Saturday, 31 October 2009

Photo of the Day: Happy Halloween!

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What are you going to be tonight?
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I'm still at a loss for a costume- being that I'm actually a witch I have little desire to perpetuate stereotypes and wear a "witch" costume, though if I had one as cute as Ava's here (and I had her legs) I would definitely be recreating this shot. I need to figure something out fast as were going to a Halloween dirt bike rally this afternoon being put on by Des Kiraz (formerly Deth Killers of Bushwick), one half of whom is staying in my apartment this weekend so it is definitely going to be an amazing party. Unsure as to which parties I will stop by later- what are all of your plans? Any trick or treating?

Friday, 30 October 2009

Thursday, 29 October 2009

Photo of the Day: Boo!

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Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Photo of the Day: 20s Halloween Costumes


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I've always adored Halloween and as I get older my love doesn't seem to abate at all. I might no longer be able to eat the candy that made it my favourite holiday as a child, but I still love to dress up. Last year I wore a 1920s little girl's sunflower costume and it was perfect- this year I'm rather adrift in thinking up any ideas. What are you dressing up as? Any ideas for me? In this economic climate I have no desire to buy anything new, so its lucky that I have more clothes than I know what to do with- the only problem is in getting them into a cohesive costume that makes sense. Hmm....

Monday, 26 October 2009

Sunday, 25 October 2009

Photo of the Day: Gene Tierney

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By far the most beautiful woman ever.

Saturday, 24 October 2009

Photo of the Day: Getting Ready

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Friday, 23 October 2009

Photo of the Day: Hot Chicks

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Thursday, 22 October 2009

Photo of the Day: Tipple

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Photo by Miles Aldridge for The Face 2003.

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Photo of the Day: Vionnet

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Vionnet

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Photo of the Day: Evening Gowns

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Photo by Nina Leen.

Monday, 19 October 2009

She says rock and roll ballerina

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Some editorials are just too good not to post, even years after they came out. This editorial starring Chloe Sevigny and styled by the incredibly stylish Bay Garnett, from a 2005 issue of British Vogue, is one such story. I've never been enthralled by Chloe, though I do appreciate her independent fashion choices and always find her the best dressed on the red carpet, but I think that the looks Bay put together for her make her look her best ever. Of course, it doesn't hurt that she has a perfect body and that her hair has been styled in the tumble of curls that I lust for every day- for another great editorial wear she rocks a perfect seventies perm look at this post on Chromium Dumb Belle. All these looks seem to take looks that Chloe has played with in her regular life- high waisted jeans, denim vests and tube tops- and re-spun them in the most high octane, glitzy way possible.

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As a longtime fan of Cheap Date, the magazine Bay founded with Kira Jolliffe, I have pretty much had a girl crush on Bay since I was teenager- nobody at my school might have understood my passion for old clothes, but when I looked through those black and white pages I knew that I had kindred spirits somewhere out there. It seems to me that everything she touches turns to gold as every editorial I've seen her style has had that perfect elusive mix of high and low, glamour and trash. Sexy and 70s, Chloe and Bay make an unbeatable team.

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Rules of Fashion #4

The past few weeks have been such a blur that I completely forgot to put up another one of Edna Woolman Chase's style rules.

Point #4: In fashion do not have the courage of your mistakes. Since you are human you will make them, yet if you want a reputation for elegance hide them. They are expensive, yes, which is one reason you should read Vogue, so that you will make fewer of them, but you must be brave. If you've pulled a fearful boner, if the dress or hat so beguiling in the shop is a dud in the home, pitch it out. Give it to some dear relation or send it to the thrift shop; don't wear it. To be considered well dressed, you must be it continuously. Not in fits and starts.

The fourth rule on her list is another that I find myself agreeing and disagreeing with. While I completely agree that one must be brave in fashion and that mistakes are inevitable, I do think that having some of those bad decisions is useful from time to time as you learn from them. It also seems to me that a few mistakes here and there won't wrongly influence other's thoughts on your style- the truly stylish individuals of our time, such as Chloe Sevigny, have definitely worn out outfits that have completely failed. As long as these failures are worn with a true sense of conviction then they will be seen as courageous. I'd love to think that I look impeccable everyday, but one quick glance around my closet alerts me to several pieces that have never and will never work for me (and possibly anyone else). Most of these mistakes have been sold or given to charity, but my purchase and wearing of them helped me to see what styles fit me the best and suit me well. Unlike Mrs. Chase, I definitely believe that one must have the courage of one's mistakes in fashion- otherwise fashion wouldn't be nearly as fun.

Excerpt from: Chase, Edna Woolman and Ilka. Always in Vogue. Garden City, New York: Doubleday & Company Inc,1954.

Photo of the Day: 70s Dior

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Photo by Chris von Wangenheim.

Sunday, 18 October 2009

Photo of the Day: Pentagram

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The ultimate.

Friday, 16 October 2009

Photo of the Day: Leather Loves

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Thursday, 15 October 2009

Photo of the Day: Miss Vivian Goldsmid

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9th May 1928: A portrait of debutante Miss Vivian Goldsmid.

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Photo of the Day: Donna Jordan

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Vogue Paris, November 1970

A soft air fans the cloud apart

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Moody clouds and dark, overhanging skies have been much on my mind- the weather has definitely taken a turn for the worse here in New York and I just spent the last week reading A.S. Byatt's Possession, an overwhelmingly beautiful book where the grey, stormy skies of Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and Brittany are as much a character in the novel, as an omen of events to come. With my thoughts full of Victorian poetry I've had little attention for the editorials that have just been released. Thinking that the next month of magazines was just going to be a bust, I even stopped looking for a few days- and when I dared to venture back online I found this gorgeous editorial from the November issue of Vogue Australia. Shot by Will Davidson, the striking red locks of Lithuanian beauty Egle Tvirbutaite glow against foggy greys, creams and slates. Reacting not to the fashion on view but to the moody tension between her slim frame and the overwhelming grey, I was immediately taken with these images.
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Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Photo of the Day: Lee Bontecou

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Lee Bontecou relaxing in her studio, 1963.

Monday, 12 October 2009

Sunday, 11 October 2009

Photo of the Day: Twiggy

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Twiggy in perfect Biba girl make-up.

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