Glass Fashion

Monday, January 24, 2011
Glass. Clear, fragile, breakable. Meltable, moldable, able to see through-able. Wearable. No, not around your neck in a little link of beads, but perhaps let's say...dress-able. If you're getting what i'm saying here.

Glass has been used for centuries to makes vases, glasses, windows, and gorgeous jewelry (also paperweights but those don't seem to have much of a real use). Never before has anyone  really considered using glass to make a dress. Until now.

At the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, NY, there is an absolutely amazing sand blasted glass dress by Karen La Monte. The eerily empty gown is accompanied by a shawl, and looks almost like it was just draped by a french couturier. It's so realistic that you can almost see a ghostly figure gliding in a haunted ballroom.

Then off to the more ridiculous. Meant to be worn over a slip, this dress is entirely made out of emerald glass rings and loops of silver. With a funky 70's vibe and a cool one shoulder bodice, you'd be sure to stand out wherever you wore it. Perhaps not the most conventional attire though...

One of Karen LaMonte's drapery studies with glass. It looks like silver silk!

Check out more of Ms. La Monte's dresses at !!

Christina Anne

It Isn't Just the Scots Who Wear Tartan

An extremely common misconception is that tartan is only worn by middle aged men playing bagpipes or those residing on a frigid island in Northern Europe. Another one is that a blizzard is an excuse to dress poorly. This girl proved both myths wrong. When I was in the snowy NYC over winter break, I saw this girl at the Fa├žonnable store at Rockefeller Plaza. She embodied what i love about the fiercely fashionable New Yorkers, and managed to stay warm while doing it.

She rocked a cute red, black, blue, yellow, and cream colored tartan skirt with tights and a long sleeved shirt. Knee high leather boots and a black bag finished off this look for a perfectly classy chic feel. And please, who doesn't love a chocolate colored puffy North Face jacket thrown on top for a little warmth? I'd say that this is a brilliant way to stay stylish when the weather cools down. I give it an icy approval!

Christina Anne

The Glitterazzi

Saturday, January 15, 2011
With the New Year coming around and some fabulous fashion about to grace runways in a month or so, I think it's time for some fun changes. I'll make the first proposal. How about some glitter to enliven 2011? Here are my favorite ideas:

Glitter Eyeliner

J'adore Sephora's glitter eyeliner. When I first saw it at the store I totally fell in love. My favorite is the purple, which also has some emerald and silver accents thrown in the mix. Try it out with winged black liquid eyeliner for the main event.

Another great one is Urban Decay's Heavy Metal eyeliner. They come in a true rainbow of glitter colors and have total rocker-esque packaging.

Glitter Nails

I have a bona fide obsession with nail polish, especially if it contains glitter. One of my favorites is OPI's Absolutely Alice. It's a great rich blue that I always get tons of compliments on, and it's key for standing out at parties.

Recently I've also gotten hooked on the Rescue Beauty Lounge line of nail lacquers. Their gunmetal/purple Frugalista color is perfect for a sparkling change.

Glitter Shoes

Put your best foot forward right? Start off the new year with some sky high shine. These Steve Madden pumps are totally enviable, and amazing if you want people to do a double take with your... shoes.

Then of course there are those days when the four inch pump just isn't appropriate footwear. To keep your glitter trail going though, make a fuschia step in these flats from Gap

Glitter Shorts

Dannielle Kyrillos actually first showed me these silver sequined shorts from Madewell, but there are plenty of lower priced versions from places such as H&M and Forever 21.

I hope some of these ideas sound chic and wearable, because in 2011 standing out may include leaving a trail of sparkles behind you!

Christina Anne