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How Realistic Are Runway Trends?


Trends. There are new trends each season, and sometimes we see things on the runways that just makes us utter aloud “Is that fashion? Would people really wear that in real life?” Sometimes a designer uses the runway as a prop— to parade down ensembles that are more fantastic than realistic just to make a splash. I want to hear your opinions of some of these questionable trends— read on + speak up!

Vote For Your Favorite in the 5th Annual Independent Handbag Designer Awards


Between now and June 15th you can cast your vote for Audience Fan Favorite in the 5th annual Independent Handbag Designer Awards. This year’s contest is packed with amazing entries in categories ranging from Best Handmade Handbag to Best Red Carpet Ready Evening Bag. Winners will be announced on June 15th and will be featured in the September 2011 issue of InStyle Magazine. Head over to InStyle.com to check out all the entries and cast your vote for the next big handbag designer!

New Sewing Patterns = Countless Variations!


Sometimes a photo shoot, the model, the fabric or styling can completely turn one off to a piece of clothing or ensemble. Today I’ve released 9 new patterns and various ways to interpret them. We all come in different shapes and sizes, and we all have our own personal style— see if you can personalize any of these great patterns into your wardrobe!

Win a Copy of Erin Gilday's Stripped Down Patchwork!


You may remember back in fall of 2010 when the amazing Erin Gilday was on board doing some fantastic guest columns for the BurdaStyle blog. For those of you who miss Erin’s sharp wit and extensive knowledge of vintage sewing notions and techniques, she’s back to share a sneak peek of her latest project, Stripped Down Patchwork, and give our readers a chance to win her new book filled with great project ideas based on Seminole Patchwork.

1 Pattern, 3 Looks: Wide Leg Trousers


If you’re looking to perk up your wardrobe with a fresh sewing project that’s classic yet totally on trend, look no further than the wide leg pant. There are so many great ways to wear these babies that are both trendy and timeless. Click through to see some fun styling options, as well as a few of the fantastic and diverse ways BurdaStyle members created their own versions!

Is Glamour Dead?


Readers, I recently borrowed an interesting book entitled Glamour, A History by Stephen Gundle, a British writer. It’s a study of the concept of glamour throughout history; its origins and its varying definitions during different eras (the 1930s and 40s in particular), up to and including the present.

I haven’t quite finished it but it has me wondering: Do women aspire to be “glamorous” anymore? Do you?

Grommets: A Hole Lotta Style


I thought it was about time to write a short, simple post on an unheralded style trend of which I’m quite fond: grommets. Now, there’s nothing terribly exciting about a grommet, which probably explains its lack of broader adoption in the fashion world. This functional little ringlet, whose name originates from early the 17th century French word “grommette,” (i.e. the curb of a bridle), made its debut as functional detail on saddles, armor, bridles and tents. Later, its highly functional usage began appearing on flags and luggage.

Featured Member: froggypondd


Where are you from? Where do you live?
I am from Whangamata, New Zealand – a town of around 2,000 on the Coromandel Peninsula. I’m currently living in Hamilton, around 1 hours drive from my home town and a first year at the University of Waikato studying a Bachelor of Media and Creative Technologies, majoring in Theatre and Screen and Media studies.

Shoe Debate: Flatforms, Platforms, Wedges-- Yes or No?


Flatforms, platforms, wedges— are you for or against them? What do you think about the word "flatform?

Comment to Win from Arrow & Kangaroo Sewing Cabinets


Comment on the blog or on Twitter for your chance to win a Gidget II table from Arrow & Kangaroo Sewing Cabinets!

8 New Dress Sewing Patterns From Simple to Chic!


Springtime is in full bloom here in Manhattan and I’m quite excited about building my summer wardrobe. Many of the patterns featured in this article will be part of my new wardrobe— will they be a part of yours too?

Making the BurdaStyle Blog More Interactive With Thinglink!


Maybe you’ve noticed that in our last few blog posts there have been some extra features hanging around our pictures, collages and mood boards. We are now using Thinglink on our blog, a new way to tag photos, share links and make our blog posts more informative and fun. When you see a dot on a blog picture, simply let your mouse hover over the area and a box with a link will pop up. Follow the link to learn more about what’s in the picture, share the photo with your friends via Facebook, Twitter or email or embed the image to your own blog!

Win Two Tickets to Bay Area Maker Faire 2011!


BurdaStyle is giving away two pairs of free tickets to the upcoming Bay Area Maker Faire in San Mateo County, California!

Honored Guests: What to Make for Summer Weddings


So it’s Springtime and wedding season is in full force. My boyfriend’s sister is getting married this summer and I’ve been going back and forth for weeks over what to wear. To be honest, I haven’t been to many weddings during my adult years and the puffy floral dress with matching dyed shoes I wore to my aunt’s wedding when I was 5 years old doesn’t do much for inspiration today.

Age Appropriate Dressing


Readers, have you ever heard the expression that goes, “If you were old enough to wear it the first time around, you’re too old to wear it the second time around”? (I think this originally applied to mini skirts.) Not very affirming, is it?

Do you think this truism still applies today? I believe that — at least here in the USA — it does not. We are living in an “anything goes” period fashion-wise, where sixty-year-olds routinely dress like teens and teens routinely dress like…well, you decide.


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