Category Archives: Fashion and Style

Svpply on the brain

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So my long lost cats and kittens, I’ve become somewhat addicted to Svpply.com. It’s a fun place for me to plop ALL of the many things I find while cruising around the internet that I wish I could own, or imagine that it would be fun to own. It’s also fun because sometimes I think I don’t know what I’m liking or am into at the moment and if I just plop them all there it provides a nice overview to what I like. You can follow people to see what they’re picking and add it to your own list, see who likes what you like and find an astounding array of other absolutely fabulous stuff. So, basically, if you like stuff you’ll love this site. Especially if you can’t buy most of it, and putting it here makes it feel as though you own it in some deranged way. It’s very “this is what my taste may be if I actually had the money.” It’s also an interesting way to see what other people are liking. So, one (or two) nights while I was up adding things at whim I found my brain on hyper drive imagining all of the things I wish the site could do / how it could be made even better.

Such as:
Adding things is freakishly easy, which I love. If you see something you like that’s already on the site, you can click the + sign and *poof* it’s added to your page. If it’s on another site, you have a button you can add to your browser that will make this pop up:

And you can select what categories it goes into/price/etc. Those things are searchable. Now, I think it would be even more handy if it it had a little more tagging as an option. Though that would require more effort I suppose on account of the users, and what’s great about the site is that it’s easy. But if, for example, you could choose in clothes between skirts / dresses / blouse / pants / etc, it would make it easier if you were looking for just skirts on Svpply. Adding in color tags would be cool, too. Or being able to tag an item with a more detailed subscription such as “ombre.” I say that because just last night my friend went all “omg, I want an ombre dress, help!” And I’m always up for the challenge, but typing “ombre” into the search field didn’t help too much. Which leads me to another desire:

Making lists!: When my friend asked me to help her search for something specific, I was up for it. I always am. I usually end up sending along a bunch of links in such scenarios, which isn’t terribly pretty. I’ve suggested her joining the site but she hasn’t yet. Regardless, it would be super duper splendiferously awesome if you could make your own separate lists,  so that when I was compiling a list of products for her, I could make a little list on Svpply with all of the items which I could then send to her all nice and neat in a “Ombre dresses for Sara page”. She could see all of the items, and get to each item by clicking on the pretty picutes. And the magic of the site might enable her to find other things she likes more. And hey(!) maybe then she’d join up.  It’d be neat to be able to do this for all sorts of situations. Whether it’s a list I’m making for someone, or a list I’m making for myself, separate from my general “I want this” menagerie of delights. Could be fun for personal shoppers, stylists, too. The site is just (I find, thus far) a really easy and clean way of compiling products.

Trends!: Like I mentioned, I find the site interesting because it helps me see what I’m into. I can look at the bulk of the stuff I’ve picked and maybe I’ll notice that I’ve added out a surprisingly similar grouping of skirts or something. Even if I wasn’t consciously aware of being interested in a certain style. The site is intriguing because you can see what other people are liking and latching onto… to a degree. I can imagine going forward that it could be even better.

With things like say, tagging, as I suggested previously, you could get a really clear picture on what type of shoes (for example) people are liking. Conceivably when it’s still pretty under the radar. Before people even have really processed their liking such things. I imagine going forward the site could be optimized by being able to track this info and offer it up as reports to companies. For the people using the site, it would just be an even better way of finding exactly what you’re hankering for, and it could be useful information to others. On not just what people are buying, but what they WANT to buy. It has the opportunity to be an even more fascinating look into what people are interested in and an opportunity for things to be made to fulfill those needs.

Those are just a few loose ideas. But I had to get them out, because thinking about how to make the site even better kept me up at night with excitement.

Feel free to check out my page here. Feel free to sign up and follow along if you are so inclined. :)

 

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Space Case

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Happy New Year, my dears. Sorry to be such a space case :). But, boy, do I have a space case for you. Or more, a case of my freaky deaky memory. In May 2009, Katya Ford‘s cosmos infused fashion photography caught my eye. They reminded me a bit of Coles Phillips style of illustration re-imagined for the 21st century with photography introduced. Then a week or two (?) ago I saw Christopher Kane’s Resort 2011 cosmically spectacular collection and made a connection.

Perhaps Katya’s photos were an inspiration, hmm? I really like the whole body as the space-y abyss vibe of Chris’ collection and Katya’s photos. As much as we think we know about the body and about space, so much is still a mystery. Physically and psychologically. And suddenly, this pops into my head:

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Interesting, yes? I know that I’d kill for a few of these designs. How can you not love some of these beautiful silhouettes combined with such beautiful photo-realistic imagery?

To buy: Opening Ceremony

She walks in beauty like the swans

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So, um, I kind of *love* these swan sunglasses in this “Wait for the Summer” photo shoot by photographer Fiona Quinn and styled by Courtney Sanders. The sunglasses are labeled first as the stylist’s own, and then by “Look Sharp”, a label which I haven’t been able to find out much about during my brief (but somewhat talented) google search frenzy. I managed to find some other novelty type swan sunglasses but none quite as fabulous as these. I just love how these have both black and white… you know very Black Swan-y. (Natalie Portman should totally own a pair, am I right?). I love how they manage to be both sunglasses but almost like a headpiece, like an almost but not quite tiara. And the model rocks them oh-so effortlessly.

And now a poem (from which I got this post’s name)((which a friend sent to me after seeing the aforementioned swan/ballet movie))(((and it seems nicely applicable to this post))):

Verdi and Postmodernism
She walks in beauty like the swans
that on a summer day do swarm
& crawls as deftly as a spoon
& spills & sprawls & booms.

These moments make a monument
then fall upon a broken calm
they fly into more quenchless rages
than Louis Quatorze or Napoleon.

If I could make one wish I might
overturn a state, destroy a kite
but with no wishes still I gripe
complaint’s a Godly-given right.
– Charles Bernstein

‘Round Town

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I usually have my “real” digital camera on me, but there’s just something so magical about having a camera phone. You see, I can pull it out and somewhat quickly and surreptitiously (hopefully) capture some of the interesting things my fellow city dwellers do and wear (like the super amazing nouveau 90’s type look the young fellow up above is rocking) . They’re usually not terribly perfect, since I find myself trailing behind them, or close enough that I try to pretend that I’m doing something other than taking their picture…. so I have the phone held up at a strange angle and I tap on the frame while I’m positioning it so it looks likely I’m texting someone (or, just looking really strange). Would it be easier if I went up and asked people to take their picture? Sure. But I haven’t mustered up the courage to halt most of the super duper in a hurry New Yorkers and say “Gee, do you mind if I take a picture of that really crazy thing you have going on with your hair?”

And so, with my recently downloaded Instagram app, I made them all look lovely and swell

I love how it looks like tiny pieces of fabric all tied up in her hair. Kind of a fun idea, though don’t know if would look quite the same on me…

 

I LOVE how deceptively simple this lady’s hair looks. I did a double take when I looked and grabbed my phone quick as lightening to capture it. Dare I say, I think my hair might actually be too long for this look – that is, if I ever figured out quite how to make it happen.

 

So, I was walking behind this teen and all of the sudden I realized Hey! That’s a necklace around her hair/bun thing!. It looks very pretty and classic in my humble opinion. Much more delicate than a big headband contraption.

 

Of course, there were the fun and interesting prints/color combos that grabbed me:

Only so many people would don this fantastic and incredibly bold bold bold Africa-inspired print. It’s quite lovely and interesting combined with the 60’s silhouette.

 

I know, I know, it’s the same girl. But I like how the pattern really pops in a way that’s more subtle (but, you know, not since that pattern soooo isn’t quiet)…. I’m betting the dress could be a hit if done in a palette more people would deem wearable. But, who wants something everyone has anyway? Anyway, in my head I’d love it in reds and purples, maybe with a little blue. At least, I’d wear it that way (I don’t know if I can pull of those yellows and greens).

 

LOVE the bold skirt. And how this look is a great example of mixing a super bright and bold pattern with some classics and neutrals and making it entirely wearable. Go lady!

 

Just love how opposite the patterns are. Painty slightly abstracted flower shapes in an olive-y taupe mixed with this very geometric “ethnic”-print influenced blue and white bag.

I saw a few interesting back details:

Ok. Just beautiful. Interesting and unique but class/y/ic at the same time.

 

I was so proud to see a man wearing such a fabulous look. In pinks and reds no less. And it looks really good. And I love the combo of fabrics and textures that totally gel and look organic. It looks like the little stripes just drip and expand down the back. loovveeeee it.

Ok, this isn’t technically a “back detail”, but it’s the craziest backpack I’ve ever seen. I’ve seen this guy a few times and I was super jazzed to finally be able to grab a pic of this… contraption. One of these days, maybe I’ll ask what on earth is up with that, and where did he get it, and it’s awesomely bizarre. And I do adore awesomely bizarre things. I feel like calling it future steampunk….or something, ha.

A few other interesting details/concepts:

I dig the double skinny belts combined with the multiple bangles. Nicely cohesive. I’ve done double belts, usually of the slightly wider variety, but I’ve been craving skinny belts more lately. And they do look nice layered.

 

I really like the combo of the dually muted pea-esque green and lavender. I found them so interesting I broke out my newly downloaded Pantone app and tried to make a little palette. I wouldn’t suggest following the color codes, because when I had them email me the palette the colors reflected differently. So I did a screen shot of the layout within the program. Still, the brown isn’t quite right, but I just wanted to play a little bit, not obsess and be super duper precise. But let me know if you’re dying me to find the right ones :). It is fun and a definite help in seeing how colors can work together, though.

 

And of course, I couldn’t leave you without…… Mr. Gaga

Gotta admire a man in fishnets, short short and platforms in broad daylight.

And with that, over and out! :)

Of Swans

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Before I start, I just want to say that I must have somewhere around a billion (ok… maybe more like 7?)  browser windows open and anywhere from 5 – 10 ( more?) tabs open in each one. I also like to think I have a pretty good memory, so often I’ll spot something in a magazine some kind of other somewhere and I’ll close my eyes and tell myself where it is and to tell myself to remember, assuming that I will. Sometimes I take a picture on my phone, thinking it will help. So, I may have some whole huge little article compiled in my brain and then I go to write it up and realize I don’t know where everything is, which I always find annoying because I like to think I’ve gotten better at organizing my adventures in curiosity.. I mean, come on, I’ve even organized my bookmarks! I did! Into categories. Sigh, anyway…. What I meant to say was that I had some killer shoes to go with this post, but it turns out I don’t remember who designed them and my searching (for the last 1/2 hour or so) has not yet yielded satisfactory results. Granted they were way more expensive than I wanted them to be, and you, too. So maybe it’s better that you didn’t see them… Because if you have a thing for all things ballet-ish (or just pretty shoes), well, you’d really want them, and then you’d be kinda bummed that you couldn’t have them. (But, I’ll still try to track them down, just because I love you all so much)

BACK ON TRACK:

So, I’m pretty jazzed for the film Black Swan.

Dance films can be like crack for me. I don’t really have the space to dance around here in my NYC abode, and watching dance makes me warm and fuzzy inside. Cheesy, I know, but true. This film looks both beautiful and dark in a way that dance related films don’t usually touch. And I’m excited about how much press and interest it’s been getting. The above promotional posters are, in a word, amazing. Released by Empire, sadly without notice of the designer (who certainly deserves to be recognized), they certainly set the tone. They’re intrinsically beautiful, with dark, hidden, look-closer details that hint at the mystery and thriller nature of the film. What’s so lovely about them, in my opinion, is how well they could stand on their own. I’d want them even if they weren’t associated with a film. Just because they’re great.

I feel like ballet/dance is seeping more and more into culture. It’s subtle, but it’s there. With the popularity of ballet flats (and the shoes I found but then lost, even had satin ties to wrap around your ankles), and of clothes that are reminiscent of dance/wear, and some of the headband craze, it seems like more and more people are looking to reflect the delicate strength and grace of a dancer.

Thinking about it, it’s kind of an interesting off-shoot to the beautiful garb of say the Mad Men age and other vintage eras that have gained popularity in the fashion world, and spreading into the mass market. The whole look of ages past is so very well thought out, all in the details. But with dance, sure the costumes for performances are gorgeous…. but the strength and the posture and the character is all internal. It’s all about you and your body and your mind. Granted, it’s competitive, too. And so is the real world.

Or maybe it’s the tiaras and Prima Ballerina “princess” sort of idea that captivates some…. haha.


Ray Lewis for Black Swan, some more photos here


The Australian Ballet has certainly taken wind of the trend with these fabulous tote bags. I saw them first on The Design Files, where they were having a giveaway – and it’s a good thing, because when I checked the site after ooh-ing and ahh-ing with glee over the bags, they were totally sold out. They’re back in stock now, but something tells me that it’s not just your standard ex-ballerinas, ballerinas or dance patrons snapping them up.

Playing coy

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I do adore this lovely photo (and magnificent gown) of Jean Patchett spotted on My Vintage Vogue. When I looked at it again, I realized it sort of reminds me of a bunch of little 50’s headpieces stitched together.

Like any of the ones you see perched atop my at-the-time-overly-cluttered dresser. (The two on my head are my own little creations)