The Grammy Showstopper

Fergie's dress has everyone talking!

The Grammy Showstopper

No dress on the Grammy red carpet Sunday was more polarizing than Fergie's orange lace Jean Paul Gaultier.

Fresh from JPG's Spring 2012 couture runway, this dress was part of a collection that was a stirring tribute to troubled singer Amy Winehouse and heavily featured shrunken shirt sleeves, inpeccable corseting and shocking colour - all of which were present in what was about to become known as "Fergie's Dress."

That night, during our #YMCGrammy chat, YummyMummies had this to say about what she wore:

I love when a dress gets people buzzing!

I follow the amazing Sasha Charnin on Twitter, Fashion Director for US Weekly magazine and she's a wealth of fashion information and fun! Her Casa de Sasha Tumblr account is just as golden as her Twitter, too.

Just last week, Sasha went on a tweety rampage as she clicked through the couture shows on Style.com. She would post links to dresses she liked and called them out as appropriate for certain upcoming red carpets - BAFTA, Oscar and Grammy.

This one especially caught my eye:

The link clicked through to this picture:

JPG Spring 2012

I was beside myself with glee to see it actually appear on the red carpet. It was like I had insider information! Fergie was, to me, the perfect person (read: body) to pull it off.

And yet it our chat was an either love-it-or-hate-it tug of war! It made the same waves all over Twitter that night and in the blogs that followed for days.

Interestingly, one of the biggest trends we saw on the SAG red carpet two weeks ago was Lace. Lately, too, everyone is yammering on about Tangerine as *the* colour of the moment. Here in this dress they become most elegant and incredible pairing. Yet, people everywhere are complaining that it looks like a "doily" and calling the colour terrible things like "traffic cone." Fergie's underpinnings are even decidedly more modest that the thong shown on the runway but *gasp* we can see her underwear!

It's couture. Not ready-to-wear. It's certainly not meant for the suburban closet but surely it must belong on a red carpet amongst leather and spikes and guns and tattoos and ear rivets (yarg) and countless other forms of expression at an awards show to honour those who make their living being wild and crazy. If not now, when?


Golden Gladiator Glory

A Very Madonna Super Bowl

Golden Gladiator Glory

Did you love the Super Bowl halftime show? I loved the Super Bowl halftime show!

I should admit that I had very low expectations going in.

The last time I saw Madonna perform live, for her Sticky & Sweet Tour in 2008, her show was peppered with crappy costumes and practically no dancing. This was a concert so bad I declared it to be the last time I bought tickets to an arena show.

Oh, and, I certainly thought she acted like such a self-righteous bag at the Golden Globes touting "MY movie" and then verbally urinating on the other nominess with her acceptance speech by saying she had just thrown the song together at the last minute.

I could feel myself sitting through half time, cringing slightly, at the thought that she may wipe out (she did stumble) or, far worse so, underwhelm me.

Turns out, it was pretty epic.

Her Philip Treacy headdress was 100% vintage She-Ra. She had her best hair on—cascading blond loose curls. The Hollywood Reporter described her as a "Gucci-coated Cheerleader" (it was Givenchy but my first thought was the black-and-gold heavy Spring 2012 collection, too).

I loved the throngs of extras and seeing her emerge as a throned goddess in metal feathers and warrior flair.

Rami Kashou, Project Runway Season 4 runner-up (to Christian Siriano) and current PR All-Star, excitedly tweeted that he was responsible for the ivory draped gowns on the Roman ladies at the top of the performance:

Sure, she lipsynched. Sure, the dance moves were a little, if not laboured, calculated. As she disappeared in a puff of smoke to end the show, one thing remain certain:

She is Princess of Power embodied. All hail, her Madgesty.


Orange and Navy

Classic Opposites Attract

Orange and Navy

I'm in the throes of redecorating my family room. It's minor. I just want to update the pillows and accessories and I'm all over Pinterest and every design blog under the sun looking for inspiration.

Most of the furniture has to stay and I'm not updating the kitchen or eating area—which are all part of the same space—so I'm pouring over inspiration boards looking for, well, inspiration.

Many of my decor accents are warm-toned with lots of ochre and burnt orange (more commonly referred to as "trapped in 1999"). I'm looking for the perfect colour to shake things up and my wonderful interior designer friend, Laura Thornton of Thornton Designs, said the magic word: NAVY!

I adore navy. It's classic but yet somehow seems fresh in a sea of grey (the decorating colour of the 2010s it seems). I've been eating, sleeping and breathing the combination of the two: orange and navy.

I spend my Saturday mornings doing a quick grocery shop while my daughter's at ballet class (read: my Saturday mornings suck) so imagine my surpise when I came along this sharp little number:

In high-fashion terms, the combination is a little 2010 but in my reality, it's a $24 long-sleeve tee that looks mighty sharp:

Just like the model, right?

Oh, and, note to self: my nude layering tank is too long and looks like a Bella Band.

In the end, that pretty little shirt made it into my cart amongst the makings of Chili and Jerk-Chicken Nachos and I may even watch the Super Bowl while wearing it. Too bad the Chicago Bears aren't playing!