Hi! Just popping in to mention an exciting Anthro sighting…last night, on the results show finale of this season of So You Think You Can Dance, I spotted Melanie (spoiler alert: the winner!) wearing the Gathered Hemlock Dress in its floral print version! She wore it when the top four went to the Glee 3D movie premiere!
Did anyone else spot this? Hooray for Anthro on one of my favorite non-fashion/design related shows! (Any other SYTYCD fans out there?!)
NOTE: If you have not watched Project Runway yet and still plan on doing so, STOP READING! There will be spoilers!
Well, what did you all think, for those of you watched???!!! How was the premiere of Project Runway for you?
I’m doing a little recap today, complete with my opinions. There will be some polls throughout, which I hope you’ll participate in, and then I hope you’ll consider leaving a comment with your own thoughts! I’d love to get a discussion going! Here goes…
Imagine walking through the streets of New York (Times Square!) in nothing but your pajamas. Oh, and a sheet. Most people would be absolutely mortified. As a true test of courage on the first challenge, the designers did just this.
Tim Gunn walked into the apartments (the beloved Atlas apartments, that is!) at the crack of dawn – i.e. 5 am – to wake the designers and take them across town to Parsons (side note: HOW COOL WOULD IT BE TO AWAKE TO TIM?!?). While Tim was spiffy in his suit as usual, the designers truly did just have on what they wore to bed, as well as one sheet from their bed. As Heidi said later on during the judging, it was a bit interesting to see just what the designers wore to bed. Right off the bat, I was drawn to what novice-sewer Anya was wearing – a gorgeous garment it appeared, indeed!
Having arrived at Parsons, the designers got their challenge – make any look using only the clothes you have on and your alloted one sheet, as well as any provided notions (buttons, zippers, trim, lace, etc). The designers got down to work, some with more panic than others.
Fast forward to the runway show – Anthony Ryan, Anya, and Bert were in the top, while Julie, Joshua, and Rafael were in the bottom three.
Anthony Ryan’s look: This certainly was nice, especially the top – very wearable. There’s no denying he made good use of the provided notions in order to thoroughly transform his pajamas. However, the skirt lacked a little something for me, and overall, the look just wasn’t incredibly original to me.
Anya’s look: I liked where she was going with each individual piece, but for me, while it was far from a train wreck, it lacked a sense of fashion. In other words, it seemed like it lacked a modernity (and originality, I suppose) that is so important in fashion.
Bert’s look: Aside from a styling perspective, Bert really did do an awesome job with this piece. He mentioned having worked for Halston, which I can see very subtly in this piece. There was something a little off about the bow in the front…it just didn’t seem quite right, but it didn’t detract too much from the rest. But really…the styling of it? Hope he can pull it together in the future!
Julie’s look: The construction on the pants was absolutely horrific, as was the combination of the particular print and color palette on the top (although the actual shape of the top wasn’t half bad). I do find it funny that she wore pajamas that seem so far away from her own aesthetic (I’m guessing as some sort of joke though). Luckily for her, she escaped elimination – but only because her look was slightly (slightly!) better than the other two.
Joshua’s look: There was absolutely no sense of fashion in this at all. And there were construction issues. Enough said.
Rafael’s look: While I was intrigued by the back detailing on his top, there’s no forgiving those pants! And really..why couldn’t he bear to “look homeless” and take off his head scarf to make better use of it the first day in the work room? Karma must have gotten him back for this, as he was sent packing at the end of the show.
Honestly, I could have been fine with either Joshua or Rafael leaving at this point, having not much to base this decision on other than what they made this week. Rafael though, was one I thought could have been cut from the top 20.
And now, the one middle-of-the-packer that I’m going to keep my eyes peeled for:
Danielle. I was actually surprised she wasn’t in the top – for me, her look was better than Anya’s. There was an innate simplicity with a touch of vintage that made her look great. If this look is any suggestion of what she’s capable of, I’m eager to see more! (Although it seems like she might need a bit of an attitude adjustment…)
On a final note, did it seem like there were a lot of tragic stories behind some of these designers or what?! Has it always been this way? One of my friends pointed out that she thought some of their stories sounded like Lifetime movies…but then reminded herself this is on Lifetime! Coincidence or not?!
What about you guys? Did you agree with the judges’ top three? What about their bottom three? Which middle-of-the-packer should have been in the top – or bottom? Which designer(s) has caught your attention most?
…And who’s already excited for the next episode? That would be me!
This stunning dress is anything but the average LBD, and it acts as the perfect base for the outfit. The bracelet softens up the look a bit, while still maintaining a somewhat edgy feel. The clutch adds a nice little extra something, as does the sculptural feel of the shoes.
Last night I was watching Unique Sweets, a TV show on the Cooking Channel. Each episode, there is a theme, and experts (food writers, cookbook authors, bakery owners, etc) look at about 3-4 bakeries’ products that somehow fit that theme. It’s a great show to get your mouth watering and for making you want to travel for the sole purpose of visiting bakery after bakery!
Anyways, last night, on that show I spotted Kelsey Nixon (one of the “experts”) wearing the Amplified Stripes Blouse in its red motif. Being the owner of this shirt in its navy color, I was able to identify the shirt, but I should warn you that it wasn’t a huge picture of the shirt, unfortunately. It was enough to get this Anthropologie Connoisseur geeked out though! If you want to check out the sighting, look for a rerun of Unique Sweets’ episode titled “chocolate.” (*Sorry I cannot find a screenshot of it!)
It shouldn’t be a surprise that Kelsey was wearing Anthro though…on her own show on the Cooking Channel (which I admittedly have not watched, although I watched her on the Next Food Network Star a few seasons ago), she has sported some Anthro including the Dagmar Shirtdress and this other top that I don’t know the name of (anyone?!). the Candied Dots Blouse (thanks Nataliya!).
Who knows…maybe she’s worn more Anthro on her show too!
Have any of you spotted Anthro on her or anywhere else lately?! And did any of you spot the Amplified Stripes Blouse on her on Unique Sweets, as I did?!
For many people, Sunday nights come with much nostalgia…family dinners/barbeques, catching up on some TV, a game night, or, even, racing to finish some work (which may not seem fun at the time, but looking back is perhaps a memory in its own form).
On this Sunday evening, I’m sharing a styling that I think captures some of that nostalgia, but in the best way possible. I’m talking a retro, throwback feel done in a modern way – the right way, in my opinion! Have a peak!
The combination of the navy shorts with the copper, rust shoes is just divine. The necklace hints at that reddish hue found in those heels, and polishes off the blouse perfectly. Can I just say that this just may be the quintessential white blouse? It’s crisp, clean, chic, and so incredibly versatile. I’ve taken it in a more retro direction, tucking it loosely into the fun shorts and pairing it with these particular accessories, but it definitely could be taken in other lovely directions as well. The complete look is much like the blouse itself – simple, yet not one bit boring! Love!
I’m sure this outfit would not only make the wearer feel beautiful and confident, but also give just the right amount of nostalgia – and doesn’t that create happiness (hopefully!)?!
Do you have any Sunday night nostalgia, from any point in your life?! I’d love to hear!
Yesterday I told you about how much I love Project Runway. Today, we’re going to continue on with that theme. This time though, I’ll be creating a few Anthro looks inspired by last episode’s winning look!
I’ll mostly be looking to the high fashion look for inspiration, which is the look on the left. I’ll admit though, both looks have a similar vibe. What is this shared essence? Edgy, cool, graphic, eccentric and bold.
Shall we have a look at the looks I came up with? Caution: These looks are not for the timid!
The gorgeous blouse and cardi pair nicely with the streamlined black pants. The necklace adds a needed bit of sparkle and the contrasting bag finishes off the look!
Now, while these looks are fabulous, I understand that they may be a bit out of some of your comfort zones. So, I’ve created a more subdued look (this is of course in the spirit of the Project Runway challenge, because the designers also had to come up with a ready-to-wear look!)!
I said this was subdued, but that doesn’t mean boring! The contrast of the red and black makes for a bold look, while the shoes add the perfect touch of edge. The clutch is not too matchy - matchy, but rather further emphasizes the red color story.
Want one piece that brings in a little of Mondo’s vision? Try any of these pieces!
Tout Va Bien Pullover (navy) – $248 – This has a quirky sensibility, with its almost backwards design (it has buttons down the back). This of course is a tribute to Mondo! Promise me you’d style this right though…because it could easily go from cute to matronly!
Inside Out Wallet – $108 – This is streamlined and gorgeous, and would be the perfect pop of color to any outfit!