Tag Archives: Spring 2012 fashion

Five minutes with Tim Gunn

11 Sep

Yesterday was the highlight in my fashion-lovin’ life…I. met. Tim. Gunn.

Need I say more? Well, yes…where to begin? As my friend Amanda and I made the journey to Ridgewood, NJ for the book signing, all day I agonized over what I should say. What can I ask? I did not want to waste the 5 or less minutes I may get with Mr. Gunn! Of course, after a little retail therapy I was able to clear my head. Looking back on the day now, I had nothing to worry about.

Tim on TV is Tim in real life, if not more. He could not be more kind, attentive and fabulous. You can hear the passion in his voice when speaking about his new book, Tim Gunn’s Fashion Bible. His inspiration? Boredom. Frustrated with the lack of historical fashion books that weren’t a snooze-fest, Tim set out to write¬†Fashion Bible. Stressing that this book does not follow the evolution of fashion chronologically, instead Tim explained, each chapter tackles a different piece of clothing– how it began, evolved and what it means to us fashionistas now.

Afterward, Tim took questions from the audience, ranging from what was his favorite season of Project Runway (season 1) to how is fashion playing a role in the presidential election, to which Tim credited Michele Obama as a fashion icon for not being a political “dress up doll”. Instead she dresses like a “real” woman that so many of us can relate to.

As we patiently waited for our turn to meet Tim, I noticed how thoughtful and warm he was to each and every person. Taking the time to really listen to their questions, take pictures and give advice. Which is exactly how he treated me and Amanda. After asking for advice on getting into fashion marketing and chatting up my blog (thanks Amanda!), Tim made sure to compliment our color choices and outfits (yay!). Finally, Amanda asked if he went to any NYFW shows that day. His reply, “Oh God no!”. As we laughed, he explained how much better it is to watch the shows online. And for someone who doesn’t have the means to get to Fashion Week (right now), I really appreciated that. I didn’t feel so left out. He spoke to us like we had known him for years, and I wish we could have talked for hours.

So if I had to describe my day in one word, FABULOUS! Tim gave me more confidence and “chutz¬∑pa” to pursure my fashion dreams, so if you’re reading this Tim…thank you!

Christian Siriano: Spring 2012

11 Sep

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Who doesn’t love Christian Siriano? The fiercest Project Runway winner of them all! Season after season, I cannot wait to see what he puts down the runway. And what makes him even better is that his shoe line at Payless makes it possible for die-hard, yet not rich, fashionista like me to own a piece of Christian fashion. That’s FIERCE.

Ok, so back to Siriano’s Spring fashion outlook…

1. Eye-popping color (reoccurring trend alert!)

2. Maxi skirts

3. Tailored capris and jackets

4. Whites and creams (mixed with eye-popping color!)

5. Siriano staple: Tulle, organza and feathers!

According to style.com, Christian’s inspiration behind this collection was Katherine Hepburn — a revelation that may leave some people scratching their heads. For a designer who won Project Runway on his love of feathers, pushing boundaries and avant garde. Yet, after looking through his pieces, he definitely made it work! In opening, his looks resembled a modern-day Katherine. Very simple and tailored in silhouette, yet bold and sassy in color and styling. Even the models’ hair (and sunglasses) mirrored Katherine someone in today’s fashion folio. Red, neon yellow, white and cream dominated the color palette.

Some of my favorite looks…the tight, striped tees paired with extra-long maxi skirts, his red blazer and the long, tunic vest cinched with a bright red belt and paired with a flowing yellow skirt.

As the show moved on, his looks got more bold, and good ole’ Christian came through. Fur and feathers, organza and tulle. Looks that pushed the envelope, but stayed ready-to-wear. Some of my favorite fashions for Spring 2012 thus far.

What do think Compliment Closet fans?

Jason Wu, Woos

9 Sep

Only 2 days into NYFW, and I already can’t wait to shop for my Spring 2012 wardrobe. Wait! You’re getting ahead of yourself, Alicia! I haven’t even picked up my new pieces for this Fall yet. Still, Spring 2012 fashions are shaping up to show off our girlish figures. To kick off some of Compliment Closet’s FW coverage, here are some highlights of a stand-out show thus far — Jason Wu.

Jason Wu’s Spring collection in 2 words: vintage vixen. High-waists and full skirts. Grays and blacks splash with color. Sleeveless blouses, ruffled pencil skirts and bow belts. Yet, pair the looks with sleek, spiky hair and fiery red lips, and these looks exude bad-ass girl power. I’d feel pretty girly, yet slightly intimidating strutting down the street in anyone of these pieces.