January 2008


Normally, I don’t really go for Prada. Some of their stuff is truly classic, but then there’s the stuff in the Fall 2008 collection. Let’s start with the visible briefs. I don’t like seeing the boxers peeking over the jeans waistband thing, but at least that’s usually only used for casual dressing. Mostly. And actually, what I hate worse is the boxer briefs showing…it’s not sexy. Underwear should be worn, not seen (except in the bedroom). But then, Prada did this:

Prada Fall 2008

And all I can say is WHY??!!! Who would wear this in public? I mean, I see this all the time at Urban Outfitters. Their cashiers always seem to flash their underwear at me while they fold some shirts with some “witty” phrase emblazoned on them.

And Prada also seems to like the shiny this year. And why? We went through this when men sported the monochrome shimmer during the height of the “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?” craze. Seriously. Do we really need anymore shiny shirts and ties.

Lastly, Prada has seriously lost touch with anyone on the street with the addition of the following to their collection:

Prada Fall 2008 - Mens

Yes, that’s a mini-skirt worn on the outside of those pants. How emo and gender-bending. EYEROLL. Now all this being said, I do enjoy Prada. And I might even buy some of those stand-alone collars. But how to wear them without looking like a Chippendale’s dancer, I’ll never know.

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I just got the e-mail from NorthPark Center, Dallas’s LARGEST and BEST shopping mall, that Fashion at the Park is coming at the end of March.

This year, Simon Doonan, creative director for Barney’s New York will be there (no big whoop…he was there last spring, too) and also, Carolina Adriana Herrera (the daughter of Carolina Herrera and the main face of CH Carolina Herrera).  I don’t know if I can afford to go to any of the shows (they usually cost about $100), but I’m going to try.  I wish I had $1600 to get the extra special ULTRA VIP pass that gives you access to everything.  But I don’t have that dough.  And they’re only making like 30 of those.

Anyway, even if I just end up at the Dillard’s show ($45), I’ll post my pics and any gossip I happen to pick up along the way.

Ok, so I’ve had many a blogs out on the internets but most of them have failed because I didn’t give a rat’s ass about updating them and quite frankly, most of them were personal diary type shit and that stuff’s always boring (because no one writes down the good stuff anyway).

I think what made me want to start this blog was mainly that I love fashion, but have literally no one in my everyday life with whom I can talk about it. Well, not without a few blank stares. So, here we go. My very own fashion blog. I’ll start with one of my favorite topics: cleaning.

Ironing shirts is a pain in the ass. And anyone who tells you it isn’t is lying. And they probably take all their stuff to a dry-cleaner’s anyway and just tell you they ironed it themselves. Again, liars. But here are a few ironing tips if you don’t want to go to the dry-cleaner’s:

1. Use sizing not starch – Ok, this tip doesn’t really come from me, it comes from Martha Stewart. But, that doesn’t make it any less valid. Sizing is better than starch in most cases as it helps with shape and body of the garment, but doesn’t provide that stiffness that starch does. Nevertheless, both sizing and starch will build up on your iron.

2. Clean the plate! This should stand to reason, but apparently it doesn’t. Nothing will ruin your shirt faster than gunk that’s been built up over the weeks. You can buy cheap iron cleaner by Faultless (makers of starches) and it’ll clean off the plate of gunk. Also, wipe down your iron with a damp cloth after you iron.

3.Bluing – It’s best to use this with dingy whites that you can’t get clean (like really nice linen, broadcloth or oxfords) with just regular detergent and are too nice for bleach (which can break down the fibers in the fabric). Bluing adds a nice light blue tint to the off-white color and makes it look white (optically at least). Add it to the laundry in the separate area you would use to add bleach to the wash cycle.

4.Fabric Softener is kind of a joke. It does really work, but it can contribute to fading and the breakdown of fibers when used in the wash cycle. That’s why I like dryer sheets. Toss one in and it’ll cut out static clean and because it doesn’t penetrate the fibers, it’ll keep the clothes from degrading.

5. The outdoor clothes drying that your grandmother used? It’s a great way to cut down on your carbon imprint (less energy used for the dryer), but it can make your whites dingy if you live in a densely populated area. Frankly, I just use the dryer. But it’s really your call.

With these tips, you shouldn’t need to go to the dry cleaner’s. But then, if you have a $500 gorgeous white oxford from Ralph Lauren, you might not want to chance it with Mrs. Stewart’s Bluing. Just sayin’