Friday, August 12, 2011

Ask Elnora--about Project Runway?? Lenora Worth


Darlings, we all know Elnora loves clothes. If I didn't write books, I'd either work in retail again (which I did for many years when I was young) or I'd be a fashion designer. (If only I could sew!)But for now, I enjoy watching Project Runway. Just finished watching an episode where the designers had to create outfits for models on stilts. Yes, stilts. A tall order! The clothes were interesting--some costume-looking and some truly fashionable and fabulous.

Before I watched Project Runway, I attended a CAbi party with some friends. This is a clothes party where the representative shows the clothes (like a trunk show) and then party guests get to try them on. It's such fun. (You can see for yourself at www.cabionline.com)The clothes are always wonderful and Carol Anderson designs each season with a theme. This fall's theme is the movies! Starting with "Rear Window" and moving on to "Dangerous Liasons", "Love Story"(one of my favorite's),
"When Harry Met Sally", "The Devil Wore Prada", "Funny Face", and ending with "The Thomas Crown Affair". Clothes and my favorite movie themes--it was wonderful. And yes, I bought a few pieces. Our representative, cute and fashionable Wendy Turner, really knows her stuff. So last night was a fun night of fashion for Elnora.

That begs the question--What do you love about fashion through the ages? Do you enjoy our descriptions of our characters and what they wear? What is your favorite fashion time period--Victorian, Edwardian,Big Hair, Hippie?? Elnora loves those late fifties and early sixties clothes. Pearls, a flowing skirt and kitten heels are some of my favorites. Let's discuss style!!!!!

17 comments:

  1. If after a book was read I had to sit an exam and tell what the heroine was wearing, eye colour etc I would flunk. I may remember hair colour when its mentioned several times. and eye colour if Im lucky but I dont tend to really take that in. I guess where there is a ball or something I take more notice of clothes. especially if I dont know what something is.
    favourite era not sure. I like the historical eras like little house on the parry times.
    Im the person who goes to a wedding then gets asked what the mother of the bride wore. Now I took a good look at the bride and bridesmaids! I could say she looked lovely but not give the detail others want.

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  2. Ha, ha, ha, Ausjenny. I am laughing because I AM the Mother of the Bride this October. What a fashion journey it has been, Elnora!

    I just got back from NYC where I helped my sister find her wedding dress. Poor darling is getting married in Bali three weeks after my daughter's wedding here in the South. Fifth Avenue was a mind blowing experience as was University Ave. for shoes. I found my MOB shoes there for a song and SO comfy yet stylish.

    I love all eras of fashion but I especially love fashion at bargain prices. I found my fifties inspired MOB dress (tea length, portrait collar)here at home for $55 (marked down from close to $450) at The Nordstrom Rack.

    FYI, based on what I saw in NYC, the colors this fall will be purple, teal, red and black, and more browns! But purple is everywhere and so is my MOB dress! I am positively giddy.

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  3. Silly me, I was so carried away I forgot to mention I love fashion descriptions in books.

    Was it Janet Dean who wrote Courting Miss Adelaide? Oh, the hat on the cover got me into that book for sure.

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  4. If I could lose 50 (okay 60) pounds, I'd want to dress like Jackie O. But, with my looks, LOL, I'm content with the soccer mom look.

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  5. Hello!! I loved that hat on Janet's cover too. So lovely. And anything Jackie O. Julie,what fun shopping for wedding attire in NYC. Elnora loves NY shopping!!

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  6. I just love historical fashion in general. I love going to costume museums and looking at the actual garments people wore: sometimes there are details about the people in the exhibits, so I can imagine what the bride might have looked like in her wedding dress, etc. And the details on even everyday clothes are wonderful.

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  7. Love the look of 19 century fashion but I'm so glad we don't have to wear corsets!

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  8. Melanie, I do believe it's all in the details when it comes to fashion. On Project Runway, the ones who stand out work hard on that detailing. This year at RWA, Deeanne Gist dressed herself from head to toe in a Victorian outfit then took most of it off in her workshop to show writers exactly how women of that time had to dress. She looked gorgeous! Even in her skivvies! It's amazing what all went into putting on clothes back then. And such fun to learn about!

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  9. I agree, Linda. I have enough trouble getting into Spanx! The older Elnora gets, the less she likes tight clothing. Or layers. I get mighty hot in too many layers. No wonder these ladies fainted all the time!

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  10. Oh Regency clothes for sure! A day dress, a walking dress, a dinner dress, a ball gown....and the shoes!!!! I am a shoe freak!
    Elnora I watched the episode of Project Runway where they dressed the ladies on stilts. That was interesting, but my goodness, the cat fighting was like a train wreck you couldn't look away from! No, I'll take my little Regency hat and spencer and kid boots and I'll be happy!

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  11. For a woman who has the fashion sense of dead tuna, and who couldn't sew her way out of a paper bag, I must admit I LOVE Project Runway. I admire creative minds and the skill of those people and how they are willing to make a dress out of birdseed and a great dress at that.

    Unlike most women, I hate shopping for clothes. I have to take my daughter with me. She frequently yanks things out of my hand and says, "Honestly, Mom. No way."

    Aside from my lack of fashion sense, I love to read about the fashion in historical novels, but I don't really notice it in modern novels.

    As a writer, I have to make an effort to put clothes on my people. Maybe I'll just roll them all in hot glue and bird seed. Why didn't I think of that before?

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  12. Pat I know what you mean about historicals v modern. I often dont take notice in modern books. Historicals more so.
    Julie I make sure I take more notice of the MOB and MOG now.

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  13. Oh, Julie, I LOVE Nordstrom Rack!! :) So happy for your deals. Bargain is my favorite fashion "era" as well! LOL

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  14. Lenora, I got caught up in a marathon of Project Runway right before the new season started. So I've been DVRing the new season. Just watched the stilt episode last night. I'm so hooked on this show now!!

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  15. So we have a lot of Project Runway fans!!I love Nordstroms too. The shoe department is to die for!!
    PatMac my daughter tells me when I'm venturing into 'little old lady' fashion. But I am getting to that age!!

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  16. Elnora, my dil turned me onto Project Runway. Love it. The effect of competition and all the personalities--WOW.

    Anyway, I actually think the young designers on PR would do better if they studied the history of fashion.
    don't you?

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  17. Yes Lyn. They'd be wise to study fashion through the ages!!

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