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Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months. -Oscar Wilde

Dive Into Spring

Posted: September 14th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

NY Fashion Week has been in full force, and I wanted to take the time to talk about my favorite shows so far.  I know Spring 2011 seems far away, but it is exciting to think about what you might want to wear as the first green shoots are reaching for the sun.

First up is Alexander Wang.  Spring is my favorite time of year, and I love to see the more organic fabrics and fresh color palettes that he has focused on this time around.  Normally he is the king of black, but this season he took a more spiritual, new age approach and sent his girls down the runway in flowy coveralls with criss cross backs and canvas jackets, and a sea of white white white, with some seafoam and terra cotta as well.  He also explored some small doodle-like prints which were interesting, and used metallic foil so it looked like duct tape slashed across a dress or pants.

Ah Derek Lam…this season he did a California cool girl, relaxed and confident.  He added a touch of 70′s, but not so much as to make the collection look retro.  He also used some chambray denim, which seems to be all over the runways for spring.  I am crazy for his wooden wedges, and am hoping to snag a pair come springtime,  even if I have to beat every other devotee over the head with a shoe box at Barneys.

Marc Jacobs left the 50′s and 60′s behind and went straight for the 70′s for spring 2011.  His models were awash in gorgeous plums, oranges, mustards, and pinks.  The halter dresses, frizzy hair and giant flowers reminded me of Diane Von Furstenberg, pulling up to Studio 54 looking fabulous and ready to dance the night away.  The satin numbers, especially the hot pants, were straight Jodie Foster in Taxi Driver.  The colors were beautiful, but I could do without satin shorts or pants for that matter, which is why I am just showing you his dresses. He also paid tribute to YSL (of course), and threw in some Missoni inspired prints as well.  All in all, he always makes fashion fun, and it delivered a mash-up of co-existing influences, delicious colors, and some great textures and shapes.

Sexy sand?  Yes that seems to be what Donna Karan is into for spring. Desert colors and sexy, flowing silhouettes floated down the runway, making one dream of faraway lands.

Thakoon Panichgul jumped on the refreshing band wagon, and he too sent crisp white down the runway in the form of sporty eyelet.  Now sporty and eyelet might not seem to go together, but it worked perfectly and his clothing was fresh, sporty, and sexy.  He even made the bits of black he showed light and airy without a bit of drudgery.

Lastly, we have Vena Cava, and I think they did a really great job this season.  Their looks were effortless, chic, and I imagined the girl wearing these clothes would be well travelled and fun to sit next to at a dinner party.

All photos via style.com

Last night I went to a cocktail party/exhibit sponsored by Harper’s Bazaar featuring hot accessory designers. You can’t beat great people watching, mixed with viewing fantastic jewelry, shoes, bags, scarves, and hair accessories.  Standouts included Anndra Neen jewelry and Abraxas Rex jewelry, and I am also really excited about Jennifer Behr’s new feather hair accessories for spring.  Pieces included peachy feathers dusted with gold, so ethereal and gorgeous!


Pockets and Paintings #46

Posted: July 8th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: accessories, Art and Fashion, bags, Jewelry, Shoes, skirts, Summer, Sunglasses, t-shirts | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

South African artist Marlene Dumas is one of my favorites.  I went to her retrospective at the MOMA last year and was blown away at the ferocity and the freedom of her approach.  thinned paint drips down the canvas, washy watercolor faces lined the walls of a whole room, and a child stands naked facing the viewer with paint stained hands.  Her faces are haunting and the bodies perverse.  She even did a portrait of Marilyn Monroe on the coroner’s slab, her once glamourous face bluish and bloated.  Here is one of her tamer pieces:

Here is my outfit inspired by this work:

Sam Edelman, B.ella, Linda Farrow Vintage

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Skirt: See by Chloe, organic cotton t shirt: Chinti and Parker, bag: Marc Jacobs

sunglasses: Linda Farrow, oxfords: Sam Edelman, necklace: Rosantica

I love this work based on the famous Man Ray photograph:

And here is a gorgeous portrait she did of Naomi Campbell:

Here is a great video of her talking about the retrospective at MOMA:


Pockets and Paintings #32

Posted: May 14th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: accessories, bags, dresses, Jewelry, Spring, Sunglasses | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Here we have British painter Mathew Weir.  His paintings are very intricate and include glossy figurines as the human stand in.  They are surrounded by bucolic landscapes and flowers copied from seventeenth-century Dutch still life paintings.  There is a bit of sadness as if one thinks “what are these figurines doing in the woods tossed away?”  He is a masterful painter and I truly enjoy looking at his works.

Here is my outfit inspired by the painting:

Burberry, Yves Saint Laurent, Isharya, Donna Karan, Marc Jacobs, Diane von Furstenberg

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Dress: Diane Von Furstenberg, sunglasses: Burberry, bag: Marc Jacobs

Heels: Donna Karan, ring: Yves Saint Laurent, earrings: Isharya

If you love the Marc Jacobs leather tote but not the price, then this bag by Cole Haan is for you and it’s less than half the price:

Cole Haan at ShopStyle

And check this out!  Raffia bags and shoes are big for summer.  These Elizabeth and James open toe raffia heels are half the price of the Donna Karan ones!

Elizabeth and James at ShopStyle

The Supremes

Posted: March 27th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: accessories, bags, dresses, Going Out, music | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

The Supremes ruled the roost at Motown Records in the 60′s.  Originally named The Primettes, they were founded in Detroit, Michigan. In fact, founding members Florence Ballard, Mary Wilson, Diana Ross, and Betty McGlown all grew up in same housing project together.  Barbara Martin replaced Betty in 1960 and the group signed with Motown the following year as The Supremes.  At their peak, The Supremes rivaled The Beatles in worldwide popularity, and went on to have 12 number one singles.  I have always loved their style; the hair, the matching glamourous dresses.  They always looked polished and put together, sexy but not vampy.

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Here is my outfit inspired by their style:

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Dress: Marc Jacobs, ring: TopShop, shoes: Christian Louboutin, bag: Barneys New York

Earrings: Marni

I am in love with the perfection surrounding these glorious Louboutins, but I did find these cute Jessica Simpson pumps and they are only $60

Jessica Simpson at ShopStyle

And if you love the Marc Jacobs cocktail dress, but not the price, then this cute Yoana Baraschi dress is for you, and it’s $355

Yoana Baraschi at ShopStyle

This Carlo Fellini bag has the same feel as the Barneys bag, but is just $74

Carlo Fellini at ShopStyle

Pockets and Paintings #11

Posted: March 4th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: accessories, Art and Fashion, bags, dresses, Going Out, Jewelry | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

I love Chris Ofili’s work.  He brought drama to the “Sensation” show in 1997, pissing off then mayor, Rudy Guiliani and crew with his “Holy Virgin Mary” decorated with a resin covered piece of elephant dung and small collaged images of female genitalia from porno magazines.  Why Rudy (and crew) had to take everything so literally and be so damned offended, I’ll never know.  This painting is called “Afro Lunar Lovers”:

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And here is my outfit inspired by the painting:

Marc Jacobs at ShopStyle

Here is a cute dress from Shoshanna with a similar feeling for only $305

Shoshanna at ShopStyle

And these shoes by Chinese Laundry would be great to pair with it, and they are only $68.95

Chinese Laundry at ShopStyle

Carmindy suggests doing a winged eye with a black liquid liner. If you have a hard time managing a liquid liner, she says to line your eye with a pencil first, then follow the line with the liquid. This way your liquid line is goof proof.  This one from Clinique is great:

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St. Valentine’s Day

Posted: February 14th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: accessories, bags, dresses | Tags: , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

It turns out there is a lotta merch out there that is heart related. I could have made pages of the stuff! Did you know that one legend states that St. Valentine was a roman priest who defied Emperor Claudius ll by marrying soldiers and their girls? Apparently Claud thought soldiers fought better without having the worry of a wife and kids, so he forbade marriage. St. Valentine was put to death when it was discovered he was uniting the young lovers. Lovely right? Anyway have a sweet day with your sweetie!

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