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Erdem x H&M Party Highlights aka Give Me All the Florals

19 Oct

The first fast fashion collaboration I remember was when Roland Mouret teamed up with Gap back in 2006 and the designer/high street retailer team-up has been going strong for over a decade now. In fact Karl Lagerfeld did one with H&M in 2004—for some reason I don’t remember this—and H&M has produced collabs with a number of designer brands including Balmain, Stella McCartney,  Comme des Garçons and Versace. Now is the turn of Erdem.

Uniqlo is my to go to brand for indulging in the high/low collaborations and the only reason why I didn’t end up with about 10 things from the recent J.W. Anderson team-up was because they had sold out of the items I wanted before payday. But I don’t need any more sweaters (I always need more sweaters).

Bringing me back to H&M x Erdem and there are a number of items I am already eyeing up from the collection—namely leopard print coats, ladysuits, sweaters. And at the runway show party there are various celebs on hand sporting new looks that I am very tempted to add to my wardrobe.Pajama adjacent clothing is always going to win me over as is Kirsten Dunst; the two combined is fashion heaven and Erdem’s signature florals is a repeated motif.Perfect for winter botanics and I am coveting Kate Mara’s dress hard. And I can almost afford it. Perfect for one of the weddings I am going to next year. Throw a white tee underneath and hey it’s the ’90s again. I would also like to know what red lipstick Alexa Chung is wearing.On the runway there was plenty of menswear inspired pieces AND menswear; here is Taylor Kitsch sporting some grey pants that look great on him (and can look great on you too).Zendaya shows off one of the super feminine ensembles and leans hard into the retro vibe with her ’50s looking ‘do. I love everything about this and this whole collab is very wearable and pretty timeless. This is exactly what you want from fast fashion.

And here is that beautiful teaser ad. Let’s rewatch.

Erdem x H&M will be available in selected stores Thursday, November 2. And you can view the collection here.

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Best of the 2016 Met Gala: Everything That Shines

3 May

This year’s Met Gala theme is ‘Manus x Machina: Fashion in the Age of Technology’ exploring the conflict and marriage between handcrafted pieces and how technology has enhanced/changed the way garments are made. So pretty much putting tech under the spotlight and as with previous Met Galas there are those that get the theme spot on, those who just wear whatever is pretty and those who go all in.

We’ve got a couple of posts with our favorite looks from the night and kicking things off with so much sparkle, shine and a very special dress.Claire DanesClaire Danes does dramatic ball gown in Zac Posen and from a glance it appears to be an iridescent Cinderella inspired take with not a whole lot of tech. Beautiful, but it would be understandable why Hugh Dancy is raising an eyebrow (and looking super handsome). But nope this is the perfect embodiment of the theme as Zac Posen’s Instagram photos and video show.

Magic moments!! Zacposen #metgala #clairedanes

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Along with seeing how spectacular this gown looks, I also love that you can hear Claire Danes discussing with Dancy what booze she is gonna be drinking.

Jourdan DunnEntering the metallic zone of which there were many and Jourdan Dunn’s Balenciaga is one of the standouts. It looks like she has been dipped in liquid metal.

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Even better is this shot looking out over the city of New York pre-Gala.Brie LarsonA close runner-up in the best of the silver looks is Brie Larson wearing Proenza Schouler serving up a whole lot of fierce in dark lipstick and a tiered sequin silhouette. For more on the design process check out this in-depth look and behind the scenes photos at Vogue.Lupita Nyong'oTime to break up the silvers with Lupita Nyong’o doing dramatic with an incredible updo and green Calvin Klein; this is how you do the Met Gala.  Naomi WattsBurberry does floral infused metallic and Naomi Watts’ all the silver accessories work like a charm here with another tech interpretation that points to all things shiny.Lady GagaYou can always trust Lady Gaga to run with a theme and here she mixes in a healthy dose of an 80s music video and her love of all things crazy platform in Atelier Versace.Alexa ChungWe get our first #LadySuitWatch2016 alert for the Met Gala and Alexa Chung is a sparkly vision in Thakoon.Nicole KidmanThe theme is tech related but it could easily have been something magic based on a lot of the looks (which I guess technology feels like at times) and Nicole Kidman is very much giving witchy beauty in Alexander McQueen.
Kristen StewartGoing in close on Kristen Stewart because her edgy silver makeup is the perfect look for her Chanel sparkles and knotted/braided bleach blonde locks. Roots and all.
Emily BluntThe light is shining on Emily Blunt and she’s giving us bold color sequins in Michael Kors; this is every level of beautiful.ZendayaOnly Zendaya could make a bowl haircut a high fashion moment and she is another one slaying in Michael Kors.

Out of the Box: Look of the Week

30 Aug

It’s an Out of the Box eclectic mix this week as we have a striking location from Breaking Bad, street style from one of our favorite young actresses, a magazine cover shoot and a floral dress to add to the already infinite list of floral dresses on the TV Ate My Wardrobe wish list. As always this is a snapshot of the week on TV, online and in print.

Winner: Jesse on Breaking Bad “Confessions”

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This shot is mostly about location as Jesse waits to be picked up so he can start a new life away from manipulation; his decision to stay could turn deadly but he is following his own agency rather part of Walt’s plan. The cinematography on Breaking Bad is breathtaking and how they use their location is part of that. There are certain LA places that have been used in multiple TV shows/movies such as the oil fields and so they inevitably lose some of their impact. As Breaking Bad is shot on location in Albuquerque this opens up the possibilities for new scenery including Bear Canyon Arroyo Spillway Dam which is featured above.

Alan Sepinwall pointed out that it resembles rows of tombstones and this gives a sense of dread to Jesse’s already perilous situation. Jesse cuts a small figure in this location and with each passing season Jesse has become a shell of who he once was. Costuming wise his clothes don’t look that over-sized from this wide shot but up close they are as baggy as they have always been. This has the effect of making Jesse look even smaller and like he has no kind of authority.

Runner Up: Kiernan Shipka 

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At 13, Kiernan Shipka is already infinitely cooler than I ever was at that age (she’s probably cooler than I am now at 30) and she’s embracing the early ’90s (from before she was born) with this Riot Grrrl t-shirt. It’s a really simple outfit – jeans and a tee – and it’s these kinds of outfits that end up being your favorites. We have seen that Shipka can do age appropriate on the red carpet and her day look reflects this.

Runner Up: Alexa Chung on Good Morning America 

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Alexa Chung appeared on Good Morning America in a silk floral embroidered Kenzo dress that is essentially my clothing catnip. The peplum trend isn’t one that I’ve embraced (I haven’t quite figured out how to make it look flattering) but the small peplum detail here is something I could get on board with. First jumpsuits, now peplums if I start endorsing skorts then I know I’ve got a problem. This is a beautiful dress and one that is perfect for both a day time TV appearance and a night in a bar – the latter is something I will more likely be doing.

Runner Up: Lena Dunham Covering Marie Claire 

Lena Dunham UK Marie Claire

In a slightly different version of the Erdem dress that Lena Dunham wore to the Met Gala in May; the styling of this cover and the rest of the shoot plays to Lena Dunham’s strengths. I love the short hair on her (it’s given me some more ideas of how to freshen up my own chopped locks) and the dramatic smoky eyes look great. My one niggle is how open her mouth is, but that aside I think this is a wonderful cover to celebrate 25 years of UK Marie Claire.

What is your look of the week?

Glamour Magazine’s “These Girls” on Love, Heartbreak and the Internet

22 May

Glamour Magazine held its second “These Girls” event this week; a night of monologues from women in TV and comedy held at Joe’s Pub in New York City. The notion of “Stars, They’re Just Like Us” is something we see weekly in tabloid magazines (“They eat ice cream!’ ‘They snap photos!’) and it generally induces eye rolling. The opposite can be said for an event like this one, where a group of famous women each perform a personal monologue that highlights some painful aspects of life that we all experience including rejection, low self confidence and social media negativity. It’s not all doom and despair, laughter as we know can help with all of these things and some very funny women including Amy Poehler (who also took part in last year), Amy Schumer and Lucy Punch performed. The night also featured Dianna Agron, Alexa Chung, Zosia Mamet, Emma Roberts and was kicked off by Gloria Steinem saying “These girls deserve my all-time favorite word, which is fan-fucking-tastic.”

these-girls-w724The internet and social media was a big topic of conversation with Lucy Punch revealing that she struggles with technology as her mother didn’t want her to learn how to type – she didn’t want her daughter to end up as a secretary. Punch also told the audience that she is “terrified of being misjudged by thousands of faceless Twitterers,” something I’m sure we can all relate to. Emma Roberts followed on with this theme of facing online criticism after she tried to attempt a ‘normal life’ by going to college, instead it made her realize that maybe normal for her is a movie set and a particularly scathing blog post hammered home this idea. Roberts joked that “I do have high hopes. When I’m 30, playing 21, maybe I’ll have the graduation I always dreamed of.” Dianna Agron continued with this theme of figuring out who you are and how it takes time explaining that she had an “11-year awkward phase.”

How we use social media to judge other people was the theme of Alexa Chung’s “Heartbreak Heals, but Instagram is Forever” as she talked about seeing your ex-boyfriends new girlfriend on Instagram and how filters will always make them look more attractive. Chung also suggested that “Every time you post a picture of yourself looking fake happy, a fairy dies.” These are wise words to live by as a happy profile page doesn’t automatically give you the perfect life you are projecting; this also applies to the content on the pages of other people.

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Comedian Amy Schumer added to this by talking about feelings of low self-esteem during college and how even now one comment is enough to break you. Her response to these criticisms, about her weight and her looks is this and it’s wonderful: “Fuck that. I say if I’m beautiful. I say if I’m strong … I will never apologize. I stand here and I’m amazing for you, not because of you. I am not who I sleep with … I am not my weight. I am myself.”

Ah Millennials, the generation that received this Time cover (here are 5 alternate better versions) and also the subject of Girls’ Zosia Mamet’s “Generation ‘I Want it Now.'” Mamet took part in last year’s “These Girls” and discussed her adventures in dating, this year she talks about falling in love and how technology still makes her anxious when it comes to relationships. Being part of this generation means that some things are available at the tap of a screen, but love isn’t something that is necessarily obtainable at a click of a button. It’s all about balance and it turns out like most people Mamet doesn’t have the answer “How do we reconcile the excitement of impulse with the proven value of time? Fuck if I know.”

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The night ended with Amy Poehler singing Alicia Keys’ “Girl on Fire” and sadly there is no video of this yet, come on internet do your best work. You can find regular Amy Poehler advice over at her “Ask Amy” page which is aimed at teenage girls but really works no matter how old you are.

 

All photos from Glamour Magazine

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