Runway Review: Victoria Beckham Eyewear

Victoria Beckham, formerly known as Posh Spice in the Spice Girls, has gradually built a fashion house and brand on her sleek, sophisticated dresses and structured, enviable purses, but now she is expanding to eyewear. Beckham premiered the glasses in a series of photos she did as guest editor of Glamour Magazine’s September issue (see photo 1). The glasses are based on classic mens eyewear, especially from the 1960’s, and are currently associated with artistic people (namely the “Hipster” group) and younger individuals. Personally, I hate wearing glasses (I practically cringe whenever I have to pull them out to wear), but I do like the simplicity of the style and the minimal feminine details (see photo 2 for the other style). I may actually look into the pair that Victoria wears in the editorial (see photo 1) and perhaps (as much of a stretch this may be) I may grow to like wearing my glasses when I have to.

What do you think of Victoria Beckham’s eyewear? And are there any other specific collections you would like Trend to discuss?

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Runway Review: Forever 21 Fall/Winter 2012/2013 Video Campaign

At my college, Forever 21 is practically a religion. This company has stylish clothes that a college student can afford and be able to pay her tuition bill. I really liked their new collection video because of the allusions to Lewis Carroll’s novel Alice in Wonderland (which is one of my favorite novels) and the clothes, although styled eccentrically, are very attractive. I have already purchased some sweaters and blouses from their new collection, and I am looking forward to sporting them on campus as the Fall season approaches.

What do you think of Forever 21’s new collection video? And what do you think of this new collection?

Runway Review: Rodarte Fall/Winter 2012/2013

Rodarte, a company built by two sisters, has created a reputation of detailed clothes with juxtaposed soft and hard fabrics. I absolutely adored Rodarte’s Spring/Summer 2012 collection because all of the dresses were printed with Vincent Van Gogh paintings; and the Fall collection is extremely good, but I feel slightly (extremely slightly) disappointed by the overall collection. I love the tiered, flowy dresses and the tribal-like style of the hard dresses– I love a juxtaposed style of the masculine hardness and the feminine softness, and Rodarte is one of the few companies that can execute that style perfectly.

What do you think of Rodarte’s Fall/Winter collection? Do you have a favorite look from the collection? And are there any specific collections you would like Trend to discuss?

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The Beautiful Blogger Award

Thank you so much Bethany (http://bethanybeachdesigns.com) for nominating 1st on Trend for the Beautiful Blogger Award– I truly appreciate it. The rules for this award are to copy the Award logo, thank the person who nominated you, tell seven things about yourself, and to nominate seven more bloggers. So, I have thanked Bethany (again, check her out at http://bethanybeachdesigns.com, it is an awesome blog and she is a wonderfully kind blogger); I have copied and posted the Award into this post (look below); so now I will list seven things about myself.

  1. I believe that John Keats is the best poet and writer ever. I want to be him some day (minus an early death from tuberculosis). My favorite poems are “To Hope”, “Ode On A Grecian Urn”, “Ode To A Nightingale”, “La Belle Dame Sans Merci”, and “Bright Star”. The best readings of them, in my opinion, are by actor Ben Whishaw (who played Keats in Bright Star).
  2. My favorite television shows are The Hour and Being Human, both of which are British. I have a very dry, sarcastic sense of humor and find both of these shows, despite the serious tones, to be incredibly funny. I am looking forward to their Winter returns and will be watching obsessively (friends and family have learned not to call me when those shows are on).
  3. I have read Emily Brontë’s novel Wuthering Heights atleast once a year since I was eleven– I can quote some of the passages.
  4. I once walked into a street lamp when touring Niagara Falls in Canada– I was distracted by some street performer who was slicing carrots with playing cards.
  5. I believe more people should read and/or know of John Ford’s play “‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore” than William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet”. “‘Tis Pity” is much better because of its themes and characters, but people question it because of the title and two main characters (just google it, I don’t want to spoil it).
  6. When I was little, Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland were my favorite stories. So, whenever I saw a rabbit outside, I would chase after it (I broke my ankle once by tripping over one of the rabbit holes). And I used to keep my window open at night, hoping to catch Peter (instead I just caught a lot of colds during the colder months).
  7. I want to move to London or New York City after college. I want to live in artsy district where I can pursue all of my dreams and be around interesting people.

Okay, so now I need to nominate seven blogs.

  1. http://astimegoesbuy.me (She once did a post for me that was amazing)
  2. http://closetstrategy.wordpress.com (A fellow blogger with fantastic taste)
  3. http://amourshoes.wordpress.com (A very interesting blog)
  4. http://fashionaveandsixth.wordpress.com (It is well-done and very interesting)
  5. http://blog.shook.co (The whole website is a new, interesting way of selling and marketing products)
  6. http://gerrylocity.wordpress.com (It is well organized and discusses similar topics that I do)
  7. http://thescribblerarchive.wordpress.com (A fellow reader and interesting blogger)

Make sure to check out these blogs! And, once again, thank you Bethany for the nomination!

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Copper: Television Review

Last night BBC America premiered its first television show (all the other shows are from England’s various BBC channels) called Copper, which is a period drama that seems to be a combination of Law and Order and Gangs of New York. The premise of the show is that Irish immigrant turned police detective, Kevin Corcoran is trying to defend his town of Five Points (ironically, it is the Financial District in New York City now) and find out what happened to his wife. Apparently, when Corcoran returned from the Civil War, his wife, Ellen, was missing and his daughter was dead, and he has been searching for her ever since. Corcoran, unlike many of his peers, has a fantastic support group that aid him in solving various crimes in the city– Moorehouse, who was Corcoran’s commanding officer in the War and had to have his leg cut off by Corcoran, is a member of the elite; Eva Heissen, who runs a brothel and occasionally provides Corcoran…company; Mathew, who fought in the Civil War with Corcoran, and functions as a coroner for Corcoran (but no one can know, since it is illegal for African-Americans to be doctors); and Francis Maguire, who is also a detective and Corcoran’s closest friend.

Copper, like I mentioned earlier, is the first television show to come out of BBC America, which is why the show combines the British and American cultures brilliantly. The channel did not tentatively create dramas– no, they dove in completely. Copper has cops that believe in “shoot first, ask questions later”, prostitution and sex trades, childhood prostitution, murders, and the corruption of politics and the elite. But despite all of these elements, Copper doesn’t let you forget that despite these major flaws, Corcoran is what is keeping Five Points from eating itself alive. While it is too early to determine whether this show will be as addictive as The Hour, Dr. Who, and Being Human, Copper is a good show and I appreciate their lack of fear in creating this show. So, to put this all quite simply, I will be watching Copper as the season unfolds.

What do you think of Copper? Are you going to keep watching? And do you think BBC America should create more shows?

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Fall Trend #7: Oxblood

There will be Oxblood! Yes, while that phrase is odd and vaguely disturbing, the color Oxblood is the must-have color for the Fall/Winter season. Oxblood was seen on the runways of Alexander McQueen, Yves Saint Laurent, Gucci, Givenchy, and J Brand. This dark shade of red can be found mostly in suede and leather, and can be worn in jackets, gloves, belts, purses, and shoes. Every shoe designer from Dr Martins to Christian Louboutin has used Oxblood– so this color can be worn by tomboys, girly girls, and both sexes. I like this color because it is not the traditional Winter red, but it is not radically new nor too trendy to wear for only this year. Oxblood is a great color and one of the few trends that can appeal to almost everyone.

What do you think of the Oxblood trend? And is there a particular item you like in this color more than any other?

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Savile Row vs. Abercrombie & Fitch

Over the past few months the established tailors and businessmen of Savile Row in London have been protesting the decision to put a children’s Abercrombie & Fitch store on the same street that houses Anderson & Sheppard and Lanvin. Savile Row is iconic and known for its impeccably tailored suits– everyone from silent film star Rudolf Valentino to British royalty (almost every gent at the Royal Wedding was wearing a suit from Savile Row) has purchased a suit from there. Now, because of a struggling economy, Abercrombie & Fitch is moving in shortly and immediately changing the metaphorical face of Savile Row. Personally, I really do not like Abercrombie & Fitch. I find their suggestive sayings to be inappropriate, their general attitude pretentious, and their clothes overpriced but poorly made. Savile Row is a place of high quality and true talent, clothes that are carefully constructed by hand– and now they want to put in a store that strictly sells products from China and other cheaper nations. I applaud the people of Savile Row for protesting, though I know it will do little. All we can hope for is that Abercrombie & Fitch fails there.

What do you think of Abercrombie & Fitch moving onto Savile Row? Do you support Abercrombie & Fitch or do you support the established businesses?

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