This morning I decided it was about time. Having been away from home for more than three months my closet was seriously messy. I felt embarrassed by just looking at it especially since quite often I am asked to organize other people’s closets. But usually this is what happens: you do other people’s closets and you finally end up not having the time to organize your own..
This is just one fourth of my wardrobe, mainly everyday clothes. But still a lot of these clothes have not been worn and their tags are just hanging screaming: “Wear Me! Wear Me!” What a shame…
So I was sitting and watching all these labels and decided I should do something about it. I should start wearing these clothes, don’t you think? And even though I believe there exist more than enough OOTD columns out there, I thought I could be doing something useful to my readers: offer them some inspiration.
But first I will have to give this wardrobe a good shuffle.
Now, if you want to make over your closets visit Real Simple and get the inspiration you need to help you kickstart your project. Or you could simply call me in to help!
So there you go, soon I will be posting photos of my outfits. Pay attention!!!
You wouldn’t expect George Orwell to have written about fashion magazines. Yet, brilliant as he was, he did. The following article originally appeared in The New Republic on December 2, 1946 and it is republished as one of the most memorable and “wackiest” articles of the newspaper’s 100 years of history. Taking in mind that we are talking about George Orwell, I wouldn’t name his article “wacky”, but rather the writer found a connotation behind American fashion imagery and literature. It’s simply the american “fashion”, the american “way” reflected in the magazine that landed on his hands.
Someone has just sent me a copy of an American fashion magazine which shall be nameless. It consists of 325 large quarto pages, of which no less than 15 are given up to articles on world politics, literature, etc. The rest consists entirely of pictures with a little letterpress creeping round their edges: pictures of ball dresses, mink coats, step-ins, panties, brassières, silk stockings, slippers, perfumes, lipsticks, nail polish—and, of course, of the women, unrelievedly beautiful, who wear them or make use of them.
One striking thing when one looks at these pictures is the overbred, exhausted, even decadent style of beauty that now seems to be striven after. Nearly all of these women are immensely elongated. A thin-boned, ancient-Egyptian type of face seems to predominate: narrow hips are general, and slender, non-prehensile hands like those of a lizard are quite universal. Evidently it is a real physical type, for it occurs as much in the photographs as in the drawings. Another striking thing is the prose style of the advertisements, an extraordinary mixture of sheer lushness with clipped and sometimes very expensive technical jargon. Words like suave-mannered, custom-finished, contour-conforming, mitt-back, inner-sole, backdip, midriff, swoosh, swash, curvaceous, slenderize and pet-smooth are flung about with evident full expectation that the reader will understand them at a glance. Here are a few sample sentences taken at random:
“A new Shimmer Sheen color that sets your hands and his head in a whirl.” “Bared and beautifully bosomy.” “Feathery-light Milliken Fleece to keep her kitten-snug!” “Others see you through a veil of sheer beauty, and they wonder why!” “An exclamation point of a dress that depends on fluid fabric for much of its drama.” “The miracle of figure flattery!” “Molds your bosom into proud feminine lines.” “Isn’t it wonderful to know that Corsets wash and wear and whittle you down… even though they weigh only four ounces!” “The distilled witchery of one woman who was forever desirable… forever beloved… Forever Amber.” And so on and so on and so on.
A fairly diligent search through the magazine reveals two discreet allusions to gray hair, but if there is anywhere a direct mention of fatness or middle-age I have not found it. Birth and death are not mentioned either: nor is work, except that a few recipes for breakfast dishes are given. The male sex enters directly or indirectly into perhaps one advertisement in twenty, and photographs of dogs or kittens appear here and there. In only two pictures, out of about three hundred, is a child represented.
On the front cover there is a colored photograph of the usual elegant female, standing on a chair while a gray-haired, spectacled, crushed-looking man in shirtsleeves kneels at her feet, doing something to the edge of her skirt. If one looks closely one finds that actually he is about to take a measurement with a yardstick. But to a casual glance he looks as though he were kissing the hem of the woman’s garment—not a bad symbolical picture of American civilization, or at least of one important side of it.
I woke up this morning and felt like wearing stars and stripes.. sort of in the mood for 4th of July.
I know it’s September but the weather seems to get hotter instead of the opposite, so am I allowed to travel a little back in time?
Besides, Betsy Ross – you know – the designer who debuted at NYFW? – really inspired me with her “americana” collection for SS15. But if it wasn’t for Jimmy Kimmel, the fashion genius who discovered her talent in the following video, we would probably still live in fashion’s dark ages..
If you haven’t already, watch the video, see what I am talking about and let us have a laugh together 🙂
I am overwhelmed by the many fashion connoisseurs around…
Where was I July 4th last year? Orlando Florida, resting in a hammock all morning, eating s’mores and watching Disney fireworks all evening. Pure magic!
All of you who have worn Dr. Martens boots sometime in your teens… Raise Hands!!! Ha! I knew it! There are so many of you! I remember them being THE TREND in the 90’s along with all things punk…
Too bad back then you could only find them in the classic colors of black or burgundy.. whereas today they fully bloom!
Wear them with a tribal top as the one on the left above (Freepeople) or a punk t-shirt (by Vivienne Westwood) and black boyfriend jeans (from Rag & Bone). Want a more feminine twist? Try them on with a simple t-shirt dress (Freepeople).
And as I got a little nostalgic today, notice the hippie bag from Freepeople!
More and more fashion houses and online stores realize the power of cinematic art as a way to showcase their collections. Sometimes the results are astonishing.
SSENSE and System Magazine present Hercules & Love Affair’s new video for “I Try To Talk To You” ft. John Grant. Directed by David Wilson and styled by Simon Robins, the video features looks from the Spring collections of Acne Studios, Balmain and T by Alexander Wang.
Speechless. Art and fashion working together to spread emotions. Watch the video, enjoy the music:
Remember Mine All Mine ? The concept is almost the same, although I found I Try to Talk To You powerful beyond measure.
Cute and playful, TheOutnet video for their 5th birthday features some of the hottest gals in fashion and music. Among them, personal favorite, brilliant blogger and Man Repeller, Leandra Medine. You can watch the video and campaign here.
So now that you listened and watched I wait for your comments! x
It’s one of my favorite online shops, if not the first on my list. Not only because of their top brand selection, or their easy to navigate and shop website, or the super fast transit time of my buys from their warehouse to my door. There is a WOW factor about this shop that makes me anticipating my shipment each and every time I press the order button.. And that is….
I was pleasantly surprised by Matches Fashion again, and again and again with all the beautiful and joyful designs of their sturdy boxes where they put my little newly-acquired treasures for their trip home. Boxes which of course I keep and use for storage or decoration. And here’s my latest buy, my Isabel Marant Dickers in camel brown right out of the colorful Matches box:
My booties were packaged carefully by Martha, who left a handwritten note for me. Thank you Martha! Now you got me! I have said before in a previous post how I love handwritten notes as they seem caring and far more personal than typed ones. And although I ‘m sure it took Martha longer to prepare my beautiful package, it literally took her only a couple of seconds to write down her note and make a huge difference…
“Spring-Summer Pieces Are Brought to Balletic Life in an Interactive [brilliant may I add] Short”. (source: www.nowness.com).
The best combination of two of my favorite subjects: contemporary dance and fashion.
Louis Vuitton, Kenzo, La Perla, Maison Martin Margiela, Bottega Veneta pieces fly and dance along with the performers from London’s Sadler’s Wells Theater.
I am sure many of my friends will appreciate this video. Not only for watching the dancers moving gracefully in their fashionable styles, but also for being able to buy their favorite styles by clicking directly on the shoppable version of the video which can be found here.
In a brilliant video concept for her song “Nouveau Parfum”, Hungarian singer Boggie is undergoing a virtual make-over with the help of photoshop. The result is astonishing: The girl of next door is transformed into a beauty goddess, a star, a model. Food for thought: Is this the “perfection” we seek in our everyday lives? And how much stress do we experience trying to reach our utopian goals?