OMG OMG OMG…
|Eliza J Wisteria Skirt|
Cynthia: I have been falling in love with a designer I know nothing about.
Marcy: You’re so easy.
Cynthia: Seriously, Marcy! Every time I see a cute dress or skirt lately, it just so happens to be designed by Eliza J. I bought that pretty pink skirt above from Anthropologie and when I looked at the label, guess what it said? Go on. Guess.
Marcy: I couldn’t.
Cynthia: C’mon. Guess.
Cynthia: Eliza J!
Marcy: I would’ve never figured that out.
Cynthia: Who is Eliza J? Why have I never heard of her before? Why can’t I seem to find any info about her on the Internet? This Eliza J… is … elusive.
Cynthia is dumbfounded.
Cynthia: Her dresses are sweet and pretty but with just enough edge and sex appeal that they don’t feel like they belong exclusively at a southern bridal shower.
They just … make me smile!
|Eliza J Polka Dot Skirt Dress|
|Eliza J Belted A-Line Dress|
Cynthia: Sigh … I’m smitten. And the thing is… I think she loves me too.
Marcy has been researching Eliza J on the computer while Cynthia moons about.
Marcy: Found her. She’s the house brand for Nordstroms and other such retailers.
Cynthia: Awwww… see.. I knew she loved me too. She “gets” me.
Marcy: You’re fired from the Marcy Very Much research team.
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|Lily James’s 17 inch waist is the result of a very tight corset an NOT CGI enhanced.|
Marcy and Cynthia are in a heated discussion about Marcy’s idea for her Pet Peeve post.
Marcy: How are you not disturbed that the Cinderella in Disney’s new movie has a 17 inch waist? It’s creepy.
She looks like she’s split in two.
She looks like she can’t breathe.
She looks like she’s irreparably damaging her organs.
And where on earth are her ribs?
Cynthia: I do think it’s creepy. I just don’t want to get into a discussion about an actor’s body. That’s a minefield and I don’t want to go there.
Marcy: But it’s not about the actor’s body. That’s the point. It’s about the costume design and the fact that Disney is irresponsible.
Cynthia: How so?
Marcy: They know that little girls worship these fairy tale princesses and yet they continue to create impossible and bizarre beauty standards for them. It was one thing when these characters were cartoons, but this a real live human being we’re talking about.
Cynthia: You’re right. It is mean. It also makes you wonder how the costume designer, the director, or any one at the top, didn’t say on set… “this is creepy”.
But still, I’m tired of the whole body image conversation. Barbie and Bratz dolls and skinny models. Ugh.
I’d rather we focus on say… the fact that more women than men are in medical school or the scary discrimination women face in the gaming community. It just seems more relevant than Cinderella’s waistline.
Marcy: Hmpf… you’re the one posting fashion photos of yourself. Now all of a sudden you’re Christiane Amanpour? Hypocrite.
Cynthia: You’re the one who started this seriousness with your whole Pet Peeve posts. I’d much rather focus on the gorgeous gown stepsister Sophie McShera wore to the opening of Cinderella.
Cynthia: Isn’t it so springtime-y and fresh?
Marcy: And just like that you hijack my Marcy’s Pet Peeve Post with a frivolous photo of a fashion plate.
Cynthia: Sorry. But it’s so much more fun!
Marcy (seething): I’m so peeved.
Cynthia: Okay then, here’s a photo of Cinderella actor, Lily James, in a theatre performance in which she’s wearing a corset that’s obviously not whittling away at her waist.
|Actor Lily James emoting and breathing in a corset|
Marcy: That’s so pretty. They should have used this costume instead.
Long pause as she considers this.
Marcy: Now I’m really peeved.
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|Nicole Kidman 2015 Academy Awards
Photograph: Jason Merritt/Getty Images
Cynthia stares blankly at her computer. Marcy watches impatiently.
Marcy: What are you waiting for. Write the blog post on the Oscars fashion already.
Cynthia: I don’t know what to say.
Marcy: Well hurry up and figure it out. Our readers have been checking in all day to hear my catty critique.
Cynthia: So you write the post.
Marcy: I can’t. I fell asleep two minutes after the first boring gown slogged down the Red Carpet.
Cynthia: I fell asleep one hour into the Red Carpet it was so dull.
Marcy: This is terrible.
Cynthia: We’ve got awards show fashion fatigue. There are simply too many awards shows. How can anyone keep awards season fresh and exciting with so many? It’s impossible. Even the actors seemed fashion fatigued and like they had all given up and wanted to stay home in their pajamas eating chocolate chip cookies.
Marcy: Case in point. Jared Leto in lilac.
|Jared Leto 2015 Academy Awards
Photograph: Kevin Mazur/WireImage
Cynthia: Jared Leto is wearing a lavender eggshell Easter suit. (long pause) The least he could have done was get a matching umbrella.
Marcy: Enough said.
*Were Marcy and I so fashion fatigued that we missed some truly great gowns? Please let us know if you had any favorites so we can reconsider our catty critique.
|Rihanna at the 2015 Grammys
Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images
Cynthia: So Rihanna is probably going to make it onto all of the Worst Dressed Lists for wearing this Giambattista Valli gown to the 2015 Grammys.
Marcy: The internet is being very mean.
Cynthia: I think it’s just… soooooo beautiful.
Marcy: It’s been called…
pregnant pepto bismol bottle dress
giant pink loofah dress
pink toilet paper cover doll dress (this one has examples all over Twitter)
…and much more.
Cynthia: I don’t care. I think it is breathtakingly beauuuuuutiful.
Marcy: You are in a minority of one.
Cynthia: It inspires me to buy a bunch of electric pink tutus, a yard of flamingo pink satin, and a bedazzle gun. C’mon, Marcy! Let’s make our own pink Cinderella -At -The -Ball gown.
Cynthia: Am I really the only one who thinks Rihanna’s gigantic gown is gorgeous?!
|Photo from JustJared.com|
Marcy and Cynthia: Is it a Paws UP or a Paws Down?
|Ivy & Blue Zelda Drop-Waist Dress|
Cynthia: The Zelda Drop-Waist Dress by Ivy & Blue at Anthropologie is my favorite new dress.
Marcy: That’s what you say about every new dress.
Cynthia: Well, this one is special. It’s a gorgeous silvery slate-blue grey. I’m not sure if that’s really a color but if it is, it’s the color of this dress.
The fabric is soft and slinky and comfortable.
The waist is more of an empire than a drop. Kind of in-between the two actually.
The armholes go up high enough so that I am not embarrassed to move my arms.
The knife pleats are fun, twirl-worthy, and keep their shape.
The length is a tad too long for my liking. Half an inch shorter and it’d be perfect. (I’m 5’6″)
Overall, the fit is loose. I am in my normal size but could have possibly gone down one size so that it fit a little better from the waist up.
Marcy: So why didn’t you?
Cynthia: Too complicated. I bought this online-only dress with a combination of discounts and gift cards and since it was already a very involved process to buy it, I couldn’t imagine trying to return it for a smaller size. And then if that didn’t fit… then what? What a hassle.
Marcy: Yeah, but it’s too big from the waist up.
Cynthia: I studied the model photo very carefully and it’s supposed to be a little loose.
Marcy scrutinizes the model photo.
Marcy: You need to get your glasses checked.
Cynthia: My glasses are at the optometrist getting new lenses.
Marcy: See! Take it to the tailor. The dress is too big on you.
Cynthia: No, Marcy. It’s a 1920’s Art Deco flapper style dress. Hence it’s name, Zelda, after novelist Zelda Fitzgerald who was known as the “first American flapper” and was a 1920’s icon of fashion and scandal.
Cynthia: See? Zelda’s dress is really loose.
Marcy: You are not Zelda. And it’s not 1920. It’s 2015. That’s ninety-five years into the future. And your dress is too big. Take it to a tailor.
Cynthia: Well can I twirl a little more?
Cynthia starts to do the Charleston.
Cynthia: You’re so bossy.
Marcy: It’s my blog and I’ll boss if I want to.
*I’ll update if I decide to take Marcy’s advice to get it altered. What do you think? Should I take Marcy’s advice? After staring at these photos for the last two hours I am thinking it needs a little hike up at the shoulders.
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