Category Archives: Entertainment

Perks of Being a Wallflower: Sam’s Style

If it isn’t already noted, we at Pink Slip Fashion are huge fans of Emma Watson. From her lovable know-it-all persona and ofttimes brains behind the Harry Potter trio as Miss Hermione Granger to her new role as Sam in The Perks of Being a Wallflower, she treads in the offbeat path of her characters, capturing audiences with her uncouth cool.

In her new film,  Perks…., Watson forms another unlikely trio, as her character Sam and step-brother Patrick take in an introverted freshman, Charlie, and together they battle the stomping grounds of high-school.

Though they may easily be mistaken as misfit youth, this dynamic threesome is really on the revolt for a much better reality than the harsher setting of adolescent culture clash inside of school hallways.

Doing this all in style and to the tunes of Bowie, The Beatles, and Sonic Youth, this cinematic adaption of what it’s like to be youthful and simultaneously broken, is heartwrenchingly truthful and marvelous to watch.

To capture some of the spirit of Sam’s preppy-meets-alt style, I’ve compiled some images of slouchy sweaters, maryjanes, lettermen jackets and three staples that you’ll never see her without: opaque tights, some form of plaid, and her signature headband. Have fun recreating her east-coast on revolt aesthetic for your own fall wardrobe.

Style Evolution: Britney Spears

What’s fascinating about pop music is the idealized culture that comes along with it — the identity branded with a celebrity created through lyrics, dance moves, and how an artist dresses on and off the stage. The intention is for listeners to unite and revel in the music collectively. Yet, there has to be a level of sincerity behind a pop star’s image in order for listeners to participate and fully buy into the complete experience of the music.

When I think “Pop Star,” names that come to mind include industry heavy weights Madonna, The Beatles, Michael & Janet Jackson, Prince, Christina Aguilera, and as of late, Lady Gaga. Yet there’s one woman who has made a clear mental imprint. After nearly two decades of simplistic yet ingenious song lyrics, catchy tunes, and unquestionable influence on youth, Britney Spears has more than earned the moniker Pop Princess, but can we also throw in the title fashion icon or is it too soon?

Sure Britney has had numerous memorable costumes, starting with her first hit video “Hit Me Baby One More Time” when she wore a Catholic schoolgirl uniform. Or in the “Oops…I Did it Again” video, she donned her own full length red bodysuit. But she’s rarely pushed the boundaries with her personal image, outside of tanks, shorts, flip-flops and trucker hats. She even states in Elle, “I love my jeans and my sweats-I’m really just a tomboy at heart. So it’s really hard for me to be like Kim Kardashian and be makeup-and hair-ready every time I go out of my house. I’m not a believer in that, you know? On the other hand, when you do wear those sweats, you’re like, Oh God, I should step it up a notch.” Yet with her dual covers on October’s issue of Elle, it seems as if this pop star is reinventing her good-girl-gone-bad-turned-mommy image to include fashion icon as well.

Not only does she embrace her identity as a pop star in this issue, confidently wearing a brief-like pair of rhinestone hot shorts, fishnets, and cropped top with blue leather jacket on one spread, she also expresses her softer mommy-chic side. On the following page, you can find her wearing a viscose blended dress from Bottega Venetta with red patent pointed toe pumps as a sleek contrast to the navy hued knit. Who knew she had it in her? If you continue to flip through the editorial, her style goes back and forth from stage diva to sophisticated and cool off-stage celebrity, unifying her pop and down-to-earth real life persona with casually polished looks.

Britney is certainly coming into her own with her personal styling choices and to me that’s good enough for this pop princess.

(Photos taken from Huffingtonpost.com/Elle’s October issue) 

The Voice Season 3: Daniel Rosa & Preppy Style

Hands down one of my favorite competitors on season 3 of The Voice is Daniel Rosa. Though I do not watch reality talent shows often, there’s something alluring about this series that from time to time I find myself plopped in front of the television set blubbering. This was one of those episodes.

The three-hour premier kicked off Tuesday night airing on NBC. For those who aren’t up to speed on what was so emotionally heart wrenching about this particular episode, let me fill you in: Last season Daniel Rosa walked away without being chosen by any of the panel’s judges consisting of Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine, and Blake Shelton, despite his unique vocals and amazing potential. 

Leaving the stage with advice from the Top 40 superstars, he returned this season and knocked it out of the park with an unrecognizable and smoothly cool rendition of Gotye’s “Somebody that I Used to Know,” this time around catching the attention of both Cee Lo and Blake Shelton (Spoiler alert: he opts for Cee Lo as his coach). 

It was obvious that everyone — including Adam Levine who immediately jumped on stage and embraced Rosa before he made his selection on who was to be his coach — was uproariously excited that he succeeded in the blind auditions after giving it a go for the second time. I too cheered and became teary eyed (cue tissues), because his story represents the classic case of the underdog. Before I became too overwhelmed, I changed the station to regroup (yes, I was THAT emotional), but caught one last glimpse of Daniel’s look before tuning out.

If you check out the above photos, it’s clear that in addition to his undeniably rich and simultaneously raspy vocals, this kid has a knack for styling and I’ll have to catch each episode to update you on what he’s wearing next (though I may be playing crossies behind my back, as I have stated earlier that I’m not the best with following shows season to season, though this could be a great idea for future blog posts.)

Back to Daniel: From Season 2 in the bottom right photo, he sports a grey cardigan, burgundy button-down — and with a pop of yellow —, a cordial bowtie. The later look was topped off with his signature wide brim black glasses.

This year, he continues in the same vein mimicking his former on-air look with yet another grey cardigan. Though this time, he swapped out the burgundy button-down for a white-collar shirt and caught our attention with a green necktie instead of a not-so-mellow yellow hue.  An owl emblem decorated the chest of his cardigan giving his look a bit of East-coast prep, as Lisa Birnbach would say, and somehow subtly reminded me of Hogwarts (did anyone else get that vibe?). Either way, I loved it and I am not letting my bias as a Harry Potter fan precede this decision. 

Overall, I’m excited for this season and hope other participants can nail both their vocals and style just as well as Daniel, though we’re rooting for the underdog of course! I’m sure he won’t leave us disappointed with the many more episodes to come and will continue impressing us with his soothing voice, as well as sharp aesthetic.

(Photos from pe.com blog, allaboutidolshows.com, and fashionweekblog.com)

Trending: Pink Hair Everywhere!

Pastel colored hairstyles have been picking up momentum, arguably since 2010, especially in shades of pink. From Valentino’s spring ‘10 advertisements featuring Dree Hemingway with romantically dramatic all pink locks to notoriously pink haired model Charlotte Free, this sizzling shade seems to be inescapable in a got-to-have-that-look kind of way. Designer John Galliano even took a swing and hit out of the park having his models sport the multicolor painted on shades at one of his shows. Though we’re creeping up on two years since this trend first surfaced, it’s hanging on and successfully making its way through the 2012 season with gained velocity.


How did this trend begin? It seems as if this fantastical style has dribbled up from the streets and onto the runways with seemingly impeccable speed. Outside of the Katy Perry, Gaga, or N. Minaj realm, all of who are expected to carry the torch of shock factor, other Hollywood stars have taken note and donned wearable  adaptations of colored locks, which has now quickly filtered back into the mainstream of the masses.

Everyone from Lauren Conrad, who’s notorious for donning flirtatiously dip-dyed pastel hues to Julia Roberts who has boasted a mommy-chic version with wavy pink streaks has personalized this youthful, yet sophisticated and cool style. And let’s not forget about one of our favorite comedians and host of E! Online’s Fashion Police Joan River who wanted a piece of this poppin’ pink shade for herself (also take a look at a new backstage interview with Chris Benz on E! Online who has debuted an all pink coiffure while speaking on his NY fashion week line).


After some debate, I too jumped on board with this trend and excitedly made a visit to my hair stylist to reinterpret this popular style. Once the process commenced and the dip-dyed phase of dying my dark brown hair to blonde took place, I knew there was no turning back. 5 1/2 hours later, I was staring vis-à-vis with handheld mirror adjusted in sunlight, witnessing my chopped, pink ombre locks. To say the least, I absolutely love it! 


(Photos from NYMag.com, Glamour.com, People.com, Sfgate.com, and Dolly Rocker Girl blog)

Link

What Not To Wear’s Stacy London is showing you What TO Wear in this fab gallery of looks!

If you didn’t know, Stacy London happens to be a huge influence on my life. Not only is she instrumental in encouraging positive self-image through the hit show What Not To Wear, she’s also the ultimate style maven.

Every Tuesday evening I tune in to watch Stacy and Clinton, ritualizing the moment with my Vogue or Elle magazine draped over my lap and purple pen in hand to take notes. The entire process – from surprising the participant at a staged gathering to teaching them about what cuts and shapes work best with their body to the final reveal- are entirely mesmerizing. I, too, feel as though I have gone through a transformation by the end of watching.

And the best part is I ALWAYS learn something new, whether it’s the difference between articles of clothing “matching” and “going together” or having a good mix of staple pieces that can easily be swapped in and out for work or the weekend, like a blazer. 

(A quick note on the difference between “matching” and “going together”: When you’re constructing a look, the items do NOT have to “match”, they just have to “go together” meaning a subtle pinstripe pant with a boldly patterned shirt is perfectly OK. When in doubt about colors, use nature as a reference. If they’re found together in nature, then they “go together”).

It’s not only the overall fashion knowledge I pick up from her repartee between participants,  nor her crafty way of manipulating clothes to flatter anyone’s unique body shape, it’s her passion and creativity that I engage in the most as a viewer.

I feed off of her knowledge and look to her for inspiration if I am ever in a jam with choosing what to wear. How can I creatively construct a look with pieces that I already own and not break the bank on a shopping spree buying clothes, which will trend for only one season? Turn to Stacy. She’s inspired many of my looks and I have also felt encouraged to take liberties with personal styling. In a way, she has helped me come into my own as a fashionista. 


(photo from grokgrub.com)