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This or That~SAG ’11

Hey guys, I know this isn’t how I normally do the opinion post I do, This or That. However, last night was the 17th Annual SAG Awards & I must admit the fashion was better than it was at the Golden Globes 2011. Leave a Comment, weigh in your opinions on the gowns below.

 

Best:                                                      Worst:

January Jones                                                                           Helena Bonham Carter

Natalie Portman                                                                       Nicole Kidman

Mila Kunis                                                                                Hailee Steinfeld

Julia Stiles                                                                                Christina Hendricks

Kelly Macdonald                                                                       Lea Michelle

Hilary Swank                                                                            Kim Kardashian

The Breakdown:

The reason some of the worst dress have made the list based on the design or fit of the gowns worn.

EX: Lea Michelle (usually nicely dressed) Did she wear a beautiful dress?-YES! now, Did it fit her like a red carpet gown should?-NO! For me, the top half of the gown was ill fitting, her shoulders are a little too wide to make this look good.

Nicole Kidman did nothing right but her make-up. From the back she looks like someone’s granny who wants to be sexy.

Hailee Steinfeld only made the list because she’s young & the stylist should be able to translate that into her look instead of making her dress in a colorful WILD WILD WEST themed “gown” (if you can call it that).

Kim Kardashian looks so short in this Marchesa gown, Kim, who  usually looks svelte  & tempting looked rather compact & plumish.

Christina Hendricks, I love love love on “Mad Men,” however, who told her it was cool to show up in her uber fancy robe?

Helena B. Carter, yet another favorite of mine looks like she showed up to the “Day After Prom” party. She went into her little nieces closet & saw the tag thought,”hmm…Marc Jacobs, can’t go wrong!”…..BAD IDEA?/GOOD IDEA?->NO! BAD IDEA! ABORT! ABORT!

Leave your comments & opinions! Thanks

Quote of the Day: 31 Jan. ’11~Paul de Man

“Fashion is like the ashes left behind by the uniquely shaped flames of the fire, the trace alone revealing that a fire actually took place.”~Paul de Man

de Man was a Belgian-born deconstructionist literary critic and theorist.


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L’Histoire de Mode~Japanese Street Fashion pt.1

This is going to be a three part history series for the next few days in which I will go over the main branch, Japanese Street Fashion, then move onto Harajuku Fashion & then onto Lolita Fashion.

 

Japanese Street Fashion Collage

 

The Beginning:

Japan began to emulate Western fashion during the middle of the

19th century. By the beginning of the 21st century it had altered into

what is known today as ‘street fashion’. The term ‘street fashion’ is

used to describe fashion where the wearer customizes outfits by

adopting a mixture of current and traditional trends. Such clothes

are generally home-made with the use of material purchased at stores.

At present there are many styles of dress in Japan, created from

a mix of both local and foreign labels. Some of these styles are

extreme and avant-garde, similar to the haute couture seen

on European catwalks.

The rise and fall of many of these trends has been chronicled by Shoichi

Aoki since 1997 in the fashion magazine FRUiTS, which is a notable magazine for

the promotion of street fashion in Japan. More recently, Japanese hip-hop,

which has long been present among underground Tokyo’s club scene, has influenced

the mainstream fashion industry. The popularity of the music is so influential that Tokyo’s

youth are imitating their favorite hip hop stars from the way they dress with over-sized

clothes to darkening their skin with ultraviolet rays, usually done by tanning.

Many Japanese youth believe that tanning or being darker is a freedom of expression they

are unable to experience in their circumscribed social role as ‘Japanese’. The idea

of darkening one’s skin to more closely resemble an American hip-hop star or

ethnic group may seem like a fad, but this subculture, the black facers,

do not particularly set themselves apart from many other

sub cultures that have emerged as a result of hip hop.

 

The motives driving the pursuit of fashion in Japan are complex.

Firstly, the relatively large disposable income available to Japanese

youth is significant. Many argue this was made possible through youth

living at home with their parents, reducing living expenses. In addition,

the emergence of a strong youth culture in the 1960s and 1970s that

continues today (especially in the Harajuku district) drives much of

the striving for new and different looks. The rise of consumerism to an

important part of the “national character” of Japan during the economic

boom of the 1980s and even after the bubble burst also contributes

to the feverish pursuit of fashion. These factors result in the

incredibly swift turnover and variability in styles

popular at any one time.

 

Japanese Street Fashion:

If you like this post, then come back tomorrow for Part 2: Harajuku Fashion.

Please rate & comment so I know how I’m doing and what you like to see.

Thanks for coming.


Quote of the Day: 30 Jan. ’11~George Santayana

“Fashion is something barbarous, for it produces innovation without reason and imitation without benefit.”~George Santayana

 

Santayana was a Spanish American philosopher, essayist, poet, and novelist.


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Quote of the Day: 29 Jan. ’11~ Jean-Luc Godard

“Beauty is composed of an eternal, invariable element whose quantity is extremely difficult to determine, and a relative element which might be, either by turns or all at once, period, fashion, moral, passion.”~Jean-Luc Godard

 

A French-Swiss film director, screen writer and critic. He is often identified with the group of filmmakers known as the Nouvelle Vague, or "French New Wave".


L’Histoire de Mode~Harem Pants

Harem Pants:

Harem trousers are women’s baggy long pants tapered

at the ankle, with side flaps on the hip that button at the waist area.

Harem pants, which originated in India, are like a cross between

a skirt and a pair of skinny jeans. The legs, from the knees down,

are fitted. The crotch area is loose and baggy as if it were cut to be

a skirt. Traditional harem pants can be extremely large and baggy,

with a very wide and full fit, very roomy, loose fitting, oversized,

puffy, spacious, with elastic in waist and at ankles, and with the

crotch below the knee almost to the ground. Harem pants are

commonly worn with a pleated skirt – a short skirt that covers

the top portion of the harem pants. Both harem pants and pleated

skirts are commonly used in belly dancing. There are resources

that show various forms of pleated skirts and explain how they are created.

They’ve also emerged as a “modern” version of harem pants made

popular in the late 1980s with MC Hammer. They are intended to be made

more fashionable and less fabric requirement. Similar pants are also known

as dimije, tshalvar, schalwar, salwar kameez, kaccha, patiala salwar,

shintijan, sirwal, sharovary, Turkish trousers, aladdin pants, balloon pants,

drop crotch pants, pantaloons, zouave, pluderhose and pumphose.

Samples:

Also called “diaper pants,” “genie pants” or “Aladdin pants.”

 

Fall 09 Balmain


Quote of the Day: 28 Jan. ’11~Mary Quant

“Fashion is a tool… to compete in life outside the home. People like you better, without knowing why, because people always react well to a person they like the looks of.” ~Mary Quant

 

Mary Quant having her hair done by stylist Vidal Sassoon, who originated her hairdo, known as the bob, a short, angular hairstyle cut on a horizontal plane.


L’Histoire de Mode~ Pannier

c. 1720

Pannier Hand Drawn Instructions (click photo to learn to make your own)

Pannier (clothing):


Are also known as side hoops are women’s undergarments

worn in the 18th century to extend the width of the skirts at

the side while leaving the front and back flat. This provided a

flat panel where boldly scaled woven patterns or rich embroidery

could be fully appreciated.The style originated in Spanish

court dress of the 17th century,familiar in portraits by Velázquez.

The fashion spread to France and from there to the rest of

Europe after c. 1718-1719, after some Spanish dresses had been

displayed in Paris. By mid-18th century it had been developed into the

robe à la française, which ensured that a woman took up three times

as much space as a man and always presented an imposing spectacle.

At their most extreme, in the French court of Marie Antoinette,

could extend the skirt several feet at each side. By the 1780s, panniers

were normally worn only to very formal gowns and within court fashion. The name

comes from panniers, a French term for wicker baskets (paniers in current

French) slung on either side of a pack animal. It is also

the name of a GWR 0-6-0 Tank engine with an iconic

rectangular boiler.

Samples:

Court dress 1779 worn over extremely wide panniers.

Court ladies in a view of Vienna by Canaletto's nephew Bernardo Bellotto, c. 1760


1930 by Chris Jackson~S/S ’11 Jewelry VIDEO Lookbook

This is my first time editing any kind of film.  A video look book is basically a  look book or magazine with the products in it. This is a “rolling look book” shot to go in cohesion with the jewelry photo shoot. I film this, cut, & published this video myself. If you know more about this then I do, feel free to go to the “Contact” page by clicking on the link. Click here to go to the Look Book page. Leave me your Comments!!

Tell me what you like or don’t like, be as criticle as possible because I need to learn how to do this on my own. Thanks for all the support & encouragement. Additional thanks goes out to Bridget Ploot at modelmayhem.com/bridgetp.


Jewelry S/S ’11~1930 by Chris Jackson

 

Photos: Chris Carr, eatthecakenyc Model: Bridget Ploof, modelmayhem.com/bridgetp Stylist: Christopher Jackson Jewelry: 1930by Chris Jackson

New Photos Coming Out from Day II

Find the Video Look Book under the new

page:Look Book. The rest of the photos

will be in under the Jewelry Page.

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L’Histoire de Mode~”Mother of the Mod Movement”

Mary Quant developed the miniskirt considering it to be practical and liberating by allowing women the ability to run for the bus.

Mary Quant is a British fashion designer who was

instrumental in the mod fashion movement and one of the designers

who took credit for inventing the miniskirt and hot pants.

Born to Welsh parents, Quant went to Blackheath High School

then studied illustration at Goldsmiths College before taking a career

with a couture milliner. She is also famed for her work on pop art in fashion.

In November 1955, she teamed up with her husband, Alexander

Plunkett-Green, and a former solicitor, Archie McNair, to open

a clothes shop on the Kings Road in London called Bazaar.

Bazaar’s best sellers were small white plastic collars to brighten

up black dresses or t-shirts. Black stretch stockings were also popular.

Following the positive reaction to a pair of “mad house pyjamas”

designed for the opening, and dissatisfied with the variety

of clothes available to her, Quant decided to make her

own range of clothing. Initially working solo,

she was soon employing a handful of machinists,

and by 1966 she was working with 18

different manufacturers concurrently.

The miniskirt, which she is arguably most famous for,

became one of the defining fashions of the 1960s.

The miniskirt was developed separately by André Courrèges

and John Bates, and there is disagreement as to who

came up with the idea first. Like most fashion,

the short- and ever-shorter skirt was evolving

already among individual fashion-minded young women:

The designers who adapted it just helped spread the style and,

in Quant’s case, gave it a name. Mary Quant named the

miniskirt after her favorite make of car, the Mini. She

loved the car so much, she had one designed especially for her.

In addition to the miniskirt, Mary Quant is often credited

with inventing the coloured and patterned tights that tended

to accompany the garment, although these are also

attributed to Cristobal Balenciaga or John Bates.

Miniskirt:

 

Collage of Mary Quant & her work


Quote of the Day: 27 Jan. 11~Oscar Wilde

“Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.”~Oscar Wilde

(16 October 1854 – 30 November 1900). Wilde was an Irish writer and poet. After writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, he became one of London's most popular playwrights in the early 1890s. Today he is remembered for his epigrams, plays and the tragedy of his imprisonment, followed by his early death.


Quote of the Day: 26 Jan. 11 ~Napoleon Bonaparte

“Fashion condemns us to many follies; the greatest is to make ourselves its slave.”~Napoleon Bonaparte

(15 August 1769 – 5 May 1821) was a military and political leader of France and Emperor of the French as Napoleon I, whose actions shaped European politics in the early 19th century.


All I Think is PINK Teaser Trailer~ “PROMOTE THE PINK”

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Shot & Edited by Ian Wolfson
Rex Arrow Films 2010-11

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Go Over to My NEW JEWELRY PAGE FOR LEAKS FROM THE PHOTO SHOOT~Day I

GO OVER TO THE NEW JEWELRY PAGE FOR MORE PHOTO PREVIEWS!!

 

 

GO OVER TO THE NEW JEWELRY PAGE FOR MORE PHOTO PREVIEWS!!


This or That ~ Feel free to commment

Leather European fetish boots circa 1900

or

Stella McCartney's stretch over boot, Christian Louboutin's black suede boot, & a pair from Delman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 1900 Leather fetish boots take the cake in my opinion.

Sure the heel is not that sexy but come on, they don’t make

boots like this anymore: velvet lined boots, hand crafted

wooden heels, and leather molded on a real woman’s leg

to make a perfect fit. Plus they’re freaking amazing, I have a

shoe fetish now!!

Opinions always welcome, I will respond as soon as I see them posted!


L’Histoire de Mode~ “The Father of Haute Couture” pt. II

Much of his work is associated with the movement to

redefine the female fashionable shape, removing

excessive ruffles and frills and using rich fabrics in

simple but flattering outlines.He is credited as the first

designer to put labels onto the clothing he manufactured.

Worth gave his customers luxurious materials and

meticulous fit. Rather than let the customer dictate

the design, as had previously been dressmaking practice,

four times a year he displayed model dresses at fashion

shows. His patronesses would pick a model, which

would then be sewn in fabrics of their choice and

tailored to their figure. Worth became so popular

that he had to turn customers away. He was the

first courturier and considered more of an artist

than an aritsan. Worth and Bobergh shut down

during the Franco-Prussian War and re-opened

in 1871, without Bobergh, as the House of Worth.

He left the business to his sons, one, Gaston, of whom is

the Founder of Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture.

The House of  Worth eventually closed in 1956 after

taken over by Jeanne Paquin.

His Work:

Edwardian Period

Charles Worth 1898

Charles Worth 1861

Dress for Maria Fyodorovna, 1880-1890, satin, silk

House of Worth, Silk English Dress 1886

Worth is also the creator of the Bustle

House of  Worth also had a

successful line of make-up

and perfumes, some

can be found

today.



L’Histoire de Mode~ “The Father of Haute Couture” pt. I

 

Charles Frederick Worth

Although I’d love to just write about Mr. Worth to the ends

of Earth, this is afterall a blog & most people are like rats on crack so

I must keep it short. However, the link to the wiki page is connected

to his name. I am just going to sum it up for you right here. I was

obsessed with the man in college because of one of my

instructors, JS (I don’t know if I

have permission to

post her name).

 

About:

Charles Frederick Worth was born in England, 13 October 1825.

He worked for several London drapery shops prior to moving to

Paris in 1846. His big break came when he was hired by a famous

Parisian drapery house where he met his wife, Marie Vernet, one

of the houses models.  (At this time models were used strictly for

draping shawls, hats, and other accessories of the time.)  He began

making dresses for her & other women began to ask him to make

copies for them. Worth began using his wife as his in house model

in which she would be used for both samples and showings within

the boutique, as result Marie Vernet became the world’s first Super

Model (Take that Janice Dickinson!!). This gained him fame and

he caught the attention of Eugénie de Montijo a.k.a Empress

Eugénie, wife of Napolean III (the French emperor). Eventually

he made the garments for the rest of her court. The next patron

to his talent was Pauline von Metternich, Princess of Austria.

Patrons came from New York and Boston came to see his

work and buy them.

 



 


Quote of the Day: 25 Jan. 11 ~Elsa Schiaparelli

“Women dress alike all over the world: they dress to be annoying to other women.”~Elsa Schiaparelli

 

Elsa Schiaparelli (1890-1973) was one of the most influential designers of the 20th century.


This or That 25 Jan. 2011~Eva vs. Emma GGA ’11

Eva wearing Zac Posen

OR 

Calvin Klein

WHICH ONE LOOKS BETTER?

Both backs are terriby similar but I must say I love the construction on the Zac Posen number, however Emma did look very angelic yet seductive in this pale pastel pink Calvin Klein diddy. In my opion I would have to go with Emma al the way. Any other opnions out there?


Quote of the Day: 24 Jan. 11 ~Jean Cocteau

“Art produces ugly things which frequently become more beautiful with time. Fashion, on the other hand, produces beautiful things which always become ugly with time.”~Jean Cocteau

 

Cocteau's La belle et la bête (Beauty & the Beast)?


l’Histoire de Mode

Ancient Egyptians wore perfume cones

Ancient Egyptians wore

cones made out of OX TALLOW

and Myrrh. And Tattoos were

only for lower class citizens. We’re

all low class & I love it!!!

Rendered Beef Fat

 

 

 

Rendered Tallow

 

Myrrh