Oct 24, 2019

My Maisel Obsession

Posted By: Terri
Category: Designer Spotlight Fashion

I  admit it… I am obsessed with the Amazon Prime show The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. This is not a mild obsession. Nooo-this is MAJOR obsession! I am not ashamed to admit that I have probably watched each episode (Season’s 1 & 2) on repeat so many times that I can recite each characters dialogue word for word.  I knowmmw.. One might wonder if there’s  a 12 step detox in my future?

In my humble opinion, this is the best show ever produced  ..hands down. end of story. anddd scene!The writing, the characters, the comedic timing and can we just talk about the costumes???!!!!!!!

Donna Zakowska, is the Emmy Award winning costume designer for the show and recently gave an in depth interview that beautifully explains her thought process in designing the wardrobe for Mrs. Maisel. I have attached the  interview below for your enjoyment and urge you to read through as it will give you a detailed understanding of how clothing  can convey a message, and might shed some light on how you dress and the message you want your clothing to convey. Enjoy!

Ahead of the Season 3 premiere of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Emmy-winning costume designer Donna Zakowska discusses capturing the fashion of 1950s New York City and her exclusive partnership with Bergdorf Goodman.

When you think of the ’50s, your mind likely conjures up an image of ponytails, poodle skirts and floral appliqué cardigans. But that’s a far cry from costume designer Donna Zakowska’s sartorial vision on the set of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, the hit Amazon series starring Rachel Brosnahan. For the uninitiated, the show follows the titular character, Midge Maisel, a housewife-turned-comedian hailing from (where else?) Manhattan’s Upper West Side as she navigates challenging cultural norms. “New York had a more sophisticated sense of style at the time,” says Zakowska. “I wanted to capture an urban reality with a cross-section of influences. I wasn’t interested in portraying the classic American girl.”

Indeed, Midge’s on-screen outfits are emblematic of her strong female character and speak to the elegance of a bygone era. Inspired by style icons like Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly, her looks include chic suit sets, bold and vibrant coats, pillbox hats and opera-length gloves. This upcoming season, Midge will take her stand-up act to Miami, where we can expect more “theatrical, showy, glitzy pieces,” according to Zakowska.

Here, more from Zakowska about Midge’s style, her favorite ’50s trends and designing an exclusive coat for Bergdorf Goodman.

Bergdorf Goodman: Which staple pieces in Midge’s wardrobe help boost her confidence?

Donna Zakowska: The coat is a suit of armor that empowers Midge. There’s a superhero quality to the movement of the silhouette, and the colors echo how her character is feeling, whether times are good or bad.

BG: What’s been your favorite on-screen outfit to date?

DZ: Probably Midge’s first costume—a romantic nightgown with a pink coat—because it sets the tone for her character. The pink represents looking through rose-colored glasses—Midge’s life was perfect. Mixing it with the nightgown nods to her vulnerability. I want all the outfits to be funny but tell a strong story and look beautiful at the same time.

BG: Where do you find inspiration for your looks?

DZ: Vintage issues of Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar are incredible, as are photographs from the period. I was trained as a painter at the [École nationale supérieure des] Beaux-Arts in Paris, so my mind loves to wander through art, whether it’s a Renaissance-style landscape or a portrait by Francis Bacon.

BG: What designers do you look to most often?

DZ: The ’50s is a source of couture genius: Charles James with his impeccable tailoring and use of color, Dior’s sculptural shapes, Givenchy’s incredible draping. Everything was so well constructed and emphasized the female body.

BG: What are your favorite and least favorite trends from the ’50s?

DZ: I adore the suits—they were structured yet loose and drapey. Poodle skirts are absolutely forbidden. They should be excommunicated.

BG: How can we incorporate Mrs. Maisel styles into a modern wardrobe?

***DZ: Combine colors and shapes that aren’t necessarily predictable, like a dramatic swing coat with a glove in a contrasting hue. When you’re less predictable, you develop a more poetic sense of who you are and who you can be. You enter a realm of minimalist extravagance.

BG: Why do you think the clothes on the show resonate with viewers so much?

DZ: I think the wardrobe defies expectations—it’s different than what most people are used to from that point in time. Clothes are always connected to cultural trends. Right now, I think people are embracing exuberance and power through fashion.

BG: Rachel has an amazing sense of style herself. Does she have strong ideas about what her character should look like?

DZ: Rachel definitely understands the power of the costume. All of her clothes are custom-made, so we spend hours making sure everything fits to a tee. The accessories mean a lot to her. She told me that she really finds Midge when she puts her hats on.

BG: Tell us about the exclusive piece you designed for BG that will be auctioned off this month to support the Garment District.

DZ: Taking inspiration from the show, I designed a pink coat with a floral-print silk lining. As a New Yorker myself, I’m delighted that proceeds support the Garment District because the workers have tremendous skills and practically supplied clothing for the entire country, receiving very little in return. It’s important to honor that.

TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT, PLEASE VISIT EVENTBRITE.COM, SET THE LOCATION AS “NEW YORK” AND SEARCH “BERGDORF GOODMAN x THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL.”

**Image and Inerview notes courtesy of Bergdorf Goodman.com 

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Aug 19, 2019

Monday Mantra

Posted By: Terri
Category: Designer Spotlight Monday Mantra

Happy Birthday Coco Chanel. Today we celebrate one of the greatest designers in history…. Coco Chanel.

Chanel was known for bringing to the forefront a bevy of style staples that have stood the test of time. I thought it only “fitting: to pay homage to this style maven.

Thank you Coco Chanel for introducing to Fashion the following:

The little black dress or LBD

Coco Chanel in her Atelier fitting a model with the LBD

Pearls and more Pearls

Pearls…. Oodles of pears

Her Signature Interlocking C’s (Coco Chanel )

THE CHANEL JACKET

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Aug 15, 2019

Meet Ulla Johnson

Posted By: Terri
Category: Designer Spotlight
Ulla Johnson Fall 2019
Ulla Johnson Fall 2019

Meet Ulla Johnson. This is my first feature about this lovely designer on the blog but it certainly won’t be my last. Her designs are so beautiful and feminine She is a Mix MASTER in her choice of pattern play, texture and color..not to mention the beauuuutiful detailing. To view her entire collection click on: https://ullajohnson.com/

Ulla Johnson Pre Fall 2019
Ulla Johnson Pre Fall 2019
Ulla Johnson Pre Fall 2019
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Jul 11, 2019

The Genius of Guo Pei

Posted By: Terri
Category: Designer Spotlight
Close UP!

Guo Pei is China’s first Haute Couture Designer and she is GENIUS. Best know for designing dresses for Chinese Celebrities, she made her American debut when Rihanna wore her showstopping gown at the 2015 Met Gala.

Guo Pei was born in Beijing in 1967, and graduated from the Beijing Second Light Industry School in Fashion Design in 1986.

Her current Exhibition at the Bowers Museum entitled Guo Pei Couture Beyond is exactly that-BEYOND. One look at any of her creations and you are in awe of her talent.Below is a small sampling from the Exhibition.

Exhibition Entrance

Interesting tidbit: Guo Pei employs over 300 embroiderers and 200 designers to complete her collections.

This entire dress is made from wire…
Attention to detail even down to the Shoes
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Jun 29, 2019

Sweet Summer Dresses

Posted By: Terri

If you’re looking for some sweet Summer dress that will keep you cool in the hot and humid weather weather ahead, take a look at this beautiful bevy of flowing and figure flattering designs from Reformation. All I can say is…. Lovvving!

All Images courtesy of Reformation.com

Nikita Dress $248.00 @ Reformation
Dolci Dress $248.00 @ Reformation
Lacey Dress $248.00 @ Reformation
Dietrich Dress $198.00 @ Reformation
Hyla Dress $248.00 @ Reformation
Posie Dress $218.00@ Reformation
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Jun 25, 2019

Summer Brights

Posted By: Terri
Category: Designer Spotlight

Tuesday’s Tip should definitely BRIGHTEN your day.

It’s Summer. ..aka the Season of wearing brights. And for my money nobody but nobody designs a “brighter” and more colorful palette of prints than Lilly Pulitzer.

If you’re looking to put a little pop into your wardrobe…check out her offerings at Lilly Pulitzer.com.?Just click on Image Links for oodles of Options.

Summer Footwear at Lilly Pulitzer Click on Image for oodles of options
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Jun 19, 2019

Alex Perry Craving(s)

Posted By: Terri
Category: Designer Spotlight

Here’s the thing about blogging,…You sit in front of your computer, perfectly poised to write a story and inspire your wonderful readers on the topic of white dresses for Summer. Just as you’re posting the first white dress that you are lovvving on-this happens. You find that the white dress is made by a label you are not familiar with. Now this is a major conundrum, since I am pretty much sourcing fashion 24/7 and thought I knew just about every designer out there or at the very least heard of them in passing on Pinterest,Vogue or Instagram. Imagine my surprise, when I come across this beautiful white confection and the image source listed is Designer Alex Perry. I ponder for a nano second: “Who is Alex Perry?” Come to find out (faster than you can Google his name at warp speed), Alex Perry is an Australian Fashion Designer with some pretty fabulous style. He designs dresses That’s it… dresses. Beautiful sleek,stylish dresses that are gorgeous and tailored to perfection.

Here’s a sweet sampling of his designs.

All Images sourced: Alex Perry.com.

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Jun 14, 2019

Meet Sebastian Grey

Posted By: Terri
Category: Designer Spotlight
Project Runway Season 17 WINNER-South Florida Designer Sebastian Grey

Sebastian Grey-remember that name. Sebastian just won Season 17 of Project Runway and I have a feeling his path will mirror that of a previous winner named Christian Siriano. Christian has gone on to great success in Fashion and I have no doubt that Sebastian will follow a similar path.

Originally from Columbia, Sebastian came to America to pursue the American Dream. He had a vision to be a designer and make beautiful clothes Until winning Project Runway Season 17, Sebastian made a living cleaning homes and designing in his spare time. Clearly gifted and unbelievably creative with a vision, hard work and design skills that hedge on being “couture worthy” his days of cleaning houses have ended. Winning Project Runway not only allows him the freedom to finally have the money to design and market his own line of clothing but establish his brand in the industry. I have a feeling we’ll all be clamoring to wear his creations in the very near future.

A sampling of some of Sebastian’s previous designs on Project Runway.

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Jun 13, 2019

Jonathan Simkhai-LOVE

Posted By: Terri
Category: Designer Spotlight

There’s just something so beautiful about white. All white. Head to toe white. I am a huge (let me just say that twice to drive the point home.. HUGE) fan of Jonathan Simkhai. His recent Ready to Wear Spring /Summer collection is one of my absolute favorites and crave worthy. for Summer. Here’s a small sampling of what his collection has to offer. Enjoy!

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May 24, 2019

Colorful Summer Details

Posted By: Terri
Category: Designer Spotlight

Happy Friday. Memorial Day is the “unofficial” START of Summer. Bearing in mind the need for some pretty summer details to inspire and prompt us all to wear a little more color I offer you some pretty fabulous and colorful style from Dolce & Gabbana collections past & present. . Enjoy!

Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2019via Vogue.com
Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2013 via Vogue.com
Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2016 via Livingly.com
Image Courtesy Vogue.com
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