Sunday, 23 May 2010


I am going through an 19th century fashion phase and though you might like to know. Just scroll down....
So this is the stuff from the 1810s and in case you are already bored, might I add that the more interesting stuff comes in the later decades. For those of you who have read or seed 'Emma' by Jane Austen, you will probably remember seeing these kind of dresses. In my opinion they are not nearly over-the-top enough. They are just empire-waisted bags. But I guess that all the drama lies in those wicked cool hats. Damn, I was born in the wrong century.

1820sNow skirts started to grow more voluminous (finally), with added ruffles, poufs and draping. The feminine shape was exaggerated with sneakily cantilevered corsets and bodices became more fitted to show off curves. Also, although the classic bonnet shape was still popular, newer, more elaborate hats began to take their place. With more people traveling, hats took on a turban shape borrowed from the Middle-East and were often adorned with feathers and shimmering brooches. And now, I'm not copy-and-pasting from Wikipedia. I just read actual books. Wide-brimmed, floppy hats were also popular.

1830sAh, so this is where it gets more interesting. We are getting huge skirts and sleeves held up with vast wire contraptions hidden under the yards of petticoats and silk, and also ginormous hats. There's nothing much else to say.

Well, I have to go now... so I will continue this post at a later date. Also I have a dinner party to host.


Thursday, 6 May 2010

It's Gonna Be a Dark Summer

Let's let the clothes speak for themselves.


These were just the first droplets of the wave of chic-grungy 90s girl fashions that washed over runways this season. I was pretty surprised to see that the designers had gone dark for summer (yes, I know it is technically a/w, but who can wait three months to wear these beauties?), and I was kinda looking forward to all the typical brights and prints the season usually has to offer, but it seems the sartorial world has nimbly avoided carrying on the stereotypes that summer should be bright and poppy. I'm sure there are other designers that have done the bright summer thing, but I'm having a dark moment here.By the way, doesn't Karlie look adorable in the first shot? I love that girl.
Lets do some Proenza Schouler -- but I couldn't help adding in last season's collection, 'cause its one of my favorites ever.

If I could pick any collection in the fashion world that I could own, it would have to be the Spring 10 Proenza Schouler.... guess what, my favorite color is aquamarine, and I love the fitted long sleeved tops -- they remind me of happier days spent kayaking, back when I could walk and run properly, and Stinson Beach back in California. We used to torture crabs there. Ah, blissful youth.But back to the more up-to-date Schouler collection -- I love the way it retains the same essence that Jack and Lazaro always have in their collection, but I would definitely say the PS girl has gone north for the winter -- to New York, in fact. I would know -- I was just there a few weeks ago, where I bought (and lost, and promptly re-commissioned Mom's friend Jan to buy -- thanks Jan!) this fantastic ring.

See how it sparkles and gleams. Anyway, I am loving the tiny pleats - I have always loved pleats. They just add an instant dose of put-togetherness to an outfit, or you can make them Vivienne Westwood punk if you have plaid stuff. Coincidentally, I recently finished a peplum jacket in the exact shade of green the models are wearing. Wow, I'm psychic.

And now to pay a visit to Richard Chai, fashion's current tomboy.
Well, tomboy isn't really the right word. He is a guy, but his womens' collections are very gamine and very, very cool. See for yourself, if you haven't already.

See, this is why I am so obsessed with fashion. There are some garments that, if combined perfectly, form an awesome look. And then there are garments which form a look no matter how you throw them together. These are some rare specimens of the latter, and are also very New York. Usually I like to see at least some form of high heel in a collection, but I am loving the boots, and even if he had included heels, the styling would have been perfection. Really, how can you go wrong with pieces that are superbly made, classy and cool? The answer is you can't. You simply CAN'T.
Did I mention how much I loved the hair in Alexander Wang? Its just so....... shiny!! And beautiful!! And perfect!! There really is no other way to describe it. Gee, I'm so eloquent... not.
And on to my next topic: Cynthia Rowley for Roxy. Finally, something that I can wear on land and in my kayak. Just LOOK.

I just... love it. To quote Cynthia, "We wanted this collection to have everything you need for a weekend -- both on and off the beach -- while still making it fit into your canvas duffel bag, so you can just toss everything in and go." Truer words have never been spoken. The collection also includes round sunglasses, neoprene ballet flats and surf-inspired board shorts that can be paired with anything from heels to Kelly bags.

So that's my inspiration for summer vacation -- New York, tomboy, surfing, tight/brights, also a dark palette for the city, and late 90s...

Must go and study -- it's end-of-year exam season.

Tuesday, 4 May 2010


"Why Don't You Love Me" - Beyoncé from Beyoncé on Vimeo.

Finally, the video for one of my very favorite songs by one of my very favorite artists: none other than Beyoncé Knowles, also known as BB Homemaker, her new stage persona.I dunno, guys. I think I sense a little GaGa-inspired undercurrent here -- sorry B, not that we're doubting your creativity one little bit, but this is almost as -- what's the word -- eloquent as one of Lady G's (long-winded) videos, which (in case you have been living under a rock) actually tell the story of the murderous Lady being trucked off to prison, where she faces shemale guards, b*tch fights galore and a definite skepticism of her wacky outfits (no surprise there -- but she didn't, and probably won't ever, pay her haters any heed; there are just as many people who love her outfits, par exemple me). Until she finally gets bailed out by (you guessed it) her partner in crime Beyoncé.... but you probably know that, unless you have been living in a Buddhist monastery for the last few months.
I wonder if the Dalai Lama knows who Lady Gaga is. Hmmf. This is going to bother me for the next week.But anyway, it looks like B has taken a page out of G's book, which doesn't bother me in the slightest. I love Lady Gaga's videos -- they're like my own music, dance, fashion and attitude-infused Agatha Christie novel (who I happened to be distantly related to. Very distantly).Still, Beyoncé's outfits can't begin to compete with Lady G's, although they are cute...
But seriously. Who can compete with a gal who lets herself be seen buttless skirts?

And have you seen the shoes? I mean, THE SHOES OF THE YEAR?

THEY ARE FABULOUS. And that, my friends, is the understatement of the year, to go with the shoes of the year.
Sure looks like she had no trouble finding an only slightly sane cobbler after McQueen passed away. I must find out who made them. I'll do that on my quest to find out if the Dalai Lama know you-know-who. Terry de Havilland? No, he still has an ounce of class, probably more than that... these are absolutely, deeply, deliciously over-the-top. I dare you to wear them with Fair-Isle knit, Gaga. Do it. Give the fashion nobility and '90s prepsters a heart attack.
But you know her. She will never wear them again. Maybe she'll give them to me! (NB I wear a size 8, just so you know, G...)
But don't get me wrong. I would wear the sparkly stuff (because I have the mentality of a magpie) but maybe I would leave out all the hanging-out body parts. NOT JUDGING!! I LOVE YOU GAGA!!!!

Speaking of which, it has recently come to my attention that there is a new book on young lady's ettiquette, entitled, rather fittingly, "Classy".

And if that's you in the yellow microminidress, I really recommend you buy this book. Also, you should get it if you like Uggs. Seriously. Its this or electroshock therapy. What kind of brainless person made it OK to wear your slippers out? As soon as I start my design career, you will be bankrupt and your business will go belly-up once I knock some sense into these blindly following prep-schoolers I live among.
Derek Blasberg must see my worship of Lady G to be the utmost of blasphemy. Well, hell to you, but I like the book. It's very true -- in this era where every other 15-year-old boasts a fake bosom (and UGGS!!) and where people queue up to get their Katie Price literature, which can not even be classified as a suitable toilet-paper substitute. Where as all the common sense gone? 30+ years ago every girl was wishing they had Audrey Hepburn's charm, poise and unconventionality, nowadays I have seen girls skip to the section in Hello! or whatever which glorifies the extreme tackiness of Myleene Klass' pink minidress. I have no prejudice against pink minidresses in general, but just LOOK. And her antics, too.

Plus the gold necklace. PLEASE never pair hot pink with gold.

Well, if I say anymore, I may start rambling even more than I already am, so I bid you Adieu.