Archive for September, 2010

Gucci E-VENT

Although we all are excited about the new season, I find that there are times when I go stark raving mad over selecting just the right item. For example. Wednesday morning I was perusing (yes, really perusing) Overstock.com while waiting to check-in to my seat for the Frida Giannini’s Women’s Spring Summer 2011 in Milan on September 22nd, 2010 — GUCCI E-Vent, and I just went about crazy trying to find a pair of booties or a chunky sweater that would match my Autumn look. But no matter, we women all deal with this, so onward ho!

Now for the real news. The GUCCI E-Vent.

Rather interesting idea — allowing virtual attendees to experience these fashion events. I like it. Although I have to admit I was horrified when I read that my cam and mic were going to be used. ACK! The wifebeater would NOT be considered high-fashion, medium fashion, or even LOW-fashion. I promptly placed a pink envelop over my cam. DEAR ME.

Gucci had two predominant looks for Spring/Summer 2011. Simply Feather & Leather.

The dress collection really was quite magnificent. In the chat rooms everyone was oohing and aahing over the fabulous breakthrough style. I say not really. Overall the series was quite clever and fresh, but nothing that we haven’t seen before. Also feather seem the obvious choice simply by process of elimination. For with the ruffles & ribbon having strutted their stuff for three seasons, buttons having been a thing of the 02-05, the only way left to embellish is lace and feathers. Lace has already made its comeback gently throughout (though mostly with formal wear, because lace makes it formal). So all that is left in the milliners and designers toolbox is… feathers. So out they come. And not just on headbands.

This was my favorite dress. The neckline and length, even the cunning little pockets poked demurely at a natural hip line.

Favorite Dress

Few items to note about this outfit. Although the model has few curves (she wouldn’t be a model if she did!) we see that this dress provides a strikingly feminine figure. Note the sweep of the neckline creating sweet shoulders, then as mentioned before, the pockets provide the illusion of womanly hips, and give the general impression of the ever elegant hour glass figure.

Nothing new with the shoes. Simply a non-exceptional bootie, and a regular little strappy sandal (which I must say I saw a pair shockingly similar four weeks ago sported by a friend, Mrs. N.).

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Fall 2010 is almost upon us, and I confess I’ve already started stroking my boot bin in EAGER anticipation for my favorite season of all. FALL.

This fall’s style can be defined as: Thrifty glam, or economic glitz.

Runways have been full the past few weeks with excitement and drama of the new season. Designers and models alike are touting their glam and luxe. New season, new spending budget, new quest for the ultimate fab-faux-drab.

Reminds me dramatically of the old English Fox hunts. All riders mount, the dogs are let loose, and the hunters begin their chase of that poor elusive and rather overrated sweet fox.

This season the fox is worth it.

Before you have the Mrs. T Fashion cheat sheet. Consider the general guidelines for this season.

A. Feathers, vintage jewelry (cluster 2-3 brooches or old earrings instead of one)

B. Light colors are trendy this year (also helps us use our summer shirts and skirts for the fall and winter — THANK YOU THRIFTY GLAM!). Use the Dec H&M Style Guide to help you. Here are my picks.

C. Boots boots boots. Any hight, color or style. Just wear ’em with anything. Esp your skinny jeans BUT NO JEGGINGS. If you google boots boots boots, this is what you get 🙂 boots boots boots May I highlight this fab 1970’s pic from Digilander
Beautiful Boots

D. Camel & gray, more than every this season. Both go with everything and together.

As promised there are 4.5 essentials to this new season.
We’ll start from the bottom up.

1. Booties — boots are the ones that come to the calf or higher. Booties are the little ones that hit your ankle at that beautiful cut that makes you look straight out of the 20s. Make sure they are classy. Booties look trashy if not done exactly right!

2. Maxi-Skirt — Lengths are coming back (I personally think its in response to the climate-change, go Snow Monster in DC this past winter. We need warm femme!). So grab a long skirt with a ruffle, pattern or anything. The trick with this cutting edge trend is to pair it with snaky flats or your adorable booties that you purchased above. You can do the vintage twist on this one by having the skirt be super full and paired with a wide belt and fitted blouse.

NOTE, always fitted blouse with long skirts — or like the pic, try a belted billow.

3. Chunky Knit Sweater — I still need to get mine (my sister has been working on a design for those of you that knit, check out her site here, ELEGANT ECONOMY), but find a knit sweater that hits mid to high thigh. Colors: Grey or Camel if you want versitatle. I’d go with a deep purple or teal if you want something more trendy and the SUPER trendy would be a deep sailor blue (this color will be more popular later winter).

4. Vintage Dress — This dress should have a small print and be paired with summer peep-toes or booties.

Use this dress with a heavy sweater and belt for a deep Autumn look.

4.5. Leopard. Although I still remain a faithful lover of all animal print (see collection below). Leopard is snag fab this season, so grab a little leopard wallet or flats to spice up your Autumn look. High fashion can use more animal, for us plebes, find a staple and keep it normal.

Items that you should already have in your wardrobe:

1. Little over the shoulder purse — forget the big bag ladies unless your hitting the tarmac. The little purse keeps you slim trim and mobile. I have a little black Dorney & Bourke one that makes me smile every time I throw it over my shoulder. The hot pink lining combined with the cattle faux leather mini clutch makes my heart sing a stanza of Melody Gardot’s.

2. Knee/calf high flat boots (blk or brown is great) — don’t feel the need to upgrade to grey or camel.

3. Military Jacket — as with EVERY fall the military styled buttons, stripes and stiches are a fall staple. You should have this jaket in your wardrobe from last year. Don’t buy another one if yours is remotely close.

4. Belts — by this point if you’ve purchased one or two belts per year, you should have at least two large chunky ones, at least one medium shiny one, and one skinny one. AND every woman should have the woven belt (I have mine in metallic bronze so I can wear it with anything). If you don’t have your belts up to snuff, I would invest in a medium width camel leather belt with a bronze or gun metal buckle. This should be worn over sweaters at the waist, with dresses at the waist or over that billowy large top — at the waist.

5. Scarves — You should have about 2-12 scarves in your closet at this point (averaging 1-3 per year since they became popular). The trick for this fall is to add a bit of flare and flow to the knit/heavy look. SO. When putting together your outfit consider putting a more romantic scarf (i.e. thinner, lighter colors, sheer, lacy etc.) with heavier knits. This will add that winter-wonderland look to ANY outfit.

6. Flats — Totally in, wear em all you like. To keep your tooties warm rifle through your stocking drawer and pull out those colorful tights or super light-weight ankle socks to wear with them.

Now for execution.

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5.12A &c.

Mrs. T had a catastrophe Sunday morning.

After an early morning of coffee, left-over breakfast quiche and budget allocation. Mr. & Mrs. T were getting ready for church. Only for Mr. T to find that he had no “crisp white shirts.”

With all the buzzing round I do every moment of the day, I learned that there are some prioritization essentials that absolutely MUST be accounted for. Simple as Food & Clothing, Morsel & Rag.

Menu Planning
Meal Evaluations (“Babe, how often do you want Tacos?” “2-3 times a week sweetheart :)” “Got it!”
Cleaning Kitch
Packing Lunches
Having enough clean plasticware for lunches

Laundry (in my case, lugging eco-bags over to laundry place, or trespassing upon the kindness of friends with washers)
Folding/Putting/Poking Clothes
Determining Tie Selection for the Week
Shirts to Cleaners on THURS
Pants to Cleaners on THURS
Fashion Evaluation — periodic review of clothing and favorite outfits to eliminate danger of FRUMP

Such simple items. How much time they take if done with vim, vigor and perfection.

So, what I do I do at 5.12A …after Mr. T has left for work? I do Food & Clothing, Morsel & Rag…bit of shelter. Check the list.

Hearts to you all in your Morsel & Rag endeavors.

NEXT: [Automne 2010 Fashion, 4.5 Essential Fashion Items & Upgrades]

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