Thursday, December 7, 2017

Victoria's Secret Fashion Show



Did any of you watch the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show a few nights ago?  One hour of over the top costumes intermingled with some A-list musicians.  The venue was Shanghai, China.  Perhaps a smart move considering that I have heard that the lingerie market of China will soon double that of the United States.   
The perfect size two models demonstrate the fact that Victoria is not interested in broadening the idea of what is ultra feminine.  





In my opinion the models were NOT scantily clad.  If you wanted to see that, you needed to watch the 2017 Miss Universe Bathing Suit competition  on the 26th of last month.




The costumes overpowered whatever lingerie the models were wearing.  They were encrusted with gold,  jewels, beading and feathers.  The hours of hand work and cost of materials was obviously of no concern.  Shoes and thigh length leg coverings were something to see, but not necessarily wear.   The many "angel wing" interpretations of gold, silver, feathers, flowers and sparkles were bedazzling.  To me the bejeweled Angels were a sight to behold and 
one hour of eye entertainment.




  In reading the reviews, the highlight of the evening was the slip and fall of the Chinese model Ming Xi.  The show is not televised live, so why wasn’t the unfortunate incident cut from the televised show?   According to the Washington Post, “for producers, a model falling down is TV gold”. 
 (I did not include a picture of the "fall")  






For whom is the fashion show extravaganza targeted?  I’m not sure, but an estimated 800 million people watched.  Is it as relevant today as it has been in the past?  Only YOU can answer that question.







Monday, December 4, 2017

sweater coats...............


I live in a climate well suited to wearing sweater/coats.



This easy wrap, multi colored yarn, knit cardigan is just the right weight for a winter day in the desert.  The fun fluffy faux collar is removable so that the sweater may have a second look.



The extra long ribbed cuffs create an edgy look.








This lighter weight sweater coat is my favorite...... again this year.
Grey coordinates with so many colors and the design of the sweater may be paired with casual or dressy.








Rolled hems at the sleeve and rolled shawl collar add a look of simplicity.





Sweater coats are a snugly warm solution to winter in a warmer climate.  They can be dressed up with heels or dressed down with boots and fun hats and scarves.
They are great for layering and are neatly paired with dresses, skirts or long pants.

I found some for you to take a peek.............at different price points.  Just click on the picture.




Thursday, November 30, 2017

Plaid shirt to transition into Winter

Transition from Fall to Winter in this classic plaid collared button front shirt.
The shirt tail hemline is tunic length making it perfect for skinny jeans and leggings.  Preppy style button front and long sleeves make it an easy to wear addition to your wardrobe.  
The 100% Rayon fabric is both comfortable and easy care.




(NOT a new hairstyle..... the wind is blowing!)


The Merona brand classic shirt is well made and has some details that indicate above average construction.

The dress shirt sleeve placket is extra narrow with one button:


The pockets are cut on the bias, are mirrored  and nicely  stitched:

  
There is a nice pleat in the back below the yoke and the yoke is cut on the bias:


The one feature that screams....."This is not Ralph Lauren" are the side seams which are not perfectly matched.





When determining a price point for an article of clothing, the time involved with cutting and construction are taken into account.
Bias cut yoke and pockets take less time and use less fabric.
The "unmatched" side seams indicate less time spent with cutting and sewing.







    I have paired my new shirt with Girlfriend ankle jeans from Chico's

    These sublimely soft jeans with a slight stretching fabric and classic clean fit are my favorite.  Mine are from last year and I can't find them in pink any longer, but here they are in a variety other colors.



    I found similar plaid shirts for you.  Many of them are at a good price.  Notice the matching of plaids and pockets and plackets.  Just click on the shirt:







    -- COLLECTIVE WIDGET CODE START -->

    Monday, November 27, 2017

    Thanksgiving Fashion Show...............


    At my house, Thanksgiving Dinner ends with a Fashion Show!
    This year starring my three cuties.............
    Aurelia (8), Ezra (6) and Xander (2)

    Their coordinator and dresser (behind the scenes) was Abbey (age 8)! 


    "A" is wearing basic black





    Little "X" prefers taffeta and green head wear





    We find "A" and "E" in their Phantom of the Opera inspired evening wear.



    "E" is still willing to put on whatever the girls tell him.



    Do I detect a little Robin hood meets Grandma influence in this attire?



    Princess meets the choir boy........




    Grandma has a great "dress up" box of fashions....

    Good job Abbey.  I see a job at Vogue in your future.







    Monday, November 20, 2017

    Nine shoe trends from Fashion Week 2017


    Sometimes it's just fun to dream.......
    These shoes are from Fashion Week 2017.....
    If I had all the money in the world, I would start my shoe shopping here.........


    The art of the heel is everywhere.........

    This chunky blue glass heel white leather pump is by Dries Van Noten with a price tag of just over $900.00





    This Salvatore Ferragamo F Heel is an architectural wonder.
    They actually are a reincarnation of a Ferragamo shoe of 1947.



     This Gucci extravaganza of embellishment is priced at a mere $1590.00





    This candle stick pedestal shoe is designed by Mary Katrantzou and carries a hefty price tag.






    Another interesting heel by Marni.  Notice the sole shape of this trendy sandal.  It will take a whole lot of pennies to put these in your shopping cart.





     Rosie Assoulin launched her own footwear collection for 
    Fall ’17. The debut season featured pumps and boots with ornate wooden heels, 




    Another shoe fashion trend is the abundance of embellishment.

     Prada put forth this exaggerated button strap pump.  Priced at well over a thousand dollars.




    The velvet laced boot is by Erdem.  Erdem is British based and out of my price range.






    This satin and silk rhinestone and gold pump is by Miu Miu.... Another runway masterpiece  






    Did you know that up until 1850, shoes were made straight, meaning that there was no differentiation from left and right shoes.  It was a good idea to always put the same shoe on your right and left foot.  Then each shoe would begin to take the shape of that foot.



     Footwear is becoming more art than it is functional.  If footwear trends continue in this fashion, we can expect the shoes of the future to be even more out-of-this-world.











    Thursday, November 16, 2017

    Easy going horizontal striped top


    I live in the desert.  It's not hard to tell.
    This tan and black stripe top is a timeless choice.  The scoop neck and three quarter sleeve are perfect for transitioning from Summer to Fall.  

    The label is Michael Kors



    This is not just another striped top.  The side ruching makes it a number one choice for me.  Ruching is great for camouflaging little side rolls.  The pull tabs at the bottoms make it possible to adjust the amount of ruching.



    The length is extra long.  I'm a tall girl, and I could pull it down even farther and wear it with skinny jeans.


    The fabric is cotton/spandex which means easy care and no stretching out of shape.

    One of my first blog posts dealt with the concept of horizontal stripes.  Do they make you look thinner, taller, shorter??
    Review this post at: 

    http://www.letstalkfashionover50.com/2016/09/horizontal-stripes-make-you-look-thinner.html


    Pants:


    BRIGITTE ANKLE PANTS from Chico's.  The pants with the perfect, slimming fit.

    They come in a variety of prints and colors and lengths.   And some are on sale:



    Michael Kors striped top:

    Bad news:
    I think it was made by little elves living high in the peaks of Mt Charleston and dropped inconspicuously  in my shopping cart as I perused the aisles of Steinmart looking for just the right outdoor dinnerware!

    Good news:  I found some similar for you to check out.
    Click on each picture:


    Monday, November 13, 2017

    Deconstruction Fashion IS HERE

    A while ago I created a post dealing with:

    Deconstruction Fashion
    It was done "tongue in cheek".
    The photos I showed were from the runway and carried with them very large Designer prices.

    I was shopping at Nordstrom in Salt Lake City last weekend and look what I found hanging on the rack..............

    An asymmetrical off-the-shoulder neckline and bold striped crisp blouse.  AND the price was reasonable. 
                                         click to see

    I came home and found this Nicole Miller dress which is moderately priced at Dillard's


    Nicole Miller New York Hanky-Hem Hi-Low Dress

    click to see





    I also found this top at Dillard's



    From Ali Miles

    Click to see



    This tells me that Deconstruction Fashion has now
     reached the retail market.  
    It is affordable for people like you and me.  
    The question is:  
    "Are YOU ready for "DECONSTRUCTION"



    I have included my original post for you to review:




    What is Deconstruction Fashion?   

    Some say that it challenges the traditional perception of beauty.  Others say it is the epitome of beauty.  It is easy to spot.  It's characteristics include fraying, raw edges, zippers that show, linings that are falling out, hemlines that are everywhere (on the same garment), pieces put together that don't belong, and garments that look like they are coming apart.  
    This trend has been on the market for sometime, but recently we have seen more than usual on the runways of New York and Paris.

    "Deconstructionism" has been around for some time.  It was the brainchild of French philosopher Jacques Derrida in the late 1960's.  He defined it as "the process of breaking down established forms".The term originally applied to text, but also describes the breaking down of normal boundaries, challenging the norm and manipulating the given.

    Deconstructionism when applied to Fashion looks like this................


    I don't mean to make light of what some may feel is "true" fashion, BUT I think the sleeves are upside down.  I recall a beginning sewing student who tried to do this.
    Paris Fashion Week 2015  Vanessa Jackman


    I will withhold my comments on the rest of these examples............you decide for yourself.
    Try to visualize wearing  these to the next office party or to church or dinner date.

    Lavandula


    Hood by Air  SS16


    Thierry Mugler



    Jacquemus
    Yoji Yamamoto

    Yoji Yamamoto

    Yoji Yamamoto


    Helen van Rees


    These two might be a possibility..... (if I can find the armholes in the green dress)

    Diesel M-Tribe Sweater, All Saints Aime Trench dress



    Why should we girls have all the fun.  These might be nice for your guy!


    Greg Lauren   2016



    This deconstruction has been around for awhile.  Many have embraced the look.  I'm a little too old for that many holes in my jeans, BUT perhaps some of you could pull it off.





    I find this nice crispy cotton blouse rather charming.  I wonder if those interesting ties can be undone for laundering and ironing purposes?

    Aganovich   Fall 2016





    I am not here to pass judgment.  I have always taken what ever is trending at the time and made adjustments to fit my own style and my age. 

     Hmmmmmm....... maybe I could take the hem out of my jean bottoms and let them fray........ after all, I want to be part of the deconstruction look.








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