Vera Wang Does Not So Basic Black Wedding Gowns

by Jamie Sanford on October 25, 2011

Vera Wang Does Not So Basic Black Wedding Gowns

I would have worn a black wedding dress 5 years ago when I got married, if I had been able to get away with it – ie, if Vera Wang black wedding gowns had been on the market as an example. However, black wedding dresses were not all the rage, so I ended up with a white dress with a big black sash. I chose black and white as the wedding colors, and encouraged everyone else to wear black, since I wasn’t able to.

I will be wearing black for our upcoming vow renewal, even though that plan turned into a hot mess. (More on that soon.)

Anyway, I was surprised/disappointed/left calling out “FINALLY” when I saw that Vera Wang presented a number of dark and black gowns during her Spring 2012 bridal show. (Photos via

It’s about time, Vera. You’ve been teasing us with hints of black on dresses for years, but now you’ve taken the plunge. I hope this trend continues and I hope that brides who are like me will take this as an excuse to wear the black dress they want to wear for their wedding, regardless of it being a “wedding dress” or not.

Would you wear a black wedding gown? Talk about it in the comments.

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Prada Ready-to-Wear Collection, Spring 2012

I won’t be wearing this Prada skirt that I love.

As much as I read and enjoy many fashion blogs, I have trouble identifying with most things during Fashion Week. As most of the designers showing collections do not cater to plus-size women, it’s mostly a giant tease for those of us that fall into that category. (I would love to hear more about this from the plus-size fashion bloggers attending Fashion Week, because part of me just doesn’t understand the appeal.) Sure, I can be “inspired” by a look from the runway, but what if I want that exact skirt? Well, I’m SOL because the sizes are limited.

That being said, a collection that is a perfect example of this is the Prada ready-to-wear collection presented in Milan last week.  I think there are a lot of people in the fashion industry who look down on fat people, who think just like Tom Ford does, but perhaps they aren’t inviting trouble by being vocal about it. Is Miuccia Prada the same way – and also, is she against making money? Because I have a feeling that some of these pieces, sized up, would make a killing.

Here are my other picks from the Prada show that I will not be wearing anytime soon. (All photos via

Love this skirt. I guess I can have that bag, since the bag doesn’t care what size I wear.

Skirt + jacket.

Not so much with that bandeau top, but that skirt is gorgeous.

This skirt might be even better. Gorgeous.

Is that pleated, flowy leather? Want.

I wouldn’t wear it over a bathing suit, but I would wear this coat to death.

Not gonna lie, I’m sad now that I won’t be obtaining any of these pieces without starving myself for 6 months.  I have heard that designers have to do so much more work to make pieces in sizes that are bigger than the norm, but a pleated skirt like those heavily featured at Prada cannot be that challenging to size up. However, I’m not a designer, I don’t sew at all, so I don’t know about sizing clothing.

I’d love to hear from plus-size girls/bloggers with their thoughts on this!

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Small Town Gay Bar (100 Films in 2011)

by Jamie Sanford on September 6, 2011

60. Small Town Gay Bar (Available to stream via Netflix and Amazon)

Unfortunately, a trailer for Small Town Gay Bar doesn’t seem to be available online.  But, there’s an intro video featuring director Malcolm Ingram and executive producer Kevin Smith.  The video is NSFW and might be totally offensive, depending on your sensibilities.

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Small Town Gay Bar is a documentary talking about the past and present history of 2 bars in Mississippi that cater to a more open-minded set—gay bars.  Directed by Malcolm Ingram, the movie opens discussing Rumors, a small bar in Lee County, Mississippi.  The bar owner explains that the bar is open to anyone who wants to come in and have a good time.  We meet Alicia/Jim, receptionist by day and drag queen by night, and get to hear from many of the patrons of Rumors, and how it’s a place for them to have an outlet where they won’t be persecuted for being who they are.

The second bar featured in the film is called Different Seasons, and is opening after an unfortunate closing of its previous iteration, Crossroads.  We see the owners talking about it, and then get to watch as the bar opens to great success, and the obvious joy from people who don’t have another outlet in their area.

I really love this movie a lot, I have seen it a few times on television and watched it again for this project via Netflix.  I proudly wear the label of “fag hag,” and frequent gay bars with my friends regularly.  The bars I go to are the most chill places, where everyone is into what they’re into and no one is there to judge. (Plus, the music is always excellent.) I live in an area where there isn’t a lack of gay bars, so Small Town Gay Bar has that much more impact – because most of the people heading out to the bar on Friday night have been quietly hiding themselves all week at their jobs or wherever.  In addition to the lack of outlets, more interviews with folks over at the straight bar nearby Rumors shows an incredible level of judgment and intolerance, and paints an incredibly negative picture of the support for inequality that is alive and well in some areas of the South.

If you have Netflix, you have no reason not to watch this movie.  It’s fantastic.

Small Town Gay Bar is available on DVD from Amazon for $13.49.

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Romantic Primitivism at the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty Exhibit, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Photo Credit: The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Last week, Will (my husband) and I braved the intense heat and headed to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to view the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibit.  After finding out that we would be facing a wait of 2 hours to get into the exhibit, we decided that the best course of action was to buy yearlong memberships to the museum so that we could 1)skip the line into the Alexander McQueen exhibit, and 2)come back to the museum anytime we want during the next year without paying to get in.  The membership cost is such that if we go to the museum 3 times in the year that we’ve more than covered the cost. It seemed like a no-brainer.

The Cabinet of Curiosities in the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty Exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Photo Credit: The Metropolitan Museum of Art

If you have a chance to be in New York between now and August 7th, make the effort to go to the museum and see the Savage Beauty exhibit.  While I have loved watching fashion shows on TV and looking at photos online, getting to be this close to some of the ridiculously detailed work happening on these creations was mind-blowing.  The work with feathers was particularly interesting to me, I could have stared at those pieces for hours.

Plato's Atlantis in the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty Exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Photo Credit: The Metropolitan Museum of Art

If you cannot make it to the Met between now and August 7th, you need to watch the video embedded below.  It gives a wonderful overview of the exhibit and the items contained therein.

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Here are some other links about the exhibit and the items within it:

Another way to get some of the experience of this exhibit is through the official book, which I find out now is available on Amazon.

Savage Beauty BookThe hardcover Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty is available from Amazon for $29.61.

If you want to visit the exhibit in person, admission to the Met is $25/person, with the audio tour headphones costing an additional $7.

Did anyone have a chance to attend the exhibition? What was your favorite thing about it?

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Vegas Wedding Shoes, Part 2.

by Jamie Sanford on June 14, 2011

This is part 2 in a series of posts where I search the Neiman Marcus website for potential shoes to wear for my Vegas wedding (actually a vow renewal), coming up later this year.  Click here to see part 1.

Christian Louboutin Maralena Flame Sandal, $2445. These are so the perfect shoes to wear in Las Vegas, they are showgirls in themselves.  However, they are crazy expensive.  Yes, I have a $300 gift card to Neiman Marcus, but I’m pretty certain that I don’t need to spend more than an additional $300 beyond my gift card.  However, this is fantasy shopping, so I will continue.

Christian Louboutin Suede Glitter Platform Sandal, $895. These glitterbomb shoes look a bit weird without a foot in them.  I think they would appear less clunky when they are actually being worn.  The issue with these is that I’m pretty sure I would tower over my husband who is not that much taller than me.  I love them though, the glitter + pink suede is fabulous.

Miu Miu Suede Peep-Toe Mary Jane Pump, $670. These are also tall but the fact that they are more normal-ish makes me think that I would not be TOO tall in them.  Plus, they are so cute and the heel is bigger which means there is less of a chance that I will fall.  I also think that these would go really well with the sort of 60s-ish style idea that I have in my head.  I would definitely be able to wear these after the fact.  They are not as crazy as some of the other shoes, but they are really gorgeous.

Christian Louboutin Glittered Thick Heel Platform Pump, $795. These might be the winner, even though they are totally going beyond the $300 I might have been willing to spend.  I would have to pay $495 + gift card to obtain these purple beauties.  They are tall, but again, the heel isn’t super skinny so that will help.  In addition, they are sparkly and gorgeous but not in a crazy way that will make me unlikely to wear them again.

Opinions are welcome in the comments!

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