Thursday, March 29, 2012

Top Trends for SS12. #14

Really? This is something that's cool? I could maybe, MAYBE tolerate the middle set, because the vertical stripes make legs longer. But overwhelmingly, printed skinny jeans are just going to make your butt look big. Even acid wash is terrible. 

Do you really want to look like one of the guys from LMFAO? So, this is up there with my hatred of animal sweaters as the most tragic trends for 2012. Stop yourself before you buy.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

15 Spring/Summer Trends #15

This is not a flattering look. You have a dog on your chest. 

This is my least favorite trend for SS12. It's awkward and uncomfortable and really ugly. It's a nod to Glee's Rachel, who insists on wearing these beastly sweaters. There isn't anything about this trend I think of as flattering. The sweaters look like something for a small child, and not in  an adorable way, like a tutu. Instead there's a picture of an animal. It's not cute. It's tacky and something I'm pretty sure I wore during the early 90's. It's basically one step above a holiday sweater. And not even the rich can pull those off. 

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Yves Saint Laurent at the Denver Art Museum, or How I Found My Way Back Home

When something traumatic happens, something so traumatic it steals away your creativity, it weighs on your passions, your love. It makes you feel down, depressed, and you begin to hate those things that you love. 

I'm sure those of you that know me wonder why I'm not singing about leaving for school. I've had to push it back. Maybe worse. I am not sure of my future. It's a financial issue. I've been depressed, lonely, and unhappy for a month now, attempting to find a way, but finding it to be impossible. I began to hate fashion. I began to look at magazines and I'd feel sick. I didn't care if Marc Jacobs was leaving Vuitton for Dior. I didn't care if Sarah Burton burned Alexander McQueen to the ground. And I didn't care that the Denver Art Museum was debuting the Yves Saint Laurent retrospective. But, I was dragged out there by my mother, thank God. 

For any good fashionista, walking into the exhibit is like Charlie walking into the Wonka Factory. It's set up superbly, beginning with a brief bio on him through the Dior years, and even through his replacement. We all need to be grateful that he was replaced. Using audio and visual interactions, the exhibit really draws the audience in. But be warned, there's a lot of information given. Designed to guide the audience from the least dramatic to the most, the exhibit builds excitement and tension. 

One of the first looks, this jumpsuit was fantastic. One of my favorite pieces, because it was tailored, but not overworked. 

But the most fantastic was the tuxedo and ball room. 

Here is a portion of the tuxedo wall. Using the tuxedo as inspiration, YSL created the female tuxedos, ranging from pants or skirt suits to dresses. Claiming, of course, that he wanted women to be comfortable, YSL allowed women the freedom to choose between pants and skirts. 

Then, juxtaposing the tuxedo wall, was the ballgown area. Here was the incredible gowns designed for high society or red carpet events. There were so many gowns, any woman could find one she'd love to wear. I found at least 7.

This was the final look. I found it truly inspirational, and I want a dress like this so badly. It was lovely, feminine and yet surprising, and, obviously, influential. Designers are still trying to recreate this gown. Usually it goes very poorly  (yes, Dior, I'm looking at you.) 

Overall, it was lovely, fantastic, and heartwarming. I was suddenly reminded of why I want to be in fashion, why I want to pursue my dreams in the industry. Sometimes, all you need is a little reminder of why you love something. Now, I need to find me a dress with a giant pink bow on the back. 

Spring and Summer Trends

After a mini break, because I earned it, I'm back with my take on the upcoming seasons trends. I'm a little late, but I can do fall right after these.

Over the next 15 days, I'll countdown what I think are the biggest Ready to Wear trends, my thoughts, and how to wear them. There will be pictures and commentary, and I assume I will insult someone who has already purchased something terrible, either in irony or in seriousness.

Look, I believe fashion should not be taken seriously, but there are some things that are so tacky, I don't know what to do with myself. #15 is the worst to me. To tide you over until I post, here, sexy men.