Tuesday, July 13, 2010

I am GAGA Over Lady Gaga!

You may love her or you may hate her, well I happen to be GAGA over her.  No one is more fierce when it comes to fashion conviction and bravery, not even Madonna or any other pop queen or princess is as fierce.  Not even RuPaul or any other drag queen is as fierce, and those ladies ARE FIERCE!  You may think that she does all the outrageous things/fashion for attention, as my father thinks she is an attention whore and that she must have been abandoned as a child, but nothing is further from this notion.

Born on March 28, 1986 as Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, Lady Gaga  was born to parents Joseph Germanotta and Cynthia Bissett as the oldest of two children.  She comes from a loving family and she wrote "Speechless" for her father urging him to get an Aortic Valve Surgery, an open-heart surgery, which he eventually did (Lady Gaga Interview on the Ellen DeGeneres Show. November 27th 2009).  In the same interview, she stated missing her parents while on tour.  Isn't that sweet?

Lady Gaga's fame has skyrocketed in less than 3 years, but she is not an overnight success as many think she is.  She has been playing the piano since age 4, wrote her first ballad at 13 and by 14, she was performing at open-mike nights.  She played NYC clubs all throughout her teen years.  At age 17, she was one of 20 students around the globe that was admitted to NYU's Tisch School of the Arts early admission program.  That is a feat in itself, since it takes amazing talent and smarts to get into Tisch, not to mention early admission.  While an NYU student, she fine-tuned her writing skills. After a year and a half, she dropped out to focus on her music career.  And since then, she has been working hard and diligently to get to the point where she is now.  She attributes never giving up to "having a good mother" (Lady Gaga Interview on the Ellen DeGeneres Show. May 12th, 2009) Lady Gaga Biography

She inspires me to be the FREAK that I am, and she knows what it feels like to be a freak.  She was an outsider in high school.  I can imagine with her going to the Roman Catholic Private School, Sacred Heart, in NYC's Upper East Side.  She says she was picked on and talked about for "being either too provocative or too eccentric, so I started to tone it down. I didn’t fit in, and I felt like a freak" (Lady Gaga Biography from Wikipedia).  She has also quoted that "I was the arty girl, the theater chick" (Biography for Lady Gaga: imdb.com).  I can relate to both of these quotes.  Like Lady Gaga, I was the arty girl in High School, and although I was never really picked on, I was talked about in "not" a nice way.  I too was an outsider that was really into fashion and getting dressed up for school;  unlike Lady Gaga, I did not have to wear a uniform, so I got to do it up 80's style, as I am much older than Gaga.  She is 23, and I am 38.  Hey, even an oldie can be into Lady Gaga.

I admire her fashion ballsiness.  Nothing is too outrageous for her, and boy can she wear those designer creations.  I love Thierry Mugler on Lady Gaga as she wore his creation in the "Paparazzi" video.  It was like she was the one meant to wear that metallic outfit.  She looks great in Mugler's creations!

Another thing I admire about Lady Gaga is her love and support of her fans.  I love that she encourages her fans to love and embrace themselves, no matter how different they are, whether they are freaks or not.  She is truly appreciative of her fans;  this is evident as she sang "Teeth" on the TODAY show IN THE RAIN!  "Teeth" on The Today Show, July 10, 2010.  She was asked if she still wanted to sing her last song since it was raining, and she responded with a yes because her fans camped out for two days to see her.  That is dedication to her fans!  She even provided pizza and refreshments to those who camped out.  Who else does that???  She is thoughtful and truly kind.

She is far from a fame or attention whore as some might surmise.  In an interview with Meredith Viera, when discussing the downside of fame, Lady Gaga states "the kind of fame that I cherish is the relationship that I have with my fans, which is so pure and so wonderful..." http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/gossip/2010/07/lady-gaga-you-and-i-today-show-video.html  She is not into herself and just wants to give of herself.  Gaga is simply sharing her talents with the world.  Her positive, all accepting point of view is a gift she has given to the world.  Her fame will help to push the envelopes of acceptance and loving our fellow human beings.

She is not calculating the riches she may earn as a Pop Star.  I've heard her say in several interviews that all the money she makes goes to her costumes and her shows.  She just wants to provide her fans the best experience.  She is an altruist, and I don't know of any musician or performer that cares more for her fans than Lady Gaga.  Also, she is always thankful for her fans.  If you view her performances and interviews on YouTube or any other source, she always thanks her fans or says how she loves her fans.

Gaga is an artist of the highest caliber.  No one is more relevant to the current times than Lady Gaga.  She expresses herself and her vision and is true to herself.  She pays homage to musicians and Pop Stars of the past and present, yes that's true, but her interpretation is uniquely Lady Gaga.  She understands pop culture well.  She is here to stay and will make her mark for many years to come.  She is vintage, contemporary and futuristic all at the same time, and I am willing to gamble that she is redefining the concept of "timeless."  The Beatle's, Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, Madonna -- all these icons have become timeless.  Lady Gaga will be sure to join these great figures of our Pop Culture.

She is many things but at the top of that list is "true performer."  She sings LIVE -- not lip synching to her own songs.  She writes and/or co-produces her own music.  She dances, and wickedly at that.  And most importantly, she directs her own image;  she does collaborate with friends and kindred spirits and designers, but for the most part she lives the vision she has for herself for that day, that song, that video. 

What's up next for Lady Gaga??? Well her 3rd Album, of course.  It is already complete but since she is currently in the middle of The Fame Monster Tour and still plenty of singles to release from that album, I'm sure, her 3rd album isn't slated to be released until 2011.  Maybe March or April.  She has mentioned that she plans to announce the title on New Years's Eve of this year at MIDNIGHT with a tattoo somewhere on her body (Lady Gaga Biography from Wikipedia). Watch out world!   

2011 will be GAGA DOMINATION !!!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Vampire Movie "Let Me In" is Coming This Fall

Another thing to look forward to in the Fall is the release of "Let Me In," the American remake of the highly acclaimed Swedish film, "Let the Right One In."  It's official release date is October 1st, 2010 and is currently in post-production.  http://www.filmofilia.com/2010/01/08/let-me-in-release-date/
Both films are based on the successful Swedish novel, “Lat den Ratte Komma In.”

I loved "Let the Right One In" so much that I will be skeptical watching "Let Me In."  I'm still excited to see it, but in the back of my mind I'll be thinking "this can't possibly be better than the original Swedish version."  If you haven't seen the Swedish version yet, I suggest you not watch it until you've seen the American version.  That way, if you like the American version, you can look forward to seeing the highly acclaimed Swedish original, which I've said before will be a classic for many, many years.  "Let the Right One In" -- Best Vampire Movie Ever!

I am obsessed with vampires and werewolves and thoroughly enjoying Season 3 of "True Blood."  It's not the blood and gore that I like, but the romanticism involved in telling the story of eternal love that is usually a part of vampire/werewolf stories.  You may have heard of "Twilight?"  I rest my case.  Although, I am not a big "Twilight" fan, I've got to say the love saga between Edward and Bella is pretty sexy.  Oh and there's that werewolf kid with 0 % body fat causing this Team Edward vs. Team Jacob thing.  Aaahhh, only in vampire/werewolf movies.  I am still swooning over Michael Sheen in "Underworld:  Rise of the Lycans" -- he was so hot!  He can turn me into his she-wolf bitch any day.  His co-star, Chest Hair, was pretty sexy too. SNARLLLL, yeah baby, yeah !

"Let Me In" will also have a touching coming-of-age love story, but I won't spoil the movie for you.  This is surely one to watch in October.  I think I know what I'm going to be for Halloween...  Something with fangs, for sure.

"LET ME IN" trailer

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

My Latest Favorite Designer -- Rachel Roy

Ever since I saw the display window this Summer at Macy's of Rachel Roy's lower end line, hailed RACHEL RACHEL ROY, I have been in fashion love.  The giant hoop earrings emblazoned with the word "love" in antiqued gold-tone caught my eye, and that was it.  The RACHEL RACHEL ROY line IS my fashion soul mate.

Rachel Roy's lower end line is only available at Macy's and is very affordable for the average gal.  But just because it's on a lower price-point doesn't mean it doesn't have that mix of urban edge and femininity that Rachel Roy is known for.  The window display coincided with the "Sex in The City 2" opening, and the film and the RACHEL RACHEL ROY style go hand in hand -- there's a knowing sophistication and often flight of fancy that both Carrie Bradshaw and the RACHEL RACHEL ROY line embody.  Perfect for a quirky, urban girl like me.

What I love the most are the accessories!  Of course, I would love the accessories, but really, they speak to me.  O.K.  I'm sounding like a crazy person, but don't most people sound crazy when they're in love?  Well, aside from the "love" earrings I first saw on the Macy's display window, her other jewelry for the Summer collection is truly to die for.  That is if you are edgy, ballsy, got chutzpah, you get the idea...  I can't wait to see what's in store for Fall!

Anyhoo, I don't want to get carried away with my fashion true love.  Here is a Fall 2010 preview of Rachel Roy's high-end line, Rachel Roy New York, to get a taste of her fashion flavor.  Enjoy.

If you would like to see the full runway show, go to:

To shop RACHEL RACHEL ROY, go to:

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Will You Wear Your Red, White & Blue ?

Happy Fourth of July Everybody!

What will you wear today to show your patriotism?

I will wear an all-white outfit and wear my "USA" belt from one of Target's first designer collaborations, Stephen Sprouse, from 2002.  I've never worn this belt, but now is the time and today is the day.  I'm about to get ready now for work.  Well maybe, I'll wear it with a nautical striped light tee.  I'll see what looks best, but the Stephen Sprouse for Target belt is a must.

I hope you too will show your spirit and support for one of the greatest countries to ever be.  Go Team U. S. A. !!!

 (This was my RED, WHITE and BLUE.)

Neutrals is What Fall 2010 is All About

Grays, camels and taupes is what's cool for this Fall.  Wearing these colors (choose one) in a monochromatic color scheme were featured by many of the designers during Fashion Week in all three major fashion capitals.  Many of the looks that walked down the runway were very reminiscent of the minimalist 90's.

Will the next decade make a move toward cleaner, sleeker looks like we saw and wore during the 90's?  Perhaps the heavily embellished, predominantly boho looks that we have enjoyed during this decade are headed towards the back of our closets and into donation bags to be given to Goodwill or The Salvation Army?  Hmmnnn, makes one wonder and look forward to fashion for the next decade.

However, I'll miss 80's inspired looks that were so popular this decade.  I hope the 80's inspired look will not be relegated to costume parties.  As we've seen in previous decades, fashion does a turn-about and does exactly the opposite of the decade that just passed.  We saw the opulent 80's with it's voluminous silhouettes make way for the body conscious, sleek minimalism of the 90's, and from that to the heavily embellished, often ethereal boho looks of the 2000's.

Yes, this decade's style was a hodge-podge of decades from the previous century with it's heavily 70's influenced bohemian looks, sprinkled with 80's spirit of neon, big jewels and lots of everything.  It only makes sense to rebel from all that and go boring again.  Although I did enjoy the 90's minimalist looks, it's so much more fun to get all funky and accessorize A LOT.  Oh, we shall see what the next decade has in store for us...

Back to Fall 2010.  The difference with this Fall's collection to the 90's is the different dimensions that layering was done.  Fur was out in the 90's, but not this Fall.  PETA must be losing it's stronghold because feathers and fur were plenty to be seen on the runway.  Yes, the color scheme was monochromatic but layering was about texture and adding multi-dimensions to an outfit.  It was far from boring indeed.

To see what I am talking about, check out the best of the runway footage from harpersbazaar.com's "The Front Row" videos of Fall 2010.  This was by far the best compiled footage I found on the Net.

The Front Row: Videos from Fall Fashion Week 2010

Friday, July 2, 2010

How to Achieve the Rachel Zoe Look

I've been channeling Rachel Zoe's look lately. I wore a tie-dye chiffon-like top with white cotton/linned slacks to my cousin's wedding late in June. Of course, I was decked out in a lot of jewelry -- multi-necklaces in gold and gold-tone and an estate piece cuff with matching ring in 18K gold, borrowed from my Mom. I had gold hoops on for earrings, a little simple since I already had a lot of jewelry going on.

For the Summer, I die for long maxi dresses with a denim jacket thrown on over. Of course, oversized sunglasses are great for protecting yourself from that Summer glare.

The following video shows you how to achieve that Rachel Zoe look.


Season 3 of "The Rachel Zoe Project" Starts Tuesday, August 3rd.

I am soooooooooooo excited for August. What an awesome Summer. Right now, I'm enjoying "True Blood." And soon I will be enjoying "The Rachel Zoe Project!" I can't stand it, I AM GOING BANANAS !!!

Fashion week, Brian Weir, pregnancy, "Oh my!" And what's up with Taylor??? We will find out...

Check out the preview...


Thursday, July 1, 2010

MULBERRY for Target in the Fall

Watch out for Mulberry handbags hitting Target stores in October 10th of this year. Each Designer collaboration keeps getting better and better and soon, the luxury brand of handbags, Mulberry will have exclusive designs for Target.

I am so excited for this October! Can't wait to even see photos (none yet on Target's Pressroom page online) of the handbags soon to hit Target stores and Online this Fall.

Ever since Isaac Mizrahi left his collaboration with Target, we have seen premier designers share their vision with the rest of us through affordable clothing with their signature flair. We saw Alexander McQueen and Anna Sui last year, and earlier this Spring, we saw Jean Paul Gaultier (which was my favorite out of the three I just mentioned.) I snapped up pieces from each Target collaboration that looked good on my plus-sized frame of size 16.

I'm also a fan of up and coming designer collaborations through Target's GO Collections, but a bit peeved that size 15 is only available online. Also, the sizing is in juniors sizing, so finding pieces that fit me are a bit challenging, not to mention annoying.

Not to worry, however, with Mulberry. After all, handbags fit everyone!

To see what Mulberry is about, check out the Spring/Summer 2010 Collection below.


My Discovery of Style.com

I just discovered Style.com where you can view current and previous Runway Looks. I love this site! You can almost skip reading fashion magazines and view almost all the designers' runway looks, if it weren't for the fact that magazine editorials are also great for getting ideas through their mix of designer pieces, creating a fashion story and highlighting current trends.

Another feature I like from Style.com is that you can create LOOKBOOKS and create your own fashion story by using runway photos of the designers you like. I had so much fun viewing the runway looks and creating my Lookbook. Check out my Lookbook for Fall 2010 by clicking on the link.