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Bad to the Boot

February 22, 2006 at 9:31 am by Designer Ella

Seychelles - Women's Against the LawI haven’t posted about boots in a while, and I can feel the western trend slipping away. But with coming Spring, we can both wear boots while the chill remains and stock up for next Fall. Also, trends recycle in an evolving process, so boots with western hints are now pretty chic. These Seychelles Against the Law boots are so cool for girls with attitude. With a trendy heel and sleek details, these are in good taste. In opposition to the name, they don’t warrant a call to the fashion police. They may inspire some sinful coveting, but that wrong answers to a different power.

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Unflattering Prints are Trendy?

February 22, 2006 at 9:00 am by Designer Ella

Urban Outfitters is at the out.fitting, again, but this time they only have their trend following to blame.

Urban Outfitters Stripes & Prints

First, we must mention the Spring 2006 trend: nautical-inspired, navy-toned stripes. Fine. But they’re always laid out horizontally. Doesn’t everyone know that horizontal stripes widen the figure? Models can scrape by with the look, but all women beneft from an accentuated waist, the larger want slimmer hips, and most look better with a taller appearance. Conversely, mixed diagonal lines coming in to an arrow point is actually flattering. They can create that waist or emphasize a bust (like in this photo).

Next (on the right) Urban Outfitters displays a von Furstenberg-ready print in a tunic-sack shaped frock. What’s worse is there’s a wide, white band across the widest part of a woman’s body: the thighs. It removes the view of the natural waist and moves it down, which forces odd proportions onto the body.

I don’t know what designers are thinking, but as women we should carefully consider these aspects of what we buy to adorn our bodies!

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Style Steal: Cropped Jacket

February 17, 2006 at 9:30 am by Designer Ella

Style Steal: 60s Tweed Cropped Jackets

Bluefly has designer apparel up to 70% off. There are always really great deals, but things sell out fast, and there can often be very few sizes of items. Though I was able to snatch up one of the items on my list for Spring; a cropped jacket. The Parameter Ivory Tweed Cropped Blazer is 60% at $105.

In my search, I always noticed a very similar cropped tweed jacket, but by Marc Jacobs: much more expensive. It is also 60% off at $1,052 at Saks Fifth Avenue.

Trend alert: I’m totally feeling cropped jackets and coats. They’re perfect for Spring!The two jackets are different enough to not have that *steal un-appeal*, yet they both have the same look in the hot trend of a cropped jacket, and they’re also so classic and 60s feminine with tweed, wide peter pan collars, and flared sleeves.

The Parameter blazer has a classic, versatile style and tweed pattern, and still can boast a *quality* retail pricetag (for which you won’t have to pay), so if you love this style, you can’t go wrong. Also, Bluefly offers “Bill Me Later,” so you can actually pay around the time weather permits wearing it. Plus.


Now and Future, All Season Trend: Hats

February 15, 2006 at 9:00 am by Designer Ella

Madonna in Knit CapMadonna is showing a trend here, from the cover of Elle. The Material Girl’s material of late has been knit, in the form of caps. (Also seen on Isaac Mizrahi’s show.) This is one great way of doing hats right through Spring! I browsed through my favorite online shops and saw these hats that will take you from these last chilly weeks to warmer days, and even (the last 2) onto the Summer’s blistering sun!

1. Urban Outfitters Yarn Beanie (I own this, so fab.)
2. Anthropologie straw hat with pom-poms (an almost knit look, but so summer-straw, and yet with winter-cool pom-poms!)
3. Anthropologie rickrack short-brimmed bucket hat (in muted, “beach hues,” also with a knit-look braided material.)

Winter Summer Hats

The second two hats can be worn even now in warmer climates, and the first, too, for those dipping below 50 days!

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Manolo Blahnik Early Design

February 13, 2006 at 9:00 am by Designer Ella

Manolo Blahnik Early Graphic from Vogue 1971One of Manolo Blahnik’s earliest creations, as seen in Vogue in 1971. Photographed by Lester Bookbinder.

I found this—what appears to be a computer graphic, at least in the balloon leg—on Manolo Blahnik’s biography on

It’s immensely interesting; the chunky heel and different styling from what’s so Manolo, today. The thing is that this shoe pictured would be quite in today! We really are back to the seventies for our feet! But Blahnik isn’t going back to that design, and that’s admirable.


Season Trend Cycle

February 12, 2006 at 4:12 pm by Designer Ella

So, who else got drearily sick of Fashion Week? Well, it’s over, right? … Next, there’s London, Milan, Paris and then Toronto … Toronto??!! Ah, yes. Last and least.

Although I love discussing in length the shows I find most noteworthy, and I still have Oscar and Nanette, I couldn’t push myself to stomach it, since Friday. I need something else.

Also, clothes-overload led me to quite obsessively need to shop.

Ella's Sketch of Season Color & Print DressThis week was the odd fast forward of seasons, which both puts a higher focus on and a greater disregard for it, at once. I applaud any attention to the importance of warmth in the colder months, but I can’t get excited about it when Spring is on its way. But wait—we’re still mid-winter here (6 more weeks!) so shouldn’t I be much more into it?

This was all enough to confuse me so much, I felt it physically: twisted stomach and blurry eyes.

We the fashionable follow style changes, seasonally. There are the color rules: no white after labor day, but winter white rocks-us (leaving people confused about cutoffs and just plain why this all is “so”). There is the odd color leeway: “Spring” pastels and brights for all!!!—despite skin tone or personality.

It makes sense for seasonal climates to at least change top thickness and bottom lengths, but then why do we make any allowance to excuse open-toed high heels all year round?

This is, you may not know, strictly for the fashion-conscious areas of the world (even this country). Outside of urban and suburban areas, sure, it’s different. It’s also different for season-free locations. Of course, you’d figure people in Florida wear shorts whatever the month (and natives wear pants and sweaters when tourists don capris and 3/4 length sleeves). But colors, prints, and styles are like a free-for-all! Late Autumn is still a Summerland with neon shades, Bermuda anything, even Hawaii prints. It’s quite as frightening as it sounds. I blame the vacationers, but I see no proper excuse … because I always followed the seasonal colors and trends. That’s even a little scary, as well.

This year, I’m breaking out a little. At the end of last Summer, I bought new bags for the upcoming season, and kept them in my closet for weeks, even months. A couple I no longer wanted when it was time to bring them out. Crazy.

Now, I have a whole feeling I think I’ll stick with for a while (and that means longer than three months). And color rules are a strictly personal thing, mostly based on my “coloring.” I will never buy a “cool” wardrobe that’s pastel, ever again; I can’t do it. I want to wear what flatters me, so I’ll stick to my rules.

It might be hard with magazines and catwalks doing what they’ve always done—and the trendy stores in February stocked with Easter candy, baby-mature toned clothing. But not for me, it’s all revolting, because I have conviction.

So, this argument is for style over fashion. No, what does that even mean? It’s a certain thing to me, but could be different for any of us. I suggest for everyone to do what is right for the individual. But then again, maybe it’s not completely an argument; I just want to encourage thinking.

Thanks to Fashion Tribes and thanks that this tired-me put in a hard-worked piece and that it actually fits with Fashion Week. Ha ha!

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