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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)

Doppelgänger

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I spotted these two images separately but together this afternoon on GreyHandGang. The dame on the left caught me first, and I thought her so pretty I stared for a moment or two. Her grace and elegance. The way her dress slips to virtually nothing as it careens around her delicate shoulders. The gargantuan sparkling earrings not to be outdone by the broach. And of course, that innocent sort of look and light on her face.

And then  I continued to scroll down and the saw the lass on the right. And I stopped and thought, hmmmmm. And I popped back up to the first. I couldn’t help but notice similarities. The good girl on the left and her naughtier doppelgänger on the right. The high hair that’s come undone. The strap and curve of the overalls mirroring the refined dress but hinting at much more. The large button earrings, and the eyes shut dreamily. And of course, the lollipop. Can’t miss the lollipop.

Oui. They’re one and the same.

(the lamentable fact is that the site from which i nabbed these lovely ladies does not have them attributed, so i don’t really know the true story behind them ((or from where they originate)), but imagining is always fun, indeed)

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