Monthly Archives: August 2012

A Leg Up

Here’s my “Freaky Friday Fashion” pic for the week. I think someone told this designer that they needed to get a “leg up” in the fashion world to make it big. Apparently they took it literal.

Let’s see…I’ll take the quilted, down-filled, trench vest with a side of leg. Wait!  Make that two legs! It’s so functional and totally makes sense! NOT!

I hope everyone has a great weekend! And please dress responsibly!

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Designer Inspirations

 

 

It’s hard to believe that the Spring 2013 runway shows are already in full bloom and we haven’t even scratched the surface of fall 2012. It’s always interesting to see what motivates the creativity of designers and what their thought process is behind each collection. Fashion reporter, Taylor Harris, challenged some designers  to drop hints of the inspiration behind their work for 2013. Without giving too much proprietary information, they were to submit a picture and a few sentences of what we can look forward to in spring.

Picture 1: “All things bright, bold and playful.” ─ Kate Spade

Picture 2: “Decadent Splendor” ─ Jill Stuart

Picture 3: “When one door shuts, another door opens… the American dream!” ─ Alice+Olivia

Picture 4: “Anything pink, bubbly with a little sparkle” ─ Julie Rasmussen (OK- I had to put my 2 cents in and pretend that I’m a designer.)

Picture 5: “Believe in yourself and your dreams.” ─ Julie Rasmussen (OK- you caught me again!) This picture was sent to me by my dear friend and creative colleague Heidi to encourage me. And if I was a designer, I would do an entire collection around this!”

Spring should be fun next season.  And remember to be yourself and you will always be beautiful!

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Character Parade

Barney’s of New York has paved the way in window dressing for years. Their over-the-top, avant-garde displays have inspired me time and time again. Now, they’ve teamed up with Disney to create a holiday theme called “Electric Holiday”. The inspiration comes from Disney’s electrical parade and shows our favorite Disney icons in the fashion world. The project is a three-dimensional short film which tells the story about  Minnie Mouse’s fantasy to be at the Paris shows. She runs into her pals, Goofy, Daisy Duck , Cruella de Vil, Princess Tiana and Snow White. All of the characters are styled in designer clothes as they walk the cat walk. The windows will unveil on Nov. 14th at their flagship store in New York City surrounded by flashing lights and paparazzi.

Barney’s will offer a limited collection of holiday  items like Vinylmation figures designed by Paul Smith and Diane von Furstenberg and Mickey Mouse ears from Rag & Bone. They will also donate 25% of the proceeds from the Electric Holiday sales to a charity they will announce soon.

OK- who is going with me to New York? Email or text me and let’s get a group of kindred spirits to fly to the “Big Apple” in the name of fashion. Because life is too short to miss out on Goofy’s (and the other Disney characters) debut as a runway model.

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Fur Sure!

Fur Sure!
After hours of walking and talking fashion last week in Vegas, it’s safe to say that fur is a key player in this season’s line up. Look for fur handbags and clutches, colored, fur vests, and fur trim on everything from bracelets to shirt collars. Of course “real” fur is a faux pas, so pass on that (unless you want PETA lambasting and stalking you) and stick with the fun, colorful, synthetic pieces.
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Queens Rocket

Dear Monday, I’m ready to kick your ass!

I survived another trade show in Vegas last week (MAGIC) and it was incredible! The vendors, the merchandise, and the creative vibe was all insanely wonderful! I met a lot of new designers and bought so many great items for the store. I can hardly wait until it all starts rolling in.

One of my favorite new designers is Jon Fulton Adams. His screen print T-shirts are an edgy mix of fairy tale whimsy with an element of hilarious surprise. And, he had a fully decked out “Queen” representing in the booth. How could  I not stop and take pics? You all know how I love theatrical people and their hijinks. Anyway, after we chatted for a while, (and filmed a video) Jon promised that he’d turn his men’s shirts into women’s shirts just for Roadkill Ranch & Boutique! (OK, so a few other buyers were pushing for the same thing, but hey…I made him promise! ) Woot! Woot!

It’s good to be back and I wish I could tell you more about my trip. But, what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.

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Pin Ups and Rock Stars

This week is crazy, jammed-packed with everything that revolves around fashion. Tonight is the Pin-Ups and Rock Stars event at The Roxy in Hollywood. Not only is my boutique, Roadkill Ranch, one of the sponsors, but I get the honor of judging my first “official” Pin-Up contest. It’s not too late to join us, and there’s lots of amazing prizes. Plus, Pin UP America Magazine will be covering the event. Then, I fly out for Vegas first thing in the morning for MAGIC (one of the biggest trade shows in the industry). I can’t wait to scout for awesome merchandise to fill the boutique with. So just in case I’m not consistently blogging this week, don’t worry, I’m fine! I’m just shopping for you (and  I don’t like paying the inflated  internet  prices in Vegas).

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Shady

 

Here’s my “Freaky Friday Fashion” pic for the week. For all of those times when you misplace your sunglasses, now you can just borrow a pair from your shirt. I wonder if the designer went around to businesses and asked to look through their lost and found boxes for shades to make this? Hmmmm… just a thought.

I hope everyone has a great weekend! Stay creative!

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Leopard Lover

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I’ve always had a “thing” for leopard. For me, it goes with everything and is timeless. I’ve been on a mission at Roadkill Ranch & Boutique this season to get MORE of the print. I’ve been searching fabric houses and begging my vendors to buy MORE  yardage so they can make me MORE  cute skirts and dresses. And this picture of the historical, leopard-print timeline is a great validation to my plea. So, look for MORE leopard and don’t ever get rid of your vintage pieces.

Yours Truly,

Julie

PS The top picture is of a glamorous dress we have at Roadkill Ranch. Photo by Savannah Kaefer

Thank you Everett Collection for the collage photos.

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Mint Condition

It’s that time of year again when fashion starts transitioning to the flavors of fall. Typically mint tones and sherbet hues stay behind in the summer palettes, but this fall mint is one of the top colors of the season. I met with 4 of my vendors yesterday and they all said that mint was the most popular color right now and buyers across the globe were ordering more mint than black. I ran into a buyer from San Francisco and  a buyer from New Jersey who both said the same thing.

Since mint has always been one of my favorite colors, it didn’t take much convincing for me to order styles in that color for Roadkill Ranch & Boutique. Look for long tunics, hi-low styles, dresses and jeans. Mix it with purple for a pop of freshness or pair with brown for an urban vibe.

I hope everyone has a great day, and pass the mints!

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Betsey Needs Us!!!

 

Betsey Johnson is on a mission to find her designs from past decades to feature in her upcoming fashion show. If you have any of her “vintage” pieces, help a girlfriend out by loaning them to her for a few. She’s offering great incentives and you could win a chance to meet the icon herself.

Here’s what she said on Facebook:

“Hey Pinkettes!!!

I’m desperately seeking my best Betsey Johnson vintage clothes from 60’s- Paraphernalia, 70’s- Alley Cat, and 80’s- Punk Label.

Enter on Facebook for a chance to win a ticket to my fashion show and my 70th birthday party. Girlfriends!!! Spread the word!”

Calling all Pinkettes!

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