July 9, 2011

:: Twin Peaks x Pendleton

I need to take a moment of silence here for Laura Palmer.  Twin Peaks was released on Netflix streaming recently and I decided to re-watch the series.  There are parts that I totally don't remember, or blocked out probably because I was a wee innocent one back then, full of the sweetness and wonder of the world still.  This time around I was noticing the CLOTHES.  Boatloads of Pendleton & Native American motifs galore, which *certain* people would kill for.  Also terrible things like stonewash spade-assed mom-jeans with tapered ankle which will never look good...I'm talking to you L train.  

July 8, 2011

:: Savage Beauty // Alexander McQueen

I've been so busy that I haven't been able to post about this, but I finally made it to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to see the Alexander McQueen exhibit.  After waiting in a 30 minute line on a Wednesday afternoon, I got in.  I've seen all of the pieces before from runway shows and other places online, but I was totally unprepared for how I would feel seeing them in person and up close.  At times I was speechless, other times on the verge of tears.  The accompanying descriptions are enlightening.  If you're in NY make it a priority to go before August 7th (when it ends).

June 17, 2011

:: Gareth Pugh F/W 2011

Reaallllyy not mad at this look! C3P0 would have a super crush. Backstage Gareth Pugh F/W 11 Desktop4.jpg via Style.com

June 9, 2011

:: awoooooga!


Remember that wolf from the Tex Avery cartoon whose eyes pop out when he sees a hot chick?  That's me right now at these:

More cowly goodness @RoarkeNYC

:: moar

Someone's paying attention out there...

These remind me of the exoskeleton of an insect or maybe the carapace of what Ripley deals with in Alien, but frankly I'm not repulsed.

by Nichole de Carle <-- btw I have no idea what's going on with their splash page and the strangely bedraggled models who look like they're still wearing shit from the night before.  I banish thee back to the underworld!

May 22, 2011

::underoos part II

As part of an ongoing quarter-life-crisis, I guess I'm becoming more and more obsessed with pretty underwear.  It's always been my feeling that if you're the only one who sees it, then who cares what it looks like, as long as it's comfortable and fits well under clothes.  But I realize now that confidence is like a fine onion... maybe a Vidalia one that doesn't make you cry as much... wait what was I saying? Ah yes, like a fine onion with many layers.  If confidence is supposed to come from within, then the next closest layer is your underwear.  I've found that ugly underwear can now not only ruin my day, it can ruin other people's days.  It's a fractal of hatred blossoming outwards.  

I found an Aussie brand that was started by two sisters inspired by B-grade horror flicks & architecture, called Hopeless Lingerie.  As any self-respecting horror fan will know, *points to self* some of the Dario Argento classics such as Suspiria have scenes with amazing architecture, but also have those extra special moments of girls in their panties getting super-killed.  I'll put a $20 on it that at least some of their inspiration comes from Argento.  
Some of them are semi-useless for everyday wear but I have some favorites picked out that seem practical and beautifully constructed. 

I've also had my eye on local brand The Lake & Stars by Nikki Dekker and Maayan Zilberman, an inspiring and stunningly creative duo.  More a work of art than anything else, their most recent collection blows minds.  THIS would be something Argento would be proud of.  Unafraid to explore the act of ritual and cultish behaviour, Dekker and Zilberman are making a playful statement.  Dark elves, anyone??
The Lake & Stars // S/S 2011 Collection

May 19, 2011

::act natural

Wish crystals ringWish Crystals Ring Be TogetherBe Together Ring

::who do you love?

Black Milk Leggings Black Milk Leggings
Galaxy Leggings by Black Milk Clothing
Black Milk Swimsuit
I caved and bought this one. It's so beautiful I might even wear it with a skirt or layered under something sheer. WIN.

::By the hammer of Thor

I just saw Thor and it got me excited about wormholes again.  We were always taught in school that the shortest distance between two points is a straight line.  This is not necessarily true depending on what your definition of 'distance' is.  If you're talking about space, the shortest theoretical distance between two points would be an Einstein-Rosen Bridge; a wormhole.  Wormholes are shortcuts through space/time.  If we are able to bend space/time so that two points very very far away from each other now curve around and meet each other, then that would be the shortest distance.

I've been culling inspiration from weird places -- the unexplainable, the unattainable, and the intangible things.  

Maud Traon must have experienced the same thing as me, because these rings look like stuff you would find in the aftermath of a supernova.

March 4, 2011

:: fear is the mind killer

I've been working on my jewelry line - nothing to post yet, but soon.  For now, some hints, and a glimpse into my perpetual inspiration.
^ Gom Jabbar / Pain Box scene - Dune
^ The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly

January 28, 2011

:: current freakout

There is a ridiculously gigantic backlog of items I haven't posted.  I used to be really adamant about not posting without having something thoughtful written about it, but that was causing some weird dread/fear of failure thing to come up and so I'd get overwhelmed and not post at all.  HEAR YE, loyal readers, I am hereby vetoing my imaginary rule.  Things are gonna change, I can feel it. 

While you stare slackjawed at what I just wrote, check this outttttt:

November 17, 2010

:: Boutiques.com

Let's just admit something.  I love Google.  I love their design, their thoughtfulness, and their intelligence.  I am a self proclaimed Google enthusiast and would probably stand staunchly behind anything created by the Google brand. .. even if it was.... GOOGLE FASHION?? Yes, they just launched their newest endeavor, Boutiques.com.  I promptly signed up for an account and tried it out. 
When you create your account, you're led to a page where you choose between two styles/outfits shown.  You're supposed to pick the one that's closest to your personal style.  After a few of these, it puts you in a style category.  I got "Edgy."  Pretty good so far.. Next you choose your loves and hates for dresses, tops,  bottoms, and shoes.  For example, I hate floral print, the color yellow, turtlenecks, and square toe heels. The final step is choosing designers you love and hate. You're then brought to your home page where you're shown a summary of your style and different ways of exploring the curated results.  The more you use it, the smarter it gets because you can further hone in on your exact wants by indicating that you love or hate something you're shown.  I'm pretty impressed and would suggest signing up to see for yourself.  I'm excited to see it improve as they add more designers and retailers.  Between this and my Pinterest page, I've got my wish lists covered.

November 6, 2010

::underoos ahoy

Although I refuse to spend copious amounts of money on such things as underwear and bras, there are some things that can be justified.  UK label Bordelle is positively the most crafted and gorgeous lingerie out there, with hints of S&M and birthday-present-esque tailoring.  Barbarella would be thrilled.  

VPL (Visible Panty Lines) by Victoria Bartlett, encourages underwear as outerwear.   Few people can really pull this off without looking tacky and unkempt, but paired with jersey layerings, a little sheer, and some futuristic cuts, you've got android chic.  I'm a fan.

::Sandra Backlund SS 2011

If you need armor to protect you from knitted bullets, then yes, these will suffice.
SS 2010 Collection via Trendland

October 16, 2010

::the wild unknown

My friend Julia just moved into a brand new apartment with only the clothes on her back and a few vital necessities.  When I visited the other day I found a pleasingly minimalist atomosphere within, balanced with hard wood and black leather, white linens, and this glass pyramid of wonder, that her darling boyfriend Justin gave her:

The "prism" consists of found objects, from the wanderings of Family Band member Kim Krans, and is welded together by her mother, a stained-glass artist.  $75-$130, all one-of-a-kind.  Also, Refinery29 just did a lust list with this item today, weirdly, which just confirms my suspicion that my brain is being tapped by spies.

September 29, 2010

::you'll stumble in my footsteps

I just read about this new designer line called New Kid by Rachel Beagley for Keds, which is available via Gargyle for now.. probably more places in the near future.  I already have a pair of Justin Ropers for the winter, otherwise I'd definitely be investing in these:

New Kid Dreamcore Boots - $185

I'd also have these hermetically sealed to my feet because suede + leather + aztec print + buckle?  HECK YES.  It's all about the details..
Slipstitch Ankle Boot - $170

Overstitch Boot - $185

September 18, 2010

::it's just like it's just like a mini-market

Ok if you didn't get my reference in the subject of this post, I'd encourage you to look at this gem.  Sigh.

I just found out about Swedish label Minimarket, which is run by three sisters who like to get weird.  Their A/W 2010 collection is the most far-out and imaginative one, but their other seasons are definitely worth checking out for their craftsmanship and aesthetic pleasure.  Collections like these make me wish I could walk down the street with my face painted similarly and somehow have that be normal.  Perhaps I'm missing a past tribal life...

^^Awesome pointy-toe tassel brogues, and of course a beautiful woodblock platform + suede wedge bootie to fuel my fires.

September 17, 2010

::a delicious slice of chocolate cake

One of my oldest and dearest friends, Alia, turned me on to the gorgeousness of the wedge bootie.  I was formerly averted to it, but I've since fallen victim to its clean, bold curves -- especially suede ones.  A friend to cankles and twigankles alike, they give you height but not the terror of heels.

Some of my fave picks, including unrealistically priced ones:
1.) Rag & Bone - Odval Desert Bootie - $450 // 2.) Twelfth St. by Cynthia Vincent - Kole Oxford Wedges - $325 // 3.) Marc by Marc Jacobs - David Boot - $350 // 4.) Opening Ceremony - w5 Wedge Desert Boot - $515 // 5.) 80%20% - Eliotte Wool Hidden Wedge Tassel Boot - $46 // 6.) JCrew - MacAlister Wedge Boots - $198 // 7.) Surface To Air - Bat Wedge Desert Ankle Boot - $413 // 8.) Jeffrey Campbell - Alexa - sold out ~ modeled after Acne Atacoma boots which are also sold out