Thursday, October 30, 2008

60s Icon Twiggy

Aloha everyone. Sorry for not posting the last days but school just started again and there's was aweful lot to do and over all learn. Fortunately it's friday and I can finally start over with a new post. The 60s fashion icon and topmodel Twiggy alias. Lesley Hornby has been one of my lovies for a couple years now so it's definately high time to write about her.

In 1966 she was discovered. Because of her tiny image (she weight only 90lbs/41kg) the 16 year old kept her childhood nickname Twiggy and became The Face of '66. One year later she arrived in New York and turned the whole fashion scene upside down. Even if no one believed, she became the leading supermodel, later also an actress and singer.

With her short adrogynous pixie hair-cut, the fake XXL-eyelashes, stylish outfits and of course unhealthy low weight she created a complete new look and became a style icon who was copied by millions of teens.

Today the british is 59 years old and has a few public appearances, f.e. in the America's Next Topmodel-jury.

For me Twiggy is a formative character for the world wide fashion. I love her dramatic eye make-up and short dresses. Twiggy was an idol for many young girls and so unfortunately her skinny shape.

What's your opinion on Twiggy? Is she a real style icon?

P.S. It was quite hard to chose only a few pics because there were so awesome ones.

Have a nice week-end and to some of you HAPPY HALLOWEEN!



Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Hitting the Target

So many fun fashion-y (I think that's my fave new word ;) things come my way that it's hard to keep track of them all. I received a Target "FABULESS" catalog in the mail some time ago and I just love some of the looks. Although it can be sort of a "cheapo" place to shop and I'm usually unimpressed with the quality of their more trendy pieces, occasionally I have found brilliant stuff there. And Target does have some really great items for guys. are the pages that grabbed my attention. Some of them were just sweet (and I love this model - she looks like Reese Witherspoon. Adorable. :).

This first look is polished and trendy (notice the purple tights!). I don't really do great in plaids but I like how the jacket she is wearing is not overpowering, but adds a lot of subtle interest. And black skirts are just perfect for winter (although I like them a tiny bit longer - you know me and kneecaps! Bleh. ;).

I have an obsession with brown (suits my skin tone SO much better than black and is super yummy...) and I just adore all the colors and patterns in this spread. A turtleneck (even with short sleeves, as seen here) are extremely flattering and the long, chunky necklace dresses it up perfectly. Wide, trendy belts are really a must have (that I really don't have :P) and this one suits the cute skirt nicely. Although the skirt is a bit too "mini" for my taste, I absolutely love the fabric, and the tights just make it work. We can't see her feet, but I'm guessing that ankle boots would finish the ensemble off perfectly.

So, if you run into Target, see if you spy any of these cute looks. On my last trip, Josh and I found something even better. :)

Monday, October 27, 2008

And it's happened at last...

I am hoping to post when I get a spare moment (these past few weeks have been insane!), but I just had to share some non-fashion-y news...

My "not so little anymore" sis Rebekah is engaged to Michael Thomas. :)

Sunday, October 26, 2008

The Fur-Nation

Fur had been really out of fashion. Fashionistas like Kate Moss, Nicole Richie and the Olsens were often spotted wearing fury stuff recently but also in the past. Well maybe fur never had been out but right now it's booming.

Doesn't sound bad at all but the mean thing about this trend is that many of these ladies wear real fur and not faked alternatives.

Vero Moda fake fur vest with removable hood (old school). Vintage kids wear plush leo jacket.

Since I'm against killing animals for the purpose of fashion you can guess easily that the vest and jacket I'm wearing in the pics above are not real fur. I got the vest a couple years ago for christmas. It's very warm and cozy but the problem is I'm always feeling kind of strange in it so I didn't wear it often. The black white wanna-be leo jacket next-door is vintage kids wear. I got it last month at a garage sale for only 2€. Just like about the vest I'm also undecided about it and often think it looks a bit trashy. I could see myself wearing the vest in a bohemian way with a bright dress and my Minnetonkas but the leo one... Any idea? Would be very helpful.

And besides what do you think about fur? Is real fur ok or a no-go?

Tell me!



Thursday, October 23, 2008

PRADA - Welcome to the World of Ugly...

It's been a while since I posted an "ugly" fashion rant. I did it back in April when this blog was still super new (see Bursting the Bubble!!!) and lately I've had the urge to be a fashion critic again. ;)

OK, so I know we live in an advanced technological age which is super exciting, but this has got to be carrying it a bit too far. Let me introduce the absolute latest in PRADA's Fall/Winter line...

Shoes with WINGS.

Now, this may not be a totally bad idea in itself. The thought of "flying shoes" is pretty neat and if I were a totally fab Superheroine I don't know what would be cooler than wearing "winged" shoes with my supersuit. And if they worked, well...even better.

Unfortunately, PRADA has taken a clever idea and executed it with disastrous results. What we end up with is weird colors, plastic-y fabrics and just too much of a good idea turned bad. Our lovely stilettos just don't need wings on the front back, sides and et cetera. The sleek look of heeled shoes, which is what catches my eye in the first place, is completely lost with all that "plastic" flapping about. And those "nude" colored elastic bands (I'm assuming they keep the shoe from taking flight?) - blah. Forget it. :P

Fortunately, this trend has not yet filtered down into ready-to-wear stuff, so if you want a pair of these uglies, you will have to cough up a delicious $1,000. Don't worry about the fragile economy, I'm sure you will be able to wear these for decades...

LOL. OK, so I promise that I will design a totally fab pair of winged shoes sometime... I'm just waiting until they invent jet packs... ;)

On a more positive shoe subject, I saw this commercial the other day and just loved it. If your city hails shoes, please let me know... :)

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

"Chilly Weather..."

"since my love[ly sandals] and I ain't together..."

Last Sunday I had to give in and admit defeat. It was 40 degrees and wouldn't get much warmer. No open toe sandals for church. Grr... we'll see about next week. ;)

Actually, I found it quite fun to embrace the chill and dig through my closet in search of Fall lovelies. Everything is in that seasonal transition period right now (a.k.a. MESS) but I managed to dig out some great new (and old) items and pull them together.

Crinkle Blouse - apt. 9
Leather Jacket - MS. MAXiMA
Cloche - NINE & CO. by ninewest
Gloves - NOVAKID by Aris
Boots - MERONA

Went to Connecticut for the day and froze our feet off in an apple orchard. Made for great pictures, though! ;)

All you fashion-y bloggers - care to share you "Chilly" wardrobe?

From Hamburg to the World - New Topmodel Toni Garrn

Once upon a time there was a 16 year old blonde girl living in Hamburg. In the year 2006, during the World Cup she went to a fan event at the Alster. Suddenly a woman sprang towards her and asked her if she wanted to be a model. The girl said yes. From this day forth she was photographed for many famous fashion mags like Vogue and V-Magazine, presented the latest collections of big designers on the runways of the whole world and became after Natalie Vodianova the new face of Calvin Klein. The girl was so happy and thankful and lived happily ever after in the glamorous world of fashion....

This little story isn't a fairy tale or something, it's a real story that happened to the new topmodel Toni Garrn. A dream huh? Only sweet 17 and already featured in adds for Calvin Klein and Jill Stuart that's just unbelieveable. Her real name is Antonia and she's 1,78 m high.

To me it seemed like the beauty was on nearly every runway at the recent Fashion Weeks.I like her a lot because of naturalness and fresh,young face. Plus her body's in real good shape, she's not too skinny but not too curvy. This girl had a lot of luck but in my opinion she deserves it.

What's your opinion on her?Could she be tomorrow's topmodel?

P.S. I was thrilled by all the comments on my previous post.
Thanks so much to all of you.You're so sweet and intent.


Saturday, October 18, 2008

Maid Marian's Wardrobe - Season One - Part V

Costumes are listed in order of appearance, although some images may be from later episodes of the show. May contain slight spoilers. Click HERE for Parts I, II, III & IV.

Pink Tunic with Striped "Jacket" and Yellow Sweater
Marian can not come to an agreement with Robin, Guy, or her father...

This pretty and colorful ensemble is made up of a coral tunic and brown, floor length "gaucho" type pants. The tunic looks to be made of a heavy woven fabric and laces down the back with matching cording. The sleeves come down to the knuckles but are slit up to the wrist on the underside, allowing mobility. The end of the sleeves and the natural neckline are edged with white rick-rack. The tunic ends at mid-thigh and is accessorized with a brown leather belt, featuring a decorative belt buckle. The belt ties and the excess hangs on the right side.

Over the pink tunic, Marian first wears a small "jacket" which consists of two sleeves, held together by "straps" that cross just under the neckline. The "straps" are actually a heavily beaded trim that is attached to the "jacket" around the neckline, underarms, and the ends of the jacket sleeves. The jacket is made from a lighter weight fabric with stripes in different shades of pink. Later, Marian wears a bright yellow sweater over the tunic, ending at the natural waist. The sleeves are wrist-length and the sweater ties in front.

Orange Hood With Vest and Split Skirt
Marian is trapped by Sir Guy and has no choice but to accept his terms...

This is my favorite ensemble in the entire first series. The bright orange shirt is made from a very lightweight fabric that appears to have a subtle stretch/drape to it. The neckline is slightly more dropped than on most of Marian's outfits and ends in a soft "v". The sleeves come down over her knuckles and the hood ends in a point. When not worn, the hood hangs down past her waist. The front of the vest is made from a light tan fabric with small dark "sunburst" designs. The back of the vest is made from a tan suede fabric and the edges of the vest are faced with strips of the same material. The bottom of the vest ends in two points and it closes with four leather clasps.

The skirt is made from the a similar suede fabric and is ankle length. It appears to be a straight skirt that has been split up the front, back and sides, all the way to the waistline. The splits are fabric  faced and have eyelets down all the edges. The skirt is sometimes partly laced down the front and sides and at other times is completely left open. Underneath the skirt, Marian wears her "Night Watchmen" riding pants and boots. She also wears pale yellow suede gloves.

Red Beaded Gown
Robin decides to drop in on Sir Guy's party...

This simple and beautiful gown is constructed from a dark red fabric that appears to be wool. The wide neckline sits close to the shoulder and is edged with a heavy embroidered trim. A belt with matching trim is worn, although it is hard to see how it fastens and how far it hangs down in front. The sleeves are fitted until the elbow, where they flare dramatically, hanging well past the knee. They are lined with a pale brown fabric. The dress is floor length and laces up the back with matching red cording.


Sorry it took me so long to get another wardrobe post out. The grand finale of the series is coming up! :)

Screencaps from Robin Hood 2006