Sunday, May 31, 2009

"We're not buying it"

Or whatever the new catch-phrase is.

So, I've been watching bits and pieces of The Fashion Show, Bravto TV's replacement for Project Runway, but there was a mini-marathon on this morning so I watched the whole thing while my boyfriend slept.  My first impression prior to watching the show was that it was going to be a blatant rip-off of one of my favorite reality shows ever.  I guess I'm correct in some ways, I mean it basically consists of the same format of PR and all the other Bravo shows. but there are some noticeable differences as well.

The first few episodes the group was divided into small teams of 4 or 5 designers, and since it's called The Fashion Show, I found this appropriate- each team had a cohesive "collection" of sorts, which I found pretty neat.  And then each winning piece is sold in limited quantities on which is great for an up-and-coming designer.

HOWEVER, what has disappointed me the most are the designers themselves.  To me, they just don't compare to the caliber of designers that were on Runway.  I mean, some of the designers on here have straight up confessed that they have hardly ever sewn garments themselves, that they have just had other people sew for them.  Do you really think Heidi or Tim Gunn would find this acceptable?  Hell no.  Technicalities aside, I'm just really not impressed with a lot of the concepts behind the designs.  Everything just seems sub-par to me.  Take a gander at the pieces that have won so far:




Getting better...

But I really think they only thing that I would buy so far are the vegan wedge boots that Johnny designed.  And if I had $299.00 I probably would, I think they are hella cute.  But this is also one of the, ahem, designers that confessed that they just do not sew.  I can understand being the concept and brains behind design, but almost every contestant on Runway had excellent craftsmanship as well as amazing creativity, which is what you need to succeed in this industry.
(HellOOOOOOO Christian!)

Plus, as much as I like Isaac Mizrahi, he and an ex-Destiny's Child just do NOT cut it after Heidi and Tim.  I'm very much looking forward to whenever Runway decides to show up on Lifetime.

P.S.  Oh and BTW, my previous post was my 100th post!  Go me! =)

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Jeremy Geddes

Some paintings by Jeremy Geddes.  I am completely amazed by this man's work, all of these are paintings (yes, paintings!) NOT photographs.  You need to click on them to get the whole effect, otherwise you won't be able to appreciate the detail and time that must have went into these pieces.

Most (if not all) of his work has a downright creepy vibe to them, which I love.  I can't stop scrolling through his site.  I love the color palette he has chosen, there is a definite starkness to the blacks and greys, but a sort of brightness too.  It's rather jarring, which is probably the effect he is going for.  I like how the compositions aren't too complicated, so you get the entire effect of the figures.  It's very solitary and kinda scary. 

For some reason I can't stop thinking about the Janitor from Scrubs when I see this.  It's just as disturbing a piece as the other ones but I almost find something comical about it.  Then again, I don't know how many people have told me what a sick sense of humor I have =/

I love the sinister overtone of this one- the grinning man in the back, how you can only make out his face in the shadows.  Such a simple composition, yet effective.

I wanted to post some of his other work, but they are really wide and I'd rather not distort or crop the image.  So I would just check out his website and scroll through the amazingness!

P.S. You may also want to check out his blog:

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Apologies all around...

Wow, has it seriously been over a week since I posted something?  I am SOOO sorry guys!  I have just been swamped with work and now summer classes (accounting = barf.)  Plus I decided to re-activate my World of Warcraft account against my better judgement... I know, such a nerd.  

I'm just going to make it short and sweet tonight.  I am in love with this UO jacket right now, it's the perfect length for those odd-weather days, where it can't decide if it wants to be slightly chilly or warm out.  The best part?  It's actually IN my price range!  Hooray for finding something cute that I can actually afford!  Although I think if I were to wear this, I'd perhaps wear some CLOTHES with it.

Monday, May 18, 2009

First day of summer

Usually when I write these posts, I already have an idea in mind of what I'm going to write about.  A particular garment I've been eyeing, or something posted on Notcouture that I'm dying to share, and then I'll take some lyrics of whatever song is in my head at the moment and make that the title.  Then sometimes, like today, I'm just flipping through the photos I've dragged and dropped onto my desktop during the past week and I can't figure out what I want to focus on so I just upload a bunch of photos into a random, though well-articulated, fashion blogging mess.

I'm blaming it on the weather.  It has just been too gorgeous outside to sit at my computer and blog.  It's my first Monday of summer vacation so I spent most of the day relaxing in a hammock re-reading Harry Potter for the 7293875910th time.  It was summer 2 years ago that I had read the entire series again, because of the release of the 7th book, and now since I have only the movies to look forward to I decided it was time to re-read the series again.  All I'm saying is, the 6th film better be a hell of a lot better than the 5th one.  What a turd, that one was.

So engulfing myself in Harry Potter is only one of my summer goals, the rest of which I will probably blog about later.

I knew a bunch of you lovelies would enjoy this photo of Marc, with his Birkin bag and signature kilt.  He is one of those few people that no matter what he does I adore.  Even if all it is is crouching down to pet a cute puppy.

I prefer men's tees over womens.  I like the looser style, one that isn't so fitted, so that it doesn't show off the ladies.  Plus cap-sleeves are gross, I like longer ones.  And right now I'm really enjoying this slouch-neck tee at UO.  The light blue is perfectly sheer and summery!

Another style I like right now is the slouchy top tucked into a high waisted (preferably floral) skirt.  Again, this skirt is from Urban Outfitters.

No, this isn't a tank tucked into a skirt, but rather a dress.  From Need Supply (♥).  And the only thing I like better than the dress is the model's enviable hair, but alas, I've always been too afraid to try chocolate brown.  Not sure how it would look with my skin tone and I like my blonde.

I saw this posted on Noutcouture about a week ago, and it's one of those bags I can't stop looking at.  Usually I like slouchy bags but there is just something about the structure of this tote by Orla Kiely.  It is part of the environmentally-friendly line, and the leather is natural vegetable tan dyed and they've used chemical free glue.  Although I'm not sure how leather screams "eco-concious" but whatever.  Plus the colors this bag comes in are great.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Don't mind me, just cruisin' by

By the girl with the balloon.
Good, it looks like we're the only ones around.

Totally digging (digging? wtf?) this menswear inspired line by French designer Baptiste Viry.  His Fall 2009 collection is sophisticated, elegant, and most of luxurious and wearble.  I love the styling and these photographs as well.  Plus the model is just, hot.

The first two vests are my favorites.

photos: highsnobette
lyrics: Imogen Heap

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

The Now Smash of Style

In other words, why American Vogue's fashion editorials are severely lacking in comparison to Vogue Italia.  Get on the ball, Ms. Wintour!!!

I think these photos would look right at home in the Perfect Drug music video.  All it needs is more skulls and absinthe.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Jean Genie

I have a love/hate relationship with skinny jeans.  I love the way they look but I hate they way they look on me.  My torso is quite long and I have childbearing hips so sometimes I think my legs look short.  The wrong skinny jeans only makes them look shorter, so I try to stick with straight leg styles as opposed to tapered.  I hate shopping for jeans because I prefer a slightly higher rise, which is a rare find in this new era of ass-cleavage.  PLUS my inseam is right in between regular and long- regular is too short, long is too long, so I either have to deal with it or pay to have all of my jeans tailored, which is probably what I should be doing anyway.  

Right now my favorites are the AE 77 Straight (which I can now buy with a discount- hellz ya) but these Acne jeans could be a nice alternative if I had $300-some dollars to drop on them.  Which I don't.  This seems to be a never-ending conundrum and a trend in my recent blog posts, but what can ya do?

I like them because they have a looser fit in the hips and thighs, so my newly acquired fat-ass can fit into them comfortably =)

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Stella McCartney for Net-a-Porter

Stella McCartney's capsule collection for Net-A-Porter.  I think I'm in love.

Cashmere-blend cardigan, $1,295.00

Cloud-print dress, $2,245.00

Scalloped silk dress, $1,695.00

Backless silk jumpsuit (also in black), $2,245.00

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Peace, Love, and Sunny Afternoons

Modern art makes me want to rock out!

Sunday was simply a glorious day, so boyfriend and I spent the afternoon outside while he took photos for one of his classes.  He also snapped some shots of me (actually more like 300), some of which will be featured in something... upcoming... which you will hear about at a later date!  But it's something I've been pretty excited about for the past few weeks =)

Anyway, this is the last week of classes, and then finals next week.  EWW.  But then I'll be done... until the fall, and then it starts all over again.  *sigh*  I should be graduating but instead I had to waste 2 years in graphic design so now I'm 2 years behind.

In OTHER news, I took the job at American Eagle.  It just seemed like a better fit for me, and a LOT less of a clusterfuck.  I've never seen or experienced a more disorganized store than the Anthropologie up here in Cleveland.

American Eagle tee & cutoffs
H&M cardigan
vintage necklaces
Minnetonka gladiators

Lyrics: Art Brut