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Project Runway Episode 1

Fug Girls: Minor Changes, But It’s the Same Old Runway to Us

I’d love to share my thoughts on the first episode of the new Project Runway season, but I fell asleep within the first half hour. That may be because it was  a bit of a yawn because it was just like previous seasons, except that it took place in LA instead of New York. Or, more probably it was because I was working out of town and had a long, hard day and then collapsed in my hotel room.

I’ll watch a rebroadcast and review it from a sewer’s point of view. In the meantime, here is an entertaining review from one of the Go Fug Yourself bloggers, posted on the New York Magazine/Fashion site:

Fug Girls: Minor Changes, But It’s the Same Old Runway to Us

Poor Michelle, Suffering from Kid-in-a-Candy-Store-itis

Oscar de la Renta at Style.com

Oscar de la Renta at Style.com

I have three words for Michelle Obama, “elegant, understated fashion”. She simply has too many choices; she needs to learn to be a good editor. Style is as much about what you don’t choose as what you do.

 

American fashion is about uncomplicated clothes with clean lines worn with a dash of panache. Iconic American designers like Oscar de la Renta, Calvin, Klein, Ralph Lauren, Donna Karan and Michael Kors know how to design contemporary clothing without falling prey to foofy, fussy design. (more…)

How to Dress 10 Pounds Thinner from Glamour

dressing-thinner

I don’t read Glamour often; occasionally I’ll leaf through my daughter’s issues and I find it to be geared to 20-30 year olds. But this article from Glamour.com has some good advice for dressing slimmer without the typical stodgy recommendations like ­­­­“wear a scarf near your face to draw attention up”…

Frumpy–“A woman regarded as dull, plain, or unfashionable”

photo from You Look Fab

 As the mother of a 22 year old, I’m at that stage in my life when some styles just aren’t attractive or appropriate anymore. My two biggest fears are looking like my mother and looking like my daughter. And, those of us who work hard to stay in shape walk a tightrope because we can wear just about anything (low rise jeans, skimpy tops), but there is a fine line between looking current and looking like a fashion victim. (more…)

Project Runway–What would you do?

photo from Tim Gunn's blog

photo from Bravo.com

I’d like to write an in-depth article about this season’s Project Runway, detailing each designer and commenting on their strengths and weaknesses. However, I haven’t watched this season as diligently as past seasons–I’ve seen each episode, but sometimes out of order and my impressions are somewhat mixed-up. Or maybe the mixed-up feeling comes because I don’t see any shining designers this time around and no designs have jumped out at me as “wow, that’s really awesome”. (more…)

Ruffles, Lace and Florals for Fall?

photo from Stylelist.com

photo from Stylelist.com

As this ultra femmme/baby doll phase dies down, we still have a few trends to deal with. As I’ve said before, I like to look current while maintaining “my” look. Can the floral prints that have seeped into fall fashion fit my image? Can ruffles work for women over 25? Can lace look sophisticated? Well, only if they are toned down a few notches. (more…)

Cindy McCain, looking totally glamorous! (From Fabulous After 40)

Cindy McCain and Laura Bush

Cindy McCain and Laura Bush

One of my favorite blogs, Fabulous over 40, posted this entry about how dowdy Laura Bush looks in comparison to Cindy McCain. I agree the two are a good example of how dressing in expensive clothing doesn’t mean you look good. McCain finds that place where beautiful clothes are current and ageless–great sewing inspiration!

It’s also about hairstyle and accessories–it’s easy to kill a look with “your mother’s” hair and jewelry!

Read the entire article here:  Fabulous After 40