Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Spring Trend Report: Contrast

For the past few days almost everyone throughout the continental United States has had a taste of warm weather; makes us long for the upcoming Spring. You know what I love most about spring - shedding your cold weather frocks for new spring garments. This spring will be more monochromatic than in the years past.

Contrasting colors have hit the runway like a storm. Oscar, Ralph, Jason, and others (look at me talking about the greats on a first name basis. One can dream can't she?) dipped their pens in hues of white, black, and primary colors to bring us one of the hottest trends of the fashion year.

Oscar de la Renta Image from Vanity Fair

Jason Wu Image from Crafty Lady
Stripes, houndstooth, and solids are a staple in garment culture. I quite prefer it. It's not a secret I love black and white with a splash of red...and oh how I love a good houndstooth pattern. But when you pair contrasting colors with A-line maxis and a tailored vest, I go insane.

One of the fashion houses we represent, Studio NTK, picked up on contrasting colors prior to the new trend reports. Our designers are always leading the way in fashion. I tend to think the majors always mimic the minors!
Studio NTK Jacket: retail $49 Sizes 4-12 Skirt: $24 Sizes S-XL

Studio NTK Jacket: retail $49 (available in different fabric) Sizes 4-12 Leggings: retail $24 Sizes S-XL

Studio NTK demonstrates this spring trend with how this look is classic yet modern. This is just a sample of what's available in their spring line. Studio NTK comes in a wide range of sizes; XS-XL and 4-18.

Studio NTK Asymmetrical Tunic: retail $24 Sizes S-XL Leggings: retail $24 Sizes S-XL

Studio NTK Dress: Retail $40 Sizes 4-12

ERAS is our vintage boutique line and look at this cute find. This blue and white striped pantsuit is a vintage size 10 (6-8) and it's one of a kind. Dress it up with a belt and shoes of a primary color.

ERAS Vintage Pantsuit: Vintage size 10
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Friday, January 25, 2013

Gilbert Adrian AKA Adrian

I'm almost embarrassed to admit I only just recently learned about an incredibly famous and talented Costume Designer of the 30's and 40's Gilbert Adrian.  A very brief bio from tells his story as this: "Adrian, Gilbert, 1903-59, popularly known simply as Adrian, fashion designer, b. Naugatuk, Conn. Educated in New York City, he created designs for Broadway shows until 1925, when he moved to Hollywood. As studio designer at MGM studios (1928-41), he created glamorous clothing for such stars as Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford, Jean Harlow, and Katharine Hepburn, his opulent designs influencing haute couture throughout the 1930s and 40s. Adrian was known for his extravagant, draped evening gowns; hooded dresses; embroidered, padded evening jackets; and elegant suits. He was creative director for MGM's Wizard of Oz (1939), one of his most acclaimed productions; the same year he married actress Janet Gaynor. From 1942 to 1952 he ran a fashionable Beverly Hills salon."

With each click through some of the images on my computer I fell more in love with every design. How could I have not ever known of this visionary? Every single piece I found I would put in my closet and wear right now - every single piece!!!! Enjoy this collection of images I found and I will let you be the judge :)

Until Then,


Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Alien & The Undead: Fashion Among Mortals

First, I want to say I am EXCITED to be back with ADSH. I have missed everyone, but had a much needed rest and had to step back for a moment.'s good to be home.

Since before HG Wells' 1898 version of "War of the Worlds", our society has been fascinated with the unknown, undead, and things that go bump in the night. Almost every weekend you can go to your local movie theater or turn on your TV and be mesmerized by nonhuman creatures. This intrigue for all things creepy has crossed over to the fashion houses of New York, Milan, Paris, Tokyo, and independent designers and boutiques.

Thierry Mugler Alien Perfume Print Ad
You can see the unearthly influence in Thierry Mugler's Alien perfume campaign from the molded bodice of the regal golden gown to the alien/cat orbital makeup to her hair resembling a crown; a queen among mortals. It reminds me of the female costumes of the 1980's film "Flash Gordon".
The Women of the 1980's Flash Gordon Movie

Perhaps when you turn the pages of your favorite fashion rag, you see Rick "Zombie Boy" Genest, the fashion model that is tattooed in zombie like markings on the majority of his body.  This enigma has been used in various ad campaigns, runways, and was even featured with the diva Lady Gaga in her music video, "Born This Way".

Lady Gaga & Zombie Boy in "Born This Way"
Paris has recently celebrated monsters in fashion by holding a traveling exhibit at the La Gaîté Lyrique.

A Traveling Exhibit Now at La Gaite Lyrique
But you dont' have to stray far to see the influence of the unknown. Independent designer and boutique for plus size women, Domino Dollhouse, was recently featured on Joe Zee's reality fashion show, "All on the Line". The brand has released their new Astralnauts Collection, featuring the little sparks of light in the sky.
Domino Dollhouse's Babydoll Dress in Galaxy $89
(only available in 4X - all other sizes sold out)

I look forward what the next trend will be. Oh yes, there will be a new one. Soon aliens, zombies, monsters, and any unearthly phenomenon that comes to mind will be old and something new will be on the horizon. But in the meantime, there are many who want to make fashion an out of this world experience.

~ Ruby

Friday, January 4, 2013

FNO 2012 Revisited

Happy Friday!! Came upon some pics of this awesome night we put on at the Indianapolis International Airport. This year FNO 2013 is on its way to be bigger and better so be sure to stay tuned :)

Until Then,