~ Personal Style Tips For EVERY Age ~ Costume Exhibit At V&A Museum ~ Coat Trends
Welcome to my monthly newsletters and news alerts. In them, I will bring you up to date on the world of fashion and style. Specializing in the PSC principles for over 25 years, I will help you by translating the overwhelming world of fashion news into a straight forward manner, so that you can apply it with confidence and ease to your own existing wardrobe. After all, don't we all feel happy when we are participating in the fun, while not losing our own personal style?
"Personal style is when all the elements of visual design come together in a way that suits us. Then we are able to express our inner and outer beauty in a natural, effortless and authentic manner."
personal stylist and educator
Personal Style Tips
I was recently leafing through a fashion magazine, when I spotted a short article on how to dress "For 40 and over". As I read some of the suggestions I thought to myself, wait a minute, this advice should be for every woman at any age (most of this applies to men as well).
Here is what I read that I thought was of value, and what I personally suggest to those who are feeling a bit lost about getting his or her style:
1. Search for inspiration around you, besides magazines that can be "too perfect." Look at what real woman and men are wearing. There is a reason photos of "street" fashion has become so popular. If you really like something somebody is wearing, go ahead and ask them where they got it. Many find it flattering and can't wait to let you know.
2. Try to buy the best quality pieces that you can afford. Great shoes, boots, sweaters, coats, and bags all go a long way towards elevating an otherwise slightly boring outfit. Good fabric and cut, always look stylish, are rarely boring, and above all can never be mistaken for "cheap."
3. Buying the best you can along with getting the best fit in your clothing, will bring you great satisfaction, confidence, and inspiration each time you get dressed.
4. The same goes for jeans. Find the best quality and fit, jeans are the kingpin of fashion basics in the modern world today. Remember it was Yves Saint Laurent's only regret, that he had not invented them.
Costume Exhibit At The Victoria & Albert Museum
"Clothes function as social and emotional signposts. In the same way costumes provide the audience with essential information." - Deborah Nadoolman Landis
This past Spring I had the great pleasure of meeting one of Hollywood's most famous costume designers, Deborah Nadoolman Landis. The quote from above was from her lecture series that I attended, which was hosted by the U.C. Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive, called Behind The Scenes: The Art and Craft Of Cinema. She gave an illustrated talk about her work on many of the famous movies/costumes that she was responsible for, such as Raiders of the Lost Ark, Michael Jackson's Thriller, The Blues Brothers. Not only did I find her to be warm, engaging, and devoted to her field, I quickly learned that she was more than a costume designer. In addition to her distinguished film career, Landis is an award-winning designer for the theater, opera, and is a noted scholar/author. She received an M.F.A. in costume design from UCLA in 1975 and a Ph.D. in the history of design from London's Royal College of Art in 2003. She teaches at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts and the American Film Institute and is a professor at the University of the Arts London.
She most recently completed six years of work, curating a dazzling exhibit titled 'Hollywood Costume' Exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
The WSJ recently printed an article on it, just days before it opened. Click Here to view.
Here Come The Red Coats!
For his first show as the new designer at Dior, Raf Simons (Belgium designer), presented a couture collection that featured deceptively simple shapes, including slim
black tuxedo pants and a scarlet coat with rounded edges and belted. (As pictured to the left). Belts continue to be a trend, started by Michelle Obama.
Red coats are being spotted, in many different lengths and silhouettes. There are pea coats in red, swing coats, long & lean coats, full & loose
coats, and as seen belted coats.
With winter lurking around the corner, nothing is cozier and more festive than a red coat. It simply lifts the spirits!
Footnote on RED: of all the colors in the color wheel, red causes the most active responses on a physiological level--heart rate, pulse, etc. Red doesn't just sit there, it draws attention to itself and commands the stage. It will not be ignored! The original founder of PSC (Joan Songer) use to say "every man should own a red ski sweater." I say that every woman should own a red coat......her version of red!
"It's so drapey--should I get something with a crisper line?"