MKG: How did you end up on a photo shoot for The Ladies Home Journal?
TB: Ladies Home Journal posted a call on their Facebook page for real women to model eyeglasses at every age. They were looking for women 25-65. I wear glasses so I thought, what the heck! Continue reading →
I heard in the news today that Urban Outfitters stopped selling a cropped tee that had been causing a strong reaction. At issue? The tee was covered with the words ‘Depression’ – sending the message to young women that mental illness makes a fashion statement. At least 5,000 people signed a petition challenging the company to get rid of the shirt. This is the second time that Urban Outfitters has come under fire for a controversial t-shirt. Their response was quick: the company apologized to those who were offended and said it would no longer sell the shirts online.
I’m glad to see Urban Outfitters’ quick response but I am concerned that women, especially young women and girls, are being exposed to negative messages in the first place. I mean, really – do these companies not think through the significance of the messages these tees are sending? Words are not nothing. Words matter. Even on a t-shirt. And I’m not buying that!
The elusive “get” for a teenager: the varsity jacket
If you’re a teen, there is one item of clothing highly coveted: the varsity jacket. Perhaps it’s because I am reading Ilene Beckerman’s book, Love, Loss, and What I Wore, which I reference here, but I have been thinking a lot about what clothes mean to us at certain times in our lives. And so there was an interesting moment during my morning walk, when I saw three high-school-aged girls walking ahead of me. At first glance I thought one of the girls was wearing a varsity football jacket and assumed it had been given to her by her boyfriend. Continue reading →
My boys are a little older, so it’s been a while since they watched a Disney or Nickelodeon program. The last show I remember us watching together was Drake and Josh. That’s why Nick Schager’s article in LA Weekly, “Disney TV is Poisoning your Daughters,” startled me and truly opened my eyes. Schager writes, “Sitcoms may be predicated on a constant stream of one-liners, but Disney and Teen Nick take the formula to the next level, offering nothing but witless witticisms delivered with maximum, grinning-jackass hamminess …” Furthermore, the role that fashion plays is both confusing to girls and concerning to parents, with the young actors wearing “designer threads … that unsuccessfully straddles the line between tasteful and trampy,” says Schager. Continue reading →
Welcome to my first “I’m not buying that!” … a weekly series of thoughts from me, a fashion outsider. My blog and podcast is called Turning Fashion Inside Out. The fact is that I am not a fashion insider. At 53 years old, I am … a wife, mother, substitute teacher at an all-girls school, writer and lover of fashion. I love sharing my fashion stories and others’ stories about how fashion is central to our self expression and ultimately, our self-esteem. But there is more to turning fashion inside out: there is commentary. There is me …
I went shopping with my mother recently and was disheartened to see how few options there are for women over 70, at least in the suburbs. I’m sure it’s different in larger cities where there is more of everything giving people more options. But here, if you are over 70, stores see dressing as an after-thought. You are relegated to the top floors of the department stores and the pickings are slim. Gone are the stylish prints and fabrics, replaced by over-sized tunics and out-of-date patterns: it’s simple – my mom is not finding clothes she likes. My mom has always been so stylish and someone to whom I look for ideas and trends (and frankly, to borrow clothes!). She is the same woman now that she was then and she still wants to feel stylish in her clothes; no less than when she was in her 20s and 30s and 40s.
Should we be paying LESS attention to those over 70 while at the same time ignoring their style? And continuing to omit them from the fashion scene? I’m not buying that!
Milan: A variation of Radiant Orchid was highlighted at the Max Mara Fashion Show Photo: Getty Images
Radiant Orchid: “a captivating, magical, enigmatic purple,” meant to “intrigue the eye and spark the imagination” and “inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love, and health,” according to Pantone, a 50-year old company, considered the global authority on color in paint, fabric and manufacturing. Move over 2013 IT color, Emerald: The new IT is here and IT sounds good to me.
How strong is the power of perception? Apparently very strong, since many designers featured various shades of Radiant Orchid in their fashion shows this fall. Pantone itself predicts the color will be popular among both women and men and will mix very nicely Continue reading →
Jane Herman Bishop and Florence Kane, creators of Jean Stories
If you were to ask me when I get dressed, what clothing feels most like ‘me’ I would always say my jeans. Jeans and a tee is my feel-good outfit: Simple, easy, chic, perfect. I have five pairs, one for each day of the week, as seen in my Five Days of Denim series, but my all-time favorite pair are my Mavi jeans that I bought years ago at my favorite consignment shop. They didn’t have holes, originally; that came with time and love. Now, whenever I put them on I feel happy and free and completely me. That is what wearing jeans does for me and I suspect for you, too. Winter, spring, summer and fall, that is perhaps why jeans are the all-American must-have.
I recently discovered a website, called Jean Stories, created by Jane Herman Bishop and Florence Kane; a site dedicated to denim, including stories of who is wearing it, the various looks of it, and how to buy it. Ms. Bishop and Ms. Kane (who, by the way, share stories of their own favorite pairs of jeans) are storytellers, with a background in and a passion for fashion; Ms. Bishop is the daughter of Ron Herman and grew up selling jeans at the family’s stores and Ms. Kane has a background as a fashion writer. Jeans are in their blood. Together, they are creating a completely fashion-forward concept with denim as the main character. Continue reading →
I am sensitive to fragrance. I use a fragrance-free soap and body lotion and have had allergic reactions to heavy scents and fragrances in the past. And I’ve never worn perfume. But that was before I met Marni Rose, a new fragrance launched this fall by Italian fashion house, Marni, and for the first time, I was tempted. Marni Rose is the second Marni fragrance, and apparently, slightly more intense than the original, with Bulgarian rose and a woody base. I find the fragrance appealing and delicious. It reminds me of Autumn; if I use just a touch it stays with me – I would say a little goes a long way. The design of the bottle is fun, too; modern and playful, highlighting Marni’s signature polka dots.
“Marni Rose is a boldly creative expression of femininity. A wondrously modern composition; infused with joy, energy and optimism. A bouquet of originality with artisanal accents and fragrant woods: sumptuous and ripe with individuality.”
How nice to walk into a room feeling joyful, energetic and optimistic. Not to mention strong and individual.Ultimately, wearing a fragrance is a personal decision. Do you have a special fragrance?
Leading a Lunch and Learn conversation, on location at Mondo Summit
11.12.13: A lucky day. There are times when the stars align and everything is perfect. That’s how it was for me today. I led what is called a Lunch and Learnfor members from my local New Jersey community. The place: a magical spot called, Mondo Summit, a building dedicated to the arts of all kinds.
The topic was how fashion and self-esteem and wellness are related. I talked about how I started my blog and podcast, my intentions and my interest in telling stories; not just my own but mostly others’ about how fashion is connected to our self expression and how we feel about ourselves. In an effort to keep growing and sharing, this was a wonderful opportunity for me.
Thank you to all of the amazing women who attended the program, and to the beautiful surroundings of Mondo and the delicious lunch. I am grateful for all …
It feels good to Turn fashion inside out!
Photo by Alexandra, shot on location at Mondo Summit
In honor of National French Week, organized by the American Association of Teachers of French, meet Emilie-Rose, a 22-year old, who was born and has lived most of her life in Paris. Now living in Canterbury, England (an hour outside of London) while she attends her last year of University, Emilie-Rose and I talked about how the French view fashion and style and beauty and what is what like growing up in the fashion capital of the world …
Here is Emilie-Rose …
“Growing up in Paris, I was always aware not only of fashion, but of shops and shopping. We live in a part of Paris that is very near the huge department stores, like Galeries Lafayette and Printemps. I have always been really girly, even from a young age. I went to an International bilingual school and looking back at it now, I wish I had been required to wear a uniform. There was a lot of pressure to dress a certain way and many of the students were from wealthy backgrounds and could afford to wear high-brand designer labels. It was tough … Continue reading →