Avoiding Graduation Faux Pas Tuesday, Jun 1 2010 

It’s graduation season across the country and a great time to discuss appropriate outfit options.  I recently attended both a college and a high school graduation ceremony and was appalled by what some of the guests (and the graduates for that matter) chose to wear.  Surprisingly, the high school ceremony had a much better dressed crowd overall than the college ceremony. But there were huge faux pas at both. 

As a general rule I believe jeans, tee shirts and flip flops  are all automatically a DON’T.  Let’s start treating these ceremonies like the special occasions they are and not like a trip to the local flea market.  Below are great options that are comfortable and chic.

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RIP: Evelyn Cunningham Saturday, May 29 2010 

First let me apologize because I am almost a month late in reporting this. 

Evelyn Cunningham, famed civil rights era reporter, passed away in April at the age of 94.  Ms. Cunningham was a pioneering african american female reporter during a time when women were usually relegated to stories about fashion and homemaking. She covered the hard stories playing out in the african american community, even earning the nickname the Lynching Editor for her coverage of the brutal hangings that happened during those turbulent times.

A tall and stylish lady she lived in Harlem, NY most of her life and served as an advisor to Governor Nelson Rockefeller. Married four times she had no children of her own but raised her niece Gigi Freeman. Frequently photographed at social functions throughout New York City, Cunningham remained active in the community.

photo credit: NYSocialDiary.com

Living In A Casual World Monday, May 17 2010 

I agree!!!

My number one fashion peeve is that most people have gotten much too casual about their wardrobes.  I would much rather be overdressed than underdressed any day.  Most of the time the overdressed person at an event is remembered as being the best dressed. 

Don’t get me wrong, I was once a disciple of the “Casual = Comfortable” doctrine, but maturity has brought with it a keen eye for the inappropriate.  So I’d like to think that I am shining a light on an old problem, rather than casting stones or pointing accusing fingers at anyone in particular.

When I first began working on this piece I was convinced that the problem began in the mid to late 80’s when the Casual Friday fad took off.  But after digging deeper into fashion history I now believe it actually began about two decades before that in the mid to late 60’s.  That’s when young people, who were bent on expressing themselves, began thumbing their noses at their parent’s conservative lifestyles and equally conservative wardrobes. 

There is absolutely nothing wrong with dressing casually for a casual event.  Bring on the jeans and sneakers or the shorts and flip flops for the family barbecue or a beach party. Not for your nieces christening or your nephew’s graduation or dinner theatre.  But unfortunately, most people now consider every day a casual day.  Visit any high school or college campus in America and you will be hard pressed to tell the difference between the students and some of the faculty (unless you see someone in pajama bottoms, that’s definitely a student). Turn on the television Sunday mornings and you’re greeted by pastors in jeans. As if looking “cool” is really going to save more souls.   

Life is not a casual dress rehearsal.  Why treat it that way?  Dress up to stand out.  After all, these days all you have to do to stand out in a crowd (or at work and school) is dress well because so many people don’t.

~I’m bringing CLASSY back!~

photo credit: Scott Adams, author

It’s A Girl For Claudia Schiffer Sunday, May 16 2010 

Congratulations to supermodel Claudia Schiffer and her husband, producer and director Matthew Vaughn, who have welcomed a baby girl.  This is their third child.

RIP Lena Horne Monday, May 10 2010 

The Legendary Lena Horne

One of my all time favorite beauty icons the incomparable Lena Horne has passed away at the age of 92.  A trailblazer who paved the way for today’s african-american screen idols, Ms. Horne was a class act that never went out of style. She had an effortlessly ageless beauty and timeless grace that transcended race.

Like Mother, Like Daughter – Julia Restoin Roitfeld Monday, Apr 5 2010 

Julia with Mum Carine Roitfeld

Julia Restoin-Roitfeld was literally born into fashion.  Her mother, Carine Roitfeld, is Editor for French Vogue  and her father, Christian Restoin, is a successful fashion entreprenuer.  With her stellar pedigree and having graduated from Parsons School of Design in New York she is poised to one day be a force in her own right.

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Like Mother, Like Daughter – Bee Shafford Monday, Mar 1 2010 

Bee with mom Anna Wintour

Katherine “Bee” Shaffer is the 22-year-old daughter of Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour.  She has said that she doesn’t plan to pursue a career in fashion though she is certainly poised to do so.  She has worked for Teen Vogue as a contributing editor, interned at New York Magazine and wrote a column for London’s Daily Telegraph.  I love her classic style.  She always looks well put together and age appropriate.

RIP Alexander Haig Saturday, Feb 20 2010 

Alexander Haig

Former Secretary of State Alexander Haig has died.  He was 85.

Carrey and McGregor Knighted Tuesday, Feb 2 2010 

Jim Carrey and Ewen McGregor

Actors Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor were honored Monday as knights in France’s prestigious National Order of Arts and Letters.

The two are currently in Paris to promote their upcoming gay romance, “I Love You Phillip Morris.”

Carrey plays a con man who meets the love of his life (McGregor) in prison, then comes up with elaborate escapes and masquerades to free himself and his man. The film is based on a true story.

Happy Birthday… Sunday, Jan 17 2010 

…Michelle Obama!  The first lady turns 46 today and is representing the fabulous 40’s crowd in fine form.  President Obama threw his beautiful wife a surprise party on Saturday evening at chic organic eatery Restaurant Nora.

First Lady exiting her surprise party

photo credit: huffingtonpost.com

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