March 31, 2011

come sail away

I know school dances are really awkward and smelly but, as with all things I like about high school, the novelty/cultural experience/aesthetics can be really enjoyable, especially when moments remind me of movies and teevee. There are a lot of good school dance scenes in popular culture, in case you weren't aware! Carrie, Grease, 10 Things I Hate About You, Pretty in Pink. But my personal favorites would have to include the homecoming from Freaks and Geeks when Sam Weir's depiction of bad dancing got a bit too close for comfort. (I was then comforted by Millie's soothing squeak voice.)

Angela Chase had two school dances in her high school experience that, like Freaks and Geeks, was too short. I preferred the trippy one in the Halloween episode over the one in the episode narrated by Krakow because he is a curly yellow ball of stalk.

The Virgin Suicides' scene is one after my own heart, though. That part when Bonnie says she's having the best time, how Trip and Lux are crowned king and queen, how it's kind of the only time in the movie when you get the feeling that they're happy...that is, til they all kill themselves, LOL! (I am a terrible person) (Yes I did understand that movie as about more than people killing themselves) (Thank you)


And now for photos with color editing almost as ADD as that of The Virgin Suicides itself: Rachel Antonoff's Fall presentation! It was really delightful. Her presentations are usually basically installations, really drawing you in and giving a feel for the ambiance (vocab word from English a few months ago, fancy seeing you pop up in my brain). But it's not like all the balloons and cupcakes were supposed to cover up the quality of the clothes, because there's nothing to cover up! They are beautiful all on their own. If we were in any of the movies or shows mentioned above that would be a line that I would tell my best friend who recently got her first hormonal wave of insecurity.



The Like played, it was pretty special to see them live. Perfect for the vibes too, man.





So many wonderful details! I decided to be annoying and pretentious and only post pretty pictures so this is like the only one where you can actually see the clothes, har har.


The tights were so good. I think knees are really ugly -- along with armpits, elbows, and ears -- so my attitude when it comes to decorating them with cats is not unlike that of Bryce Shivers and Lisa Eversman when it comes to everything with birds.



This actually took place the same day as my own school's dance, but it was the turnabout one so I wouldn't have been going anyway. I'll stick with the aesthetically pleasing and fictional kind as long as I can before facing body odor -- a truth that I fear the most. (I feel you, Elizabeth Taylor.) (RIP.)

Oh and today was my blorg's 3rd birthday. Happy birthday, blorg! I did the retrospective and introspective thing a few days ago so there's no need for that now (and thank you to those who got it for being cool and thank you to those who didn't for only furthering my point). I celebrated by eating cookies and googling bad birthday clip art.

58 comments:

thwany said...

i so DO NOT miss high school.

Ben said...

I wish you let us see the clothes!

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Brie Gershwin said...

I luvv this post. School dances dance parties, and concerts all get pretty awkward and smelly, but, they're fun. The pics are great. I love the tights with the cathead on the knees. A pair of nude nylons with a heart at the knees would be my dream. :)
xxBrie
http://emmaspicnic.blogspot.com/

Marlena said...

The Halloween episode of MSCL will always be my favorite <3 <3
And Oh My God those cat head tights are brilliant! I definitely need a pair.

noirohio vintage said...

I love this post. Freaks & Geeks will forever be my favorite canceled show, followed up by My-So called.

Kaiami said...

Hahah oh awkward school dances. I remember those from middle school. As a senior, I've only been to one high school dance ever, and it was the yearbook dance that I have to go to because I'm in yearbook and it's part of my grade.

I'm kind of tempted to go to senior prom just because I want to blow my money on a bombtastic dress (aka excuse to buy designer), but I also get seasick and will probably end up spending the whole night throwing up on a boat. Yeah. Tavi, I hope you will post about your school formal dresses if you go.

Ofelia said...

I'd prefer to just forget highschool althogether. Congrats on the 3 years!

xx
Glass of Fashion

firefly said...

Happy 3rd birthday for your blog!

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brodie said...

Rachel Antonoff is a woman after my own heart. Never mind the fact that she's BFF with Maeby Funke, her presentations are, without doubt, the most fun anyone has ever had with fashion ever.

EVER.

Stacy said...

Fantastic post! I'm a big fan of Rachel Antonoff, and anyone's good in my book if they're fans of the Like (I don't think you'll appreciate how hard it was to not say, "like the Like").

Mitchie said...

HAHAHA!

Jessica said...

I love this post.

Congratulations on the 3 years!

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laia. said...

happy blog day bebe
<3

Tranbina said...

Happy birthday to your blog <3

Jazz said...

HAPPI BERFDAI
xxxx jazz

Lisa and Kirana said...

3 years must be a very long journey, i am a newbie in blog and has been admired yours. started to blogging this year one of my inspire is you!
happy birthday to tavi's blog :)))
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ólöf said...

oh. How much I love Freaks and Geeks!

Jack W. said...

LOVE the 'carrie' reference, Stephen King AGFEEHGHEIGG! We actually never had a prom, the management was left up to us and the steering committee was too high to actually get anything planned (thatswhathappenswhenyougivestonersresponsibility...) but no-one would've turned up anyway. We were all to cool to do that
The clothes look really cool, and I seriously LOVE the installation presentation concept, very cool :)

Happy Blog-Birthday!

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Lily Brown said...

Well, I guess I got 4 more years of highschool. And 4 more years of suffering and akward dances were you drink too much juice and tap your shoes. :( ON a lighter note, Happy Birthday Blorg!

Lily Brown said...

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Dankeschön. :)

Jessica said...

Happy Blogday!

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Frockspotter said...

Aww we don't have dances at my school :( great post as always Tavi !

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Houndstooth Bunny said...
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Houndstooth Bunny said...

I'll never be to a school dance cause schools singapore never have school dances! Plus, i'm in a girls school, and girl don't just dance with girls. HAHA

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Carnivorous Seaweed said...

Tavi, how could you forget to mention Brian Krakow stalking Jordan Catalano and Rayanne Graff!?!
Prom. He he he. Love the perfect vibes, especially in that Virgin Suicides and Pretty in Pink vibe.
Cats make the world go round.

Jessie said...

i love this. i too am in high school and i love this group of photographs. so cool. thank you for sharing tavi.

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Madeline Quaint said...

Oh, Freaks and Geeks, always makes me smile!
Am I glad I didn't attend high school in the US though! :)

Happy Blogbirthday! Yours was the first style blog I started to read, thanks for all the great inspiration you share!

The Fancy Teacup said...

The heart pattern and cat silhouette tights are super cute. I agree, high school dances are awkward.

Congrats on your blog's 3rd birthday!

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much love.

Alexandra said...

great post! awesome clothes <3

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love you

xoxo

brightlightsbigcity said...

honestly i wish my school had more formal dances and less drunken stumble fests.

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Lydia said...

Happy birthday blorg! When I discovered you earlier this year, I went back through and read a bunch of your older posts. Your writing style especially has grown so much since you started. You're so popular in the blog world, and in the fashion world, not just because you're a young wunderkind, but because you're actually really awesome. Oh, and I miss Angela Chase so much. I need to find that DVD box set.

Hanna said...

Whha!?! Ears are so cute and where would we be without the phrase, "The bee's knees.!" Please Tavi. Armpits on the other hand...

Hanna said...

Oh, and Happy Birthday!11!!1

meagan said...

a trombone skirt?!?! i played trombone for 10 years and was in marching band and was a total band geek and whatnot, so this is exceptionally appealing to me. also appreciating the printed tights for the same reason you are.

Hanna said...

TAVI I'M IN SHOCK. Pixar is making a totoro movie. Unless this is a april fools prank...

movie.http://japancinema.net/2011/04/01/exclusive-first-look-pixar-studios-totoro-coming-2011/

Gayatri Kumar said...

Happy Birthday Blorg! :)

High school dances though - quite over-rated. I forgot mine the next morning :/

xx G

Look who's Wearing (LwW)

20thCgirl said...

Happy Birthday Blog!

My high school Prom was memorable only because all the teachers got drunk and a fair few of them decided to try and pole dance. I lol'd.

Michelle Lee said...

happy b-day stylerookie

i've uploaded first april post up too :)
http://pinklemonincrystal.blogspot.com

Tanya Tsaruk said...

Tawi baby, you are very talented girl)
you inspire me and you have a kind eyes;)

Tessa G. said...

I loved high school. I was so into crazy fashion, running around the halls in Gumby suits, and workin it on the dance floor at all the school dances. I wish I could have utilized myself differently during that time, but I think we would have been best friends in high school.

Also, so glad you watch Portlandia. That show has my heart. I'm dying to move to Portland to immerse myself with that whole culture they've got going over there.

Kate said...

Those tights are incredible! So inspiring!

Juliet said...

Happy 3rd blogging Birthday for yesterday!

I love looking through your posts. You have an awesome personality.

xxx

http://thejulietreport.blogspot.com

Juliet said...

Happy 3rd blogging Birthday for yesterday!

I love looking through your posts. You have an awesome personality.

xxx

http://thejulietreport.blogspot.com

LUU H. said...
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LUU H. said...

the decor is kinda weird, but so cute in the same time!

the line sheet said...

I just saw the Virgin Suicides for the first time last weekend! I cried the entire way through! So sad and so beautiful!

Elle Sees said...

i recently had a John Hughes 80s party...a "prom" inspired by school dances (with spiked punch, natch) and the guests dressed as their fave JH character. I was Andie!

Alexandra said...

Freaks and Geeks is my one true love thank you for also loving it.

esme said...

tavi, i agree with you about knees, but you must reconsider ears---ears can be fabulous! also, just think of the softness of cats' ears or dogs' ears.....

Kate said...

best portlandia clip ever. except maybe the femenist bookstore. no no... this is my fave. and yes knees are ugly. and yes I am still resisting following your blog for no real reason apart from a small amount of jealousy at the fact that your so fucking cool. I still hit it up on a regular basis though :)
http://mcqueenismymorphine.blogspot.com/

esme said...

re smelly dances: often by jr. yr. guys have discovered the joys of showers and start smelling much better! also, if your high school has a swim-team, check out the swimmers--hardworking, very clean, and usually exuding a faint eau de chlorine!!
yours,
esme noir
(esmenoir.com)

cancercowboy said...

thank god these kinds of events haven't made it in Germany. i had to withstand one right after abitur (general qualification for university entrance over here), and it's been awful enough.
funny vid; luckily they didn't draw squids on it...
and i know its not my place to say this (and i hope it doesn't sound too creepy or insolent or intrusive) but i'd bet serious money that some people did miss you at the dance.

Michelle said...

Freaks and Geeks, My So-Called Life and The Virgin Suicides... You are so on it! Just watched all of these within the past three weeks... So good :)

WastedWardrobe.net

Tara Violet said...

dances..oh yes. my last prom of high school is on the horizon actually. prom strangely is not as cringe-worthy/awkward as the regular dances and semi-formals were when we'd have balloon arches and cheap decorations. I'd much prefer a Virgin Suicides-esque one. though I've always wanted to be able to do the handjive and 50's-style dancing, a la Grease. too bad the 50's are over and there's not much hope of that happening now.

Rachel Antonoff's presentation looks so charming and magical. the cat tights are too adorable! that Portlandia video was hilarious. I ought to watch the show. the bird toast is the best of all of it I think.

happy 3rd birthday to your blog! can't believe you've been going for that long..I remember reading your very early posts. I remember thinking 'wow, she's so cool! I love the way she dresses'

Sisters for Life said...

I want those cat tights so bad!!

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Daria said...

Brian Krakow is a GOOD GUY

Gloria said...

good article :)

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