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Macy’s Fall Fashion Event SF falls short on the Fashion

Indeed one of my journalistic error.  I am not mad at the orange leather outfit though.

Indeed one of my journalistic error. I am not mad at the orange leather outfit though.

One of my biggest regrets as an entertainment writer for the Oakland Post Newspaper was writing a good review for B.A.Ps (Black American Princesses) -the horrible 1997 movie starring Halle Berry and Martin Landau. I was young and it was my first movie review, so I tried to put a positive spin. That took some writing wizardry, but I never felt that I had done right by my readers. I vowed to always try to be honest about my take on an event. This, of course, would never apply to a Beyonce event, however – everyone fears the BeyHive.
But, I feel that it is my duty to share my thoughts about last night’s Macy’s Fall Fashion Event. It was so different than last year’s and not in a good way. This year focused on the featured musician, James Maslow, and less on the actual fashion. Don’t get me wrong, James was awesome – I even tweeted about it. And sure, there were models positioned on pedestals in the aisles of the third floor, but this was a far cry from the runway that they had last year. The vibe was way too relaxed too.
Models positioned on pedestals.

Models positioned on pedestals.


I found myself seated with a group of ladies, who like myself, had come to last year’s event and were somewhat disappointed at the change. This just didn’t feel like a fashion event. There was nothing to ooo-awww at, nor was there anything to applaud. The ladies and I had all come earlier than we had last year because we’d remembered the lines, and the clamoring for a front row seat. But we also remembered the give-a-ways, Kelly Osbourne, and the fabulous male models. This year – no one even checked our tickets. It was as if no one cared who showed up…
There were free appetizers and drinks, but that wasn’t enough to make the event magical. Two of the ladies decided to call it a night early, and I followed suit shortly after. Overall, the event just fell short of my expectations. It wasn’t an epic fail, but it certainly wasn’t a fall event to remember.



Trying on clothing…Good luck!(?)

Today, I visited one of my favorite second-hand stores in Vallejo, Eco-Thrift. After perusing accessories and coats, I found two coats (and a skirt even though I wasn’t particularly in the market for one) that I wanted to try on. I headed to the dressing room.
Now, I have stressed before that trying on items, especially at places where there are no returns, is a must. If you are at a second-hand store, you often want to wear leggings or something that you can actually wear under the used clothing items when you try them on.

As I parked my shopping cart and headed into the dressing stall, the attendant manning the dressing room said “good luck.”
Good luck? I thought.
She must have read the confused look on my face and my hesitancy when I said “thank you” with a somewhat questioning tone. The woman commenced to explaining. “We get surprised when we go in there. I blame the manufacturers for the inconsistency with clothing sizes.”
“Yes, I guess you’re right” – I agreed.

Most recently I have been surprised going into the dressing room, not so much because of the manufacturers, however. I have known that my clothing size has ranged from a 0 to a 4 for years. It definitely depends on the brand though. I have been surprised more so because I keep underestimating the size of my belly and thighs which have grown considerably over the years.

But the idea that we now have to go into a dressing room hoping that luck is on our side is not the way I want to shop. Being wished “good luck” shows the degree to which our psyches can be utterly messed up in how we think about clothing, fashion, and our bodies. I do not think we should be as concerned with clothing sizes as much as fit, appropriateness, and whether or not the item is flattering. But I won’t pretend like clothing size is not an issue. Indeed, I remember shopping with my cousin once, and she would not purchase a perfectly fitting skirt because it was a size 10. She said she couldn’t let herself. The interesting thing is that there was another skirt that was similarly perfect fitting, but it was a size 8. Same body – different skirt manufacturers. A slave to the numbers…definitely
I wonder how many more women would be well dressed if they focused on their figures rather than the label figures.
Yeah…I can almost hear my most of us saying -Good luck with that…Good luck indeed.



A.A.

My collection of shoes - they mean little, if I can't get my ankles right.

My collection of shoes – they mean little, if I can’t get my ankles right.

In the summer of 2008, I along with a team of four other North American teachers went to China to work with Chinese teachers of English for a six week stint. One day, I was talking with one of these teaching colleagues, Kathy, and she asked me a question related to her experience with Black students at the school where she taught. It was sort of like when people who aren’t Black muster up the courage to ask you some burning question about your hair. Kathy asked… why do the Black kids come to school so shiny? I actually laughed at the question because I knew immediately what she meant.
You probably do too. We don’t like being ashy – heck nobody does – and so sometimes there is an extreme precaution to avoid the distinction.

My sister and I have recently discussed that ash is another thing that begins to win the battle as we age. Perhaps our flexibility and reach prevent us from being as thorough as we once were. We become extremely susceptible to A.A. ( ashy ankles).
And, unfortunately, the cutest pair of Christian Louboutins can lose cache if the wearer is suffering from A.A.

Last week, I had on a really cute pair of pointy toe tan pumps. They did all the right things – like elongate my legs. I even received a few compliments from people. However, I got home and as I took them off to return them to my shelf, I noticed an ashy ring-around-the ankle. What’s strange is that I had certainly lotioned up before leaving the house. But, I guess I had failed to saturate a key (apparently very moisture absorbing part) – the Achilles heel area.

You, like me, have undoubtedly seen the extreme ashy ankle – they are nearly all white as if someone had doused them with baby powder. There is often a level of cracking as well.

This should not be!

As we move into colder weather, we know that it is much harder to keep moisture in. So I suggest, when moisturizing, use a mix of Johnson’s gel baby oil and a lotion. Start with the ankle ( our literal and figurative Achilles heel) and work forward and up the leg. You may decide upon another moisturizing agent, that is fine, but START with the ANKLE!!

Many of us work too hard to select the right shoes with our outfits; we cannot let our ankles sabotage our look.
Thoughts?



Fall coats – You knew this was coming right?

If you look through the September and October magazines, you will see several ads and articles about coats for fall. Prada and Chanel both have great tweed coats, which I’ve talked about before. There are parkas and wool pea coats. But finding a fall coat is dependent on personal style and body type.

Nanette Lepore black and white coat and leather Max Studio coat

Nanette Lepore black and white coat and leather Max Studio coat


I think magazines bank on the fact that in the fall and winter months you start to understand that the coat IS the outfit. A cute coat goes very far in fall and winter when it may become like a second skin.

vintage purple and pink tweed coat and vintage green wool coat

vintage purple and pink tweed coat and vintage green wool coat


I have already shared that tweed is back with a vengeance. You can see it in several famed fashion houses. But outside of buying the “it” coat because it is on trend, what truly makes a great fall coat? Well, it depends on a few different things.

Is it a great shape for your body? Are you pear shaped – you may want a coat that floats away from the hips and has some embellishments up top to even you out. If you are an inverted pear, you definitely want to have something that minimizes the broad shoulders. Go for sleeker lines and maybe some that cinches at the waist. In the fall, I am a fan of the trench coat in the same way many women are fans of the wrap dress. It covers a multitude of sins. I like trying different belts with my trench coats because different belts give a bit of flare.
When selecting your fall coat, I also like the idea of considering location. I don’t think enough fashion magazines pay attention to the fact that fall in NY is different than fall in CA – and winters in NY or places in the Midwest are much much different than winter in CA or FL. So let’s not pretend location doesn’t matter.

Do you feel good in it? This question is becoming more and more important to me.
The coats I have shown above are coats that I like and feel they fit my style and my body type. I have them paired with shoes and bags. Though fall is often browns and auburn colors, I want to incorporate color this fall. I particularly like the green with the burgundy.

I have put the green coat with a pair of burgundy Lanvin pumps and a oversized bag with scarf.  I paired the tweed coat with a pair of Aldo pink stessy pumps and a vintage patent leather structure bag

I have put the green coat with a pair of burgundy Lanvin pumps and a oversized bag with scarf. I paired the tweed coat with a pair of Aldo pink stessy pumps and a vintage patent leather structure bag


Nanette Lepore coat paired with a leather dress, booties and an Anya Hindmarch handbag.  Max Studio coat paired with leopard print pumps and an oversize Kate Spade tote.  I imagine wearing it with jeans as well as with a pencil skirt and blouse.

Nanette Lepore coat paired with a leather dress, booties and an Anya Hindmarch handbag. Max Studio coat paired with leopard print pumps and an oversize Kate Spade tote. I imagine wearing it with jeans as well as with a pencil skirt and blouse.


Thoughts?



Caped Crusader

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Fall brings with it coats, boots, gloves, capes and hats. Unlike winter when you care less about being fashionable than being warm, fall is a time when you can play around with these items. Capes are classic. I remember vividly my mother wearing a black cape and doing “The Bird” – Morris Day and the Time circa 1984. I thought she looked so chic in that cape, so it is not a surprise that I own 3 of them, whereas I am sure some of my readers have none and never even considered buying one. Challenge yourself — they are timeless.
In the picture am wearing a wool cream-colored cape, vintage of course, with great cream and gold buttons. I paired this with dark wash skinny jeans, metallic over-the-knee boots and a “fancy” Salvatore Ferragamo handbag that was a steal at Crossroads Trading Company in Oakland a few years back. I wore it with skinny jeans because the cape is short and it flares a bit so I thought the skinny jeans would be a great contrast.

The second outfit pictured is really fun. This cape is knit with a great checked pattern. It is longer so I decided to pair it with a retro mod dress and shorter boots so that a little leg would show. I am using the hat, which is 70ish. So I have a few decades working together in this outfit. I also have a great pair of Saks Fifth Avenue red leather gloves that fit me like…well a glove 🙂
Try something bold this fall. Try a cape – look for them at thrift stores or go on ebay. They are really great with jeans – and boots or even with pointy toe heels. You will be glad you did. I gave you lots of pics this time, so let me know what you think. I actually did a vlog for this…I will let you know when I figure out how to upload it. Hope you enjoyed the post.