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Welcome to Forever 21 where the size isn’t right, but we have everything. – Why, Forever 21 is headed towards Bankruptcy

Photo by Ken Nishimura/Los Angeles Times

Originally this was a school project. Checking clothing sizing at a major department store. I moved to a smaller town of about 50,00 people, mostly students a few years ago, so I decided the biggest downtown retailer is Forever 21. My quest for sizing differences was leading me there.

Then I saw the news. Forever 21 is on the verge of bankruptcy. News is reporting they ARE in Chapter 11, but upon further research I found they are currently ALMOST there.

Los Angeles-based Forever 21 is preparing to file for bankruptcy protection as soon as this month, ideally with a restructuring plan in place, the people said. Company advisers have been working on obtaining a bankruptcy loan package that would give the retailer about $75 million to continue operations during the case, Bloomberg previously reported. – LA Times

The real question is, why are they collapsing? The economy is tanking, but their prices are cheap. They seem to be a busy store with a lot of retail goods, making mad sales.  Who hasn’t walked and bought something on impulse? From lip gloss, to hair accessories, underwear, to sportswear, they have it all.

Starting with the window display. I have been drawn in by the items I see. Put together cute outfits and accessories scream, “buy me!”. Once inside the store I can NEVER, EVER find them, or find them in my size. I had to run all the way tot he register to find one employee, who was watching the register, to help me find this dress. Then it was placed far away from the actual item making it hard to find.

Stocking new items on display, an making them easily found is a must for any retailer. We want these things, let us buy them.

The original reason I came in is sizing. This is a project, right? Being a small and petite woman currently is difficult. I don’t have a 32 inseam. Think 26-27. It’s all about clothing sizes.

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I’m very tiny and wear a lot of heels ( far right, Styler’s Panel Beverly Hills, 2015)

I’ll let you in on a secret. When sizing your clothes, a size small, to a size medium, goes up 2 inches, by industry standards. This means you size small 2, goes up two inches in waist, shoulder and hips. It also means your could be a size S could be a 0-6, or your medium, 4-10. Also a garment producer can leave up to 2 inches less or more in the trial run, later to be corrected by the designer.

Let’s look at the fit of these items. I tried two size small dresses. One is a lined, dress shirt in, the other tight fitting number I thought was the display dress.

Not the black dress on display, this had a curled hem, the display straight.

The shirt dress is more like a Medium, except in the shoulders. I found the sleeves extra long and the waist for too baggy for any small.

Now here’s something fun to try. Get the shirt you like in two different colors, same size. Try them on? Guess what?!

Forever 21 has actually sized these differently. I found the burgundy shirt fit more comfortably, and the white fit like and extra small. There is the possibility of stretching from trying on, but everything fit he same in the waist, chest and shoulders. One was just smaller. This is an issue of Quality Control. In retail we are generally strict about that.

I’d like to voice my opinion on cleanliness. See the dirt on the dress? Not my camera, not my makeup ,but the floor did that, when I dropped everything. It makes me feel, a slight twinge of germaphobia to go in there.

A lone rubber band, piece of lint and 21 tag mixed with dirt from every human who entered.

Lastly the cashiers. less side-eye please. Your clothes were dirty because of your dressing room, and floor. They fit terribly with bunching and over or under sizing. This customer is buying your ill fitted clothing and paying your wages. I feel your pain, but it’s retail. Considering the hell I just went through, standing in line, and dealing with ill fitting clothes, be nice.

Honestly, I feel more, buy it, try it on at home vibe, then welcome to F21. I did however find a nice brush and hair bands I need in the impulse register area.

I have to thank them for cheap and affordable accessories and make up.

My final opinion is yes, I support them occasionally. In an over all store experience, they have problems. I hope they restructure and come out winning.

Kim Kardashian for Vogue Brazil Daily #VogueBrazil #KimKardashian #BlondAmbition

I am tired of a world where we are forcibly immersed in the world of the Kardashians. It’s boring and plastic and full of shameless selfies, and photo-shopped body parts. However every once in a while a photographer actually comes along and makes Kim look beautiful. Classic even. Which is what Vogue Brazil and Ellen Von Unwerth did in these shots of her.

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Kim’s cover for Vogue Brazil shot by the tremendously talented Ellen Von Unwerth, speaks to me in classic volumes of simple beauty.

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Reminiscent of the 70s, these photos are shot in more natural light then studio HMI’s (both were necessary), in such a way that Kim looks almost passable as a model, and less like a plasticine princess. Ellen cast her in a light that creates her looking like a late Monroe and 70’s pin-up porn girl. Simple elegance mixed with a dash of homegrown smut.

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Congratulations Ellen von Unwerth. Your talent shined in this editorial.

Oh and Kim looks nice too.

Stylist Diaries – Joy Villa and the Grammys, the Dress Heard Around the World

When people ask what I do I have a wide variety of responses. Writer, Editor, Superhero, fangirl, foodie, luchadora, pretzel vendor, fashionista, oh and that thing I do, Wardrobe Styling and Image Branding.

Sure I like pretty clothes that are nice and Michael Kors and Tom Ford are my heroes. But bring me a dress that is over the top couture insanity and I’m hooked. I want to work with it, love it and stick every client I have in it.

My client and friend Joy Villa is something special. She’s diverse, beautiful, 1000% vegan, a hardcore physically fit songstress. She is something special and her style is off the hook.

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Photo by Thorsten von Overgarrd, Nichole Ray Artistry doing Joy’s Grammy make-up

She called me ecstatic, she was headed to the Grammy’s in a few weeks and needed something as amazing, and over the top as her personality. I hooked her up with Andre Soriano, and magic happened. Joy chose the most amazing, creative thing Andre has ever sent down the runway, the couture cage dress made of snow fencing. AS a stylist I make sure that the dress they choose is the MAIN event, but always have other wardrobe choices for parties and after parties

During the fitting we chose three dresses all of which she wore like a supermodel. Stunning and sensual she wore the first, and sexiest to Jay-Z’s ‘Rocnation’ brunch.

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This dress was skin-tight and Joy looked beautiful while she mingled with celebrities.

But let’s look at what you really came here for, The third and most outrageous was the orange dress that made headlines around the world.

Joy and I had an AMAZING fitting with Andre.

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Up in the hills of Hollywood strange and beautiful things happen. At the fitting I met the beautiful Ruby Roxanne or Ruby Roxanne Designs and Hollywood Dolls.

Her partner in crime is ex-Pussycat Doll Kaya Jones. Her line is just what we needed for Joy to look gorgeous and we added Swarovski drop earrings and this leather and Swarovski bracelet;

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With Nichole Ray Artistry on make-up the day of Joy turned out an unforgettable Grammy look.

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Photo by Thorsten von Overgarrd and touch up by me

Love it or hate it Joy Villa rocked it at the Grammy’s and got center stage at the Grammy’s. (And to answer the burning question, yes I put pasties on her and she was not completely nude.)

 

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Apparently we rocked it because as much as she may have gotten some bad reviews we are trending at 81,000 hits in Asia and are on blogs in the UK, France, Germany, Poland, Czech Republic and all over the Philippines.

I want to say congratulations to my team, Andre Soriano (couture King), Ruby Roxanne Designs (Jewelry is everything), Nichole Ray Artistry (her skin was perfection), Thorsten von Overgarrd (one of the best photogs I have ever met) and especially to Joy Villa for rocking the red caret and her amazing energy the whole time!

Don’t know who Joy Villa is, but want to find out? Check out her Vagabonds video below;

Mert &Marcus “Super Normal, Super Beauties” Spread in W Magazine #Supermodels #Raw #MertandMarcus #WMagazine #NSFW

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I can’t disguise that I am a Mert & Marcus fan girl. Their work is stunning, and often beyond comparison. Although everyone on Twitter is raving about the new shot they did with, Madonna (think sexy sultry HOT), I’m over taken with a new, raw and gentler beauty portrayed in their  “Super Normal Super Beauties” editorial this September in W Magazine (also feat. on Models.com).

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With Kate Moss leading the younger generation of runway, both male and female, the talent includes; Daria Werbowy, Mariacarla Boscono, Raquel Zimmermann, Saskia de Brauw, Lara Stone, Suvi Koponen, Meghan Collison, Anna Ewers, Mica Arganaraz,Daan van der Deen, Filip Hrivnak and Steve Milatos. Not hard to take a good picture when there is that much pretty in one room. Mert & Marcus take to simplicity showing a sexy, yet surprisingly ‘normal’ shoot.

Despite the unadorned models and the dressed down look (shout out to the wardrobe stylist Edward Enninful), Mert and Marcus bring forth an inner beauty proving these runway divas and men are ‘Super Normal’, and damn beautiful. Mert & Marcus 25 photos prove pure beauty is best in its true form, and trumps all. Including, any overdone editorial.

Enjoy the 25 images of Mert & Marcus (Including some not safe for work images) in the gallery below.

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Lana Del Rey’s Short Film ‘Tropico’ is Hot, Hot, Hot and #NSFW #LanaDelRey #ShaunRoss (Video)

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Only the singing Goddess known as Lana Del Rey could bring together John Wayne, Marilyn Monroe, Elvis and half-naked Shaun Ross together in a short film. Tropico is an epic Adam & Eve-esque story riddled with religious iconography. And it…is….HOT.

Good Lord, watch!

Lana Del Rey is the sexiest Mary alive and frankly I can’t get enough of the radness the is Shaun Ross. Who is Shaun Ross exactly (because we know Lana and love her already).

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Shaun Ross is quite the budding actor and he is a GORGEOUS, supermodel albino. Making him hot & weird. Just my type. (Dear Santa….want)

Happy Holidaze from HeathyrWolfe.com, and here’s to the filthy gorgeous Lana Del Rey!

Holiday Gift Guide! Do Not Resuscitate! #DNRBrands #BadAss #AlternaGuide #WhatYouWANT

Around the holiday season, I get e-mailed product information and great ‘stuff’ for gift guides. Occasionally I’m interested. Sometimes, if it is really good, I’m hit with a retail whack attack. This is one of those times.

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Welcome to the awesomeness that is ‘DNR Brand’, or ‘Do Not Resuscitate’. The name alone get’s my inner grrr-girl going. It has enough bad ass product that it tickles my weird. I have an inner need to watch ‘Walking Dead’ and vampire movies about throat ripping beasts that don’t twinkle. This girl doesn’t just do Gaultier, she does gore.

Working both the yin and yang of lifestyle and fashion, I get to see some amazing art. This shirt, labeled ‘Cyborg West’, blew me away. No bad pun intended.

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Seriously epic want.

With most companies, a t-shirt selections tries to prove their true worth in ‘horror a la Hell’s Angels’ style. So…you have some chick in a bikini with a gun on a tee. Boo yah yah, who cares?

At DNR they seem to understand that this is not just boring, but can be fixed. With this hot image called ‘Cyberlesque’.

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Ha ha! Made you look. And you liked it.

I know that shirt’s can get bulky and some dude’s and chick’s don’t feel the clothing love. Often you may not know their size, and not everyone is a big fan of clothing.

For the discriminating friends and family in your life DNR Brands has a wide array of very cool, and original jewelry.

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Personal Favorite: Gun Bracelet. It’s for EVERYONE!!

We’ve pretty much established that DNR Brands is the place to buy for your alternative, gothicly-hip, twisted, weird, ‘Nightmare Before Xmas’ loving friends. Or your high end, couture, uber chic fashion clientele. I know personally I will be buying my ‘personal, it’s all about me’ gift here. (You can buy it for me *hint hint*)

Still riding the metro rail of unsure? Well, then you have forced me to name drop. The creative minds behind this are none other than (cheesy drum roll) Destin Pfaff and Rachel Federoff.

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They are the mad genius, entrepreneurs who ran ‘Matchmaker Millionaire (yes ran, don’t get it twisted) and produced the sheer, bloody genius ‘Sushi Girl’.

This is a gift guide so you can click any link and it will take you to your retail needs. What are you waiting for? Shop you silly, belated, Christmas/Holiday shopper!

DnR has what you want.

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MTV EMA’s – Miley’s Camel Toe & Iggy Azalea Unfortunate Wardrobe Malfunction (w NSFW pic)

It seem’s in you are no one in the industry without a wardrobe malfunction. Whether you spilleth over a la Tara Reid, or you flash yourself coming out of the car a la Britney and Anne Hathaway, everyone has an ‘unfortunate‘ moment.

You also know (or maybe don’t because you have a life) the fabulous, star-studded, music heavy, MTV EMA’s were last night.

Located in Amsterdam (where’s Snoop Lion?), The MTV EMA’s did bring an amazing array of talented artists last night. And some wardrobe malfunctions!

First, Miley tried to steal the spotlight with camel toe…

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And later at the MTV EMA’s last night by puffing a spliff on stage. We all know the real deal though. She’s rebelling against a country singin’ daddy and is well, she’s just trying too hard. She’s about as ghetto as Ariana Grande and we are getting seriously bored with her twerking.

The real star? Iggy Azalea on the red carpet, and HER wardrobe malfunction.

You all know I have nothing but respect for Iggy Azalea. She is currently my favorite hustler on the scene working with T.I., Pharrel and a bevvy of other hot hip hop stars. She’s got the booty of a goddess, is a gorgeous and very talented model, has a great sense of humor, and has a sick flow, as my roomie says. She also knows how to dress better than 90% of musicians out there having been in the fashion industry.

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Wearing a gorgeous gown (still looking for the designer) on the red carpet she dazzled the crowd. Unfortunately as leggy, toned and fabulous as she is in this dress she had very little control over it and flashed everyone her very toned and well coiffed ‘PU$$Y’ (what? It’s a song reference).

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Awww. You thought I was going to give you the real thing? Well I am. Click the link below if you are over 18, and don’t have your boss looking over you shoulder. It’s very NSFW.

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