Monthly Archives: September 2009

S.O.S. She’s in Disguise

Now I’l be the first to admit I like the song “She Wolf”. I’ll be the first to admit i have once and will continue to put it on repeat, but the video is another story. I’m left feeling slightly confused and embarrassed for Shakira, seriously. The flesh colored body suit would be tolerable I guess, if she wasn’t in a cage, doing a Cirque de Soleil performance, while howling. Although she is not quite as frightening as Lady Gaga, I was actually wondering if she was part animal afterwards… If you go back to a few of her earlier hits, she was howling in those too. (‘Whenever, Wherever’ for example). Then the cage performance and her cave mission end and last thirty seconds of the video she is doing some extremely  awkward dance moves in a body-suit, that could have only been loaned from Mariah, on a rooftop with San Francisco in the background. I hardly think a She Wolf would be dwelling in San Francisco. Enough said.

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Spread Your Wings

Okay so Vivienne Tam didn’t get the best reviews, and yes the average women might not wear a floor length chiffon dress smothered in huge butterflies. However, lets give Vivienne a round of applause for throwing chiffon, fringe, suede, sequins, and a mini laptop in a blender and giving us this:

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photos courtesy of Style.com

Each piece was an interpretation of the butterfly – whether alluding a butterfly in the shape of the dress or more in your face, in the case of butterfly printed gowns and dresses coated in glittery butterflies. If your wondering why the model is carrying a tiny lap top, don’t worry so was everyone, but it is simply Vivienne’s latest project with HP. Introducing the new Vivienne Tam and HP “digital clutch” – a miniscule, butterfly printed laptop resembling a tiny evening bag. How cute is that? 

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Is third time a charm for Shaun Kearney?

It seems as though Shaun Kearney may have tapped into Cynthia Steefe’s core customer this time around. Romney Leader even went as far as saying, “The spring collection  brilliantly married the Steffe girl’s propensity for sweetly feminine looks with the modern mix-it-up sensibility “. However, it looks a little like Gap and Urban outfitters teamed up for some Easter Sunday ensembles. I will give it to Kearney though for having one of the few collections that looked like it could be worn during the Spring/Summer seasons. When broken down, every piece in the collection was styled with a printed bow or a mint green skinny belt, or not styled with anything. How can anyone stomach that many ruffles at once?

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This collection definitely took a little bit from everywhere. There were floral jumpsuits, elaborate folds, and cascading lapels all in floral, robin’s egg blue and lavender of course. After all, the ruffles and  pastels is Cynthia Steefe, but it would have been nice to see just one clutch is an a beautiful neutral leather to compliment all that floral print and mint green.

Allow Me to Introduce Myself

If  someone were to ask my why I loved fashion and wanted to be part of the industry, I would tell them it’s because Lara Stone covered in blood, Alexander Wang, cigarette in one hand, the other on a bloody burn victim, is stunning, relevant, and worthy of  French Vogue.

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Photos | Steven Klein French Vogue April 2009

I would tell them I want to the industry of analysis and stream of mind for those who romanticize about dressing.

Fashion is restless and consuming. Why I love fashion is difficult to narrow, if asked inspirations and icons, it’d be anyone from Rei Kawakubo, Jeurgen Teller, Hannah MacGibbon, Lou Dillion, Julie Delphy to the little old lady sitting next to me on the bus.

I love fashion because of people like Hussein Chalayan, the thrill of his fashion shows, and they way his clothes make Björk look on the cover of Post. I love that Karl Lagerfield loves Chan from Cat Power as much as I do. I love that fashion mags quote people saying duct tape on your jacket doesn’t fly, unless it’s done by Chanel.

I love fashion because looking at Terry Richardson’s NY Dolls brought tears to my eyes and is absolute perfection.

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Photos | Terry Richardson Nippon Vogue April 2009

That’s what fashion does, surprises, inspires, continuously. Fashion is anything but stagnant, the industry is dynamic. Fashion is psychological. It is like a game of lost and found. It’s something like if you’ve thought you couldn’t possibly be forced to endure another pair of “wet leggings”, worn as pants none the less, 6126 will drop a pair so surprising even the biggest hater couldn’t hate. But then again as much as I love Lindsay Lohan and her leggings, she was recently appointed as creative director for Ungaro. I guess fashion will always require a strong sense of humor and irony.

That is what is so interesting about fashion. Marc Jacobs once said his clothes were not sexy and described a new blouse he loved as dumb, frumpy, dowdy and fucked up . He said his clothing could easily leave a girl with the wrong attitude, the wrong body, and without the right wink, leave a girl looking a bit like Mrs. Doubtfire.

Fashion gets Jay-Z rapping about Maison Martin Margiela, and if that isn’t magical, I don’t know what is.