Happy Nude Year!

What is better than being naked? For most of us who don’t have model perfect bodies, it would be adapting one of the hottest color inclinations into our wardrobes. Blush, beige, buff, flush and flesh are all synonymous with the year’s plethora of all things nude in fashion. I think it really took hold when Angelina Jolie stepped out in a short black strapless dress for the red carpet premiere of Salt and Kung Fu Panda. She gave her already long legs some extra mileage by donning some spectacular nude platform pumps. Women all over the world took notice, and…

The Best of 2010

2010, was it the end of another decade or the beginning of compiling yet another best and worst list? The answer to that question is both.  Lists are essentially arbitrary contrivances of opinionated people, namely bloggers, writers and, of course, me. These lists chronicle the good, the bad and the god awful of a given period of time. As a casual observer and sometime participant in the fashion game, I have gained some insight into where modern fashion is and where it wants to go again and again. We will see some trends carry over into the next 10 years…

Naughty or Nice?

The older I get the more the memories of New Year’s debauchery of my youth become fuzzy. Since I worked at several Milwaukee nightclubs back in the heyday of the ’80s, I feel that I’m speaking from some experience here. Let’s just suffice to say that I know the difference between sexy and sleazy. It is a fine line and one that it seems every gal walks like a tight rope. How does one go out and welcome the New Year in sassy style without bordering on bordello? I have a few tips straight from hip for enjoying the evening…

Jingle Bling from Local Designer Jaxie

Just the other day I was at an event at the new Vici Capilli Salon and School in Bayshore Town Center, where a young woman wearing a beautiful sequined and jeweled headband caught my eye. I liked the way it wasn’t too over the top but still had some razzle-dazzle and class. I knew it was from Jaxie because I had just done a segment on Fox 6 and had used pieces she sells at Luci Boutique. She confirmed my hunch. At that moment, I had the feeling that we had a new designer/entrepreneur/trendsetter here in our midst. Whimsical, romantic,…

Ho Ho Hideous

Somewhere between the realm of the precocious preschooler and any of the gals on a holiday episode of the “Golden Girls” lays the lair of the holiday sweater. This seasonal garment, which is by all accounts both reviled and ubiquitous, rears its ugly head with little or no warning about this time of year. Just who hasn’t been confronted by the well-meaning wearer of something that shall we say is unsightly to say the least? I am here to do a little research and enlighten us all about the insidious way these gruesomely gleeful items permeate the fabric of our…

Project Runway

(Please sing the next lines to the tune of “My Favorite Things…”) Nina and Heidi and lots of nice dresses, Michael Kors dissing contestants’ hot messes, Tim Gunn is wondering which ones will stay, these are the joys of “Project Runway.” Let’s face it, the successful Lifetime television show has had its ups and downs. It has spawned a few weak imitators on TV and some surprisingly great and, I might add, successful fashion designers. It has given us a look into the world of fashion design with all the drama, bitchery and heart-tugging emotion intact. Watching this show has…

Haute Holiday Looks For Less

With the onset of the charity ball season underway and holiday party invitations coming in, the important question for many gals is, “What do I wear?” There seems to be a common thread for women attending a formal function or classy soiree here in town or in the suburbs, and that is, “Where do I get an appropriate dress, without making an enormous investment in something I may only use once?” After all, Milwaukee’s doesn’t have the socialite scene that requires an extensive cocktail/formal wear wardrobe. From the events that I have had the pleasure of attending, it seems to…

Laying Down Fashion Roots

I met Ashley Brooks a few years ago through mutual friends in the biz. I was immediately struck by her beauty, friendly charm and confident, easy approach to her personal style. When I learned that she worked as a designer for Kohl’s Department Stores right here in the Milwaukee area, I wanted to find out more about what drew her to follow a life in fashion. In addition to her full-time corporate position at one of the top-four fashion retailers in the nation, she offers her professional advice to locals in need of sartorial intervention through a nationally credited style…

Denim Choices 101

One of my favorite fall/winter pieces is a denim trench coat by John Bartlett. I believe that denim is the most populist fabric the world has ever known! It works well for high-end garments, such as my coat, and everything from Fleet Farm bib overalls to True Religion fashion skinnies. All modern people wear denim in some way, shape or form, but it is jeans that comprise 50 percent of a person’s wardrobe. But, what is it about this humble garment that gave it undeniable success? Not that long ago, only poor, working class folks wore denim jeans. Practicality, not…

Fall’s Lumber Jackets

Red-and-black plaid shirt, check. Rolled and cuffed jeans, check. Grungy leather boots, check. Chunky knit watch cap, check. What are we talking about here? Fashion trends come and go, but the “Paul Bunyan” look has certainly taken over as one of the easy go-to looks of the fall/winter season. Anyone can wear it, even if you’ve never held an axe or stood 20 feet tall. On runways at a plethora of men’s and women’s presentations, the plaid outdoorsy style is out in full force. Growing up in rural Wisconsin, I know the practical outdoorsy look well.  I have vivid memories…