Once again, I’ve migrated and returned unscathed. I thank you for patiently awaiting my arrival back at my computer. Needless to say…. I’ve come back with the cold weather and the rain!
Me, I don’t need rainboots. I have these waterproof webbed feet and flippers that do me just fine. But you…. you need rainboots.
If you’re someone who pushes your fashion to the limits and has the purse weight to do it, feel free to drop $225 on the Burberry Large Check pattern [left] in beat blue with a sturdy black sole. For the equally fun-at-fashion but fainter-at-pocketbook, check our the Pelican Tall Boot Lug from Sperry Topsiders [center]. Available in tons of color combos and pattern options, this is a great boot… and at around $70, you might just snag 2 or 3. Last but certainly not least, I’m gonna recommend the classic Hunter Original Gloss Tall boot [right]. With a company history leading all the way back to the mid 1800s, the Hunter rain boot is available today in at least 7 colors that I know of, and for only $125. Because I’m a wild and crazy penguin, I’d go for the teal or turquoise, the violet, or the red…. but you can make the black, brown, navy, or gray work with just about anything.
I’m talking about the release of Apple’s newest life-altering, world-changing, mind-expanding product… the iPhone 4G. Its specs were leaked six months ago and some spy photos surfaced a bit later, but the tech geeks and early adopters have been dreaming of it and drooling for what feels like forever. Now that it’s hit the market (released in stores today) on June 24th, 2010: a day that will live in infamy, they are lining up in droves to make sure they get the very first batch, and the exact model they want.
A few of my penguin friends who are traveling around in other parts of the world just had to get this gadget, and so, have stood in line for hours to insure they’ll get this bad boy on day-one. Naturally, I made fun of them and attempted to make them feel bad for placing such importance on this material item… but to no avail, they woke up at 4am this morning and drove to the local mall to get in line with the rest of the sheep. In Tokyo, the people have been lined up waiting in front of stores for over 48 hours!!! This is just pathetic!
Let’s be honest…. I’m just a jealous penguin. I’m on Verizon and can’t have the iPhone yet. Not the iPhone 4G, or 3Gs, 3G, 2G, or the original. I can’t have it and it’s driving me nuts!!! I woulda been in line with my friends. Hell, I woulda flown to Tokyo just to wait in line longer! I’m the pathetic one!
Dear Verizon, please consider this a penguin plea. If you start getting hundreds of thousands of angry letters addressed from Antarctica… don’t say i didn’t warn you!
If you haven’t seen the new commercial for Huggies’ brand new Jean diapers , I’m sad for you… and I’m fixing the problem right now! Can’t you just picture the marketing team from Huggies sitting around a table discussing slogans….? “Huggies New Jean Diapers…. the coolest you’ll look pooping your pants!!”
This commercial is certifiably genius for a few of reasons: 1. It’s openly ridiculous and adorable; 2. If I told you it was just a joke ad from SNL, you would totally believe me… but these things are 100% legit and for real, on shelves, selling; and 3. I pretty much love anything where they give babies or small children a voice-over inner monologue with a satirical sense of humor.
I’m completely serious when I say I think this may start a number of significant fashion trends. Don’t be surprised if parents start dressing their babies and toddlers in tuxedo footsie-pajamas, or maybe Huggies begins selling their baby wipes with Wall Street Journal newspaper print on them. Conversely, I wouldn’t mind wiping my little penguin behind with something resembling an infants onesie.
So here’ what happened… as you guys all know, we penguins migrate annually for about 6-8 months. Well, first we mate (oh yeah!)…. and then we migrate. This year, I totally planned on bringing my laptop with me for the post-coital journey, and i DID, but I forgot the charger! Boy, do I feel foolish!
Anyway, I’m back from the long hard winter/spring migration…. I’m ready to mate again (any penguin takers?) and ready to get back to bloggin!
My good friend Drake just sent me this… and since I trust her judgment and her ability to spot things that she knows I will love implicitly, I had to post it immediately. [Forewarning style sidenote on Drake: She is a West coast East Coaster. She pops the collar of her polos, loves Ralph Lauren more than she loves her own family, and would sell her soul to the devil himself for a palatial spread in the Hamptons, New England, or anywhere on the Eastern Seaboard. So keep that in mind whenever I show you her picks.]
The summer sand is quickly draining from all of our hourglasses. Summer is full of life and freshness, bright vibrant colors, crisp clean lines, and airy light fabrics and feels. But that’s just it… as summer winds down in the coming weeks, don’t let go of it! If you play your cards right, you can keep a summer feel year-round in your home.
image - remodelista.com
Ok ok ok… I know that yellow might not be for everyone, and maybe this is a little TOO much of a statement for some of you, but I think you get the point. DON’T BE AFRAID OF COLOR!!! If I walk into one more of my friends igloos to see beige walls with darker floors, maybe a gray accent wall, and all dark wood furniture… I am just going to snap. Color is our friend. It makes things more interesting, more eye catching, and most importantly… more fun! Don’t be stupid with it though. When my parents next door neighbors moved in to their house, the wife had the interior of the house painted top to bottom. She did every room in a different color – and there are probably 10 rooms!!! Walking through their home feels like you’re on a guided tour of the Crayola factory. You want to do accent colors that catch the eye and change the whole tone of the house, like the yellow doors seen above which were done throughout the entire craftsman style home. Maybe you can start slow with pillows, rugs, or drapery?
… and go to your public library! We’ve all seen trends come and go in a few months span – but one that we just can’t seem to shake (nor should we) is reinvention of “cool”. It’s clear that our current generation of designers is somewhat apathetic – designing with the notion that everything has been done already, so there is nothing they can try that is truly original, just reinvention of past looks. But think about this… in 1899 (yes, almost 20 years before the Ford Model T and 14 years before the Wright Brothers airplane) the Commisioner of the U.S. Patent Office made the claim that “Everything that can be invented, has been invented”. Ha! This leads me back to “cool”. It’s not a trend – its an aspirational way of living that will never go out of style.
Classic Rock Cool
A note to all you designers (and fashion savvies), stop looking at the monthly trends in your fashion magazines and go check out a few books at your local library. The collage of images here is ‘classic rock cool’ and it typifies a 1960s and 70s era in the flashy world of popular music, butyou takeaway should be… this is what “cool” was at that time. Its much looser than the cuts and colors of the clothes – it’s the feel and the energy of the look and the time that we, as designers, should be looking to reinvent… and you, as clothing aficionados, should be looking to wear. Maybe this is all too ethereal for a penguin on a Friday morning, but I’ve been beak-deep in designing my new spring line (hence my 2 day absence) and this is what I’ve been thinking about.
So, before you rely on the minute-to-minute trends for your next fashion buy… see if what you’re getting/wearing fits in to your personal, modern, today version of “cool”. Forget the hot colors of the summer for a moment and decide if those skinny jeans you’re looking at have the right energy, ON YOU… an energy you feel good about and connected to. That’s all fashion really is or should be.
Like it or not, big chunky jewelry (namely necklaces and chokers) are IN for Fall.
Chunky Necklaces And Chokers for Fall
Personally, I tend to feel like these chokers are about to come alive, grow limbs, and start swatting the pretty girl in the face. That’s honestly what I think about when I see a woman walking down the street with a necklace on that looks as though she needed the assistance of a man… with a forklift… to put it on and clasp it. But that’s just me. I’ll accept the trend like a good little penguin and keep my mouth somewhat shut to any designer friends who may be jumping on the chunka-chunka choochoo train with their accessories this season, as long as they stay away from too much gold. Girls, realize that you can stay on trend here without “icing” out your collarbone until your friends feel the need to give you a rapper name and you join the likes of ‘Lil Romeo’ or ‘Weezy’. Or until you’re forced to buy a cargo van and start the next A-Team, Mr. T. Go easy at first and see what’s comfortable for you… and start with browns, earth tones, and soft colors – not metallics. Also, keep your size and shape in mind. We don’t want any of you 5’1″, 98 pound, tiny tots developing back problems because of a Fall 2009 fashion trend. If that should happen – send your chiropractor bills to Sandra Bullock, she wore just under 1 ton of necklace to the premiere of ‘The Proposal’ and got people buzzing early on.
Maybe I should be embarrassed to admit it, but I’ve just now stumbled onto Chevingon Clothing.
Chevignon Clothing - French Take on the US 1950's
The French company has been around since 1979, and in the United States for about 19 of those 30 years. Best known for their unique interpretations of American retro style, the brand was started with a take on the the “fights”, the bomber jacket worn by US Air Force pilots in the 1950s. The inspiration of the entire brand is “The American Dream”, and you can clearly see how it’s communicated in every collection they’ve put out.
The look is something right off the backs of Josh Hartnett and Ben Affleck from the movie “Pearl Harbor”. I love the current line, and wish it was more readily available here in the US. The short cut of the outerwear pieces looks great on top of their neutral sweaters – and their merchandising with the hats really gives the line a fashion-forward street feel.
“Quality will be remembered long after price is forgotten.”
Founder Guccio Gucci
This is the long running Gucci Family Slogan, and I love it. It’s true I can look at some items out there in the marketplace and, because I know how they were made and what the materials cost, I can say that they are grossly overpriced… but what Gucci said about quality is undeniable. A well made, original, unique, classic piece of clothing is worth any price as long as you can pay it.
Last night was the New York premiere of ‘The September Issue’, the new documentary about fashion mogul, Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, and the entrance doors to the screening may as well have been a catwalk.
Sienna Always Looks Great
Imagine you’re walking into the premiere for a film about the most opinionated and judgmental person in fashion… and whose opinion may just carry the most weight in the industry. You had to know Sienna was gonna stun ‘em, especially after a little tension between her and Wintour over a scene in the movie (and the trailer) in which Anna calls Sienna “toothy” and talks about her “unruly hair” in a photo for the cover of the issue. Apparently they felt Miller needed quite a lot of photoshop work for the cover shot – I think using technology to make her look any better is just rubbing life in the faces of all the other women out there. Rude.