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Saturday, February 28th, 2009

Sexy Saturday: Fierce Japanese Schoolgirl

Yesterday’s post rejoiced in the return of the naughty British schoolgirl.  But how do other cultures interpret the appeal of the young, innocent girl?  One of my favorite twists on this classic theme comes from Japan, where schoolgirl style is described as “Elegant Gothic Lolita Fashion.” The Japanese certainly know how to pack a poetic description into their monikers.

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Friday, February 27th, 2009

London Fashion Week Revives the Naughty Schoolgirl

Maybe I’m just representing my nerdy roots, but if you ask me, smarts and hard work never go out of style. Ditto for talent. This was London’s Fashion Week, and many are reporting a sense of comraderie and support, especially for designers who “did their homework,” so to speak, and showcased thoughtful, fun, and well-planned ensembles. It sounds like fashion across the pond definitely includes careful analysis and design. No wonder, then, that this year’s British styles include a return to a classic symbol of studious behavior with a splash of mischief: the Naughty Schoolgirl.

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Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

Runway Review: Spring 2009 Limi Fieu

Clunky, combat-ready boots stomped all over the runway at the

BV1733 by Biviel

BV1733 by Biviel: Limi goes to the Country

Spring 2009 Limi Fieu show. Perhaps all of the post-apocalyptic video games and thriller movies are influencing fashion? The Limi Fieu show featured chunky white and black boots with little or no heel, many of which were reminiscent of trusty old galoshes. These sturdy, strong boots contrasted nicely with loose, boxy masculine styles hung in flowing feminine fabrics. Some boots really stepped up the tough-factor with strands of chains. Black and white dominated the color palate, and the designer presented plain, elegant designs without anything that could read as celebratory or flippant in these serious economic times.

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Thursday, October 25th, 2007

Portland Fashion Week: Take 1

As noted in our weekend in review, which is what all of us shoe and fashion lovers look forward to at the beginning of our work week (quite possibly the only thing we look forward to come Monday morning!), October 19 marked the beginning of Portland’s answer to the haute fashion weeks in places like London, New York and Los Angeles.  Yours truly could not possibly allow a week of local brilliance pass her by without getting just a glimpse of the creativity that spawns from the amazing streets of Portland, Ore.  I searched the Portland Fashion Week site and chose wisely as to which night I wanted to attend.  With such names as A Broken Spoke, Dayna Pinkham, Kate Towers and Holly Stadler topping the list of 10 for “The Collections” night, how could I pass up such an evening of martinis, conversation and fashion?   Monday October 22 would be the night to tantalize my senses with visions of what could one day be blessing my lonely wooden hangers suspended naked behind my closed closet door.

The Scene

Although the place which would hold the week long event was more than cool, for PFW, which international magazine Book Moda boasts as “The most sustainable fashion in the whole of the U.S.A., if not the world,” it was sure hard to get there in an ecological fashion.  Public transportation didn’t even recognize the address as one that existed within Oregon!  Therefore, if you wanted to get there a car or taxi would be the only way to travel—unless of course you don’t mind riding your bike for miles from the nearest bus stop in your $700 Jimmy Choo’s and $3,000 Dolce and Gabbana dress.

The Event

I waited (with bated breath) on my folding chair perched upon a makeshift platform, pen and paper in hand.  The lights dimmed to reveal a silhouette of the first model waiting patiently to christen the catwalk for the night’s event.  The crowd fell to a hush as the music began and the lights exposed the first piece. Then came the walk; the painful, painful walk of what would have otherwise been a lovely ensemble.  This would turn out to be a sporadic paradigm throughout the showcased event.  Allow me to explain.

Maybe, maybe this is my critical mind working overtime as another performing artist of a different kind, but the models are there in fact to perform by walking down the catwalk and presenting these beautiful pieces to the audience.  Yes, it is a presentation and a performance.  There needs to be a connection made between the performer and the audience and though there were some phenomenal models on the catwalk that night, there were also some less than stellar performers which turned out to be a disservice to the exquisite ensembles they were showing.

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Friday, September 14th, 2007

New York Fashion Week in review

Like 1980s fashion, the New York edition of Fashion Week has come and gone. But, unlike 80s-style leggings and neon jump suits, the styles showcased at Fashion Week NY aren’t a glimpse in the past. Instead, they are a taste of fashion future.

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Friday, September 7th, 2007

Dress for Success at New York Fashion Week

Earlier this week, the New York edition of Fashion Week kicked off in, well… epic fashion. Now, in its third day, New York Fashion Week is in full swing with some of the world’s most popular designers showcasing styles for both fall 2007 and spring 2008. We know, we know, spring 2008 seems ages away, but in "fashion time," it’s right around the corner.

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Friday, August 31st, 2007

Vouge’s Fall fashion frenzy

What has 840 pages, weighs 4.9 lbs, is larger than the average phone book, costs less than a double grande soy latte from Starbucks and contains the latest and greatest in Fall 2007 fashion? The answer… this month’s special edition of Vogue magazine. Some call it the perfect coffee table piece, while others hold it responsible for the largest tree massacre this decade. Nonetheless, if you’re a fan of fashion and can’t wait to see what’s hot for fall fashion trends, you should probably own Vogue’s epic fall fashion issue.

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Wednesday, August 29th, 2007

Fashion trends you can’t ignore

It’s funny how men are, a lot of times, the most influential decision-makers and visionaries when it comes to female fashion styles and trends.You’d think women would know best when it comes to what we wear, but that’s not always the case. David Wolfe, creative director at The Doneger Group, an NYC-based fashion forecasting firm, is arguably the biggest fashion brain in the industry. The funny thing is that Mr. Wolfe isn’t just a man, he’s a 70-year-old man.

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Friday, August 3rd, 2007

The results are in!

Several months ago we initiated a survey to determine our readers’ favorite resource for shoe news, reviews and insight. To keep a level playing field we decided not to include ourselves—Shoeflyer—in the poll … we’re just saying. Anyhow, our readers have spoken and, without question, Manolo’s ShoeBlogs.com is the resource of choice.

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Tuesday, July 17th, 2007

Your own style is the new style

We think you will agree that just about all of us have found ourselves in a situation where
we really like a product and are on the verge of purchasing it, but the special something isn’t quite there. Maybe the problem is in the color, or the design is just a bit much. Maybe you found the handbag of your life, but the strap was just a bit too long, or that Egyptian cotton duvet came in tan, but not you needed sand to match your camel colored sheets. Why settle?

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