Hell Froze Over…

And by Hell, I mean Anna Wintour.

Fashion freaks around the universe know Wintour, her disdain for reality TV, and the uphill struggle for Kim Kardashian to get herself on a Vogue cover. For month’s the fashion world has been buzzing with the “Will she cave? Will Kanye stop being friends with her??” Well people, she caved. Anna Wintour broke down (who the fuck knows HOW) and gave Kim a cover… with Kanye, of course.

Fashion’s long reigning ice queen (who has been very vocal about not giving reality TV stars any editorial space), seemed to be slowly easing the world into a Vogue-Kardashian collaboration the last few months by offering a “steal Kim and Kanye’s” couple look on Vogue.com, featuring Kim’s little sister in a brief online photoshoot and sitting (gasp) with Kendall at the AW14 Topshop show (to clarify, you don’t get to sit with Wintour unless she asks), to Grace Coddington’s very coy remarks about a possible Kim Kover. So like True Detective, the answer was right under our nose the entire time. By courting the large reality TV brood, Anna Wintour was subliminally telling us: “I run this fucking industry, I make the rules. Get out of my way Victoria Beckham”. (Just kidding, I LOVE Vb, but lord knows she deserves a Vogue cover 1000x more. Hell, she’s a bonafide fashion designer AND her daughter tricked Anna Wintour into smiling in public.) The kover comes less than a year after Anna Wintour and her staff, very obviously, cropped Kim out of a the Met Gala’s “Best Dressed” feature. Screen shot 2014-03-21 at 3.42.45 PM

Vogue revealed “behind the scenes” video on their website today, along with the cover which has a hashtag!??(#worldsmostinterestingcouple… hardly the most interesting, but whatever.) Now please don’t get me wrong, I am a long time Kardashian watcher; even now, with its scripted, boring scenarios. And I think Kim is beyond stunning and looks flawless on any cover…. but would she really be here if it wasn’t for Kanye? Fuck no. I called it as soon as he raided her closet a few KUWTK seasons ago and “made her over”. She looks far, far better now in head to toe haute couture, but a Vogue cover should go to someone making large and original ripples in the cultural pool.

Yes, Kim is the epitome of pop culture (like it or not, we made that happen) and she does represent so much that is going on in society (the good, the bad, and the ugly), but it does seem her star is dimming. If she was going to get this cover, it should have been years ago. She’s slowly becoming irrelevant and (dare I say it?) old*. People don’t see her as a new and exciting pop culture star anymore; but rather for her mistakes, shallowness, and seemingly lack of intelligence. Again, not saying that any of this is true…. but I have definitely noticed a lack of Kim K appreciation since her failed 72-day marriage…. If this should be anyone’s cover, it should be Kanye’s. The man deserves a nod to his creative genius in both fashion and music (but not music videos…). He’s a lyrical genius/gay fish after all, with all due respect Mr. West.

Personally, by including Kim on this cover, I think Vogue is making an extremely passive aggressive jab (or perhaps reflection?) at popular culture and the Kardashian-West’s. The inclusion of a hashtag in the cover seems to have deliberately mocking undertones, as if to say: “Generally, our readers are much more sophisticated than this, but we’ll be attracting the masses with this cover so let’s give them a pat on the head of sorts”. Also, I know they’re getting married and stuff, but it’s a little awkward that they put her in a wedding dress. Especially after the last marital fiasco of hers. The behind-the-scenes video was a blatant reference to the talked about “Bound 2″ video, which was almost impossible to watch. Compared to Lena Dunham’s behind the scenes, which was fun and alluded to her GIRLS show by using season 3′s music, I felt like they were making fun of Kim and Kanye. Actually, I’m pretty sure they were. Do you think they noticed?

Maybe I’m just reading too much into it? Maybe Vogue has decided to take a drastic turn in embracing our digitally driven, social media frenzy of a culture? Or maybe Anna Wintour was sick and tired of listening to Kanye whine that she was like “okay asshole, you want a cover? First you have to let me make it a semi-joke.” Who the heck knows at this point…

Will I be waiting for my issue in the mail next month??? HELL YES I WILL. I will scour, read, re-read and critique everything about it (and probably love it). This could be the biggest thing ever, OR it could be the biggest fashion fail in a while. Watch the video here.

*(note: by “old” I mean old news… age is but a number, right?)

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Un Grand Magasin De Chanel.

Early this morning Chanel rounded out Paris fashion week with a surprisingly fun show and everyone’s talking about it! Karl Lagerfeld transformed the entire catwalk into an interactive Coco Chanel grocery!

The show was opened by muse and model of the moment, Cara Delevingne and included a cast of well known faces (ahem, Kendall Jenner and Jourdan Dunn to name a few).  The scene was bright, popping with color, and full of Andy Warhol inspired allusions to pop art and consumerism (hence, the quirky Coco branded groceries). Perhaps the most outrageous (in a good way) show of the season, it was an exciting whirl of fashion, art, and color.

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With Delevingne kicking things off in a sporty pink jogging suit, it’s clear that, like many others this season, Lagerfeld used sportswear as a starting ground; but unlike many other designers, he paid homage to the classics Chanel is known for. Alongside the sporty, early 90s look and coveted Chanel trainers, the tweeds and puffy quilts synonymous with Coco Chanel were seen on nearly every model. The silhouettes were voluminous and tailored in all the places that create curves.  Shoulders were exaggerated and beauty was simple, as to make the clothes pop even more.

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The humor and color was woven so creatively into the show by Lagerfeld that it spilled out on the “consumers” (show invitees). Those at the show (models included) were encouraged to shop for first aid kits, Eau de Chanel mineral water, and Coco Carbone, while Instagram was abuzz with bloggers, pop stars, and socialites snapping pics with their Chanel groceries. The unexpected joie de vivre of the show was a refreshing take on fashion on art. I’m definitely a fan of a more relaxed and playful Chanel!

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Oscar Red Carpet Loves Neutrals, but JLaw and Lupita Still Pop.

I’m baaackkk (again)! One of my favorite nights of the year was last night: the Oscars! And if you know me, you know I love it not only for the red carpet fashion but also because I LOVE film. I spend most of November-February on my couch with a bottle of wine a stack of movies. Not because the winter hinders my desire to walk from bar to bar (well, I guess that’s part of it) but because all the best films of the year are rolling out weekly and it’s the only way to catch up (with wine in hand, of course!).

But being that this is more a fashion directed blog, I’ll leave my Oscar/film reviews for another time and fill your mind with some fashion-isms.

This year’s fashion theme was “Bejeweled Nudes”. Like seriously, why did this red carpet lack so much color!? I was not a fan of the underwhelming color scheme chosen by so many stars. Even the men were aboard that train too! Here’s a couple generic, nothing special cream colored gowns: main.original.466x530-12  main.original.466x530-19

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Don’t get me wrong, they all looked beautiful in them… they were just SO boring. Jessica Biel was wearing Chanel, which is always great but not when you look like everyone else. Sorry Kate and Cate. You guys looked fab too but you fell into my boring category (Nobody wants to be there)–except Kate’s plunging neckline.

Camila Alves (wife of Matthew McConaughey) wore blush toned gown as well, but she was STUNNING! Rather than getting lost in all the (lack) of color like many other stars this year, the blush contrasted beautifully with her tan skin and dark hair. Award season’s trendy cape looked even cooler on her since it draped over just one shoulder. Love, love, love!

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Kelly Osbourne also went with cream and jewels but added her signature punk-glam to it making me fall in love with her look a thousand times! Her Badgely Mischka column dress was just SO chic. Her sparkly encrusted shawl thing was fucking perfect and coupled with her signature purple locks, I think I died and went to fashion heaven. ALSO, can we just please note her body!?? WOW!!! She looks amazing. Perfect, some would even say.

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So in case you didn’t know Olivia Wilde is pregnant. Yeah, I couldn’t tell either thanks to that Valentino gown. But here’s a side view if you’re not convinced.

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The following are more women who went with this year’s “Bejeweled Cream” theme. And SOME HOW made it not boring for me. Naomi Watts was stunning in a simple gown that may or may not have been made strictly for her and gorgeous diamonds. Angelina’s gown was also simple (and a little too safe) but she just absolutely glows and looked so beautiful! Penelope also did the blush thing, but like Camila Alves, her skin toned and hair saved her from looking washed out and I appreciated her gown so much more.

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I’m not really sure why Lady Gaga was there, but she was wearing real clothes (Atelier Versace) for once and it looked good! (Maybe she read Anna Wintour’s minor jab in March Vogue’s Letter from the Editor?) Hopefully she keeps this Versace spokeswoman thing up! #gagainclothes

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Charlize Theron wore an interesting black gown. I loved everything about this Dior gown, except the invisible straps. It didn’t quite have the floating effect. Maybe if the straps were jeweled with diamonds?

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Black was also popular this year (see Olivia Wilde and Charlize), especially with the newer stars. Margot Robbie looks gorgeous with her darker locks but her Saint Laurent gown was a little boring, especially after her perfection of a Golden Globes look. Emma Watson’s Vera Wang gown was sporty and chic but underwhelming, while Anne Hathaway lacked so much. Did she realize her chain mail top made her boobs look saggy?

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For the boys, Jared Leto, Jason Sudeikis and Leo DiCaprio looked like perfect leading men. All their suits were well tailored and dapper.

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Pharrell on the other hand…. I’m so NOT happy. He’s wearing (Lanvin) shorts. On the red carpet. The Academy Awards’ red carpet! I might have forgiven that stupid hat he wore (again) but now I’m not. And I’m sorry, but who is that chick he’s with? Not only is her “tux” awful and those shoes!? I’m not sure she knew she was going to be walking the red carpet because nobody taught her how to stand.

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Since I’d like to end on a high note, I’m going to get worst dressed out of the way. Tara Lipinski (!???) and Johnny Weir (!??? x2) looked like a really flamboyant winter wonderland wedding. So many things are wrong with this ensemble. Those sparkle shoes. The wedding dress (if you’re not nominated, never wear a dress this big to the Oscars). I’m pretty sure I see coat tails. And skinny jeans? It was bad. And if Tara Lipinski was invited, then my invitation was definitely lost in the mail….

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Now that I got that off my chest… on to the BESTS!

These two gorgeous ladies in blue were also two gorgeous leading ladies! While neither of them won, they were absolutely part of the best dressed look by finally bringing some much needed color to the rainy red carpet. Sandra Bullock is nearly 50 years old and she makes this McQueen ooze with sexy, Hollywood glamour. Amy Adams’ simple Gucci gown was perfectly tailored to her and was perfection.

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I don’t know how Lupita N’yongo makes every color so outstanding but she does and I can’t get enough! The cut of the dress isn’t my fave; but she was stunning and poised and I loved it! Apparently this Prada gown was made for her. Lucky girl. I can’t wait for more fashion greatness from her! main.original.466x530-10

Finally. My favorite look of the night! J.Law does it again! She might not have won any awards, but this red Dior gown is a win in its own right. She’s a girl who can rock red (remember her first Oscar gown in 2011?) and I was very happy she chose something bright and sleek. The peplum gown created a gorgeous silhouette. Does anyone else think she looks like Emma Thompson?

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There you have it folks! That’s my Oscar red carpet fashion round up!

Angie does the androgynous thing.

Last night, Angelina Jolie made a semi-rare red carpet appearance at the 2014 BAFTA’s, supporting her handsome hubby in coordinating attire. Unlike most, Jolie pulled off a tailored Saint Laurent tux looking supremely sexy in an “oh this old thing?” kind of way. At her side, Pitt’s Valentino tux was a perfect leading man look.

Hopefully we’ll be seeing more red carpet looks from Angelina in the coming year. She’s always been a fashion fave of mine, and been out of the spot light for way too long!

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A Little Midweek Love.

I haven’t been sick in over 2 years. Last week, I finally caught a bug that all you crazy’s have been complaining about, and let me tell you it was damn miserable! As if being stuck inside the first half of the week (due to -11 temps) wasn’t bad enough, my commute from my bed to the kitchen table was made unbearable by some crippling, life ruining cold. So for the last half of the week, I was stuck in bed worsening an already shitty bout of cabin fever. (I couldn’t even revel in the “working from home” idea, being that I already work from home!) I realized how much I take my great immune system for granted, I couldn’t even enjoy a bottle of wine on the couch!

Now all that’s left is a pesky cough. Back to blogging then! Luckily, I’ve spruced up enough in time for the big commercial wonder: VALENTINE’S DAY! Me and my hunny have a hot date. I’m not big into a major V-day celebration. Just get me pretty flowers for my desk and bottle of good champagne (ahem, Moet) and I’d be a very happy Valentine. But this year Tyty insisted on hitting the town, which should be a fun date night indeed. Apparently every restaurant in Boulder is booked well over a week before the big day, so we’re exploring beyond the city limits.

Anywayyyy… being that it’s the season of love and I love heart shaped things, I’ve created a cute little Valentine’s Day gift/style guide to get you in the mood! Spread a little love this week, even if you don’t have a Valentine.

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Romantic Blush

February always evokes a little bit of romance when it comes to fashion. Maybe it’s the whole Valentine’s Day thing or maybe it’s because it’s the last of the cold days before we start to see spring again. Everything just seems a lot prettier; even the foot of snow outside looks gorgeous in the bright sun. Either way, I love adding a few pretty, sparkly touches, even if it’s just for myself.
So even if you don’t have a date next week, indulge yourself in a little pink, a little lace, and a lot of sexy!
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