Fashion fads of 2012: And what in the name of Pete are smoking slippers?
Today, we look at what the Los Angeles Times has named the top fashion fads of 2012. We'll contrast Booth Moore, a woman who writes for the Los Angeles Times who apparently attends fancy Hollywood parties and red carpet events (according to a quick Google search) and me, a woman who used to frequent mountain parties and whose childhood home had red carpeting in the "parlor," and how we differ.
I can't imagine the difference would be vast, but we'll have to take into consideration the slight tendency for our area, including me, to be behind the times.
Have you heard that new song, "Gangnam Style?" I think that's really going to be a hit.
Shamokin is so "up with the times," we followed up the New Year's Eve coal drop countdown with that song...the same time the singer "Psy" announced (when he performed it in Times Square, making NYC behind the times, too?) he would retire it because of its utterly exhausting popularity.
Sometimes it takes a while for new trends and worldly concepts to trickle down to small towns.
But it's OK, Shamokin, I still love you so. You're like a senile relative - two parts crotchety and one part charming, but endearing and entertaining enough to warrant my undying time, love and devotion no matter where life takes me.
And the sweet part is, we can coexist and get along because you don't have to be wrong for me to be right. We just see some things differently, and that makes life spicy.
Flat smoking slippers in velvet or satin and wedge sneakers with studs and straps overtook sky-high platforms in the fashionable footwear race.
When Gwyneth Paltrow exposed her tummy in a two-piece Emilio Pucci ensemble at the Emmys in September 2011, she was on to something. The midriff-baring trend has been gaining steam all year, with Hollywood's resident exhibitionists (Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Miley Cyrus) racing to uncover. Crop tops were all over the fashion runways in September and October as well.
Stars also played peekaboo by wearing gowns with sheer panels and cutouts, none more so than Kristen Stewart, who turned heads at the L.A. premiere of "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" in a sheer corseted Zuhair Murad gown and wore several more nearly nude looks while promoting the film in the following weeks.
The year was so bright you had to wear shades. Hot-hued jeans, Cambridge Satchel bags and nail polish were among the most popular traffic-stopping items.
Fashion magazines advised readers on how to mismatch prints, and blue jeans were covered in a riot of pattern and color. Designers put their best prints forward, with florals, foliage, plaids, houndstooth checks and photo-realistic effects.
LEATHER AND LACE
Leather and lace were big trends, even better when worn together. We shopped for leather motorcycle jackets and pants, which were available in such stores as Proenza Schouler and Forever 21, and lacy T-shirts, sweat shirts, blouses and tops. It was all about mixing hard and soft.
The beard and mustache bunch - and the companies that cater to them - enjoyed a banner year. Men's grooming became one of the fastest-growing segments in the beauty business. Gillette launched a grooming gadget called the Fusion ProGlide Styler and enlisted a trio of celebrities - Andre 3000 Benjamin, Gael Garcia Bernal and Adrien Brody - as pitchmen.
Preppy's progenitor - Ivy League style - crept back into American men's wardrobes this year. It was found on the runway, where J. Press showcased a new back-to-the-Ivy-roots York Street capsule collection designed by Ariel and Shimon Ovadia.
I'm all for the flats revival since sky-high platforms put me in a position to bump my head a lot, but I don't think it's a good idea to smoke while wearing slippers. Also, wedge sneakers? Sounds very "Spice Girls."
I find nothing wrong with crop tops if you're comfortable in them. I bore my midriff for one of my Halloween costumes and I found it kind of liberating. I'd say it's probably not a good idea to wear one to church or work, though - depending on your occupation.
Sheer panels and cutouts are very "figure skater" but I guess I'm OK with the look. As for figure skating, don't tell anyone, but I really only watch for the possibility of a slow-motion replay of someone biting it real hard on the ice. I always say a prayer they aren't hurt before I laugh, though, so please don't judge me and think I'm insensitive. I just have a thing for people falling and I make no exception for my own spills. That is when I laugh the hardest.
As a child of the 80s, I love neon in a big way. Anything that makes hard laborers wearing "PennDOT orange" or "street department fluorescent yellow" on trend is fine by me.
I've moved out of my polka dot or stripes comfort zone and embraced the occasional floral while hopefully managing to not look like I cut up the Golden Girls' couch for material. Prints possibilities are endless and I look forward to being more adventurous with them in the coming years.
LEATHER AND LACE
In my world, leather and lace is a constant. I don't care if Booth Moore says it's a trend, it's a way of life that was instilled in me by my early idols like Lita Ford and the girls from Vixen. I have a lace shirt drawer and a decent leather pant, skirt, shorts section in my closet and I plan on wearing it all until someone wrestles it away from me.
I'l say this with as much couth as I can conjure up: I feel the same way about beards as most men feel about boobs. I'll probably throw myself face-first on a bed and have an old-fashioned, black-and-white-movie-style cry if men ever stop growing facial hair. I'm pretty over the whole "let's put mustaches on everything , though."
Ivy-league fashion just isn't my cup of tea. I know; you are shocked. It reminds me of the James Spader-looking toolbag characters from every 80s movie. No thanks. I like my men rough around the edges. I feel the same way about a man wearing a sweater tied around his shoulders as I do orange circus peanuts: yuck.
(Jenna Wasakoski, a News-Item editor, is a graduate of Von Lee School of Aesthetics and is certified as a professional makeup artist.)