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Newest Fashion Icon

Katy PerryKaty Perry isn’t only the latest pop princess to hit the airwaves; she may also be the next fashionista to follow. Twenty-three year old Perry’s single “I Kissed a Girl” seemed to be on every radio station (and now her new song “Thinking of You” is becoming very popular!) and the singer herself will soon be the centerpiece of many a fashion spread. Her vintage style has caught the eye of many established luxury-wear designers from always-fresh Betsey Johnson to the man himself, Karl Lagerfield; the long-time head designer of one fashion’s most luxurious brands, Chanel.  Even before her songs were on the Internet, Betsey Johnson was into Perry, dressing her up for New York Fashion Week after seeing her appear in Betsey Johnson dress for a Women’s Wear Daily photo spread. Now, after being on the covers of countless magazines, Katy continues to pose and primp in her signature conglomeration of vintage finds and the latest 1940s-inspired fashions. Although many young people struggle to find their style, Katy has had her look for a while and it looks like it’s holding strong. (P.S. For all of you “Thinking of You” video fans, her amazing shoes are Italian label, Giambattista Valli and they are from a Los Angeles boutique called Diavolina.) Katy PerryTHE SHOES!katyperry

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An Architectural Shoe Breaks The Mold (and the budget!)

The Zoe shoesLooking for a great way to simultaneously spite the recession and add some heavy-duty innovation to your closet? A pair of handmade aluminum shoes from German industrial designer Christian Werner, with a price tag that nears $4,000, should do the trick. While I can’t condone the price, I do love the idea: Werner’s Zoe shoe riffs on the classic wedge by subtracting the volume and rendering the silhouette in ultra-strong and lightweight aluminum. And look at the cost factor this way: With its sculptural lines and innovative materials, the Zoe could not only be added to your growing shoe closet, but could also be considered your first investment in art!

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Screen Actors Guild Awards: Fashion

The Screen Actors Guild Awards are an annual award given by the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) to recognize outstanding performances by members. SAG Awards have been one of the major awards events in Hollywood since 1995. Nominations for the awards come from 4200 randomly selected members of the union, with the full membership (120,000 as of 2007) available to vote for the winners.

This year was the 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards and the fashion was kept simple. Almost everyone had the look of “Old Hollywood” with solid colors, no bold jewelery, and hair up in buns.

Color was the trend of the night, as actresses walked the red carpet in hues of blue, white, red, tangeraine and bright yellow. Another trend that seems to be carrying on through this awards season — and one Michelle Obama championed on inauguration night — is the one-shouldered gown. Here are a few of my favorites.

Actress Anne Hathaway arrives at the 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium on January 25, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.

Anne Hathaway looked beautiful in a grecian-inspired white gown.

Kate Winslet not only took the prize for the SAG Awards, but also for best dressed.

Actress Andrea Bowen arrives at the 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium on January 25, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.Andrea Bowen glowed in a gorgeous brown and gold dress.

Angelina Jolie looked stunning in this navy gown from the back. But in the front, she looked more like a “Mother of the Bride”.

Actress Taraji P. Henson arrives at the 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium on January 25, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.Taraji P. Henson stood out on the red carpet while wearing a long white gown.

Actress Evan Rachel Wood arrives at the 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium on January 25, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.Evan Rachel Wood styled a beautiful one-shouldered blue gown down the red carpet.

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Lilly Pulitzer: Fabulously Modern Clothing

Lilly LogoIt all started with a juice stand in Palm Beach. Lilly, a young, chic New York socialite had eloped with Peter Pulitzer and settled in Palm Beach to live the life of the rich and famous. Peter owned several Florida citrus groves, but Lilly needed a project of her own. So in 1960, with Peter’s produce, she opened a juice stand in Palm Beach.

Lilly Pulitzer’s business was a hit, but squeezing oranges, lemons, limes, and pink grapefruit made a mess of her clothes. Realizing that she needed a juice stand Lilly dressuniform, Lilly asked her dressmaker to design a dress that would camouflage the stains. The result? A comfortable sleeveless shift made of bright, colorful printed cotton – pink, green, yellow and orange. The dress even had custom dressmaker details like lining and lace seam bindings. It was perfect for the job and became Lilly’s first Classic Shift.Lilly

Although her customers liked Lilly’s juice, they loved her dress more. When people began to ask if they could buy the dress, Lilly had a few more made up to sell in the stand. Soon Lilly was selling more dresses than juice, so she decided to stop squeezing and to focus on designing and selling her “Lillys.” Before long, Jackie Kennedy, an old school friend, began wearing Lillys and as First Lady, she was featured in Life Magazine wearing a Classic Shift. Then, of course, everyone wanted one and Lilly Pulitzer became a fashion sensation.

In 1984, however, Lilly closed her doors to settle into retirement with her second husband, Enrique Rousseau (her marriage to Peter had ended in 1969) and to enjoy her grandchildren. For the rest of the decade, Lilly devotees were left to scour flea markets and re-sale shops to find their beloved vintage Lillys.

Lilly DressIn January 1993, the Lilly Pulitzer line was revived. Now, Lilly Pulitzer is more popular than ever! The Lilly Pulitzer line is now available in 75 Signature Shops, major department stores, and fine specialty stores nationwide. Its popularity continues to grow among those who knew it years ago and those who have just discovered the timeless fun of Lilly Pulitzer apparel.

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Fashion Photography

Fashion photography is a type of photography devoted to displaying clothing and other fashion items. Fashion photography is most often conducted for advertisements or fashion magazines such as Vogue, Vanity Fair, or Allure. Over time, fashion photography has developed its own aesthetic in which the clothes and fashions are enhanced by exotic locations and story lines or could be having great models with different vehicles or animals just to be an eye catching effect.

Fashion PhotographyTrue, Fashion photography is commerce. But it is also art. One problem with today’s fashion photography comes when the photographer forgets to create art. For example, this shot from a February issue of Vogue shot by hotshot photographer, Michael Thompson. These types of fashion photography are as sterile and boring, as prosaic and plodding as a clothing catalog.

Where are the clothes?Sometimes, fashion photographers tend to forget that they are taking pictures of the clothes, and they focus more on making the photography interesting.

Great fashion photography—like great art in general—doesn’t just “tell about today”; it speaks truths about yesterday and tomorrow. “If you want reality, why don’t you look out of the window?” -Nick Knight

Lisa FonssagrivesPhotographers in the past tended to use models who seemed confident, intelligent, and sophisticated. Lisa Fonssagrives, fashion model and muse of the 30s, 40s, and 50s, epitomized a woman of great strength and dignity. You didn’t just want to wear her clothes; you wanted to be her. (Audrey Hepburn gave off the same vibe.)

 

Today's Fashion PhotographyToday, 30 years into feminism, we have models who look not just weak and unsophisticated, but also dumb and victimized. Academic feminists haven’t complained because the models are supposedly playing a subversive role and subversion is inherently politically correct. Moreover, many of the young photographers are female. But now we’ve moved into “fashion vérité” (fashion truth) and the models still look crude. Is this how women in fashion see themselves?

Fashion Photography has definitely changed throughout the years, like the rest of the fashion industry. Look through magazines and mark what you like to see. Do you like the thin, mistreated looking models in the photos? Or do you perfer the glowing, sophisticated models who make you want to wear the clothes in the photography?Fashion Photography

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Fashion Forward Accessories

AccessoriesWhen going to runway shows, people often just look at the beautifully created dresses and outfits. Rarely do people grovel over the astonishing accessories: from the extraordinary shoes to the unusual hats.

 

 

Crazy Hat

Hats are created and worn for a more dramatic effect on the runway.

 

Sarah Jessica ParkerOf course, Sarah Jessica Parker was spotted wearing this extravagant hat to the Sex and the City primere.

Marc Jacobs ShoesThese shoes designed by Marc Jacobs are called the “Inverted Heel” with the heel under the arch of your foot, instead of on the actual heel.

 

Be Careful!!WOW. This is a definitely a big difference to what we are used to seeing. British Designer Antonio Beradi designed these sky-high heels without any heel! It’s 5 1/2 inches off the ground…talk about scary! 

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Do’s and Dont’s

The most thing that women lack is confidence. You need to have confidence in order to really shine into the beautiful person that you really are. Everyone has “problems” or something that they don’t like about their body. This year, you need to learn to live with your flaws. Walk a little edgier. Hold your head up a little higher. Smile and show off your own unique self to others. Trust me, people will envy what you have: confidence. Here are a few Do’s and Don’ts to help you out.

 

Orange is chic!DO:

  • Wear high-waisted skirts into the new year: When wearing these stylish skirts, remember to keep your hair, makeup, and accesories modern. Make sure that you tuck your top into the skirt and maybe add a simple belt to achieve the full affect.

 

  • Stock up orange – it’s the new purple for 2009: Orange is my personal favorite color! I think we’re going to be seeing a lot of brights because even though people are sad, they want to put on a happy face and the big color that’s working right now is orange. I also think we’re also going to be seeing a lot of blues, greens and pinks.

 

  • Style the bold necklaces: Go for vintage. Some of the best “bold” jewelry pieces can be found for cheap at vintage or thrift stores. Aged pieces tend to have lots of character and pizzazz and can say a lot about your personality. Not to mention, it’s much easier on your wallet.

 

  • Keep the black (and colored) leggings: Stay away from too-sheer leggings. Other than that, go crazy with prints and colors as long as its matched with a solid color outfit.

 

  • Switch from black to white nail polish: Black nail polish was all the rage in 2008, which I attribute to the neo-goth “Twilight” phenomenon. I think white nail polish and more French manicures with be seen this year.

 

  • Mix black and brown, as well as silver and gold: It has always been a rule that black and brown and silver and gold do not go together. Lately in the fashion world, people have broken rules like “don’t wear white after labor day” rule (another “do”!) and “always match your shoes with your handbag” rule.  Mix the colors! Mix the metals! After all, rules are meant to be broken, right?

 

DONT:

 

  • Let magazines take over your own style: Sure, you can go to magazines for style tips and suggestions, but don’t let it over-rule your personal style. That’s what make you unique.

 

  • Example of a Fashion Victim! She looks too clutteredWear baggy clothes: Go with form fitted or tailored clothes, which are so much more flattering than baggy clothes. Even if you are plus sized, DO NOT wear baggy clothes! It makes you look heavier than you actually are.

 

  • Let boots count as pants: Please wear pants! Even if you think your shirt is long, it’s tacky to wear just boots with no pants. Even if your boots are extra-long!

 

  • Have underwear lines: Don’t wear dark colored thongs with white pants, either. Get a pair of good nude underwear that doesn’t show lines for a sleek, clean look.

 

  • Mix too many patterns together: Mixing patterns and colors are in, but there are some rules! Make sure that you at least pick colors that compliment each other and patterns that will coordinate so that you don’t look like a circus clown.

 

  • Let yourself go all out with trends: Make sure that you don’t become too much of a fashion victim or a fashionista. You don’t want to waste all of your money on things that you won’t be able to wear the next season.

 

 

 

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