Monday, March 16, 2015


Crazy Challenge Connection From Crazy Challenge Connection on goodreads

March 21 - June 20, 2015

Spring is just around the corner and it’s time to spruce up your spring/summer wardrobe. As Mark Twain is rumored to have said, “Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence in society.” So, read on to make sure you’re in the know!

Please note that there are TWO sections for this challenge! To complete the challenge you will have a total of 16 tasks.

PART 1 - HISTORY & TRIVIA: Complete any 8 of the tasks below; you can choose now or as you go along. 

1. Fashion week is an industry event which allows fashion designers, brands or "houses" to display their latest collections in runway shows. Buyers and the media take a look at the latest trends, and let the industry know what's "in" and what's "out" for the season. 

Read a book having anything to do with the fashion industry (designer). Don't Walk Away by Vivian Arend and Elle Kennedy

2. The most prominent fashion weeks are held in the four fashion capitals of the world: Milan, Paris, New York and London. 
Read a book that takes place in London. Fractured by Elle Charles

3. Fashion week happens twice a year in the major fashion capitals of the world (listed above). Fashion weeks are held several months in advance of the season to allow the press and buyers a chance to preview fashion designs for the following season. Fashion week for spring and summer is held from September through November. 
Read a book whose author’s first and last initials may be found in FASHIONWEEK. Lead by Kylie Scott

4. Haute couture is French for "high sewing" or "high dressmaking" or "high fashion" and refers to the creation of exclusive custom-fitted clothing. Haute couture is fashion that is constructed by hand from start to finish, made from high quality, expensive, often unusual fabric and sewn with extreme attention to detail and finished by the most experienced and capable seamstresses, often using time-consuming, hand-executed techniques. 

Read a book whose cover shows a prominent pair of hands Free Me by Laurelin Paige

5. The criteria for haute couture were established in 1945 and updated in 1992. Due to Chambre Syndicale rules, haute couture can only be shown in Paris. To earn the right to call itself a couture house and to use the term haute couture in its advertising and any other way, members of the Chambre syndicale de la haute couture must follow these rules:

• Design made-to-order for private clients, with one or more fittings.
• Have a workshop (atelier) in Paris that employs at least fifteen staff members full-time.
• Must have twenty, full-time technical people in at least one workshop (atelier).
• Every season, present a collection of at least fifty original designs to the public, both day and evening garments, in January and July of each year.

Read a book with a very rich character. Filthy Beautiful Lust by Kendall Ryan

6. “Fashion for the rest of us” falls in the category of prêt-à-porter or ready-to-wear. RTW clothing covers a wide continuum of collections from Liz Claiborne or Jones New York in bigger department stores to the Isaac Mitzrahi collections at Target. 

Read a book with a “down-to-earth” character OR read a book where the author’s initials are RT, RW, WR, WT, TR, TW OR read a book with a famous fashion designer’s name in the title (does not have to be a full name! i.e. Ralph for Ralph Lauren works). Tell us who the designer is if using a partial name. 

7. The concept of the fashion presentation dates back to 1858, when Charles Fredrick Worth first developed the concept of showing his clientele a pre-prepared selection of original designs (a collection). Furthermore, he shocked high society by showing his designs on real, live women (models) for all to view. Both were highly novel ideas at the time. 

Read a book with a character named Charles (no nicknames!) Slow Ride Home by Leah Braemel

8. Fashion presentations in private residences or in a designer’s salon for aristocratic clients continued in France into the 20th century. As the trend grew, the presentations became more and more grandiose, engaging all of the senses in a full experience of photography, music, sophisticated staging and sets and, of course, the paparazzi. Designers started calling them fashion “fêtes” and thus the basis of the modern fashion show was realized. 

Read  a book about a celebrity who draws the attention of the Paparazzi. Chasin' Eight by Lorelei James

9. To gain interest from female shoppers, a New York City shop called Ehrich Brothers put on what's thought to be America's first fashion show in 1903. Within years, many big department stores were holding shows of their own, drawing inspiration from the idea of "fashion parades" done in Paris couture salons. These parades were staged, and often held in the shop’s restaurant during lunch or teatime. 

Read a book that takes place in New York City Fixed On You by Laurelin Paige

10. Fashion Week started in America in 1943, by fashion publicist Eleanor Lambert. She saw an opportunity to showcase largely ignored American designers for the fashion journalists who typically focused on Paris and were unable to travel to Europe during the war. 

Read a book about a journalist. Addicted To You by Krista and Becca Ritchie

11. The fashion show continued to evolve in New York over the years. Initially, designers showed their collections in their own spaces – lofts, galleries, and even restaurants. However, after an incident in 1990 when part of the ceiling collapsed in a gritty loft during a Michael Kors show, the executive director of Fashion Designers of America, Fern Mallis, centralized NYC’s fashion shows in the white tents of Bryant Park in 1994. 

Read a book whose cover shows a room, a house, a gallery or a restaurant Blue Bayou by JoAnn Ross

12. Once the “tents” at Bryant Park became the stage for New York’s Fashion Week, viewing became “by invite only.” This attracted A-list celebrities, and thus, large crowds eager to get a glimpse at them. The tents could no longer accommodate such large crowds, so, once again the show hit the road and moved uptown to the Lincoln Center in 2010. 

Read  a book with a mostly white cover. The Christmas Bouquet by Sherryl Woods

13. In 1944, Ruth Finley launched the first Fashion Calendar, compiling all of the week's events into one comprehensive guide. This brought together all facets of the fashion and beauty industries, including buyers, manufacturers, designers, and editors around a single itinerary. To this date, Finley is still in charge of New York Fashion Week’s official calendar. 

Read a book with a date-related word in its title (date, day, week, month, year) OR read a book whose author or main character is named Ruth OR read a book where several parties work together toward a common goal.

14. Inspired by Lambert’s success in New York, Italian aristocrat Giovanni Battista Giorgini grasped the opportunity to capitalize on this new concept of inviting national press for a preview of the season’s collections. In 1952, he organized a series of shows in the famed Palazzo Pitti of Florence, Italy. Shortly thereafter, the outrageous success of the shows far exceeded the capacity of any venue in Florence, and the city’s tiny airport could not accommodate the influx of fashion royalty coming from around the world. Ultimately, it was decided to move the event to Milan. In 1975, Milan presented its first “Settimana Della Moda” (Fashion Week) calendar of fashion shows. 

Read  a book with at least three people on the cover Texas Tangle by Leah Braemel

15. Less than a decade later, London Fashion Week began in 1984 – in a West London car park, no less. With the support of Vogue UK, the British government agreed to sponsor the event, with designers such as John Galliano and Betty Jackson emerging onto the scene. The week was credited with giving a major boost to Britain’s designers, labels, and models – and in particular, the rise of supermodel Kate Moss. 

Read a book that takes place in London OR a book with an author or main character named John, Betty or Kate (no variations!) OR read a book published in 1984. 

PART 2 - THE TOP TRENDS OF SPRING 2015: Complete any 8 of the tasks below; you can choose now or as you go along. 

(Sources: Marie Claire and Glamour Magazine)

1. Bohemian Evening: Heading out into the night just got a lot more romantic; garment lines have been loosened up for a softer, diaphanous look. 
Read a romance OR read a book in which a character leads an unconventional lifestyle. Rough, Raw and Ready by Lorelei James

2. Trouser Suit: the new trouser suit comes with whimsical touches, like the twine and cowbell belts at Céline or shimmering pinstripes at Chanel. 
Read a book whose cover shows a female wearing trousers OR read a book whose cover you would describe as whimsical.

3. Gingham: this gridlock pattern has a history that includes American barn dance and French bombshell Brigitte Bardot, who famously wore the tablecloth fabric on her wedding day. 
Read a book whose main character’s first name begins with a letter in GINGHAM. Georgia  Kissin' Tell by Lorelei James

4. Suede: with its vaguely seventies mood, the look of suede made an appearance on the runways in the form of trench coats, A-line skirts, and classic boot-cut pants. 
Read a book set in the 1970’s Kissing Under the Mistletoe by Bella Andre

5. And the Bride Wore: For anyone in the midst of wedding planning, the spring 2015 collections were brimming with fresh and new bridal ideas. The look of white lace was reimagined in beautiful ways, from thigh-grazing minidresses at Louis Vuitton and Chloé to a modern spin on Victoriana at Erdem. 
Read a book in which a wedding takes place Their Virgin Secretary by Shayla Black and Lexi Blake

6. Denim: The most American of textiles in more iterations (Dresses! Coats! Pants! Jumpsuits!) than you can shake a leg at; from dark wash to lace-up, bedazzled and more—it’s jean genius. 
Read a book with a denim blue cover OR read a book whose author’s first and last initials may be found in DENIM.

7. No Wallflowers: Never has the concept of florals for spring felt fresher: Big and beautiful or minute and abstract, this season, flower power is boldly feminine and here to stay. 
Read a book whose cover features flowers  Tormented by Elle Charles 

8. The New Festival Girl: From Saint Laurent to Gucci, Pucci, and Dior, the festival-bound next summer will have something new to celebrate - Stretches of printed chiffon and “stolen from my boyfriend’s band” jackets, lacy baby-doll dresses, relaxed-fit print trousers, and long flowing vests that practically guarantee your backstage access. 
Read a book in which a festival occurs (tell us what kind of festival) OR a book whose cover shows a woman wearing any type of jacket.

9. Midriff Baring Evening: Who needs a gown? A crop top and ladylike skirt will do the trick—and never has a stretch of skin felt so revolutionary. 
Read a book whose cover shows a female bearing a bare midriff Shoulda Been a Cowboy by Lorelei James 

10. Fringe: Fringe: A little shimmy, a little shake- This spring is all about movement—start with the runways’ ubiquitous flapping, swinging fringe. Go get your Josephine Baker on. 
Read a book with any fringed item on the cover - chaps  Long Hard Ride by Lorelei James

11. Shirtdresses: In an anything-but-tame turn, designers reimagined this classic shape with drop waists, double high slits, and more. It's like a Choose Your Own Adventure book, but for your closet. 
Read a book whose location starts with a letter in SHIRTDRESS  - Smithtown, Tennessee The Mane Attraction by Shelly Laurenston

12. Yellow: Before you scoff and say "not for me," hear us out. From amber and canary to saffron and marigold, trust that there is a shade of yellow for everyone. The trick is figuring out your skin's undertone, then finding the hue that best complements it. 
Read a book with a yellow cover (at least 75% of cover should be yellow) OR read a book with the word “YELLOW” in its title or sub-title.

13. Black and White: The trend's not groundbreaking, but black and white is everywhere. What makes this season's take on the classic color combination interesting, though, are the various textures, patterns, and silhouettes. 
Read a book whose cover is black and white only OR read a book whose cover displays any kind of pattern.

14. Culottes: It looks like spring 2014's major short style is sticking around in 2015. Take the silhouette to work this season by pairing it with blazers, tailored button-downs, and high heels. 
Read a book set in the 1960’s OR read a book with a woman wearing a short (at least above the knee) skirt on the cover.

15. Blue and White: If black and white is too stark for you, this subtle version may be more your speed. Give it a try when you feel like making a statement with little to no color. 
Read a book with a blue and white only cover OR read a book with a subdued character.

16. Kimono-Style Trench Coats: Slouchy, lightweight trench coats—belted just so—were spotted all over the runways this season. They're a comfortable, stylish mix between a robe, a proper coat, and a kimono. 
Read  a book whose cover shows a robe or pajamas. Enticed by His Forgotten Lover by Maya Banks

17. Head-to-Toe White: At this point, it isn't about the rules of when you can wear all-white; it's about how you wear it. New styling tricks include mixing textures, layering multiple pieces, and teaming various shades. 
Read a book whose cover is almost exclusively white OR read a book with “WHITE” in the title or in the author’s name.

18. Medium-Size Obi Belts: Consider it one of spring's most flattering trends. Tie on an obi belt and knot it to the side for optimum waist-whittling benefits. 
Read a book whose cover shows any type belt All Jacked Up by Lorelei James

19. Flats, Slides, and Sneakers: Thank the fashion gods, comfortable shoes are here to stay! So whether you're a sneakerhead, appreciate minimal two-strap sandals, or love plain slides—there's something cute and comfy out there for you. 
Read a book with a pair of shoes, sneakers, flip flops, or sandals on the cover (the shoes should be by themselves – not being worn) OR read a book where a character sneaks around or always seems to slide out of sticky situations.


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♣ Unless otherwise noted, books must be at least 150 pages long.

♣ Books may only be used for one task in this challenge, but cross-challenge posting is encouraged!

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