Thursday, 24 December 2020

Jenna's Eye Candy, Behind the Design Video

 I just got the pop of color and inspiration I needed from J. Crew with this month's Jenna's Picks or Jenna's Eye Candy.  I love the focus on accessories.  Because I am not quite ready to depart from all the fabulous Fall/Winter clothing pieces, this is a nice departure to get me thinking and hoping Spring will come soon.

From those picks, I really like these Alecia suede platform peep-toes shown here in Paris Pink @ 4265.  I also love the simplicity and understated glamour of the Crystal glamour bracelet at $70.  

I was also thrilled to see the mini-video Behind the Design with Jenna previewing the inspiration for the 2010 collection.  Love the nude tonal play and just the sweet feminine look of this collection.  She also mentions that they are still loving the "piling" and layering of jewelry saying "go big or go home!"  I am down with that.  You have seen my recent jewelry loves and I am moving right in that direction.

Lastly, the 2010 February Catalog is now online!  Good night for now...too much to say and too little time!

CFDA/Vogue "Fashion Fund" Award Recipients

 The 2013  CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund was iso great to watch on the Ovation network.  Somewhere along the way I missed the crucial finish line covered in the last couple of episodes so not sure what happened on that end, but thank God for social media! 

I love how these designers mixed in representing fashion clothing and/or across accessories are assigned to meet with some of the industry's best and brightest obviously including Anna Wintour, DVF, and this year Jenna Lyons was selected as one of the judges.  You can go to to see the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Video Series/episodes.

Women's Wear by Public School

2013 Winners Dao-Yi Chow & Maxwell Osborne of Public School are "too cool for school!" and I mean that in the best way possible.  The clean, almost architectural lines are impeccable - see their first Women's Wear Collections. I love the edginess which almost makes traditional corporate wear a thing of the past.  I would at least say, "let's not go back" as there is a new, inventive, edgy, and fresh approach to Women's Wear in town! There is a major twist, to say the least.  I would have thoroughly loved to wear some of these outfits during my ad agency days. 

The Fashion Fund has really become the launchpad for major designers - Alexander Wang, Rodarte, Rag & Bone, and so many more talents have come up through the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund ranks. Every major designer within the past 10 years has likely gone through this program.  Anna Wintour has provided the kind of support a designer could only previously dream about.  To make it to this prestigious contest - hundreds of designers apply and only 10 are selected to compete in the Fashion Fund.  This year (2013) Jenna Lyons was one of the prestigious judges that not only mentored these designers but gave them real-life interpretations of how their pieces may or may not be relevant to consumers.

This particular season was fun to watch because for the most part, they were all pretty green, meaning that they were not yet forged ahead as brands.  I love to see the process evolving from each of the designers whether they are a pair designing men's clothing or a designer representing jewelry which can be very difficult to break through from an accessories standpoint.

Marc Alary for J. Crew Kissing Birds

On June 13th in NYC,  there was a cocktail reception for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Award Recipients.  As I noted above, Jenna Lyons was a host so it was neat seeing her not only judging throughout the process but also again in the final stages of announcing the winners.  J. Crew collaborates with award recipients and then their product is featured in their StyleGuide, in-store and of course online.  

For example, 2013 runner-up Marc Alary's enchanting little jewelry pieces were favorites of mine and I purchased the 'Kissing Birds' bracelet through J. Crew.  I find his pieces to represent a little whimsy, but not so much - a little romantic too.

This competition prepares them for how they will present for Fashion Week.  They get that first rush in the spotlight and present to the judges and the people that make the fashion industry tick.  These talented designers are fortunate to get exposure to the most important people in this industry and they get raw feedback through the FashionFund.  It is amazing to see them transform throughout the process.  They are all brilliant.

See the "10 Things You Will Want To Buy From the New CVFF x J. Crew Collaborations: Public School, Marc Alary, and Juan Carlos Obando" by Alessandra Codinha

I adore the fluidity of Juan Carlos Obando's work who was also a 2013 runner-up.  The movement and draping of his work seem romantic, but also contemporary. His work is sensual and let's face it, all women want to feel beautiful in their clothing. Obando's work is the pinnacle of femininity.

Whether you are an artist, a fashion enthusiast, will love the competition and coverage of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund.  Over the last ten years, this competition has set the course for designers to take flight in one of the hardest industries to break through, period.

And to this, I say, "Cheers to you all!"

Dolce & Gabbana in Capri - Spectacular Imagery Emerges Through Social Media

 Nothing says summer like Dolce & Gabbana and if you were part of the lucky group of editors, high rollers or buyers, then you have whisked away to a "secret Cove off the Italian island" of Capri where you got a private viewing of what the luxury fashion house calls "Alta Moda" as part of the "haute couture collection", from I often dream of Capri or others that may look similar, though they don't compare to this beautiful refuge of rocks, crashing waves, and jet-setting celebrities.  So, I'm not surprised D&G picked this magical island to preview such luxury in their haute couture show.  

Huff Post online also said that their Capri Fashion Show "was even stunning on Twitter." @voguemagazine That @dolcegabbana #AltaModa show was absolutely enchanted:  @hamishbowles.  And enchanted it was with bold celebratory colors fit for a queen where the model's dramatic entrance was topped with a crown as shown left.

This coastal wonderland would seem fitting with each detail carefully arrayed on floral fabrics only bold enough to take note against Capri's beauty.

I also love the floral accessories from head to toe with draping earrings and stunning white peonies against a model's cheek (right).

Other social feeds such as Instagram boasted the all Italy-themed looks.  Harper's Bazaar UK  shared this gorgeous backdrop with "Alta Moda" extending into the boat.  This kind of show really transports the viewer into something special.  Maybe it is the feel of old Italy and definitely grand with color and design; something only Dolce & Gabbana can do so dramatically.

French Vogue captured @Nadja Bender in @dolcegabbana #AltaModa show.  The photos on Twitter almost reflect the graininess one would expect to see with such a scene and Italian-esque models.  The detail across the sleeves of this red striped dress is stunning; each applied with vision and clarity to catch the beauty of some of the world's most beautiful flowers.

One thing is for sure, most of us would never be near such a fashion event, but the social media coverage spawned remarkable photos of this Capri Runway show and they are nothing short of spectacular.  I felt, if even for a moment that I was there in Italy and in all its glory.


Fashion Trending...My Favorite Trends for Fall '14!

Obviously, there are numerous lists covering fashion trends for Fall each year so let's just say I've selected my very favorite.

Fashion Trending...My Favorite Trends for Fall '14!

Fall is my favorite time of year as it relates to the wardrobe.  For those of us that live in the Midwest, it seems like a short window, but we get the cooler weather days, falling leaves, and some warmer days as we'd refer to as Indian summer.  I'll take them all! I only wish that we could swap that extra month of Winter and stick it into Fall!  I really love classic trends so swapping out warm weather months to Fall clothing is one of those things I get excited to do.  Endless sweaters, pea coats, tweeds in either pants or jackets are just a few of those classics I love year after year.  But this Fall/Winter season brings some unexpected surprises with so many nods to classic and wearable clothing.

Color Solutions International - Fall '14 FASHION


Color planning and inspirations range from brights to soft neutrals.  The Pantone Colors lean brightly.  I also check the Color Solutions International "SNOOPS" which categories color themes from the runway as following for both men and women Fall/Winter '14:

with radiant orchid being my favorite.

  • Brights
  • Highlighter Brights
  • Jewels
  • Industrials
  • Neutrals
  • Romantics
  • Soft

So with a little planning of your older classics and some in with the new, it will be Fall fashion time before you know it. The neutrals are beautiful and I think pulling in a combination of both bright and neutrals will be a refreshing change from my typical Fall colors in my wardrobe.

My Favorite Trends for Fall/Winter 2014:

1. Gray is the New Black

On the street with Bill Cunningham (NY), "Gray is the new black."

For those that don't know, Bill Cunningham is a revered fashion photographer who captures trends from runway shows to the streets of New York City. I love this particular street video on gray because it is everywhere! I don't think I'll ever tire of having black as a go-to color in my wardrobe, but it is great to see gray so prevalent particularly in NYC where so many people also turn to black this time of year!  Here are some of his great fashion videos through the New York Times online.

2.  Classic Coats

Elle's Top 75 Best Coats from NY Fashion Week - Fall'14

A beautiful coat is an asset to any Fall wardrobe and frankly, I'd rather invest in one that is classic both in style in color so you may get many years out of it.  Camel coats are always a good choice and neutral tan/camel color will move from season to season.  Elle has a great list of the top 75 coats from NY fashion week with everything from long camel coats to a beautiful wrap coat with brighter colors woven in.  I'd definitely recommend a more neutral color is you don't want to invest in more than one coat.  The key trend for style this season is all about the wrap coat.

2.  More Than Just Sweaters - Wearable, Soft Knits

Another trend from Elle's shortlist previewed knits being more than just a sweater.  Consider knit 

Derek Lam/Photo through Harper's Bazaar

 coats, pants, and multiple layers of knits on for one outfit.  I personally love this one not only for the comfort, but it takes knits to a whole new level of style; which is not uncomfortable or stodgy.  I love Derek Lam's cool, minimalist vibe, sometimes the trend actually represents the designer in so many ways.  I love the layering of these pieces, the softness, and the easiness of the cut.  This is a trend that just about everyone can take on with minimal investment.  

3.  Sneakers

Sneakers are a popular staple this Fall; from the runway to retail.  Chanel has shown them and also DKNY.  I love this and J. Crew's "borrowed from the boys" look has come full circle.  I hope this trend sticks around so our high-heeled feet can take a rest! Vans for J. Crew offers these sleek slip-on, but they are currently back-ordered so you can go online and click your size to see the estimated time for availability.  I personally like the minimalist look for sneakers unless I'm heading to the gym!

4.  Mod - the 60s Return 

Without showing my age ;), the mod is back and I love it from cropped dresses and skirts to wildly graphic colors!  Mod not only popped up on the NY runway but European as well. featured this new hip look for Fall and not just with the mid/mini skirt, but the over the knee boots as well.  I can see mixing and matching with this trend but personally wouldn't go with a full-on 60's look. I do love the bright colors that are showing up this season.

5.  Boots, boots, and more boots!

I love that this Fall/Winter brings on boots in every shape, heel height, color; my personal favs for this season are over the knee.  I'd love a shiny black patent tall boot to dress up any outfit.

And boots look great on all women so you really can't go wrong.  My only recommendation if you are planning to make an investment for designer boots, go to to where they have been popping up at a discounted price.

6. It's All in the Details

This season brings beautiful dresses, skirts and 

even coats with very ornate beading, sequins, threading - and married with amazing jewel-tones.  These are definitely investment pieces and very trendy, but like all trends, it will come 'round again so keep these luxuries for the long-haul.  This gorgeous Mary Katrantzou Fall/Winter 2014 piece is just stunning.

And to the left is another Katrantzou number in an evening gown length.  This one is almost too beautiful to take out of the house! It has a slightly bohemian vibe and her work is just so beautiful and intricate.

7. The Suit

This is a great season to update a suit.  And with gray being the new black, I would consider this as well.  High-end, Giorgio Armani presented what I would describe as a more modern suit, but still has the wear of a classic.  The fuller pant with single-button jackets is beautiful.  I always love a beautiful suit and this one by Armani has a femininity to it, less structured, softer fabrics.

The Dior suit is beautiful, almost has a sheen to it.  The great thing with each of these suits is being able to wear a wilder accessory be it a handbag or shoes.

8.  Rich Tapestry

We are seeing a lot of tapestries whether it is in a skirt, blouse, jacket or all three together.  I purchased a gorgeous tapestry coat several years ago through Nordstrom.  At that time I received so many compliments so I will be pulling that beauty again!  It is another one of those trends with so much detail.  I love this Etro ensemble and the rich burgundy is amazing.  I love that this is head to toe, but each piece could be paired into different outfits.

9.  Anything Goes

I am a Michael Kors fan and he followed the Fall trends and orchestrated them beautifully without being too ornate.  This knit sweater, unstructured and lose pants along with it all being monochromatic gray! It's a triple play and I think Kor's aesthetic is easy but sophisticated. This collection has to be pretty appealing to a variety of women.

10. Expecting the Unexpected

The color wheel takes some of the most dramatic offerings I've seen in a while, such as pink.  I personally love pink with a very soft hue.  This Valentino dress is so feminine and girly to which I'd never expect for Fall! And pairing it with a boot no less!  This is totally monochromatic without feeling "matchy, matchy!"

So many choices, so many different color palettes, so many cuts from clean lines to wild shearling coats!  I really like that so many of these design houses are adding practicality to fashion so it is more wearable to the average woman.  Like any season, decide which trends you are missing or where you can add without blowing the bank.  If you're going for the wild, shearling coat then cheers to you, but I think my closet might only have one - forever!

Cheers to all and please share your favorite hits and misses!

Happy Spring!

 Hello to my wonderful followers, some new and some that have been there since the start of my blog called a little"crew"zy.  I've been disconnected for awhile having gone through several surgeries mostly due to old sports injuries, but were exacerbated by my osteoarthritis. We all get some hard knocks and it seemed like mine were on a major role particularly with my health. In the middle of these serious surgeries, my executive role was eliminated along with many of my marketing staff due to a company-wide consolidation.  There are far worse challenges, but it has been rough.

So on to my guilty pleasure...I've always loved fashion and design so I'm anxious to get back into my social media writing and sharing. Your comments and questions along the way have made it even more fun for me to blog.  For my new followers, here is a quick description of how/why my blog a little"crew"zy started. I have a passion for all things J. The crew which is how the actual name came to be, but I love all kinds of fashion with the changing trends from season-to-season, color, textiles, aesthetics, and the creativity needed by so many talented designers of clothing, accessories, shoes, beauty products and so on.  I've adored all these things since I was little. 

The arts be it fashion, design, music or dance has the power to open and inspire the mind, lend creativity, and spread joy across the world.  So thanks for hanging with me and I look forward to sharing with you again soon!

Marking the Day

  I mentioned last week that the 23rd marks one year since my grandmother passed away.  I’m spending tomorrow with family.  Since I usually ...