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Fall In Love With the Slip Dress All Over Again

Fall In Love With the Slip Dress All Over Again

“In olden days, a glimpse of a stocking was something shocking, now heaven knows, anything goes!” And so it does. In an age in which actresses, where less on the red carpet than most did on the beach in the 1950’s, the idea that the slip dress may cause eyebrows to raise, seems almost quaint. Yet, it remains provocative. Just the mere fabric, the lace, the skimpy layer of silk and little else covering the skin, the straps, the cups, all enough to recall the bedroom; some might consider it sexier than wearing nothing at all.

The Underpinnings
It all started back in 1969 when Nova Magazine printed an editorial bearing the headline, “What are you trying to hide?” The gist of it is that the best response to keeping your underwear from showing itself from beneath your clothes was no response at all. “Show that you mean it,” the article declared. “Don’t count on your underclothes not showing, choose them so if they do, it doesn’t matter.” The article ran accompanied by a model wearing what would later become known as the “slip dress,” crediting Wool worths with its design.

The Big Debate
The debate arose in the years that followed over what constituted dress meant for the house and meant for the public. Was Riccardo Tisci’s 2016 slip themed dress too racy for a visiting dignitary at New York Fashion week? Ankle length slip dress was worn at Calvin Klein, and Burberry began contrasting the flowing silky dresses with chunky sandals and rucksacks.

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The Approval Slip
As might be expected, Paris embraced the look. Alexander Wang’s last season of dresses for Balenciaga was filled with silk nighties and slippers, while Pheobe Phil’s lace trimmed numbers pushed the envelope on her normally subtle sexuality, bringing the slip dress, literally, out of the closet.

Rocker Courtney Love took the slip dress and tiara look to the next level, incorporating the rebellion of rock and roll with the sexiness of the boudoir. Celebrities such as Drew Barrymore, Michelle Pfieffer, Rihanna, Madonna, Elizabeth Taylor and even the sartorially irreverent Princess Diana were all among those to embrace the underwear as outerwear look. Edwina Ehrman, curator of the exhibition, “Undressed: A Brief HIstory of Underwear, sums up the slip dress as “a way of challenging contemporary morality. It represents the difference between what should be public, and what should be hidden, and the breaking down of those barriers.”

The Present Day Slip Dress
While in these days, in which naked body parts go swinging down runways, the slip is less than shocking, yet it is still known among high-end fashion buyers as “retail gold.” Says Bay Barnett, contributing fashion editor at Vogue, “You can have such different perceptions of the slip dress – in a tacky situation it looks terrible, but it can look incredible, too. Either East Hampton or totally grunge. to me, the appeal is to deconstruct the sexiness, to subvert it. The genius of Courtney Love in a slip dress was that she turned and essentially conservative and conventional item on its head. It’s the ultimate punk thing to lampoon something so commercial.”

How are you wearing your slip dress this year? Let us know what direction you’re taking the underwear as outerwear look this year. We love to hear it!

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Summer Style That Works In Cool Weather

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Fashion world sophisticates know the value of swapping out their wardrobes each season. The savvy fashionista does not want it to appear that she can’t tell winter white from summer white, or spring boots from fall ones. However, lately, designers are changing things up. Now, if done the right way, summer and winter clothes can be worn together, but how can you make it obvious that you have purposely worn your sandals over your socks, and have not just walked out of the house to take out the garbage?If you’re looking to get some extra life out of your summer wardrobe, here are some ways you can make your summer fashions work in the cooler weather.

Socks Over Sandals
This is a trend popping up all over the runways. Athletic socks worn under high-end pumps, knee highs sticking out of the tops of boots and even thigh high or full on stockings worn under open toes. It adds a great touch to the layering look and provides a little extra warmth on a cool day.

Sundresses Over (Under) Sweaters
This can be a rather waif -like look. Pull a light floral sundress over a turtleneck, or layer a pullover over one your favorite strappy summer dresses. Add on some combat or cowboy boots with a pair of woolen socks sticking over the top to complete the urban chic style.

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Shorts With Long Sleeves
If you want to show your legs off in the winter without the fussiness of a skirt. shorts and long sleeves make a killer fashion combo. Pull a flannel over denim shorts and a tee to create a grunge look, or even pair tailored shorts with a button front for a casual look. Wear opaque stockings to keep your legs warm, and you’re ready to rock.

Kimonos
Kimonos are both fashionable and functional. They add a touch of hippy chic to an outfit while adding an extra layer of warmth. Kimonos are also a quick way to convert a bare shouldered look into something a bit more work casual and make an ethereal addition to elegant dresses and gowns.

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Scarves
Scarves can be appropriated to suit almost any look. From rock and rollers to theater goers, the scarf has been making great additions to wardrobes both summer and winter for years. Wind a glittery gauzy scarf around your neck over a tank top in place of a necklace to make a dignified fashion statement, and top with a blazer for a warm summer night.

Boots
Go biker chic with motorcycle boots and denim cutoffs, or rock some knee high platforms with satin disco shorts. Combat boots can make a great pairing with a sequined mini and band shirt, or punk them out with a tartan school girl skirt.

Slip Dresses
Lingerie worn as clothes makes a great “I just woke up like this” statement in the warm or cold weather. To make your slip dress work as a late night look in the winter, top it with a motorcycle jacket, heavy sweater, or fur, and add some textured stockings and killer heels. For the daytime, try pairing your slip or slip dress with a sweatshirt or sweater and boots.

Are you making your summer wardrobe last into winter? Let us know what improbable pairings are working for you.

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Fun Looks To Try This Weekend

vine vera banner presents Fun Looks To Try This WeekendIt’s the weekend. You know the street is the real runway. Its time to bring it. You’ve got to live these next two days like a shoot from Vogue Magazine. Rock that poppy colored lipstick, use that dayglo shadow, pump up the volume on your hair and get funky with your nails. If you’re looking for some ideas to get your fashion freak on this weekend, look no further. Here are some fun weekend fashion ideas for ending the week in the right way.

Western Wear
Howdy, partner. If you’ve been doing your fashion homework, you may have noticed a little western style revival going on. The Fall and 2017 and 2018 fashion houses have been incorporating a little of the wild west into their fashion lines, and there’s no reason you shouldn’t too. But don’t pick up the lasso just yet. Remember, you don’t want to go full on cowgirl here. A plaid shirt here, a bolo tie there, some cowboy boots, or embroidered jeans should be enough to send the message.

Bell Bottoms
We know you’re reluctant to part with your skinny jeans, but if you saw Gigi Hadid getting out of her limo in her two piece hot pink skintight leather moto jacket and bellbottom ensemble, you may want to start rethinking your game. So what are the rules for rocking these high fashion flares? Keep shirts to crop length or cinched waist, and get the most from the leg lengthening potential with some block heels or mules, although Converse will also do the trick for a more carefree vibe. Just make sure to keep the toe of the shoe interesting.

Statement Socks
Socks are one of the less expensive ways of making a fashion statement. You may have seen the ultra feminine Prada feather hemmed skirt, paired with knee high soccer socks, or the Gucci’s cruise outing featuring the controversial glittery socks printed with the GG logo. Just pull em high, wear them over tights with metallic pumps or even loafers. Valentino even had his models sliding their striped socks under their T-strap sandals.

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The Going Out Top
Otherwise known as the “Carrie Bradshaw,” the going out top refers to the tube tops, lingerie inspired camisoles, and embellished halter tops of the 2000’s which now seem to be enjoying a resurgence. However, resist the creative urge to reinvent; according to Vogue Market Editor Chelsea Zalopany, it is still a piece best paired with jeans. Although it has undergone controversy for its underwear as outerwear reputation, Zalopany says, “I think just accept and own that the noughties did it right. There’s no shame in an oldie but goodie.”

The Vintage T
The vintage T may just be “the” urban wardrobe statement, which is why it can create such a great foil to the ultra classy, ultra feminine clothing pieces. While you can’t go wrong with a vintage T and denim, with the right touches, the T can be transformed to meet almost any fashion situation. They can be dressed up with a sheer skirt and jacket, placed under a blazer for a power brunch, or paired with a pencil skirt for an out of the box take on an old classic.

Let us know what you’re wearing this weekend! We love to hear it!

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Add Some Sparkle To Your Wardrobe

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There you are looking through the racks at your favorite clothing store for something a bit unusual, something that speaks to you a little more than all of the other stuff. Then, you see it, a few hangers down. Of course, it speaks to you- it sparkles. Every woman is drawn to glittery things! You walk over and pull it off the rack. You love it; the only problem is: how are you going to wear it without looking like you’re going to a bar mitzvah? If you have some sparkly clothes in your wardrobe that are waiting for the right occasion, your wait may be over. Here are some ways you can take sparkle to the streets.

Keep it Classy
A higher neckline is a quick way to earn a few sophistication points when you’re bringing the bling. Avoid revealing necklines on all -over sparkle dresses, and finish your look with black accessories to tone it down a bit.

A Glittery Jacket
The glitter says “fun” the jacket says “style.” Drape a glittery metallic jacket over your shoulders to add a little sparkle without overdoing it.

Sparkly Accents
A twinkle here, a glimmer there. Glittery accessories and accents are always eye-catching and subtle. Try a shiny belt or waistband, or a jeweled neckline to add some fun to a casual look.

Patent Leather
Here’s a no- sequin way to shine. Patent leather boots and jackets always make a statement. A patent moto jacket or knee high boots are great ways to complete your look, day or night.

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Shiny Shoes and Clutch
A shiny bag and clutch are just what you need to take your LBD from day time to night time. Grab a mirrored clutch or rock some killer stilettos to jazz up your all black ensemble.

Darker Metallics
Pewters and coppers tend to look a little more classic than silvers and golds. Show a little skin with a dark gold sequin top paired with a black leather mini for a toned down upgrade.

Jewelry
Shiny metallic necklaces, big glittering earrings, and cocktail rings all contribute to the sparkle factor of an outfit without going overboard. Keep your jewelry box well stocked to keep shine within reach.

Prints
Prints don’t call for over accessorizing, which makes them ideal for wearing embellishment free, for a more streamlined, less cluttered sparkle.

Nudes with sparkles
The nude look is in. Try a nude fabric with sequins and a higher neck to keep the party stylish. Pair with some glitter heels and you’re set.

How are you bringing your sparkle this year? Let us know how you keep it fun without going overboard.

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The Freedom That Comes With Pockets

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The fanny pack, the book bag, the velcro arm band. Women stuff money in their bras, credit cards in their socks, cell phones in the waistband on their sweats. What’s a woman need to do to get a decent pocket around here? For years, ladies and clothing manufacturers have struggled to come up with a comfortable way for women to transport their belongings, while men jackets come with about five different compartments for concealing anything from money to a flask to a weapon. What gives? If you’ve ever wondered why women can achieve the right to vote, but can’t find a pocket on their jeans, here are some of the weird histories behind pockets.

Seventeenth Century
The seventeenth century’s equivalent of the woman’s purse was far from ideal. While men had the luxury of pockets sewn into their garments, women were left to wrap a sack with a string around their wastes and tuck it under her gown, and petticoat, making it extremely hard to access, and not very flattering.

Eighteenth Century
Enter the hip pouch. This device consisted of two sack-like patches attached by strings which could be wrapped around a woman’s waist over her clothes, apron like, acting as two makeshift hanging pockets. These were often elaborately embroidered and could hold anything from cakes to jewelry.

Nineteenth Century
Styles changed in the nineteenth century when the voluminous dress silhouettes were slimmed down into a more Grecian inspired look, leaving no room for pockets. Says Elizabeth Morano, a professor at Parsons School of Design, “Think of the neoclassical dress. It’s straight up and down. The line of the clothes changes completely.”

Enter the purse. The reticule, as it was called was a tiny bag that women carried in their hands. As time went on, these accessories began to become more elegant, and eventually became status symbols, but served no purpose, since they were too small to carry money and most of the money handling was left to the men. Large reticules were frowned upon, as they were considered symbols of working women. Fashion historian Barbara Burman says, “The frustrations and limitations of women’s access to money and ownership of property were neatly mirrored in the restricted scope of their pocket.”

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20th Century
The early 20th century brought the woman’s trouser and with it more complications. While women now had a pocket-friendly clothing item, apparently pockets weren’t friendly to the female silhouette.

So even if the trousers did have pockets, chances were they were so small as to be barely functional. According to a 1954 quote from Christian Dior, “Men have pockets to keep things in, women for decoration.”

The 70’s brought a small wave of relief when menswear inspired pieces came into vogue, with baggy clothes, such as modeled by Diane Keaton as Annie Hall, coming into vogue. However, when the 90’s borough a rise of designer hand bags, we were back to square one, plus low rise pants didn’t help matters much.

21st Century
And now we arrive at the present. Big pockets have been popping up on big dresses on red carpets, but we have yet to see skinny jeans capable of handling an iPhone. What can we do and how much longer must we sacrifice for fashion?

If you have any ideas about a solution to the pocket problem, you may want to get a patent. Let us know your thoughts.

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The Story Of The Little Black Dress

vine vera banner presents The Story Of The Little Black DressIn these days of instant messaging, if a phrase can’t be pared down to three letter, it’s not worth writing. We send each other email that would have been unreadable a mere half century ago bearing letters such as “LOL,” OMG,” “BFF,” and “WTF” to name a few. Could it be that the little black dress was so fashion forward that it foresaw a day in which anything worth its salt would have to be expressed in three letters or less? It seems as if the little black dress, or LBD, has been a staple of the female wardrobe since females had wardrobes. But how much do we really know about the history of woman’s best friend? Let’s take a look at a quick history of a fashion evolution.

“Chanel’s Ford”
While Coco Chanel did not invent the little black dress, it may be accurate to say that she made it ubiquitous. Before the fashion mogul iconized the look, black was strictly relegated to morning as the uniform of the grieving Victorian widow.

According to Coco Chanel: PicardineThe Legend and Life, Picardie, “The little black dress was not formally identified as the shape of the future until 1926 when American Vogue published a drawing of a Chanel design.” The 1926 rendering was described as a “simple, yet elegant sheath in black crepe de Chine, with long, narrow sleeves, worn with a string of white pearls.” Vogue deemed the dress “Chanel’s Ford” because of its marked resemblance to a Model T and deemed it “a sort of uniform for all women of taste.”

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The LBD Marches On
The LBD maintained its popularity throughout the Great Depression for its ability to make women look put together without spending a lot of money. LBDs became a fast favorite in Hollywood with the introduction of Technicolor because the black color was kinder to the eyes than more brightly colored fashion choices. When World War II reared its head, the LBD became the uniform of women in the workplace.

The LBD Takes A HIt
In the conservative 1950’s and early 1960’s, the LBD became the dress your mother warned you about. Apparently, the figure hugging silhouette was a little racy for the times, and women were more likely to choose a powder blue alternative. However, when the 1960’s rock and rolled in, the younger generation gave the fashion staple a modern twist. Enter the LBminiD. However, the more dignified set stuck to the classic sheath, such as the one modeled on the lovely Audrey Hepburn in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”

AOK and Here to Stay
Fast forward a few years and the LBD has seen a few changes. The eighties brought the shoulder pads and peplum and skater skirt versions. It has been paired with everything from heels to combat boots to roller-skates, yet the flattering color and versatility have made it indispensable to every generation. Short or long, sleeveless or strappy, the LBD will always have a place in every woman’s heart and wardrobe.

What’s your favorite thing about the LBD? It’s versatility, raciness, ability to hide stains? Let us know why your LBD is your BFF.

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Fall for Autumn Fashion

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“Women must be colorful inside and out.” This is what designer Gudrun Sjoden replied when asked why she chose to use such a brilliant array of colors in her latest fashion line.

It was all about comfort, style, and anything go at this fashion show. Dresses and skirts were worn layered over color coordinated pants. Knee high stocking and socks offered alternatives to the constraints of pantyhose, and there were no such things as unmatching colors or bad print combinations. No season was out of season. Loose fitting clothes freed the body and graphic designs freed the mind. It was a utopia of fashion and an ideal vision of the future. Here’s a look at the Gudrun Sjoden fashion show from the inside.

The Setting
The stage is set at the Swedish Residence on Park Avenue at 64th Street. The temperature, a scorching 92 degrees, and its still morning. The occasion, the unveiling of designer Gudrun Sjoden’s summer ’17 collection. The runway, a multicolored striped rug in the hotel lobby. The clothes, eclectic cutting edge, bohemian. The message: freedom.

The Designer
Gudrun Sjoden has been creating a clothing line for women for over 40 years. But not just any woman. No supermodels grace this runway. Sjoden chooses women who represent the message of her clothing line. Water activist and former Miss Africa Georgie Biel and model turned actress Angel Pai model the brightly colored hand painted designs and eco-friendly fabrics that are the hallmarks of Sjoden’s collection.

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The Look
Patterns were in abundance in this display. Sjoden employs a technique called Ikat weave and indigo dying, in addition to her geometrical zigzags, and circles.There was no shortage of rich fabrics and embroidery and the designer’s preference for roses and stripes was clear. However, despite the profusion of show-stopping fashion, most stunning, perhaps, is the fact that 93% of Gudrun’s garments are made from sustainable materials. Says she, “This year, we are celebrating 25 years of organic cotton production in Greece.”

The Influence
Where does Sjoden’s inspiration come from? “While designing this collection, we visited India to explore the traditional crafts techniques for dying, using indigo and rose madder red. This craft combined with an earlier trip to Lisbon with its tiled walls, went on to inspire the autumn collection.” the designer revealed.

The Lowdown
S Joden’s first store opened in Stockholm, Sweden in 1976. Her concept of designing colorful comfortable clothes with Nordic influences in natural materials continue to dominate her collection. Her clothes are available through her catalog and website in markets including Germany, the US, and the UK.

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