Thursday, September 17, 2009

FAVORITE FASHION WEEK PHOTOS

Alliteration!

1. Vena Cava SS 2010
Ive expressed by great admiration for Vena Cava many times on this blog and, opening up fashion week, the girls over there failed to disappoint. The color scheme and polished-DIY-ness and everything down to the nail polish and tribal, beaded necklaces were perfect. Im pretty sure Im going to have to own that red-orange dress come next Spring, its just too beautiful.
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2. Braids at Alexander Wang
Been braiding my hair nonstop for the past few months and, though I try, my long and infinitely fine hair refuses to look as spectacular as these models'. It doesnt hurt that they have clip-on pieces and Im using my actual hair which longs to fly out of the plait as soon as the wind hits. Nevertheless, I loved this addition to the runway. Somehow it went perfectly with each of the looks in the collection and though some have spoken out against this collection and others have blindly adored it, I really love the rugby/football look. Especially the stripes and the camel colored leather bags!
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3. Models Pre-Fashions Night Out
Im pretty sure this is self-explanitory. As different as I am from these waify women, they (read: mostly) are undeniably good to look at.
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4. The Return of Chokers

I mentioned recently that Ive started making jewelry and, consequently, selling the pieces down the street in the East Village but this also means I have been paying extra close attention to other jewelry designs and what looks best in terms of styles and colors and this choker-to-lengthy necklace is spectacular! As a Jewish girl Im not that psyched on the cross, ya know, cos my mom would maybe cry if I wore crosses (though Chris Habana's latest collection really tempted me to break that code of honor), but its not impossible to create something similar with maybe a different set of beads or pendants.
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5. Hints of Pendelton Meets Opening Ceremony
No, these skirts/dresses arent Pendelton but I love the air of campy relaxation that they evoke, much like the Pendelton Meets Opening Ceremony collection. Too bad OC only made their skirts in the two weirdest and impossible to dress along with colors. Kills me.
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6. The Release of Another Beautiful Maxi Skirt
And I think I like this one better than the first! Is it possible? Apparently so. Id love to have an ensemble like this.
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Monday, September 14, 2009

RIP JIM CARROLL


Since reading Basketball Diaries ages ago, Jim Carroll has been one of my absolute favorite authors. Fear of Dreaming sculpted many of my most important understandings and experiences in New York City - as a fifteen year old I carried the book with me all around town trying to catch a glimpse of what Carroll saw in this city. To this day, Love Story still holds a place as my favorite poem, simple and perfect, just the way I loved it as a teenager.
The penalty for desertion
is death by firing squad

I'm saving you this trouble

enclosed is a pistol
loaded with only one bullet
squeeze the trigger once
perhaps nothing will happen.

but squeeze a second time -
a third time - You see

I know the games you love.


He died of a heart attack in his Manhattan home this past Friday, September 11, 2009 at the age of 60 - he was seated at his desk, working. Of Carroll, Patti Smith says, "I met him in 1970, and already he was pretty much universally recognized as the best poet of his generation. The work was sophisticated and elegant. He had beauty." It was his work with words and music that shaped countless moments through the decades - through film and even launching Leonardo DiCaprio into stardom with his portrayal of Carroll himself, in the film version of The Basketball Diaries. Before anything else, literature and language are my greatest passions and I personally owe Jim Carroll an enormous Thank You for stoking the flames when I was young and angry and without direction, because without work like his to let me know there was something other than Shakespeare Id never have stayed focused, become an English Major at NYU, and have infinite possibilities to incorporate what I love into my future. He will be missed.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

ALEXANDER WANG SS 2010

If you know me or have met me or have taken a look in my dresser, you know that I am an enormous fan of Alexander Wang. Somehow he caters directly to my tastes and often introduces me, through the seasons of his collections, to new concepts that I didnt know I liked. This season is no different. Ive avoided blogging so that I can see everything at the end of Fashion Week and decide which designers to ramble about but this deserves immediate attention. So, without further ado, ladies and gentlemen, (my favorites from) Alexander Wang SS 2010:


Friday, September 11, 2009

LAST NIGHT FASHIONS NIGHT OUT

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I originally had every intention of stopping by Opening Ceremony, Acne, and several other places but having woken up at 7am, I came home after class and went to take a little nap. Needless to say, I overslept by an hour and ended up rushing over to Oak by 8. Luckily (?!) Bond Street was amass with parties and people and taco trucks so it wasnt a bad thing that I spent most of my time at Oak and on its sidewalk. Next door at The Smile they were serving delicious cocktails complete with Taco Tickets - which I forgot to use. Met up with so many people but went home relatively early after having quite a bit to drink. So good to see so many faces and beautiful outfits!

Some photos from the Oak party by Garbage Dress:




You know we know how to party over at Oak!

Monday, September 7, 2009

IRO

Iro's upcoming collection blows everything theyve done in the past straight out of the water. Until now, I have not been impressed but, at this moment, I am astonished and delighted and aching for some of this collection. I love these looks for similar reasons for which I love Carin Wester and Kimberly Ovitz - because of the shape of the body they create, the way they promise to fit and allow for curves and hips, creating them where there are none on narrow girls and accentuating the assets of curvier girls - however, these pieces appeal to me more in the way that this modeled is styled. She looks incredible and there is something very satisfying in her look and the way the clothes fit her and her poses. Regardless, I love the clothes. As Im becoming more and more tailored, this is the way I long to dress.




SO HERES WHAT HAPPENED

I went away. First physically and then mentally but "away" nonetheless. My final full-time semester of college starts this week and though I havent saved some enormous workload for the last minute like so many of my friends, I do anticipate some stress and a rather heavy workload. This shouldnt be anything I cant take on but it does mean that, for the first time probably ever, I am interested in succeeding in my academic career and my grades will be my top priority. With that, I have a variety of updates in regards to this blog that I so carelessly neglected the past few weeks and, for that, Im sorry.

1. The Issue With Trousers:
At the end of July I began scouring the Internet and stores all over NYC for the perfect pair of trousers for Fall. I wanted to score not only the perfect fit (difficult for my curvy hips and tiny waist) but a great cut and color, something well made but not wildly expensive, etc. etc. I made several trips to Acne to try on a variety of what they offered and fell in love again and again with the Joni. Originally I wanted to gray pair but after seeing Oak's Fall Collection, I decided to wait it out so I could try on our much cheaper Pleated Sweats. In the end, I went with the light gray Oak pair and the black Jonis. Both are perfect and I cannot wait for it to get cooler in the city so I can wear them with my new jackets.

Acne Joni Trouser / Oak Pleated Sweat Trouser

2. Ive Made Some Purchases:
I also got a crochet Rachel Comey Crop Top as well as a vintage prison tee from Assembly and BDG Boyfriend Jeans and probably some other things that I havent updated about as well. Oh! I found this beautiful white cropped button up by Philip Lim about a month back (I couldnt find a photo online and forgot to alert the presses). Its been a successful late Summer of shopping for Fall - great pieces on Sale that work perfectly into my wardrobe. I cannot wait for it to be jacket weather, clearly, because I am more than ready.


Oak Black Layered Square Collar Overcoat / Kai-Aakmann Blazer / Acne Babe Dress / Herchovitch Long Sleeve

3. DIYing Nonstop
Im not sure why Ive never blogged about this but Ive been making jewelry for awhile now and selling it as New Product to Buffalo Exchange. Sarah Z. - the girl who buys my pieces for the shop - always told me that they sold very quickly but not until recently did I really understand how exciting that is! Ive now seen several shoppers at Oak wearing necklaces Ive made and when I sort of awkwardly tell them that theyve all gotten excited and then other shoppers have taken my email address and well, I guess Im sort of making necklaces for a decent sum now. The past weeks, in my absence, I have made around 40 pieces and in about an hour Im going to drop them off for sale but I took some low-fi photos of my favorites. I use only vintage beading - coral, seashell, hammered silver and gold, snake spine, moon rock, turquoise, brass, crystal, ebony and ivory (no joke) - mixed with seed beading, leather work, oxidized and silver plated chain. There are also some one-of-a-kind shredded lace neckpieces floating around out there that I may try to replicate eventually but, this coming week, there will be dozens of the below pieces available in the East Village.
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4. Virgin Free Fest
Completely non fashion related but worth sharing anyway: while I was in Baltimore visiting my parents and making necklaces and going to frat parties (Seriously. I went to one. I played beer pong. Yikes.) I also went to the Virgin Mobile Free Fest with several of old friends who I actually adore and miss having in my life. We saw Wale (terrible, just kept cursing at the crowd rather than performing in any way), Taking Back Sunday (incredible, always a shameless favorite), The Hold Steady (terrible), The National (boring), Public Enemy (awesome, Flava Flav is way less retarded when hes being the best Hype Man alive - also he kept getting the name of the town we were in right rather than calling it D.C. or Baltimore like every other band so he got serious points with me for being on top of his knowledge), Weezer (good but boring), and Blink 182 (wildly entertaining) before randomly stumbling upon the Dance Tent where some insane woodsy rave was going on. Danced for a bit before heading back to my parents house - definitely one of the better visits.
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So, there you have it. I will do my best not to pull bad blogger behavior again.
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