With John Denver and the Muppets singing “The 12 Days of Christmas” in the background, it’s time once again to provide a quiz that will challenge what brain cells you have available this time of year. I might also be able to entice you to appreciate the effort put into presenting the year’s fashion choices that got your attention, served a purpose, lifted your spirits, made you feel like a million bucks while not costing a million bucks, and maybe won you some second looks and a few compliments. That’s fashion’s job. Were you engaged in it this year?
You might also have noticed a few fashion faux pas in your comings and goings. I sure did. Skirts up to there, pants down to there and the wearing of clashing trends that threatened my sense of right and wrong. (Anybody watch American Idol this year? Randy liked Siobhan Magnus’ crazy outfits. I didn’t. She lost.)
So take a deep breath, get out a pencil (so you can erase and think twice about your final answer) and give it your best. Score two points for each correct answer. If you fashion brainiacs score 18 – 24 points, send me your favorite fashion blog sites. I want what you have! If your score is 10 – 16 points, don’t feel bad. Fashion never stops. You can look forward to fashion rehab in 2011, getting ample tips from TV’s stylish Mad Men when it returns for the next season; score 2 – 8 points and I’ll understand you’ve been getting your fashion advice from the pages of Field & Stream. Score 0 points and you need to heed Mark Twain’s advice. He said, “Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.” Put some clothes on and do it with meaning. Before you reach for that stylish scarf and head out the door, answer these questions and score your fashion sense.
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1. The person who said the following, rocked the fashion world in February with news of his suicide: “I think the idea of mixing luxury and mass-market fashion is very modern—wearing head-to-toe designer has become a bit passe. It’s a new era in fashion—there are no rules. It’s all about the individual and personal style, wearing high-end, low-end, classic labels and up-and-coming designers all together.”
That designer’s name is:
a. Yves Saint Laurent
b. Giorgio Armani
c. Alexander McQueen
d. Ralph Lauren
2. New York retailers such as Juicy Couture, Niketown, Victoria Secret and Abercrombie & Fitch had a lot of worries this year. They worried about their bottom line, how deep to dip into discounts in order to get people into the stores, plus what?
a. negative feedback from their racy ads
b. their company spokespeople being jailed for drug possession
c. falling stock prices
3. While we’re getting used to seeing clothing pieces that have content labels that might include hemp or bamboo, another material showed up in an eye-catching ensemble this year worn by a performer at an awards show. That material in the outfit was:
c. raw meat
d. recycled film
4. After years of bare legs—in winter or summer—what is the latest trend in hosiery?
a. ankle socks
b. patterned tights
c. knee highs
d. all of the above
5. The jean style that got the most attention this year was:
a. the skinny jean
b. the wide-legged jean
c. the holey jean
d. patchwork jeans
6. What connects Tiffany’s and a red thong?
a. Tiffany earrings plus a red thong were all that Charlie Sheen was wearing when police broke up a party at his hotel room in New York last month.
b. Neiman Marcus advertises a $15,000 jeweled red thong by Tiffany’s in this year’s holiday catalog (hand wash only).
c. Tiffany bracelets and red thongs were the coveted backstage goodie bag items at this year’s Oscar awards show.
d. The World Championship trophy designed by Tiffany’s and Aubrey Huff’s red thong shared the stage at City Hall when San Francisco celebrated the Giants’ World Series win in November.
7. If you got a Brazilian this year, it means you are now sporting ________.
a. the skimpiest bikini ever
b. straight hair
c. giant sunglasses
d. hemp flip-flops
8. A much-publicized line was created and launched by a mother-daughter team this year for teens. That team is:
a. Madonna and daughter Lourdes
b. Blythe Danner and daughter Gwyneth Paltrow
c. Naomi Judd and daughter Wynonna
d. Joan Rivers and daughter Melissa
9. No-iron khakis and wrinkle-free blouses and shirts mean the steam iron stays in the closet. One of the key ingredients that makes these items wrinkle-free is:
b. paint thinner
c. motor oil
10. Lindsay Lohan became the artistic adviser for the house of Ungaro in 2009. How did that work out?
a. The collection was a bust and Giles Deacon has taken over and turned it around.
b. Best known for its haute couture, with Lindsay’s influence the line had more street appeal.
c. Hemlines went up and so did the stock prices.
d. Just like Rapper T.I., who launched a new record from prison that sold like crazy, under Lindsay’s vision the house of Ungaro has sold a record number of units.
11. Looking back on 2010, we’ll remember the year most for:
a. the color “nude”
d. all of the above
12. The movie that did not provide a fashion fix in 2010 was:
b. Black Swan
c. Valentino: The Last Emperor
d. Sex and the City II
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1. c. Considered a genius, his line has been taken over by Sarah Burton who worked with McQueen for 10 years. Those were big shoes to fill but she’s getting great reviews.
2. d. And you thought being in retail looked easy?
3. c. Too bad Lady Gaga, appearing at MTV’s VMA awards, didn’t have a roast to go to afterwards.
4. d. Your mother is happy. No longer can she say, “You’re not going out barelegged, are you? You’ll freeze to death!”
5. a. The skinny jean wins out even though we saw patchworked and holey ones emerge. Everyone’s wearing skinny jeans—whether that’s the best choice for her frame or not.
6. d. Go Giants!
7. b. Called a Brazilian blowout, this keratin process straightens curly hair for up 12 weeks.
8. a. The line was launched at Macy’s and is called Material Girl.
9. a. Yup! Who’d have thunk it?
10. a. Sticking movie stars on the face of product lines isn’t always the answer.
11. d. Just don’t wear the clogs with the nude-colored dress.
12. c. Valentino, the movie, was so last year! But you must rent or own the DVD. It’s awesome!
This is my annual fashion quiz that I write for the Pacific Sun. It appeared there first on Christmas Eve day.