February 28, 2010

Fall 2010 RTW

These are a few of my favorite looks from the latest shows. The collections that caught my eye the most this season were: ADAM, Alice + Olivia, Alberta Ferretti, Helmut Lang, Vivienne Westwood Red Label, Charles Anastase and Thakoon. Some of the most noticeable trends for fall are: bold textures, lots of layering, mixing prints, mixing neutrals, volume, the classics reworked, asymmetrical silhouettes and head to toe monochromatic looks. Take a peak at the shows for a little inspiration for your own fall wardrobe.
p.s. You don't have to wait for fall, it's still cold outside.

February 27, 2010

The Vintage Bazaar

I spent the afternoon antiquing with my friend Dana. We went to The Vintage Bazaar at the historic DANK-HAUS. We got there early, and the place was packed full of people complaining about how packed it was. It didn't stop us, and eventually it cleared out a bit. We bumped into my friend Liz, she told us that there was now a line outside. They were only allowing new people in as others left.
The bazaar was chock full of the usual flea market finds: colorful kitchen ware, various tchotchkes, polyester clothing, and beautifully aged furniture. Dana found a sexy black seventies cocktail dress. I found a 1950's navy blue headpiece and a tiny framed needle point of an owl. I snapped a few pictures and ended up meeting a few interesting people in the process. The register above was found in a basement, in a Chicago suburb. It was filthy, and after doing a bit of research, the vendor found out that it originally sold for $125 dollars. I don't know if you can see it in the photo, but the sides are made of glass. You can actually watch the inside of the machine moving while you type. It's a stunning design. I met another interesting character who's booth is shown above. We ended up talking about geography and volcanoes until she had to make a sale.
After Dana and I finished looking at everything, we checked out the cupcakes and beverages. I passed on the sweets, since they didn't have anything vegan. Once outside, we saw the line of people down the block waiting to get in. I headed home, hung my new picture up on my wall full of pictures. I'm getting quite a collection. I had a little snack and headed off to work for the evening.

February 26, 2010


make it big!

oh Tavi

If you don't already know who Tavi Gevinson is, then let me tell you. Tavi is the precocious 13 year-old blogger who is getting the attention of the fashion industry. She is delightful, eloquent, and quite prolific. Her blog, style rookie, consists of pictures of her adorable puppy, thrift store finds, her love of everything to do with 90's grunge, and anything else she's into. At any given time there are hundreds people reading her blog. She seems to be able to laugh at herself and realize how unusual she is. In her latest blog entry she writes, "people can't figure out if I'm 80 or 13. Sometimes I don't know either". She has her own Tavi t-shirt for sale. She has been interviewed and photographed by numerous fashion magazines, has collaborated with designers, and now attends fashion week. She doesn't have celebrity parents and isn't some rich kid living in Manhattan or Los Angeles. For the most part, she is just a normal girl with a lot of talent and a lot to say.

mysteries of space

According to the Drake equation, astronomers have predicted that there are over 10,000 intelligent civilizations in our galaxy alone. Radio signals are most commonly used by scientists in their search for life on other planets. There is another galaxy, named Centaurus A, which transmits radio signals into outer space 24/7. Some scientists believe this could be because of the massive size of it's black hole. It could also be intelligent life trying to communicate. We don't know. Another strange phenomena is the presence of a hexagon on Saturn. The hexagon itself creates a break into the planet's atmosphere. It was detected decades a go, and it seems to baffle astronomers. I was talking to an acquaintance about the hexagon, and he gave me the most straightforward answer to it's existence. It is simply there, because the circumstances and timing allowed for it to be, just like life on Earth.

February 25, 2010

Henry Darger

Henry Darger was a man who had only one friend his whole life. He spent most of his free time all alone in his small apartment, in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago, drawing and writing. This was his obsession and his life's work. He created the longest book ever written, over fifteen thousand pages. Inside these pages are kaleidoscopic-like images of little girls battling armies and a story to go along. It is called The Story of the Vivian Girls. Darger was never formally trained as an artist. His method of drawing was to trace photos from catalogues and newspapers and then go over them with watercolor. The effect is beautifully cluttered and colorful cartoon-like images. His drawings and narrative are vivid, imaginative and otherworldly. No one was aware of his artwork while he was alive. Today he is probably one of the most widely known, unknown, artists.

February 22, 2010

RIP McQueen

I would like to take a moment to write about Alexander McQueen. I found out about his death only a few days ago. I believe his mother and brother both passed away very recently. He clearly and understandably must have been devastated. I am so sad that I will no longer have the pleasure to be inspired by his creative gifts. He was one of the very first fashion designers who made me see clothing as an art form and not just as fashion. There will never be another like him in the industry.