Monday, May 18, 2009

show and tell


Jen Kao is one of my new favorite designers. I still haven't gotten over her Spring/Summer Collection for 2009 and now I'm head over heels for the Fall collection as well. Her s/s 09 collection is my favorite... everything is beautifully worn and the back drop of white origami sculptures tracing the stage like jagged icicles is just as eye-catching. Nonetheless, I'm really digging Kao's combinations with knits and architectural tailoring of her fall pieces. Take a look at her site and watch her videos, which give a more detailed look at these glorious creations. 






Some of my favorites from the Jen Kao Fall 2009:







Sunday, May 17, 2009

on the fringes of insanity...


I love fringe. It's having a slight trendy moment right now in fashion, but it's not picking up as much as it should in the consumer retail realm. However, I have a phobia for trends and would prefer to hog this one all for myself. It's just a pet peeve of mine to buy something that is relatively unpopular and then walk around and watch it be completely over-worked or misinterpreted to the point of it being unfashionable. Par example, recall back to the time that Posh Beckham sported uber-long leather leggings? Well the special morsel who brought that garment to the mass of Chicago college students everywhere was moi. That's right, I was the brave soul to invest in ridiculously expensive pleather shiny leggings from American Apparel. And so it happened that this trend spread like the terror of Swine Flu and infested every borough and youth subculture. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for the leather leggings. However, I do have a problem when people are interpreting the trend the wrong way and matching it with any old thing; swapping out the ole flared dark denim for leather leggings under their BEBE clubbing tunic top.... it's just so wrong!  Find me the next girl walking down the street with those leggings and a plaid shirt and black bootie heels and trust me it won't take very long, and I might just  fall immediately to sleep.
Wow, sorry there. WHAT a tangent! Obviously, I have not dealt with my extreme emotions regarding leather leggings and the people who abuse them..... Perhaps it would be a good idea for a future post of mine to show how I think they should be done.... later. Okay, back to fringe. Well I just love it and how it moves on the body. It's the fun and vintage feel that makes me keep coming back for more. I really need to pick a time to head over to the fabric store and stock up on fringe--who knew there were so many kinds? I really want to try and replicate this Maximum Fringe Necklace from Norwegian Wood. Perhaps if I dare even try to attempt an interpretation of the 22 inch fringe dress (shown above) from With Hearts In My Eyes.



mordecai came back






I've been really craving Pamela Love's designs. She's been trickling her way into the fashion industry with remarkable success. Her jewelry is gritty and dangerous and that is why I love it. The combination of the intricate design and wildness of the subject is what makes this look edgy and expensive instead of looking cheap and garish. Anatomical hearts and animal skulls may put some people off, but I don't think it's creepy at all. I might even go so far as to use the word elegant to describe these genius works. I am just dying for her talon cuff, which I envision as my perfect everyday accessory or the perfect finishing juxtaposing touch to my ruffled strapless peach cocktail dress. Either way I have lately gotten into overloading one wrist with lots of bracelets. I layer on bangles, chains, and charms all in the same genre, material or color, presently silver is the medium of choice, and then keep the clothing simple and quiet since then the rest of the day I jingle-jangle with the very slightest of movements.  Oh....I am sure I will dream of talon cuffs tonight!!!!