06/01/2008 - 07/01/2008Bostonista: 06/01/2008 - 07/01/2008

Friday, July 25, 2008

I Hate Ed Hardy.

I have a pretty basic fashion rule of thumb. Much as I love her if Britney Spears is wearing something I don't. You would think that many people would feel that this is a good idea. You would be wrong. Ed Hardy has taken over suburban America and is killing it. It's also taken over young and tacky Hollywood. Everyone from Kate Beckinsale and Elizabeth Taylor to Ashley Tisdale and Mario Lopez. Pornographer Larry Flint is also a big fan. Basically, if you're occasionally photographed by the paparazzi you're probably wearing it. This does not make it okay.
That pink crystal encrusted tee Britney has on? It retails for a disgusting $154. Britney, naturally, got the shirt and 4 other large shopping bags worth of merchandise for free during a visit to the LA warehouse.
The designer, Christian Audigier , is also responsible for such illustrious lines as Von Dutch and Crystal Rock.

I'm much more forgiving of the Ed Hardy bathing suits. Bathing suit shopping is stressful and usually traumatic so if you find one in a style, shape, color and fit that you like and feel good in and it happens to be by Ed Hardy by all means rock it with pride. Just please don't finish it off with an Ed Hardy hat, tattoo print Ed Hardy hoodie, and crystal encrusted Ed Hardy shorts. I'm looking at you Madonna.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

If Only American Vogue Could Be So Provocative...

Love or hate PETA, (or the people who wear fur) you have to admit that this is one of the more clever and tongue-in-cheek editorials that have come out in a while. I'm giving Carine Roitfeld a standing ovation on this one! But OH! This is probably not safe for work or children because being French there is obviously a bit of nudity. 
I always feel very conflicted about fur. I personally can't afford it but I think it's beautiful and classic. Fake/Synthetic fur, even Stella McCartney's which often costs close to a thousand dollars a piece, looks cheap, and feels terrible. And there are still parts of the world where it is truly too cold for just a double breasted wool or down stuffed coat. At the same time I know how they get it and the idea of those poor animals being brutalized their entire lives and then being met with a horrific ending is enough to make me sob. And yet I can manage, unfortunately, to separate living animals from the steak on my table and the fur in my magazines.  I hate PETA. I find their tactics to be much more about publicity than actually helping animals. Honestly, their numerous and, often simultaneous, campaigns can cost upwards of a million dollars...each. Can you imagine what they could do if they used those millions to, oh I don't know, ACTUALLY HELP ANIMALS?! It's all well and good to attack high-profile figures if it actually makes a point and makes a difference but they really don't. Treating people inhumanely and without respect won't in return cause them to treat you and your cause with respect. If anything it only produces more venom on both sides of the argument. 

Monday, July 21, 2008

A Celebrity Moment: Leighton Meester at the CBS/CW/Showtime Party in Hollywood July 18th

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It's no secret that I am utterly obsessed with Leighton Meester. Well, OK, I'm obsessed with her character, Blair Waldorf. But since Gossip Girl has become the darling of TV Leighton's style has morphed from wannabe starlet to sophisticated New Yorker. Thank God!
She looks absolutely stunning in this Zac Posen Pre-Fall 08 mini-dress don't you think? I love how structured the design is and also that it fits her like a glove. My only critique is that I wouldn't have worn plain black stiletto pumps...I would have gone with a bright blue shoe to make the ensemble pop! 
While co-star Blake Lively is being compared to The OC's Mischa Barton, Leighton is happily staying somewhat under the radar with comparison's to the OC's Rachel Bilson. And I'd like it to stay that way. Blake is getting much too overexposed and she's far less talented and stylish than Leighton in my (humble) opinion. 
I'm not sure I can stand waiting for the September 1st premiere of Gossip Girl...especially since avoiding spoilers is becoming nearly impossible thanks to the paparazzi stalking the set

I Must Have This. I Must Have This Now...

Yes, that is a cartoon Karl Lagerfeld t-shirt. Yes, it is awesome. Strangely, it's from Urban Outfitters. It's also on sale and therefore nearly completely sold out. If you go to their website it's now available only in extra-small...big surprise right? 
So I called all three MA Urban Outfitters locations and found it in a medium at the last store I called! I am crazy excited! Hopefully it will be long enough and not too tight around the shoulders but even if it is I don't really care because I love it.  Especially his pink little kissy mouth!
That is one of my best shopping tips. If the website is sold out of something you love call the stores locations in your area and ask for it in your size. If the store has it they'll usually ship it directly to you at the same shipping price as the website. Also, sometimes the price in store is different from the price online (example: this Karl t-shirt is on sale for $19.99 on the website. In store it's $9.99 which means my total including shipping was only $17.80--had I ordered it online it would have been closer to $30.) 
So, now I just have to wait 7-10 business days before I can be a walking homage to my one true love!

Sunday, July 20, 2008

A Model Moment: FINALLY A Model Reality Show That Actually Reflects The Industry!

According to The Wall Street Journal Vogue and IMG Models have teamed up to create a reality web show, Model.Live,  featuring 3 recently signed IMG models as they navigate castings, model apartments, fashion weeks, and life away from home for the first time. 
I'm incredibly excited for the August 19th premiere and continues for 12, 8-minute episodes which really doesn't seem enough to me! One of the things that I find so frustrating about fashion reality shows (which are so rarely real) is that it promotes falsities about the industry. And, unlike Tyra's proteges, these girls have an actual shot at being top models in fact one of girls, Cato Van Ee, has already modeled for Prada and Miu Miu
The producers promise to face the dark issues of the industry head on including harsh casting directors, weight issues, and the general stress placed on the girls. Plus they've promised  that for any moment that can not be filmed (such as castings or meetings that won't allow filming) the girls will blog about their experiences. Although scenes of underage drinking, smoking, and other controversial behavior prevalent in the industry may be censored to protect the girls from embarrassment which I suppose is polite and all but definitely removes from the reality. 
Still, I'm beyond excited for a show that actually reflects the way the modeling industry works! 
Model.Live premieres on August 19th on Vogue. TV and will also be "syndicated" to sites like Veoh.Com

Saturday, July 19, 2008

I've been a huge fan of Sass & Bide since it's underground days in Australia. But I'm not a fan of their exorbitant prices. So I was pretty excited to hear that they were launching a diffusion line, S&B Vie, that promised to be more affordable and just as amazing. 
Well, they lied. 
On Sass & Bide's online boutique pieces from the original line range from $170 to $850 while S&B Vie's cheapest piece is a tacky, slogan t-shirt at $99 and seems to top off around $400. Granted, this is MORE affordable than the original line but the pieces are so uninspired. If I wanted a t-shirt that says, "Peace, Love, Happiness" I'd go to Target and get it for $8.95. I definitely wouldn't shell out $100 for one! And I'm not sure that I'd spring on a techno-color dream coat at for $320 either
Creator of Sass & Bide,Sarah Jean-Clarke, told Nylon magazine that she loves that the lines have their own individual personalities and that, "S&B Vie really captures the spirit of youth and fun in life." 
Um, sure, maybe if it was still 1976 and reflecting the youth of THAT time. From what I've seen the line is so unimpressive! Why couldn't they have just taken their original concept, tweaked it, and made it more affordable? Why does "diffusion" line automatically have to equal bad and especially poor quality for the money? Marc Jacobs and Chloe both have fantastic diffusion lines that respects the view of the original collections, yet have their own directions, and manage to maintain the same level of quality while being much more affordable (especially in comparison to their grown up lines)...why can't other designers follow their lead?!?! 

Friday, July 18, 2008

A Model Moment: Daisy Lowe Ditches IMG New York...

Model, Celebuspawn, British It Girl and Mark Ronson's girlfriend, Daisy Lowe, has split with her New York agency, IMG, after only seven months. Home in England she's still signed with Women but there is no word yet on which agency (if any) snatched her up in New York. Since IMG is probably the best and the biggest I find it strange that she chose to leave especially since IMG released a polite statement:
"She's a beautiful girl and we wish her well."
It seems to me like maybe IMG dropped her but since she was actually signed to their Celebrity board (and not their Women's board) and her profile is rising thanks to her relationship with Mark Ronson they'd decide to keep her. Oh well I guess we'll find out soon enough whats going on with her!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Here Comes The Bride...

So Saturday I'm going to my cousin's wedding shower. He's marrying the most glamorous girl ever and so one of my presents is the Philosophy Here Comes The Bride gift set. It's impossible to find on the Cape (where I am right now) because the Cape is being hit super hard by the recession. We were at the mall and store after store was just completely empty. It was really creepy. And the stores that were open almost all had signs that said, "Cash Only." 
Anyway, I called around and even my trusty Sephora in Burlington which I thought I could always count on doesn't have it. I finally found three at a Nordstrom so they're holding one for me which is nice.
It made me pretty sad that my usually vibrant and bustling Cape Cod is getting kicked at the knees. The hotels/motels all have vacancy signs, there aren't many cars on the road, the beaches are nearly empty (actually thats pretty nice...) and it's breaking my heart.
If you have time and want to go for a nice break you should come to Cape Cod! It's beautiful and nice and fun and there is lots to do! 

Has the recession changed your shopping habits? Or are you just pretending that everything is fine and that you have plenty of cash and credit to buy that bag/dress/shoes? I was pretty much in denial at home in my cushy, west of Boston suburb. I mean, the mall there is always packed and is opening a free standing Burberry store! There seems to be an endless amount of cash to be spent by everyone. But now that I'm at our beach house the reality of the situation is hitting me hard. And don't talk to me about President Bush saying that this isn't a recession-it is. And it's scary.
Even I'm not shelling out the $10 I would for my British magazines, I just sit down at the Barnes & Noble Starbucks and read them there! 

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Vogue finally decides to put a model on the cover but...

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I'm sure by now you all know that Kate Moss was shot by Mario Testino for the August cover of American Vogue. How disappointing is this cover? Granted, it's American Vogue and their covers are always so boring and commercial but with the hype surrounding the shoot a few months ago and the rumors that circulated you'd think they'd at least choose an interesting cover shot! I mean it's beautiful but so predictable! If there was a way to make American Vogue more relevant and back on the top of the fashion mag game shooting an edgy Kate Moss editorial would have been it. I suppose the average consumer doesn't know the difference and wants pretty pictures of people they know when they shell out money for Vogue. Sales on their print advertising space seems to be as good as ever despite the turn towards the internet and at the end of the day I have to accept that it's a business and it's there to make money and commercial looks is what sells issues and subscriptions. But for me fashion and fashion photography will always be art and it's so disappointing to see opportunities for brilliance so completely wasted.
I hope this didn't kill my dream of someday working at Vogue...

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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

A Heatherette Tribute

It's becoming more and more obvious that Heatherette is headed for an official "divorce" announcement - although it might be hard for them to actually make the announcement since they no longer have a publicity team! Rumors of a breakup between designers Richie Rich and Trevor Rains have been running rampant for easily six months despite a high profile makeup collaboration with MAC.
While Richie Rich is getting ready for his compilation album and, um, unfortunately, a Hot Topic line to hit stores I thought I'd reminisce about some of my favorite Heatherette looks since I'm pretty disappointed that I'll never get a chance to attend one of their famously flamboyant shows. 
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Jenna Jameson on the Heatherette runway
Amanda Lepore walking the Fall 2007 runway.
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Lydia Hearst channeling the Statue of Liberty at their Fall 2006 show.
A look from Spring 2008 in New York City.
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Naomi Campbell was a drag queen Pochantas for Fall 2006.

Monday, July 14, 2008

He Smiled At Me Once; I Swooned

"I mean, the Croc--it looks like a plastic hoof. How can you take that seriously? I know it's comfortable; I understand that. But if you want to dress to feel as though you never got out of bed, don't get out of bed." -Tim Gunn, Time Magazine

He's such a dapper gentleman.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

July Style Star: Kate Lanphear

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My July 08 Style Star is Kate Lanphear senior style editor at Elle magazine.
She's amazing. Check her out!

Friday, July 4, 2008

It's Bostonista's Birthday Month!

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Valentino Fall 2008 Couture

Alessandra Facchinetti's couture debut stumbled a few times while she attempted to bridge who she is as a designer with the style and imagery of the iconic house but for the most part she seems to have established herself with this collection as the next best thing to the recently retired Valentino himself. While Style.Com may have felt that some pieces were too weighed down with embroidery and beading I loved most of the detailing. But I especially loved her use of chiffon...I think she should consider it her speciality! Oh, to have a piece of Valentino Couture of my very own...! Someday, someday!
 Here are some of my favorite looks from the collection:
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I'm not actually a fan of that last look; I just was fascinated by how it really made her appear to be completely 2d...she literally looks like a paper doll! There is also just something really creepy about the design. It reminds me of Lurch from the Addams Family!

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Christian Lacroix Fall 2008 Couture

Extravagance was the name of the game at Christian Lacroix. While some might argue that in this economy it's time for muted, somber designs Lacroix was all about excess and escape. 
Acres of lovingly embellished lace, bead work, layers of hand painted fabrics and fantastical hats and headbands walked the runway as if the models didn't exist; These creations are alive all on their own. Pleats, structure and fabrics folded into petals were so obviously lovingly constructed with every detail made painstakingly perfect. Every detail had dozens of details of its own! I adored the satin hoods, long lace veils and jeweled hair pieces.

It was a display of magnificent abundance that was nothing less than purely delightful. Let everyone else be serious and practical I want to live in  Lacroix's beautiful world.

Dior Couture Fall 2008

John Galliano pulled out all the glamorous stops at Dior Couture. The collection was a study in regal contrasts with nods to French First Lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, the New Look, lady-like charm and Galliano's own love of the perverse. 
The fifties dance dresses in pastels and muted grays were familiar silhouettes with interesting, modern details like the very sheer skirts and matching fetish heels.
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At first I thought this was the perfect collection. I thought it had been designed just for me in my dreams. But the more I looked at it the less inspired I felt by it. It's beautiful but I lost interest very quickly.  It's an unexpected look from Galliano this classic, safe, pretty idea and maybe that's why I was so charmed at first? But getting past the Galliano idea it's pretty much your average, expected couture show. What do you think?
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