Wednesday, April 24, 2013

comeback kid

As Kiran has already pointed out, this blog is in desperate need of a comeback
Kiran's been in the UK studying for her law degree
I've been seriously slacking with no such excuses (in fact, I probably blogged more WHEN I was studying for my masters. Alas.)

I think the serious drought can be attributed, partially, to the fact that I've since relocated to a town where couture is actually defined by how much a) Carhartt gear  and b) real-tree camo a person is wearing. Gross. It also doesn't help that in the past year I've become a fitness fanatic and can often be spotted wearing Reeboks and well-structured hoodies. Don't worry about me though--I'm ashamed enough for the both of us.

This morning, however,  I was perusing Glamour's online fashion and beauty blogs. It made me realize how much I really MISS picking up a new fashion magazine and poring over it. I've been cheating on newsprint with Pinterest. Still, in the vein of online fashion finds, today I discovered (and it probably isn't an amazing discovery, maybe everyone knew about this gem except ME), the ChicFeed app for my iPhone. With each swipe of the finger, I can see a new street style photo from different fashion blogs around the interwebs. I was pretty entertained while not actually doing real work while at work (time theft is pretty much my bread and butter.)

So, if you haven't already heard of ChicFeed, you can check out their site here, which gives links to some pretty swanky blogs (hello Sartorlist, I've loved you for so long.) You can also download the app and waste away hours and hours at work while getting paid to do nothing. Like I do.

So, it's good to be back, and hopefully Kiran and I can be good little bloggers and make something happen.

Posted by: Carla

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Celebrities Turned Designers...Yay or Nay?

**NOTE: I am aware Carla has done a piece on Zoe already (see here). But we have differing-ish opinions. So here we go....***

Over the years, our culture has shifted away from the 'celebritizing' of supermodels (refer to the heyday of the 1990s and prominence of Turlington, Brinkley, and Campbell) and turned towards the sculpting of our actors and singers into new fashion icons. Noticeably, nearly all the covers of prominent mags now feature these stars, as opposed to the models that once graced the pages and adverts inside.

People like Jessica Simpson, P. Diddy, Justin Timberlake, Kanye West and Rachel Zoe have taken their celebrity status a step further, and actually begun designing.

I'd like to talk about Rachel Zoe. Yes, she has an advantage--already being a part of the fashion industry--but her job was always to pull looks together, not to construct them from nothing.

My love for her is illogical to say the least. I wish I could sit her down and feed her bagels until the bones were no longer visible through her leathery, orange skin. But once I began watching her show The Rachel Zoe Project, I was hooked.

For a girl that loves clothes, designers and accessories as much as I do, this show is equivalent to porn. Zoe has a studio full of haute couture, bags and shoes and gets to play dress up not only with the A-list clientele that she styles, but herself. She rubs elbows with the best designers in the industry, and sits front row at every major fashion show in New York and Paris. The last episode I watched featured Prabal Gurung, Michael Kors, and Oscar de la Renta. Drool.

The show is now in its fifth season and the stylist has come full circle in her fashion journey and turned towards designing.

Although nothing in her collections has been innovative or daring, the clothing is made for a chic woman looking for wearability. It is young and cool...a successful venture in the foray of fashion. While others are still putting cork wedges on their runways (*cough Jessica Simpson cough*), Zoe has managed to translate her fashionista sensibilities into a successful multi-million dollar business venture. As Zoe would say, that's pretty 'maj'. 

Check out Zoe's latest offerings for Fall/Winter 2013:
F/W 2013

And here's her take for this summer:
S/S 2013

...A clip for your viewing pleasure. It's hard to take her seriously (she's almost a caricature of herself), but it's a guilty pleasure nonetheless.

Posted by: Kiran