Who else thinks that at first glance this looks more like a Vogue cover than a Harper’s Bazaar cover? Just had to get that off my chest before beginning with the actual post.
As a(n oft) self-proclaimed Anne Hathaway girl-crusher, I make sure that I am kept abreast of any and all things Anne Hatahway, today’s example: her Harper’s Bazaar cover story (and based on my initial comment, the cover itself). I’ll admit it, I’m not an every-month reader of HB, but when it catches my eye, sure, I’ll take a looksie. And am I ever glad I did! Because not only did I stumble upon a well-written Cathy Horyn feature, but I learned that I have more in common with Annie than I could have ever dreamed – we both have a penchant for hot pink toes (truth? I don’t discriminate, I love all nail polish colors not quite equally)! That alone could have made my day, but really it was just the beginning. Cathy Horyn pens all of my favorite NYT fashion columns and stories, so to see her name above the story very nearly made my heart skip a beat – too many of my favorite things were culminating in this one spot! This article takes me back to my magazine and feature writing days with Dr. Owens. This is exactly the kind of article I would put on a pedestal in that class and whose style I would try and most closely emulate. Cathy Horyn is exactly the kind of writer I want one day to be and this article is a prime example of just that. For this article and the photographs that accompany it I will leave my norm and help the Harper’s Bazaar newsstand sales just a smidge. And I encourage you to do the same.
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Ever since Michelle Obama wore that red Alexander McQueen gown to the state dinner with the Chinese president, fashion pubs have been in a tizzy debating whether or not this was her best choice. Oscar de la Renta told WWD that he believes the first lady should be supporting American designers. For the record, she does. However, he asserted that she should have chosen that particular event to do so, rather than opting for the design of a British designer. She wasn’t even promoting American-Chinese trade (imbalanced as it is) by wearing something by a Chinese designer. “Blasphemy!” Really guys?
Let’s look at the facts. She looked great (all agreed?). The design didn’t have a) an American flag plastered on it, b) a Chinese flag plastered on it, or c) a British flag plastered on it. While the dress was red, does that mean she was giving an approving nod to the communist ways of the Chinese? Um, I doubt it. The color could have been navy, purple or green and still looked great with the design that I read somewhere to be described as “streaky floral.”
All of the debate surrounding this one sartorial choice has be wondering the same thing as Cathy Horyn of the NYT. Do we care too much about her fashion to even look at the positive things she’s doing with her post? I’m just as guilty as everyone else, fawning over her savvy Michael Kors dress paired with Alaia belts and J. Crew cardigans outfits. If you have time it’s worth reading both the NYT blog from Horyn and an article from the Economist that she links to in that blog. Both have important points of view that ought be considered after what we just witnessed unfold thanks to WWD, the CFDA and Oscar de la Renta.
This article from Thursday’s Styles section in the NYT brought even more buzz about the very hush-hush Lanvin for H&M line, which launches later this month. The article’s gallery only had three images with it, but that was more than enough to get my mind railing about when else the collection will have to offer. It also makes me yearn for opening day at Northpark for Dallas’ (and Texas’) first H&M. Long overdue, but if you read my blog alot, or stumbled upon that WSJ article, you already know that. Maybe I should ask for an H&M gift card for Christmas? Hm…
As I’m working on my NYFW article for the Baylor student newspaper, I’m checking out the NYT (more as a distraction than anything else…). I find an article on Brad Goreski, (published on Friday, indicative of me taking the weekend off from everything). I’m instantly sidetracked, thank you NYT for doing exactly what I had intended. Here’s the article. It’s brilliant, I just wish I could have been the one writing it. Le sigh.
With how often these blog posts stem from articles I’ve read on the NYT Fashion section.. I should write for the NYT fashion section? Well, maybe someday.
So as the title inquires, what do Rebecca Bloomwood and I have in common? No, I’m not thousands in debt. No, I haven’t stumbled upon a magazine column-writing gig (yet). And now, I don’t have a roommate with awful taste in bridesmaid dresses (yet, but let’s cross our fingers that this one never happens). But I do have really great, and often expensive, taste for designer items. However, I am a poor college student and therefore don’t have the available funds to support such nice taste, so I resort to other ways of affording my style.
First I found eBay, that was in high school. And now, as a college student, I’ve funded my wardrobe by working at LOFT, where with my discount I can afford a few new styles each spring and, occasionally, my groceries (jk, I make sure groceries and rent come first). But soon I won’t be working part time retail and won’t receive my sweet discount. I’ll have to adopt new frugal ways. So on my normal NYT Fashion section prowl I found this slideshow. It’s only reason No. 568 why I can’t wait to move to New York. Onlyeightmoremonths, onlyeightmoremonths, onlyeightmoremonths.