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Exploring Femininity With Fashion at the New Orleans Museum of Art

When fashion curator Sofia Hedman first assembled A Queen Within: Adorned Archetypes” in St. Louis in 2013, she did so with a psychological approach typical to her exhibitions. But now, as a revamped version of the largely avant-garde presentation opens this week at the New Orleans Museum of Art, Hedmans vision has shifted, along with the collective zeitgeist.
One thing Ive learned in the past five years is how politically aware people are today,” explains Hedman, who holds a BA in psychology from Stockholm University. We wanted now to do something that is quite contemporary and touches on pressing issues such as sustainability, race and inclusivity.”
Comprised of over 100 gowns, shoes, headpieces and jewelry from more than 50 renowned and up-and-coming designers, the museums first fashion exhibition explores how pieces of bold couture” can illustrate various forms of femininity. Iconic pieces from Alexander McQueen, Comme des Garons and Gucci stand alongside works of photography, sculpture and art including experimental video from South African designer Rich Mnisi.
Masterfully presenting these lofty concepts has become the norm for Hedman, who in 2010 acted as London-based archivist for The Metropolitan Museum of Arts Costume Institute exhibit Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty.”
Hedman, who describes New Orleans as bubbling with creativity and culture,” understands the many layers of symbolism may not reach each visitor of the collection, which is open through May. Instead, her hope is that people see it as a celebration of femininity, but also makes people think about their own lives and how they dress every morning.”

This is the most admired fashion brand in the world

The athleticwear giant has long been the gold standard for professional athletes and weekend warriors alike, but its push to dress Instagram influencers and celeb street style stars has expanded the swooshs reach. Just try and walk through the grocery store without spotting a pair of Nike kicks within the first five minutes. Impossible.
A model presents a wedding dress by designer Elie Saab
Since 1997, Fortune has compiled its annual list of Worlds Most Admired Companies, and while Nike landed first place in the Apparel category (ranked #16 overall), the very top three Most Admired were dominated by the tech sector. Apple, Amazon and Alphabet (Googles parent company) took the podium for first, second and third place respectively. And its no surprise, really. Most have used all three of those products at some point. Heck, maybe you Googled buy new towels” on your iPhone and ordered a set on Amazon Prime while sipping a caramel macchiato from Starbucks (it ranked #5 overall).
In terms of style, runners up included Nordstrom (ranked #28 overall), followed by Target (#38) and Adidas (#42). If youre looking for proof that the whole athleisure trend isnt wavering, let this be it.
In order to evaluate the most respected companies (which span over 52 different industries from Apparel to Internet Services, Food Services to Airlines, and more), Fortune partnered with global management consulting firm Korn Ferry to create a panel of 3,900 executives, directors and analysts. The experts were tasked with ranking companies from investment value and quality of management and products to social responsibility and ability to attract talent.”
Being recognized as a Most Admired company is likely just another drop in the bucket for mega brands like Nike, but they probably still appreciate it. Whatever sells more Air Force 1s, right?

Melania Trump Wears MAGA Red for Christmas Season

First Lady Melania Trump has kept her Christmas wardrobe in the color-theme of her husbands historic populist campaign: Make American Great Again red.
All season long, Melania has opted for fashions dipped in rich reds that complement her Eastern European features and tan skin complexion, while matching the now internationally recognized Make American Great Again” baseball caps that became the signature political statement of President Trumps 2016 presidential election.
For the White House Christmas tree lighting ceremony, Melania chose a red tweed Chanel coat with pointed nude Christian Louboutin stilettos. This was only the second time the First Lady had worn a design by Chanel creative director Karl Lagerfeld.
On Christmas Eve, Melania wore a bright red coat-dress with Manolo Blahnik stilettos to sit with President Trump at Mar-A-Lago to call American children to help track Santa. Melanias red coat matched perfectly with ornaments on the Christmas tree behind her, as well as the red flowers that sat in vases next to her.
For Christmas Eve mass, Melania changed it up, arriving at the church in a subtle black Erdem a-line dress with silver embellishments along her hips to accentuate her waist, along with a v-neckline.

Jane Fondas Stylist Breaks Down Her Most Trailblazing Fashion Looks

With every year, the Oscar winner—who turns the big 8-0 Thursday—manages to up her fashion game. And according to her stylist, Tanya Gill, she wont be retiring her rainbow brites or cutouts anytime soon.
Jane Fondas Stylist Breaks Down Her Most Trailblazing Fashion Looks
When I style Jane, her age isnt even a part of the equation,” says Gill, who has dressed the actress since 2010. She epitomizes the modern woman and nothing she wears ever really dates for that reason. Its always more about what will suit her personality.”
Though shes been walking red carpets for over five decades, Gill says that Fonda is still always willing to try something new in their fittings. She has such great instincts,” says Gill. Her choices reflect her boldness. Thats why she likes to embrace so many different colors and styles—its a way to show who she is.”
Fonda made major fashion waves this year alone, literally stealing the show at LOreals fashion presentation in Paris this fall by walking the runway in a sexy, suede tiger-print Balmain gown—and pulling it off better than most 20-somethings we know.
Oh, Jane loved that dress,” recalls Gill. We got it sent over in a sample size and it fit her perfectly, like boom. We just zipped her up in the back and she put on some boots to go with it. Honestly, that was it!”
And its that effortless spirit that has made the stars style so iconic. From her smoldering Balmain emerald green jumpsuit at the 2015 Grammys to her Barbie pink Brandon Maxwell column at the 2017 Emmys, Fonda leaves no fashion stone unturned. Shes a trailblazer in many aspects of her life,” adds Gill. So it kind of figures that she also pushes boundaries of the red carpet.”
Happy 80th Birthday, Jane! Keep scrolling to see her best looks of all-time, and get inspired by one of the best trailblazers in the business.

The Fashion Week Report

In this special two-part series, we meet international visionaries on a professional pilgrimage to the banks of the river Seine in hopes of making a mark on the global industry. Previously, we checked the state of runway presentations and encountered fashion and jewelry designers opting for private showrooms to attract buyers and press. Its time to explore streetstyle matters, complexities of doing business globally and find out why – when it comes to fashion – Paris is in a league all its own.
Meghan Markle - fashion evolution
Within less than a decade street style” has evolved from an editorial curiosity associated with the likes of the late Bill Cunningham to an industry phenomenon generating incomes, employment and headlines. Today every major fashion media outlet has a separate streetstyle section with dedicated staff and exclusive content: Vogue, GQ, Who What Wear, etc. Any developing business encounters turbulence. This season, a group of streetstyle photographers with the combined digital clout of three million followers launched a viral #NoFreePhotos campaign. Their union-like protest rocked the circuit. However, Paris draws dreamers determined to succeed. The rules of the game adapt as quickly as its challenges. So Paulo based fashion photographer Joo Valentino has come on an assignment for Emille Carmo, an influencer from Goinia, Brazil.
One of the definitive highlights of this seasons Paris fashion week was the inaugural Paris Fashion Law & Innovation Conference held at Lafayette Plug and Play, a co-working hub focused on fashion tech startups. Co-sponsored by the Federal Bar Association and the French American Bar Association, it brought together specialists working across the industry from runway production to social media. It was first launched four years ago in New York by Olivera Medenica who recognized the challenge of brand representation within rapidly evolving post-globalized legal frameworks. Designers can ship goods to 100+ countries, but can they navigate 100+ labor, advertising, and licensing code nuances?! Panelist Marie Eger, in-house intellectual property counsel for Maus Frres SA representing Lacoste, Gant and Aigle reflected on the increasingly complex clearance agreements as designers collaborate with multiple artists across the entire span of the production process.

These Female Fashion Entrepreneurs Are Changing the Way We Shop

Though at the upper levels of the industry, fashion is still a male-dominated business, it feels like many of the most noteworthy innovations in recent memory have come from women (which you know we're here for!). Female entrepreneurs have been out there making the change they—and customers—want to see happen: Just recently we saw the big breaks of companies like Premme (a clothing line launched by bloggers Nicolette Mason and Gabi Gregg that makes legitimately stylish statement pieces in plus sizes), Fashion Tech Lab (an institution focused on innovating the sustainability space launched by fashion force Miroslava Duma), and Anti Agency (Lucy Greene and Pandora Lennards modeling agency made up of a cool, downtown crew that arent models by trade). Out of all the thriving companies on our radar, there are three that stand out: The Modist, 11 Honor, and Stitch Fix. They each target demographics that have been ignored in retail and aim to elicit a culture change in the industry—a shift we've seen overall as of late. Ghizlan Guenez started The Modist after years of not having a place to go to shop for modest clothing; Kathryn Retzer grew frustrated that designers weren't making bigger sizes due to no retail outlet buying them and started 11 Honor (alongside cofounder Patrick Herning) to do just that; and things are booming for Katrina Lake at Stitch Fix, where they make shopping a highly personal experience via customized subscription boxes.
Trumpet/Mermaid Sleeveless Off-the-Shoulder Beading Satin Court Train Dresses
After spending 13 years working in finance, Ghizlan Guenez felt a calling to launch her own fashion retail platform. Sure, that seems like a broad stroke, but for her—a Muslim woman—getting dressed presented a daily challenge: The Modist came from a genuine and authentic place,” she says, noting how it was hard to piece together modest styles for the office. I always shopped in a fragmented way. I curated pieces that worked within the brands I love.” The Modist now offers pieces that fill that void, from luxury brands like Marni and Ellery, all in one place. Think of it as the for modest women…

I Wore Flats to a Wedding and I'm Never Going Back

We've all got our fashion scars. For some it's a tragic trend that lives on in yearbook photos. Others were called four-eyes through their adolescence. For me, it used to be flats. But not just any flats — fancy flats. Standing 5'11" by my sophomore year of high school, I never felt comfortable in the stacked platforms and skinny stilettos my shorter friends collected. So I wore flat sandals to homecoming, a ballet slipper to my cousin's bar mitzvah, and (gasp!) kitten heels to prom. I was feeling wild that day.
So now that I feel comfortable in my skin — all five feet and 11 inches of it — I wear heels every occasion I get. Something about them makes me feel special like no flat can. So when it came time to walk down the aisle, albeit as a bridesmaid, I logged on for a digital heel hunt. And then the craziest thing happened. I clicked on, ordered, and wore a pair of fancy flats to my best friend's wedding. Here's why I'm glad I did . . . and am never going back.
The Venue
Turns out it's a pretty lousy idea to wear stilettos to a beach wedding, as a few of my friends found out the difficult way. The same goes for an outdoor ceremony on a lawn or — if we're being honest — any slippery surface (like, say, an aisle). Of course wedges are an option, but I find those can feel (and sound) a little heavy. So when I stepped onto the soft sand of Montauk, NY, in my rose-gold sandals, my feet felt like a day at the beach.
The Comfort
I have never made it through an entire wedding in whatever heels I arrived in (as candid dance floor photos can attest). At my friend's wedding at New York's Plaza Hotel, a pair of cage sandals left me barefoot and praising the powers that be that my gown was long enough to cover my feet. Not so with flats. I made it each step of the way right into the after-party without so much as a single Band-Aid.

What Youll be Wearing Next Season

Florals. For Spring. Ground-breaking, we know, but Alexander McQueen, Giambattista Valli, Johanna Ortiz and Miu Miu presented compelling cases for revisiting the old seasonal favourite. Sometimes we just want to look pretty.
Christian Dior Spring '18
For those days when we dont, behold the new bad-good-taste. Demna Gvasalia, were looking at your clunky tartans and dollar-bill prints for Balenciaga…
Talking of bad taste: platform Crocs! If you cant afford Balenciagas bejewelled version, regular Crocs now have fashions tick of approval. Yep, its the new ugly-hot shoe. Unless you prefer Saint Laurents yeti boots?
More bad/good? PVC, though it pains me to say it (lets just say its far from an environmentally friendly material), is back. Karl splashed it across the Chanel runway in the form of rain-proof accessories (long clear boots!). Expect the chain store copies. And sweaty toes.
The most wearable trend actually has its roots in the inaccessible. Fashions weird like that. Some of the most serious designers (for example Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen) flexed their couture-standard pattern cutting muscles to deconstruct tailoring on a grand scale. But the trend has already filtered down in the form of tricked up shirting. Or simply tie your jacket around your chest to make a bustier, Sacai-style.
Even simpler? Throw on a shiny thing. Yay! Who doesnt love shiny things? Metallics, sequins, lurex… its glamour 101. Pop Christian Diors sparkly prom dresses on your mood board. Or pretty much any outfit from Balmain.


MATTEAU SWIM: What was the one item that propelled Matteau into the limelight? "Our Petite Triangle top(pictured) has definitely been the centre of our core range. It has a great shape and above all else is a comfortable, flattering top that can be paired with any of the briefs we offer. " What was the inspiration behind this piece? "When Ilona and I started developing Matteau in 2012, the Petite Triangle and Classic Brief were the first styles that we really focused on—this was a bikini that Ilona had been searching for and we saw a real opportunity here, as no one was really doing pared back, understated swimwear. We wanted to create the equivalent of jeans and t-shirt” for the beach."
There are lots of women who love the Petite Triangle top, including Martha Hunt, Julia Stegner, Elsa Hosk, Georgia Fowler, Laura Harrier, Sarah Ellen, Roberta Pecoraro, Jessica Gomes, Elyse Taylor; but equally as valuable are the customers who email us on a daily basis who are so thrilled to find a suit they love and that fits and they feel connected to the brand." What are you predicting to be your next big item? "Our Resort '17/'18 collection (pictured) will feature new pieces that we have adapted from our existing blocks and include a beautiful ring detail and contrast stitch. We wanted to take elements of Ready To Wear into our swim pieces."
Why do you think this item did so well for you? "I think the fact that the combined influences of art and nature mixed with my minimal aesthetic of giving everything a high polish finish, makes them a modern and minimal statement. They are a talking piece and each pair is handcrafted to order by my team and I, making them unique to each owner." What are you predicting to be your next big item? "The Fauve earrings (pictured) or the Pescado earrings from my new collection Femme, in stores August."

Kyle defends Imogen from Fashion Week 'bully'

Kyle Sandilands has defended his girlfriend Imogen Anthony, after a scathing column was published about her following her various appearances at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Sydney.
Speaking on his KIIS FM breakfast radio show on Monday morning, the 45-year-old shock jock hit back at Sydney Morning Herald journalist Andrew Hornery, calling him a "bully" after he suggested Imogen was a "nobody who ambushed Australia's most prestigious fashion event".
"What a hater this clown is," he added, suggesting Andrew had targeted Imogen because she wouldn't reply to his "snarky" comments on Instagram over the past 12 months.
In his column, the Fairfax journalist took a swipe at Imogen's statement outfits at Fashion Week, and also said Imogen's "greatest claim to fame is that she dates radio's King of the Kids, middle-aged shock jock Kyle Sandilands".
He also suggested that Imogen had a "diva routine", especially when she was asked to move from the front row to the fifth at a particular show.
In response Kyle said: "I cant understand why journalists give any opinion on fashion. I dont even know why hes commenting.
Revealing Imogen had then received a phone call about a crisis at their farm, Kyle said his girlfriend left the event promptly (rather than "storming off" as the journalist implied), but mistakenly left her purse behind.
"There were no expletives," he said of Imogen's exit, before claiming Andrew "rifled through her bag".
Directing his comments straight at Andrew, Kyle then said: "You're a no one.
Over the weekend Imogen also hit back at her critic, saying she doesn't appreciate the "little sprinkle of self doubt and anxiety" thrown her way, whether it's with comments about about her style or the fact that she's dating someone 19 years her senior.

New exhibition showcases the unique style of Diana

There are loads of movie stars and celebrities, but there will be only one Diana.” This quote, by Elizabeth Emanuel, who designed Dianas wedding gown, is the first thing you see at the entrance to the new exhibition Diana: Her Fashion Story at Kensington Palace.
The strapless gown by Regamus worn by Diana in 1979. Picture: SuppliedIt perfectly sums up why youve just queued 45 minutes to get in, along with hundreds of other 40-plus women from all over the world. The three valiant husbands who accompanied them should be commended for their commitment. Such is the draw of Diana, 20 years after her death.
Housed inside Kensington Palace, which was the Princess of Wales home from her marriage in 1981 to her death in 1997, its all the more poignant for knowing she walked the floors of the beautiful apartments and brought the historic halls to life with her vitality and glamour.
Even though its now home to another royal whose fashion choices are dissected the world over — Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, lives here with Prince William - you cannot walk past the gates of Kensington Palace and not think of the sea of flowers laid there after that fateful news on August 31, 1997. Its little wonder Catherines sartorial choices, for herself and her children, so often echo those of her mother-in-law.
Fast-forward to 1987 to a blue silk chiffon evening gown by Catherine Walker, worn at Cannes, and you can see the same idea, evolving into something much more sophisticated.
The stories behind each item are fascinating – the pale pink chiffon blouse by Emanuel in 1981, which was provided for Lady Diana by Vogue when she was photographed by Lord Snowden for the magazine as an upcoming beauty”. The publication coincided with her engagement to Prince Charles, and Diana-hysteria was born. Lady Di blouses” promptly sold out.

Jesinta Campbell chats beauty, fashion and Buddy

MODEL, author and the face of Olay Total Effects Jesinta Franklin chats beauty, fashion and settling into marriage with Swans star Buddy Franklin.
The hardest working item in my wardrobe is … a black pair of ripped jeans. You can dress them up or down and theyre a good wardrobe staple. I am wearing my tan gladiator Valentino studded sandals to death at the moment too.
My most recent purchase was … a pink Saint Laurent T-shirt from David Jones.
Three items every woman should own are … a good handbag, a hydrating night cream and some good-quality sheets.
I have more shoes than bags ... because I like to invest in a really good bag and find the right one. I always look for something different, I dont buy the same style of handbag over and over again.
My ultimate skincare saviour is … Olay Total Effects moisturiser/BB cream. I dont pack make-up when I am on holidays but this product is perfect if you feel like you want something a little bit more than just your moisturiser, with a hint of extra coverage without being too much.
Being married is different because ... I didnt think getting married would change much as we are already so close, however, it does feel different. Its hard to put into words but you feel like an invincible little team all on your own. We have found a new strength in being husband and wife, its a really special feeling.
Im currently binge watching … Stranger Things and The People v OJ Simpson. We also recently finished The Night Manager, which was really great. We need another series to get stuck into.
Im Instagram stalking …
Im obsessed with my girlfriends Instagram page ITSNOWCOOL. She captures and empowers women through her photography and promotes a strong, fit, happy girl. I love it and am so proud of her work.

This Was The Most Diverse Fashion Month On Record

The Fashion Spot's seasonal rundown of runway diversity during Fashion Month came with some hopeful news — and some very apparent room for improvement.
Sheath/Column Sleeveless V-neck Net Applique Sweep/Brush Train Dresses
Fall '17 saw more women of color cast in shows and presentations than ever before: 27.9% — up 2.5% from the previous season, according to the latest report. To arrive at these figures, The Fashion Spot looked at the castings for 241 events in New York, London, Milan, and Paris. It found that every city, save for New York, broke its own record for diversity: 28.4% of the models that walked in London were nonwhite, as were 25.9% and 23.8% of those in Paris and Milan, respectively. Not to say the American fashion capital didn't make any strides in terms of inclusivity this season: According the the latest Diversity Report, every single NYFW designer cast at least one model of color this season — a first for any of the cities. Plus, all of the fall '17 shows highlighted by the site for their diverse casting were in the Big Apple. (Gypsy Sport, named #1 in terms of diversity with 87% models of color, is pictured.)
The Fashion Spot tallies the model lineups of designers across Fashion Month cities provide a foundation (and some context) for how we talk about inclusivity in the industry. These are still relatively small increments, but the site noted that they represent pretty notable strides for cities notoriously lack diversity — especially considering the drama that unfolded after casting director James Scully accused a number of French labels of discriminating against models this season. Plus, it doesn't mean the work is done in terms of holding designers accountable: Even in 2017, brands like Junya Watanabe, Undercover, and Trussardi didn't cast a single model of color for fall — which, unfortunately, isn't a new trend.
While some strides were made in the fall '17 season, The Fashion Spot's latest report makes some gaps in representation glaringly apparent. "We're still seeing tokenism and we're not yet seeing widespread acceptance of models across categories — models of various sizes, ages, races and gender identities," Sara Ziff, founder of The Model Alliance, told the site. So, the industry can take a (brief) moment to acknowledge the progress it's made — and then get right back to working towards even more progress.

A Dance Club Is Banning Deplorable Dresses

Teens are taking a nightclub to task after owners attempted to put in place a dress code asking women to keep it neat and discreet” due to the deplorable dresses” at the last event.
A-Line/Princess Sleeveless Beading Tulle Floor-Length Floor-Length Dresses
A representative for the Fusion Ball Kilkenny in Southern Ireland shared on Facebook a strongly worded post asking for knee length dresses with NO PLUNGING NECKLINE.” It went a step further with photos of dresses from Boohoo and PrettyLittleThing emblazoned with a large NO.” Commenters have taken over the clubs Facebook page with accusations of sexism and misogyny.
Disgusting that girls are being penalised for having boobs and legs,” wrote commenter Aiofe Lazenby. I called the 1800s to see if I could borrow a suitable frock for the event but they arent picking up. Shame,” joked Lila Naples. In the process, each angry commenter is leaving a one-star review on the club. Theyve received 251 one-star reviews so far, jacking the clubs numbers all the way down to 1.5 stars overall so far.
Some commenters agree that the club has a right to place a dress code, but take issue with the sexist wording of the post. Youre more then entitled to place a dress code on an event youre throwing, but the wording of your post is extremely problematic and promotes shaming female bodies,” wrote Erin Donnelly. Its a mark of this generation of women that they know how they deserve to be treated, and it doesnt involve the word deplorable.”
The club attempted to stem the flow of anger by reminding commenters that men also have to ascribe to a dress code of Suit and tie, slacks and shoes.” But unlike the womens dress code, men werent insulted in the description process. Best of luck to Fusion Hall as it attempts to work through the impossible process of winning back the love of a swarm of angry teenage girls.

Jump into the new year in suit fashion

JUMPSUITS, bold colour, high-octane prints and shimmering, sequined fabrics are the on-trend looks for New Years Eve and the summer party season.
This seasons festive range is all about having fun with fashion, according to Sarah Lukins, of Melbourne-based fashion retailer Forever New.
Its all about making a statement. Think shimmering metallic finishes, modern silhouettes and wow-factor heels,” Ms Lukins said.
Our customers are buying into playsuits in more formal fabrics, as theyre a great option for day-to-night celebrations.”
New York-based model and Vogue cover girl Rosie Tupper, home for the holidays, says her fashion tip for the New Year celebrations is breezy and relaxed silhouettes and accessorising with bold jewellery.
Tupper, who has strutted the catwalk for international brands including DKNY, Diane von Furstenberg, Marchesa and Sass & Bide, has just signed on as the face of Forever New.
The disruption that shook the fashion world in 2016, from designer departures to the hubbub around see-now-buy-now fashion, is likely to continue into 2017, with brands questioning how to make fashion stick in an ever-increasing digital age. Even amid the confusion and chaos, though, there are constants we can count on, like the people who will dictate the trends of the year to the trends that are likely to dominate fashion on and off the runway. Familiarize yourself with the whos and whats that are sure to rule 2017.

Kaley Cuoco rocks trousers on the Critics Choice Awards red carpet with boyfriend Karl Cook

KALEY Cuoco wore the pants on the red carpet at the annual Critics Choice Awards today.
While other stars were glamming it up in elaborate gowns and baring their flesh at the event, the Big Bang Theory star decided to go against the fashion pack and rock trousers.
Kaley Cuoco poses with her new man Karl Cook at the 2016 Critics' Choice Awards.
Had a magical evening in my dream dress (and pants),” she wrote on Instagram alongside a snap of the ensemble.
Pairing the pale pink pants with a flowing strapless top that cascaded into a train at the back, Cuoco looked fresh and relaxed as she posed with new boyfriend Karl Cook.
The 31-year-old — whose divorce from first husband Ryan Sweeting was finalised in May — is said to be in love, head over heels” with her new man, who was looking dapper in a tux.
They seem to be in a good spot right now. She is always travelling with him. Its not as much her schedule but more so his. She never knows when shes going to be in town because she goes whenever and wherever he goes,” a source told E! News recently. She is super smitten.”
During the ceremony, Cuoco shared a snap on Instagram showing her cuddling up to 25-year-old Cook.

Grand Ledge dresses up for the holidays

GRAND LEDGE – Nicole Schuiling fell in love with her house before it was hers.
Judy Lunde-Whitman, left, from Grand Ledge, and Jackie
The Grand Ledge preschool teacher was visiting a student at the 19th Century Queen Anne Victorian on the corner of Jefferson and Maple, near downtown. She'd always wanted to live in a Victorian, drawn to the historic charm. So, when the home went up for sale a couple years ago, she and her husband bought it.
On Saturday, the Schuiling home was one of a half-dozen historic residences on display for Grand Ledge's annual Holiday Traditions Tour, a collection of the city's historic treasures, wrapped in yuletide glow, on display for the public.
There were a total of 12 stops on the tour, including a half-dozen historical homes, the Grand Ledge Opera House and the Grand Ledge Area Historical Museum.
The event continues Sunday with exhibits at the Opera House, which features 28 decorated trees and several holiday-themed table settings, and the museum, where the current exhibit is "All Things Victorian."
Now in its 42nd year, the Holiday Traditions Tour is a major fundraiser for the Grand Ledge Area Historical Society.
"I think it's a happy thing," said Marie Brown, the event's coordinator. "Right now, we're just through the election and I was just reading today that people were flocking to happy movies, movies where they can feel good. And I think this is another event where they can come and just feel good."

ARIA awards retrospective of worst dressed celebs on the red carpet

THE ARIA awards have produced a lot of dubious red carpet fashion decisions, with some more forgivable than others (the late 90s and early 00s get off lightly as fashion was generally terrible).
Marcia, Marcia, Marcia. Are they gold chaps or a gold jumpsuit with the crotch cut out? Shes pictured here at the 2000 awards. Picture: News Corp AustraliaLets take a walk down memory lane below:
In an outfit that perhaps was a little too relaxed for the red carpet, Jessica Mauboy wore this Ellery pant suit. Baggy and with a whole lot of frills, it did everything it could to hide her fabulous figure.
Outgoing Triple J breakfast presenters Matt and Alex have definitely left their mark on the ARIAs red carpet over the past couple of years. Pictured below at the 2014 awards, Alex is dressed as Triple J favourite Chet Faker and Matt as Maddie Zeigler aka the kid who dances in Sias film clips (and Dance Mom star). They certainly were a hit with red carpet photographers that night.
Vanessa Amorosi wore this fine zebra printed pant suit to the 2000 ARIA awards. While were not 100 per cent certain what Vanessa and Aussie band Taxiride pictured are laughing at, it may just well have been her suit.
May we present to you the joggers and jeans look courtesy of B*Witched at the 1998 show. This must haunt them all. Take a look at that denim detailing a little closer, we spy bubbles, flames AND geometrical patchwork.

Fall 2017 Wedding Dress Trends

Bridal Fashion Week has come and gone, but the wedding dress trends seen coming down the runways will last, well not a lifetime, but close enough. Off-the-shoulder wedding dresses continued to reign supreme, and deep plunging v-necks were still the sexy talk of the town, but fall 2017 also saw some new wedding dress trends. Ruffles, feathers, and tiered skirts all made an appearance, and sleeves were also a major focus, with flutter sleeve styles and billowing bishop sleeves turning up in some of our favorite collections.
Spring 2017 wedding dresses officially ushered in the age of the off-the-shoulder, and for fall the trend is still going strong. This time shoulders were bared in lace and long sleeved styles, making the trend perfect for winter brides. From ballgowns to a-line silhouettes, modern column dresses and bohemian sheaths, every wedding dress style was seen with its off-the-shoulder version. Reem Acra, Sachin & Babi, Marchesa, Maggie Sottero, newcomer Rime Arodaky, Savannah Miller, and Vera Wang were among the many who were daring brides-to-be to bare their shoulders for the crisp fall of 2017.
We were excited to see cascading ruffles and fully tiered skirts emerge new wedding dress trends. At Sachin & Babi and Theia ruffles were given a romantic boho vibe — perfect to match with flowing beachy waves. Tiered skirts made a big splash in ballgowns at Carolina Herrera, Carol Hannah, Casablanca, Rivini by Rita Vinieris, Vera Wang, and Isabelle Armstrong — to name just a few.
Fall 2017 is also time for brides to play with their accessories — big, bold earrings and hair accessories were all over the runways. Modern day tiaras fit for a princess were seen on Rime Arodaky and Alon Livn's runways. Florals for fall? Actually groundbreaking! Marchesa, Sachin & Babi, and Naeem Khan all had their brides in bold oversized floral earrings and hair pieces. Listen up brides-to-be, accessories are the big statement to make if you're walking down the aisle next year.
Another unexpected place to make a statement — your sleeves! Long sleeves will continue to trend (you can thank Kate Middleton for that!), but next year's sleeves have a little something extra. Riding the ready-to-wear popularity of bell sleeves, wedding dresses were given the same treatment with pouffy bishop sleeves coming down the runway at Isabella Armstrong and Alyne by Rita Vinieris and more.

The ethical fashion way to nail the pyjama dressing trend

I'm seriously considering wearing my pyjamas to work. Because "pyjama dressing" is now an actual fashion thing, with its own name. So there is a god. It's been, ahem, a sleeper hit since Rihanna wore hers while out in New York last year. In February, Dolce & Gabbana held a pyjama party in LA attended by Jessica Alba and Nicole Richie. Meanwhile the suit formerly known as sleepwear has become a fashion-week street-style hit.
There are provisos of course: you can't just front up in any old unicorn onesie and expect to be taken seriously. But in printed crepe de chine, striped twill or piped satin, the button-up PJ shirt is big news.
Retailers from Witchery and Country Road to Zara and ASOS are proposing such pieces, but how does the ethical fashionista embrace the trend?
Firstly, let's think of this as a lifestyle choice rather than a fad – I think that's achievable; our fashion culture is already pretty relaxed. From bed to bar. Sounds good to me. Plus the wide-legged palazzo pant is a classic that never gets tired.
A bit more affordable is the small-scale Italian luxury brand, For Restless Sleepers. Designer Francesca Ruffini makes beautiful, quality PJs to be seen in. Her prints are exclusive and she sources her silk from Como, where mills have been weaving silk cloth since the 15th century.

Is being on-trend out of fashion?

Trends come and go, and when crafting your own patch of paradise it can be tempting to succumb to the latest rage in a bid to keep your abode up-to-the-minute. But with design trends turning over so rapidly, is being on-trend, well, off-trend?
With whats hot and whats not coming at us 24/7, those with a penchant for classic timelessness and a dislike of seasonal whims could be forgiven for wondering if they are, indeed, not hot. Avoiding trends is not a mistake,” says leading interior stylist Lisa Koehler, but then the decision of finishes and furniture become even more important, so your house does not feel out of date.”
To trend or not to trend
If good style demands perfect juxtaposition, then rejecting trends could be an oversight. I think its a mistake to reject something purely because its a trend if it makes sense in every other way,” says Simpfendorfer. Unless you are running a museum, having a mono-era house doesnt really make sense. Houses and interiors should grow and evolve and use the best of whats available, whether its fashionable or not.” Koehler agrees. Your home should include your favourite colours and textures and any trends that work well with that style. This is what creates a unique and individual home.”
Future classics
While many trends come and go, it makes sense that some stick and become timeless. Some trends originate from something real … and they are the ones that outlive the moment of peak saturation,” says Simpfendorfer. To get to the timeless phase you need to ride out the mass-popularity moment and focus on the reasons you chose them. Copper is a material I absolutely love, but too much can be exhausting. It will calm down eventually, and then the really good copper will still look good and the rest will be binned!”

Gold Coast couples choosing private homes for their big day

COULD these be the Gold Coasts most romantic properties?
Loved-up couples are choosing to tie the knot on private properties, bucking traditional wedding venues such as churches and beaches.
The trend that has couples hitched in their homes now has wedding bells ringing in multi-million dollar mansions and Hinterland properties.
Prominent-businesswoman Sandra Cowell lent her Mermaid Beach penthouse to her personal assistant Belinda Gailey.
She had her wedding ceremony under the cabana bar on my rooftop,” Mrs Cowell said.
It was gorgeous — we had more than 60 guests and there were wet bars all over the rooftop and caterers serving food through the servery window in the kitchen.
It was a very special event and the backdrop of the ocean was very beautiful.”
For Stephen and Christine Coady, it was a last-minute decision to marry at their Tallebudgera acreage property.
Gold Coast celebrant Marylin Verschuure, of Marry Me Marylin, said couples were even renting luxury mansions to take advantage of the Coasts scenery.
A lot of people from interstate and Brisbane are choosing to rent mansions because they can stay with their family in private and it is affordable,” Mrs Verschuure said.
There have been weddings with 100 people and the guests stay close by in hotels while the six-bedroom mansions cater for the family.

What do Australians really spend on their weding?

When my partner and I got married in April 2009, it was just a few months into the turmoil of the global financial crisis.
Caitlin Fitzsimmons estimates her wedding cost under $15,000.
We were living in London, about to move to San Francisco, and while we were financially fine, we could see a lot of people weren't.
We knew we wanted to get married at home in Sydney in front of our friends and family but felt that a flashy wedding would not fit with the mood of the times.
So we spent less than we could afford, and apparently a lot less than the Australian average – though I have my doubts the difference was that extreme.
You see, whenever you read a story on the cost of weddings, it comes with an alarmingly large number. But the truth is the statistics are dodgy and real data is hard to come by.
First, most of the research comes from wedding planners and bridal magazines. At best they deal with a limited segment of the population so the view is skewed. At worst they have a vested interest in normalising spending a lot of money on your wedding.
Meanwhile, the Easy Weddings annual wedding survey put the average spend at $36,000.
They can't both be right.
There is a dearth of official statistics. The Australian Bureau of Statistics told me it doesn't collect information on the cost of weddings.

Memo to fashion-shy guys

The easiest way to inject spunk into a fashion-shy mans look is through a nice pair of footwear.
To start, its really the shoes,” said Vince Acop, fashion coach of the Singaporean shoe and accessories brand Pedro.

A $5million class action lawsuit against clothing company Zara accuses the retail giant of 'deceiving' US consumers. The retail giant is a favorite of Kim Kardashian (pictured above in 2009 carrying a bag from the store)

For guys, its hard to appreciate shirt styles or jackets styles. With shoes, theyre more open. Philosophers say shoes resemble cars. Masculine guys feel a certain connection. So when I advise guys, I always start with shoes. Later I suggest that the shoes go with more tailored, or tapered kinds of pants.”
Acop, 27, is a Baguio native who has been based in the Lion City for the past five years, and hes quite familiar with the style concerns of Filipino men.
Acop first worked at Pedros younger, trendy and fashion-forward sister brand Charles & Keith, and later moved to Pedro, the affordable luxury brand that churns out leather versions of chic shoes and bags for men and women. His job as fashion coach involves training frontline staff and commercializing product styles.
Pedro and Charles & Keith are both distributed here by Suyen Corp.
Outdoor utilitarian
Acop, who wore a dark double-breasted jacket over a cobalt shirt, dark tapered cropped pants, and Pedros new-season leather double monk straps with lug soles—very outdoor utilitarian”—advised vertically challenged men to go for darker clothes on the bottom, and brighter on top to create a longer line. This trick is fail-safe, he said.

Retro a style back in fashion

Gibson tucks, fingerwaves and pin-up dos are making a comeback, vintage hair stylist Ally Ferguson says.
Retro a style back in fashion
Mrs Ferguson, 29, a self-taught retro stylist, is imparting her wisdom to dozens of Perth women through her workshops.
She has seen a greater demand for her services as the popularity of vintage culture increases.
We have got a huge vintage scene in Perth, with a lot of events — people want to dress in vintage style and do their hair in vintage styles,” she said.
She said there was a spike in demand when the latest Great Gatsby film was released in 2013 and since then interest in the style has grown dramatically.
Like a growing number of Perth women, Mrs Ferguson started dressing in Burlesque fashion about eight years ago. She also teaches swing dance classes, where she publicises her highly popular workshops.
Me and my husband live a really vintage lifestyle — it is part of me,” she said.
I travel to different places doing workshops — peoples houses or cafes.
I do a lot of weddings too — its a great way to add a bit of glamour to a wedding.”
Fellow swing dancer and vintage enthusiast Kelly Sheppard attended Mrs Fergusons workshop at Mid-Century Cafe and Collectibles in Yokine yesterday.


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