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Archive for May, 2006

Mariah Carey’s Legs Statue

May 31, 2006 at 6:34 pm by Designer Ella

Mariah Carey won Celebrity Legs of a Goddess

Feet! Ahh!

She did not win the award for those.

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Petite Sizes Cut Off

May 31, 2006 at 1:00 pm by Designer Ella

Petite Classic JeansDo department stores no longer care about “the little people?”

Reported by The New York Times: Women’s petite sizes have been cut back or cut off entirely from big department stores, such as Neiman Marcus (or as The View ladies called it, “Needless Markup”), Saks Fifth Avenue and Bloomingdale’s. (Even the all-petite size store, Petite Sophisticate, cut back and closed stores this year.)

As if in lockstep over the past year, Saks ceased selling petite sizes, Bloomingdale’s cut the space it devotes to petites by nearly half in some stores, and Neiman Marcus reduced the number of stores with petite departments by nearly half. Neiman Marcus now carries petite sizes in just eight of its 36 stores; as of the fall, it will stock them in just two.

Store reps claim that these clothes are not selling; that there is no market for them. How could that be when women’s limbs haven’t grown drastically over the last months? Short women like I am (at 4′11″ and that important 1/4) don’t suddenly want to go naked (as if we could).

As designer Dana Buchman said, “It’s not like American women suddenly got tall. I think it’s a mistake.”

The problem really lies with something I’ve noticed myself, and why I rarely buy petite, the clothing is designed for the elderly (often shrinking) woman, not the merely small. The designs are frumpy and conservative, and not in that trendy (lace-ruffles-and-sophistication) way, either.

Petite women, [Department store executives] said, would rather wear the more youthful, skin-baring and tighter-fitting clothing in the contemporary departments, even if it does not fit them as well.

Who wouldn’t want those styles? Meanwhile, store owners and designers see this style problem, and they don’t see the immediate, and correct, fix?

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Shorts Suits Bring Business to Summer

May 30, 2006 at 3:00 pm by Designer Ella

A trend for the summer, as reported by What Not to Wear’s Stacy London, is the shorts suit (or the cropped suit). It’s good for casual business and is perfect for the weather. But remember your company’s dress code and remember the temperature air conditioners leave your office. Shorts are hot hot right now, and cropped- or short-sleeved blazers pass through different temps while flattering, so these pieces are also great as mixable separates.

BCBG Max Azria Shorts SuitBCBG Max Azria Cropped Suit

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Christian Louboutin - Suede Cork Heeled Shoe

May 30, 2006 at 12:00 pm by Designer Ella

Christian Louboutin Cork HeelThe hottest shoes (IT shoes!) for summer are the red hot Christian Louboutins with cork heels, and Bergdorf Goodman has a brown suede peep-toe slingback version.

The tobacco suede is subtler than a patent black or red, but we still have the classic Louboutin toe, this time in peep-toe cork, and of course the signature red sole.

With a high, high heel and an elastic sling back, this shoe comes in at $670.

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Related Posts Around the Network

May 29, 2006 at 9:00 am by Designer Ella

Welcome, new visitors to Lipped Media, and old yet young-at-heart, alike. There’s something for everyone here every Monday when I dig up recent posts from our network that are of special interest to style, shoes, fashion news, et cetera. Right. Right to it!

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Video Killed the Fashion Star

May 28, 2006 at 1:27 pm by Designer Ella

That can-do girl from Fashion is a Verb is hosting le Carnivale this week, with the question:

What movie (/ music video / TV show) do you credit with being responsible for the biggest Fashion Don’ts? In other words- Which movie started off clothing trends that never should have been?

Madonna Like a Virgin video

My choice for a video is something I didn’t see much of the effects from, personally, being so young at the time (I don’t even know when this was, precisely). It’s Madonna’s “Like a Virgin” from the 80s.

Christine Taylor The Wedding Singer Holly SullivanI do know, thanks to The Wedding Singer and Christine Taylor as Holly Sullivan, that Madonna inspired exact clones. That’s pretty bad. (I can’t even get in to all the facets that make the look, but fortunately, this is not a current trend against which I need to make an argument.)

I do know a little more personally that those rubber bracelets really took off. Even for children, we had jelly bracelets, which were colourful. Mine were chunkier and filled with glitter—gosh, I loved those things. (They’re gone to my clothing archives of memory-only, now!)

At least this trend wasn’t something that stuck around or has come back, yet, unlike leg warmers.

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Old Navy Madras Plaid Ad

May 26, 2006 at 4:00 pm by Designer Ella

Old Navy Madras Ad

Old Navy Madras AdSometimes when we see a new ad, we instantly have a hunch about what company it’s for. This started for me years ago with Gap’s dancing campaign. Then came the inevitable Must-See-TV Old Navy Ads. Now there are those crazy, crazy Target ads (so fun, though!). But now we again have Old Navy … with the dancing Gap once had.

It’s fun to document Old Navy’s ads, which can also be crazy in their own way … because the fashion is often … okay not to my liking.

The newest ad is for a plaid called Madras (you can view the ad through that link; shop women through this link), it’s quite a flannel-print plaid. The way they’ve done it, it looks like a bunch of homeless, but pretty, people running around.

(And more skinny legs; the main model looks like she can’t support herself on those.)

For some examples of more fashion … not to my liking, look below.

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Mischa Barton for bebe

May 26, 2006 at 11:30 am by Designer Ella

Mischa Barton for bebe

I liked this photograph, I still like it, as art, as ad. But I don’t like it with that caption. The face of bebe is dead, like a wax statue? Does that mean something?

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A Shopping Tip for Married Women

May 25, 2006 at 4:45 pm by Designer Ella

According to a study as posted on Nature.com (subscription required), via Proportional Belief, men are less able to argue their monetary points—and will even dish out dough—when confronted with a scantily clad woman.

What does this mean?

Married women, worry no more about spending too much on your luxuries. Bring new handbags out of their shopping bags while wearing a bikini … point to eLUXURY while wearing his favorite lingerie…

Also, wear high heels during these times. It turns out, the more high heels, the better for married women’s financial issues with husbands!

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Demi Moore to Play Coco Chanel

May 25, 2006 at 12:41 pm by Designer Ella

I’m horrified that I didn’t learn this sooner, someone should have informed me!

Demi Moore is set to portray iconic designer/Chanel founder, Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel in a biographical film.

Demi Moore

According to a report of BALTIMORE SUN, the “gritty” film will portray Coco’s young years, from the age of 20, include her lesser-known previous life as a singer, her rise as a fashion designer, her great fashion comeback in the 1950s and on to her death at age 81.

The movie will follow Gabrielle Chanel to her colourful life as a style icon, as well as exploring her many love affairs - one of which was with a Nazi officer during World War Two.

I’m not sure what I think about Demi playing this, as I have never been a great fan. I’m eager to learn about Coco, but hesitant, as I hold the designer of lovely and great luxuries as an icon of mine, but fear the bad sides to her.

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