Friday, September 25, 2009

Vote Winner: Let Them Be Cheap!!!

The poll has closed and the votes are in. To refresh your memory, the poll was about if you approve of expensive designers making less expensive lines to roll with the times. The debate is centered around if it takes away from the specialness and exclusivity of the brand or not. The winner for this vote was that it was great for designers to do this. I guess people aren't too worried about the expensive image after all. In second place, interestingly enough, came that it was totally wrong and took away from what the designer stood for - high quality clothes and a status that goes with it. So I have done some research and found that one of my favorite designers, Vera Wang, did just this. She has a line at Kohls called Simply Vera by Vera Wang.

Simply Vera by Vera Wang

I have to say I don't love all of it. It's definitely a line you have to sift through and it looks like it may be directed towards slightly older women than myself. Nonetheless, it's Vera!

Simply Vera 1
Gathered Top, $29.99

Simply Vera 2
Cocoon Vest, $39.99

Simply Vera 3
Surplice Top, $29.99

Simply Vera 4
Ibis Heels, $55.99

To see more of this line, click here.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Rad Ad- Juicy Couture

Making a fashion ad that's original and fresh isn't an easy task with the multitude of ads you find in fashion magazines. Here is one that especially stood out to me. Some of my biggest inspirations for fashion come from print ads found in magazines like Elle and Vogue. This one was in InStyle. I love Juicy Couture, but even if I had never heard of this brand, this ad would have drawn me in. I love how creative and different it is. It's fun and funky and I can honestly say I have never seen disco balls in a pool or a man on stilts working to sell clothes. I like it as an ad and a work of art.

Juicy Couture Ad 1

Juicy Couture Ad 2

The copy reads, "Do the Dont's. Make a Mess." That's what fashion is about lately, after all. The breaking of rules can create new fashion norms. I thoroughly approve of this statement.

Monday, September 21, 2009

I Heart Lulu Frost!

Oh my gosh! I don't think I have ever come across a designer and been so overwhelmed. I saw one of Lulu Frost's necklaces in InStyle, which I adored, and decided to look her up. And what did I find? She's amazing! Not only is she 26 and already a fashion genius, but her work is so extremely beautiful, made of antiques that she finds. Because of this, each piece is one of a kind. Here is an excerpt from the biography on her website that describes all the fascinating items she uses:

"26-year old Dartmouth College graduate Lisa Salzer, a.k.a Lulu, creates each one-of-a-kind piece from found period antiques, including long-lost room numbers from the legendary Plaza Hotel, cut steel shoe buckles from the 1860's, forgotten keys, beautifully crafted locks and eschutcheons, chandelier crystal, watch fobs, rare Victorian charms and other resurrected finds."

Lulu Frost 1

Lulu Frost 2

Lulu Frost 3

Lulu Frost 4

Talk about a piece of jewelry that tells a story! I really recommend going to her site and seeing all of the other great pieces she features. These are just a sampling.

Monday, September 14, 2009


Big fashion designers like Vera Wang are realizing their current status needs a tweak to accommodate our current economy. They are making cheaper lines and selling them in places like Target and Wal Mart. In our new world of limited economic surplus, do you think this switch many designers are making is good? Or do you think it compromises the integrity and specialness of the brand? Would you be interested in buying Betsey Johnson things full price when some of her stuff is in a cheaper line? Vote on this issue in the box on the right and comment.

Image from here.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Etsy Find: Critter Jitters

Sometimes in the morning you just don't want to whip out that tight sundress or those stiff, complicated blouses. I had one of those days today. It didn't matter what I pulled out, I just didn't want to wear it. I'm not talking about things that weren't cute. I just didn't feel like putting them on my body. That sounds weird, but some days are made for tee shirts. Sometimes, there is nothing better than a comfy, reliable, worn in tee. When you're happy, you feel confident. When you're confident, you look great! So don't be afraid, ladies.

Critter Jitters 1

Critter Jitters 2

With this feeling, I decided for today's Etsy Find to be about those reliable back-ups that always make me happy. Critter Jitters' adorable screen printed tees are cute, colorful, and often funky. They have tee shirts for men and women and they all feature different prints, from pretty flowers to an elk wearing roller skates! Not convinced yet? They run for $20!