September 24, 2008

one zero zero

The one hundredth post! Can you believe I've kept this up? I can't. I'm normally terrible at keeping promises I make with myself (or anyone else, for that matter. Erm...), but I guess if something you love is really addicting it's tough to shy away from it. Besides, if I was a consistent poster we'd be well over one hundred by now, wouldn't we? Anyways, I've been taking a long time to get this post out here so I thought I'd address something I've always thought about but never quite knew how to put down in words.

I know it sounds corny, but to me, fashion is a form of art. I've said that on here before, but that's strictly what I find it: it's not necessarily about simply looking "good" or "chic". The designers that inspire me don't focus on designing clothes just to be clothes; the looks they design are art! WEARABLE art, which is more fun than pretty paintings in a museum that you can't touch. My ignorance aside, it really bothers me when silly ideas like "Fashion Do's and Don't's" and "Fashion Police" are established, because that takes all the fun out of putting together an outfit. In my opinion, the most interesting fashion is the Anti-Fashion. No rules, no restrictions, no normalcy, no pleasing anyone. I really aim to try to come up with some type of character behind what I wear, be it an 80's prom queen or disturbed man elf, and I think I like how Belle put it best: Dissecting a story without having to say a word. You knew I couldn't go a post without mentioning her, the woman is a genius. It's not how cute an outfit is, it's what it seems to reflect: a personality, a story.
When I posted the pictures in which I'm wearing a doilie hat and doll lashes, a few people thought it was a little strange, as did some when I posted my inspiration collage of dead-looking people and scary faces. These pictures are interesting, they make me want to know more about the person wearing it and they draw me in.
I might only be less attracted to the entire "chic" deal because, as a younger person, I do gravitate more towards tackier clothes. That being said, I'm twelve! I have no one to impress and I'm not concerned about wearing something flattering to my body. I will dress as ugly and crazy as I want as long as I'm still young enough to get away with it. Suckerssss.
So my sister generously let me and Claire use two of her bee-yootiful dresses (the ones Claire wears) to do one of our little amateur photo sessions outside. The dresses are gorgeous, but let's face it: everything else is creepy. Odd contrast, but fun to experiment with.
Here's to 100 more!
You guys are the best :)

67 comments:

Rumi said...

Damn Tavi, I LOVE THE CREEPINESS. I like your redheaded black-teared prop the most, whoever that is must like you a lot to let you do that to him.

When I was in high school (as in way older than 12) my best friend and I ran around in our suburban wasteland and took all these Virgin Suicides inspired pictures. We were even holding broken dolls in some of them. HAHAHHAH. Anyway, you should hold broken dolls is what I'm trying to say ever so inefficiently.

terren said...

Yay! congrats on 100 :) you're a much better blogger than me. this photoshoot is sooo cool, and the dresses are gorgeous

bohobum said...

I love the one with your friend claire being gagged. it's really fantastic.

and please do continue dressing like a disturbed elf man & any other creepy character, as frequently as possible.
it warms my heart. :)

inabeena said...

omg! congratulations! i agree with boho bum, disturbed man elf sounds pretty cool! i feel to dress Kinderwhore-ish, but i am lacking funding. :(. Anyway, just keep on livin, tavi! you rock our socks!
http://www.glamourgrunge.blogspot.com

Danielle Fletcher. said...

you inspire me.

marvelous photo shoot!
simply stunning.

Hannah Cheeto said...

Happy 100th!

That photoshoot is so stunning, and seriously, keep doing whatever you want with fashion because you totally rock! You're not like anyone else, and that's a totally good thing.

Andie said...

YAY! happy 100th! this photoshoot is so cool, i love the dresses. i wanted to do something like this before, but my sis said it would be weird. but you proved her (and me) wrong. you inspire me.YOU ROCK! :D

http://blair-waldork.blogspot.com

fashionista said...

Congratulations!
And those pictures are so gorgeous, how can you be so cool?

selinaoolala said...

happy 100!! lovelovelove the pictures, very inspiring

May Kasahara said...

LOVE. You are AMAZING.

The 4th picture is stunning. Great color and contrast.

The Stylish Wanderer said...

Fricken awesome pictures tavi.

you make me shake with envy!

Moi said...

your inspirational and i adore you

TEXTSTYLES said...

congratulations!
keep up the fantastic work.

stefania

Rozie said...

Your pictures hint at a fascinating story.

I bemoaned the day my wardrobe became less about fun and more about becoming employed, but there are some nice nuances in this arena of clothing. It's less about hitting people with a frying pan of style.

But the fashion police will always be artless idiots.

franny glass said...

happy 100th (: you take beautifully haunting pictures! and your style is an inspiration.

i agree that fashion is a form of art and shouldn't have boundaries!

it'd be great if you replied! (:

x.

Emily said...

these are such wonderfully eerie shots, i love all of them!

Ella said...

Happy 100th post!
Fab, fab photos hun, spooky and eerie and love them.
Inspirational.
x

Laurel said...

TAVI YOU HOTTIE MCHOTHOT

I miss you, baybay! How's you? And PS. these photos are rocking my world, literally. I love how the contrast works so well with these, and that white dress? Amazing, much?

Your style m.o. is most definitely something I hope to live up to as I figure out what my best 'look' is, and just as you said - what is most comfortable is what you don't force, you know? This is why I love you long time. Now, lets go get some fro-yo, bitches!!!


I love you, bb!
xo

molly kate said...

I am glad you mentioned the fashion as art idea because I try to explain that concept to people and they don't seem to understand! Congrats on your 100th post, keep going!

Mia said...

tavi,

you are the most adorable person on the web! love the photos, your style, attitude, etc.

xoxo - mia

Azreen Zzz said...

creepy creepy creepy!!!
i loooike!!!
i can't believe you are 12.

FashionSqueah! said...

Beautiful photos, I always look forward to your photoshoots! They're so very creative and creepy in a good way! I know exactly what you mean about fashion being art too, I've blogged about that before and it's one of the reasons I get very annoyed when my (male) friends trivialise it and try to make me feel shallow for loving fashion...Char x

MHBass said...

i absolutely love this, it looks like a professional shoot! perfect contrast bewteen clothes and setting/props - i especially love the one of you with the rose, and the ones of your friend gagged and then crying black tears, which is a particularly beautiful photo.

Johanne said...

Happy 100th, Tavi! Your style is unique, and your personality too.
Thanks for (almost)daily inspiration and great posts<3

Toodles

Citona Marie said...

You are fantastic, do you know that?:)
I love the pictures. At first I thought it was from Vouge or something!!!

L.J. said...

Congratulations! Well, I am hoping for AT LEAST one hundred more! And also, I tagged you, when there is all this talk about being brave and creepy (not really:)) when it comes to outfits!

Go on, go on, in the same direction!

Johanne

Ashleigh said...

What a great shoot! Def reminds me of the dreary styles showing up all over the runways this season....Love the "gloominess"

WendyB said...

You guys are too cute.

beccajanie said...

congrats on post 100! your blog is so great and always so interesting - these pictures are no exception. I actually really like the location and the dresses are so very pretty!

chicagoshopper said...

Congrats on 100 posts! I agree that those pics are creepy, though kinda interesting.

City Chic Please said...

ahhhh, you just stole the words out of my mouth: fashion IS art!! i actually wrote a paper about that for english! so, yeah, SCORE.

though "creepy," i think they're really cool, your pictures...i'm always drawn the weirdness of things...

Style-Rocker said...

congrats...and yes i do worry about you and all this no smiling, dark photography, but cheers for being creative and for being brave. i would never have the courage at your age!!!

holly said...

congratzafashalations! on 100 :D
my mom always told me i was a morbid child growing up but im only 13 and im still growing up morbid!
oh somethings never change...
the third&fourth pictures my favourite

Arabelle said...

when you told me you were planning this I knew it would be epic.

and i'm always right.

so.

no surprise!

damn i love you so heartz heartz.

carola sanchez said...

love your blog ans post

Zoë said...

ahhh
this is so awesome!!
i love photoshoots =D

Mary said...

BEST.PICTURES.EVER.

and your friend looks like Molly Ringwald in Sixteen Candles :)

MWah.fashion said...

ahahaha youre so creepy yet adorable and i love it.

Shutter-bug said...

Congrats on your 100th! That is one awesome photoshoot, I love the way the pictures turned out :)

Tavi said...

Thanks guys!
Mary-she's gotten that so many times before! It's awesome.

Elizabeth said...

Wow. One of my classmates told me about this blog, and it is AMAZING! Here's to 100 more, Tavi!
L

s_d said...

it's because of all that you said that keeps me interested in this blog
else i would have left a long time ago

Fashion Fille said...

WOOOOOOOO congrats!! here's to 1000 more!

that photoshoot is amazing- you are so talented in everyway!!!!!

Nice and Shiny said...

I couldn't have dreamed of a better post for your 100th! Seriously, incredible photoshoot,my favourites are 5, 9 and 10. Those pictures really stirred something inside me... I dunno dude, seeeeriously amazing is all I can say!
Congratulations for the milestone, keep being awsome!
<3<3

+ Lou + said...

It's not corny because then that makes me corny. That's why I read fashion blogs instead of runway coverage. There is personality and motive behind the clothes, by wearing a certain item a certain way you create a tangible character. I want my own tangible character but she's still on the drawing board. You can be creepy, it's good to be morbid sometimes, if you weren't, you'd be a creepy ray of sunshine and we'd think you were some kind of robot... You're not a robot are you?! Either way, I love your blog. :)

Tara said...

Congratulations on the 100 posts, they are all excellent & inspiring!
And I LOVE LOVE LOVE these photos, they are eerily beautiful :)

Soul Tanggg said...

fantastic!
you're awesome, Tav!

Diichan?! said...

Ah, the pictures are really pretty. I especially thing the one with you as a full view kind of medium shot in the dress with the rose is really nice. I also like the kind of vintage photo sort of quality some of them seem to have. <3 Sweetness.

Isabel said...

Ohmigod, Tavi in a long white dress! You look ethereal and beautiful and freakin' amazing, If that ain't art, i don't know what is.

yoncto said...

those are some cool pictures. be a model! or something! =]

m.elizabeth said...

love these. love. lovelovelovelovelove.
stay inspiring :)

Heather said...

These are wonderful. I hope you keep these up, I too enjoy fashion as art and so inspired by your photo shoots. It's like you have your own little 'zine and we get a little peak.

3,4,&5 work really well together. I so love the white dress you wear.

maxima said...

cecilia cecilia
I just thought you are too young for that "the virgin suicides"-world.
but cecilia for example ist nearly as old as you...
stupid me.

carolina bleu said...

amen sister.
great photos.

Dara said...

amazing photography and you both look beautiful in the pictures

poppy:) said...

creepy yet FANTASTIC

Sarah said...

i think these are the most wonderful pictures every! so surreal

Andie said...

Tavi you're photos are amazing! I love it when you post photos, to me you're sense of style is unique, the way style should be!

Lucy said...

This reminds me of "mirror father mirror" from Ghost World. Ahaha
No, no, no. It's not that creepy. The dresses are gorgeous.

I do like what you said. I wear what I want, not what is in style. I'm seventeen so I get hated on a lot by adults and children alike. T.T Whatever.

ElectricDrool said...

I just found this blog today and I love it! I'm 12, love fashion and seem to have the same sense of humor as you. I'm actually LOLing at these posts! Awesome!

Niki said...

Gaah, I'm so sad that I hadn't discovered your blog when you posted this. Anyways, here's a late congrats!! The pictures of you with the rose are creepy and intriguing in ways I do not yet understand...I like them. O.o

Petula said...

wow, you are amazing, i love your fashion, well, i hace a blog with a friend, and is like wierd fashion, is: loolipopskin.blogspot.com i don´t have a lot of photos, but is a blog of fashion, i love your clothes!

SJ Stephens said...

i hope i can get to 100 posts.... wow. what an inspiration. you are so talented!

Cess said...

Dear, lovely Tavi
I love these pictures... Each and every one of them they are, like... really cool (?) for lack of a better word...

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