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The season of BBQs, vacations, and outdoor festivities is upon us, and stylish women’s clothing site, ModCloth, wants you to share your summer memories with them! Include the hashtag #ModSummer when you’re posting your adventures and you could be featured on one of their social networks. Join in the ModCloth community and find some outfit inspiration in their Style Gallery. Get ready for the best summer ever!
Need some inspiration for summer style? Here’s a sampling of ModCloth’s cute hot-weather fashions. Click the photo to shop*:
When you feel like a quick getaway, there’s no place like Las Vegas. The perfect spot for a quick weekend trip with lots to do ’round the clock from lounging by the pool to hitting the casinos! I discovered one place where you can do it all without ever leaving your hotel: the gorgeous Aria at City Center. I put together some Vegas-inspired outfits to experience the hotel’s many places for fun. Click the images to shop* each item.
At the Casino
First order of business in Vegas is to hit the casino, especially one as lovely as the Aria’s Deuce Lounge. You’ll fit right in with playing card skinny pants, a casual white top, red shoes made for walking, and sparkly purse with dangling dice charm.
Vegas is the perfect place to show off your poolside style with a retro leopard print swimsuit and ironic Elvis tote bag to carry your sunbathing essentials. Then strut over in your stylish sandals to the Aria’s gorgeous Liquid Pool and Lounge.
The Aria’s Haze nightclub was made for dancing the night away and you’ll look ready to rock in a vintage-inspired, strapless dress with gold detailing, worn with gold-heeled stilettos and playful dice-shaped purse.
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ModCloth is launching its second Make the Cut Contest of the year! Not familiar with Make the Cut? It’s a fashion design contest, and in this edition, they’re giving contestants a template on which to create a print pattern for a scarf. The talented winner will have their design produced by and sold on ModCloth, plus they’ll receive a $500 prize! But first, the top 10 submissions will be hosted on the Be the Buyer page, where the community will vote for their faves. Design submissions will be accepted now until Friday, 5/30, and the voting begins on Monday, 6/9. Official contest rules can be found here.
Need some inspiration. Check out some of the cute printed scarves currently on the ModCloth site:
One of my favorite things is to go shopping. Even if it’s just window shopping, I love making little wish lists of future outfit possibilities. And why not get dressed up for it? I see way too many people frumping around in sweatpants these days. This is Los Angeles, the city is crawling with celebrities and powerful people, you never know who you’re going to run into – plus, it gives me more to look at!
For this day, I put on a bright yellow, vintage, shift dress and matched the red trim with my shiny, red, t-strap shoes. I’ve had these shoes since my teens and I still love them! The red bag, featuring a pinup postcard, was custom-made by some creative gal who was vending at a hot rod show I went to years ago. There isn’t a tag inside. I wish I could find her so I could buy more, it’s one of my favorites! The drop earrings I picked up at a vintage store. While all the items here are one-of-a-kind, I’ve included links* below where you can shop for a similar look of the day!
It’s officially springtime and that means floral prints! For this Look of the Day, I pulled out one of my favorite vintage dresses. I love it for the unusual sides-wept neckline with delicate pleating. I paired it with some gold sandals. a pair of floral drop earrings I picked up on a trip to Paris, and a handbag I brought back from a visit to my parent’s house.
This bright yellow, vintage, basket-weave purse is one of my treasured possessions. My mom kept it in perfect condition and it makes me think of her and her fabulous sense of style whenever I carry it.
Check the links below for where you can shop* similar items.
Are you so happy it’s spring you want to just through you arms out and spin around in the warmth of the sunshine? That happy gesture could win you a $350 gift card to ModCloth*!
Enter ModCloth’s ‘Twirl Around the World Contest’ by snapping a photo of yourself twirling in your favorite spring ensemble and upload to their Style Gallery or post on your Instagram account with the hashtag #modtwirl. Videos will also be considered on Instagram. Contest ends 3/31 at 10 a.m. PT. One Instagram winner and one Style Gallery winner will be chosen on 3/31 by EOD.
I love ModCloth’s Style Gallery – it’s so inspiring to see how people show their personal style – and I’ve discovered some really great blogs and fashion entrepreneur sites because most of the Style Gallery photos include a link to the person’s personal website. There are some really creative people on there! Plus, ModCloth adds links to items on their site that are similar to the outfits pictured, which makes me want to shop, shop, shop from ModCloth’s great selection of retro-inspired women’s fashions. Brilliant! Here are a couple of my Style Gallery favorites:
After months of dry, draught conditions, we’re finally getting some rain in Los Angeles. But have you ever been caught in wet weather and found you have nothing in your closet to keep you dry? Or worse, what rain gear you do have looks awful and covers that fabulous outfit you just put together? These rain day accessories will keep off the raindrops and the clever, clear material will allow people to still see your outfit. Throw on some funky rain boots and don’t forget a waterproof rainy day messenger bag to keep your computer gear safe and dry. A groovy, clear bubble umbrella will keep the raindrops at bay while allowing you see where you’re going and others to see your stylish self.
This weekend, my boyfriend and I had a rock ‘n’ roll date night. First, we traded in some CDs at Amoeba, the most popular record store (and one of the last remaining ones) in Hollywood. Then, we headed for rockin’ Thai food at Toi on Sunset, a great place for a delicious cheap dinner, with a cool crowd and where posters from the likes of The Doors and Aerosmith hang on the walls. Order their brown rice, it’s amazing!
For the night, I went for a sophisticated rocker look with a satin leopard print skirt, chunky metal statement necklace, and the custom-made leather jacket I got at Silvia Y. Mario Leather Factory on my recent trip to Buenos Aires. I added a pop of color to my monochrome color scheme with a bright green, vintage Kelly-style handbag.
The Wrap Dress, it’s an iconic fashion statement. Created in the 1970s by designer Diane Von Furstenberg, it was coined the dress that’s was easy to put on as well as take off! It came out in a variety of colors and the fabulous patterns that became a signature of the DVF brand.
And now you can indulge your fashion passion in an entire room of DVF’s wrap dresses in an exhibit celebrating the 40th anniversary of the wrap dress. See photos depicting the history of the dress, with images Diane and the many celebrities who have worn it. Plus, there is an art exhibit from Diane’s personal collection featuring work by Andy Warhol, Annie Leibovitz among others.
Our special guest vlogger and lover of all things ‘70s, Disco K. checked out the exhibit and brought back this special report and sneak peek. Check it out:
Most lovers of fashion know certain eras are represented by certain looks. But did you know that many fashion trends were influenced by films and their costume designers? Kimberly Truhler of GlamAmor made a career out of studying the history of film and fashion. She teaches a class on it at Woodbury University and offers her vast wealth of knowledge on her website GlamAmor and now in her “Style Essentials” series of lectures and webinars.
I attended her recent event, “The History of Fashion and Film 1960s-1970s” at the Annenberg Beach House in Santa Monica where she covered the some iconic looks from films from that period. It’s fascinating to learn what influenced the style of the characters and how the looks influenced future fashion. In order to know your fashion, it’s important to know its history. You might think a look is new but it might actually be something that came from a film, created by a costume designer. Kimberly knows her stuff, that’s why she’s often called upon as an expert consultant for Turner Classic Movies and Christie’s of London.
Kimberly’s lecture features a slideshow with image of movie stars in their stunning costumes and trends they sparked. She brings a clothing rack from her own carefully curated vintage collection to show similar pieces to those seen onscreen. She also joked that many of the iconic looks from film where featured on characters that were call girls and criminals – I guess those are the ones who could take a few more fashion risks!
Here are some highlights:
Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) Designer Givenchy, Edith Head costume supervisor
“Every woman at some point in their life has tried to channel Audrey,” said Kimberly and she’s not wrong. The iconic sleek black dress and updo has been repeated in fashion over and over. Hepburn’s character of Holly Golightly may have been a call girl but her elegance and style made her an aspiration. See the full details on GlamAmor.
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958) Costume designer Helen Rose
Elizabeth Taylor’s character of Maggie dresses in classic, tailored lines. Her double v-neckline white dress became a hot seller known as “The Cat” dress. And oh, that white slip! With a juxtaposition of innocent and sultry all in one, it became the signature look from the film. See the full details on GlamAmor.
Butterfield 8 (1960) Costume designer Helen Rose
“The coats were their own character,” Kimberly commented on the style of this film with Liz playing yet another sophisticated call girl character. And we again see another sexy white slip that spoke volumes in “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.” The little black dress she wore became so iconic, copies sold out and the cut became known as “The Butterfield 8 Dress.” See the full details on GlamAmor.
Love Story (1970) Costume Designers Pearl Somner and Alice Manougian Martin
Winter wear never looked so good! Ali MacGraw made school-girl prep a classic look with a salute to turtlenecks, mini-skirts with tights. Ali also added her own knit cap, which became an instant trendsetter. See the full details on GlamAmor.
Network (1976) Costume Designer Theoni V. Aldredge
While the ‘70s ushered in extreme looks of hippies and disco, Network was drenched in the color brown, perhaps to offer a counter of conservativeness and ground the era of extremes. Faye Dunaway’s character, with her tie-neck look can still be seen in fashions of today. See the full details on GlamAmor.
So many iconic films, so little time. There were many, many more films and trends covered in this lecture. It’s such fun seeing the chain of influence in fashion. Check out GlamAmor’s events and Style Essentials series to get a quick education – you might be surprised where some of you favorite looks have come from!