A few posts down i mentioned that i was seriously getting tired of seeing dirty trendy looks that have become so "in" it's almost making me nauseous. I say it's time for more preppy flavor. The Kitsuné winter collection is such a breath of fresh air! (Plus imagine having a boyf who dresses (and looks!) like that!) [via Kitsune]
More preppy looks that i can't get enough of. Impeccable styling! [photos via tfs and fashion gone rogue]
Paris fashion week was exhausting for many reasons: gallivanting from one show to the next, market appointments, parties, dinners, and work on top of everything. My other gaysband Jeremy (they don't know about one another, shh!) was visiting me from nyc during the entire week, mostly due to the fact that he also works in fashion and needed to be in Paris for el trabajo. We weren't very successful in keeping up with our outfit photography, unfortunately... but here are the few ensembles we did manage to capture. So i know i'm about a month late in my recap but yonder are a few interesting things that happened during the most tiring week of the year, along with a few observations:
I came to the conclusion that i'd rather be standing than sitting at shows. More conducive to make quick escapes without getting stuck in the herd and you can actually see the shoes.
There are practically more street style photographers than actual guests.
Went to the Sophomore party and what i managed to remember from the night was that we were sitting on the booth next to Mary Kate Olsen, while my friend was almost physically fighting with the bathroom attendant. Classy.
Sat outside the Dior show to watch the action (i know, not super glamorous, but incredibly enlightening, not to mention marvelously entertaining). Most important thing i got out of that experience: there are a lot of fucking posers out there. Had drinks with Taylor Tomasi that night (sorry for the name drop). She's amazing.
Went to Chanel, only to be told 10 minutes before the show started that our connection was no longer able to get us in on account of too much chaos. I almost cried.
Lauren Santo Domingo is stunningly beautiful in person. I never thought so in photographs. She's also insanely tall and skinny.
Shows at night have a much cooler vibe. Especially when they give out champagne and hors-d'oeuvres.
Realized that taxis are a rare commodity and to truly relish coming across one.
Naomi Campbell is the most amazing model i've ever seen walk down a runway. Girlfriend owns it! No wonder she's a diva.
Getting reservations at a restaurant is just as hard as obtaining the queen's autograph.
Don't expect to get much sleep during fashion week/month.
About this outfit:
Gap top H&M scarf Chloé trousers Topshop shoes Givenchy bag Vintage shades
About this outfit:
Gap denim jacket Yves Saint Laurent Menswear button down Vintage leather shorts Payless shoes Vintage neck piece Givenchy bag
About this outfit:
Chloé top Mavi jeans (very very old) Zara shoes Givenchy bag
About this outfit:
Ralph Lauren blazer Yves Saint Laurent top J Brand jeans Cos shoes Bottega Veneta bag Vintage fur
Back in september i was tagged my my dear friend Eliza over at my empty closet. I do realize that i'm very far behind but i just kept forgetting, but i do want to honor that tag. So here i go, 10 things about myself. And I do realize how incredibly narcissistic this post is.
1. Coffee is a necessity to my existence.
2. I am 25 years old and i don't have a driver's license.
3. I sleep without a pillow.
4. I put ketchup on everything - it's kind of sickening.
5. I secretly love country music.
6. I think the most important quality in someone is honesty.
7. I own over 100 pairs of shoes (it's a problem).
8. I love astrology, i happen to think it's very revealing and extremely relevant!
9. My biggest pet peeve is seeing girls who wear leggings as pants - no one wants to see your camel toe. The streets are not a gym.
10. I'm the most indecisive person you'll ever meet.
Thank you so much Antonio - from the amazing blog that is The Singular (if you don't know him yet, you MUST make your way over, he is insanely fantastic!) - i think you solved my little issue (the one yonder)!!
My favorite stores are magazine stores. They smell so good. I can stay in them forever going through all the amazing glossies sprawled from floor to ceiling. This is an example of me doing just that with my lovely Charlotte last winter. We were captured unknowingly by our dear friend over at JJJJound.
On a different note, here i am enjoying a tender moment with my gaysband. I thought the photo was so beautiful, i wanted to share it.
Ever wonder if Anna Wintour was actually cool at some point? Here's your answer! By the looks of these she a) used to smile; b) wore things other than knee length prim flower patterned Oscar de la Renta dresses with Prada coats; c) occasionally rode sans shades; d) she seemed to even be - *GASP!* shall i say it? - bold and daring! Ice queen had yet to reach her freezing point. Perhaps that came with age? After all, stuffiness comes with years of accumulation...
I was very recently having a debate with one of my best friends on whether or not models are healthy normal girls. Being someone who is seriously obsessed with models and who lauds thinness (yeah sorry ladies, i'm for the skinny camp) and of course, being something of a fashion connoisseur as well as having worked with many models, my point of view is very much arrested on the fact that although i do recognize that some of them do have very serious problems and deep core issues (who doesn't?) - an undeniable fact - most of the girls we see today are regular ladies that happen to be very thin and tall. Of course, a bunch of underlying contingencies factor in, like the fact that they are really young and impressionable when they start out, most of them are from very harsh eastern european countries and view things very differently. But i believe that like in all walks of life, you have people who have a head on their shoulders and others who don't. It isn't a secret that there are some crucial topics at hand in the whole skinny models debate (we've all heard about THIS as of now), but an excellent point my dear comrade made sure to raise is not that the girls we glorify are teenagers and skin and bones, but whether or not they are healthy. She works for a prestigious international luxury label (better left unnamed) and being backstage at the recent show last week, she was shocked and appalled to see how the girls seemed rundown, lifeless and without a spark. Not only did they appear to be lethargic and spiritless, but above all, their job seemed to be the most tedious affair they were forced upon.
Do you think that has to do with the fact that once Paris fashion week rolls around, all our dearly beloved models are simply beat or is it plain and simple due to the fact that their profession is running them to the ground? The debate could go on forever and i haven't really expressed my personal views on the matter (they highly differ from my friends'...) but at the risk of opening a can of worms, i was wondering what you, my dear fashion lovers, thought of the whole squabble? Who's responsible and which way do we point the finger? Now it goes without saying that every industry has its perils, including life itself (cocaine is a hell of a drug, in the words of Chapelle via Rick James, and it certainly is not exclusive to the world of fashion and it's important to defend that), so why does fashion always get cornered? Is it because it is a world filled with excess and unattainable dreams? Is it because most people look up to what the industry projects and when they don't measure up, they have something to blame? Or is it because people are fed up and want to see a change? When people from the inside start speaking out, you have to stop and ask yourself certain questions, that's absolutely unequivocal. But in short, i like to think that it's a little bit of column A and a little bit of column B.
A look at Sasha at the beginning of fashion month in New York and then at the end. Clearly, the girl is exhausted (as made evident by the serious bags under her eyes). But then again, who in the fashion industry is not half dead by the end of that said month? Do models have the shit end of the stick, or are they put at the forefront of the debacle because they're in the spotlight?
A while back (think August) i made my wish list of all the items i lusted after once the mercury started to significantly drop. I never showed you guys cause well, let's be honest, i kind of fell off the face of the planet for some time and although i've slowly been getting my blogging mojo back (very very hard to do when you have a non flexible and non conducive work schedule), it still isn't what it once was, as you may or may not have noticed. Anyway, so here it is, my list of must-haves for the season. I know there are a lot of shoes, but what can i say, i'm just obsessed.
Tommy Ton always gets it so right. This shit is soooo up my alley. And that watch! I'm getting seriously sick of body con, studs, alice dellal-pixie geldof crap and all that razzle dazzle tough rock chick look. Gimme some preppiness! Seems like i will be served this Spring according to the collections (A Wang, Chloé, Ralph, Céline, just to name a few...). Tommy's got the eye i tells ya.