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FICA’s Fur Fashion Week Stirs Opinions

June 13, 2006 at 9:30 am by Designer Ella

FICA (Fur Information Council of America) is holding their Fur Fashion Week. Of course, I don’t care to cover the styles and I’ve already given my harshest opinion, but I’d like to cover something.

Fur Fashion Week FICA AlexandrosJulie of Almost Girl and a reader, Gloria, gave some very good points on Almost Girl’s comments:

Kathleen Fasanella pointed out that she dislikes the nonuse of the furry animal’s meat and Gloria agreed. Then Julie brought up a little known aspect of the fur business, “Actually as I learned today people do eat the meat of animals killed for fur, in fact sometimes it is even more ethical than just leather.”

Gloria argued,

It’s about the treatment they endure too- and who really eats the meat? Maybe the families that farm- but can they really eat hundreds of mink meat? Or genitally electrocuted [chinchilla] meats?

I agree with Gloria, and I disagree with a fur fashion week and the fur practice as a whole. There could possibly be a correct way to use pelts for apparel, but we don’t see it now. Will we ever? Do we want that, or should the fur trade end completely?

Fur-trimmed coat picture credit to Almost Girl.

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What Not to Wear Filming Live

June 13, 2006 at 8:25 am by Designer Ella

Julie Fredrickson by happenstance was in the same store, Girl Shop, in NYC as the What Not to Wear crew filming a makeovee venturing on her lone shopping lesson.

What Not to Wear filming Girl Shop

How exciting! I’m just glad to see this photo, as taken with credit to Almost Girl.

Julie said this woman didn’t look too excited, but I know why. Woman, put down that skirt!

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Poll: What Does Your Dad Need this Father’s Day?

June 12, 2006 at 12:00 am by Designer Ella

Our next poll is: What does your dad need this Father’s Day? What is he lacking, wardrobe wise. Is it a complete sense of style, itself?

* New wardrobe (even should he get a total makeover or be taught the laws of fashion, like on What Not to Wear?)
* New wallet (is his bulging or ratty?)
* New shoes (are there holes or do they have an odor [I know, I know]?)
* A man’s bag (I just love those. They should catch on, don’t you think?!)

The poll is located in the left sidebar right below the Glam ad.


Unfortunate Fashion Premonition

June 11, 2006 at 9:15 pm by Designer Ella

I just get a kick out of fashionable references and jokes, so I wanted to note what was written in Maia’s diary at the beginning of the season premiere of The 4400,

Mommy is going to buy me an ugly dress …

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Poll Results: Your Preferred Heel Width

June 9, 2006 at 5:00 am by Designer Ella

The results of our first poll are concluded, but I must confess, I’ve been a little worried all along. After I attempted to clarify what a medium heel is to me (and a sculpted wedge), your votes for that type went up!

Still I know I should have included images at the start, I have them for you now:

Heel Widths
(Thin & Sleek - Medium & Trendy - Thick & Sturdy - Standard Wedge - Sculpted Wedge)

The winner was the … Entry continued, read more »


My Interview with Maria Palma

June 8, 2006 at 1:15 pm by Designer Ella

It’s been a bit of a crazy morning here at Chez Ella, so I’m late to inform you that I gave an interview to Maria Palma, and its first part is up now at The Runway Scoop.

You’ve got to read!

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To Celebrate Surviving 6.6.6. - The Deviltrice?

June 7, 2006 at 9:00 am by Designer Ella

Hee hee. Who else couldn’t give a hoot about 666 aside from admiring its powers to scare off zealots? Yet who out of those got a little nervous (and felt like phoning her bestest friend for security) whenever the media mentioned Armageddon? It’s so silly to its core.

Anna Wintour devilI found this article on Anna Wintour: Satan? from Vintage Voice a little too late to celebrate the fun of the “holiday,” itself, but we can bask in the more silly notion of surviving 6.6.06.

It is a fascinating and educational read—albeit from a biased perspective.

I love—and hate—the part about angry write-ins reacting to a Vogue interview with Brad Johns:

… Enraged Letters to the Editor. Take the four or five published letters, each roundly condemning hair colorist Brad Johns. “Will someone hand Brad Johns a reality sandwich?” demanded one incensed punter, “incredibly offended” at Johns’s suggestion that patrons tip him “A nice, crisp $100 or $500 bill, presented to us elegantly, with a note.” … And how about those dreadful, rumpled $100s? Those go in the yucky wastebasket, with all the hair clippings!

Check it out for fun and think about how we are not truly past this world’s evils, whether they are poverty or the media’s force-feeding notion of beauty.

Now, what do you think about Anna Wintour?

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Sweet Marc Jacobs *Flared* Shorts (on Sale!)

June 6, 2006 at 11:00 am by Designer Ella

Marc Jacobs Collection Flared ShortI love these feminine-flared Marc Jacobs Collection shorts, but I can’t imagine justifying even the sale price: $659 (from $1,100).

They also are not nearly practical for my body type (short and wide-ish, just like this item). Oh, dear.

Is this one of those “model” items? The public swoons and awes over the piece; the poetry, the uniqueness. It is a rare gem, thus deserving of its prestige. But then who wears it? The insanely perfect or rich and the models, of course. I think this is something meant to happen—a very large, purposeful circle. Is that right?

Or maybe H&M will make a pair like this. Now, I just need to get rid of my “wide-ish” problem. And the sewers need to make a cuff-less pair (cuffs are bad for short stature)—Geesh!


Why I will Never Wear all Designer

June 5, 2006 at 3:00 pm by Designer Ella

When I read fashion blogs that tell/claim/show personally owned items, or complete outfits, with crazy-expensive, IT designer names—I’m shocked with envy and a little disgusted with boasting such a lifestyle both to the poor blog readers and in spite of the impoverished state those Haves put society in.
Neiman Marcus - Diane vonFurstenberg
An item here or there is superb; it’s fabulous. But is it still luxury when there’s one piece in every ensemble? Big business and rich greed leave people hungry and cold, and New Money doesn’t know how to take care of it (like celebs with lavish excesses).

Yes, I can’t afford this now, and yes I do hope to someday—but I’m talking a Gucci bag once every few years, some Rebecca Taylor and Nanette Lepore, plenty of items between $100 and $200, and the occasional Marc Jacobs apparel item that I fall in love with.

Yes, my shoe shopping budget will upgrade to above $100, but that will be about quality. I really want to be comfortably and fabulously wealthy, but I don’t want to saturate my blog with such snobbitude—I want to remain a normal girl.

I just want to put it out there, now, that I plan to always look out for those without the means, even while now I still can’t seem to understanding forcing myself to live in mine.

(And maybe someday I can wear/carry more of the items I blog about on High Fashion High.)


Andy Rooney Talks Shoes on 60 Minutes

June 5, 2006 at 12:15 pm by Designer Ella

Shoe fans who didn’t catch 60 Minutes last night can check out Andy Rooney complaining about shoes (that don’t fit) in a video clip or read the text in print.

You see people walking along the street all the time, and you know darn well they’re wearing shoes that don’t fit.

No one has two feet that are exactly the same, either, but when you buy a pair of shoes, they’re both the same. Seems wrong. …

The shoe business must be good anyway though, because we all buy more shoes than we wear. We keep looking for that perfect pair. Our closets runneth over with shoes. I must have 20 pairs of shoes I don’t wear, but they cost so much, I can’t stand to throw them out.

That cranky man always has pithy and humorous points … but I still love shoes.

Bonus: for fabulous living (with the best eating), you must check out the interview with the owner of Whole Foods Market.


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