT” boutique that changed the way of retail for life. It was wild and crazy, full of flamboyant and provocative merchandise and zany sales people. It eventually became known as the daytime version of Studio 54.

The first time I encountered the Fiorucci experience was in 1980 with my best friend from childhood April. We had stumbled across the theater turned boutique while exploring uncharted shopping territory in Beverly Hills. Compared to the snooty, white glove shops on Rodeo Drive which offered no hope for any babysitting money purchases, Fiorucci was a dream come true for two teenage girls in search of a fix for their culture lust.

The  Beverly Theater had been transformed into a hip, avant-garde boutique bursting with loud colors, live DJ  music, and bigger-than-life displays. We had never seen anything like it in our thirteen years on this planet (and we thought we knew all things cool, after all, we were Camp Beverly Hills cultists and read Interview Magazine).  We were completely drawn into the over-the-top fantasy life of Elio Fiorucci. The brand’s logo was two angels wearing sunglasses, so we immediately coined them as ourselves. (I didn’t say we were mature.) The magic of the theater alone was enough to keep us mesmerized, but we were completely transfixed by the life-size, neon light of the two angels. Up until then, we had only been accustomed to the mundane shopping at ClothesLine (before it became ClothesTime) and the Orange Mall, so this was more than thrilling.

The store was full of leopard and animal prints, Day-Glo clothing, gold cowboy boots, books, and lots of plastic and vinyl items. They had a quirky “adult” section full of humorous little things like miniature wind-up body parts and small phallic symbols packaged in pretty boxes. (We wound up all of the little toys for shits and giggles.)

Elio had brought new blood to the shopping scene. He was the first retailer to hire a team of scouts who traveled the globe for new designers, new artists and new trends. Fiorucci was a haven for Pop Culture enthusiasts and icons and also a breeding ground for upcoming talent. It’s where Betsey Johnson and Anna Sui launched some of their first designs, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf were artists in residence, Marc Jacobs said the store inspired him to become a designer, and Andy Warhol was known to frequent the shop.

Elio Fiorucci also invented the first stretch-denim jean known as The Safety Jean. By mixing Lycra into the denim he created one of fashion’s best staples. His ads were edgy and slightly naughty, leaving something to the imagination.

That day we decided to spend our hard-earned baby sitting money on matching handbags. The plastic-coated clutches were emblazoned with the iconic angel logo. We also purchased Fiorucci pins and matching heart-shaped sunglasses. (I hate to break it to you, heart-shaped sunglasses are not a new thing.) Unfortunately, I don’t have my original pair, I literally wore them out. Ironically, Roadkill Ranch & Boutique carries them. (Inspiration delved deep.)

After our rich, cultural experience, we walked proudly down the street and had lunch at The Brown Derby (when the restaurant was still shaped like a hat). We thought we were so grown up and cool until we got reprimanded for making noisy slurping sounds with our straws inside the restaurant, but that’s another story.

R.I.P. Elio Fiorucci! I will always love you and Fiorucci forever!

The first pic is of Elio Fiorucci

The second and third pics are of their ad campaigns for the store and for Safety Jeans.

The fourth pic is of the neon masterpiece I took with my little Kodak camera and real film.

The fifth pic is of the inside of the store. It’s the only pic I could find on the internet. I regret not taking more interior shots since the store is no longer there.

The sixth  pic is of April and I in front of The Brown Derby donning our new handbags and sunglasses. I remember just as this pic was being taken, someone drove by and yelled, “Tourists!” April was ready to spout off. (How dare they call us tourists!)

The last pic I took today of my coveted clutch. I know it’s seen better days, but I still cherish it.

Photo credit: Controradio.com, Fiorucci, Julie Rasmussen.

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Bright Ideas

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“They say the neon lights are bright on Broadway…” It’s true!  Neon hues and bright tones plastered the runways and showrooms of Manhattan (and London, Paris, and Milan) for New York Fashion Week.

Designers are moving heavily into the Day-Glo look for fall and into next spring. The crazy fluorescents gained popularity in the ’80s, along with Manic Panic hair dye (which never lost its allure), big earrings, smoosh socks, hair scrunchies and plastic clothing. (Trust me, I owned it all, and have the pictures to prove it!)

Then one day (just like the overalls and giant shoulder pads trend), it died! No more loud colors. Fashion toned down, designers went into a natural, earthy direction and the color excitement subsided. But now, brights are back!

The first picture is of Fyodor Golan’s runway show. It’s wacky and fabulous and shows the Day-Glo trend to the extreme.

The second and third pics are of blouses we carry at Roadkill Ranch & Boutique. If you’re hesitant to wear head-to-toe neon, choose an item with just a hint of color. You can still represent the trend with small accents like bows, trims and jewelry.

If you are tame (we know you’re not since you’re donning these styles, but let’s just pretend), choose one focal item and build your look around it. Pair a hot pink (or other neon hue of your choice) top with white pants or your favorite boyfriend jeans, then accessorize with metal jewelry for a more sophisticated look.

The last picture is a compilation of great ideas and vivid color combinations by patterncurator.com.  Depending on how zany you feel, you may want to try some color blocking. Since the bright tones all seem to work together (in some punchy way), take a block of color and pair it with a contrasting color of your choice. For example: a bright yellow tank top worn under a hot pink blazer is a great way to color block. Add an orange scarf or belt to the outfit, and you’ll be ready to paint the town red! Or lime green! Or both! (Just make sure you have a ton of fun while doing it!)

Live colorfully with no regrets!

Photo Credit: Getty Images, Pattern Curator, Savannah Kaefer, Roadkill Ranch

xo

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Free to Fly

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I woke up this morning and thought, “Hey!!! Whatever happened to my blog?” Then I realized it was here the whole time, I was the one who had flown away. I guess my wings had been broken for a while, but they’ve somehow found their way back to the blogging nest and are ready to soar! (Plus, my writing muscles could use some exercise.) I hope you all still love fashion, music and the arts. And birds!

This season it’s all about avian images perched on everything from jewelry to handbags to clothing. There’s just something about a sweet little bird print (or a gigantic brass statement brooch) that attracts attention. Maybe it’s because of their innocuous nature, or their ability to change views by taking off whenever they want? Once again, designers are drawing inspiration from our fancy-feathered friends this season.

The fist pic is Gucci. Need I say more?

The second pic is designer Franck Sorbier. I love this ethereal  gown complete with hand-beaded bodice details. It’s perfect for a Red Carpet appearance.

The third pic is Valentino. I just want to wear this dress around town. I seriously would too! I’d pair it with my Converse tennis shoes and a denim vest. LOL!

And the last three pics are a few of the things we have featured now at Roadkill Ranch & Boutique. This is a perfect example of how runway looks are translated into everyday life. A great blouse, a cool handbag or an exciting accessory  is all you need to represent the trend.

I hope everyone has a great day! And remember, the only person holding you back is you! So, fly high and dream big!

Photo Credit: Getty Images and Roadkill Ranch

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Frozen

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In case you’ve been wondering why I haven’t blogged in a while, I’ve been frozen. I won’t bore you with my personal life, but yesterday for the first time in a very long time, I began to see myself again. Do you ever feel like you don’t know who you are anymore? I think it happens to the best of us at some point in our lives. Anyway, my son was begging me to take him to see the new Disney movie Frozen (he didn’t really have to prod for long, I break for Disney movies). And needless to say, it was a fantastical fantasy!  I started tearing up when Elsa was singing “Let it Go.” I began relating it to my own life and when she stomped her foot down and belted out, “Here I stand and here I’ll stay!”, the powerful lyrics penetrated my very soul.  I haven’t stopped singing it since, so I’m going to pull an 8th grade move and say that this is my theme song.

I loved all of the colors and the frosty, iridescent palets they used in the film. And ironically enough, I had purchased some jewelry for Roadkill Ranch (before I saw the film) that was frosty, and ice-like with iridescent tones. And even more ironic than that, the jewelry hit the store yesterday, the same day the movie was released.

Look to this season with a fresh new glow and add a bit of shine to your wardrobe. Also, remember it’s OK to cry and it’s OK to let it go! I’ve attached Demi Lovatos “Let it Go” for your listening pleasure.

I hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving!

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Monster Mouth

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Here’s my “Freaky Friday Fashion” pic of the week. A yuck mouth shoe that’s candy-coated with pretty, silver spikes and sparkly jewels. Sounds like a few people I know; they portray a nice outwardly appearance, but possess a monster of a mouth.

Halloween is just around the corner, so get your spook on.

T.G.I.F.

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Face Time

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I’ve been seeing a lot of silhouette faces in the fashion world lately. Most are women’s faces with big eyes, big lashes, and big lips plastered on  T-shirts and sheath dresses.

The above pics have just been released from the Prada 2014  Spring Ready-To-Wear Collection. The show was inspired by street art from LA, Mexico and South America. The collection is feminine and strong with an eccentric touch of Pop Art and glam.

Miuccia Prada hired some street artists to create the dramatic back drop. “I want to inspire women to struggle.” She told reporters.

OK, well, I guess struggling makes you a stronger woman, but most struggling women can’t afford to dress head-to-toe in Prada. (I’m just sayin’.)

Although I may be a bit confused by her comment, I still think the designs look strong, beautiful and independent. And, I completely encourage women to be strong, beautiful and independent. So, if you’re struggling to gain strength, you might want to put on your poker face, or your Prada face (if you can afford it).

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