Gurung’s clothing ranges from brightly colored ruffled dresses to pieces that look like they’ve been subject to Jackson Pollock’s paintbrush.
What do you think? What would you wear or not be caught dead in? Personally, I love the classic-with-an-update ruffled dresses, like the bright red one. I think some of the more busy prints are probably a little more appropriate for teens than someone my age.
DSW, or Designer Shoe Warehouse, will open its Fresno store to shoppers tomorrow (Thursday, Sept. 13) from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The store, at the Villaggio Shopping Center (official address is 7923 Blackstone Ave.), is 18,000 square feet and has 24,000 pairs of shoes. It is DSW’s first store in Fresno. It will open another Central Valley store in Modesto in October.
What makes DSW special? DSW’s West Regional Manager Jim Mires says: “The convenience of our stores. The ways things are laid out, from heels to men’s. It’s a great environment to shop in.”
DSW is known for its selection and discount prices (I noticed a range of $50-$140) on designer shoes. During a tour of the store earlier today, I spotted a wide variety of style — boots, booties, flats, pumps, platforms, wedges — from designers such as Michael Kors, Guess, Jessica Simpson, Via Spiga, Steve Madden, Crown Vintage, Pink & Pepper, Converse, Vans, New Balance, Brooks and Nike.
Today, Ralph Lauren unveiled the official Team USA Opening Ceremony Uniforms, which the company describes as embodying “the spirit of American athleticism and sportsmanship.” The 2012 Olympics start in London on July 27.
According to the new release, the uniforms feature “classic silhouettes in a timeless palette of navy and white with pops of red.” Much of the Olympic collection is also on sale to the public.
The women’s look includes a white blouse and fitted navy blazer, a cotton scarf with red, white and navy stripes and a knee-length skirt. The men’s look includes a white club-collar sport shirt, a red and navy tie, tailored double-breasted blazer and cuffed trousers.
So how do you rate this look? Is it a fashion win? Will these looks stand out during the opening ceremonies?
My opinion: The look is more dressy than sporty. My favorite piece is the women’s scarf, which is fun and youthful. I’d say they’re nice, but I don’t have a “wow” reaction.
The Fresno Art Museum did a wonderful job creating an entertaining fundraiser on Saturday with its fashion-meets-recycling concept Trashique. The event really showcases creativity and innovation through fashion. I really loved how the artists interpreted the 13 scenes, each inspired by different art theme. I particularly loved the Van Gogh and pop-art designs.
Above all, I find the use of these “trash” materials inspired. All the designs showed ingenuity. It was fun getting a closer look at the designs after the show and realizing how beautiful odd objects can become when manipulated in a creative way. I’d love to hear what you think of the fashion, so share your critiques in the comments for this edition of You Rate the Look.
I’ll start with one of my favorites, from Adam Mena (modeled by Skylar Devoogd), which used balloon fragments. (Sorry for the soft focus – low light + iPhone = not too sharp).
Fashion designers have been sending all kinds of looks down the runway the past as part of New York Fashion Week. Which brings us to another round of “You Rate the Look.” So take scroll through some of the designs presented and share your critiques in the comments.
We’ll start with one of my favorite dresses, from designer Jason Wu (who presented a much different collection that his recent Target looks). I love the contrast between the covered top and open leg. Sexy but not slutty. I also really love the L’Wren Scott dress for its color and shape. I also like the movement of the J. Mendel dress.
Target unveiled the new looks from designer Jason Wu that will go on sale between Feb. 5 and March 6. The mix of dresses, skirts, tops, handbags and scarves look pretty cute, and seem like they would flatter most body types. Target describes the line this way:
Jason Wu for Target brings a mix of modern, sophisticated pieces in bold hues and feminine prints that women everywhere will love. The designer collection is inspired by the vision of an American girl in Paris, bringing Jason Wu’s signature aesthetic and attention to detail to Target’s guests at incredible prices.
The prices seem pretty affordable. Apparel will cost from $19.99 to $59.99, while handbags and scarves will cost $19.99 to $49.99. (The look above: Jersey Dress in Red/Navy Stripes, $34.99 Cat Tote in Cream, $39.99).
Did anyone see the news that super fashion icon and singer Gwen Stefani has teamed up with Target to launch a new kids clothing line, Harajuku Mini for Target?
The clothing, for babies, kids and tweens, will be available in stories and online Nov. 13. Stefani says the items are inspired by “playful” Japanese kids clothing and encourages creativity and individual expression. Cost will be $3.99 to $29.99.
What do you think? Will you give your kid a Stefani-style makeover?
Kate, aka the Duchess of Cambridge/Princess Catherine, is really putting on a fashion display while touring Canada. This princess really loves dresses. And I can’t blame her. She looks great wearing them. It’s interesting to look at how she swaps shoes and clutches and hairdos. I can’t wait to see what she wears when she arrives in California on Friday.
I asked Marcial Marmolejo, the executive director of Fresno FashionWeek, to tell me more about his plans to showcase local fashion and boutiques.
How did FFW come about?
There really is no better way to say this than I’ve always been wanting to put together an event of some sort whether it be a theatrical production, a fashion show, or a concert. Many ideas came to mind but none of them developed into a fruitful concept with a future. It wasn’t until I was watching TV and saw a commercial for LA Fashion Week that I came up with the idea of bringing a similar concept to the Central Valley.
Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony are launching clothing lines for Kohl’s, the latest in a trend by affordable retailers to offer name brands with more style. And since Kohl’s has been expanding all over the Valley, I thought I’d share this video preview.
Fresno is now home to one of the biggest Forever 21 stores there is. It’s GIANT, people. At 150,000 square feet, over three stories, it’s even bigger than the store in New York City’s Time Square. That tidbit from Bee reporter Bethany Clough’s story in today’s paper really made an impression — and makes me eager to go check the store out.
The super-sized store is all part of new concept for Forever 21. From the story:
The new store features the company’s most recent design prototype. It’s the latest move in the retailer’s strategy to turn itself into a department store. It hopes to attract new customers with its larger stores, and long-term plans call for making every shopper a Forever 21 customer, Meyer said.
As the chain evolves, its new items will be showcased in Fresno, he said.
“We used to be only trendy,” he said. “Now we have basics as well as trendy merchandise. We have active wear, casual wear, urban [clothing].”
Here are a few photos from Bee photographer Mark Crosse:
Over the years, the costume department at California State University, Fresno has accrued a collection of approximately 3500 historical garments and 1000 accessories that have been donated from private collections. Until recently, the collection was essentially forgotten in its storage space in the basement.
Besides photos of the vintage costumes, the blog posts include a lot of detail about the clothing and materials. My favorite part are fun details like the dimensions. These are from a post on an Edwardian era blouse:
Sleeve Length: 25â€³
Armscye to Armscye Back: 14â€³
Armscye to Armscye Front: 14â€³
Center Front: 17â€³
What a great connection to past fashion. I’ll be interested to see how the collection unfolds. If you’re interested in seeing the collection, some garments are on display in the Lyles Gallery in the Speech Arts Building.
Travis Sheridan gave the Beehive bloggers a little ribbing, including my fashion posts, during his Pecha Kucha presentation at the birthday bash last night. At one point, while mocking the whole butt-drag controversy, he tore off a bathrobe to reveal this daring singlet. A gutsy fashion move? Or a moment he’ll regret for the rest of his life? (I mean really, Beyonce is probably the only human who actually looks good in one of these bodysuit getups.)
So I thought it would be fun to give the Beehive community the opportunity to critique his outfit. So what do you think? You rate the look:
The collection will be available later this month and will feature cocktail and evening dresses “inspired by the show” featuring “luxury” fabric. Here are a few images passed along in a press release. What do you think? You rate the look:
I Candy Hair Studio on Barstow is getting some national attention for its flashy, fun nails. They’ve tossed out traditional-looking pink and white acrylics for some crazy shapes, including Duck Feet, Moon Shaped, Crown Shaped and Stilleto nails. They top it off with hand-painted art. Take a look:
This is definitely not your traditional salon. Check out some of their other videos.
It’s award show season and that means we’ll have lots of fashion to critique over the next few months. We can start with last night’s People’s Choice Awards. Most stars tried to dazzle wearing cocktail dresses. There were lots of softer colors and a lot of white. My favorite was Selena Gomez, who looks cute and not over done for her age. Least favorite: Amanda Michalka. That dress looks like someone forgot to attach the skirt.
The store window at CoCo Consignment — a mid- to high-end consignment store for women’s clothing, handbags and accessories at Fig Tree Plaza at West and Bullard avenues — is so cute and creative. Everything in it was made from Fresno Bee newspapers. Awesome!