Clarissa Explains It All
One of my favourite shows – ever – is Clarissa Explains It All. For those of you too young to remember, let me explain:

Clarissa Explains It All was the first female-led show on Nickelodeon, as well as the first “kids” show to reference sex, teen partying, hell and more. The lead character, Clarissa Darling (played by Melissa Joan Hart), was an intelligent, outspoken teenager who both spoke directly to camera and tackled each theme/issue of the episode through a computer game. My kind of girl.

I think, subconsciously, Clarissa also influenced a distinct flair in my fashion sense:

  • The girl knew how to layer. Usually with vests, or some kind of button-down that never took away from what she was wearing underneath.
  • Colour-blocking queen. Long-time fans of the fashion blog will know I hate ‘matching’. Clarissa always rocked ‘carefully considered clashing‘.
  • Statement pieces. I think We can thank the teenage blonde for the rise of geeky glasses. She almost always wore something in her hair, along with quirky earrings or heavy necklaces/bracelets.
  • Playing with proportions. Always in a high-waisted jean or a drop-waist created by an extra-long t-shirt. As a petite, this was a very valuable style secret learned early in life!
  • All of this is illustrated in the gallery below.

    “There’s height and then there’s stature, Sam. Never confuse the two.”

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    Forever 21
    Forever 21, the fashion retailer that is frequently and infamously sued for re-creating designer pieces, has started a witch hunt of their own. Last week, they gave blogger Rachel Kane (of WTForever21.com) an ultimatum: take down her website by last Friday or get sued for trademark infringement and defamation (LOL). WTF21 is obviously a satirical blog with no libellous statements philandering as company affiliation. Rachel sees the fascinating humour of it all, and has yet to take down the website.

    She recently sent out a press release of sorts, and I quote:

    My site, WTForever21, does not infringe on any of Forever 21’s rights. It contains only criticism, commentary, and news reporting, all written in an educational and humorous manner, which are protected under applicable law. To the extent any of the material used on the site is in fact subject to intellectual property protection (which, in many instances, is by no means clear), the site’s incorporation of that material is a “fair use” under copyright, trademark law, and similar state law. It’s incredibly unlikely that any portion of the site would ever cause confusion in the minds of the general public about whether or not Forever 21 endorses or is affiliated with it. The blog in no way dilutes Forever 21’s trademark, as the company claims. If the company continues to makes threats that have no basis in law, my attorneys are prepared to vigorously defend me and seek all available legal redress against Forever 21.

    In the meantime, I am leaving the blog up. I look forward to returning to blogging about fashion atrocities like lime green, faux fur covered vests and candy colored booty shorts on WTForever21.com.

    Do work, girl. This is going to be the most ironic of lawsuits.