Monday, April 2, 2012

Is Anybody Watching Fashion Star?

I watched the first episode and was really annoyed by the short little designer guy with the hat, but the premise is kinda neat and he got booted on the second episode apparently. I missed the next couple of episodes, but I just watched one I recorded last week I guess. So here is Orly's color blocked dress. I thought it was really cute. See the contrasting pockets? And the kick pleat in back is done with contrasting fabric at the hem - love it.

It looked kind of baggy under the arms when the models leaned back, then I realized there's a drape at the back - really love it! (My bridesmaids' dresses were a deep green velvet with a deep green satin drape across the back - I'm consistent when it comes to loving drapes.)

So I go online to see how much Saks is selling it for. $295. Really? And look what they did to it - just YUK:

No drape, no knee-length, no contrasting pockets or kick pleat. Hmmm. There are lots of bad comments for Saks online - one person called them Suks, and several people suggested the show boot Saks and get Kohl's or some other store with a lower price point to join up.

Alrighty, that's about all I have to say for now. I fully intend to cut out my Silhouettes pattern - I even drycleaned the silk knit fabric from Promenade in New Orleans! (The drycleaner labelled it as a "scarf." They must think I've got a hell of a goiter!) But I'm all excited about the other fabrics I bought in Chicago - especially that white swishy one - I'm thinking of a cowl neck tank - self-lined of course.

Oh, I hit publish then remembered what I came here to say in the first place. I just finished Stephen King's 11/22/63. People, Stephen King is BACK! I've been a fan since the mid-80's, but other than Lisey's Story and possibly Under the Dome, which were great, they've been kind of...well....boring lately. From a Buick 8 seemed to have promise and then just never went anywhere at all. Same for The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon. But 11/22/63 is awesome! It's almost 900 pages, and about halfway through I couldn't put the book down - I carried it around the house with me, and I finished it today through tears. Lots of tears. One of his really good sentences: "Home is where you dance with others, and dancing is life." (Yeah, you don't fully appreciate it unless you read the book; like "I have poundcake, if you'd like a slice" doesn't crack you up either.)


Liba said...

OK - the models for those clothes have not eaten in months! Seriously - that first one surely eats one piece of lettuce a day.
Sorry - off my soapbox!
Loved Under the Dome but haven't read his new one. Can you bring it to the lake?

Sister said...

No, Elizabeth, I totally look like that in that black dress when I turn sideways! (Right...) I'll bring the book to the lake - you'll love it.