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60s customs not so much Pan Am, ABC s new airline drama, is worth watching if only to see stylish stewardesses clad in regulation cool blue uniforms, embroidered bags, and wrist length white gloves. And so far, our fearless heroine, Kate, played by Kelli Garner, is the chicest of all. Her civilian wardrobe includes a bevy of to die for midi length pencil skirts, fitted short sleeved cardigans, and nude pumps. But while the fashionista in me enjoys the sartorially stunning slice of history series like Pan Am, Boardwalk Empire, and of course the doyenne of the genre, AMC s Mad Men, I can t help but think: The clothes of the era were sharp, but it sure was a crappy time for women not to mention minorities who lacked basic civil rights, earning potential, and sexual freedom. These looks, classy as they may have been, were styled around the restrictions of the day, and there were many. Nude hose were a must, as women were not "ladies" without them. Pants were largely a no no, too. Bras were pointy and tight. Girdles, a far cry from the malleable shapewear of today, were downright painful. And girdles were required. For example, during Sunday night s Pan Am episode, Christina Ricci s character, Maggie, reminded a colleague that an attendant caught without her girdle would be fired. "These shows represent the romantic narrative of the past," said Alphonso McClendon, an assistant professor of fashion design at Drexel University, who is studying the role fashion played in the Harlem Renaissance. "While the clothes are beautiful, they don t tell the complete story, especially when it comes to African Americans, civil rights, and the struggle for women in the corporate world," he said. The shows and our current fashion mood stem from what many refer to as the turn of the millennium casual nightmare that made it socially acceptable to nike free v5 wear jeans to upscale restaurants and to bare our midriffs, well, everywhere. And then there is my pet peeve, how modern day reality franchises like the Housewives, whether Basketball or Real, have taken once classy and established labels and made them look, well, cheap. I m thinking specifically of Herve Leger s banded dress, a favorite look of the tawdry housewives. Its image has been ruined. Our longing for all things retro has led Banana Republic to roll out a Mad Men inspired ready to wear women s collection for the second year in a row. Fall is full of belted shifts that take their inspiration from the 1960s, and the colored skinny pants of the 1970s. The just ended spring 2012 runway shows were a burst of color: Silhouettes of top designers from Karl Lagerfeld s Chanel to America s Tracy Reese mixed in looks from decades ago. McClendon says the turn to these looks is proof that we, the fashion public, long for air max outlet simpler times. Back before the 1940s, he said, the runways dictated what women wore. There was a specific fashion cycle and people weren t confused. "Fashion was structured and everyone including African Americans and Latinos wore the same thing in social settings," McClendon said. "Skirts had to be a certain length, pant lengths were consistent on every man. But people forget life was structured back then, too." This makes nike free 4.0 me think of the cinematically beautiful movie The Help. Costume designer Sharen Davis did a superb job dressing Aibileen, played by Viola Davis, in smart frocks in particular a burgundy long sleeved shift with a deep V in the back. But as an African American woman, I m sure glad I m not relegated to domestic work. Ane Crabtree, costume designer for Pan Am, has a similar philosophy. On one hand, Crabtree, a former stylist nike womens free run for Elle magazine, loves searching vintage costume houses for appropriate dresses, like the satiny forest green Dolce Gabbana shift Garner s character will wear in Sunday night s episode. But this biracial woman (her father is white, her mother Asian) cringes at the restrictions of the time. "I m conflicted," Crabtree said. "These pieces do represent a time when our world was completely different and not necessarily better." The upside is nike free 5.0 v3 that the story lines in these shows, especially Pan Am, were happening on the cusp of change. Pan Am is set in 1963, as the space race and the civil rights movement marched on. The 1970s, the era when women would symbolically give up bras and pantyhose, were not far off. "Fashionably speaking, we are now a better version of 1963," Crabtree said. "People appreciate fashion, but at the same time they are free to make the choices that are best for their lives, not the restricted society we live in."

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650k worth of fake goods seized at Knoxville malls Knoxville News Sentinel As a result of the investigation, at least 10 shops in the malls will presumably be a little short of inventory when Black Friday rolls around.The names of the businesses have yet to be made public, but police say they seized fake handbags, jewelry, sunglasses, and designer cell phone cases when they executed search warrants at the ten mall retail outlets last Thursday."Counterfeit air max 1 sale copies of purses made by Coach, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Dooney Bourke, Prada, and Gucci were recovered in several businesses," according to Knoxville Police Department spokesman Darrell DeBusk."Imitations of Prada, Christian Dior, and Chanel sunglasses were also seized," DeBusk said. "Fake jewelry items confiscated included knock offs of Tiffany Co. ear rings, necklaces, and bracelets. Multiple fake Rolex watches were also discovered during the operation."The value of the fake goodies was reckoned at $655,427, he said.The targeted retailers included two stores and eight kiosks, he said."It is a lot, but not uncommon with what you see across the country," he said.KPD Chief Sterling P. Owen IV said the operation was launched to protect unwary consumers."This operation was extremely successful," he said. "The confiscation of these counterfeit air max kids items will help prevent the public from being victimized while they conduct their Christmas shopping."The investigation was headed by KPD s Organized Crime Unit, DeBusk said. He declined to go into specifics about the investigation.When asked if the pending holiday season prompted the seizures, DeBusk replied: "It did not drive the investigation, but obviously we were concerned with that much merchandise being out and the citizens that could be taken advantage of when they start their Christmas shopping."The District Attorney General s Office is reviewing the case along with investigators to determine who might face criminal charges, he said. Any charges will likely be filed through a Knox nike free run 4.0 County grand jury.Police say they are planning more counterfeit merchandise operations "for the near future."More details as they develop online and in Thursday s News Sentinel.I ve never understood the knock off trade anyway. I know there are lots of legitimate brands that use similar logos and designs of higher up brands like Coach or Dooney and Burke using the general design, color pattern or logo placement of the higher up Gucci, Louis Vuitton, or Chanel and then Liz Claiborne or Tommy Hilfiger making a cheaper version of the Coach etc. so that all buyers get a great looking legitimate handbag to fit their budget. I mean you won t fool anyone who does buy the real stuff and even I can tell from across the nike free 1.0 room or Walmart parking lot that odds are you aren t complimenting your otherwise discount store attire with a $1000 or better handbag. The only thing I can say in defense of the local mall kiosk vendors is that I ve never had one stop me and try to pass something off as the real thing here and I don t think anyone believes they are buying the real thing anyway but just in case they always have signs saying they are imitation, faux, "inspired by" or some other small disclaimer that I m sure they don t freely point out. Anyway, I would be glad to see them go from any and all shops selling a fake of any brand no matter the price level.And about those fake purses when I was in West Town the other night, I saw several of those purses selling for about $39.99 and I knew immediately that they were fake, but I was surprised at how much the knock offs have come down in price.A few years ago, I attended a purse party held at someone s home, and the Louis Vuitton and Burberry bags were selling for at least $100 each, which is pretty steep for any purse in my opinion, but if the real deal equivelent is $800 and you care about brands that much, I guess a knock off Vuitton is okay. However, I noticed that the stitch work on the knock off bags was sloppy, the zippers were cheap and there was an obvious flaw in the leather and construction of the purses (they were made with real leather though.)I guess the mall stores were cutting into the purse party business, perhaps. I seriously doubt however that consumer protection was the real motivation behind this sting operation/crackdown. Since when are consumers ever the major concern in any business operation? Profit is the main concern and businesses can pretty much wrap a turd up in pretty paper and market it and sell it and there s always someone willing to try it out and pay for it. "Buyer beware" is the law of the land.And, as someone already mentioned, consumers know they re not buying real Louis Vuitton (well, the majority do and you ll always have one or two dumbarses in the bunch).And about those fake purses when I was in West Town the other night, I saw several of those purses selling for about $39.99 and I knew immediately that they were fake, but I was surprised at how much the knock offs have come down in price.A few years ago, I attended a purse party air max premium held at someone s home, and the Louis Vuitton and Burberry bags were selling for at least $100 each, which is pretty steep for any purse in my opinion, but if the real deal equivelent is $800 and you care about brands that much, I guess a knock off Vuitton is okay. However, I noticed that the stitch work on the knock off bags was sloppy, the zippers were cheap and there was an obvious flaw in the leather and construction of the purses (they were made with real leather though.)I guess the mall stores were cutting into the purse party business, perhaps. I seriously doubt however that consumer protection was the real motivation behind this sting operation/crackdown. Since when are consumers ever the major concern in any business operation? Profit is the main concern and businesses can pretty much wrap a turd up in pretty paper and market it and sell it and there s always someone willing to try it out and pay for it. "Buyer beware" is the law of the land.And, as someone already mentioned, consumers know they re not buying real Louis Vuitton (well, the majority do and you ll always have one or two dumbarses in the bunch).And about those fake purses when I was in West Town the other night, I saw several of those purses selling for about $39.99 and I knew immediately that they were fake, but I was surprised at how much the knock offs have come down in price.A few years ago, I attended a purse party held at someone s home, and the Louis Vuitton and Burberry bags were selling for at least $100 each, which is pretty steep for any purse in my opinion, but if the real deal equivelent is $800 and you care about brands that much, I guess a knock off Vuitton is okay. However, I noticed that the stitch work on the knock off bags was sloppy, the zippers were cheap and there was an obvious flaw in the leather and construction of the purses (they were made with real leather though.)I guess the mall stores were cutting into the purse party business, perhaps. I seriously doubt however that consumer protection was the real motivation behind this sting operation/crackdown. Since when are consumers ever the major concern in any business operation? Profit is the main concern and businesses can pretty much wrap a turd up in pretty paper and market it and sell it and there s always someone willing to try it out and pay for it. "Buyer beware" is the law of the land.And, as someone already mentioned, consumers know they re not buying real Louis Vuitton (well, the majority do and you ll always have one or two dumbarses in the bunch).

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