Archive for September, 2009

so much style, cannot handle

September 29, 2009

images of these impeccably styled beauties taken most lovingly from le fashion


alexander mcqueen fall/winter campaign

September 29, 2009

this campaign, like most things alexander mcqueen, is a complete orgiastic dream. mcqueen is such a sensational master of presentation…the cracked mirrors, the sultry stares, and the structure of those dresses and that top…are you kidding me? i am obsessed with all things voluminous, draped and overbearing, and would wear everything pictured until it died the death of something that was loved just too, too much.

i’ll be honest, though…i am in deep, deep love with the photo for the men’s collection. it’s part daniel day-lewis in “there will be blood”/part “sweeney todd,” the stage version. its an updated 19th century look that conjures images of burberry, but with an australian rural roughness that’s so sexy i can’t stand it. i love when designers put thought into conceptualizing their campaigns for men. i could care less about campaigns that display male models because they’ve fit bodies. but this, this i could look at all day long.

photos taken from: design scene

coca rocha/korean vogue

September 29, 2009

this “legend of fall” editorial in korean vogue is incredible. i find the asian aesthetic (in its variance in culture and region) very alluring. there’s a darkness, an edge to the look as a whole, but it’s illuminated by immense bursts of color: brightly hued flowers, a striking red lip, and a lightness to the face. so detailed, and always focused on movement, balance (or imbalance), and the total ambience of the photo. coco rocha looks stunning in these photos, and, although i’ve not been a huge fan of her darker locks, her hair is styled brilliantly.

images from: design scene

in the mood

September 24, 2009

don’t get me wrong. i loves me some fashion month. but the ultimate downside of the ferocious web-attention it requires is that i spend all of my free time (which, thanks to grad school, is none. i’ve taken to now drinking many cups of coffee around the 7pm hour so as to keep me going through the rest of the night) ogling over, and i neglect the other wonderfully inspirational blogs i usually check on a daily basis. as i was doing some work for my wired writing class tonight, i serendipitously happened upon one of my all-time favorite blogs, moodboard, which always has the most stunning images. in honor of fashion week, moodboard was featuring images of designer’s homes, which were, as you can probably imagine, awash with creative genius. because we all need to shake it up a bit, i want to share some of these photos with you. it’s always fun to look at execeptional fashion, but what’s more interesting than a home that radiates personality and an acute sense of taste and self? as i think of the mess that my poor bedroom has turned into in recent weeks…i say, nothing.

thea bregazzi’s closet, elle (2008)

erin featherston, domino magazine (2006)

marc jacobs, house and garden magazine (2000)

chris benz

September 21, 2009

chris benz: colored, sequined, beautifully modeled genius.

matthew williamson

September 21, 2009

i apologize for the diminished posting, all…i launched myself into utter insanity this past week with school and adding on another freelance job, and learned the hard way (finally), that the table in front of the tv needs to stop acting as my homework work space. posts will occur with more regularity…especially as fashion week travels to europe! i’m just keeping my sights set on paris…can’twaitcan’twaitcan’twait!

the shows are pouring out of london at warp speed and when i was writing a column about spring metallics last night, i was absolutely floored by matthew williamson. it’s known that he does amazing things with color, but i’m in love with all of his gems, and sequins and brozen glory. it’s amazing…and you MUST check out the detail shots on, they’re sensational. here are some of my favorite details, followed by my favorite looks:

his take on color is really unbelievable…consistently fresh, and always exuberant without being gaudy. the details of his garments are just sick. it makes you realize how much isn’t translated in photographs.

all photos taken from

bloomies and the zoester

September 18, 2009

balk all you want, but i live for the zoe report. not only do i just love her personal style, causing me to love most things she features, but each of her reports have this amazing “alternate universe” section, where she’s features a cheaper like-minded version of whatever high fashion gloriousness she’s exalting. and what i really love, is that the alternate items she features are actually affordable. i’ve been thinking about how i need to go buy another crop of tights, as i live in tights from fall to spring, and kate and i have been on a voracious search for two-toned chanel knocks for quite a while. and, i mean, when you’re knocking chanel, not just any old thing will do. so, rachel zoe, reading my mind as always, sends out a zoe report today about these sensational gaultier two-toned fishnets…for $135. and then, because she’s a blessed, blessed being, she conjured her alternate universe from my immediate universe and featured a pair of these babies:

TWO-TONED TRINA TURK FOR HUE TIGHTS. i mean, you just get right on out of here. yes yes yes, the front panel is not the fleshy opaque of the chanel version, but it’s also not the glaring white of all the terrible knock-offs. i immediately texted kate, she immediately implored that i pick her up some too, and there you go. i’m so happy.

the boys

September 18, 2009

i have many fantasy worlds. some of them are slightly less involved than others. like wishing that my post-work trip to bloomingdale’s wasn’t just to pick up tights for kate and i, but to meet my personal stylist, who was going to outfit me in millions of dollars worth of clothes without me having to try any of them on and all the while, i’m lounging (fabulously) on a chaise lounge, drinking from a bottomless flute of pink champagne.

and then there’s the fantasy in which lazaro hernandez and jack mccollough call me up, tell me they’ve designed a special collection just for me, and, oh yeah, they’d like to propose a three-way marriage, because they’re both so in love with me that all they can fathom is spending the rest of their days doting on me and dressing me in their pretties.

i’m pretty sure that champagne-laden bloomies trip will stay in my fantasy world. but, as i look through proenza schouler ss10, i can dream it was all designed for me…

all those colors! the feathers, the SHOES…the completely successful 80s throwback — one that weaves together equal parts chic and punk to create a look with so much freaking personality, i just love it. the collection includes fabulously tailored takes on the white shirt and the blazer for business, sequins for going out (ooohhhh, how i’d love to get my hand on that blue sequin dream), brightly colored, short-skirted day wear, and, overall, an amazing breadth of unique shapes. they’re so playful, and so smart…they work together magnificently.

plus, dear god, look at those cute mother fuckers…they’re perfection. thanks for the mid-day eye candy, my sweets.

all photos gloriously taken from

200th Post!

September 15, 2009

i’m so excited to share that sassafras has reached its 200th post! i’m also quite excited because i started my “wired writing” class at saic today and i’m looking forward to all of the html and blogging tips i’m going to learned. i was quite thrilled with myself for knowing the basics that were taught today, as i’m not nearly as web-savvy as i’d like to be, but i’m thrilled with all of things i’ll be able to impart into sassafras.

sooooooooo many amazing shows to peruse, although i’d by lying if i said that’s what i’m doing right now. instead i’m winding down from a long day in class with season one of true blood (oh, how the obsession reigns) and the world’s largest salad. it’s good times monday, folks.

allllso, new chicago flame article up, “bookin’ it,” would love for you all to check it out. it’s not the high fashion analysis that i love, as its for a college paper, but it’s always nice to get more writing out in the world.

here’s some fashion week videos for you…enjoy!

alexander wang

diane von furstenburg (who did NOT get good reviews, by the way)

jason wu

reem acra

September 14, 2009

i am seriously obsessed with reem acra’s collection this season. the gilded goddess gowns are have me absolutely beside myself and the flowly silky prints are pieces you could feel good in forever. i am in love love love and want to to own everything that was shown.

that necklace is just out of control, and the draping on the jumpsuit is divine. i’m also seriously loving the brightly colored shoes she paired with everything.

put those sleeves on every dress i own, please.

i mean, i could say a billion things about everything here, but i think the photos stand for themselves. i’d love to be married in that last gown…perhaps with some sort of a slip, but still. it’s perfect.

all images taken from