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Category Archives: Fashion News

Mockingjay Jewels Catching Fire

They let you wear one thing from your district in the arena. One thing to remind you of home. Will you wear this?”  The mockingjay pin from The Hunger Games has become as synonymous with the story as Katniss Everdeen herself, and a symbol of rebellion against the atrocities of the Capitol.  The pin shows a bird in flight – the hybrid of a mockingbird and jabberjay, the fictional bird created by the government to spy on people in the outer districts of Panem, to report any sort of uprising brewing.  For the film, former Tiffany & Co. designer Dana Schneider (pictured, below) was hired to created the symbolic accessory.  She had previously worked with the movie’s costume designer, Judianna Makovsky, and is a favorite among clients, including Cher and Marilyn Manson.  According to the New York Times, Schneider doesn’t own the copyright (the design is author Suzanne Collins and a Brooklyn couple’s creation) and despite endless requests to make copies, the jeweler only made four pins – three for the film, one for herself!  Even though we can’t get one of Schneider’s original creations for Katniss, dozens of sites are selling their own version.  Cafe Press has pages of accessories, as well as Amazon and Etsy (for all of Schneider’s success, she does actually have her own Etsy store!)  This editor isn’t proud to admit it, but after I finished reading The Hunger Games, I jumped on the craft site and bought a mockingjay necklace, bracelet and pocket watch… hehe.  But that bird represents bravery, honor, sacrifice, rebellion, survival and standing up for what’s right – in these precarious times, that is certainly an accessory we can get behind.

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Uniting a Kingdom of Isles

The Irish and the English have been fighting for centuries, which has led to violence, oppression, terrorism and death.  In the short year that Kate Middleton and Prince William have been married, it seems the royal couple have been attempting to take small steps to uniting the two countries through… fashion?  It might sound shallow at first, but it seems the prince and princess have been honoring the Emerald Isle all year!  Today is St. Patrick’s Day, and in honor of March 17th, Kate Middleton handed out bouquets of shamrocks (the national flower of Ireland) to the Irish Guard (pictured, above).  The princess sported a gorgeous belted green Emilia Wickstead coat with chocolate suede pumps and a matching “Betty Boop” hat by Lock and Co.  She topped off her look with a gold shamrock brooch, previously used by the Queen Mother and Princess Anne, a bouquet of shamrocks in her lapel, and amethyst and diamond earrings by Kiki McDonough (hmm, a jeweler with an Irish surname).  For their enormous wedding last April, Prince William donned the traditional red dress uniform of the Irish Guard.  Considering one out of every three people on Earth watched the royal wedding, we have a feeling the prince was trying to make a statement about his respect for Ireland.  Last year, William was appointed to the honorary rank of of Colonel of the Irish Guard, and last June the couple handed out operational service medals to the Guards who fought in Afghanistan (pictured, below).  Princess Kate has also been sporting Irish designer Orla Kiely quite a bit, lately.  Earlier this week, she wore a lovely gray accordion dress while visiting the Dulwich Picture Gallery (pictured, above left).  In February, while visiting schools in Oxford, she wore a 1970s walnut-brown bird patterned dress coat by Kiely that sold out within minutes (pictured, above right).  While the British-Irish conflict isn’t exactly a problem that will be fixed with clothing, it’s nice to see the young royals making an effort to unite the two cultures with shared traditions and Irish fashion.  Happy St. Patrick’s Day!


Jean Paul Gaultier & Amy Winehouse?

Seems like an odd combination, but the French fashion designer’s latest collection was apparently inspired by the late British soul singer.  Gaultier debuted his Spring/Summer 2012 Collection at Paris Week a few days ago, sporting models with sky-high, messy brunette beehives, hoop earrings, black winged eyeliner and even fake beauty marks above their upper lips – all trademark looks of Winehouse, who died last summer at the tender age of 27 from effects of alcohol and drug abuse.  An a capella group also sang Winehouse’s hit, “Rehab,” in the background while the models walked the runway.  Gaultier stated the following, after his show last Wednesday, “She was an icon of fashion and truly, the sense of how she mixed the clothes – it was great.”  Not everyone thought it was a flattering portrayal though… Winehouse’s father, Mitch Winehouse, was particularly upset about the models’ aesthetic, telling The Sun, “It portrays a view of Amy when she was not at her best, and glamorizes some of the more upsetting times in her life.”  Her father is referring to Amy’s heedless behavior, like her constant cigarette smoking that was depicted in the show (pictured, below).  Amy Winehouse’s close friend and fellow Brit, Kelly Osbourne, also had some angry feelings about the show, taking to Twitter to say, “Although JPGaultier was paying homage to my dear friend & icon to the world i found it to be lucratively selfish and distasteful!”  Gaultier stands by his decision though, telling Women’s Wear Daily, “I think Amy Winehouse was truly a fashion icon,” and added that he thought she was overlooked by fashion magazines.  Whatever Gaultier’s intentions, his show was still unique, glamorous and modern, but possibly a little too soon (six months?), and a little too morbid (the models ended the show by sporting black veils), to pay proper tribute to the singer’s life and style.


Costume Designer Eiko Ishioka Dies

Japanese costume designer Eiko Ishioka died earlier this month, after a battle with pancreatic cancer.  Ishioka was 73-years-old.  Born in Tokyo, she was a creative soul from childhood, working in cosmetics, advertising, graphic arts and costume design.  Ishioka graduated from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music in 1961, and she joined the advertising division of Japan’s largest cosmetics company, Shiseido.  Ishioka won a Grammy Award in 1986 for best album package as art director for Myles Davis’ Tutu, and was nominated for two Tony Awards for her work on M. Butterfly in 1988.  She won an Academy Award for costume design for Francis Ford Coppola’s Dracula in 1993 (pictured, right).  Ishioka also created the costumes for The Cell, Immortals and the upcoming Snow White tale, Mirror Mirror.  Her creations Julia Roberts (pictured, top) and Lily Collins (pictured, below) sport are just stunning.  Ishioka also costumed Cirque du Soleil, and members of the Japanese, Canadian, Spanish and Swiss Olympic teams in 2002, as well as the outfits for the opening ceremony of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, and several other Broadway productions.  A true Renaissance woman, she also directed a music video, made commercials and published several books.  She is survived by her husband, Nicholas Soultanakis, whom she only married last year.  Our thoughts go out to her family.


O Little Town of Washington

Searching for an updated holiday look?  Well look no further than our First Family’s sophisticated 2011 Christmas portrait!  First Lady Michelle Obama looks glamorous, as always, in a textured Byron Lars capped-sleeved, black cocktail dress from his Beauty Mark line.  Many writers were impressed Mrs. Obama wore this dress a second time, as she sported the look earlier this year at the 9/11 Memorial, sparking many to commend her for reusing pieces of her own wardrobe!  Elder daughter Malia looks quite grown-up in her blue and black “Unconditional Osier dress” from Anthropologie (which is already sold out!).  Younger daughter Sasha looks just adorable in her silver and eggplant “Clarissa dress” by BB Dakota.  And the President looks handsome as always in a navy suit and silk tie.  The Obama girls all sported beautiful frocks with lines that look like they’re straight out of the 1950s, but the materials make them completely modern!  Whoever said Washington is Hollywood for ugly people hasn’t been to the White House in a while!


Model Lauren Scruggs Loses Eye

Model and fashion blogger Lauren Scruggs was in a terrible accident on December 3rd when she walked into a spinning airplane propeller.  She ended up losing her left hand and sustaining multiple injuries to her brain, head, shoulder and arm.  Unfortunately the beautiful blonde’s left eye had to be removed two days ago, after it had be unresponsive for several days.  Scruggs, 23, maintains the blog, Lolo, and worked as an intern costuming the show, Gossip Girl.  Her parents, Cheryl and Jeff, have set up a donation site for Lauren’s medical care.  The incident was believed to have happened, because Scruggs went to thank the pilot, but didn’t see the moving propeller in the darkness.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to Lauren and her family in this difficult time.


Carolina Herrera Unveils 2012 Bridal Collection

Since we’re celebrating engagements here at theSkinnyStiletto, what better topic to cover than bridal gowns?!  Recently, the ever elegant Carolina Herrera revealed her Fall 2012 bridal collection.  If big, poofy princess gowns are your kind of thing, then Herrera’s Collection is definitely not for you.  (Although the ball gowns from her Spring 2012 Collection are simply divine, and remain understated.  See photos of the “Alise” and the “Eleanor,” pictured below.)  The Venezuelan-born designer selected sophisticated columns and simplicity as the themes for these bridal dresses.  The Collection is getting more than the usual amount of attention dedicated to bridal fashion, because one of the gowns will be worn by Bella Swan in the upcoming Breaking Dawn: Part 1, the movie adaptation of the fourth novel in the Twilight series.  Although it’s probably more appropriate for Bella to wear something black and gothic, since she’s marrying a walking corpse, but sure, high-end fashion always turns up in the wedding ceremonies of west-coast teenagers that take place in the woods…  Herrera’s long sheaths and belted waists are romantic, classy and are definitely unique in a time when weddings keep getting too over-the-top.  They are absolutely beautiful and sure to make any bride look timeless.