Monday, October 25, 2010

The Retro Style Dresses of Elaine from Seinfeld

Fashion finds inspiration in some unlikely places, and right now, it’s harking back to the retro style dresses worn by Elaine from Seinfeld in the 1990s. Elaine was fond of wearing flowery floor-length dresses, heavy leather shoes and socks, and jackets with large shoulder pads. It may have been a bit daggy looking at the time, but now it’s cool.

As a recent New York Times article pointed out, this Fall is all about the Elaine look. It’s a little shorter and flirtier, but it’s Elaine nonetheless. Get yourself a girly mid-calf length floral dress and team it with some sturdy brown lace-up boots or leather dance shoes, and throw your hair up into a messy secretary bun, and you’re all set. It’s a modern prudish and bookish look that’s feminine and flattering.

So, why the trend towards long 90s retro style dresses? There’s a sense of female empowerment in dressing comfortably in loose clothing and wearing shoes that you can easily walk and also run in. Many women have "been there and done that" when it comes to 3-inch heels, fishnets, mini skirts and tank tops, and now want mod clothing that’s both feminine and tough.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Lady Gaga's Mod Clothing

Love her or hate her, you’ve got to admire the creativity of Lady Gaga’s mod clothing. Lady Gaga has said that fashion inspires her songwriting and is a key part of her on stage presence. She says, “When I'm writing music, I'm thinking about the clothes I want to wear on stage. It's all about everything altogether—performance art, pop performance art, fashion.”

There’s no doubting the fact that Lady Gaga is not just a singer and songwriter, she’s also a fashion icon. She cites Donatella Versace as her muse, and her trendy dresses have featured everything from plastic bubbles to large chunks of red meat to Muppets. Lady Gaga is styled by the Haus of GaGa, her personal crew of fashion and makeup stylists and hair people. With her “no pants” philosophy, she’s commonly seen out and about in little more than a sexy leather leotard, a jacket, and high heels.

[caption id="attachment_271" align="aligncenter" width="185" caption="Lady Gaga in a Franc Fernandez dress, which appears to be made of slabs of meat."][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_272" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Lady Gaga shows that it's easy being green in this dress made of Kermit the Frog dolls."][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_273" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Bubble power: Lady Gaga in a dress made of plastic bubbles."][/caption]

Monday, October 11, 2010

Mod Clothing Style Icon: Audrey Hepburn

When you’re talking about mod clothing style icons of the 20th century, Audrey Hepburn has to be at the top of the list.

Beautiful and petite, Hepburn starred in movies alongside names like Gregory Peck, Humphrey Bogart, Cary Grant and Henry Fonda. The key to Hepburn’s fashion style was to keep it simple and elegant in streamlined mod clothing accessorized with classic jewelry like diamonds and pearls.

In “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” Hepburn looked fabulous in those Givenchy black trendy dresses, offset by a beautiful diamond tiara in her swept up hair, which came to be part of her signature look that screamed style and sophistication.

She also looked amazing in slim black Capri pants paired with black ballet flats (which she sported in “Sabrina” and “Funny Face”), men’s button down shirts, stylish cream colored trench coats, delicate handbags, mysterious headscarves and big dark sunglasses.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Retro Style Dresses at New York Fashion Week

Vintage style dresses were everywhere on the catwalk at New York Fashion Week in September. In Spring/Summer 2011, get ready to return to the past and look hip, now and mod in sweet retro styles harking back to days gone by.

Marc Jacobs’s 1970s-themed collection was full of sweet, printed cotton dresses and across-the-body handbags to wear during the day. At night, it’s all about looking glam in soft, sensuous and sexy disco styles featuring luscious silk and satin and off-the-shoulder action.

Diane Von Furstenberg packed every color into her 1960s-feel collection for Spring/Summer, from camels and tans to hot pinks and lime greens. The collection was an eclectic mix of strong, vibrant colors and daring prints accessorized with round John Lennon style dark sunglasses.

Isaac Mizrahi continued his love affair with the sexy, refined styles of the elegant, moneyed women of the 1950s (think Grace Kelly or Betty Draper). His collection was all about full, floral, retro style dresses and refined party frocks featuring chiffon and silks for the evening.