Monday, November 29, 2010

Fashion Gratifying Street Style

Now there is no secret that John Galliano is my absolute favorite designer period, I mean the guy just ooozes fantasy fashion.  Now street style isn't always what you think about when you think of his Dior or self titled collections but I can tell you his Spring 2011 Menswear collection puts street style into this amazing high fashion light.  Ok aside from the fact that he has some of his models dressed like Charlie Chaplin, which is genius may I add, they look like hip hop gone through a warp, Stargate Tunnel of High Fashion Magicness (ok I know that is not a word) but how can you describe this?:

Or This?:

High Fashion Magicness right??
There is a direct correlation between those styles and the styles some of our younger generation wears as street style:

Baggy Pants, Wife Beaters, Members Only style jackets, grunge type shorts.
JG has just brought these looks together and  added his genius, now I know you have to be on a different
wavelength to flow with Mr. Galliano, I guess I am there cause I get it!

Loves John Galliano he is always all over the place in the right ways.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010


The most awesome contribution from the 1970’s to the world of fashion would have to be the platform shoe! I love the platform shoes worn in the 70’s there were so many different shapes and heights.  Women and men alike wore some variation of a platform shoe.  They were so versatile and went with pants or dresses.  There were styles for sandals or boots or shoes and they went with everything. 
Today our platform shoe is also super cute and very versatile. From a pump, to a boot or sandal, platforms are a staple in our fashion world, rather it be for a casual or dressy shoes.  Though guys don’t wear them much anymore, I still think they are most cool and popular contribution from the 70’s!

One thing I have noticed about platform shoes of this age is that the platform is mostly on the front of the shoe to give height to the shoe.  For example all of the platform shoes I own are 5 ½ inches high the heel itself is so high but I am able to walk in them because of the 2 inch platform! What a great invention that is sexy and stylish!!

1960's Streetstyle VS YSLYeah!

Trends of the 60's were so cool, some chic some more rugged, all have been influential in the fashion world but I feel street trends have definantly been more influential.  I choose street trends because more people can relate to the everyday options they possess. My favorite street style from the 60’s is the hippie style. Hippie clothing has been so influential in what we wore in the 90’s especially and are making a huge comeback today. Long flowing ethnic print skirts, dresses and skirts are still a major part of a women’s casual wardrobe.

The flare leg and bell bottom jean are timeless looks that will never go out of style. The carefree dresses and patterns are also very popular and have changed and gained in popularity. We still see colorful fabric and beautiful embellishments in our clothing today.

There is even a “haute hippie” movement that brings more modern coolness to the hippie aesthetic.

Yves Saint Laurent’s style was very unique and had amazing style. He created masterpieces from fabric, his pop art and Van Gogh designs were like nothing anyone had ever seen. Le Smoking was the most awesome take on an androgynous suit. Simply fantastic.

His collections were misunderstood at times with tradionalists not understanding the collections and younger people thinking he was ripping off kid’s street gear, they also complained about how expensive his clothing was. I really think when it comes to influential style, street style is an obtainable part of fashion everyone can relate to in their own way.

Monday, November 8, 2010


  Initially women began wearing suits to show independance and to show individual style. Over time the power suit has meant different things to different women, in the 80's however the suit itself began to make a strong statement of empowerment and confidence for women in the workforce.  "The power suit is akin to armor, outfitting a woman to do battle in a predominantly male world."  Women still like sharp shoulders and a body fitting silhouette.  Not TOO Racy and tight fitting, but just enough to show the form of the figure. 1940 -  National Coat and Suit Industry


1950 - Christian Dior


1960 - Victoria and Albert Museum (No Designer Listed)


1970 - Yves Saint Laurent


1980 - Anne Klein

I can truly say I love the idea of a skirt suit, it makes a women feel feminine yet pwerful.  The powersuit is a staple of the business women's wardrobe.  It has changed some, however it is still has the same respect commanding affect.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Military, LockStep!

Military styling has had a home in fashion for many many years.  There is just something so powerful and chic about a strong line or crisp cuff.  Military fashion has taken an advance step in recent years with "interpretive" military looks.  Many still concentrate on buttons and cuffs but many are moving to a new military aesthetic.  The Alexander NcQueen 2011 Fall/Winter Ready to Wear Collection is such a beautiful take on the military style.  The designs look like regal medieval warrior women.  The beautiful golds and reds, neutrals and muted tones create a military look that steps aside form the traditional crisp clean styling  There is so much power in the garments, ther is a fierce look in these looks, the models look like they are ready for any battle.  The hairstyling also brings forth that warrior look, this is a fantastic collection.

   Now believe me when I say I cannot get enough of the traditional military look.  Balmain's Christopher Decarnin used my boo Michael Jackson for inspiration for garments in past collections.  MJ who for as long as he could grow a mustache has mastered the military style perfectly, he always looked like he was headed to a war of musical fury and he always won.  King of Pop and Military Style!