Strap Tamers Review

Product: Strap Tamers

Problem: Wayward bra straps

Marketing Claims:
“Strap Tamers® consist of a clip (to hold the bra strap) and pin which is fastened to the inside shoulder seam of a garment.

You can leave Strap Tamers® on your clothing while laundered again and again. Whenever you wear that garment, the Strap Tamers® are already in place, waiting for you.”

Materials: They are made from durable high-tech plastic (Polycarbonate, the same material used for “bullet proof glass”) and fine gauge stainless steel (which won’t leave rust marks or large pin holes on fine clothing.)

How to Use:

Rating:  2 Pins out of 5

Review: Unless you are wearing a sleeveless shift or a tank with very wide straps made of a thick material, don’t bother!

The product does conceal bra straps, but it also creates noticeable lumps underneath the garment where the Strap Tamer is connected to your shirt. Thicker fabrics, like tweed or wool, would help conceal the lump by softening the profile.

Also, You are limited by the width of the product. Your shirt straps must be wider than the Strap Tamer (1″ wide or wider) or the product is clearly visible.

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Falling Models, Tumbling Talent, and Slippery Shoe Solutions

Bless their Hearts,

…these runway models are not alone in experiencing slides, slips, and falls.  Underestimating the power of a polished floor, we have all found ourselves flat on the floor, humiliated, and looking for the closest piece of furniture to crawl underneath.

I use one or both of these methods to prep slick, new shoes that will be worn by on-camera talent.  These very simple stylist tricks can prevent both talent tumble as well as personal embarrassment:

  • Sandpaper: Lightly scuff the bottoms of new shoes with sandpaper. Be careful not to scuff the sides of the shoes or any area that will be visible to camera. I keep both 80 grit and 120 grit sandpaper in my kit.
  • Hairspray: Spritz the bottoms of the shoes with strong hold hairspray and let the spray dry for about a minute until it’s sticky to the touch.  Spray as needed.  I keep Nexxtacy by Nexxus in my kit because it is super sticky and alcohol free.

★ Make sure the hairspray will not damage the flooring surface. If you are uncertain, ask the art department, location manager, or props.

Fifi Lapin Fashion Illustrations

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I usually do not respond to cutesy design but, these illustrations of Fifi Lapin, a furry fashionista, are an undeniably clever take on runway fashion.  Fifi Lapin, created by Ruby Gatta, has been featured in Elle magazine, designed capsule collections for a variety … Continue reading

Style Guides on Polyvore

I am often asked by the agency or production company to put together wardrobe looks or a style guide that are specific the talent, character, ad, or story line. My favorite site to build style guides is on Polyvore. Polyvore has an image library of current wardrobe pieces, visual elements, and templates to build wardrobe sets. Typically, I avoid the templates and any unnecessary visual noise. I prefer using a white background to keep the sets as simple and clean as possible. Most visual reference that I submit to clients and creative is borderline clinical in their presentation. I save the fluff and stuff for production.

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