Hi fashion dolls, how's it going?
Hope you guys had an amazing weekend like I did. I did so much fun stuff including attending an event at Macy's on Saturday hosted by Clinton Kelly of TLC's "What not to wear." A fashion show centered between racks and racks of beautiful clothing is just my thing. Kelly was a very entertaining host as his personality is as big as his size. Ok that didn't sound right, what I meant was he's tall, really tall. I think I heard him say 6'4, I had no idea he was so tall. The event had a really nice setup and was overall very visually appealing. Much different from the casualness of the Andrew Charles event I attended last year but equally interesting in a much more conservative way. A few jokes here and there, Kelly presented us with a fashion show separated into 3 segments; work wear, daytime and date night.
Although the fashion didn't really appeal much to the younger audience he did have some awesome general styling advice that works for every age group and size. Like; if you find yourself complaining a lot about the size of your lower body, you shouldn't gravitate to skinny jeans. Kelly insists, although they seem to be a very common go to piece for women, they were not designed for every body type. Other fashion tips included buying key pieces for your wardrobe (quality over quantity), getting professional bra fittings to ensure your girls look their best =) and my absolute favorite dividing and conquering the bootie. We all know how important it is to dress so that you accentuate and compliment parts of our body that we don't necessarily want to draw attention to. The bootie happens to be one of them. Kelly recommends buying tops that cut off at the right place usually not hiding the bootie or fully exposing it. For the less curvaceous women, like myself, peplum tops and skirts are your best friend. For the bottom heavy divas A-line dresses and skirts will rock your world (ok so he doesn't speak like this...this is me translating..lol). If you find you have a shorter neck, when shopping you'll want to grab some v-neck tops that will instantly elongate your neck. If you're liking these tips you'll just have to watch his show to get more.
I tried to keep track of what each model was wearing but lost track. The yellow shoes in the first pic are by Rachel Roy and currently in stock at Macy's. A lot of the pieces were by Michael Kors, Rachel Roy and Andrew Charles.
There was a question and answer session where audience members were urged to ask for fashion advice. I was definitely surprised to hear how many women speak or think so negatively about their bodies. Which in turn causes a fear of fashion because they're uncomfortable drawing attention to themselves. I can't say i'm not guilty of this at times but it's so sad. In all honesty, with growing media and exploding technology I can't see an end to this. If I wrote the rule book to life I would omit this chapter. But I don't!....bummer! Women will always compare themselves to what they see in magazines, online or on TV. Sad but true! Kelly, whose worked in fashion and magazine for a long time touched on this. He spoke about the power of editing that goes into these things and the influence it has on the outcome and he's absolutely right. He wasn't saying anything to me that I didn't already learn (and learned how to do) as a journalism student. I only wish the millions of women that are guilty of doing this understood. I can talk about this stuff all day but i'll spare you for now...=)
LOL...this audience member was such a good sport as she was chastised for her flip flops. I love down to earth people like that (although she did get a gift card for her trouble).
An audience member asked for advice on how to style this dress. Kelly recommended gold shoes which I disagreed (of course to myself). The dress is so busy already I would just pair it with nude shoes a nice clutch and for jewelry a non flashy pair of earrings....no necklace.
Do any of you watch "What not to wear?" What do you think of Kelly and his expert fashion advice? Someone with that much experience definitely has a lot to teach us fashion lovers. Hope you enjoy the post! =)
P.S. I was in such a hurry I didn't get pics of my self at the event but a proper outfit post of what I wore will follow.
The beautiful models! They all looked so gorgeous!