June 30, 2009

if you wanna make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and make that *key change* CHAAAAANGE

My dad and I are back from London and I completely miss it. Actually, we got back Tuesday, but I was half dead, and last night my friend and I saw Bob Dylan in concert (!!!!! He smiled! He laughed! He was doing fancy footwork and was totally into it! Happy it was my first concert I've ever been to.) But anyway, London. Where to begin! Can't do too much recapping since it was for something speciallllll but FIRST THINGS FIRST:
RIP, King of Pop. And Oxyclean Guy, and Farrah. Seriously, a bunch of fashion bloggers leave the US and all this shiz goes down? The day I returned to camp:
Friend: How was London?
Me: Really fun!
Friend: Do people actually talk like that over there?
Me: Yeah, I couldn't believe it. They don't get news there either. I didn't find out Michael Jackson died until I got back home.
Friend: Whoa.
Me: Yeah. Europe is basically a hole.

EDIT: Geez louise, I was joking! Of course we knew/London isn't a hole. Man.

Anyway, this was kind of the trip's anthem. ON THE PHONE, YOU AND ME, TIL DAWN, TIL THREE. Such passion! Lots of hotel room mental dance partying for that one? Mental for me at least, because a) I cannot dance, 2) I was too tired and don't think my jet lag ever completely evened out. I might be on Hungary time right now, honestly, and d) uhhh I preferred sitting around and thinking "MAN IF I WAS DANCING RIGHT NOW IT WOULD PROBABLY BE REALLY COOL."

Like I said, Elizabeth, Laia, Karl came, and Eden ended up joining us later because airlines are silly nilly shonky wonky. My dad and I did not have an especially good time chatting it up with the people at United, who all read my name as either Tavina, Tavis, or Talia. Go competence! *evil eye*

Shouldn't complain though, I mean LONDON. I packed lightly (er, for me, anyway) expecting to buy a lot of clothes but I didn't buy a thing other than chocolate!

First we went to Dover Street Market the day we got there. DSM, oh you beautiful creature. Obviously the clothes are amazing (hi Comme, Rodarte, Lanvin, Kirkwood, hi) but the interior is so rad. I don't really know what I'm talking about when I say stuff about the ~interior design~ but all I know is it made me feel warm and fuzzy inside and good vibes are good vibes are good vibes. Oh and BTDUBZ, I tried trying on a Junya dress but gave up after a good ten minutes because I just couldn't figure it out. For a second just now I was about to suggest preschoolers be given Junya Watanabe dress puzzles to enhance their figuring-things-out skills but uhh they should be put in my closet instead-I mean, y'know, think of the children!Hi Nicholas Kirkwood, hi.So cute! From my favorite Charles Anastase collection. Being at DSM and Luella were really torturous because they carried SS 09 collections and I liked Spring/Summer this year way better than Autumn/Winter.
All elevators should have this on the inside. *Reaches*Laia and me inside one of the port-a-potty changing rooms, painted red. Believe it.
So cute!

A few days later my dad and I met up with Isaac and John from LOVE and we went to different markets and Beyond Retro and Rough Trade. Rough Trade was really cool but because I could get most of the albums here in The States (as everyone over there kept calling them) and because of the exchange rate I didn't get anything. Beyond Retro was kind of like every vintage store I've ever been in, to be honest? Again, currency trublez as well.

My dad and I also went to Luella and Topshop. Luella has the cutest store with the cutest clothes and I wanted to give all of them a big hug. I tried on this dress, which actually went to my ANKLES, but looked amazing that way, and would still look amazing when I would grow, and fit it more properly. Not for $700 though (a SALE price, mind you and your mom). Sadfaceeeeee.

I was considering buying one of the tops, but my dad quickly steered me towards Topshop where things were cheaper (by a little). We weren't in there for long because the air conditioning was messed up, it was crowded, and we didn't have time to take a good look. Nothing that caught my eye agreed with my wallet (er, ziploc bag. RECESSIONISTA CHIC!) so mehhh.

Other random London tidbits:Napkin writings.
Random Chanel van in the middle of the street, whaddup.
Green neon and gray, one of my favorite combinations!
More shoes.
Okay, time to catch up on jet lag, if I'm lucky. I hope I can go to London again soon.

June 23, 2009

"i am going to have an anger baby. it will not be named pee because it is an anger baby and i am angry."

All this secrecy and stuff is now confirmed-I'm going to London, uh, tonight! For what I'm not supposed to say but I'm so incredibly excited and will take lots of pictures. Our hotel has free Wifi so maybe I will still update, if I don't decide that having easy access to good chocolate means that nothing else matters (read: it does.)
~*RELEVANT PHOTO TIME*~via jak & jil
Sup, Anna Piaggi? This will totally be me over there, man. The old lady with a cane showing lots of British pride part, not the incredibly awesome brain part. WELL HAY AS LONG AS I HAVE LOOKS!
I'm bringing lots of those "paper websites" that we call "Books" on the 8 hour plane. Eden is packing 31 hours so I can't complain. Just rhyme about it. And possibly beat box. Laia is coming, so is Elizabeth. We plan on getting my wife something very special because she can't come, thus making any pillow fights less fun, and most things that involve brains, harder.
Oy, that one wasn't s'POSED to rhyme, but it kinda does. Whutinthewhut.
So yeah, guess that's it? YAyyyy. So psyched. Maybe I'll see some of you over at the other side of the pond! Which is funny, because it's not a pond. It is funny because the squirrel is dead (omg, anyone else see UP?! Sorz, random.)
Kevvviiiiin. Kevvviiiiin.
Alrighty, goodbye children. Going to London + chanting Torah=I am now a man.

June 19, 2009

Um, dudeeeez. I think it's time to tell sanity nice knowin ya and have a fun time at...school. Or somewhere anal and smart. Oh god, school! How do I go back there in the fall after this? Kerazy plans are in the works right now. I don't want to speak too soon but I do enjoy being annoying and secretive. Meh meh meh meh meh.
So much to catch up on. These are pictures I took of how to wear these striped American Apparel shorts for the Weardrobe Closet. I took out items from that place over a month and a half ago. Fail.childhood closet button down and top. slow and steady wins the race sunglasses. f21 headband.
Took these so long ago I can't even remember the thought process! No clue why I matched these things together but whatevs.
vintage top and scarf. f21 glasses.
uo top and necklace. jewel osco socks. thrifted shoes. vintage givenchy sunglasses.

LA was a month ago and I still have the second half of the trip to cover. Oopsydoops. I am half busy, one fourth lazy and one fourth trying to not spend as much time on the computer. I just bought lots of new books and I want to actually read them.
WHOA, back up. "Books?" What's a "book?" Yeah, they're kind of strange.. sort of like one of those recordings on your iPod of people telling a story only on paper? I know, kids these days.

Before I go:
8 year old at camp: What are you singing?
Me: Single Ladies by mah gurl Beyonce.
Him: Beyonce? Hm. Never heard of her.
8 year old: Just let me know when you're done, okay? *plugs ears*

[insert dry bit about how kids love me, i really am just so approachable, etc., here]

June 16, 2009

what's your name? devon? well they're just different letters! arranged differently!

Camp has started so I gotsta dress somewhat comfortably. Poopy!
Until I can be impractical again and actually feel inspired, random obnoxious musings about random people at the CFDA awards? Yes? GOD I KNOW MY BLOG IS SO INTELLECTUAL. 13 YEAR OLD PRODIGY OMG.
Moustache+purple plaid FTW.Hi old man, didn't hear you over the sound of how rad my bff Bernadette is. 3 years ago we did that thing where you donate $10 to her charity program and she sends you a ~*personalized*~ autograph. It came literally, like, 2 years late but she's Bernadette Peters, she can take her goddamn time.Oh, I love seeing someone wear the kooky clay bead Isaac Mizrahi dress to something like this!Again, no idea who this chick us but the Thakoon (?) dress looks like crinkly blue paper and I just love it.I am so so incredibly happy that Kate and Laura won womenswear designer of the year. Ugh, they deserved it, yo. I love how casually awesome they look too. And Kirsten Dunstydunstydunst (fun name) looks great in their tunic dress and those beautiful Kirkwood shoes. So happy for them!!If you've got a huge red obnoxious Zac Posen (surprise!?!) dress and you're standing there alone, FLAUNT IT.Justin Timberlake will never be Zachary Quinto. And then Anna's all.. werq. I'm actually surprised she isn't jumping. Against a beige backdrop.
Also, emotion! How fresh! I'm sure it's the new thing for fall, along with menswear! And jumping! Against beige backdrops!!11!!!Never not awesome! Where's Karen though? *photoshops self in picture*
And HEY, speaking of photoshop, while I'm being extremely brainy and intellectual tonight, here's something an awesome chick named Sarah made:This kind of thing is so not good for my ego! From left to right, Rich, Suz, Spencer. Seriously one of the nicest things ever made! Thank you Sarah!

June 14, 2009

hay gurl

I was trying to find scans and articles from Sassy magazine for a project and found this shoot of Chloe Sevigny as Edie Sedgwick from Blair magazine. For a while I disliked Chloe Sevigny because I hated her character in Melinda and Melinda. Then I realized it just means she's a good actress, along with having fun style! Oopysdoops.
So so good, had to share.
Alllllso, I'm gonna go out on a whim and ask that if anyone has any issues of Sassy (before it sold out to Teen) could they pretty please pretty pretty scan them in (maybe send?!) for this project? Lots of fashion bloggers would love you forever and shower you with invisible Comme and McQueen! It's a lot to ask but couldn't hurt to try..
Also, another picture from LA that I'm just posting now because I suck at email! This is with Jenny from the Opening Ceremony store. I wish I'd gotten a picture of her amazing necklaces!
Ignore me. Awkard child is awkward.

June 12, 2009

resort 2010

...because I can't think of a better title and it's 9:57 AM, therefore too early for brain to properly operate. Give me til at LEAST 3 PM, k?

Christopher Kane
I'd heard such good things about this collection and checked it out and agreed until I read about the inspiration:
"I wanted something natural, but I'm so fed up with florals. And then I came across these images of nuclear test explosions from the fifties to the seventies on the Internet. I like the crazy-bright chemical colors. The way they're sinister—but beautiful."
It's not the inspiration that makes me dislike it more, it's how it was executed. It's SUCH an amazing idea, and prompts so many thoughts about 50s-70s America, but most of the collection is just... dresses with prints. Which is one of the easiest things to do. I mean, seriously.
All nice dresses. Attractive! Sexy! Beautiful colors, and I do adore the shoes. But the inspiration is so fascinating to me. If the clothes were built around the issue of nuclear bombs, especially in 1950-70's America, as opposed to the mere IMAGE of bombs...the clothes would be so much more powerful. I hate bringing everything back to Rei, but Hiroshima, anyone? It's just a shame to me that wasn't used, because now if anyone DID use that idea, it would be considered copying. Poo.
Reminds me of Kate Moss's style for some reason. Nice lazy look.
Didn't make sense with the rest of the collection but I like how it looks like a preschooler could have made it.
I think this is neat, all of these visual puns with the nude color are fun.
Another stupid print dress. Amazing jacket though.
I like how this is mildly futuristic, but it's in the most OBVIOUS way. I mean, he said he wanted to combine nature (nuclear bombs?) with futurism. So he has his nature dress and thinks how can he make it futuristic-like? Adding those space panels, of course! It's so simple. It's the obvious choice. It's kind of a bummer.
I do find it interesting how that creates a heart shape out of the bomb picture, though. Maybe that was the point. Still, grudge.
Still, this collection might be my favorite of resort so far. Ugh, I AM SO CONFUSED. Grudge.

Marc Jacobs
I'm the same with this as I was with his Louis Vuitton AW collection. Some I rather enjoyed, some makes me not wince exactly, just sort of, "eh," and some is just really really really really not my thing.
The collection has lots of I'm A Cool Mom! looks like this. Floral capris and belted "Timeless style! I'm Vogue Magazine!" blazers. I would like to dress up the blazer actually, just unbelted and minus the super resorty pants. The colors in it are lovely, would look cool with my turban, and the material looks interesting.
More blerg.Jewish grandpa living in Boca Raton. The pieces (er, the shirt at least) would look cool layered but this just looks. SO stereotypically resort.Project Runway? Bueller?
I found myself liking these a lot until I realized how Luella SS 09 they are! This one is much better in that sense:Excellent prints and color mixing. I hope that's a skirt though.
Lots of tulle ruffles like there were in the Louis Vuitton collection I was talking about. I rather like this, it's fun!

Zac Posen

Why so tacky, Zacky?! Even if these were "Couture" ...it's just so...pink, red, bows, extravagant. They just look like extra obnoxious prom dresses.
Better! I actually like this one. Looks like her arm is detached from her body, which is really spooky and cool.
Ashley Tisdale.
Not digging the poofy sleeves under the poofy sleeves, especially with the pants. Kind of wtf.
The black bustier part thing looks like a bra which looks trashy. Oy!
Is it..supposed to be...ironic? Not into this at all, it's really awkward and not in a good way because it seems kind of pretentious. I too am pretentious and awkward but I don't spend-waste-money doing so when a good label like Christian Lacroix is going under! Went under? Either way! It's like what a jealous bridesmaid might wear. "I'm wearing a blazer though, and the bottom of my dress is gray, so I'm alright, right?"
Like the mix of prints here, though it would be better with another kooky print. Oh God, could you imagine if I was a designer? "Needs more ugly! Throw on another optical illusion, sure! More wires!" Anyway, the sleeve cut out is weird because it's kind of on an armpit? Behhh.

Elise O/withalinethroughit/verland

When I saw the thumbnail for this one I thought there was some kind of awesome illusion going on with the print then it just became tacky.
The collection itself was rather bland to me. I say was because
it's already escaped my mind. Herm.

I really like this whole collection. I've said it before that sleek and chic doesn't really interest me because it can usually translate to boring but the colors and prints here make it different for some reason.The colors are just so good here! Vibrant without being aggressive (though I think this would look really neat even in all neon) but not too bland, even though the background looks like diarrhea. Excellent.
Don't like the skirt tying-very islandy and I'M ON A BEACH-but perfect print mixing.
The sweater thing is awesome.
Agh, there's such good balance in this one. I normally like really ugly clothes, who knew I'd be so into Prada! The colors, the colorrrrrrrrrrrrssssss.

Miu Miu
I just love the shoes! The rest of the collection was.. nice? Hm. Anyway SHOOOZ.

Jonathan SaundersThis top reminds me of something that my sister, who is now 19, would have worn in 6th grade, paired with a bandanna and Adidas sandals. My sister has nothing to do with it really, just her age and that time and what the kool kidz were into. The top looks totally cool here though. I am not a minimalist by any. means. so it does feel a little boring to me, but it's more consistent with the rest of the collection and general aesthetic of the label.
PS. those shoes are amazing.
Ok, I think that this top thing is a little too Matthew Williamson for H&M (which, to be honest, was...crappy), but HOW AMAZING is it that is totally looks like there's a hole going through this girl's stomach and chest? I think it's so rad!
Oy, the colors here are just so right together.
I feel like a prestigious middle-aged art collector would wear this to a gallery opening and take home a younger man. She has red hair.
Errr, not into this at all. Looks like the art collector in 2002. Or a mom who owns a clothing boutique with lots of velvet colorblock dresses and wears green swirly earrings she bought ~locally. These things make sense in my head, okay?
This I like! It's simple but close to what I'd like to be wearing all summer since layering doesn't really work this time of year. The colors are great, and the fabric of the top is neat. The yellow is just.. agjjj.
Looks like a mermaid! The color combination is so so dreamy and the jacket is incredibly Jonathan Saunders. The hemline of the skirt is a little oddly suggestive in a way that looks like a mistake but other than that I really like this.

Isaac Mizrahi
REALLY into this print, kind of reminds me of clay beads and painted sidewalk benches! The dress has a cute but done and done silhouette. If there was a lot of tricky layering that messed with the print through deconstructed blazers and scarves and pockets, that would be really rad, though that'd be too cdg and Isaac gotta be Isaac. The colors in this are great, too.
Now this reminds me a little bit of Comme! Just because there's polka dotted tulle, though. The rest is meh (though the nude/light blue combination is kinda cool).
Oy, that thing again. Excuse me, I suppose I wasn't loud enough. OY, THAT THING AGAIN *coughmucusexplosioncough*. So you're not going to take it off, eh?
It would be a good idea if it made one see the straw bag differently, but it's just kind of a Marc by Marc-esque trick to add a little more "whim!" it seems to me. I don't see the straw bag differently, it just looks like your drunk coworker put a lampshade over her head for attention, who you will later use to be on Tyra, and say something like "She is really insecure," and then Tyra will go into the issues she had with her mother as a teenager, and you'll be all, score, promotion. Seriously though, what's this trying to say? That a bag is what keeps a woman's brain working? That a bag is more important than a brain? I could see McQueen using that second idea actually, but only in a mocking way like he did this past season. That you think with the contents of your beach tote? Not getting it, seems a little weirdforthesakeofbeingweird. Maybe it's the humor in it? Might be. It IS paired with a very "chic" and business-power-woman-y shirt and pants combination. I should make a Nancy Drew mystery out of this. And I'm mildly embarrassed I wrote such a long bit about a silly hat. Er, bag. DAMNIT.
Ignoring that the shoes are way too similar to those Jil Sanders (hi jane, hi jane's toes), I really think this one is kind of cute, in a granny sort of way. Which is fine! Have you seen my new glasses? I should have been born 70 years ago. It's a really simple idea but I'm still weirdly drawn to it. The belt flower reminds me of the tissue paper flowers we used to make for Sukkot.
This reminds me of a very specific sparkly mini journal type thing I once got in a goodie bag at a friend's birthday party. We went bowling, and ate pizza in the "lounge." And in the "lounge" we got a goodie bag, and in this goodie bag was a Lizzie McGuire keychain, and an orange pen with a clump of fuzz on one end, and a somewhat matching tiny journal, with beads and glitter on it, that had a pink/light green/orange color palette. And 5 years later, Isaac Mizrahi took inspiration from this journal to create a look I'm on the fence about. Looks a little too your friend's beach house's kitchenware that she bought at Target 4 years ago, no? Ugh, I have really weird reference points. Moving on.
Looks like if Jil Sander A/W (I entered a slash! I'm waking up!) was a little more... dead flower-like. Not necessarily a bad thing! Wish it had more structure though, it's a little floppy.
Once again...Project Runway.
Awesome print looks awesome on awesome breezy fabric. Again, seen before silhouette, the problem being that it is seen before and not classic, because then this could probably pass as *~classic with a twist~* or something. Mehfest.
WOW, I just noticed the Sukkot flower though! That's super cool how it blends in.
Probably my favorite look from the collection, I just can't get over how great neon green and a nudish pink look together (the M is kind of lame though). This doesn't mean I think people should walk around naked minus a few 80's accesories but it's a lovely shape and makes me want to dress pretty and something just feels refreshing about it. Really love!!

Ok time to go back to sleep i_i