You rate the look: Trashique 2012


The Fresno Art Museum did a wonderful job creating an entertaining fundraiser on Saturday with its fashion-meets-recycling concept Trashique. The event really showcases creativity and innovation through fashion. I really loved how the artists interpreted the 13 scenes, each inspired by different art theme. I particularly loved the Van Gogh and pop-art designs.

Above all, I find the use of these “trash” materials inspired. All the designs showed ingenuity. It was fun getting a closer look at the designs after the show and realizing how beautiful odd objects can become when manipulated in a creative way. I’d love to hear what you think of the fashion, so share your critiques in the comments for this edition of You Rate the Look.

I’ll start with one of my favorites, from Adam Mena (modeled by Skylar Devoogd), which used balloon fragments. (Sorry for the soft focus – low light + iPhone = not too sharp).


You rate the look: NY Fashion Week

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Fashion designers have been sending all kinds of looks down the runway the past as part of New York Fashion Week. Which brings us to another round of “You Rate the Look.” So take scroll through some of the designs presented and share your critiques in the comments.

We’ll start with one of my favorite dresses, from designer Jason Wu (who presented a much different collection that his recent Target looks). I love the contrast between the covered top and open leg. Sexy but not slutty. I also really love the L’Wren Scott dress for its color and shape. I also like the movement of the J. Mendel dress.

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Ladies, get ready to shop! Target unveils new looks from Jason Wu


Target unveiled the new looks from designer Jason Wu that will go on sale between Feb. 5 and March 6. The mix of dresses, skirts, tops, handbags and scarves look pretty cute, and seem like they would flatter most body types. Target describes the line this way:

Jason Wu for Target brings a mix of modern, sophisticated pieces in bold hues and feminine prints that women everywhere will love. The designer collection is inspired by the vision of an American girl in Paris, bringing Jason Wu’s signature aesthetic and attention to detail to Target’s guests at incredible prices.

The prices seem pretty affordable. Apparel will cost from $19.99 to $59.99, while handbags and scarves will cost $19.99 to $49.99. (The look above: Jersey Dress in Red/Navy Stripes, $34.99 Cat Tote in Cream, $39.99).

Here are some of the looks.

Frenzy for the new Air Jordans

People are crazy for the Air Jordan XI Concord shoes, a replica of the original 1996 Air Jordan. Seakerheads lined up over night from coast to coast to snatch a pair of the $180 kicks.

Things got a bit tense at Fashion Fair Mall this morning, but not as bad as at some stores in other parts of the country where shoe lovers broke down barriers and brawled. Here’s an ABC News story about the frenzy.

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A check of eBay shows hundreds oif pairs of the shoes for sale, some already asking for up to $500.

You know I love shoes. But this sure beats my shoe crazy.

Gwen Stefani + Target = new kids clothing line



Did anyone see the news that super fashion icon and singer Gwen Stefani has teamed up with Target to launch a new kids clothing line, Harajuku Mini for Target?

The clothing, for babies, kids and tweens, will be available in stories and online Nov. 13. Stefani says the items are inspired by “playful” Japanese kids clothing and encourages creativity and individual expression. Cost will be $3.99 to $29.99.

What do you think? Will you give your kid a Stefani-style makeover?

You rate the look: Kate’s royal tour dresses


Kate, aka the Duchess of Cambridge/Princess Catherine, is really putting on a fashion display while touring Canada. This princess really loves dresses. And I can’t blame her. She looks great wearing them. It’s interesting to look at how she swaps shoes and clutches and hairdos. I can’t wait to see what she wears when she arrives in California on Friday.

What do you think, does she deserve fashion raves? You rate the looks.


You rate the look: Versace swimwear


This look comes from Donatella Versace at Fashion Week in Milan. It makes me laugh because I could never imagine any of the guys I know sporting this look.


The Associated Press describes the look as “over-the-top poolside outfits with an extra large terry cloth robe and matching swim trunks.”

Over-the-top, indeed. Talk about an understatement! What do you think?

(To be fair, you can find some fine-looking menswear fashion here.)

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