>> I found some amazing granny boots on ebay, buy-it-now price of $16.99 and all. Too bad my feet are not Victorian-tiny. These boots are a size 6, so I would have to be all Cinderella step-sistery -- like when they stick their monstrously large feet into that tiny glass slipper -- if I were to try these on. But I thought I would give you all the heads up, I'm sure someone has lovely dainty feet out there.
Posts for November 2005
>> Up, up, and aweeeeee! This balloon dress (or puffball or bubble or pouf or tulip or egg dress) has so much volume, you might have to tether yourself down to keep from getting whipped up in the wind. And the shape is most definitely reminiscent of that seen on the Marc Jacobs Fall/Winter runway -- a shape that has had to grow on me. But it's all funky, and egg-shapey, and me likey.
>> So after all the back and forth will she or won't she, looks like Kate Moss is definitely included in that calendar famous for its provocative photographs, the Pirelli Calendar. J. Lo, Karen Elson, Natalia Vodianova, Gisele Bundchen, and Guinevere Van Seenus are all also featured in the calendar, which made its debut yesterday in Paris. All the pictures were photographed by Mert and Marcus in the French Riviera. The rest of the pictures can be viewed here, but be forewarned, there is nudity, hence the calendar's reputation as "provocative."
>> In light of the mood of my last few posts, I thought I would put together a lookbook of sorts of the neogothic editorials that are popping up everywhere. Hope you're prepared to look at black, black, and more black...and take some inspiration from it all.
>> So again on the Victorian influence I've been feeling: their emphasis on the waistline is really starting to filter its way into my dress. Which is why I've suddenly become obsessed with with these big, wide belts -- corset belts, to be exact. AMA Handmade has some beautiful waist cinchers (left), and from what I can see, ebay has some interesting stock as well. Perfect for feminizing that shirt dress we were talking about the other day.
There's another waist-centric accessory that has been intriguing me -- the bustle. Also Victorian influence, bustles have been in the back of my mind ever since I saw this YSL one in Nylon back in March. I came across this taffeta belt (right) today at Yoox -- kind of a modern-day bustle. I'm really tempted, but I'm not sure it's a $75-down-the-hole type of temptation. I guess I'll just leave it the decision in limbo for a while more.
>> I'm getting really tired of buttoning all the buttons and tying all the ties on my victorian-inspired pieces.
>> I've been noticing shirt dresses cropping up a lot lately -- most recently for the December issue of W, but also as part of the Stella for H&M collection, and Prada's S/S line, to name a few. I kind of like the look -- belted, I think. It's so open, airy, different. Sexy, with the implications that usually come with wearing such a masculine-cut shirt. But I'm not sure I could pull it off without some kind of leggings or tall boots. I'm curious to see what you all think about this look. Thoughts?
>> I just can't get Carine Roitfeld out of my mind these days -- she keeps popping up, saying the cutest things. The Telegraph did an interview with her just recently, and she makes me want to squeeze the adorableness right out of her.
Mme Carine on Tom Ford (who she worked with for 6 years):
'And then there was this guy called Tom Ford constantly calling us to work on his first collection for Gucci. But at this time Gucci was just a pair of loafers. I was young, I was, "Oh la la" - it was not trendy - "Who is this guy?" He called me maybe ten times and I say one day, "OK, come to the shoot," and when he came he was so beautiful, so charming and we say OK, not because of the clothes, but because of him.'
'I was like a feminine continuity of himself. We are both Virgo. We have the same history of what is beautiful, Studio 54, rock 'n' roll. Tom would look at me, the way I was crossing my legs, where I was putting my bags, how I was sitting. He'd say, "How do you wear it?" Me: "Oh, no bag with this, it's not possible." He discover maybe an idea of the woman through me. His first collection was not so sexy and then when I come in it was very 1970s, very oh la la low-waist sweaters, very open the shirt…'
Love all the "Oh la las" and the French accent coming through on paper. Mme Carine's fashion advice:
'For normal woman, with not big money, if I would give advice: buy mainly classic pieces and a new pair of shoes each season. A Burberry trench-coat is always beautiful. Maybe you change the belt and this season you put an Indian scarf. This is my speciality. Simple things to make it happen, to make it different.'
Seriously take the time to read this interview -- it is interesting to the last word. And you'll see what I mean about wanting to squeeze Mme Carine.
>> In the eye of this beholder, these little clutches by Barbara Rourke of bells&whistles are beauty incarnate. Why? They take silhouettes from nature (something I love), use them as appliques on clutches (who can't resist those?) and use lovely complimentary color schemes to top it all off. La pelle bellissima!