Saturday, February 17, 2018

Jumpsuit love.............

I love jumpsuits!
And I am so glad to see them coming in strong this year.

This one is from Chico's and I just love the way it fits.  I normally buy a size one top and size zero pant.  I bought it in size one and it is perfect.  I am long waisted and it is cut to fit just right.

The feminine ruffled accent front, gold zippered pockets and gold toned buttons give this "utility" jumpsuit a very chic look.

The fabric is a knit polyester with a little stretch and give.

With some gold accent jewelry and my leopard slip on shoes, I'm ready for an evening out!

I added my own belt, but it can be worn without.  It has a wide elastic waist (better seen when you go to the website).

Why am I laughing??
I'm laughing because I just found out that it is on sale for President's weekend.  You would be crazy not to buy one.
So get out your credit card and....  

Monday, February 12, 2018

Christian Dior ......... full skirt and cinched waist

Christian Dior
French Couturier

Christian Dior was born in the town of Granville on the coast of Northern France in 1905.  When he was five, his family moved to Paris.
His parents had dreams of him becoming a diplomat, but Dior was artistically inclined and after graduating in Political Science, he opened a small art gallery.  After closing the gallery three years later, he made money by selling his fashion sketches, eventually becoming a magazine illustrator in 1935.

With the outbreak of WWII, he served in the French Army.
In 1942 after his service, he returned to Paris and began working for couturier Lucien Long where they dressed the wives of Nazi officers and French collaborators in order to preserve the fashion industry.

The House of Christian Dior was founded in 1946 in Paris and in 1947 Dior showed his debut collection.
The "look" consisted of a mid-calf full skirt with a cinched waist and fuller bust.  

In 1948, Dior established a luxury ready-to-wear house in New York City.

A costume fitting with Hollywood actress Ava Gardner for her film The Little Hut  (1957)

In 1955, nineteen year old Yves Saint Laurent became Dior's design assistant. 

Just two years later, Dior was vacationing in Italy when he had his third heart attack and died at the age of 52.  It was estimated that 2,500 people attended his funeral in France.

Yves Saint Laurent after the funeral.  He remained the creative force for a while until having to serve in the military.

Over the next years, there were a number of style directors at the House of Dior.  John Galliano served as creative director from 1977 to 2011.  

Paris Fashion Week Spring 2018 .......
Fir the first time a woman is in charge.  Maria Grazia Chiuri was said to have re-invented Christian Dior.

To view the entire 2018 ready-to-wear collection click here:

Did you happen to notice Melania Trump wearing a Dior white pantsuit at the State of the Union address.

I pulled some of my favorites from the 2018 collection for you to see:

A simple double breasted suit jacket and pants.  Notice the length of the jacket and the length of the pants.  

Several denim pieces were shown

I'm loving this fun jacket 

Skirt may be a little short for my taste, but I love the pleats

 Everyone needs a "red" ensemble

I can easily see myself in this two piece

Monday, February 5, 2018

Diane Von Furstenberg and the iconic wrap dress

Diane von Furstenberg

Diane von Furstenberg was born in Brussels, Belgium in 1946.  According to Diane, her mother, an Auschwitz concentration camp survivor, taught her that "fear is not an option".

She married into the German princely House of Furstenberg, as the wife of Prince Egon von Furstenberg.  She maintained her name even after her divorce.

After studying economics in college, she worked as an assistant to a fashion photographer in Paris.  Then in Italy she worked as an apprentice to a textile manufacturer.

It is believed that the iconic wrap dress was conceived when Diane saw Julie Nixon Eisenhower on television wearing one of her wrap tops with one of her skirts.... and she decided to put the two together.

In 1974 after meeting Vogue editor Diana Vreeland, she introduced her knitted jersey "wrap dress".  By 1975 she was reported to be making 15,000 of the dresses a week.

Cybill Shepherd wore the Diane von Furstenberg dress in the movie Taxi Driver in 1975

In 1985 she left her design studio for France where she engaged in other economic endeavors.

In 1997 she re-launched her design company and re-introduced the wrap dress.  Now a new generation of women fell in love with the design.

In Diane's own words, "The wrap dress is a cultural phenomenon.  What is so special about it is that it's actually a very traditional form of clothing.  It's like a toga, it's like a kimono, without buttons, without a zipper.  What made my wrap dresses different is that they were made out of jersey and they sculpted the body."  The Independent 2008

Kate Hudson wore a Diane von Furstenberg dress to the You, Me and Dupree film premiere in 2006.

Amy Adams wore three DVF wrap dresses in American Hustle in 2013.

The Duchess of Cambridge in 2014 proved the DVF dress was perfect for Royal duties.

The Diane von Furstenberg Spring 2018 ready-to-wear Collection with Jonathan Saunders collaborating was full of color and prints and hand painted florals.  You can see the full runway by clicking here:

I pulled out a few of my favorites:

The front zipper skirt with the wrap waist blouse could go anywhere.

A wrap dress variation with a very interesting sleeve.  I find myself wanting a close up look to see how it is constructed.

All of the pants are wide legs..........flattering to every shape!

Loving this vibrant orange.

Loving the floral

I want this gorgeous wrap jump suit.

 These pants definitely make a statement.

Just for fun, I found some DVF fashions for you to peruse......

"I don't like to talk about my dreams. I like to make them happen. I prefer to talk about them when they're done."

Diane von Furstenberg

Monday, January 29, 2018

What is a Fashion Fad ?

What is a fashion FAD. 
 It is a style that is enthusiastically accepted for a short period of time and then falls rapidly into disuse.

A great example that many of you may remember would be the men's polyester leisure suits of the 70's

The leisure suit gained popularity by offering an inexpensive, fashionable suit which could be used in formal business and on the disco floor.

How about a fad from the 50's!  
Black and white shoes associated with young girls and teens wearing poodle skirts.
Yes, "saddle shoes".
I remember the nightly ritual of carefully polishing them.

Think of the 1980's.  A new Ivy League look originating with the wealthy New Englanders was copied by young people all over the country eager to have that "preppy" look regardless of their lack of "old money" or trust funds.

Thanks to this 80's fad, polo shirts and khaki pants are still part of the national wardrobe.

Also when we think of the 80's we remember the oversized shoulders for women's wear.  At the time, some felt that the power dressing shoulders gave an authoritative look to women in a male dominated work environment.  I always thought that it was an effort to make a women's hips appear smaller.

There are even earlier examples of broadening the shoulders with the use of puffed sleeves in the 1890s

But what about now?  
I have been reading some interesting articles about what some fashion  gurus believe the fashion fads of 2007 to 2017 to be.

For women, I believe that the look to be remembered is the ripped jean, not just at the knees, but everywhere.  The look has been around for several years.  Is it ready to fade?

A couple of fads to watch to see if their popularity fades in the coming year:

Harem pants

Peplum waist
They were very common in the last year to decorate the waist.  They appeared on almost all the tops including jackets, dresses and shirts.  Will the look be short-lived?

As for men................
There seems to be a growing audience for what is called the man romper or jumpsuit or RompHim.
I didn't see this coming, did you?
This all in one look may not be all that bad!  I found some that, to me, are actually "manly" looking:

Sheehan & Co. summer jumpsuit
With a tie-front waist, button front and long sleeves, this romper has a relaxed, lived-in design that makes it ideal for beach trips or weekend errands. The dark olive green is a solid reference to the garment’s utilitarian history too. $285, 

Sheehan & Co. summer jumpsuit.

Mr Turk Keller short jumpsuit

With its chest-patch pockets, beige hue and light herringbone pattern, this short jumpsuit has some serious ’70s vibes but with a fun, modern feel. This one might be perfect for wearing to a pool party in Palm Springs. $348, 

Mr. Turk Keller short jumpsuit.

Fads are fun to think about and reminisce.  Some may fade for a few years and then re-appear.  Others are here and then gone forever.

I'm still waiting for the return of Jantzen sweater sets!