Friday, September 08, 2006

Mommy Dearest

How is it possible that such a classy lady, complete with a plethora of outstanding work, continues to make such poor fashion choices? Tell me, B, cause I really need to know.

Is she attempting to woo He-Man? When I was seven, I wanted to be She-Ra Princess of Power, too.

Didn't B learn anything from Halle? Her movie flopped, and I have a feeling that the patent leather get-up didn't help...

I respect Beyonce's loyalty to her stylist---afterall, it is her own Mother, Tina Knowles. However, Momma may be more suited to dressing Chaka-Kahn than a hip-hop heiress, such as herself. We all know what happens when kin-folk run (ruin) our careers...

B, you're, a multi-talented superstar, who exhibits maturity and drive. Your body is rockin,' and your self-image is healthy. You've even got a boyfriend who compliments you nicely. So why, oh why, can't we add "Fashionista" to your resume???

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Killing Me Softly

Dear Ann Taylor Loft,

We need to talk.

I've been faithfully shopping at ATL stores across the nation for four years now. I cannot count the times that I've plugged you to friends, family, or this website. I cannot count the times that someone has said: "Oh, what a cute outfit!" and I have said: "Oh, I got it at Ann Taylor!".

But something has GOT to give, girl.

What is this supposed to be? A denim skirt? With leggings? Yes, I can see that. I can see. Denim miniskirt with leggings, leftover fug from last year. And really quite cute if you're under 18 and quite skinny.

But that's not your target market, is it?

Or is it?
A sweater tunic? Who looks good in those? Well, your model for sure. She can pull it off, but she's 90 pounds. Are our readers 90 pounds? Most of them are not, I'll wager. I'm not 90 pounds. Who needs fashion advice if you weigh that little? Wear whatever you like; you're beyond rules at that point.

More importantly, the market to which you're supposedly selling is not 90 pounds, either.
Oh. This is my favorite by far. A tunic, leggings, AND a bubble skirt. Delightful. If your target market is the sophisticated businesswoman, where do you see her wearing this? Is this the part in her saga where she blows off work, ignores all social maxims, and obliterates all morals about fashion?

Is ugly the new professional?

Please. Annie. I'm begging you. Cut it out with the legging and all the ugliness or I'll totally stop mentioning you on this site. I mean it.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Fan Fare

Football season has officially begun, eliciting either cheers or jeers based on your love of the game. Regardless of whether you are armed with pom-poms and shakers, or whether your boyfriend is dragging you kicking and screaming to the stadium, it's a must to look the part.

As the weather turns crisp and cold, layers are the key to comfort. You can always remove layers if you get too warm.

Keeping warm starts with your feet. Build your foundation with a thick pair of socks and leather boots or sneakers. Add a pair of broken-in jeans. Jeans are surprisingly excellent insulators and will cut the wind, unlike other types of pants. Top the foundation off with a fitted cotton or thermal long sleeve shirt.

Your outerwear is arguably the most important part of your fan-inspired ensemble. It must be flexible enough for you to wave your arms around in joy when your team scores a touchdown, yet warm enough to keep you from shivering. On top of your foundational layers, try a fleece-lined hoodie or a down-filled, quilted vest.

Wrap-up in a coordinating scarf, and matching gloves or mittens. Top off your sporty look with a logo cap of your favorite team and a bouncy ponytail. Not only will you represent, but none of your heat will escape out of the top of your head.
With the appropriate outerwear, you're sure to last until the fourth quarter! Goooooooo Fashionista!

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Fly, fly away

Here's the adorable Scarlett, looking all dolled up and gorgeous for The Black Dahlia premiere.

I think her dress is gorgeous and her make-up is perfection, but I'm still trying to figure out if I like the huge butterfly barrette.

Sure, it's true to the 1940's era...

Yeah, her hair looks pretty, but...

I got over my butterfly fascination in fifth grade. By the time Mariah Carey released Butterfly, I was really, really over it.

But say it wasn't a butterfly. I keep reading that large barrettes worn near the face are a huge trend for the fall/winter.

What do you think, fashionistas, yea or nea?