Saturday, September 17, 2011

Fashion Week: The Worst of the Worst

You know, I'm not one of those people who gets judgey about fashion design. Fashion design is really difficult, and I know this from personal experience. LOTS of personal experience. Hours and hours and hours of personal experience. That said, there are certain things that should never be put on a runway in front of an audience of potential buyers. WHAT were they THINKING??? Here are the Worst of the Worst of the Spring 2012 Fashion Week, in order from Least Worst to Worst Worst.
Oscar de la Renta

Honestly, most of this collection was flawless. But there were just a few things that made me slightly tilt my head and go "huh?" First off we have this ugly pink satin thing with giant sleeves and eyelash fringe along the top. This dress - coupled with the model wearing it - looks like something you might find in a thrift store on a Porcelain doll that was intended to represent high fashion from the 1800s, but failed miserably and ended up in a thrift store. Next, we have the outfit that Big Bird wears to work out. And finally, that studded thing with feathers or something hanging all over the hem. What is this? It doesn't even remotely fit with the rest of the collection. Gtfo, studded thing.

Derek Lam

This isn't even design so much as WTF is going on with these model's faces?! Is it just me, or do they look like tiny alien men? Were these pictures photoshopped?! I am so confused. Moving on.

Ralph Lauren

Oh, Ralph. I have a soft spot for Ralph because I'm almost positive I saw him on the street once in LA when I was 12. But this is inexcusable. I know prom season is technically in spring, but can we not send hideous, insanely shiny, cheap looking pink prom dresses down the runway during fashion week? Please? Thanks!

Michael Kors

Aside from doing the same old tired ~African Safari Theme~ that I'm so super over, Michael Kors created three monstrosities that never should have been created, much less sent down the runway. To illustrate my point, allow me to throw out a couple of words, and you tell me if they belong on the runway. "Prison" or "Uniform"? No? Ok, how about "Patchwork" or "Raincoat?" No to those too? Hm. Well how about "Crocheted" and "Afghan?" No?!? NONE of those things belong on the runway? ... Even if you combine the words into descriptive phrases? You're kidding. Oh wait no, this is completely obvious. Get a clue, Michael Kors. Maybe Project Runway is a bad influence on him.

Peter Som

The first two .... all I can say is, Is that a towel wrapped around your model? Did you seriously just send her out in a towel?.... You couldn't take 5 seconds and at least put a dart or two in? That's legit just a rectangle of fabric sewed up one side (or a towel). And as for that last one, it's like they were trying to take EVERYTHING tacky and stick it all into one dress. You succeeded, great job. That dress defines tacky.

Marc Jacobs

I usually love Marc Jacobs, and I have to give the guy props for designing not just 1, but 3 successful high-end brands. But what the heck is this? I can just picture Marc standing in his sewing studio, machines whirring frantically, lookin' all cute, when suddenly someone runs up and says "MR. JACOBS, we have an emergency. We have RUN OUT OF FABRIC." Everything in the room suddenly stops, and everyone turns to look at Marc with horror in their eyes. Marc, however, is unfazed. He lights a cigarette or does something similarly nonchalant and calmly says, "so what? We have plenty of saran wrap and trash bags. Just use those." Everyone bursts into applause with tears in their eyes at the genius that is Marc Jacobs. ..... except what should have happened instead of the applause was some rational person saying something like "that's completely idiotic and will look terrible," but apparently that didn't happen. We do have a fashion show in Indianapolis called "Trashion Refashion" where these designs would fit right in, Marc, if that's what you're into. Maybe he was just exhausted from doing so many different collections, though, because Marc by Marc Jacobs wasn't very good, and he was wearing a skirt or something which was confusing.

And just to balance out the negative with some positive, here are my favorite looks from this week, from a variety of designers:

Zac Posen, Anna Sui, Alexander Wang, Vivenne Tam

Friday, March 4, 2011

New stuff at OmgLia! Plus, my life.

I know it's been a while. But this is a good update, I promise! First, my life. I'm currently living and working in Orlando, Florida for Walt Disney World. It's temporary, and I'll be moving very shortly to Kansas City to do something completely different. Then I'll go back to college and resume my Project Runway style life of living, eating and breathing fashion design. That's pretty much it on the life part. (Oh- Flobee and I are together and doing great, and he loves me working at Disney because it means he gets to visit the parks for free!) Now, on to the new stuff at Omg Lia!

I added a couple of items to my Etsy Shop, but most of the updates are on my website, Here's a preview:

Oh, and there's a 50% off clearance sale going on! Prices are as low as $1.50, so check it out.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

New Blog: The Broke Student's Guide

I have to admit something: I've been cheating on my blog with another blog. Ok, non-clever joking aside, I have a new blog. Not that I'm abandoning this one, because the two are totally different and unrelated. But the other one has certaintly been holding my attention lately! It's called The Broke Student's Guide to Stretching Your Dollar. It's aimed at college students, and focuses on all the ways that students can save money and get the most value for what little money they do spend. I focus a lot on getting things for free, earning money doing practically nothing (like paid-to sites) and taking advantage of all your campus has to offer, as well as tips and tricks on the things you do have to purchase whether you like it or not - like textbooks and groceries. Anyway, if any of thats useful to you, please follow! And then link all of your friends to it!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Creating a Working Closet Series

I wish I could take credit for this, but unfortunately, someone much more organized than me has begun a weekly series about creating a working closet. In her words,

A working closet is one in which you can remix what you own into infinite cute outfits. A closet that doesn't scream "go shopping now!" at you every time you walk in. One that knows when a new piece is needed and when it's time to let an old one go.

In other words ... organization. So that people like me, with seemingly infinite supplies of clothes, can stop standing in front of our closets frustrated thinking OMG, I HAVE NOTHING TO WEAR. Because how lame is that? Anyway, the series is awesome and you should read it:

Part I
Part II

I can't wait to see the rest of the series!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Inspiration Post: Green

I am hanging out in San Francisco visiting my boyfriend, who is off at work. Boredom, coupled with the rain and cold weather outside, means it's time for another wonderful Inspiration post! To see more images like these, follow my tumblr -

Note: If one of these pictures belongs to you and you would like credit and/or a link to go along with it - or are requesting its removal, please don't hesitate to ask! I'm happy to comply, and thank you for the inspiration. Similarly, if you are looking for the source of a picture, just ask, and I will try to remember!