The Evolution of Carrie Bradshaw

As I relax on vacation and binge watch numerous episodes of Sex & The City, I am reminded of Carrie Bradshaw’s complete style evolution during each of the six seasons and the two films from 1998 to 2010.

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From a tight 90s cocktail dress in Season 1 to a pair of skinny denim jeans in Season 6, Bradshaw certainly fell victim to the time’s evolving trends. However, some things never changed for Bradshaw- her oversized fur coat, her beloved collection of Manolo Blannik shoes and her curly locks. Take a look at some of Bradshaw’s most memorable ensembles from each season of Sex & The City, as well as the two films.

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Fashion & The First Ladies

A First Lady’s fashion not only expresses the trends of that era and her personal style, but also provides the nuances into her husband’s presidential administration. At the National Museum of American History, there is an entire collection based on the first ladies, with their gowns as the focal point. Majority of the gowns housed in the museum were worn to either inaugural balls or state dinners.

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The exhibit presents each of the gowns in a glass enclosure, often with the accompanying accessories, such as shoes, handbags or jewelry. From Martha Washington’s silk taffeta gown from the 1780s to Michelle Obama’s embellished, one-shouldered, white silk chiffon gown designed by Jason Wu in 2009, the exhibit clearly shows the progression of both fashion and politics.

According to Cady Lang of TIME, “Throughout modern U.S. history, inaugural balls have given First Ladies a high-profile chance to officially introduce themselves and their values to the American people. As one of the first formal introductions to a President and the first family in their new roles, something as simple as choosing a dress for the occasion can speak volumes.” For example, Jackie Kennedy’s one-shouldered, yellow gown spoke to both her fondness for tradition and keen fashion sense. Additionally, Laura Bush’s ruby red gown was a bold color choice that helped her stand out from her mother-in-law, Barbara Bush.

Whether it be the silhouette, the color choice or who designed the gown, a First Lady’s clothing indicate both her position in the White House and the presidential administration, as a whole. While it may seem as though the First Lady is nothing more than a political figure, she has the ability to make a difference in our nation. However, it is vital that she dresses well while implementing her philanthropic campaign!


Works Cited

Lang, Cady. “From Jackie Kennedy to Michelle Obama: 16 Stunning Inaugural Gowns.” TIME, Time, Inc. 18 Jan. 2017. http://time.com/4636471/first-lady-inaugural-dresses-trump-inauguration/

Stylish at Seventeen Months: Princess Charlotte

With national spotlight constantly hovering over Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge (more colloquially known as Kate Middleton), she must ensure her daughter looks just as polished. Even at the tender age of seventeen months, Princess Charlotte has a closet that most toddlers (or their mothers) would covet. According to Monique Jessen of People, it is rare that such a young child “be credited with influencing fashion on a global scale, but Princess Charlotte is becoming quite the style icon.”

Similar to her mother, clothing that Princess Charlotte wears often sells out extremely quickly both in-stores and online. In fact, “a poll released last week claimed that 1 in every 5 parents say they consider Princess Charlotte to be a major style icon for their children – and the shopping statistics back it up,” according to Emma Spedding of The Telegraph. Coined as the “Princess Charlotte Effect,” this tiny tot’s classic, tasteful style becomes extremely popular in a minuscule amount of time. Certainly, Princess Charlotte’s clothing and overall style appeals to parents around the globe.

Take a look at some of Princess Charlotte’s most iconic looks!


Works Cited

Jessen, Monique. “Move Over Prince George! Why Princess Charlotte Is the
Ultimate Style Setter.” People, Time Inc., 3 Oct. 2016, people.com/royals/
move-over-prince-george-why-princess-charlotte-is-the-ultimate-style-setter/.
Accessed 20 Oct. 2016.

Spedding, Emma. “The Princess Charlotte Effect: inside the clothing frenzy
caused by a Royal one-year-old.” The Telegraph, Telegraph Media Group
Limited, 1 May 2016, www.telegraph.co.uk/fashion/people/
the-princess-charlotte-effect-inside-the-clothing-frenzy-caused/. Accessed
20 Oct. 2016.

55 Years of Jack Rogers

Happy happy birthday to the Jack Rogers Navajo Sandal! In honor of the sandal’s 55th anniversary, the brand is going all out to celebrate! The classic Navajo Sandal, available in a variety of colors and textures, have been seen on the perfectly-pedicured feet of teen girls (like myself), brides, and even Jackie Kennedy!

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© The Buggy Blog

Similar to Kennedy’s loyalty to her friend Lilly Pulitzer and the shift dress, Kennedy’s devotion and  creation of the Jack Rogers’ sandal helped the brand’s successful launch. According to Micaela English, the brand shared this anecdote: “It was on one of these Italian holidays that Jackie first met the shoe style that would become the Classic Jack Rogers Sandal, a flat sandal characterized by whipstitched leather and an iconic rondelle. On her return to Palm Beach, Jackie brought the shoe to a local cobbler and an icon was born. Easy and elegant, it quickly became a warm weather essential for women of all ages—not to mention their sisters, best friends and daughters” (Town & Country).

Jackie Kennedy & Jack Rogers © Top Right

Jackie Kennedy & Jack Rogers
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Fashion icon a First Lady, Kennedy certainly made the Jack Rogers sandal a staple piece in every prepster’s closet. To celebrate the popular sandal, Jack Rogers is launching a limited-edition 55th birthday line, available on April 1. The exclusive line contains only three variations of the classic sandal- Caribbean Blue, Midnight, and Bright Pink.

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© Jack Rogers

As they say…if the shoe fits!


Works Cited

English, Micaela. “Happy 55th Birthday Jack Rogers!” Town & Country. Web. 3 March 2015. www.townandcountrymag.com.

London in Brooklyn

Stacy London is back…and better than ever! London recently launched a new makeover show on TLC- Love, Lust or Run. Personally, I found What Not To Wear to be more entertaining, but I will certainly give the show a chance. Apart from her life on television, Refinery29 just released an extensive interview with London and a tour of her beautiful Brooklyn apartment, giving insight into London’s character aside from her weekly cameos on TLC. Chloe Daly writes that “it was airy, fluid, and filled with objects that seemed carefully considered, not staged by a decorator” (Refinery 29).

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© Winnie Au

The clean, white lines of London’s apartment compliment her unique artwork (and even her dinosaur collection)! After perusing the tour of London’s pad, I have some serious closet envy. How does this fashion guru make room for new pieces each season? Well, London tells Refinery 29, “‘I have a sale every year. Everything is $40, and whatever I make I match and then donate to the animal-rescue center.'”

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In reponse to London’s new show and therefore her new persona, she embraces fashion risks now, more than ever. She reveals that “there is a way to be creative, to be free-spirited while flattering your body” (Refinery 29), and I could not agree more!

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© Winnie Au

Don’t forget to head on over to Refinery29 to catch the full interview and have your breath taken away as you tour London’s apartment!

Remembering Vince Camuto

“I’m passionate about creating a product that women really want…infusing great style comfort and unparalleled value, for every stage of her life.” -Vince Camuto

Every time I open another gray and fuchsia Vince Camuto shoe box, that eloquent quote graces the lid. Unfortunately, Camuto, age 78, recently died peacefully in his home as a result of prostate cancer. Despite this tragic loss, Camuto certainly left a mark on the fashion world. According to Famous Fashion Designers, Camuto co-founded Nine West in 1978, and became the creative director of the label. Later, in 2001, Camuto launched the Camuto Group which “provides services like design, production, marketing and sourcing to retail store owners” (Famous Fashion Designers). By 2005, Camuto had introduced his own footwear collection under his own name- Vince Camuto– the brand we all know and love today.

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© Women’s Wear Daily

Camuto remains renowned for his beautiful footwear, but he was also never afraid to take a risk and stray from shoes, creating handbags, jewelry, apparel, fragrances, and much more. “Although, [Camuto] specializes in the art of shoe making, he explored new areas of fashion products in order to give full satisfaction to his female customers. His concept about design involves style, innovation and excellence” (Famous Fashion Designers). Personally, I find Vince Camuto shoes extremely comfortable, fashion-forward, and affordable. In fact, I have three pairs of his fabulous footwear in my closet at the moment. Take a look!

© Mary Kate Donahue, 2015

© Mary Kate Donahue, 2015

 Tavi Zipper Boot in Lead / Carlotte Suede Heels in Bright Blue / Fantasia Knee High Boots in Brown

Aside from Camuto’s achievements under his own label, he also helped fellow designers create beautiful products. For example, in 2006, “he partnered with Tory Burch to launch her footwear collection, collaborating with Burch to create the iconic ‘Reva’ ballet flat” (Camuto Group). Without the genius of Camuto, my shoe collection would certainly be lacking!

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© Camuto Group

Cheers to a successful empire, Camuto! You will be missed!


Works Cited

“Vince Camuto.” Famous Fashion Designers. Web. 26 Jan.  2015. www.famousfashiondesigners.org

“Vince Camuto, (1936-2015).” Camuto Group. Web. 26 Jan. 2015. http://www.camutogroup.com

What I’m Watching: House of DVF

What do long weekends call for? Besides catching up with friends, shopping and sleeping, they are all about binge watching your favorite shows! Although I am usually a Netflix enthusiast, I recently found a full series On Demand- House of DVF.

© Mary Kate Donahue, 2015

© Mary Kate Donahue, 2015

Of course I had heard of the wonderful Diane von Furstenberg prior to the show, I never realized how remarkable her character is. In the series, eight girls are presented with the opportunity to learn the ins and outs of the fashion business with Diane von Furstenberg and her team. Ideally, Diane hopes to find one girl to the Brand Ambassador who will travel the world and represent Diane von Furstenberg, as a label. Diane, humble and genuine, relates to each girl as if they have been friends for years. Although, Diane is also never afraid to be stern and impart important life lessons with the girls.

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© E! Online

© E! Online

© E! Online

A profound woman, Diane makes her brand and the fashion world as a whole seem approachable and simple. Specifically, in one episode, she advises Kier to release her bitchy tendencies: “I really feel you don’t have to be a bitch to be successful. Being a bitch is always bad. It can never be good” (Henry). Aside from the show, Diane’s words truly resonate with me. Although I was simply hoping to find an amusing television series to watch this weekend, I discovered another strong inspiration in the fashion world. That’s a wrap!

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Works Cited

Henry, Zoe. “Diane Von Furstenberg’s Best Quotes From ‘House of DVF.'” Inc. Inc. 1 Dec. 2014. Web. 18 Jan. 2015. www.inc.com

What I’m Watching: The Carrie Diaries

Scrolling through Netflix on a rainy Saturday morning, I hoped to find a sentimental Christmas movie. With my search proving fruitless, I settled on a show I had heard little of. Having never watched an episode of Sex and the City, I chose The Carrie Diaries simply by the vibrant and intriguing advertisement on Netflix.

Since Saturday morning, I have indeed been binge-watching The Carries Diaries, because I’m beyond obsessed! Considering how much I love adolescent Carrie Bradshaw, I cannot wait to engulf myself in Sex and the City. Netflix needs to step up their game and add Sex and the City to its selection of titles!

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© Huffington Post

From her fabulous sense of style (even the the ’80s) to her ability to write so eloquently, I truly admire Carrie. She’s landed her dream job (and mine!) as a mere sixteen year old, and manages to lead both of her lives to their fullest. With a simple push on my keyboard, I have found my new favorite show as well as my new fashion and lifestyle icon. Time for me to custom make my own handbag with a little paint!

“In my years of playing dress up as a child, I understood that what you wear could define you” – Carrie Bradshaw, The Carrie Diaries

©  Mary Kate Donahue, 2014

© Mary Kate Donahue, 2014

There’s A New Sheriff In Town

With the tragic passing of the fabulous yet witty Joan Rivers, there are large shoes (more like stilettos!) to be filled on Fashion Police. According to CNN Entertainment, E! has chosen Kathy Griffin to join the (fashion) police force! The new Fashion Police team will debut on January 12, 2015, with live coverage on the red carpet at the Golden Globes. As a dear friend of Rivers and a fellow comedian, Griffin ought to prepare to dish out the humorous witticisms. Let’s see what this fiery redhead can do in the fashion sphere!

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Works Cited

 Emanuella Grinberg. “Kathy Griffin is the New Chief of ‘Fashion Police’.” CNN Entertainment. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., 1 Dec. 2014. Web. 1 Dec. 2014.

End of An Era: Oscar de la Renta

October 20, 2014. A solemn day is the world of fashion as we bid farewell to a beloved designer: Oscar de la Renta. A native Dominican, de la Renta was renowned for “reshap[ing] the public image of first ladies, society muses and red-carpet regulars with grand evening wear that celebrated Latin sensuality, European refinement and American versatility”  (The Washington Post).

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© Architectural Digest

From the White House to the red carpet, de la Renta’s gowns constantly appear at extravagant events. With his eye for color, shape and silhouette, de la Renta never failed to deliver exactly what women wanted at that moment. In addition to his breathtaking garments, de la Renta will leave behind a memorable legacy, not only as a designer but as a person “As recounted in The Fashion Makers, a 1978 survey of U.S. designers,” de la Renta exclaimed: “I’ve lived every day to the fullest, and I’ve had a marvelous time. I’ve tried to be nice to the people I care about, and ignore the ones I don’t. I enjoy what I’ve done” (Washington Post). Oscar de la Renta thoroughly loved his career and the people with whom he worked. Although de la Renta himself has moved onto life after death with the fashion gods, his memory will remain; on the runway, red carpet, and beyond.

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© Tres Marisposas

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© Vanity Fair

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© Gotham Magazine

“Fashion is about dressing according to what’s fashionable. Style is more about being yourself.”- Oscar de la Renta

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Works Cited

            Koncius, Jura & Ned Martel. “Oscar de la Renta, fashion designer, dies at 82.” The Washington Post. The Washington Post, 20 Oct. 2014. Web. 20 Oct. 2014.