Posts for January 2006
>> Patent leather...yikes! Right? It was all over the runways for spring, so what do we do? Well, first, take a moment and breathe -- no need to hyperventilate over some shiny stuff. Then, go out and rent Belle de jour -- you'll see Catherine Deneuve embody sophistication itself in an all-YSL wardrobe of pillbox hats, Jackie O's, and yes, that's right patent leather coat and shoes. Let's just say this movie singlehandedly convinced me that patent leather can be worn without making you look like a space cadet...or a hooker. It may have to be used sparingly...the shoes here, the belt there, but it can look nice...if done right, of course.
A special thanks to Lera for the film recommendation.
>> I've been experiencing a personal revival of the 80's lately -- specifically in the way of suspenders. They were everywhere on the runway for spring, and they're great for a touch of adrogyny. They're surprisingly versatile -- they can be worn falling down, crisscrossed in the back, or even clipped to each other to make a belt a la Marc Jacobs. I love the skinny ones because they're not too overpoweringly masculine -- if you want to splurge, there's some great ones from Dior Homme, some for a good price at x20, or you could just get some elastic and suspender clasps from the fabric store and make them yourself (it's really easy). Lovely.
>> Looks like I have to eat my words... FWD is reporting that Proenza Schouler will not be working with Target after all, at least not in the next year. As Proenza's publicist said, “The first—and only—I had heard of the Target collaboration was when I read it last week.” But FWD still hopes that the publicist is fibbing, and that there really is a Target deal in the works (and so do I).
>> The pictures we've all been waiting for (or I have, at least) have started to roll in -- Sienna Miller on the set of Factory Girl. She's definitely got the 60's dressing down, and the dark heavy eyebrows, and the skinniness (Edie did drugs and had an eating disorder), but I'm still a bit skeptical about the overall resemblance. I guess it's not going to be perfect, but her haircut doesn't seem quite right to me, for instance. And maybe she doesn't have her makeup on, but it needs to be heavier, especially around the eyes. Oh well, I'm still hoping the movie will be good.
It seems Sienna's hoping the same, as she really is taking it seriously, method acting and all (which might explain her outfits as of late). To train for her role, she has been painting large canvases with her breasts, because apparently Edie used to do just that. Now that's funny.
>> Nick Knight's UK Vogue shoot of Sienna is again putting Mario Testino's US Vogue shoot of Sienna to shame. The swimsuit shot I can go either way about, but the lighting on the second shot...beautimous.