Tuesday, November 1, 2011

For the Love of Fendi

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As I was catching up on my favorite threads on the Fashion Spot the other day, I came across a picture of Mary Kate Olsen that really took me for a loop. She looked spectacular as always, but I had a total freak out moment as soon as my eyes scanned down to her bag. The bag I am referring to is an iconic piece from the Fendi Spring 2001 collection, and I remember this because I was totally obsessed with Fendi around that time - this bag in particular was on my mind daily for months on end, but I was never able to find one for myself because it was so freaking popular at the time. I have been on a subsequent eBay quest ever since, but I have never been able to get my hands on it (or another favorite wicker and pigskin studded beauty from the same collection). There are few things that I continue to obsess about for years on end, but there is something about early 2000's Fendi that I just can't quit. When I think of the label, I immediately get a sense of timeless luxury, but unlike other storied luxury houses that come to mind, there is an added sense of in-your-face attitude and quirk, which is how I like to think of my own style - eclectic and a just a bit loud, but ultimately formed around classic silhouettes and impeccable construction. Fortunately for Fendi fans like myself, Todd Selby just released a series of photographs on The Selby that provide an inside look at the construction of the brand, showcasing scores of luscious furs (Fendi does some of the best fur) in the Atelier and the unveiling of the Fendi x Maserati GranCabrio. Because, honestly, when you're draped in leather and your bag is spiked in gold, you just can't be seen stepping out of anything less fierce than that. Vroom!

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The other object of my obsession, worn here by Bridget Hall in the Spring 2001 ad campaign

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And finally, a shockingly low-res video blast from the past - Fendi Spring 2001 in motion:



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Saturday, October 8, 2011

Window Shopping: Fall 2011 Looks

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Altuzarra Walnut parka @ Barneys
Altuzarra Mimosa dress @ Barneys
Miu Miu Noir sunglasses @ Miu Miu
Olivia Collings antique earrings
The Row alligator backpack @ The Row
Cartier Baignoire Small in yellow gold
Falke knitted socks @ The Outnet
Zara peep toe ankle boot with laces @ Zara
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Balenciaga geometric sweater @ Barneys
Rochas brocade trumpet pant @ Barneys
Edie Parker Jean stripe lucite clutch @ Roseark
Cartier Tank Solo
Gianvito Rossi ankle strap pumps @ Barneys

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The Row Audrey sunglasses @ Barneys
Carven Gargoyle knitted intarsia sweater @ Net-a-porter
Rodarte x Opening Ceremony fringed skirt @ Barneys
Reed Krakoff Kit bag in leather and shearling @ Reed Krakoff
HOORSENBUHS white strap cuff @ Barneys
HOORSENBUHS Icy Phantom Clique Ring @ Barneys
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Here are just a few of my favorite fall outfits I styled from some pretty extensive online "window shopping." I did most of my real shopping early - as I do every season - so most of these items will never make it into my closet, although I am really in love with the whole Carven sweater look.  And the Altuzarra parka will no doubt hold a special place in my heart for quite some time.  It is the second most perfect piece of outerwear I have ever seen - the number one spot belongs to a black leather Balenciaga bomber with white shearling from Fall 2004, which I am still completely enamored of. 

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Thursday, June 23, 2011

One-Track Mind

I seriously have a one-track mind. Literally everything I hear/see leads my thoughts directly to fashion. Sometimes, the connection is instant, say between a painting and a certain favorite collection, but sometimes it takes a little longer to get there. For instance, today I had an MRI (no worries, just a very thorough check-up), which BTW was super-fun, and the entire time I was in there all I could think of was the film 2001: A Space Odyssey (although for a bit I was also making songs to the sweet MRI beats and perhaps thinking how it would be possible to get some sort of similar noiseless version to sleep in at home), but more specifically, how awesome Reed Krakoff's Pre-Fall 2011 collection would look paired with the set of the film.

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And while I'm on the subject of 2001... I haven't mentioned this much on the blog so far, but interior design is another close love of mine. The furniture in this film is particularly spectacular and features some serious mid-century classics, like the famous hot pink Djinn chair by Olivier Mourgue and several pieces from the George Nelson Action Office collection (used in both the business meeting scene showed above and in the image with the receptionist below). Here are just a few more screen caps showcasing the spectacular design of this film:

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Screenmusings, Net-a-porter, Reed Krakoff

Monday, April 11, 2011

Feature: FabSugar's Looks of the Week

I am honored again to have been featured as one of FabSugar's Looks of the Week. This was my favorite outfit that I wore last week, too.

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P.S. - For more details, see the original post here.

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Sunday, March 13, 2011

Feature: FabSugar's Look of the Week

The look from my last 'Look of the Day' post was featured in FabSugar's Looks of the Week (hooray!). I love sharing my looks on FabSugar as well as seeing what everyone else has been wearing - I guess it's the anthropologist in me, but I find it so fascinating to see how differently people in different parts of the world or even different parts of the same country sartorially interpret the same point in time. To view the full gallery of this week's past looks, visit FabSugar.

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Friday, March 11, 2011

Look of the Day: Girls' Day Out


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80's vintage sweater, T by Alexander Wang tee, Current/Elliott jeggings, Sam Edelman 'Vancouver' booties, Carrera 'Andy' sunglasses, Céline bag with eBay fox tail, Cartier watch


Yesterday my mom, little sister, and I had a long overdue girls' day out together. I busted out my favorite Cosby sweater for the cold snap we've been having recently, and my Céline box bag got to wear its new fox-tail that I bought after obsessing over the styling of the Pre-fall Céline presentation.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Dissecting the Tribal Trend

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As a former anthropology major, I am always drawn to jewelry that has some obvious cultural inspiration. As soon as I saw a photo of Taylor Tomasi Hill in an elongated wire choker, I was instantly reminded of the brass coils worn by the Kayan Lahwi women of the Padaung tribe in Burma. A long, graceful neck like Taylor's is prized here in the west, but the Padaung take this look to the extreme, wearing heavy brass coils around their necks from a young age and then slowly adding to the coils over time until they have elongated their necks to the culture's extreme ideal of beauty. The neck rings don't actually elongate the neck; the brass is so heavy that over time it forces the clavicles (collar bones) down, so the neck appears longer. Modern Padaung still wear neck rings, though it is becoming more common among young girls to choose not to do so. What do you think of this form of beauty? In a less exaggerated sense, like on Tomasi Hill, is this beautiful?

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Shala Monroque in a Maasai-inspired piece from her new line

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In addition to this piece spotted on Taylor Tomasi Hill, tribal influences have been making quite an impression on both the Fall 2011 runways and street style blogs. Mixed geometric and tribal prints appear the be the next big thing (and I couldn't be happier, as that is SO my cup of tea), and woven and beaded bib necklaces and bangles are paired with many of the Spring looks on Net-a-porter. Though Marni and Missoni do a terrific job, might I also suggest looking into Fair Trade Maasai jewlery (Shala Monroque is said to be soon releasing a jewelry collection based on traditional Masai designs). The brightly-colored seed bead bangles and necklaces are all hand-made in Africa and proceeds benefit the education of the women who make them. The Maasai have long been an inspiration to me with their bold sense of color and vibrant way of expressing themselves through textiles and their highly intricate beaded collars. See below for a selection of modern tribal-inspired pieces as well as authentic Maasai creations, all of which would be a totally on-trend way to rock some tribal influence in your spring wardrobe.

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Clockwise from top left: Marni Rope and Chain necklace @ Net-a-porter, Proenza Schouler 2 Stone Rope Row Necklace @ Kirna Zabete, Fenton Skull & Mask Bali Necklace @ Kirna Zabete, Marni Two-tone Woven bangle @ Net-a-porter, Missoni Chrochet-knit bangle @ Net-a-porter, Maasai Bangle bracelets @ Green Feet, Fenton Fluoro-Flo Choker @ Kirna Zabete

The Maasai Education Discovery also sells a great selection of authentic Maasai pieces, with proceeds directly affecting the Maasai. Check out their Jewelry Shop for a variety of gorgeous and intricately beaded designs :) For more about Maasai design, visit the About section at the shop, but here is just a little bit about this wonderful organization:

"Maasai Education Discovery (MED) is a not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) organization located in Boston, Massachusetts, London, England and Narok, Kenya. MED was founded in 1999 by Ledama Olekina, a Maasai from Kenya to promote education for the Maasai people. From the start, MED was designed to use technology to promote bicultural education between the Maasai and people of Western nations. Since it was established, MED has increased Maasai access to education, empowered Maasai women and girls as well created economic development opportunities. MED’s activities encompass human rights, education, health, and community development." - MED

FYI I'm not affiliated with this organization in any way - I just think it's a cool way to get in on one of spring's top trends and make a difference at the same time :)

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Thursday, February 24, 2011

YSL Fall 2003 + Gucci Spring 2000 = Gucci Fall 2011

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I completely relate to something Carine Roitfeld recently said:

"When you see ten shows in one day, it’s very difficult to have a [considered] reflection... Sometimes it takes a week to digest everything. I’m not very good just after a show. Sometimes you love it, but you don’t know why you love it. You have to digest, and after you have better answers." - Style.com

Of course it is a bit easier watching the shows at your own pace at home, but for this reason, I have yet to post anything relating to the Fall fashion shows, as I am still wrapping my head around them. Perhaps after Paris, I will have formed a complete picture for fall, and then I will post my reviews, along with what I am most coveting for the season. That said, I can't wait to post a short bit on Gucci's fall collection, as it instantly reminded me of two of my favorites from Tom Ford: YSL Fall 2003 and Gucci Spring 2000. For the first time since Frida Giannini took the helm at this label, I got that "feeling" that only Tom Ford's designs did for me in the past. I can't quite describe it, but for me, Gucci is back. Not to say that I haven't loved every collection Giannini has done so far - they have all been brilliant - but inevitably they lacked that certain dark, brooding, yet easygoing sex appeal that Ford is such a wonder at. The turquoise python sent me immediately to THAT dress from Spring 2000 - you know, the one worn by Gwyneth Paltrow that garnered almost as much press as that other (Versace) plunging one worn by Jennifer Lopez - and something about the jewel tones and flowing chiffon instantly transported me to Fall 2003, this time to YSL. Interestingly enough, that collection also featured the red velvet cherry sandals that Anna dello Russo recently brought back into the spotlight and seem to be having a moment for Spring, as fruit is popping up all over the place (see below).

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dello Russo seems to have been the originator of the most recent incarnation of this trend, as just last season she was spotted in several festive fruits from cheeky milliner Piers Atkinson. Fast forward to Fall fashion week, and fruit has been the go-to accessory for style-setters everywhere, ranging from the literal (Charlotte Olympia's banana clutch) to more subdued references (banana prints à la Prada).

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For those wishing to rock this trend now, there are several options available online already, and I even managed to find a scaled-down version of the Piers Atkinson headband, which I actually prefer to the original (this one's sparkly!).

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Clockwise from top left: Prada Banana earrings @ prada.com, Stella McCartney citrus printed satin dress @ Luisa Via Roma, Piers Atkinson cherry headband @ Benna, Kenneth Jay Lane strawberry pendant necklace @ Pret-a-Beaute, Charlotte Olympia fruit pumps @ Luisa Via Roma

And though there are countless ways to wear this trend right now, no one can work it better than the true original:

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Style.com, STREETFSN, The Fashion Spot, The Sartorialist, fanpop!

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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Look of the Day: Weekend Road Trip


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80's Diane Freis dress, Céline box bag, vintage Trifari lucite bracelet, Wolford tights, Alaïa booties 

This past weekend, my boyfriend and I made the 3 1/2 hour drive to Tuscaloosa, which is home to the University of Alabama, to visit my little sister. I've driven this stretch countless times, but I've never really stopped to take in all of the scenery before. It's gorgeous, but truly the definition of the middle of nowhere - the deep south. We had a great time sightseeing and eating at all of the restaurants we miss from our own college days there. Saturday night we snapped some pictures on campus, and on the drive back home we saw a ton of cows and probably the coolest railroad crossing ever. I had a great weekend, and it was so nice that the weather is finally warm enough to start bringing out some of my spring clothes. I didn't think I'd be able to wear this vintage dress for a while.

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