We Think We Are the First to Wear It, But No!

FRINGE! Photo: Sasha/Getty Images

Fringe frocks from the 1920s!  Photo: Sasha/Getty Images

There is a history and a beauty to every piece of clothing we wear. And though we often hear about the latest trend or fashion fad we may be surprised to know that these fads actually date back to other times and places; they have simply been reincarnated. Leave it to the ever-stylish site, Refinery29, to share some fashion history and trace five of today’s most popular pieces to their origins: the turtleneck, fringe, the flared jean, the sports bra, and overalls. Says Refinery29, “you’ll never look at them in the same way again.” And I wholeheartedly agree!

Here is more on the history of fashion from Refinery29

The Turtleneck: “Turtlenecks made an appearance in the late 1800s, but served a much more high-fashion purpose. Women wore the garment with exaggerated sleeves and a form-fitting silhouette. As the Met Museum reports, this style is one of the earliest examples of women’s sportswear.”

Fringe: “Anyone with a smidgen of fashion history knowledge may think of fringe as a ubiquitous trend of the 1920s. The fringe frocks of this era — famously designed by Madeleine Vionnet — partnered closely with the dance craze du jour: the Charleston.” Continue reading

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Lilly Pulitzer Targets Spring 2015

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Photo: Instagram #LillyforTarget

I admit it: I’m a Target-designer junkie. I have purchased some of my favorite fashionable treasures from these coveted designer collaborations (for the sheer joy of owning high style at great prices). Refinery29 has revealed that this spring Target will launch its latest collaboration with Lilly Pulitzer. This collab will be more like the highly successful partnership with Target and Missoni, including fashion, accessories, beauty, and home decor. In fact, Lilly Pulitzer’s collaboration with Target will include “250 pieces of apparel, accessories, beauty, and home decor, and range from $2 to $150 (with nearly 200 items under $30),” says Refinery29.

Perhaps best of all; for the first time, this collaboration will include plus sizes, which is long overdue and much-appreciated. When the collection arrives at Target stores on April 19th, I’m sure that Lilly Pulitzer, who passed away just a few years ago, will be smiling. The founder and fashion designer favored bright colors (especially pink!) and vibrant prints that screamed springtime. I’m also sure that I’ll be buying it!

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The fashion and the soul in stilettos

Emilie Sobel, The Soul in Stilettos

Emilie Sobel, The Soul in Stilettos  Photo Credit: Cedric Smith

I want everyone reading my website to feel like they are the soul in their stilettos, too. Shoes will always fit, regardless of the weight you gain or lose or the day you are having. I am happiest and most confident in my favorite pair of shoes and I will forever be the soul in stilettos.” Emilie Sobel

Emilie Sobel is about to graduate from the Savannah College of Arts and Design (SCAD) in Georgia, majoring in Fashion Marketing and Merchandising. She is also the creator of a terrific blog, called Soul in Stilettos. You have the feeling after talking to Emilie that the sky is the limit for this city girl at heart and that she will find her way just fine. Here is my conversation with Emilie:

MKG: You are about to enter a huge transition in your life, graduating in March. How do you feel, ready? What is your passion, your dream position?

Emilie: I have always known exactly what I’ve wanted to do with my career – growing up was something I had been looking forward to basically my whole life. Everyone always said, “Don’t rush your childhood,” and I would brush it off, thinking I knew exactly what I wanted and I couldn’t wait to have a career and adult life of my own. Continue reading

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