Monthly Archives: August 2009

Trend Watch: Chain Gang

A major trend you will see emerging this fall is the abundance of chains.  Be it used as a handle for a handbag—or even the body of a handbag for that matter, chains have been used as a major statement necklace, earrings or strung together as a bracelet.  One thing is certain, you will be sure to find chains at all price points.  Here’s a look at a few products that I found online.

Chain Gang

Shopping Info:

1. Forever21.com, Art Deco earrings; 2.MichaelKors.com, Chain Link Necklace; 3. Diane von Furstenberg, Stephanie Hobo NeimanMarcus.com;                                4. Forever21.com Beaded chain bracelet; 5. katespade.com, Abington Darcy bag 6. Bebe.com photo via nitrolicious.com

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Online Advertising Strips Hefty Fall Fashion Magazine Issues

The fall fashion magazines of 2009 may be known for something other than thew fashion neon colors and studded handbags that grace their pages.  It may be recalled as the year that signaled the demise of the 4lb fall fashion issue.

According to today’s Wall Street Journal, fashion houses who have been pinched by the global recession are looking for alternatives to paper media.  TNS Media Intelligence noticed luxury fashion house Louis Vuitton North America increased their online spending two-fold from 2007 to 2008 and women’s wear designer Diane von Furstenberg jumped on board the online bandwagon to the tune of $43,000 last year after spending zero in years past.

Dollars are instead being reallocated to social media sites, shopping newsletters and fashion messaging boards. 

I find the news a little disconcerting.  Advertising is essential to life-blood of a magazine.  If it is being diverted to other forms of media, what will it mean for paper tomes such as Vogue who lost 26% of it’s ad revenue and most hard hit, W magazine who lost 41%?

I only hope that traditional magazines will not be replaced by electronic magazines or “e-zines”.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for online media, but I there’s comforting about relaxing with a magazine or newspaper that I can hold in my hand.

To read more of “Thick Fashion Magazines Are So Last Year” go to WSJ.com.

Photo image: wmagazine.com

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Self Magazine Defends Photoshopped Picture of Kelly Clarkston

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Photo:  Scope Features, PacificCoastNews.com; Self; via eonline.com

The blog-o-sphere has been a buzz about the photoshopped cover shot of Kelly Clarkston for Self magazine’s September issue.  So much buzz in fact, the magazine felt the need to defend their decision even before the issue hit news stands.

The whole to-do started when it became very apparent that former American Idol winner, Clarkston had a significant amount of weight shaved off her cover shot.  When folks started calling out the photo, editor-in-chief Lucy Danziger defended her position with the following comments in a post on her blog at Self.com:

“Yes. Of course we do retouching (though it’s technically not Photoshop, but that is semantics). We correct color and other aspects of the digital pictures we take and then publish the best version we can.”

“Portraits like the one we take each month for the cover of SELF are not supposed to be unedited or a true-to-life snapshot…”

“Did we alter her appearance? Only to make her look her personal best. Did we publish an act of fiction? No. Not unless you think all photos are that. But in the sense that Kelly is the picture of confidence, and she truly is, then I think this photo is the truest we have ever put out there on the newsstand.”

My interpretation: She may look confident, but we thought she looked too fat—and this is a fitness magazine after all—so we had to shave off several inches.

“Then we edit the film and choose the best pictures.  “[W]e mark up the photograph to correct any awkward wrinkles in the blouse, flyaway hair and other things that might detract from the beauty of the shot. This is art, creativity and collaboration. It’s not, as in a news photograph, journalism. It is, however, meant to inspire women to want to be their best. That is the point.”

So Kelly, you should want to look 10-15lbs lighter and we, the reader, want that for you too. 

Danziger also willingly admits to altering her own photos issued in the magazine to look thinner in the name of looking her personal best.

“When I ran the marathon five years ago, I was so proud of myself for completing it in under five hours and not walking a single step. But my hips looked big in some of the photos (I was heavier then), so when I wanted to put one of them on the editor’s letter in SELF, I asked the art department to shave off a little. I am confident in my body, proud of what it can accomplish, but it just didn’t look the way I wanted in every picture.”

What do you think?  Much to do about nothing?  Or is this a real problem?

Tell me what you think.

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White Pants Woes—I need your help!

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Photo: Banana Republic

If you have been following me on Facebook this summer, you may remember me writing about my anxiety with relation to my new white pants.

I found some cropped white pants at the Gap Outlet on my way back from a family vacation a month ago.  They were a bargain price, so I decided to throw caution to the wind and buy them.  Since then I have been on high alert every time I wear the pants and was unable to make it more than two hours in them before I managed to slop something on them.

What a Mess!

The first time, was a trip to Subway with the kids for lunch and I got salad dressing on them.  The next time, was at a girls-night-out at a Mexican restaurant.  I had my lap layered with napkins to prevent any mishaps with the salsa.  At the conclusion of dinner, I noticed the napkins were still clean and relished in my own success.  Alas, it was not to be, after removing the napkins, I discovered three salsa drips.  What?!  How did that happen?!!

As if the torture wasn’t enough with one pair of white pants, I went to Banana Republic a couple of weeks ago and saw another pair of white pants that I considered buying (the cropped ones are cut in such a way that the knees get baggy, so that they look perpetually bent—now I don’t really like them).  So when I saw this new full length pair for only $7, (yes I got them for only $7!)  I thought, what the hell.

The Bleach Pen Will Keep Me Safe…

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Since buying the first pair, a friend of mine recommended buying a Clorox Bleach Pen to ease my mind if I got anything on them.  Well sure enough, the first time I wore them, I rubbed up against something that left marks on the thigh.  “Aha!”  I thought, “I’ve got you this time stain!” as I pulled out my bleach pen and applied it to my pant leg.  I continued shopping and a couple hours later when I returned home, I notice a yellow squiggle on my pants from where I administered the bleach.

Nope, That Didn’t Work Either.  Now What?

So here’s where I need your help, what did I do wrong?  Do I only put the bleach on before I load them in the laundry? 

Do you have any laundry secrets you want to share?  Please leave a comment below and help a sister out!

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