Haute for Haiti Fashion Show: Great Cause, Eh Clothes

As part of the Boston Stands with Haiti relief campaign, Boston University’s Hillel House co-sponsored the lackluster “Haute for Haiti” fashion show Sunday February 28th. The designers featured were Kat Schamens, Betsey Johnson, Tom’s Shoes, and two BU student designers: Emily Gasda and Cassie Locsin. Hilary Rappaport for HMR Designs provided the jewelry.

Some of the designs may have looked a unquestionably familiar if you attended the Fashion & Retail Association’s Fall 2009 “NUDE” fashion show November 14th. The burst of fresh air in the runway show was Kat Schamen’s carnival-inspired line.

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Betsey Johnson Fashion Show in Boston

Betsey Johnson is known for her youthful party dresses in delicious shades like baby pink and soft teal, and her finale cartwheel and neon pink shopping bags. February 7th, I was lucky enough to attend a Betsey Johnson Fashion & Trunk Show at BOND lounge at the Langham Hotel. Here’s the lowdown for when BJ took over Beantown:

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Drink Me, Eat Me, Wear Me: The Fashion Inspired By Alice in Wonderland

Alice took a wrong turn in wonderland and ended up on the runway! Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that Tim Burton is sure to take us all on a psychedelic ride in his highly anticipated remake of Lewis Carroll’s beloved nonsensical story Alice in Wonderland. which is set to be released March 5th.

Designers have been tripping over themselves to join the tea party and design Alice in Wonderland-inspired products—everything from nail polish to wedding gowns. So, lose yourself down the rabbit hole that’s been transformed into a high-fashion runway.

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“My Name is Khan” Review: Oh Snap, Bollywood Just Got Political

Karan Johar’s 2010 film “My Name is Khan” tells the story of a Muslim Indian, Rizwan Khan (played by Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan,) a man with Asperger’s Syndrome who moves to San Francisco after his mother’s death. Khan falls in love with a Hindu hairdresser, Mandira, played by Kajol Devgan.

Their Bollywood fairy tale turns grim after the tragic terrorist attacks of 9/11. Their joyful love story is intensely interrupted when Mandira’s young son, Sameer, is killed as a result of a vicious hate crime. In a dramatic fit of rage, Mandira brazenly blames her son’s death on his having a Muslim last name. She belligerently demands that Khan leave, and when he naively inquires when should he return, Mandira sarcastically tells him to return only after he has told the president of the United States: “My name is Khan and I am not a terrorist.” And so Khan’s epic journey across the country begins.

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My Funny Valentine: Gifts for your Anti-Valentine

February 9, 2010

Roses are red violets are blue…but long story short:

Valentine’s Day is a lame holiday. Think about it. Red roses? Cheap chocolates in a heart-shaped cardboard? Satiny lingerie? Romance?

Boring.

Instead check out some of the more fun options to give to that special someone (or just to indulge in yourself.)

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John Galliano’s Split Personality

If you want drama, turn off the trashy reality shows and check out what’s inside John Galliano’s head.

Galliano had two very buzzed about shows recently. His Fall 2010 Menswear line was half dapper Sherlock Holmes and half sexed-up Bruce Lee. His Dior Spring 2010 Haute Couture collection was part equestrian dominatrix and part societal English rose.

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Polishing off Your Winter Wardrobe with Chanel

January 19, 2010

As some of you may have seen, the Chanel Spring 2010 Paris runway show was part hoedown, with splash of Marie Antoinette, and a touch Parisian prostitute with the painted-on pearl garter belts. Head designer and Chanel’s creative director, Karl Lagerfeld, transformed the Grand Palais into a barnyard bonanza. The childlike models emerged from a barn (yes, a barn, adorned with the iconic Chanel double C’s,) complete with healthily rosy cheeks, wind-swept up-do’s, basket-woven handbags, apron-like skirts, clunky wooden clogs, a performance from Brit pop star and current Chanel muse, Lily Allen, countryside plaids and of course, tweeds, as well as a romping threesome in the hay.

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