You know what they say about opinions. Today's Coutorture Community Must Reads are teeming with education opinions on fashion from:
The Coveted gushes over In Lieu boutique and it's owner, Christina Claypool.
The Tastemakers Society finds a sexy delivery service.
When is it appropriate to wear black to a wedding? Bunnyshop weighs in.
Well crafted childish shoes are still childish shoes says The Manolo.
Pink Rock Candy took a roller coaster ride over Alexander McQueen.
One of the only breaks we took during fashion week, where we decided to just sit down and watch, was at The BlondsFall 08 fashion show. Most of America will think of Betsey Johnson as the wild and crazy show to watch, but the true fashionistas know that lesser known, downtown labels like The Blonds really know how to pack the punch. The Fall 08 show, held at the Prince George Ballroom, revealed a collection inspired by the movie Legend (Naturally, we included the famous unicorn apology scene below). The theme safely queued up The Blonds penchant for flamboyant, embellished, glamorous costumery and gave this season an extra push towards unicorns, rainbow colored gemstones, and big hair (nothin' wrong with that). The more traditional garments in the collection could easily be worn to an elegant black tie occasion, and the most wild in the collection, at the best clubs in New York City. If your a Blond girl, you'll have a little bit of both thankyouverymuch.
Phillipe and David Blond launched the label just four years ago. Each piece in their collection is handmade and one of a kind. As wild as some of their pieces are, we aren't surprised that the collection gets snatched up quickly. The thing about people who like to wear outrageous garments with extra special details is that they aren't exactly the type to, well, share. Funnily enough, Phillipe Blond started his design career working for Los Angeles based label DDC Lab, known for a utility-based aesthetic that doesn't exactly involve bedazzled corsets (though he was an illustrator, so perhaps that was the, ahem, draw) or club-ready clothing. David Blonde was a windows man for ten years in New York City. Now, the two are wholeheartedly The Blonds and bring that persona from Fashion Week, to the drafting table, to the dance floor, and back.
Every time a new, more expensive extravagance is released the style bloggers wag their tongues. Haute and Bothered has discovered a pair of Chrome Hearts sunglasses for a whopping $1,2000. We didn't do a lot of investigating when it comes to Chrome Hearts price points in general but we want to castigate (look at us rhyme!) anyone who thinks that the rich won't find new and sillier ways to spend their money. Hey we buy dumb shit we don't need too, its just that its all relative. Our $600 Marni pants seem pretty insane to some people we think its a great purchase. We are guessing someone that buys $1,200 glasses probably thinks its worth it too. With widening income gaps the rich are in fact getting richer and well you know the rest. If it really steams you may we suggest a career in luxury goods. At least then you know recessions won't hurt you.
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