I told @VogueMagazine how the @AstronautWives’ retro fashions are topped off with chic shades.

To differentiate among the women (it can be tough to keep them straight at first), he gave each her own color palette—blacks, whites, and grays for frosty, sophisticated Louise Shepard (Dominique McElligott); baby blues and pinks for reserved, stuttering Annie Glenn (Azure Parsons); tropical greens and mixed prints for the outspoken, Marilyn Monroe–esque Rene Carpenter (Yvonne Strahovski).  The finishing touch: finding each woman the perfect pair of shades, because nobody needs eye protection like an astronaut’s wife, for whom staring up at the sky is basically an occupational hazard.


When Vogue.com’s Senior Culture Writer Julia Felsenthal asked me about my costume designer’s backstory on The Astronaut Wives Club, I said “We’re not doing men in great suits and women in New York silhouettes. We’re starting in middle America, and having this journey with the wives as they grow into themselves and learn about life and style.”


But I can’t go without giving props to our prop master Jonathan R. Hodges for working with costumes to source vintage styles from American Optical, Persol, and Ray-Ban. It’s one of those gray areas where costumes and props converge. Julia Felsenthal notes “The finishing touch [in] finding each woman the perfect pair of shades [is major] because nobody needs eye protection like an astronaut’s wife, for whom staring up at the sky is basically an occupational hazard.”

Check out Vogue.com’s full article by Julia Felsenthal From Lisa Loeb to the Astronaut Wives: Why Cat-Eye Glasses Are Cool Again, to find out why Vogue.com’s Fashion News Director, Chioma Nnadi, likes them so much. And get ready for your next post-MadMen fashion fix this week with episode two of The Astronaut Wives Club, “Protocol.”

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#SneakPeek @AstronautWives #Preview— Watch The First 5 Minutes of “The Astronaut Wives Club”

Ready for lift off and meet the first ladies of space! Tune in tomorrow night after you watch the first 5 minutes of ABC’s “The Astronaut Wives Club” now via YouTube.

#AstronautWives #sneakpeek #preview #countdown

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I told @WhoWhatWear how I styled each of the amazing women in The Astronaut Wives Club—

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“The style evolution of each wife is a sign of the times and a sign of their personal evolution as well. For the men it was about being launched into space, but for the wives it was about being launched into a social stratosphere. I tried to tell a fashion-as-final-frontier story tracking time and self-discovery with each outfit selection. The transformation from everyday army wife in a homemade shirt waist dress to social butterfly best dressed in a Pucci pantsuit!”

I answered WhoWhatWear’s call with 17 exclusive fashion facts, icons and my inspiration for how I designed a signature look for each amazing woman of The Astronaut Wives Club.

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FASHION 411: Blair Waldorf’s wardrobe lives on!

blair-waldorf-in-oscar-de-la-renta-chuck-bass-parisIf you think that Leighton Meester wore Blair’s signature headbands off the lot or that Kiernan Shipka slipped a ’60s-era “Mad Men” dress into her bag at the end of the day, think again.

I spoke with Fawnia Soo Hoo, contributing editor of Fashionista.com, about the number one rule of thumb that audiences might not realize, where to find cast-offs from your favorite shows, and more.

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The race for space was fought in high heels.

Get to know the first ladies of space with The Astronaut Wives Club, premiering Thursday June 18 at 8|7c on ABC. #AstronautWives

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SOAK SHOUT OUT! Slip Into These Sleek Slides & Flip-Off Those Flip-Flops Forever!







GOSSIP GIRL BFF & NY handbag designer MICHELLE VALE is launching the shoe every woman is pining for this summer. SOAK was founded in 2014 with former Fashion Editor ELENA CORSANO to create a stylish alternative for what-to-slip-on when the stilettos slide off!

SOAKs are perfectly practical. They’ll get you to yoga and out for brunch in comfort and style while chic enough to work in, paired with a pencil skirt, a blouse and blazer. They’re sleek and innovative slides, created with custom technology, actual arch support for work/play footwear featuring eco-friendly comfort, and non-ironic vegan style! Designed here in New York City and crafted in Kennebunk, Maine, SOAK sandals are leading the way for SOAK rain boots, flats, eyewear and more — for the best of both worlds.

GIVE SOAK A KICK! Get a pair of SOAK sandals from the very first production run and receive them — in the color selection of your choice — along with a durable carry pouch! The SOAK KICKSTART CAMPAIGN is in the home stretch so you’ll have to be quick! With a week to go they’ve gathered $20,000 and parted with 300 pairs already — just to show you how much the ladies are loving them!


FASHION 411: Have you seen Michelle’s hot new Balancé Totes?michelle-vale-totes-hot-pink-beige-red-python

Slide into a pair of SOAKs and with one of Michelle’s new Balancé Totes on your arm you’ll be Totes Chic head-to-toe! Check out the Balancé Leather Tote in Perforated Nude, the Balancé Linen Tote in Hot Pink, or the Balancé Custom Python Crimson Red Tote with Steel Grey.


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STYLE IS FOREVER: Variety.com Salutes Red Carpet Icons Oscar De La Renta and L’Wren Scott

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Claire Coghlan asked for my thoughts on the legacy left behind by the tragic loss of these two true red carpet fahion and style stars. In remembering Oscar De La Renta and L’Wren Scott we pay tribute to their amazing talents and honor their contributions to the magic of fashion on the red carpet. The online piece (see Variety.com) is a longer version of the print story (above).

Keep up with Claire Coghlan by checking out her blog The Alchemy of Truth and following her on twitter @CoghlanClaire.

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