Girl in the Black Beret

Fur, Faux pas?

Posted in Uncategorized by la vie de emie on December 20, 2009

Michael Kor’s recent pre-Fall 2010 runway show featured models in furs of various dye colors. Originally serving a a source of clothing for hominoids including the Neanderthal, fur has become a stable in modern society.  However, the fashion of wearing fur is something that I have wrestled over for the past decade.

Before the turn of the 21st century and at my young age, I primarily associated fur with R&B artist “J-Lo”, with her seemingly excessive and over the top lifestyle.  Lopez’s heavy gold jewelry, white based outfits and heavy furs certainly did not suite my fancy, for instead I was a frequent flyer at the innocent yet over priced Limited Too.  Needless to say, the pop star was not an inspiration for anything on my Christmas list at the time.

Years later I began watching old films and realized that I had at come to link fur with a contemporary famous person, rather than the women who epitomized classic glamour.  Dripping in diamonds and oozing in gumption, actresses like Ingrid Bergman and Katharine Hepburn sported fur shawls, coats, and wraps.

My deep seeded bias of a mink coat as a R&B style has internally battled that of America’s mid century leading ladies.  The other day, while fighting the holiday crowds and feverishly skimming through the racks of Forever 21, a relatively affordable (faux) fur vest caught my eye. I whipped it out and held it in front of my beige lace top. Goodbye gaudy, hello chic!

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Affordable Fashion Goes Francais.

Posted in Uncategorized by la vie de emie on December 17, 2009

During my ventures online looking for Christmas gifts, it was hard to ignore the plethora of French- inspired clothing.  Everything from cute berets (ha) to a french phrase written in script across a plain white T shirt. Ruffles galore, bows, and street chic inspired wear, I am in love. Currently Forever 21 has an entire section of their web site devoted to a style ‘de francais’ called “Tres Paris.” However, when I went to click on each of the clothes displayed, they were all sold out! The enormous popularity is sure to inspire more pieces of the same sort.

Also in this french boutique craze, is the third most popular chain store, H&M.  They recently collaborated with French fashion designer, Sonia Rykiel.   A Swedish born company, the family business showcased their latest designer collaboration at the Grand Palais, in Paris.  With a catwalk resembling the Champs-Elysees and a shimmering mini Eiffel Towel, the new show offers that of a historical moment in affordable fashion history.

Men’s Fashion, Meet the 1950s.

Posted in Uncategorized by la vie de emie on December 17, 2009

New York Times Thursday Styles article titled “Dressing For Success, Again” by David Colman says that men in their 20s and 30s have and will continue to wear more stylish get ups.  The author suggests the new found rebellion of baby boomer parents’ “lax” style is a repercussion of the hit series “Mad Men.”  The wardrobe resembles a Kennedy- era New York, and slightly mimics a manly version of “Sex in the City.”  The gap of generational style is between men of the hippie movement, who are now in their late 40s and 50s and the younger 20s to 30s population.  Rather than crediting a European influence, one might notice the fashion is more an old school minutiae of dressing well from pre-Vietnam. Companies such as Brooks Brothers and J.Crew, who have struggled in the last two decades of casual wear dominance, must be quite pleased at the young male population’s acceptance of 1950s runway revival.  I suppose that men have come to the realization that acquiring individuality in a pair of sweats is a rather difficult task. However, you put on a pin stripe suit and hello, personality.