21 October 2014

Why star a femme fatale when you can have a femme légale?

Have you noticed the trend of law ladies in this Fall's TV lineup? 
"Legally Blonde" screenshot of Elle Woods
Given the popularity of "Law & Order" and "Legally Blonde" amongst millennials, it is no surprise more law based entertainment has risen. Although Lifetime recently wrapped up longterm legal comedy-drama "Drop Dead Diva," and "Fairly Legal" was cancelled after a few seasons on the USA Network, more leading legal ladies appeared this Fall.

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Bad Judge TV Show Ad Promo
"Bad Judge" stars Kate Walsh as a Los Angeles County Circuit Court judge with a scattered personal life and an ethically questionable courtroom demeanor. Portraying an otherwise smart and successful character as a promiscuous hot mess is annoyingly overdone. If the show does not amp up the comedy factor or intrigue the audience via some original cases or captivating personal life, it is unlikely to get picked up for another season. A better plot would be a show loosely based on the life of Judge Judy or Judge Milian.

Cristela TV Show Ad Promo
"Cristela" stars Cristela Alonzo in a family sitcom reminiscent of George Lopez and Roseanne. The main character is a Mexican-American woman entering her sixth year of law school (although it takes 3 years of law school in America to earn a JD)In the first episode, Alonzo takes on an unpaid internship at a law firm where during her interview she was mistaken as the help by her boss's daughter/co-worker. This show is one to watch. 

How to Get Away With Murder TV Show Tweet Promo
"How to Get Away With Murder" stars Viola Davis as a criminal law professor who challenges her 1L (first-year) law school students to vie for a position at her law firm. Somehow the best students of the batch get caught up in a murder plot. And if you're reading this there is a very high likelihood you are interested in both fashion and the law, so do not miss this show. From casual clothes to professional attire, this show has it all.

Do you follow any law based TV shows?

Shows like Oprah Winfrey Network's "Staten Island Law" have flopped because it is particularly difficult to capture the thrill of lawyer life. That said, if someone is looking for a fashion lawyer to star in a reality show or as a TV consultant, I volunteer as tribute. 

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10 October 2014

Get vested in fall fashion

Long vests & sleeveless coats styled in this blog post
These long vests and sleeveless coats are styled below
Yesterday's "How to get away with Murder" showed Liza Weil (who you may know from Gilmore Girls) wearing a beautiful trench dress. I love pieces that work double-duty and this dress would also work worn open, like a vest. It is no wonder why it is almost sold out (on sale here).

Long vests and sleeveless coats are great cold weather transition items. I live in Northern California and travel a lot so I depend on layering with vests to help me get acclimated to varied temperatures. 
Here are my styling ideas:
Young professional styling w/ Marissa Webb pink vest and Delvaux purse
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Using colored suits can easily reflect 80s attire. Similarly, shopping vintage but not modernizing looks will make you look outdated. When I track down my dream Thierry Mugler suit I will at least remove the shoulder pads. This pink Marissa Webb vest (also available in gray) is an easy and sophisticated way to add color to your wardrobe.

Young professional styling of yellow vest or sleeveless lime coat
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Even a lime colored vest can be work appropriate. I paired it here with a printed wrap dress as an example of when you do not have to keep your outfit muted because of one vibrant piece.

Young professional styling of long vest, leather pencil skirt, leopard heels, lace blouse, Fendi pinstriped bow blouse, Fendi peekaboo, Gucci bronzer, and limited edition Givenchy watch.
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For office environments try classic black heels and add in a mixed print through a scarf. If your office is conservative, also swap the leather skirt for a classic wool blend. 

Styling ideas using long vests and sleeveless coats
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This last grouping shows a few different heels because my suggestion is to pick a shade that goes with your skin color. The Nudes Collection by Louboutin is a good start. Adding a cashmere sweater or top with lace or embroidered sleeves like the one in the styling group above would complete the look. 

I am petite so my concern is not appearing bulky while layering. I have broad shoulders and a narrow waist so belted or slim tailored outerwear is my preference. Below are other such pieces.

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02 October 2014

Say hello to a runway of Beyoncé bods?

Stella McCartney was recently criticized for sharing a photo on Instagram of a 'sickly thin model':
Before this negative press, Stella recently received positive press for her Paris Fashion Week runway show, her breast cancer awareness campaign featuring Kate Moss, and for being the designer of the cream top and trousers ensemble and clutch chosen by Amal Alamuddin for her civil ceremony to George Clooney (Visit my Google+ to see which of Amal's outfits were recently copied). 

Stella apologized, and replaced the negatively received photo,with one of Malaika Firth. Malaika is a thin but not apparently sickly although seemingly overworked model:
Stella McCartney model pic-from Instagram - Malaika Firth
An important issue was oversimplified to what is acceptable for a brand to post on Instagram. Surely the flimsy armed model look is not projecting a healthy image, but this model, as well as other thin women, walked runway shows. Social media and runway standards shouldn't be distinct.

While designers may want to showcase their fashion on human hangers canvases that allow the pieces to stand out, an emaciated body may not be best. Still, too often this type of argument goes towards showing models that are "average sized." Surely, average size depends on the geographic area in question. So average size in a country may also be an unhealthy standard.
Should models have a higher muscle mass and/or body fat percentage?
Beyoncé is voluptuous and wore a sample size gown to the 56th Grammy AwardsBeyoncé’s stylist found the Michael Costello gown she wore, via Instagram.
Beyoncé in Michael Costello gownBeyoncé in Michael Costello gown
In an interview about Beyoncé and her Grammy's outfit, Costello said:
"We didn't have any of her sizes or measurements," he told E! News. "The dress was just made to fit a sample mannequin. It's smaller than a size 4. She is tiny! That dress is at least a 2/4. She looks amazing. I just love the way it all came together. Ty knew it was going to fit."
In March 2012, Israel passed legislation banning overly skinny models. In 2013, Israel put its BMI-based calculation in place to disqualify overly thin people from modeling there. 

With the current American infatuation with the booty, I think most of us would be happy to say hello to a runway filled with Beyoncé type bodies.

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