Goth Humor – Leggings

This totally happens to me.  The thing is, I have about 20 pairs of black jeans, and at least that many pairs of leggings. . . As for the REST of my closet, no matter the item, I have it in black…and in spades!

Fitness Humor – Gym Outfits

I can’t say I’m totally guilty of the neon cone part…(I’m DEFINITELY guilty of pairing Morticia with a ninja, though – you try matching blacks!) But this gave me a good laugh, as I most certainly observe it.

2017 Pantone Color Of The Year

We used to wait with bated breath for Pantone to release the Colors Of The Year.  Not because we couldn’t discern on our own which colors we saw most OF on the Runway (we are observant adults!)…but because it does get highly specific. When every other fashion company is following suit, we have to represent the same palette (at least in some close proximity.)  A lady doesn’t want to buy a variety of new pieces for the season only to find her footwear is way off the color mark…so the palette becomes our template, and the way in which we flesh out our collections.  Granted, our textures may be vastly different, but there will still be some crossover – leathers, skins, and fabrics will find a way to jive with their apparel counterparts. (To make money…they kind of *have* to!)

The same goes for the cosmetic industry, though – they follow the shades as much as they can, though I imagine it is a bit more of a challenge.  For those who produce nail polish, even lipstick (Lime Crime, anyone?) offbeat shades aren’t a stretch.  But it can be an exercise in creativity to come up with items that do speak to these hues for more companies that favor “wearable.”

For 2017, this is what we are looking at:

The top colors for Spring 2017 fashion are:

17-4123 Niagara
13-0755 Primrose Yellow
19-4045 Lapis Blue
17-1462 Flame
14-4620 Island Paradise
13-1404 Pale Dogwood
15-0343 Greenery
17-2034 Pink Yarrow
18-0107 Kale
14-1315 Hazelnut

The KEY color here, however, is Greenery.  

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Butter London, for one, has already hopped on the Greenery bandwagon.  I don’t LOVE the shade but…even as a Fashion Director, that wasn’t (ISN’T) up to me!  

If it’s in synch with the rest of your ensemble – or even the contrasting “pop” – you can be assured you and your Greenery are fully in line with the trends.  It might be the new-season jolt you (didn’t know you) needed.

And just in case you nail polish and your kale salad isn’t enough bang for your buck, you can embrace the “idea” – and stop a lot of traffic – with a new, leafy green Mercedes AMG GT Roadster…

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So like it or not, green IS in.  It isn’t everyone’s color necessarily, but there are ways to sneak in a hint here or there.  If all else fails, just point to your side of vegetables when you’re out to dinner – not only will you be on par with fashionistas across the globe, but healthy is trendy too.  Ahhhh.  Double whammy!

Vogue’s Fit Fashion

So…I don’t totally agree with Vogue on this one…

I confess, I do own quite a few pairs of Lululemon leggings, as well as a few of their jackets.  But the truth therein is that my parents gave me a generous gift to the store, and my hunnie very generously tracked down a jacket for me.  I never really shopped there prior, despite that I always loved their lines, cuts, fabrics and styling.  The key reason?  I go to the gym and I kick my ass!  My clothes get beat up like no one’s business, and it’s more about the activities than wearing a perfect match. 

Quality does make a difference, absolutely – as an athlete, I keep fabrications in mind because I NEED the breathability, moisture-wicking, and stay-cool technology.

But

The truth of it is, you can buy great pieces for a good deal less…that don’t fall apart…and that look just as adorable.

Lulu, just one example, is one of those brands that I adore – I love nearly everything in the store!  But I also know many folks who can’t really afford their products…and they aren’t alone.  The pricing is definitely higher-end, “bridge” type – it’s more haute-fitness than not, and that’s okay.  But when you think about the heavy lifting (literally) and the sweat-soaking going on…you may not feel comfortable, or able, to drop $130 for a pair of leggings that Danskin has for $50 or less!  

I grew up as a dancer so I have drawers filled to the brim with Danskin, Capezio, Bloch, Body Wrappers, DanZworld, Dance America and Chrisanne.  The Ballroom brands can also get a little pricey, but the former few really aren’t.  Not to mention, these days you have ton more brands offering fashion-forward styles at a lower price point, including H&M, Forever 21, Champion…  Victoria’s Secret has some cute things nowadays as well, though, if you are fuller figured, keep in mind you may have a little trouble finding your size – many of their sportsbras aren’t offered in the size I need, and that does, admittedly, put me off a bit.  Support is also way more important to me than the look of the thing – I’d rather not be marching around in a bikini top anyway!

Vogue, over here, however, is touting adorable but pricier brands such as Sweaty Betty, along with sportsbras that are 85 pounds (seriously?!)…

And leggings that cost more than some Lulu’s (kind of alarming for workout gear…!)

I’m not saying they aren’t adorable.  They are.  But maybe Vogue (wrongly) assumes that everyone reading their publication(s) are okay to drop a relatively large sum on fitness apparel, or that they care so much more about the fashion aspect than the part about flying under the radar, lifting weights, and giving the treadmill a good solid run…?  

I don’t know, perhaps they feel they give showcase items people should to aspire to have, but I just feel it’s a bit over the top and pushy – there, I said it!  I was in Fashion for many moons – we do look to magazines like Vogue and Elle and Bazaar to feature the luxurious, the high end, even the absurd… But when you are sharing an article about fitness, add a few things that are achievable…?  I’d be more interested to read about new, more affordable brands myself, and I daresay it would have a much larger appeal (and advertising factor!)

Oh wait, they did include these Tron-inspired socks from H&M for only 7.99 Pounds a two-pair.  (Still, in my opinion, heftier than the performance wear you can get at a sports store, but better than the 85 pound bra…)

I mean, I get it when it comes to your footwear, or your lifting gloves – those are tools that you rely on to assist with your performance.  But apparel (unless you are swimming in Olympic trials and you need the aerodynamic edge) needn’t be as much as a big deal if you can’t afford for it to be.  

You don’t HAVE to spend a fortune to feel great at the gym.  Fashion doesn’t matter much to me personally when I’m there – I’m usually a shade of pink, purple, or red, and sweating so much I’m just in sweats and a sportsbra myself… BUT, I certainly understand that everyone is different and some folks like to put their best foot forward when they come in.  In that case, you do have plenty of options that won’t break the bank if you simply don’t have the extra to spend there.  Brands are really branching out, challenging their own fashion parameters – it’s really cool to see, and wonderful when you look at your receipt after leaving the store! 😉 

Spring / Summer 2016 / 2017 RTW – Lanvin (Details)

There was a lot going on at the Lanvin Spring 2016 show – thanks to Vogue.com for the tons and tons of photos showcasing the purposeful question of whether theater and fashion can indeed coexist.  I feel like it’s fair to say…at least insofar as this Show was concerned…the answer is yes.

The Show presented a deviate juxtaposition of staid, crisp, traditional (maybe even “professional”) attire paired with fabrics and details far more fit for a stage…

There was that charcoal-seamed skirt with the wide satin belt and smoke grey trench, you might have seen?  Combined with sheer, oversized polkas and a see-through lace bra, the ensemble took on an unconventional edge…one I daresay would draw an audience.  (But then, isn’t fashion intended to do that, just as in the theater?)  

And then there was a frayed, sleeveless blazer (really, a full jumpsuit with a blazer-style top) with a tux-ie satin lapel.  That piece, already tipping the common scales, was paired with choker-style cuffs and necklaces, (all boasting heavy metal locks) for a more severe and eccentric twist.

If you take a peek at Vogue, you’ll even see what appears to be live croquis – models wearing nude, corseted undergarments, over-draped with hanging fabrics, as if to be a dress-in-progress, living bust and all…

There were also sequins in spades, tossed together with nude sheers and doll-like bows, making for a more “curios and tag sale” kind of spectacle.

But…the “touches” weren’t ALL completely outlandish.

The mixed media and color-patched bags were done in wonderful autumnal shades, and luxurious animal skins…

And the slouchy boots?  COMPLETELY, remarkably...fabulously wearable.  While the toe was a hair more “almond” than most would reproduce for a larger market, the overall look was one that a broad audience would “get,” the buttery leather and suede notwithstanding.

 

At the end of the day, some designers can put on a SHOW…they can wow and inspire us by pushing the envelope with what borders on anomalous.  But it is also nice to see a few items here and there that can translate to everyday…for the everyday woman.  The bags and scrunch boots were right on.