Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Bye Bye Derelicte

The Olsen sisters embraced the idea behind Mugatu's Derelicte line, a collection of street wear for the trendy homeless set made famous by the really really good looking super model Derek Zoolander, so much so that it became a religion for the skinny-mini moguls and fashion slaves everywhere to live by.

Mary-Kate and Ashley (and Jenny Humphrey) took grunge to new heights and paved the way for oversize sweaters, ripped-to-shreds jeans and kinky, sea-sprayed locks. I too loved every minute of being able to don all articles of clothing beginning with the word, "boyfriend," but unfortunately, the trend is starting to die a slow and painful death. Clean-cut, "Mad Men" 1960's-inspired looks are on the rise--leave it to Robert Pattison to start things off with his new hairdo for the upcoming film, Water for Elephants (pictured above).

I'm not sure I'm ready to give up my tattered Current Elliots or faded leather Fendi bag, but if men are going back to looking like Cary Grant and Rock Hudson, I'm definitely ready for fall! And apparently so are a lot of designers. While Christian Dior, Alexander McQueen and Comme de Garcons, refuse to depart from the avant garde, others including Dolce & Gabbana and Valentino, who brought bows, baby doll dresses and buns to the runway, prefer tailored fits, camel over black and fur and lambskin instead of harsh leather. Burberry is still on the fence, but the camel coat below has a Don Draper name tag sewn inside of it.

Back in the 1960's pork chops were all the rage. Pork, you should know, is just as lean as chicken and spices up any menu quite nicely, especially if you've had your share of poultry lately. Chops are just as easy to make as anything else, so try 'em with apple sauce and don't be scared. See my mom's simple recipe below!

Looks from Valentino's Fall 2010 Couture Collection; A look from Burberry Prorsum's Fall 2010 Menswear Collection; A look from Dolce  & Gabbana's Fall 2010 RTW Collection; A look from Prada's Fall 2010 RTW Collection; A look from Louis Vuitton's Fall 2010 Menswear Collection.

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Mom's Pork Chops

Four center-cut pork chops 
White flour and egg for dipping
Salt and Pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Carefully dip each chop in egg and then flour. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. 

Coat a frying pan in half butter/half olive oil. Place pork chops in pan and brown over medium heat. 

When browned on both sides, place pan in a preheated oven for approximately 15 minutes. Thicker chops may take a few minutes longer to cook through. 

Pair with Motts applesauce and your preferred side dish. Serves 4.

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