Friday, July 31, 2009

HAVE WE ALL MISSED FINSK

Maybe I just havent noticed but, is there a chance that no one has blogged about these incredible wedges? I know its my job but even when Im away from the store I check the website from Monday to Wednesday to see what I can anticipate upon returning to work at the end of the week and last night, to my delight, there were the most incredible pairs of shoes from Finsk available! Each pair is insanely beautiful, wholly modern, and appear to have all the making of entirely comfortable heels and wedges. My favorite of which, surprise surprise, is the Black Fur Wedge, no longer available online but available at the Bond Street location.

Incredible woodwork and fur detailing without being insane...someone please tell me they noticed these before now!
Plus, check out the other styles, theyre just as amazing in black and gold heels.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

LOVING LAMBS EAR

Just a moment ago I approved an Anonymous comment from the genius behind Lambs Ear Shoes - an online boutique that "has been operating out of Seattle, Washington since March 2007. Now offering items available online, we ship anywhere in the United States and overseas. Each shoe available is carefully chosen based on material, craft, and design" - according to the website. Honestly, Im honored that someone from such a well executed shop would have found my blog. Lambs Ear carries the best of LD Tuttle, my absolute favorite designer in shoes and all around beautiful leather work, as well as some incredible Arielle de Pinto necklaces. Despite my enamorment with Langoliers and Pam Liou, in general, de Pinto is a mastermind at delicate but bold statement pieces and there is nothing more Id want in my wardrobe, if only I could afford it. Anyhow, the photos of this boutique only add to its all-around allure. If I were in Washington, Lambs Ear would be my haven.

How beautiful does this place look?! Has anyone been there? Id love to hear a review.
Plus, I already love the staff for finding my blog and being adorable - love you, Lambs Ear!

Monday, July 27, 2009

TROUSERS

The word hardly even sounds like a word anymore, Ive used it so much, even in thought, in my Online search for the perfect pair to suit my bizarrely proportioned frame. "Trousers". Trow-zerz. Ridiculous. Anyhow, Acne Pre-Fall seems to be the best place for my hunt to end. I tried to more reasonably priced route and purchased Urban Outfitters Silence + Noise Pleated Trouser (there it is again!) but my thighs were ever so slightly too thick and I just wasnt comfortable in them, for fear that if I sat down too quickly without adjusting the fabric, I might just rip right out of them, Hulk-style. So, those went back where they came from. S+N also makes a Slouch Trouser but Rayon makes me nervous. I want the bang for my buck so Im raising the bar and Ive narrowed the possibilities to Acne's Pre-Fall Joni Black and Gray, the Zoom, the Former, and Spring Sale on the Zero Dart for good measure. Definitely leaning towards the Joni because I feel the minimal pleating will best flatter my hips but also Im not a huge fan of the bulge in the crotch and waist created by the fold over buttoning of the Zoom and the Former. Hopefully I can make it out to their Chinatown store this weekend and figure this mess out because I really need pants.

FAVORITE FOR FALL 09

This is it. This is my Fall wardrobe - by Kimberly Ovitz - every single piece is perfect, exactly what Ive imagined for myself this season. Just now I stumbled upon Highsnobette's post about this collection and I immediately had to blog about it myself. I shouldve guessed it, too, because last Winter, I stumbled upon the perfect trench almost halfway through the season and it was an Ovitz piece - dark dark green, slightly oversized, completely beautiful - I even brought it to Israel and wore it all over the place, including a four mile walk from the Wall in Jerusalem to our hotel on the outskirts of the city. Needless to say, it was a durable piece. Its going to be my personal mission in the coming weeks and months to make several of these pieces my own, mostly the nude bodycon dress and the shredded sweater, because they are so utterly perfect, everything about them, from the color palette, to the proportions and fit, everything. Well done is really all I have to say.

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Sunday, July 26, 2009

SPOTLIGHT ON SAMMA JEWELRY

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This started as a post about a variety of pieces and different jewelers that have inspired pre-Fall lust for 2009, but I kept coming back to Samma, Hanna Sandin's line, because I favored several of her pieces over a mix of any others. Shes been written up everywhere, lately, in anticipation of her pop up work for Urban Outfitters Space 15 Twenty. Of Samma, 15 Twenty Blog wrote:
"Hanna Sandin of Samma is another favorite. Hanna is a fine arts artist, most of the work I have seen are of her sculpture and they are exquisite. It's so exciting to experience the different areas of one's fine arts and design talent and have them both equally impressive and unique. Hanna's artistic background is prevalent in her jewelry. You can really experience the tactile nature of her work, not only graphically in a two-dimensional surface pattern standpoint of her woven wire collar necklaces but also from a 3-D standpoint. This is especially clear in the little and big loop necklaces with her knotted braided brass cording. She also makes her own beads out of leather by rolling stripes of leather. She pairs down materials in the most sophisticated way. Samma is about minimalism and repetition."
Refinery 29 also featured Samma and Sandin with their article Samma Jewelry Weaves Itself Into the Scene, in which they said:
Sometimes the best press for a designer is simply just wearing it out. That's how we stumbled upon New York artist Hanna Sandin's new line of sometimes sculptural, sometimes soft jewelry that goes by the Swedish name for "same," Samma. On this particular evening Sandin had layered three of her Leather Wrap necklaces in gold, black and silver—an enticing display that prompted enthusiastic compliments and a bar napkin information exchange. Lo and behold, another night on the town, another spotting. This time, it was designer Mary Ping sporting a brass wire Samma creation, Big Loop, that sources say is often Ping's centerpiece. A few days later a quick drop-in at Sandin's Wall Street studio led to the revelation (and increasing admiration) that despite her emphasis on simple patterns and repetition, no two pieces she creates ever come out looking exactly, well, the samma.
And even Dossier Journal had something to say:

The serendipitous start of the jewelry line SAMMA is as unusual and memorable as the line itself—it began with a robbery. When artist Hanna Sandin’s apartment was burgled and all her valuables and jewelry were stolen, she began stringing materials from her studio around her neck as a method of temporary adornment. The casual operation underwent an alchemical shift of Rumpelstiltskin straw-into-gold proportions, and her makeshift necklaces became beautiful jewelry that is both elegant and slightly offbeat.

Ms. Sandin, whose collection is available at Mc & Co in Williamsburg, has the mesmerizing ability to take the most banal object and give it a sense of worth by allowing its inherent beauty to shine through. An elegant woman of Swedish decent—and a familiar face among art and fashion circles—the six-foot-tall designer is rarely seen without one of her creations around her neck. Moreover, the collection of ropes and triangles, chains and knots seem a natural, wearable extension of the mobiles and sculptures she creates: a harmonious sing-song of complementary fragments.

Im just absolutely crazy about these pieces - they are beautiful statements without being overtly trendy or over-the-top with color or size. My favorite is that triangle bead piece because Im obsessed with all things three sized lately, but I just think its incredibly innovative without compromising timelessness. Id love to make it mine but unfortunately it seems that this particular piece is nowhere to be found! Im going to have to stop by the LES' Zadeh Boutique, the one place I can identify that recently took up Samma. Any of these pieces would be fine with me, honestly. Cant wait to see where Hanna Sandin goes with her beautiful line!

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Available at Maryam Nassir Zadeh, 123 Norfolk Street, New York, 212-673-7405

Saturday, July 25, 2009

DOUBLE DIAMOND

Rarely do I feel compelled to take my own photo and this makes me a somewhat lousy blogger. Yesterday, however, I was inspired by Nikki at Dirty Flaws' use of Photo Booth's double effect to capture not only my adorable Heidi braid hairdo (my new favorite) but also the Mary Meyer Diamond Crop Top that I own and was featured in Refinery 29's spotlight on Lisa Mayock. Its a great piece - theres nothing better than soft material and amazing patterns - but I often have a hard time working into my wardrobe, but I was semi-inspired so I took a few egomaniacal shots. Whats up to my hookah on the windowsill, and yes, Im that curvy:
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Worn with Vintage Norma Kamali Body Con Dress, Vintage Breastplate Necklace, and Etsy rings

Friday, July 24, 2009

OH, CHLOE

As frustrating as it is to be taunted with her presence all over the East Village, I honestly
couldnt love her any more. But would this collection just come out already!? Damn.


Photos by Jesse Hudnut

EVIL GENIUS OF COLOR

Color is a personal issue, for I am simply terrible at utilizing it in my wardrobe. I hate just one bright color amongst all-black but I dont know how to mix colors without feeling crazy so I just stick to what I know and love - blacks and neutrals. But, however, that is not to say that I am absolutely ape-shit crazy for those that succeed where I do not. First and foremost, Christian Joy (obviously her muse, Karen O, as well as MIA and Bjork amongst those) because when it rains it pours and thank god for that. Described as "an American fashion designer best known for her stage costume designs for Yeah Yeah Yeahs lead singer Karen O. Using found articles and occasionally eschewing thread and print for glue and marker pens she has influenced contemporary fashion with punk and DIY stylings," I so admire having the mental capacity and creative vision to not only mastermind but make a reality the pieces that she does for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontlady - they are intricate and immense but also endlessly mind blowing to behold in the very best way possible. I even have one of her pieces in my closet but its a white distressed silk number that falls far from her costumes on the map of her work. Obviously, I think shes a great success and an evil genius for taunting me with her rainbow seizing talents, two of my favorites below:
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In these two numbers, in particular, there is just such an unusual and bizarre attention to detail and a real utilization of the female form as a space for artistic potential and while that may not be my personal aesthetic and functioning style, I am so glad it works for someone (namely Ms. O) and that there are brain waves making it happen in Ms. Joy!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

THE EERILY BEAUTIFUL

Ive mentioned it before and I will say it again, if I have to: I love anything that creeps me out while remaining completely and utterly beautiful. Just as Aoi Kotsuhiroi's hair, bone, porcelain, and crystal jewelry line did earlier this year, Dezeen's work absolutely fits into this special place in my heart. Dezeen's Anna Schwamborn also uses authentic human hair but also human ashes of cremated loved ones in her jewelry but also a more polished gold detailing and black bone china. Schwamborn has worked for Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood and is studying at Central St Martins in London. She describes Dezeen:

Mourning Objects

Wearable body pieces including human material

The collection of objects contains post-mortem memorial pieces which include aspects of a deceased corpse, namely hair and cremated ashes. Human remains act as an important medium of remembering a passed away loved one and are some of the longest lasting and most individual natural materials. Besides pure hair being used, cremated human ashes are mixed with black bone china, the world´s highest class porcelain. Above: Mourning Objects, necklace. The objects are supposed to be worn close to the body of the mourner symbolizing a lasting physical connection between two individuals even after death. Above: Mourning Objects, watch chain tear catcher. Furthermore this collection is supposed to remind the wearer on the fragility and appreciation of life and most importantly, acting as a keepsake.




Info and Photos from Dezeen Blog by Brad Turner

Sunday, July 19, 2009

ON A PEDESTAL

The hunt is finally over...These are mine:

Matte Black Jil Sander Platform Slingbacks. Perfect.

SPOTLIGHT ON LISA MAYOCK

Several months ago, I blogged endlessly about the Vena Cava Thoth Dress and with the help of the amazing Lisa Mayock of the brand, itself, I was able to make it my own just in time for my 21st Birthday dinner. She has been in Oak on many occassions and is not only incredibly talented, adorable, and endlessly lovely, she is a superb Blogger! I love being able to see her inspiration as well as glimpses of her life - its clear that fashion is everywhere in her life but without pretention or nonsense or too much glitz and glamour, the way it would seem that most designers, especially those that are successful, would seem to have their admirers and audience think. Refinery 29 recently did an elaborate cover on her, only showcasing her ever more. I love the images they used - pairing shots of Lisa looking perfect with close-ups of her apartment's decor:
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Definitely check out Lisa's Blog: VivaVenaCava
Id repost some of her images but there are too many incredible and inspiring posts
so its probably best that everyone checks it out for themselves - its a good place.

Friday, July 17, 2009

DO I HAVE TO DO EVERYTHING MYSELF

Apparently so. Its official: Im going DIY crazy. Today Pam sat and watched me sew random fabric together in an attempt to make a fabric tube necklace (sock knit does not work well or look even remotely attractive, FYI) and then needle leather trim to itself instead. Plus, to add to my already insane bead collection, Ive begun ordering all kinds of triangle pieces (clearly also obsessed with triangles), and just now I placed an enormous order for the most amazing studs. Im going to do a very ambitious jacket as soon as I find the perfect garment. But mostly, I noticed that I hadnt posted anything of the huge heap of shirts I shredded until my fingers bled - figureatively, of course - and I wanted to take some up close shots before I sold them all. Hopefully my jewelry design will improve with the arrival of a few more options and then that can be something I brag more about. As of now, I just make stuff and sell it immediately to keep my hands moving and new options on my plate.

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Look how amazing those pyramid studs are! I cannot wait to have them all over everything I own.
Only kidding, though. They are for one specific purpose and that is not to ruin but to enhance my clothes.
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These babies, on the other hand, I intend to make many items from. You could even buy one!
Lanyard and The Be Side both utilize the solo triangle very well but I intend on finding an even
better way of doing it. I especially love the ridges on the brass lot and the other are handmade.
All found on Etsy.

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(Look how much Ive been blogging!)

ROSARY

The Oak Jewelry Trunk Show last night was an immense success. It seriously couldnt have gone any better. There was an enormous turn out and despite the growing sauna-like atmosphere of the store, itself, the party went on far later than 9 oclock. I met such good people, such a seriously friendly atmosphere. All of the designers that showed - Langoliers, Pamela Love, Chris Habana, and Anna Sheffield - had amazing pieces available on the spot and for pre-order. I, myself, only made one purchase on the spot - the Triangle Rosary by Chris Habana that Ive been eyeing ever since I first posted about the event and caught a glimpse of it on his site. Needless to say, its just as amazing in person and hung really well which is a feat because having big boobs is not condusive to successful necklace wearing (hence all the bracelets and rings in my collection). Im most excited, however, to see what Langoliers will be coming out with for Fall. Pam Liou, the founder and Women's designer for Langoliers, Im proud to say, has become a dear friend of mine and she recently recruited Zon Chu to be her Men's designer. Just seeing her newest breastplate piece last night as well as the delicate gunmetal duo that Zon was wearing gives me great hopes for their future in the jewelry business because the work is only getting better and more beautiful.

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Thanks so much to everyone who came out last night!

Photos by Tommy Chase Lucas

Thursday, July 16, 2009

TUTTLE FOREVER AND EVER

This will be my last shoe post for at least a few days, I swear it.

Early this morning I posted about Siren Shoes, sort of equating their unique wearability to that of LD Tuttle, my all-time favorite shoe line. It then occurred to me that I hadnt get gushed madly over their Fall/Winter Collection for 2009, which now includes Men's Shoes, and beautiful Men's Shoes at that. There is the same form-fitting sensibility to this new collection as there has been in the past - heels arched not only for aesthetics but for comfort, properly distributing the body's weight onto the foot as not to destroy the arch but to make walking elegant and completely easy; the softest leather that still, somehow, scuffs far less easily than one might think, allowing for frequent wear rather than fearful occasioned showings; details the die for. I cant decide which of the new designers in my favorite - it might be The Pilgrim, it might be The Escapist, or it could be The Arc - only time will tell, depending on which joins the ranks in my closet. I did, however, recently make my own the black cut-out wedge by Tuttle's Urban Outfitters collaborative Colonial Madness, but I cannot decide whether or not to keep them or save the money. They look a bit like horse's hooves, though I love the way they look off the foot. Plus, there is the newest strapped boot that I still could not love more than last seasons, of which I have three pairs. All I can do is thank LD Tuttle for constantly making my options vast and utterly incredible, I guess!
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INTRODUCED TO SIREN SHOES

Thanks to Gena over at Stole My Name for the recommendation comment to my last post, pointing me in the direction to Siren Shoes, an Australian shoe line that combined couture extremes such as Balenciaga shapes and LD Tuttle constructive resources with a more accessible practicality reminiscent of Ash and, well, LD Tuttle. Im not sure I can afford the shipping costs from across the globe and, well, honestly, I shouldnt spend money on boots just yet but Ive certainly got my eye on this first pair, and the second, and the third, and the fourth. Hopefully I can make one of these my own at some point in the near future. The Drift just seems like a much more wearable version of that Sam Edelman Balenciaga-Knock-Off Hoof Heel from Victoria Secret (that is being redone for LF shortly, by the way) and in a way I can truly imagine suiting me quite well. Im going to have to wait and see - this shoe decision is proving very difficult. Keep the advice on places to shop coming my way, there is nothing I like learning better than of another outlet in which to empty my wallet.

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The Drift, The Fleck, The Saber, The Press

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

THE PATENT PROBLEM

So, these were a complete and utter FAIL. They were such a disappointment. First of all, they were completely flimsy and weighed almost nothing, in a bad way. The chipped wood effect is poorly painted on and the shape is really bizarre in person. Its like Charles David had never seen a human foot and widened them in the wrong place but place very narrow and stretchless patent leather over said place so that getting the foot all the way in is a challenge but there is far too much area around it. Needless to say, I sent them back, but I still want a cute and wearable pair of patent open toed shoes! So, Im thinking several things: First, there is a pair of BCBG bootie sandals on Sale at Nordstrom and then there are a pair of Calvin Klein's on sale at Bloomingdales, but mostly there is that amazing CK sandal photographed by Jak & Jil recently that would be incredible to locate (no matter how I try, I can find neither a name nor a location to make these mine). What to do. What to do.


Photos from Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, & Jak&Jil

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