Lovely Lovely Lace

Much like lace itself, this is a complex subject. SUPER complex. Lace has a long and luxurious history, starting as early as the Roman Empire, but recorded as early as the 14th century, it is a textile that has found itself in the middle of class wars for centuries (7 centuries – starting in Flanders). As Gemma Champ recently wrote in an article in The National (Fashion’s Enduring Love of […]

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Great Gatsby! We Heart Flapper Dresses!

Ever since I was a little girl, I loved the beaded, dropped-waist dresses of the roaring 20′s, so you can imagine how incredibly excited I was to hear that Baz Luhrmann’s Great Gatsby is coming to theatres! Catherine Martin, known for her amazing work on Moulin Rouge, Strictly Ballroom and Romeo and Juliet is doing the costumes again (LOVE her) and whether or not they are true to period doesn’t […]

 

Mad About Peplums

Just recently, I met the lovely Carrie who is behind the fashion brand Carrie Hammer. She was wearing the most adorable retro replica dress with an attached overskirt (or peplum) – one of her own designs – and I instantly fell in love with her designs. acid reflux treatment I know peplums from the 1980's (big shoulders, big hips – the accentuated hourglass gone awry), but my favorite version come […]

 

Cut on the Bias

I’ve known for many years that saying something is cut on the bias is pretty much synonymous with: A. Hollywood glamor B. A figure flattering dress So…what does it mean to be cut on the bias, where did it originate and why is it so darn flattering? What does cut on the bias mean? Cutting on the bias merely means to cut fabric on the diagonal, sewing it so that the […]

 

How a Little Bit of Stretch Changed EVERYTHING

I take a lot of things for granted in today’s shopping world and the ability to own tights in an array of colors and patterns is one of them. I couldn’t feel comfortable in a micro-mini without a good opaque pair. I funk up a simple black skirt with a fun patterned pair. But women didn’t always have tights to do this. In fact, the arrival of shorter skirts in […]

 

Today in Fashion History: Pucci, Wells & the End of the Plain Plane

One of my favorite eras of fashion is the 1960′s, which is also why I’m loving the color blocking trend this spring/summer, which feels like it is straight out of a 1960′s advert. Much like the 1950′s return of color and femininelines as a response to the end of WWII, the 1960′s fashions were ushered in through a social movement. This time it came from the rebellious youth: The Mods. For […]