Monthly Archives: July 2010

A. McQueen.

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The Marriage of Fashion and Politics

Diane von Furstenberg tote

President Obama was in town last night (NYC that is) for a little fundraising dinner hosted by Anna Wintour.  I love this.  I really do.  The whole fashion industry really got behind Obama, designing shirts, reusable tote bags, putting Michelle on the cover of Vogue and creating more eco-friendly clothing.

Tracy Reese Shirt

The dinner cost $30,400 per person and was attended by some of America’s finest, most prominent designers, such as Calvin Klein, Vera Wang, and Donna Karan.

It has also been announced that after much consideration, Chelsea Clinton has decided on a gown designed by Vera Wang to wear during her much anticipated wedding to Marc Mezvinsky.

Marc Jacobs Shirt

I actually think fashion and politics have more in common than they would like to admit.  Both have a foundation in money, relationships, who you know and they are both deeply seeded in change.  Fashions change just as much as who is in power.

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American Woman

Every summer I take a trip into New York to see the Costume Institute’s most recent exhibition at the Metropolitian Museum of Art.  And last Wednesday I had a chance to see the newest one, sponsored by Conde Nast and Gap, the title is “American Woman: Fashioning A National Identity.”

Personally, I think all of the exhibits they put on are beyond incredible.  The first one I went to was all Chanel, and I happened to bump into Tim Gunn so that was exciting.  This one was beautiful.  I loved seeing the changes in American styles and how they developed in the beginning part of the 20th Century.  The clothes were always stunning but in different ways, and completely different from each other from decade to decade.

My favorites were the Bohemians and the Flappers, followed closely by the glamorous movie stars of the 30’s.  There was one dress that I was instantly drawn to in the Flapper room, and of course, it was Lanvin.

If you can get to the city to see it I really recommend it, if not for the clothes, to see the psychology behind how clothing was impacted by society and vice versa.

Exhibition Poster

The Athletic Gibson Girl.

Bohemians

Close Up of Bohemians

Flapper

Old Hollywood Glamour of the 30's

Glamour

Close Up of Hollywood

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Fashion Puppet Pals

They are absolutely everywhere. All over the internet, featured on the Vogue UK blog and Refinery 29.  On the manicured hands of Tim Gunn and potentially pinned to the jackets of everyone at Fashion Week.

These are, of course, the fashion finger puppets, of which I hope to be a collector.  They are adorable and quirky and actually match the likeness quite well.

Some of these puppets are sold individually, and others in sets like the ones created for the various Fashion Weeks.  There is a New York group, London, Milan, and Paris group.  Though they are a bit expensive, $120 for a set, they might be worth it when you have an insanely fashion knowledgeable child one day.

Anna Wintour

Karl Lagerfeld

Karl Lagergeld, Boris Johnson, and Grace Coddington

New York Fashion Week, with Andre Leon Talley and Donna Karan

Paris Fashion Week, with Alber Elbaz and John Galianno

To see more of the fabulous creations, go to http://www.rubbishmagshop.com/.

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Thinking Cap

SPUR Fashion Magazine

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Birthday Blog (aka the Balloon Post)

Coco Rocha in Japanese Vogue

Japanese Vogue

Dior Advertisement

Louis Vuitton

Stella McCartney

Vogue

Vogue Korea

Vogue Korea

Marie Antoinette

As today is my birthday I felt the extreme need for a birthday post, complete with balloons, cake Marie Antoinette, Coco Rocha and, of course, Vogue.

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A Little Piece of Spain in Soho

I was in the city on Wednesday, doing various fashion-y things.  I went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to see the most recent costume exhibit titled “American Woman”.  It was beyond amazing, and I think it deserves it’s own post later on.  I also got an amazing Helmut Lang shirt for $30 at a sample sale and a new wallet at Topshop (a store I should really not be allowed in).  And after all of this I went to a styling party at Sol de Ibiza hosted by a fabulous personal stylist/lifestyle consultant I used to intern for, Dale.  Her company is DaleStyle, be sure to check out her amazing website, especially the styling video at: http://www.dalestyle.com/.

So, I walk into Sol de Ibiza, which is at 52 Greene St. in Soho, and they have marcona almonds, so I am immediately hooked.  Don’t judge me, these almonds are one of my favorite things in the entire world and I haven’t had them in such a long time.  The store is effortlessly beach chic, with a great straw ottoman-like seating arrangement in the center and dressing rooms reminiscent of cabanas.  You actually want to try on clothes in them, there is no stark lighting or flimsy curtains here.

After the almonds (okay, and cheese) I walk around the store and instantly fall in love with a bathing suit fit for a Brazilian supermodel, a Ms. Bundchen (or rather Mrs. Brady), perhaps.  It was a deep teal with a huge piece of quartz in the center.

I also really liked this bathing suit, it was also a one piece, and even with its high neckline it was still really sexy and goddess-like.

Then I found the shoes, never a good sign.  I have a deep affinity for espadrilles, I got my first pair from Nordstroms when I was about 11 and have loved them ever since.  And at Sol de Ibiza there were some of the cutest I have ever seen.  I could absolutely picture myself walking to the market to pick up almonds and Manchego cheese in a pair of them.  Here were my three favorites:

These blue cork ones are incredible.  They were denim on the outside, with matching blue suede on the inside, four and a half inches high and, sadly, $395.  But a girl can dream right?

I thought these two pairs of pants were fun, and if I were living somewhere along the Mediterranean I would buy them in a heartbeat.

There were a few items of clothing that I really liked and that was the kaftan and this black lace dress that just had salsa written all over it.

I am a huge scarf person, I have a mini collection of vintage ones, and I thought the store had great scarves with really vibrant colors.  I might need to invest in one of them, if I could ever decide between the colors.

This one is actually a towel on the inside.

There was also a small collection of jewelry, and their hamsa/evil eye bracelets caught my eye.  I am (supposed to be) getting one for my birthday so I didn’t buy one, but I loved the variety of colors they had, and how clean and simple they were.

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Toy Soldiers

I realize this is a bit late, but I LOVE this poster!

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Saving Grace

Last week I decided to let my hair down.  I have been getting headaches (as was expected) from my super tight ballerina buns and I wanted to show off my new color as well. 

My boyfriend and I decided to go to Providence for the day and take a mini shopping trip.  I assumed I would be in air conditioning the entire time and just put a little Bumble and Bumble in my hair and went on my way. 

This was not the case.  We thought it would be fun to walk around near Brown and visit the Urban Outfitters and vintage stores in the area, and yes hopefully see the elusive Emma Watson.   It is was so humid out I wanted to cry.  My hair which looked perfectly lovely in the car turned into a poof.  A huge red poof.

By the time we got to the mall it was bad, just bad.  I will not complain about the weather or the temperature or if my feet hurt, but I will complain about my hair.

So as I am whining away about how I will have to walk around all day with silly poofy hair and I won’t like anything I try on because of it my boyfriend says something I never could have expected.

“At least now you will look like Grace Coddington!”

I’m not sure if I should be proud that he knows who she is, and sadly used her name in the correct way.  Or if I should be insulted…

Either way, I love Grace Coddington, and I really should be honored to spoken in the same sentence with her.

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Cute as a Button

Album Cover

So I am a tiny little bit obsessed with this new singer-songwriter Diane Birch.  She is 1. absolutely adorable and 2. a lovely singer, different from the Gaga’s and Duffy’s of the world.  Birch has a really unique voice and interesting lyrics.  My favorite song of hers is “Nothing But A Miracle” but “Valentino” is a close second, mainly becasue of the title of the song and the amazing music video.

She looks like she stepped right out of the 60’s and onto my iPod.  Her huge Twiggy eyelashes had me at their firts bat and those bangs almost make me want to grow mine out again. 

Diane Birch is funny.  She is ironic.  The title of her CD is “Bible Belt” that takes quite a bit of courage considering her father is a Seventh-day Adventist preacher, and she spent her childhood in churches both in South Africa, Australia and America.  She had little contact with the outside world, tv, radio, pop culture etc, and created a fantasy world in her head, including her friend Valentino, who was fashioned after Motzart.

She then, as expected, went through an extreamly goth phase, arriving at her father’s church dressed like a Gareth Pugh collection.

But after turning herself around a bit she discovered her “old soul” slightly hipster style and truly found herself.

 

She was also at the Rachel Antonoff fashion show last year, looking amazing:

 

And she was in Modelina:

 

Here is my favorite song by her:

And her “Valentino” music video which is pretty incredible:

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