Monday, February 14, 2011

Jessica Simpson: Fashion Mogul?

(Image courtesy of NY

I have to admit that I have on several occasions picked up something that I thought was cute only to realize that it was from the Jessica Simpson line. Then I carefully put it back and look around to make sure no one else saw me.

Of all the celebrity lines that pop I am surprised that the her line is doing so well (Seriously, they do $750 million dollars in sales every year). Take a gander at the recent NY Mag article on her line. It's an interesting look at how much involvement celebrities have in the fashion lines that bear their name, functioning more as consultants once everything has been designed rather than design directors. Although that sort of an arrangement should be a surprise to no one.

Regardless, Simpson comes off as very endearing when she talks about what she wants for her line and her customers. Does it mean I'm going to buy that pair of J Simp shoes that I will inevitably pick up while shopping? Probably not, but it seems the rest of the country is.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Wishing For Spring

Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you Audrey Hepburn on a bike with a yorkie:

Enjoy the rest of your day!

Obssesion: Downton Abbey

Confession time: I, Sunday Girl, am addicted to Masterpiece Classic (formerly Masterpiece Theatre). Make a costume drama based on classic literature with Maggie Smith and I am down for the count (or at least occupied by my TV for a couple of hours). Recently, PBS ran Downton Abbey on Masterpiece Classic and I became even more smitten. (You can still catch it online for free!)

The story follows the aristocratic Crawley family and their staff at, you guessed it, Downton Abbey. The action all takes place between the sinking of the Titanic in 1912 and the beginning of WWI in 1914. It tackles a lot the social issues going on at the time in addition to the emotional drama within the house. I've always been a fan of Edwardian fashions, but even more so after this series. I was very inspired. Take a look:

Not such a shabby place to hang your hat in is it?

I believe that when Dame Maggie Smith was born her parents took one look at her and said "Yep, she was born to play cranky Dowagers." On an unrelated note, I love all of the beading on the gowns here.

I feel like if you made this picture black and white it would be difficult to tell when it is taken. It looks like everyone is well behaved here, but the real drama on the show is in the servants quarters.

I can't get over how awesome the hats are!

Finally, I was most inspired by all of the great neutrals in the summer garden party scene. After the long winter we have had thus far, this pictures looks so refreshing. I just want to step into it and have some tea and talk about the possibility of war with Germany. (Ok, maybe not the war with Germany part)

Get the look:

Like I said I was really inspired by the neutrals from the garden party scene. Items clockwise from the top are: Beyond Vintage Beaded Silk Blouse, JCrew Livia Chain Mail Necklace, Topshop Camel Felt Floppy Hat, Rag and Bone Combat Tail Coat, and Cordani Martina shoes