Last week as I was flying to Mexico, my mom handed me The Wall Street Journal. I’m not gonna lie, I never read The Wall Street Journal; it just doesn’t piqué my interest. However, this article Shorting Leather totally caught my eye. It’s all about the current influx of leather shorts. Apparently these puppies are a modern take on the Bavarian Lederhosen and they are ALL the rage. It seems like almost every big designer is providing their take on leather shorts.
According to the article, despite the fact that the leather shorts are rather pricey, (even Zara’s are $99) these shorts are still selling because, “consumers see them as an investment piece, like a leather jacket.” Consumers believe that leather shorts are something that they will be able to wear for many seasons to come. In theory leather shorts seem awesome. They look super bad-ass and edgy, yet refined. They way these shorts are styled makes them look amazing!
But my problem is all I can imagine is sweat + leather = fabric death trap. Also, I already look edgy and hardcore without trying. When you put me in leather I just look like a punk. So, I am not so sure how I feel about leather shorts. I don’t know I have to agree with Valerie Steele, director of the Museum at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology. She doesn’t think that leather shorts will last long enough to become a classic. “It doesn’t seem to me, pardon the pun, to be a look that has legs.” I have to agree. They seem totally fun but I don’t think they are going to be around for very long.
So what do you think? Leather shorts: Enduring classic or temporary trend?
I’ve been obsessed with sheer fabrics ever since I first noticed them on the runways. I especially love sheer, lingerie inspired clothing. I love the delicacy and femininity of it. Not to mention intimates can be so chic, easy to wear and so magnificently light weight! The dainty details instantly dress up any outfit. So I am really happy that wearing lingerie as outerwear is a new trend. Recently, I bought a “intimate” chiffon, robe style top with bell sleeves from Liberty of London for Target. To make it wearable during the way without looking trashy I wear it over a white tank-top. It’s so fun, and uber feminine. And let me tell you, I’ve been getting tons of compliments. (While I was in Georgia last week I even inspired a few other people to get the same top!) Little does everyone know it’s supposed to be a pajama top! (Shhh… It’ll be our little secret).
I also really like more obvious lingerie but I’m not sure I have the confidence or the occasion to pull off these looks.
Ok, now I know this has nothing to do with fashion, but I just got this really cool journal. It’s called Wreck This Journal. I love it. I got it last week while I was visiting some family friends in Georgia. All three of us had so much fun working on it together. Each page of this journal forces you to do different things in order to ruin it. For me, this is a very hard thing to do. I don’t mind writing in my books but I don’t want to crack the binding, drag it through dirt, put sticky things in it, smear your dinner in it, etc. But you have to, that’s what the journal asks you to do! It’s really quite liberating.
It’s no secret that I love Rachel Zoe. Ever since I discovered she was the mastermind behind Nicole Richie, Mischa Barton, and Lindsay Lohan’s style, I became obsessed. I love her eclectic, boho chic style. Her style influence can be seen everywhere (for better or worse). She has become a major driving force behind many fashion trends today, as she personally decides what Hollywood’s style icons are wearing. She is bananas. I die.
In order to further my Rachel Zoe education I bought her book, Style A to Zoe: The Art of Fashion, Beauty, & Everything Glamour, the second it came out in 2008. I didn’t put it down until I finished reading it. I even brought it with me on my journey to Seattle for the Annual Glitter Sale. I was hoping to pick up some good tips on leading and dressing for a more glamorous lifestyle. She has some good recommendations on things like: How to have your own red carpet moments, developing your own glamourous style, EXCESS-orizing, packing and traveling like a jet-setter, and more. Some of which I still implement today.
Then she came out with a reality show in 2009. The Rachel Zoe Project is bananas amazing. It was incredible to get a glimpse into the chaos that is her life. Not to mention the show is hilarious. She can be extremely dramatic and eccentric which makes for hours of entertainment. She has these one line zingers that kill you, literally. It’s amazing how easily adaptable these can be to one’s life. I even got my neighbors into the show because she is that amusing!
While finishing up my last year at FIDM I was asked to create a movie about one of my personal heros. So naturally I chose Rachel Zoe. To complete my project I had my neighbors helped me make a short spoof on The Rachel Zoe Project. Megan played Rachel Zoe, Aaron was Brad, and I played Taylor. I am not gonna share the whole thing but here are some of my favorite clips of Megan performing some Rachel Zoe-isms. I have to admit, Megan shut it down.
My friend sent me a link to this really cool “Ring a Day Project” on Design Milk. Colleen Baran is a minimalistic jewelry designer. She has decided to make a ring a day for the next year. She takes every day recycled materials and makes them into a ring. Some are really cool like this:
& this one:
Others, not so much my cup of tea. I think hair is the most disgusting, repulsive thing in existence. But hey, it’s definitely different!