Archive for January, 2009

am not usually the hugest fan of chanel — short tweed jackets don’t really do anything for me, and the whole denim + american flag thing a couple seasons back was grooosssss — however, the couture show this week in paris, was stunning.






the headpieces were designed by katsuya kamo, who must have made the most amazing paper snowflakes when he was in elementary school. fuck veils, this is what every lady should aspire to wear on her wedding day.

this jacket is also really really appealing:

chanel-2(all photos from style.com)

most of the monochromatic runway shows lately have revolved around black, and mr. lagerfeld’s (almost) all-white show did a wonderful job of highlighting shape and texture in a color usually reserved for brides and babies.

we continue to long for the fanciful optimistic days of f/w 09. a pristine parade of ladies dressed in graphic white ensembles isn’t exactly the awe-inspiring haute couture we wanted to see; however, it is nice to see a designer who previously cited amy winehouse as his muse producing such a dreamy-not-trashy collection. thank you, karl.

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my interest in fashion is only half about the funness of dressing up. the other half, is more sociological in nature. why do people choose to clothe themselves the way they do? is it to stick out or fit in? why do so many so-called countercultures seem to adhere to a uniform, when their credos so often revolve around the idea of being different? do they dress to set themselves apart from the mainstream, or to fit in with other members of their own, more selective group? which comes first, the socialization or the mimicry of style? how does dov charney know exactly what every resident of williamsburg, brooklyn wants to be wearing, always? and so on.

exactitudes is a photo project undertaken by ari versluis, a rotterdam-based photographer, and ellie uyttenbroek. since 1994 they’ve been documenting the fashion habits of social groups, resulting in “an almost scientific, anthropological record of people’s attempts to distinguish themselves from others by assuming a group identity”.

take a look, and now go get dressed.

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the highlights of hannuka were as follows:

more latkes than i could ever hope to stomach

a pair of mittens made out of alpaca (they are so warm)

cranium WOW (the pieces come with interchangeable hats!)

the world of edward gorey, by clifford ross and karen wilkin

gorey is an artist (and sometimes costume designer) who does crazy dark nitpick-y sinster type black-ink line drawings. he sets his scenes in a macabre victorian england, mostly, and writes books with titles like the doubtful guest and accompanies his drawings with captions such as “her laugh made beetles swoon; her frown / made geese and cows turn upside down.”




edward-gorey-b(this is how i would like my future children to learn the letter “b”)

it is a must-read for aspiring illustrators and owners of freakishly dark senses of humor alike.

ps, it is fashion week in stockholm! HOT DAMN. more updates on the most fashion forward city evah to follow.

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berlin fashion week (28 jan – 1 feb) is gonna rule.

facehunter will be there (a tip, if you are eager to get your picture taken, is to wear an eye-catching hat and/or talk loudly about stockholm), as will iekeline stange (projektgalerie is putting up an exhibit of her polaroid photography, entitled “i like ponies”, which should be nifty, and also she has such a wonderfully quirky style), and a lot of really fuckin cool berliners.

the city itself is wonderful — covered in graffiti, full of galleries and dark bars and artists’ squats and falafel places — and fashion weeks are always fun to loiter around.


img_0111(photos are from spring break 2007; the top one is from the east side gallery, and the bottom is en route to the medical history museum; if you are ever in the same place as a medical history museum, and are not the squeamish type, go right away)

who else is in berlin, you ask? an artist by the name of chiharu shiota, is who, and last we saw she was creating enormous installations of dark string, windows, baby shoes, and burned wedding dresses.

chiharu-shiota(photo from the artist’s website)

here are some german words to take with you on your travels:




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gareth pugh is fuckin crazy.

that said, we’re so sick of “fashion’s return to sobriety” and “this collection takes a cue from the 1930s”. yes, the economy sucks, and yes, it seems silly and tasteless to throw down thousands and thousands of dollars on clothes and shoes and purses ever since the financial system uh collapsed. but. the thing is, no matter how simple and elegant and tasteful miucca prada’s suits are, they remain unaffordable. and now, we are left with still-too-expensive clothing that is no fun at all to ogle.

so thank you, mr. pugh, for sticking to your (dark, goth, avant-garde, greasy, deconstructed) guns.




gareth-pugh-41(all photos from men.style.com)

we hope that women’s fashion week brings more creativity than we’ve seen in the men’s shows so far. depression chic, is not chic at all. it makes people sad. and when the world around is sad and corrupt and penniless as it is, dressing in a wacky manner is a nice way to bring a smile to someone’s face (just ask aretha franklin’s inauguration bow).

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i am told by a friend that chloe sevigny is bitchy and acts entitled when standing on line for a club. which is fine, and also, whatever who really cares; nevertheless ms. sevigny remains my top choice for actress-i-would-most-want-to-play-me-in-the-movie-version-of-my-life.

(this will someday happen, i am sure. and she will dye her hair brown and shrink a few inches and the film that ensues will be lovely and well-received by critics and fans alike. also the soundtrack and costumes will be fieeerce.)

chloe-sevigny-nytimes(photo from nytimes.com)

when questioned in pulse, karin nelson’s ny times column, she says, “I’m not feeling these modern, futuristic looks. It’s too hard. I love a frilly floral, and I always will. And I like minis. I tried to do a pencil skirt, but it looked too old. Lately I’ve been trying to dress sexier, but my version is still a little sad and frumpy and alternative.”

oh man, it is only a matter of time until we run into each other on the street and girlishly squeal over our mind-bogglingly similar style manifestos.

due to a lack of tv and/or hbo, i cannot watch my life twin on big love, but i saw this clip of her on vice‘s website once and have enjoyed it ever since (because she is snotty and know-it-all-y and i really like that about her):

as a girl who spends too much time on style.com, her actual knowledge of fashion trend history makes me really really happy. as does her companion’s moustache. as does the idea of having an expendable income big enough to buy a pair of balenciaga pants.

the end.

[ stefanie ]

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from the sartorialist on thursday:


these lovely ladies were sartorial-ized in milan. WHAT WONDERFUL COATS, and also i really like how european girl friends always walk around with their arms linked.

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manifestos.net is a website devoted to . . .


obviously, we love this.

browse their titles page for multitudes of strongly worded statements of purpose from politics, the arts, and philosophy. if you need somewhere to begin, check out tristan tzara’s dada manifesto 1918. tzara (1896 – 1963) was born in romania. he moved to zurich in 1915 and took part in the cabaret voltaire (a notoriously raucous artists’ cabaret founded the following year; the art created in the cabaret was avant-garde and chaotic, referencing the inexplicable tragedies of WWI; it was here that dada was born; we suspect it was a rockin’ scene). later on, he edited dada, the most noteworthy of the french dada reviews. his manifesto is a really beautiful explanation of an artistic movement that, by definition, strives to be indefinable.

hugo-ball(this is hugo ball, another one of the cabaret’s founders, next to the text of a noise poem; we found this photo on boston.com)

abolition of logic, which is the dance of those impotent to create: dada . . . freedom: dada dada dada, a roaring of tense colors, and interlacing of opposites and of all contradictions, grotesques, inconsistencies: LIFE

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you listen to grizzly bear, right?


a few years ago a friend showed me a video of three guys wandering around paris, singing the prettiest a cappella music i’d ever heard, lookin’ kewl, exuding dreaminess in all capacities. also their music is really wonderful for long drives and plane rides. grizzly bear rulezzzz.


what i hadn’t done until JUST NOW, however, for some reason, is listen to department of eagles, the group daniel rossen (g bear’s singer/ guitarist/ songwriter) started with his freshman year roommate (aw) fred nicolaus. according to daniel and fred’s myspace, they got bored one college spring and started playing lovely music together; in 2003 they recorded an lp; the next year, daniel joined grizzly bear and fred became a responsible adult; in the midst of touring and nine-to-five-ing, they started to put together some songs; in october of 2008 they came out with In Ear Park; in january of 2009, i listened to it and swooned.


there’s definitely a lot of grizzly bear to be heard in department of eagles (but then again, maybe there’s a lot of department of eagles in grizzly bear), and we think that’s a good thing. their music is lush and lovely to listen to, and the eerie, home-y beauty that we like so much about gb abounds in doe, this time with a smidgen of circus-like brashness that is fresh and new.



(photo from their myspace pics)


this conversation made me laugh. perhaps it will have the same effect on you.


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obama4(obamart from corduroy magazine)

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