Love: M Gemi

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I’ve been feeling very disillusioned with the fashion industry lately. Actually, I’ve felt this way for a while, but right now the disillusionment is focused on retail. The downside to having a brand that is stocked with tons of great retailers is that you end up having to work with big players who are incredibly demanding. And that’s why I look at brands like Everlane and M Gemi and think: you are doing it right.

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M Gemi is a recent addition to the direct to consumer fashion companies. In bypassing the wholesale route, these companies can offer a high end product at a very reasonable price, directly to their consumer. To better understand the markups, you can click onto an Everlane product, for example, this t-shirt, and if you scroll down, you can see the cost of the manufacturing, materials, shipping, and then retail (shown in the image above.)


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10 Shows I Loathed from Fall 2015

Here are some of the big disappointments from the Fall 2015 catwalks.

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This is a chaotic, mishmash of colours, prints, and ideas. That is not always a bad thing but when it is combined with weird waist designs that add bulk to the midsection, and bizarre fur shashes, then it just does not work.


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10 Shows I Loved From Fall 2015

Here are my ten favourite shows from the Fall 2015 catwalks. My least favourite are to follow next week…

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Jason Wu
By no means do I like the concept of ladies who lunch nor do I feel like we need to encourage this activity (not the in the American society girl sense) but I always loved Jason Wu for being the “young” designer who was modernizing the ladies who lunch. However, I felt that in recent seasons he lost his flair and tried to be too fashion. That has since been recitifed, and it seems like he is back on track and making fancy, chic clothing for classic women who have a lot of money. And there’s nothing wrong with that.


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Ask Alexandra: Knee Length Prom Dresses

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What not to wear to prom. Actually, what not to wear, ever.

I’m suffering from some sort of fashion month denial as I have hardly looked at any catwalk shows. Last week I was in London and quite busy (ironically, it was fashion week, but I only went to one show) and I haven’t had the time to trawl through the hundreds of images. It feels like a chore this time and I think I need a break. Plus I also skipped my Oscars coverage – I was away and by the time I could review the red carpet, it was too late to post something. That said, I will certainly do some sort of round up on the shows, after Paris. Because I am sure there will be a lot to love and loathe…

Anyway, here’s a blog post on something totally unrelated to fashion week: prom dresses! Ask Alexandra is my advice column. Have a question you want to ask me? Fill out the form here.

Dear Alexandra,

Is it acceptable/normal to wear a knee length dress to senior prom?


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Left, a Monique Lhuillier layered hem dress, and right, my top pick for prom, a fringed Tamara Mellon dress.

Dear Anna,

YES. Why do people think they need to wear puffy or frilly full length ballgowns and look like a fourty year old at prom? It seems like prom fashion ignores trends and fashion, and continues to promote hideous dresses that no one looks good in. I wore a full length dress to prom, it was custom made, didn’t fit properly (seamstress FAIL) and I wore an updo and looked really silly. Thankfully there are hardly any good photos of it.


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5 Things I Loathe About Adidas Originals x Kanye West

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I had big plans to do catwalk coverage this season but it is not going to happen. I am massively busy with Spring 2015 deliveries and Fall 2015 sales of The Sleep Shirt, and I ‘ll be traveling during fashion week which means I don’t have time to post regular coverage. I hope I am not disappointing anyone but my jaded-ness of the catwalk shows has reached epic levels and I think I will just look at everything and think it sucks.

Kind of like this show. I did have to write something here, not only because it was so hiedous, but because of what it represents.

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1. The fashion industry turned up. While I truly think that Kanye is a total twat and I wish he would just disappear off the face of the earth, I blame the fashion industry for feeding his ego. By turning up to his shows and (gasp!) complimenting it and actually treat him with even a milligram of respect, we enable him. He is an egotistical idiot with zero fashion talent yet the industry continue to legitimize his work. As long as respected industry figures turn up to his shows, he will keep this up. The only way to stop him is to stop paying attention. Maybe if we’d done that with Victoria Beckham she wouldn’t have been allowed to build an empire based on her fame and a single tight dress design.


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