Category Archives: Fashion

Computer Age Couture


The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art recently opened its 2016 exhibit entitled Manus x Machina, which refers to manmade versus machine made. On exhibit are approximately 200 garments ranging from haute couture pieces that were made by hand utilizing the precise measurements of the client to contemporary pieces made for the current spring season utilizing computer technology and other machine  techniques. Typically haute couture has been identified as being more exclusive and better made than ready-to-wear and machine made garments, but the advancement of computer technology has enabled designers to use new techniques, principally 3D printers, to construct unique, contemporary garments that are every bit as exclusive as haute couture apparel. Handmade and machine-made no longer have to remain mutually exclusive of each other, but can be complementary to one another.  

This exhibit will be on display throughout the summer, so be sure to check out these works of art. 

A Day At The Races

Photos courtesy of the Kentucky Derby

 Meriwether Lewis Clark Jr., who was the grandson of American explorer William Clark of Lewis and Clark fame, founded the Kentucky Derby in 1873 after attending the Epsom Derby in England. He returned to Louisville, KY determined to build a similar venue for thoroughbred horse racing, stateside. He obtained land from his maternal uncles, the Churchill brothers, and built Churchill Downs, which he fashioned after Epsom Downs. The dress code at Churchill Downs is similar to its English counterpart with women and men, smartly and elegantly attired with hats complimenting their ensembles.The tradition of donning elegant millinery has continued to this day, with some women wearing elaborate creations festooned with feathers, ribbons, and/or bows.  

First Monday in May

Photos courtesy of Vogue and the Daily News

Every year on the first Monday in May, the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art holds its annual gala. The glitterati, lucky enough to receive invitations, often come dressed according to theme.  This year, the theme was Manus x Machina: Fashion in the Age of Technology, which refers to hand-made couture versus machine made read-to-wear clothing.  Some of the guests wore couture attire that looked high tech in style, while others wore garments made of high tech fabrics. I loved many of the styles on the red carpet, but I included the ones that I thought were especially on point.  I hope to see the exhibit soon and I will report on it once I do. 

Similar Style

 

A classic look never goes out of style.  I wore the outfit in the top photo in a post from May 2014.  The other photo is of Gwyneth Paltrow appearing in her recently published cookbook, “It’s All Easy”.  I have to get a copy because I read some positive reviews about the recipes.  Since I am a novice in the kitchen, I could use some easy-to-follow recipes, as I attempt to develop my cooking skills. 

Casual and Comfy

My new New Balance Lifestyle Sneakers

This photo is courtesy of New Balance

In a pedestrian city like New York, it is always a good idea to have comfortable shoes to trek around in. I have athletic shoes for various sports, but I wanted a pair of comfortable, all-purpose sneakers just for pounding the pavement — in style. I had been  coveting a pair of suede New Balance sneakers just for that purpose when I came upon a newly opened New Balance store on Third Avenue and East 67th Street. I can’t wait to take them out for a test run — I mean walk.

The Easter Parade

There is a song from the 1948 movie Easter Parade, starring Judy Garland and Fred Astaire, that mentions an Easter Parade on Fifth Avenue in NYC.  The lyrics are:

On the avenue, Fifth Avenue, the photographers will snap us
And you’ll find that you’re in the rotogravure
Oh, I could write a sonnet about your Easter bonnet
And of the guy, I’m taking to the Easter Parade

I have spent my entire life in Manhattan, but I have never gone to Fifth Avenue on Easter Sunday to see if there really is a parade of people wearing Easter bonnets. I ventured out today at about 10:30 and saw that Fifth Avenue was closed to traffic between 57th and 49th Streets. I am not sure if there is an actual, organized parade, but what I saw were people strolling along the avenue, many of them wearing all styles of headgear from simple to elaborate. Everyone was happy to pose for all of the trigger-happy photographers.

Happy Easter to all who celebrate!

Bold and Beautiful

While window shopping today, I noticed that bold colors, especially yellow, are trending this spring. Chloe, Dolce and Gabbana, Prada, and Gucci each featured fashions with yellow or other bright colors.  Stripes and strong floral patterns also seem to be popular this season.  Nothing lifts you out of the winter doldrums like bright, strong colors and patterns.    

The Oscar Goes To…

Charlize Theron Christian Dior

Naomi Watts Armani Prive

Rooney Mara Givenchy Haute Couture

Julianne Moore Chanel

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Saoirse Ronan Calvin Klein

The Academy Awards honor actors and actresses who have given exemplary performances in film.  I understand that what they wear to the awards ceremony is not as important as how they performed in their respective films.  However, I must admit that I love tuning in to see what the actresses have chosen to wear, anyway, because I love fashion and I enjoy seeing the exquisite dresses that designers have created for them.  Above are my top five choices for best dressed ladies.  Honorable mention goes to perennial favorite Cate Blanchett and new comer Brie Larson, who both looked gorgeous in their Armani Prive and Gucci gowns, respectively.

Golden Girls at the Globes

I did not see any of the movies in contention for awards last night, but I did tune in to the Golden Globes briefly to see who was wearing what.  Everyone looked beautiful, but I especially loved the dresses that these four women wore and the grace that each exuded. I imagine that it is incredibly stressful choosing the perfect dress.  Style, color, comfort, and fit are all so important but elegance is the ultimate goal.  These four women hit the mark with their choices. And the award goes to . . . you be the judge.

Cruise to Nowhere

After Christmas ends,  Cruise season begins.  I often wonder who goes cruising in January after Christmas break ends and everyone else goes back to work or school.  There must be enough fashion-consious women buying all of the beautiful, stylish, warm weather clothing featured in stores and magazines that it warrants its own season.  I must admit that the idea of setting off for a warm destination, just as the winter gloom is descending upon most of the country, is very appealing.  Here is my youthful, inexpensive take on warm weather dressing.