Sunday, June 27, 2010

randomosity creates masterpieces

I love myself a good collage. never realized it before, but whenever the opportunity arose (or if I was just bored) I'd make collages. just for fun.

this was my art final from last year. it was a free-for-all and bingo, I chose to do a collage.





anyway, you can imagine how loud of an orgasm I made when I saw these collages by Peggy Wolfe, a London based artist who has an eye for vintage and ultra-modern images. I love the classic faces of women she uses with unexpected pairings. here are some of my faves:






see more of her work here

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

sneaksneak

can't get enough of these Lanvin Cap-Toe Sneakers



buy all of them here

image via closet cravings

Saturday, June 19, 2010

you're such a doll, literally

In the past week, I saw two photoshoots that featured Megan Fox and Jessica Alba posing with dolls. Because both were borderline disturbing/weird, I wanted to talk a little about them and maybe figure out a greater meaning behind the concept of using a doll in a fashion shoot.





images via fashioncopious


Interview Magazine did a piece on Megan Fox with an editorial and video to boot. The custom-made mannequin is meant to look like Fox and she poses with it in a very sexualized, verging toward violent, manner. When I first saw these pictures I was like, wtf? But then I took a second, third and fourth look and realized...maybe the stoic mannequin is a metaphor for silenced women. Whether silenced by patriarchy, the media, or their vulnerability (for those that are vulnerable), the women that Megan Fox's identical mannequin are depicting exist everywhere.

The comparison between women and dolls are disheartening and a little frightening. There's also aspects of the photoshoot that I interpreted as how the actress wants to be seen as. In that first photo, she's holding the mannequin dearly like she's protecting her. Since the mannequin is identical to Fox, it's as though she is protecting her own self, and how she is viewed in society. The wardrobe and makeup are indicators that she is an individual but people simply see her as a emotionless doll. Her own face is lacking emotion, for the most part until we hit that last photo with her hands covering the mannequin's mouth-as though she's had enough of being invisible in the world.

Another editorial (which I actually found hysterical & not in a good way) is of Jessica Alba with support by American Girl dolls.




photos via becausei'maddicted


So the concept here is monkey see, monkey do. Jessica being the mother monkey teaching the dolls what to do in any given situation and in this case, "how to be a little more bad-ass." So basically what the photos are insinuating (and I don't know is this is on purpose), is that women are easily influenced especially when they're younger. The dolls are again, used as metaphors for these younger women that give in to peer pressure. Everyone has power over dolls. We can mess their hair up, clothe them, put them in any position we choose (even sexually).

Dolls have no voice, they have no movement. Only women play(ed) with dolls (at least 99% of women) and it's interesting that they can be used to represent them in such a powerful way. Are G.I. Joe's ever used in photoshoots? It's so much easier to depict women as doll-like rather than men, but why? Because we are vulnerable to power? Even if these editorials are not really meant to be studied so critically, I think there's obvious reasons to why both were inspired to use dolls to represent women. Just something to think about...

Friday, June 11, 2010

born catholic


so much fascination with crosses and the crucifix these days..

via radiant jungle

Thursday, June 10, 2010

what can I get for 10$?

M.I.A. by Rankin for Dazed and Confused

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

fresh face

here are some of the Louis Vuitton models without make-up.
this puts a lot of things to perspective, like the amount of make-up put on them before shows or for editorials, etc. and how ordinary some of them look. or even how beautiful some of them really are even without pounds of foundation.






I don't wanna be a hater, but how the F is this girl a model?







crack kills



see more here


thoughts?

Sunday, June 6, 2010

crowned carrie

HOW DID I NOT KNOW THERE WAS A PATRICIA FIELD BOUTIQUE!??!?

I seriously love this woman and her work is actually what inspired my dream (though maybe unattainable, but I'll live with it) of becoming a stylist.

anyway, did anyone see SATC2? what did you all think of this crown by Triviál Carrie wore at the wedding?



it retails at $600. crazy. I can make my own.

see more Patricia Field wonderfulness here

Friday, June 4, 2010

sex sells

I first saw the Sex and the City 2 teaser trailer 6 months ago. As a recent fan of the show (I was too young to watch it in 1999) and one of the many women that saw the first movie more than once at the theaters, it was hard not to contain myself after seeing it. Months went by and I forgot about it but suddenly out of nowhere came a slew of advertisements and promos for SATC2. Everywhere you looked, whether on the side of a bus or on the logo of your Skyy Vodka bottle, SATC2 was everywhere. Most notably was the fashion that inspired department stores like Macy's or Bergdorf's to display tributes in store windows. But while retailers and die-hard fans anticipated the opening of the new movie, a completely opposite thing was occurring among film critics. There is not one review that I found that hailed the film as "better than the first," which is what ads/commercials were promoting (enlighten me if you find one otherwise).



one of my favorite blogs by Julia Chesky, Modelizing featured this display at Bergdorf's. see more here


The problem with these big name pictures or anything in the media these days is the continuous hype that builds up until the value of the product is completely lost. This is exactly what happened with SATC2. Despite the negative reviews and whatnot, fans still did their cosmos and dress-up before heading to the theater. The overly excited person I was 6 months ago completely changed after seeing over 100 ads within a month before opening weekend. I was turned off and decided that I would settle waiting for it on DVD (which I assume will be in a few months anyway). But alas, come sunday night my friend and I had nothing better to do and both hadn't yet seen the film so...

15 seconds into the film and my anticipation for what was about to come grew more and more. My reluctance to watch the film in the first place immediately vanished after an audience of 99% women began to applaud and cheer. This growing anticipation within me was fueled by the 2.0 version of Fergie's "Labels or Love" theme from the first SATC movie. Why was I suddenly excited to see this film? And despite all the terrible reviews I read beforehand? My pre-conceived notions went down the drain from that moment on and I realized that this is a movie that is not meant to be reviewed and criticized by 40 year old men (excuse the generalization). If you saw the film, you can agree that really, there is no point to the film other than to have fun, celebrate the friendship all women love and to film another movie in an "exotic" location. And this is exactly where the problems I have against the film begin.

Aside from the uber cheesy "jokes" and one-liners ("Lawrence of My Labia" is my personal favorite), beneath it all was a layer of different issues that provoke thought on women's rights in & outside America. This layer, however, can easily go unrecognized because each point was then followed by a cheeseball line or a performance by Liza Minelli. I can sit here for hours picking out details that enforce women's rights (Carrie wearing a suit to the wedding, Miranda quitting her job) and in this way, I think the film is great in addressing these issues. But where the film really crosses the line occurs in almost every scene in Abu Dhabi (what really is Morocco..how surprising). The New York women are so fascinated by the culture, and by "fascinated" I really mean appalled. They can't grapple the fact that women are given less rights. They seem to forget that they are not in Kansas anymore...or I guess New York.

Throughout the movie, the idea of women having no voice at the workplace (Miranda), in literature (Carrie), or just in general (the women of Abu Dhabi) played a continuous role in shaping the plot/dialogue. The only problem was that the film ended with no resolution for these "non-rights." Before the women leave Abu Dhabi, they meet a group of women in burqas that have a secret room where a group of women meet...sort of like a book club, but it turns out to be so much more superficial than that. Oddly enough these women reveal that under their burqas are the latest fashions, and all the judgments made against them for tolerating their patriarchal culture are forgotten solely because they are fashionable. For the entire film, the audience is supposed to feel bad for these women that have little to no rights but when they finally reveal themselves & their personalities, they turn out to be completely shallow. From this picture, I concluded that the moral of the story is that everything is ok because in the end, there is fashion. And fashion saves lives.

I don't disagree that fashion is the greatest thing on planet earth (besides water & yoga) but to conclude with the idea that being covered in these burqas restricts women from wearing fashion in public is...pushing it. The very thing that ornamented the show with lustful Loubitins or Manolo Blahniks became the epicenter of the movie. Which is probably why it lacked depth.

I came across this article from Vanity Fair which calculates the price of each Carrie outfit. The total was about $230,000. The photo to the left is my favorite and totals to $12,580. I am almost certain that the only women with a wardrobe that extensive are the Real Housewives of New York. Or the Queen of England. Though the fashion is a rudimentary part of why people watched the movie (for me, personally), the degree of consumerism in every SATC episode or movie is heightened as the years progress. But essentially, Patricia Field plays a great factor in building a SATC fan base. There is no other movie or tv show that is styled so uniquely and expensively. With this comes the number of promos and themed events that reduce the level of importance for the highly feminist plot. People are watching SATC2 for entertainment and that only. And it succeeded in doing so. I did not dislike the film for this reason, but there is still the issue of concluding a film without...well...a conclusion. The women made it back to New York without getting infected with the west Nile virus and that's all that matters. Oh, and more importantly with new $20 pairs of shoes.

If there is anything I took away from this film was that although [some] men will discriminate against me and other women, at the end of the day we have our friends, our shoes, and Liza Minelli.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

my alter ego



'80s meets ginger Gaga meets harajuku girl

via newslicious

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

retail therapy




is there really much truth to this statement? think about it - we can easily spend $700 a month on things we really don't need but make us happy. take me for example. the other day I bought a pair of Steve Madden clogs. originally, I wanted the black pair but the store only had them in a 7½. the size 7's were in brown and they fit like a glove...or in this case the glass slipper. now I had the option of ordering the black pair through the store in my size - the only catch was I would get them a week later. there's a little thing called instant gratification that made me reluctant to order that pair and just settle for the brown because I needed them NOW! $140 later I thought to myself, was that really worth it? when I got home I put on the clogs and although I do love them, there is still a lingering thought in my mind that the black pair would look so cute with this outfit I have..

there is a really good chance that in the near future (or week), I will buy a pair of black clogs. because when I see a pair at a store, a trigger will go off in my mind saying that I don't own a pair and I'll end up buying them. because that's what happens every time I go shopping. "I have skinny jeans but I don't have that wash" or "I have black pumps but I don't have black velvet pumps." the bills add up and sooner or later I'm left with a shriveling bank account. so really..is shopping cheaper than a psychiatrist? people go to therapy in hopes that eventually they'll feel better about life. people engage in retail therapy to feel instantly happy about something...and overtime maybe that happiness only amounts to nothing but an unpaid bill. and maybe one cute outfit.

just a thought.