2016 Oscar Fashions

We can't talk Oscars without first applauding that opening monologue. Wowza, talk about not skirting the issue, Mr Rock. (I believe Fight the Power played as he walked onto the stage.) Chris Rock managed to be funny while putting things in perspective and just flat out saying Hollywood is racist. Very high energy. I felt a bit bad for some presenters who appeared staid and stiff next to him. Of course, I couldn't watch to the end, sleep being more important to me than Hollywood. But I saw ALL the clothes. So onto to the frou frou -- let's talk style! … [Read more...]

My Faux Natural Face

I must have been 10 or 11 years old when I asked my mother if it would be ok if I wore just a little bit of eyeliner to school every day. Her answer? A firm NO. I accepted it without question because this was the 1980s when pre-teen girls were expected to look like children, not like mini prostitutes, and none of my friends wore makeup. Still … [Read more...]

Oscar Fashion 2015: Best and Worst

With a usual bedtime of 9:30, I knew watching the Academy Awards would be a challenge. Quite frankly though, this year's were so uninspiring that I never even made it to 10 o'clock (thereby missing the "equal work for equal pay" speech which should be totally irrelevant in 2015, but there you have it). Thanks to social media and relentless online coverage, I'd had a good look at all of the outfits before the awards had even started. Furthermore, I was able to catch up on the highlights (Glory!) and lowlights (lock box jokes) on Monday. Now I'm up to speed and ready to bring forth my judgement. … [Read more...]

Clothed is the New Naked

That's right, cover it up! Fall is here and, suddenly, bare skin is just so yesterday. Those legs beg to be encased in thick denim and the entire body yearns to be wrapped in something warm and, preferably, dark. What once seemed playful, a pink bra strap peeking out, say, or a sliver of visible skin … [Read more...]

Women’s Shoes for Beginners

I saw a pair of shoes during a coffee break last week that made me stop mid-sentence and announce that I was having a shoegasm. They were pink and red colour-blocked suede pumps. The lady wearing them had on a black and white dress, but that’s really all I can tell you about her, focused as I was on the area south of her ankles. My [female] colleague concurred – fabulous shoes. … [Read more...]

The F Word: Femininity

Why can't a smart woman love fashion? asked one of my favourite humans, author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, recently in Elle. In the essay, she writes about a struggle that many young career-minded women confront at one time or another -- Does my desire to be successful mean I have to suppress the joyful femininity that is at the core of my identity? … [Read more...]

Oscar Fashions 2014: The Sparkly, the Bland, and the Whoopi

How I miss the days when Hugh Jackman or Billy Crystal would belt out over-the-top musical numbers, when contemporary dance performances representing nominated films were not unheard of, and especially when actresses were emboldened to wear extravagant gowns knowing that this was their BIG NIGHT. But now that every time a celebrity steps out to get a chai latte her outfit ends up being … [Read more...]

The Watermelon Dress

Here's a little story about a red dress. It was written for submission to Elle magazine's "The ____ That Changed My Life" contest, the blank being an item of clothing. Everything in this essay really happened; however, I confess that no item of clothing has ever profoundly changed my life. Regardless, please indulge me as I explore one dress that has been with me on a long journey... … [Read more...]