A Toast to Controversy: Designer Parody Clothing

I recently ran across an “Ain’t Laurent Without Yves” sweatshirt by the infamous brand Reason while I was shopping, and of course I had to have it.

The renaming of Yves Saint Laurent‘s iconic name to Saint Laurent Paris has been one of the most talked about controversies in the fashion industry this year.  While the shortening of iconic fashion houses’ names has been trending lately, with Christian Dior changing to “Dior” and Coco Chanel as “Chanel,”  many think changing the YSL branding is too soon since it is a more recent design house.  The name change signifies a new, more modern, look for the brand; however, YSL junkies aren’t quite sold on the new name. Creative director Hedi Slimane promises that the YSL branding will still be used although the name has changed to Saint Laurent Paris. WWD

While that is old news, the name change controversy fueled another controversy regarding the tongue in cheek designer parody slogan “Ain’t Laurent Without Yves.” Creative Director Hedi Slimane cut all business ties with Colette, one of the largest independent retailers in the world, over carrying the parody clothing reading “Ain’t Laurent Without Yves.”  The end of their business together was quite a shock to the industry because of their close relationship and the high amount of YSL inventory sold at Collette . Sara Andelman, the creative director and owner of Colette was quoted: NY Times

“We were loyal and for me it was a nice relationship,” she said. “I can’t believe this is just for a stupid T-shirt. ”

Designer parody clothing has been one of the largest street style trends this season, and Saint Laurent Paris wasn’t the only target. Plenty of major design houses were parodied, including Celine, Hermes, Balmain, Kenzo, and Prada just to name a few. 

Many of the creative directors from the design houses listed above have embraced the designer parody clothing trend by wearing it themselves.  “Ain’t Laurent Without Yves” clothing sold out of the Collette stores and continues to prove just as profitable.

According to WWD, to be dubbed “illegal” two factors are investigated: “whether there is actual consumer confusion between the two brands and whether there is dilution of the original brand’s value.”

In my opinion, all of the designer parody clothing logos are obviously not made from the actual designers that they are parodying.  If anything, the clothing is adding extra publicity and buzz for the brand.  If a shopper buys designer parody clothing chances are they know who the designer is, and they are not purchasing it because they think they are purchasing a designer’s product.


Disclaimer: I do not own any of the images used in this post.

American Music Awards: Best and Worst Dressed

The American Music Awards red carpet is always the perfect platform for pushing the envelope when it comes to innovative and artistic clothing.  As always, the red carpet was full of high-fashion looks from industry moguls.  In comparison to years past, the carpet was a bit dull, aside from Lady Gaga’s grand entrance on a horse composed of people.  Check out my picks for best and worst dressed for the American Music Awards 2013!


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Credit: Getty Images, AP Images, WENN

The Perfect Holiday Gift for any Man: Trunk Club

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The holidays always leave women unsure about what to purchase for the special men in their lives. Whether it’s a friend, brother, father, grandfather, or that special someone; I have the cure for this holiday conundrum. Trunk Club.  For the guys reading this post, please do yourself a favor and check out the Trunk Club website!

I first heard of Trunk Club from a close friend about a year ago, and I have to admit I was impressed with their over-all business strategy. Trunk Club’s tagline reads, “Hand selected clothing for men. Premium clothes. Personal stylists. Zero membership fees.” Trunk Club members get to enjoy hassle-free and professional personal styling without ever having to step foot inside of a store.

How it works:

Start your membership by completing a short questionnaire that analyzes the following: current style level, looks you would wear, stores you generally gravitate to, and your measurements.

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After completing registration you are given your own professional, highly trained personal stylist. Based on the questionnaire, the stylist will hand-select clothing based on your style and body type to ensure the perfect over-all look and fit. Trunk Club pulls clothing and accessories from over 50 high-end brands, offering a wide selection of premium men’s casual clothing.

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Worried your stylist won’t get it right? No need. You can communicate with your stylist anywhere by phone, text message, the Trunk Club iPhone app, or the Trunk Club website. The great thing about this service is that you can specify what kind of clothing you are looking for. Your stylist can give you professional input with gradually building your wardrobe, or help with special events such as weddings or job interviews.  This service is also the perfect graduation present for any guy about to start out in the workforce.

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Receiving your Trunk in the mail is like Christmas every time. The unique design of the Trunk Club packaging adds to the sense of excitement in wondering what is inside. Being able to try on the items in the comfort of your own home allows you to make thoughtful decisions on what you want to keep, and what you want to send back.


Trunk Club’s pricing is similar to top-tier shops, but you get the services of your Trunk Club stylist for free. In the end, you are paying regular retail prices found in stores, but receiving your own free personal stylist, professional opinion, shipping to your home, and free returns. Taking the extensive time and effort of shopping for your own clothing out of your schedule in itself is worth hiring the services of Trunk Club.

Trunk Club is based in Chicago, Illinois, and has 300 locations throughout the United States.  For my international subscribers, Trunk Club is currently only offered in the contiguous United States; however, they are planning to expand.

 A gift card from Trunk Club is the perfect gift for any man in your life!


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Get one now at http://www.trunkclub.com

Disclaimer: I do not own any of the images used in this post 

Credit: Trunk Club

Wednesday Outfit Inspiration: The New Chic

The New Chic

Fendi stripe top
$6,375 – mytheresa.com

Linda farrow glasses
$450 – liberty.co.uk

Trend Alert: Ear Cuffs

A Toast To Trends: Ear Cuffs
Ear cuffs never cease to amaze me every time I see them!  They come in all shapes and sizes, from giant and elaborate, to small and dainty.  When they first came out I didn’t think that they were quite my style; however, I have recently realized how truly obsessed I am with them.  
Ear cuffs aren’t just for edgy looks anymore!  Pairing them with stripes and classic pieces is an easy way to “trend-up” any outfit so it looks a little more fresh.  If you’re unsure about wearing them, start with a small pair like the ones I have selected from Shopbop. Check out the photos I’ve found from around the web for easy ways you can incorporate ear cuffs into your wardrobe, no matter what your style type!


Disclaimer: I do not own any of the images used in this post.

Shell's Picks: Ear Cuffs

Are You Blushing? Top Color Trend for Winter

Blush pink was once the dreaded bridesmaid dress color by women everywhere; however, this season the opinions on blush pink have shifted.  The pink hues have taken their rightful place as the top color trend for Fall and Winter 2013.  Whether on the runways, on the streets, or on the top fashion innovators, the color is hard to ignore.

The mix of blush pink with different textures and fabrics such as velvet or leather has been a great way to keep the pink combinations edgy and to avoid looking like you just stepped out of the movie Legally Blonde. Blush pink mixed with winter white, black, camel, gray, or geometric prints keep the over-all look fresh, and not overpowering.  Below I’ve compiled my favorite photos of blush pink for some color inspiration. Enjoy!

Disclaimer: I do not own any of the images used in this post.