The F-Word: Fashion

Broke Girl’s Guide To Shopping

Refinery29: ‘In a dream world, our closet closets would be chock-full of Chanel, Céline, Dior, and all of the fanciful spring offerings that come from our favorite luxury fashion houses. In reality? Not. Happening. Because, while we can sometimes swing one luxe handbag or pair of shoes per season, shelling out six figures for a full-on designer wardrobe doesn’t fit within our budget. And, like most people, we’d actually prefer to see our savings-account balance stay above the $2 mark.

‘But, just because you don’t have Daddy Warbucks’ income doesn’t mean you can’t have nice things. It just takes a little shopping finesse to discover those affordable must-buys that could easily pass for Prada or Lagerfeld. And, we went ahead and tracked them down for you. From adorable sandals to fun dresses, the spring goods we’re bringing you all look high-end, but they actually ring in under $50. Because, you definitely don’t need to spend a million bucks to look like it.’

Oscars: Red-Carpet Winners

I’ll have to go with Lupita N’yongo, who wore a powder-blue Prada gown.
Other beauties here.

Will & Kate With Tattoos

Ever wanted to know what Prince William and his delicately beautiful Kate Middleton would look like if they were deeply into tattoos and lived in Brooklyn? Well, now you can. Cheyenne Randall has been transforming images of pop culture and historical figures in Photoshop, reports Today. The 36-year-old Seattle artist, who practices Native American artwork, told Today he has a “slight obsession with seeing, out of pure curiosity, what some of my favorite iconic personalities would look like, perhaps if they were in a parallel universe or took another path in life.”

Armani Disses Anna Wintour

Giorgio Armani was left holding the proverbial bag on the last day of Milan Fashion Week on Monday. American Vogue’s influential editor-in-chief Anna Wintour skipped the preview of Armani’s signature line to rush off to Paris for the next round of preview shows — not for the first time. “She has weight and power, but maybe even I have weight,’ ‘ Armani lamented. Armani has anchored the Milan calendar for two decades, and in recent years there have been no other designers of his stature on the last day. He told reporters backstage after his preview show that the calendar needs to be altered to maintain high-profile designers until the end.

Armani said he has been assured that other Vogue editors attend the shows on her behalf, but he said that wasn’t the same. “It’s not professional,” he said.

Lupita Shines On Red Carpet

She may have lost the BAFTA for best supporting actress on Sunday night, but Lupito Nyong’o continued her winning ways on the red carpet.
Read the details here.

Greatest. Front. Row. Ever.

I’m talking about this week’s Calvin Klein show in New York, at which Vogue empress Anna Wintour sat next to Oscar nominee Lupita Nyong’o. Naomi Watts was there, too. If Lupita wins the Oscar, will a Vogue cover be in her future?

Fashion Week Trends

Huff Post: There are very few designers at New York Fashion Week who show pieces that are both inspirational and attainable, but Creatures of Comfort managed to achieve just that. This season, designer Jade Lai was inspired by the movie “Clue” after hearing her friend’s idea to throw a murder mystery-themed party. The color palette used featured lots of rich navy, hunter greens and, of course, plaids galore. To compliment the androgynous looks, the models sported windblown, low ponytails and clip-on bangs, courtesy of Hairstory. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics handled the barely-there makeup application. The focus was on an inverse ombre lip, which was created by pressing vintage lip tar in black dahlia into the center of the model’s lips.

Though there were many outfits from the collection that we’d love to run out and buy, the one that stood out most was the first look of the show. The oversized blue cocoon coat, paired with a fitted black turtleneck dress, was the perfect juxtaposition of masculine and feminine. We were also pleased to see that flat shoes are still big in the fashion world (these sling-backs were a collab between Creatures of Comfort and LD Tuttle). The ensemble was finished off with an impossibly cool tassel hat and a pair of Illesteva sunglasses.