Fashion Redux 2020 at the San Diego History Center via Zoom

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image: http://www.sandiegohistorycenter.org

Museums are closed now due to Covid-19, however, many museums are finding unique ways to allow the public to view their exhibits. Now might be a good time to ‘visit’ a museum anywhere in the world on-line. Some are even offering on-line classes and speaker presentations.

I signed-up to be included in a Zoom live-webinar for the San Diego History Center’s exhibit Fashion Redux 2020. While it would have been nice to see the exhibit in person, this was the next best thing. Fashion Redux 2020 is an exhibit featuring the designs of San Diego Mesa College fashion students that are based on and inspired by fashion from the collection at the San Diego History Center. The exhibit is now in it’s 9th year. This year’s era of choice was the 1970’s. The students researched the period and the clothing worn at that time and tried to make it relevant for today. The top four designs were chosen to be in the exhibit. During the live-webinar, the winning designers were asked questions about their designs and how they came to be and their design styles. Their professor from Mesa College was one of the speakers who questioned the students and gave information on their assignment.

The webinar began with a brief history of the museum and it’s collection. I found this very interesting. The fashion collection at the San Diego History Center is quite large and was donated by individuals living in San Diego. They (as most museums do) loan pieces from their collection to other museums. One such piece that has gone out for loan is the Bloomer Ensemble dating 1850. According to the museum’s archieve expert, the Bloomer Ensemble (which belonged to Anna Gunn Marston of San Diego) is the only existing piece of it’s kind. It had a very important significance to the change in women’s clothing, giving women more freedom of movement.

Bloomer Ensemble
Silk taffeta and glazed cotton, c. 1850
Very rare example, descended through the Anna Gunn Marston family of San Diego.
Gift of Elizabeth Bacon, 87.64.1 (photo and description from: http://www.sandiegohistorycenter.org)

So, while one may not be able to visit a museum in person at the moment, this is a great chance to enjoy an on-line experience. I am glad my daughter and I attended the on-line webinar. This year’s student designers were incredible and I learned a little fashion history as well. The webinar is eventually to be posted on the museum’s wesite and youtube as well. Be sure to check out the museum’s website for more information on the current exhibit at: http://www.sandiegohistorycenter.org).

The 2020 Pantone Color is…

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Classic Blue is the official Pantone color for 2020. Go Blue!

Classic Blue

The Spring/Summer color palette to pair with the color of the year is…

Flame Scarlet / Saffron / Biscay Green / Chive / Faded Denim / Orange Peel / Mosaic Blue / Sunlight / Coral Pink / Cinnamon Stick / Grape Compote


The Classic Spring/Summer 2020 colors are…

Lark / Navy Blazer / Brilliant White / Ash

Swatches of these Pantone colors can be viewed and purchased at http://www.pantone.com .

Keep in mind the Pantone Color Palettes when shopping for pieces to add to a current wardrobe. Many of these colors may already be in the closet. Remember, adding a small piece or accessory in the color palette is a great way to inexpensively update a wardrobe. Purchasing a new scarf, a pair of earrings, a handbag, a pair of shoes, a tie, a pocket square, or a hat in a new shade to add to an existing outfit is a great way to keep up-to-date without breaking the bank.

Getting married this year? Bridesmaid dresses in Classic Blue with flowers in the orange and yellow family would be quite stunning and in trend as well. It would be easy to coordinate an occassion such as this with a matching color palette.

Have fun with this year’s color palette. Remember, don’t forget to accessorize. It’s all in the details. Happy shopping!

Oh Christmas Tree!

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‘Tis the Season for holiday decorating . I found some unusual and awesome tree decorating ideas…

https://www.hikendip.com/best-christmas-tree-decor-ideas-inspirations-for-2019/
https://www.hikendip.com/best-christmas-tree-decor-ideas-inspirations-for-2019/
https://princesspinkygirl.com/christmas-tree-decorating-ideas/
https://princesspinkygirl.com/christmas-tree-decorating-ideas/
https://princesspinkygirl.com/christmas-tree-decorating-ideas/
https://www.simplemost.com/christmas-tree-decoration-ideas/
http://bargainbabe.com/10-unusual-christmas-tree-decorating-ideas/
http://bargainbabe.com/10-unusual-christmas-tree-decorating-ideas/
http://bargainbabe.com/10-unusual-christmas-tree-decorating-ideas/
https://pattiewack.blogspot.com/2007/12/glass-bottle-christmas-tree.html

(Featured image: An upside-down Christmas tree is suspended from the ceiling at the Fairmont Vancouver Airport hotel in Richmond, B.C. ( Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press ))

Happy Holidays!

Wearing Scarves for Fashion

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Fancy Braided Scarf (www.scarves.net)

I love the idea of wearing scarves for fashion. However, I do not always feel chick when I put one on myself. One cannot just tie on a scarf and expect it to work out. Well not on me anyway. There appears to be a bit of skill involved.

I found the above technique on https://www.scarves.net/blogs/scarves/how-to-tie-a-fancy-braid and thought I would give it a try. There is even a how to video! Let’s see if I can get it to work…

Basically the tutorial tells me to place the scarf around my neck and tie a loop then with the end go over with one of the ends and then back up through the loop and keep repeating over and under through the loop and so on and tie a knot at the end to finish. Well here it goes…

my version
my version – no visible tie

Not bad for my first attempt. What do you think?

Hair Styles and Accessories – Fall 2019

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This fall the trending hair accessories are tortoise shell, pearls, headbands, and scarves. Do not think hair accessories are just for the young, they can also be for the young at heart. It is all about how it is styled and of course attitude. Bobs will again be in style, however, longer lengths. Also, Boho long hair with carefree waves will be rocking this fall. Layers, deep side parts, and fringe bangs are also on trend. Braids will be a great way to style hair as well.

A few of my fav on trend hair accessories for this fall…

anthropologie.com
anthropologie.com
madewell.com
madewell.com
baublebar.com

A few hair styles I am loving this fall….

therighthairstyles.com
jtouchofstyle.com

The women in the above picture have what I was talking about…style and attitude. They are rocking those headbands. I particularly love the style of the woman on the right. Her choice of slim headband is a perfect accessory for her outfit and is just the right touch. Love it!

There are so many options for hair this fall. Remember, hair does not have to be styled the same every day, change it up depending on the chosen wardrobe. Experiment and have some fun with the latest trends.

Colors to Wear for Fall/Winter 2019/2020

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The latest trend colors of the season are here. The Pantone Color Institute’s latest Fashion Color Trend Report is out. These colors are what designers will be using this fall and winter to design their lines. No doubt the stores will be favoring these “it” shades.

What to do if the latest trend colors are not the perfect shade for a person’s coloring? In this case, trend shades can be incorporated into accessories instead of being used as the main piece of the wardrobe. Not everyone looks good in every color. The key to looking good is to know what flatters and what does not. Same goes if the budget does not allow to make multiple purchases of the new trend colors of the season. Purchase a couple of statement pieces and then supplement the existing wardrobe with accessories in the new trend colors. Jewelry, scarves, shoes, belts, hair clips, purses, hats, etc… can add a nice pop of color and be less likely to break the bank.

Here are the fall/winter trend colors for 2019:

18-4217 Blue
Stone
19-1650 Biking Red
19-1557 Chili Pepper
12-1110 Creme de Peche
15-1150 Dark Cheddar
19-6050 Eden
17-1926 Fruit Dove
19-4055 Galaxy Blue
18-1155 Sugar Almond
19-1234 Rocky Road
15-1530 Peach Pink
16-1358 Orange Tiger

The following four shades are considered the classics of the season. They are core shades that can be meant as the underlying foundation of the outfit using other colors to enhance it. They are also capable of standing on their own.

16-0000 Paloma
17-0530 Guacamole
19-3815 Evening Blue
12-0815 Vanilla Custard

Now that the palette is set, it is up to the artist to create the masterpiece. Why not try a new color! Pick and choose from the palette and mix with existing wardrobe pieces to make the best individual statement. Happy shopping!

Source: https://www.pantone.com/color-intelligence/fashion-color-trend-report/fashion-color-trend-report-new-york-autumn-winter-2019-2020