Favorite Emmy Lewks 2018

This is a bit late being posted up on here but I couldn’t not post my favorite styles that walked the red carpet for this year’s annual primetime Emmy Awards.

One of the things that I love about award shows is seeing what everyone steps out in. Some people like playing it safe and classy while others like to push the envelope and strut the red carpet in something daring.

There were so many amazing lewks this year that it took me a while to narrow it down to my top six (it was going to be five but I just couldn’t chose which dress I loved more 🤭🤭).

Number 6: Madelaine Petsch In Prada

I just love this green and gold layered strapless ball gown that reminded a lot of people of Anna’s dress from Frozen. 💯💥

Number 5: Tiffany Haddish in Prabal Gurung

When comedian Tiffany Haddish stepped onto the red carpet in this colorful number by Prabal Gurung I was awed. Then I found out that not only over 100 yards of pleated chiffon was used in this masterpiece, but the colors represent the Eritrean flag 🇪🇷. How cool is that?

Number 4: Sydney Sweeney In Reem Acra

She’s stepped out this year in shows such as The Handmaid’s Tale, Sharp Objects and Everything Sucks – Sydney Sweeney took to the red carpet in a gorgeous gown by Reem Acra. Talk about pretty in pink! 🎀💄

Number 3: Sadie Sink In Hiraeth

What more can I say? I absolutely adore this white custom designed gown that Sadie wore! Made by Hiraeth, a LA based vegan fashion brand by Rooney Mara, The dress is cotton poplin with a floral lace overlay. On the sleeves are intricate floral appliqués made with vegan leather. It’s not only elegant but organic as well!

Number 2: Millie Bobby Brown in Calvin Klein

Continuing on with my favorite looks for the Emmys this year – once again Millie B Brown slays the red carpet with this elegant Calvin Klein gown! I seriously love this one – it has that Victorian feel to it. Kind of like those gowns with the crinoline petticoat and hoop skirt that didn’t quite reach the ankles for younger girls.

Number 1: Joey King in Zac Posen

My number one dress this year wasn’t a tough choice. As soon as I saw Joey King make her Emmy debut in this princess gown I was stunned!

This tulle masterpiece was made for the red carpet and for a ball 🎀

What was even more awesome was that designer Zac Posen attended the Emmys with Joey to fluff her up for photos and just overall supporting and helping her look her best! Now that’s what I call a dynamic duo!

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Costume Design Favorites

I think I’m going to continue with a costume design or fashion favorite of the day. Today it’s All About Eve. More so, this iconic dress that Eve wore designed by the amazing Edith Head. Originally the role of Eve was landed by Claudette Colbert, but after an accident during another role it landed into the lap of movie legend Bette Davis. Davis insisted that Head design her wardrobe which didn’t make Charles LeMaire, (Twentieth Century Fox’s head of wardrobe department) too happy. This was Bette Davis though and knowing how quickly things could go south for people on Davis’ wrong side, he had no choice but to collaborate with Edith Head.

Incorrect measurements could have ruined this dresses moment in screen but luckily Davis loved the idea of having her shoulders exposed (which meant that production wasn’t stalled to fix this!) 💋💄

All About Eve went on to revive fourteen academy award nominations, winning six of them – which included Best Costume Design!

Monday thoughts – Bell bottoms

Bell bottoms have their roots in the Navy as that is where they can be traced back to. The lower part of their uniform consisted of pants cut into a Bell shape from knee to ankle. The second photo shows my Grandmother Evelyn and her older sister Genevieve playing dress up with their brother Stanley’s Navy uniforms- don’t they look fabulous?!?!💖. The third photo is my Great Uncle Stanley wearing his own uniform.

The bell shaped pants were easy to roll up and did not get waterlogged when sailors we swabbing the desk – also they could be removed over boots!

It wasn’t until the 60s that these trousers made their way from navel uniform to Haight-Ashbury and then the world.

After disappearing for a decade or so they made their comeback in the mid 90s in the form of the boot-cut.

Recently designers such as Derek Lam, Gucci and Marc Jacobs have come out with super cute retro flares. I myself own a pair of Marc Jacobs and have become one of my favorite pairs.

I think it’s safe to say that the bell-bottom is here to stay and we’re okay with that. 💖

~ Tiffany

Fashion History, Feud, and Feminism with Kiernan Shipka (Moved from my old site -October 2017)

Artwork by: Shaun Nicole Williams

Fanart by: Ryley Welch

Text and interview by: Tiffany Ferrell

A few weeks ago I got to talk to one of the most informed seventeen year olds when it comes to the fashion world. Kiernan Shipka got her big break playing the daughter of Don Draper in the hit show Mad Men. Since then she has been in a number of period pieces including FX’s Feud: Bette and Joan playing B.D. Hyman, daughter of the infamous Bette Davis, and Flowers In The Attic as well as more modern films like The Blackcoat’s Daughter and Fan Girl.

Aside from being a totally fashionable and chill seventeen year old, Kiernan is quite the fashion history buff and aside from talking about her role in Feud and about feminism, we also fangirled about some amazing iconic figures in fashion history like Edith Head and Grace Kelly.

Tiffany: If you could take home any of the dresses you wore in Feud, which would you and why?

Kiernan: Oh my gosh, It’s actually not a dress but if I could take home anything from B.D.’s costume it would be the white pants she wore that had a big cat on the side. They were so cute and fun and she wore them with the little blousey crop top and pants. It was matching and cute, but I think you could do that in a real modern way. Who doesn’t want a pair of pants with a giant cat on the side.

T: How did it feel playing a controversal person like B.D? I read ‘My mother’s keeper’ and ‘Mommie Dearest’. She seemed to get a lot of negative output from her book compared to Christina Crawford.

K: It was interesting playing someone that was a real person and that there was footage of, but what i was really interested in is that there wasn’t much about B.D. during that specific time in her life that I was playing her. With anything I wanted to bring humanity to the character and you want to bring a sense of understanding along with you while you’re playing a person. For me it was really just about not thinking about her as we know her now so much as thinking about her in that present moment. Really just focusing on the relationship between her and her mother that obviously developed and changed over time but at that moment it was what it was. That loving but often turbulent relationship.

T: I’ve also read some Bette Davis biographies too and after that book came out I can see a mom getting mad, but she just completely cut her out.

K: It’s definitely interesting and it’s a fine line considering where they are now or where they were 10, 15, 20 years ago and who they were in that moment. For me it was trying to stay as present as possible with her.

T: How did it feel to play a mother with two kids in that last scene that you had on Feud? I mean was it weird?

K: You know I really did not expect that coming because we were getting the scripts week by week. I was like oh! Now I’ve got two kids. How am I gonna dive into this? Yeah that was something totally new. I mean I got dogs, I feel like thats the most maternal part of me I can channel so it was sort of just about making BD feel different because it was such a time jump. It was important to me that she felt a new sense of priorities and a new sense of self. At that point in her life she had a lot of familial stability and when I was playing her before that she was kind of emotionally in a bit of an existential crisis. It was really important for me to make her tone feel a little bit calmer and more controlled and mature. That strong love that you have for a child. I asked around a bit then I kind of just went from there.

T: If you could choose any period role what would it be?

K: I mean I feel like right now I’m just on this sixties role! I don’t know if I’ll leave anytime soon at this rate, but if i could pick another era I think I would love to do an eighties thing. I think that could be really fun! Like something a little more wild and fun and edgy and on the cusp of modern but just a little bit different.

T: If you were able to meet one iconic fashion designer from history and spend a day following them around, who would it be?

K: That’s a really good question! If I could follow Edith Head around for a day and watch her work I think that would be insane! She probably had a ton to do and just like hearing, watching someone sort of create this story behind the outfit would be like watching the ultimate stylist at work.

T: So I heard you were a Grace Kelly fan. What was your favorite movie of hers?

K: I mean Rear Window man is totally like top, And you know To Catch A Thief is also is insane.

T: Did you ever have a specific dress or iconic outfit of hers that was just like “It” for you?

K: I think that as far as outfits go I loved her Oscar look. I mean I really thought it was like the epitome of classic Grace. And then also that teal silky number —I also loved that one giant tulle skirt that she wore that was kind of ballerina inspired with the tight black top.

T: I always loved her casual style too. She was so ahead of her time.

K: It was so effortless

T: A lot of the stuff she wore just going to the beach everyone wears now. It’s like man, she just called it.

K: I know it’s so true! she did call it!

T: Besides Grace do you have any other historical fashion icons

K: I mean for me growing up and learning about fashion it was really just a combination of being on Mad Men and being surrounded by it as well as just getting super interested in current fashion and what was happening at the moment. I was always pretty obsessed with it, so as far as fashion icons go its funny because theres so many peoples styles that I absolutely love past and present. I kind of taken fashion from everywhere and absorb it.

T: What are some of your favorite books? Anything recent that you have read?

K: I just read a book called Marlena which I loved. My friend Emma Roberts has a new book club online called Belletrist; it was one of the selections. It is awesome and that is the most recent book that I read from Belletrist and I thought it was so good.

T: That one is on my list.

K: You gotta do it; it’s super duper good!

T: What are some of the challenges you have faced so far in your profession?

K: It’s a hard line of work because it’s emotionally very taxing at times. It’s a whole lot of rejection that people don’t see. Nine times out of ten you’re told no. Nine times out of ten –‘you’re too this’ or ‘too that’ and it could get to a point where if you’re not having a good day and pile that on too it can get really hard, and that’s part of it. It’s my job and I love it but it definitely comes with a slew of rejection that is not normal in most other jobs. It’s something that you kind of get used to and acclimate it over time and it just is what it is but that doesn’t mean that from time to time that it doesn’t pose its own challenges. And I think that navigating the whole industry and handling the unpredictability of it because I consider myself to be quite the planner and that’s one part of my life and existence that I don’t have much control over because you never know what’s going to happen. You can only plan so much and it’s about learning to accept that. I think it’s actually a pretty good exercise for me to be in this business because you almost have to be more chill than you want to be because otherwise you’re just going to go crazy.

T: I know you have said that your parents are a big support system, but do you have other support like friends etc. to help cope with all of this?

K. Yeah, definitely. I think having an outside life from acting and having friends and family, and life experiences does more for your acting and your depth and your experience than sometimes you even think it does. For me growing up on Mad Men I was really lucky. I was able to have this amazing job but I wasn’t working 24-7 so as a six year old, seven year old, eight year old I could make friends that I still have now and have these experiences that sort of balanced this abnormal, incredible experience I was having. It’s about balance for sure.

T: If you weren’t in the entertainment industry, what do you think you might want to do as a career?

K: I was thinking about this the other day. I think it would be really fun to be a critic of any kind. I love experiencing things that I love or that I’m interesting in and then just talking about them forever so whether that be food or music or theater, I think that being a critic and getting to dive into something really deep consistantly would be super fun.

T: Correct me if I’m wrong but you have identified yourself as a feminist correct?

K: Oh yeah – hell yeah!

T: Social media is known for being a cesspool of mysoginistic people and comments. At the same time it fosters and helps to further the feminist movement. How has social media helped or hurt feminism in your experience?

K: In my experience I feel very lucky to be growing up in the time that I am growing up in, because I think that feminism has this insane platform now – which is super awesome, and yeah social media definitely exacerbates the sexist problems that have been happening since the beginning of time. I don’t think that it helps that it really is doing that but at the same token the voices that are being heard and the amount of exposure something can get now a days is so exponentially incredible that I think in the long run the pros of social media for feminism are totally gonna outweigh the cons of just social media being social media – life being life.

T: What have been some of your go to item in your closet this summer?

K: I love Rebecca Taylor she makes the prettiest dresess and flouncy tops. So into! She’s a summer staple for sure as well as these vintage Levi jeans that I got that I’ve defintely worn more often than not this summer. Just kind of having a really easy approach this summer. Keeping it simple. For the fall I get super excited and I love to layer and wear a ton of plaid and thicker fabrics and dresses and stockings — I channel my Blair Waldorf during the fall season but during the summer I just don’t care. It’s so hot and I just want to be comfortable.

T: In your opinion what’s a piece of fahion or clothing or accessory that never goes out of style?

K: I think that a good pair of jean. A well fitted classic denim pant. You can dress it up, you can dress it down; you can wear it in the summer or winter. That’s my go to classic.

T: What is your favorite movie based on costume design?

K: Marie Antoinette. That’s my favorite movie for costumes for sure. I mean just the color palette in general – that movie is just pure eye candy the whole time.

The entire series of Feud: Bette and Joan is available on Itunes for purchase and up for pre order on Amazon.com.

A bittersweet tribute (Sept 26th 2917)

What better way to honor a beloved brother than by showcasing their life’s work on the runway?

I’m talking about Donatella Versace’s amazing tribute to her late brother Gianni.

Versace’s Spring ‘18 show was dedicated to the creator and mastermind behind the brand – Gianni who met an untimely end, being murdered leaving his summer house in Miami back in 1997. Immediately following his sudden death, Donatella had to take over the multi million dollar brand along with running the secondary line he gifted to her in 1989-Versus.

This past week in Milan the loud patterns pulled straight from the Versace archives (along with some new looking wild prints)walked the runway once again.

Adding modern tweaks to these iconic designs the show, Kaia Gerber(daughter of one of Gianni’s former models Cindy Crawford)Kendall Jenner as well as both Hadid sisters, Bella and Gigi came down the catwalk like a blast from the past.

If that wasn’t good enough to make you shed a tear on such a beautiful display of remembering someone – the end of the show was the best part.

A curtain was pulled back revealing five of Gianni’s original girls who used to grace the stage twenty years earlier – Cindy Crawford (I adore the fact that mother and daughter were in the show together) Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer, Helena Christensen and Carla Bruni wearing gold chainmail dresses. They were joined by Donatella and together walked down the runway to George Michael’s “Freedom ‘90”. It was a reaction of an iconic moment from a 1991 show and who else was in the front row to watch this phenomenal display but George Michael himself?

If you crave more Versace history – I highly suggest reading House of Versace: The Untold Story of Genius, Murder, and Survival.

Inspiration (part 2)

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(Moving by blog to what I hope would be an easier url to access)

As my first post on this blog I’m going to ramble a bit because on Instagram its kind of hard to say much.

I decided to create this blog because even though I love Instagram – the word limit sucks!

An amazing makeup artist asked me where I get my inspiration for the photos and content I choose to post.
I might have started my Instagram three years ago, but my passion and love for fashion (royal and the subject in general( history started when I was really small.

The first memory I have I’m four years old and I created this outfit out of store bags. I was so happy and proud of this random jumpsuit creation I made that I showed it off to my mother and her friends.

Sure, I was dubbed the ‘bag lady’ by them until I was well into my middle school years, but I also remember that they loved how it looked.
I grew up around many different decades of music, fashion and culture. From my grandmother and her sister who did their respective parts during World War II (Great Aunt Jean having helped make the weapons that would be shipped overseas); To my mother and my uncles Mike and Harry who grew up during the fifties, sixties and seventies; My older brother and sister, being two completely different teens in the eighties.
They were my first first hand accounts on what it was like to grow up in these decades. I’d sit listening to them recount everything from life changing events in history to personal anecdotes. I was instantly hooked on every word.

I found myself in the history section of the library more times than I’d like to admit. Even though History is now one of my major passions – what originally drew me to it was the clothes that people in different periods wore. It grew from reading the various American Girls in the American Girl doll series when I was six or seven to going further–venturing from the kids section to the non-fiction. The Victorian Era was what first won my heart and it’s still a main interest of study for me. The day I read my first book on Queen Victoria was life changing at nine. From there I went onward to branch out on her family. The Romanov family was another impacting subject. It all begin with being drawn to what they were wearing. Loving the fashion and style.

 

I also loved seeing what people would wear on the red carpet or in my favorite period films as I got into middle school. I learned the names Edith Head, Coco Chanel, and Christian Dior. Hand in hand with everything else I had absorbed, I found myself inspired to sew my own creations.
My great aunt Jean was a seamstress and gave me my first sewing machine which was more exciting to get than a computer.
One of my favorite places was our local thrift store where I would some of the most gorgeous vintage dresses. My mother didn’t care too much for my hobby – it took up a lot of space in our apartment and she’d often respond to my walking into the house, bag in hand with a ‘Another one?’

I am excited to finally be able to share my knowledge and passion of fashion and everything that it’s connected to.

~Tiffany