My Respect for Whitney Houston

The man and I were absolutely flabbergasted this past Saturday night when we found out (via Twitter of all media) that Whitney Houston was found dead at the Beverly Hills Hilton, where she was scheduled to attend Clive Davis’ Pre-Grammy party. It actually, truly and honestly, bummed me out. No, I did not know Whitney personally, nor did I have any real connection to her…but her music, well her music really was a huge part of my formative years.


As a young child, I can remember Whitney Houston. In those years where things you remember are few and far between, I have vivid memories of borrowing cassette tapes (yes, cassette tapes) from my friends at school and then making my own copy of them. Whitney’s first album was one of those tapes. “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” and “So Emotional”  were staples of my young music loving career. 


The early 90’s and middle school years brought The Bodyguard soundtrack that I, to this day, listen to. “I Will Always Love You”, “Queen of the Night”, “Run to You”, geesh, all of her songs of that album were hits. I can remember my sister and I trying to since just like Whitney Houston on this album.  Just last week, this album still sneaked itself into a Twitter conversation, a banter back and forth naming songs off this album.

In high school, my family absolutely could not get enough of The Prince of Egypt soundtrack. We loved the movie and we loved all the music from said movie. This included the Whitney and Maria Carey duet, “When You Believe”. Two divalicious performers and one great tune… you couldn’t go wrong. This is still a family favorite as I am sure it will be for a very long time.

I can remember being a junior/senior and one of two CDs could be found in my car.  Either Brandy’s Never Say Never or Whitney Houston’s My Love is Your Love. “It’s Not Right But It’s OK”, “My Love is Your Love” and “Heartbreak Hotel” were amongst my faves from that album. I have fond memories of getting my license, hoppin’ in my little black Mazda and jammin’ with Whitney on my way to school.

In college, her Greatest Hits album was still on my playlist and I got to revive my love for Whit. She really did  voice some of my favorite tunes over the years. There were so many other songs and albums that I did not mention but these were the ones that meant something to me. She had a stunning voice, timeless actually. It is a shame that things shook down the way that they did. I am hoping that she will be remembered for the fantastic things she did vocally and not her infamous statements and behavior. I will always love you, Whitney Houston and that is no lie.


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My Respect for Whitney Houston

Jason Wu has a Big Week

Jason Wu had a big week this week. His Jason Wu for Target launch was successful (as expected), driving people to Targets nationwide and Target online handled themselves much better this time around. Add Jason Wu’s Fall 2012 collection to the mix (which was all up in my Twitter feed today) and you have a banner week for the main man.

Photos: Monica Feudi / Feudiguaineri.com

People were raving about the militaristic jackets, the smoking silhouettes and the fabrics, oh the fabrics. From Wintery greys and blacks to red Chinese inspired prints, the collection was cohesive and had a voice. Even in colder months, this collection would keep a girl warm and looking fantastic. Ugh (in a good way).

Photos: Monica Feudi / Feudiguaineri.com
Photos: Monica Feudi / Feudiguaineri.com

I love the silken fabrics, the rich velvet, the black gloves. What a dramatic collection and simply crowd pleasing for Jason Wu fans out there.  I could definitely see myself fitting any of the grey/black pieces into a professional wardrobe, the fur collared jackets into evening wear. Overall, the line really impressed me and did what it should do, leave me wanting more.

These are the times that I love when designers do collabs with places like Target. Yes, it may drive the masses crazy with “must have this” but it gives us regular gals the opportunity to own a little piece of something special. I can’t afford a floor length velvet Jason Wu gown but I can grab a pleated black skirt and feel like a million bucks wearing it.

What did you think about Jason Wu’s Fall 2012 collection/ Jason Wu for Target?
Jason Wu has a Big Week

Tadashi Shoji Fall 2012

Tadashi Shoji’s Fall collection was different from the looks that I have dug so far.(see Nicholas K and Corey Lyn Calter prev.). The vision was dramatic for sure but in a different way. 

I am smacked in the fashion face with lace overlays, tasseled fringe, lush velvet and upholstery like prints (in a good way). The vision, and what I assume was the inspiration, was the Roaring 20’s era, flappers and maybe a dash of The Great Gatsby? Any way you slice it, I am moved… to want to buy it for the imaginary black tie event that I have on the schedule.

Photos by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images North America
 Let’s just say that I have never been so inspired by velvet. I am serious. 

Photos by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images North America
Photos by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images North America
Photos by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images North America
What do you think of the collection? Would you take it or leave it?
Tadashi Shoji Fall 2012

Project Runway All Stars, Episode 6

Ah yes, another episode of Project Runway All-Stars has come and gone… We laughed, we cried and we sent one designer packin’! As always, if you haven’t seen the episode, then this post will ruin the outcome for you.



Last night really irritated me; the designers, the judges, the lame challenge. Angela announced our challenge with 8 different handbags and I am thinking, cool they are designing to match a handbag. Nope, she passes the bags out, our designers take a slip out of said bag, and are assigned a season: Spring, Summer, Autumn or Winter. They are to make an outfit suitable for a weekend getaway (them justifying the weekend bags) and they are going head to head with another designer. One will have a high score and one will have a low score. Bleh. Austin and Kara have Spring, Kenley and Mondo have Summer, Mila and Rami have Autumn and Jerell and Michael have Winter. And we’re off!

Let’s skip straight to the drama. Jerell has been working half the episode on a wrap/jacket/poncho jobbie in this grey wooly material. Michael Costello basically steals his idea and then makes a federal case out of it when the other designers only mildly elude to the fact that he might have taken inspiration from Jerell’s look. The following Tweets/ Twitter conversation sums up how I felt about this episode.

@petalandpink Was Michael Costello always this bitchy?

@PrimandPropah Yeah it started last week… but he is being such a bitch this week.

@petalandpink seriously! I’m not a fan to begin with but this is obnoxious.
@petalandpink I honestly don’t understand the judging on #prallstars its always the opposition of my thoughts.

@PrimandPropah That Angela bugs the sh!t out of me….

@petalandpink me too! I miss normal runway. Tim, Nina, Heidi, and Mr. Kors.

@PrimandPropah I might get smacked down but the only judge I like is Georgina and that’s only because she has an accent and is really pretty.

@petalandpink I like her hair, not as much as Nina’s though.
@petalandpink How is it that Michael copies and stays?
So our designers face off. Kara, Mila, Jerell and Kenley are our top designers. That leaves Austin, Rami, Michael and Mondo in the bottom. We feel really bad at this time because Mondo’s mother’s birthday is today and he wanted to make her proud. Sadface. Anyway, Jerell wins, as if to make the episode more interesting, hoorah! Jerell won fair and square, he was “the better man.” Well, if you were to ask this blogger, the producers should have told the judges to boot Michael for dramatic effect especially because he was in the bottom last week… but they didn’t and we bid Rami a fond farewell. 
Judging by the tweets from eliminated designers and even designers still on the show, the comments from our judges were not taken kindly. I, myself, am a little miffed at the way things are going down… but now I must see it through to the end. I will end with a tweet by our eliminated designer.
@RamiKashou Lol welcome to the chess game y’all
Project Runway All Stars, Episode 6

Nicholas K Fall 2012 Cowboys Up

Nicholas K’s collection came out with guns a blazin’ today for the Fall 2012 runway show. Bad ass hats, ponchos, holsters in dusty grays and browns, all made their way down the runway at The Studio at Lincoln Center today.


The styling was rough and tumble, the make up rusty and dark. My boyfriend would be proud of me for having the following thought: The collection summoned the world of The Dark Tower series by Stephen King. Cowboy mixed with a sort of post- apocalyptic thing. Yes, I know how strange that sounded and yes, I know only nerds will get my reference.

Photos by Mike Coppola/Getty Images North America

However literal some of the elements in this collection were, there were also details that I thought were clever and imaginative. Take for instance the turtle shell necklace that some of the models donned. The pieces were not part of the Nicholas K line but rather were designed by Jewelry by Matt out of NYC and he is sure to get some much deserved attention for these gooooorgeous pieces! Not something that I would personally wear but in this collection, it really made an impression because the shells themselves were an interesting enough piece to draw the eye and compliment the designer’s vision.


Photos by Mike Coppola/Getty Images North America

Bad ass hats were another big thrill for me here. Both the male and female models wore androgynous black and tan cowboy hats over poncho hoods and hair alike. Tell me when you look at these photos, that these hats are boring. With these looks? Nope, they are pretty fu$%in’ bad ass.

Photos by Mike Coppola/Getty Images North America
Photos by Mike Coppola/Getty Images North America
 What did you think of the collection?

Nicholas K Fall 2012 Cowboys Up

Corey Lynn Calter Fall 2012

Today was the first day of Merceded Benz  Fashion Week Fall 2012 and down at Pier 59, the collection that stood out most to this blogger, was under way. I am talking about the goods from designer Corey Lynn Calter. Her presentation was like “BOOM, here I am!” not just in vibrant colors but in the interesting prints and, subsequently, the pairing of the two. What I really, really loved most? Was that if worn with confidence, any regular gal could pull off these looks. These really are ready to wear.

Joe Kohen/Getty Images North America 

Joe Kohen/Getty Images North America
Joe Kohen/Getty Images North America
Ben-Amun provided the strong gold accents for Corey Lynn Calter looks in statement necklaces, bangles and earrings.  Chunky Italian resin bangles gave a young at heart feel to color blocked and whimsical patterned dresses while links and hammered gold tribal necklaces lay perfectly against silk button downs and trouser shorts paired with brightly hued tights. 

Add a little, tiny bit nerdy, with a dash of edge and a touch of vintage flare and you have one righteous collection. My favorite pieces, as in I would want to call them my very own? The tangerine trousers, ANY of the clutches and the red orange caplet with gold buttons. Ugh, so dreamy. Corey’s pieces have been sold in stores such as Barney’s, Macys and Nordstrom as well as a fan favorite, Anthropologie… so I will most definitely be keeping my eyes peeled for a piece or *two to come into my life within the next year.

Joe Kohen/Getty Images North America

*Note to self: Start saving bottle and cans for recycling. We will need those deposits back.

Corey Lynn Calter Fall 2012

Positve Reinforcement a la Creative Fashion Design

So last night, I had my third Fashion Design class. I am obviously trying to still manage the stress of trying to be “competitive” and “creative”, being back in school, wondering if I am good enough and all those insecurities that I have, that really, no one but me can understand. The drive in to Boston after work on Tuesdays has just begun to be irritating because contrary to what I believed to be true, traffic goes both ways at rush hour. Also, sitting in work clothes for another 6 hours is uncool. Do see where I am going here? I can certainly pick out the negative in any situation.

Last night’s class, we were going to do a few different things. On the docket was learning to use the school’s sewing machines (home and industrial sewing), a worksheet on color blocking and also having individual consultations with our teacher about our non-textile projects (what we planned to use, our design, possible difficulties). I was not the first to go up to talk to teach about our plans. What I was hearing with the first few people were negative negatives… “That material will be hard to work with”, “This is boring”, “I am expecting more from you in this class”, “I don’t like this design”… I don’t know if it’s because Tuesday is my teacher’s “long” day or if she was just plain cranky, but she was not hiding her feelings at all. I was pretty much freaking out that I just signed up for a class that I wasn’t good enough for.



So then it was my turn. I had put together the materials that I had bought at Dollar Tree (for only $26 dollars, people) which included tea bags, coffee filters, cabinet liners (in this light pink/beige/pistachio color) and this eucalyptus that had been spray painted gold. I glued a sample of each to a piece of sketch paper and then proceeded to design a dress using those materials on the same piece of paper. Here is a shot of what I showed her.

She looked at it, let me explain what I was planning on doing, then looked me in the eyes and told me she loved it. She loved the materials, thought they would work well and thought the design was fantastic. It was really opposite of what she had told the first 6 or 7 people, so I really trusted that she meant it. She did make mention of my sketch having “Lois Griffin” hair, which amused the class but only gave me one constructive remark and that was to think about adding a little color. I am not going to lie, I was pretty, pretty, pretty stoked at the feedback. She did give a couple other people some really positive remarks but I am pretty sure I was one of her top 3, second only to a girl who had already started cross hooking streamer and the lone man in our class who worked his design out in CAD.


And just like that, with a little positive reinforcement, the traffic, uncomfortable work clothes* and insecurities sort of flew out the window. I needed some self confidence in the form of support from someone else, whose creative opinions matter to me. That little push was the fuel I needed to get this fashion train chugga chugga choo-chooing along!

* I have decided that I will pack a bag every Tuesday with Yoga pants and sneaks… I don’t care, comfort is key.

Positve Reinforcement a la Creative Fashion Design