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My Type

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Here’s my “Freaky Friday Fashion” pic for the week, a typewriter dress by London designer Mary Katrantzou.

I’ve been searching for something to wear to my next blogger convention that will stand out, and this is perfect! I’m sure I’ll get plenty of press attention and social media comments in this frock. It’s just my type.

T.G.I.F.

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Happily Ever Afters

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Disney and Harrods of London will be auctioning off 10 princess-inspired, couture gowns for charity. The gowns are fashioned after Disney’s princess stars like Snow White, Cinderella,  Jasmine and more. Each gown is handcrafted by some of fashion’s most respected designers.

The first pic is a gown in honor of Snow White by Oscar de la Renta.

The second pic is a gown in honor of Princess Jasmine by Escada.

The third pic is a gown in honor of Mulan by Missoni.

The last pic is more of the collection that is due to meet the gavel at Christie’s Auction House in November. All of the proceeds will go to benefit the Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity.

So, if you’ve always wanted to play “dress up” and pretend to be a “pretty princess”, it looks like your dreams are about to come true. Now you can purchase a bespoke gown of your very own and help sick children at the same time.  A total princess thing to do.

I just hope a wicked witch doesn’t show up and try to poison everyone. Beware of the beady-eyed phony with an apple who pretends to be your best friend. Maybe Christie’s should just hang a sign on the door that reads: No Witches Allowed! That should keep them out, at least long enough for you to get your fairy tale frock on, grab a cab to SoHo, and begin to live happily ever after!

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Clammed Up

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Here’s my “Freaky Friday Fashion” pic of the week, the clam dress. This was made years ago by the late designer Alexander McQueen. I thought his death was tragic and untimely, but his creativity and ability to think outside of the box will inspire me for the rest of my life. I love how he was just walking with a friend along the beach and decided that the empty clam shells needed to be repurposed into a couture gown. Love that mind! You are missed!

In McQueen’s Words

“My friend George and I were walking on the beach in Norfolk, and there were thousands of [razor-clam] shells. They were so beautiful, I thought I had to do something with them. So, we decided to make [a dress] out of them. . . . The shells had outlived their usefulness on the beach, so we put them to another use on a dress. Then Erin [O’Conner] came out and trashed the dress, so their usefulness was over once again. Kind of like fashion, really.”

Alexander McQueen (British, 1969–2010)
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VOSS, spring/summer 2001
Razor-clam shells stripped and varnished
Courtesy of Alexander McQueen
Photograph © Sølve Sundsbø / Art + Commerce

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Pinned!

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When two people from different backgrounds collaborate, the end result can be rather stunning. That’s what happened when Charlotte Olympia and Tom Binns married their ideas.

Charlotte Olympia’s designs are whimsical, fun, and full of intense femininity, while Tom Binns tends to err on the side of anarchy. The two created this Punk Rock- inspired collection of shoes and handbags to coincide with the “Punk: Chaos to Couture” exhibit at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

The show will reveal early day Punk style and how it has gradually inspired the fashion industry over the years.

I remember in 1981 when the band Black Flag came to my high school (Katella) in Anaheim, CA. Punkers came in droves from surrounding cities just to see them play. It was a sea of rebels with mohawks and black, skin-tight pants. Doc Martins covered the walk ways, while bad-ass anarchists smoked their cigarettes and invaded our school’s front lawn. A huge riot broke out in the streets and within minutes the cops were there to break it up and cancel the show. It was the most exciting thing I’d ever seen.

I found myself wanting to be in the midst of the action, well, I was in the midst of the action, but wanted more of a screaming and yelling in the streets kind of action. Unfortunately, I didn’t quite fit in with my Dittos and ’70s-inspired, ruffled blouse. But, if I would’ve had these safety pin pumps and clutch bag, I may have been bold enough to run out there and shout a few words of my own.

I love their classy collaboration and the collection will be available for sale at http://charlotteolympia.com, and some Macy’s stores in the beginning of May.

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OC Fashion Week

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OC Fashion week was a huge success and took place at various venues around Orange County. I had the privilege of attending and was so excited when I saw my friend, model/actress Joell Posey back stage at the “Emerging Designers” and “Avant Garde” shows. The transformation from back stage to the runway is always so enthralling.
The designs were an eclectic mix of retro and Bohemian and included such names as Luis Valenzuela, Dan Richters and Kerrie Kordowski. This year marks the third annual OC Fashion Week and the founder Julia Tudor has great expectations and higher hopes for next year. Watch out London, Paris and New York, Orange County is “HAUTE”!
Photo Credit: Julie Rasmussen and Gregory Moore
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So Hot!

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The Oscars were full of amazing gowns and star-studded styles in “Tinsel Town” yesterday. My favorite look by far was this hot number. I loved the sleek, sexy, effortless feel. The black accessories, the sultry bedroom eyes and the facial hair just melts my heart. Oh, and Stacy Keibler’s dress by designer Naeem Khan was nice too.

Photo credit: Getty Images

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The Mad Hatter

London Fashion Week is home to the avant-garde and over-the-top couture. And this show by hat maker Philip Treacy was no exception. The outrageous and theatrical designs were all in tribute to the late pop star Michael Jackson. The show was cast with a crew of  all black models who wore hats that had significant remembrance of Jackson. From the Thriller jackets to the infamous white glove accents, it was definitely a collection of masterpieces.

Lady Gaga (AKA Mother Monster) opened the show in pink netting that covered her entire body and announced: “Ladies and gentleman, the greatest milliner in the world— Philip Treacy.”

Hats off to London Fashion Week!

photo: Gareth Cattermule/ Getty Images

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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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Pin Cushion Couture

 

Here’s my “Freaky Friday Fashion” pic for the week. She looks like a disgruntled fashion student seeking revenge on her fellow designers and instructor.

Or, maybe she’s just thinking, “Let’s all dress up like pin cushions and go clubbing.”

Who knows? Either way, it’s a good way to recycle those random safety pins you have lying around.

TGIF!!!

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Canned

Here’s my “Freaky Friday Fashion” pic for the week. Tin can hats! Brilliant! Why didn’t I think of that?

Now I know what to do with all of my empty soda cans. I’ll invest in some Saran Wrap and start my own hat line (I’ll add glitter to my hats so they’re different). It’s a low start-up fee and I’m sure I can get my neighbors to save their old cans for me too. I’ll call the collection “Head Trip”.  Perfect!

I hope everyone has a great weekend. And please recycle!

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