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  • I Love Fashion: Prada Fall 2015

    April 15, 2015 | 1 Comment »

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    Detail of Prada Fall ’15 show from Style.com

    When I see something I like, I feel it in my bones. My senses get all electrified and my heart goes pitter-patter. Miuccia Prada, for instance: her topsy-turvy approach to feminine dressing is always delightful and her color palettes are just wonderful (plus, hello, giant brooches! I must DIY you.) So, for your viewing pleasure, Prada Fall ’15 paired with kooky candy-colored art. I think they pair perfectly, like a cherry on a sundae.

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    on the left: Detail of Prada Fall ’15 show from Style.com
    on the right: Childhood, The Ten Largest, No. 2, group IV by Hilma Af Klint

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    Art by Claudia Vivero

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    on the left: Stealth Grandma Speak by Simone Shubuck
    on the right: Detail of Prada Fall ’15 show from Style.com

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    on the left: Detail of Prada Fall ’15 show from Style.com
    on the right: Nr. 086 by Sigrid Callon





    I Love Fashion: Amongst the Bohemians

    November 12, 2014 | 2 Comments »

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    There are certain artistic movements and collectives that speak to a person, and for me, that would be the Bloomsbury Group. A coterie of young British artists, painters, writers and philosophers, the Bloomsbury Group was known for their liberal social values, passion for love, the pursuit of knowledge and beauty (and polyamory, but that’s another story). Though they held avant-garde views on feminism, gay rights and pacifism, expect no monk-like asceticism for them: instead their days were filled with a heady mix of sex, drugs and philosophical discourse.
    Often the group gathered at Charleston Farmhouse, the country home of Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell. Surrounded by rambling English gardens filled with sculpture, Charleston is something of a maximalist print enthusiast’s dream come true.
    So of course, when I saw this editorial, “Amongst The Bohemians” (model Lera Tribel shot by Tom Allen For Uk Harper’s Bazaar November 2014) shot at Charleston house, I audibly gasped. Luckily, I do that a lot so my desk-mates barely bat an eyelash.

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    I Love Fashion: Vingi Wong

    November 10, 2014 | No Comments »

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    Inspired by classical shapes in architecture, traditional Eastern European costume and distortion of the human body, recent Central St. Martin’s grad Vingi Wong makes clothing that is at once challenging, playful and well, just plain awesome. In the animé version of my life (the one in which I eat massive quantities ice cream cake and shoot poisonous strawberries out of my eyes), this is exactly what I will be wearing.

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    Loving {Forever}: Outlander

    October 7, 2014 | 1 Comment »

    Raise your hand if you are watching Outlander, Starz’ gorgeous adaptation of Diana Gabaldon’s Scottish highlands time travel series. I am officially hooked and not just because it’s a historical tale finally told from the eyes of one very kick-ass woman or because men look great in kilts but because it is so beautifully shot that I am physically yearning for a trip to the highlands.  And on the fashion front, Outlander could do for plaid and hand knit cowls what Twin Peaks did for saddle shoes and Gossip Girl did for headbands.
    Witness below, my Scottish fashion fantasy:

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    Fairy Queen: Nastya Sten And Sophie Touchet shot by Phil Poynter For Vogue Germany October 2014 via: Visual Optimism

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    on left: Isabel Marant FW ’14 show via NYmag.com on right: still from Outlander via Starz

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    on left: Insta-Glam: Julia Suszfalak By Emilio Tini For Glamour Germany October via Image Amplified, on right: still from Outlander via Starz

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    on left: Nice To Meet You, Mrs Bogart! : Nicola Haffmans By Thanassis Krikis For Madame Germany October via Visual Optimism on right: Isabel Marant FW ’14 show via NYmag.com

     

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    on left: Josefien Rodermans shot by Andreas Ohlund for Elle Sweden November 2013 via The Fashionography on right: Scotch on the Rocks shot by Joseph Cornell for Flare 2004 via


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    on left: Tartan Army: from Elle Magazine shot by George Santoni  on right: Field Notes: Marine Deleeuw By Emma Tempest For Bon Fall / Winter 14/15 via Visual Optimism

     





    I Love Fashion: Givenchy’s Butterflies

    September 25, 2014 | 1 Comment »

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    In the wrong hands, butterflies can be a bit cloying but Givenchy’s butterfly prints from their Spring ’15 show are anything but. They immediately reminded me of McQueen’s butterfly dresses which sent me down the rabbit hole towards Damien Hirst’s scarf prints for McQueen. A match made in heaven.
    Givenchy images from Style.com
    Damien Hirst images from Alexander McQueen





    I Love Fashion: Valentino Resort ’15

    August 6, 2014 | No Comments »

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    I’ve always been a big fan of checking out designer’s resort shows: it’s a season with less fanfare and designers have a chance to make a small cohesive collection. The result is often more fun than the Fall and Spring big hitters. This Valentino show is so inspiring to me, for its’ DIY potential, its’ fantastic prints and its’ ability to tackle a much-beloved fashion muse (Frida Kahlo) in a new way. Can’t you picture embroidering a few beautiful butterflies on your army jacket? I know I can.

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    I Love Fashion: Mary Katrantzou Resort ’15

    July 9, 2014 | 2 Comments »

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    I’m about halfway through my Summer shopping cleanse and feeling pretty great. The cleanse is helping me to look at objects in a different way, with a healthy abstract distance. For instance, these there-are-almost-no-words-to-describe-the-beauty looks from Mary Katrantzou’s Resort collection look like art to me. I’m appreciating the off-kilter color story, the shapes, the mix of prints and textures, the amazing use of type in the fabrications and not even thinking about these looks as “things I could buy (in my dreams)”.

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    I Love (Hate) Stuff: A Shopping Cleanse

    June 9, 2014 | 3 Comments »

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    I am not a minimalist. I love color and print and clutter. As a result, I like stuff. I am giddy with the thought of a pile of vintage fabric, a basket filled with buttons, a stack of beautiful linens. Often, it’s an emotional response, an electric tingle that jolts me alive.
    But this desire for stuff can go very, very wrong. What was once a quest to behold beauty can become an insatiable need to consume it. Quantity starts to trump quality and nothing is ever enough. I’ve talked about fast fashion being exhausting before- how hard it can be to separate the desire to look at beautiful things and capture them with your mind with the compulsion to buy all the beautiful things and own them with your credit card. We can never own all the beautiful things and besides that, many of the world’s most beautiful things simply aren’t for sale.
    I remember this the most when I’m on vacation. When you are on a great trip, doesn’t it always feel like you could just live out of your suitcase forever? All those stragglers left hanging in your closet at home, would you really care if you no longer had them? Probably not.
    So here’s what I am going to do: I’m going on a little cleanse. I need to re-learn the value of things, to accept that it’s possible to experience beauty without spending a dime, to appreciate a fleeting moment of beauty for what it is and need no more. To be clear, I don’t think there is anything wrong with buying things that you love, but I am no longer consciously consuming and that’s just not a good place for me to be. My goal is to get better at consciously consuming and it certainly doesn’t hurt that I will be saving some money in the process!

    The rules:
    -No clothing or accessories purchases, with the exception of necessities like socks or underwear, for three months. I can, however, make clothing or accessories myself.
    -After the three month mark, I can buy one vintage or handmade item a month. After the 6 month mark, I will re-assess how I am feeling about my possessions.
    -Continue to purge my closet of things I know I will never wear.
    -Continue to talk about my cleanse on this here blog. Make an effort as well to feature experiences on my blog that can’t be bought!

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    I Love Paris: Part 3

    May 1, 2014 | No Comments »

    And now for the third and last installment of Paris photos!  This all comes from a day of shopping and museum hopping.
    Our first stop was the French super-boutique Merci. They were re-merchandising for a new season but I managed to take a few snaps at the café:

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    Our next stop was Astier de Villatte, aka, where I would buy all of my dinnerware if someone gave me a million dollars and told me I could only use it to buy dinnerware. I loved their witty windows featuring animals wearing Nathalie Lété scarves!
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    Next we were off to Deyrolle, a centuries old curiosity shop. You weren’t really supposed to take pictures but I snuck a few of butterflies and bugs in the back room.
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    And then the Dries van Noten store, which could quite possibly be the most beautiful shop I have ever seen. Those curtains! oh my, I just want to wrap myself in them.
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    Finally we went to the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, an incredibly odd and breathtakingly gorgeous museum. The museum takes an original approach to the art and pedagogy of hunting and preservation with; one room dedicated to dogs, for instance, shows antique metal dog collars and hunting paintings next to a Jeff Koons dog statue. A trophy room takes on different meaning with bright stripes of blue and yellow painted on the ceiling.
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    Loving {Forever}: De Vera

    April 9, 2014 | No Comments »

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    There are some stores that transcend the good-old, brick-and-mortar format. They are more like museums, galleries or even adventures. They make you feel like you are in on a special secret. De Vera is one of those stores. A treasure trove of objets and jewelry displayed as art, a few moments stolen at De Vera feels like a meditative experience out of space and time, far from the Soho hustle and bustle.

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    Visit De Vera in New York at their downtown location at 10 Crosby St. or their uptown location at 26 East 81st St.