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Contemporary Vintage: “Log Cabin Chic”

July 10, 2009

WWD - Rustic MeasuresThe lastest trend for Fall 2009: vintage-inspired rustic and hard-working American styles. According to Women’s Wear Daily, retailer Steven Alan said, “It’s not something that’s just trendy…It’s a little bit ironic.” Design director of Earnest Sewn, Benjamin Talley Smith, also told WWD that the style is probably “a reaction to the overdressing of previous years: ‘People want to be casual, wearing something that’s been worn-in and beat-up.'”



What pieces should you add to your fall wardrobe in order to be a part of this rustic trend?

  • Plaid or flannel “lumberjack” shirts
  • Mechanic-style jumpsuits
  • Work boots
  • Hunting vests
  • Earflap hats

The key to following this trend is looking effortless.  If you’re trying too hard to look rustic and rural in an urban setting, it just doesn’t make sense. WWD adds:

“And while the log-cabin-chic pose can come across as inauthentic, these clothes have an undeniable appeal. Maybe it’s because these days, the new rock stars are people who work with their hands (especially for people whose only calluses come from correcting the auto-spell function on their iPhones.)”

You can obviously find the rustic, log cabin look on the runways

Marc by March Jacobs Fall 09 Ready-to-Wear

And on the streets The Wellie Brigade - The Best Looks from Glastonbury

Check out these vintage-inspired/log cabin chic looks from Urban Outfitters, Modcloth and more.

Log Cabin Chic

Log Cabin Chic by adriane

Coco avant Chanel

July 8, 2009

Check out the trailer for Coco avant Chanel, the new film starring Audrey Tautou (The DaVinci Code, Amélie). While the film won’t be in limited release in the US until September 25, you can still watch the trailer (in French) or if you’re lucky, enjoy the movie in Europe this summer.

If you’re in love with all things Chanel, take a look at Chanel’s latest fashion show, Fall 2009 Couture. Chanel Fall 2009 Couture

Finally, be sure to check out Julianne’s post about vintage Chanel’s influence on contemporary fashion.

Michael Jackson: King of Pop & Fashion Icon

June 26, 2009

As one of the most recognizable icons in music, pop culture and fashion, it’s impossible not to reflect on the influence of Michael Jackson.

The L.A. Times simply labeled Jackson as the King of Style: “Wearing one glove, Michael Jackson reached into the pop culture zeitgeist and influenced an entire generation, giving pieces as simple as military badges and a fedora an imprint that, for a time, was as powerful as his music.”

We can’t help but notice his influence in the fashion world, whether it be military jackets, sequined cropped jackets, white T’s and fedoras or the infamous white glove.

Nadja Swarovski, vice president of international communications for Swarovski, told Women’s Wear Daily that “As the King of Pop, it is only natural for him to be crowned in crystal.”

As a tribute to Jackson, we wanted to share some of our favorite photos showing is lasting impression on the fashion world.

Michael Jackson's Fashion Influence

Be sure to check out Balmain’s Fall 2009 Ready-to-Wear collection, obviously inspired by the King of Pop.

Meet the “Gaudy” Girls: Adriane

June 25, 2009

Adriane & OranginaGet to know Adriane, the Avant Gaudy blog manager and Social Media Marketing Intern.

Where are you from?
Addison, IL

What is your profession/major?
I’m majoring in Fashion Design and Journalism at Dominican University in River Forest, IL. I’ll be a senior this fall.

Personal/professional goals?
Work at a fashion magazine. Become a film costume designer. Own a chinchilla. Move to Paris. I dream big.


Favorite movies?
There’s an infinite list. And I like an odd variety of films. An Inconvenient Truth. Benny and Joon. The Boondock Saints. Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Edward Scissorhands. Hocus Pocus. Legends of the Fall. Only You. Twister. And I can watch the same movie over and over again. Especially if it makes me laugh.

What kind of music do you like? What bands are you listening to?
I honestly don’t like a certain type of music. I’ve become addicted to film and TV soundtracks. I love anything Alexanda Patsavas chooses for TV/movies (The O.C, Grey’s Anatomy, Mad Men, Rescue Me, Gossip Girl, Twilight). Because of her, I’m currently addicted to Kings of Leon, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Muse, Manchester Orchestra, The Virgins and MGMT. And I love 90s techno and dance music because it makes me laugh and remember my childhood.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Paris. For sure. I lived there for four weeks last summer and I’m desperate to go back. I could spend everyday sitting at a cafe, eating chocolate crepes.

Adriane at a her favorite cafe in Paris

Can’t live without?

Guilty pleasure?
The Real Housewives of New Jersey. I became addicted and watched all the episodes in one day.

What web sites do you have to check everyday?
Facebook.  And I must confess, Perez Hilton. He always knows everything first. I knew about the Christian Bale rant before it was cool. And I’ve become addicted to too many fashion blogs now I wouldn’t know where to start. 

Favorite Animal?
Chinchillas. They’re like rabbits with mouse ears. They’re amazing.

Favorite Designer?
Elie Saab. Always pretty. And Isaac Mizrahi. Because he makes me laugh.

Favorite magazine?
Vogue. And Entertainment Weekly. I never throw a good magazine away. So I’ve got quite the collection hiding underneath my bed.

Favorite clothing item/accessory that you own?
My black ballerina flats that I wore out beyond repair. I never wear them anymore but I refuse to get rid of them.

How would you describe your personal style?
In the moment – I tend to go through phases. I’m in a phase right now where I love to wear purple and gray and anything with ruffles or pleats.
Comfortable – I wear jeans and flats whenever I can.
Classic – I tend to not take risks. And when in doubt, I wear black or white.

One thing you’ll never wear?
Turtlenecks. I feel claustrophobic.

Style icon?
Blair Waldorf. I wish I went to high school on the Upper East Side. And I wish I dressed like that when I was in high school.

Blair Waldorf

Most recent purchase?
Headbands. Lots of them. With ridiculously large bows. And when I’m rich, I’m investing in a headband from Jennifer Behr.

Do you have any style rules or advice?
Wear whatever makes you happy. And make sure it fits you well.

Favorite Quote?
I love Oscar Wilde.
“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”
“Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.”
“Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.”

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

June 23, 2009
Hopefully by now, you’ve seen the newly-released photos from Tim Burton’s Alice in WonderlandIf not, here’s a sneak peek of Anne Hathaway as The White Queen:

The White Queen

If you don’t feel like waiting until March 2010 to see the live-action/3-D reimagining of the Lewis Carrol fairytale, just look to the runways and the stores to create your own wonderland wardrobe in muted shades of blue, grey, cream and pink. Look to vintage-inspired details and jewelry and for embellished accents, focus on layered ruffles, flowers and bows.
Down the Rabbit Hole

Rose Earrings (Urban Outfitters), Gold Flower Bracelet (Urban Outfitters), Grey Satin Headband (Forever 21), Grey Pumps (Gianmarco Lorenzi), Blue Ruffle Dress (, Pink Layered Top (, High-Waisted Shorts (, Pearl Flower Necklace (SOHO Hearts), Gold Flats (Anthropologie), Pocket Watch Necklace (Urban Outfitters), Embellished Clutch (, Tea Cup Ring (Lunarra Star Jewelry), "Drink Me" Necklace (Alidra Alic jewelry)