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Beautifully damaged…
September 16, 2009, 11:29 am
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Movies seem to influence the way I view life. In many cases, some of my favorite movies are ones where the main character is incredibly beautiful, but seemingly damaged. Like the sisters in the Virgin Suicides or Nikki in Alfie, people’s faults are beautiful.  One of my favorite design duo’s (as you should already know if you read my blog) Rodarte’s Spring 2010 collection was inspired by the same message. They had the idea that some could be both “scarred and beautiful.” While they used many of the same draping/wrapping techniques, the new prints are far for tribal than ones they’ve used in the past.  I have to say as a Rodarte fan, I’m not so sure I love the collection. The pieces at the beginning are a little to intense for me. The open skin in the first few pieces is supposed to represent a woman pulling herself back together while exposing her wound. A little heavy for me, but nonetheless beautiful. If anything their collection is more interpretive than wearable. 

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CFDA Finalists
June 11, 2009, 4:12 pm
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Narcisco Rodriguez

Narcisco Rodriguez

 

 

Marc Jacobs

Marc Jacobs

 

Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte

Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte

For those of you who don’t know CFDA stands for Council of Fashion Designers of America, Basically these awards are the Oscars of Fashion Design. These were announced back in March, but somehow I seemed to have missed the memo.  After winning designer of the year at the CFDA’s, many lesser known designers have catipulted their careers.  The nominees for womenswear designer of the year (the highest and most prestigious award) are Marc Jacobs (for a third time), Rodarte (one of my favs), and Narcisco Rodriguez. The award ceremony is on June 15th. Good luck to all the candidates! I’m pulling for you Pasadena girls (Rodarte)! 

Source: style.com



Of the Moment 2…

Ok so here are some more of my current obsessions…as I am still in Nantucket and the sun has yet to come out for more than a few hours…

1st obsession: the new Vogue shoot with Cameron Diaz-June Issue

While the magazine may be a timeless classic, no offense to Anna Wintour, but in recent years it has been severely lacking.  Attempting to bring more culture into the magazine with the addition of articles such as workings of an underrated Soho artist or scientific research on the newest beauty frontier, Vogue has seemed to have strayed from the magazine’s priority–fashion. I think the magazine should leave beauty investigation and artistic reviewing to sister mags and drift back into strictly fashion.  In recessionary times such as these, a girl needs her Vogue to keep level headed (as contradictory as that may sound).  

Enough criticism, In Vogue’s most recent issue, one aspect really stood out in my mind–Cameron Diaz’s photo shoot.  The photographers manage to play up Cameron’s easygoing Californian way of life.  In all of the photographs, Cameron is wearing organic clothing.  The creamy white hues look sensational with her tanned skin and blonde tresses.  The set of the shoot was just as amazing as Cameron Diaz herself.  The Parker hotel in Palm Springs is a place I urge you to visit. I visited the hotel last spring with my mother on our spa trip to the desert. While the place was out of our price range, we managed to venture there for brunch.  Upon entering the lobby, It’s as if every piece of the hotel was hand picked for the location. With retro chic furniture, desert hot heat, and absolute luxury, the hotel should been seen as a hot spot destination for anyone planning a trip to Palm Springs. 

 

Cameron Diaz in Vogue

Cameron Diaz in Vogue

 

 

 

2nd obsession: Stars wearing Rodarte on the red carpet…

Staying true to my fellow Pasadena natives, I’d like to point out some recent Rodarte sightings.

 

Emma Watson in London in Rodarte

Emma Watson in London in Rodarte

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kate Bosworth in Rodarte

Kate Bosworth in Rodarte

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3rd Obsession: Rachel Bilson and Hayden Christenson in Paris

 

Rachel and Hayden

Rachel and Hayden

I’ve always loved Rachel Bilson’s style, but the two of them together? In paris? It’s all just too much.  She’s somehow evolved her style into perfectly Parisian chic.  

 

4th Obsession: This street style website—PARIS WEBSITE

http://www.stylesightings.com

A few of my favorite people featured…

 

A sassy parisian

A sassy parisian

 

A couple with matching long shrugs

A couple with matching long shrugs

 

 

 

 source: stylesightings.com, instyle.com, style.com



Pasadena, California raised RODARTE
March 24, 2009, 5:04 pm
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“Oh hi I’m Meghan, where are you from,” says a tall brunette on my first day of college.

” I’m from Pasadena, California. You know where the Rose bowl is?” I reply.

“The Rose Bowl? Never heard of it…”

The previous response is one I’ve come accustom to hearing. I say Pasadena and people seem to have no idea what I’m talking about. I often mention that Rumor Has It, the movie with Jennifer Anniston that tells the real story of Mrs. Robinson in Pasadena.  Sometimes, I get a few “Oh I remember that movie!”s, but if that reference doesn’t ring any bells,  I’ll mention the rhyme the Little Old Lady of Pasadena. And, then when I’m really desperate, I call upon the Rose Parade and the Rose Bowl.  For those of you who don’t know, The ROSE PARADE and ROSE BOWL are SHOWN NATIONALLY!!! So If you still don’t know what I’m talking about when I say Pasadena, you should try sometime 032409_witherspoon_200x400turning on the television around the holidays!  On New Year’s Day anyone with basic cable can see my very own hometown of Pasadena! It is right out of Los Angeles after all! 

Anyways, now that you all know about Pasadena, I thought I would take some time to talk about fellow Pasadena natives.  The famous design duo Rodarte has had a great couple of years.  They went from being utterly unknown to debuting at fashion week in 2005. Rodarte is made up of two sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy. The girls combine innovative wrapping techniques with beautifully crafted silhouettes turning their models into bonafied futuristic goddesses. In their most recent collection Fall 2009 RTW, they use narrow belts to accent their models tiny waists as well as crinkled, leathery textured fabrics to engulf their models’ shoulders and torso. One of the most innovative aspects of their designs is the black or leathery grey thigh high boots they combine with every outfit. Instead of using typical neckline styles like a boatneck, v-neck, or even crew neck, the Mulleavy’s opted for a very high neckline occasionally paired with a circle style scarf.  The designers use the models bodies as art transforming their shoulders and torsos into almost sculpturesque forms. Kate and Laura Mulleavy have become so successful that famous celebrities can be seen wearing their designs on the red carpet. For example, most recently Reese Witherspoon and Natalie Portman showed up to the Oscar’s this year in Rodarte’s designs.  The Pasadena designers may have become instantaneously famous, but I have no doubt that their fame will last for years to come. I wish the same could be said for the city of Pasadena, California. 

 

 

Kate and Laura Mulleavy

Kate and Laura Mulleavy

a design from their 2009 Fall RTW collection

a design from their 2009 Fall RTW collection

 

 

Natalie Portman in Rodarte at the 2009 Oscars

Natalie Portman in Rodarte at the 2009 Oscars

Reese Witherspoon in Rodarte at Oscars