Monday, November 30, 2009

TO GREEN OR NOT


Monday, November 23, 2009

FASHION BY THE RULES...IT'S ABOUT TIME


Friday, November 20, 2009

LINDSAY ....OH NO !!!

QUEL SHOCK!!!!! THERE SEEMS TO BE A BIT OF A "FRISSON" ABOUT THE FUTURE OF OUR FAVORITE WASHED UP STARLET AND HER FUTURE WITH THE HOUSE OF UNGARO .....................GEE DO YOU THINK IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN A MISTAKE DISPROVING ANY PUBLICITY IS GOOD PUBLICITY

Sunday, November 15, 2009

FASHION BY THE RULES....THE BOW






































FASHION BY THE RULES
THE BOW

It is a strange thing, when you think about it, that one of the first things we learn to manually is to tie a bow!!!!!! This little rite of passage from infant to toddler stays with us all of our lives and has been integrated into the history of fashion starting in the 15TH century and even earlier.

I refer to, of course, the more decorative side of this manual labor………………..the bow has been glorified from apparel to all classifications of accessories. Once upon a time the bow had a prissy connotation but has morphed from that to fashion classic……………to an almost a staple element of the French couture as well as ready to wear.

During my varied career in Fashion, I have always, at some point, fallen back on the idea of the bow as a basis for inspiration when buying or selling or merchandising. The bow is a constant for women of all ages and varied ideas of what makes it fashionable. I think that somewhere in the psychology of fashion, the bow remains something that so many women can relate to on some level as well as being a symbol of feminity

Whether it is Dior or Valentino, Lacroix or Rose Bertin (Marie Antoinette’s dressmaker), there remains the enduring use of THE BOW!!! From pussycat bows to utilitarian bows, from handbags to shoes to dresses there are bows everywhere you look and so I took the liberty of finding that timeless element as it is used in the 21st Century of fashion as we know it.

Many thanks to White House, Betsy Johnson, Chloe, Marc Jacobs, Valentino, Dior, Prabal Gurung, Lacroix, Moschino, Viktor&Rolf, Alexis Mabille, Ralph Lauren, Endless.com., Chanel and Netaporter.com., and Shopstyle.com.

Monday, November 9, 2009

FASHION BY THE RULES THE LITTLE BLACK DRESS





























FASHION BY THE RULES
THE LITTLE BLACK DRESS

During the past few weeks, I have outlined some of the perfect accessories and items that fill out your Fall wardrobe. The one thing that I have not specifically pointed out is the necessity of the “LBD” or Little Black Dress.

Whether the dress is for work, after five or black tie , you just cannot be without at least one and hopefully more. There is no more versatile item in your wardrobe and the best part is that if chosen wisely…………..you own it for life, so to speak.

While I was researching another topic, I started to see just how ubiquitous the little black dress is ………….sleeveless, long sleeved, one shoulder, strapless, short, long, wool, crepe and on it goes…………the variety is endless in style, fabrication and price. The online offerings are almost endless especially if you visit http://www.shopstyle.com/ where items are catalogued by style or designer or classification. They offer up every price imaginable from scads of resources like Saks or EDressme and from Ralph Lauren to Alexander McQueen .

So, after having been through various sites I decided to show off what I found……………….and the best is that they are all under $300. I even threw in the added bonus of a Norma Kamali jersey dress from Wal Mart at $24.99---which happens to be amazing. The Kamali was pointed out to me by a blog named The Recessionista which can also be found on Facebook.

Thanks to Wal Mart,Recessionista, Shopestyle, White House, Banana Republic, Acne Jeans, Bloomingdales, Piper Lime, Rugby and Ralph Lauren for some of the best of……………………….

As always I encourage you to explore the possibilities on line and off and to use the Fashion By the Rules as the guide for being fabulous……………….Don’t forget me at http://jeffybruce.blogspot.com/