Articles by Courtney Wylie
Feb. 22, 2013
Mercedes Benz Fashion Week
With the conclusion of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Feb. 14 and the recent migration of fashion experts from New York to London Fashion Week, it is safe to say that the Big Apple is slowly gaining back some normalcy. Much like the holidays, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week arrives abruptly, spins New York on its back and disappears before you can recognize that it was even there. Simply put, the eight-day stretch consists of nonstop show hopping, before- and after-parties, spotting the most epic street style, and of course, posting every waking second of it on Instagram. As quickly as it arrives, MBFW leaves us with lessons of victories and failures both on and off the runways.
Feb. 8, 2013
RIVAL Bros. serves the perfect cup
Lately, I’ve been questioning whether my caffeine intake has exceeded its limit. Admittedly, it’s time to come to terms with my coffee addiction, but the slight idea of a coffee detox would only induce major migraines and crying. Like many others, coffee consumption has become mandatory before starting the day. You know there is a problem when the majority of your monthly expenses go toward coffee rather than food or clothing. Don’t get me wrong, I’m nowhere near overdosing, but it’s safe to say that I’m extremely thankful to live within walking distance of the RIVAL Bros. coffee truck.
May. 25, 2012
KNO produces eco-friendly clothing while helping local communities
If you aren’t already aware of the eco-friendly brand KNO Clothing, I highly recommend you look into it. Developed and launched in 2010, KNO Clothing is a brand that has potential to become a heavyweight among charitable organizations. Co-founders Anthony Thomas and Stephen Caldwell have built their brand upon a foundation different from other philanthropic clothing companies.
May. 11, 2012
The Fashion Enthusiast
The Costume Institute Gala is an event hosted by Vogue, also known as the “Oscars of The East Coast.” It is solely reserved for fashion’s elite to showcase their sartorial takes on the latest designs in the fashion industry. This year, the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art held the event May 7 in honor of “Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations,” the museum’s new exhibition. Actress Camilla Belle impresses in an elegant Ralph Lauren gown at the 2012 New York Metropolitan Museum of Art Gala, held May 7 in honor of the museum’s new exhibition. The exhibition revealed the many similarities between Schiaparelli and Prada, including their designs. Aside from the exhibition, a star-studded red carpet posed for lenses before the event. With the likes of Anna Wintour and her Vogue brigade, it is not difficult to realize that galagoers did anything but disappoint, especially because Wintour herself wore a custom-made Prada gown inspired by Elsa Schiaparelli’s lobster design. The design was collaborated with Salvador Dali. Needless to say, the red carpet was dotted with elaborate embellishments, extravagant feathers and bejeweled embroidery in honor of the deceased designer. From Chanel Iman in Tom Ford to actress Diane Kruger and singer Beyonce, dyed feathers were a fan favorite. In my opinion, the feathers were fleeting, and other than Kate Bosworth’s minimally styled Prada feather frock, I wasn’t impressed. Meanwhile, Camilla Belle, Ashley Greene and Cameron Diaz dazzled in elegantly slinky gowns. Belle, in particular, looked effortless in a Hollywood-glam style Ralph Lauren. Metallic was quite popular among the stars. To no surprise, Jessica Alba wowed in Michael Kors while Carey Mulligan, the exhibition’s co-chair, looked pleasantly like a mermaid in Prada. Gwyneth Paltrow stunned in a silk Prada number and drop earrings. Let’s just say 40 never looked better. Another fan favorite was Lea Michele wearing a leg-revealing Diane Von Furstenberg gown. On that note, Alber Elbaz’s date for the night was Emma Stone, who wore the Lanvin designer’s delicate interpretation of a floral minidress, showing a soft and sweet side we haven’t seen from Stone before. Despite having quite a few hits on the red carpet, there were a couple of misses. Understandably so, this was a fashion industry event, and no one should be at fault for taking fashion risks, but these dress options would not go over as well in the real world. To my surprise, Sarah Jessica Parker disappointed in a Valentino Couture gown. The gown was a few years too young for the actress. Its floral print made me think of wallpaper plastered all over a baby’s nursery, and to be honest, I’d rather see Parker in something sexy — a la January Jones’ form-fitting Versace gown. Another disappointment, although still looking strikingly gorgeous, was Rihanna in a crocodile-embossed gown by Tom Ford. The body-skimming dress was intended for someone with little to no flaws, which, of course, was perfect for Rihanna. Although the dress was well received, it was a bit underwhelming for the usually outlandish fashion diva. Lastly, Alexa Chung was a letdown in Marc Jacobs. It’s not that this look should be hated among all; it’s just that the look was out of place. In other words, the ensemble looked more appropriate for the street than for the red carpet. Despite some major disappointments, the majority of attendees dressed to impress. As for the letdowns, we’ll let those few slide. Not everyone can handle the pressure of choosing what to wear to the Met Ball, especially when the devil (Anna Wintour) is actually wearing Prada.
Apr. 20, 2012
The Fashion Enthusiast
Seven months ago, John Galliano, former design director of Christian Dior, was convicted of assault after allegedly making aggressive anti-Semitic remarks toward fellow patrons at the La Perle cafe in Paris. The remarks made by Galliano were caught on tape while he verbally attacked the couple with phrases such as “I love Hitler” and “Dirty Jewish face, you would be dead.” This was the second reported incident that Galliano had made anti-Semitic remarks in public.
Mar. 2, 2012
Creativity buzzes at 7th annual Philadelphia Fashion Week
There is no better way to spend a weekend than sitting in the front row at Philadelphia’s seventh annual Fashion Week. A sense of excitement whirls in the air as hundreds of people gather to see the latest styles, trends and talent that Philadelphia Fashion Week has to offer each year.
Feb. 24, 2012
KNO Clothing suits up to battle homelessness
For those of us interested in fashion, it is crucial to know where our wardrobe pieces are made, what fabric is used and theoverallquality of the brand. We rarely look into the impact that our purchases make on the rest of the community.
Feb. 10, 2012
Les Richards, Ann Taylor dress students business professional
As many Drexel University students have come to realize through the co-op program, dressing for success is no joke. To be taken seriously it is of the utmost importance to dress appropriately throughout the interview process.
Jan. 20, 2012
The Fashion Enthusiast
Awards season is officially upon us, and the men and women we adore certainly dressed to impress this year. The 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards kicked off the 2012 awards show season with plenty of dapper dudes and stunning starlets. In case you missed the most important part of the show, here is a recap of the red carpet.
Jan. 13, 2012
The Fashion Enthusiast
As a longtime heavyweight of women’s lingerie, Victoria’s Secret is known to pull out all the stops for its annual fashion show. With the combination of a star-studded audience, million-dollar wardrobe pieces, big time performances and half-naked women, it is no surprise that the 2011 show raked in 10.3 million viewers, its biggest audience since 2002. Not to mention, the $12-million production, which turned into $5 billion in the one-hour time slot.