Our newest network partner, also currently featured in our exclusive Coutorture editorial 'A Night At Maxim's', is the lovely designer, Sue Stemp. Stemp will bring to our network her knowledge and experience as a contemporary fashion designer thriving in New York. Stemp's blog curates her lively adventures in design which include everything from exclusive events to karaoke nights with friends (like, uh, Doo Ri). Also, captivating are those glimpses from the 'backstage' vantage point, the moments that can only being captured by the designer herself (not the press, nor her friends). This week, Stemp captured the birthday party of Alexander McQueen, which started at Waverly Inn and finished at Beatrice. To see more from the party, check out Stemp's blog, we guarantee you'll recognize a few people.
As the tension between the scarcity and demand for animal skin mounts, animal prints are riding on the coattails of the debate. Leopard prints are becoming increasingly more popular and from Spring 08 to Fall 08 and we think it's actually one print that feels fresh, particularly for summer. We like a woman who doesn't associate summertime with baby doll dresses and bohemian prints. We like a woman who, even in ninety degree weather, can pull off a leopard print cardigan, bowler hat, and crisp pair of jean shorts. A.P.C.'s Spring 08 collection definitely has this flavor, and the model they've used for the ad campaign is a perfect fit. Thick eyebrows, little makeup, and an unsmiling 'even though I'm at the beach, doesn't mean I'm going to wear a sarong' attitude, make us feel like Spring 08 will actually bring a different aesthetic than the countless nautical/bohemian/aviators and a bathing suit-summers of year's passed.
Ever pick up a tunic from Forever 21 for $15 and wonder just exactly how it could cost so little? Art Box Diary turned us on to a little video called The Story of Stuff. Using a $5 radio from RadioShack we are taken on a journey around the world to discover just why this little radio is so cheap. It turns out to be a parable loosely based on an aphorism popularized by science fiction writer Robert Heinlein and economist Milton Friedn: "There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch." The concepts of TANSTAAFL refers to the opportunity costs of any given activity. In order to get one thing cheaply something else has to be given up. But what exactly is being given up hmmm if we aren't the ones paying the cost? That is the story of stuff in a nutshell.
What does this mean for fashionistas? Well we like to think its a perfect reason for buying luxury goods over fast fashion. But wait you can't a good pair of designer pants? Think again. We don't really need to own dozens of pairs of pants that fall apart season after season only to be replaced with the newest and trendiest cut. Just buy one great pair of basic pants and focus on getting the best price to value ratio you can. You will not only be cutting down on extraneous consumption but you will have a much better wardrobe for it.
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