Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Tara Reid in Jill Kelly Swim

Well, no wonder she looks great--she's wearing a reversible camo-kini by Jill Kelly Swim... and you can get yours right here at Unsung!

Monday, January 22, 2007

We Love: DC Fashion Blog Pandahead

Every time I talk to the media I rave about the stylish DCists, being a DC native and all. You don't see them that often (they are an elusive bunch), but it's not because they're rare, it's because DC is urban sprawl at its worst (ok, not as bad as LA, but), and people usually drive to their destinations. As a visitor you may never experience the real city--the one that spawned early punk bands like Minor Threat, out of whom some became big name musicians like Dave Grohl and even style editors like Adam Rapoport of GQ (I actually don't think Adam was ever in a punk band but his brother Andy was the bassist for Kingface then Adam West? Someone comment if you have the 411.).

That's why we love Pandahead, a DC blog that snapshots those furtive DC hipsters (kind of like the Sartorialist on a smaller scale). Notice how many of the well-dressed are found in Adams Morgan, Unsung's beloved neighborhood. Also check out this interview with local fashion label ugoseven and note her excellent shout-out to Unsung.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Rosalind Gene at NY Fashion Week

Up-and-coming designer Rosalind Gene will launch her Fall 2007 collection during New York Fashion Week on February 8 at the Roy Arias Studios, Times Square Arts Center. Since we're always looking for exciting new designers, we anticipate a great showing of Rosalind Gene's sophisticated street couture.

One thing I've always noticed is how often indie labels donate a portion of their successes to charities, even though money is tight for them. We applaud Rosalind Gene for partnering with the National Breast Cancer Association and donating 10% of the money they receive from product sponsors to the organization.

Click here for more information on the designer or the show.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Love the Look: Onesies

Proenza Schouler (above left), Stella McCartney (above right), Mandate of Heaven (left, one of our favorite indie designers).

My love affair with the onesie, aka the jumper, jumpsuit, overall, coverall, unitard... but I prefer the term 'onesie'. I love them full length, as shorts, bloomers, strapless, halter topped, collared, seersucker, jersey, belted... The best thing about a onesie is it comes in every variation and it's an entire outfit in one. It doesn't matter if you have a breakfast meeting after binge drinking last night or you're in between-season closet limbo, a onesie will save your ass every time. A few caveats: if done incorrectly, one can look like a gas station attendant or other utility worker (try wearing heels or femme accessories). The wrong color or material can make you look like a giant baby (think pin-up glam, not cute and frilly. NOTE: VERY FEW PEOPLE CAN PULL OFF A CUTE FRILLY ONESIE. SEE MANDATE OF HEAVEN FOR THE RIGHT WAY). And by all means, make sure the rise is long enough! No matter how great the onesie, CT is not sexy.

Friday, January 19, 2007

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Astroturf Art & the Keegan Theatre present the work of Kendall Nordin

Kendall Nordin: A Brief Transformation

Church Street Theater (1742 Church Street, b/t 17th and 18th, one block from P St.)

Saturday, January 27, 2007 5:30pm-7:30pm libations, etc.

Come view artwork created with influences as diverse as life in Australia, the architecture of an historic theater, and William Shakespeare's "The Tempest".

Stay for a drink... and the 8:00pm performance of "The Tempest" - with discounted tickets offered to Astroturf fans! ($5 off each ticket when "astroturf" is mentioned at the ticket window).

Nordin's current and recent exhibits include:

A Reading (ArtRomp 19 at the Warehouse Theater)

Flowers and Explosions (Studio 4903 Holiday Show, December 2006)

art. no real turf.

Astroturf Art is a new, independent art gallery with no one space to call its own. Astroturf is a community driven project that organizes shows for DC artists in unconventional locations around the city - laundromats, boutiques, theaters, alleys... Each show includes a selection of pieces by dc artists working in all different media.

Take a look at previous Astroturf shows to see what you're missing out on. Then get your tuckus over to the Church St. Theater on 1/27 and get in on this incredible underground art scene.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Golden Globes

Overall Best: Cate Blanchett in Alexander McQueen. Even though her dress by itself wouldn't be my top choice, Cate looked the most stunning from head to toe. This photo doesn't do her justice. The dress fit her perfectly; the off-shoulder lace and train were so retro-elegant. Her make-up and hair were perfect.

Close 2nd: Naomi Watts also looked amazing, esp. when she presented. I'm into the detail on her dress, and the color is amazing (vivid blues were the hot color this year).

A lot of people said Reese Witherspoon's Nina Ricci dress was too plain for the Red Carpet, but I thought she looked radiant. (Love her red shoes! I have to get a pair for spring.)

Best Non-Celeb: Robert Duvall's wife looked so elegant.

Worst: I'm sorry to say it's Sienna Miller. I normally love her but I think the execution is all wrong here. Her hair and make-up weren't polished enough for this dress. She looked shiny rather than dewy and her fly-aways were driving me crazy! That hair would've worked much better at the MTV Movie Awards.

Best Guy: Hands down, Sacha Baron Cohen. I don't know what rock I've been living under, but he's insanely attractive when he's not Borat. See for yourself.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Love the Trend: Off the Shoulder

I've heard lots of talking and read lots of blogging about this spring's one-shoulder, goddess-style evening dresses. They look gorgeous on the models, but I can't help thinking they're too trendy and will soon look dated (then again, I thought that 5 years ago and they still keep appearing). Anyway, a variation of this trend did catch my eye: the off-the-shoulder look. My favorite is this dress by Thakoon. To me it's like a downtown Holly Golightly.

This disco look by Michael Kors is pretty hot too.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Love the Look: Tunic Top/Mini Dress

Hemlines rose last year and I can’t get over the versatility of this look. There are so many ways to wear a thigh-length garment, regardless of body type. I used to think longer tops (tunics) were for older new-agey women and that mini's were for youthful bods only, but the variety of shapes and colors that designers have come up with kept me outfitted pretty much all of 2006. You can throw these over jeans, leggings, tights, or wear bare-legged depending on weather and how much you love your legs. You can get many different looks from a single garment, just by changing shoes and layering with other pieces.

I love the oversized t-shirt tops by Mark and Estel and the ribbon tunic by cinderloop.

These by Twospace and Scott Gibson are adorable too.

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Book Party: Kimberly Wilson's "Hip Tranquil Chick"

The multi-talented Kimberly Wilson has her hands in all things tranquil. She's the owner of Tranquil Space Yoga in Washington, DC, and she's the designer behind the clothing line TranquiliT at Unsung. She is now also the author of the new book Hip Tranquil Chick: A Guide to Life On and Off the Yoga Mat.

Here, Unsung co-founder Alishia Frey gets her book signed by the author.