Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Interesting new fashion web site that only encourages fashion addicts like myself by providing members with real-time updates of who's buying what and where in the "hive." It's all kind of confusing at first so let me break it down for you:
1. Join Stylehive.com
2. Research other hivers that have the same style as you do and shop their hive!(each member has links to their must-have clothing essentials!)
3.To be a fellow hiver you must also research fancy frocks that fit your style regimen and bookmark the clothing web site so your Stylehive friends can cash in on your finds.
4. Create a fashion diary and connect with other fashion obsessed members! We always love new fashion friends!
5. Add big-name retailers to your hive and be the first to review "just-in" looks.
6. Have fun! I just became of a member of Stylehive and I've really enjoyed perusing the site and gawking at the millions of rockin' handbags, shoes, jeans, blouses, and dresses.
P.S. When creating a user name on that site the word "bee" needs to be at the end of your screen name and i didn't know that so my user name is "lynsey03" - If anyone from Stylehive reads this post please contact me and let me know how to change my user name so I'm not viewed as the resident "stylehive dork." - Thanks!
Saturday, October 18, 2008
What is fashion? Is it spending thousands of dollars each season purchasing a new wardrobe just because you have the means to do so? Is it obnoxiously parading around in public displaying three or four different "popular, like OMG!" brands?(a.k.a brand whoring) What about buying fake impersonations of those "popular" brands just so you can pretend that you actually have the funds to purchase that product?
As you may have noticed by my dripping sarcasm, none of the statements above capture the words "fashion" or "style." I've been thinking about this question a lot lately. What is fashion? How do we define fashion and most importantly, how do we define style?
The dictionary reads:
Fashion - a prevailing custom or style of dress, etiquette, socializing, etc.
Style - an elegant, fashionable, or luxurious mode of living.
Do i agree with the dictionary? Not really, you see fashion may be defined by the couture gods every season, but style is defined differently by each individual. I'm reminded of the quote from Coco Chanel, "Fashion fades, only style remains the same."
That said, personal style is important to your very existence. Don't go through the motions people! If you fancy scarves, then find a way to work the beautiful prints into your outfits two, maybe three times a week. Perhaps you are addicted to bold, gold accessories - then go for it sister! Who cares if Vogue says "gold is out out out! for the season. Take that one trend that defines your style and stick with it. Too many times i see women who become slaves to the season trends, spending gobs and gobs of money on pieces of clothing that do not define their personality in any way.
I am inspired by the people in my life who dance to their own "fashion" tune. For example, every day i come into contact with a woman who fully embraces her own personal style. She doesn't have a large wardrobe nor the funds to gallivant around the local boutiques every week, but she does invest in pieces that speak to her. Would i purchase the bold patterned blouses or tunics that she does? Probably not, BUT -- do i secretly steal a glance in her direction every time i catch her in the elevator see what she is wearing? You bet your Jimmy Choos i do! She is constantly mixing up the her small wardrobe by belting, scarfing (is that a word?) slipping on a unique necklace or jeweled cuff and throwing in some patented leather flats now and then for good measure. Brilliant.
Now is the time to define your personal style! Think back through the years to pieces of clothing, accessories etc. that complimented your eyes, cheek bones, boobs or butt. Next, pull those old relics out of storage, dust off the moth balls and incorporate your treasures into your next few outfits. And remember, fashion isn't for everyone else, it's for you!
Here's to looking fabulous!
P.S. Your bank account will thank you!
Sunday, October 12, 2008
French fashion master Pierre Cardin presented his unique (ehm, very unique) spring/summer 2009 and autumn/winter 2009-2010 collections at his South of France home early last week and received rave reviews.
That said, I'm having some trouble understanding Cardin's direction. Before diving in to one of my very opinionated rants, i would just like to say that Pierre Cardin is an absolute genius. Sure, i may poke fun at some of his designs in a few moments but he is a true testament to the world of fashion and has been labeled "a breath of fresh air" in the European fashion market for over five decades - he's the bomb.
Now that i got that out of the way, what the hell is going on in the photos up above? (note: the photos above are examples of his work, due to copyrighting issues i can't post anything recent)
I don't care who you are or where you live, these clothes are just not practical. Don't get me wrong, the clothes are definitely a work of art, but the point of presenting a collection is to interest editors and to intrigue your fashion buyer audience so when market week roles around they buy up your fancy frocks like no tomorrow.
Is Pierre soley supporting his space-age design habit? Who is purchasing these looks?
I'm at a loss, Any ideas from any of my adoring fans out there?