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Jessica, the chic addict

pale is the no tan

(Left to Right) Supermodels Coco Rocha, Jessica Stam, Shalom Harlow, and Karen Elson

What do Coco Rocha, Jessica Stam, Shalom Harlow, and Karen Elson have in common? Beautiful and successful, most certainly, but it's their creamy fair skin that sets them apart from the bronzed ladies walking the Victoria's Secret runways. The desire to be tan has long since been the most coveted trait for girls and women, especially the ones my age…and especially in Omaha. You'd be hard-pressed to find a strip mall that doesn't have a tanning salon of some sort, and the number of self-tanning products sold in grocery stores is at an all-time high. With so many models and actresses embracing their pale, why is it that tanning is still the most sought-after physical attribute? 

Everyone has their thing; I know many people who cannot imagine not hitting the tanning beds at least once a week. I know people who won't dare step into the sunlight without being slathered in SPF 100 (myself included…and, yes, they make such a thing). It used to be that being tanned was seen as "lower-class" because it showed that you were working outside all day. Nobility had the very fair skin because they were able to lounge around indoors. Certain societies would actually try to whiten their skin.  How did it all turn around? I blame Coco Chanel.  She inadvertently bronzed her skin while vacationing in Cannes on a yacht. When she returned to Paris, everyone wanted her golden glow. And so the trend began. Thanks a lot, Coco. Flash forward to 2010: the uber-classy ladies of 'Jersey Shore' have such a deep tan, it's practically orange. Marc Jacobs has his models in the Louis Vuitton Fall 2010 show donning a vintage look, completely with fair skin and curves. Who do you want to emulate? 

Snooki from MTV's Jersey Shore and Jessica Stam at the Louis Vuitton Fall 2010 show

Having been extremely pale my whole life, I've experienced my  "fair" share of alienation and teasing in grade school. Even today, I can't go in public without people staring at my ghostly white legs. Yet, strangely enough, I've never felt the urge to join a tanning salon or lay out in my backyard. I think people should embrace what they have (naturally) and look to role-models who do the same. I love reading French Vogue and Nylon and seeing the cover girls rocking their porcelain complexions, some of them. Most models featured in any fashion magazines today are imperfect or, dare I say, even strange looking. Pale skin, crooked teeth, gap-toothed; It's what makes them so interesting and beautiful.

(Left to Right) Fair actresses Anne Hathaway, Julianne Moore, Rachel Weisz


So for those of you who share my plight, remember that you're beautiful the way you are, tan or not. Pale skin is glamorous and healthy; it's okay to be different. And being true to yourself? It's fabulous and always in vogue. 



marc by marc jacobs spring 2011

It's never a good idea to eat highly-caloric chips and dip while you watch a fashion show. First of all, you get distracted and spill. Second, you see perfect-legged models rocking hot pants. Yes, it's a '70s kind of summer on the horizon for everyone's favorite budget-friendly line, Marc by Marc Jacobs.

The bucket-hat clad models and flashes of persimmon was a youthful contrast to his dramatic sister show the night before. A hip, upbeat dance track had his models (namely Karlie Kloss) dance-walking down the runway, all side pony-tail bounce and flounce of bright striped skirts. Not unlike his original namesake label, orange was all over for this season. The models wore it brightly and boldly on their lips, and the accessories were stark against gray backdrops of skirts and tops. And luckily, the gray and orange combo is not exclusive to just spring and summer. It reminds one of fall leaves and pumpkins, too, not just of eating a dreamsicle on a hot summer day.

For those of us who got a little too zealous with the romper trends of last summer (myself included), you invested wisely. Marc keeps this trend alive by showing some pant-onesies along with some breton stripe tops to keep things classic. 

Just when fashion week starts to get a little too serious and posh at time, Marc Jacobs breaks up the banality in a single show. Watching a Marc by Marc Jacobs show is like going back to your childhood when you weren't afraid to be daring with your clothes and dance down a runway.


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marc jacobs spring 2011

After having been sick all day, not even that could keep me from watching my favorite designer's spring debut. I dragged myself out of bed to visit the live link to Marc's website sent to my e-mail. It was an invitation, and I'd be rude not to attend. In my delirious state, I had convinced myself that Marc himself had invited me and me alone to watch the show. I still like to believe this is true.

And just like that, I was cured. Vivaldi's "Summer" raced with dramatic violins over the speakers to announce Marc's spring 2011 collection. As several models at a time came out of what appeared to be a circular cave in the middle of the runway, it was clear that shades of orange, mustard, fuschia, gold, and plum were the dominant hues. The models also donned oversized sunglasses and floppy hats complete with giant floral corsages which were very reminiscent of the plastic flowers atop the Lola perfume bottle. In typical Marc fashion, it was very '70s-inspired. The girls looked a great deal like Jodie Foster's character in Taxi Driver with the frizzy hair, kohl eyeliner, short-shorts, wide-leg pants, and platform shoes.  As per usual, Marc gives us little kid-pre-Christmas-giddiness for the next season. 

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when 'clerks' comes to life

"This job would be great if it weren't for the fucking customers."
-Randall, Clerks

Somedays, Randall, I couldn't agree more. The other day, a girl tried on clothes and left her discarded items in the fitting room. Okay, no biggie. I can deal. Enter fitting room: the garments are suspended from the light fixture. Really, Spider-Man? That took some doin'. I do take it personally when someone goes the extra mile to make my job a little more difficult. It's one thing to trash the room with stuff everywhere - pretty rookie stuff, not too hard to do. But hanging the clothes from the lights? COME ON. There are convenient hooks at eye-level that you don't have to be a Cirque de Soleil performer to use. GOD.

I love my job, I really do. I love our customers, but not when they scale the walls to leave their unwanted items.