Showing posts from August, 2008

5 Sexy Film Fights

Casting, costume and a certain je ne sais quoi make these some of film's sexiest skirmishes.
1.  1968 Franco Zefferilli Romeo and Juliet - Mercutio's Death Scene

Mercutio at 8:16 - brilliant - and what about that outfit...
2. Rebel Without a Cause

James Dean - he's 'abstract' and 'cute too.'

3. Gone with the Wind

'I only know that I love you.' ' That's your misfortune.'
4.  Psychomania

I've said it before and I'll say it again - hot pants, leather and British bikes
5. Dangerous Liaisons - Madame de Merteuil and Valmont

John Malkovich was born to do scenes like these. 

6. Honorable mention, Zoolander - Walk Off - YouTube it!

The Style Quiz 1 - The Answer

Alberta Ferretti Fall Winter 1994 The answer to the August 19th 2008 post, The Style Quiz 1 -
F/W 1994

Personally, I think the Alberta Ferretti and Marc Jacobs pieces can be pulled out of the back of the closet and no one will know.

As for Fendi - I'm glad they've made a clean come back for F/W 2008!
Marc Jacobs dress Fall Winter 1994

14 Ideas For A Dining Room

When it comes to dining in a 620 square foot flat the options can be quite comical. Currently, we are using a card table, which to be frank, looks quite naively chic. To honour the room that will one day be ours, here are 14 rooms I'd be caught feasting in: Nothing highlights sophistication like giraffe print seating Issei Hatakeyama residence.  Tatami mats and Edo-period sliding doors 19th Century Italian trestle table at an LA home The ubiquitous Knoll Saarinen table with custom upholstered Louis XV chairs Gilt wall-coverings, lacquered cabinets and a dimmer switch An array of colored plastic Eames chairs set along a Nakashima inspired table L'hôtel Mystique Seth Stein's London home was once dilapidated Victorian stables.  He left the original ceramic wall in the dining room - the numbers mark the old livery boxes.  The reclaimed wood on stainless steel does it for me. The Knoll Saarinen table with stainless steel dining chairs custom upholstered in black leather.  The j…

The benefits of thrift shopping - How to feel good about trashing your clothes

In May I chopped two feet off a Diane von Furstenberg dress, the month before I ripped the buttons off a Louis Feraud blazer, in January I threw a 1970s Oscar de la Renta dress in the wash after a night of bubbly and as for that Burberry trench I dyed black, I've never looked back.
The joys of shopping vintage. I'm a woman of few regrets. Alas, there are two. The first, an ecru colored lace and silk velvet 1930s gown I'd lent to a friend for a Christmas party and she set forth to bathe in red wine with it. The second, a black silk crepe Edwardian evening gown adorned in gold filagree I sold before I could fully uncrate it at the Manhattan Vintage show. The Edwardian gown went to a highly respected collector, so I have some solitude. The 1930s dress was sold, wine stains and all, and the new owner dyed it burgundy, she was happy. I digress. You see, if you shop vintage it makes you feel good:
1. You can party in your threads without panic 2. Just think of how unmaterialisti…

5 denim selections for my man

The time had come for my husband to buy some new denim. He loves fashion but hates to shop, nothing a few double shots of espresso and a maverick of a wife couldn't fix!

To the fitting room he went with Diesel, Dior Homme, Filippa K, Nudie, and APC.
Dior Homme 19cm - his favourite. They looked amazing but he didn't like the wash - he wants the dark. Filippa K - not a good cut. He's a 29 or 30 waist and the hip area looked like riding pants. Diesel Darron - very nice price, very nice fit. They fit larger so go down a size. Nudie Long John - looked pretty sexy to me but he felt like he was wearing leotards. APC NS - didn't have the right size but definitely potential! Nudie Long John - I said hot, he said not Filippa K - not an attractive cut Dior Homme 19cm The ones that were the best but they didn't have right wash in stock Diesel Darron - the winner - until we find those Dior's in the dark wash!

The Style Quiz 1

How well do you think you know your favourite designers? Here's a little quiz to find out. I'll post the answer on August 26th. What year are the collections below from? Yes, they're all from the same year.

Anna Molinari Blumarine Dior Fendi Alberta Ferretti Marc Jacobs GUCCI Donna Karan Karl Lagerfeld Ralph Lauren Valentino Yves Saint Laurent

Which look is poised for a comeback? Which should stay in the trunk?

Related Posts: The Style Quiz 1 - The Answer The Style Quiz 2

Chloé Fall Winter 2008 - fashion at a time of war

The virgin bride left to mourn while dreaming of the age of innocence is upon us again.

Chloé FW 2008 image
Chloé's fall winter 2008 collection mimics the sensibility of a society yearning for what was lost.

latter WWI
Childlike and innocent it thumbs its nose at the neogothic at Fendi and the animism at Gaultier.
Chloé FW 2008 image
To willingly bind itself in the delicate femininity of a time gone by.
latter WWI
Chloé FW 2008 image
Yet yearning for what was lost.
Gladys Glad Ziegfeld 1920
Diana Farkhullina Chloé FW 2008 image

The Five Senses Of Marketing

Coconut, vanilla, lavender, patchouli, leather, tar.I'm sure these words automatically remind you of something.   Your job this week is to pay attention to how fashion marketers, retailers or brands use the five senses (sight, hearing, taste, smell, touch) to win you and your money over. For example:
1. When you walk into Wal-Mart does it smell like rubber and cardboard or leather and tobacco? How does the smell of Wal-Mart make you feel? 2. What department greets you when you walk off the street into Saks or Barneys? 3. How does the touch of chiffon make you feel?  How does the touch of denim make you feel? 4. What music are they playing in Lord & Taylor or Harrod's?  How does it make you feel? 5.  What sort of lighting is in the fighting room at Macy's?  At Barneys? 6.  Go into an Agent Provocateur, a Holister and a GUCCI.  Which one made you want to spend money and why?  Think about the five senses. 7.  What are some scents that conjure up images of upscale, discount, classi…

12 Reasons why I'm saying Happy Birthday to Madonna

1. 1982 Madonna self titled lp As a 12 year old trying to come to grips with being a "woman" Madonna gave this tomboy hope that you can be both strong and womanly and the boys will still hang out with you.  How many hours did I sit staring at that album cover in wonder?
2.  My perm Later to be tousled a la Molly Ringwald
3.  1985 Crazy For You This song recorded on a double sided cassette tape made having my first big kiss a little bit easier
4.  Thrift Shop Chic Thanks to Madonna, Cyndi Lauper and Molly Ringwald I found my clique in the troubling fashion of the 80s and now make a living off it.  Thanks gals!
5.  Even though her movies suck she still keeps on making them
6. The Lucky Star video  I've got the best collection of vintage jewelry now!
7.  The Like a Virgin video My first girl crush.  I didn't know what a virgin was but I soon found out.
8.  Her amazing dedication to her mind, body and spirit I hope I look that hot at 50!  Check her out in Ray of Light - goodness grac…

How to Shop for Fall Styles

The black t-neck fitted or not. Seen from Chanel to Missoni.

The vintage men's blazer. Best looks at Daughters by Obedient Sons, Chloé and Burberry Prorsum

Daughters by Obedient Sons
The over the shoulder clutch with eel skin embellishments. Best looks at Fendi and Chloé

Black Lace. Prada and Balmain dresses, and the Givenchy clutch

The stiletto ankle bootie. Not flattering on everyone but seen everywhere.

The mini. Best looks at Gucci, Chloe, Balmain and Sonia Rykiel

A stair master to get your legs in shape to pull off those minis!

Chicago Mid Century Home Sale

Jack Viks designed home - Lake Forest, Illinois Ludwig Mies van der Rohe's student Jack Viks designed this home, situated on 4 acres in Lake Forest Illinois, in 1960. Update - March 18, 2009 Reduced from $2.3 million to $1.8 million and on the market for quite some time, this home is very approachable. Find out more here. Mies van der Rohe - Plano, Illinois Related Posts: For Sale: California Modern Masterpiece California Mid Century Real Estate Steal