Cliche Avoid the Grey 2011 pics

Posted: January 31st, 2011 | Author: Amanda | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

36 designers, 12 hour day, 3 shows, 1 fun night

the section I was assigned to was white minimal, which was, in my opinion, one of the most difficult and stand-out sections of the night; fellow white minimal designers Nikki English and Adrienne Yancy agreed.  Here are my 3 looks:

faux leather top available in black for Fall 2011

faux leather top and Cameron skirt available in black for Fall 2011

suit available in black or red for Fall 2011

Hamptons dress available in stores now in black and red

models Hannah, Rikki, and Zora from Ignite models inc.  photos provided by Minneapolis2night (clearly) and Twin Cities Metromix.


from my iphone

this one was taken by TimmiLynn after the 3rd show.  you can tell how exhausted I am in this shot.  I had my Fall/Winter/Holiday shoot the night before and worked a hard 12 hour day.

Thanks to Jahna for the kind review in her Le Petit Connaisseur blog:

upcoming event: Cliche Avoid the Grey 2011

Posted: January 24th, 2011 | Author: Amanda | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

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two words- the row

Posted: January 16th, 2011 | Author: Amanda | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

MK and Ashley Olsen are really showing their talent with the minimal-chic pre-fall 2011 collection.  The line just got picked up by Neiman-Marcus, which I’m not sure why it took so long, and I am totally smitten over every look.  Here are some of my favorites:

I’m obsessed with the cropped leather pants, leather trench, fur jacket, peter-pan collar blouse, and the 70′s-esque camel dress and pant.  Neiman’s, here I come!



resort 2011 in at

Posted: January 6th, 2011 | Author: Amanda | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

a few of my favorites:

Happy Shopping!



the new queen- Sarah Burton

Posted: January 4th, 2011 | Author: Amanda | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

We will always miss the late, great, Lee Alexander McQueen but Sarah Burton, the new creative director, makes her first SS11 collection bitter-sweet.  Her touch on the legendary British fashion house is a bit more light, airy, and much more feminine and wearable.  I look forward to seeing what she has in store for us next.



Mary Katrantzou’s trompe l’oeil

Posted: January 3rd, 2011 | Author: Amanda | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

For Spring 2011, Mary Katrantzou’s inspiration came from the ornate interiors of seventies photography of Helmut Newton and Guy Bourdin.   These three-dimensional digital prints represent exquisite household items like lamp shades, chandeliers, window frames and draped curtains as well as landscapes of LA city lights and picture perfect swimming pools.  The digital print revolution is in full swing and it’s a breath of freshly colored air from all neutral minimalism that’s been going down the runways lately.  The symmetry of Katrantzou’s prints create more of an abstract artistic visual texture until you take a closer look.  Some of the looks tend to get a little busy but besides Alexander McQueen’s SS10 collection, this is some of the best and most detailed textile graphics I’ve seen on the runway.   My favorite from Katrantzou’s collection are her ever-so-cute lampshade skirts.  I’ll take one in every color (or print) please!

Here’s a few looks from her FW10 collection inspired by portraits of Madame de Pompadour and the paintings of Fragonard and Nattier:

Though Mary Katrantzou’s clothes aren’t particularly my style, I’m just amazed at how she is pushing fashion forward.



True Grit (2010)

Posted: January 2nd, 2011 | Author: Amanda | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

This American Western movie is based on a 1968 novel by Charles Portis and was later, 1969, adapted for film starring John Wayne.  True Grit (2010) was written and directed by the Coen brothers, who also wrote and directed some of my all time favorite movies like Raising Arizona, Fargo, The Big Lebowski, and No Country for Old Men.   I saw the 2010 version of True Grit over the weekend and thought the costume designer, Mary Zophres, did an excellent job portraying the characters.  This was 2nd favorite movie behind Black Swan and I highly recommend seeing it.

Jeff Bridges.  From the Dude to Tron to Crazy Heart to the ultimate bad-ass role in True Grit

Matt Damon.  He brought much of the comic-relief to the movie.

Hailee Steinfeld.  This little actress blew me away and stole the show from the big boys, Bridges and Damon.  I especially loved her belted mens overcoat in the movie and braided pigtail locks.

Speaking of movies, I also just watched this classic that has a amazing cast and unique costume deisngs: