Wednesday, May 26, 2010

million dollar hobo

Gawker put together this hilarious outlook on what $15,500 can buy you...which turns out to be a complete look that channels homelessness a la the likes of Balmain & Louis Vuitton



read more here

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

inked

we're all too familiar with tattoos and their growing popularity. whether deemed as taboo or high fashion, there's no doubt that the tattoo is a serious part of all cultures. and it goes quite unnoticed, even forgotten. I also find it very interesting that despite so many cultures that embraced the tattoo as an artform, somehow the mainstream/westernized culture took a left turn and sees it otherwise. I assume 100 years ago the women pictured below were the forerunners of tattoo as taboo, being part of freakshows & all. still, many view people with full-body tattoos as freaks. but really, wtf do we know?





if you think about it, there really is a fine line between something that's trashy and classy. if there's anything the media has taught us, it is how to differentiate between the two. looking at the pictures above, the tattoos really do look like art and are beautiful in black & white. however when we come across images like this, it's hard to hold back from purging. though it's hard to not judge a book by its cover, the fact that we do it all the time when we see tattoos speaks a lot about the kind of culture we live in.




Karl Lagerfeld bridges taboo with high fashion with removable tattoos. this is a whole other thing to examine because the tattoos are obviously not permanent, they don't fully stand for the extremes people go through to get tattoos, nor necessarily believe that what they put on their body means something to them other than the fact that it's Chanel and it's trendy. whatever, bottom line: it's a step closer to accepting this artform.

images via trendhunter & neonsignsofhappiness

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

made in china africa


for the past week, I've had quite the R&R post-undergrad lifestyle consisting of 12+ hours of sleep (in hopes of catching up on the n amount of hours lost over the past 4 years), daily caffino runs, and endless amounts of television. aside from the endless hours of job hunting and resume/cover letter editing, I also fill my days with catching up on the latest style blogs and websites. one in particular, Vogue UK, caught my attention with their article on ethical and sustainable fashion labels. after seeing this gorgeous brass necklace, I was intrigued. made is a jewelry line
produced by independent artisans and small communities in Africa. products are all recycled and reused materials. designers of the line include Peaches Geldorf, Vicki Sarge (of Erickson Beamon), Alexa Chung, and stylist Brian Crumley among many others.

made follows fair trade principles that are so rarely seen in fashion - though I'm not positive about this, even my TOMS shoes are made in China, which is an eyebrow raiser because it's such a good cause yet why are the shoes made in China? by sourcing products in East Africa, made hopes to alleviate poverty "through trade, not aid." the jewelry line is a direct effort from Made Africa which focuses on children and education. the line is surprisingly affordable and the designs are impeccable, unique and best of all, supports a great cause!

here are a couple of my faves:


all are made from either recycled brass, aluminium, bone or handmade raw silk (like the bracelet)
shop more of the collection here

Monday, May 17, 2010

shady lady

Amanda Booth by stylist, Akila Berjaoui




more NSFW loveliness here

constricted

"..fashion is the mentality of people who wear clothes, how the clothes react to the body in either way physically and mentally.."
-Tomihiro Kono




I stumbled upon Metal Magazine online and found an article about Tomihiro Kono, a Japanese hairstylist turned designer, photographer, etc. Kono designed this installation in London that is a representation of the constricting nature of humans through birth and death - where clothes constrict us from seeing "real beauty" and where, in death, we finally have mental freedom.
"in the moment that we are born in our mother's foetus the act as restraining our body begins and with it our all whole life wearing clothes or seeking another way of beauty,making ourselves look beautiful."
though a tad radical, Kono does have a point. the more we buy in to consumerism, the more our actions and beliefs are governed by collective thinking (which isn't always a bad thing, but it gets rid of individuality). read more about this piece here and if you come up with any other interpretation please share!

Constance Jablonski in iD summer 2010








via modelcouture

Thursday, May 13, 2010

why don't you love me?

Georgina Stojiljkovic for Elle Serbia May 2010






I love these photos, but the more I see images of women distressed and dismembered, the more I start believing that these states of being are becoming normalized. yeah, even if it's art, it's still provoking someone's belief (whether the photographer's or stylist's) that it's ok for women to look like this.



the latest from Beyonce, "Why Don't You Love Me?"



photos via mode

true life: i'm a college graduate




it's been 4 days since graduation. I feel no different, look no older, nor speak more professionally. $40,000 down the drain? not quite. there were multiple times throughout the weekend where I could've bitched someone out for cutting me in line at starbucks or for intentionally shaking my seat on an airplane but I did what any mature adult would do...nothing.

Monday, May 3, 2010

etch a miu miu sketch



see more of her amazing drawings here including the geometric Balenciaga 2010 shoes, which she nails to a T

via janelleburger, urbanoutfitters blog

Sunday, May 2, 2010

procrastination

anything to keep me away from finishing my senior thesis..















via flickr, emmas designblogg, google, modelizing, collecting children's books, upperplayground


have nothing better to do? watch people get shot by a cupcake cannon.