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Month: February, 2012

Atlanta Shoe Market, a visit. Fall 2012

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Last weekend I was invited to go on a Fall 2012, late shipment of Spring 2013 buying trip to Atlanta Shoe Market. As I had never really been to market, I sort of jumped at the opportunity, snagged my camera and took the 4 hour trip.

What I thought would be a hectic day with congested walkways, turned out to be rather calm. Though the place was by no means deserted, foot traffic flowed nicely, and we were only occasionally accosted by a salesman pushing his wares upon us.

It took only a few seconds to realize that height was in and nude was out for Fall 2012. Besides one heel-less heel that we spied, the vendor demonstrating how easy running around in a pair was, the nude platform stiletto that seemed ubiquitous a few seasons ago was nowhere to be found. In its place where a section of color blocked, and even some patterned, chunky heels.

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Chris Benz to South Carolina


Word is out: Chris Benz, or @cmbenz if you’re tech savvy, will be making 2 appearances here in the humble state of South Carolina. And if my circle of friends are any indication, we can’t wait.
The past few months have been spent in meetings, on email, and sadly in class. It left me little time to blog, and even in some cases even tweet about what was going on – ok maybe time wasn’t always the issue… some things are to be kept quiet as we all know. So when a friend told me that Chris Benz would be showing at Charleston Fashion Week, to be quite honest I was shocked. Shocked enough to immediately tweet the details, not quite, but shocked all the same. The news was followed by a tidbit that was just as exciting but sadly has still yet to be released. Watch this space in the coming weeks for more information on that.
Last week at NYFW, Benz’s collection was all about old world glamour. Presented as a presentation as opposed to a show, there were sequins, caps, jackets, and hair aplenty, in a palette that consisted of neutrals as well as a bold red. It will more than likely be this collection that he will show in Charleston as a part of Fashion Week after his duties on the Fashion Panel – where he will be joined by Anne Slowey of Elle as well as Fern Mallis – for the Emerging Designer Competition have ended.
But that won’t be his first foray into South Carolina for March 2012; the former CFDA award winner will be showing at Girl’s Night Out in 701 Whaley, here in Columbia on March 1.

I’m going to let that sink in for a second.

If you’re calm I’ll continue on with the details. According to a press release, Benz will showcase his Spring 2012 collection at the tenth annual Girl’s Night Out presented by EdVenture Children’s Museum and Coplon’s. The event is the signature fundraiser for the museum and tickets – general as well as VIP are already on sale.

Now tweet that.
Opening photo: Chris Benz adjusting a model at his Fall 2012 presentation

Zoe Saldana and that Givenchy Haute Couture at the SAG Awards

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It was the case of all that right technical ingredients, but the soufflé falling while in the oven.
Zoe Saldana, and her team as we all know this is rarely a one person show, snagged a Givenchy Haute Couture Spring 2012 gown for the Screen Actor’s Guild Awards red carpet. The dress, which was straight from Paris – there were even reports that Riccardo Tisci, who is still at the helm of Givenchy, was in New York personally delivering the gown – and as such should have been an immediate winner. I mean Zoe Saldana has an amazing body, with a brand on the tip of everyone’s tongue… there should have been no reason for it not to be the best dressed. But there was something just off.
The top half of the dress, while safe in comparison to some of the other choices from the same collection, was fine. It had an elegant and mature feel that while a little upscale for the SAG awards, and for some a bit too mature for someone as young as Saldana, still read very well. But it’s after the embellishment that things seemed to get a little… clunky… and even a bit DIY. And of course not in that cool, “everyone is trying to pull off that effortless DIY” type of way but instead, in a kind of “I have an old skirt that needs jazzing up so let me hang some costume jewelry off of it” way.
While I have to hand it to her for having the courage – and clout – to pull such a look, I’d have to say that a Givenchy RTW Spring 2012 look could have served her so much more.