It's Not Just Fashion

Because Friendster is no longer cool and we refuse to tweet, we're making a tumblr. Delve into the terrible combination of Charlie and Marisa's minds that is: It's Not Just Fashion.

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Zara just released it’s November 2009 look book and they stuck with what they do best: trendy basics.  Some of this seasons trends- 80’s, bold colors, menswear looks- are fun and exciting, but don’t consist of pieces that you necessarily want to invest barrels of money in.  This is where Zara steps in with its well-made and runway-inspired clothing and accessories.  We pulled our three favorite outfits from the book. We are absolutely loving their take on the shoulder pad and sweatpants trends; subtlety is the name of the game with this trend and Zara mastered it with this chic top.  The next menswear/equestrian-inspired look captures that effortless style we all strive for each day.  Finally, we love this structured brown coat, and the trend of the season: over-the-knee boots.  We are dying to get our hands on these boots that look beautiful and in no way remind of us of, ahem, a lady of the night.

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permalink Katy Perry had a Viktor & Rolf moment recently at the EMAs. And while we love the risk that she took by wearing such an avant-garde piece during a performance she knew would be televised, photographed, and shared with the world, we came to a shocking realization about Katy Perry. She doesn’t wear clothes; clothes wear her. She is constantly one-upping the craziness and gimmick-iness of her ensembles. Whether she is wearing tropical fruit, feathers, or an overload of sequins, we can’t understand the statement she is trying to make. The clothes she picks overpower her look and even her talent. If she wants to be a real trendsetter, she might want to try something crazy, like no pants? Oops…too late.

Katy Perry had a Viktor & Rolf moment recently at the EMAs. And while we love the risk that she took by wearing such an avant-garde piece during a performance she knew would be televised, photographed, and shared with the world, we came to a shocking realization about Katy Perry. She doesn’t wear clothes; clothes wear her. She is constantly one-upping the craziness and gimmick-iness of her ensembles. Whether she is wearing tropical fruit, feathers, or an overload of sequins, we can’t understand the statement she is trying to make. The clothes she picks overpower her look and even her talent. If she wants to be a real trendsetter, she might want to try something crazy, like no pants? Oops…too late.

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We’ve been following the upcoming Rodarte for Target line with eager anticipation and are happy that the web was abuzz today with clearer pictures of some of the line’s pieces.  But from what we saw today, we’re feeling … meh.  The black lace halter dress that looked oh so promising in the blurry pics released several weeks ago, now looks a little, well, cheap.  We know from personal experience that this kind of lace, that Target also used for its Anna Sui line, doesn’t look or feel so great in person.  The bow-sleeved frothy number looks well made to us, but we fear that those bows will look like weird shoulder wings when the dress is actually put on a human.  Despite our concerns, we remain optimists!  Yet we are still pondering, how does this Target collection relate to their S/S 2010 warrior runway looks??  We’re completely baffled by how the inspiration for the two lines connect, but we’ll role with it.  Variety is good, n’est pas?

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So on tonight’s episode of The City one of the most pleasant surprises, other than Joe Zee telling Erin that she needed to guide Olivia more (that was a bitchy move with the whole trade show scheduling debacle) was the bathing suit runway show put on by Mara Hoffman. So we did a little fashion investigating of her Spring Show on nymag.com and found some great looks. Her bold futuristic prints are refreshing and they aren’t overworked. We also like the construction of the second look and the white on silver. Sorry Erin, but Olivia and Whitney were spot on when she called Mara’s looks “futuristic hippy.” Nicely done Kelly Curtone and People’s Revolution.

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permalink Here we have Carine Roitfeld, esteemed Editor-in-Chief of French Vogue and one of the world’s leaders in trend-setting, appearing in public sans son pantalon, as the French would say.  This picture had us begging the question put best by nymag.com’s “The Cut”: “If Carine goes without pants, does that make it okay?”  This is the very same question we asked ourselves when we first saw this photo, because although Lady Gaga and the S/S 2010 runways have been practically pushing the no-pants trend down our throats, we truly did not  believe that it would ever become acceptable.  And yet, here we have a woman who epitomizes French-chic (aka global-chic), seemingly pulling off the no-pants trend, in a lace bodysuit no less!!! *see previous posts about our obsession with lace.  We think that Carine has officially opened the no-pants floodgates: where is this trend appropriate?  Where might one buy an outfit that manages to work even without pants?  What will our grandparents think?!  The list goes on and on.
What do you think about the no-pants trend:  Should it catch on?  Will it catch on?  And who can actually pull it off?

Here we have Carine Roitfeld, esteemed Editor-in-Chief of French Vogue and one of the world’s leaders in trend-setting, appearing in public sans son pantalon, as the French would say.  This picture had us begging the question put best by nymag.com’s “The Cut”: “If Carine goes without pants, does that make it okay?”  This is the very same question we asked ourselves when we first saw this photo, because although Lady Gaga and the S/S 2010 runways have been practically pushing the no-pants trend down our throats, we truly did not  believe that it would ever become acceptable.  And yet, here we have a woman who epitomizes French-chic (aka global-chic), seemingly pulling off the no-pants trend, in a lace bodysuit no less!!! *see previous posts about our obsession with lace.  We think that Carine has officially opened the no-pants floodgates: where is this trend appropriate?  Where might one buy an outfit that manages to work even without pants?  What will our grandparents think?!  The list goes on and on.

What do you think about the no-pants trend:  Should it catch on?  Will it catch on?  And who can actually pull it off?

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We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Alexander McQueen is not easy to pull off, but if there is one fierce fashionista who can do it, it’s the pop phenom that is Lady Gaga.  In her latest (and very catchy might we add) music video “Bad Romance”, Gaga rocks McQueen S/S 2010 throughout what appears to be some sort of captive dream-like sequence.  Her wardrobe is, of course, highly appropriate considering the world premiere of the “Bad Romance” single was at the McQueen show this past fall.  Honestly, we do not know who else could possibly walk, much less dance in those insane shoes.  Maybe that’s why we only see a flash of Gaga walking in the towering glittery heels; we can picture that some poor intern had to catch her each time she fell trying to walk in those.  ”Bad Romance” has been a staple in the gym mix on our ipod and we’re excited to now have a McQueen-clad Gaga as a visual to go along with the song.

*We can’t find any stills of Gaga from the video yet, but here’s the S/S 2010 finale McQueen outfit that she rocks toward the end of the video

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One trend that we haven’t seen quite make it State-side is the menswear shoe for women.  In Europe, these shoes are HUGE, a staple of any girls wardrobe; yet for whatever reason, they haven’t made the jump over the pond.  We love this style of shoe and Marisa has nearly worn through her third pair since leaving Paris a year ago.  We’ve been hoping for some lower-end brands to pick up this trend and try to make it work.  Well, we just saw a post about the new “Sophie” shoe by Vans on Nitrolicious that will make its debut in the spring.  Don’t get us wrong, neither of us are gnarly skater kids, yet we found ourselves drawn to the simple chicness of these delicate shoes.  We will be making a rare visit to our local Pacific Sunwear come spring.  In the mean time we will covet these silly, yet amazing Christian Louboutin menswear sparklers.

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After being picked up by Vogue and Nymag.com, we felt like this totally creepy ring/6th finger deserved some extra attention.  The ring is designed by Delfina Delettrez, an accessories designer with a flare (to say the least) for the eccentric.  She got us wondering what else a woman who created a “sixth finger ring” that comes with it’s own nail polish, might design?  Well, turns out, Delfina’s full name is Delfina Delettrez Fendi (yes, as in the Fendi), and at the ripe age of 19 she was the designer for Fendi’s first ever accessories line.  We’re kinda falling in love with her kooky and spooky aesthetic.  Forget the totally weird finger ring, her high-end designs are creepy, chic and cool.

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Aww we saw this on Leather-and-Lace’s tumblr and it’s too cute!  The sign is from backstage at the Alexander Wang show.  We just had the best mental image of little A.Wang barely reaching the counter of the bar ordering 50 shots of tequila for 50 leggy models.  So silly.  We wouldn’t need any tequila shots to convince us to wear the amazing looks from his latest collection.

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permalink We’re obsessed with this “statue” tribute to Lady Gaga. Chaz was overly into My Little Pony when he was little so he is biased. But still this little recreation of the Queen of Pop by Mari Kasurinen is PHENOM!

We’re obsessed with this “statue” tribute to Lady Gaga. Chaz was overly into My Little Pony when he was little so he is biased. But still this little recreation of the Queen of Pop by Mari Kasurinen is PHENOM!

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Ok, this shit is B.A.N.A.N.A.S.  Taylor Jacobson just announced over email that she is leaving the Rachel Zoe Corporation.  What will the show be without her constant whining, threatening to quit, dirty looks, and sunglasses inside? She is one of the major reasons why the show ‘shuts it down’. We love how she puts Brad in his place constantly, but we also love all of her fashion moments: the leather Dior dress at Avenue, the half-leapord jacket, the skinny jeans, the Louboutin booties: EVERYTHING. We die for everything she wears. LITERALLY. We’re also super bummed she decided to leave outside the time of filming (how great would the awkward tension have been between her Rachel and Brad when she said she was quitting but was typing ferociously on her blackberry the whole time). Who will Brad constantly make jealous and pick on?  More importantly, how will ANYTHING EVER get done at Rachel Zoe Corp.?!  In the name of all that is vintage Chanel, Taylor come back!

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Oh, you know, just another day in the life of Karl Lagerfeld.  Strolling down the street with Lara Stone and Baptiste Gianconi… on a motorcycle… in head to toe Chanel.  We are still awaiting the fateful day when we run into this trio prancing down the street.  Marisa did once brush past K.L. on the stairs inside Colette in Paris last fall and her heart literally stopped beating; it was a moment of total American weakness in which all the posh Parisienne costumers scoffed at her loud gasp and went on their merry way as though there wasn’t a legend in their midst.  Oh Karl, how you give us butterflies.

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Oh, you know, just another day in the life of Karl Lagerfeld.  Strolling down the street with Lara Stone and Baptiste Gianconi… on a motorcycle… in head to toe Chanel.  We are still awaiting the fateful day when we run into this trio prancing down the street.  Marisa did once brush past K.L. on the stairs inside Colette in Paris last fall and her heart literally stopped beating; it was a moment of total American weakness in which all the posh Parisienne costumers scoffed at her loud gasp and went on their merry way as though there wasn’t a legend in their midst.  Oh Karl, how you give us butterflies.

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Omg a Louis Vuitton first aid kit, this is too great.  We would love to meet the person who actually owns this.  Actually scratch that, we’re sure that André Leon Talley has this, and that when he falls and scrapes his knee he wipes up the blood first with a monogrammed LV towel, followed by a monogrammed LV band aid.  Luxury at it’s worst finest.

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Omg a Louis Vuitton first aid kit, this is too great.  We would love to meet the person who actually owns this.  Actually scratch that, we’re sure that André Leon Talley has this, and that when he falls and scrapes his knee he wipes up the blood first with a monogrammed LV towel, followed by a monogrammed LV band aid.  Luxury at it’s worst finest.

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permalink We found another pic of a fabulous window display from Bergdorf’s that we think is effortlessly chic.  Goyard is such a luxury staple that instantly makes even the dullest outfit look like a million bucks… which may be because Goyard costs nearly a million bucks.  An all black ensemble with the perfect monogrammed Goyard bag is such an amazingly classic look.  Marisa would totally give an arm and a leg for a monogrammed Goyard tote, and Charlie would give Marisa’s arm and leg for a men’s Goyard wallet.

We found another pic of a fabulous window display from Bergdorf’s that we think is effortlessly chic.  Goyard is such a luxury staple that instantly makes even the dullest outfit look like a million bucks… which may be because Goyard costs nearly a million bucks.  An all black ensemble with the perfect monogrammed Goyard bag is such an amazingly classic look.  Marisa would totally give an arm and a leg for a monogrammed Goyard tote, and Charlie would give Marisa’s arm and leg for a men’s Goyard wallet.

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permalink We saw these Louboutin booties in the window of Bergdorf’s just over a month ago and immediately started drooling.  We had forgotten that we had captured their gloriousness on film until this morning and we knew that we must share their beauty with all the It’s Not Just Fashion readers.  As you know, our obsession with lace grows more and more each day to the point where Marisa has been DYING for a pair of lace shoes.  She has been desperately missing her white lace high-tops from third grade, and suddenly these Loubs seem to fill that void.  What makes these booties so delicious is the mixing of textures.  Mix and match is a major trend this fall and spring 2010, and unlikely combos like lace, glitter, and leather make what used to be oh so wrong, now look oh so right.  An all lace bootie would look more like a slipper and would be really hard to match, but we think this execution of a lace shoe is absolutely show-stopping.

We saw these Louboutin booties in the window of Bergdorf’s just over a month ago and immediately started drooling.  We had forgotten that we had captured their gloriousness on film until this morning and we knew that we must share their beauty with all the It’s Not Just Fashion readers.  As you know, our obsession with lace grows more and more each day to the point where Marisa has been DYING for a pair of lace shoes.  She has been desperately missing her white lace high-tops from third grade, and suddenly these Loubs seem to fill that void.  What makes these booties so delicious is the mixing of textures.  Mix and match is a major trend this fall and spring 2010, and unlikely combos like lace, glitter, and leather make what used to be oh so wrong, now look oh so right.  An all lace bootie would look more like a slipper and would be really hard to match, but we think this execution of a lace shoe is absolutely show-stopping.

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