Archive | September, 2011

Great Whites

25 Sep

Spring is in the air! Okay…Fall is in the air, but at winter’s end, when the snow melts, the buds bloom, and the blue birds return – we will all have plenty of “Great Whites” to wear. Here are several of the most interesting whites that made their way down the runway.  (À mon avis…bien sûr!)  I guess I should have saved that phrase for next week…but I don’t know how to say “in my opinion” in Italian!





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Classy Bride?

25 Sep

I don’t know if it was the carnival theme itself that made me forget that I was the “bride” or just the nature of being a Kentucky girl at heart that brought out my “trashy” side…but after looking through the photos, I realized that I may have had a few questionable moments at the Circus of Love.  I mean – there was a point when my mother’s amazing friend, Jeannetta, told me to put down “one” of my drinks.  Seriously…a double-fisting bride?  Who did I think my groom was? Edward Forty-Hands?

Taking a shot of Blanton's with my friend, Ellen. Clearly, she is also a Kentuckian!


Big Top Bourbon Tasting


Ouch! Caught "pink" handed with 2 drinks!


Cracking open a Pabst Blue Ribbon!


Why toast with champagne when you have PBR?

Images courtesy of Eden Ink Photography

Frankie Morello’s Leaning Ladies

25 Sep

The title of this blog is not a typo  – the models you see here are not leading ladies, they are leaning ladies.  Inspired by the marvel of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Frankie Morello’s Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear collection pays homage to this wonder of the modern world.

This photo was snapped at the perfect moment...but think about it - she splits the tower with every step she takes!


This is as close as a designer can get to a literal "column" dress (okay column jumpsuit, but still...)


Hint...hint, Mr. Brett Hutchinson - I would like for "Santa" to bring me this hat for Christmas!


Dear Katy Perry, I am counting on you to sport this look down a red carpet. Sincerely, The Blonde in Beijing

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The Happy Couple at The Circus of Love!

24 Sep

We are so excited to be able to share some pictures!  Abigail at Eden Ink Photography did such an amazing job capturing our big top day!


More images from The Circus of Love by Eden Ink Photography to come!




LOVE the Shoes. HATE the dress.

24 Sep

Agree or Disagree?

A look from John Richmond Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear

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Trashtastic at Jeremy Scott

24 Sep

With the whimsy and sex-kitten nature of the designs that Jeremy Scott is famous for, it is no surprise that some of his biggest fans include Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, and Nicki Minaj. His Spring 2012 collection is no exception to his “there are no rules” rule when it comes to fashion.

This season he is undoubtedly paying homage to the Wild Wild West.  Well – that and maybe a 7-Eleven at Panama City Beach that sells postcards, sunscreen, and oversize t-shirts with silkscreen bikinis on them.

One thing is certain.  He has his own unique point of view, and he has cornered the TRASHTASTIC market.

I love that the two on the left HAVE holsters and the one on the right IS a holster!

It will take a special person to pull of the bandana bikini dress (Katy Perry comes to mind) - but I would totally wear the other two mini dresses...with different hair of course. Or maybe not...

Postcards from Fashion's Edge

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Silly Schafers – “Tricks” are for Kids!

23 Sep

Technically, I am now a Hutchinson – but the real truth is that when it comes to Brett’s family, the Schafers pretty much dominate.  The sheer volume of them alone is quite phenomenal (Donna – Brett’s mother is 1 of 14)!  Then, when you add in their entertaining personalities and their uncanny ability to coordinate routines that would put the Partridge Family to shame…they become an unstoppable force.

It should come as no surprise to you (since you are reading this) that I not only like, but prefer over-the-top things.  So when my new family welcomed me into their crew by writing a song and singing it for us, staging a FLASH dance in the middle of the Circus of Love, and performing the famous Schafer Magic Show – I could not have felt more at home.

Here are a few pictures from “The Schafer Shows!”  Another big thank you to all of you.  You made our big day under the BIG TOP even more “Carnie”!

Settling in our seats for The Schafer Song!

                               Brett and Morgan Song










Gary Schafer...The Ring Leader!


The guests get involved!


I Heart Donna Schafer Hutchinson!


Let the Magic Begin!

Susie the Clown

Schafer sisters stomping and clapping to notify the crowd that the show is about to begin...

I "magically" reappear with a flying trapeze inspired costume change....

Brett Approves!

Let the Show Begin!

Toasting Before the Show

Amazing 1st Trick!

Clearly, we were impressed...

This is a good one...light bulb lit by cleavage!

We like it!

Saved the Best for Last!

Officially becoming part of the family...

Images courtesy of Eden Ink Photography




Mix & Match at Prada – Spring 2012 RTW

23 Sep

It takes all of five seconds to see that for her Spring 2012 ready-to-wear collection, Miuccia Prada was highly inspired by the 1950’s, the retro style of Pin-Up girls, and well…cars actually.  I am inspired by her collection not only for its “sweet” (as she called it) femininity – but for its mix & match capabilities.  It is the first collection that I have seen this spring that has so many interesting separates – allowing the buyer to switch things up and create an entirely new and unique look for herself.  I so prefer a nod to the runway versus the exact look that came down the catwalk.  I mean – why would I want to wear the EXACT same thing as a gorgeous 5’10” string bean model with perfectly coiffed hair and airbrushed quality make-up?

If I were lucky enough to purchase this entire collection…here are a few ways that I would play with the pieces!

Prada Spring 2012 RTW

A:  Red pleated skirt over floral bodysuit –  for an out-door BBQ on the 4th of July!
B:  Blue bandeau top under floral jacket with my own white high-waisted Theory trousers.  I can’t show as much tummy as this girl!
C:  Blue Ilet lace jacket with my own yellow polka dot bikini from Target and a big white straw hat – for a stroll on the beach!

Prada Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear

1. Crimson skirt with crimson blouse and use the red bandeau as a head-wrap or a belt.  I think monochromatic looks can be very chic – not to mention slimming in a dark color such as this.  Also, it really extends the shelf life of the pieces.  It could also work for Fall.
2. Blue pleated skirt over pink bodysuit.  Perfect for your best friend’s baby shower.  Especially if they have not announced if the baby is a boy or a girl!
3. Pink printed car jacket with my own vintage black paten leather belt (courtesy of my great-grandmother, Mable Birdie Bass) – turning it into a coat dress.

Prada Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear

1. Obviously, the blue silk blouse works nicely with the floral skirt.
2.  Dark teal pleated skirt with my own off-white blazer, a black cotton razor back tank, a wide metallic gold belt, and bright orange (keeping on trend for the season) bangles.
3.  Floral bandeau top with white Calvin Klein bikini bottoms for sun bathing!

Prada Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear

1. Clearly, the jacket would be darling paired with the dress.
2. Floral bodysuit paired with dark washed skinny jeans and super tall CL peep-toes would dress it down a bit.  Note: the jeans could not be low-rise…that would just look weird.
3. Floral bodysuit paired with a light blue ball gown skirt for a summer soirée.  (Notice that I did not say “my own” when referring to the ball gown skirt mentioned above.  It is another item on my wish list.)

I am now feeling inspired to go and do some mixing & matching in my own closet!  Are you?

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Only in China

22 Sep

The only way in which my words can possibly complement the images below is by merely explaining verbatim the situation that is occurring in each one.  Not to suggest that you can’t see what it going on in the photos with your own eyes…but even after witnessing these actions with mine, I had a hard time believing it.

Picture This:  Bumper to bumper traffic across 12 lanes in pouring rain on the streets of downtown Beijing.  This makes the work of a New York City garbage man look like a cake walk.

Picture this:  A metal ladder balancing on a plastic bucket turned upside down, resting against live power lines.  Seriously.  You can’t make this up.  Also, look closely…no hard hats or any sort of protective gear.  Where is OSHA when you need them?

Surprising Similarities at Gucci and Alberta Ferretti

22 Sep

Clearly, the two biggest shows for the opening day of Milan Fashion Week were Gucci and Alberta Ferretti.  The most interesting aspect for me is that even though each designer found her inspiration in a different way (Alberta Ferretti – Tribal and Urban Jungle & Frida Giannini for Gucci – Art Deco) the collections actually have some surprising similarities.

Do you agree?  Which do you prefer?  Please do share!

From Left to Right: Spring 2012 RTW: Gucci, Alberta Ferretti, Gucci

From Left to Right: Spring 2012 RTW: Gucci, Alberta Ferretti

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