Saturday, November 27, 2010

Sock it to Me!

I judge them all the time. From hairstyles, to eyebrows, teeth, body hair, even down to their shoes, I'm always looking, always judging. Terrible right? Hey, I'm only human...a lady human...who happens to dress folks for a living.
Lately I've found myself gazing at men's socked feet. I'm so tired of athletic white, business black, thermal gray and everything else in the like. Give me some patterns! Guys, you don't have to be afraid to get funky even if you represent the white collar industry. In fact, I think its quite attractive to see a man in a plain solid suit with some electric colored or hip patterned socks peeking out. It makes me wonder what his life is like after hours. Don't give me that whole "this looks too fem" anxiety...a real man is confident sporting anything in every color and every cut.
This is a nice affordable way to change your wardrobe. Its the ideal way for those who want to get a wardrobe makeover at a much slower pace to test if this is in fact "a good change".

As a woman, the only white socks I have are the tubed kind from the 70's-usually worn with roller skates. The rest are all hot pink, checkered, Christmas, etc. They seldom match, and I'm quite happy about that. The rest of me (ankles/knees up) will always blend in with the rest of this world--no matter how hard I strive to be an individual, I've concluded someone is always wearing something breakthrough I think I've created myself. My socks however, are a personal statement, only privileged to those who have gained that right. *wink *wink

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Got Shingles?

Last week I did a night shoot for a shingles vaccine. Wardrobe was for middle aged regular people. Refreshing. It was fun. I bought tons of chenille sweaters and grandfather vests. In the midst of my travels, I came across this:
Michael Kors, what on earth would possess you to "design" (if you could even call it that) this monstrosity?! Alright I gotta admit, I feel like most of his designs look pretty cheap. But THIS...THIS takes the cake! This piece should be used as part of a fixer upper challenge for Project Runway...and that's putting it nicely

Anyways, the night shoot was entertaining. The client was extremely naive and had some rather interesting demands. For example, the shoot took place in a pharmacy, so we prepped labcoats for pharmacists. A pharmacist labcoat is shortsleeved, half length, and sometimes has a zipfront. The client actually demanded we take a regular doctor labcoat (longsleeved, full length) and shorten it for the pharmacist. Yes, its inaccurate. I have no idea why she wanted it that way. Rumor on set was that it was her first time directing a shoot.
What I'm getting at, is that I'm pretty good at performing little miracles. Check out mah labcoat tailorin' skills below:

And for my next miracle, I had to dress this big guy here. He wasn't difficult at all. I had the perfect piece. A chenille Cosby sweater. Look how happy he looks to be dressed by me!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

80's Peace

Yeah, the pun's totally intended. I've been busy this month. Most of my time was devoted to designing and dressing a stageplay set in the 80's....2 of the actors were actually offended by their costumes. I suppose I should've expected this, since they're under 24...
I mean seriously, what were they expecting?! There were tantrums galore. Granted there were MC Hammer pants and neon onesies but C'MON IT WAS THE 80's!
It was a tragic time for fashion. Anyone with half a brain would know that.
Shoulder pads, acid wash, rolled sleeves, crimped hair, aqua net, pat benatar...should I continue? I did have a blast dressing this show, and in the end everyone was appreciative. Next time I'm just gonna start tazin' folks.