Thursday, January 21, 2010

ALONG WITH THE NEW PATTERNS, A NEW LOOK AT VOGUE

Kudos to Vogue for a great new website design.  There are multiple views of the new patterns and it loads quickly and is easy to navigate.  The only thing that they need to tune up is the Marfy patterns.  At least half of the ones I looked at yesterday had no pattern descriptions or yardage amounts. 

Unfortunately the web design is better than the patterns.  Don't get me wrong, there are some really pretty dresses here and that's the problem.  This one from  Anna Sui is cute and girly.

As is this one from Rebecca Taylor.

This is the other offering from Rebecca Taylor.  That's a lot of skin to wear to work.
None of these are what I'd call work friendly.  If you want to be taken seriously you won't wear any of these to work.   I guess I see most of these as garden wedding wear.  I don't see a lot of women wearing things like this around town, that's for sure. To my mind most of these are pieces that if made won't get a lot of wear.   I wore my Botega Veneta knock off to dinner at a really nice restaurant on Mother's day and I felt really overdressed.  I do love this Donna Karan dress and I think that this would work under a jacket.  It's not too exposed, except maybe the back armhole.


The more casual stuff is just too boring to even talk about.  Boring and badly proportioned.
But, hey, maybe I'm wrong.  After all I don't work in an office.  Where would you wear these clothes?  Do you feel  like I do that there's a  disconnect between these offerings and your life?




15 comments:

  1. I love the Rebecca Taylor suit. And I would totally wear it to work. I often wear low-necked jackets with a camisole to the office (the better to see all my tattoos with!). I do work in a very artsy environment though. :)

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  2. I would totally wear many of the Vogue selections to work or to dinner with my hubby or every other month me and my girlfriends get together for brunch and we dress up. My extended family gets together a lot for birthday and anniversary and holiday celebrations and we tend to dress up for those events. It's true that when wearing something like the Rebecca Taylor suit to work you may be more dressed up than the boss but if it makes you feel beautiful and confident I say do it!

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  3. I would wear the suit but with a high neck cami or tshirt. I think it would work well. But no to the rest of them. I think all the Anne Klein offerings are office appropriate. I recently bought a few more to add to my collection.

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  4. I'd also wear that RT suit to work in a flash, with a stunning - how else? - underlayer to match. But I'd omit the rose and the silliness of the skirt gathers at the back. I subscribe to the motto "when in doubt, overdress". I like to, and I do, doubt or no doubt. Other people's clothes choices don't affect me, there's such a huge range of variation in clothing for us women after all, based on age, girth, mindset...$$$...etcetera, just to name a few. And, though mine is not an artsy work environment, I get truckfuls of compliments, so some people like my choices, it seems! A smile and a thank you always works!

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  5. Most of the new designs are wayyyyy to young for me!

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  6. Mom...you are always overdressed for our town but just because no one there knows how to dress doesn't mean you shouldn't totally rock that dress. I'd rather be overdressed, look fab and have other people go 'wow' than do the typical Long Island thing with jeans or sweats. Besides, that Bottega Venetta dress is fricken awesome.

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  7. Maybe that's it, as Gwensews commented, these are just too 'jeune fille' for me. I keep looking for sophisticated, interesting patterns, neither too casual or too dressy and with Vogue at any rate, coming up empty.

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  8. I love dresses but rarely wear them. They just don't fit my lifestyle. That red Bellville Sassoon one is calling my name , but unless I get invited to Prince William's wedding I'd have nowhere to wear it

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  9. I haven't worked in an office in an office in 6 years. I would certainly not wear any of that stuff. I always worked in logistics which is male dominated and not "creative."

    As a stay at home mother with small kids I need casual, hard wearing trousers and easy care tops.

    My youngest sister is getting married in July, so that is an opportunity for a dress. And there is a PTA dinner dance in May, another dressing up opportunity.

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  10. I could wear the Donna Karan dress to work - although it would be on a day when I was going out in the evening. The suit is too precious for me, and with a bust, would be too revealing for work.

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  11. The new Vogue website is great, but the new offerings: like you probably too young for me, and too many dresses. I seldom wear dresses, I would have welcomed a few more casual patterns.

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  12. I like the dresses and probably will make a couple of them. I do like to "dress up" when I go out and really don't care if I'm "over-dressed" (as long as I feel good about the style that I'm wearing). Maybe I don't have enough sense to know what is "too young".

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  13. I'm dismayed that most of the new Vogue patterns look like little girls' dresses, if not in detail, then in spirit. Puffed sleeves, flirty little skirts and a general prepubescent air puts me off. I'd like to see Vogue reclaim their mantle as the go-to company for sophisticated design, even for day wear.I don't mean fussy (Divine Details yuk!) or overdesigned, but certainly elegant, clean and well-fitted. So much of their day wear looks not only boring, but suburban in the worst sense and seems to have not cast so much as a glance at the designers working for the over-30 client.

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  14. First, thanks for responding to my pattern enquiry on PR about the broad back/fba. I made those changes and will cut the muslin tonight! As for the Vogue patterns, I liked them, and purchased 1158, 1159 and 1161, but I have six wedding this summer, so they are perfect. I would have liked a nice work dress, but that grey Rebecca Taylor is way too low cut for my figure and conservative workplace.

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