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Fashion: Gareth Pugh Spring 2015

This collection felt like it was walking the line between spring and fall. It reminds me of witches, and the harvest, and Halloween, and Salem. Very creative, per usual for Gareth Pugh, but also very simple. Gorgeous and well crafted. Plus that flowerball thing is just spectacular.
 


 
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Fashion: Oscars 2014

Cate Blanchett

Cate Blanchett

Love Cate Blanchett. Her acceptance speech was so awesome. And she looks amazing.

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Fashion: Ulyana Sergeenko Spring 2014

Ulyana Sergeenko Spring 2014 Couture

“a reimagining of a ride on the Orient Express”

I love how classic and retro her clothes feel. And they look so luxe!

boarding the Orient Express

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Fashion: SAG Awards 2014

My favorite looks, in no particular order.

Lupita Nyong’o

Lupita Nyong’o

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Fashion: Golden Globes 2014

Helen Mirren

Helen Mirren

You should know the drill by now. These are my favorites.

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Fashion: Puzzle Apparel

So I don’t normally plug indiegogo campaigns, but I really like this idea: customize-able fashion. And the designs are really cute.

Puzzle Apparel: Craft Your Fashion

http://www.puzzleapparel.com/

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Fashion: Style.com

If you haven’t noticed, most of my runway fashion posts come from  http://www.style.com/

Style.com has a huge catalog of runway shows.
They post shows almost instantaneously.
And I don’t visit as often as I would like because I would spend all day drooling over the shows.
And the reason I prefer Style.com is that they have the entire runway show, not their picks, I like to see the whole thing.
They also have really good quality photos and you can zoom in to see those artistic details. Invaluable.

They also post well written reviews of the various shows.
Have to appreciate good writing about fashion.

If you are into fashion you should definitely check out Style.com.

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Fashion: Thom Browne Fall 2013

Thom Browne Fall 2013 Ready to Wear

Lets go back in time a little, to Thom Browne’s presentation for the season that is just beginning.

I love the textures and colors, so very fall, and so very British (the vision of UK upper class fashion in the international consciousness).
Luxurious and gorgeous.
And so over the top!
I’m not always into things that are over the top, it can be very much a caricature.
And perhaps people critique Thom Browne for that very reason, it veers to cartoonish.
However, I am newly aware of his work, and I am enraptured.

Some inspiration for fall:

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Fashion: Thom Browne Spring 2014

Thom Browne Spring 2014 Ready to Wear

What a crazy collection!
I love the sculptural elements in the pieces.
And I love how disturbed the runway show is, the models look almost grotesque! Awesome.

My favorites:

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Fashion: Libertine Spring 2014

Libertine Spring 2014 Ready to Wear

Some of the prints were a bit overdone/too repetitive.
But a good collection none the less.

Here are my favorites:

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Fashion: Maintaining the Illusion

I read an article over at Jezebel called Even if Fashion Is an ‘Illusion,’ It Still Has to Face Reality.

Summary:

“As it stands right now, fashion is an illusion. It does not map onto real life. As the British Vogue film strives to show, it promotes an impossible ideal of beauty and body size. And, as the WaPo article argues, it’s an illusion in other ways as well: the industry continues to be hideously whitewashed even as America grows more diverse and countless mass retailers are propped up by unlawful and completely unethical labor practices. Acknowledging that “fashion imagery does not equal reality” is a good first step, but the real solution lies in making the world of fashion more accurately represent the real world — not in insinuating that it has no responsibility to.”

In reading this article I can’t help but think of how popular fashion bloggers have become.
And fashion bloggers are almost the anti-thesis of what fashion magazines claim their readers want.
A person who blogs about fashion (usually) looks like a real person, doesn’t have the technical skills to be overly photoshopped, and can’t afford to  wear “inspirational” clothes.
I’ve always been bothered by the fashion spreads as inspiration and so there is nothing in there a real person can afford.
I love fashion spreads as art, yes, I do not mean to diminish their beauty and importance in finding inspiration in fashion.
But I believe that those artful and amazing fashion spreads need to be interspersed with other features in a magazine that show clothes the reader can actually buy, and outfits they can actually put together.
And I think this is the void that fashion bloggers fill.
In a way I have sometimes found Tavi to be more inspirational than any fashion magazine I have read in the past 3 years.
And I’m not even going to start in on the fact that I haven’t seen a good fashion spread in a long time.
And I love beautiful actresses, but they are not models.

I think that fashion magazines have begun the march towards becoming obsolete because they are completely unaware of their own failings.

Everything has gotten so detached from reality that it’s just untenable.
And I don’t know where the Grace Coddington I fell in love with went.
All of Vogue is just ads, and half of the ads have ugly clothes in them.
And I love high quality products, they make me swoon, but I don’t love the industry.
I mean a well made purse is fabulous, but Marc Jacobs, 400 dollars for fake leather??? ARE YOU KIDDING?
Because I’m certainly not buying that.
I don’t agree with buying something just for the name. And I don’t like brand recognition.
I don’t want someone I see on the street to know how much I paid for something, I don’t choose my purses as status symbols. I choose them because I love the leather and the look of them. If they are a no-name brand, are well made, and don’t cost 400 dollars all the better!
Selling an “image” is so much a part of the white-washing and “illusion” problem.
You’re buying the Marc Jacob’s girl status. Her image. Who she is. She’s a slightly edgy rich white girl.
I just want to buy a purse.
I want to express my own self, my sense of style, my personality, not a designer’s.
I don’t need to see an “illusion” to be inspired. How very little imagination they must think we all have.
I know for myself it’s so hard to imagine a piece on myself when it’s on a model who looks so different, much smaller, a different shape, and different coloring.
Maybe if magazines actually showed how to convert trends in real life wear-ability people would be able to dress better.

I have a lot of feelings about fashion.
And the above is a bit of a jumble.
But the point is that I agree with the Jezebel article, and I hope the fashion industry gets a reality check.

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Fashion: Cannes gowns 2013

My favorites from Cannes this year.

Nicole Kidman in Valentino

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Fashion: Cannes daytime 2013

My favorite looks from this year’s Cannes festival, in the daytime.

Zoe Saldana

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Film: The Door by Ava DuVernay

So I’ve seen this circulating a bunch of places.
Most recently on Racialicious.
Basically Miu Miu has put out, in support of the clothing brand, a series of short films directed by various women.
And the most recent one is called The Door.
It’s an absolutely lushly gorgeous short film.

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Fashion: Golden Globes 2013

So, I didn’t actually see the Golden Globes this year. I was working overtime.
But, I of course read/followed the fashion coverage. Or well, I looked at the dresses and formed my own opinions, didn’t actually read the opinions of stylists. Anyways.

My favorites:

Amy Poehler

Amy Poehler

Michelle Dockery

Michelle Dockery

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Fashion: Ulyana Sergeenko Fall 2011

The collection is super gorgeous, and it reminds me of Russian Literature. Romantic and perfectly fall.

Ulyana Sergeenko

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Misc.: Tumblr

I created a Tumblr!

http://clareminnies.tumblr.com/

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Fashion: Emmys 2012

Jezebel summary

So many people looked amazing! To me, this was the best dressed award show in a long while.

My faves:

Tina Fey

Leslie Mann

Julie Bowen

Jessica Paré

Melissa McCarthy

Kelly Osbourne

Portia and Ellen!

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Fashion: Somerset by Alice Temperley Short Film

Absolutely beautiful; and it’s starting to feel like fall!

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Fashion: Diane Kruger at Cannes 2012

This is my favorite look at Cannes this year:

Diane Kruger in Versus

Diane Kruger in Versus

Surprising I know, especially with all the gorgeous Elie Saab gowns.

But this Versus dress is just so flattering on her, I love the color, I love the shape, and I love how simply it was styled. Just those beautiful shoes to accompany the beautiful lines of the dress. Absolute perfection.

The Jezebel Cannes fashion summary was pretty on point.
Overall not that impressed.

The only other look that stood out to me was Paz Vega in Stéphane Rolland couture:

Paz Vega in Stéphane Rolland couture

Paz Vega in Stéphane Rolland couture

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