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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. :)

 

Having fun with: Virtual Dress Up

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I don’t remember exactly how, but the other week I somehow stumbled upon Couturious (lady on the left)  and after a bit of fiddling began to really enjoy their virtual dress up set-up. You can pick a model, and then dress them up using a large array of fashions, from a variety of brands on the high to low spectrum. It was just when I was about to write this post, and was trying to look up more on the site that I stumbled upon Looklet (lady on the right), which has a similar idea and looks like it came around first. Looklet has a bit more of a high fashion look, and enables you to give your looks different effects. It looks a bit more true to life, and has a lot more in terms of some avant garde looks. I like Couturious, because a lot of things had options to be worn different ways and it was sometimes a bit easier to layer items then in Looklet (I’m still working out their system).

On the page of a particular look, Couturious  give a picture break down of all the items used from which you can then shop should you so choose.

Looklet breaks it down right on the “looks” page, listing each item used and its designer. It definitely gives of a magazine-y type vibe.

Both sites enable other users to “like” and comment on your looks, and to have follower and friends of your profile. So far, Looklet seems to have a definite social networking aspect to it, with a wall feed reminiscent of Facebook. It looks like its been around longer and has a large cache or user worldwide (from my brief toying with the site thus far, the US seems to be a minority)((which makes for an interesting look at tastes around the world). Couturious has grown and evolved even though I’ve only been playing with it for about a week, so I’m betting more features will continuously be added.

What’s fun about these sites is the idea of playing with a multitude of different styles and seeing how things can be layered and work together. It’s a fun exercise in stretching your style: you can be as safe or as daring as you want and you can easily explore different styles that you may never think of wearing yourself. You may even find it interesting the styles you end up liking, and the pieces you pair together. I know I certainly was.

So go ahead, check them out and let your inner stylist play! :)

My pages on each if you feel like checking out more of my styling adventures:
Looklet
Couturious

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Faux City

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My loves! It’s been such a long time, and I apologize profusely. Lady Tilly has found herself in a new (day) job, which has been taking up a good chunk of head space. I’ve been missing you kittens muchly though, and am hoping to get back into regular posting soon/now since I do have oodles of ideas and all of that delightful jazz.

In case you didn’t know, wandering NYC is one of my favorite hobbies, and I always have a camera around so I can snap pictures of interesting and surprising things as I go. What’s interesting is when you see some similar anomalies popping up at around the same time. We’re used to seeing it in fashion, accessories, and home design sorts of areas; but recently I noticed a little bit of a trend in the way we decorate our city. It’s really small, and maybe it’s been there all along, but for some reason I suddenly noticed this sort of “faux city” vibe as I like to call it.

It really rings true to the city and the people in it, in the personas we create for ourselves. In the way we are, the way we want to be seen, and the clash between the two

Some time ago I was walking along bopping along to my headphones when I saw this sight: I did a little double take and laughed when I noticed the fake brick and windows pressed up against the real brick building. It has this delightfully cartoon-y sort of look to it, all the lines perfectly straight and even, yet it’s perfection is not enough to escape the inevitable graffiti.

This one I saw right after the first, and I stood there for a minute scratching my head. I may’ve even pulled out my glasses to attempt a better look. Something just looks a little off. It looks like someone intentionally painted it to look old and run down – the opposite of the previous. It’s those two perfect windows that have me perplexed. I’m probably missing something obvious which someone will point out to me and I’ll feel very, very silly.

This one caught my eye while I scurried between interviews. I’m amused by the effort of attempting to cover up the scaffolding or whatever you want to call the black screen covering up the actual building, with a print of a similar sort of building….which is subsequently, err, kind of falling down.

This one would allow you to claim to have a great view of the city’s immaculate skyline even though you’re just looking at the side of a somewhat low building (in comparison to the supposed skyscraper scene). I do love the gardens implied on top of the skyscrapers, too. That would be lovely, wouldn’t it (granted, I’m sure there are some that do…)

Interesting, wouldn’t you say?

And this next one is similar but different.

I almost walked right past this one. Out of the corner of my eye it looked just like regular, run of the mill graffiti type situation. But, I looked a little closer and was delighted to see a depiction of a lovely farm-y country-side (Italy maybe?). On the side of a building, behind gates, next to trash cans.

The dreams of the places we wish we could be tucked to the side.

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good words & imaginary conversations.

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I’m pretty big on writing things down. I’m not one of those people who hears or reads something nice and says, “Golly, that was interesting!” and then puts that book or magazine down and continue on my way. No sir. I have to write it down. It’s a quirk, what can I say. And so, the other day when I was perusing Clear Magazine (issue 31) and came across an interview with design legends Leila and Massimo Vignelli of Vignelli Associates I found some of the things they had to say so interesting that I had to yank out one of my little spare notebooks and jot them down. Since this is not an uncommon occurrence, I soon find myself looking over some other bon mots I had scribbled out and noticed some similarities. So, I’ve laid them out here for you; I imagine it sort of as though these designers and writers are sitting around having a sort of imaginary conversation (except for Leila and Massimo, who are actually speaking to one another). Maybe we, the reader, are a sort of fly on the wall, or the quiet shy guest content just to listen and we hear bits and pieces of the conversations going around the room:

Massimo Vignelli (M): We believe that history is very important – history of yesterday, history of a thousand years ago, whatever it is. And then to design in such a way that it’s going to last, because we feel a responsibility towards the client and toward the user. Designing something that is going to last rather than be thrown away. We do not belong to the culture of waste… We despise the culture of obsolescence and are in the favor of permanence . However, having said that, we love the fact that there are trends, because trends are the sparks.

Leila Vignelli (L): Yes. Sparks for the fire.

M: Trends are the sparks; permanence is the fire. The sparks make the fire brighter, pleasant to watch… and so there is room for both. There is room for permanence and there is room for trendiness. Then each one decides what fits best for him. For us, permanence is more interesting; for others, trendiness is more fun. As a matter of fact, you could even say there is a certain permanence in trendiness. For example, look back at things done 50 years ago, 70 years ago, or think of people that were in fashion but still valid today – like Coco Chanel, who was innovative then, but still very, very good today

L: There are things which are very trendy, but because of the period, and thus the period element…

M: …They are testimonials of a time.


Emilio Pucci with model, 1953

…The reproductions also include the constricting armholes and narrow shoulders of yesteryear. Indeed, in 2001 when the firm reproduced a Marilyn Monroe look – a blouse and capris – “the pants were so tight around the calves, some clients couldn’t put their feet through,” the designer says. “But if it were different, it wouldn’t have been the real thing. I think that’s one of the reasons girls find it fashionable, because the portions are a little distorted. The idea of having real vintage collections, not only vintage-inspired, makes it really unique. It gives you a taste of what you can’t find today.
-Laudomia Pucci on designing vintage reproductions, in W Magazine. April 2009

L: We are very realistic about our design…We feel that a designer has to give that. When you see a designer do something that costs a lot of money, but you can’t sit on it…you think, okay, that is art, if you want to call it, but it is not design. A designer has a responsibility to the public, to the manufacturer – that he doesn’t do something too expensive or something they cannot sell – so something….

M:…Something very balanced. This doesn’t prevent us from looking for gestures. Beyond the function, it has to have a character. So we take that into consideration. We try to have it, but we don’t like a gesture that is contrived. You can see when it is contrived. We like to see a gesture that belongs to that object in a natural way. It’s like this [with] people, too. You like a certain amount of extravagance here and there, but not too much. You like elegance better than extravagance…. We treasure intellectual elegance much more than intellectual extravagance. That’s why we like permanence rather than trendiness. Trendiness is extravagant by nature, whereas permanence has to be elegant. Otherwise, it doesn’t survive. So elegance is a sublime state of intelligence. It’s not something that you add; it’s something that you get by taking away – by subtraction, not by addition. The moment that you add to things, you can’t get to elegance. You can get to extravagance, because extravagance is the byproduct of addition, and elegance is the byproduct of subtraction.


image by Barbara Kruger

The irony of conspicuous consumption is well past its due date after all. It’s simply not enough to throw evermore exotic materials and precious jewels at a garment. Instead a celebration of individuality and purity of design is back on the agenda. Above all, it has never seemed more apposite to make a statement with one’s wardrobe. Inspiration over aspiration, is fashion’s new holy grail.
– Susannah Frankel, “Power of Invention” Another Magazine.


via The Guardian

Hats are about escapism. Of course, they can keep you warm, or the sun off your face, but they’re predominately about escapism, about being somebody else. When I come to work this morning, there were lots of people in rain hats, and of course they perform a function of some description but they also make people look glamorous, they make them look fun. Especially if people are coming to me, they’re looking for a costume, a way into becoming somebody else. Whether you’re a lady going to Ascot or you’ve got a sort of felt on and you’re becoming Garbo, or you’re putting on a baseball cap and becoming 50 cent but you’re really a nice boy from Winchester. The self expression for the milliner is about creating something that is dynamic and can be an expression of themselves. For the person wearing the hat, it’s about expression too, not necessarily of yourself, but of another self.
-Stephen Jones, in Another Magazine


Alexander McQueen, F/W 2009 from style.com

If people are going to invest in fashion now then they need to know it’s worth it. They’re not going to want to buy a cashmere coat they can wear any season, they’re looking for something more individual than that, and from a more individual designer. Fashion is about fantasy as well as being commercial. We don’t all want to dress like soldiers in the same uniform. There is a viewpoint that people should play safe because they can’t afford to frighten their customer but, in fact, the opposite is true. You have to push forward and realise the power of fantasy and escapism. What’s the point of doing this job if you’re going to stagnate.
-Alexander McQueen, by Susannah Frankel “Power of Invention” Another Magazine


(from the Another Magazine article)((yes, I need a scanner)

That is one of the great things about being a milliner. We exist in our own little tributary, it is incredibly diverse. Fashion designers have to be precise, very clear about the boundaries surrounding their work. As a milliner you can do all sorts of different things. It’s all about instinct, and often the less though that goes into a hat, the better. Because, you see, a baseball cap, worn by the right person, can be the wildest thing on the planet; a simple beret can be Garbo. Hats don’t have to be these incredibly extravagant five-foot constructions.
-Stephen Jones, in Another Magazine

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Some things to think about, hmm? But you’re kind of tired of reading and wanting to digest. Oh, alright. Some other time then; in fact, I already have an idea.

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Digging: MoBro

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What on earth is MoBro, you ask? It’s what I’ve decided to call a quasi recent crop of embroidery (particularly hand) that’s been popping up and giving the old-school craft a new sort of life. You know, Modern Embroidery. Some of it is not your grandmother’s embroidery (as in used in new and interesting ways, designs) and some is really not your grandmother’s embroidery (as in some naughty words and nudity).

It started when I saw the work from Andrea Dezsö‘s 2007 show “Lessons from My Mother”… somewhere, and cataloged it off in my brain as Really Pretty Rad. Ms. Dezsö is an ethnic Hungarian born and raised in Transylvania, Romania and for this project, she embroidered some of the witticisms bestowed upon her by her mother

And then, not terribly later, I saw Tim Moore‘s work in Monster Children magazine. He started embroidering on a flight back in 2001 (pre-September 11) with and in-flight sewing kit after he realized that he’d forgotten his sketchbook and pens. He got really into it, and even received some tutoring from his girlfriend’s Sicilian mother. Of course, he then “bastardized it”. (since you can’t read the Monster Children interview online, you can read a fairly similar one ((from what I can tell)) here.

After Tim, I came across the work of Porterness. Jennifer, the designer/artist, creates all sorts of goodies, but her embroidery work really stands out. Taught to embroider at age 10 by her grandmother, she describes her work as being heavily “influenced by Carl Jung’s work on the personal shadow, the embroidery functions as what Jung calls ‘spiritual talisman’ for inner growth.” She explores this theme in a number of pieces through two characters she created- Priscilla and John – and their ongoing tale of love and loss.


Some pieces are available at her etsy shop, Porterness.

And then this morning (!) I stumbled in my Tumblr stream upon Caroline Hwang‘s lovely work. Influenced by years of watching her grandmother knit and crochet, Caroline has managed to incorporate those older crafts like quilting and embroidery into paintings and drawings; “All my pieces begin as fabric, which I paint on, and then collage other fabric on top of, then embroider over with my sewing machine, and then add some final drawing and painting. They end up very layered.” (from Swindle). The following work is from her illustration page, which I saw first and is already linked to. For more awesome work (I got overwhelmed attempting to decide what to use, so I stuck with what I saw first) visit her other site here.

It’s all quite lovely, yes? It’s nice that in such an increasingly technologically advanced society, some still take time to learn the crafts of our grandparents and great-grandparents and reinterpret them into something that honors that past while making it modern. Creating each piece is so time consuming that I imagine it’s hard to not become very emotionally involved in the process, each individual stitch allowing a moment of reflection. It is interesting considering this fact how most all of these artists seek to explore love and the nature of relationships in their work.

Regardless, I would be tickled to see some quirky off-beat embroidery incorporated into the, err, various fabrics in my life. Yesiree, I would.

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Oh, Teal! You still have my heart, you do.

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Looking at these colors makes me a tad giddy. I had a *major* teal fixation for a couple of years, and it appears it hasn’t worn completely off yet. It’s definitely one of my favorite colors. Now I’m missing my teal room. Sigh.

But, it appears that I may’ve found my answer for my fall ’08 querry of “why in the hell am I suddenly buying button up shirts when for so long I’ve abhorred them?!” Menswear, loves; Menswear. Duh.

Annie Hall! Depression era newboys! Hmmm. And I must admit to have been craving for a bit of time (in anticipation of spring/summer) some wispy little 30’s inspired dresses.

photo via Garance Dore

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All the scraps of paper

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The other day I managed to dash out of the apartment sans Hubert the iPhone. I didn’t realize I didn’t have my handy-dandy everything tool until I was already waiting on the platform for the L train. Pity for poor Tilly; I’d have to go without.

I missed knowing what time it was (though it really wasn’t a big deal, actually). I missed being able to see my new emails (I love mail). I missed checking Facebook continuously. I had things to tweet! I found pictures I wanted to take! I wanted to know if the temperature had dropped a degree or two so that I would know if I need my extra cardigan before I ventured back outdoors! Of course, I missed a few calls, too.

But. It got me thinking; mostly when during my periodicals perusing I saw a quote I wanted to post onto my newly acquired Tumble account (look how with it I am!), and when I saw a necklace whose designers name I wanted to jot down in my phone’s notebook file, as I often do, to check out later. Because for the quote, I found it immediately acceptible and a natural reaction to write it down on paper. I reached for the notebook I sometimes carry around for random jottings-down and realized it was not there (!), so I used an old unused envelope lurking in my Mary-Poppins style bag.

I wrote down the quote. I wrote down the designer’s name. And then I started pondering the writen vs. the typed word. I like words, and I like to write. I started to ponder about what I write where.

– I have a journal, an other person quote/poem book, a my poem book, and a design journal. I do all these by hand.

– I have this blog (and I’ve had other personal ones, too, in the past), twitter, tumblr, facebook, myspace, flickr, open blank word documents (writing poetry/prose/articles)/mail “drafts” (for jotting down notes), and Adobe Creative Suite. All of these I do digitally. (Naturally)

Some of these I’ve only started doing recently. I find the iPhone handy for jotting things down because otherwise my purse ends up filled with random bits of paper. A spare notepad is handy for those sorts of things; but I already carry around so many bigg-ish things in my bag (the journal, design journal, often a book or two), that I am dubious of adding another. Though sometimes I do anyway. Though continued technology whatnots might change that, as it changes everything. I’ve wondered if I had one of those smaller, skinny, lightweight laptops I’d just pop that open and type everything. I suppose it could be easily organized that way? How many people do that?

And then I worried about handwriting. I like handwritten things. I love snail mail (I hang it on my wall! ((letters, that is – not bills)). There’s something increasingly personal about little hand-written notes. Are we going to become completely digital?

Do you think better when you write with your hands or type with your fingers? It’s probably different kinds of thought, yes? Maybe? I know, I like to be able to type something when I want to get it out quickly because I think I can type faster than I write. But, I like how in my journal, the writing is a part of the story. Sometimes the writing is smaller and neater and close together; sometimes it’s larger and messier and bobbles around the (unlined) pages; sometimes a combination of those. I like being able to add a doodle. Embellish.

Do you like your pictures digitally displayed in albums? Or tangible ones you can hold?

Is it better or worse and where will lines be drawn in terms of what we share online. What people care about.

And:

Can we ever be truly connected and informed and on top of everything going on everywhere. Read all of the news and the blogs and blog it yourself before it’s old news and everyone who’s anyone already knows about it. Does it foster or hinder actual, individual thought? Creativity? Are we going to be too “book smart”; popping out factoids you read about here or there. Is everything speeding up so much that we forget to think, and forget to truly engage in the everyday? (I love the computer, but I also love to wander around the city and people watch, etc)

Or course, the internet and technology helps all of that, too, by making it easier for like-minded people to connect. We tire of mass-produced everything, so we create things by hand (crafty-ness!) and sell them on craft-havens like Etsy.

I just find the ways/changing way/future way we interact with technology to be rather fascinating.

That being said: Have you ever wanted to just reach into the computer screen and start fiddling with things by hand?

Oh. And going off the grid didn’t kill me. Though I did feel kind of (even more) naked when my iPod, Giacomo, died mid-wander.

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