Thursday, August 16, 2007

Rant: High Waists

With the arrival of many new names on the fashion scene, comes the arrival of many new trends and designs. One that has been gaining increased popularity are high-waisted bottoms. Around the beginning of this fiscal year, I had no problem with the high waist because they showed up exclusively on skirts. Paired with a slouchy top and pretty pumps, a high-waisted pencil skirt was fierce [snaps fingers]. Designers have included high-waisted skirts in their designs of late, reassuring me that these types of skirts are do-able and thoroughly rock-able.

Kai Milla

Nicole Miller

Diane von Fursteberg

But alas, the high waist was taken to higher (pun intended) limits. High-waisted pants, and even worse, high-waisted jeans were introduced. Sure, some people succeeded in pulling them off but others failed....miserably.

I didn't just pick her because she once stole John Mayer from me...but this picture shows that even Jessica Simpson cannot pull off the high-waisted pant.

Mischa Barton was a bit more bold in her high-waisted denim but she doesn't look much better.

Oh, Lindsay. The high-waisted jean shorts are not working so well for you. Go with Lo(han).

So, if you want to try the high-waist trend, you might be able to find some pieces at your local stores. However, the high-waisted pant is something that I would not personally recommend. If you can pull it off, good for you! I'll stick with the high-waisted skirts for now.

Nordstrom: $42.00

Celeb-Rate: Teri Hatcher

A few days ago, I had the pleasure of seeing the latest ad campaign by design team Badgley Mischka. The duo recently hired Teri Hatcher (of Desperate Housewives fame) as their latest spokesmodel. But it was after seeing these photographs and dissecting their latest designs that I thought to myself "Teri Hatcher?!" Let's just be brutally honest for a minute - Teri Hatcher is 42 years old. Before Desperate Housewives, every time someone mentioned her, you'd think "has-been," and as far as Desperate Housewives goes, Susan Meyer is easily the most annoying character out of the bunch.

In their Spring 2006 ad campaign, Badgley Mischka employed Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen as their spokesmodels. At the time, they were a polar opposite from the Teri Hatcher we know now. They were barely adults (only 19 years old), and at a peak in their fame. What exactly was the design duo trying to accomplish by hiring a washed-up, middle aged woman? Personally, I think they were trying to make a social statement. While the Olsen twins, with their multi-million dollar empire, might be seen as role models for the younger generation, Teri Hatcher is in many ways, a prime role model for an average middle aged woman. During the height of her fame, she played the romantic interest of Superman, but when Lois and Clarke ended, she dropped out of the radar for several years. For a while, it seemed that Teri Hatcher would never regain the fame she once had, but then she found her big break - Desperate Housewives. This simple primetime dramedy not only returned her to fame, but brought her fame that exceeded anything she had known previously. Any woman who thinks she's already passed her prime needs only to look at Teri Hatcher to realize that you can always rise again.

But Hatcher's former has-been status is not the only thing working against her. She's not exactly the face of blinding youth anymore. In a day and age where runways are riddled with teenagers barely old enough to smoke, and where celebrity blogs pretty much revolve around the lives of a select few party girls and heiresses, it seems impossible that a forty-two year old woman would be chosen to model for one of the hottest labels in fashion. I'm sure that someone so...mature, was not the obvious choice for what was surely a multi-million dollar ad campaign. No, I think that Badgley Mischka was making a statement when they hired Hatcher - that women of any age and any background can be total sexpots. Not only is the label trying to appeal and cater to an older clientèle, but they're trying to prove to the world that 40 really is the new 20, and that regardless of how many Mikimoto pearls they can buy, girls like Paris Hilton will never be as refined and accomplished as women who have several more life experiences under their belts.

What am I trying to get at? To sum it all up, although Teri Hatcher might have once been regarded as another typical has-been, now she is in the prime of her life. She is a perfect example of why the modern fascination with the extravagant, party-going lifestyle doesn't have a thing on the experience, the maturity, and the pure elegance that is a sophisticated grown woman. Personally, I'm sick and tired of turning on E! or logging onto Oh No They Didn't and seeing nothing but coverage over Paris Hilton's post-jail vacations, Lindsay Lohan's week long stints in Rehab, and Britney Spears' slow descent into has-been nothingness. It's women like Teri Hatcher, Angelina Jolie, and Julia Roberts who, regardless of a few more years under their belt, are the ultimate in sophistication and beauty.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Trend Watch : Colours of the World

As many designers recently displayed their Fall 2007 collections on the runway, blandness and monotony were not on the menu. Colours flooded the runway and innovative ideas seemed to take shape as models walked forward.

One of the things that we, at Linen Lounge, loved about the looks this season were the many bursts of colour, the emergence of new shapes, and the overall magnificence and boldness of the designs.

Thus, to sum up the overall aura of the runway this season, we are showcasing several pieces that highlight this seasons colours as well as an in-store piece that you can work into your daily outfit.


Steely Grey:
Chillingly warm.

Thakoon Panichgul

Diane von FurstenbergUrban Outfitters : $28.00

Citron Yellow:
Funky and fresh.

3.1 Phillip Lim

Benjamin Cho

American Apparel: $38.00

Brilliant Purple:
A bold new color that compliments most skin tones.

Zac Posen


Charlotte-Russe: $12.99

Forest Green:
Our prediction for the next it-color.


Christian Dior

Target : $9.99

The Linen Lounge Spotlight: Coco Chanel

The Life & Times of Coco Chanel

Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel was not born into a glamorous childhood by any means. She was one of six children born to Albert and Jeanne Chanel, and was orphaned by the age of 12. It was at the orphanage where she learned the trade of a seamstress. At the turn of the 20th century, Chanel worked as a cabaret singer at a French cafe, where she gained the nickname "Coco." After an active social life and a number of affairs, Gabrielle Coco Chanel, along with the help of friend, Arthur "boy" Capel, opened her first shop (1910). Only five years later, in 1915, Chanel's simple shop had grown into a fashion-powerhouse. The same year she opened her first couture house, and began gaining great fame. In 1923, Chanel released No. 5, her signature fragrance (the first ever perfume to bear a designer's name). Although there are several rumors as to how she came up with the name, Chanel actually decided on No. 5 because it was the fifth perfume sample that she tried. Coco Chanel continued taking the fashion world by storm, bringing about several new fashion standards which can still be seen in all their glory on today's runways. After a brief retirement, Chanel returned to her design studio and continued making great strides in fashion until her death in 1971.

In 1983, Karl Lagerfeld was appointed Artistic Director a
t Chanel and took over the Chanel empire. He took the vision, style, class, and elegance of Chanel and helped usher it into the 21st century, and continues to amaze the world just as Coco Chanel did during her reign.

An Everlasting Contribution to the World of Fashion

Throughout her monumental life, Coco Chanel made countless contributions to the world of fashion. Almost singlehandedly, Chanel revolutionized the future of fashion. While many believe Hubert de Givenchy (who designed the costumes for the film Breakfast at Tiffany's) was the designer in charge of making the "Little Black Dress," a staple in every woman's wardrobe, it was actually Coco Chanel who gave us this wardrobe essential. When she first premiered the little black dress, Vogue began calling it the "New Uniform of the Modern Woman." Around the same time, Chanel also designed the famed Chanel Suit - a knee length skirt and boxy jacket. The Chanel Suit was, and remains to this day, one of the highly revered and respected articles of clothing worn by the most elite, wealthy, high-class women. Chanel then designed the Quilted Bag, a simple accessory that took the fashion world by storm, and is still considered one of the best bags available. While each of these mentioned designs are monumental fashion breakthroughs, they are all overshadowed by Coco Chanel's signature fragrance, Chanel No. 5. Since it's release, Chanel No. 5 has been the ultimate in high-class taste, and the classic run-to fragrance loved and adored by women around the world. In fact, Marilyn Monroe, upon being asked what she wore to bed answered, "Two drops of Chanel No. 5." The fragrance hasn't changed since it's release, and is still one of the best selling perfumes in the world. Though it is not confirmed, it is believed that a bottle of Chanel No. 5 is sold every 30 seconds.

Chanel's Fall 2007 Collection

Karl Lagerfeld

Under the scrupulous direction of Karl Lagerfeld, the Chanel brand has continued to be one of the leading faces of style, and is expected to be so for generations to come. Here is a sample of the amazing work Lagerfeld premiered for Chanel's Fall 2007 Couture and Ready-to-Wear Collections.

The Linen Lounge Salutes Coco Chanel

Once a month, the Linen Lounge will feature a Spotlight review of a designer or brand. We will try to feature legendary designers, current designers, and eventually, we also hope to feature newer unknown designers. For our first Spotlight designer, we had to look through the greats in the fashion industry to find someone who made amazing strides, who put the utmost attention into detail and the highest level of craftsmanship into her work, and remained the epitome of sophistication. Chanel made some of the greatest advances in fashion design, and she really did revolutionize the industry in every sense of the word. Today's modern fashions look very reminiscent of fashion shows from the 40's and 50s, and it is more important than ever to remember the pioneers who made such great contributions. So when we were looking for our first Spotlight designer, Coco Chanel seemed the obvious choice. The Linen Lounge is very proud to honor such an extraordinary visionary.

Coco Chanel

“Elegance is not the prerogative of those who have just escaped from adolescence, but of those who have already taken possession of their future.” - Coco Chanel

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