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Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

Shoes for St. Patrick’s Day

How are you faring in the St. Patrick’s Day color contest? Did you remember to incorporate the bit o’ green in your ensemble today? If not, how about blue? Since the original color associated with St. Patrick was a deep blue, you could argue that a spot of blue earns you pinch-free privaleges.  In fact, the modern greening up on March 17th is thought to be rooted in the phrase “the wearing of the green.” During the Irish Rebellion of 1798, pinning “the green”–a shamrock–to your clothing was a symbol of rebellion against the British crown.

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Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Shoes At Milan’s Fashion Week: The Platform Dominates

This season’s Fashion Weeks have expressed the fashion community’s responses to the festering, miserable economy.  In New York, many designers worked from a selective palette of very basic tones: black, white, tan, and gray.  Perhaps for New York’s designers, the frightening collapse of Wall Street required a fresh start with honest, somewhat somber ideas about the basics of fashion.  In the UK, pretty punk and naughty schoolgirl ruled the week.  (Why do I feel like I’m in The Breakfast Club?)  The Brits’ trendy leading ladies let go of their fears and poked gentle fun at the mopey atmosphere across the pond.  The eyes of the fashion world turned on Milan last week.  How did Italian Designers respond to these dark days?

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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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