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Top Emmy’s Looks

So the Emmy’s were last night. As in any awards show, the dresses/suits were my favorite part.  As per usual, Neil Patrick Harris suited up fantastically.

My top looks on the ladies are as follows:

I love Lea Michele. The navy color of this dress is v. flattering, and her necklace is freaking gorgeous. She also looks comfortable and happy in this dress.

Dianna Agron is so freaking gorgeous. I know a lot of people don’t like the dress, think it’s too old for her, whatever, but I love the color and I think she looks stunning. It’s also pretty different, and kudos to her for not getting something basic.

This dress works so well with Nina Dobrev’s coloring.

Kyra Sedgewick and her no degrees of separation from Kevin Bacon. Love this shade of purple.

What were your favorite looks this year?


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Fashion of the Future: The Galaxy Dress

Cutecircuit, a London-based company has been fusing science and fashion to create unbelievable clothing.

The Hug Shirt was one of the first products the company designed. Doesn’t it look a bit strange?

The Hug Shirt uses Bluetooth technology to transmit “hugs” all across the globe. The orange circles on the shirt are sensors. The sensors record body temperature and pressure sensations. Hug yourself and the sensors will activate. You can text message a friend who has the Hug Technology downloaded on their phone. When you send the text message, your friend wherever he or she may be, opens the text and feels the same sensation of a hug.

It all sounds strange and a bit complex. Here’s a YouTube video showing and explaining the process.

Another project CuteCircuit has been working on is called the Galaxy Dress. It is a stunning dress made of 24,000 rainbow LED lights. It’s currently being featured at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago at an exhibit called “Fast Forward: Inventing the Future.”

Try getting through airport security with that dress!

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5 Best places to shop in Chicago

1. Akira

Multiple Locations, Original is at

1837 W North Ave # 1, Chicago, IL.  (773) 772-5414‎

Akira is a large, trendy Chicago-based chain that opened seven years ago in the Wicker Park/Bucktown neighborhood. They have a wide range of clothing for men and women, and a fun shoe section. The salespeople are knowledgeable and helpful without being pushy, and helped me find a perfect color and fit summer dress for me earlier this year. Akira is all about this season’s trends and the hottest items for now, so this isn’t the place to find those classic pieces that’ll stay in your closet forever, but it’s a great place to find something trendy that you’ll love at a reasonable price.

2. State Street Marshall Fields (Macy’s now)

111 N. State Street | Chicago, IL 60602 312/781-1000

The picture is of the Tiffany Ceiling in the store, it’s the largest unbroken Tiffany glass in the world. The store itself is the second largest department store in the world. The store is now a Macy’s chain, ad while you might not find the most unique items here, the shopping experience and looking at the gorgeous architecture is in itself worth a visit. My personal favorite section of is the 26,000 square foot beauty department. I have a hard time not buying something at Fresh or the Chanel counter whenever I make a visit here.
I remember going down to State Street every year as a kid to see the Christmas decorations lit up at Marshall Fields, and the store felt magic to me, and in a way, it still kind of does.

3. Una Mae’s Freak Boutique
1528 North Milwaukee Avenue. (773) 276-7002

This store is located in Wicker Park, one of my favorite neighborhoods in Chicago. The store’s layout is warm and inviting, with wood floors and earth tones, and the prices are generally pretty reasonable. Una Mae’s has a nice mix of unique new and vintage clothes. My favorite section in the store is the accessories, they have a beautiful assortment of trendy and classic jewelery. If you want something unique that you can’t find at a department store, this is the place to go.

4. Silver Moon
1755 W. North Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647 (773) 235-5410

Silver Moon is a curated vintage store, with an amazing 1920’s collection. Most of the wonderful gently worn clothes are out of my college student budget, but it is so fun to walk through Silver Moon and take a trip back through time. If you want a party or wedding dress that no one else is going to have, this is the place to look. The best vintage store in the city, in this Chicagoan’s opinion.

5. Stellar 26

4164 N Lincoln Ave Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 388-2626

This store has a laid-back atmosphere and has some amazing clothes for lazy days. The owner told Time-Out Chicago that Stellar 26 has a surfer-lite look influenced by her adolescence on the shores of Lake Michigan. The California cool vibe is felt in this midwestern store. Most everything is under 100 dollars, so the shopper can keep their cool even after looking at their receipt.


(At an out-of-state university, but a life-long Chicagoan)

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Anna Wintour, Obama, and New Media

Left, Anna and her daughter Bee in Paris.

A spokesperson for Vogue has said that the magazine hired the creators of Blue State Digital to work on Vogue’s online presence in both editorial and business. They’re focusing on outreach to readers and subscribers.

Blue State is most famous for the creations of my.barackobama.com, the online site that organized phonebanking, canvassing, and donations to the Obama campaign.


Tom Florio, a publisher, is said to be actively involved in the new Vogue online presence, but after seeing The September Issue, I have a hard time seeing this decision being made without Anna Wintour’s express approval.

Interesting choice by the woman who once famously refused to even say the word blog. Maybe she was influenced by her daughter’s decision to take a job at Collegehumor.com instead of working at a traditional print or magazine outlet.

Anna Wintour is famous for, among other things, catching onto the trend of celebrities in fashion/beauty early. It’s nice to see that she’s finally recognized the power of online media, and maybe even blogging!



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Full of Grace: Coddington, The September Issue and the RL Controversy

I saw The September Issue last night, and in addition to learning more about how American Vogue works, I also learned more about Grace Coddington. She’s the creative director of Vogue, and while more media-shy than her boss Anna Wintour, Coddington is incredibly talented. She’s just so creative, and her finished editorials look amazing. In this post, you can see some of Grace’s fantastic spreads from this year.

Here is model Karen Elson styled as Grace Coddington in the August 2008 issue of Vogue.

and here is Grace during her time as a fashion model in 1960’s London

Earlier this week she spoke at an event at The New York Public Library, and this is what she said when asked about the recent Ralph Lauren Photoshop Controversy.

“Most of Ralph Lauren’s models are not super skinny: this is an isolated situation and I think that it’s unfair that he’s getting bad publicity for it … You ask, ‘Can’t models just be normal sized people?’ They have to be thinner than you and I, because you always photograph a little fatter … But it is a big problem. I remember when I was modeling and I put on some weight, and they said to me: ‘Lose weight or you don’t do the show.’ I’d spend the week not eating anything and just drinking coffee. I was eighteen or nineteen.

“But these days, the problems are coming with kids that are very young and very vulnerable … you don’t have to go to the extremes they go to. And because they’re kids, they take it too far, and they can’t regulate their lives, and next thing you know they’re anorexic, and it is tragic. And I don’t know what the answer is, except to keep on it, which we’re all trying to do … Personally we’re not allowed, at Vogue, to work with girls who are very thin, but you never know, because you could book them and think they’re a certain size, and they turn up on the shoot and suddenly they’ve spun into this anorexic situation. And you’re on the spot and you have to get the job done and you have one day to do it, and what do you do? But you try to be responsible.”

I’m glad that Vogue seems to be at least trying. Caroline Trentini is featured very often in the magazine, and while she is very thin, she does not look unhealthy. It seems like a good thing that the creative director of Vogue realizes that unhealthy models and overuse of photoshop can be a concern.

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Recent Grace Coddington styled American Vogue Editorials

After seeing The September Issue, I went looking through my old issues of Vogue and online for recent Grace Coddington Editorials. Here are some of my favorite images from editorials that she styled this year.


Natalia Vodianova as Twiggy in The Great Pretender, Vogue May 2009.



Natalia again, this time in this year’s September issue, in a spread called “Into the Woods”. Galliano is the wolf.




Karlie Kloss and French Tennis Star Gael Monfils in a spread this year aptly titled ‘French Open’.


Caroline Trentini in July’s “City of Dreams”.

And finally, not from this year but still amazing and featured in The September Issue, “Paris, Je T’aime”

These photos are absolutely gorgeous. Which are your favorites?

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“The September Issue” a Fashion Do

Fashion is an artistic, marvelous and often times a frightening thing. When some people pick up a fashion magazine, they flip through the pages and gawk at the clothes they see before them.

“Why would someone pay that much money for that whatever it is clothing disaster when no one would wear it in public?” a friend asked when looking at the latest issue of French Elle. Why is exactly the right question. Couture is the answer. Why are people so obsessed with fashion and spend so much money buying the magazines and clothes?

Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of American Vogue and “it” girl of fashion, sums it up perfectly, “There’s something about fashion that can make people very nervous.” I agree.

Director R.J. Cutler brings to the screen the hectic, dramatic and often heart breaking process of the creation of the famous September issue of Voguemagazine. “The September Issue” follows the chilly Anna Wintour and flamed-haired Grace Coddington, the Creative Director of American Vogue, through the streets of London, New York and Paris in the development of the magazine.

Wintour and Coddington often face off in a battle of what will go into the magazine on anything from a salmon pink over sized coat to a 1920s themed photo spreads. Both women are very stubborn and will fight for what they want. In the end, Wintour rules, even if she comes off a bit of an ice queen, because it is her job. She has been in the fashion business for almost 40 years and has ensured her own survival. What Wintour wants, Wintour gets.

This documentary is not just about extravagant hair, thickly layered makeup and the use of clothes must people would never wear with dignity in public. It’s all consumerism, marketing a brand and money.

Fashion is a $300-billion dollar industry and Vogue has to sell magazines to survive. The promotion of this world is about consumption. At first glance through the glossy pages, the items that catch our eyes start out as a lust. Oh yes, I want those Jimmy Choo pumps or that Rag and Bone pair of jeans. Soon, it turns into a need that we must have to be trendy. Then, watch out! You’ve become snared in fashion’s net. It’s a way for people to feel transformed and beautiful if they follow fashion bible. After watching this documentary, one can see how ridiculous fashion can be, but we can’t help ourselves.

At the end of the film, after the September issue has been sent to the presses, Wintour asks for everything to be ready to start planning the October issue. Wintour’s catchphrase rings clearly: “Fashion is all about looking forward, not in the past.”

♥ – Erin

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