The Emmys; Boobs and Dresses

It wasn’t until I met my biological sister that I realized my boobs were a genetic component to the makeup of me. Before then I’d assumed they were a terrible mistake meant to be placed above someone else’s heart.

But within the last year (or so) I’ve come to grips with what God gave me (thanks to my sister and the way she wears hers gorgeously) and I’m starting to kind of like them. I wish they’d stand up without help, but I don’t hate them like I did.

Last night’s Emmys red carpet was a bosom baring display.

One after another busty girls allowed their flesh to peek out from the beneath most dazzling dresses.

I felt a kinship.

Femininity in fashion never looked prettier.

But many on Twitter didn’t feel the same.

A barrage of nasty tweets proclaimed the look tacky and cheap, trying too hard and pathetic. The disdain for what I viewed as fashion risk taking (I do consider it a risk) combined with body acceptance was a disappointment.

So why all the fuss?

There were plenty of legs showing, too. And backs. And shoulders. And low cut dresses on flatter chested girls.

I don’t have an answer on this. I can’t explain why there was so much backlash, though I bet it has something to do with the new female empowerment or some sort of hatred toward women or the whole mother prostitute thingy. I don’t write about that stuff. I don’t think I’m deep enough.

I liked all the boobs.

I liked Heidi showing all that leg, though I wasn’t crazy about the dress.

I liked Ginnifer Goodwin’s choice not to show very much at all in that unbelievable red and nude flowered Monique Lhullier.

I liked that each woman chose the image that she wanted to project for the night.

As for the girls who put their girls on display.

I think you looked lovely (and not in a sexy vroom vroom kind of way).

Just plain lovely.

What did you think about the dresses? Did the boobs bother you? Have a favorite I didn’t mention?


Kat Dennings. I didn’t even know who this girl was before last night. She has received the most press for the bosom baring. I’m sure it’s because the boobs look so great, but even if the dress covered them,  she’s still stunning!
Zooey Deschanel. Everyone talked about her Reem Acra Princess dress, because she really did look like a princess. The top, if you’ll notice, was just as low cut as Kat’s, but no one spoke about her cleavage.
Christina Hendrikcks in Christian Siriano. This girl is my hero.
Heidi Klum. The legs could not be denied and the sea-foam green is lovely against her skin. Again, the top is very revealing, but the press went wild (in a good way as opposed to the nasty twerps) over the legs.
Ginny Goodwin in Monique Lhullier. I loved loved loved this dress. The pixie hair and the shoes (clear Laboutins’s); epitome of chic. Even though I’ve embraced the boobs, I still love a good high neck. After to Zosia Mamet from Girls, this wins second place for most fashion forward of the night.
Sofia Vergara. Not one of my favorites, still my Emmys post wouldn’t be complete without the addition of Sofia in this Zuhair Murad. When the camera panned down the dress my daughters’ eyes got huge. “Look mom! A real mermaid!” So for that, thank you Sofia!

Hipiti for Fashion

Paying full price is silly these days, unless of course you are rolling in dollar bills and buying the most high-end fashion straight from the runway (even then, I’m not sure those girls are paying full price).

For the rest of us who only dream of sitting in tents at fashion week, our hearts pine, but our pocketbooks do not. The creation of flash sale websites like Gilt Groupe (my favorite), Haute Look, and Rue La La have up to this point helped make us fashionable, while not breaking the bank.

This morning I received an early invite to a soon to be launched site called Hipiti created by co-founders Rama Katkar and Kristin Flink (friends from Stanford business school whose love for Internet shopping and finding great deals spurred the idea). Their website was built to simplify the shopping experience by collecting information about your favorite retailers and compiling a dashboard of recent sales (Gilt Groupe included) making the need to filter through mass promotional emails a thing of the past.

Even Lululemon is listed as a choice to add to your dashboard! Those of us always following the We Made to Much section recognize how fast LLL’s sales pieces are scooped up lightning fast only to be gone forever.

Even better (according to their Twitter feed), new companies and lines will be added as the demand grows.

Hipiti hop….hip fashion calls!

How about you? Will it be a site that will help you in your busy life?


Marchesa Spring 2013 RTW photo by Marcus Tondo. Fancy.
Band of Outsiders Spring 2013 RTW photo by Fillipo Fior. LOVE… almost practical… LOVE!
Creatures of the Wind Spring 2013 RTW photo by Monica Feudi. A wearable collection, but I’m unsure of price point. I imagine that top is more than my monthly fixed expenses, though, since even their collection for J. Crew was pricey.
Marc by Marc Jacobs RTW Spring 2013 photo by Marcus Tondo. Could be sweet, not so layered.
Rag and Bone Spring 2013 RTW photo by Fillipo Fior. I love this line!
Tory Burch Spring 2013 RTW photo by Fillipo Fior. Terrific Tory. Her line is always wearable, but I don’t know if I always agree with her price point.


A few years back I decided I’d try a maxi dress. I found a great one at Forever 21 that cost next to nothing. It was stretchy and comfortable and cool (in both style and temperature), slim to the knee and finished with a two foot gathered hem, which spoke loudly to my inner Mother Earth.

But as happens when I take fashion risks, I got it home, tried it on, and lost my nerve. The rules for an apple-shaped girl with boobs and skinny legs screamed, “NO!”

Fitted is what works. Tent like is tough, so back it went (and fast).

With the resurgence of warm weather the maxi dressed mammas have re-appeared. They are at pre-school and the grocery store, walking down the street and playing in the park. I eye them with a mix of envy for their ability to pull of the fashion risk and hope that I might find one (one day) for my frame that would allow me to play in the game.

There’s a bunch that I like that I’ve seen and so I’ll dip my toe into maxi-million territory by posting some of my favorites.

Who knows, though? With all of the evolving that’s been going on lately, a maxi dress just might act as the finishing piece to not only round out the warm weathered wardrobe, but be the catalyst for a summer of self acceptance (I will like myself in this tent, I will like myself in this tent).

The more I think about it, the better it sounds.

Monochrome Maxi Dress
Monochrome Maxi from Cheap Monday at Asos.
maxi dress
Anthropologie Maxi. This is way chic, but sadly, I don’t do strappy.
Red maxi dress
This I would do. Sleeves, yes. Color, yes. Still a bit sack like, yes. But I like it.
Holy Maxi Dress, Women, Dresses, AllSaints Spitalfields
Holy Maxi Dress AllSaints Spitalfields. I doubt I’d have a place to go where this would be appropriate and I’m note sure that it would work on my shape, but in my dreams I am wearing it with a pair of flat golden sandals and hair that’s been coiffed and set with flowers. I love it that much!
Splendid. Could easily be a part of the mommy clothes board on Pinterest.
Ella Moss. A little ikat, a little space dye, a little tribal. Love it!
Nettie Silk Lace Up dress at Calypso.

The Met Gala 2012

In the fall of 1994 I was in art school studying fashion. I took classes in draping and pattern making, figure drawing, flats and specs, costume design and history of fashion, just to name a few.

One day I mosied into class where my teacher had set up a television and VCR.

I remember exactly what I was wearing that day, as I do for every important event in my life; a Betsey Johnson flowered jump suit with belled legs, green clogs and a short bolero sweater that wrapped high around my waist. My hair was cut in that pixie way and it was platinum blonde. I once was quite the risk taker.

Galliano, Fall 1994 began to play.

It was the first time that I was spellbound by a show. My physical reaction was a mix of surprise, wonder and heart palpatating excitement. Tears welled up in my eyes, the emotion was pure joy.

Fashion as art; art as fashion.

This morning I logged onto the computer and learned that last night was the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Gala. I’m so out of the loop, I didn’t even see it coming.

The Met Gala is the fashion equivalent to The Oscars. The risk taking and beauty of the fashion choices leave me with bated breath like Galliano’s hoop skirts did that day in the second floor classroom on New Montgomery, downtown San Francisco.

Unlike the Oscars, the choices are not always safe. Personality is more appreciated as evident in Sarah Jessica Parker’s Valentino choice and Diane Kruger’s Purple Prada, Coco Rochas’ vintage jumpsuit and Alicia Keys’ harem tux.

My smile is wide this morning, my heart has skipped a few beats and the energy from the artistry has left me charged. I love fashion for it’s ability to do this to me.

What is art to you? Who are some of your favorite artists, in fashion or life?

DIANE KRUGER photo | Diane Kruger
Diane Kruger Purple Prada. This girl can wear anything.
LILY COLLINS photo | Lily Collins
Lily Collins in Valentino. She’s young and the dress has a princessy vibe without the big princess skirt. I wonder if people will say it’s too old-looking for her with the sleeves and high neck? For me it’s wonderful!
CLAIRE DANES photo | Claire Danes
Claire Danes in J.Mendel. Doesn’t she look so relaxed and comfortable!
Gwyneth Paltrow in Prada. Love this photo as you can really see the shape of the dress and also the way it moves (like a bell). Good hair choice, too.
Mary-Kate Olsen in custom The Row. It’s severe, but that’s the point.
ALICIA KEYS photo | Alicia Keys
Alicia Keys in a Givenchy Haute Couture by Riccardo Tisci tux. I would have preferred a different shoe, but my affinity for a harem pant makes me forgive her for the choice.
DIANNA AGRON photo | Dianna Agron
Dianna Agron in Carolina Herrera. I’d consider this safe except for the (almost) bustle below the waist, which throws it into mid-nineteenth century territory. If it was more straight it wouldn’t have made my list.
SARAH JESSICA PARKER photo | Sarah Jessica Parker
Sarah Jessica Parker in Valentino. I am sure this will be panned today, but I love it and I’d wear it!
CAREY MULLIGAN photo | Carey Mulligan
Carey Mulligan in Prada.
Beyonce ascending the stairs in Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci.
KIRSTEN DUNST photo | Kirsten Dunst
Kirsten Dunst in Rodarte. Yes this will be panned, the color is harsh, but hooray for her on taking a risk. She always surprises and that’s a good thing!
ELIZABETH BANKS photo | Elizabeth Banks
Elizabeth Banks in Mary Katrantzou. Channeling Effie Trinkett?
FLORENCE WELCH photo | Florence Welch
Florence Welch in Alexander McQueen. Next to Sarah Jessica, this is my favorite!
DAKOTA FANNING photo | Dakota Fanning
Dakota Fanning in Louis Vuitton.
Coco Rochas vintage Givenchy jumpsuit detail. She purchased this piece at auction. It once belonged to Elizabeth Taylor and came with a vintage wine stain.
Shailene Woodley in Christopher Kane.
A still of Galliano Spring Summer 1994. The hoop skirts, inspired by a fictional character Princess Lucretia are exquisite in photos. They come alive, though, in motion!