Archive: December, 2012
Elizabeth Wellington, Fashion Columnist
Kim Kardashian unveiled long layers and bangs today at LAX. And in the last few months we are witnessing, yet another, return of the bang. But as 2013 closes the bang has gone from hipster to glam girl.
What do you think about the bang? Will this be your new holiday season look?
High fashion may not want to admit it.
And the luxury world continues to thumb its nose up at the idea. But the Made In America movement is gaining ground in the apparel world - especially this holiday season.
I've been writing about this issue all year. But the industry really started to take notice when Women's Wear Daily released a survey based on NPD Group research that found 82 percent of American consumers are starting to pay attention where things are made. It also found 76 percent of shoppers say made in America is extremely or somewhat important.
Talk about the trend toward gender ambiguous fashion.
Kanye West didn't say anything outrageous at Wednesday night's star-studded 12-12-12 concert at Madison Square Garden. But his outfit was, well, interesting.
West rocked - get this - a $225 Pyrex Religion hoodie (drug reference, maybe?) a black leather kilt (whatever, that was a skirt) and he layered - yes layered - it over skinny black leather jeggings. (The new term out there is meggings man+jeggings, smh.) I'm thinking his sneaks are some form white on white Air-Jeezys. It's so Alexander Wang meets Rick Owens meets Betsey Johnson.
We like The Boss' skinny pant and vest ensemble on the Hurricane Sandy relief concert.
Some of you in social media were complaining that Bruce's outfit was too tight - that the britches possibly cut off his circulation.
That doth not make him a fashion mistake. Quite the contrary. Springsteen looks manly and up to date.
Don't you think by now Urban Outfitters knows what it is doing?
Whew, that felt good to get off my chest.
This morning, things got a little ugly on the TODAY Show.
Kathie Lee and Hoda were treated to a box of Ugly Holiday Sweater cookies from Whipped Bakeshop, the Philadelphia bakery known for its quirky confections. The cookies aired around 10:40am, in the fourth hour of TODAY, during a gift ideas segment with style expert Lilliana Vazquez. (See, connections can help. )
The featured 4-cookie box sets retail for $22.95 through Whipped's online store. Each set contains a vibrant, vintage-y mix of unique Christmas and Hanukkah sweaters cookies approximately 3.75" tall.
Lane Bryant is embracing my favorite fashion rule: that ALL women deserve to sparkle - especially during the holiday season.
That is why I decided to - point out, give kudos to, shout out - The Lane Collection. It's the plus-size mall staple's newest group of fab fashions for the full-figured woman. The clothing is only available on-line and in 11 select U.S. markets, including the Lane Bryant Store in King of Prussia Mall.
In true Lane Bryant fashion all right off the runway looks will be available in sizes 14-28.
... and fashion is abounding.
I told you Sasha and Malia Obama were going to be the women to watch in the White House. We already know the thunder the first lady can bring.
The photos of the Obamas in front of a Christmas tree released yesterday, speaks to a modern tween style sprinkled with the girls'sense of individuality.
Pantone announced Wednesday that emerald green is its 2013 color of the year.
The color of precious stones. The color of Midori moscato. The color of money.
I thought Pantone was going to go in a bluer direction - think Carrie Bradshaw's boudoir in the first Sex and the City - but I can dig this greener option. It's clean. It's fresh. It's metallicky. It's rich and it signifies change.
The Accessories Council may be based in New York, but it's run by a local woman.
Karen Giberson lives in Media, but she has been at its forefront, turning the Accessories Council into one of fashion's top trade organizations. Their picks aren't only our seasonal favorites. Their favorite designers and trendsetters actually become household names. (Giberson was all about Lady Gaga BEFORE the meat suit.)