Wednesday, May 4, 2011

10 feet off of Beale

So I'm sure I probably should have done a post on the royal wedding, but I figured that plenty of people probably covered that story way better than I ever could when you can't beat the fashion editors, magazines, and everyone who has any access to the public eye in delivering an overview of the Royal family's attire...write about fashion in Memphis??.....

Sooo....this past weekend, my family and I minus the brother, Matt :( celebrated my Dad's 50th birthday in Memphis TN.  Memphis in May was going on which is a series of many events, but this past weekend was the music festival down Beale Street. I had never been to the city or the festival, but from what I hear, the lineup was the best its ever been.  I know the bands I was thrilled about seeing definitely exceeded expectations.  My top 3 favs were Cake, MGMT, and Mumford & Sons.

Cake, with there minimal, clean, smart sound and witty lyrics was a blast to finally see live.  Every time lead singer John McCrea striked the virbaslap, (yes I had to look up what the instrument was actually called), we all died laughing. He has a very unique voice and they've stood the test of time for quite a while now. 


I have a HUGE newfound even greater love and respect for MGMT.  I feel like what they are most known for, and what most of their hits are labeled as, is electronica type of music.  However, they have an amazing full band and some of their songs actually remind me of the Beatles, (their later stuff according to what my sister told me when I called out this observation).  What I loved about their show is that the songs didn't all run together.  They have so many different sounds and themes to their music - each song is different. I really can't put a particular label on their sound though. It's like psychedelic, alternative/indie/brit rock, electronica, eclectic great sounding music....and Andrew VanWyngarden is unbelievably DREAMY.

Mumford - no words. They were absolutely  phenomenal - so worth being in the hot muggy weather standing in the mud squished up to the girl in front of me who didn't smell too nice.  My friend Brenna Phares actually got to meet all of them as well as Jake Gyllenhaal who is hanging out with them while they are on tour. I like to call this next pic Brokeback....Jake is in the white tee....

Marucs Mumford was shopping for his girlfriend Carey Mulligan and actually bought her the dress Brenna had just tried on...guy's got taste!  Not to mention, he opens his mouth and heaven comes out without any effort at all.  Speaking of Heaven, they sing about a form of Jesus/God and/or "your maker" in almost every song.  It's quite refreshing to hear a mainstream band not shy away from such topics. They only have one album out so far so I'm looking forward to being a long time, dedicated follower of these chaps!


Now let's get to the fashion...or lack of.

Sooo let's not forget, this is Memphis, TN.

Historically it is extremely muddy at this festival every year.  This year didn't dissapoint, but thankfully we had at least one dry day on Friday.  However, the festival goers were definitely prepared.  So the majority was dressed in something to this tune...
boots, muscle shirts, and leis...why not?

It's really interesting to see the difference in the crowds based on the city your in.  Let's take ACL in Austin - still a music festival, similar genres of music, TOTALLY different crowd...trend forecasters from all of the world go to Austin to cover the trickling up effect of fashion they expect from the streetwear of the hipsters, hippies, and youth of festival attendees.  I found the crowd at Memphis in May to be really young, (highschoolers) and then an older crowd - middle age and up, but not as many college kids and 20 somethings.  Their were definitely some, but no where near as many as there are at the well known festivals.  Here are some of the needles in the haystack. 

My fav!  Screw the mud - I'm going to wear my leopard heels!

Really liked the concept more than the whole look - she pulled off the denim on denim look just by doing blue on blue, but what you can't see is her black denim bag as well....just liked her taking the idea and interpreting it differently....she also had some killer rings.

I wish I could have sat and talked to him for a while...he was a photographer walking around at the fest and def. was in tune and glad to be a part of the whole street shot fashion blogging his can tell he doesn't try, but just looks cool.

my super cook sister with her midriff shirt and suspenders, distressed boots that are actually for real distressed from her hiking in Seattle, and purple ray bans...hottieee

super cute couple - love that they pulled off and weren't too cool to both wear his band tee and her nordic/safari pattern tank.  The lady in the back obviously really wanted to be a part of this picture...I got a shot of her right after, but can't seem to find it...

Another precious couple.  I like what he's rockin more here....but I do like how they have two totally different styles - She has the whole nice/handbag, hunter boots, designer frock going on and he is totally hipster/modern dandy....It works!

Another great duo also  involving suspenders....

How cute is she? I would never put all of those items together, but I like the overall  relaxed/i didn't try thing she's got going on...although I'm pretty sure she was probably stoned while she put it together...maybe that's why it's giving off that vibe....

This kid from Chicago , (first thing he told me), was struttin in some pretty cool kicks and a great color story. 

Brenna who met Mumford - seer sucker shorts, tank, fannie pack and chacos - perfect festival attire - also comfortable, trend right, and cool - yes people fannie packs are cool now! 
It's in the details - his glasses had this cool gold trim on the sides and his pockets had a western cut with denim flaps - too cute. 

Bob and I 
Left: poser, Right: the real thing - proves a mohawk makes you hard core and that the wig just doesn't have the same effect...

Next stop, Hangout Festival!!

Till next time,

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Groundbreaking Florals

Almost a year ago, I went to visit my college professor,  Ms. Leak for advice and direction.  I was freaking out about a project I had to do as part of the interview process for my current job. I had to choose a category and one of several very specific customers to design a collection for. This line needed to fit their needs relative to their lifestyle, career, etc. while  also staying relevant to the current trends for the season.  The season I chose was Spring 2011 which we are currently in.

I believe it was May of last year when Ms. Leak pulled out her TOBE reports and we chatted about what was to come.  I probably should have been more aware of what was in sight for Spring 2011, but I was very busy at the time with my other job and worrying about whether or not I was ever going to have a career in design!  Sooo we turned to the experts - trend forecasters. 

The TOBE report was right on! When I was told that there was going to be this HUGE nordic trend coming for last fall, I was a little skepical...quite honestly didn't really even know what the word Nordic meant or translated to  in relation to fashion and apparel. However, I open Vogue for one of the early Fall issues and the Dolce add is nothing but beautiful Scandinavian Models in snow gear and fair isle knits.

Then we moved on to discuss Spring to which Ms. Leak said their was going to be a huge Garden party statement. what immediately comes to mind is Miranda Priestly's quote from Devil Wears Prada - "Florals? For spring? Ground Breaking!"  However, I've seen more florals in the market, on the runways, and out in the fashion buzz than ever. What I love about the Garden Party concept is mixing in lace, silk, bustier/derby style silhouettes, and all things lady-like to give the season more of a specific identity and over all statement rather than a general florals theme.  The way you can update your florals to be more relevant to today's current trends are by finding those with a vintage feel or watercolor technique. I'm also seeing many florals that have more of a hand-drawn or sketchy feel and look. We are developing many of these types of prints and patterns in bedding for Home as well.  You can see the free part of the TOBE review for Spring here:

Seeing as it is Easter and are a few of the items I would combine for Easter Sunday if I could go all out! Don't you sometimes wish the norm would be to get all dolled up and dressed to the nines like the old days?!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Shop so you don't drop!

According to a recent study in Taiwan, shopping can actually help older people live longer!  65 yrs old and above should shop at least once a week in order to "reduce their mortality risk" by %28(men), and %23(women)...I'm all of a sudden looking forward to the other side of the hill!

If I had endless funds and could speak French, I would shop the designers on this site.

This is a website Arbia Smiti, a friend of a friend in Paris created to feature some amazing talent. The fashion is AMAZING...each designer is very distinguished with his or her own look, and all set apart from one another - props to Arbia or whoever hand picked this crop of artists. What I love is they all not only get their vision/aesthetic across, but execute the line very tastefully. Every piece is very bold and makes a huge statement, but I would actually wear it!  I couldn't pick a favorite designer, but here is my favorite look of each brand. Check out this site and give yourself a break just browsing through the beauty...unless you speak French. In that case, read and get back to me on your findings!


Thursday, March 10, 2011

Target Go Collective.

Target is bringing back some of the best designers they have had for their GO international collections starting March 13!  I can't wait.  Here are some of the looks from the past - favorites of Fashion Editor Nola Weinstein. With all of the fashion weeks in full swing currently, I thought it would be interesting to see what a few of these Iconic Creators are sending down the catwalk today!

1. Rodarte for Target Lace-Print Dress 29 in Black/Tab, $39.99
2. Tucker for Target Signature Dress in Floral Print, $39.99
3. Benhaz Sarafpour for Target Silk Georgette Lace Dress in Ivory, $44.99
4. Tracy Feith for Target Dress in Hibiscus Print, $39.99
5. Thakoon for Target Printed Tie-Waist Dress in Black/White, $39.99
6. Thakoon for Target Gathered Dress in Cyber Floral, $39.99
7. Alice Temperley for Target Voile Ruffle-Front Dress in Black, $34.99
8. Libertine for Target Striped Tunic, $24.99

Here are some key looks from the designers listed above.  It's interesting to see how vastly different each of their looks/aesthetics are...I wonder if Target takes that into consideration. I'm really not to fond of many of these current collections. I normally adore anything Zac Posen does, but I was struggling to find a look that I would be willing to sell everything I own in order to call my own.  My two favorites are those that I normally do not follow.  I really like the silk prints and 70's retro vibe of Tucker. I also like a few of the pieces by Sarafpour- the classic tailored looks were very appealing.

Thumbs down to Rodarte and Libertine...I'd rather have their Target looks.Thakoon had a few pieces I liked, but most were more conceptual and not very wearable. Temperley London for Fall 2011 looked like the Adam's Family took over. I usually like her designs, but she went a little to goth/renaissance on me. The look I've posted is probably the least in this direction - most wearable/current. I couldn't find much on Tracy Feith.  He is the new Target designer and used to do a skateboard/surf is Mobama in one of his looks...

Zac Posen

Temperley London


Behnaz Sarafpour
Buzz up!

Monday, February 28, 2011

Menswear Spring Wardrobe

It's fashion week season, but not for the season at hand of course.  I decided to review the Spring 11' runways and see what I could find as far as the color palette, silhouettes, trends. and point out some of my favorites! The average chap should keep in mind that most of these looks are not to be worn quite so literally...rather use this to influence your choice of color, added details to your current wardrobe, or how you style your digs. Enjoy!

A few of my favorite Details..
Color Palette, 3.1 Phillip Lim

Nehru Collar, Lacoste

Leather Jacket, Duckie Brown

Sneakers, Marc Jacobs

The color palette was right along with the rest of fashion at the moment with important colors being shades of grey, white, tinted neutrals, navy, (including lighter tones in the same family), shades of orange and coral, and of course chartreuse.

A few themes I noticed as far as styling and inspiration goes came from the 50's and early 60's.  Inspiration was also definitely drawn from the Brit Dandy's of the late 18th and early 10th centuries, (think ascots, over exaggerated detailing, slim pant styles, etc.).  A sophisticated or style/conscious rocker look was also a common theme on the catwalks.

Cropped and cuffed trousers were probably the most prevalent detail I saw across all labels.  Another look I noticed this season was very literally a buttoned up one.  With the whole 70's by way of 40's trend going on, there were no chest hairs to be seen.  The boys left it to the imagination on the runway this season...