Friday, March 20, 2009


Fornarina is an Italian fashion brand that I have had my eye on for the past few years. I would describe the clothes as delightfully tacky. Very delightfully. Cutesy, sexy,and just plain fun. Their Spring/Summer 2009 collection combines tasty sweets, flowy chiffon, quirky graphics, simple staples, hearts, and a little tough edge. I wish I could get my hands on a few of these adorable pieces.
My favorite elements include:
1. Sophie Bag
2. Kerstin Necklace
3. Mash T-shirt & Mayo shorts,
4. Cook top
5. Dada dress
6. Oven Jacket
7. Beiki T-shirt

Their choice of Lindsey Lohan as the face of Fornarina though, I am not so supportive of. She is anything but cute and sexy. The girl had such potential when we saw her in Mean Girls but since then... I just rather not see her as the face of anything.

Fornarina's fashion show seems to be a combination of fashion, art, music, and performance called Urban Beauty Show. The following pictures are from this event which happened on May 12th 2009. It looks like a beautiful show.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

To be a kid again

Sitting by the fire with a hot cup of chai spice blacktea (someone once told me "chai" just means tea) stressed as all get out on a Thursday evening. Actually that "fire" is just a fan propelled electric space heater, but hey our last gas bill was only $40, and believe me Chicago is cold in January. Thrifty.
Nearing the end of winter quarter in school and that means a lot due. Stats tests, sales talk in professional selling, Persuasive speech in effective speaking, and a nice big business plan and presentation in global marketing.

Tomorrow morning I will be presenting my Art lovers speech to a class of Chicago 5th graders for my effective speaking class final.

This involves a speech on an artist and an art project for the kids.
I will be having the kids create charm necklaces based on jeweler Gijs Bakker's Rose Necklace..

Rose Necklace: Gijs Bakker

My adaptation for 5th graders (I made this one)

It is patterns cut from magazines and origami paper in simple shapes (circles, squares, triangles) glued to a strip of white poster board (glossy side up!) holes are punched at either end and shapes are cut out leaving some space around the edges. The charms are then tied together with thin string and a long string is attached at either end, long enough to slip over the head. Cute, right? I'm not so good with kids so I'm a bit nervous. I need to keep them occupied for an hour.

Side note: today I realized the big difference to going to school for fashion in Chicago and going to school for fashion in New York. In New York they are interning at fashion magazines during their freshmen year. In Chicago we are happy if we get to dress models for a fashion show once every other quarter.