April 30, 2011

Her Royal Highness, The Dress

A Word on Kate's dress.

Every girl is particular about their wedding dress, and each person should choose what they want, and not worry about what the world thinks.   But unfortunately, when you televise your wedding, your dress is up for grabs.

While personally it would not be a dress I would wear, I think it was in perfect taste for her, and suited her well.   It's okay.    It's not too over the top traditional, it's simple, but almost plain.  Even though it is a "McQueen" gown, it's quite boring for "McQueen".   I'll admit  that by choosing a "McQueen" gown, even if it is more conservative that his traditional style, it says something about her taste, her (or their) individuality, and symbolizes that this is a new generation.

My taste runs to the simple, with gowns as well. But I don't like a lot of fuss.  And lace always seems a bit fussy.   I like lace with studs and black opaque tights for the irony of it.. unless it's really antique lace... and off white.  Somehow, and maybe it's just me, but the dress seems to age her a bit.  She looks so much older than she normally does. 

Even so, she was elegant and looked impeccable. 

I used to love a high neck lace traditional Victorian wedding gown. However, my Wedding dress was nothing like I originally wanted as a child.   Somehow as time passes, and you become more a tune to your own style, your dreams change along with them.   I liked the Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly look of sleek, satin, and elegance.   But my challenge was covering up my tattoos for the ceremony.  I ended up getting this lovely dress from "Priscella of Boston", and then had them custom make a cape for it, that I could remove after the ceremony.

My mother asked me why would I care what a bunch of people thought about my tattoos.  There were a lot of relatives of my husband, that I had never met before, coming to the wedding.  I told her, that I didn't mind that they see them, but first impressions are important. For the that southern Warfield and Ruffin crowd, I knew that how you present yourself is what sticks in your head.   I didn't want them to see me in my tattoos and judge me or label me before they met me.  This way, I could walk down the aisle, mingle and get introduced to everyone during the cocktail time, and have dinner, listen and give toast all before I was ready to shed the cape for a night of dancing and fun.

I'm happy to say, it worked.  I won the hearts of the classy dames of Southern Virginia.

Revealing my permanent bouquet with my maid of honor, Jamie Leigh Devilla

All festivities:  June 14th, 1997 - The Knickerbocker Club, Manhattan NY

my bouquet, lilacs.   My dress had a train that was removable.

My Manhattan Girlfriends: Timory, Silvia, Amy, Amy, Dale & Lynn

The Boys Club: Charlie, Brendon, Mark, Brooks, & Chris

Cape Removed.   Dancing with Mom.  That's Moe (my bridesmaid) dancing in the background

My inspiration: Mom.

Images from here and here

April 29, 2011

A Toast to the New Royal Couple

This morning I was just too tired to get up at 4 and head over to my friend Victoria's house to watch and celebrate the Royal wedding.  It seems nothing is as important as a good rest.  However, I did bolt up at 7:00 am and watch the footage already airing on Cnn.   Amazing how times have changed.   I still remember watching Princess Diana and Prince Charles's wedding as a child.   Sitting by my moms feet watching it.   But there was no instant coverage on the internet...   what's an internet?

I'm not going to go into a lot, because... well other sites will do it better. But I will say the one thing that struck me about it was, when Princess Kate joined Prince William (with Prince Harry and her father by their side). The two of them seemed... normal. They giggled, and whispered, and well, acted like I did when I stood next to my husband before the 80 something people there.   Of course they had a lot more than 80 at their wedding, but really, after 80, it's really the same thing.   You shaking in your knees. But their warmth and giggles let me know, that these two seemed kind of ordinary in their unordinary lives.   

I remember watching Princess Diana, and Prince Charles. And that seemed like a fairy tale.  It didn't seem normal. Her shyness let on that there was so much mystery there, and not just for us.   There were now conspirtial giggles or smiles between them.  It was a very paternal type of affection Charles showed Diana.   And her's was a shy, head bowed, submission into a world that was way beyond her.  

Kate has been prepared for the hoopla.  They have been dating, and have been in the spotlight together for some time now.  

A marriage normally finds all sorts of common pressures; financial, children, growing, changing, and age... let's hope the enormous pressure of a billion people, a monarchy, and fame doesn't spoil what they have found in each other.

So here I sit, finally awake, with my coffee, having a toast for the young couple.

April 28, 2011

Louboutin Rules the Cat Walk with his Lioness Stilletos!

Love getting my daily does of FULL FRONTAL FASHION.   Always something yummy being shared.   And today, not to be disappointed, Christian Louboutin’s new shoe is featured in all it's claws and glory! (originally featured on nylonmag.com)

"Part of Louboutin’s Fall 2011 collection, the “Alex” pump is modeled after a lion's paw, and is complete with fur and claws".  

It's just Grrrr-licious!


April 13, 2011

Stepping away for a little bit...

Hello lovelies,
I'm sorry I haven't been posting of late.  Where have you heard that before?  When I get busy with work, the blog slips. That's just the way it is.  Priorities.  But you knew this wasn't my living, and it's not one of those fabulous blogs you go to to get up to date information on the fashion world, or other... This is for the most part a small portfolio of my life... a virtual scrapbook.  A place where I share ideas, thoughts, and things I like, or don't.  

I've started my new class INTRO TO FASHION with some of the most amazing little girls.   We have been trying to come up with a name for them, for their class blog.   There are about 13 girls in the class.

Here, the Furious Five

Maybe you can help us decide on a name.  Here's a few we came up with.  Why not let me know which only you like best, by commenting below. Or send me your suggestions!

The Fierce Fashionistas

the Fiercely Fabulous

Fierce Style warriors

The Lovelies

The Fashion Sprites

Fabulous Fashion Sprites

Stylish Sprites

Stylish Fashion Warriors



The Rock n' Roll Belle's

Fab Fashion Maidens

The Belle's of Fashion

Fashion Belle's

Fashionista Belle's

... Droooling Fashion warriors

I'm off for Costa Rica on Friday for 10 days, so don't despair. You have some time to ponder this very important task!

Pura Vida!


April 4, 2011

Mafalda & Refinery29 share an evening of cocktails and treasures

Sadly I missed this lovely event last week because of my lingering horrific stomach illness, but am so happy the lovely Victoria Sullivan and delightful Florence were able to entertain the happy shoppers with their cool Brooklyn style.

Miss Flo & Lady Sullivan

Christina of Mafalda

April 3, 2011

Intro to Fashion with Lady Warfield

I know you've been wondering lately, where is Lady Warfield at? She hasn't been posting, she hasn't been leaving comments on my site, and she hasn't been tweeting or facing (is that's what it's called?)

Well, I've been busy ladies and lads. I've been working on a syllabus and compiling material for a class I'm starting tomorrow: Intro to Fashion, for 4th and 5th graders at our own local elementary school, PS261. It's not a regular course, and not a part of the curriculum, it's part of the after-school program. The kids really are lucky they have such a great program in place, and that they have me, lady Diva who decided she must enlighten these lovely little creatures on the fun and exciting world of Fashion.

Oh I know the girls want design or something or other. They want what they want. But this is INTRO not DESIGN. We are gonna cover it all! I'd be happy to share my class syllabus. I've had to deconstruct it several times to bring down from Teen status to Tween status.

Here's the flyer I posted to lure the little ones in...

And here is the famous Syllabus (remember this is for Tweens, not you):

Are you a serious Fashionista?  Well this is your chance to learn and explore the world of fashion. Through class discussion, slideshows and hands-on experimenting, you'll design, illustrate, photograph and more!   Plus we'll create our own fashion blog and even our own runway show!

During class, and by the end of the term we will create a class blog, a group fashion design scrapbook, and create a slide show of our work created from the blog.


Lesson I:  Introduction -History of Fashion
We will explore the history of fashion from the 1800’s to the present. Through a slide presentation we will discuss the various ways history influences fashion.
Hot Topic: What is fashion to you?  What does it mean to you.  Do designs today, look like designs from the past?  What is the difference between style and fashion?
-in class discussion & slideshow.
-in class work: Fashion Notebooks (or folders) will be given out to each student to decorate in class (continue at home). We’ll take photos, and start thinking about our design for our blog project for next week.

Lesson II:  Fashion Bloggers:  Exploring young bloggers, and their take on fashion.
Young fashion bloggers are taking over.  These are girls and boys who can write, photograph, Do DYI, and have a great sense of style.
- in class discussion & slideshow  
-in class work:  We will set up a blog together in class, that I will administrate and get input from my new fashionistas, on the name and the design. It will be a closed blog, that only our classmates (and their parents) can access.  I will post the class syllabus, and reminders of upcoming projects.

Lesson III:   Designing with Colors and Patterns
How do you combine colors and patterns in your wardrobe? What influences you when you wake up and get dressed?   How are designers using color in their lines...  are they influenced by season? Regions? Mood? Politics?
-in class discussion & slideshow ( comparison slide show)
-in class work; Let’s combine samples of colors and patterns and experiment with mixing styles and projecting mood, feeling, & attitude. I will hand out silhouettes so we can create our own designs. Everything gets added to the blog!

Lesson VI: Careers in Fashion: Illustration
This week I’ll show you the different styles and techniques of Fashion Illustration.  
-in class slide show & Demonstration.
-in class work: Let’s illustrate! Go off to create your own drawings and style!

Lesson V:   Fashion DIY
We will talk DIY(do it yourself)!  What have you fixed up and made new?   I will show samples of some of my favorite DYI ideas.
-in class discussion & slideshow
-in class work:  Students will bring something in to class; old sneakers, flip flops, soft boots, felt hats ...   we'll paint, glitter, stud them!

Lesson VI: The Catwalk: Emerging designers at the Runways
It’s popcorn and movie time! We will watch a fashion show, documentary or film on the runways. It will showcase what goes on behind the curtains, and the hard work involved.

Lesson VII: Extreme Fashion Make-up Looks
Have you ever wanted to do your face up like one of those crazy/amazing looks you see in the holiday issues of Fashion Magazines, and on America's Next Top Model?  Now is your chance.   Lady Warfield will give you a make-over right out of the fashion magazines, and get you ready for your runway walk.
(possible impromptu runway and photo session to post to the blog)

Lesson VIII: Fashion Designer Profile
Here we take a look at new and emerging designers. We will create mini-reports on our favorite designers! From our weeks talking fashion and design, you get to choose your favorite designer to profile.  Maybe we can have a visit from a working Fashion Designer???
- in class discussion & slideshow
- in class work:  Each child will pick a designer from a list of designers, magazines, etc., and create a mini-report.  We'll create collages, of their clothing, and write a mini summary of why we chose the designer.  Once we finish, we can add it to our blog!  The originals will be bound together for our Class Group Fashion Designer Book (which is a combination of the blog printed & extra work done in class!

Lesson VIIII: Fashion as a Living
In this class we will talk about all the career possibilities there are in the world of fashion: designers, buyers, reporters, bloggers, photographers, illustrators, models, seamstress.  We will talk about the many ways we see fashion.  Through the media, magazines, TV, music, blogs.  How are you influenced?  Do you want to work in the fashion industry?
-in class discussion & slideshow
-in class work: We will create art for the blog! For those that didn't finish their Designer profile, we'll finish those too.

Lesson X: Careers in Fashion: Stylist & Model
This week we'll get one if not two visitors to talk about their careers in fashion.  Each visitor will talk about why, and how they got started.  
-in class discussion with visitor & Slide show of their work.
-in class work: This is our second to last Fashion class, so we'll make sure our blog is all set, and our projects all finished!  Let's have a final class party!!

** Each child will go home with a print out of the blog, and their class fashion journal!