Saturday, August 31, 2013

PROJECT RUNWAY.....Nick Verreos "Project Runway Blog" Episode 7 Recap: Shoe-In!




SHOES! Tim Gunn and Anne Fulenwider, Marie Claire Editor-in-Chief Announcing Episode 7 Challenge, Season 12 Project Runway



On this week's Season 12 "Project Runway" Episode, SHOES were The Star. The Challenge was to craete a look inspired by a pair of shoes. The designers went to the Marie Claire NYC headquarters in the fabulous Hearst Building where they got to "raid" the Marie Claire Accessories Closet. Well, they  really didn't get to choose willy-nilly. Instead,
the designers (except for last week's winner, Alexandria) had to play a
"Fashion History" game in order to pick the shoes.






 Shoe Heaven: Season 12 "Project Runway" designer Kate Pankoke goes for her shoe pick






 Shame on You: Designers Dom Streader and Miranda Levy (above) were the last designers standing at the end of the Fashion History game because they somehow called in sick during "Fashion History 101" classes



One of my biggest pet peeves (I have LOTS!) is when so-called fashion designers (and students of fashion design) do not know their fashion history. Once, I asked a former student of mine to tell me which designers in the past were most influential, and she said (without blinking an eyelash I kid you not!) "Jessica Simpson!". Well, you can only imagine the "Nick Look" I gave to her. Shade doesn't even begin to describe it.





Moving on...during this episode, one thing occurred that REALLY ANNOYED ME: When Tim Gunn (who I love and respect greatly!) said that "this group is composed of THE GREATEST DESIGNERS in Project Runway history." We all know Tim has said this, like, in the last TEN SEASONS! And every time he says it, it's a bit disingenuous as well as knife-to-the-stomach to some other seasons that REALLY HAVE HAD some of the GREATEST DESIGNERS. Ask most die-hard "Project Runway" fans who have followed the show since it's inception and they'll tell you--without missing a beat--that this season ain't one of them. Just sayin'. Let's just skip to The Runway:









Kate Pankoke: Little Kate was "Safe" with this white blouse and black split-front ensemble she created for her red and yellow "Surrealist" shoes. I thought it was a bit of a mess. The blouse was way too tight and those pants were so 1998. She looked like a mistress of a Russian Oligarch.





Ken Laurence: Two words--Too Short







Alexander Pope: Two designers--Alexander (above) was one of them and Miranda was the other--were bitten by the PLAID Virus. The judges did not like Miranda's but thought Alexander's was OK. Go figure because I thought it should have been the other way around.





Alexandria Von Bromssen: Several things here--I thought those thigh-high gladiator sandals were TO DIE Fab. The outfit Alexandria made was OK--a soft-and-pretty counterbalance to those Gladiator Sandals. And finally (and most importantly), her model Ya SOLD THE LOOK and was really the reason Alexandria's outfit was one of the judges' favorite. Just sayin'.





Helen Castillo: Helen's all black very New York and Parisian Look was the Winner. No surprise there. It was VERY Alexander Wang for Balenciaga Fall 2013 (above, right), and "Fashion Folk" LIVED for that collection.





Bradon McDonald: The judge's Prized Favorite of the Season--Bradon--was heck-bent on using this bouillonné technique. The word means "bubbling" in French but it is also a pretentious way of saying "a Pick-Up" or "Puckering". He had these beautiful beaded gold flats as his inspiration, and he went 1982 Prom-Tacky. The top is tragique and that half-circle skirt is straight out of one of my Pattern/Draping class assignments.





Google "Jupe bouillonné" (Bubbled Dress en francais) and you'll see what I mean--it is the exact same techinique one sees in very tacky Prom and Wedding Dresses. The technique was used BEAUTIFULLY by....






Couture Master Cristobal Balenciaga--especially in his Fall/Winter Collection 1967 "chou" coat



Bradon just graduated from my alma mater--FIDM--and I had just seen his "Debut" collection back in March, and he's obviously very talented...


Bouillonné Bradon: Bradon McDonald FIDM Debut 2013 Collection



He showed several bouillonné looks which he also brought to the "Project Runway Season 12" Castings/Auditions in which I was a judge. So, in other words, I guess, this bouillonné thing is one of his "Bradon Bag O' Fashion Tricks". Toward the end of this episode, he realized that maybe he shouldn't have used it and kept it back in his "bag". While I thought for sure he had one of the worst designs, he was not the designer that went home. This was:





Miranda Levy: Yes, the other Plaid Girl, Miranda Levy. Miranda did a plaid high-waisted pleated pants with top and bolero jacket look for her patent leather red flats. I liked her look. I certainly didn't LOVE it. But to me, it wasn't the worst. I was happy Miranda didn't do yet another pencil skirt (that's Miranda's bouillonné!). The mitering (matching of the stripes) of the CF seam of her pants was done much better than Alexander's (the other Plaid Girl). But I did think the models hair was a tad too...






Amy Winehouse...but Nina HATED this outfit saying that it was way too Christmas-y...






A Plaid X-mas





Here's my RECAP of this week's Episode--Enjoy! And please, don't be afraid to tell me what YOU think:






Shoe-In














I must confess, I'm a shoe-a-holic; I love
shoes. My two obsessions are YSL "Johnny Boots" and colorful suede
driving loafers from Florence Italy. I own three YSL pairs and about
four of the Italian ones. I get the suede loafers from a "secret" little
store in Firenze (and I am NOT telling anyone what the store is!). I am
only admitting this shoe confession to try and dispel the myth that
only women are OBSESSED with shoes. Lots of men are too. And to be quite
honest I think there are quite a few of us that are addicted to women's
shoes too! No surprise that some of the top designers are Christian
Louboutin, Manolo Blahnik and Brian Atwood. So right away, I was excited
about the challenge and interested to see if the designers could make
the shoes the star.



Justin...You're In!

Last week, the designers got to go GLAMPING. Alexandria won the
challenge (much to my dismay, since I liked Jeremy's bias-cut "love
letter" gown better), and Justin was out, almost. Tim Gunn used his save
and Justin was still in, not because (as Tim said) "he's one of the
nicest persons here," but because of his talent and that he needed "a
little more time" on the show. OK Tim, if you say so.



Shoe Krazee

For this week's challenge, it was ALL ABOUT SHOES: the designers went to
the Hearst Building and met up with Tim Gunn and Marie Claire's
Editor-in-Chief Anne Fulenwider. Anne announced that this week's
challenge was to choose a pair of FAB shoes from the Marie Claire
accessory closet and create a look inspired by those shoes. Before they
could pick, there was a fashion quiz they had to take. Alexandria did
not need to participate since...



Click HERE to continue reading my RECAP on MyLifetime.com's "Project Runway Blog" 

Winning Pose: Mike Hilton

 So, this pose makes
Mike Hilton a winner
of the recently-concluded 
Kapampanga Best Bodies 2013.



Traditional Costumes of Maharashtra for Men and Women


Clothing of Maharashtra is influenced by the traditional Maharashtrian culture. It reflects the unique culture and tradition of Maharashtra. The costumes of this state of India compose a 9 yard saree for women, and shirt and dhoti for men. The state displays a wide range of costumes, suitable for special occasions and changing weather conditions.


Costumes of Men in Maharashtra 

Men wear dhoti with kurta or shirt, which is a famous costume throughout Maharashtra. They also put on bandi over their shirt and there is a turban known as ‘pagadi’ and ‘pheta’. During the festive seasons, men wear Ackan, Suvar, Churidar and Pyjama. In old age, Maharashtrian men were known as warriors. So they are greatly influenced by the manhood and fighter’s personality that appear in their clothing as well.

Costumes of Women in Maharashtra 

The 9 yard sari for women is known as Nauvari. It has a resemblance like trousers. There is no need to wear a slip or petticoat under this type of saree because of its specific pattern of draping. The Nauvari saree has its own history. During the rule of Maratha, females were delegated this sari. Its fabric is commonly cotton, for special events, silk tops the main list. There are Paithani sarees as well popular for their special style and look. The Brahmain women of Maharashtra put on sarees in a specific style in which the plates. They make use of choli along with the sari and blouses and polkas. There are some other exclusive outfits of Nasik, Malegaon and Pune in Maharashtra. Women adorn stunning jewelleries and flaunt them in a style. Popular jewelleries include nath (nose ring) and haar (necklace) with colorful stones and decorated pearl. Some of the stunning necklaces they put on are patlya, saaj, bangdya, tode and kolhapuri.

Urban Costumes in Maharashtra

The urban clothing of Maharashtra is very vibrant and vivid in style. Especially, Mumbai boosts a great lifestyle and many people follow western clothing in their daily lives. Women pout on Salwar-Kameez-Dupatta, Kurta Payjama, stylish sarees, skirt-blouse, jeans-tops and other clothing. Mean can be seen in shirt-trouser, jeans, t-shirt, dhoti-pajama and so on.

Friday, August 30, 2013

SUPERMODEL

LE FASHION BLOG SUPERMODEL INTERVIEW MAGAZINE KATE MOSS WET SLICKED BACK HAIR BLACK WHITE PORTRAIT ONE SLEEVE LEATHER HALTER DRESS SPIKE CHARM BRACELET Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott 4 photo LEFASHIONBLOGSUPERMODELINTERVIEWMAGAZINEKATEMOSS4.jpg
LE FASHION BLOG SUPERMODEL INTERVIEW MAGAZINE CHRISTY TURLINGTON WET SLICKED BACK HAIR TUXEDO JACKET WITH LEATHER LAPELS Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott 2 photo LEFASHIONBLOGSUPERMODELINTERVIEWMAGAZINECHIRSTYTURLINGTON2.jpg
LE FASHION BLOG SUPERMODEL INTERVIEW MAGAZINE STEPHANIE SEYMOUR BLACK WHITE PORTRAIT WET SLICK HAIR ZIPPER BODICE BUSTIER STRAPLESS DRESS Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott 3 photo LEFASHIONBLOGSUPERMODELINTERVIEWMAGAZINESTEPHANIESEYMOUR3.jpg
LE FASHION BLOG SUPERMODEL INTERVIEW MAGAZINE DARIA WERBOWY SLICK BLACK HAIR BLACK WHITE PORTRAIT EMBELLISHED BEADED CUT OUT STRAPPY SLEEVELESS DRESS ACCENTED CHEEK BONES Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott 1 photo LEFASHIONBLOGSUPERMODELINTERVIEWMAGAZINEDARIAWERBOWY1.jpg
LE FASHION BLOG SUPERMODEL INTERVIEW MAGAZINE AMBER VALLETTA WET SLICKED BACK TOUSLED HAIR SEXY NUDE NAILS MANICURE PYTHON LEATHER JACKET BLAZER STRUCTURED STATEMENT SHOULDERS BLACK WHITE PORTRAIT Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott 5 photo LEFASHIONBLOGSUPERMODELINTERVIEWMAGAZINEAMBERVALLETTA5.jpg
LE FASHION BLOG SUPERMODEL INTERVIEW MAGAZINE LINDA EVANGELISTA BLACK WHITE PORTRAIT SLICKED BACK SHORT HAIR BOUCLE TWEED COAT LACE LINGERIE Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott 6 photo LEFASHIONBLOGSUPERMODELINTERVIEWMAGAZINELINDAEVANGELISTA6.jpg
LE FASHION BLOG SUPERMODEL INTERVIEW MAGAZINE NAOMI CAMPBELL SLICK WET HAIR WOOL COAT LACE LINGERIE BUSTIER NATURAL BEAUTY BLACK AND WHITE PORTRAIT Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott 7 photo LEFASHIONBLOGSUPERMODELINTERVIEWMAGAZINENAOMICAMPBELL7.jpg
Photos via: Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott

Stunning black and white portraits of Kate Moss, Christy Turlington, Stephanie Seymour, Daria Werbowy, Amber Valetta, Linda Evangelista and Naomi Campbell for Interview Magazine's 'Supermodel' issue. Such beauties! Christy Turlington kills it every time. On a side note... my first fashion magazine purchase ever had Christy on the cover and I have loved her ever since.

Get the look...

MAGAZINE COVER: Tao Okamoto for Vogue Japan, October 2013

Model: Tao Okamoto (The Society)
Magazine: Vogue Japan, October 2013
Photographer: Patrick Demarchelier
Stylist: George Cortina
Hair: Orlando Pita
Makeup: Frank B
Manicure: Roseann Singleton

Source: models.com

Look of the Day: Jeweled Denim


Hi guys!!! First of all I wanna thank for the sweetest comments you left in my previous post, they totally made my day (see the last picture for proof :D)! 

On to the outfit, I thought I was done with boyfriend jeans this season until I saw these jeweled babies. So glad I managed to wear them before it suddenly got all rainy and autumny. 

I'm wearing:

T-shirt - Choies
Vest - SuiteBlanco
Jeans - Oasap
Shoes - Zara
Bag - Accessorize (on sale!)
Watch - Michael Kors



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BIRTHDAY DAY - PICNIC AT THE BEACH

Hey Everyone! I just wanted to share a few pics from my B-Day. Spending it on the beach, was sort of an impromptu idea. You see, a friend of mine got me my favorite wine for my Birthday. I really love this light, sparkling wine, because it has the most amazing fruity and refreshing taste, with a hint of apples, pears, citrus and honeysuckle. Not to mention the pink cellophane wrapping, which makes it look so feminine and pretty! I am also a big fan of Sofia Mini, because you get the same amazing wine but in a super cute and convenient packaging, perfect for any occasion, really! And so, since the weather was absolutely spectacular, we decided to spend the day outside, and what better way to spend your B-Day then have a picnic on the beach! We had an amazing time! In fact, I would say, this was one of my favorite Birthdays ever!

As I mentioned before, my family flew in from Toronto especially for my B-Day, and since I don't get to see them often, every visit is really special. I also want to thank you for all the wonderful Birthday wishes! You guys are absolutely amazing! Reading your emails always makes my day better! Thank you very much from the bottom of my heart!





Francis Ford Coppola Sofia Blanc de BlancsFrancis Ford Coppola Sofia Mini | World Market picnic basket & table runner - sold out { very pretty similar option here } | Free People striped top - old { similar here } | J Crew sunglasses - sold out { similar here }

Thank you for reading
& Keep On Smiling,
LOVE,
Annabelle


Weekend Travel


DETAILS:

These next couple weeks we are traveling quite a bit, so I have been stocking up on my casual basics that are comfortable for traveling. Maxis are usually my favorite, if we are walking a lot I like to tie up the side to show my shoes.

MATCHY-MATCHY


Blazer / Gina Tricot
Shirt / H&M Men
Trousers / Lindex
Shoes / & Other Stories
Bag & sunglasses / Zara

Viikonlopun suunnitelmissa on reissu Tampereelle Kaisan tykö! Tätä on odotettu.. :)

Thursday, August 29, 2013

CROCHET + CUT-OFFS

LE FASHION BLOG STREET STYLE BLOGGER ARTY FILLES CROCHT TOP CUT OFF SHORTS CROCHET TEE TSHIRT HIGH WAIST BLACK DENIM JEAN CUT OFF SHORTS CROSSBODY SHOULDER SATCHEL BAG BLACK FEDORA HAT FESTIVAL CHIC INSPIRATION photo LEFASHIONBLOGSTREETSTYLEBLOGGERARTYFILLESCROCHTTOPCUTOFFSHORTS.png
Photo via: Arty Filles

Another great look from Arty Filles. This time instead of minimal chic, she's festival cool in a white crochet top and black cut-off shorts. Make sure to check out her full look here- she tops it off with some cute studded western boots.

Get the look...