Saturday, 13 August 2011

Ali Lohan, Future Face of Fashion?

This just in, Lindsay’s little sister Ali has scored a modelling contract with NEXT Models. Now we’re not sure if she scored this on her own, or if Dina has had a heavyhand in securing this for her next daughter. For Ali’s sake, let’s hope that Dina has no hand in her career (let’s take a look at Lindsay).

Ali Lohan will be modeling along side faces like Miranda Kerr and Karlie Kloss at NEXT and she is being “touted as the future face of fashion.” (TELEGRAPH)

Alexis Borges, Director, Next Los Angeles told that, “In fashion, Ali will set herself apart as a bona fide icon. One that fashion fans will follow not because of her famous last name, but because of the beautiful images and fashion trends she is helping create.” (TELEGRAPH)

I’m not quite sure how Ali Lohan’s career will go over. To be honest, when I look at her face I’m not seeing high fashion, or commercial. I just hope that she can stay on the straight and narrow and work professionally without her mother involved.

Stay at home Dina, fashion doesn’t need you pissing around in yet another industry that you know nothing about.

Welcome to the club, Ali.

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Well, this just in: You Can Start Painting the Bottom of Your Shoes Scarlett

I know all of you are somewhat aware of the lawsuit that Louboutin had against Yves Saint Laurent, alleging that they stole “their thing” which is of course having the red sole on all of their shoes. Well, today a NY judge refused to grant a preliminary injunction against YSL.

So basically, Louboutin can go cry in a corner, because not only can YSL produced shoes with red soles, so can every other shoe manufacturer out there, no matter how low quality. Hello, knock offs am I right?

The court said that “Because in the fashion industry color serves ornamental and aesthetic functions vital to robust competition, the court finds that Louboutin is unlikely to be able to prove that its red outsole brand is entitled to trademark protection, even if it has gained enough protection in the market to have secondary meaning.” (NYTIMES)

The lawsuit was too broad and to be honest, they can’t really say, “No you can’t use that colour” to YSL, just because Christian Louboutin has red soles on all of their shoes.

Sorry about your luck CL, but fashionistas everywhere will be able to tell the difference and true fans will shell out the 1K+ price to buy a pair of truly fab shoes.

Revlon Picks Emma Stone and Olivia Wilde

Revlon has recently signed two new faces; Emma Stone and Olivia Wilde.

Stone and Wilde have been everywhere this summer. Both have two movies out this summer and both have been on almost every single magazine cover this year, so you know that their faces are marketable.
What I want to know, is who do you think will make the better Revlon girl?

For me I think that Wilde will be. She has those crazy cheekbones and she just looks so high-fashion. I mean if she didn’t want to be an actress, she could model, very easily. The only thing is, I feel as though she’s another Megan Fox. Something deep down inside me says that Wilde isn’t going to be a big deal for a long time.

Emma Stone though, seems like she has some staying power, and I feel like more people can relate to her beauty because she has a very All-American face.

Revlon may risk looking a little bit “Covergirl” with Emma Stone, but it’s sure going to be a risk that could produce great results.

What do you think? Emma Stone or Olivia Wilde?

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Red Pants? Not Like This.

I've heard it over and over this season, "Replace your tired black skinnies with red ones!" and during a recent shopping trip I discovered that my bottom will not cooperate with this trend, so this blogger will have to remain in her "tired black jeans".

I wasn't upset about it for too long, I mean if this is what I'm missing out on then I'm saving myself a lot of trouble.

Now at this point I'm not sure if I hate these pants, or if I hate them on her.

The pants to me seem to be hitting at an awkward spot on her leg, kind of like she bought them too short so she bunched them up at the knee to make it look like they were supposed to be like that. I mean, the whole pant itself looks bunched up and that is not aesthetically pleasing for this girl right here.

I don't like the fabric, I don't like how it looks bunched up and dear lord, I don't like that crochet sweater with it, and even though those shoes are Prada... I don't know. This outfit doesn't scream Vogue's Top 10 Best Dressed to me, but apparently Vogue thinks otherwise.

At least Mila Kunis was on the list too, to even out some of the dreckitude.

Sunday, 7 August 2011

Aaaaand In Completely Pointless Accessories News...

The Body Chain.

Let’s look at an example of one on R&B singer Rihanna:

I know what you’re asking, “But, Cecily? Where is it?” Oh it’s there wrapped around her body. The pointless part about this particular piece of jewelry is that it’s extremely hard for anyone else to see because it’s a thin gold strap.

Not only is it pointless, it’s dangerous! Imagine swimming in that? What if it got caught in something? Not only would your expensive gold chain break, but what if it didn’t break!

Also, tanlines? Hellooo? What a stupid piece of jewelry. I don’t care if Rosie Huntington Whiteley and Rihanna were seen in them. They’re stupid.

Friday, 5 August 2011

Nostalgia: So Pretty Much Everything You Already Had In Your Closet

Remember your first car? The old clunker you bought from the old guy down the street? It could barely get to 60 and when it finally got there it shook like a leaf, but you sure were proud of that thing. Or how about your first kiss? The combination of awkward and awful made the whole experience something that you would never forget.

Nostalgic moments that you look back on and smile about. Moments that happen in your youth, back in the days when you didn’t have to worry about your tuition payment, graduating with your pre-med degree, paying back your student loan, paying your mortgage on time. Back when things were simple, when your life was carefree.

Fashion remembers those moments too, harking back to times when life was simpler and let’s face it; when the economy wasn’t so awful.

This year, high fashion houses like Prada, Miu Miu and D&G are embracing the drama of the 40’s, the romance of the 60’s and the fun-loving carefree festival days of the 70’s.

Fashion is repeating itself, but with more contemporary and modern spins on classics that you could keep in your closet for years to come. High fashion is focusing on investment pieces for the 2011 fall/autumn season because you probably already have something like it what’s walking down the catwalk in a box somewhere in your attic, it just needs to be updated.

Brands like Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger have trademarked preppy nostalgia throughout the entire history of their brand, making it a hallmark style that has carried these influential designers throughout each different fashion era. Yet, because preppy nostalgia is simply so classic, it becomes less nostalgic and more timeless. I don’t know about you, but when I think of Tommy Hilfiger, I think about my first pair of designer running shoes. When I think about Ralph Lauren I think about the first polo that I ever bought that was more expensive than the rest of my outfit.

Only warm and fuzzy thoughts over here.

Whether it’s “preppy nostalgia” or simply plain old nostalgia. Nostalgia that reminds you of your old car or nostalgia that let’s you wear your old bell-bottoms and the bohemian style wrap dress that you wore on your way to Woodstock, fashion is trying to remind you of more carefree times.

Missoni is trying to get you back into your flared trousers and Roberto Cavalli wants you to put those old boho crochet cardigans back on, because fashion is getting ready to embrace your previous youthful, carefree lifestyle.

Colour Blocking: Yes or No?

A trend that isn’t new that is strutting it’s way back onto the fashion scene is the colour block trend. It’s bright, it’s happy, it’s summer and most importantly, when done properly, it’s extremely flattering.

Colour blocking is not for the faint of heart, if you’re afraid to wear colour, then maybe this isn’t the trend for you, but if you’re a fearless “I’ll wear anything” kind of fashionista, you should be hiking up your pastel pink shorts and tossing on a teal tank top this summer. When white is thrown into the mix as an accessory this summer time trend looks completely finished. It’s handy considering white goes with everything. If you’re feeling daring, toss in another colour, like gold. says that a retrospective look of the Yves Saint Laurent brand last year in Paris, inspired other designers and brands to reintroduce colour blocking (it’s not new by any means, it was popular in the 1970’s first).

Head to toe colour is nothing but trendy this year, so stop wearing your dreary khakis and brighten up your wardrobe.

A Love Letter to Fashion

Dear Fashion,

Thank you ever so much, for the maxi skirt. I mean what is there not to love?

 It’s perfectly flattering on almost every single figure imaginable, especially if it’s sitting high on the hips or on the waist. The maxi can be boho, or preppy. Even dressed up to be a little bit more elegant than usual. But you can always bring out your strappy sandals and tank top and wear the same maxi skirt down the street the next day.

 Fashion, it’s as though you’re replacing my favourite pair of jeans and I’m ok with that. It kind of works out for me, since my jeans are a little bit stuffy for a humid Southern Ontario summer.

It’s more convenient and less of a hassle to wear a Maxi skirt than a Mini skirt as well. Especially on a windy day, I don’t have to worry about wearing a large bag to keep my skirt down. Not having to walk down the street with arms firmly placed at my sides is a plus.

Accessorized with a belt, a tank top and a slouchy bag, the Maxi skirt is officially my favourite must-have item in any wardrobe.
For this Fashion, I salute you.

Love Always,


P.S. Mid-calf is also very nice, but will never fill that spot in my heart. Maxi forever.’

Reverse Thinspo: What I Have to Say, Sue Me

I have a bone to pick.

Normally I don’t do this, as I don’t like to get too personal with my blogs and what not. I don’t spout my opinion on something quite so controversial a lot because, quite frankly the only thing I really want to discuss on this blog are fashion related items and queries. I’m basically here to talk about the fashion world and it’s trends. I’m here to get my writing out there, create a platform, yadda yadda. You know, the norm.

But today, something came to my attention.

Reverse Thinspo. We all know what thinspo is, basically pictures of skinny (and sometimes emaciated) young women that are posted with the intention to help you focus on a weight loss goal, and honestly I have no problem with this at all. If you need to look at someone who is thinner than you for inspiration, then all the power to you, just please diet healthy.

What bothers me is Reverse Thinspo. Which is pictures of women who are obese or sometimes slightly overweight. What bothers me about it, are the pictures of girls who posted those pictures of themselves on their personal tumblrs, or personal facebooks and are now being posted on these Reverse Thinspo sites because someone petty enough decided that they weren’t their ideal vision of beauty.

I only have one thing to say about this:

You may be insecure about yourself, and you may feel the need to put down your own body, but stop projecting and putting down other people’s bodies. You only see flaws in theirs because you see the same flaws in your own. Newsflash, you may be skinny in 2 months, but you’re still going to be ugly.

Personality is what wins out when it comes to scoring a quality dude, scoring a quality job and scoring quality friends. Not being skinny. You’ll just be another skinny bitch; the same kind of skinny bitch that put you down when you were overweight too.

Have fun being alone.

Celebrity Judges? I Don't Like

I’m getting tired of talent shows using completely unrelated celebrities to judge their shows.
Like, they find the most obscure thing in their background and then allow them to judge based on that. Like, Ellen DeGeneres on So You Think You Can Dance? How is she related to the dance world at all? Because she dances on stage before her show starts? Uhm…

The Guest judge on America’s Next Top Model are just as ridiculous. Krisitin Cavallari? She walks one runway show in Miami (because she’s a celebrity) and is on The Hills so she knows everything about fashion? She has no place sitting at the same table as Nigel Barker and Andre Leon Talley. Nicki Minaj? She’s a great rapper, but she also has absolutely no place sitting on the judging panel on a fashion related show.

I know that they want ratings, but come on, don’t sell out.

Androgyny: But Mainly the Models

Something that has been in style in fashion for a number of years now is androgyny. Do I completely understand it? No. Do I think it’s one of the most commercially appealing trends? No. But, do I think it works? Yes.

For modern designers, I can understand sending androgynous models down the catwalk. A model that isn’t ultra feminine and more androgynous will (and this sounds bad) let the garment wear her. Feel free to argue with me here, but I feel as though a more androgynous model is usually more of a mannequin than say, a Miranda Kerr (although that’s also the difference between high fashion and being a Victoria’s Secret angel, I guess). There is nothing in the way of the garment and nothing that truly pulls your gaze from the designs themselves.

This of course is not to say, that androgynous models are not beautiful. Supermodel An Oost is a very beautiful and visibly stunning woman, she is also has a very androgynous look when she is photographed.

The one thing that I do understand and what truly makes me appreciate this trend, is that it’s opening doors for transgender models like Lea T, on catwalks and in front of cameras. Fashion is a daunting place for models that are not transgender, I can only imagine what it must be like for transgender models, especially right out of the gates.

Once again, not saying that all transgender women look masculine or manly, but they certainly fit into the androgynous look that designers are drifting more towards.

I love the faces of many androgynous models; they have facial construction that is top notch. I can understand why they photograph so beautifully, with cheekbones that could cut steel, but the soft femininity of the pouty lips. It’s an attitude that models strive to pull off on a daily basis in front of a photographer, but comes to naturally to those who have the facial composition to pull it off.

With menswear moving into womenswear rapidly, it’s easier for designers to let their clothing hang off of their models as well. For example, Alexander Wang’s ready-to-wear line tends to drift toward the androgynous look with his styling of the models, as he has a very casual and organic niche. An ultra pretty girl, with a feminine face would not match his aesthetic.

I think that we can safely say that the boom in androgynous modeling is going to be staying around for a while, as it has leaked into the mainstream fashion world. With the popularity of pixie cuts booming, and the popularity of undercuts growing, androgyny is quickly moving through the entire fashion world, straight down to commercial fashion; and I don’t have a problem with it.

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