Tuesday, October 31, 2017

NYFW Reviews

NOTICE - I have had a few things happen in my life that have caused me to fall behind on things. Instead of not posting anything about NY Fashion Week, I have decided that I will post what I do have. I have also included the links to some of my favourite shows. Hopefully I can get back on track. Thanks for following and viewing my blog. Happy Halloween - Sg

Pamella Roland (Sept 6)

Pieces all accentuate the body. Very feminine and polished looks. Many of the gowns are award show appropriate and we probably will see them in the future. Dress at 840 was worn by Bella Thorne that night. Loved every single piece, was a lovely fashion show.

Cushnie et Ochs (Sept 8)

Lots of floral patterns and prints. Fabrics used had a lot of flow and movement which was very flattering. Black dress at 458 is a very classic look. I really enjoyed this collection.

Taoray Wang (Sept 9)

Impeccable construction on the waist corsets. Realistic pieces that people would wear. The white dress at 450 is jaw dropping. Navy and black dress at 520 has a beautiful silhouette. Love that the colour palette stuck to black, white, navy, gray. Stunning collection.

Dion Lee (Sept 9)

The collection had a lot of gray and dark colours for being a spring/summer collection. Loved the green silk pieces. They brought some life to the collection.

Tibi (Sept 9)

A very conservative look and consistent except every once in a while there was a dowdy/matronly piece.

Namilia (Sept 9)

Construction of the garments gets an A +. No idea where you would wear garments like these or who the customer base would be. Model at 815 was on Kelly Cutrone's instagram the other day. Confused ...

Tory Burch (Sept 8)

I really enjoyed this collection. It was a more relaxed vibe. The show taking place in the garden was the perfect setting for these clothes. The collection looked quite comfortable and had a nice flow to it. Enjoyed how the accessories were very minimal and the shoes were mostly flats. LOVED this collection.

Calvin Klein (Sept 7)

I do not like this collection at all, very disappointed. The music was 100

Tom Ford (Sept 6)

258/351 that glitter long sleeve dress gives me life, what a beautiful dress. Love it in the silver and blue and the silver and gold is fab as well. Gigi Hadid's dress is ok, construction is good but it looks way too tight at the bottom causing a strange walk. Kendall's dress is fantastic. Sleek, sexy and sultry. LOVE IT. Joan Smalls outfit with the jacket with the beautiful lapels. The runway flooring was difficult to walk on or the shoes were very unstable causing the models to have a strange walk or uneasiness.

Oscar de La Renta (Sept 11)

Paint splatter and embellishments are used a lot in this collection. The denim pieces look quite reasonable. A lot of shirt dresses, which I don't think you can build an entire collection on. The paint suits really don't have any shape. Using the escalator as an entrance was brilliant. The runway walk area was incredibly long. Silver and pink glitter dresses were very basic but provided a nice pop. Many of the gowns made me think of a higher class prom dress. Lots of Tulle fabric. Sadly, I found this collection very underwhelming, which is not something I expect from de La Renta.

Carolina Herrera (Sept 11)

All the clothes have movement and flow. Majority of the collection is dresses or combination top and skirts (there were possibly 3 outfits with pants). Shiny button details are fantastic and add a nice component to the piece. Tailoring is top level. Large colour palette for the collection. There were some slight bits of colour blocking but no full out colour blocking. Dress at 745 was smashing, especially with the zebras on the bottom of the garment above the hemline. Once again Carolina Herrera does not disappoint.

Alexander Wang (Sept 9)

The video quality for this show is terrible taking away from the fashion. Details are hard to pick out and consider due to effects that were put on the video. Very frustrating. Is there something being hidden or is Wang just trying to be different with the video. Not entirely sure why you would post a video that no one can tell anything about the clothing which is supposed to be the showcase. I didn't watch the whole thing. Stopped at 136 and said not worth my time.

Philipp Plein (Sept 10)

Dita opens the show with her famous martini glass performance. Future performs during the show. Adrianna Lima is the first model out and damn she's on point. 21 Savage comes out with a drink in hand. The detail on the leather is impressive. The Disney type characters that are naughty'd up on the shirts is strange. 308 is the body suit worn in the Taylor Swift video. 330/355 a girl is strutting while having a soother in her mouth. The models are not walking straight and then some are walking 'gangster' no consistency. Then Teyana Taylor dancing and the music changes to MASK OFF. What a confusing show. My mind is just blown about what I saw. Plein focussed more on making it a performance than showcasing the clothing and the clothing wasn't even that great. YIKES.

Irina Vitaj (Sept 9)

There are a lot of sheer pieces to the collection, as well as a lot of pieces are pretty close to being tits out. The fabric choice for the dress at 440 was subtle but really fantastic. The clothing had a certain flow and freedom to it. Dress at 623 had a cape and it really took away the impact of the fabric. The metallic sheen fabrics take away from the dresses and kind of make them look cheap. The construction and draping were very basic. The collection was a mish mosh of different styles. I would say i am 70/30 on this collection. There was more that I didn't like than I did like.

Victoria Beckham (Sept 10)

A lot of collars and lapels. Some of the outfits are restrictive in that they are tucked in so tight. Looks a little bit dowdy. All the outfits shown I could definitely see VB wearing. The colours are all colours that she wears frequently. I was really hoping that there would be more jumpsuits. I think this was a very safe collection. Lacking creativity, innovation and construction. Ugh VB I expected so much more from you.



Dinotopia

Dinotopia: A Land Apart from TimeDinotopia: A Land Apart from Time by James Gurney
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was one of my favourites growing up and it was such a nice book to read now. As a kid I loved dinosaurs and to this day I am still in love with dinosaurs. The illustrations in this book are incredible and my fav is when they are having the parade and all the dinosaurs are in their nicest 'armour' and all the people are in costume and there's tons of flowers and everything. My words here are not doing it any justice. I loved how the people and dinosaurs co-existed and helped each other out and worked together. In a time where everything is so divided, this was a nice break from the norm. One of my fav books of all time and definitely a 5 star rating... deserves more but that's all I can do.


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Furiously Happy

Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible ThingsFuriously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny  Lawson
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Note – I had a hard time reading this because the discussion about mental illness and certain chapters were triggers for me. I think if I was in a different space when I read this, I may have had an easier time reading this.

I really didn't enjoy this book as the other Jenny Lawson book. It wasn't a variety of stories about animals that had been taxidermied and she'd given them names and personas. There were only 2 stories that were really hilarious and the rest was just meh. I was kinda, nope, I was really disappointed in this book. At this point and time I will give it 2 stars. If I read it again, I will consider an upgrade if it's necessary. AND THAT”S ALL I HAVE TO SAY ABOUT THAT.


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Sunday, October 1, 2017

The Madman's Daughter

The Madman’s Daughter (The Madman’s Daughter, #1)The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I read this book because of the 52 book challenge and it filled the spot of a book based on classic literature. The book is based on The Island of Dr. Moreau. I have not read that book so I don't really know what it is about. Having read this book I get some idea of what it might be like but I would suggest reading The Island of Dr. Moreau before you dive in to this story so you have some backstory and information. The Madman's Daughter is of course about Dr. Moreau's daughter, Juliet. I didn't even like this book, I would give it a zero but that's not possible so a 1 star it is. I found this book was extremely long for what the content was. It was constantly putting me to sleep and I was thinking “Damn, when is this going to be over.” So much of the book was dragged out that it was annoying. The story was very predictable, which didn't work in it's favour. The characters are stodgy and boring. I don't have anything good to say about this book. Oh well. (Pretty sad when a book that is medium sized takes 24 days to read. WAY TOO LONG)


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Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea

Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, ChelseaAre You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea by Chelsea Handler
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

If you've been following me on Goodreads or my blog, you will know that I am a huge fan of Chelsea Handler and this is the last CH book that I had to read. I have completed every book she has written unless she comes out with a new one. A lot of the settings are common as in CH's other books, ie. The house at Martha's Vineyard, The house she grew up in as a young child, her years in Elementary school, her house in Bel Air. This book had more stories from CH's childhood than others but they were very interesting. CH is such a BAD ASS, maybe that's why I love her. I will say there were some dull moments but I would give this a solid 3.5 but for Goodreads it will be a 3 since it wasn't quite a 4.


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Notice

Dear Readers,

I am just writing to let you know that I was unable to post yesterday because I am having problems with my internet.

I have two book reviews that I am posting today and upcoming will be my New York Fashion week reviews.

Sorry for the inconvenience. I like to have my posts at the end of the month for continuity and regularity but when the internet goes boom, I can't really help.

Please feel free to send comments about what you would like to see or have reviewed in the future.

Thanks,

Sarah

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Coraline

CoralineCoraline by Neil Gaiman
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

What to say about this book ... Geez that's putting me on the spot. I have been trying to think of what to say about it for 2 days and haven't got any idea what to write. First off, this book fills the spot of the Hugo award winner and those are very hard to find as they are novellas or short stories. Many of them are not published in hard copy because it's better to publish an e-copy and charge $3.99 for it than have someone buy the book for $12-15. I get the understanding behind why they are so rare. I really wish that I was able to find the copy of the Ted Chiang book that I wanted but alas there were no hard copies available. (Nb – I have reviewed a Ted Chiang book before and it was quite interesting).

Here it goes for Coraline. This book kind of reminded me of Matilda by Roald Dahl but the premise was a lot darker. Coraline's parents don't really pay attention to her and she doesn't really have any friends so she's always looking for acceptance. That being said, when she goes past the door to another version of the world she lives in, she meets her 'other parents' and becomes fond of them. They make better food, they want to spend time with her, they want to do things as a family BUT WAIT there's a hitch. I'm not going to tell you what that is but I will say that's where the darkness permeates and begins to become a bit of a problem for Coraline. The classic story line where the main character gets what she wants and things go happily ever after happens in this book BUT she has to work for what she wants and there are some twists and turns. I found this book extremely hard to read and it's not even 200 pages, which is very sad in my opinion. The most I would give it for a rating would be 1 star. Children may like this book much better than I did, and of course there is a movie based on the book so that would be a perk as well. Will I be watching the movie, NOPE, not going to waste my time. And that's all I have to say about that.