Archive for March, 2009

the super

March 31, 2009

Remember when supermodels were muses for the great designers? Jean Shrimpton, Jerry Hall, Lauren Hutton, Iman, Twiggy, Veruschka, Suzy Parker. Supermodels were veritable cultural icons. Glorious, ethereal beings who represented culture, beauty and fashion in every possible sense. It’s starting to come back a little bit, but models today don’t come even close to touching the god-like status of the supers of the past. I love celebrities, as I’ve said before. But let’s go back to the time when models dripped with glamour and class, producing photos representing an unwavering artistic sensibility. Instead of now, when companies throw a famous face onto their advertising campaigns to garner a little attention.

Although Bazaar has been driving me crazy recently, they did present a wonderful homage to the supermodel in their March issue. These women were just too, too good.

Kate Moss

Nadja Auermann

Christy Turlington, Naomi Campbell

Linda Evangelista

Cindy Crawford, Tatjana Patitz, Stephanie Seymour

Iman

Jerry Hall

Lauren Hutton

Marisa Berenson

Veruschka

Twiggy

Jean Shrimpton


Suzy Parker


Lisa Fonssagrives

Dovima.

*all images taken from harpersbazaar.com

the magic of the fashion blogosphere

March 31, 2009

I adore sifting through my Google Reader rotation of fashion blogs every day, especially when this little lady cannot figure out what to wear. And while I probably won’t be resorting to a “outfit-a-day” type thing, I do seriously covet the updates of those who do.

Behold, loves…these girls have some ridiculously fabulous style. Here of some of my favorite looks as of late:

There’s the ever and uber stylish Susie Bubble, who is able to style pieces in ways most could only dream of. These shots were done for a piece for The Observer:


Karla, from Karla’s Closet. I LOVE this pink, linen blazer. Undoubtedly the perfect summer blazer:


altamira is a street style blog, not a personal style blog, but the looks are insane, so I had to share:



This is Judy, Jane’s mom from seaofshoes.com. She and Jane originally started seaofshoes together, but then that became Jane’s baby and Judy started Atlantis Home. She has amazing fashion and interior design style. I could live in this dress all summer and have not a care in the world.

I think that my life would be complete if these were my friends and this is what we all happened to show up wearing as we walked down the street to grab brunch on a Saturday morning. I also wouldn’t mind going through life looking like I could kick anyone’s ass at any given moment. LOVE Jak and Jil.


Rumi, of fashiontoast. Phenom style, and beautiful photos.

I WANT THIS SWACKET. And that beautiful treasure Camille is standing in front of.


Brook & Lyn. I love the slight militaristic feel of this outfit, balanced with flowy, textured pants and a killer boot. They put pieces together so well.


And then the lovely Miss Jane Aldrige. 16 year old girl wonder from Texas, who’s currently wearing the pants I plan on purchasing. Seaofshoes is one of my faves.

swicket swacket

March 30, 2009

I was reading one of my favorite fash blogs, Childhood Flames (amazing, amazing style) and the other day she was wearing this piece called “the swacket” — a sweater/jacket, if you will. Here’s the link to her post…you have got to check out how ridiculous this piece is, and how many ways she wears it…it’s the epitome of everything I could ever want in a garment.

So, of course, I immediately went to the line’s site, Harput’s Own, the first independent line of San Francisco boutique Harput’s Market, and I fell in love. Their clothes have amazing versatility and the line is filled with pieces you could have forever and ever.

I would die for these yellow boots. The wedge heel is ah-mazing, and the height and structural slouchiness are quite similar to Rodarte’s FW09 boots, no?



The swacket…it’s truly one of the most perfect pieces I’ve seen in a very long time. I just adore it.







as the world recesses, i fantasize

March 29, 2009

My best friend, Barb, is a Harry Potter addict. She started reading them when they first came out, and has been ardently loyal to the series ever since. That includes attending every midnight premiere of each of the films (Even when she was in college. And even when no one would go with her. Bless Barb.) As someone who never jumped on that bandwagon when it was barreling through our cultural world full steam, I would often make fun of her and her “childish” obsession. But she was always very firm in her defense and I said that at some point, I’d watch the films just to see what all of the fuss was about. Well, that moment came last night, after so much good sushi and a couple of bottles of wine…and I loved. I DID, okay?! And I’m not ashamed people. Now don’t get me wrong, I believe it’s very important to be well read and well watched and I’ve committed myself to being a life long learner. But no matter how intelligent you are, no matter how much you fancy yourself an intellectual whose taste reaches the very apex of the culturally savvy, that doesn’t mean that you’re above a good story, or a little bit of fantasy. I come from a theatre background, and so the crux of my life’s studies and personal work has always been to tell stories, and to tell them as vividly, as effectively, and as creatively as possible. I am open to experiencing anything that tells a good story. It might be a little cheesy (one of my favorite movies is Con Air, and as you know, I am in the middle of a little Dawson’s Creek rewatching), or it can be something whose story hits home so deeply that it never leaves you, like The Squid and the Whale, The Picture of Dorian Gray…and, well, okay, anything involving Meredith and Derek on Grey’s Anatomy.

During the Great Depression, the musical, as a film genre, thrived, connecting with audiences who needed something fantastical, feel good and outside the bounds of exacted reality. I’ve been craving that kind of fantasy for myself recently…and it’s definitely manifested itself in staying in a lot to read, watch movies, sift through magazines and the internet. AND (I’m quite proud of this), I’ve not turned on the television all week long (except for film watching, of course). And I’ve felt the most creative and the most inspired that I’ve felt in quite a long time. It’s also what I love about fashion…is it entirely practical to buy or even produce an $11,000 Balmain jacket in a time where people are struggling to buy groceries? Who cares? Harper’s Bazaar has jumped on this recession bandwagon as if must be, literally, the only way that people can even conceive of fashion right now, and I’m so sick of reading their stupid recession articles I could just throw up. I know I can’t afford the new YSL cage booties, or the thigh-high Rodarte boots, thanks…but that doesn’t mean that I don’t want to look at them as styled up and fashiony as possible. Bazaar and Vogue needn’t think that the only way they can present items like this is to try and trick me into believing that a $1300 pair of booties is an “essential splurge” for this summer. I’m still within my first year out of college. They’re not. I find W to be the musical of the fashion world. When everyone else is afraid to admit their love of something impractical during a time where impracticality isn’t exactly relished, W says fuck that and gives us a shoot like their Stardust one this month, chock full of glamour, glitz, and a whole lotta “price available on request.”

There’s nothing wrong with looking to a little magic to make you feel better. I’ll alternate Twilight and Hemingway if I want to (and I currently am), and I’m already shopping at H&M…I don’t need to see it in any high fashion editorial, thanks. Tell the story, show me the good stuff.













love love love and valentino red

March 28, 2009

Tonight I saw “Valentino: The Last Emperor,” followed by a special Q&A with the director, Matt Tyrnauer, and it was tres tres magnifico. The fashion was beautiful to look at as Valentino is, of course, a genius, but, as the director said, the film is a love story about Valentino and his partner of 45+ years, Giancarlo Giametti. And what a story it is! The two are brilliant together…both possess fanatical exuberance and an unwavering flair for the dramatic. The film is a veritable delight for any fashion lover, and when you have special cameos by the likes of Andrew Leon Talley flipping out about caftans Valentino has made him for his 45th anniversary couture show, and Karl Lagerfeld commenting to Valentino that “compared to us, everyone else makes rags,” you’re in for a pretty special treat. The man also has six pugs and a head seamstress who matches his sass beat for beat, without batting an eye. Magic.

Take a look at the trailer, if you’ve not yet seen the film:

There’s also a great article on The Cut, an interview with Valentino and Giametti. The way that these two exchange banter is one of the best parts of the film. It’s candid comedy over and over and over again, supported by a staunch foundation of love. They reminded me a little of Yves and Pierre…but far less dysfunctional.

In any event, check this film out. It was the director’s first foray into film, and it’s a definite success.

alexis bittar

March 27, 2009

I loves me some good accessories. Especially bangles. I’m all about a fabulous necklace, but I always feel naked if I don’t have something (or many somethings) jangling about my wrists.

I discovered New York jewelry designer Alexis Bittar when he did an interview in this month’s W, and I adore his work. He works primarily with lucite and has a super private studio in Brooklyn where he keeps all of the secrets regarding the creation of his amazing accessories to himself.

He says he was drawn to jewelry because he found it “super enchanting.” Well, I find both him AND his gems incredibly enchanting. Gaze on friends…love as I do.







Those pieces are a part of his “Miss Havisham” collection, which is my favorite. Not only because I love how structural the pieces are (and all the gold), but also because I have a deep love for Miss Havisham proper…probably more than most people.











unexpected treasures make the world go round

March 26, 2009

I received my blazer in the mail today from Roo Vintage, and I am in LOVE. It is perfectly tailored to my body, and I’m pretty sure that I won’t take it off ever again. I love love love love love it.

BUT. Not only did the lovely Lisa from Roo Vintage send me the blazer, but she included this little treasure, as well:



A BEAUTIFUL silk YSL mini scarf/handkerchief! When I unveiled this unexpected gift, I just about died. She knew of my severe YSL obsession and sweetly, thoughtfully included this with my blazer.

The whole thing completely made my day…I encourage you ALL to shop away at Roo Vintage. It’s run by wonderful, stylish women who treat their customers like gold.

And now I’m off with Brandon to our friend Jill’s art show. So excited! Check her stuff out on Etsy…she’s a wonderful artist who does some delightfully kitschy pieces.

it’s like oil and water, baby

March 26, 2009

These are some celebrities that I love:


Lauren Conrad. I am def a Hills addict.

Victoria Beckham. I totally choreographed dances to “Wannabe” and “Spice Up Your Life” with my little brother when we were little. We were pretty fabulous.


Kanye West. I’m all about 808’s and Heartbreak.


The light of my life, Katie Holmes. I’m currently rewatching season 4 of Dawson’s Creek, where she and Pacey get together. True love has never been more romantic. I mean fine, she ended up marrying Crazy, but she has some pretty sick style and has produced an insanely beautiful child.

Gwenyth. Totally fabulous, in every way.

And these are some designers I love:

Yves. Dear, sweet Yves. He’s like a modern day Dionysus in this photo.

I laughed out loud when I saw this photo of Karl Lagerfeld, who, aside from being one of the most talented designers in the history of the industry, says nothing but the most absurd things uttered by any human being. Ever.

Proenza Schouler boys…Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez. So effing beautiful. Such good clothes.


Oh, bless DVF. She’s wearing Margiela’s wig coat with fishnets and she looks amazing. If I tried to pose publicly in that outfit people would cover their eyes and run. Instead, they just put DVF on the cover of a magazine…no big deal.

My very long-winded, slightly antagonistic point here is that I separated out these lovely individuals into two groups because THE FIRST NEEDN’T BE TRYING TO INFILTRATE THE ARTISTIC CAREERS OF THE SECOND. Sigh. Fashion is a form of art, folks. Just because you have a stylist who’s given you some great style, and you have a lot of money because you’re a celebrity, doesn’t mean that you should just start designing your own line of clothing. I love fashion a lot. I love wearing it even more. But you won’t see me in front of the camera, because I’m not a model, and you sure as hell won’t see me trying to design anything because I can barely draw a stick figure. I’m perfectly content to write about it. I won’t usually rant and rave this much, I promise…I just have very strong feelings about situations where the sanctity of the art isn’t taken seriously. And when celebrities just decide that they’ll start designing because it seems fun, it takes away from designers who have spent their lives devoted to fashion and to their craft. Each of those celebrities has been notably influential in their field, in some way or the other…whether it’s TV, music, or film, and I love that. But, celebrities who long to design, I beseech you…let it go. Do your thing, designers will do their thing, and ne’er the twain shall meet.

i write!

March 24, 2009

Okay, so clearly I don’t have much to do, because I’m updating at kind of a ridiculous rate. But that’s okay…I’m feeling a little under the weather today so it’s a “too much internet and coffee in bed” sort of day.

Just wanted to let you all know that in addition to blogging (which I’ve quickly become obsessed with, my desk littered with post-it notes of “great new blog ideas”) I also do freelance fashion writing in Chicago.

Check out my newest editorial for twentythirtyforty.net’s Friends on Fashion!

runway gone wild

March 24, 2009

I was perusing my blogs and something just reminded me of a video that my dear friend Brandon (a co-founder of twentythirtyforty.net) showed me on youtube, of an Alexander McQueen SS04 show. She’s a McQueen freak, similar to how I feel about YSL, she just has yet to brand his name on her body.

This video is unreal, and I love it. Just watch…my favorite part is the simulated track they run around.