Jessica McConnell

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Fall’s Grown-Up Approach

In fashion, Trends on August 28, 2009 at 8:46 pm

Sometimes fall is so predictable with staples that include a sleek riding boot, belted trench coat, or a great black pant. This season’s trends are predictable but most cater to a classic quality and monotony in the best possible way. I recently read an article that touched on how designers have taken a more ‘grown-up’ approach to fashion and are targeting the 30 somethings and up, coming to the realization that most women in their twenties are not purchasing mini skirts priced at $900, at least not anymore.

Without sacrificing creativity many designers like Alber Elbaz from Lanvin managed to create clothing that is age appropriate for the women who can afford them. Not to say that some women don’t feel comfortable in the mini skirt but it’s important to create clothing that makes a woman look and feel beautiful about herself, that’s what makes a Chanel suit or Carolina Herrera dress worth the price tag.

Some of this year’s trends include animal prints, studs, and biker-chic, all of which have been used strategically placed throughout various lines. Designers, so it seemed to me at least, tried to take on this economically challenged season in one of two ways: Shock the customer with something over the top, perhaps too excessive for this period of time. Or provide them with a palette of silhouettes that at first glance seem muted but then you realize how ‘right on’ most of these designers are. They brought back the beauty to fashion. This was not a year of risk taking or designing an entire runway of unwearable pieces for the sake of art, these were well thought out, carefully constructed, gorgeous pieces that are designed for the ‘real’ woman of our times.

The one who’s a mother, CEO, bed-time story teller, wife, dog walker, excessive coffee drinker, and all the while still manages to take time out for herself.

The powerful ‘super women’ of our times have spoken and this time, designers have listened.

Here are a few select looks from fall that anybody should and could pull off successfully:

Donna Karan

Donna Karan

Yves Saint Laurent

Yves Saint Laurent



Burberry Prorsum

Burberry Prorsum



Jil Sander

Jil Sander

Burberry Prorsum

Burberry Prorsum

Visit view more of these collections from Fall RTW 2009.


Sink Your Teeth into this Fashion Statement or Fad?

In fashion, Fashion News, Trends on August 24, 2009 at 8:27 pm


While shopping for Sam Edelman shoes on Nordstrom’s website, I came across an advertisement for New Moon, as in the sequel to Twilight if you’re unfamiliar. On October 1st, new graphic tees will be available in stores and on-line. Despite the fact that I have read the ‘Twilight’ series, I do believe that we have crossed a line. A fine line between right and wrong, light and darkness.

My only comment is this- Burberry and Donald J. Pliner should never be available to purchase along side a “Team Edward” t-shirt.

And DuWop? Yes, DuWop, the makers of the famous Lip Venom have created this:

Twilight venom by Duwop 16


 Sephora and Nordstrom’s are cashing in on this past year’s vampire trend and as far as I can see, there is no end in sight. With HBO’s ‘True Blood,’ the CW’s ‘Vampire Diaries,’ and two more ‘Twilight’ movies to go, the fashion and retail industry will be seeing red for awhile.

Fashion in Films

In fashion, Movies on August 15, 2009 at 7:44 pm


Recently I’ve been blogging about films or television related to fashion, most of them being at least somewhat noteworthy. So I thought it’d be fun to see what else is out there. I searched for films solely about fashion, whether it was a documentary on a designer or a movie based on a novel having to do with fashion. There are plenty of movies that inspired fashion sense or trends, like Breakfast at Tiffany’s or Annie Hall, but these are solely about fashion. So, while the list is sure to be incomplete, here’s what I came up with so far: (If you have any to add, please do so!)



Fashions of 1934

The Intern

Lagerfeld Confidential

Valentino: The Last Emperor


American Gigolo

Yves Saint Laurent


Marc Jacobs & Louis Vuitton

The Devil Wears Prada

Can we even include Confessions of a Shopaholic? Why not. It’s not a classic but it served it’s purpose.

PLUS: The new Coco Before Chanel

Coco Before Chanel

In fashion, Movies on August 15, 2009 at 12:26 am

September IS big this month, not just with the size of Vogue or cozy fall sweaters we wrap ourselves up in. No, this September is also the release month of ‘Coco Before Chanel’, the film starring Audrey Tautou. (Think Amelie, A Very Long Engagement)


The film was released in other countries back in April and has since been nagging at my conscience. Audrey Tautou is amazingly talented, one of my favorite modern day actresses, and a perfect choice for this role. Luckily for me, I will be in New York at this time and you can certainly expect an update on my reaction.

September 25, New York and Los Angeles.  coco_before-chanel-535x356

You cannot pass up a film that chronicles the early years of one of the most famous, iconic women not just in fashion but also in history, Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel.

Perez to Launch More Fashionable Web-site

In fashion, Fashion News on August 13, 2009 at 10:11 am


So does anyone have an opinion about the launching of Mr. Perez Hilton’s web-site

Today, the site was unveiled and will most likely be a portal of celebrity’s fashion follies and fabulous ensembles. While Perez has no fashion background, he will be injecting the site with opinions that often leave a sting. (Cokate?) However, I am impressed with the coverage of photo shoots and ad campaigns. If Perez treats this site anything like, we can expect to see a fashion media whore emerge.

Thank You!

In Uncategorized on August 12, 2009 at 10:12 am


I just hit 1,001 views. And even though I love fashion and writing, I’m just getting the hang of how, when, and sometimes what I should blog about. But most times, I just write about what interests me and in the 2 months that I’ve been here so far, you guys are obviously reading, so thanks again!

In the words of Edina, “You can drop the attitude. You only work in a shop.” – Absolutely Fabulous

Up Close and Graphic

In fashion, Trends on August 11, 2009 at 7:10 pm

I have always coveted at least one graphic tee a year and at one point, my collection of ‘face’ t-shirts hit over 50. I’ve been slowly giving away and getting rid of my once cool collage of quirkiness. But this year, it seems that graphics, embroidered silhouettes, kicky slogans, mantras, and celebrity faces are reigning over the fun factor this season. So seriously, grab one that suits you, toss a slouchy blazer over it, and pair it with some great boyfriend jeans and flats. It sounds like you’ve got a great  Sunday afternoon walk in the park outfit to me…


Karen Walker:, $88

Karen Walker:, $88

Wildfox Couture:, $55

Wildfox Couture:, $55

Wildfox Couture:, $64

Wildfox Couture:, $64

Diary of a Shopgirl

In Diary of a Shop Girl, fashion on August 11, 2009 at 10:26 am


I feel like Rebecca Bloomwood today in “Confessions of a Shopaholic.”


It’s now day 8 of working and I’m at the consignment store today. And while the black Louis Vuitton wallet is calling me, egging me on, I can only give it those sad, dreamy, puppy dog eyes it deserves and leave it in the window for others to admire. I have put myself on some sort of leash, meaning: I’m skipping Starbucks, packing my lunch, and avoiding buying anything for the rest of the week.

But perhaps, like Rebecca, none of us who view shopping as a true companion are actual savers but are “Make More Money” gals instead. In real life though, after working for 8 days straight, I don’t believe that idea translates as well as it does in a book.

So for now, I’ll have to put up with the junkies buying sterling silver and hope that nobody buys my  black Narciso Rodriguez pants, a perfect addition to my fall wardrobe. Training yourself not to purchase something each day, especially when you work in 2 clothing stores, is daunting. And if I appear overly dramatic about the situation, it’s simply because I really do love fashion, and also because I’m overly dramatic. 

But seriously, all of my fall fashion issues are arriving and it’s such a tease…

The September Issue

In fashion, Fashion News, Movies on August 8, 2009 at 11:10 am


If you’re reading my blog, chances are, you’re a Vogue reader. You unpatiently await for each month’s issue, especially September’s, to hit your mailbox so you can devour the advertisements, culture, witty antecdotes, and amazing photography. My guess is, you’ve already heard about the film ‘The September Issue’ as well, hitting theatres in New York City August 28th.

The film, by R.J. Cutler, will materialize the scenes we have all been imagining in our heads everytime we read Vogue-  Editor-In-Chief Anna Wintour and her staff creating our fall and winter fashion bible. We consistently bow down to the genius success of Wintour as she reigns over our fashion kingdom, one hand waving while the other holds her iconic pair of sunglasses.

So line up ladies, AND gents, because ‘The September Issue’ is here to curb our fashion appetites.

Diary of a Shopgirl

In Diary, Diary of a Shop Girl, fashion on August 6, 2009 at 10:34 am


If I haven’t told you already, I also work at a women’s consignment store on top of the boutique I work at regularly. I’ve been working there for about a year now and I swear, I’ve had some of the strangest encounters with people there than I’ve had in my real life.

A public transportation stop, aka bus stop, is directly outside our door, making us like a fly stuck on one of those sticky traps. Sometimes when I arrive in the morning, ‘they’ are waiting outside our door. The worst though, is when they tell you they were supposed to be at the grocery store across the street because they have no food but instead, they’re buying some unnecessary piece of jewelry. Hey, it’s not my fault if their 3 kids starve, right? From the wealthy to the welfare, to the crack addicts and wives of Jewish Rabi’s, the consignment store spares no one. And lucky for us- we cater to everyone. Including yesterday, when a collection of clothing we were going through was deemed, “A slut’s wardrobe.”

Covered in rhinestones and glitter, hankerchief tops, low-cut lingerie style tanks, the list goes on. She even had some witty t-shirts about boys. Shocking. I find out that this woman, who only wore slut-gear, married an uber rich man from Fox Chapel. So, because the ladies at the country club would never dare allow her to play golf in an Apple Bottoms halter, she brought them to us. How nice of her…

We sifted through slut clothes, pitching most of them, and realizing that yes, some of these things would sell in a heartbeat. There are others like her, presenting themselves as a hooker in order to snag any rich, idiotic man who only thinks with his eyes.

Note: The clothing described in this story should never be worn, at least not on a real date, and Halloween being the exception.