I love both these looks spotted in London and Tokyo respectively. Both combine beautiful draping set off with some badass chunky boots. I tend to swoon over outfits that work the contrast factor, but don't rely on color to do it.
Costume National is one of those labels I sometimes forget to keep up with, and then I'm hit in the face with this kind of awesomeness.
The man behind it all, Ennio Capasa, describes his thoughts behind the fall collection: "The Plug Generation's pleasent plundering of the 80s. Innocent unawareness. Their eyes erase the boundaries between day and night, disco and street, lights and colours. Urban bikers sit well on the present and launch into the future like a spark."
You may have these these Minimarket wedges in black floating around the fashion blogosphere (at least the Sweden-based ones) but I had no idea they came in blue! I know you'd see me walking from a mile away in these things, but the blue is actually kind of refreshing. If the stars align, I'd get them and maybe pair them with these black Acne skinnies.
Obesity and Speed has killed it again for fall with their Bored to Death collection. My go-to palette of gray and black is in full effect with some amazing tees and dresses. The "Wasted Effort" shirt shows the world how frustrated you are with a back that is fully shredded. This one will be mine.
If you keep up with this blog, you'll know I'm obsessed with Maria Francesca Pepe's jewelry creations, especially her oversized chunky necklaces from the past few seasons. While it's not quite the showstopper, this French Connection piece at Asos would be a nice consolation prize though at 40 bones!
Last weekend a couple of friends and I spent the afternoon gallery hopping in Chelsea. While walking down 11th ave (between 21st and 22nd st), I noticed a tiny opening in a cement wall. We crouched down and entered the dimly lit space. It was actually an art gallery filled with beautiful black and white photos of gothic yet serene ladies, all from Chadwick Tyler's Tiberius show at Honey Space. It was such an afternoon treat to stumble upon this, and is definately worth checking out. The show runs until mid March.
More info at www.honey-space.com
I may move to Germany after all. This new magazine MIRAGE focuses on swimwear & other "jetset pleasures", but let's face it- who's this interested in swimwear?! Not I. The design looks amazing a la (hero) Patrick Li, and the images are sexy and soft like Camilla Akrans...so no matter how far up in the $20's this thing is, I'll gladly (and stupidly) buy an issue for the never ending bookshelf...mmm.
I love some zombie references any day. Ann-Sofie Back no doubt spooked the crowd when these chics came around the corner. The show was based on horror movies like Poltergeist and Carrie evidenced by the tiaras and dream catchers. This is one of those collections where you really have to look past the styling, and you'll see a fun collection that can actually be incorporated into everyday looks.
This past weekend I finally got around to using my gift certificate to Priti Spa in the east village. Unlike the other 5 billion nail salons in NYC, apart from not looking at ALL like them, Priti also does not smell like chemicals either. This is because the spa is 100% organic and Priti polishes are free of Toluene, Formaldehyde, and all that other nasty junk. After staring at their endless wall of colors, I chose this royal blue named after a flower called Bachelors Button. You can buy the polishes at other retailers as well and online, but if you are going to be in NY anytime soon, I recommend treating yourself to a Priti mani/pedi!
This time around, Chloe payed homage to one of her favorite designers, Miguel Adrover and threw in dashes of what she called "gay lumberjack" for good measure. I wasn't too into the last collection but I'm obsessed with the leopard cardi and all the looks below are on point. Gimme those shoes!!!
images via WWD & Dazed
images via WWD & Dazed
Karen Walker makes some really great shades. Her spring collection called Celebrate Sun is no exception. The lookbook images were shot by Ny-based photographer Derek Kettela with the concept to induce even the most sun phobic (like vampires) to enjoy the rays in these heavy duty sunnies. My fave is this style below called the Derby available at LeeLeeLunettes.
Jen just informed me of this girl's blog that completely ripped off our Is Mental branding which I designed. Like she actually grabbed the panther graphic I did, ENLARGED IT, and even tried to use a similar typeface too!! WTF? The funny part is, she's a "graphics student." Well guess what missy? I am a graphic designer and I do this for a living so please do not steal my hard work. Make your own damn logo. You're going to school for that right?
Richard Nicoll started London fashion week on a beautiful note!...precise tailoring, soft and muted palette, underwear as outerwear, futuristic metals...this collection is a wonderful mix of millenium Barbarella meets "mental asylum chic"...love love love!
If you're going to call your line "Unique", it better pull from some pretty out there influences, and Topshop did just that for fall. From spaceships and sci-fi, to grunge and rave culture, the layered looks were a remix that was music to my ears. The cowl-hooded sweatshirts and glow-in-the-dark perspex necklaces will probably find their way onto me and I'm beyond excited that I can see this stuff in person come September. Suddenly I have the urge to watch old episodes of My So-Called Life...Rayanne Graff would have totally been into some of these outfits.
These two looks from Jeremy Laing Fall 09 show much of the stuff I want to be rocking this fall: leather, sheer exposed-seam leggings, and fringe-y pieces. He really did some interesting things with materials and silhouette this season that I'm loving.
images via style.com
images via style.com
The rumors have become reality! As of this week, you don't have to be in LA or NYC to get a piece of the Opening Ceremony pie. Each year, a visiting city is represented at Opening Ceremony by capturing the essence of the consumer experience. "Opening Ceremony recreates a shopping excursion based on four different perspectives--established designer (designers that best exemplify the country), emerging designer, one of a kind vintage pieces and select items from the open-air markets."
One of their recent additions from Japan, is the fashion house G.V.G.V. They have some of the most innovative pieces in the store like this ladder waist top I can see looking amazing with any kind of fitted pant. I love how they put a suggestion for shoes with the product images.
These high waist stretch pants are also from G.V.G.V. Having the zippers go from waist to ankle was an epic idea.
I really want this long A. Wang tux vest but I will prob. opt for a cheap look-a-like somewhere.
And here's a cute lace + mini combo skirt that would melt faces paired with a cropped leather bustier.