Sunday, October 24, 2010

How Can You Cross the Brooklyn Bridge Without Shoes?

Designer denim shark held captive in Brooklyn
I visited the new Barney's Co-op that opened on Atlantic Avenue the day it opened, October 14.  There were treats and a Pellegrino bar.  Delicious giant gauzy scarves, Marc by Marc bags, Alexander Wang and Opening Ceremony for miles, well yards and yards.  And no shoes. 
I was so excited about the idea of a Barney's on Atlantic!  Just four blocks from my house, and flanked by a massive Trader Joe's and a shop that sells curry, almonds, and improved How To Bellydance videos (I cannot make this up)... But no shoes?  I think this was a major oversight by Barney's. 
Maybe they will remove some of the massive quantities of denim from the basement and create a little shoe department.  Without shoes, this Co-op is a Designer 7-11.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Necklace or Breastplace?

This necklace is incredible. Vintage, of course. Tom Binns, you do nice pieces, but this thing is a real stunner.  Of course it is already sold to some lucky person. I hope she is wearing it with pride.  That's a nice trophy. 

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Impractical, Just the Way We Like It

It is in fact: 1. sequined, 2. caftan, from 3. 1970s, 4. Halston.
This entry is dedicated to AHN, someone who would ride her bike in this getup.
To CVS. In Newport. In July. 
 Probably wearing some kind of amazing giant espadrilles. And fabulous sunglasses.
Thanks for inspiring me, Ali Belles.  xoxo
1970s Halston

pink, again

Pink Birkin.

Pink YSL dress.

Pink Scott Barrie Chiffon Dress, 1970s.

GIving birth to the 80s.

Yes, that is a pink maribou jacket from the 1960s.
And I LOVE it.

For the Court Jester, a pink brocade jumpsuit with knickers.
Does this come with a gnome?

Mmm, the piece de sapphire and diamond ring.
ooh la la.

Rise and Shine

I would actually get up early if this gorgeous bit from the 70s was staring me in the face. 

Yes, that is an Hermes "H" alarm clock.
Circa 1970s.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Tennis Flashback

I love the entire concept (that has been going on for decades) of sportswear as daywear and how it drags costumely into eveningwear sometimes, too.  Of course there is no mistaking this kind of retro tennis getup as some kind of definitive time-machine style statement. 
Was there supposed to be a retro tennis party this past summer in
Newport? Does anyone know why that didn't happen?

I am clearly desperately missing summer although I really do adore Fall and all of it's coziness, leather, and tweed.

A Chair for Hermes, The God

Orange, I do believe that is haircalf?, Winged Chair*
In Paris quite obviously.
(*those are really swans but I do like the idea of
only wings so much better...)

Saturday, October 16, 2010


A message...
(courtesy of AHN's adventure collecting)

...if i could put time in

ooooh pretty...

Friday, October 15, 2010

GRRR... part deux

I am not sure what it is about tusks.  I love the organic shape, the implied strength, the fact that they were huge in the 1970s...a decade that is far more chic with every passing year.  I didn't love the 70s circa 1984 because I wanted everything adorned with neon, plastic, and geometric shapes.  I still love 1984, but there is something so forbidden, now lost, about those disco years.  The promiscuity and glam drugs of the 1970s certainly caused a bit of a ruckus...but the clothing, shoes, jewelry...
Vintage 1970s Tusk Necklace with Jaguar Heads

Vintage Tusk and Elephant Hair Bracelet

Vintage Horn Necklace with Lion Detail

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

How To Go To The Beach

These vintage beach chairs are gorgeous.  Circa 1940s.  Clearly I love stripes, so that goes without saying.  I am sure you can envision the chic beachgoers of chic beach eras gone by lounging in the chairs, most likely nearly fully clad in some kind of awkwardly unflattering multi-layered beach costume.  None of the skin-suits that people barely wear on the beach today with their ipods and plastic banana chairs from CVS. How about a little beach civility folks? Going To The Beach is still well preserved at beach clubs spotting our coasts. Coasts either connected to or settled by New Englanders.

Vintage Beach Chairs, 1940s

I miss the Beach. 
Vintage beach chairs available via through a dealer in San Francisco perfectly positioned on a street called Rhode Island.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Oscar de la Genius

Maybe I'm the girl who cried "genius"? 
 I feel like I have some apparent favorite designers that I champion each season, and the days in between.  The bottom line is that this kind of creativity and incredible contribution to the planet and civilization must be acknowledged and applauded!  It must because we cannot lose it, we must appreciate what we have, and we must encourage those who have their own vision to manifest.  Therefore, I will not stop, and I will hopefully not be too repetitive; if only because what these men and women (immortals?) are contributing should be extracted and admired. 
And now, Oscar. Spring 2011. A little bit of Pink.
Oscar de la Renta Spring 2011
Please feel free to admire this amazing piece of wardrobing. 
Obvious and beautiful.
I. Love. This. Dress.
Oscar de la Renta Spring 2011
Pink perfection in every way.  This is glamour. 

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Oops Marc Did It Again

Louis Vuitton Spring 2011
Is that  a turquoise and navy zebra stripe maxi dress?

LV Spring 2011
Nothing in the world beats a dash (or a full helping) of
humor and whimsy.  Life is boring otherwise.
I think this is what we love about certain designers
like Marc Jacobs. He knows not to take himself too
seriously.  He has fun and expresses himself, and
I believe he inspires the people around him to
express themselves too. That is a gift. 
And by the way, if one of the best designers
in the world can have some fun at work and
in should too.
Enter Giraffe Shoes. Did you see the heel on these?

Whip It Good

Les Oranges de Hermes Printemps 2011?
Tres chic! 
Orange shoes, corset, Kelly bag...sign me UP.
Could skip the hat personally...

Hermes Spring 2011
Great wide stripe (didn't we see that somewhere else?
God save the stripes! And so should you!)
and shrunken trench.  Unfortunately the hat,
there it is again, makes it look a little too
Venitian gondolier. But I get it.

Need I say much about Hermes Kelly basket handbag?
I didn't think so.

I adore a collar, and a crop, and long gloves, and the
leather.  Sexy and dangerous, but it is also

Back to School and HItting the Books

I really like this concept...the question is...what book would you want to carry? 
Considering my current obsession with "time": theory, reality, and perception, I would have to go with Einstein's Theory of Relativity*. 
(*was that sentence a punctuation mess? if so, read on and you'll know why...)
Back to School Treat for Grown-ups

For those of you who know me well, it is no surprise that I am not a fan of fiction.  Especially Jane Eyre.  I had to read that book in 8th grade.  Not a book for a 13 year old.  Much to Mr. Druhot's dismay, I made a neuse from the screen string by the chalkboard and hung the torn book cover of Miss Eyre from it for all to see.  I cannot recall my punishment for that, but I still think it was clever.  So whatever punishment I performed or letter I had to write, it didn't sink in. Ah, the glory days...

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

style - spring flashbacks - apply to current season as needed

Alexa Chung
Although taken in Spring 2010, these details have relevance
during any season where you wish to express a dash of style.
Note Alexa's lace top tights.

A perfect execution of classic updated to look playful.

Elephant ring. Color combinations of sleeves are not bad either.

How to wear an oxford. Of course as only a French woman
can execute.
As seen on Garance Dore's blog.

That's my kind of hem job.

This shearling is perfection. It almost makes me think
that I really could adapt those Ikea shearling pelts into
something to wear this season.
Next stop looney bin, but I would be warm, and
resemble some kind of urban tribesmen. Rethinking...

I love socks with heels and skirts. There is something so
perochial schoolabout it. This, like the Ikea shearling,
may be impossible to execute
outside of an English country estate, editorial offices, or the
psychiatric ward.
As seen on Garance Dore's blog.

Exaggerated striped scarf? Yes.
As seen on Garance Dore's blog.

Some of my favorite looks involve black tights and a short
something or other. It's part of my winter uniform.
Add parka and amazing leopard print vest?
Excellent work.
As seen on Garance Dore's blog.

You're Striped If You Do, Striped If You Don't

 There is absolutely no denying that stripes are brilliant.  I have visited this topic before.  But alas, Mme Prada has stepped out in a striped mary jane like shoe and given us the go ahead to celebrate everything striped, and in bold color.  Wait until you see the last picture...

Prada Spring 2011
There it is, the only hint of neon pink I need to continue
justifying my obsession with the color...
Prada Spring 2011
The deep V is divine, and drumroll please for the...
Prada Spring 2011
STRIPED FUR!!! Pink and green rugby striped FUR
with orange? That's all I need to know.
I have the pink and green and orange lights to
move forward through all of my
favorite colors. Gratzie MP.

God Save The Queen...of Punk

Vivienne Westwood Spring 2011
The Little Blue Milkmaid

Vivienne Westwood Spring 2011
...meets Laura Ashley in the 21st Century...LOVE the Fragile
belt, brilliant

Vivienne Westwood Spring 2011
Tie dye is still relevant when it meets elaborate deconstructed

Vivienne Westwood Spring 2011
The belt with the skirt is fantastic and fantasy.

Vivienne Westwood Spring 2011
Who does plaid chiffon for spring like
the Queen of British Fashion?

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Double Trouble

A-ha! The double watch...back again. I suppose for some stylophiles it may have never been off radar. I do love it. Especially the throwback double watch that includes a Swatch. The brand that started it all. I had my share of Swatches, it started with the pink strawberry (raspberry?) scratch-n-sniff one sold at the Limited. $25. I love watches. I do not wear a watch because I do not want to be a "slave to time". 

The Double Watch Phenomenon seen with striking red Celine handbag.
Totally over the top and uncalled for, maybe I will start wearing two watches. It can be my statement against technology that allows us to use our cell phones as time-telling crutches (well I do anyway). I would probably wear a sundial strapped to my wrist if I could find one. What a statement. I will have to live with duel analogue watches instead.