November 30, 2010

sleeping beauty

Ugly nature and the supernatural were displayed at Chris Habana's SS11 presentation and I was obviously smitten. My favorite pieces, like the gold nails necklace and thorns bracelets, were the ones that looked less like jewelry and more like randomly found bits of ugly nature themselves. Some fancy cubic shape happenings helped to modernize the rest of the collection but I don't think it was necessary, as those really felt like shiny new jewelry and mildly disrupted the old and dusty vibe that the other pieces had. The combinations of pearls, chains, and crosses brought to mind a much darker Sleeping Beauty, like these pieces had been locked in an attic and got all possessed by spirits and the like.

November 29, 2010

speak for me, do you see the same signs?

Today's outfit was built around my milkmaid braids because it's the only way to wear my hair without looking stupid because I cut my bangs too short when I was really bored on Saturday. I'm surprised at how much fun I'm having with it though, it looks cool with bindis and with eye makeup like the dots I did today.

After that I was inspired by a bunch of scattered Japanese street style photos I have in my head, the sunny suburbia in Edward Scissorhands (photo 3) and this Jamie Nelson for Elle Mexico shot (photo 6), and dishevelment and stuffiness of the late 90s (pictured here: Margiela, Comme des Garcons) and especially the way Mark Borthwick captured it. The rest of the pictures here are scanned from his book, which is seriously really beautiful and one of the most special things I own. And throughout the whole thing are his writings which sound all stream of consciousness and are really inspiring.

And at school today I got Princess Leia, "someone who would own a farm called the Aw, Shucks! Cherry Farm", and this lovely drawing:

These Goody barrettes are maybe my favorite thing:

My friend grew out of these old Jil Sander shoes and I was happy to take them off her hands. They're the same color as crosswalk stripes so walking around is really a delight.
For you fashionistas who need to know where one finds such a fashionable fridge, it's from Sears about 15 fashion-filled years ago. And if you are wondering about the stylish magnets, you will be sorely and un-stylishly disappointed to learn that they are one-of-a-stylin'-kinds made by style-possessing elementary schoolers many years ago and are not for sale. Style. Fashion. Fashion. I'm tired.

Hand-me-down dark blue dress and light blue slip, Old Navy flowered tank top.


The shirt was sent to me for review by beso.com. I ordered it a size larger because Comme des Garcons smalls are usually too small on me but this one is too big so yo, Comme, work out your sizing nonsense.

Brand: Junya Watanabe
Pros: The flowers are somewhere between botanical illustration and cartoon daisy, allowing for more versatility. The holes make it more fun to style and it makes it different than something you could find in a thrift store. Asymmetry is also obviously awesome. And it's comfortable and I kept forgetting I was wearing something nice.
Cons: That green! Just gimme a couple pigments lighter! Right now it's wavering between light and dark, and it looks like the most basic kind of Crayola green, which is so boring that they give it to you with kids' menus at restaurants. And you could say that makes it more versatile, but not necessarily because basic green doesn't call for many other good colors. Plus I feel like gingham should be in pastels.

I'm writing all choppy because I'm reading Girl by Blake Nelson at the moment and it's hard to get out of a writing style when all you've been doing is reading it because you've been bored and your bangs could only take so much cutting.

November 26, 2010

gold dust woman

Lately I've taken to creating real life moodboards out of the random junk I have on this table in my room. It bums me out that today is Black Friday because I'm not ready to let go of witchy vibes for fall but my high tolerance for the cold will be taken advantage of when it's at 10 degrees and I just want to wear ghost coats all the time.

This one is supposed to be a little cosmic and explorer-y and dusty. As always, it makes sense in my head.

Clockwise from up left: Yes, Rivkah, that is your tambourine. Yoshitomo Nara doll from his cafe in Tokyo (a year ago! Life is weird). Random box which houses my glitter glue. Guatemalan worry dolls. Yes, Rivkah, those are your optical illusion cards. Special journals. Romance Was Born headband sent to me by the folks there. Visually appealing book about deserts from a house-turned-book shop in Michigan. I Love Factory headband also sent to me by the folks there. Thrifted sun brooch. Stevie Nicks' Bella Donna. Grandma's old brooch. Random rock with fortune teller ring on top. Gara Danielle ring. Christian Sampson orange thing from Two Bridges Trading. Jamaican mask. Toothfairy box from Arizona. And all that stuff is sitting on a botanical illustrations booklet. And hanging above them is my New Orleans voodoo charm and a dreamcatcher.

November 23, 2010

i won't grow up

Rachel Antonoff can do the "cute" thing like no other, and her Spring 2011 collection was inspired by Peter Pan, specifically the notion of not growing up. It was perfect slumber party dreamvibes and made me really just want to crawl into one of the forts and fall asleep reading a Babysitters Club book while wearing a bow-printed jumper.

This model had the best job.

The shoes were SO good! Variations of penny loafers and saddle shoes for when I take over student council and try to make Penny Loafer and Saddle Shoe Day some kind of school holiday. Everything would look so pretty and we wouldn't have to do gym.

Crazy good Meghan Farrell jewelry!

And see, I feel like all of these clothes could easily be too cute, but the pastel thing knows when to shut off so that a dress like the one on the right above isn't too flouncy or Lolita-esque.

I stayed talking with Rachel about Hayley Mills and the political implications of Peter Pan until the slumber party had to come to an end. Is there anything more depressing than watching Wendy's house demolish in a few minutes' time? My dad and I headed out, and I bitterly noted about the place we stopped in for lunch that they were not offering s'mores.

November 20, 2010

dollhouse

In case one ever cared to doubt my laziness, I am still not unpacked from Fashion Week. And I am just now uploading my photos. Better late than never though, right? So my favorite part of Fashion's Night Out at Barney's was the night winding down and getting to calmly enjoy Andrew Yang's runway recreation dolls. They're all FW10, except for the McQueen ones at the bottom, and click to enlarge. These are my favorites but there are lots more & more details at the flickr set. And to answer a question from the comments, he made the dolls and the clothes -- everything.

Ruben & Isabel Toledo (!!!!)


Givenchy.


Balenciaga.



Rick Owens.


Proenza Schouler.



Lanvin.


Marc Jacobs.


Alexander McQueen (couldn't remember or find the season. Anyone? Bueller?)

McQueen SS07.


McQueen SS03.

McQueen FW10.

And my favorites...
Rodarte! I mean, there is an assload of different kinds of fabrics in the original looks, and to find them in mini-form is nuts. Plus I think the Rodarte looks themselves are the most fit for dolls. Which dolls are your favorites?


No clue what this pose is.

Andrew was excited to talk about his dolls and each one seemed to have a story. He'd found the materials everywhere -- stuff he'd already collected, things found at fabric stores, at dollar stores. And that's the best part, that these aren't the exact runway looks, but more personal, which really is the way both dolls and clothes should be.