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Get your fashion week fix with Videofashion Daily

I’ve been absent because I’ve been busy. With the end of summer comes weekend trips, weddings, Fashion Week, and MIPCOM. I am also thrilled to announce that Videofashion Daily has made its debut on Hulu – and, trust me, that deal was not an easy close. Negotiating, orchestrating, and navigating through the rough waters of change is one of the small victories in my career thus far. As such, my hands have been full.

But if you want to see what the hard-working ladies of the Videofashion editorial team have been working on (and I will soon be selling), check our Fashion Week videos out online!

Videofashion Daily on Hulu
Featuring the New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2011 collections from Michael Kors, Marc Jacobs, Proenza Schouler, Badgley Mischka, DKNY, Prabal Gurung, Christian Siriano, Jason Wu, Alexander Wang, Carolina Herrera, and many, many more to come. London Fashion Week, Milan Fashion Week, and Paris Fashion Week coming right up!

We’re also on: – Autumn/Winter 2010-2011 – Spring/Summer 2011

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Go to the Yumi Kim sample sale NOW!
August 26, 2010, 4:49 pm
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The Yumi Kim sample sale is killer. Tons of dresses (maxi and mini), rompers, jumpsuits $30 each. Tops (flowy, tanks, bustier babydolls, etc.) and breezy silk skort/shorts are $20 each. Mostly size smalls (4-6), but some XS, M, and L in the mix. Lots of stuff hanging but also in boxes, be prepared to dig. Added bonus, cutie Vietnamese designer behind the label Kim Phan is actually at the sale! Follow @yumikim on Twitter for updates throughout the day.

Both dresses pictured above actually seen at the sale for $30!

Sale today till 7 pm, tomorrow (Friday) from noon until 6 pm.

Get thee to 611 Broadway (just north of Houston), Suite 816

Best-dressed literary characters

Boldtype is my absolute favorite literature-related website/newsletter. I get a huge kick out of their real life celebs vs. literary figure comparisons, and this week’s best-dressed list from the world of fiction is no exception. Inspired by the recent movie adaptation of author Elizabeth Gilbert’s book Eat Love Pray, designer Sue Wong came up with this gaudy, over the top collection. In Elizabeth Gilbert’s defense, the book was a memoir, not a true work of fiction.

Boldtype decided to explore characters from literature that they felt better deserved to be on a best-dressed list, thought they certainly weren’t the first to consider the idea. Linda Grant of More Intelligent Life wrote a similar article entitled “Paper Dolls” in April 2010 and gave ups to Truman Capote for Holly Golightly’s slim black dress, black sandals, and pearls from Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and also a nod to Virginia Woolf’s Orlando‘s genderbending garb.

In addition to the characters listed in the Boldtype and More Intelligent Life articles above, I’d add:

  • Daisy Gatsby – duh – hand in hand with Jay
  • Nabokov’s Lolita and her little polka dotted scarf (a little creepy, but Lolita has inspired an entire subculture of dress and is quite alive in the sartorial imagination of today)
  • Francois Choderlos de Laclos’ 1782 novel Les Liasons Dangeureuses (Dangerous Liaisons), later made into a movie with Glenn Close and Michelle Pfeiffer
  • The three geishas from Arthur Gulden’s Memoirs of a Geisha. Mameha’s is the prized kimono destroyed by Sayuri at Hatsumomo’s demand, but Hatsumomo and Sayuri were beautifully clothed, as well – an occupational requirement, I suppose

Summery underthings at Azaleas
June 7, 2010, 11:43 am
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It’s summer. It’s hot out. I would like to live in a world where it were socially acceptable to go braless all the time in steaming hot weather, but that world exists only in my fantasies. In real life, the only people who will appreciate your braless-ness in public are likely to be pervs.

This is why summertime is a great time to augment your lingerie collection. Say goodbye to padding, underwires, restrictive cups, and chunky straps. Say hello to light linings, lace, soft cups, and spaghetti straps.

As soon as I walked into the little lingerie shop Azaleas on East 10th between 1st and 2nd Avenues, the two salesgirls greeted me and offered their assistance, letting me know right away that if I saw anything I liked that wasn’t in my size, I could just ask because they have other sizes tucked away in their secret treasure bins. Continue reading

Elizabeth and James sample sale
May 17, 2010, 4:37 pm
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UPDATE: See’s Above the Fray report from the E&J sale today. Lots of size 4s for women, one of a kind samples. No stock replenishment.

I am distressed to hear that the Elizabeth and James sample sale has now moved north to 39th St. I have steadfastly waited in line for hours to get into this sale of the Olsen twins’ contemporary line for the last two years (once by Savvy on 18th and another time in SoHo). I scored some great dresses ($65), trousers ($60), shorts ($40), and belts ($25). This year, I’m afraid I can’t spare the extra time. My loss is your gain, friends. Includes womenswear AND menswear.

Shop: Elizabeth and James sample sale | 250 West 39th Street Suite 1701, NYC | May 19-21, 2010 | 10 am to 6 pm

Celebrating the American Woman

Catherine Malandrino Flag Dress. Photo credit: Pascale Richard

As a nation founded on fantasy, busy dreaming and reinventing… we like the idea of the American Woman; we traffic in fantasies, build archetypes, are seduced by precisely these national stereotypes, oddly stirred by them.

Flying British Airways from Nice to London to NYC, I picked up an exceptionally interesting Financial Times weekend paper. Breezing past the news of the Greek financial meltdown and other such heavy and unhappy matters, I headed straight for the Life & Arts section to read about Rothko’s return to Russia.

I was happily sidetracked by the headlining article American ideal by NYU professor Katie Roiphe explores and celebrates the American-Girl-turned-American-Woman, delving into the stereotypes and varying definitions of said woman and girl. This was an article that made my little heart swell with pride as it resonated deeply with me, as I’m sure it will with many other American women and those who love them.

Roiphe (halfheartedly) wonders whether the upcoming Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute exhibition American Woman: Fashioning National Identity will amount to more than a collection of worn-out, overplayed stereotypes. Is there even such a thing as the American Woman; is she anything more than a figment of our collective imaginations?

The thinking person has to acknowledge that the whole idea of the American Woman is silly. There is no American Woman, only millions of American women: the huddled masses, the poor, the sick, the hungry and the very, very rich, the bluebloods, the Chinese immigrants, and the daughters of Pakistani taxi drivers, trying to go about their lives as best they can.

The author revisits our childhood adoration of tomboys from Little House on the Prairie and Little Women. From a young age, Americans are taught to admire girls who “get dirty, run fast, scrape their knees, break rules, and harbor secretly unfeminine ambitions.” These American girls grow up to become American women, and their rebelliousness and strength are deeply valued.

Ultimately, Roiphe concludes that the American Woman does, indeed, exist, albeit as a fantasy or a glorified ideal that is part and parcel of our own national identity, and that she is brought to life by literature, glossies, and the silver screen.

We secretly love our suffragettes, our flappers, our screen sirens, our bohemians, even if they never quite existed… we secretly cherish the incorrigible tomboy, that vulgar flirt, that stubborn, independent pioneer girl, that infinitely romantic notion of American womanhood, that freedom and grit and spirit.

The article is available for viewing online via the Financial Times website. Also worth reading is the shorter article at the bottom, ‘Gossip Girl’ as American Woman by executive producer Stephanie Savage (what a great name, huh?).

Go: American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity. May 5, 2010–August 15, 2010. Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Exhibition Hall, 2nd floor. Opening Gala to take place on April 3, 2010.

American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity will explore developing perceptions of the modern American woman from 1890 to 1940 and how they have affected the way American women are seen today. Focusing on archetypes of American femininity through dress, the exhibition will reveal how the American woman initiated style revolutions that mirrored her social, political, and sexual emancipation. “Gibson Girls,” “Bohemians,” and “Screen Sirens,” among others, helped lay the foundation for today’s American woman.

The exhibition is made possible by Gap.
Additional support is provided by Condé Nast (Vogue)

A related exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum, American High Style: Fashioning a National Collection (May 7–August 1), will highlight masterworks from the Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection.

Yeasayer plays at Erin Wasson x RVCA Fall 2010 Fashion Show

Last Thursday, I spotmarked for Videofashion at the Erin Wasson x RVCA show during New York Fashion Week. The runway was constructed of oriental rugs laid out around seating areas filled with antique-looking chairs and chaises and gigantic mountains of stacked rugs at ABC Carpet and Home on Broadway and 19th. The venue was gorgeous, filled with chandeliers and expensive furniture, and very original.

I got to the show two hours before the supposed start time of 8 pm to mark out and guard the spot for the cameras until the crew arrived from the Olivier Theyskens book signing. For those two hours, I was entertained by the synthpoppy wailings and catchy beats from the Brooklyn band Yeasayers. Imagine Owl City plus Vampire Weekend with drawn-out vocals, or as they say on their MySpace page, “Enya with BOUNCE.” (I really don’t know what that means.)

Erin Wasson supporters showed in full force: a pantsless Ke$ha was accompanied by a protective Joe Zee, Jared Leto looked awfully warm in a skull knit winter hat, French Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld’s son Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld appeared coolly disinterested, but not bored (how does he do that?), and Margherita Missoni (I totally missed her) was adorable in a fedora and vintage-y floral dress. To be frank, I’m terrible at picking out famous people so I count on the swarms of photogs to guide my eye, and even then I usually fail to identify the subject.

The show started an hour late at 9 pm and lasted for 15 minutes or so, possibly less. Good thing there was champagne and a live band. 22 “Alabaster”-themed looks hit the runway, but like, I found the clothes themselves to be the least interesting part of the event. Erin Wasson as the anti-supermodel-turned-designer is enviably cool. The makeup was prettily quirky (one feathered eyebrow), but the crimped and braided prairie girl hair looked like it came straight out of the Urban Outfitters catalog, and the clothes looked like stuff I can already buy at UO. Don’t get me wrong: I love UO. But if Erin Wasson wants her collection to sell for 3 times the price of the pieces at UO, the clothes better look like they’re worth it, and apart from a glam jacket or two, they didn’t. See the full collection here.