Wednesday, July 29, 2009

An e-mail from Lucia of HoneyMag made me aware of this amazing Vivenne Westwood top! I haven't worn much blue in a while. Yet, one color that I am particularly intrigued by is cobalt. The only cobalt clothes that I own are my chucks (that I've had since 7th grade) and a mini skirt. I'm in love with the way the cut of the Westwood top echoes a dress. Feminine, yet bold.

There's a similar shirt at Free People that has my attention also.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Hysteric Glamour Does It Again...

What I love so much about Hysteric Glamour is that they don't just make band t-shirts. They know the music that they incorporate into their designs. They even pay attention to style of the musicians featured in their designs. Courtney love was known for her little-girl-lost look based around baby dolls. Here, Hysteric Glamour have created a Courtney Love printed baby doll! Genius!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Life In Motion

Thanks to The Ongoing Project I am now aware of Idea2Lifestyle's Etsy shop. While looking at the seemingly mythical garments I had to chant my new mantra, "I have lots of interesting clothes, I don't need anymore, I don't want anymore." I'm not sure if it's working.
The design team takes inspiration from Asian cultures and interprets those interesting elements into modern fashion. It's not unusual to find a little history lesson (poem, or song lyric) about the garments on the Etsy page. A few pieces reminded me of James-Paul's design aesthetic (I know, I know, the Fashion Show is not as great as Project Runway, but what else was I going to do on a Wednesday night?) that has me intrigued. One poncho is cut in the shape of a triangle to encourage the fabric to drape along the upper body when worn. Jennifer Herrema would probably dig it.
Another exciting thing about the collection (along with the designer's ability to transport me to far away places) is that everything is reasonable priced.
These clothes make me think of a time when I will travel. I don't know when it will happen, I just know that it will.

(the story behind the "Wild Rose" scarf)
Don’t ask me where I am from
My home is far away
Why I am on the drift
On the drift
For the free birds in the blue sky
For the happy stream among the valley
For the wild rose bloom in winter
For the olive tree in my dream
That’s why I am on the drift

Isn't the models hair great? So interesting!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Uh Huh HER

On the Uh Huh Her tour PJ Harvey had amazing style as usual.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Double Time

I've always wondered how Kurt Cobain pulled off this look. Was he this crafty or did he really wear two stiff pairs of jeans? I guess that will forever be a mystery. In modern times Stolen Girlfriends Club have done the work for you. An expertly placed panel of denim creates the illusion that you've got on two pairs of blues.

I can be skeptical when it comes to pre broken in jeans, but the sheer craftiness of this garment deserves a gold star.

You can get them in black and pale blue at I Don't Like Mondays

^Kurt Cobain

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Yigal Azrouel

I love the muted colors with pale denim. The shrug looks like flower petals sewn together.

This looks like an expertly draped garbage bag. (that's a good thing)

This biker vest paired with a bright skirt is like a perfect contradiction, just the way I like it.

This dress is like water flowing over the body. She almost looks like a mermaid walking out of the sea.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Antique Kimonos

These photos of antique kimono's from Neville Trickett's flikr page are inspiring me to get crafty. It's really humbling for me to think about an era when the average person made all of their clothes. Necessity was the focus, not quantity. The personalization that went into the few garments that you had was really special. That's something I'm realizing now that I have focused more on altering my clothes instead of filling up closet with more than I need.
I've had fascination with kimono's since I became a manga dork in middle school. I asked for one for Christmas many times. I did eventually find a beautiful red one in a thrift store. I've thought about shortening it so I can wear it the way Jimi Hendrix wore one in the 60's. But I cannot bare to slice the gorgeous garment with a pair of scissors. Maybe I'll develop the bravery someday. Until then I might make one out of denim scraps.