Tuesday, January 20, 2009

The Yellow Coat That Rocked the World

Yellow is the color of the year!

This morning, First Lady Michelle Obama donned a lemongrass-yellow jacket and dress designed by the Cuban-born Isabel Toledo. The look definitely had a retro feeling, similar to many of the outfits worn by Jackie Kennedy, and was more becoming than most of the other looks that we've seen Michelle don this year. With her dark skin tone, Michelle is able to pull off bolder colors and made a smart decision to wear something distinctive and unique rather than a red or black jacket, similar to the rest of the people standing on Capitol Hill.

Her daughters Sasha and Malia also donned blue and pink jackets from J. Crew, with Michelle also accessorizing by wearing green gloves from the same store.

Plus, Michelle was easily able to garner good public relations for wearing an outfit that was "the color of sunshine" and tailored by a bunch of struggling immigrants. But I bet her bare legs were cold in the 35 degree weather. Brrr.....

Friday, January 9, 2009

2009 looks yellow

Pantone, a global color company which provides color standards for design and fashion industries, recently picked yellow as its color of the year.
Often associated with smiley faces and sunflowers, the color has already been seen on runways from designers ranging from Michael Kors to Anne Tyler this year. There are yellow pots and pans available from Williams and Sonoma, and Big Bird looks increasingly fashionable each day on PBS' Sesame Street.
While often associated with optimism, many psychologists think the amount of light reflected by the color causes people's eyes to get fatigued, which heightens feelings of frustration and anxiety.
And as we can see with Michelle Williams at the 2006 Academy Awards and Reese Witherspoon at the 2007 Golden Globes, a lot of women tend to look washed out when wearing the color. One can also see the color draws more attention to the garment itself and not the person wearing it.

However, there was one person who always looked good in yellow, but I wouldn't exactly say he was known for looking optimistic or feminine. But you can decide for yourselves. I posted the picture below.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Awards Season

It's that time of year again, when all the popular girls get their hair and makeup done and get their pictures taken with their arms around their date.

I'm describing a Hollywood awards shows, not a high school prom, but when you think about it, the two events are awfully similar, with the people anxiously gossiping about dates and dresses and everyone going to a pool side party afterwards to drink alcohol and continue to gossip.

But events such as the Golden Globes and the Oscars place fashion as a high priority, and it's the one time when the portion of public who doesn't subscribe to Vogue and only briefly glances at gossip raps while waiting in line at the grocery store, gets to experience designer dresses and diamond-studded shoes. With all the anticipation mounting for weeks, the press gets whipped into such a fury and finds itself asking "So what are you wearing?" to even actors in a mundane (yet pricy) tuxedo and bow tie.

With the Golden Globes approaching, I thought I'd make a few predictions about what some of the celebrities might be wearing on the red carpet on Saturday:

Tina Fey, nominated for her television show 30 Rock
Her Style: very low key, often pants and a shirt. She described her style to the blog Stylehive as "dressing like the actual fashion designer and not what they sell."
Prediction: a standard but flattering black dress without any gaudy accessories
What People Will Say: Who invited the governor of Alaska?

Brad Pitt, nominated as part of the case of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
His Style: Like most men, Brad has been known to be very relaxed in his dressing and often defies faux pas, as he did at a movie screening in New Orleans this year, when he donned a plaid shirt with a striped tie.
Prediction: a conservative black suit paired with a dark vest
What People Will Say: Oooh-la-la, Brad Pitt looks hot tonight.

Anne Hathaway, nominated as best performance in a drama for Rachel Getting Married
Her Style: She takes her fashion inspiration from Jessica Biel, she recently told People Magazine, and likes to go out in a garment that shows some skin but not the whole kit 'n caboodle. Overall, she tends to wear garments that flatter her body figure but have a girl-next-door sort of charm.
Prediction: a gown with a cut that takes people by surprise, such as a backless dress with a lot of fabric covering the neck and chest area
What People Will Say: Looks just like a princess, fit to rule in an imaginary kingdom in a Disney movie

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

The Inaugural Hoopla

Women's Wear Daily created a buzz recently, when it asked designers to sketch a look for Michelle's Obama's inaugural wear, and many are speculating that she'll wear something nice but not too over the top (these are hard time, ya know).

But it's worth noting the recession did not keep Barack Obama from hosting inaugural galas (such parties were cancelled from 1913 to 1945) or repeatedly asking supporters for donations to pay for the inauguration. And though people may criticize the first lady's dress for being too grand, not many will look at the bottles of champagne (which I assume will not be the $5 variety), the food, or the lavish dresses worn by thousands of other guests, mostly Democratic money bags.

But Obama will have to tread carefully. Rosslyn Carter was heavily criticized for wearing the same dress to both her husband's gubernatoral and presidential inaugurations. Probably, Hillary Clinton curdles every time a tour guide points out she donned an inaugural gown similar in color to the dress later worn by Monica Lewinsky in the Oval Office.

And Obama will certaintly want to skip the notoriety of having a "wardrobe malfunction" or being placed on one of the worst dressed lists of 2009.

While Barack's prepping for a momentuous speech, Michelle's going shopping. After all, what could be a better first action as first lady than wowing the crowds with a spectacular gown?

Save the Boobies

In the last few years, more attention has turned to raising money for breast cancer research, and all kinds of merchandise, including IPods, wrist bracelets, boxing gloves, and even the labels of Campbells soup cans, turned pink to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Even Orek vacuums have pink models available, which would tickle any lass who wanted to save her breasts AND rid her floor of dust at the same time.

I'm all for encouraging mammograms and good breast health, but the cause wouldn't gain so much attention if it didn't involve a sexy part of the female body being in peril from a notoriously evil disease. After all, where's all the attention for heart disease, which killed more than 365,000 women in 2002 and topped the Center for Disease Control and Prevention list of the most common causes of female deaths? Or cervical cancer which is the third most common cancer in the world?

But most companies are continuing to focus on chest tissues, and a women in Central New York even got a little more creative recently and introduced T-shirts, which accurately and humorously described the sexy cause as "Save the Boobies." Check it out.

And guys, if you're too masculine to push a pink vaccumm, the site does offer black T-shirts.