Karl Lagerfeld’s Macy’s Line and… That Dress!!!

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is a German fashion designer, whose keen sense of style and tailoring has made him an icon in the fashion world. He has designed for Chloe, Balmain, Chanel, Fendi, established his own line, and outfitted stars like Madonna,  and Kylie Minogue. In 2004, he designed a special line of budget-friendly fashions for European retail giant H&M, and this year, developed his exclusive Karl Lagerfeld for Impulse line at Macy’s. Can’t afford a $5,000 dress designed by Lagerfeld? Step into Macy’s and try on one for around $100!

Chelsey Hersley, Me, & Jamie Bruce @ Fashion's Night Out!

At last week’s Fashion’s Night Out event at Boise Town Square Mall, I fell in love with the adorable pink dress that America’s Next Top Model finalist Chelsey Hersley wore from Lagerfeld’s collection. The breezy ballerina-like material, coupled with an intricate black lace neck & back trim, are such a bewitching combination!

Chelsey chose to wear the dress with cropped leggings and slouchy combat boots, effortlessly transforming into a 90’s punk princess (anyone remember Courtney Love?)

When I posted Macy’s picture of the dress on Facebook, there were comments on the model’s extreme skinniness. On the other hand, reviews of the dress on Macy’s website spoke of the over-sized upper-proportions of the dress. I was curious about this seeming contradiction, so being a faithful fashion reporter, I simply HAD to go down to Macy’s myself and investigate in person! ;-D

I didn’t have a great deal of time to try on everything in Lagerfeld’s line; my focus was on that dress, the obvious stand-put piece of the collection. I can tell you that, true to Lagerfeld’s urban chic aesthetic, much of the line was black, grey, or hot pink. (If black is your go-to color, and you’re looking to update your wardrobe, go check out this collection; you’ll find some fabulous pieces!)

But on to the dress…

Slipping into pastel pink felt at first very feminine & elegant. But once the black lace touched my skin, I found myself missing my old Doc Marten boots! It truly is an adorable-yet-tough dress, one that I would wear in a heartbeat! That is, if it fit properly…

The reviews were right; the bustline of this dress is quite generous, almost to the point of being baggy. I also couldn’t keep the wide. puffy shoulders on very well, but they could be pinned to my camisole straps fairly easily.

Overall, here’s my review: this dress makes you feel feminine & flirty, with an urban edginess. I love it, but it runs a little large, so I recommend going down a size. This dress would be ideal for ladies sized 6-10, particularly if they have a larger bust size! 😉 Run down to your local Macy’s and try it on – and let me know YOUR review!!! 😀

Click the link to view the Karl Lagerfeld for Impulse Collection.


Disneyland Fun (& Fashion!)

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friends!  Anaheim is GORGEOUS!!! We had a blast taking the kids to Disneyland for their first time. It was truly a magical experience; I even teared-up now and then, simply from watching my kids’ delight and re-living my own childhood memories of this wondrous place.
Mega-thanks to all the staff and characters who made a point of telling my daughter “Happy Birthday, princess!” all day long. Eventually she got over her shyness, and managed to mumble an embarrassed “Thank you” or two.  But having to make eye contact with so many strangers in a day was a bit overwhelming for her, Lol!

I will post kid & family pictures a bit later, but for now I just had to share some of the fun styles and outfits we observed in Disneyland! As always, click on the photo thumbnails to view them full-sized. 🙂

My favorite trend was the abundance of BOOTS.  I grew up mostly in Seattle, so boots have always been a year-round wardrobe staple for me; gotta keep your feet dry in all that rain! Boots are big in California, too. Worn with leggings, skirts, shorts, and dresses – a lady in boots projects a fashion attitude! Here are a few of the great ensembles I observed:

Mohawks!! I was surprised to see mohawks and bright colors on hundreds of heads, both male & female! Rocking do’s flocked Disneyland, from black to green to cotton candy pink! Wish I had been able to take more pics, but here’s a couple:

I used to have such a huge crush on Han Solo! Yes, that was “back in the day. ” 😉 I got a kick out of all the fun Star Wars stuff available t Disneyland, especially the “vintage” shirts and Chewbacca backpacks. I saw one girl who was wearing Chewbacca on her chest, like a baby in a front pack, with his little arms wrapped around her in a furry hug. Ok, so that was a little creepy; I really wish I could have snapped a pic of it!

Here are a few other pics of interesting styles. My favorite was the woman dressed all in pink (last pic), with her fuzzy pink bear hat to ward off the 85-degree summer sun- ha, ha! ;-D