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Fall in Love with Marc

By Manda J

How can you not love Marc Jacobs?   Not only does he design his own lines, he is also the creative director for Louis Vuitton. Marc by Marc Jacobs Fall 2010 RTW line is a mix of subtly with splashes of bright patterns, well, they’re bright for fall.

Naturally, in the fall you have to wear a coat. Why not make it stylish? Light weight trenches are the “it” thing for the spring and you can pick them right back up in the fall. Marc by Marc Jacobs line has coats ranging from belted trenches to nice draped coats that’s swallows you but still gives you a shape. Harem pants are being taken down a notch. In Marc Jacobs rendition of the harem pant he made it more structured. Not the usual cotton jersey/spandex fabric we are used too.

The dresses are so sophisticatedly basic they can transcend seasons without seeming out of style. The ever popular zipper detail is present and accounted for ( check out my previous post on zippers) as well as belts. In all of his looks the waist is cinched. Please remember an undefined waist is a fashion faux pas.

R.I.P. Alexander McQueen

By Manda J

Alexander Lee McQueen (1969-2010) is one of the most brilliantly misunderstood fashion minds of our time. Celebrities the like of Rihanna,  Lady Gaga, Bjork and Sarah Jessica Parker (SJP) are among the few that “get him”.

Early on McQueen new he had a talent and passion for fashion. He left school to become an apprentice on Savile Row in London. Savile Row is known for their men’s bespoke tailoring. His clients where among the elite like a certain Prince Of Wales (Prince Charles).  At age 20 McQueen began working for Japanese designer Koji Tatsuno. Upon returning to London McQueen enrolled in a prestigious fashion school where he received his Masters in fashion design.One of McQueen’s greatest accomplishments in my eyes would be when he was given the position of head designer of Givenchy in 1996.  In 2009 McQueen inked a deal with Target; his line at Target was called McQ.

It may look like he had it all but just because you’re famous doesn’t mean you’re happy. Three years ago McQueen dealt with the death of a close friend, Isabella Blow, who is also credited with discovering him. Earlier in the month he lost his dear mother.

Alexander Lee McQueen will greatly be missed, but he left us with inventive fashion and originality.

This look on the left is from his RTW (Ready to Wear) 2010 line. This looks very punk Alice in wonderland. The picture on the right is the line that got me hooked on McQueen his RTW 2009. This line was basically all houndstooth. I love love love houndstooth.

Baddest B*tch

A Movie Review: The September Issue


Move over Trina, we just found the baddest bitch in the world.  I mean, there’s just something about Anna.  Anna is of course, Anna Wintour, the Editor-In-Chief of Vogue.  At the magazine and in the world of fashion, she is the unremorseful, style dictator.  Her mannerisms (or lack there of) are a thing of notoriety & fiction.  The world may actually know Anna better through the fictitious adaptation of her character “Miranda” in the book and movie “The Devil Wears Prada”.

“There’s something about fashion that can make people nervous.”   Anna Wintour, The September Issue

Anna Wintour

When Anna is around you should be nervous.  She makes it inherently clear that her time is more valuable than yours and that her opinion is the only one that matters.  This is no joke.  When in talking about fashion a Vogue staffer laments “You belong to this church” –and Anna is the high priestess, the interviewer asks.  “I’d say the pope.”

If Catholics believe the Pope is God’s earthly representative, then the Fashion God’s have surely appointed Anna the Pope of style. Why else would one of the world’s most reputable luxury fashion brands, Prada, change the fabric in their fall wardrobe before it hit stores just because Anna didn’t like it?  They know something the masses do not; what’s between her pages sells.  Not just Prada, but the high-price Prada look alike, and the mid-price knock off, down to the Target, and down to discount brand wannabes.  They will all sell, just because it was in Vogue.

“It’s like Anna is Madonna.” – Thakoon, designer

I hear that Madonna is difficult to work with and to please but I’m sure she’s got nothing on Anna.  Anna comes off as a middle age child.  Her childlike sensibilities cause her to love things only for a fleeting moment.  She scrapped 50K worth of beautiful photo work because she became disenchanted with it.  Like a kid, she picked on the camera man about his weight.  She shooed assistant who had the audacity to be standing near her, just like an older child does to a younger child .  Continue reading Baddest B*tch

Get Your Life…On a Budget!

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This is Me Phi Me

By Urbansocialight

I don’t have to tell you. You can that your dollar just doesn’t get you as much as it used to anymore. Well, CrabzInaBarrel is going to tell you exactly how to make the dollar stretch and still have a good time.

Cheap Movies: Skip the movies and check out an outdoor movie festival in your area. They’re usually fun and free. Bring a blanket and your own snacks, and you’ve got a cheap fun for everyone. If you’re in the DMV area Crystal City check out Crystal Screen every Monday at Sunset showing the classic action movies from now until October 20th. Click here for details.

Free Movies: If you must see the new movie, why not try a movie site like tvshack.net, where you can see new TV shows and movies for nada. With a great selection of movies and shows, it won’t be long before the Feds shut it down so enjoy it while you can.

Event: Want a night out on the town for FREE? Why not check out two of the hottest to rappers in the DMV right now. Phil Ade & RAtheMC “He Said, She Said” Live performance tonight, Aug. 28, 09 at Palace Five (2220 14th St. NW, Washington DC)

The Arts: Want to seem cultured to your new boo? Well, DC has a great selection of free museums to take advantage of. The Corcoran Gallery of Art is also ditching the admission fee for Saturday’s until Labor Day, so take advantage of it before it’s gone for more info click here.

Free drinks?? Wine is the old school get right. Many wine shops and small eateries have wine tastings once a week. The Tivoli in Ballston, VA near to my job has one every Friday. Plus you can get great bottle of wine for less than $10!

Cheap drinks?? Local bars, restaurants and pubs are always coming up with promotions to bring in customers, so don’t be afraid to take full advantage. Rock Bottom Grill, also in Ballston, has $2 pints of handcrafted, fresh brewed beer on Wednesday nights. It makes me sad I don’t drink beer every week. Since we don’t condone drinking and driving it’s worth noting that oth locations are Metro accessible, so you can drink then sober up on the Metro.

Adult Swim: On Sundays Capitol Skyline Hotel Pool offers (10 Eye Street, SW). That $10 get you a relaxing dip in the pool and burgers. Yummy. (via DCFab)

More tips soon!