Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Ivan Grundahl at ERDON

With all the serious news coming out of New Jersey recently,
 (you're in my thoughts and meditations New Jersey followers)
 it's nice to talk about the serious fashion coming out of New Jersey as well....

Erdon
6001 Lincoln Drive
West Marlton, NJ. Phone
856-810-7577.

Ivan Grundahl Danish Fashion Week 2012

Be-Witchy!


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Michael Kors

Michael Kors Fall 2012 RTW Style.com
I've always been a big fan of Thrift Stores, Flea Markets, and Antique Shops.... it's a little more difficult to do with Baby.  When he gets tired, it's a wrap.
Sidenote - Dream Vacation Day -London with Honey and Baby, they have tickets to a Man U football game and I have the day to stroll Portobello Road

Michael Kors Spring 2013 RTW style.com









I'm sure that's what I get out of it, I LOVE the search.  It's all about digging for buried treasures.  Today, I struck gold!  I found a gorgeous pair of size 10 black Michael Kors pants for $6.95!  Yup, they almost fit, I have another 5 pounds of baby weight to lose (at least *wink*) and then they'll be perfect.  Got them into the cleaners right before they closed too!  Anyway, that got me to thinking, I hadn't seen Michael Kors Fall 2012 rtw or Michael Kors Spring 2013 rtw!  What in the .... really? I know!!! I've got to get it together! 

On Michael Kors Fall 2012 RTW -- Loved the pieces individually, wasn't a huge fan of the styling, for a personal reason.  It kind of gave me a glamping feel... and I'm so not into camping, glamorous or otherwise. But the clothes themselves? Timeless lux.
On Michael Kors Spring 2013 RTW -- Classic Michael, I wasn't blown away, but I wasn't disappointed either.
Michael Kors -- On Sale
Michael Kors -- On Ebay

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Friday, October 19, 2012

Facetasm

Fashion Friday Look of the Week

....browsing through images from Tokyo Fashion Week,
I stumbled upon this bright collection... reminded me of
the crazy warehouse parties of the late 80's early 90's.  Didn't expect to find anything I could wear, but ahhhhhaaa, I would LOVE to wear this.  Styled differently of course, if you see my hair like this, it's probably a mistake, but I adore it for the runway. 
... and I can't tell if these are pants or a skirt, anyone know? 



Image from Style.com


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Come See About Me

Had a long facebook conversation with a woman that I've been friends with for almost 20 years.  Unbelievable, I can't fathom that time span... 20 years?!  I can imagine 5 years, 2 years, but 20 years is a lifetime! So much has changed in our lives since we first met (we worked together, making and repairing wigs at The House of Gayer... I know, I can't believe that either) but so much about our friendship is exactly the same. 

It was just the therapy I needed this morning as well.  Lots of things have changed and are changing in 2012.  2013 looks challenging, but I'm sooo going to just allow it to happen. Very zen about things this morning....

Speaking of wigs and things that stand the test of time....
How excited am I for this exhibit at the African American Museum in Philadelphia?!





from the African American Museum in Philadelphia's website:

COME SEE ABOUT ME


PHILADELPHIA – (August 8, 2012) Nearly a half-century after American female singing group, the Supremes, conquered the airwaves and rose to international stardom, the African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP), in cooperation with Blair-Murrah Exhibitions, will celebrate the group’s historic imprint on American culture, women’s history, music, and fashion through a ground-breaking new exhibit. "Come See About Me: The Mary Wilson Supremes Collection" will feature over thirty of the Supremes’ most glamorous gowns.

“Come See About Me: The Mary Wilson Supremes Collection" is a showcase conceived by Mary Wilson, an original member of the Supremes. In addition to the group’s stunning gowns, “Come See About Me” will feature rarely seen video footage, gold records and album covers, historic photographs, and contemporary magazine and news articles. Wilson’s determined journey towards self-actualization—a story of universal relevance for women of all ages and backgrounds—will be a key theme of the presentation as well.

AAMP President and CEO Romona Riscoe Benson states, “The Supremes' legacy changed the face of music and we are thrilled to host Mary Wilson’s exhibit, including the many costumes she has preserved over the years. The Supremes and their music are a significant part of American history and we are proud to partner with PNC to present it to Philadelphia’s residents and visitors. We look forward to offering a wide variety of special events, educational programs and fun-filled activities relating to the exhibit that everyone will enjoy.”

Dr. Mark Anthony Neal, noted expert in popular culture including music, and professor of Black Popular Culture in the Department of African and African American Studies at Duke University, has been engaged as the guest curator for the exhibit. Dr. Neal, author of five books, is a frequent commentator for National Public Radio and contributes to a number of online media outlets, among them Huffington Post Black Voices, Ebony.com and SeeingBlack.com.

“The gowns tell the story of an important era: the Supremes and the society that the Supremes helped to transform. The Supremes embodied style, class and integrity at a time when those were some of the only things that African-Americans could legitimately claim in American society. The grace and confidence that the Supremes personified would inspire a nation and continue to serve as a shining example of modern Black womanhood—American womanhood,” says Dr. Neal.

"Come See About Me: The Mary Wilson Supremes Legacy Collection" was made possible by a PNC Arts Alive grant. This is a very prestigious grant award. In 2012, only twenty-five arts organizations in the Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey region were selected for bold thinking around increasing arts access and engagement and AAMP was one.
“The PNC Foundation has a long history of providing grants to non-profit organizations that strengthen and enrich the lives of our neighbors,” said Bill Mills, regional president of PNC for Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey. “We understand the valuable return that investing in the arts can deliver. Today more than ever, the businesses we attract, the jobs we create and the visitors who extend their stay are drawn by what the Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey region has to offer.”
The exhibit will be supported by extensive programming including concerts, celebrity appearances, fashion shows, and various other specialized activities. AAMP and PNC will make an official media announcement on October 10, 2012. For more information about the “Come See About Me” exhibit, please visit http://aampmuseum.org/.


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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Fractionable


You know those days when you wake up before the alarm, and you just watch the minutes tick by until you HAVE to get up?  Tuesday, October 2nd was one of those days.  And I had a thousand and one things to do, so it was also a day that I had to hit the ground in full stride... and make-up. But there was one shining light at the end of my work day, I was going to see Fractionable at Moore



Moore has an annual Jumpstart Fashion Show, and it's always the first show of each new school year.  So, that means their design students are given this assignment the first day of class! Imagine the pressure. Add to that a mathematical theme and we're well into the panic attack zone. 


The students were instructed to create a design based on the Golden Ratio, symbolized by the Greek letter "phi".  Mmm hmm... take a piece of muslin (Oh yeah, the other kicker is everything had to be made out of muslin) and create something that screams natural symmetry, screams influence of math on design.... Project Runway, ain't got nothin' on this challenge. 

The cutest little animation started the show (starring Donald Duck no less) to explain the Golden Ratio.  Thank God, I haven't thought about phi since .... high school (?). 


The audience still had smiles on their faces from the animation, when the first model stomped out.  Nice transition, from sweet Donald Duck to Pow Six foot Glamazon.  I've been to many many many fashion shows, and I expect to be wowed maybe twice at a student show, but this show, this show wowed me over and over again.  This is a really talented class of Juniors and Seniors.

Image credit - Moore College of Art










Image Credit - Moore College of Art


Image Credit - Moore College of Art



Saturday, October 13, 2012

Design Philadelphia

I was able to squeeze out a little time
to see some of Design Philadelphia last night....

Look at the baubles created by Allison Hunt and Denise Fike!

Denise Fike's nature inspired statement rings!  These ladies stand at least three inches high!
Allison Hunt Bangle -- Inspired by a Denise Fike painting.  Gorgeous!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Sewwww Good!

After some interesting life changes and working on a fun project with a stylist for Vogue and Butterick Patterns (more on that later)... I've dusted off the old Singer Sewing Machine and started to sew again. 
Vogue Pattern V1181 Chado Ralph Rucci

... I mean how many fabrics could you see this gorgeous Chado Ralph Rucci caftan in.  It would be amazing in black silk for hosting a small dinner party (I'd accessorize it with a really long chunky necklace and a seriously dramatic turban) ...... or how lovely would this be in some gorgeous transparent print for a stroll on the beach. 

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Artspace

Art to Fight Breast Cancer
Photograph - Portrait Of Clarivel Lounging , 2008  by Mickalene Thomas

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and to support the effort to research, diagnose, and eventually cure the disease Artspace will contribute a portion of the sales of work by women artists this month to the American Cancer Society. To help the battle against breast cancer, buy work in this collection or any other works by women artists on the site.

Ta(Rot) Pack deluxe edition , 2009 by Dorothy Iannone Mixed Media

Monday, October 8, 2012

Louis Vuitton -- Spring 2013

Pic Credit - WWD.com
I'm not into labels and logos plastered across the human form as a 'style'......
I mean, I get it as far as branding goes.....you've got to keep your name out there after all. 

Having laid out that little disclaimer, please watch Marc Jacob's genius Spring 2013 Louis Vuitton Fashion Show.  He turns those little Louis V. blocks into... art!  This runway is an art installation. 


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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Jump Start at Moore!

Oh I can't wait to show you all the designs from last night's Jump Start Fashion Show at Moore.... you always expect to see one or two really great looks at a student fashion show, but one after the other, the models stomped out in really impressive and sophisticated designs.  Bravo Moore! Bravo!

Stay tuned, more pics and designer info coming very soon

One of my favorite looks from last night's show

Busy Baker!



Took a stroll through The Woodlands last Sunday, for their 2nd Annual Go West Craft Fest, and as usual Philadelphia Craftsmen brought out their best and brightest, and I wanted to buy EVERYthing.... but I was especially into the baubles and bowties in the Busy Baker Industries Booth. 


 I love most things that have a vintage/repurposed twist to it.  And Kaysee Baker, owner/designer at Busy Baker Industries has a really great aesthetic. 


It's vintage inspired, and still fun and young.  She's one to watch. 
Follow Busy Baker Industries on Facebook.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012