Friday, October 30, 2009

Happy Halloween!

I never get tired of this image-  R. Cavalli as Lagerfeld!  It's just amazing.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Monday, October 19, 2009

The Shorts- The Trouble Line

When I came across the fabric, at the Cardboard Condo, of course...

...the first thing I thought to myself was, "Hmmm- sorta... Cavalli, right?"  The second thought was, "Why do I already know I'm going to buy that, when I know I'll never be brave enough to wear it?"  My third thought was, "Oh, what will my mother say."  The last wasn't quite a question, just like it wasn't a question whether or not those chains would become shorts, and the shorts would be mine.

Side zip gold chain print stretch fabric ferociousness.

Oddly enough, my mother thought they were "too cute."  She absolutely refuses to be boring, fashion-wise.  I'll have to thank her for these genes when I see her this weekend.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Furnished Line- The Vess

It's Autumn- my favorite and the cruelest time of year.  It's the time of my birthday (good)  the time of fall fashions (great!) and the season of not-a-single-one-of-these-RTW-pieces-of-fabulous-fit-me. (Cry)  So behold; I am creating a line, dozens of lines, completely based around the most important factor anyone could base a line of clothing around- does it fit Me? This, below, is a vest I was playing around with. Or, it started as a vest. The flare ended up being so voluptuous that it’s almost a dress. I haven’t decided if it’s Victorian themed


or just plain crazy. (My roommate took one look at it, and said “I’ll never understand women’s fashion.” )
This is from my Furnished Line, along with the black and white Baroque flair skirt that makes me think of The Viceroy in Santa Monica (I know, I'm missing the chartreuse- just give me a week!)  And for those of you wondering about the shorts- They get their own separate post.  Check back with us...

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

ArtWalk Los Angeles, October 2009

Spent most of my time at the tents in the park, and at the Blue Canvas showing.  There's a write-up in Citizen LA about a gentleman who recycles old book covers into gorgeous and wordly journals.  I've put one on hold.  Check him out.

Images from the evening...


Dylan and Tomoe


Mina and Alastair

Monday, October 12, 2009

The Sartorialist Himself will be at the Beverly Center!

October 22nd at 8 pm.
And now, for  picture of some bells, because I'll be there with them on!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Lucent Dossier Images

Costuming for this bunch is insane.  I try to see them every chance I get.





Thursday, October 8, 2009

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Project Ethos- Lift Off at the Vanguard, 6.5.09

my good friend Aaron Davis, modeling

more models, sporting Goci

live-action muses musing...

head to toe accessory domination- these girls were quite willing to let me in on the secrets to their sartorial success, too.  Quite generous, I would say...

Michael Warren, stylist.  You'll be seeing quite a bit of him around these parts.

Kayley Gable and designer, who she is wearing.

and Bobby Trendy.  Oh yeah.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

I'll know I've made it...

...when this young lady agrees to do a shoot for me. 

Omahyra Mota Garcia was the first model I specifically decided I would dress one day, no matter what.  She is gorgeous and so unique, and I love her attitude.

Paradigm Shift- Dita, Style Monte Carlo

During one of my strange-new-magazine binges a few years ago, I came across Style Monte Carlo, and it has become a favorite of mine. 

(the cover that first caught my eye- Brazillian beauty Fernanda Tavares)

The photography is spectacular, and the photo styling is very consistently High Glamour.  But what most struck me about them are their innovative ways of looking at cultural phenomena.

One of my favorite stories ever was of Dita von Teese.  The burlesque queen with the alabaster skin is definitely an emblem of glamour, but it's always dark, ornate, barely-clad, nocturnal glamour.  So of course, why not shoot her in the bright, blinding coastal sunlight on a boat, backlit by blue sky?

The Dior gown alone is spectacular, but add in the color, and the utter modernity of the dress... this is not your average Dita!

And what is this, if not striking?

This shot is close and cropped, so that you can see her, but the original image was about 75% blue sky, 15 % clean cement ship and white rail, and 10 % oh-heavens-look-at-that-dress-I-want-it.  And Dita gleams incandescent in a whole new way, flawless pin-up with a tongue-in-cheek difference from her usual routune.  I'm sure she's coated in SPF 9000, but clearly, the sun loves her.

Photography by Amadeo M. Turello

A woman is...

French New Wave, Jean-Luc Godard, Anna Karina. 

The movie Une Femme est Une Femme was utterly silly, as was everyone in it, but the colors were lovely, and the main character Angela was strangely winning.  Petulant, flighty, untrue, and childish, but enjoyable to watch.  Aqua-blue eyeshadow and one-pin chignons that quickly and artfully unravelled- I might have to look into this style.

I'm hearing she worked for Coco herself.  Must keep on the lookout for those images...

Je ne suis pas sage. 
Je suis tres cruelle,
mais aucun homme n'enrage,
 parce que je suis tres belle!

Monday, October 5, 2009