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Fashion Sensei News Clips…

We go from a summer with very little to report from the fashion world, to fashion news bursting from every direction.  Here’s a few highlights about what’s new…

Weird Models Out—Pretty is in Again…

Photo: Oscar de la Renta, Style.com

The Wall Street Journal  reports that edgy models with sometimes strange features are being replaced by the girl-next-door types.  It seems that unconventional beauty doesn’t sell during a recession and with the fashion world begging for business (see Fashion’s Night Out), companies are looking to conventional beauties, also known as “commercially” appealing to draw shoppers back to buying again and to pull the industry out from declining sales.

While there is a resurgence of harem pants, padded shoulders and anything 80’s, fashion forecasters predict that ladylike suits and classic styles will prevail this fall.

All I can hear in the back of my mind, is Tyra Banks chastising models for looking “too commercial”.  It looks like the tide has turned and we’ll be seeing updated versions of Christy Brinkley and Naomi Campbell.  Let’s just hope that super-skinny size zero is out too. [WSJ.com]


Shop Till You Drop…


Photo: Vogue.com

Due to the recession, we have all shut our wallets and have only been buying the essentials.  Shopping sprees have become so 2007, and the folks who still have the money to spend have been shamed into restraint. 

Enter Anna Wintour.

The uber influential editor of American Vogue has become so concerned about the state of the fashion industry, and therefore the future of her own magazine, Wintour gathered up all the big names in fashion including Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera and Vera Wang—among other notables—and has contrived a world wide shopping holiday called Fashion’s Night Out.

Set for September 10, the global effort to get us back out to the mean streets of retail emporiums world wide, a whose-who of the fashion world, have been assembled to entertain us—Oscar de la Renta is slated to sing (who knew he could sing?) and Issac Mizrahi is set for a one-night-only engagement at Bergdorf Goodman.  Further,  Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen will customize clothes from their label Row.

For those of you going out for the festivities, be sure to report back!

To read more about the event and the participating designers, go to www.fashionsnightout.com .  Wanna chance to win $5,000 shopping spree? Click here to enter Fashion’s Night Out: Shop For Good Online Sweepstakes.


Speaking of Vogue

The September Issue is set to hit theaters this fall.  It will chronicle the five months leading up to the ever-important fall 2007 issue.  Remember this was the magazine’s biggest issue in history, 840 pages, and weighing in at 4lbs of fabulous fashion (remember my post on the 2009 fall issue at a meager 584 pages?).

The movie is said to probe the dynamic between two of fashion’s most powerful women.  Wintour, nearly any woman who has ever picked up an issue of Vogue knows, but Grace Coddington, the creative director and fashion editor may be a new name to some.  The documentary reveals the behind-the-scenes struggle between the two women and just how the world’s most famous fashion magazine is created.

I can’t wait!

I’m hoping to get my hands on some local preview passes.  If I do, I’ll be sure to give you the low-down on the movie!

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Costume Institute Gala At The Met: Superhero meets Superstar

There’s so much to talk about surrounding the Costume Institutes’s “Superhero” show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  The fashion of those who attended, the fabulous and the strange) and news out about a new Diane von Furstenberg collection.

First up the fashion.  Two weeks ago we had the Fashion Sensei Says…Nerd Alert Edition and I told you about the “Superhero’s” show.  Today I thought you may like to see some of the fashion from those who attended the gala.

Editor of the style bible Vogue, Anna Wintour, wore a gown from Chanel Haute Couture.  The gown looks a little bit like a cross of Princess Leia and a Tauntaun ( I didn’t know the actual name of this animal from the movie, so don’t put me under suspicion.  I had to look it up).

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This dress worn by Elettra Rossellini Wiedemann in Chris Benz, with the designer himself looks nothing like a cartoon or superhero.  It’s just an high fashion example of the geometric trend so popular right now.  I love it.


Here are some other noteworthy gowns from the gala.  (Click on the image for an enlargement.)

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And some of the more unusual ensembles…

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We can’t forget about the guys… *sigh*

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Finally, I wanted to tell  you about some interesting news about a new Diane von Furstenberg collaboration.  While reading Indian Rose Fashionista‘s site, I learned that DVF will be designing a new collection based on Wonder Woman, set to come out this holiday season.

“For this holiday season, von Furstenberg has collaborated with Warner Bros. Consumer Products on behalf of DC Comics and created a capsule collection of ready-to-wear, small leather goods and footwear that loosely takes its cues from the superheroine.” [WWD.com]

I’m really anxious to see the full collection, but here is a sneak peek…


Photo Source: WWD, nitro:licious

In honor of the new collection, Linda Carter(Wonder Woman herself) is shown here at the Costume Institute’s “Superhero’s” Gala with some wicked WW cuffs.


Naomi Watts has a little bit of Wonder Woman with the star on her dress and Pegasus rolled up in one with this dazzling pleated gown.


But I think the woman most worthy of a superhero title that night goes to Christina Ricciin Givenchy Haute Couture and Bulgari jewels.  This dress is just stunning.  It’s sort of Wonder Woman meets the new millennium.


For more behind the scenes click here for a video from Style.com.

Photo Source: Style.com 


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Is Balenciaga Paying Tribute to Spaceballs?

If you have had a chance to thumb through the current fashion mags, Vogue or W, you will have seen this ad from Balenciaga.

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The first thing I thought of was Lord Helmet from the 1987 Mel Brooks cult classic, Spaceballs.


Source: Flixster

I always wonder where designers get their inspiration.  Could it be possible that they were watching this movie? lol

What do you think?

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Fashion and the Politician

In honor of the final State of the Union address tonight, I will address fashion and the female politician.

feb-2008-vogue.jpgInterestingly in February’s issue of  Vogue magazine, editor Anna Wintour laments “Imagine my amazement, then, when I learned that Hillary Clinton, our only female presidential hopeful, had decided to steer clear of our pages at this point in her campaign for fear of looking to feminine.”  She goes on to offer her style advice to Ms. Clinton by way of a Calvin Klein suit entitled “Suit Yourself”.  But she raises the question, what is a female politician to wear to be considered intelligent and serious, yet feminine?  Is she restricted to a pant suit to be taken seriously?  I hardly think so. Vogue.com takes the issue one step further, by stating “Hillary’s going to need a makeover if she is going to be our president for the next 4 years.”  They offer this ensamble from the Chanel Spring 2008 collection for a meeting with the Chinese president.

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Last Thursday, January 24, the Wall Street Journal published an article ‘Women in Power:  Finding Balance In the Wardrobe’.  In this article it contends “Nowadays, women who want to be taken seriously look to Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi and Condoleezza Rice for style cues, much the way young women have long followed the lead of the celebrity set.”   

In my former professional life, I wore a suit everyday and I must say I never once looked to Hillary Clinton for fashion advice.  But then again, I was not the CEO of my company either.  What do you think?  Are they business fashion icons?


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